“It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate…”

…giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place –p. 42

So argues Federal Judge Roger Vinson who just ruled Obamacare unconstitutional.

Read it.  Weep with joy.

UPDATE: Allahpundit explains why this is really only a moral victory but how it could potentially give “cover” to Anthony Kennedy when it reaches the SCOTUS.

UPDATE: Excellent analysis from Professor Jacobson @ Legal Insurrection.

UPDATE: The Other McCain pokes fun at the lefties crying into their tea this morning.  Yes, tea, because we all know that coffee party is a sham.


Shades of Jimmy

Headline says it all: Obama will go down in history as the president who lost Egypt.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as “the president who lost Iran,” which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who “lost” Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America’s alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

America’s general weakness clearly affects its friends.

Really.  Who would’ve thunk it, right?  The stakes are high. We’ve funded the Egyptian military for decades. It’s very well equipped as a result.  Pray for the Coptic Christians.  Pray for Israel.  And yes, pray for the Egyptians who will end up wondering how it all went wrong.

What is love, or Why we have children

If you read anything today, make it this. Timpothy Dalrymple, Why we have children.  A taste:

We have no choice but to give ourselves for our children, but we learn that in giving ourselves we receive our selves. In the frailty of this little form that called such an immense love out of me, this bundle of winsome life and running legs and embracing arms, I share in the quintessentially human condition of loving recklessly what is fragile, fleeting, and at risk.

Enjoy your Sunday.  The sun is out.  I have to make the most of pre-snow, pre sub-zero highs.  Will be back once sun is down.

A Friday treat: Michelle Malkin speaking on school choice

Sit back and relax–this is a long video.  Michelle Malkin begins at the 16:01 mark.  I wanted to attend, but we’ve all been sick and pjHusband has been working later than usual. Mabye I’ll get lucky and see her at the grocery store again…

H/t to a dear friend J for the video.

Related: Boehner set to revive DC school voucher program Democrats eliminated.

“She’s 5 months old, and she eats breast milk. From my actual breast. Shocking, I know!”

So says Shannon Smith, a Canadian mom of three who was asked to stop nursing her infant in public.  Near tears, she made her purchases (I wouldn’t have!) overhearing the other shop girls make rude comments unknowing that she was the boob-in-public perp. 

Then Smith went home and started a blog, Breast for the Weary, vented a little, and via the wonders of social media and the internet, a nursing flash-mob was staged in the mall in protest.

I’m always perplexed that this is still news.  Breasts make milk to feed babies.  Biology.  It really is that simple.  For those who feel moms should be relegated to a dark corner to do the somehow dirty deed: don’t stare. Why would I want to feed an infant in a dirty public restroom?  Would you sit on the toilet to eat?  No.  And neither should babies. 

Most moms are discreet.  I was while nursing in public.  Oddly enough, I think things like this function as a flashing neon light: nursing in progress (is it the kicking feet sticking out?)  I used a blanket in the beginning but then figured out that a well-placed scarf worked better, or just my arm when I nursed in my beloved Beco carrier. 

H/t: Teaching my two.

Who knew, eh? UPDATED.

Who knew the border fence–the one just cancelled by the Obami–actually worked? Mickey Kaus via Instapundit:

Here’s news, if you define “news” as something unexpected: You know that expensive “virtual” border fence the Obama administration recently cancelled? It actually worked, acording to Janice Kephart of the Center for Immigration Studies. There were big problems with the prototype, but they fixed them. No wonder it got cancelled! … I had always assumed the “virtual fence” was a fancy-sounding Bush administration scam to let the government weasel out of building a real, nonvirtual fence (of the sort that works well enough in California, which is why illegal immigrants and smugglers now cross in Arizona). But maybe both sorts of fences can work…

Who knew radical Islamists would try to slip across the Mexican border?  So much for xenophobia.  Or security.  Hot Air:

U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.

Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.”

Who knew Mexican border jumpers had such taste in Iranian jihadi literature?

A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.

 Makes you feel safer at night, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Why it matters via The Other McCain.

Tell me again why any woman needs an abortion at 35 weeks?

If anyone dares say it’s to save the “life of the mother,” he’s lying. A 35 week infant is viable.  

One of Lennart Nilsson's famed in utero images. This was taken at 20 weeks.

Via Michelle Malkin, more shady doctors come out of the woodwork following Kermit Gosnell’s arrest:

Documents filed in Maryland suggest that Brigham and his staff frequently performed late-term abortions. A search of the Elkton clinic revealed a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks.

My daughter was born at 36 weeks.

8lbs, 3oz.

Read the rest.