Obama administration: Americans enjoy “no reasonable expectation of privacy”


Just as we are all mostly convinced that Obama’s understanding of and respect for the Constitution is thin, he goes and erases all doubt.

Now, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), is arguing in Third Circuit court that Americans don’t have an expectation of privacy when using their cell phones.  The DOJ argues that any records of Americans that are held by a third party are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.  From CNET:

….the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls…..

…..”The government is arguing that based on precedents from the 1970s, any record held by a third party about us, no matter how invasively collected, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment.”

Civil Liberties groups, including the ACLU, have spoken out in opposition to the government’s view on this case.   A win by the DOJ in this case could open Pandora’s Box with regards to Americans’ privacy in the 21st century, particularly with a society, such as ours, that is so electronically based. (my emphasis below)

“This is a critical question for privacy in the 21st century,” says Kevin Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing on Friday. “If the courts do side with the government, that means that everywhere we go, in the real world and online, will be an open book to the government unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.”

Read the entire article at CNET which also talks about exactly what type of information is available from such cell phone technology and records.

And what does this possibly mean for you, Mr. Citizen who has not committed a crime of any kind?  Or perhaps for you, Miss Blogger, who daily pens her thoughts about the corruption of a rogue Presidency who has access to now track your whereabouts on the web and in the world?  A glimpse from Newsrealblog.com:

Imagine the possibilities if a targeted person possesses a cell phone. His movement can be tracked, logged and searched without the commission of a crime, and without knowledge by the courts….

….The ability to observe or trace a citizen’s activities without consent or a court-ordered warrant violates their rights and limits their freedoms

Let’s hope that the Courts understand the Constitution more than Obama and Eric Holder at the DOJ.  I mean if this case is decided favorably for the government’s case, what is next?

Will Michelle Obama’s obesity program now be able to obtain information from programming providers on how long me and my kids watch TV in a day, lest we get too fat for her taste?

Could innocent citizens be arrested because their travels, documented by cell phone records, coincidentally match those of a prospective criminal?

Do you honestly believe that a Presidential administration (Obama’s) that has already declared tea party participants, pro-lifers, conservatives, and military veterans as “extremists” won’t use their private information and whereabouts against them?

Obama proved his tolerance of abuse where citizen privacy is concerned during his campaign.  Just ask Joe the Plumber.

Of course, it is the ultimate in irony that the President who deems his college transcripts, Senate records, medical records, and passport info as off-limits is so quick to assume that American citizens don’t have a complete right to privacy from an increasingly powerful Federal government.

(H/T: Ace of Spades)

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Joe The Plumber wears truth and takes on the media


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Joe The Plumber on the campaign trail in 2008 - (Source: Wikipedia)

As you may have heard, Joe The Plumber has signed on as a correspondent for Pajamas Media.  Joe recently took on the Israeli press with this great line aimed directly at them:

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” he told foreign reporters.

“You should be patriotic, protect your family and children, not report like you have been doing for the past two weeks since this war has started,” he said.

I say kudos to Joe….it is about time an ordinary member of society gets heard speaking the truth!

Of course, as you might expect, those in the left-leaning media and late-night comedians are all over Joe and his “inexperience”.  (Funny how those same lefties think Obama’s inexperience for leading the country is “‘charming” and “Messiah-like”, but I digress).

But surprisingly, even right-leaning blogs have a bit of a pompous attitude towards Joe and his efforts.

From HotAir.com

“Joe seems ready to make the same mistake that the MSM does, which is picking sides rather than reporting.”

From his own employer’s site, Pajamas Media:

The goal of cutting through the perceived bias of the mainstream media filter is an admirable one to be sure, but is this what our newly hatched journalist will deliver? The resultant reporting should be an unvarnished look inside Israel’s struggle with Hamas, examining the lives of those on each side. But might we be left with a suspicion that the reporter in question has a personal agenda? With such a thin resume as a reporter — stretching generosity to its limits — these remain difficult questions to answer.

