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Archive for 1 July 2008
….from Fairly Conservative!
Consistently, we have seen courts (and politicians) pick and choose which parts of the Constitution to uphold, and which parts they want to interpret in a manner that screws the American people, royally. Such was the case with McCain/Feingold, and Kelo v New London. The folks in Nashville are taking highway robbery to a whole new level.
From Blue Collar Muse:
Welcome to the real blight in this story. Just a week after Kelo v New London’s 3rd anniversary and in a week celebrating the quintessential remembrance of American freedom from governmental tyranny, the spreading blight of governmental abuse of Eminent Domain has arrived in Nashville. The arrogance and hubris of Joe Cain and MDHA reminds one of the royalty we opposed for our freedom over 230 years ago. If Joe Cain has his way, Joy Ford’s dreams and right to do what she pleases with her own property will be bulldozed to make room for a $100 million dollar development deal with a private company in Texas.
At it’s heart, this is the real issue. True Eminent Domain is about the government requisitioning property for Public Use for the good of all the citizens. This is just a business deal. And it’s the stuff of Hollywood, not Music City. It reads like a boilerplate movie script, not a hot Billboard single. The widow v the conglomerate. MDHA signed a deal with Houston based Lionstone Group, a private developer, to sell them the property they wanted at cost. They inked this Music Row deal in March of this year. At the time, Ford’s property was not theirs to sell yet they sold it anyway! Now, they are using strongarm tactics to keep a promise they had no right to make. In doing so, they are not simply trampling on the rights and dreams of one woman. They are making a mockery of our Constitution and rights and values paid for with the blood of tens of thousands. The question is, will this movie script, as yet unfinished, have a happy ending? How will this sad country song finish after the bridge?
When are we going to stop letting those elected into office to do OUR bidding from trashing everything generations of Americans have fought and died to protect? Tennessee is the “Volunteer State”. I don’t get the impression that Mrs. Ford is “volunteering” to turn over her property, and business, for a business deal. So, what will the city of Nashville do? Why, they’ll do what governments all over the country are doing these days: condemning properties and screwing its citizens!
Received in an email from Texas Fred:
The purpose of fighting is to win.
There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.
1. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
3. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.
4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’
The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46.’
6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. ‘Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?’
‘No Ma’am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.’
8. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!
But wait, there’s more!
I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did.
She said ‘Well I certainly hope it isn’t loaded!’
To which I said, of course it is loaded, can’t work without bullets!’
She then asked, ‘Are you that afraid of some one evil coming into your house?’
My reply was, ‘No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.’
To which I’ll add, having a gun in the house that isn’t loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.
“The Jewish leadership accepted the resolution, but the Palestinian and Arab leadership did not, which they had a right to do. What they did not have a right to do was attack the nascent Jewish state with the objective – as they acknowledged at the time – of initiating a ‘war of extermination.’ The result was, therefore, a double Nakba: not only of Palestinian-Arab suffering and the creation of a Palestinian refugee problem, but also, with the assault on Israel and on Jews in Arab countries, the creation of a second, much less known, group of refugees – Jewish refugees from Arab countries.”
IT IS tragic to appreciate that had the Partition Resolution been accepted 60 years ago, there would have been no Arab-Israeli war – no refugees, Jewish or Arab – and none of the pain and suffering since. Indeed, we would have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of both the State of Israel and the State of Palestine.
Moreover, this “double rejectionism,” where Arab leadership was prepared to forgo the establishment of a Palestinian state if it meant countenancing a Jewish state in any borders, not only found expression 60 years ago, but has underpinned the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever since.
Yet the revisionist Mideast narrative – prejudicial to authentic reconciliation and peace between peoples as well as between states – continues to hold that there was only one victim population, Palestinian refugees, and that Israel was responsible for the Palestinian Nakba of 1948.
How many school kids know that the Arabs living in the region REJECTED an establishment of a Palestinian state? How many Palestinians even know that they leadership of the time refused to give them a “homeland”. I can pretty much guess….not many, if any, are aware of the rejection.
Simply put, the Arab countries not only rejected a Palestinian state and went to war to extinguish the nascent Jewish state, but also targeted the Jewish nationals living in their respective countries, thereby creating two refugee populations – the Palestinian refugee population resulting from the Arab war against Israel, and the Jewish refugees resulting from the Arab war against its own Jewish nationals.
The hatred of the Jews runs pretty deep. This “war” has never been about the establishment of a state for the Palestinians, it’s always been about hatred of a people, and their destruction. The Arabs learned well from the Nazis.
REGRETTABLY, THE United Nations also bears express and continuing responsibility for this distorted Middle East and peace narrative. Since 1948, there have been more than 130 UN resolutions that have specifically dealt with the Palestinian refugee plight. Yet, not one of these UN Resolutions makes any reference to, nor is there any expression of concern for, the plight of the 850,000 Jews displaced from Arab countries. Nor have any of the Arab countries involved – or the Palestinian leadership involved – expressed any acknowledgement, let alone regret, for this pain and suffering, or for their respective responsibility for the pain and suffering.
It’s not really surprising that the Useless Numnuts continue to foster blame on the Israelis.
This is an extremely interesting opinion piece, and well worth your time to read.
I would have thought the former Weasel in Chief would have been all over the Zimbabwe situation. Isn’t he the biggest fan of murderers and thugs? I must say, I’m a little disappointed in him. (insert sarcasm)
Zimbabwe isn’t the only example, but it’s a good one. After Britain, the former colonial authority in Rhodesia helped peel power away from Ian Smith’s rebel white regime, and Robert Mugabe governed for a time with some success. Then he decided to become president for life. Autocracy descended, as did hunger and imprisonment. He seized the productive farmlands of the country’s then-numerous whites. Racial mythology protected him. He was black and, as the New York Times called him this week, “a revered liberation hero.” The whites were, well, white.
