SCOTUS Rules Against Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments – 1,700 Decisions Invalidated (Video)

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Imperial presidency, Thursday, ruling that he exceeded his authority in making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board when the Senate was still in (pro-forma) session.

Fox News reported:

In a unanimous decision, the high court sided with Senate Republicans and limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments. It was the first-ever Supreme Court test involving the long-standing practice of presidents naming appointees when the Senate is in recess.

In this case, Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break when he filled slots at the NLRB in 2012. He argued the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling the seats.

The court unanimously saw through that paper thin,  hypocritical argument. 

This means that the appointments made during the period between April 2011 to August 2013  lacked a quorum to enact rules or enforce federal labor law. The Right To Work Foundation has argued that  1,700 decisions made during that time frame would potentially become invalid.

“This is a significant victory for the separation of powers”, the ACLJ’s Jay Sekulow said on Fox News, Thursday morning.

As for the  appointees who illegally made decisions for two years, “it’s as if they were never there,” Sekulow said.  “The decisions made during that time frame are null and void.”

“What you’ve got is basically a reversal of those decisions because they had no authority to make those decisions in the first place,” Sekulow said.

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A note of pessimism via the Washington TimesSept of 2013:

However, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the recess appointments as unconstitutional, rendering void almost 1,700 rulings as a result, Mr. Obama’s new board majority may try to rubber-stamp all of the outrageous decisions made while the board was operating unconstitutionally.

You see, Mr. Obama just recently installed four new members to the board with the help of weak-kneed Senate Republicans led by Sen. John McCain. This gives former union attorneys a board majority. One of the new members, Nancy Schiffer, a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO union, has testified before Congress in favor of card-check legislation and has a radical view of union organizing similar to Mr. Becker‘s. She has even argued that secret-ballot unionization elections are “inherently coercive.”

Of course.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the NLRB v. Noel Canning decision:

 

“Today, the Supreme Court invalidated President Obama’s unlawful abuse of the President’s recess appointments power. President Obama ignored the plain text of the Constitution and attempted to make unilateral recess appointments—circumventing the checks and balances of confirmation—when the Senate was not, in fact, in recess. Today, a unanimous Court rightly rejected that presidential abuse of power.  This marks the twelfth time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s calls for greater federal executive power.”

Video: The Koch Brothers Strike Back With Blistering Ad

In a new ad released Monday, The fabulous Koch brothers hit back at Dingy Harry and one of his crony billionaire backers, the anti-Keystone Pipeline Greenie Tom Steyer.  The ad, paid for by American Commitment, a 501(c)(4) group that is part of the Koch non-profit network, is running online only, and is being pushed in Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Michigan.

Via NRO:

The ad, “Steyer Infection,” juxtaposes Harry Reid’s denunciation of the Koch brothers with a narrative about Reid’s relationship with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and his brother Jim, who runs a ratings service for children’s products.

“This is about two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress,” it shows Reid saying in a speech earlier this month on the Senate floor. “You see when you make billions of dollars a year, you can be I guess as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be.”​

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Eliana Johnson, NRO: Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits:

In one of the ads Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has put on the air this year, a thirtysomething actress stands against a white backdrop and looks into the camera. “People don’t like political ads,” she says plaintively. “I don’t like them either. But health care isn’t about politics, it’s about people, and millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less.” At the close, a narrator urges viewers to “tell Mary Landrieu to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people.” Such ads have also run against Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mark Udall in Colorado, and incumbent Democratic House members in Arizona, Florida, and New Hampshire.

Ads like the “white ad,” as it has become known, are not new to 2014. They are part of a sustained assault against Obamacare mounted with the help of the donor network organized by Charles and David Koch and the array of social-welfare groups it funds.

Keep reading at the link.

Powerline: DID THE WASHINGTON POST COLLABORATE WITH CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TO SMEAR THE KOCH BROTHERS? THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES:

So far, I have heard nothing in response to my email to Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson about their possible coordination with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Henry Waxman or other Democrats in writing the article about the Keystone pipeline that I critiqued here and here. I will follow up with them in due course. In the meantime, I have written the following letter to Whitehouse and Waxman:

Video: Teen Surprises News Anchor Who Helped Get Him Adopted

A news anchor had been doing a  ‘Wednesday’s Child’ weekly segment  for many years, and upon her retirement was remembering one little boy who had been difficult to place, but had finally found a home with a wonderful, loving family.

During her 25-year run of the feature, she shared the stories of some 350 children and 75 percent of them found adoptive families, according to the outlet.

Via Fox 4 News:

According to the Huffington Post, the segment, which was taken over by anchor Gloria Campos in 1989, featured children who had been in foster care and were looking to be placed in permanent homes.

Back in 2007 she featured the story of Ke’onte Cook who was eight-years-old at the time. The first home she was able to get him placed in didn’t work out, so two years later she gave him another opportunity to be a part of the segment.

The now 14-year-old Cook was adopted and has been living happily with those parents, Carol and Scott Cook, ever since. He surprised the anchor by walking on the set to give her an on-air special thank you.

Get out your Kleenex….

Video: A Little Boy ‘Pays It Forward’ In Memory of His Soldier Dad

What does the average kid do when he finds a twenty dollar bill on the ground? Most would go blow it on toys and candy. To an 8 year old that’s like a million bucks.

8 year-old Myles Eckert found the twenty in the parking lot of a  Cracker Barrel restaurant, and at first, he had thoughts of buying a new video game. Then he spotted Lt. Col. Frank Dailey in uniform, also eating at the restaurant.

 At that moment, everything changed.

“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.

