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Oh Noes! Right Wing Zealots!

In Culture, Terrorist on September 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Tea Party media coverageA North Carolina man was arrested after posting bomb-making instructions on his Facebook page. Justin Carl Moose describes himself as an “extremist” a “radical” and “the Christian Osama Bin Laden.” Sweet, ain’t he? Moose allegedly planned to blow up a Planned Parenthood clinic and threatened to destroy the Ground Zero Mosque “Oklahoma City style.”

Think Progress, of course, immediately dragged out the 2009 DHS warning against “Right Wing Extremists” and linked Moose to the Tea Party movement because a Gadsden Flag hung over his doorway. Maybe he is, maybe he’s not… so what? Mohammed Atta was linked to Islam and, as I recall, we’re not supposed to judge a group by its fringe elements. Isn’t that what we’re told?

Apparently there’s a double standard in the characterization of any group of people. In President Obama’s press conference this morning, he invoked the First Amendment right of the Imam Feisal and the Cordoba Initiative to build a (victory) mosque at Ground Zero. In the context of that same press conference, the president described Terry Jones’ plan to burn the Koran on 9/11 as “dangerous.” The conclusion we’re left to draw is that if you want to destroy America because of its freedoms, then you have the unimpeded freedom to do so. But, if you want to exercise that freedom, you are dangerous. Got it.

via memeorandum

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Kill the Bill Status Update

In Abortion, health care, House on March 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm
President Obama addresses the House

President Obama Addresses the House

Here is a run-down of recent developments pertaining to health care legislation:

  • President Obama has just completed his final sales pitch before the House votes on health care reform tomorrow.
  • Stupak will not have his abortion language included in the House reconciliation bill. Either the Dems think that they have the votes without the Stupak 12 or the threats of revolt by the Pro-Choice Caucus were taken seriously.
  • “Deem and Pass” has been abandoned; we’ll have a straight up or down vote after all.

The House will vote tomorrow on the Senate health care bill and the House amendments separately since the “Deem and Pass” idea has been abandoned. Interestingly, it was suggested on C-Span that the House Parliamentarian may allow the house to vote on the amendments before voting on the Senate bill that they’re amending. I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

The latest whip count (depending on who you ask) puts the “noes” tantalizingly close at 214 but that may change if the House is allowed to vote on the amendments first.

Stupak May Get His Abortion Language But, Will it Work? Update: Press Conference Cancelled

In Congress, health care, House, Senate on March 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Rep. Bart Stupak (D, MI)

Rep. Bart Stupak (D, MI) and his coalition of fellow representatives, the pro-life “Stupak 12”, have been yes-vote holdouts on the Senate health care bill due to its lack of restriction on the use of federal funds for abortion services. Without the “yes” votes of the Stupak 12, which actually varies between 6 and 9 depending on best guesses, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a much tighter margin collecting the required votes for (deeming) passage of the Senate bill.

Hat tip to Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion for pointing out a post by FireDogLake chief lib-tard, Jane Hamsher, indicating that Stupak and Pelosi may have struck a deal:

The deal calls for Stupak to have a vote on his amendment either before or after the House votes to confirm the Senate bill on Sunday. Stupak is confident that he has the votes to pass the measure, and is happy to have the vote after the House passes the Senate bill. He believes that by using a “tie bar” approach, his amendment would be “tied” to the health care bill — which would require just 51 votes in the Senate.

I guarantee that congressional parliamentarians will be required to sort out the building legislative shenanigans. It appears that, in order to use reconciliation which requires only 51 votes in the Senate, this would have to be a budget related matter. That’s a bit of a stretch for an abortion clause. The second tactic may  be to use an “Enrollment Resolution”, a procedure intended to make minor corrections between passage in congress and the president’s signature. The Enrollment Resolution would instruct the Senate Clerk to change the wording of the Senate bill to mirror Stupak’s restrictions on abortion funding. This is also a bit of a stretch as this is hardly a minor correction.

