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Archive for 29 April 2010
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.