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If you were buying illegal drugs and the dealer robbed you instead, would you call the police? Obviously, a man from Colorado Springs, Colorado did.

A few days ago this man was buying drugs from a dealer but instead of getting drugs for his bucks he was robbed of $35 in cash, his cell phone and $40 worth of drugs. The next day the man saw the dealer and called police to tell him that the drug dealer was a thief. The police arrested the dealer and two other people with the dealer.

This should show drug dealers that they can’t steal from a buyer. Bad enough you provide them with drugs but don’t touch their stuff.

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Why does the State Department allow Jimmy Carter to travel? Don’t they know that when he visits third world countries he is only going to open his mouth and insert foot?

Recently,Jimmy Carter visited North Korea and came out with this asinine statement: The U.S. and South Korea are violating North Koreans’ human rights by withholding food. If you go to the link provided in the previous sentence you can see the YouTube of Mr. Carter’s statement.

Carter is behaving more as a citizen of the world instead of a citizen of the U.S. This trip was not part of the State Department visit but he was there as part of a delegation from “The Elders,” an elite team of ex-statesmen who travel the world sharing this type of wisdom. Why don’t “The Elders” stick with a golfing weekend instead? A nice golfing weekend with the “elders” would save face for the country.

Ironically, Kim Jong wouldn’t meet with Jimmy Carter but that didn’t stop the old peanut farmer from his ridiculous remarks. However, Kim Jong did say that he is willing to meet with either South Korea or the U.S. to talk disarmament and other matters. I guess when your people are hungry Kim is willing to talk to anybody about anything.

But now Carter blew it by calling out the U.S. and South Korea for violating North Korean’s human rights by withholding food. Thanks a bunch Jimmy. We aren’t violating human rights; it’s called “leverage” and would save a lot more lives than the alternative that North Korea is offering.

Just like Nancy Pelosi said, “You have to pass this legislation to find out what’s in it,” House Republicans have uncovered a section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) an unlimited slush fund. Thanks go to the Freedom  Works site that uncovered this slush fund.

In Section 1311(a) the U.S. Treasury can be used for anything the President wants to spend taxpayer money on, under the guise of “activities related to establishing” Obamacare health benefit exchanges. Even though this slush fund ends in 2015, it provides absolutely no limit on how much can be spent before then, and only the vaguest guidance on how it’s spent.

Under Mr. Obama’s approval, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, is already busy using this uncapped fund to seduce states into collaborating in the implementation of Obamacare. She’s issued nearly $50 million in grants to help states “plan and evaluate” how they’ll set up exchanges by 2014 as the law requires them to do.

But that’s just the beginning. Dr. Donald Berwick, the chief administrator of Medicare and Medicaid, has hinted at even more ambitious plans to tap the slush fund to bail out state governments, which are currently groaning under out-of-control Medicaid spending.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has confirmed that the “state-based exchange grants” fund is an “indefinite
appropriation,” meaning it’s open-ended and requires no further action by Congress to be tapped by the President. This means the President could increase the cost of his health care law by not just billions, but hundreds of billions,of dollars, unilaterally.

Thankfully, the House of Representatives have caught this slush fund and are planning to vote on a bill next week to shut it off. The
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates if a bill shutting off this slush fund would save taxpayers about $14 billion over the next 10 years; but this is only a guess on the agency’s part. The savings could be much greater, because the slush fund is not subject to any controls or meaningful limits.

Under our Constitution, only Congress has the power of the purse. This part of the bill formally delegates to the President the power to appropriate funds from the Treasury without oversight or limit. It breaches the separation of powers which is constitutional.

For those of you, who think you can make a quick buck providing medical marijuana dispensaries, be aware that you may just face
Federal prosecution because smoking, growing and dispensing marijuana is still a federal crime.

Recently, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has warned state leaders that the U.S. Attorney does not focus its limited resources on seriously ill individuals using marijuana as part of a medically recommended treatment regimen but it will “vigorously prosecute individuals or organizations engaged in “unlawful manufacturing and distribution activities involving marijuana, even is such activities are permitted under state law.”

