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Well, almost.

Dear Readers:  I have been following Professor Jacobson’s and Tammy Bruce’s reports on the Obamacare hearing with great interest (and Hillary is 44’s analysis has been inspiring).  Today’s look at “severability” has been fascinating.  Even though that it has been likened to a train wreck, and a plane wreck, I don’t want to get too excited that there is going to be a perfect trifecta of design failure culminating in November:

However, I might be getting too optimistic on the subconscious level. Today, as I am walking the Young Prince and his gal pal to the car after school, discussing the latest social studies test, I walk off the curb. I land on my hand, and the left upper leg took a direct hit. I was in intense pain, but managed to get to the car and have the kids help me into the house.

After conferring with my beloved father-in-law (a doctor), and tapping into my prescription grade analgesics, it seems that I avoided breaks and tears. My husband offered to rush back home from his Northern Outpost. However, I seem only to have major bruising of the major muscle groups in my upper leg, as well as to my dignity, so Horemheb remains at his duty station. It looks like the worst of it is that I will limp a bit, and blog a bit more than usual.

I have got to stay focused better!  Of course, I am not the only one excited.  Charles Caesar says that the Supreme Court is an Obamacare Death Panel.  I can only hope.

Related to medical issues, I have other news. W.C. has been covering the on the financial problems of accused mass murderer Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who killed 16 in Afghanistan. It seems that shortly after this incident, the Army ordered a review of the use of an anti-malarial drug used in that country: Robert Bales Charged: Military Scrambles To Limit Malaria Drug Just After Afghanistan Massacre .

Mefloquine, also called Lariam, has severe psychiatric side effects. Problems include psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. The drug has been implicated in numerous suicides and homicides, including deaths in the U.S. military. For years the military has used the weekly pill to help prevent malaria among deployed troops.

More comprehensive details on the horrendous psychiatric side-effects on this drug can be found HERE for the scientifically inclined.

On a more positive note, Brown University has reported on the development of a “Bed-of-Nails” Brest implant that can deter the growth of cancer cells: Made from a common federally approved polymer, the implant is the first to be modified at the nanoscale in a way that causes a reduction in the blood-vessel architecture that breast cancer tumors depend upon, while also attracting healthy endothelial cells for breast tissue.

I hope this is the last personal medical update I need to give for some time. Thanks for everyone’s well wishes, and if you want to support a great conservative blogger who needs more substantial medical care, check out: ZILLA-AID-ATHON.As I gave a bit today, I like to think that I am mostly intact because of good karma.

SLOB Stories:

It has a great graphic detailing the CBO review of the relative size of the loopholes, aka tax expenditures, on the budget in GDP percent.

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Dear Readers: Last week, I had a nuclear-scale rant on the LaDona Harvey show, decrying the horrendously awful reporting done by local media on Michael Kobulnicky — making him out to be some grand “Tea Party Leader”. It seems that in the rush to generate some Tea-Party-rapist meme to counter the 75-Occupuy-rape events, a little thing like the truth was overlooked. It seems that the “fiend” is not even guilty of this  incident: Alleged rape victim tells judge cops got wrong man (Fox 5)

At a bail review this morning, the alleged victim told Judge Theodore Weathers that Kobulnicky was not the person who raped her. Kobulnicky’s attorneys had said Friday that their client admitted picking up the 56-year-old woman in Linda Vista as she was walking home, then having consensual sex with her on Fiesta Island.

Or, as Lipstick Underground notes: Possible Hooker Hook-up Gone Wrong? Kobulnicky Plot Thickens .

I will just note that at least this “Tea Partier” was at least willing to uphold free market values in his quest for a little female companionship; the Occupy camps….not so much.  On the other hand, Charles Caesar reports: OCCUPY SAN DIEGO IS WILLING TO PAY $12/HOUR FOR ASTROTURF PROTESTERS!!!!

As Legal Insurrection’s Professor Jacobson notes, this seems to be a: Really bad day for right-wing eliminationist narratives. In regards to the Trayvon Martin death by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman that has stirred up the usual assortment of detestable race-baiters, it seems:

… George Zimmerman, rather than being a product of Republican / Tea Party / right-wing talk radio, was a registered Democrat.

Not to say a Democrat can’t “Tea Party”. 🙂

However, when Sharpton, Jackson, and the others heard the name “Zimmerman”, the thought of him being a Hispanic Democrat most likely did not fit into the narrative. It would be a chuckle if Zimmerman voted for Obama in the 2008, and I wonder what his thoughts would be about the tasteless Obama 2012 hoodie. My own thoughts about this entire sad fiasco are summarized in this graphic:

Which leads me to the supposed El Cajon “hate crime” involving a Muslim woman and a tire iron. Honor Killing in California?

Color me skeptical on this “hate crime” of the brutal murder of a Muslim mom in El Cajon, California. It doesn’t add up. A glass window or, in other news reports, a glass door is broken, and the mom is beaten to death with a tire iron. Her daughter is upstairs in this rather small house and she hears nothing? The daughter’s interview is strange. No tears. Lots of theater. The girl does not seem at all upset by the death of her mom.

(VIDEO AT LINK). Strange performance.

Was there a history of abuse in the family? There is no history of any racial division in this town, according to law enforcement. Perhaps the murderer is counting on a ‘Fatima Abdullah’ reaction: where a woman is honor murdered and law enforcement fears classifying it as an honor killing so as not to enflame the Muslim community. That was why Fatima Abdullah’s honor murder was classified as a suicide, according to an informant in the medical examiner’s office.

The Muslim Brotherhood groups, CAIR et al, are banging the victim war drum, as victimhood is their battle cry. And big media, nationally and internationally, is picking up on the hate crime rampant in El Cajon, despite the fact there have been no incidents of any hate or religious bias. NONE.

The FBI has been called into the case.

Despite the fact that some are deeming this incident a “hate crime”… “Redman said the ECPD had never before recorded a hate crime against Iraqis or Chaldeans, tens of thousands of whom live in the East County. In response to a reporter’s question, the chief said police also had seen no indications of any notable “hostility” toward that segment of the local population.”

