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Federal Judge Rules Obama Health Care Mandate UnConstitutional

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December 13, 2010: Larry O’Dell / Associated Press via The – December 13, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/The Blaze) — A federal judge declared the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional Monday, siding with Virginia’s attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson is the first federal judge to strike down the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan.

Several other lawsuits have been dismissed and others are pending, including one filed by 20 other states in Florida.

Virginia Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli filed a separate lawsuit in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance.

However, the key issue was his claim that the federal law’s requirement that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional. Hudson, a Republican who was appointed by President George W. Bush, sounded sympathetic to the state’s case when he heard oral arguments in October, and the White House expected to lose this round.

Administration officials told reporters last week that a negative ruling would have virtually no impact on the law’s implementation, noting that its two major provisions – the coverage mandate and the creation of new insurance markets – don’t take effect until 2014.

On Monday, however, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren disagreed with that sentiment, saying that the provision that was struck down includes most of the funding for the bill.

The central issue in Virginia’s lawsuit was whether the federal government has the power under the constitution to impose the insurance requirement. The Justice Department said the mandate is a proper exercise of the government’s authority under the Commerce Clause.

Cuccinelli argued that while the government can regulate economic activity that substantially affects interstate commerce, the decision not to buy insurance amounts to economic inactivity that is beyond the government’s reach.

Judge Rules In Favor Of Virginia Challenge To Health Care Law

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is a resounding blow to the criminal Obama administration and their eugenicist minions in the ongoing fight for our health and freedom– SJH

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Global Warming Strikes Again: Record Low Temps For Tampa Bay!

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December 13, 2010: Danny Valentine / St. Petersburg Times – December 13, 2010

Hard freezes are expected the next two mornings as severe cold settles into the Tampa Bay area, dropping temperatures into the 20s and 30s, putting farmers on alert and opening cold weather shelters. Low temperatures on Tuesday morning are expected to be in the 20s in most of the Tampa Bay area and the teens as far south as Hernando County.

“With this kind of cold, people need to employ basic safety measures,” said Jennifer McNatt, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin. “Pets should be brought inside, plants need to be protected and people need to make sure heating devices are being used properly.”

Even parts of Pinellas County, surrounded by warmer waters from the Gulf of Mexico, could see temperatures in the 20s. Farmers are on alert over predictions of a hard freeze, which occurs when temperatures drop to 27 degrees or below for at least three hours.

The lows are likely to threaten or break temperature records at several locations around west central Florida. The record low for Dec. 14 at Tampa International Airport is 27 degrees, set in 1962.

With the coldest weather still enroute, Monday began ominously enough, with scattered rain and temperatures dipping into the 30s and 40s. The biggest culprit, however, was the wind. Gusts approaching 40 mph were reported in several locations, a problem for motorists, particularly on bridges. There were several reports of holiday decorations and traffic cones being blown into roadways, creating another driving hazard.

While temperatures hovered in the 40s around Tampa Bay on Monday morning, the winds made it feel far colder. “People come to Florida because of the sunshsine and the warmth, and when it gets this cold it really grabs your attention,” said Juli Marquez of Bay News 9. Those temperatures aren’t expected to creep much higher throughout the rest of the day. Highs aren’t expected to get much above 50 degrees.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “Um, it’s getting colder now because of global warming!” – Carbonazis

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Written by Steven John Hibbs

December 13, 2010 at 10:34 am