Last week Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts played politics and REFUSED TO READ SENATOR RAND PAUL’S QUESTION on the Anti-Trump whistleblower during the Senate impeachment trial!
There is NO LAW that prevents this anti-Trump CIA leaker’s name from being revealed in the impeachment investigation!
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was playing politics and siding with Democrats!!
Senator Rand Paul announced earlier that this afternoon at 1 PM ET he would insist on his question which reveals the name of the whistleblower.
Chris, this is like Obama and the Emperor who has NO clothes.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have had NO cover with conservatives for many years now….
These are my links for March 7th through March 12th:
- Patty Murray budget: $1 trillion in new revenue – Sen. Patty Murray’s new budget plan will raise tax revenues by nearly $1 trillion while cutting spending by the same amount over the next decade, according to people familiar with the proposal.The Budget Committee chairwoman plans to brief fellow Democratic senators over the new proposal in a closed-door lunch Tuesday that President Barack Obama is also scheduled to attend. Committee deliberations will begin Wednesday, and the panel expects to vote on the plan Thursday before floor debate next week.
- Rome conclave: Cardinals set to elect new Pope – Cardinals gathered in Rome to elect the new Pope will begin voting later, with no clear frontrunner to take over as head of the Roman Catholic Church.The 115 cardinal-electors have attended a special Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.This afternoon they will process into the Sistine Chapel to begin their secret deliberations. They will vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate.
The election was prompted by the surprise abdication of Benedict XVI.
The 85-year-old stepped down last month saying he was no longer strong enough to lead the church, which is beset by problems ranging from a worldwide scandal over sexual abuse to allegations of corruption at the Vatican bank.
Benedict’s resignation and the recent damage to the Church’s reputation make the choice of the cardinal-electors especially hard to predict, the BBC’s James Robbins in Rome says.
- Schedule of voting during the papal conclave – The conclave to elect a new pope begins Tuesday at the Vatican. The voting process follows a set ritual every day until the Catholic Church has a new leader. Here is an approximate schedule.
- Detroit: An American Autopsy – “Go ahead and laugh at Detroit,” Charlie LeDuff sneers defiantly as the once-great metropolis teeters on the brink of collapse. “Because you are laughing at yourself.”So begins LeDuff’s haunting, angry and deeply personal account of what is left of his hometown. The city was once heralded as “Paris of the Midwest” for its cosmopolitan luxuries, broad boulevards and sweeping views of the Detroit River. Yet it was quintessentially American because of its unstinting work ethic and tireless inventiveness.
- Ashley Judd for Senate in Kentucky: Does She Stand a Chance? – Ashley Judd for Senate in Kentucky: Does She Stand a Chance? #tcot
- Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential chances are better than most people realize – Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential chances are better than most people realize #tcot
- Ryan to rally GOP on 10-year plan – Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday will seek to unify the Republican Conference with a rallying cry to balance the budget in 10 years.
The target set by Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is more aggressive than the one Democrats rejected last year that took until nearly 2040 to balance.
- Paul Ryan: The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 – America’s national debt is over $16 trillion. Yet Washington can’t figure out how to cut $85 billion—or just 2% of the federal budget—without resorting to arbitrary, across-the-board cuts. Clearly, the budget process is broken. In four of the past five years, the president has missed his budget deadline. Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in over 1,400 days. By refusing to tackle the drivers of the nation’s debt—or simply to write a budget—Washington lurches from crisis to crisis.House Republicans have a plan to change course. On Tuesday, we’re introducing a budget that balances in 10 years—without raising taxes. How do we do it? We stop spending money the government doesn’t have. Historically, Americans have paid a little less than one-fifth of their income in taxes to the federal government each year. But the government has spent more.
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-11 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-11
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-11 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-11 #tcot
- RNC to launch major digital overhaul following election inquiry – First Read – FINALLY! RT @katieharbath: RNC to launch major digital overhaul following election inquiry – First Read via @NBCnews
- Twitter / ScottWilkCA: Just wrapped up dinner with … – Trust but verify RT @ScottWilkCA: Just wrapped up dinner with the Governor. He pledged to try to reach common ground.
- Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk in Women Could Be Reduced by Aspirin Use | Video – ABC News – RT @ABCWorldNews: Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk in Women Could Be Reduced by Aspirin Use. @DrRichardBesser reports.
- 5.2 earthquake shakes Southern California – latimes.com – RT @latimes: Southern California shaken by 5.2 quake in Riverside County desert. No reports of damage.
- M2.3 – 21km SW of La Quinta, California 2013-03-11 16:55:50 UTC – RT @CAquake: Moderate 5.2 earthquake: 09:55:42 on 03/11. Loc (SCAL): 19 mi ESE of Anza, CA. Depth: 0.1 mi
- Day By Day March 10, 2013 – Taking the V – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Day By Day March 10, 2013 – Taking the V #tcot
- Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? | Mobile Washington Examiner – Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? | Mobile Washington Examiner #tcot
- Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? | Mobile Washington Examiner – Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? #tcot
- Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? –
- Amnesty’s cynosure problem | The Daily Caller – RT @kausmickey: Amnesty’s worst enemy? (Hint: it’s not @MarkSKrikorian)
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-10 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-10
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-10 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-10 #tcot
- Gregory Flap @ Loma Linda University School of Dentistry – I am in Loma Linda this morning taking a dental continuing education course : The Non-Odontogenic Toothache.
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-09 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-09
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-09 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-09 #tcot
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-08 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-08
- Twitter / Flap: At USC today for a dental class. … – At USC today for a dental class. Fight On!
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-07 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Digest for 2013-03-07
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-07 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-07 #tcot
- Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t | TheBlaze.com – RT @DLoesch: Those who stood with Rand, those who did not, and those who dined with Obama instead:
- McCain Slams Rand Paul Filibuster – Business Insider – The GOP thinks John McCain is really going to lead the way on immigration reform after this: ? McCain needs to go away
- Graham, McCain blast Paul filibuster – Washington Times – Hope So ! RT @EWErickson: Wonder if stuff like this will incentivize a credible candidate to take on Lindsey Graham.
- John McCain and Lindsey Graham Declare War on Rand Paul – Hit & Run : Reason.com – Conservatives tell McCain to GET LOST! RT @DRUDGE_REPORT: John McCain tells Rand Paul to ‘calm down’… #tcot
- The Morning Flap: March 7, 2013 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The Morning Flap: March 7, 2013 #tcot
- Blue Civil War: The Battle for California | Via Meadia – Blue Civil War: The Battle for California
These are my links for March 6th through March 7th:
- Mr. Paul Goes To Washington To Protect Your Constitutional Rights – Rule Of Law: At press time Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul was holding forth on his filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan as head of the CIA. It’s good to know someone in Washington still cares about the Constitution.It started out as a simple question from Paul to Attorney General Eric Holder as to whether President Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”The plain, simple answer is no, since it clearly violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment due-process protection. But that wasn’t the answer that came back from Holder, compelling Paul to filibuster Brennan.
“It is possible, I suppose,” wrote Holder, “to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”
It’s unbelievable that the nation’s top law officer would answer in that way. And, with the explosion in the number of drones filling the nation’s skies, it’s more than an idle question or philosophical musing.
That’s why Paul is filibustering Brennan’s controversial nomination as CIA head. Paul knows he likely won’t succeed. But he’s making an important point.
- Obamacare requirements will drive up premiums – In 2007, candidate Barack Obama declared, “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” As president, he signed national health care legislation that is formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. But according to a new report from Congressional Republicans, the law will actually cause premiums to more than double for some Americans.The report, which is based on a compilation of independent studies on the effect of the law’s new regulations, finds that Obamacare could increase premiums by 40 percent on average and by as much as 202 percent for young adults living in Chicago.
- 2016 Democratic Field May Not Wait for Clinton – She is not an incumbent president — or even currently employed — but the deference fellow Democrats have afforded Hillary Clinton regarding a potential 2016 White House run has been something to behold.With the official start of the next presidential campaign still three years away, friends and potential Democratic foes alike have bent over backwards to praise Clinton and talk up her chances of finishing what she started in her 2008 campaign — and for good reason.