Isn’t it interesting that so many people seem to be threatened when “average Joe” appears on the scene and gets more attention than they do?

As far as Joe’s experience or not….Granted, we are pretty certain he doesn’t hold a journalism degree, but since when did a journalism degree, in this day and age, make ANYONE qualified to convey the news? 

As one or many examples, let us just ponder the blistering harassment of Sarah Palin by the left-leaning, J-school elites!  The nastiness and opinionated “journalism” has been unbelievable.  Sarah Palin has now struck back at the media for its lies and mistreatment…..its time the media and “elites” have to defend themselves and the profession that currently thrives in the sewer.

(My favorite Palin smack on Katie Couric: “Because Katie, you are not the center of everybody’s universe”—-)

Pajamas Media and JTP’s employer, Roger Simon did a great job in defending Joe in a piece yesterday:

Joe’s Grade?

Of course, I could be accused of being a tad disingenuous, if, as Joe’s employer, I didn’t at least give a hint of how I feel he’s doing – so I will. Thus far, after two days, I would give Joe a “B to B+”. That’s not a perfect grade, but it’s a good one and far better than Al Gore got at Harvard.

A Thousand voices:

But nothing could be more ludicrous than to think that the presence of Joe Wurtzelbacher in Israel negates anyone else’s opinion of the Gaza War. Indeed, we are and have been for decades inundated with reporting and opinions from the Middle East. Joe the Plumber is one voice – and just one – among thousands and thousands.

Good point…a few toes have been stepped on…and Average Joe may reach people more effectively than the J-school snobs…that’s why they have their shorts in a wad over Joe!

I am rather enjoying the reactions of those trying to assess  Joe’s straight-forward truth-telling…..Joe may only have his 15 minutes of fame (or a career), but the side show of “elite” journalists and lefties defending their trade is hilarious considering that there are no longer journalism ethics and rules to be had.

The one rule that needs to be followed is being followed by Joe….TRUTH.  I say forget the moral equivalence that many try to push between reporting on Israel and Hamas.  There are just some things in this world that are truth and right….and don’t deserve a politically correct equivalence of some kind.

It is time someone puts a spotlight on TRUTH and stops nurturing the evil personified in Hamas, radical Islam (but  I repeat myself), and even the lying, corrupt, Socialist Democratic party and soon-to-be President we have in this country.

Again from Simon:

Many voices are good because the truth is often hard to find. Joe Wurtzelbacher is one of those voices.

You go Joe….I’m pulling for you.

Only those who do right  for the right reasons,  and don’t worship idols or tell lies under oath.  The LORD God, who saves them, will bless and reward them.    Psalms 24:4-5

Lesson #2: Tolerance is not a two-way street


In his most recent piece, David Limbaugh has a perfect explanation of our Lesson #2 with an Obama administration and Democrat majority in Congress…the lesson is on how Obama and the Left view dissent and how liberals don’t tolerate speech they disagree with but demand the other side tolerate issues they don’t agree with!

David’s words are better than any I can muster on this right now:

The most unnerving aspects about the Democrats’ sweeping victory Nov. 4 are their intolerance for dissent and their willingness to censor and otherwise suppress their opponents….

We keep hearing that Sarah Palin’s criticism of Obama for “palling around with terrorists” increased death threats against him, which is bogus in the extreme but consistent with the inveterate liberal tactic of chilling conservative speech by saying it incites violence.

Ohio state employee Vanessa Niekamp said she was ordered to run a child-support check on Joe the Plumber, the man who asked Barack Obama an innocuous question about redistributing taxpayer income. Niekamp doesn’t remember ever having checked into anyone else without having a legitimate reason to do so, such as discovering that someone recently came into money.