Most comments in the news coverage of this story also are highly skeptical of the hate-crime angle. I will stay tuned for further developments.  If the elite media were smart, they would down-play the hate crime angle until the investigation shows otherwise.  We’ll see if they catch a clue from the mistakes  made in covering Kobulnicky or Zimmerman.

SLOB Stories:

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Dear Friends: I have been deluged with profit-center activity; it seems there is an enhanced regulatory environment in the state of California! 🙂

That being said, a HOT new ruling about Obamacare requires punditry…which is really, really cool. Ding-dong, the mandate is dead — or at least unconstitutional!

Here are some excerpts from a press release prepared by yours truly, in which I noted: As the actual workings of Obamacare’s components have become known, I don’t know one instance in which it has worked better than what was originally in place. For example, premiums have gone up for thousands of people, and children have been denied access to coverage.

Excellent extra irony-factor: Judge Hudson’s ruling comes during the Christmas season, and it was last year during the holiday season that the current set of nincompoops tried to foist this unholy mess on the American people. As Sarah Bond noted: “This was a great Christmas present from Judge Hudson; we hope it is a gift that keeps giving, for the sake of our country.

“We won if only this battle, that means this win is for the PEOPLE unlike the mandate which was not,” said Dawn Wildman, President of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC). “We are proud of this victory! and hope it is the first of many!”

Two other friends also chimed in:

“This is a great victory for the American people, the rule of law and the constitutional principles of individual liberty and freedom,” said Mark Meckler, national co-coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “Although this ruling has a long journey before it reaches the Supreme Court, we are confident that this massive congressional mistake will continue to be found unconstitutional.”

“It is difficult to imagine a more massive repudiation of ObamaCare than the recent November election, however, this ruling adds tremendous judicial weight to the votes cast by the American people,” said Jenny Beth Martin,” national co-coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “ObamaCare is unconstitutional, and we are confident that the Supreme Court will ultimately protect the American people from a reckless congressional mistake.

SLOBs also weigh in. Beers with Demo asks: Justice Kennedy, are you ready for your close-up?
It’s worth a full read, but the meat of the matter is here:

It’s important yet somehow not important to note that the judge upheld the other provisions of the law, striking down only the individual mandate.

The ObamaCare law as written contains no severability clause which allows other portions of the law to stand even if one portion of the law is found unconstitutional.

Well, how come there is no severability clause?

Word around the campfire is that in their haste to rush this thing to a Senate floor vote last Christmas Eve, they simply forgot it, natch. A competing theory holds that the severability clause was purposely omitted to mollify competing interests so that if one interest’s portion gets taken down the whole thing gets taken down. For a legislative body that completely forgot to add language exempting themselves from ObamaCare, we’re inclined to go with the Keystone Cops theory.

UPDATE: B-Daddy Notes that he is not celebrating yet, and has a look at both pro and con arguments related to this ruling. Here is the crux of that punditry: Even though I am in agreement with the outcome of the case, the tide of historical case law is running against Judge Hudson’s ruling. However, given that this ruling would remove any limit on the Congress under the Commerce Clause, I am not sure that the Supreme Court will want to set such a precedent.

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Dear Readers: Via Glenn Reynolds, the always savvy Instapundit, I sometimes take a peak at the posts of Ann Althouse — a witty, luminous pundit who actually voted for Obama in the last Presidential election. Today, I feel compelled to dissuade her — directly — of this opinion in her piece: What will happen to Obama and the Democrats in the polls now?

I tend to think people will get used to the change and stop paying attention, and the polls will move back to equilibrium between the parties. People will never be giddy and dreamy about Obama again, but so what? (Note to Althouse haters: “So what?” is a serious question.) We shouldn’t be so optimistic about government. That’s why we resisted the reform. We didn’t trust it. Now that it’s happened, won’t most people get bored with looking at the government and turn back to their immediate lives?

To start with, I am a Democrat. I am joined by other Democrats, who recently posted the following piece offering suggestions that my team of citizen activists at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition will implement: Your mission is to drive every Leftist from power, to defund the DNC, and to repeal what was done yesterday.

I am a Democrat who is co-founder of a Tea Party group. Granted, I was one of the first to join, but I note — with much joy, that my piece entitled “On Being a Democrat at a Tea Party” routinely gets traffic. In the last three days, the traffic on that one piece as gone from 3 hits a day to 30-50 hits a day — a significant jump for a humble little website like The Shrine.

I have just made an appointment to see my Republican congressional representative, Duncan Hunter Jr. CA-52. I will be meeting with him in person — the first time I have ever sought out my federal representative. I will be asking him to fight using all legal and constitutional means to delay, divert, and destroy the monstrosity that was rammed through the Senate on Christmas eve, then jammed through the House of Representatives via bribes and threats. I will be discussing the Tea Party attitudes toward Cap&Trade, amnesty, and the rest of the progressive agenda as well.

I will be, via the several forums in which I opine, asking my fellow citizens to take the Townhalls to their Senators and Congressmen/women. Please follow my example.

I had a discussion with the co-founder of another large area Tea Party group today, Dr. Gonzalves of Stop Taxing Us. He has reported a tremendous uptick in phonecalls and interest in participation from Independents and independent Democrats.

“People may join us because they are angry now,” explained Dr. Gonsalves. “However, they will stay engaged because the actual underlying emotion they are feeling is a deep concern about the direction the country, our government, is headed. This is not an emotion that will dissipate.”

Sarah Bond, one of the leading lights of SoCal-TRC, concurs and adds: “Instead of shrinking away in defeat, taxpayers are angered and more energized since I’ve seen them since the townhalls of last summer. They are clamoring for a way to get involved in repealing the legislation or to support the campaigns of YES-vote-rivals. Obamacare supporters have NO idea what is coming in November…none. And if they even try to pass Amnesty it will only be worse for them. Let them think we’ll get bored…nothing better than an unsuspecting opponent.”