Further, if the Senate makes any changes to Stupak’s wording, the whole thing goes back to the House and the process starts over again. This deal is clearly a risky move on the part of House leadership and one not without its own consequences. According to The Hill, the more than forty votes of the pro-choice caucus are at stake:

“This concurrent resolution which Congressman Stupak and several others have filed, from the position of the people who signed my letter back in November, is a non-starter,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), a Pro-Choice Caucus co-chairwoman. “We compromised to the concept ‘no federal funding for abortion,’ which is current law — we don’t like that. And so if Mr. Stupak and a few members, along with the Republicans, decide to use this to take healthcare down, then that loss on healthcare coverage is going to be on their hands.”

Allahpundit posits two possible reasons for the seeming risk:

(1) It’s all for show. The pro-lifers want nothing more than a vote in the Senate. They expect to lose, but the political cover they’ll gain for making a minor stand on principle is enough to make it worth their while…

(2) The pro-choicers are planning to cave. They caved in November, didn’t they? Problem is, this is the final bill and they … sure don’t sound like they’re going to cave. Diana DeGette, leader of the pro-choice caucus, claims she has the votes to kill it if Stupak gets his way, and given how close the margin is, it’d only take three or four stalwarts to walk to torpedo the whole thing. Drama!

Stupak will hold a press conference Saturday morning, presumably to discuss these developments. In the mean time, Michelle Malkin and Ace have more.

Update:

NYT: Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan and a leader of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, has postponed a news conference that had been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, a sign that there is still serious maneuvering under way in the fight over abortion language in the major health care legislation.

The fate of the bill now largely rests with a small group of anti-abortion Democrats, who have demanded tighter restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions.

Jim Jordan Gets It

In Abortion, Congress, House, Tea Party on March 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

Having been called “racist” by the media and a former president, “hater”, “extremist” and pejoratively labeled “teabagger”, it is occasionally refreshing to find a public servant who gets it. Hell… it’s refreshing to find a public servant at all.

Jim Jordan (R-OH) “gets it” and delivers the message in his remarks to the Committee on Budget Markup.

During the past year as I have traveled around our district and throughout Ohio, I have seen firsthand the emergence of a grassroots movement, fueled in large part by an arrogant and out-of-control federal government. Millions of Americans from every walk of life have stood up—in many cases for the first time ever—to make their voices heard. They gather in town squares. They organize. They pray. They’ve marched on Washington, and they’re not stopping there. The American people are sending a message loud and clear.

Far from the dangerous extremists the other side and elite media may characterize them as, these are ordinary citizens—moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas—who believe that America is an exceptional nation. They are freedom loving Americans who feel like their government is ignoring them. They work hard every day so that their kids and grandkids can have life a little better than they did. They believe that there are ideals and principles that make this country unique throughout history and they see those principles being assaulted everyday in Washington.
I have been to town hall meetings and gatherings in town squares where our Founding documents have been distributed and even read aloud. No matter how many times I hear them, perhaps the most beautiful words outside of Scripture are in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

I’m jaded enough to hope, rather than know, that he’s not just kissing the Tea Party’s ass. You really should click the link and read the whole thing for yourself, though. Jordan is arguing for a Stupak/Pitts style ban on the use of Federal funds for abortion. He points out that, in the Senate bill, enrollees are required to pay a fee into an “abortion fund”. Not those receiving an abortion, mind you, but everyone enrolling in that plan regardless of your stance on abortion.

Unfortunately, the amendment that Jordan presented with this statement was shot down by the committee 19 to 17.

h/t The Other McCain

Nelson Abortion Deal May Not Stick

In Abortion, health care, Senate on December 22, 2009 at 6:58 am

But I’ll bet he keeps the money for his state…

WASHINGTON — Twice now, abortion was almost a dealbreaker. This time, it was a dealmaker.

But of hundreds of deals cut so health care legislation can stay alive, the hardest to keep may be the Senate’s abortion compromise — achieved after 13 hours of negotiation. The volatile issue remains the biggest threat to getting a history-making bill to President Barack Obama. Link (FoxNews.com)