Democratic prosecutors in St. Louis threatened criminal prosecution against candidate Obama’s critics. In Pennsylvania, lawyers for Obama wrote intimidating letters to TV and radio stations that aired unflattering ads documenting Obama’s anti-gun record. The Obama campaign complained to the Department of Justice about the American Issues Project’s ad tying Obama to William Ayers. Obama supporters flooded Chicago radio station WGN with harassing calls during its interviews of conservative writers investigating Obama.

On election night, Philadelphia police arrested a man who dared to wear a McCain-Palin ’08 T-shirt at an Obama celebration rally. What’s scarier is that the Obama crowd reportedly chanted with joy as cops arrested the man for exercising his freedom of political expression. According to the liberal worldview, arresting someone for disagreeing with you is not censorship, but implying someone is not patriotic is.

Obama has made no secret of his plan to pass “card-check” legislation, which some have described as the most radical revision of labor law since 1935. It would permit unions to eliminate secret ballots – against the wishes of 78 percent of union members – which would represent a radical blow to democratic principles.

Democrats fully intend to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine, a euphemistically named regulation aimed at shutting down conservative talk radio, which Sen. Chuck Schumer has compared to pornography.

Remember that conservatives have never advocated government action to suppress or censor the liberal media monopoly, which has existed for decades and still dominates mainstream media today. Their answer was the alternative media.

But what is even more frightening than the sinister schemes of liberal politicians to silence and criminalize political opposition is the apparent eagerness of rank-and-file liberals to go along with them, as witnessed by the many examples I’ve cited and numerous gleeful e-mails I get taunting me about the imminent re-invocation of the Fairness Doctrine.

I believe this arrogant attitude can largely be traced to the top-down indoctrination in our schools, cultural institutions and media that liberalism is morally superior because it is tolerant, diverse, intellectual and enlightened. This view holds that conservative expression doesn’t deserve constitutional protection because it is inherently evil. As one liberal academic administrator said in justifying his draconian action in suppressing a Christian viewpoint, “We cannot tolerate the intolerable.”

This self-blinding, superior mindset explains how liberals can accuse conservatives of racism for their legitimate political differences with Barack Obama while demeaning, with racist epithets, Condoleezza Rice or Clarence Thomas. It’s how they can mock conservatives for being closed-minded while unilaterally declaring the end to the debate on global warming because of a mythical consensus they have decreed. It’s how they can demand every vote count and exclude military ballots. It’s how they can glamorize Jimmy Carter for gallivanting to foreign countries to supervise “fair elections” and pooh-pooh ACORN’s serial voter fraud in their own country. It’s how they can threaten the tax-exempt status of evangelical churches for preaching on values, even when the churches don’t endorse candidates, but fully support a liberal church’s direct electioneering for specific candidates.

It’s how they can ludicrously depict President Bush as a dictator while romanticizing brute thug tyrants Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. It’s how they can falsely accuse President Bush of targeting innocent civilians in Iraq when he does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties but demand our withdrawal from South Vietnam, which resulted in the massacre of millions of innocents. It’s how they can advocate the banning of DDT in the name of environmental progress but be unconcerned about the untold malaria deaths that resulted. It’s how they can oppose the death penalty for the guilty but protect the death penalty for the innocent unborn. It’s how they can prevent the teaching of “intelligent design” in schools in the name of science but defend the many documented myths of biological evolution in public-school textbooks, also in the name of science.

If you believe the left is tolerant, open-minded and democratic, you’re in for a rude awakening.

A guy who speaks what McCain supporters know


This guy has a different presentation style, but is spot on with what McCain supporters UNDERSTAND about Barack Obama and liberals…Basically, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Compare and contrast him to typical Obama supporter, “Ms. Obama will help me get free gas if I help him“.

(H/T: Ace of Spades)

For the blinded sheeple-More facts on Obama’s Tax Plan


From Protein Wisdom, a preview of Andrew Boucher’s column for the Fort Collins Now weekend edition.   Andrew Boucher sums it up well here:

This election hinges on some very basic questions: Higher taxes or lower taxes?  More government or less government?  When times are tough, who should decide how to spend the money you earn? 

