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Archive for April 2010
A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.
The jury acquitted Kernell, 22, of felony wire fraud.
U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips declared a mistrial on another charge, felony identity theft, after the jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.
The felony records destruction charge carries a maximum possible 20-year prison sentence, which is virtually certain not to be applied in this case. Federal sentencing guidelines that would apply in this case set a range of 15 to 21 months and allow for probation.
Honestly, I don’t want to see this stupid kid go to prison for 20 years, but I certainly don’t feel that 15 to 21 months is sufficient! Since he’s a Democrat politician’s kid, we’ll be lucky if he gets probation. Cynical? Yeah….I guess I am. We’ve seen way too many politician’s kids get away with damn near everything….especially Dem’s kids.
Sarah Palin had this comment on her Facebook page:
My family and I are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict. Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections. America’s elections depend upon fair competition. Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play. As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.
I want to thank the public servants who worked so hard on this case, particularly the jurors who gave up precious time from their jobs and families to listen to the evidence and reach a decision.
My family and I appreciate the good people of Knoxville, Tennessee, who showed us true Southern hospitality. We can’t wait to visit again – but without having a subpoena in hand.
She’s a lot more gracious than I would be, that’s for sure!
John McCain has a bill, S 3081, that is more than just a little disturbing. The short title, ‘Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010’, sounds innocent enough. My first thought was that it dealt with REAL terrorists, which may have been the original intent, but after reading through the bill, I’m not so sure.
1. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
2. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.
Now, this word could, quite easily, describe a LOT of people, right here in the USA. There are many types of war:
1. a. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties. b. The period of such conflict. c. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
2. a. A condition of active antagonism or contention: a war of words; a price war. b. A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious: the war against acid rain.
Aren’t a great many of us waging the type of war described in definition #2, A and B? I would have to say, yes….yes, we are.
There is much in this bill that should cause concern, but Section 3 is what I’d like to look at right now.
SEC. 3. INTERROGATION AND DETERMINATION OF STATUS OF SUSPECTED UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS.
(a) Establishment of Interrogation Groups-
(1) ESTABLISHMENT AUTHORIZED- The President is authorized to establish an interagency team for purposes as follows:
Another bureaucracy? More tax payer funds? Farther down, (d)(2)(E):
(E) Such other matters as the President considers appropriate.
What other matters? This opens up one hell of a can of worms, one that should NEVER be opened! It’s always possible I’m reading this wrong, but I don’t think so. This one phrase seems to allow the president, ANY president, to imprison, citizen or not, those he deems to be “at war” with his/her policies. Not a real good idea, Senator McCain.
Yesterday, I posted on H.R. 2499, expressing confusion over my rep, Marsha Blackburn‘s co-sponsoring this bill. I had actually read the bill, and naturally, had concerns. When the only source of information comes from a TV pundit, it can be quite disconcerting. After hearing Glenn Beck talk about a bill that had not been in the news, was not posted on my rep’s website, and never mentioned in her emails, well, you can imagine I was thinking we were being bamboozled. Normal reaction, considering the current climate of D.C.
I had a nice, long conversation with Marsha’s communications director. Nice young fellow, who has pretty much laid my concerns to rest. Not completely, mind you, but many questions were answered. I can officially blame him for the folks in the 7th District NOT being informed of this bill. Yes, there are some people in D.C. who still do take responsibility. Surprising, I know, but there it is. :D Would have been nice if there had been something on the website though. I’m wondering if I can blame him for that, too? Hmm….
Marsha’s support of this bill makes perfect sense when you take into consideration that, although, Puerto Rico receives federal funds, aka taxpayer money, the residents do not pay into those funds through the federal income tax. Definitely a take, and no give, relationship. They vote, they serve in the armed forces, receive aid, yet contribute little to the treasury. This is a large drain of money. (Think ObamaCare. )
The way the bill originally read, it was not clear this was only the first vote that would be taken. A second vote is needed. THAT is the important vote, to my understanding. It will be on whether or not Puerto Rico should become a state, and contribute to national funds, or become an independent nation. It’s all about self determination, and I think most of us can agree, being self determining is a good thing (even though we’re being denied said self determination in many areas right now).
