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Archive for 7 June 2009
If the restaurants in Tennessee put up signs that say “No Guns Allowed”, will they put up metal detectors to make sure their customers are not bringing in the legally carried weapons?
Do you have an opinion on the new Wisconsin budget? Voice your opinion here.
Personally, I have quite a few issues with this budget, but that is for another post(s) on another day(s). It’s Sunday, and I refuse to get all riled up.
Ding, dong, the bells are dead – at least on weekdays.
By court order, the electronic chimes that were rung each day by Cathedral of Christ the King Church in Phoenix, Ariz., are now confined to Sundays and special occasions, while the cathedral’s leader, Bishop Rick Painter, faces potential jail time for playing the daily melodies.
Responding to complaints that the electronic bells at the northern Phoenix church were rung too loud and too often, a municipal court gave Painter three years probation and a suspended 10-day jail sentence on charges of violating city noise ordinances.
The judge further ordered that the church – which had been ringing the bells daily on the hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – may now only ring the bells on Sunday mornings and a court-ordered list of select religious holidays.
“It’s ridiculous to be sentenced to jail and probation for doing what churches have traditionally done throughout history,” said a statement from Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has been retained by Painter. “Christians shouldn’t be punished for exercising their faith publicly.”
I have to ask the question: Do the mosques in the area have loud speakers for their ‘call to prayers’? I couldn’t find any information on that, so it’s a serious question. If they do, will there be an outcry?
The ADF statement claims the bells registered only 67 decibels at the nearest property line, about as loud as a conversation, which ranges from 60-70 decibels. An investigation by KNXV-TV found the bells, even in the church’s parking lot, were quieter than street traffic and failed to even register on a sound level meter in some parts of the neighborhood.
Nonetheless, the court opted to restrict when the bells can be played, ordered their level lowered to less than 60 decibels and convicted Bishop painter of on two counts of creating “an unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise.”
Do the good folks of Phoenix complain about the loud thumbing stereos wandering through their neighborhoods, or is it just the church bells, the church itself, they object to? Not being a Constitutional scholar, I read this as a violation of the 1st Amendment.
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.
This violation seems to be occurring more and more, at all levels.
Bishop Painter defended the bells as a constitutionally protected freedom of religion issue.
“We’re expressing our religion,” he told KNXV. “We glorify God by the bells.”
I miss church bells. As a young sprout, I could always tell what time it was without a watch. There are some churches around here that have bells, but none close enough to hear when at home. Is it so wrong to be reminded, daily, from where our freedoms truly come?
The seal of the U.S. Department of Justice bears a Latin phrase: “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur. The motto refers to the Attorney General “who prosecutes on behalf of Lady Justice.” But under Barack Obama’s politically corrupted DOJ, Lady Justice is getting the shaft.
To wit: Let’s examine the uproar over Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to protect hate-mongering thugs who harassed and bullied precinct workers and voters on Election Day in Philadelphia.
Oh, wait. There’s been no uproar. Let me tell you why.
Two weeks ago, in a highly unusual move, Holder dismissed default judgments his department had won against two of three defendants charged with violating the Voting Rights Act. On November 4, 2008, a billy club-wielding militant in military-style boots and beret stood outside a Philly polling location with a similarly-dressed partner. Citizen journalists from the Pennsylvania-based blog Election Journal captured the menacing duo on video. One of the watchdogs observed: “I think it might be a little intimidating that you have a stick in your hand.”
That was an understatement. Witness Bartle Bull, a Democratic lawyer who organized for Bobby Kennedy and worked for the civil rights movement in Mississippi, signed a sworn affidavit decrying the Election Day brutishness. Serving as a poll watcher that day, he called the behavior of Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson “the most blatant form of voter discrimination I have encountered in my life.”
One of them, Bull reported, taunted poll observers: “[Y]ou are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”
If the pair had been dressed in white sheets, all hell would have broken loose. But the ebony-clad thugs were members of the New Black Panther Party who had been dispatched by Malcolm X wannabe Malik Shabazz to “guard” the polls. Translation: Protect them from scrutiny. Shield them from sunlight. Keep independent voters and observers out.
Who is Malik Shabazz? The bespectacled race hustler grabbed the spotlight in the weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks by defending Osama bin Laden, blaming President Bush for 9/11, bashing Israel, and blasting our founding fathers as “snakes.” His group also infamously rallied behind the Duke University lacrosse rape hoaxer. And on the day before the presidential election last fall, one of Shabazz’s “field marshals,” Minister Najee Muhammad, held a “black power” rally promising to send his forces to polls across the country “to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote.”
The Bush DOJ filed suit against Malik Shabazz, Samir Shabazz, and Jerry Jackson in early January 2009. None of the defendants filed an answer to the lawsuit, putting them all into default. Instead of taking the default judgment that DOJ is entitled to against all of the defendants, the Obama team fully dismissed the lawsuits against Malik Shabazz and Jerry Jackson. Jackson, you should know, is an elected member of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee and was a credentialed poll watcher. Witness Greg Lugones told me “Obama campaign operatives were on site throughout the entire episode.”
