Libertarian Commentary on The NewsPosted June 25, 2012
By Nathan A. Barton © 2012
FROM THE WEEKEND
Young illegal immigrants’ amnesty could tighten competition for jobs, college
President Obama has just opened a floodgate of opportunity for young illegal immigrants in the United States, but could it squeeze the aspirations of legal Americans in the process? Across the nation Friday, immigrant advocates and Hispanic youth groups hailed Obama’s decision to offer legal status to some undocumented immigrants under 30 as a watershed in U.S. immigration history and a long-sought victory for ambitious youths denied a chance to realize the American dream.
And across the nation, there was an upswell of anger on the part of many - including MANY Americans of hispanic ancestry and descendants of immigrants from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as those whose ancestors have lived here for untold centuries. Anger that this man is a dictator in all but title, that he says one thing and does another (just six or eight months ago, he said that he could NOT use presidential powers to change immigration policy - which is EXACTLY what he just did), that he and his minions are betraying their promises AND their oaths, and that in the midst of a depression (whatever mealy-mouthed words you call it), one more nail has been hammered into the coffin of American employment.
First Citizen - Home front & border jumpers
Amnesty? Immunity? Administration Calls It a 'Deferred Action Process'
This administration is SO creative with its lies. Terribly good at it!
First Citizen - Home front & border jumpers
‘Not Amnesty,’ Napolitano Says: ‘It Is An Exercise of Discretion’
This is an exercise in getting votes and paying off your core constituency.
Culture wars: homosexuals - First Citizen’s minions
Panetta Thanks Homosexuals for Their Military Service
That was fast, eh? Just a few months of open service, and if I understand this speech right, they are greater heroes than the men of Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Argonne Forest, Hertgenwald, Iwo Jima, and Porkchop Hill, all combined! How did we EVER survive without them openly serving?
First Citizen - Culture wars: Hollywood
Obama to Celebrities: 'You're the Ultimate Arbiter of Which Direction This Country Goes'
That ought to keep the cash registers ringing with their donations: they love this sort of pandering to them.
Second Citizen - Islamic wars
Biden Praises Arab Spring on Same Day Egypt Dissolves Its Parliament
The man’s timing, as always, is admirable: he ranks right up there with Dan Quayle and Spiro, but without the brains of either.
Politics 2012 - Tranzi tricks
Mass. Gov. Knocks ‘Hard Right’ for Wanting to ‘Shrink Government, Cut Taxes, Crush Unions’
This makes sense, doesn’t it? Three for three, right?
East Asian front - Culture wars: killing babies
Shocking Forced Abortion in China Blamed on Overzealous Local Officials, But They Were Enforcing National Policy
Chinese Govt. to Pregnant Woman: Pay $24,000 or Be Forcibly Aborted
Two stories from Friday about the world’s largest nation and its Communist government and society, where women “have the right to do what they want with their own bodies” according to American feminists: except, of course, have a child that is NOT wanted by the State.
Islamic wars: Canaanite front
Palestinian Attempt to Secure Emergency ‘World Heritage’ Status for Bethlehem Church May Fail
This appeared to have been a failed attempt to blame the Israelis for destroying a “christian” shrine. Or at least threatening it. This is kind of like the arsonist who stands in the door of a home occupied by a persecuted minority family with a lighted torch, demanding that the fire brigade be forced to respond and repair all the damage they are getting ready to do, while blaming the people across the street for the threat.
GAO: IRS to Spend $881 Million in Implementing Obamacare Over Just Four Years
This “implementing Obamacare” is a code phrase for “squeezing more blood out of turnips (taxpayers).”
First Citizen - Theft by government
Obama: More Federal R&D Funding Needed to Ensure 'The Next Thomas Edison'
Thomas Edison, oh, yeah? Exactly how much government R&D money (welfare for scientists) did HE take? As I recall my history, he invented things on his own time and lived off selling people something they could use and wanted, and NOT off the taxpayer’s stolen dime.
Oklahoma: Tip jar thief shot
"According to a police report, a man and his friend were playing pool at Chester's Pool Hall .... The man saw two people walk up to a counter, steal a tip jar filled with cash, and walk toward the exit. The witness told the manager what he'd seen, and the manager went outside to confront the men. The manager and one of the suspects physically struggled over the tip jar. When a second person came out to help the manager, the suspect told his friend to shoot them. Witnesses said the other suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jesus Perez, pulled out a gun and opened fire. The manager then pulled out his own gun and started shooting. Both Perez and the manager were hit by gunfire, but neither was seriously hurt." (06/13/12)
This kind of incident shows that ALL of a business' employees should be armed. AND trained.
Mama's Note: And, I suspect, at least one of them needs to remain sober...
Monday, June 18, 2012
Police officers use taser to subdue nude 80-year-old granny
Police confronted an 80-year-old woman in St. George, S.C. She was naked, wielding a stick and quoting scriptures. They tried to calm her and cover her with a blanket, but after she tried to hit them with her stick, they were forced to use a taser on her.
MamaLiberty wrote: Sounds like this poor old soul either has medical issues or demetia. I'm sure the poor, terrified cops had no other choice. Swine...
Nathan: Amen. I read this and picture my 81-year-old aunt. The police are expert bullies.
First Citizen - Home front (border jumpers)
WH Adviser: Letting Certain Illegals Stay and Work in U.S. 'Fully Within Our Ability'
Of course it is. ANY dictatorship has the ability to do virtually anything it wants to those weaker than itself, and when freedom is smashed under their heels. There ARE no more rules of law - it is not even might makes right, any more; it is the tyranny of the con-artist.
Romney Says He's 'Working On' a 'Long-Term Solution' for Younger Illegal Aliens
Yes, right after he solves the debt problem, gets rid of government regulations, stops stealing our money, and - oh - restores the Constitution. Right. Want a long-term solution, Mr. Romney? End the welfare state - both corporate and individual welfare programs. End minimum wage laws that make it better to hire a wetback than a native-born teenager. End the bureaucratic morass that makes it nearly impossible for a good, hardworking person, able and willing to assimilate, to get into the country legally.
