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Sorry, libs. Obama's immigration action IS, in fact, both unprecedented and unconstitutional

The New Republic and other "progressives" are playing fast and loose with the truth by insisting that ten presidents before Barack Obama- including Ronald Reagan- changed the immigration law by executive action.

Try again. Previous presidents made changes they were specifically empowered to make by act of Congress. But Mr. Obama's usurping of Congressional powers in the matter will be wholly without precedent, and a direct violation of the Constitution.

In other words, those who cite those alleged precedents for Mr. Obama's unilateral action on immigration are lying in their teeth. What they other presidents did wasn't unilateral.

Congress had authorized them to do as they did. It has not so authorized Barack Obama.

Chicago's feisty ex-mayor Byrne is dead

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, 81, died on Friday. She was buried this morning.

She was the woman who did what, when I was growing up, seemed impossible: defeated an incumbent Machine mayor, Michael Bilandic. and won the Democratic mayoral primary and the office on the Fifth Floor of City Hall as an independent.

She had more than the ordinary amount of help from God. A snow storm of historic proportions paralyzed the city just before the primary, and Bilandic- who had been elected by the City Council to fill out Mayor Richard J. Daley's term when Da Mare collapsed in his doctor's waiting room and died of a massive heart attack- did something his legendary predecessor would have been too astute to even consider: ordered the CTA's elevated trains to bypass the stops in the predominantly African-American wards surrounding the Loop and go directly to the white neighborhoods beyond. The city's black residents were understandably outraged, and Byrne- a disgruntled former …

Will Iowa once again be Hillary's Waterloo (so to speak)?

Mason City native Meredith Willson celebrated Iowa's streak of proud perversity in one of the tunes from his classic musical "The Music Man" called "Iowa Stubborn:"



As the New York Post reports, Iowa Democrats are remarkably unexcited about Hillary Clinton (or any other perspective Democratic presidential candidate, for that matter)- and their response to being force-fed a candidate they don't like is apt to be... well, Iowan.

And- worryingly for those who ride the donkey in the Hawkeye State- the same is true of Iowa independents.


HT: Drudge

GOP's electoral future might be brighter than the MSM claims

Here's a refreshing piece of analysis by Michael Barone which sees a considerably brighter electoral future for conservatism and the GOP than we're used to hearing about from the liberal mainstream media.

A closer look at those famously changing demographics America is flashing these days shows that, with a little flexibility on the part of Republicans, those Democrats who are counting on immigration and social libertarianism to make theirs the party of the future might be in for a nasty surprise.

Turns out Chicago isn't as dangerous as we think. Kansas City, on the other hand...

The Citizen Council for Public Security, Justice and Peace, a Mexican crime think-tank, has issued a new list of the 50 most violent cities in the world.

41 if them are in Latin America, and four-Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore and New Orleans, in that order - are in the United States.

Notice that Chicago is not among them. Neither are New York or Washington. D.C. For that matter, none of those three make Law Street's list of the ten most dangerous cities in the United States with populations over 200,000, either.

That study cites, in order:

1. Detroit
2. Oakland
3. Memphis
4. St. Louis
5. Cleveland
6. Baltimore
7. Milwaukee
8. Birmingham
9. Newark, and
10. Kansas City(!)
Huzzah for the home team, I guess. Interestingly, New Orleans- the 48th most violent city in the world, according to the Mexican study- didn't make the list.

Chicago is nowhere near the top in its murder rate, either. According to FBI statistics, Flint, Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Richmond, and Was…

Facts are stubborn things. So is Holy Scripture.

The Reformation slogan sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) is routinely misunderstood by Roman Catholics, who think it means that there is no source of legitimate authority in the Church besides Scripture. Actually, it means that there is no source of legitimate authority of comparable stature with Scripture, and unnormed by it. The teachings of Jesus and the Apostles trump those of anybody and everybody else.

So-called "Evangelicals," whose doctrine of justification often more closely resembles that of Rome than that of the Reformation in any case, are often equally confused about the concept. For them, though, sola Scriptura too frequently means that I get to interpret Scripture all by myself, and that my interpretation is by definition as good as anybody else's.

As is so often the case, a better acquaintance with Scripture itself might help. 2 Peter 1:20-21 clearly states,

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay att…

Where the 'logic"' of same-sex "marriage" leads

It's inevitable, folks.

It's only a matter of time until marriage itself is declared unconstitutional.

Within the lifetime of our children, fornication will be the only state-sanctioned means for children to come into the world. That's the inevitable result of marriage being viewed by the courts, not as a means for children to be conceived and born in an institution protected by the law, but as merely an affectional relationship between two adults.

Our society has lost its mind.

With Squeal Team Six in victorious combat

Quinnipiac said the race was a dead heat. The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll gave Joni Ernst a seven point lead.

She won by eight.

I don't think anybody who supported Ernst really expected to lose. Joni had led from early on in the polls, and momentum remained on our side. What little nervousness we had came from the volatility of the polls as regards her margin.

For a change I spent the day telephoning voters and reminding them to vote rather than poll watching. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds, who were re-elected by an even bigger margin, stopped by to thank us. So did Adam Gregg, the sacrificial lamb the GOP had fielded against Iowa institution and Lutheran Attorney General Tom Miller.

Someone commented that Gregg resembled Clark Kent. He does. Unfortunately, he was unable to leap tall poll deficits in a single bound.

At length congressional candidate David Young stopped by. Young has been savaged throughout the campaign by attack ads claiming that he's a one-…

Last Iowa Poll puts Joni seven points up

The final Des Moines Register Iowa Poll gives Joni Ernst a seven point lead on Democrat Bruce Braley (unless you're Bill Clinton or Michelle Obama, in which case he's "Bruce Bailey"), her opponent in the race for the Senate from Iowa (unless you're in the White House press office, in which case he's running for Iowa governor).

I had a chance to meet Joni yesterday when she stopped in at GOP headquarters in Urbandale (left), where I was working the phone bank. I'm even more impressed than I was before. She radiates empathy, sincerity and intelligence.

Deo volente, tomorrow she'll be elected as Iowa's first female member of Congress ever, and the Senate's first female combat veteran.

BTW, internal polling puts my congressional candidate, David Young, up by four points over Democrat Staci (Deer in the Headlights) Appel.