Daily Archives: November 18, 2013
Remember how ObamaCare was going to make it so everybody had health insurance?
Remember when SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that the IRS fine in ObamaCare was a tax, so therefore, it was constitutional? Roberts may not have been selling out, but instead going for a longer, surer end to the monstrous law.
As I understand it, the fine/tax challenge SCOTUS ruled on was somewhat limited; ruling against it wouldn’t have killed the whole law. But ruling it a tax could potentially kill the whole thing dead, Dead, DEAD … because the Constitution says revenue-raising bills (i.e., tax laws) must originate in the House of Representatives and the ACA “Obamacare” bill originated in the Senate.
Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenges ObamaCare on this basis. The lowest court found for Obama and it’s now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
More than 40 members of the House have signed onto the lawsuit saying, “Given that an Origination Clause challenge against a taxing bill of this magnitude has never before been mounted, it is imperative that this Court not sanction the lower court’s superficial analysis of the Origination Clause.”
“Since the 2010 elections, the people’s immediate representatives have voted some 40 times to repeal or defund the ACA, but the senators, who sit for six years unchallenged, have never agreed. The Framers’ exact fear of taxation without adequate representation has materialized due to the complete disregard of the mandates of the Origination Clause by the U.S. Senate.”
Yesterday, Dearest and I were watching a documentary – The Case for Christ – and I just had this huge eye-rolling moment at the number of people on the street saying, “Jesus, so what?”, to which I had to hit pause and spew,
“Good grief! This peasant in the worst backwater in the entire Roman Empire walks around his teensy little country for three years, yapping about this and that, gathering some followers and pissing off the local Powers That Be so much they manipulate the Roman Procurator to put him to death. Then, when His followers insist He was risen from the dead, the Powers That Be make their cult illegal and torture and kill them. … Yet two THOUSAND years later, the whole world still remembers Jesus! Our calendar, most of our major holidays and a good deal of our best art, architecture and music are all based on His life and hundreds of millions of people in every single nation on Earth worship Him and follow His teachings. I mean … think about it. Who today even remembers Jim Jones?”
So imagine my surprise when I logged on to the internet and saw that today is the 35th anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide! Weird, huh? For the many who do not remember Jim Jones … he was an American who founded a (not Christian) church in the mid-1950s. In 1973, he moved everyone to a commune in Guyana where “total economic and racial and social equality” would be enjoyed by all.
He was such a charismatic leader that he convinced nearly 1,000 people to cut off all ties at home, sign over all assets to the commune, and move to the middle of a jungle in South America to live out his dream. Five years later, he ordered them all to kill themselves and more than 900 of them not only voluntarily drank cyanide mixed into kool-aid, but also fed it to their children.
A 2006 documentary – American Experience: Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple – tries to answer how one man could persuade more than 900 people to drink cyanide. I haven’t seen it … yet. It’s next up in my Netflix queue.
Posted by Pistol Pete
“it’s so nice to be insane,no one asks you to explain”
Barry took a short time out from his crusade to focus like a laser on jobs to squeeze in his 151st round of golf,then take in a game between the U of Maryland and Oregon state,which is coached by Mooch’s brother. He was roundly booed,but pretended not to hear it.
IT WAS JUST BROUGHT UP ON THE RADIO THAT TODAY IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOOL-AID PARTY IN JONESTOWN. SEEMS APPROPRIATE SOMEHOW.