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Archive for 23 July 2008
A most excellent question posed at Christian Grantham at Nashville is Talking:
Wouldn’t it be nice to see liberals stand up to elected officials who work with private developers to seize people’s personal property? Why is it that most Nashville area bloggers standing up for local business woman Joy Ford seem to all be conservative? Where is the liberal outrage against abuse of the law in favor of a private corporation?
Don’t you find it odd that as loud as the left whined about the Patriot Act, they are extremely silent when it comes to REAL abuses by government entities?
(I notice I wasn’t mentioned in the piece, but that’s ok, I’m not in Nashville, am I. )
H/T: Kay Brooks
If you can watch the whole video without feeling the need to reach through your monitor in hopes of ripping the lips off this so called dissent, you are much stronger than I.
Read the post at Wolking’s World.
H/T: The Political Jungle
Back before the Republican Party was saddled with John McCain as its nominee, The New York Times called him “the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe.” The paper praised him for “working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation” and predicted that he would appeal to “a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.”
At the same time, the Times denounced “the real” Rudy Giuliani as “a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man” and Mitt Romney as “shape-shifting,” claiming it’s “hard to find an issue on which he has not repositioned himself to the right since he was governor of Massachusetts.”
Talks are under way for former Vice President Al Gore to host a Nashville fundraiser for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.
Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Gore, confirmed Tuesday that Al and Tipper Gore have agreed to host a fundraiser for the Obama campaign.
The date and location have not been set, and it’s not even clear whether Obama himself would be present. Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, declined to comment.
Hmmm….interesting. Some big deal Dhimmicrat holds a fundraiser for ya, and ya might not even show up?
Gore endorsed Obama in mid-June, flying to Detroit to throw his support behind the Illinois senator at a rally. News of the fundraiser could help rally Tennessee Democrats, who have not seen Obama publicly here since June 2007.
(I wonder what the “carbon footprint” was on that little trip?) It makes you wonder if B. Hussein is writing off Tennessee as a loss, if he hasn’t bothered to visit the state in more than a year. P’aps us ol’ hicks jus’ ain’t impo’tn ‘nuf. Hey, fine with me!
Tennessee Democrats were pleased with the news. Wade Munday, a spokesman for the Tennessee Democratic Party, said “we would certainly welcome the senator with open arms should he arrive in Nashville before the October debate” at Belmont University.
Oh, no doubt the local far left Dhimmis will be happy to lap up the B. Hussein and Boracle pablum. How many ordinary, every day Democrats will be able to afford to attend this proposed event?
The appearance could provide fodder as well for the Tennessee Republican Party, which mocked Michelle Obama, the senator’s wife, in a video when she came to Tennessee in May for a private fundraiser.
Mocked? I beg your pardon…..MOCKED? How do you mock a person with her own words? You can point out the absurdity, but she mocked the nation, and it’s citizens. Excellent video!
That video led to a rebuke from Obama, who scolded the Tennessee GOP on national television.
Yeah, summarily ‘rebuked’ by B. Hussein Obama. Pfft! If he doesn’t want his wife taken to task for her comments, perhaps she shouldn’t have made said comments in public, stumping for him.
Bill Hobbs, a spokesman for the Tennessee Republican Party, doubted that an Obama appearance would make much difference for the campaign here, saying that Obama “can fire up the liberals, as we know, but he’s just not very popular in Tennessee with rank and file Democrats.”
Thankfully, a good chunk of TN Dems are a lot smarter than the the far left branch of the party, which include their candidate.
“It’ll be interesting to see if he even remembers how to get to Tennessee,” Hobbs said.
Heh. Love that Bill Hobbs!
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
I received this in an email from Ken the cop. You might have seen it before, but I thought I’d share it, after checking with Snopes. While the basis is accurate, the sources are multiple, and not solely from the L.A. Times.
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County (L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County.)
(All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times) (disputed)
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue!
And you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!