- Obama’s Rx: Maximize America’s pain – In an e-mail to an official of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part of the Department of Agriculture), a North Carolina official was told he had no latitude in managing cuts: “You need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,” came the word from Washington.The real reason behind the vise-tightening has nothing to do with money, though. It’s all political, the kickoff to the 2014 congressional elections.The GOP managed to hang on to its House majority last fall — and under the Constitution all spending bills must originate in the House. But the president told House Democrats last month that he means to make Nancy Pelosi the speaker yet again.
And he pointedly said of GOP spending-cut ideas versus his own tax-hike proposals, “If that’s an argument they want to have before the court of public opinion, that’s an argument I’m more than willing to engage in.”
- Holder does not rule out drone strike scenario in U.S. –
- Republicans emerge from Obama dinner optimistic about deficit deal – Senate Republicans are more optimistic about the prospect of a grand bargain on the deficit after an intimate dinner with President Obama Wednesday evening in downtown Washington.
- Republicans, Led by Rand Paul, Finally End Filibuster – A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nearly 13-hour old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster over the government’s use of lethal drone strikes — forcing the Senate to delay the expected confirmation of John O. Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.Mr. Paul, who opposes Mr. Brennan’s nomination, followed through on his plan to filibuster the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee after receiving a letter this month from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. that refused to rule out the use of drone strikes within the United States in “extraordinary circumstances” like the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- North Korea says it will launch nuclear attack on America – Missile Defense!
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-06 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-06 #tcot
- The Morning Flap: March 6, 2013 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The Morning Flap: March 6, 2013 #tcot
- Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-05 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Blog @ Flap Twitter Daily Digest for 2013-03-05 #tcot
- Garcetti finishes first, then Greuel and James – runoffs ahead* – LA Observed – Garcetti finishes first, then Greuel and James – runoffs ahead* – LA Observed #tcot
- Destinations / Spacecraft Dragon at the International Space Station – Spacecraft Dragon at the International Space Station via @pinterest
- Decades later, 1972 Supreme Court decision overturning the death penalty has lasting impact | abc7news.com – Decades later, 1972 Supreme Court decision overturning the California death penalty has lasting impact
- Garcetti finishes first, then Greuel and James – runoffs ahead* – LA Observed – RT @LAObserved: Here are the lineups for LA city runoff elections, including three for city council.
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: The Morning Drill: March 4, 2013 – The Morning Drill: March 4, 2013
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Dentistry Wednesday Watch: March 6, 2013 – Dentistry Wednesday Watch: March 6, 2013
Chart from Pollster
Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:
- President Barack Obama – 47% Vs. 48%
GOP Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:
- Mike Huckabee – 36% Vs. 42%
- Mitt Romney – 32% Vs. 43%
- Sarah Palin – 31% Vs. 61%
- Newt Gingrich – 28% vs. 55%
- Rand Paul – 26% Vs. 45%
- Chris Christie – 28% Vs. 30%
General Election Head to Head:
- Obama – 48% Vs. Huckabee – 43%
- Obama – 47% Vs. Romney 41%
- Obama – 54% Vs. Palin – 36%
- Obama – 52% Vs. Gingrich – 38%
- Obama – 48% Vs. Paul – 38%
- Obama – 48% Vs Christie – 39%
Again, this is an aggregate national poll but it shows a couple of things:
- Obama has a negative approval rating
- This GOP candidate field is weak against the President in the general election.
Additionally, President Obama is doing well with independent voters.
The president wins by racking up the independent vote by double-digit margins against everyone but Christie, who holds him to a seven-point advantage. The others trail with this group by ten (Huckabee and Romney) to a whopping 28 points (Palin). Obama also pads his leads by getting double-digit GOP support against Gingrich and Palin.
If the GOP wants to beat Obama in 2012, they had better develop a better candidate field, consolidate behind him or her and be ready to hit the ground running after Labor Day 2011. The delay in the GOP selection process may allow say a Rep. Paul Ryan or Governor Mitch Daniels to jump into the field and become the fresh face of the GOP.
The GOP needs such a candidate, if they wish to win next year.