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Well, it’s not really a throwback if you’re asshole-deep in it today! Let’s take a look, shall we?
First, COOTUS is using yet another Executive Order to backdoor gun control by banning ammunition.
“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”
Whatever it takes for the children, right boss?
Next, COOTUS’ puppets at the FCC have pushed through the innocuously named “net-neutrality rules” so that the layabouts at the Fed now have something to do – namely destroy the free flow of digital content, pile on more and more taxes and regulations and determine what content is given priority. I’ll let you guess how all that will work out.
Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet.”
Further, he accused the FCC of bending to the will of Obama, who last fall came out in favor of such a sweeping regulatory plan.
Pai said the FCC was reversing course from past positions for one reason: “President Obama told us to do so.”
He warned of a litany of negative consequences, intended or not, from the net neutrality plan. He said it allows rate regulation — and, ultimately, rates will go up and broadband service will slow.
Pai said that while the plan defers a decision on applying a service fee to Internet bills — much like is applied to phone bills — that surely will change.
Federal prosecutors in New York’s Brooklyn-based Eastern District pursued cases against secret, unnamed “John Doe” defendants 58 times since Loretta Lynch became head prosecutor in May 2010. Two of the 58 are terrorism cases.
Eastern District prosecutors have also sought permission to close the courtroom to the public for 11 different Doe cases during the same period, and judges have granted permission in at least 10 of the cases, as recently as February 12.
Critics are concerned the practice may infringe the Constitution’s guarantee of a public trial.
“While pseudonyms may be appropriate in exceptional cases, the courts should always opt for more transparent methods of protecting sensitive information when available,” said Lee Rowland, staff attorney of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. “The disproportionate number of John Doe cases in the Eastern District is certainly a cause for concern; complete secrecy about the parties in a case should never be a default option.”
Speaking of transparency, I remember when 3 billion was a lot of money. But it’s none of our damn business what the Feds do with our tax dollars.
The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.
At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.
What’s tricky is that Congress never authorized any money to make such payments to insurers in its annual appropriations, but the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the U.S. Treasury, made them anyway.
Last but certainly not least, COOTUS is threatening retribution against any ICE agents who dare to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
“Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight.. but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress. The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem.”
“If somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”
This narcissistic bastard pledged six years ago that he was going to remake Amerikkka with our without the other allegedly co-equal branches of government and he’s making good on his promise. With cowards like McConnell, Boehner, Corker, Alexander, Graham and the rest of the GOP bending over and grabbing their ankles every time COOTUS says so, there’s not much hope for liberty going forward. This country does not even remotely resemble the one in which I was raised. I wish I could put my hat on backwards, watch the Oscars and suddenly become interested in the moronic celebrity worship that rules this culture, but, for some reason I still care. I need a drink.