First Citizen - Border jumpers
McConnell: 'We're Pretty Unhappy' About Obama's Immigration Mandate
But don’t expect the GOP in Congress to do ANYTHING about it, like pass a bill of impeachment for usurping Congressional authority or further wiping the First Citizen’s muddy jackboots with the Constitution (dead though it is: it is the thought that counts). Of course, who helped kill the Constitution?
First Citizen - Treason?
David Limbaugh on NYT Bestseller: Obama Will ‘Do Anything Administratively He Can Get Away With’
Was there ever any doubt?
Crash of 2009 - Home front
BLS: Unemployment Higher Among Native Born Than Immigrants
If we can believe ANY government statistic. Of course, when I can see the unemployment rate on AmerInd reservations pushing UP from 80% to 90%, when I see small intermountain counties with unemployment holding steady “officially” at 25% and likely pushing 40%, when I see the people out during the work day doing nothing on the streets of Denver and Lakewood and Aurora... And who can we blame? Government: regulations, taxes, minimum wages, mandates, and “you get more of what you subsidize:” like welfare bums and unemployment.
Nanny State Stupidity
Govt. Web Site Gives Dads Tips on Teaching Kids Hygiene, How to Eat
Look to your own house first, you heathens! This is another example of the “do what I say, not what I do” sort of nanny-state. Lenin did this, Mussolini did this, the Junkers and Hitler did this...
Mama's Note: And besides, one nagging mom in the house is usually quite enough. Both parents need to lead by example.
First Citizen's minions - Nanny State
Holder: Fatherhood More Demanding Than Testifying Before Congress
Why? Because you feel some twinge of guilt at lying to your child than you do to the nation?
Nanny State - Politics 2012
Gov. Scott Walker Takes Aim at Feds: Reign In 'Run Amok' EPA and NLRB
Fresh from his victory over the unions and “democracy” (according to the crybabies interviewed after the failure of the recall election), Walker is doing something beneficial. Might I suggest he include arresting and deporting the bureaucrats that infest Wisconsin?
Mama's Note: Just hoping that Walker doesn't get the big head and lose sight of reality. Power tends to corrupt...
Islamic wars: Arab front
Another Elderly Hardliner Expected to Become New Heir to Saudi Throne
Isn’t it interesting how the Saudis behave more and more like the Soviet and Chinese politburos with their gerontocracy, and also, the Mafia? Of course, the family (tribe) of Saud is actually a more primitive version of Italy’s Mafia: caught in the 700s and the “vision” of Mohammed (peanut butter und honig). And when you take into account the inbreeding, you truly see visions of a hideous society. If Europeans or Anglos were to do this, my oh my, would there be frightful screams of condemnation!
Human Rights Abuses, Missile Defense Top Agenda for Obama-Putin Meeting
What a waste of time and money. But oh, how the media will faun on them!
NO Self Defense
South Carolina: Two shot in attempted robbery
(Pee Dee News)
"Two people were shot Thursday afternoon during what appears to be an attempted robbery inside a residence at Mt. Zion Apartments on Church Street. 'The man was expecting one visitor, who brought two other guys along with him,' Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department, said. 'Soon after they got there, they pulled out guns and went to rob him. There was a struggle, and in the process, one of the suspects was shot.' At some point during the struggle, the suspects regained possession of the gun and shot the intended robbery victim." (06/14/12)
Mama Liberty: The victim clearly needed his own gun. Very messy to borrow one from the attacker, usually.
Nathan: And costly, too. No help from the cops here!
Theft by government
Senate reaches deal on farm bill
The Senate reached a deal late Monday that likely guarantees final passage of a new farm bill, likely to be one of the only significant spending bills passed by Congress before the November elections. The new five-year measure would cost $969 billion over the next decade and includes $23.6 billion in proposed cuts, making it a slimmed-down version of legislation that historically served as one of the main opportunities for members of Congress to deliver pork-barrel spending to their constituents.
Ever more pork, no matter WHAT Congress claims it is doing.
Supreme Court split over defendants’ rights to confront lab analysts
A fractured Supreme Court on Monday took a tentative step away from its recent decisions that said criminal defendants have the right to confront technicians and analysts who prepare crime-lab reports used against them.
In other words, they are reverting to a statist stance on this issue: essentially removing the Constitutional rights of defendant..
Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall
The Occupy movement is preoccupied. In October, when liberal activists gathered in Washington, they had hopes that the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement would become the left’s answer to the tea party.
Still a joke, isn’t it?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Home front: border jumpers
McCain on Obama Granting Work Permits to Illegals: He Can't Do It Because He's Not King
I suppose we have to consider the source of this comment, and bear with the senility. Point is, the First Citizen DOES think he’s “king” - or at least Imperator.
Home front: border jumpers
60 Illegals From Countries That ‘Promote, Produce, or Protect’ Terrorists Caught Along U.S. Coastlines
Only sixty? What about the hundreds of others? Does this include Cubans? Oh, but remember, if they are swimming AWAY from the US, they don’t count. I guess these folks are "extreme wetbacks," eh?
Home front: border jumpers
Rubio: 'It Feels Weird to Deport a Valedictorian'
Yeah? Not that it is that great a feat anymore to reach that status. And what is the difference between deporting a Valedictorian who commited one criminal act and sending a Valedictorian to jail after they are convicted of another like murder, theft, or something similar?
New religions: environism
U.N. Global Environmental Program Gets a Boost at ‘Rio+20’ Conference
Undoubtedly, they are hoping for another surge of the madness of the environmental panic caused by the 1992 conference.
Home front: border jumpers - First Citizen (Politics 2012)
Obama Campaign Sends ‘Dreamers’ Fundraising Email Hours after Amnesty Announcement
Proving the direct connection between campaigning and this decision.