What the column makes clear is that for all of the rhetoric, the numbers don’t lie: Barack Obama and the Democrats are calling for higher taxes, the kind of taxes that kill job creation, threaten retirement savings and, in some cases, are painfully regressive – taking more money, job security and opportunity from those who can least afford it. 

Here’s the analysis of Obama’s Job-killing Socialist Plans Tax Plans by Boucher:

Obama’s tax plan includes four main components: Higher marginal rates; higher estate taxes; higher corporate taxes; and higher taxes on investments. Let’s go through them, one-by-one.

 

[…]

The “Joe the Plumber” tax raises taxes on small businesses, crushing entrepreneurial job creation at the most basic level. Most small businesses are LLC’s or S-Corporations. Every net dollar they earn is taxed as “income” for the owner. Even if a small business owner decides to take a small salary each year and leave money in his or her business for future investment or payroll, all of that money is taxed as “personal income”. Moreover, many small businesses live from contract to contract. They might receive a large check at the end of a year and then set that money aside to make sure they can make payroll for upcoming lean months. Obama’s plan raises taxes on that money, perversely calling it “income”. In the real world, that money is often next month’s paycheck or next year’s job security for employees.

Barack Obama is also calling for higher estate taxes: More “tax the rich” class warfare, more real-world pain for working Americans. The current estate tax rate is scheduled to sunset over the next few years. Barack Obama will set it at 45 percent. For Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, that might not be that big a deal, but what about a family farm or small business? Many are worth enough to trigger the estate tax but only produce a modest income for the owners. Those farms or businesses are taxed at the “value” of the company, not for the revenue they produce. All too often, the only way the next generation can cover their estate tax bill is to sell off the farm or business. Most “Mom and Pop” small businesses don’t survive to the next generation. The estate tax destroys them.

[…] do your parents own their home? If they passed away, would you be able to write a check to cover the estate taxes on the value of that home, or would you have to put it on the market in order to pay the government? On December 31, 2010, the estate tax is scheduled to expire. Barack Obama wants to set it to 45 percent for the highest marginal rates. Part of the American Dream is that our children will live better than we do, that we’ll be able to create something and pass it on. Barack Obama’s tax plan makes that dream unattainable for many Americans.

Barack Obama will raise taxes on “big oil.” Who do you think actually pays for those taxes on “big oil”? We do, of course. Everyone pays, regardless of whether or not we can afford it. We pay higher prices at the gas pump and higher prices for our groceries. (It takes gas to run farm equipment and the trucks that get the groceries to the supermarket.) Barack Obama’s higher taxes on “big oil” will hurt lower-income Americans the most. While they might make for a nice sound bite, taxes on “big oil” are among the most regressive and punitive taxes. Remember those 40 percent who don’t owe federal income taxes? Ironically, Barack Obama’s plan means they take less money home at the end of the week.

Finally, a question: How’s your 401k these days? Your pension? Stocks have plummeted as investors have pulled their money out of the market. Yet just as the market is crashing, Barack Obama is planning to raise taxes on capital gains and dividends, further discouraging investment and cutting an even larger chunk of money out of the stock market. Were you planning on retiring anytime soon? Under an Obama administration, you might be working a few extra years.

We’ve seen this type of “tax the rich” mentality before. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush and the Democrat-controlled Congress passed a ten percent “luxury tax” on yachts priced at more than $100,000, thinking that the “rich” would easily be able to afford the surcharge. What happened? Just two years after the new tax went into effect, the New York Times reported that “In the last two years, about 100 builders of luxury boats — recreational craft costing more than $100,000 — cut their operations severely and laid off thousands of workers.”

Thousands of workers lost their jobs: Machinists, tradesmen, carpenters, laborers, designers. The “tax the rich” mentality – especially higher taxes on business – sends lower and middle income workers to the unemployment office. Higher estate taxes destroy the ability to pass small businesses, family farms or homes on to the next generation. Higher taxes on “big oil” lead to regressive cost increases at the gas pump and the grocery checkout lane. Higher taxes on investments leads to reduced values for retirement accounts, 401k’s and pensions.