Leave it to the Slimes to “revere” a murderous thug.
Memphis Police recently bowed out of “The First 48″ cable-TV crime show after several council members complained it put the city in a bad light.
Steve Shular, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said Luttrell doesn’t view such shows as putting a negative spin on Shelby County or Memphis.
“This was done (filmed) a year ago before the controversy on ‘The First 48.’ We view this as highlighting the good work of our Street Crimes and Narcotics Units,” Shular said. “Crime publicizes itself. The worst thing we can do is not report that we are aggressively pursuing those who are responsible.”
The Memphis council folks whine because “reality TV” shows….gasp…..the reality? They had 164 homicides last year, and 65 already this year. “Bad light”? Pfft. I think the spokeman is right, showing the police doing their jobs, and getting the bad guys is lot more important.
Senator Obama hit a bump in the road in his new drive to attract voters who harbor doubts about his patriotism yesterday when he was forced to denounce remarks one of his prominent supporters made minimizing the value of Senator McCain’s military service.
The flap arose over comments a former four-star general, Wesley Clark, made on a talk show Sunday arguing that Mr. McCain’s experience as a Navy pilot, including more than six years in a North Vietnamese prison, did little to prepare him for the presidency. “I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,” General Clark said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
He sure does have to do a lot of backpeddling and “denouncing”, doesn’t he. So, does Weasel Clark think B. Hussein has qualifications that should put him in the White House? I sure would like to know what they are, cuz I’ve yet to discover any.
With familiar defiance after elections widely denounced as a sham, President Robert Mugabe dismissed international demands for his ouster Tuesday, saying through a spokesman that the United States and other countries could “go hang a thousand times.” George Charamba, the presidential spokesman, was speaking to reporters at a meeting of the leaders of the 53-nation African Union in this Red Sea resort.
Facing pressure from the United States for expanded sanctions against Mugabe, African leaders held a second day of closed-door meetings Tuesday to seek consensus on a negotiated settlement of the crisis.
Mugabe wants African Union to endorse his re-election in a vote last Friday that three African monitoring groups labeled inadequate or not credible. But his adversaries – and some of his allies – are pressing him to accept a settlement that would mean sharing power with his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.
What? Did they expect he’d just hang his head, shuffle his feet and say “Well, ok. I’ll go home. Didn’t wanna be no ol’ dictator anyways.” Pfft! That ‘sharing power’ business never seems to work out too well for the other guy anyway.
Dr. Vejas Liulevicius, head of the Center for the Study of War & Society in the History Department at the University of Tennessee, said Interim Chancellor Jan Simek and Tom Burman, head of the UT History Department, were able to find funds to pay for the center’s program coordinator for 2008-09.
The center compiles oral histories from combat veterans. Its collection includes tens of thousands of oral interviews, personal papers, letters, diaries, hundreds of volumes of books and artifacts from World War II up through the current conflict in Iraq.
And the honchos at UT don’t think all this history is worth a little funding to keep it alive? I’m afraid I have to disagree with them 100%. REAL history lived by REAL people is more valid than any newspaper or history book.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the opening of a new Intel factory in Kiryat Gat, Olmert said he would “continue negotiations to bring peace and create a new horizon of hope, and of development and prosperity all across Israel.”
Dang! He sounds just like a politician. His mouth writing checks his ass can’t cash.
He said Calderon is “one of the best Mexican presidents of modern times” and praised his fight against the country’s drug cartels.
Calderon has deployed more than 20,000 troops and federal police to battle the gangs and agreed to accept a three-year U.S. aid package of more than $1.6 billion that was approved by Congress last week.
Does this guy ever read the papers, watch the news? Calderon is a disaster for Americans, so why is McFeingold wasting our taxpayer money, visiting a bozo who encourages his citizens to break OUR laws? Aid package? $1.6 BILLION?
Two years ago, in the last year of Pataki’s administration, the agency said it had expedited development at the site by renegotiating a 99-year lease with Silverstein and shifting responsibility for who would build what.
It set clear deadlines and penalties, including $300,000-a-day payments to Silverstein if the agency didn’t deliver land on time. The agency has paid Silverstein over $14 million in penalties after missing those deadlines.
What an utter crock of crapola! The thing should have been at least half done by now, and the memorial should have finished long ago.
Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski says he will not sign the EU’s reform treaty at present, following its defeat in an Irish referendum last month.
He said it would be “pointless” to sign the Lisbon Treaty, even though Poland’s parliament has ratified it. All 27 EU members must ratify the document.
Other than Ireland, just how many of these countries have asked the people if they even want to lose their national identity?
The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a crowd of homosexual activists last week that her husband wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and reverse the rule on homosexuals in the military. Michelle Obama also drew parallels with homosexual advocacy groups and the civil rights movement, referring to events “from Selma to Stonewall.”
HUGE difference there deary! You don’t CHOOSE your skin color. Comparing the two is ignorant at best.
Parhat, a member of the Muslim Uighur movement that is seeking a separate homeland in western China, left his country in May 2001 to avoid persecution, then lived in a camp in Afghanistan. After a U.S. airstrike, he and other Uighurs fled to Pakistan, where they eventually were handed over to U.S. authorities.
Parhat’s tribunal determined that he had not engaged in hostilities against the United States or its allies. But it concluded that he was an enemy combatant because he lived at the Afghan camp, which was allegedly run by the leader of a group tied to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, according to the appellate opinion.
I wouldn’t think he was sitting around, chatting, drinking tea and eating cookies. But hey, that’s just me.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.