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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Coal Industry 1, EPA 0

Is the federal Environmental Protection Agency omnipotent?

America's environmentalists - and Obama - wish it were so.

But a U.S. District Judge in Washington D.C. has decided otherwise.

It's about time:
Judge slams EPA for axing coal permit
By Erica Martinson, Politico

A federal judge slammed an Obama administration gambit to revoke mountaintop mining permits Friday, saying the EPA invented authority where there was none. “EPA resorts to magical thinking” to justify nullifying permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Arch Coal Inc.’s Mingo Logan mine in West Virginia, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C.

Berman Jackson said the EPA’s effort to revoke permits already issued by the Army Corps lacked the backing of any statutory provision or regulation. “It posits a scenario involving the automatic self-destruction of a written permit issued by an entirely separate federal agency after years of study and consideration,” the opinion says.

“Poof! Not only is this nonrevocation revocation logistically complicated,” the ruling said, but it also robs industry of the only way they can possibly measure compliance with the Clean Water Act — a permit.

EPA ignored the effect that granting itself the right to revoke Army Corps permits could cause uncertainty and financial harm to industries dependent on capital credit for projects involving waterways.

“EPA brushed these objections away by characterizing them as hyperbole,” the judge wrote. “Even if the gloomy prophesies are somewhat overstated,” the concerns are real, she said.

Berman called the EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act — which she separately lambasts for being poorly written — “illogical and impractical.” Arch Coal spokeswoman Kim Link said the company is happy with the ruling. “We’re pleased the district court has ruled in our favor — confirming that our Spruce No. 1 permit remains valid,” Link said. [link]
You may recall that Obama, before he decided he was against higher energy costs, was very much in favor of higher energy costs.

This ruling by a United States District judge will certainly disappoint one of those two Obamas.

Maybe now America can get back into the business of business. And set this Leftist-tortured land straight once again.

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It doesn't get any clearer than this.  Barack Obama, in 2008:

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

His plan is to make electricity rates skyrocket.

The American people have a different plan, pal.  Come November ...

ObamaCare Goes To The Supreme Court

The argument to throw out our Radical-in-Chief's signature piece of legislation comes down to this:

If the Constitution of the United States was written in order to provide our government limited authority over our way of life, and the Commerce Clause buried within that Constitution is construed by the United States Supreme Court as having absolutely no limit to its authority, which the Court may well do, that Constitution is thence and forevermore null and void.

If that's the case, and if the now-nullified Constitution was considered to be the "law of the land," where do we former law-abiding citizens go from here?

To the land of Chaos.  That's where.

The liberals on the Court need to step back and reflect on the really good thing their brethren have going for them here in Welfare State America.  Do they really want to destroy all that with one ruling?

If so, bring it.

And reap the whirlwind.

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In a related story:

Fourth Largest Gun Maker In US Is Out Of Guns

Hope for the best.  Prepare for the worst.

On That Shooting Incident In Florida

There is little doubt in my mind that there is a "wrongful death" claim to be made in the incident in which young  Trayvon Martin was gunned down by one George Zimmerman.  And on the criminal side of the law, a charge of manslaughter.

I expect that charge will be filed any day.

That said, why have America's black "leaders" gotten their thongs in a bunch?

Isn't this reaction to the shooting just a tad over the top?

"[Assistant regional minister of the Nation of Islam, James] Muhammad said there’s an underlying hatred of black people in this country. “It’s deeper than the chief of police, it’s deeper than the mayor,” Muhammad said. “It’s deeper than the government. It’s deeper than the president. The reality of it is there is an underlying atmosphere of racism in this country, where the administration of justice is inconsistent and the enforcement of law is inconsistent based on your ethnicity, based on your race.

Ah, yes.  Racism.

Well, here's a photo of the dude who did the shooting:


He's Hispanic.

He's an Hispanic racist?

Okay.  I'm all ears.  Make the case.

You know what I think?  I think badasses like that Muhammed character just like to hear themselves howl.

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And, as you might expect, it's all the Republicans' fault.

My favorite loony pronouncement?  It comes from MSNBC analyst and Democratic strategist Karen Finney:

"So, when ... Mitt Romney says nothing at all, the effect is dangerous."

Hilarious.

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Wait.  The perpetrator may not be Hispanic.  He is reported to be half-Peruvian.

I can hear Al Sharpton now: Aha!  He's Peruvian!  We all know Peruvians are racist pigs! (Where is Peruvia anyway?)


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Oops. Wait. Now he is Hispanic. Good grief. 


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It's worth noting that 99% of black Americans who are murdered in this country are murdered by black Americans.  So do we really need slave traders like Jesse Jackson fouling the air with this sort of idiocy?

From Drudge:

Blacks are under attack.  Yes they are.  Maybe you should get your brothers to stop it, you old fool.

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A case of self-defense?  Unlike every loud-mouthed "civil rights" advocate in this country, I don't know.


Zimmerman photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

Are Virginia's Democrats Tone-Deaf Or Stupid?

Everyone in the Commonwealth is either fearful or enraged by the price of gas these days.

So here come the Democrats, pledging to make the situation even worse:

Virginia Democrats: $4 a gallon isn't that bad. In fact, you won't even notice it ...

For the love of God.

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How bad have they - and Obama - made the situation already?

Do the calculation.

And send everyone of them back to the dark recesses of the planet from which they crawled.

Are Democrats Simply Stupid?

You decide:

"[S]ix years ago, 73 percent of the Democrats said the President can do something about gas prices. Now they say, 33 percent of them say, the President can do something about gas prices."

This goes beyond devious.  Or gullible.  I think they're certifiably stupid.

You Go, Mitt

This is how you win elections:
Romney: Obama's health law an 'unfolding disaster'
By Kasie Hunt, Associated Press

Metarie, La. (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday looked to pre-empt Supreme Court arguments that will shine a spotlight on a key vulnerability for him in the Republican primary — health care reform.

Romney called Democratic President Barack Obama's signature overhaul "an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives."

Romney was marking the second anniversary of the signing of the health care law, which requires all Americans to pay insurance or face a tax penalty. That mandate to buy insurance has become a focal point for conservative anger, and critics say it represents unwanted or even unconstitutional government intrusion. [link]
The American people have a pretty good understanding of the damage that ObamaCare is now wreaking upon our way of life. It's always a good political move for a politician to reinforce their perceptions, and to give them voice.

The Democrats' health care overhaul is a looming disaster. It must be scrapped. Before it's too late.

Here's to Mitt. Take no prisoners on the issue, man. Win in November.