(9-12 crowds in Washgton DC in 2009; hat-tip 9-12 project)

Just to give you a flavor of what is in store, through to November, which will sustain us:

* APRIL 15 TAX DAY TEA PARTIES (click HERE or HERE for further details on local events).

* STATES’ RIGHTS: We will be supporting the individual states’ lawsuits to stop the most toxic aspects of Obamacare: State Attorneys General Agree To File Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare Immediately. This includes publicizing and funding Mark Levin’s efforts via Landmark Legal Foundation.

* INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES: Inclusive of those focused on the Constitution, such as the event recently held by the North County Conservatives.

* MARCH ON D.C. SEPT. 9-12: If you think last year’s turnout was impressive, then be prepared to be amazed on the number of citizens that will come to the 2010 rally this year –weeks before the November election. United We Stand is one of the organizing entities, and they are keen on keeping the message non-partisan and focused on smaller government and sensible fiscal policy. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON UNTIED WE STAND.

* LOCAL ENGAGEMENT: Sarah Bond points out that the Tea Party groups through California are coalescing to, during the next election cycle, directly oppose Central Valley blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, who sold their support for the president’s reforms for the price of 1/4 of the water needed to revive their constituent’s area.

(202) 225-6131 Fax: 225-0819
(209) 383-4455 Fax: 726-1065
(209) 527-1914 Fax: 527-5748
(209) 946-0361 Fax: 946-0347

202-225-3341 Fax: 202-225-9308
661-869-1620Fax: 661-869-1027
559-495-1620 Fax:559-495-1027

Also, we are now asking our Attorney General to file a lawsuit and follow other States’ Attorney Generals in suing over the Constitutionality of the mandates. Our Attorney General, Jerry Brown, is also running for Governor so this helps two fold. If he doesn’t seek to file on behalf of the state which is bankrupt now and can’t afford these mandates we will be able to show this as he makes his run for Governor.

Brown was elected to protect the state of California.

Mailing Address
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341
Email: http://www.facebook.com/l/6fa4c;ag.ca.gov/contact/techncl.php

I do not intend to roll over, give up, or “get used” to any of this at anytime. I am not the only one. Some of my readers may not be California, so I wanted to get the opinion of the Chief Coordinator for nation-wide group, Tea Party Patriots, Mark Meckler.

“I think the majority of people are completely outraged, and anyone who thinks that they will “get used to this” doesn’t understand the tea party tidal wave that is sweeping across the nation,” said Mark. “We are about to experience a constitutional renaissance that will help to bring the nation back to its founding principles. Politicians can either get with it and ride the wave to smaller and less intrusive government, or they will be swept away.”

Doesn’t sound like Mark is going to “get used” to it either.

Finally, I would like to note that I was a Democrat who DID NOT vote for Obama, because after hearing his “spread the wealth” comment to Joe-the-Plumber, I did not buy the “moderate, centrist” pap being spread by the elite media. That means I have been more correct on important public matters than Althouse in one instance — as she voted for Obama and is now less than impressed. Should we NOT have sweeping electoral change in November, I promise I will eat crow.


UPDATE: My Admired Patroness, the Anchoress, has an innovative idea that could use some guidance from the legally-experienced among us. She wants to create “blogging scholarships” to replace funds gutted by Obama&Co. for D.C. kids: Please help me thumb my nose at Obama!

But I have been so angry, for so long, at Barack Obama and the Democrats for dismantling the DC School Voucher program, which was an excellent school-choice solution that gave parents and students a real means of escape from the atrocious schools in Washington DC, that I have been itching for months to do something about this, that is completely outside of the government.

I want to do something to thumb my nose at the government, right now, and at the same time benefit someone else!….

Here is what I want to do:

…My blog may be small, but it has the best and most generous readers around; wouldn’t it be great if we could establish an “Anchoress Scholarship Fund for DC,” where we raise enough each year to purchase a voucher for one student? And other bloggers could do the same thing! I could imagine a Glenn Reynolds Scholarship Fund, and Althouse-Meade Scholarship Fund, the First Things First Fund for DC, the HotAir DC Scholarship Fund, the Small Dead Animals Fund, the Blogs Lucianne Loves Fund for Scholarships, the Deacon’s Bench DC Fund and Little Miss Attila Fund for Student-Warriors (the recipient might be required to identify Attila…).

Then I realized that a million bloggers creating a million funds might end up -like messy big government- being too sprawling and disorganized to be effective, accountable and measurable.

So, why not streamline the effort? Why can’t we take a page from the Soldier’s Angels and Project Valor, whereby bloggers and their readers are encouraged to fund-raise and donate to the scholarship fund under the aegis of their favorite site. The Anchoress, being a smaller site, might only be able to send one kid to a better school, while a huge site like HotAir or Malkin or Gateway Pundit might be able to help dozens.

It doesn’t seem like the Anchoress is going to roll over any time soon, either.

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Dear Readers: Today, tears are in my eyes as I write — so I hope you forgive me if the thoughts are not as coherent as I strive to achieve. However, despite the pleas of the American people, their phone calls, and their protests, the Democratic leadership has managed to bribe, threaten, and essentially cheat their way to passage of the toxic Obamacare bill. I watched the vote on Fox News Channel last night, weeping as the count crossed 216.

My team at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition had steeled ourselves for such an outcome. However, experiencing the thing is not the same. I am still tired, and inclined to mourn today. But, we do have plans, as outlined by the brilliant co-founder, Sarah Bond, on Fox this weekend:

Sarah also adds this note for the day:

Many are asking where do we go from here, well for us in California we ask our Attorney General to file a lawsuit and follow 10 other State’s Attorney Generals’ in suing over the Constitutionality of the mandates. Our Attorney General Jerry Brown is also running for Governor so this helps two fold. If he doesn’t seek to file on behalf of the state which is bankrupt now and can’t afford these mandates we will be able to show this as he makes his run for Governor.

