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Hobby Lobby legalese newspeak jibbery joo

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding…” —Thomas Jefferson (edit)

What Thomas Jefferson is telling us in this one line is that all laws must be written so the layman can understand them.

As with the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby a whole diatribe about birth control mandate not being enforceable over businesses with religious views and blah, blah, blah.

At the end of the day, so-called judges used their foreign language of legalese to rule: covering employees benefits that may violate the employers religious views are okay, but the illegal law that authorized this all in the first place is still okay. see more…

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White House: “LALALA I can’t hear you!”

Well, the petitions site has its place, and I for one applaud it, but can we please just set a target for the number of required petition signatures and go with it?!

In what seems to be an effort to curb time spent on outrageous petitions, the White House late Tuesday quadrupled the signature threshold for “We the People” petitions to 100,000.

Thank goodness we got an answer on the Death Star before the new rule took effect.

Previously, 25,000 signatures were required to garner an official response from the White House on a petition posted at the “We the People” website.

Right now, given the target is on its third move upwards, it looks as if the White House is only listening for what it wants to hear. If they wanted that, all they had to do is add a disclaimer at the top “ONLY SYCOPHANTS AND YES-MEN NEED APPLY”.

Liberty is tough, people, it’s giving those you don’t want to listen to equal time and equal chance to air their views. I’d hope that here at HoT we all “get it” — that liberty isn’t a one-sided coin — maybe we need a Libertarian in the White House a lot more than we originally thought. :)

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Obama issues dictatorial gun proclamation, executive orders

President Barack Obama today was seen signing 23 executive orders on gun control in front of a group of children ignorant about their rights (the orders have yet to be published on the White House website for us to properly ridicule, so we’ll ridicule the whole affair).

Here’s the relevant portion of the accompanying proclamation from WhiteHouse.gov:

Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Research. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, shall conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it. The Secretary shall begin by identifying the most pressing research questions with the greatest potential public health impact, and by assessing existing public health interventions being implemented across the Nation to prevent gun violence.

Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 3. Publication. You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

His game of “Let’s play take away the guns from law-abiding Americans because a few assholes can’t act responsibly” has yet to be officially recognized by anyone with half a brain. Millions of Americans continue to wave loaded AR-15s and handguns with high-capacity lips and a copy of the Constitution in defiance of the latest effort to destroy liberties.

However, many are now anxious about how the government will try to enforce such ludicrous orders and bans being swiftly implemented (with New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s legislation being called “draconian” by the NRA). The flurry of legislation and imperial decrees now contrast to gun sales have hitting astronomical rates since 2008, and exploding in November/December of 2012.

One way in which Obama is flexing unConstitutional executive powers has been to direct doctors and mental health professionals to ask patients whether they own guns (and how many).

The answer to that line of questioning is obvious to liberty-lovers: NONE OF YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS.

UPDATE: Interesting statistic of the day: the DEA has a budget of $2.415 billion (2010) and employs 10,784 (2009), while the BATF has a budget of $1.12 billion (2010) and employs 4,559 (2006). Obama has just budgeted another $500 million for gun control activities.

The War on Drugs has been an epic failure even though it has twice as many federal enforcers and funding. Does anyone seriously doubt the latest “War on Guns” will be any different?

UPDATE II: Scratch that previous update number, the apparent amount being budgeted for the attempt at a gun controlling police state is over $4.5 billion. The biggest expenditure is $4 billion “to help keep 15,000 cops on the streets in cities and towns across the country.”

That’s just over $260 thousand dollars per cop.

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At communal gardens, common sense is winning

In one of the glaring forms of communism’s failure in America, the recently revived communal garden is seeing itself as the battleground between individualism and collectivism. NPR reports:

After they carted in lots of fresh, clean soil, they decided that they were not going to stake out little individual garden plots. They’d work on the whole thing together.

“I liked that people could just show up and join the garden, as opposed to being on a wait list,” says McClain.

But there were debates about this over the years. McClain wanted to keep it a community enterprise — as Karl Marx once put it, “From each, according to his ability, to each, according to his need.” But others thought there were too many days when it seemed that because everybody owned the garden, nobody really did. And there were days when it seemed that too many people assumed that somebody else would do the work.

“It’s just really hard when you’ve got a whole lot of stuff going on and only one or two people have shown up [at the garden], and they’re expected to take care of everything,” says McClain. “In August, when it’s really hot out, it’s just kind of hard.”

So last year, the Campos Community Garden laid out some boundaries of personal responsibility: Individual plots where people get to plant and pick their very own vegetables. McClain says she has to admit that it’s helped.

Of course, if you’re an economist like Russell Roberts at George Mason University, you can say that this was completely predictable.

“Collective farming does not have a great historical record,” Roberts points out. “Collective farming is probably the main reason why the Soviet Union had about 70 years of bad harvests.”

And even if you just talk to veteran community gardeners, many of them will warn you away from communal arrangements.

And thus ensues a microcosm of libertarian cooperation, because the only logical method of getting the maximum output of labor is to let someone profit on their own terms, not a team’s.

As a side note, it was the Obama family who jump-started the garden at home thing when they moved in, this will be the third year they plant. Well, golly even they don’t share their garden’s vegetables (oddly enough, they don’t grow corn) with the growing rabble if discontents outside the gated property. And by my estimates I would say it’s a laughable measure to feed the hundreds of staff who creep through the property and adjoining Vice President’s palace on any given day.

Does that make Obama a bit of a hypocrite on the whole “blatant socialism” thing? If anything it’s just hilarious that they got kids from local D.C. schools to do that labor for free.

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Richard Branson to Obama: “got any weed?”

Virgin billionaire (with a B) Richard Branson (we love him for actually walking the walk on private space travel) had no problem poking fun at Obama’s past cannabis consumption when he decided to steer a state dinner into a smoke session. From Politico:

When you go to a White House state dinner and you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?

“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told a crowd gathered at The Atlantic’s Washington offices Thursday, the day after attending the dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“But they didn’t have any,” Branson continued, according to a video of the event as he recalled his effort to procure weed the night before at the White House. see more…

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