Crash of 2009 - Theft by government
JPMorgan Chase CEO: Bank Took TARP, 'Because We Were Asked to' by Treasury Secretary
I can imagine just how he “asked.” Blackmail or bribery? Or both?
Theft by government
Tax Foundation: Millionaire Status is Transient
No fooling! Everything in this world decays, and money vanishes way too fast even when it is REAL money and not just FRNs or electronic bits.
Theft by government - Politics 2012
GOP Senators Want IRS to Cite Legal Grounds for Demanding Donor Lists of Tea Party Groups
Shucks, that’s an easy one: “Might makes right.” and “Because we can.”
Rep. West: The Word ‘Progressives’ Directly Related to Term ‘Communist’
As LTC West was undoubtedly taught as a cadet in Military Science II or III. He is right, of course: as I have stated before, Nazis are "national socialists" and Communists are "international socialists" and the modern "progressives" are "Transnational socialists" - all extreme forms of statists: with the differences being the difference in the layers of Neopolitan ice cream.
Islamic wars: Gulf front
U.S. Plans Significant Military Presence in Kuwait
Not that we have NOT had a "significant presence" since 1991 - 21 years now. But this confirms that we continue to strive to garrison the entire world, and at OUR expense for the most part. This is more than wrong, it is stupid.
Islamic wars: Persian front
High-Stakes Iran Nuclear Talks Don’t Look Promising
Have they ever? Persia continues to benefit from constantly playing the nuclear-madman card, the West continues to posture, and just what has change?
Europe's Fall: Eurozone crisis
Germany driving up wrong side of the road
Angela Merkel and Germany's quality and tabloid press would have have it that the world is out only for the Bundesrepublik's riches. Not only untrue, laments the editor of German weekly Der Freitag, but also dangerous for the future of Europe and democracy.
This is sheer nonsense. Like the one-eyed man in the land of the blind, who is NOT king but instead very careful to give no indication of his ability to see, Germany's Chancellor and Germany's press understands that it is best to play being a victim, along with the rest of the EU, lest it be torn limb from limb. It is the "wrong side" only from the point of view of the geistfahrers (ghost drivers) speeding along the road wondering why everyone else is going the wrong way.
Woman accused of groping TSA agent
Thanks to Scott for this one. A friend of his commented: “Yeah.. guess it's only 'assault' if you're not being paid FRNs. Idiots! We is surrounded!” Scott himself commented (sarcastically, I assume): “Funeral or not, prior TSA "service" or not, why did she pay FRNs to be groped?
Has anyone yet loudly proclaimed "I do not consent" and marched past the TSA gropers and their X-ray machines?” As shown by the video, doing EXACTLY what the TSA thugs are trained to do, to someone else, is deemed by TSA to be “violence” against them. Last time I checked, you cannot use the fact that Person X paid you to assault another person as a defense against assault, EVEN if the person assaulted is Person X! If what this woman did to the TSA is “assault” and it is indeed in accordance with TSA procedures, then EVERY TSA search of another individual in this jurisdiction (Florida) is assault, and instructions from highers-up or being “paid” to do so is not a valid defense. A fully-informed jury COULD determine that there are circumstances (like an immediate danger or threat to others) that MIGHT justify a return of “not guilty” for a TSA agent (or even for this woman) but that would be a mighty tough burden of proof for any reasonable jury.
Islamic war: Afghan front
Taliban to US: End drone strikes or else
"A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban. 'Polio drops will be banned in North Waziristan until the drones strikes are stopped,' said the statement, released Saturday." (06/18/12)
Disgusting and immoral as collateral damage from drone strikes is, we now have the Taliban demonstrating that they can be and are more disgusting and immoral: their own children are nothing but pawns to them. This is, of course, fully in accordance with the teaching of the Koran.
Our right of self-defense
Michigan: Gun-toting advocates protest charges against teen in Birmingham
"Gun toting advocates filled the Birmingham commission chambers Monday night, displaying their firearms in holsters and strapped to their backs in protest of charges against a teen they say had the legal right to do the same in public. At issue is the April 13 arrest of Sean M. Combs, a Troy High School student, after he strolled Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham with a M-1 rifle strapped to his back. He faced three misdemeanor charges for brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace -- each punishable by up to 93 days in jail." (06/11/12)
I do pray that these people, including Sean, chose their fight carefully and with adequate preparation, as well as their obvious willingness to take risks to reestablish their liberty. Things like this CAN make a real difference, especially when compared to the typical protests with signs and chanting.
Crash of 2009
Recession [sic]: Family net worth down 35% in last 5 years
(Christian Science Monitor)
"The toll of the great housing bust and financial crisis came into clearer focus Monday, as the Census Bureau released numbers showing a 35 percent drop in net worth for the median US household between 2005 and 2010. The numbers give a report card on the financial health of US families before and after the recession. The typical household saw its net worth -- financial assets minus debts -- fall from $102,844 in 2005 to $66,740 five years later, with the census giving those numbers in inflation-adjusted 2010 dollars." (06/18/12)
No recession, folks, nothing to see but a depression here, and this is one more proof. A LOT of us are suffering, if more mildly than in the Dirty Thirties. But too many think the worst is yet to come...
Mama's Note: One does need to remember who is doing this "report," and the fact that lies and distortion are the norm, not the exception. Take such numbers and conclusions from the Census Bureau with a large spoonful of salt.
