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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Responding to a question about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to pull back “on a program known as 287(g) — which allows the feds to deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests” — following the Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating substantial sections of Arizona’s SB 1070, Kyl said the president must be held accountable:
BENNETT: How do you make the feds cooperate [with state immigration efforts]?
KYL: Well, that’s the executive’s job and there are only a couple of ways to do it… If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political. And you have it two ways: one is oversight through the Congress to demonstrate what they’re doing wrong and there are some potential criminal charges there for dereliction of duty. Although, I haven’t looked that up yet. And the other part of it is people need to react through the ballot box to turn out of office those people who are not doing their duty. Now if it’s bad enough and if shenanigans involved in it, then of course impeachment is always a possibility. But I don’t think at this point anybody is talking about that.
More @ Think Progress
Absolutely hilarious! Law Student Puts Cop In His Place After Being Unlawfully Stopped For Carrying A Gun In Maine
But I must say, in some places this could have ended up much differently and badly.
A Cambridge academic responsible for mentoring students has come under pressure to resign over his controversial views which have been dubbed by some as racist, sexist and pro-Hitler.
On his website, Martin Sewell, a supervisor in the university's Faculty of Economics, describes black people as having "lower intelligence" than whites and dismisses racism as "natural". But he has defended his views, telling the Huffington Post he is "neither racist nor sexist" and saying the right to freedom of speech should be respected.
The 43-year-old, who also works for a think-tank in Cambridge to develop policy solutions, believes feminism "harms women" and says perhaps it is time to "reconsider" eugenics, the study and belief synonymous with Hitler's Nazi state.
Cambridge's student union has now called for Sewell to resign, calling the academic an "unacceptable individual".
"Cambridge is a diverse, multicultural community which stands against - and, indeed, refutes -everything he stands for," a spokesperson told The Cambridge Student.
"Obviously, an individual who expresses such deeply racist views, such deeply sexist views and who explicitly endorses national socialism cannot remain as a supervisor for Cambridge students.
"This raises further worrying issues regarding how the university could employ such an individual - the university must give its community concrete assurances that its recruitment procedures will become sufficiently robust to prevent such an unacceptable individual from being employed in future."
Reading-born Sewell currently mentors 27 undergraduates at Homerton, Newnham, Queens' and St Edmund's colleges.
His website lists links to articles published on various subjects, including one on racism. In a piece published in 2010, Sewell states:
"So-called racism [sic] is a perfectly natural in-group bias which has been stigmatized by the politically correct West. The most likely reason for the high incidence of black crime is blacks’ lower intelligence and greater impulsivity, which themselves are probably biological in origin."
Sewell also turns his attention to gender equality, with one lengthy article hosted on the University College London's domain.
In the text, Sewell states: "Feminism not only harms men, but harms women. Indeed, women are less happy today than they
were in the 1970s.
"To assume equality is false, whilst attempting to enforce it is totalitarian.
More @ Huff Post
Momma went into the house, then came back out with a fiddle and case that belonged to my gr gr Grandpa Second Lt. Thomas B. Smith CSA. He made the fiddle and the case himself, and did the carving of tiger's head on the headstock. We know from family Bible that he was playing it at barn dances in TN at least 5 years prior to the outbreak of the war. We also know that he carried it with him along with a lap desk he also made throughout the war.It is in pretty rough condition and was last played by his son, (my Momma's grandpa) on the occasion of her 11th Birthday party, that would have been July 9th 1941. I do have a close friend of some 40 years who is a luthier, and I hope in the near future to have the funds to have him do what restoration work is needed. I will then pass it on to Mayme, who if she were a bit more dedicated with her own fiddle, could most likely bring it to life once again lol.Anyway hope you enjoy the pics. I am simply ecstatic at having it in my possession at this time. A true piece of personal Confederate history. For a poor man I am so blessed.T
This is getting good!
After admitting that Detective Chris Serino was the Sanford Police Department leaker, apparently ABC’s Matt Gutman is having second thoughts. He has shut down his twitter history. Perhaps ABC Risk Management realizing what they are now exposed to. ABC could be in for a world of hurt because of Matt’s admission.
Not only their credibility, but financial risk from lawsuits on behalf of George Zimmerman.
