Is This The Real Reason Obama Announced the Order in Vegas?

by Keith Koffler on November 22, 2014, 1:19 pm

President Obama today is playing golf at the Shadow Creek golf club in North Las Vegas, reputed to be the most exclusive golf course in the world. It’s 55 degrees and mostly sunny.

At 44 degrees, it’s a little too cold today in the Washington area for a comfortable round.

This is the 47th time he’s played this year and the 204th outing of his presidency.

Obama today is playing with baseball great Derek Jeter, businessman Stephen Cloobeck, and Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun.


White House Chief of Staff Delivers Weekly Message in Spanish

by Keith Koffler on November 22, 2014, 11:43 am

Are we a bilingual country or what!! Usually it’s some lower level functionary, but this morning the second most powerful person in the White House is speaking Spanish to America.

I feel so bad for my grandparents today. How is it that Roosevelt never gave one of his fireside chats in Yiddish? I mean, there were lots Jewish immigrants from the shtetls in the country at the time. I guess they had to learn English.

The translation is offered by President Obama, who served up the address in English. It includes this egregious little lecture:

We are only here because this country welcomed our forebears, and taught them that being American is about more than what we look like or where we come from. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal — that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

The subtext of the first sentence is that those who oppose Obama on immigration do so out of racism. That conservatives don’t want a bunch of Latinos running around ruining white America, and we’ve got to remember, that “being American is about more than what we look like or where we come from.”

Thanks, Mr. President, I’ll try to stop being such a hater.

And then there’s the second line, about the American ideal “that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.”

Again, first let me express my appreciation for the reminder that others are my equal even though they be not white. It’s something I need reminding of as I immerse myself daily in the rapture of my superiority.

But I would in turn remind the president that this is not by itself “what makes us Americans.” This and lots of other things do, including love for the Constitution and for freedom, which implies an executive branch that doesn’t rule in the manner of King George III.

And while we are indeed “all created equal,” we are not all created in the same place, and this country cannot be an open door with a welcome mat for all our equals. And equal does not mean the same. If we flood this country too quickly with other cultures, we will lose our own.

The basis of culture is language. It’s the narrative for the culture.

This is not Latin America. Spanish is not co-equal with English here. There is Latin American culture within American culture, but the two are not equal. Latin American culture is wonderful, but American culture is better. That’s why they are coming here, and not the reverse.

And that’s why there should be one weekly White House address, spoken in the language of our culture.


WH Law Prof Letter Backing Order Written by Democrats

by Keith Koffler on November 22, 2014, 10:04 am

Liberals love to express there disgust with Fox News. But this is why there is a Fox News.

The Obama administration released a letter from law professors asserting that Obama’s executive order on immigration was 100 percent Kosher for Passover.

Seven of the ten, turns out, are registered Democrats according to Fox. Two others who live in states that don’t release party affiliations donate to Democrats. The other, a Republican, donates only to Democrats.

One among them, the president of Columbia University, is trying to get Obama to locate his library there, and would presumably agree that meatballs are porterhouse if ordered to by the White House. Another, Laurence Tribe is an Obama mentor, former teacher, friend and Obama campaigner.

Of course, all White Houses spew propaganda. This little bit stretches the envelope into rank dishonesty. But I’m not telling you anything surprising, now am I?


Live Stream || Obama Immigration Speech in Las Vegas

by Keith Koffler on November 21, 2014, 3:52 pm

The event has concluded.


Democrats Already Playing the Race Card

by Keith Koffler on November 21, 2014, 2:31 pm

Okay, here we go. That was fast. Democrats are keying up to frame the issue, so to speak.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the most vocal proponents of executive action on immigration, last night accused Republicans of being prejudiced against Latinos for worrying about illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border.

Gutierrez said immigrants come into the country in other ways, such as on airplanes, so he indicated Republicans must be racists for focusing on stemming illegal immigration from “our neighbors to the south.”

If you wanna make it about people from Latin American, if you wanna to use xenophobia, if you wanna use bigotry and hatred and prejudice, then you wanna to mix up the facts . . . they always wanna to make this about our neighbors to the south.


The Illegality of Obama’s Executive Action

by Keith Koffler on November 21, 2014, 11:52 am

President Obama’s use of “prosecutorial discretion” to provide amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal aliens is wrong because, unlike pervious such orders by presidents, it defies the clear will of Congress. It is legalization where legalization is not permitted. And it perverts the use of prosecutorial discretion, which is intended to husband limited resources available for prosecution, not create new policy.

But it also, as Andrew McCarthy points out in National Review, isn’t actually prosecutorial discretion. And so the whole thing falls apart.

Because Obama is not just deciding not to prosecute people who have broken the law. He is giving them legal status that includes the right to work, the provision of Social Security cards, and even driver’s licenses. That is, he is saying that in fact they are not lawbreakers. This is a step further, which involves actually changing the law. No prosecutor can do this using prosecutorial discretion.

Obama is saying that, because the United States won’t prosecute you, therefore what you have done is legal, and you can benefit from it. That’s not prosecutorial discretion. That’s lawmaking.

McCarthy provides some examples:

There are also many more fraud offenses committed in the U.S. than there are law-enforcement resources to prosecute them. So federal prosecutors, in an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, will often establish a fraud threshold amount — say, $10,000 – beneath which they will not open a case. But that does not mean you now have a right to steal $9,999.

If police in a big city are overwhelmed with violent crime and focus their attention strictly on murder, maiming, and rape, that does not mean it is now legal to go around punching people in the nose.

If the Justice Department decides it is going to target its anti-drug-trafficking resources against big time heroin and cocaine distributors, that does not mean that personal possession and sale of small amounts of those drugs is now legal — or, indeed, that the government should facilitate drug possession and sales.

Prosecutorial discretion means you are not required to prosecute every crime — which, since doing so would be impossible, is just a nod to reality. It does not mean that those crimes the executive chooses not to enforce are now no longer crimes.

This is the most obvious reason that what Obama has done is illegal. It is an abuse of the powers of his office, which include prosecutorial discretion. And it should be grounds for several possible responses by Republicans, from a lawsuit to impeachment.


Obama to Play Vegas

by Keith Koffler on November 21, 2014, 9:42 am

Oh yeah, baby! Obama heads to Las Vegas to perform his rule-of-law disappearing act, sing some the Left’s favorite canciones, and get a quickie marriage between the Constitution and Rules for Radicals.

But unfortunately, what happens today in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas.

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H/T to Freaking


The Obama Morning News || November 21, 2014

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Obama Schedule || Friday, November 21, 2014

November 20, 2014

10:25 am ET || Departs White House 12:20 pm PT || Arrives Las Vegas 12:55 pm PT || delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration; Del Sol High School; Las Vegas Don’t forget to share

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Video || Obama Address on Immigration

November 20, 2014

The live event has concluded. Here is the video. Don’t forget to share

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Today is a Sad Day

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As the news broke Wednesday that President Obama would finally do what he has been threatening to do for months, the emotion that gripped me was not the one I expected. It was not anger, not frustration, not sarcasm, and not contempt. It was just sadness. It was a feeling that something had died. This […]

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Hope and Change Americans Don’t Want

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Isn’t it just something to behold? President Obama will be famous for two “accomplishments.” Both involve wrenching change for Americans. So you would think he’d be reluctant to move ahead if Americans didn’t want it. Obamacare has never been popular, not from the moment it was passed. Even so, Obama rammed it through Congress without the […]

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