(Links are mine unless otherwise noted; unquoted commentary is all mine)
(via Greg) From Reuters: “Gates warns Congress not to cut off Libya funds.”
Telling excerpt (internal link added by me):
The New York Times reported in its Saturday editions that Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided he had the legal authority to continue U.S. military involvement in Libya without congressional authorization.
According to the Times, Obama’s argument, which has thin support within the administration, is that:
… the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.
Geez, I hate what leftists do to the dictionary. Hostility means: “enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.” Gaddafi of Libya is an enemy, and we have engaged military forces under NATO whose goal, however ineffectively pursued, is to oust him from power. If that doesn’t demonstrate “antagonism” and “unfriendliness,” I don’t know what does.
This this falls under the War Powers Act isn’t even a close call (the Act may be unconstitutional, but it hasn’t been declared as such, and until it is, it should either be heeded or challenged as unconstitutional; current challenges from Congress relate to whether it is applicable, which is a different issue).
As I asked several days ago, “Who’s the warmonger now?”
Related: Former Obama best bud and presumed still current best bud with Gaddafi Louis Farrakhan is not pleased.
The Obama administration’s war on Texas is escalating.
Over 20 Texas Congressman signed a letter objecting to an EPA rule which “puts at risk the economic future of power generation and those dependent on affordable electricity in Texas.” Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler tells us that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has objected to “the shutdown of coal-fired plants without any meaningful benefit to the environment.”
As Weasel Zippers says (HT Greg) — “The EPA Wants to Put Its Jackboot on the Neck of the Highly Successful Texas Economy.”
Oh, I almost forgot. Preston tells us that the Lone Star signatories comprise the entire Republican delegation. No Democratic congressman signed on, leading one to conclude that they must be content to be on the sidelines while their state does battle with the leviathan, and to see their constituents potentially suffer.
Roger Simon at Pajamas Media — “Will the Democratic Party Destroy Us All?” The sub-head at the home page: “We are en route to being a pathetic, powerless, overblown Greece, but unlike Greece there is no one who can bail us out.”
From the post: “Why can’t these people wake up? Don’t they have children, grandchildren? Don’t they realize we are going broke?” The answer, Roger, is that collapse would feed the politics of envy and state control like nothing you’ve ever seen — at least in this country.
If the House GOP doesn’t remember that it controls the pursestrings and start exercising its power like it’s do-or-die time — because is it — we’ll be sitting by helplessly hoping against hope that Simon’s question doesn’t answer itself in the next 19 months.
Flop, Flop, Fizz, Fizz — Ann Althouse asks: “Whatever Happened to Walkerville?”
(via Greg) Well-kept media secret: “Beijing battling protest fires on all fronts” — The headline is a bit overdone, but the linked item cites five significant incidents in the country President Barack Obama has often praised.
From Jan. 1 of this year through this morning, June 16, we (in California) have had 129 disinvestment events occur, an average of 5.4 per week.
- For all of last year, we saw an average of 3.9 events per week.
- Comparing this year thus far with 2009, when the total was 51 events, essentially averaging 1 per week, our rate today is more than 5 times what it was then.
- The same tracking system has been in place throughout the three-year period.
Our losses are occurring at an accelerated rate. Also, no one knows the real level of activity because smaller companies are not required to file layoff notices with the state. A conservative estimate is that only 1 out of 5 company departures becomes public knowledge, which means California may suffer more than 1,000 disinvestment events this year. The capital directed to out-of-state or out-of-country, while difficult to calculate, is nonetheless in the billions of dollars. The top five destinations are (1) Texas, (2) Arizona, (3) Colorado, (4) Nevada and Utah tied; and (5) Virginia and North Carolina tied.
Memo to Ohio Governor John Kasich and Buckeye State development officials: Work of getting Ohio into the the top five.