Brown was elected to protect the state of California.

Mailing Address
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341
Email: http://www.facebook.com/l/6fa4c;ag.ca.gov/contact/techncl.php

There are 39 states who are poised to legally fight to keep many of the aspects of the Health Care Bill from their doors. We must also contact Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and ask him to support California state sovereignty and not accept this Health Care Bill’s mandates.
Email: http://www.facebook.com/l/6fa4c;gov.ca.gov/interact

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

For the rest of this post, I am going to link to materials that give me cause for hope. After a good night’s sleep, I hope to be back to my usual “Spitfire” status tomorrow.

by Powerline

Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason — by Zombie of Pajamas Media (MUT Money Quote: Because millions of Americans are secretly thinking the exact same thing as Dr. Sunderhaus and I: Why should we be forced to pay for the costs of other people’s irresponsibility?)

The Future After Health Care — Megan McArdle of the Atlantic (MUT Money Quote — If the GOP takes the legislative innovations of the Democrats and decides to use them, please don’t complain that it’s not fair. Someone could get seriously hurt, laughing that hard. But I hope they don’t. What I hope is that the Democrats take a beating at the ballot boxand rethink their contempt for those mouth-breathing illiterates in the electorate.)

Fire Pelosi: What We Won Tonight — from Riehl World. (MUT’s Money Quote: You may have to wait for the GOP’s new Fire Pelosi site to open. It’s that jammed and donations are pouring in.) He ends with a quote that was a title of a previous post I prepared: ….this is not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning.

Things we were told we couldn’t do — By Moe Lane.

In case you wish to start the push-back early, I would like to introduce you to Team Hillbuzz. This patriotic band-of-brothers is a group of independent Democrats (very fond of Hillary Clinton) and based out of Chicago. Subsequently, they know best how to counter the Chicago-style tactics the rest of us Americans now chaff under! They have an innovative program to target the donors, including those of MI-1st Bart Stupak, who toyed with his vote and sold it cheap.

By the way, here are the other dirty dozen. Call them up. I have links to their contact information, thanks to opencongress.org:

* Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D, TX-27]
* Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
* Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]
* Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1]
* Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]
* Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]
* Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper [D, PA-3]
* Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]
* Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8]
* Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3]
* Rep. Charles Wilson [D, OH-6]

The Anchoress offers a series of inspirational quotes from Eric Hoffer, American social writer and philosopher.

Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.

Finally, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion gives a great PEP TALK, which I totally needed.

One of the most chilling things I heard related to this putrid process was on Rush Limbaugh this morning, when a caller stated that a “Yes” voting Democratic congressman said we would forget by November — that we would not be as energized.

Therefore, tomorrow, I will start to push back like it’s 1994. I would like to end with a quote from a man who knew something of difficult struggles:

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” — Winston Churchill


Some thoughts from by the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers:

W.C. Varones: On the plus side, most of it doesn’t go into effect for years, so future Congresses and Presidents have plenty of time to undo it. And as bad as it is with no cost controls, driving up taxes, deficits, and premiums, I think the political will will be there to undo significant parts.

Beers with Demo: You see, though Obamacare is not a single-payer system, the template for complete government control of healthcare has been set and the battles in the future will not be for a repeal of Obamacare (given electoral realities, we just don’t see a full repeal being a possibility) but rather against the incrementalism towards a full-blown, British-style NIH system.

The Liberator Today: It seems appropriate that we should expropriate some of the tactics of our foes to wage a war to restore constitutional government. So here are some suggestions to get us started.

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WELC0ME GATEWAY PUNDIT READERS: I am glad to know that the St. Louis rally was a success! 🙂

Dear Reader: Over 100,000 Tea Party activists gathered in Washington DC today to demonstrate against BOTH Obama-care and the procedural tricks and legislative bribes used to pass it. Meanwhile, approximately 200 members of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition met for a rally adjacent to Horton Plaza today — receiving much support, honks, and interest during the 10 am to noon event.

The title came from my chat with a San Diego doctor, Brian K. He was passing out a list of phone numbers of persuadable blue-dog Democrats, urging our activists to call on cell phones as we were standing holding signs; two protests for the price of one. I like the idea so much, that I am going to use it for our next events (and, yes, there will be more rallies). He noted: “We have to get people to know that private insurance is going to go out of business, and when it goes bankrupt, the government will take it over through bailout — leading, ultimately, to rationed care.”

(Dr. Brian passing out Blue Dog Dem Phone Numbers)

As a Blue-Dog Democrat myself, I liked that Dr. Brian was focused on persuadable Democrats. One of our other Tea Party activists highlighted how much Tea Party/Citizen support will be available to Democrats who stand strong against the bribery, threats, obfuscation, and legislative tactics being utilized by Pelosi and crew.

Some of our intrepid organizers and long-term members were out today to help promote California causes, as well as send a message to Congress. Sarah Bond was out, her pretty daughter in stroller, collecting signatures for our two initiatives: California Jobs Initiative to repeal CA’s economically toxic version of Cap&Trade) and the Citizen Power Campaign Paycheck Protection petition.

“If they manage to pass this beast, then the next phase is to sue them into the dark ages,” said Sarah. “We will take them into court until hell freezes over, because what they are attempting violates so many aspects of the U.S. Constitution that it would be criminal of us not to fight back.”

My assistant, Charles Caesar with the DooDooEconomic.com blog, was kind enough to let me carpool to the event. He and his lovely girlfriend, Media, will be joining me at the Asian American Journalists Association benefit this Thursday to reprise our “Tonight Show Skit” (I play Sarah Palin). {For more info on the charity event open to the public, click here.} As we were driving to the event, Charles noted: “I am a consultant with a large number of diverse clients. All of the business owners I have talked to said they are going to have to fire employees if this bill passes.”

(Long-term Tea Party Activists, Charles and Media)

One of the nicest moments in the whole event was when a group of off duty Marines stopped by to support us. “You people are the ones defending the Constitution today, thank you,” stated one of these brave men. Needless to say, a round of thanks went to these American heroes by everyone standing in line.