Minnesota: Man on life support after cop punches him for "talking loud"
(The Raw Story)
"Sgt. David Clifford, a member of the Minneapolis SWAT team, turned himself in to authorities on Sunday after a father of four who he reportedly 'sucker punched' for talking too loud spent Father's Day in intensive care. Mike Archambault told KMSP-TV that his longtime friend, Brian Vander Lee, was at a restaurant in Andover on Saturday when a stranger at another table asked him to be quiet. 'He did a Superman punch,' Archambault recalled. 'Brian went back, feet up in the air, and the guy landed on top of him and his head bounced off the concrete'" [editor's note: It is to be noted this was an off-duty plainclothes cop! - SAT] (06/18/12)
I suppose that it is good that this jack-booted thug turned himself in, but frankly, it would have been far better if some other person in the restaurant had drawn an openly-carried or concealed weapon and arrested the thug immediately for a totally unprovoked assault. And frankly, if that happened, I could hope that the thug had attempted to resist the citizen’s arrest - and saved a lot of expense on a trial while sending a warning to the blue gang that their antisocial ways are no longer tolerated. But this is the Twin Cities, and I’m only dreaming.
New York: Man faces up to one year in jail for killing poodle
(New York Post)
"A 230-pound, washed-up TV screenwriter took out his anger on his 4 1/2-pound poodle -- punching the pooch in the face so hard that it died from a brain injury, police said yesterday. Ted Shuttleworth, 51 -- who had a brief stint writing for 'NYPD Blue' -- was arrested yesterday morning at his home in Sunnyside, Queens." (06/17/12)
I suppose that NYPD has nothing better to do? No assaults (on humans), no robberies, no murders (of humans)? I am sorry, but animals are NOT humans. It would be one thing for an owner to seek damages for killing of his pet or livestock, but this scumbag was the owner.
Mama's Note: That was my first reaction as well. But a person demonstrates his character a great deal by how he treats animals. If the neighbors decided to shun him after such a savage act, I would certainly understand. If the local stores and services decided to shun him as well, it would certainly be understandable as well. If most non-violent crimes were dealt with that way, our whole society would be in far better shape.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
First Citizen's minions - Congress in action
Issa: 'Our Purpose Has Never Been to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt'
No, the AG holds everyone ELSE in contempt (except, perhaps, his master), so why would Congress do so?
Congress in action
Boehner Won’t Say If GOP House Will Approve Funds for Obama to Force Catholics to Act Against Faith
Boehner is almost as bad a scumbag politico as the First Citizen: the House should be tried for treason if they are going to fund this illegal attempt to take away the freedom of Catholics and many others.
Theft by government
$11 Billion in Green Grants Produces Few Jobs, House Report Says
Ah, but the few jobs it created (apparently, mostly in government offices administering these grants) were very GOOD jobs.
First Citizen - Border jumpers
Hoyer: It's 'Appropriate' Under Constitution for President to Give Work Permits to Illegals
And it is appropriate under the Constitution to impeach and try him for doing something that is so blatantly a tyrant’s act - and for people to rise up and defend themselves against those who try and steal their liberties by actions like this.
First Citizen's minions - Culture wars
Sebelius, Human Rights Campaign Praise Each Other for Promoting LGBT Equality in Healthcare
Incest is best, they say. Strange that a "Kansas girl" would turn out like this, but then she was raised by a liberal.
First Citizen's minions - Government-ruined, theft-funded schools
Education Secretary Insists ‘No Change in Policy’ on School Vouchers
The “official” policy or the REAL policy which is to push students and their parents into the gutter with the heavy thumb of government?
Theft by government - Abominable act
$5.7 Billion in Taxpayer Money Spent So Far to Encourage Use of Electronic Health Records
IF electronic records really make sense in terms of better health care and savings of costs to patients and medical providers, not a DIME should have been spent - or NEEDED to be spent - to encourage it. I LIKE the idea of electronic records, with ME carrying the master copy and with ME choosing a trusted provider or providers (for me, that would be USAA or AAFMAA or perhaps First Command) to keep backup copies that I or a trusted family member could access. Of course, this is NOT what this is about: it is about government control and access. So they have to spend this money - in their eyes, at least.
Mama's Note: When I entered my nursing career 30 years ago, everyone worked hard to keep medical records both simple and accurate. Those are the only real criteria, whatever the format. I could write my entire relevant medical history on a single sheet of paper. Most people could do so on a 3x5 card. The vast majority of "medical records" are used for billing and tracking purposes, and are not necessary for anything else.
No doctor or health professional will be able or willing to actually read thousands of pages of "records." Electronic records give one the ability to search out the relevant parts, of course, but also gives opportunity for fraud and deliberate alteration. A "read only" format that is controlled by the patient or family would be ideal, with new records submitted to the patient and thereafter part of the "read only" document. Or, write your actual history on that 3x5 card and stick it in your wallet. That's all YOU really need.
Home front - Border jumpers
255 Illegals From Countries That ‘Promote, Produce, or Protect’ Terrorists Apprehended Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Are ANY of these as a result of increased surveillence and requirement of American citizens (OR Mexican citizens) to show passports? And how many of these were really threats and not just refugees? And how many that WERE threats got across because they had bogus papers or were able to hide better? How much can we afford to spend to catch less than 1/1000 of 1% of the total people crossing the border? Aren’t we better off protecting ourselves individually against these illegals?
Home front - Border jumpers
164 Illegals From Countries That ‘Promote, Produce, or Protect’ Terrorists Apprehended Along U.S.-Canada Border
At the cost of HOW many billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of manhours of trouble and cost for people legitimately moving back and forth across what was ONCE the longest undefended, unfortified border on Earth? How much freedom do we give up?
Islamic wars: Arab Street front - New Axis
Russia Denies Reports of Warships to Syria and Joint Exercises With Syria, Iran and China
This is just what we would expect. The world - especially the Russians - is getting tired of everything to do with the US and our allies in the West, and so we are seeing a NEW Axis similar to that of Germany-Italy-Japan. Whether it lasts or not we shall see, but I see too many reasons for Russia and China to come into conflict to expect it to last. Russia hopes by being buddies with Syria and Iran to avoid even worse relations with its own Muslim population: it is running scared, even WITH its new strongman in direct power once more.