I read the bill again a short time ago, and noticed a major change:
Section 3 (e)
(1) ensure that all ballots used for any plebiscite held under this Act include the full content of the ballot printed in English;
(3) inform persons voting in any plebiscite held under this Act that, if Puerto Rico retains its current political status or is admitted as a State of the United States, it is the Sense of Congress that it is in the best interest of the United States for the teaching of English to be promoted in Puerto Rico as the language of opportunity and empowerment in the United States in order to enable students in public schools to achieve English language proficiency.
This is not a bad thing, however, when reading this, I started thinking…..shouldn’t that be the requirement for ALL residents of the U.S.?
As to the second vote, this is the one that will determine whether or not Puerto Rico will be admitted as a state, or if it will become the Republic of Puerto Rico, an independent country. One thing I did forget to ask, just when will this second vote happen? Will it be before the vote of the citizens of PR, or after? Now, being the person I am, thinking a bit more logically than I should sometimes, I would say it would have to be after. What good would it do if the House took such a vote before the residents decided if they want to continue in the same political manner, as a dependent, with little to no say. Considering there is little logic in the way D.C. operates…. who knows!
I was also concerned with the number of votes on either side. 39 Republicans for, and 40 Democrats against. I’m thinking that it was business as usual, and many people did not read the bill, or, if they did, they didn’t understand the ramifications. Kind of like me. :? I’m also thinking that, because of the Democrat mindset, so many voted FOR it because they believe that, because Puerto Rico is Hispanic, they will gain more votes in order to keep their power, so they will have even more money in the coffers to play with.
It turns out, even though the political party is called the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico, they are actually quite conservative. It’s quite natural to make an assumption with the word “progressive” in the name, you think liberal>progressive>socialist>commie. Perhaps this is not the case after all?
So, after my conversation, perhaps this bill is not such a bad thing after all. The decision should be left up to the citizens of Puerto Rico. Considering they have voted against statehood frequently, perhaps they will opt for independence?
39 Republicans gave Puerto Rico the shaft.
Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”
Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women,” according to its website.
Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N. press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of “vacancies in subsidiary bodies,” was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was “elected by acclamation,” meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states — including the United States.
The U.S. currently holds one of the 45 seats on the body, a position set to expire in 2012. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. did not return requests for comment on whether it actively opposed elevating Iran to the women’s commission.
Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa
The Italian-style home has an ocean view, fountains, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.
The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
See NNIC’s take on this purchase. I don’t normally wish ill on anyone, but in algore’s case, I’ll make an exception. I honestly hope that his new palace slides off into the ocean!
10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The purpose of this amendment was quite simple in that powers not granted by the states (the people) to the federal government, were reserved for the states (the people) themselves. At least that’s my understanding of it’s meaning.
Along come politicians, and for the past century and a half (plus), these rights of the states have been removed, bit by bit. Powers granted to the federal government were laid out in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Much of what we’ve been witnessing lately just isn’t in there at all. Has that stopped them? Naw. Why should it? We have been apathetic. In our apathy, we have lost much.
One of the powers that is granted to Congress: To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
Now, to me, that repel invasions part would include the invasion of a multitude of illegals? Just a thought. So, where has the government been since Ronald Reagan foolishly granted amnesty to 4 million illegals by signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The consequences have been fairly devastating on our country, and you would have thought we would have learned. But as Santayana said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Wow, are we ever repeating it!
Until Arizona stepped up, with a bill to enforce federal law, there had been little to no action on the part of the federals to secure the borders. Oh, we heard talk about “immigration reform”, but all that meant was “sure, we’ll check it out, after we granted all these illegals amnesty, and get them in our voting block, cuz, well, you know, they’ll OWE us.” When Bush & Bunch tried to shove amnesty on the country, we spoke up rather loudly, and they were shut down. What are the odds of WE, THE PEOPLE having such an effect on THIS administration and it’s minions in Congress?