More @ The Last Refuge
Issa said the assertion of executive privilege, which occurred after 16-months of negotiations between his committee and Justice officials over documents related to the gun-walking program called Fast and Furious, raised two troubling questions.
"Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it...or, you are asserting a Presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation," Issa wrote. "To date, the White House has steadfastly maintained that it has not had any role in advising the Department with respect to the congressional investigation. The surprising assertion of executive privilege raised the question of whether that is still the case."
More @ National Journal
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) has apparently been on medical leave for the past two weeks due to extreme exhaustion. The information was released in a statement his office put out Monday, which indicated he had been on medical leave since June 10.
The beleaguered congressman is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using campaign funds to purchase roundtrip airfare for his mistress to travel to Chicago. He’s also being reexamined for his connection to the Illinois U.S. Senate seat Gov. Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell. The Chicago Tribune reports:
Just last week, a longtime friend of Jackson’s, Raghuveer Nayak, was arrested on federal fraud charges involving Nayak’s surgical centers. Nayak was at the center of the U.S. Senate seat scandal that sent former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison.
Jackson, 47, who has distanced himself from Nayak, remains under a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that Nayak offered Blagojevich up to $6 million in campaign cash to make the congressman President Barack Obama’s successor in the U.S. Senate.
Nayak had told federal investigators that Jackson asked him to raise campaign money for Blagojevich in hopes the then-governor would appoint Jackson to the seat, sources familiar with the investigation have told the Tribune. Jackson has denied any knowledge of fundraising in exchange for the appointment and has said he expects to be vindicated by the ethics panel.
Jackson also has said he did not violate House ethics rules when he had Nayak buy a plane ticket for a woman with whom the congressman had a secret relationship. Jackson has referred to that as a “private and personal matter.”
Despite his medical leave of absense, Jackson’s twitter account has remained active.
This isn’t the first time Jackson’s health issues have been disclosed with some delay. In 2005, Jackson underwent weight-surgery, which was revealed weeks after the fact. It also isn’t the first time he’s been treated for exhaustion.
Jackson, up for reelection this year, is being challenged by Republican Brian Woodworth.
In the last entry we covered what man-improved obstacles were and some ways we could cut (severe) trails. In this entry we’re going to examine another (and probably easier) way to block trails and bridges. I’m also going to present some considerations you need to take into account when making the decision to place such obstacles.
The next type of obstacle I’m going to cover is an Abatis. For our purpose an Abatis is an obstacle that is formed by a group of trees cut down to interlock blocking a road, trail, or approach path for a vehicle. As always this kind of obstacle won’t really slow down a threat on foot however it is pretty good at slowing down and temporarily halting vehicles. Let’s take a look at a diagram that I’ve annotated from an Army manual:
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City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, destroys woman's edible landscaping with over 100 varieties of medicinal plants
KOTV NewsOn6.com, which was the first to break the heartbreaking story, explains a situation that is becoming disturbingly common in America today. A phantom "neighbor" allegedly complains about the victim's yard, which prompts overzealous city officials to conduct a witch hunt that includes coercing the victim into complying with their unlawful demands. When said victim refuses and tries to fight back and reclaim her legal rights, the city proceeds to trespass on her property and destroy it, along with her livelihood.
A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis' south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather -- Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana -- in a tightly sealed jar marked "Human Remains."Gross said he didn't think he'd have a problem, until he ran into a TSA agent at the Orlando airport.
I confess I am very conflicted about the War of 1812. The emerging anti-war consensus seems to be that it was entirely a war of choice with possibly exaggerated concerns about impressment used as a justification for a war of conquest (Canada). The problem is that whether or not the War of 1812 was justified depends largely on who you listen to/believe, and there are people whose opinions I usually respect and trust on different sides of the issue. Also, the people I normally view as the bad guys (Yankee industrialist and Federalists) are portrayed as the good guys in the anti-war scenario, and the guys I normally see as the good guys (the Agrarian South, Jeffersonian Democrats and Calhoun in particular), are portrayed as the bad guys. Obviously the truth stands on it’s own regardless of my own emotional attachments, but my emotions do admittedly make it harder for me to accept this new revisionism at face value.
At the least, whatever the truth may be, it is likely more complicated than the simple morality tale the new anti-war revisionists make it out to be. I would actually like to see an intra-paleo debate on this issue since there is generally a broad consensus on most things within paleo circles that there is not, from my sense, on the War of 1812.