There were a couple of dark moments as well, courtesy of the tolerant progressive crowd that likes to tout their “Coffee Parties” as the more civil version of the Tea Parties. Several young men biked or skateboarded aggressively through the crowd swearing at us. An elderly lady (about 90 years old) threatened Sarah with a cane while yelling “Same on you”. But the most chilling moment came when a bald Obamacare supporter chased one of our participants across the street and aggressively insulted our entire group, yelling “you are nothing but a bunch of Glenn Beck watching, red-neck, tebaggers.”

So civilized!

(MUT Note: I don’t watch Glenn Beck; I am usually listening to a Tammy Bruce podcast)

Long-time Tea Party activist Kirstin has this report: “It looked like a total set-up. There was a camera man nearby, it looks like from NBC. The bald guy only came over and started yelling when the camera was focused on him. He was aggressive, nasty, and totally came into people’s personal space. I was very proud that it was a bunch of us women who went over and talked to him, and I noticed his demeanor changed after the camera was off. His said is position was this: You ave to have massive change and the government has got to be fully involved.”

Other people didn’t see it that way, as the rally featured many hundreds of honks of support as fellow San Diegans drove by our location:

One of the best aspects about this spontaneous, grassroots rally was the number of families who attended the event. For example, software engineer Tim and his home-schooling wife Julie took the kids out for a hands-on civics lesson. Tim explained, “I want to send a message to Congress that we want to retain our freedoms and we want the right to choose. If they pass this measure through tricks and bribes, I will be enraged.”

(Family Tea Party Activists)

Most of the people I talked to specifically cited the bribes being offered to Congressmen to switch their vote, and were thoroughly disgusted by that aspect of this legislative process. Many also expressed admiration of Idaho’s stance of suing the federal government over a variety of issues, including the mandate to purchase health insurance.

“I am livid at the tricks, and I am livid that they are lying to us constantly,” said Celeste Panos, a business manager. “My sister is in DC today at the big rally, on the other side of the country, also doing her part to try and stop this thing from happening.”

As you will note from the above images, “Kill the Bill” was the theme of today’s event. It sounds as an impressive as it looks, as our team engaged in some group chanting:

One of the most dapper protesters was Jim Williams and a 12-year resident of San Diego. Jim indicated that his “greatest fear is that they will use similar tactics in the future to pass other items, like Amnesty and Cap&Trade. I think, at this point, the best response is to vote out as many Senators and Congressmen as we can.”

(Jim waving to the crowds who are honking in support).

I talked with a savvy group of Californians that included Paul Martens, who has actually run for Congress before and noted “I have only been a Republican for 39 months.” He has held a diverse set of careers (small business owner, golf course manager, stock broker, etc.), and is very knowledgeable about the U.S. Constitution. He indicated that the following sections of the Constitution have been violated:

The Ninth Amendment
The Tenth Amendment
Article 1 section 7
Article 1 section 8

What do you bet he knows more about the correct application of the Constitution than Speaker Pelosi!

I think that Temple of Mut friend, Rodney Murdock, made one of the most compelling points — directed not at Congress, but Obama: ” Obama’s legacy is not more important than our Republic”, he said.

(Rodney and MUT at a previous event)

Cynthia Yohasz, an owner and operator of a dental lab, had a sound financial reason to protest today. She said “already I make 40% of what I use to make, and if they dictate exactly what dentists can pay for my services, then I am going out of business. I am a small lab doing specialty work, essentially like a craftsman. This bill will ultimately lead to large scale labs that act like a “sweatshop”. Quality care and service will no longer be available.”

(Cynthia channels November in her sign)

While the rally was winding down, participants Pam M. and Laura F. were monitoring Michelle Malkin and noted that “Deem and Pass” was thrown under the bus. While we were all happy to hear that, I called my beloved husband to hear the the news that it looks like Pelosi had the votes to pass the Senate Bill and Reconciliation Package straight up. I can only urge my fellow Americans to keep debating, calling, faxing, and protesting. No matter what the outcome, be assured that the Southern California Tax revolt Coalition and its members will be engaged in any and all legal methods to push-back on these extreme measures.

Here is a glimpse of “Anthony’s Angles” — the three co-founders and one of our most active supporters:

Before I ended, I wanted to note that our opponents will do anything to mock our efforts, belittle us, dispirit our members, and undermine our will. Out of the thousands and thousands of topic-specific, moving, witty, and tasteful signs, they focus on one marginal work and unfairly condemn a vast number of their fellow Americans. Shame on them. Here is a record of the remainder of our signage — I will let my readers be the judge, based on this report, on which side is rude, angry, and uncivil.

UPDATE: I also met Left Coast Rebel during this event, and invite everyone to also read his account: Left Coast Rebel Meets Temple of Mut. It was practically a San Diego Bloggers convention, missing only our cherished hero – W.C. Varones.

Blogger Beers with Demo has this report: Tick-tock.

Gateway Pundit has news from a St. Louis Rally: Hundreds Rally as Russ Carnahan Is “Booted” and “Torched” in St. Louis (Video)

HillBuzz has great shots of the massive rally in Washington DC today.

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Dear Readers: It seems the Democrats in Congress are poised to ram through Obamacare this weekend. Though there are many ways that this travesty can be delayed or derailed. However, even if that isn’t the case, I want everyone to take heart. Recall that we Americans rallied to repeal Prohibition in 1933.

Prohibition was one of the first great progressive ideas, intended to legislate morality based on health. It took 14 years, and a Constitutional amendment, to undo this monstrosity. In 1933, the ¾ majority of states needed to ratify the 21st Amendment was reached when Utah adopted the 21st Amendment. It looks like the individual states will lead the way, again, should Obamacare pass: Idaho, Virginia May Sue Fed Over ObamaCare, 30+ States May Follow

But even before that, Americans found many ingenious ways to get around the liberty-infringing legislation. Bootlegging became a quintessential American occupation.As an author of an article about Prohibition noted:

Obviously there would be no bootleggers if there were no market for their wares. The volume of their business is therefore indicative of the widespread disregard of the law on the part of the American people.

