Friday Follies: Illegalities found in Iran deal, more campus PC b.s., poor hurt again by Obama’s green agenda

October 9, 2015

PoliticalCorrectnessAn unexpected Friday at home has allowed some morning time I haven’t had in months and I figured what better way to spend it than returning to an old standby: The Friday Follies.

So for better or worse…..Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.

We all know about the 42 Senate Democrat cowards that didn’t even have the courage to put their names to a vote for the record on Obama’s nuclear giveaway to Iran. Now James Rosen over at Fox News is reporting that for as bad as the deal is, there are officials inside the administration worried that the deal as written violates existing federal law.

While ignoring the rule of law is nothing new for the Obama administration, Rosen’s report gives a shimmer of hope that at least part of the sanctions relief that would put the United States of America in the middle of funding Iran’s terrorist activities might still be blocked by a court outside of Obama’s reach.

Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.

At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”

In short, this means that foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies will, under certain conditions, be allowed to do business with Iran. The problem is that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by President Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called “foreign sub” loophole.

Full article and video here.

Campus Reform has an article on yet another example of political correctness run amok on our college campuses and the impotence of administration to stand up to the tyranny of the offended. For years the Clemson Dining Services had been doing a Mexican themed food night that was both harmless and that an overwhelming majority of students wanted and liked.

Yet as usual, a couple of toads with nothing better to do took to twitter to announce that they were offended by the cultural insensitivity and the response by the university was as predictable as Obama politicizing a mass shooting:

Clemson senior Austin Pendergist told Campus Reform felt the post-event uproar was “ridiculous.”

“This is something that Clemson Dining has done for years without any sort of backlash. People love the cultural nights in the dining halls,” Pendergist said. “What’s next? Are they going to take away all potato based food as to not offend students from Irish decent? Remove the stir fry station so Asian-American students don’t feel as if they are being misrepresented? When does it end?”

The university, however, took a different position. Dr. Doug Hallenbeck, Clemson University’s Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs apologized for the event’s “flattened cultural view of Mexican culture.”

“It is the mission of University Housing & Dining to create supportive and challenging environments that enrich and nourish lives. We failed to live out our mission yesterday, and we sincerely apologize,” Hallenbeck said.

Dr. Hallenbeck went on to promise that the university “will continue to work closely with [its] food service provider to create dining programs that align with Clemson University’s core values.”

The university posted similar apologies through the Clemson Dining Services Facebook and Twitter pages. The apologies came after students complained that the Mexican-themed event was offensive.

Read the full article here

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece up exposing how the Obama administration’s energy rules have done little for the environment while hurting the poor the most. (Imagine that, another left wing liberal agenda item doing more harm than good.)

As with every green dream, the poor suffer most. According to AAF, a family who bought a refrigerator, a furnace fan and a water heater could pay a hidden “regulatory tax” of about $620—more than a week’s pay for someone who earns $30,000 a year.

The Energy Department rationalizes the damage by trumpeting supposed benefits. One is that consumers will save money through more efficient energy use (if they don’t rent a home and commit to one air conditioner for 20 years). By the way, the rules sail through a federally required cost-benefit test thanks to capricious accounting on the “social benefits” of reducing carbon.

Read the full article here.

And on a positive note there’s this article on the 6th circuit slapping a stay on the EPA water grab.

As always, thanks for reading, have a great weekend and I’ll see ya round the Corner on Monday.

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