Now we are suppose to believe that Reid, Schumer and Menendez have been working on a plan for quite a while? Pfft! I’ve no doubt they threw that 27 page memo together since last Friday, when Governor Brewer signed Arizona’s bill into law.
Oh, I like this part, on page 4: Because the federal government will have fulfilled its obligation to secure America’s borders, states and municipalities will be prohibited from enacting their own rules and penalties relating to immigration, which could undermine federal policies.
In other words, “If we don’t do our job, there ain’t jack sh*t YOU can do about it!” Nice.
This proposal also ensures that we will secure our borders in a manner that is consistent with America’s best values and traditions.
And what would these dipwads know about America’s values and traditions? I mean, after all, hasn’t it been Reid, Schumer, etc., that has tramped on those same values and traditions for years?
Preserving parks, handing out grants, wildlife sanctuaries. What the hell does all that have to do with SECURING THE BLOODY BORDERS?
I have a proposal for you, Messieurs Reid, Schumer and Menendez….
ENFORCE THE LAW!
ENFORCE THE BLOOMIN’ LAW!
ENFORCE THE FREAKIN’ LAW!
ENFORCE THE DAMN LAW!
We don’t need MORE laws, and more bureaucracy, that will cost the taxpayers even MORE money than y’all are already sucking out of us!
Seriously, read this thing! Then contact Congress and tell them….
ENFORCE THE ******’ LAW!!!!!
To say I am sorely disappointed that my U.S. Representative is supporting H.R. 2499, would be an understatement!
My email to Marsha Blackburn:
I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in you for supporting a bill that would make Puerto Rico a state, whether they want it or not. PR has voted 3 times AGAINST statehood. Do the wishes of anyone mean nothing to Congress?
I question what you were promised for your support. Although I’ve never thought of you as a sell out, I’m now questioning that. Even a Democrat Representative from PR is against this bill, why would you be for it? What happened to self determination?
I am completely baffled, and would seriously like a rational explanation.
Granted, not the most eloquent email I’ve ever sent, but to be honest, I couldn’t exactly put into words, politely, what I am thinking.
I’m questioning if she ever read the bill!
SEC. 2. FEDERALLY SANCTIONED PROCESS FOR PUERTO RICO’S SELF-DETERMINATION.
(a) First Plebiscite- The Government of Puerto Rico is authorized to conduct a plebiscite in Puerto Rico. The 2 options set forth on the ballot shall be preceded by the following statement: ‘Instructions: Mark one of the following 2 options:
‘(1) Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of political status. If you agree, mark here XX.
‘(2) Puerto Rico should have a different political status. If you agree, mark here XX.’.
What kind of freakin’ proposal is this? Asking those questions of ANYONE these days, naturally, MOST people would go with #2. No one is happy with the current political status! (Well, unless you have a preference for the direction we are headed, which is, IMHO, full blown socialism.) Put such options on the ballot in any of the 50 states, and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts, the overwhelming majority will vote for “a different political status”. Who, in their right mind, would mark “continue to have its present form of political status”? We could very well be voting for a complete destruction of the United States of America, and we wouldn’t realize it until it was way too late.
The people of Puerto Rico said NO, 3 times! 1967, 1993, and 1997. What part of NO is Congress having a problem with? Well, this really isn’t about what the people want, after all, is it. It’s about POWER! For Rep. Blackburn, or ANY Republican, to pretty much guarantee the Democrats keep their power for decades to come, is reprehensible. The people of Puerto Rico are no longer being given a choice in the matter.
So, who is behind this push? The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico. Reading the entry on Wikipedia, I’m rather taken aback by the statement: The party’s platform is decidedly conservative and it holds intrinsic values of this deeply religious Caribbean island. Conservative? I’m confused at where they came up with this! “Progressive” and “conservative” are more polar opposites of anything I can think of, other than good and evil.
Talk about confusion!
Honestly, I don’t remember Marsha ever asking her constituents what we thought of this whole deal. If you do a search on her official website, type in “Puerto Rico”, NOTHING comes up. Rather odd, don’t you think?
You can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state.