I can just imagine it now. A knock on the door. The exchange of passwords. “Welcome to the Speakeasy Medical Clinic, sir. Please pay the nurse cash before you go into the doctor’s office for your under-the-table MRI.”

The title today comes from a Budwiser Beer jingle. Personally, after today’s news, I kicking back with something a little stronger:

Please check back for updates during the weekend. Pray, and don’t lose heart.

W.C. Varones has a thoughtful, if chilling, post that is related to the next big legislative push: Amnesty. His piece: Think You’ll Get Revenge in November? Think Again.

Word is that Immigration “Reform” is the Obama Administration’s next goal,and that they intend on granting Amnesty to the illegals living here now. Estimates put that number at about 15-30 million people. Assuming 90% of them would instantly become life-long loyal Democrat voters (And why wouldn’t they? They’ve just been given US citizenship and US Health Care by a Democrat), any massive “backlash” against the Democrats that appears to be developing right now will really only end up likely being more than countered by the massive increase in the total number of loyal Democrat voters that Amnesty will provide.

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Dear Readers: Today, I turn the Shrine over to the lovely, gracious and wise Professor Athena, with her thoughts on the current status of the healthcare reform package.


AP wires reported pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly victim of a massive theft of an estimated $75 million in antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs which it appears were stolen from a warehouse in Enfield, CT and loaded onto a semi-tractor trailer truck. My first thought was that this was clearly a shipment hijacked and bound for the U.S. Congress.

(Graphic by Mandy Marlette via San Diego Eaminer/Rober Vasels)

The newest health-care-and-higher-education entitlement expansion bill now in its all-in phase of liar’s poker has been much in the news, and reports of its death have apparently been greatly exaggerated. I will leave the dubious legality of such legislation passing into law without both houses of Congress actually voting on the specific legislation to members of the legal profession who are expert in these areas.

But the fiscal impact of this train wreck of an entitlement expansion is an area worthy of address as far the recent changes impact financial markets and with respect to U.S. job growth.

First of all, the recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine:

This report has some extremely damaging findings from doctors who were surveyed. Perhaps the most telling is the finding that 46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine. This area of care represents an already-scare service due to malpractice premium costs for these care providers. And which of course the Democrats’ health care “reform” leave unaddressed. In being currently under-served, if close to 50% of physicians in this area quit medical practice, health care rationing is inevitable in a sector which is vital for public health. Who gets the internist when they most need it will become similar to who is next in line at the DMV. And a whole sector of medicine and corresponding contribution to jobs will have to be “absorbed” by the government at the cost of taxpayers.

At which point the cost estimate of the bill is worthy of commentary. The estimates from various groups inclusive of the CBO put the cost of this bill over a decade in the range of 1-3 trillion. But what the estimates fail to address is the cost of an expansion of entitlements exponentially. In other words, what we charge on the credit card now accrues interest. This basic point is one that Congress seems unable to grasp, and which estimates cannot possibly address. We don’t know what the borrowing cost will be a decade from now for an expanded sector of federal entitlements. Similar to Medicare and Social Security, we are borrowing today to pay entitlements with the couplet of future workers’ earnings. If something happens to reduce that cash flow through either demographic attrition or (as we have presently occurring) a recession, then a deficit borrowing for these entitlements means we will be unable to fund them without a large increase in taxes for everyone.

Another new aspect of the current bill is its inclusion of expanded Pell grants and student loans to be made and serviced by the federal government. This is “slush money” for universities who are in favored status, and in addition a problem for taxpayers because it represents another substantive entitlement expansion. Apparently in “America by Liberals”, you have a “right” not only to free health care and education birth-to-12K, but you now have a “right” to higher education. “Free” (quotation marks intentional) federal entitlements mean an increase in use of service, according to tracking of public vs. private funded services (i.e. health care). Which makes common sense, when you realize that it is difficult to put value on something you have paid nothing for. Further, the sheer size and bureaucracy of the federal government and their uh…shall we say lack of oversight and management…makes prompt funding of application and administration difficult over what exists now in the private sector, and the quality of servicing (collection) of the loans is dubious when you look at the government’s track record on other types of loans currently serviced at the federal level over similar private loan servicing. Basically, banks are in business to service their customer’s needs in order to keep them happy and turn a profit, whereas the federal government is apparently there to tell you to wait your turn because they are “on break”. More private-sector jobs replaced by government ones means an increase in the ever-growing pension sector for unionized public employee jobs, a bullet point not lost on the likes of the SEIU. This inclusion in what began as a health care bill will result in tuition increases for higher education, because this type of funding will make cost of administration rise in a mirror of rising administration costs for hospitals and doctors who administer Medicare. Universities will raise costs to compensate for a reduced margin over cost for this sector of students. This is math reality. This is an expensive lesson already learned in Medicare 101.

A majority of Americans clearly don’t want the current healtcare proposal to be passed, especially in the manner in which the U.C. Congress intends to pass it. It seems there is an AP report that insurance premiums will rise if this monstrosity becomes law; most Americans sense the truth of this report, so are not buying any of the fantiasies from the progressives in Congress. Business enterprises are not banking on the success of this supposed reform either — Walgreen is so under-impressed with the Medicaid system that is the basis for the Obamacare proposals that they are no longer going to take new Medicaid patients. It seems a few stalwart Democrats are no longer going along for the ride, either. The projected route of the bill’s passag, as well as its content, is anathema to most Americans. Should the current “deem and pass” route be taken by the Democrats this weekend, it will be a bill that no one voted for and no one wants.

MUT’s News and Views:

Professor Athena’s post is an amazing summary. She added this link, which will further clarify the “deem and pass” rule and how it is not used for controversial legislation: “Deem and Pass” Not Typically Used for Controversial Legislation I will note that the Landmark Legal Foundation is poised to challenge the legality of the bill’s passage if the “deem and pass” procedures are implemented.

