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The Irony: A Law Professor who was taught by Barack Obama then served as a Law Clerk for Judge Smith of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals:

From Brietbart:

Prof. Thom Lambert of the University of Missouri Law School has responded with alarm to President Barack Obama’s attack on the Supreme Court and the power of judicial review by recalling his own days as Obama’s student at the University of Chicago.

Lambert, who writes for the “Truth on the Market” blog, not only studied under Obama, but also clerked for the federal judge who issued an order yesterday demanding that the Department of Justice clarify whether the government believed courts had the power to overturn constitutional laws.

Lambert wrote:

Thus, a Wall Street Journal editorial queried this about the President who “famously taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago”:  “[D]id he somehow not teach the historic case of Marbury v. Madison?”

I actually know the answer to that question.  It’s no (well, technically yes…he didn’t).  President Obama taught “Con Law III” at Chicago.  Judicial review, federalism, the separation of powers — the old “structural Constitution” stuff — is covered in “Con Law I” (or at least it was when I was a student).  Con Law III covers the Fourteenth Amendment.  (Oddly enough, Prof. Obama didn’t seem too concerned about “an unelected group of people” overturning a “duly constituted and passed law” when we were discussing all those famous Fourteenth Amendment cases – Roe v. Wade, Griswold v. Connecticut, Romer v. Evans, etc.)  Of course, even a Con Law professor focusing on the Bill of Rights should know that the principle of judicial review has been alive and well since 1803, so I still feel like my educational credentials have been tarnished a bit by the President’s “unprecedented, extraordinary” remarks.

Lambert added: “Fortunately…[t]his morning, the judge for whom I clerked, Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, called the President’s bluff….I must say, I’m pretty dang proud of Judge Smith right now.  And I’m really looking forward to reading that three-page, single-spaced letter.”

In an impassioned plea to Speaker John Boehner, Judge Andrew Napolitano outlines what needs to be done to help resolve the fiscal crisis faced by America.

For those unfamialir with Napolitano, he  is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and is now a political and legal analyst for Fox News Channel. He started on the channel in 1998, and currently serves as the network’s senior judicial analyst, commenting on legal news and trials.

Opponents to raising the debt ceiling will find it to be a pretty stirring video:

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     They have all come out to protect the attacks on Obama’s leadership style/skills (or, IMHO, the lack thereof). But when Gov. Manchin (D-WV) questions the leadership skills of the Commander in Chief, and says “they obvioulsy aren’t working”, how much cover can the liberal media and the pundits give? How much tingling can Chris Matthews be really feeling these days?

      I believe that Rep. Lt. Col. Allen West (R-FL) put it best when he said “I’ve spent 22 years in the military, and I have seen buck Seargents with more leadership skills”.

        Was this “skirmish” over 2011’s budget, as a warm up for the Debt Ceiling battle and the massive battle over the 2012 battle, enough to make many of the kool-aid drinkers question their 2008 vote?

It’s Friday, the day after St. Patrick’s Day………………………

And the world goes on…………………….

       Hours after the UN Security Council approves a “No-Fly” Zone over Libya, and France forms a coalition to aid the Libyan rebels, Muammar Quadafi declares a “cease-fire”. This move is an obvious detractor to the international community and their proposed actions.

      Japan’s earthquake and tsunami occurred one week ago today. Now the focus of the crisis has been on the nuclear reactor in Fukishimo. The Japanese news releases about the reactor have not been the most forthright. Today, consideration is being given to “burying” the reactors in concrete.

      ObamaCare…… why are the Republicans refusing to have a vote on the monies already allocated to fund this miserable legislation? And why does the legislation include the formation of “armies” for national emergencies?

      Who is to blame, or are all parties to blame, for failing to put together the necessary budget to operate the government through September 30th, 2011, and will the GOP proposed budget for 2012 actually address the debt crisis and entitlements, or will we be “politics as usual”?



      Her boss called every day Americans “Nazis”, but Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is more offended by others, including Congressmen, referring to the healthcare legislation as “OBAMACARE”:

Democrat suggests ‘ObamaCare’ rhetoric should be banned from House floor

By Pete Kasperowicz – 02/18/11 09:57 AM ET

House Republicans and Democrats started Friday morning’s debate over whether to defund last year’s healthcare law, and as part of this debate sparred over whether members should be allowed to call that law “ObamaCare.”

After two House Republicans called it “ObamaCare,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asked the chairman whether these “disparaging” remarks should be allowed on the House floor.

“That is a disparaging reference to the president of the United States; it is meant as a disparaging reference to the president of the United States, and it is clearly in violation of the House rules against that,” she said.

Because Wasserman Schultz only asked if it would be appropriate to curb the use of the term “ObamaCare,” the chairman said he would not rule on a hypothetical. But he did urge members to “refrain from engaging in personalities or descriptions about personalities in general.

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     The lawsuit filed in the federal court in Florida, with a total of 26 states particpating, has now dealt a blow to the Obama administration. The court has ruled that the mandate in ObamaCare that everyone MUST buy health insurance oversteps the boundaries of Congress’ powers.

      Lacking a severability clause, the ruling states that the entire law is unconstitutional. However, the request for an injunction to stop the implementation of ObamaCare was denied, primarily because the bulk of the law does not go into affect until 2014.

       While the Supreme Court could hear this case on an expedited basis, the Obama Justice Department has already indicated in other ObamaCare rulings that it would not pursue expedited review, wanting instead to make sure the legislation was still on the books as legitimate, at least through the 2012 election cycle.

Writing of Barack Obama in 1983 Columbia University publication.

January 17, 2011

Vol. 16, No. 17 • By FRED BARNES

Paul Ryan was 28 when he arrived in the House of Representatives in 1999 as a Republican freshman from Wisconsin. Eager for advice, he sought the counsel of dozens of veteran House members on how to be an effective congressman. The most consequential advice came from an unexpected source, Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts. It was guidance for a committed conservative from one of Washington’s leading liberals.

And it was quite simple: Be a specialist, not a generalist. As they talked over breakfast in the members’ dining room, Frank went into considerable detail. “Pick two or three issues and really focus on them rather than being a yard wide and an inch deep,” Ryan says Frank told him. Do your homework. Concentrate on committee work. Study. If you do, you’ll be in the room when bills are written.

Ryan has followed that advice rigorously. His motto is, “Inquire, inquire, inquire, read, read, read.” He has made himself an expert on the budget, taxes, and health care. Ryan knows more about the federal budget than anyone else on Capitol Hill and talks about it more fluently. Because of this, he was a shoo-in for chairman of the House Budget Committee last week, elevated over colleagues with more seniority. He will draft the House version of the 2012 budget, a document the Democrat-controlled Senate and the White House will have to take as seriously as the budget proposal of the executive branch, which the Obama administration is set to release early next month.

There’s an old Washington adage that Ryan personifies almost perfectly: Knowledge is power. He’s become enormously influential because he knows so much more than his colleagues on a few issues. And they happen to be the most critical issues in 2011—spending, the deficit, the national debt, taxes, Obama’s health care plan, the size and reach of government.

Could Paul Ryan be the 2012 “Dark Horse” Candidate?

Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November’s elections.

With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.

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