I have to tell you, when I saw this story on the news last night, my jaw dropped. A blog, MPD Enforcer 2.0, that has been critical of the Memphis police department is now the target of a law suit? I don’t suppose the director has ever heard of the First Amendment? Let me help you out here Mr. Godwin:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Guess what! The internet, and blogs are the new PRESS!
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.
The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.
The Appeal is running a poll asking the question, “Do you think the city should sue to find out the author of a blog critical of the Memphis Police Department?” At this point in time, the NOs are in the lead, with 92%.
“In what could be a landmark case of privacy and the 1st Amendment,” the anonymous bloggers write on the site, “Godwin has illegally used his position and the City of Memphis as a ram to ruin the Constitution of the United States.
I wonder why Mr. Godwin fears this particular blog? Is he afraid the blog has actual information that would put him, and/or the department in a bad light?
“Some members of the Enforcer 2.0 have contacted their attorneys and we are in the process of filing a lawsuit against Larry and the City of Memphis. What’s wrong Larry? The truth hurt?”
I would suggest the Institute for Justice. They do a lot of this type of work, battling weasels who tend to forget we actually DO have a Constitution that is suppose to protect our rights.
“You can complain about the government, and you should be able to do that without fear of retaliation or threatening actions on the part of the people in these positions,” said Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington-based watchdog group. “I guess they’ve kind of annoyed them at some level, but you really don’t want to see law enforcement or government resources spent in this way.”
No, you don’t. If Godwin is suing for the records for himself, he has to pay the fees. If he’s using taxpayer funds to violate the 1st Amendment, then he’s got some serious problems.
Perhaps Mr. Godwin took issue with this post? Although there appears to be other posts critical of the department. I don’t know. If the man is such a bungler, I’m fairly sure there are other blogs in the Memphis area that points out his short comings. Why target this one particular site?
The owner of a Savannah furniture store was arrested Tuesday morning after one of his employees was shot and killed outside the store.
Savannah police said Charles Garrard, 27, was fatally shot while sitting on the passenger side of a red Nissan truck owned by Charles K. Qualls, 52.
Police had not charged Qualls on Tuesday, but an investigator said police think Qualls shot Garrard after an argument. Police said Qualls was being held in jail in Savannah on Tuesday and that he may be formally charged with the shooting today.
A commenter on the first article said this guy shot the man over $80. I drive by this place frequently, and always thought it was a Goodwill type store. It’s hard to believe that something like this could happen in little Savannah, TN, but I guess it can happen anywhere.
The North Korea ministerial session was held on the sidelines of the summit and was the first at such a high level. Previously, six-party talks have taken place at a senior working level. Wednesday’s meeting was informal, because it occurred outside its the usual venue, Beijing.
Miss Rice said that most of the discussion, which lasted about 80 minutes, focused on verifying Pyongyang’s recently submitted declaration of its plutonium-related activities as part of its nuclear programs.
Of course, the North Koreans wouldn’t lie, would they? (insert sarcasm here)
Congress is considering a second economic stimulus package that could include $15 billion in infrastructure spending, a senior member of the House told Reuters on Tuesday.
Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said a stimulus package could include “accelerating” payouts of $9.5 billion from the federal trust fund assigned to road construction and maintenance.
“You can have 700,000 people working in three months. We should have done it this spring,” Oberstar told Reuters in an interview.
Is he freakin’ insane??? They can’t figure out what stimulates the economy is allowing people and businesses to keep more of their own money? Are they ALL morons in D.C.?
Five members of a West Texas polygamist sect, including leader Warren Jeffs, were indicted Tuesday in Schleicher County on charges of sexual assault of a child. A sixth member was indicted on charges of failing to report child abuse.
The indictments were handed up more than three months after Texas law enforcement raided the group’s ranch near Eldorado and began investigating whether underage girls were being forced to have sex with adult men.
“There will be an aggressive effort to apprehend them,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said of the indicted sect members about an hour after grand jurors left.
Well, good luck with that one!
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he does not want to be considered as vice president on the GOP ticket, making him among a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.