Former Justice Department official and voting rights scholar Hans Von Spakovsky added: “I have never heard of the Department dismissing a case it has already won by default. They have…sent the message that hurling racial epithets and slurs at voters and intimidating and threatening voters at the polls is fine with the Holder Justice Department – at least if you are African-American. I seriously doubt that would have happened if the races had been reversed in this case.”
Exactly. And to repeat: The harassment was aimed not just at voters, but at white poll workers trying to ensure a fair and lawful process in a city infamous for machine politics and street money pollution.
Who are the racial cowards, Attorney General Holder?
On the heels of this voter intimidation protection plan, the Obama Justice Department issued another decision that undermines electoral integrity – but bolsters Democratic voter drives. The department this week denied the state of Georgia the ability to enact strict citizenship voter verification rules previously approved by two federal courts. As the Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel explained: “DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists.”
On top of all that, Holder recently politicized the legal review process involving the contentious issue of D.C. voting rights. After careful study, the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel had issued an opinion that a House bill on the matter was unconstitutional. Holder, who supports D.C. voting rights along with President Obama, overrode his staff lawyers’ ruling—and simply ordered up an alternative opinion that fit the White House agenda.
Lady Justice is now protected by a security force armed with billy clubs and lawyers who serve the cause of protecting the re-election of Barack Obama over the rule of law.
I’ve often thought Michelle Obama was a bit jealous…
U.S first lady Michelle Obama and France’s First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attend a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy at Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery, June 6, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
H/T Freedom Eden
By: J. D. Longstreet
I was talking to a dear friend the other day and we began to commiserate on the state America finds herself in these days. It is not a pretty picture.
I do not like what America has become. No longer “united,” we have become two countries barely co-existing under one flag. We are at the doorstep of becoming a copy of the Balkans.
I think the country is hopelessly split. I don’t think it will ever be one again. The wounds are too deep. The ideology of both sides is so completely at odds that I see no way we will ever return to being a single entity again. If an attack on the nation, our common home, can’t bring us together, (and it didn’t) there is absolutely no hope!
Roughly 1/2 of the people on this continent want to go the way of Europe (Become socialists) and the other half would like to return to the pre-1960′s America. You know where I come down. (For those who don’t I’m among the latter group.)
As the GOP has learned (or should have learned… and the Dems are about to learn) you cannot govern a country split this badly. Just as the left was doing everything in it’s power to sabotage everything the right tried to do, now the right will be making every effort to sabotage everything the left tries to do.
Eventually we will have to become two countries… or go to war with each other. The last Civil War didn’t begin overnight. As far back as the 1820′s the country was in a similar spot as we find ourselves today. (Frighteningly similar.) Neither side was interested in settling it through negotiation. Negotiation wouldn’t have worked, anyway. So we started shooting at each other.
Read the rest here.
It looks like J.D. wrote this over 2 years ago. Not exactly a happy note to start the week. However, as often as I agree with J.D., I’m afraid I disagree on one thing….we will see a bloody war in the not to distant future. Not because any of us want one, but because we must ‘protect and defend’ our Constitution, which is being shredded right before our eyes. I see B. Hussein setting up a ‘shadow government’ with all the appointments of czars of everything, answerable only to him, completely circumventing our elected officials. I’m not really sure why, other than the fact that perhaps many of his slobbering acolytes in D.C. will be gone in 2010? One can only hope!
This is just horrifying
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — Grieving parents began burying their children after a devastating day-care fire killed 38 infants and toddlers in a tragedy that has stunned the nation and prompted Mexico’s president to promise a thorough investigation.
The family of 2-year-old Maria Magdalena Millan dropped white roses onto her casket and attached a Dora the Explorer balloon to the cross marking her grave during one of the first funerals held Saturday.
“I love you and I don’t want to leave you here!” her mother screamed at the funeral.
President Felipe Calderon arrived in the northwestern Mexican city late Saturday to console the injured. He wished children a speedy recovery and promised families full support for their needs from his health ministry and a thorough investigation into the cause of a tragedy that he said was felt by all Mexicans.
“I want to say to the mothers and fathers of the little ones who died that we share their profound sadness,” the president said earlier in the day.
The death toll rose to 38 Saturday after three more children died in hospitals, according to Sonora state health secretary Raymundo Lopez Vucovich. Most of the victims had died of organ collapse caused by smoke inhalation, he said.
Delfina Ruelas, 60, said her grandchild German Leon died of his burns Saturday, three days after his fourth birthday and a day after the raging fire from an adjoining tire and car warehouse spread to the roof of the day care and sent flames raining down on the young children.
Fire officials still don’t know how it started.
Prayers to all the loved ones who lost a child, the little ones still suffering and the community as a whole.