Patterico's Pontifications


Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants Feeling Pretty Stoked by Assad’s Game-Playing

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

The Great Ad-Libbed Charade Diplomatic Solution to the Great Ad-libbed Syrian Crisis is hitting some rough spots. John Kerry is rejecting Assad’s one-month timetable to submit data on his chemical weapons. Apparently, Kerry is shocked to learn that the immediate turnover that he had proclaimed could never happen, is not going to happen.

When it finally becomes so clear that Assad and Putin are playing games that even the media gets it, what then? Go back to Congress? I doubt it. With useful idiots like John McCain and Lindsey Graham arguing that Obama could still bomb Syria, even without Congessional approval, Obama still obviously has unilateral action on the table. The idiots argue that Presidents have acted unilaterally many times before, citing a list of supposed precedents — even though, as Tom Woods notes:

[T]he great presidential scholar Edward S. Corwin pointed out that this lengthy list of alleged precedents consisted mainly of “fights with pirates, landings of small naval contingents on barbarous or semi-barbarous coasts, the dispatch of small bodies of troops to chase bandits or cattle rustlers across the Mexican border, and the like.”

To support their position, therefore, the neoconservatives and their left-liberal clones are counting chases of cattle rustlers as examples of presidential warmaking, and as precedents for sending millions of Americans into war with foreign governments on the other side of the globe.

This video is still relevant: Second City’s Kickstarter campaign to kickstart World War III, by Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants. My favorite is the Obama supporter who describes himself as a “scholar on social policy and a barista.”

Thanks to Simon Jester for that.

California Allows (More) Illegal Immigrants to Get Driver’s Licenses

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:11 am

I don’t see how this could go wrong:

Laboring late into the night Thursday to finish their work for the year, state lawmakers acted to allow many more immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain California driver’s licenses, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign.

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The driver’s license measure would significantly expand the number of immigrants in the country illegally who could have such documents. Some young, undocumented residents are already eligible for licenses under state law, if they qualify for temporary federal work permits.

“This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” Brown said in a statement issued immediately after the bill passed. “Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

The bill, AB 60, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), originally would have provided licenses to immigrants who could show that they pay taxes or otherwise work in the United States. But it was changed to ask the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine what documentation would be required.

The bill requires a special mark and notation on the licenses, the initials DP (driver’s privilege) instead of DL (driver’s license). The notation would say the document “does not establish eligibility for employment or public benefit.”

Countdown to the lawsuit arguing that such a notation is unfair and unconstitutional in 5…4…3…2…1…

It’s still illegal to come to this country, er, illegally . . . right?

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