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Monday, January 31, 2011

Federal judge in Florida rules individual mandate is unconstitutional,. NYPost 1/31/2011

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

Attorneys for the administration had argued that the states did not have standing to challenge the law and that the case should be dismissed.

The next stop is likely the U.S. Supreme Court. Two other federal judges have upheld the insurance requirement, but a federal judge in Virginia also ruled the insurance provision violates the Constitution.

In his ruling, Vinson went further than the Virginia judge and declared the entire health care law unconstitutional.

"This is obviously a very difficult task. Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the Act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution," Vinson wrote in his 78-page ruling.

The White House said it would appeal the decision.

At issue was whether the government is reaching beyond its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce by requiring citizens to purchase health insurance or face tax penalties.

Attorneys for President Barack Obama's administration had argued that the health care system was part of the interstate commerce system. They said the government can levy a tax penalty on Americans who decide not to purchase health insurance because all Americans are consumers of medical care.

But attorneys for the states said the administration was essentially coercing the states into participating in the overhaul by holding billions of Medicaid dollars hostage. The states also said the federal government is violating the Constitution by forcing a mandate on the states without providing money to pay for it.

Florida's former Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum filed the lawsuit just minutes after Obama signed the 10-year, $938 billion health care bill into law in March. He chose a court in Pensacola, one of Florida's most conservative cities. The nation's most influential small business lobby, the National Federation of Independent Business, also joined.

Other states that joined the suit are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 The American people deserve better from the current Administration. What could one expect when 60
senators from the majority party ram this bill through both Houses and scoffed at the Constitution. This is
a reason for serious concern, Are we as a nation being manipulated by our government just like so many others around the world. This disease must stop come 2012.

theodore miraldi

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The Arabs' uprisings: Time of hope or horror? NYPost 1/31/2001

   Freedom doesn't come to people all at once; it slowly ingrains itself into the psyche when one asks himself:

why? Why should my life be so much less than the rest? 

When freedom finally speaks, as it is now doing in the Arab world, people stand up and demand it.

  Taheri has done the world a great service by explaining what is happening in the Mideast. Maybe these

people soon can live in peace.

Theodore Miraldi

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fires of Freedom Burning in Egypt.........

We may be experiencing an enormous phenomenon in the Middle East with no less than three

authoritative governments under seige by those they govern. Egypt, one of the richest cultures

in history may be making a move to become a real democracy. With a literacy rate approximately

54% of the polulation,  Egyptians are now tired of being told what, and what not to do, and living

in poverty to boot. In a modern world where technology have made us all part of a global family

the Egyptian people are now revolting, as in Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco and Algeria. People

who have lived by the sword are sick and tired of living below their expectations because of

education. So I say let Freedom ring loud and clear and bring Freedon where it has never existed


theodore miraldi   1/28/2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obama Buying Voter Time..........

 Obama's State of the Union Address was a futile effort to show American voters that he too cares about fiscal responsibility, and balancing the budget. It's unfortunate that any politically minded person could do nothing but scoff at this inane attempt to again make fools of the voting public. Surely his co-joined representatives had themselves a good chuckle in a speech filled with limp proposals and no specifics. And
we have all learned it's the specifics that get Obama into deep water. Obama is no centrist and his attempt
to copy Clinton's mea culpa was insulting at best. The mid-term election has left Obama with the bad taste of a one term president as he already has started his campaign for 2012.

theodore miraldi

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prez's China Hu-ey: Dim sum for dim Bam? NYPost 1/21/2012

* What exactly is the message we are sending China?

Here's the biggest criminal enterprise in the world, chowing down on lobster and steak. China's restrictive

trade policies make it impossible for American businesses to make a buck. If China truly seeks to be a world

partner, let it start acting like one.

theodore miraldi

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Cultural Vandalism State Dept. v. Mom & Pop, By MICHAEL A. WALSH

Lost in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tuc son was a modest battle in the culture war: The State Department quietly decreed that some passport applications would henceforth be gender neutral. No more "mother" and "father"; such terms were apparently too retro, too judgmental for the Foggy Bottom bonzes. Instead, Parent One and Parent Two would do just fine.

O Brave New World, that has such bureaucrats in it.

A backlash quickly ensued, so Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed away (some), ordering that the terms "mother" and "father" could peacefully coexist with the new "parent" designations on the forms used by American citizens abroad to obtain passports for new babies. But the camel's nose is now under the tent.

Leaving aside the wretched barbarism of the phrase "gender neutral" -- what State really means, of course, is "sex neutral" -- the move is another salvo in the ongoing sapper war against American and western cultural norms. Even as recently as a decade ago, it would have seemed absurd to think that words like "mother" and "father" would become politically incorrect, but such is the world we now inhabit.

