The Pipeline We Know Little About

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember the Keystone XL Pipeline project? Remember what a cause célèbre it was for both the left and right? What the heck ever happened to it? Have you wondered that?

Well, in short it was killed pretty much for good, or at least the foreseeable future – both here in the USSA and now in Canada. As you are no doubt aware, it was Obama who, with the left in the federal and various state legislatures – and with some help from Choo-choo Warren Buffet who owns most of the rail cars now hauling crude down south, vetoed the pipeline. And don’t forget all the gobs of leftist activist money thrown at killing the project.

You may also recall that Canada threatened to build their own pipeline to their west coast and ship the oil to Asia if the U.S. did not acquiesce. That was when the “conservatives” ran Canada. But with the election of lefty socialist (like there’s another kind) Justin Trudeau in Canada, the entire XL project, above and below the border, was pronounced dead.

And that was the end of any talk of long distance oil pipelines. Or is it?

There is another long distance oil pipeline which will span 1,172 miles – from North Dakota’s famous Bakken and Three Forks oil production zones all the way to Pakota, Illinois. read more

World War III Anyone?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A 25 page document recently released by the Atlantic Council (AC), based in the U.S., states that Russia could “attack Poland overnight.”

The report claims that Russia could take advantage of NATO “being distracted by another crisis” or by misinterpreting activities NATO is involved in. After the annex of Crimea in 2014, the Baltic States have become legitimately nervous, wondering who Ruusia’s next target may be.

Many of these think tanks are employed from time to time to hash out war-game scenarios, as it were. But this is no game. The Atlantic Council is deadly serious, even going so far as to suggest possible counterattack targets should Russia decide to move on Poland – targets including the Kaliningrad and Metro Moscow.

They warned that “Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge NATO directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight.” The Council also recommends that the Obama administration authorize more shipments of missiles to the Baltic region. read more

Obamacare was to be Like a Shiny New Car

by: the Common Constitutionalist

For quite a while president Obama and the democrats have lamented over the haves vs. the have-nots in America. It’s not fair that so few should have so much, while working families and the poor go without.

It’s not right that 1% can afford to purchase a new Bentley every year, while most must suffer driving an old clunker which spews out CO2 and is in constant need of repair.

Because of this disparity, the Obama administration has unveiled a new mandated government program. It is a brand new prototype automobile originally developed at Area 51. It is equipped with every known feature currently available in any and all cars and trucks today and it has absolutely zero emissions.

The administration is so exited by the development, the president signed an Executive order requiring everyone to purchase one by the year 2020. read more

Trump is an Anti-Semite But Obama Gets a Pass

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last weekend Donald Trump tweeted the now infamous Crooked Hillary Picture with her smug face over a background of Benjamins and a Red star. The text within the star read, “Most Corrupt Candidate ever.”

Most have seen the original and the edited version, where the star is replaced with a simple red circle, yet retaining the text. And why was it edited? We all know why, but if you happened to not – someone started a campaign against the tweet (I don’t know who was first) claiming the star was a mockery of Jews as it may be a depiction of the Star of David.

It may have been Never-Trumper Erick Erickson who first noticed it. The left then quickly jumped on the bandwagon and the Trump bashing was off and running.

I’m not going to defend Trump – but I’m also not going to condemn him here. Neither I nor anyone else really knows what the intent of the tweet was – beyond the obvious Hillary bashing – which is of course is accurate. Hillary is more than likely one of the most corrupt individuals in America – not just the most corrupt politician.

Whoever started it, the left and their media brethren have glommed on and really hammered Trump on the anti-Semitism angle. To some extent it worked, as he, or someone, dropped the star. read more

Once Upon a Time Director Comey was Independent

by: the Common Constitutionalist

“FBI Director James Comey’s famously independent streak is reportedly ruffling feathers at the White House on issues ranging from cybersecurity to rising crime rates — and the potentially explosive investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. The Republican, praised for standing up to the Bush administration over a warrantless wiretapping program in 2004, may be proving more than President Barack Obama bargained for,” wrote a hope-filled Newsmax in March of this year.