Europe has no monopoly on democracy
During the G20 summit in Los Cabos, an indignant Jose Manuel Barroso declared that Europe had not come to Mexico get any tutoring in democracy from emerging states. The European Union, however, not only suffers from a democratic deficit, but lacks legitimacy in the eurocrisis. A look outside the box cannot hurt here, writes a Belgian editor.
And Europeans accuse AMERICANS of being arrogant! Mexico, the United Mexican States, was a republic (and sadly, a democracy) a LONG time before the bulk of Europe was, and THIS time has been a republic and democracy (at least in name) longer continuously than even the “old” democratic nations of Europe (like France, which last became a republic in 1870 after its second failure at being an Empire). Look at the dates: Germany: 1919 and 1955 (and 1991 for the OstZone). Austria: 1919. Spain 1975. Portugal 1976. Italy 1946. Poland 1991. Looks to me like, except for maybe a few places like Switzerland and the Isle of Man, Europe DOES need to learn from the rest of the world. The next story is a sort of counterpoint to this one.
Europe is no longer an inspiration
From the other side of the Mediterranean, the crisis that has struck the Eurozone has dimmed the star of the EU. More than ever divided, inward-looking, and prey to selfish national interests, Europe is no longer a model for a North Africa, which is increasingly inspired by emerging countries.
Excuse me, but when was Europe EVER a “model” for North Africa? If Spain had continued the reconquista and pushed the Moors and Muslims in general back OUT of Africa, in the 1500s and 1600s, MAYBE we’d have a civilized North Africa today. But instead, a series of usually bloody and expensive colonial empires have ravaged what could be one of the best parts of the planet: the land that fed the lazy masses of Rome and Constantinople and Corinth for centuries, the land that is rich in minerals but MORE rich in fanatics and nutcases. Europe hasn’t been a inspiration for ANYTHING since about the French Revolution. A WARNING, maybe.
MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down
FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners. Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise. Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern. “This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.”
Good news indeed, even if we must question the data and whether crime is really dropping: we know that tens of thousands of people are preventing or stopping crimes by being armed.
Mama's Note: There are problems with this report indeed, since the definition of "crime" and the reporting standards are so varied and difficult to determine. But even with the problem of unknown deterrance, as well as unreported crime and self defense, a report like this can't help but encourage us all to further our efforts to promote armed self defense. See the updated edition of John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime.
Nanny state - Stupid government
Washington's Ten Thousand Commandments
According to the Small Business Administration, the annual cost of complying with federal regulations has exceeded $1 trillion since around 2005...
It is, of course, FAR more than just 10,000 regulations. Tens of thousands, at least.
Theft by government
Obama's Real Spending Record
(Wall Street Journal)
President Obama has continued spending enormous amounts on bloated government policies while taking advantage of accounting techniques afforded by the repayment of Troubled Asset Relief Program loans...
It is NOT, of course, just the First Citizen's fault: Congress is even more to blame. The First Citizen is no monarch, who spends everything he can squeeze out of the legislature and his nobles: every DIME of this is authorized by some act of Congress and all the current occupant of 1600 PA does is encourage, promote, and lie and lie and lie.
Europe headed for dark ages
The devastating effects of austerity on the Greek population are a warning that history is not an never-ending ascent to progress and enlightenment. Civilisations can also collapse, warns Boris Johnson.
At first, I thought that Lord Mayor Johnson was saying that it was reduced government spending that caused Rome to fall, and caused the Dark Ages, and that Europe forcing Greece to do that would lead to the same thing. That is, of course, foolish nonsense: Rome spent and inflated and regulated itself into oblivion – it was NOT a lack of government spending or failure to regulate everything that led to the Dark Ages. But despite the “summary” above of the Telegraph's “esteemed” editors, he is really saying just the opposite: the European Ubergovernment is setting up European Civilization for collapse. And he's right! Even if he is still a liberal.
World wars: Slavery
US trafficking report reveals "modern slavery" toll
"More than 42,000 adults and children were found in forced prostitution, labor, slavery or armed conflict in 2011, a US government report has found. Some 9,000 more victims were identified around the world than in 2010, the state department report said. But the number is just a fraction of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across borders every year. Conflict-wracked Syria was relegated to the category of worst offenders, while seven other states came off that list." (06/19/12)
I think that this number is incredibly low, and no, I’m not counting all those in tax slavery in the US, UK, and the rest of the “First World.” I really think the evidence is there that the number of slaves (whatever you want to call them) in the world is several million: perhaps as many as 100 million. The countries (which include, though in small numbers, the US, UK, Canada and others) that are the worst? First and foremost, the Communist countries (China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba). Followed by the Muslim countries: not just the Arab states but the rest, including places like Indonesia, Bangla Desh, and the old Soviet Republics. And then we have the Balkans, and the rest of Africa, and a lot of South Asia. If a Muslim couple in Denver can keep a young woman enslaved in their house for half-a-decade, you can imagine how many similar slaves there are in the Ummah.
South Carolina: Woman shoots ex in self-defense
"Tammy Duvall told deputies she had a friend over at her house and was about to go outside when she heard a car door shut. Duvall told deputies she grabbed a gun and shot several times when she noticed her ex-husband, Roderick Woodruff, charging towards her. Deputies later found Woodruff injured at his home and took him to the hospital. Roderick Woodruff will be charged with criminal domestic violence 1st [sic] offense. Woodruff was charged in April with CDV 1st offense and kidnapping with the same woman." (06/18/12)
Once more, a person keeps from becoming a victim by being armed, trained, and with good situational awareness.
Mama's Note: As I read this story, I kept wondering where her gun was the first time? How did he manage to kidnap her at all? She obviously needs more range time anyway...
