With all due apologies to intellectually-challenged people - this clown lacks the mental acuity of a fruit fly and is an unabashed liar besides.
For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square; town by town; country by country; the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights.
That includes rights like peaceful enjoyment of one's home - the 4th Amendment, pretty much, either in form or substance, right? So that would make this a problem?
Barnes contests that the trial court's failure to advise the jury on the right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers constituted reversible error and that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions. We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.
Sometimes, in the course of history, the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years. In America, think of the defiance of those patriots in Boston who refused to pay taxes to a King, or the dignity of Rosa Parks as she sat courageously in her seat.
Oh, I see. And your Treasury Secretary said exactly what about not raising the debt ceiling - you know, effectively refusing to authorize tax increases, which is exactly what Boston was about....
Oh yeah, that's right - it's the old "tanks in the streets" argument.
This lack of self determination – the chance to make of your life what you will – has applied to the region’s economy as well. Yes, some nations are blessed with wealth in oil and gas, and that has led to pockets of prosperity. But in a global economy based on knowledge and innovation, no development strategy can be based solely upon what comes out of the ground. Nor can people reach their potential when you cannot start a business without paying a bribe.
And how many permits, taxes and other fees must one pay to set up a business here in the United States? Exactly how is this not a bribe? MORE.
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CBS News has learned that the DEA has confiscated a stash of assault rifles connected to ATF's Fast and Furious operation. It's a major seizure of weapons in the controversial ATF case that's the subject of at least two investigations. Sources say it's believed the suspects intended to take the guns to Mexico.
Sources say DEA accidentally came upon the guns while stopping suspects in an unrelated case in the Phoenix area on April 13th. When agents stopped at least two suspects, they found two giant garbage cans full of dozens of AK-47 type weapons wrapped in cellophane. Sources tell CBS News that a trace on the first weapon showed it was purchased in Nov. 2009 by a suspect in ATF's Fast and Furious case.
"Today's endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.
From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, controlled by Jordan's Arab army.
The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world's Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.
Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.
In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world's 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.
America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian's declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.
It's time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.
While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: 'Who will now lead in Egypt?' and 'Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?'
President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people."
There are then some exceptions noted:
776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.
(1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that persons will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and
(b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
(2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
"I have humiliated myself regularly over the years, but Wednesday the 18th of May was I believe the worse. Perhaps though, it was just that I was bested as well. I explain.
My wife and I and her brother stopped off in Washington DC on our way home from Vacation.
My wife wanted her brother to see the Smithsonian and let him photo some of the other landmarks.
Well, since the assassination of whoever was living in that house in Pakistan they raised security in the Capitol area. To enter a building, to include every car parking area, you have to show photo ID and allow a search of your bags.
We went through this with me bitching and her telling me to not ruin her brother's vacation.
Along with us were hundreds of school trips arriving by buses they paid for.
The humiliation came at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We had just picked up my belt and her bags from the scanner when a young girl, about 12 to 14 years old wearing an "I love NY" T-shirt and shorts carrying a hand sized clasp purse was ordered to place it on the table and let the Capitol Police Officer look inside. She made me proud and wasted my personal pride in one outburst.
" Why do you want to look in my private things?"
"I am an American not some illegal Alien"
"I won't allow it in my nation's Capitol or anywhere else!"
They told her that to see in the museum she had to allow it.
"Then I will go sit in the rain till everyone else gets out."
Her school guide offered to keep the purse and stay outside, but the girl would have nothing to do with that idea.
When she walked out the door with about 8 of her fellow students that had probably each paid over $100.00 for the trip plus lodging and food I wanted to climb under the bench I was sitting on, and hide. I had allowed my rights to be trampled for a smile from my wives brother.
Then I watched as the Capitol Police went outside in a pair, and made her go sit in her bus till her chaperon got there.
This little Girl had made the stand that I, a professed "Patriot," had bypassed for the convenience of not being hassled, and irritating my wife.
Then I realized that the American dream was not yet dead. The young are behind us in the same ratio as we are.
When should we start standing up for our personal rights and stop accepting their tokens of privilege in return for our obedience?"
Via safetalker, L&P
The recent U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden at his hideout in the Pakistani Army garrison town of Abbottabad (population 148,000), only 31 miles from the capital city of Islamabad, has raised serious questions about Pakistan’s status as a trusted American ally. It has also raised serious questions with the people of Pakistan about American violations of Pakistani sovereignty.
