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The Obama Morning News || July 17, 2013

Zimmerman case tough for black president . . . Washington Post
Hillary: Verdict prompts “painful heartache” . . . The Hill
Holder to “examine” stand your ground laws . . . Washington Times
Americans back Keystone by wide margin . . . National Journal
Does Obama have a second term strategy? . . . Politico
Cordray confirmed for consumer post . . . New York Times
Senate Dems win votes on four nominees . . . Washington Times
House to vote today on Obamacare delay . . . Fox News
UN nominee Power could face opposition . . . Fox News
Obama opposes House immigration approach . . . Examiner

14 Responses to The Obama Morning News || July 17, 2013

  1. With all the hoopla of the Zimmerman trial, the prosecution of the Fort Hood islamic terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, hasn’t even been mentioned by state run media. Yesterday, the jury of 13 officers (9 colonels, 3 lieutenant colonels, and 1 major) was empaneled. How prophetic – 13 jury members for 13 victims. The murder trial, which has taken more than 3 years to prosecute and cost over $4 million with all the delays, will finally begin on August 6th.

    • In a General Courts – Martial the requirement is no fewer than 12 members will be impaneled. As he has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, these charges are considered “Capitol Offenses” which requires all 13 members to vote guilty if the death penalty is considered in any of the 13 counts. For all other counts against him, for imprisonment would only require 2/3 of the members to vote guilty.

      There has been a ton of foot dragging in the prelim of the Courts-Martial, but allot of it has been caused by Hasan himself.

      Now here is a lil fun fact – there is Rule 4: Unlawful command influence. This includes the BO as CIC and Sec DEF & Sec Army. Holder is out of the loop and can not but in at all. It will be interesting to see how long Sir Putts-a-Lot can sit on his hands and not say something during the trial.

      As you can see this is allot different than a regular state or federal trial.

      • Thank you for the explanation of military trials, Otis. It is quite different from civilian court trials. My guess is Preezy Revenge won’t touch this case with a 50 ft pole. There will be no comparisons of Hasan looking like his brother or calls for “Justice for Nidal” from the divider in chief. Can’t help but think how all this foot dragging and heartache for the survivors could have been avoided if only the two civilian security guards who finally stopped this monster’s slaughter had better aim.

        • Military Courts-Martial and the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) is quite unique in how trials are handled. There is the Manual for Courts-Martial (aka MCM) the is very specific in how proceedings are handled. It’s a lengthy pdf but available on the web.

          The final part to this is if Hasan is found guilty of attempted murder and the death penalty is awarded, the final decision rests with the Commander in Chief. Here is how it works –

          The defendant cannot plead guilty to the charges. The panel must be unanimous in conviction, that the government has proven necessary aggravating factors, that the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors, and that death is the only sentence applicable. All death sentences are automatically appealed first to the Court of Criminal Appeals for the military service concerned, then to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The sentence must be personally confirmed by the President of the United States.

          So after having to travel the appeal route the President gets the last word. In review of previous sentencing – appeals process it has taken anywhere from 4-6 yrs to go from start to finish and then on to execution. Looking at it this way, it will probably not fall to BO to confirm the sentence (and I bet he is breathing a sigh of relief). Who knows though, it could be fast tracked.

          The last military execution was conducted in April 1961 after a 6 year appeal process.

  2. I am perplexed by the continual assertion that Trayvon Martin was just a teenager without a weapon.

    He had his physical strength, his fists (and willingness to sucker punch an opponent), and a slab of concrete.

    Hardly weaponless.

  3. “Zimmerman case tough for black president . . . Washington Post”

    …especially when it’s none of his d@mn business anyway, whatever his apparent race.

    The President of the United States does NOT need to be involved in cases on the State and Local levels. Not because it’s right or wrong, but because its NOT HIS JOB. I know it’s hard to tell sometimes, but the President has more important things to do than insert himself into cases being handled adequately by local authorites, and reviewed already by his minions anyway. I would suggest explaining what happened to Ambassador Stevens and by what right the IRS punishes groups for their thought would more than adequately fill his day, although if he has any time left over, there’s this guy in Syria on the wrong side of a red line he could give some thought to…

    This case NEVER had any merit; it only proceeded because The Angry Caliph commented on it, making it a political football that a prosecuter with political ambitions tried to run with. (Look for an Obama administrative appointment in future as a payoff for services rendered, maybe ambassador to Libya? I hear there’s an opening there, and although Obama’s a little vauge about what happened to the LAST guy, if he says he’s “got your back” I’m sure it will be fine…) It also fits well into his apparent desire to divide us against each other, which fits both his plans to rule by fiat AND his desire to weaken and humilate the United States for crimes he was told it committed when he was going to madrassa in Indonesia. Fanning the flames is a win/win for him…and he knows it.

    It’s really not a choice for him anyway, although he may pretend otherwise. He’s not the least bit interested in what’s good for this Country, other than as a reverse compass to show him what to chart his course AWAY from. Weak nation=strong Obama. ‘Nuff said.

  4. One more addition to the morning news if I may. Mark Levin had a sobering rant last night about the left’s persecution of George Zimmerman. He described the history of the Democrat party as one that was once invested in slavery, then segregation, and now racism. The party’s entire existence is based on racial hatred. Mark didn’t give the Republican party a pass either. He accused them of losing the courage of conviction that Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan once possessed – they’ve become an impotent joke.

    • Thanks for the linky.
      There was a time when the Democrats were more invested in the working-man or the middle class that needed protection from the powerful rich and their corporations than in racial politics. The Dems were successful in enacting laws that protected workers from abuses that ruined lives and bodies.

      That success also made their mission moot, leaving them no choice but to look to another reason to exist.

      • For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.

        All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.


  5. When MrsClinton complained about her “heartache” someone should have seen that she received medical attention. Pain in the area of the heart, especially for old women like Mrs C, could be considered an oncoming heart attack.

  6. “Angry Grandma” – good one, Keith. Her plastic surgeon must have been a Republican. She looks ‘rested’ but 20 years older than she did five years ago.

    Seriously, does anyone believe a 70 y.o. woman with no known accomplishments, other than a tortured marriage to a former President, be allowed to become the leader of the free world? We still have a score to settle with her over Benghazi. She gave America the bird…’what difference does it make’? She need to pay the price for the five Americans murdered under her watch. And so does her boss.