That is what Barack Obama is proposing. That is his change for America. Look at it this way: Maybe you can use your government check – oops, I mean “refundable tax credit” – to pay for it all. You might even want to spend it on some new resume paper. You’re going to need it.

In 2001, Obama discusses HOW best to “Spread the Wealth”


An audio clip with editorial words added.  This should give EVERYONE a clear picture of Obama’s view on Socialism and “Spreading the Wealth”.  What he said to Joe the Plumber was not misspeaking— it is what Obama has believed at least since 2001 (probably all of his adult life) and, through his tax plan, he plans to implement if elected.

The lefties, Obama, and Biden are trying to say how it is simply another example of “right wing talking points” to say Obama is a Socialist and is planning to “spread the wealth”.   Geez!

But listen closely…..Obama doesn’t discuss here whether it is right or wrong to redistribute wealth….Obama assumes redistribution of wealth is right and is discussing how best to do it in this country….courts, legislation, administrative????????

From Stop the ACLU, the partial transcript:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that…..

……I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know, the institution just isn’t structured that way.

(H/T: Little Green Footballs)

Barney Frank, Obama and Dems: Tax, Spend, and “Spread the Wealth


Barney Frank, just yesterday, said that we shouldn’t be concerned with the deficit “fear” right now….he indicated plans to spend, spend, spend our way out of the financial crisis (that he helped create)….and that if we can’t raise taxes now, we will do it later and we will squeeze it out of the wealthy.

I have paraphrased his words, but if you don’t believe listen here:

From HotAir.com, here is the transcript, if you’d like to read it:

I think at this point, there needs to be an immediate increase in spending, and I think this is a time when deficit fear has to take a second, uh, a second seat. I do think this is the time for a very important kind of dose of [unintelligible]. Yes, I think later on, there should be tax increases. Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of rich people out there who we can tax at a point down the road to recover some of this money.

It just galls me to hear him say that NOW the deficit doesn’t matter because we need to spend our way out of the problem primarily caused by Barney and his Democrat friends (including Obama and ACORN).

However, just about every Democrat who has had the chance, including Obama, said we should end the Iraq War (winners or not) because we are spending too much money in Iraq.   I think each of these Democrats (and some Republicans, too) need to go read what the founders intended the government’s role to be.  The governments role is to provide for a military to defend…..but the government was not formed to take from one person and give to another nor was it formed to privatize banks and slide us into a Socialist nation……Democrats would rather insert Social Engineering (ie Home mortgages for every one who can’t afford one) into the housing and lending markets, cause a huge financial crisis, blame Republicans for their own messes, and then tax and spend us all into oblivion!  But, in their eyes, if we need to do what is right and Constitutional in taking the fight to our enemies and protecting our homeland…..we are just spending too much and that is when we should worry about the deficit!  GEEZ!

Barney, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Obama and those like them need to GO!

On top of Barney Frank’s plans, Obama’s plans, as we learned in his answer to Joe The Plumber, is to increase taxes and “spread the wealth”.  Not to mention that when Obama lets Bush’s tax cuts expire, EVERYONE will have higher taxes.  Obama’s plan will most definitely suppress job creation and demotivate small businesses.

Obama also plans to let ACORN assist in “setting the agenda” for the nation.  You remember ACORN don’t you?  They are the taxpayer-funded left wing (claims to be bipartisan) group at the heart and center of the subprime mortgage failure and financial crisis.  R-E_C_K_L_E_S_S!  (ACORN is also Voter Fraud Central….They are actively working to kill any confidence Americans have in their right to vote by cheating with and for their leader, Obama)

God forbid that the reckless, Socialist Democrats share power with Obama….America can’t afford it financially, morally, or otherwise!  Pray for this election….!