They added: “But he also understands the importance of maintaining his independence as a law enforcement agency that needs to give not just the appearance of independence but the reality of it.”

Well isn’t that nice. Let’s get back to reality, where, in 2013, director Comey was appointed by president Obama.

Don’t think for a moment all Obama’s appointees haven’t been thoroughly vetted. Obama and his inner circle know exactly who all his appointees are. So to say Obama was compromising when he decided to appoint a “republican” like Comey is absurd. To radicals like Obama, those kinds of compromises are meaningless and counterproductive. To radicals like him, it’s more important to advance the Marxist/Statist agenda than to gain points for looking bipartisan.

Which is why Obama has never and will never appoint anyone who is anything but liberal – and/or isn’t easily capable of being turned to the dark side. read more

Podcast – Islam is Sharia – Sharia is Islam – There can no Peace without Sharia

In this episode I dedicate the entire Podcast to Islam and the real stated goal of the religion of peace to spread Sharia throughout the world. I discuss the misconception the West has regarding the meaning of peace. Peace has a completely different meaning to us than it does to Muslims. It’s important that we learn this. And I discuss the Obama administration and its seemingly strange relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it really so strange. read more

Thank Heavens for the Bill of Rights

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republicans in the Senate do occasionally find their backbones and were able to display them as they rejected four pieces of anti-gun legislation. Thank you Republicans and thank you founders for giving us the Bill of Rights.

Given the current state of the federal leviathan, imagine the condition of our individual and states’ rights without the specific declaration of those protections against federal intrusion. Turns out the anti-federalists were right to insist on a Bill of Rights!

We would have no right to own or carry a weapon of any kind without the language expressed in the Second Amendment. We on the right would have nothing specific to argue against the gun-grabbers of the left. For decades we have debated the language and meaning of the Second Amendment, but without it, our argument would be relegated to the abstract, for nowhere else does the Constitution specifically address this right. Given the nature of today’s courts – that would not be nearly enough. Thanks to George Mason and the anti-federalists, we at least have the Amendment specifying this natural right.

Our freedom of speech, assembly, religion, etc. would all be substantially abridged, if not for the First Amendment. We would have virtually no states’ rights left without the Tenth – and so on. read more

Illegals Get to Stay Which Makes ThinkProgress Happy

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The ultra-leftist site ThinkProgress is happier today. And why are they happier? Well, once again, liberal open-boarders politics may trump what is right and what is the law.

“A federal appeals court handed down a very brief, two paragraph order  on Monday that represents good news for the tens of thousands of immigrants currently subject to a campaign of intimidation from a trial judge,” they write.

Of course they aren’t talking about “immigrants.” They are referring to illegal aliens who were/are allowed to stay in the U.S. under the President’s also illegal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) decree.

It is interesting and infinitely predictable, the metamorphosis of the term – from illegal alien, to illegal immigrant, to undocumented immigrant to now just immigrant, making the law breakers completely indistinguishable from those saps who chose to enter legally and play by the rules.

And what has federal Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas done that was so intimidating and egregious? He insisted that Obama Department of Justice lawyers act ethically in his courtroom and not lie to his face. The nerve of some judges. read more

Dodd-Frank Will Rescue Us From Pay Day Lenders

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Short term or “Pay Day” loans have really drawn the ire of the peoples’ president, Barack Obama. So devastating are these loans to the poor and otherwise less fortunate, that Dodd-Frank, the gift that keeps giving, created another useful and desperately needed government agency – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The LA Times reported that this began the “first federal oversight of payday lenders in 2012 amid strong criticism of the industry from fair lending and public interest groups.”

Well, I guess my work here is done and my article complete. I mean – the feds created a new bureaucracy to monitor and deal with evil, predatory Pay Day lenders, so – problem solved. Let’s move on to the next crisis.

Oh – it’s not? Let’s continue then.

