Breaking: The Justia Incident

I’m just seeing this for the first time: Legal records — official reports of Supreme Court decisions — were apparently altered with regard to authority on citizenship requirements for the US presidency during the 2008 campaign.

One could make a case that these alterations could have been done by the McCain or Obama camps; each had peculiarities with regard to their births that bear on the issue. Continue reading

Rising Cain

I am absolutely delighted with Herman Cain’s success, and am developing a real hope that he could become the first black president of the United States. And a fine president indeed, independent of skin color.

The last time we elected a president with no prior political experience, we got Dwight Eisenhower — who was excellent.

Cain has extraordinary experience where it counts — leading people and very large organizations, and wading into trouble and fixing it. Combined with his extremely high charisma — he’s considered the most likable of any of the candidates, including Obama — he has a real shot at this.

The lack of political experience is untroubling to me. It didn’t keep Obama out of the White House, and everything that Obama has learned seems to have been wrong.

I am amused by the Left’s focus on the fact that the Tea Party really likes Herman Cain. “Questions about Herman Cain’s skin color will continue,” CNN intones. Well, here’s the answer: Herman Cain is black. Next question?

Hmm. The debates will be interesting: The Action Man versus the Affirmative Action Man.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

The Beginnings of “Welfare”

The Roman Legion provided … what?

The Lady RowynRowyn comments, on this post about the meaning of “welfare” in the Missouri State Motto which they translate from Latin as “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”

I don’t think ‘safety’ is the correct word. The well-being of the people is what the estate exists to promote and ensure.

Perhaps. But the quote is from Cicero, who was explicitly writing about the duties of military leaders, and that politicians should not outrank them because the [something] of the people is the highest law. I like “well-being” better — particularly as it does not have the weird distortion of “welfare” these days — but it doesn’t seem to convey the flavor of Cicero’s original writing the motto is taken from.

It seems to me that the Roman military forces were not going to provide “well-being” to the people in any other form but physical safety … if that. Continue reading

Eric Holder’s “I’m Incompetent” Defense

I’ve not written about “Operation Fast and Furious” for a while, but it has continued to unravel. New documents released under protest by the Obama administration on Friday proved that Attorney General Eric Holder was lying to the members of the Congressional investigation, and to reporters many times since. He was informed more than a year ago, at least, of Operation Fast and Furious by high level staffers, and they not only used that name but noted the large number of guns being walked and acknowledged it as a problem:

Two Justice Department officials mulled it over in an email exchange Oct. 18, 2010. “It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but is a significant set of prosecutions,” says Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replies “I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like, “Finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

Eric Holder’s defense has focused upon how incompetent he is — that he couldn’t understand Congress’s “when did you learn about Operation Fast and Furious” question, and that he doesn’t read all the memos prepared for him on issues vital to the Justice Department. (Note that at the time he and other administration officials were making a large point about their investigations showing that “90% of the guns in Mexico came from the US.” He was lying about that, too, not just mistaken.

Holder has said, affirmatively, that no one in the administration knew about Operation Fast and Furious — and it’s hard to say that his own people didn’t read the memos they wrote.

This administration’s cavalier attitude toward the truth (as well as toward the deaths of law enforcement officers and civilians in Mexico and the Southwest) has goaded Congress, and it seems that “finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle