4/3: CNN Contributor Roland Martin, Obama/the Supremes and gun free campuses…

Guest today:

  • 7:00 AM – CNN Contributor Roland Martin
  • Sometime after 8:00 AM –  Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party

Obama has some amazing balls

President Obama issued an extraordinary warning to the Supreme Court yesterday, saying that if justices vote to strike down ObamaCare they would be thwarting the will of the people.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama predicted the court would uphold the health-care law, saying the court “will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

His remarks came after court hearings last week where several conservative justices mocked the law’s “individual mandate” by comparing it to having the government coerce people into buying broccoli, with some experts predicting a conservative 5-4 court majority would nix the law.

But Obama said yesterday that without a mandate, there isn’t a way to get care to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

“So there’s not only an economic element to this and a legal element to this, but there’s a human element to this. And I hope that’s not forgotten in this political debate,” he said.

Appearing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama decried the prospect “that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”

That takes some pretty amazing gall to pull off… I can see calling them “activists” but to imply they don’t have the ability to determine Constitutionality is rather embarrassing for a “Constitutional law professor“…

Sen. Obama, who has taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, has regularly referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor,” most famously at a March 30, 2007, fundraiser when he said, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” A spokesman for the Republican National Committee immediately took exception to Obama’s remarks, pointing out that Obama’s title at the University of Chicago was “senior lecturer” and not “professor.”

Recently, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has picked up on this charge. In a March 27 conference call with reporters, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer claimed:

Singer (March 27): Sen. Obama has often referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor” out on the campaign trail. He never held any such title. And I think anyone, if you ask anyone in academia the distinction between a professor who has tenure and an instructor that does not, you’ll find that there is … you’ll get quite an emotional response.

The campaign also sent out an e-mail quoting an Aug. 8, 2004, column in the Chicago Sun-Times that criticized Obama for calling himself a professor when, in fact, the University of Chicago faculty page listed him as “a senior lecturer (now on leave).” The Sun-Times said, “In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles. Details matter.” The Clinton campaign added that the difference between senior lecturers and professors is that “professors have tenure while lecturers do not.”

In my mind, an activist judge is a judge makes a law from the bench with no merit.

Didn’t the shooter at Oikos University not kbnow that guns aren’t allowed on campaus?

The man who went on a shooting spree at a small religious college in Oakland was upset at the school for dismissing him — and killed his seven victims execution-style, the city police chief said Tuesday.

The shooter walked into the single-story building that houses Oikos University on Monday morning, took a receptionist hostage and went looking for a particular female administrator, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told CNN’s “Starting Point.”

The man walked into a classroom, lined up students against a wall and shot them one by one, Jordan said.

“This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom,” he said.

After the shooting, the man left the classroom, reloaded his semi-automatic weapon and returned, Jordan said.

He fired multiple rounds once he realized there were other students hiding in an adjacent classroom.

He ended his rampage by driving off in a victim’s car, police said. In all, seven people were killed and three were wounded.

“This happened within minutes,” Jordan said. “We don’t think the victims had any opportunity to resist; any opportunity to surrender.”

The details of the shooting at the private Christian college in east Oakland surfaced early Tuesday as police interrogated the suspect, 43-year-old One Goh.

I can’t wait for the folks to advocate for more gun control to use this

What in the world is a Spaceport?

Three state lawmakers on Monday announced what they said could be a first step toward creation of a spaceport in Alabama. One of the lawmakers, state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, said he’d like to see Alabama beat most other Southeastern states to the punch in planning for a spaceport and applying to the Federal Aviation Administration for a license.

“It’s not ‘Star Trek’ any more. It’s coming. It’s going to happen. And why shouldn’t we be part of it?” Dial asked.

Is there money to be made?

The FAA already has licensed eight nonfederal launch sites in six states, including the California Spaceport at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Spaceport Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to FAA’s website. Worldwide revenues from commercial launches in 2010 totaled an estimated $2.45 billion, according to the website.

Dial said a spaceport in Alabama could operate free of some of the restrictions Spaceport Florida faces by operating at a military base. Dial and Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, and Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, said they would sponsor joint resolutions that, if approved by the Legislature and Gov. Robert Bentley, would create the study committee.

It would include three agency heads appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley, including Director of Transportation John Cooper, and another Bentley appointee. The committee also would include someone picked by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, two people appointed by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, the top-ranking state senator, and two people picked by Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, the House leader.

Any idea what this will cost?

It would include three agency heads appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley, including Director of Transportation John Cooper, and another Bentley appointee. The committee also would include someone picked by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, two people appointed by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, the top-ranking state senator, and two people picked by Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, the House leader.

Dial said approval of a resolution would indicate legislative support for a spaceport.

If the committee later endorsed the idea, he said the FAA could be notified of Alabama’s interest. He said the Legislature then could pass in 2013 a law setting out the power of an Alabama Spaceport Authority to select a site, develop a master plan and apply to the FAA for a spaceport license, among other things. ‘Everybody’s going to be competing for these spaceports,’ Dial said. ‘We want to get our name in.’


I understand County Commissioner Bob Harrison’s concern over the amount of passport fees being collected by Madison County Clerk of Courts Jane Smith…

Unanswered questions over hundreds of thousands of dollars in passport fees collected by the Madison County Circuit Clerk’s Office led the County Commission on Monday to expand its probe to all county offices.

The commission voted unanimously to review all county programs generating fees that could be revenue for the commission. That could also include state programs supplemented by the commission.

Once that review is complete, the commission would turn over any suggested changes to the Madison County legislative delegation.

I also get the political payback and the fact that Harrison is mad at Smith for jumping parties…

The vote came after an attimes tense discussion that started when Commissioner Bob Harrison of north Huntsville said he was “in a dilemma” because the information about passport fees generated by the Circuit Clerk’s Office had not been provided despite his repeated requests.

“Am I taking this a little bit personally? Yes,” Harrison said during the discussion. After the meeting, Harrison said Circuit Clerk Jane Smith was snubbing him by refusing to provide the requested records. At issue is the fact that Smith requested $249,000 from the commission in August 2011 to save up to eight courthouse jobs facing elimination because of state budget cuts.

I will repeat this again, the legislature could kill this issue tomorrow if it wanted too.


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