Pay Day lenders are none too happy with our president – who’s just looking out for the folks and preventing lenders from laying on the “okie doke” to unsuspecting consumers. The Times claims that the “payday loan industry has argued that the loans are an important financial bridge for some consumers and that regulations should not be too onerous.” Just onerous enough I suppose. read more

Obama Gets Rolled by Terrorists

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Due to the rash of American hostages taken by terrorist groups like ISIS, president Obama, in June of 2015, issued a directive and executive order reaffirming longstanding government policies regarding negotiation, ransom and recovery.

The directive reaffirms U.S. government policies, including (a) achieving the “safe and rapid recovery of U.S. nationals taken hostage outside the United States;” (b) our government will strive to “counter and diminish the global threat of hostage taking;” (c) that we will use all resources to get our hostages back; (d) that we will “make no concessions to individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad” and; (e) that we will deny hostage-takers the “benefits of ransom, prisoner-releases, policy changes or other acts of concession.”

Right off the bat we see that like most what our president utters, this is too crap. How did Obama secure the release of the criminal deserter Bowe Bergdahl? Of course, it was through a rather inequitable prisoner exchange with the Taliban – designated a foreign terrorist group by the Secretary of State.

And why do I describe it this way? Because it is a federal crime to allow the “benefits of ransom, prisoner-releases, policy changes or other acts of concession” to groups, “designated by the Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organizations.” Clearly the Taliban was and still is a designated terrorist organization. But then, when has “federal crime” or the Constitution ever stopped this administration from doing what it wants?

The interesting thing about Obama’s reaffirmation is that it only includes “individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad,” not terrorist nations or nations who sponsor terrorism. Also that it is up to Secretary of State John Kerry to determine who is and isn’t, which leads me to Iran, possibly the number one sponsor of terror in the Middle East if not worldwide.

We all recall the utterly humiliating photos and video of 10 U.S. Navy personnel being captured by Iran several months ago. Personally, it made my stomach turn, with a little seething anger mixed in for good measure.

Through negotiations and a newfound respect between our two countries, the great negotiators, Obama and Kerry, secured the safe return of our brave sailors. It was a triumph of diplomacy. Or was it.

Of course we all know Iran has zero respect for America and less for the feckless Obama administration. So it comes as no surprise to me that reports are now surfacing that the Obama administration – let me rephrase – Obama may have paid  an additional $1.7 billion to Iran for the release of the sailors.

What do I mean additional? I mean on top of the $150 billion we already allowed to be released to Iran – you know – to fund more terror, purchase gobs of conventional weapons and nuke up.

A bill, “jointly filed by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), could force the administration to disclose if it paid the $1.7 billion” to secure their release.

If this turns out to be true, is this not a federal crime? No – no it’s not. First, recall Obama’s reaffirmation that we “make no concessions to individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad” Well, the nation of Iran is neither. Second, recall that it is up to our moronic Secretary of State, John Kerry, to determine who the terrorists are and we all know he would never designate Iran as such. He was too busy kissing their behinds to designate them.

The bill “would compel the Obama administration to issue a report to Congress detailing whether it paid Iran a $1.7 billion settlement as part of the hostage release. It also would level sanctions against Iran for possible breach of Geneva Convention rules governing legal military detainment.”

“Pompeo said that he and Cornyn are seeking to ensure there are ‘consequences on the Iranians responsible.’”

But the administration had already formed an excuse for the payment. They don’t deny it was paid, but in January, spokes-idiot Josh Earnest said  “that was to settle a long-standing claim against the U.S.” The fact it was paid on the very day the hostages were released was just a happy coincidence, I guess. Earnest said the payment was for a debt incurred in 1979, pre-revolution, for arms never delivered from the U.S to Iran. By sheer dumb luck, the debt just happened to be settled on that day. Wow – that was lucky!

While I’m glad the two lawmakers are making the attempt to unearth the truth, let’s be real. The legislature can write as many bills as there is paper in Washington and Obama will just ignore them.

I’m reminded of a quote from the movie Spaceballs, where Dark Helmet is battling Lone Star and says, “So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”