School principals and Clinton judge zapped two Constitutions in Cinco de Mayo case

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Image of US flag from Veterans Administration

Opinion by Kay B. Day

The US Supreme Court has turned down a petition on the matter of Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District. The case arose after students’ rights were oppressed by the principal Nick Boden and the assistant principal Miguel Rodriguez at Live Oak High School (Calif.) in May, 2010.

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Article 99 charges against Bergdahl raise questions about Lorance court martial

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Free Clint Lorance
A graphic supporters use in an effort to obtain justice for former 1LT Clint Lorance. (Snip: Facebook: Free Clint Lorance)

Military justice can be a strange process. I know because I’ve covered several trials involving what I believed to be wrongful prosecutions. Now charges are being filed by the government against another soldier who deserves to be charged.

His case, however, should raise questions about the unrelated court martial of former 1LT Clint Lorance (see photo above).  Continue reading Article 99 charges against Bergdahl raise questions about Lorance court martial

Calculating campaign: Clinton group warns reporter about ‘coded sexism’ words

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Hillary responds re missing emails
Featured Image: Mrs. Clinton responded to questions from media about her email habits as secretary of state. No new information was disclosed by the former First Lady. (snip: CSPAN video)

Does Hillary Clinton often come off as disingenuous?

Are we being sexist if we view Mrs. Clinton as insincere, in light of her testimony on the Benghazi controversy as well as her reaction to criticism of her use of private email when she served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state?

Clinton’s supporters, calculating odds for their likely 2016 candidate, are already warning legacy media about “coded sexism.”  Continue reading Calculating campaign: Clinton group warns reporter about ‘coded sexism’ words

USCIS EB-5 scandal: Bombshell in footnotes says Mayorkas’ data missing

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Mayorkas USCIS
Former USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas is engulfed in a scandal involving favoritism in the EB-5 visa program. (US government photo)

Anyone who researches and tracks the issue politicians improperly call “immigration” comes to a conclusion quickly. The federal bureaucracy is mired in corruption, incompetence, and political cronyism. Most of the failure is top down. I suspect numerous federal employees who are honest are appalled at what they witness.

Now a new scandal has broken involving the EB-5 program and the stewardship of former US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Alejandro Mayorkas who served President Barack Obama’s administration in that capacity until December, 2013. There’s also a familiar refrain. Emails and other data have gone missing.  Continue reading USCIS EB-5 scandal: Bombshell in footnotes says Mayorkas’ data missing

Brazil, where voting is mandatory, reels from scandal faced by President Rousseff

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Image of Brazil/CIA World Fact Book

By Kay B. Day

The country of Brazil is currently reeling from a scandal encircling President Dilma Rousseff and her party, Partido dos Trabalhadores (The Workers’ Party). The WP treasurer along with more than two dozen others has been charged with corruption.  Continue reading Brazil, where voting is mandatory, reels from scandal faced by President Rousseff

Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks among 196 registered for 2016 presidential run

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Graphic 2016The American Dream, despite reports to the contrary, appears to be alive and well, evidenced by 196 candidates who aspire to win the presidency of the United States.

Republican senator Ted Cruz (Texas) may be the first viable candidate to announce, but wannabes waiting in the wings have already filed an official federal Statement of Candidacy Form to register as a 2016 presidential candidate.  Continue reading Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks among 196 registered for 2016 presidential run

Cruz announces 2016 bid, gets endorsement of sorts from Gov. Moonbeam

Profiles of 2016 presidential contenders

Sen. Ted Cruz announces for 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for the presidency via Twitter, setting off a storm of excitement among Republicans outside the political privilege class. (Snip: @TedCruz on Twitter)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) announced his presidential bid as Monday began, opting to ask for support via Twitter [@tedcruz] around midnight. His declaration was simple; it was accompanied by a video:

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”

Cruz made a savvy move by using social media to connect with grassroots—his name is trending and his announcement is sparking exactly the kinds of debate I think the senator would welcome.

The primary, maybe even visceral, difference between GOP Senate leaders and Ted Cruz is simple.  Continue reading Cruz announces 2016 bid, gets endorsement of sorts from Gov. Moonbeam

Obama mandatory voting: How do countries and his own record stack up?

Obama speaks to racialist activists
President Obama makes a pitch for votes while speaking to a racialist activist group in October. Snipped from video/Youtube: http://youtu.be/V9FP0LNNth0

When I saw messages on Twitter claiming President Barack Obama wanted to make voting mandatory, I thought they were just sarcastic riffs on the government diktat forcing us to purchase a health insurance policy from a government-designated corporation.

I was wrong. Obama did raise the subject of mandatory voting as a way to “counteract” all the big money spent on US elections. Obama’s concern seems hypocritical, considering he was the candidate who set records for spending by a candidate in 2008 and 2012.   Continue reading Obama mandatory voting: How do countries and his own record stack up?

From ‘Senator Government’ to ‘President Government’: Obama wants mandatory voting

Media completely ignored a gaffe by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during a 2008 presidential “debate.” McCain addressed then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as “Senator Government.” Technically a slip, but truer words were never spoken.

There is nothing about federal power this president doesn’t love. Through his direct or indirect actions and initiatives, the federal government now controls all aspects of healthcare, banking at all levels, student loans, energy, natural resources, and any other realm where federal power can intrude.

In my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d live to see Americans support a president who dictated everyone in the country purchase health insurance from designated corporations or pay a sizable tax.

Now Obama has a new idea—mandatory voting.

CNN reported on the president’s recent visit to Cleveland:

“Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it’s time to make voting a requirement.

‘Other countries have mandatory voting,’ Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about the importance of middle class economics, and was asked about the issue during a town hall.

It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,’ he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.”

The president is smarting from the sting of recent election results in Israel, but he appears to still be chafed at the results of the 2014 midterm elections in the US as well. Obama snarked passively at his opposition: “The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups…There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.”

The only “folks” I’ve noticed attempting to deter people away from the polls were the New Black Panthers who wielded weapons and taunted white voters in 2008 when voters were trying to do what Obama wants to make mandatory.

Ideally, people should vote. In America, we leave that up to the voter and that is how it should stay in any free country. Democrats simply refuse to draw a line on power over the individual. That is the most troubling thing about the current heavy hand of so-called “progressive” policy.

‘President Government’ has had his way with both parties in Congress, getting whatever he wanted despite the fact his policies have harmed some of the very blocs whose loyalty to the Democrats’ party is a given.

And by the way, ‘middle class economics’ is a term no economist would ever use in a serious discussion. Who, exactly, is middle class?

‘Middle Class’ is a term politicians use purely to pry a vote out of your hand so said politician can pocket it and immediately forget you exist.

Finally, Obama’s signature bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care tax bill commonly called Obamacare, will deliver a blow to the middle class. Even The Economist, no reservoir of rightwing ranting, acknowledged that via a study from a left of center think tank looking at the decline of income under President Government: “The biggest percentage declines come from the middle class, rather than the very rich…”

The president is leader of his party. Voters should remember what his party has done to the middle class come November, 2016.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 19, 2016)

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ICE release of criminals drops to 30,558; director says number “still concerns me”

ICE Most Wanted
Page 1 of the ICE ‘Most Wanted’ list. (Snip: ICE)

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Wednesday that 30,558 aliens with criminal convictions were released from custody in 2014. According to ICE director Sarah R. Saldana, the agency will continue to work on reform of the immigration system.  Continue reading ICE release of criminals drops to 30,558; director says number “still concerns me”

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