Ya know….he’s said some pretty ignorant things recently, but this one takes the cake. First off, if your great greats were in the area before Arizona became a state in 1912, you are an American citizen. Is D’Bama insinuating that Arizona may not be part of the U.S.? Mexican-American War – 1848…they lost, we won, most of the territory was ours. The U.S. bought the rest in 1853. Bought, paid money, legal transaction. Get over it!
It’s become more and more apparent that those ensconced in the Washington, D.C. mindset, have a total lack of common sense. I’ve heard many from the left, and even some from the right, condemning Arizona for taking action that SHOULD belong to federal government. Perhaps if the federales had been doing their job for the last 20 some odd years, states wouldn’t have to take these matters into their own hands. Pushing for “immigration reform”, aka amnesty, is NOT going to solve the problem. Enforcing the federal laws, already on the books, will start the process. We have laws. If those politicians, who took an oath of office, refuse to uphold the laws of the land, then I would have to say they are complicit with the law breakers, and should be arrested and charged. People planning the “protest” in San Fransisco on Saturday should be, as well.
Democrats have decided that in order to prevent Wall Street from starting more financial meltdowns, wrecking the economy and leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag, we need to give more oversight authority to the same government employees who were busy surfing Internet porn as private investors frantically tried to warn them about Bernie Madoff.
The Democrats’ financial “reform” bill also includes a $50 billion bailout fund — that’s million with a “B” — that will save the Democrats from the unpleasant task of having to go on record voting for another Wall Street bailout.
Under the Democrats’ bill, the FDIC will distribute the bailout money to Wall Street bankers without Congress having to take any action at all. (In the House version, the slush fund for the Democrats’ Wall Street friends is $150 billion.)
Probably. If they had, perhaps, they wouldn’t have their knickers in a twist, shouting racist. I seriously doubt that D’Bama had read it either before spouting off, in his usual ignorant way.
So, as a public service, I am linking the bill here:
The legislature finds that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of Arizona. The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.
Now, go read the rest of it. It’s only 17 pages long, as opposed to the thousands of pages the lefties and their ‘leader’ haven’t read yet either.
I’m not saying I’ve made up my mind who I’m gonna support in the gubernatorial primary, but I sure do like Ron Ramsey’s ads. I’m all for shoving a boot… well, that’s not what he says, but I guess that’s just the way I think. Heh.
Islamic terrorists are always looking for new ways to escape detection and carry out their attacks. One of their latest ideas is using children as suicide bombers.
The growing phenomenon may soon spread beyond the Middle East to the rest of the world.
Islamonazis hate children! What other explanation can there be?
Strategies in the global war against Islamic terrorism are taking very different roads in 2010. The Obama administration hopes downplaying Islamic extremism may help when dealing with Muslim countries.
D’Bama can ‘downplay’ all he wants. All the bowing and scraping and sucking up isn’t going to change a thing!
Terror groups, however, are taking extremism to new levels by indoctrinating Muslim children in the deadly art of suicide bombing.
It must be utterly exhausting to carry around so much hatred. Perhaps that’s why they feel they must pass it along to their children. Or maybe they’ve decided they’ve had too many children, and feel they must get rid of some of them?
“In Pakistan, thousands of children are being educated in madrassahs,” she said. “In Iraq, handicapped children are being blown up at polling stations. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is paying up to $12,000 per child, donated to them by their own families.”
$12,000? They are putting a pretty cheap price on their own children.
Goldstein examined the world of Palestinian child bombers in her award-winning film, The Making of a Martyr. “The state television, the school textbooks, the radio media, their print media, music videos are all teaching these children to become suicide bombers,” Goldstein said. “They’re teaching them to hate life and love death.”
And yet, there are way too many in this country that actually SUPPORT these pigs! Liberal American Jews among them.
“They have 230 children between the ages of 7 and 18 who they are now in the process of deradicalization education,” Goldstein said.
In the meantime, she says international human rights groups like Amnesty International have shown little interest in the issue.
Of course not! Amnesty International is too busy condemning the American military to concern themselves with slaughtered children!