[LATIMES] When President B.O. joked to African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... leaders Tuesday about his theoretical ability to win a third-term if not for the U.S. Constitution, he was speaking to a group of men notorious for clinging to power.
"I love my job," Obama told leaders at the AU headquarters in Æthiopia. "But under our constitution, I cannot run again. I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't."
It was a message deliberately targeted to African leaders who all too often refuse to abide by their own countries' presidential term limits, most of which were put in place at the urging of Western powers. More than a half-dozen countries have simply repealed term-limit laws to allow sitting presidents to remain.
This week, Zim-bob-wean President Bob Muggsy Mugabe Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case... , in power since 1987, likened the two-term limit to a "rope around the neck" for African leaders. He dismissed term limits as a Western concept that doesn't work on the continent, even though his nation adopted two five-year terms limits in 2013.
Of the current leaders of the more than 50 member states of the AU, three men have been in power since the 1970s, four since the 1980s and eight since the 1990s. A third term for the Champ.... not exactly a laughing matter.
Still has time to get one more SCOTUS appointment to reinterpret that amendment along the lines that it doesn't give 'citizens' a choice and thus is struck down. I'm sure the Trunk RINO Senate Majority Leader will give such an appointment opportunity to him.
The Beest drops out due to illness immediately following party nomination. Dems caught without a viable candidate, vote for temporary delay of presidential election. Supreme court rules election delay is constitutional. Current regime remains on the field.
JFM: I'm not sure what the Congress wants, or doesn't want any longer matters. A small number of the congressional 'leadership' appear to be making whatever decisions are made based on the guidance they get from the Champ and his shadow govt.
With John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy plus the leftist mindless Marxists traditional judges I am sure they have discussed a way to 'reinterpret' the intentions with regards to presidential term limits. Something like 'Look what great things happened when FDR had an extended stay...'
[Tea Party] Here's what happened: McConnell offered to the highway bill a non-germane amendment--which was deemed germane by his colleagues this weekend--that would reauthorize the highly controversial Export-Import Bank. In response, Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered two amendments on Sunday evening to McConnell's non-germane-to-the-highway-bill-amendment-that-was-later-inaccurately-deemed-germane.
The reason why Cruz and Lee offered amendments to McConnell's amendment--essentially second tier amendments, or amendments to an amendment--rather than to the highway bill itself is because McConnell engaged in a tactic made popular by his predecessor, former Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), called "filling the amendment tree." Doing that ensures that there is no opportunity for senators to offer any extra amendments, and it is a tactic designed to stifle open and honest debate.
Cruz's amendment would have, when it comes to President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, kept sanctions on Iran until it recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state and until Iran released the four Americans it is currently holding hostage in their country. Lee's amendment would have defunded Planned Parenthood--which has gotten lots of extra attention as of late, as new covert videos have emerged showing executives from the taxpayer-funded abortion-providing institution seeking to sell aborted baby body parts.
Cruz's came up first,and when he offered it, it was shot down by the chair in the Senate--the presiding officer--as non-germane to McConnell's Export Import Bank reauthorization amendment. Cruz appealed the ruling of the chair--a vote that requires just 51 Senators, or a simple majority in the Senate--and instead of actually having a recorded roll call vote, the yeas and nays, GOP leadership including McConnell and Cornyn ordered it voice voted down. Since the vote threshold to overturn the ruling of the chair is a simple majority, and there are only 46 Democrats in the Senate, it means that McConnell and Cornyn would have needed to deliver at least five Republicans to kill Cruz's motion, assuming all the Democrats voted that way. Instead, by voice voting it down--in fact, only Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Lee seconded Cruz's motion for a roll call vote, not a sufficient number to get a recorded vote--they kept themselves from having to make five Republicans walk the political plank to vote against something they say they support.
Voice voting means a whole bunch of senators just yelled out that they didn't support Cruz's effort to restrain Iran from hurting Israel, because McConnell and Cornyn didn't want evidence of which (at least) five Republican senators would join presumably all the Democrats to vote down the amendment's chances. Bloody murdering cowards of the first order. I await the appearance of an abortion recipient who will admit being paid cash money for baby tissues. Surely someone will soon be stepping forward.
The same exact process played out a few minutes later when Lee moved to do the same.
In response to this process happening on Sunday evening, in a public statement on his website, Cruz hammered McConnell.
"We've just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor," Cruz said in the statement. "The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party." More @ link (if you can stomach it.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.