” I look forward to continuing to be governor of Louisiana. This is a once in a lifetime chance to improve our state. We’ve cut six taxes but we’ve got a lot more work to do right here in Louisiana,” Jindal told “FOX & Friends” on Wednesday.
Well, dang! But y’know, I think he made the right decision. He’s got a LOT of work to do cleaning up things in LA, so perhaps next time?
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday rejected a proposal from Gov. Bobby Jindal to use some of Louisiana’s royalties from offshore oil and gas revenue to pay the state’s $1.8 billion share of future federal levee improvements.
Speaking at a news conference on the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that rather than tapping money earmarked for restoring the state’s fragile coast, she would seek to “find another way” to eliminate the expensive levee burden entirely. The discussion capped a four-day Gulf Coast tour by House Democrats.
It’s official. That B*TCH has GOT to go! It’s so obvious she has NO idea what she is doing, or how to do it! The offer would have saved the American taxpayers money. But noooooooooooooo….Queen Moonbat can’t have that! (sorry for the language) How stupid do you have to be to be a so called Democrat leader, anyway?
After a series of meetings with Israeli officials and a visit to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, US presidential contender Senator Barack Obama travelled 30-minutes from Jerusalem to the West Bank town of Ramallah on Wednesday afternoon where he assured Palestinian leaders he’d get involved in the Mideast conflict quickly, a top Palestinian official said.
In his meeting with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, Obama confirmed “that he will be a constructive partner in the peace process” and would not “waste a minute” if elected, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saed Erekat said.
What he’s already wasting is taxpayer money, sucking up to enemies of peace.
“The president, who is guided by the principle of consensus between the three factions (in parliament), cannot accept this law, which infringes that principle … and violates the constitution,” the statement said.
The elections will provide early clues on how Iraq’s Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish factions and other minority groups will fare in parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2009 — polls that will determine if Maliki himself will remain power.
Analysts say the polls will also be the battleground for a fierce power struggle among sectarian and ethnic parties that could redraw the country’s political map.
Why not let the Kurds run their own section? Why is everyone so against the thought of a separation? Perhaps I just don’t understand all the political nonsense that goes along with this rejection. Perhaps because the Kurds are doing quite well, while the rest of the country is in chaos, politically?
Five men jailed for life for plotting a series of bomb attacks to rival the 9/11 New York atrocities lost challenges against their convictions today.
Omar Khyam, Waheed Mahmood and Jawad Akbar, from Crawley, West Sussex, Anthony Garcia, of Barkingside, east London, and Salahuddin Amin, of Luton, Bedfordshire, were all found guilty of conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life after a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey last year.
At the Court of Appeal in London today, three judges rejected their bids to overturn their convictions.
Thankfully, there does to be a bit of sanity left in the UK. With all the PC nonsense, and appeasement going on, I am starting to question whether there was any.
Three hours before another Jerusalem Municipality worker plowed his bulldozer through traffic on Jerusalem’s King David Street Tuesday injuring 24 people, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin told lawmakers at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that a repeat of the deadly July 2 bulldozer terrorist attack was likely.
The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, received indications that Jerusalem Arabs were planning to carry out attacks mimicking the murderous bulldozer rampage of three weeks ago, as well as the Mercaz HaRav shooting massacre of yeshiva students in March.
The security chief also criticized the ineffectiveness of current government policies, which he believes are hampering Israel’s armed forces in combating terror. Diskin urged the Israeli government to demolish the homes of all three of the eastern Jerusalem Arab terrorists, to preserve Israel’s deterrent capability, and accused local and State governments of dragging their feet on the approval of the house demolitions.
I’m curious. Does the demolition of a terrorist attackers family’s home really have an effect? Or is it just a show of strength? They really should have expected “copy cats”.
Swiped from Blue Collar Muse.
See his excellent coverage in the post…
Faced with the threat of arrogant and powerful government seizing her property, Joy Ford had two choices. She could give up and quit or she could stand up and fight. Joy chose to fight. Some will question that choice. Who is she to stand in the way of development? She’s just one person and this is for the good of the city. Blah, blah, blah …
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.