Nazgul and STUPID Juries
Jehovah's Witnesses must pay more than $20 million in Fremont sex abuse case
A jury has ordered the Jehovah's Witnesses to pay more than $20 million to a woman who accused the religion's national leaders of setting a policy of secrecy that led a Fremont congregation's elders to protect a convicted sex offender who she claims molested her in the 1990s. An Alameda County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $21 million in punitive damages -- and another $7 million in compensatory damages the previous day -- to plaintiff Candace Conti, a San Joaquin County resident.. . <snip> The lawsuit claims Watchtower formed a policy in 1989 that instructed the religion's elders to keep child sex abuse accusations secret. The North Fremont congregation elders followed that policy when Kendrick was convicted in 1994 of misdemeanor child molestation in Alameda County, Simons said. "That abuse case had been reported to the elders," he said. "But they kept it secret and didn't do anything to stop him from molesting more kids."
I am NO fan of the Watchtower Society or JWs in general, but this seems to be an insanely stupid decision of the Jury and the Judge. How can ANY private organization keep a PUBLIC criminal conviction “a secret”? This convict was not a part of the leadership, and this JW congregation was not like a public school where the inmates are FORCED to be present, so that the local leaders (much less the school district or other government agency running it) must report every potential danger. If this church (or religious organization) is obligated, under penalty of civil or criminal enforcement, to have every leader (or leadership group) inform every member or visitor or child of a member of everything known about every member, we don’t NEED DHS or the FBI or the local cop intel organization to play Big Brother: we are an insane collection of spies and informers.
VA: Pizza delivery driver shoots, wounds stun-gun wielding bandit
"A pizza delivery driver shot and wounded a stun-gun wielding man who had tried to rob him early today, Richmond police said. Police responded about 2:16 a.m. to a shooting in the 00 block of East Broad Street, officials said in a news release. After officers arrived, they learned that the victim had been shot after he tried to rob the pizza delivery driver, who fired in self-defense." (06/19/12)
Oh, yeah. The “victim” - AKA the stupid idiot who tried to rob another person using a stun gun: what, did he think he was a cop?
New religions: Global warming
Report: Global warming weapon might trigger earthquakes
(Christian Science Monitor)
"Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions and pumping it deep underground may not be as useful a tool for dealing with rising greenhouse-gas levels as advocates suggest, according to a new analysis. The reason: Rising pressure from the enormous amounts of CO2, which would have to be stored for centuries to a few thousand years, could trigger earthquakes. The temblors might do little more than rattle Grandma's china at the surface, but they still could be strong enough to crack rock above the formations used for storage, providing pathways for the buoyant CO2 to leak back into the atmosphere." (06/20/12)
This problem was something that occurred to a LOT of people (except the press and politicians) who know ANYTHING about geology and physics, but never mind: for most of a decade the people who know what they are doing were ignored, while hundreds of millions of dollars are squandered on bogus science and engineering.
Nanny state - Theft by government
Disability versus Work
(National Center for Policy Analysis)
Over the past three years, an additional 1 million Americans started receiving disability benefits, bringing the total number to 10.8 million, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...
A recent public service ad I’ve heard several times goes on and on about how “mental disability” will be the cause of 3 out of 4 disabled workers being unable to work by 2020: this seems to indicate that we are well on our way to creating yet ANOTHER permanent population of drones: welfare parasites. I suspect that you will find that many of these people who no longer work “officially” and instead subsist on welfare payouts (SSI, etc.) are LESS disabled, objectively, than many of the business owners and employees who continue to support the economy on their (injured and painful) backs. I know of people who are 10, 20, 30% “disabled” veterans or by DHHS/DOL standards who are MORE than fully employed: working 60-80 hours per week, with little or no vacation time: either in their primary or primary and secondary jobs (and often tertiary “volunteer” jobs). They support the guys and gals that get “disabled worker benefits” for legal disabilities that often are much less “disabling” than the 60-80 hour/week people. This is indeed a serious problem that government makes worse, not better.
Europe's Fall - New religions: environism
The Truth about Germany and the "Clean Energy Economy"
Germany's energy sector is under the most stress of any sector in the country and is cutting jobs rapidly...
Cutting jobs is NOT necessarily a symptom of stress on an economic sector; although it may be a cause of stress for the economy as a whole. If you have a relatively steady (or gradually increasing) demand for your particular good or service, AND you are constantly improving efficiency of your workforce, through innovations such as automation, improved work techniques, simplification of your manufacturing or your products, and such things, you NATURALLY tend to shed jobs: look at the number of secretaries, receptionists, and draftsmen in any engineering or architectural firm today as compared to 1980. The stress on the German energy sector is two-fold: one, the pressure of government including the stupid decision to eliminate nuclear power and the fact that the “energy sector” is little more than a bureau in the federal government. Secondly, there is the outside pressure: from the rest of the EU (especially Poland), the demands and temptations of Russia and its gas, and the growing dependence on foreign (read “Arab”) petroleum. This stress demands several things, but the only thing really under the “sector’s” members’ control is efficiency: and that means making MORE (or even the same) power with fewer people!
Home Front - Politics 2012
Are Americans Too Dumb for Democracy?
There are a number of reasons to believe that Americans' supposed ignorance will not spell the doom of democracy...
Democracy, of course, is one of several major evils we inherited from the Greeks. It is BASED on the ignorance, stupidity, and lack of common sense of the great masses - the universal electorate so prized of the democratists. That is the primary reason that it is impossible for Americans to be “too dumb” - although The American does make a good point: that the so-called “experts” are as stupid as the mass of voters.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
First Citizen - American front
Obama Made Pre-Inaugural ‘Pledge’ on Stopping Guns to Mexico; Holder, Napolitano Worked Issue From First Month
More and more tidbits are sneaking out, and the picture is more and more obvious: the Stealth Candidate (now the de facto First Citizen) lied from the beginning and even before.
Theft by government - Crash of 2009
$9 Billion in ‘Stimulus’ for Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs -- $9.8 Million Per Job
Wow! They must be supporting a LOT of other people with those kinds of jobs.
