That’s one way of standing up for states’ rights:
The House voted early Wednesday morning to stop the Obama administration’s lawsuits against state immigration laws.
The amendment, which strips funding so that the Justice Department cannot pursue the lawsuits, passed 238-173. Twelve Democrats voted for it, while six Republicans voted against it.
The amendment specifically applies to laws in Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana. The Obama administration and immigrant-rights groups have sued to block laws in each of those states.
And now, the big story of the day… once again, the keystone of ObamaCare is declared unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Friday that a provision in President Obama’s health care law requiring citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, but the court didn’t strike down the rest of the law.
I received the below via email today and, as yet, have not checked the veracity of the claims on amendment passage and such. I’ve also removed the “pass it on” part simply because this is a blog, not an email. If you find merit in the ideas then feel free to “pass it on” as you wish. I have a quibble with the name of the “Act” and the use of the constitutional amendment process. I believe the original author intended for the bullet points to be a Constitutional Amendment instead of an “Act of Congress”. As such, I ask for the reader to supply appropriate names for it.
And so, later tonite, the life of Humberto Leal will end, probably a lot more gently than did the life of Adria Sauceda:
The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday rejected a White House-backed appeal seeking to spare a Mexican citizen from execution Thursday evening in a death penalty case where Texas justice clashed with international treaty rights.
Justices voted 5-4, refusing to keep Humberto Leal from lethal injection, The decision came about an hour before Leal could be taken to the Texas death chamber for the 1994 rape-slaying of a 16-year-old girl.
Leal, a 38-year-old mechanic, was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder of Adria Sauceda, whose brutalized nude body was found hours after Leal left a San Antonio street party with her. The girl’s head was bashed with a 30- to 40-pound chunk of asphalt.
Let’s see… execution sounds about right for a piece of human debris that could kill a 16-year-old girl with asphalt to the head.
Earlier today, over on Pajamas Media, former Department Of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams posted an exclusive report on the way that the DOJ has been responding to Freedom of Information Act responses based on the partisan affiliations of those requesting information:
The data in the FOIA logs I obtained reveal the priorities of the Civil Rights Division — transparency for friends, stonewalls for the unfriendly.
Now, according to Adams, a very powerful Republican has decided to look into this, and is demanding answers from the DOJ Inspector General. The Republican in question is Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Adams explains his importance:
He is the wrong Congressman for the DOJ to hack off – he controls their budget.
Indeed he does… it even says so on the letterhead of his letter (which is worth reading), which indicates that he’s the ranking member of the subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee that handles Justice. He couches his request in polite language, but he is clearly demanding answers, or heads on platters.