But whatever anyone may think about the War of 1812, one thing is certain, it was NOT the “First Neocon War” as the Salon article calls it outright and some revisionists seem to suggest. This reading of the War coincides with neocon Robert Kagan’s take in Dangerous Nation. I don’t know how anti-war revisionists think they are helping the cause by aping Kagan’s theme.
Kagan’s assertion is that America was never the mind-our-own-bussiness republic that the anti-war conservatives would have people believe. He suggests that America was expansionistic from a very early point and that this represents a sort of proto-neoconservatism that has always been part of the American character. The problem with this suggestion is that, as often happens, it ascribes modern thoughts and values to people in the past. To whatever degree Kagan’s assertion may or may not be true, undoubtebly there were Americans in the past who had expansionistic designs – Canada, Cuba, the Philippines, etc. But this was a time when powerful nations such as England and France had empires. The expansionistic designs of some Americans were motivated by the good ol’ fashioned illiberal imperialism that was common at the time. They wanted to be like the big boys and have an empire of our own. To the degree that it might have been ideologically, so to speak, motivated it was to bring Christianity to some benighted parts of the world. This is a far cry from the supposedly benign hegemony watched over by America and the ushering in of liberal democracy that the neocons envision.
Whatever take the anti-war folks want to have on the War of 1812, they should be careful that they don’t give aid and comfort to the Kagans of this battle by parroting their talking points. Whether the War of 1812 was just or not, it was NOT the first or any other kind of neocon war.
I remember seeing a post the other day from someone about getting warnings when they would link to your blog. I had never experienced it, till just a few min ago. When I go to the links, I get a large yellow banner saying not a valid web page, we suggest not continuing..... ........continue anyway. I thought you should know.
Woman Goes Mad For Being Charged 20 Cents For Water and Starts Talking About Slavery, Racism, Hair Salons, Underground Pipes and more that has nothing to do with anything, but is pretty damn entertaining to watch.
Predictably, Turkey has reacted to the destruction of one of its aircraft with stupidity and cowardice and predictably, the western leaders have jumped at the chance to up the stakes in an internal conflict in Syria which they are aiding and abetting by providing terrorists with weaponry. Through Turkey.
If anyone has acted responsibly since the start of this conflict, it is the Syrian authorities and conversely, if anyone has acted irresponsibly since the beginning, it is those who are openly Syria's enemies, namely NATO in general, which includes Turkey and as usual in particular, the FUKUS-Axis (France, UK and US).
How the Syrian Government has behaved
The Syrian opposition to the Government exists. It represents around 30 to at most 35% of the population, and is split into around 30 groups. Some of these groups are armed, carrying out terrorist insurrection attacks against the police and army that try to defend the population against this scourge, which perpetrates the same sort of outrages against human rights as we saw in NATO's terrorists in Libya (rape, sodomy, arson, murder, torture, looting).
The Syrian authorities have lost thousands of police and armed forces personnel in these terrorist attacks against a population which is 65 to 70% behind its President. When a Government is attacked by thousands of armed terrorists committing atrocities, it does not stand by with its arms folded. It acts. And this is what the Syrian Government has been doing.
Not only have the Syrian armed forces been sterilising infested areas of these elements, liquidating this terrorist scourge and protecting the citizens but also, it has launched a national reconciliation and forgiveness process in Tartous. This, despite continued attacks by the terrorist gangs funded and armed by the west, through Turkey allegedly by courtesy of the CIA, among others.
Just yesterday the authorities exterminated a number of this terrorist filth in Deir Ezzor and Homs, while in Hama a terrorist explosives factory was seized. Yesterday was also the scene of the funerals of sixty-eight police, army personnel and innocent civilians massacred by NATO's terrorists. Are we going to hear about this in western media? Of course not. So we see how credible their reporting is.
How the west has behaved
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There is fear out there expressed by those in the Republican Party, the Romney for President campaign, even the Ron Paul for President campaign about the behavior of Paul supporting delegates and Paul supporters in general at the upcoming GOP National Convention in Tampa.
What does Ron Paul want? Will be speak at the convention? Will he be nominated? Will his supporters be disruptive?