Home front - War on Religion
Catholic Bishops Issue Prayer for Liberty ‘In This Decisive Hour in the History of Our Nation’
Would that they had requested prayer sooner than now.
Congress in action - First Citizen's minions
House Panel Votes to Hold AG Holder in Contempt of Congress
Who has done more? One hint: it is Holder’s boss.
Congress in action - First Citizen's minions
Holder Responds: Issa Has Rejected Efforts to Reach a 'Reasonable Accommodation'
Of course, because “reasonable accommodation” as defined by Holder and his boss is “we do what we want and you shut up.” The threat is implied: from sudden tax audits and being paraded in the media to getting the same thing that Fast and Furious gave to one government employee: an early grave.
First Citizen - Stupid government tricks
Obama Assertion of Privilege Sparks Questions on What He Knew About Fast and Furious
The First Citizen’s tactics in both the election and dealing with Congress remind me just a wee bit of the way Iran and North Korea deal with the West: a constant cycle of whinging and outlandish behavior designed to infuriate their opponents.
Crash of 2009
Fed: Slower Growth, Higher Unemployment in 2012
While this is NOT the screaming collapse of society and the economy that people like Karl Dent have been warning us about, it is STILL not good news and clear evidence that the Crash of 2009 (Depression, if you will) is NOT over.
Tranzi tricks - Politics 2012
Democrat Touts Women’s Need for Government Entitlement Programs
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream - government commodity style only, of course. In reality, government NEEDS women to NEED entitlement programs.
Study Offers a New Take on Why Some Muslims Hate America
A new study argues that anti-American sentiment in Muslim countries has less to do with Muslim perceptions of what America is culturally or what it does politically, but on the degree of competition between the political elites within the country itself.
I do not see why just taking at their word as to why they hate us is not enough: we are to them an insanely corrupt and evil, wicked society which has been at odds with them since about 1794, and we have been corrupting their society for more than two centuries. These two “political scientists” (what a joke and what an innuendo!) are simply claiming that this long-standing hatred is being used by two different political factions to try and win support: just as Neo-Cons and Neo-Libs both use “terrorism” as a method of winning votes back in the USA. They refuse to touch the reason behind the reason that they came up with, because in the Tranzi world view, “religion” does not have any impact on society (or should not). Muslims cannot hate us because of our religion (or lack thereof), therefore they MUST hate us because of social or political or economic reasons. Sadly, too many people who claim to be libertarian share this Tranzi world view, which is hand-in-hand with hating religion and the Deity.
Congress in action - Culture wars
Rep. Barney Frank on Repeal of DADT: 'I've Been Showering with Straight Colleagues’ at House Gym 'For Years'
That is too much information, and highly disturbing to say the least. But it WOULD explain the disgusting Congress we are facing today.
Congress in action - Culture wars: killing babies
House plans vote on bill to ban sex-selective abortion
Mama’s Note: Do they ever actually listen to themselves? How is it a fetus can be "not human" and a "a little unborn girl" at the same time? If it is wrong to abort because of sex, what makes it somehow right if the sex is unknown? And how in the world does anyone determine just what the woman based her decision on anyway? This whole thing is just so insane.
Nathan’s comments: I don’t think that the ‘pro-life’ forces are saying that it is right if they aren’t using sex determination as the reason, simply that they do not have the votes to get more through (or more likely, would LOSE votes from the fence sitters if they pushed for more). Also, sadly, there is too much "civility" in these things - especially the "mutual respect" found in Congress, which leads to things like this. The "little unborn girl" term was used by the "pro-life" and the "not human" by the pro-choice, in between gully's-full of "esteem" and "cooperation" and worse. They cannot call a spade a spade.
Commentary of the week: First Citizen
With the options available, why did Obama choose to invoke executiveprivilege?
Published June 21, 2012 | By Bruce McQuain
Mama's Note: That, at least to me, is the pregnant question. He had a number of other options but 4 months from a critical election, chose the most controversial and potentially damaging one. Why?
Nathan's response: Perhaps Nancy Pelosi’s response to this is an indicator: the closer we get to the election, the lower his numbers drop, and the more reasons (excuses) he needs for a coup: to refuse to recognize the results of the election, and claim that Congress has already determined to refuse to let him win the election. Perhaps he knows how the election will come out already, and that it will be thrown either to the courts or to the House of Representatives. How is the breakout of state delegations with Dems and Reps?
Friday, June 22, 2012
Politics 2012 - First Citizen
Romney Attacks Obama for Not Enacting 'Any Policy He Pleased' on Immigration When Democrats Controlled Congress
Well, that is a bit overboard: I hope that even Romney would have quailed at some of the policies that the First Citizen is clearly in favor of. But the point is made: based on sheer voting power, the First Citizen could have passed all this garbage relatively quickly (as he did with the Abominable Act). However, Mr. Romney misses another important point: that much of the last four years has been psychological preparation for the initiatives being pushed now, and a second related point that the time is carefully planned to ensure that the First Citizen's core constituency is fully engaged AND at least some of his opponents are demoralized by the constant onslaught.
First Citizen's minions - East Asian Front
Clinton Hints China May Be Exempt From Iran Sanctions – One Day Before Data Show China Buying More Iranian Oil
We can assume she is speaking for her boss: An auspicious decision, obviously, made by a keen observer with great intellect - OR an ideologically-based pragmatic decision by a corrupt politician grasping for every advantage in an increasingly-sour election race who figures, like Mr. Clinton before him, that he can play the China card to win.
Mrs. Obama Boasts That Obamacare Mandates ‘Basic Things Like Contraception’ As Catholics Start 2-Week Protest Against ‘Unjust Law’
Amazing what we consider "basic" today, and that so many people are willing to listen to this unhappy woman. This has been hashed over and over, but this "mandate" is about the same (pragmatically, not constitutionally) as a state dictating that the mandatory automobile insurance required of all car owners include full payment (no deductible) of all costs of adding trailer-style rearview mirrors to all vehicles.