Myles’ father was killed in Iraq when he was 5 weeks old.  He remembers his dad through family pictures.

Myles wrote a note for Daily and wrapped the $20 bill inside.

“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

 

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After lunch that day, Myles asked his mom to make one more stop. He wanted to go see his dad. And he insisted he went alone.

Have a box of Kleenex nearby….

Happy New Year! Auld Lang Syne

Here are my favorite alternate versions of the Robert Burns classic, Auld Lang Syne.

Vocals by Susan McKeown, bass by Lindsey Horner.

And here’s Highland Heartbeat:

Lyrics:

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WW II Veterans Storm Shutdown World War II Memorial In DC Update: Obama Knew About Their Request – Rejected It

Your feel-good story of the day, via Big Government: 

On Tuesday, the federal government closed down the World War II Memorial after a government shutdown went into effect. That did not stop an Honor Flight of World War II veterans from moving barriers to the memorial to visit anyway. They arrived to see the site barricaded, and a sign reading: “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED.” The vets simply walked into the grounds anyway. The Mississippi veterans went to their tower at the memorial to leave a wreath. They were joined by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA). King said it was a “White House decision” to close the memorial in the first place.

Disregard the host who says that the shutdown was caused by the Republicans to begin with – I guess he hasn’t heard – #HarryReidsShutdown.


Ace is calling this “Shutdown theater”.

Shutdown theater is Obama’s penchant for making shutdowns worse than they need to be.

For example, the Capitol Park Police doing more work than needed to erect barriers to entry to the WWII memorial in the Mall. No one “works” here; there are no Park Rangers. It’s a friggin’ monument. And it is policed by the Capitol Park Police, who are, of course, still on the job.

Nevertheless, Obama is doing Shutdown Theater so he had his Imperial Troops erect barriers to keep people from seeing it.

There’s more theater documented at the site.

Okay – so it’s the same thing they did with the sequester – made unnecessary, high profile,  “painful” cuts that the public would notice so they could blame it on Republicans. Obama and Reid wanted this shut-down so they could play these games, and with the media’s help – they can successfully put the blame on the Republicans. This is part of their 2014 strategy. Along with voter fraud – which Atty Gen. Holder is helping them out with.

UPDATE: 

Via Charles C. Johnson, The Daily Caller: Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans’ request and rejected it:

“We got the heads up that they will be barricaded and specifically asked for an exception for these heroes,” Palazzo told TheDC. “We were denied and told, ‘It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?’ when we contacted the liaison for the White House.”

Palazzo’s office was in touch with the heads of the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and the Capitol Police. He says all these officials rejected his request to allow the veterans, many of whom are octogenarians and some of whom are in poor health, to attend.

Palazzo, a Gulf War Marine veteranwho has participated in all five of the Honor Flights, blames the White House for making it harder on veterans and playing politics. “At first I thought it was a huge bureaucratic oversight,” Palazzo told The Daily Caller, “but having talked with the officials I can’t help but think this was politically motivated. Honor Flights, which bring WWII veterans to the nation’s memorials, are planned a year in advance and cost anywhere between $80,000 to $100,000. How low can you get with playing politics over our nation’s veterans?”

Ace:There are no “schedule hours” for scenery. The monument does not close on weekends, or at night.”

Because it’s scenery.

It is a feature of the landscape.

And yet these See You Next Tuesdays attempted to create a fake “entryway” into a landscape feature so they could block it off and say “the Building is closed.”

And then they doubled down.

Note The Lack of Walls and Gates and Barriers: From @slublog, here’s what we’re talking about.

Look at the gigantic “entrance” — I don’t know if you can call it an “entrance” when it’s just a huge area of No Walls out in the middle of a grassy lawn.

Think about all the work it took to turn an open air landscape feature into a blocked off Instant National Park Which Is Now Shut Down You Guys.

Yep – it’s the same Sequester theatrics reconditioned for the shutdown.

It backfired then, we can make it backfire again.

Very badly done, Regime. Very poor optics….for YOU.

Linked by GayPatriot, thanks!

Charles Krauthammer at The NRI Summit (Video)

The National Review Institute held a conference in Washington DC, this weekend, where policy wonks and writers focused on the challenges facing conservatives.

Charles Krauthammer’s full hour of speaking and answering questions can be viewed at CSPAN. I enjoyed National Review editor, Rich Lowry’s introduction of the great man, especially his description of the nightly ritual  he shares with so many of us –  “I plan my life around 6:40 Eastern time to be in front of the TV to watch you on the Special Report panel.”

Here’s a short snippet from the question/answer period.  When asked who his favorite liberal columnist was, he answered, “David Brooks”  prompting chuckles from the audience.

He also talked at length about what he called the “open lawlessness” of the Obama administration, saying he was encouraged by the First Circuit’s ruling that threw out the  NRLB appointments.

More from the NRI Summit, this weekend:

The Corner: Ted Cruz’s Advice to GOP Lawmakers:

Texas senator Ted Cruz addressed the NRI Summit earlier today. Wearing a business suit and black cowboy boots, he had the podium removed from the stage so he could roam freely, and spoke without notes. In his remarks, Cruz offered guidance for his fellow GOP lawmakers. On his way out, I asked him to pass along some of that advice for National Review Online readers who couldn’t be here today, and about the role that the NRSC, of which he–along with Ohio senator Rob Portman– serves as vice chair, will play in the 2014 election.

The Daily Caller: Krauthammer: ‘Neoconservative’ is epithet used to disparage Jewish conservatives [VIDEO]

Hat tip: RD Brewer at AoSHQ.
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