In the context of the modern political convention, which instead of being a deliberative body is a really a tax-payer funded love-in for the nominated candidate, this is an important question. Because these are made-for-TV events, any kind of appearance of disruption of routine party business by parlimentary wrangling of appearance of disunity is frowned upon severly. Everything is meticulously planned and scripted and any deviation from that plan could present an image problem for the folks watching about the candidate the convention will nominate.
For example, there’s talk Ron Paul could have himself put into nomination for vice-president by his delegates forcing a roll call vote which hasn’t happened at a convention since 1972. That will throw everything off schedule if it happens. Just ask George McGovern.
Given this situation, it would seem the Paul supporters would have some leverage with the Romney campaign and the party leadership. Give us what want and we’ll give you decorum. Instead negotiations seem to be happening from the opposite direction. The party seems to be saying either give us decorum or you will have no role at the convention. This is largely due to the fact the upper-echelon of the campaign, persons-like campaign manager Jesse Benton, his string-puller and Trygve Olson and the man they want work in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, are looking ahead and trying to make sure Ron Paul supporters and delegates don’t come off in Republican eyes like the protestors at 1968 Democratic National Convention.
You hear the word “respect” more and more from persons in the Paul campaign. No doubt there are those within the campaign who believe their own supporters are an unruly mob and have said so publicly. They’ve gone so far as to schedule their own gathering at Tampa to keep Paul away from grassroots sponsored events festivals schedule the week. Shouldn’t respect be a two-way street? How much respect should Paul supporters be forced give while the Romney campaign forces out Paul supporters from the Massachusetts delegation, and acts in questionable if not downright illegal ways to secure delegates in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arizona and attack and arrest Paul delegates in the process?
The only “respect” Paul delegates at the convention should show is to the taxpayers who have the fund these Nuremburg-type rallies and make them actual democratic events again. If that means things go off schedule, so be it. Paul delegates can make history by changing again the nature of a political party convention away from spectacle to an actual gathering where there’s debate and discussion and votes, the kinds of things that actually happen in democracy. If left to their own devices I’m sure these delegates would do just that. But I am worried that biggest division in Tampa will not be between Romney and Paul, it will be between and Paul supporters and their own campaign.
“ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson described reading those same wiretap affidavits in March of last year,” Grassley told Holder during the Senate hearing. “He said he was alarmed that the information in the affidavits contradicted the public denial to Congress.”
“On what legal ground are you withholding that email?” He asked. “The president can’t claim executive privilege to withhold that email, is that correct?”
“Well, let me just say this: We have reached out to Chairman Issa to work our way through these issues,” Holder filibustered. “We have had sporadic contacts and we are prepared to make – I am prepared to make – compromises with regard to the documents that can be made available. There is a basis for withholding these documents if they deal with the deliberative …”
“But not on executive privilege?” Grassley interrupted.
“No,” Holder responded.
Xavier Alvarez, pictured, was indicted in 2007 after he falsely claimed that he was a retired Marine who received the Medal of Honor.
Big fish story or fraud?
That’s a nutshell synopsis of a decision the Supreme Court is expected to hand down this week—arguably, one of the year’s most important cases that few people have ever heard of.
At issue are the claims of California huckster Xavier Alvarez, who was elected to a local water board and lied to fellow board members about having received the Medal of Honor. That landed Alvarez afoul of the federal Stolen Valor Act, which penalizes those falsely claiming military combat medals with up to a year in prison–or did, until the famously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California overturned the law and Alvarez’s conviction in 2010.
But Colorado military historian Doug Sterner maintains that the statute guards against more than resume-boosting lies.
“It is a pattern of unlawful activity, a pattern of deception, a pattern of taking advantage of people,” he told Human Events this week.
“Stolen valor isn’t lying; it’s impersonation. It is stealing the identity of a wounded warrior or a legitimate veteran or an American hero.”
Sterner entered the business of exposing military phonies unwittingly, when he began an exhaustive project to catalogue online all recipients of the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor, the military’s two highest awards. (To this day, no complete database for less prestigious medals, such as the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, exists.)
As he collected records and citations, he frequently came across reports that proved too good to be true: individuals who constructed fables of military service and high honors in hopes of securing respect, trust, and perhaps glory from their communities.
In 2005, Doug Sterner’s wife, Pam, helped draft the Stolen Valor Act, which became law in 2006.