Pakistan’s population of over 187 million is 95 percent Muslim, making it the sixth largest country in the world by population and the second largest Muslim nation in the world. Because its Muslim population is growing faster than the Muslim population of Indonesia, Pakistan will soon be the largest Muslim nation in the world. Its modernized Army, Navy, and Air Force have a total of 620,000 personnel on active duty. This makes Pakistan’s armed forces the seventh largest in the world. It is one of only nine nations in the world, and the only Muslim nation, to possess nuclear weapons. Its Air Force is the sixth largest in the world with 371 combat aircraft. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is estimated at between 24 and 48 weapons. Its Army has two armored and 12 infantry divisions well equipped with the latest tanks, artillery, attack and transport helicopters, and anti-aircraft weapons. Its small but modernized Navy has 11 surface ships, 40 aircraft, and 5 submarines.
As I pointed out in my articles on Afghanistan several months ago, Pakistan was an important ally to the United States during the 1979-1989 Soviet-Afghan War. Since 2001, Pakistan has been an important, but sometimes dubious, ally in the U.S. engagement against the Afghan Taliban. Pakistani assistance, especially by Pakistani Military Intelligence (ISI) has often been indispensable. Yet they have often worked against us to pursue their own internal domestic political objectives and foreign policy alternatives.
Many in Congress, the media, and the American public are now bristling with anger over suspicions that our supposedly trusted ally, flush with billions of U.S. dollars in annual aid, was complicit in hiding our number one villain in a walled hideout only minutes from the Pakistani Military Academy and thousands of Pakistani troops. Many in Pakistan are resentful that the U.S. would pull off such a raid without Pakistani knowledge and approval. Some are humiliated that the U.S. found and killed bin Laden right under the noses of Pakistani Military Intelligence and Army units.
However, as a former Air Force intelligence officer and student of foreign intrigue, I strongly suspect that the American media, the American public, and even most members of Congress may never know the full story of Pakistani and American intrigue in the killing of Osama bin Laden. The full truth will be at least a long time in coming. Pakistan is a nation of divided allegiances. Most top-ranking Pakistani military officers, especially in the ISI, demonstrably tend toward the secularist version of Islam modeled most conspicuously by the Turkish military. These are most likely to cooperate with Western foreign policy and military objectives. In the past, military officers have been well-respected by the Pakistani people, and many, such as General Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan from 1978 to 1988, have served in high political offices. More recent Pakistani political leaders, however, have had to govern in an atmosphere where a more militant brand of Islam is increasing in importance. .
In neighboring Afghanistan, 40 to 50 percent of the population belongs to the Pashtun (or Pathan) group of tribes. They have been the backbone of Taliban radicalism. The largest tribal group in Pakistan is the Punjabi with 45 percent of the population, but the Pashtun overlap the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan and make up more than 15 percent of Pakistan’s population. There are also at least one million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, many of whom are troublesome Pashtun-Taliban. Other major tribal groups are the Sindhi (14 percent), the Sariaki (8 percent), the Muhajirs (8 percent) and the Balochi (4 percent).
The Pashtun dominate the Northwest Tribal Territory that borders Afghanistan and have close relations with the Pashtun in Afghanistan. Most Taliban religious leaders in Afghanistan received their schooling in Pakistan.
In addition to the tribal influences on Pakistan, the Muslim population is divided. Pakistan is 75 percent Sunni Muslim and 20 percent Shia Muslim. Besides its considerable border with Afghanistan, Pakistan has a border with often-hostile Shiite Iran. It also has borders with Tajikistan and China, and a long border with nuclear-armed archrival India, including the disputed Kashmir region. In addition, Pakistan has an important trading and shipping border on the Arabian Sea.
It is important for Americans to remember that Pakistan is an overwhelmingly Muslim country where any issue related to Islam, especially in light of its resurgent fundamentalist and militant forms, is fraught with extreme political risk for Pakistani leaders. In particular, Pakistani leaders have often had to pander to the fundamentalist militancy of its large Pashtun minority.
The magnitude of the problem over the bin Laden raid was indicated by an eleven hour briefing by the ISI to the Pakistani Parliament. Many are concerned that the political crisis could loosen the Pakistani military’s ability to govern the country, opening the doors to Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda influences leading to the dominance of more militant forms of political Islam. In these briefings, the Pakistani ISI took an increasingly tough tone against the United States. In addition, Pakistan is making some overtures for alliances with China.
Pakistan can be a valuable ally or a formidable enemy both to the U.S. and India.