I will only add that we Americans must be poised to handle any outcome. By blogging icon, the Anchoress, had this thoughtful piece, which I will share. Should this monstrosity pass, I urge all my readers to review it for consolation: “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.”

We read “fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

That does not mean that when we see injustice we do nothing. It does not mean that if we see our government tumbling, we sit back and let it tumble.

But it does mean that we look at what happens around us with a Godly eye -with a genuine and faith-filled trust toward that longview that we cannot see, but which is full of God’s creative intention.

The HillBuzz Team took the time to light candles and offer prayers for our nation: click here for an inspirational post. Then, if you are so inclined, light candles this weekend in support as well.

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THANK YOU INSTAPUNDIT AND WELCOME INSTAPUNDIT READERS! It is always special when we get a platinum link from Glenn’s site. Welcome to the Shrine.

Dear Readers: I have been dialoging with representatives of the local “Coffee Party” chapter who have as Rule #1: “Respect Everyone. Even if we disagree, listen to understand. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Check party affiliations at the door. During this discussion, the Coffee Party peeps kept on referring to the “racist signs” at our Tea Party events.

The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition (SoCal-TRC), which organized today’s San Diego rallies at the offices of congressional representative Susan Davis and Bob Filner for Operation Urgent Care, has a fairly tight policy of no vulgar/racist signage. We encourage topic-specific materials, such as protesting the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation. Personally, I have never seen one.

Have I missed something? I don’t think so, but I wanted to be sure. So, to honor the spirit of this new dialog, I went in quest of “racist” signage at our rally. I needed to investigate this matter further.

Approximately 100 people attended the Operation Urgent Care rally in front of Davis’ University Avenue office. It was a beautiful day, which made up for the last event that will always be referred to as the “Tsunami Tea Party“. I went up and down University Avenue, taking pictures of the signs and inquiring about their inspiration. I will let my readers judge the tenor of these masterpieces.

Here is our intrepid friend, Alvin, signing the largest item on display — an enlargement of the U.C. Constitution. SoCal-TRC wants the US Congress to honor the spirit of this document during passage of the bills. I should think the Coffee Peeps want to follow Constitutional parameters as well. They should be cool with the homage to one of our founding documents.

The lovely and gracious Diane Tovarez had the sign above. She is an office manager and a 25-year resident of San Diego. Asked for the inspiration behind her sign, her reply was: “We need to say NO! We are kidding ourselves if we think this bill can be undone after it passes. We need to stop the bill now, and focus on healthcare reform measures that will really work.”

Married couple, Deborah and Wayne Doyle, had signs that seemingly mock President Obama. Could this be the kind of sign the Coffee Peeps mean? When asked for their inspiration, Deborah replied: “Obamacare is the short-hand way Washington DC and the media use to describe the bill, so that was the basis for these signs”.

So far, so good. Then, I came across this gem, based on feminist precepts:

Taylor Moran, a lifelong San Diego resident and unemployed chemical engineer, said “We need a little humor to get our message across. I am here because, despite the fact he said he was going to pivot and focus on jobs, Obama is trying to thrust a bill that is going to hurt employment prospects for me and other Americans”.

Speaking of feminist precepts, here is a sign based on something said by progressive feminists’ favorite target — Sarah Palin. (Mut Note — I forgot the quote was based on something Obama had originally said — hat-tip/Zeke):

I asked one of the signholders about their inspiration. Janet Oliver, a 65-year resident of San Diego and a Registered Nurse, had this to say: “I can agree with Obama on the concept of reforming healthcare; however, remaking it so the government is intimately involved is not a sound idea.”

When asked what would happen if the House used parliamentary-like procedure to bless the Senate bill and pass it intact, Janet’s compatriot Katherine Williams chimed in: “If they do that, I will never trust my government again. It will create deep seated problems that will be hard to resolve.”

This trio took their inspiration from diverse sources. Clarice Hurst used the Constitution, to remind “Congresswoman Davis that she operates only with the consent of the governed.”. Victor Adams took umbrage with House Speaker Pelosi’s condemnation of Tea Party participants as Nazis, “even though now she changed her tune, I won’t ever forget the insult to me as an American”. His lovely daughter is Sarah; she is a recent UCSD graduate with a communication degree. Sarah noted: “Obama indicated jobs was his new focus. With unemployment neat 10% and over 12% in this state, he should be allowing the congress to work on that!”

The above signs are being held by Ann Matchinske and Alan Goddard, both lifelong residents of San Diego. Ann explained that her pitchfork represented the idea of prodding Congress to the right action: “I couldn’t hold both the torch and the sign, so I left the torch in the car”. Alan recalled taking the sign to the Washington DC Tax Rally, with signatures of many Californians listed on the back: “Seeing that one person carrying one sign actually represented hundreds of other citizens, that was a very powerful message.”

I asked them both how they would feel if the House rammed through the Senate bill: Ann said, “outrage”; Alan noted “disgust.” Alan expanded: “We will begin seeing start of civil disobedience — Americans, for example, won’t buy the mandated insurance package.”

Personally, my favorite sign did mention other countries (if not other races):

Helma Walser, a 27 year resident of San Diego who was born in Germany, worried that “Americans don’t seem to learn history anymore. I can tell you, grand promises of healthcare is the cornerstone of socialism. It doesn’t work”.

The US Constitution and China, blended together, were the inspiration behind this creation:

Signholder Rose Riddle, a 40 year resident of San Diego, says: “We have to stop the bill now. I know it is going to impact Medicaid and seniors will be a target of government healthcare cuts”.

In conclusion: Coffee Peeps can rest assured that no “racist” signage was evident, and that SoCal-TRC event participants kept on message with clever references to the U.S. Constitution, media-approved language, Palin quotes, Pelosi insults, and history. However, there is one sign they may really take exception to:

I talked to Dawn Wildman, President of SoCal-TRC. She indicated that approximately 5000 people were in Washington DC today, walking the halls of the US Congress and interacting with their representatives face-to-face. “It was a great success.”