Colorado is just the one of the latest states to receive warnings from the federal government. In fact Federal agents recently raided
state sanctioned dispensaries in Montana, Michigan and California. In addition, the warning from the feds also includes state employees who conducted activities mandated by a state legislative proposals would not be immune from
liability under the (federal Controlled Substances Act). This means if state legislators approve any legislation contrary to Federal law, state employees may face federal sanctions against them.

This leaves many states between a rock and a hard place. What will they do about voter approved medical marijuana laws when state legislators may face these charges? Currently, Colorado has about 123,000 registered medical marijuana patients and dispensaries booming throughout the state per day.

Once again, no one thought out the consequences of legalizing medical marijuana use, growing and dispensing. Marijuana is still illegal and considered a Federal crime.

  • In: Politics
  • Comments Off on President Obama’s “more important stuff” to do

As most of you know by now, President Obama released his Hawaiian birth certificate and calling questions about the authenticity of the  document a distraction from bigger issues by “sideshows and carnival  barkers.”  He told reporters, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do,” Obama said. “We’ve got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them, not on this.”

You know he’s right. He should focus on the stuff that is now on his plate.

  1. Gasoline prices that are over $4 a gallon in some parts of the United States
  2. Sell his plan to cut tax breaks for oil and gas companies
  3. Convince Congress to raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. hits its limit, likely in mid-May
  4. Shake-up his national security advisers
  5. Juggle wars and ongoing protests in the Middle East
  6. Negotiate a 2012 budget that both creates jobs and cuts spending

But what is he doing today? He is heading to Chicago to help his pal Oprah Winfrey wrap up her syndicated talk show.
Then he is going to New York with his first fundraising sweep of the city with three Democratic Party fundraisers.

Yup, that’s more important “stuff” to do. Run the country – nah – that’s next week when Congress is back in session. No wonder he wasn’t invited to the royal wedding he’s such a busy, busy guy.

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  • Comments Off on Finally, Obama releases a valid birth certificate

After two plus years of skepticism and cries for proof, President Obama released a valid birth certificate. You can look at it here.

Now that wasn’t so bad was it? The birth certificate shows what all valid birth certificates show with signatures. The Certificate of Live Birth is never accepted by legal authority and that is what Obama offered as his birth certificate. Who cares if a Certificate of Live Birth is what Hawaii produces. If you are running for President of the United States, provide the correct legal document requested from most if all states.

I listened to Donald Trump take credit for this result. I listened to President Obama’s snarky remarks about this situation. He basically called Donald Trump a “carnival barker” but in the same breathe he said that he didn’t like any vilification of the situation. Obama and his double-speak so typical for a narcissist and arrogant elitist.

So let’s get on with the debates about the deficit and debt, Libya, gasoline prices and where are the jobs Mr. President?

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  • Comments Off on Another star is eliminated from Dancing with the Stars

Last night’s Dancing with the Stars eliminated another rising dance star – Chris Jericho. It was sad but now the competition is getting really tough. Chris was an up and coming dancer and Cheryl did her best to get him there. Unfortunately, viewers didn’t think he was good enough to continue.

Before The Results Show a pre-Results show was aired. It was pretty lame with comments from judges and former stars on each of the competitors. Heck Brooke Burke didn’t even show up for this one that’s how lame it was.

For those of you of the 70’s you probably loved listening to the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block singing on The Results Show. This isn’t my cup of tea – as Len would say – but it was a nice break from unknown singers performing on the show. Brooke showed up wearing a black sequined/rhinestone short dress with elbow length sleeves. She looked gorgeous but come on wardrobe person, she can wear other colors beside black or purple or gray. It’s spring and let’s dress her up with some color.

Next week the stars will be performing two dances and I know in a couple of weeks lifts will be allowed. I wonder how Maks will handle a lift with Kirstie? Hope he doesn’t hurt himself again. Ralph Macchio, Romeo, Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane, Kirstie Alley and Kendra Wilkinson are left to perform. Good luck to all of them.