More @ Human Events
McGINTY, JOHN J. III
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 18 July 1966. Entered service at: Laurel Bay, S.C. Born: 21 January 1940, Boston, Mass.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. McGinty's platoon, which was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of the battalion from a position which had been under attack for 3 days, came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment. With each successive human wave which assaulted his 32-man platoon during the 4-hour battle, 2d Lt. McGinty rallied his men to beat off the enemy. In 1 bitter assault, 2 of the squads became separated from the remainder of the platoon. With complete disregard for his safety, 2d Lt. McGinty charged through intense automatic weapons and mortar fire to their position. Finding 20 men wounded and the medical corpsman killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy.
Although he was painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire so effectively that the attacking hordes were beaten off. When the enemy tried to out-flank his position, he killed 5 of them at point-blank range with his pistol. When they again seemed on the verge of overrunning the small force, he skillfully adjusted artillery and air strikes within 50 yards of his position. This destructive firepower routed the enemy, who left an estimated 500 bodies on the battlefield. 2d Lt. McGinty's personal heroism, indomitable leadership, selfless devotion to duty, and bold fighting spirit inspired his men to resist the repeated attacks by a fanatical enemy, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
The federal government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute.
Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the study finds.
“[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says.
More @ CNS News
Justice Antonin Scalia took President Barack Obama to task in a scathing 22-page dissent to Monday’s Supreme Court decision striking down the majority of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, calling Obama’s failure to enforce parts of the Immigration Act “mind boggling.”
“The president said at a news conference that the new program is ‘the right thing to do’ in light of Congress’s failure to pass the administration’s proposed revision of the Immigration Act,” Scalia wrote in his dissent. “Perhaps it is, though Arizona may not think so. But to say, as the Court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of the Immigration Act that the President declines to enforce boggles the mind.”
The Reagan appointee went on to write:
It is reported that Burrel buried the family silver in the woods, but was caught by Union soldiers upon his return. According to his grandson, who witnessed the incident, Hemphill refused to tell the Union soldiers where to find the loot. The angry Federal soldiers then dragged Burrel to a spot near the church where they hanged him and shot up his body for target practice.
A granite marker honors Burrel Hemphill: “In Memory of Burrel Hemphill killed by Union Soldiers February 1865. Although a Slave He Gave His Life Rather Than Betray A Trust. He was a member of Hopwell.” Location; 1341 Hopewell Church Road (12 miles south of Chester). Contact Chester County Historical Society: email@example.com
Congress and Friends Need to Hear from You
To preserve parental rights, we need to make it an issue the public knows and cares about – and that means making it known. So we would encourage you to plan now to speak with your family and friends next week when you gather for the holiday.
But we are also about to send you another tool you can use for the job!
On Thursday, we will send out an email designed for an audience unfamiliar with the PRA. We need you to pass it on to as many family and friends as you can! So plan now to check for that email on Thursday and send it on.
But Congress still needs to hear from you as wellWith Congress on recess next week for July 4, there are only 12 business days left before our July 19 hearing in the House Constitution Subcommittee.
And while our call blitz has brought us to 58 cosponsors so far, there are still 104 past supporters or pledge signers who have not yet cosponsored. If we only added these, we could almost triple the number of cosponsors in the House!
But every congressman needs a call, even if they haven’t cosponsored before. Eight of the current cosponsors of HJRes110 had never before expressed support for the PRA on this level. Maybe your congressman will join these in signing up!
So please call Congress again. Check on your lawmakers by clicking on your state at parentalrights.org/states. If they are not already cosponsors, call (their D.C. office number will be provided on your state page) and urge them to join on. Then, call them back every day or two until they sign on, or until they give you a reason why they won’t (in which case, forward that to firstname.lastname@example.org). When you call, you might say something like this:
As a constituent, I would urge the congressman to cosponsor HJRes110, the Parental Rights Amendment. I agree with the traditional right of fit parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children without undue government intrusion at any level. Incidentally, so do 93% of all Americans, according to a 2010 Zogby Poll. Loving parents can make better decisions for children than bureaucrats can. So please contact Rep. Trent Franks and sign on as a cosponsor of HJRes110, the Parental Rights Amendment, as soon as you can. I will call back in a couple of days to see how this is going.
Thank you for standing with us in these two ways to support this vital Amendment. We cannot secure the protection of parental rights without you!
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