(Dawn with one of my favorite bloggers, Dean of Beers with Demo!)

As A Democrat, I was interested to hear how it went with the Democratic congressmen today. After all, we are suppose to “leave party affiliations at the door.” Dawn noted, “Many people went specifically to talk to representative Stupak and the other twelve members opposing the abortion language. We wanted to express our total support, and that we had their back no matter what the party affiliation. It went well.”

In the interest of fullness of coverage, here are the other signs I captured:

To end on a humorous note: We had many “honks” of support as part of this event. However, a few people who don’t quite see it our way, shouted a few things. One woman said “I hope you’re rich enough to get healthcare.”

The Tea Party response: To inform our Fellow American she had a car problem and was leaking oil [they were genuinely concerned that the driver was unaware that she had an engine problem – hat-tip/PSD]!

Mut News and Views:

I am going to feature my blogging hero, The Anchoress, today — she seems to have come off a Lenten internet hiatus. This is a palate cleanser: Stupak as William Wallace – UPDATED

Also, this: US Flag not flying in Haiti Relief Compound?


A little shout-out to Michigan, from which I fled in 1985. They had over 400 at a Tea Party in Royal Oak, MI — about 3 miles from where I grew up (and at the hospital where I had my appendix removed when I was 10). Click HERE to check out their signs — shockingly, they seem inspired by the same material as ours here in San Diego and not a racist one to be found!

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Dear Readers: I just finished talking with Sarah Bond, a key organizer for the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, who has in interesting update on the status of the Obama administration’s healthcare proposals.Two of our inside-the-beltway sources shave told us that Blue Dog Democrats are caving,” Sarah reports. “Pelosi will have the votes before or by next Thursday; as soon as Pelosi has these votes, she will immediately call for the vote on the House Floor.”

To that end, our group and many other citizen action organizations around the country will be joining rallies slated for noon next Tuesday, March 16th. Fellow Americans and Californians can check our group, So-Cal-TRC, or Tea Party Patriots for details on local activities. Our band of agitators are planning to assemble at the local offices of congressional representatives Bob Filner and Susan Davis.

333 F Street, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91910
MAP (click HERE).

4305 University Avenue, Suite 515
San Diego, CA 92105
MAP (click HERE)

Sarah sends a few helpful hints:

1) This building houses medical offices, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that no one engages the staff or patients that are walking on the sidewalk to their appointments. Security at this building is very strict and the police will be called if we create the appearance of harassing anyone who is not a part of our protest effort.

2) There is NO SMOKING along the front of the building. Smoking can be done across the street or around the corner at the red benches.

3) The INSIDE of the sidewalk is PRIVATE PROPERTY…it is very important that we hug the street side of the sidewalk and not block foot traffic.

4) Congregating in front of the main entrance is strictly forbidden by security and will result in police involvement

5) Lets be sure to line BOTH sides of the street this time for maximum impact.

6) Please do not lean on any of the parked cars…again security will be watching!

7) If security or counter protesters become an issue, please move to the opposite side of the street so that patients can access the building without interference (it is the more visible side of the street anyway).

As a Democrat, I want to point out that there are quite a number of us who are opposed to the sweeping changes proposed by Pelosi, Reid and Obama. In fact, a Rasmussen Report indicates that nearly 30% of us Dems are not down with this plan.

“I am really concerned that there is enormous potential for power abuse, fraud, and waste under these proposals,” Sarah noted. “It seems even Pelosi doesn’t know what is currently in the bill — indicating that it must be passed so that we can learn what is in it. I don’t think this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind for a constitutional legislative process.”

I trust the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Team as much as the House Democrats trust the ones on the Senate. I think they are using Americans’ sense of compassion as a tool for growing their power, influence, and wealth — and as most Americans do too! A majority want Congress to scrap this plan and start over with items that truly focus on enhancing healthcare choices.

The Tea Party Patriots has this note…urging absolutely as many people to go to Washington DC as is possible:

The absolute most effective thing that you can do is to go to the office of the Congressmen who are on the fence and still undecided on this government takeover of health care bill. Let the Undecided Congressmen see the live faces of the people who do not want this health care bill shoved down our throats. Make them look in your eyes.

Next week, we need absolutely as many people as can possibly go to DC to be in DC visiting the Congressional offices. If you are in the Congressional office in DC, it is much more difficult for the Congressmen to ignore you and they get to see the feedback first hand rather than filter through their staff.

Sarah spoke briefly about the real nature of Tea Party activism today on N.P.R.’s radio show “These Days”. She magnificently explained that it was free-enterprise and fiscal issues that were the core of our groups activities — despite the fact that some callers would make it seem it was all our protests focused on Obama and race. Richard Rider, a man I admire tremendously for his work and patriotism and who has vast experience in promoting taxpayer causes, also eloquently spoke about the true fiscal/political nature of the Tea Party Movement. All the opposing panel could do is worry about what the movement could “devolve” into. If I can locate a podcast, I will share it — it was illuminating to hear the descriptions offered by opponents who had obviously never been to a Tea Party and were clueless how diverse we are in all meaningful ways.

One other note: I can safely say that I have seen a greater racial mix at any of our Tea Party events …

…than I have ever seen from our opposition:

Video Courtesy of Liberator Today


MUT News and Views:

I have been partially chronicling the saga of the Meg Whitman Gubernatorial campaign, longing for an effective, centrist, Blue-Dog to challenge her big-money campaign. Therefore, I read with amusement (and must note that this item is now well circulated among Tea Party participants), this new tale. HOW TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AND NOT TALK TO THE PRESS.

As a Democrat willing to offer an olive branch of peace to a Republican, let me give Meg some cheap advice that is easy to follow: YOU ARE TOO EARLY IN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER FOR THIS BEHAVIOR. YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE POTUS. Then you may even self-videotape and choreograph your media as much as you wish.

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