True, advances in medical technology have redefined the limits of human reproduction, and shifting societal attitudes toward homosexuality have resulted in an increase in same-sex couples seeking either surrogate births or adoption.

"We are confronting situations now that we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago," a State Department official told Fox News. Predictably in this highly politicized climate, the decision was cheered by gay groups, which welcomed its inclusivity, and protested by conservative Christians.

But there is a larger issue at stake here: At what cost do we turn our backs on thousands of years of cultural history in the name of bureaucratic efficiency?

The recent bowdlerization of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" -- one of the most "liberal" novels ever penned, and widely deemed (before the advent of that fascism of the mind known as political correctness) to be the Great American Novel -- is just the freshest example of this juvenile cultural self-loathing. There are productions of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" that have edited out all references to the Moor Monostatos' blackness, lest it cause offense -- even though the opera's principal theme of the struggle of good against evil, day against night and light against darkness has nothing whatsoever to do with slavery or African-Americans.

But cultural vandalism is the order of the day. Like the Bolsheviks rampaging through the manor houses and dachas of the nobility after the Russian Revolution, the PC police gleefully consign history to, well, the ash heap of history, confident that they're in the service of . . . what, exactly?

For more than two centuries, dating back to Rousseau, the left has been waging an unrelenting war on the wellsprings of Western civilization, as if it were some deliberate, malign conspiracy against an oppressed minority instead of the bulwark against savagery that picked up the pieces of Greco-Roman culture and transformed them into the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. No society is perfect, but where would you rather be? Dubuque or Darfur? San Francisco or Riyadh?

Still, if "mother" and "father" no longer have any intrinsic meaning, where are we? And where are we headed?

Of course, they do have meaning, and no amount of linguistic fiddling can change that. Until the day comes when fully artificial children can be created in a laboratory, the yin and the yang of conception remain immutable: Opposites attract, get fruitful and multiply. We may have separated "parenting" from sex, but the sex -- and the "gender" -- is always there.

That's why bowdlerization always fails. As Camille Paglia points out in her brilliant (dare I say seminal?) "Sexual Personae," reality -- nature -- can't be denied. It may go underground, where it haunts our dark fantasies, but it's always there, bubbling beneath the surface, only to erupt later, unfettered, in mysterious and terrifying ways.

Thomas Bowdler, who sought to expurgate Shakespeare's Elizabethan bawd in order to protect the feelings of Victorian women and children, wound up on that very ash heap of history, an object of scorn and ridicule.

Hey Ma, hey Pa -- what will they think of us, a century hence? Parents One and Two want to know.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The rush to judgement..........Tuscan

to my dismay, after reading numerous articles and posts by various pundants on both sides, it make me quite
ashamed to see and hear the hatred that still premeates those of greater and lessor influence regarding
such tragic happening in the Tuscan tragedy. It would be wise for all of those who would be willing to affix blame on the most heated bipartisan methodolgy one might ever think possible in this great professional of
journalism that has forever watched out for the ameican citizen up until recently. writing like adolescents has become the rule of the day The feeling of digust
in unfactual ways of blaming the innocent is a sickness that my bring down this republic. congress needs to
instill the trust that has been abused that for so many years that has shaded the american public from understanding the truth as it may factually be.......................................................................theodore miraldi

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

like father, like son,,,,,Cuomo NYPost 1/11/2011

How unusual -- a politician who has a plan to reduce the budget and is willing to articulate it to the public ("The Un-Democrat," Michael Benjamin, PostOpinion, Jan. 8).

As I watched Gov. Cuomo's address regarding fiscal responsibility and putting New Yorkers back to work, he sounded more like a Republican than a Democrat.

Voters are tired of the way Albany runs this state. Let's hope this is change we can believe in.

Theodore Miraldi

The Bronx

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Is The "American Dream" on the Verge of Collapse?

   Again innocent life taken over political divides that are tearing this nation apart. As a Boomer I might
have seen the last bastion of an "American Dream" that was mostly available to all. Our lives intermingled
within our communities, now we've become a nation of strangers. The intergration of a common belief system was the glue that kept the fabric of this nation together, our differences are now a rallying call for
civil disobedience, work slowdowns, and unions bullying their way regardless of the harm it does to the very public they serve. Daily syndicated stories of corruption from the highest levels of public and private institutions are common-place, and we turn a deaf ear. No matter what anyone tells you, or any column
our prestigeous pundants observe, it's ok to say, "we've had enough" of the senseless violence and unlawful
disobedience that seems to permeate our new social strata. As human beings we all have the same hopes and dreams for ourselves, and our families. Spinning the terrible act in Arizona for political gain is nothing more than the proof of an illness that has infected our nation. Praise your creator, love your family and nation. But most of all, never be affraid to stand up for what's is right.