First Citizen's minions - American front
Family of Slain Border Agent: 'Administration Seems More Concerned With Protecting Themselves Than Revealing the Truth’
Hardly an astute observation: truth is the LAST thing they want to reveal.
First Citizen's minions - Mainstream media
'This Is About Principle,' Carney Says -- Prompting Laughter From WH Press Corps
"This is about principle," Carney said. It has nothing to do -- (laughter) -- no, no this has nothing to do -- we have been absolutely clear about the fact that this operation (Fast and Furious) used a tactic that originated in a field office that was flawed, that was wrong, and that had terrible consequences for the Terry family, and should not have been employed. And this Attorney General, when he learned about it, put an end to it and referred it for investigation.
I can't imagine why. We all know how zealous Holder has been in pursuing justice regardless of whether the victims were white, black or brown, and how principled he and his agency have been on EVERYTHING.
Puerto Rico Gov. Says Federal Gov’t Has ‘No Strategy’ to Deal With Drugs and Violence on U.S. Caribbean Border
Ah, but I do not agree: they definitely have a strategy - or maybe "an agenda" - it is called obscure, conceal, and lie and lie and lie again. Actually, if it were not for the immigration issue and the advantages of the various Mexican routes for border jumpers, I'd think that the Caribbean would be the PREFERRED route for drugs, bypassing the Mexican cartels and saving the drug lords billions in overhead.
Congress in action - Theft by government
Boehner: 'Giving this Government More Revenue Would be Like Giving a Cocaine Addict Who Wants to Quit More Cocaine’
Isn't that the way AA works? Let them binge drink to discover how horrible it is? Seriously, this is a good analogy, but too many people will ignore it. And he refuses to take it to the logical conclusion (at least for a drug warrior like him and most of Congress): ultimately the coke addict must be weaned COMPLETELY off the stuff. So it is with government, as well: NO MORE REVENUE.
African Collapse - Islamic Wars - Stupid US tricks
State Dep’t Takes Steps Against Nigerian Islamists, But GOP Lawmakers Not Satisfied
The Obama administration has designated as terrorists three senior figures in Boko Haram, the Islamist group responsible for deadly attacks targeting Christians in Nigeria, but two senior Republican lawmakers Thursday repeated earlier calls for the group to be listed as a foreign terrorist organization.
How can you negotiate with them if you call them names? Seriously, all the steps being taken are eyewash: meanwhile, almost as regular as clockwork, another church building gets bombed or burned, more christians are attacked and robbed, beaten, and murdered, and we wring our hands in soft denunciation.
Mama's Note: If the Christians (or anyone, of course) in this country really wanted to do something about the situation, they would get together and send arms to the Nigerian Christians, and go volunteer to help them defend themselves. Of COURSE we know that's not going to happen.
The hand wringing is useless, but any US government intervention would be simply insane.
Supreme Court Ducks Free Speech Issue in FCC Case
The FCC appealed this decision, maintaining its argument that its definition of what is and is not indecent is not unconstitutionally vague. The Supreme Court, however, declined to take up the issue. Instead it ruled that the FCC had applied its rules on fleeting expletives and indecency in an arbitrary and capricious manner – saying that it had violated the Fourth Amendment rights of broadcasters when it failed to give them fair warning. The Court avoided deciding the First Amendment issues of the case...
I don't know why the Supremes sidestepped this, but it seems that no one really wins: we still are not enforcing the First Amendment (and allowing the market to decide what is and is not acceptable) and the FCC can continue to be a little tin dictator: dreaming up all the rules it wants as long as it adequately warns broadcasters. This makes me wonder what the SCOTUS may decide on the Abominable Act, which decision may be announced as soon as Monday.
Pelosi: Republicans Are Going After Holder As ‘Part of a Nationwide Scheme to Suppress the Vote’
All I can say is "gag" because we already know her grasp on reality is somewhat less than average for a five year old. But as I've pointed out elsewhere, this seems to be tied to other claims and accusations against the GOP, to create the idea that the GOP is conspiring to steal the election, and to destroy minorities, liberals, women, the elderly, and anything else convenient. ANY action by anyone associated (or who can be connected) to the GOP is seized to tie into this vast conspiracy.
Mama's Note: Now, now... we both know there IS a "right wing conspiracy." It just happens to be identical to the LEFT wing conspiriacy. They are the two wings of the carrion bird that occupies the political life of this country.
The Disappearing Gender Wage Gap
(National Center for Policy Analysis)
When the variation in work experience between men and women is applied to 2008 wage data, the gender wage gap closes from 79.4 cents to 88.6 cents on the dollar; accounting for additional factors closes the gap to approximately 97 cents on the dollar...
One more urban legend bites the dust?
Theft by government
Better Schools, Fewer Dollars
While a common complaint is that public schools are underfunded, research indicates that more per-pupil funding does little to improve outcomes...
And yet ANOTHER urban legend dies1
Theft by government
Revenues Recover but States Still Tight-Fisted
For the upcoming 2013 fiscal year, total U.S. state revenues will increase by $27.4 billion, or 4.1 percent, to reach $690.3 billion; general fund spending, however, will rise by only $14.6 billion, or 2.2 percent...
I get it! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Never fear, the money will soon burn a hole in their pockets.
Mama's Note: And those numbers are meaningless unless borrowing and debt service are included and clearly indicated.
First Citizen - Stupid government tricks
Secret Service removes forks before President speaks at NALEO
Just a few days after announcing that his administration would no longer deport about 800,000 young illegal immigrants, you would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn't taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."
End of the week bizarre story #1: the First Citizen is so afraid that someone will try to kill him with a fork (real steel not plastic) that they have to "disarm" all these people? Just after I heard this from Mark (Thanks, Mark!) I was watching family wrapping knives and forks in napkins for customers at a family-owned restaurant; this is now apparently "concealing weapons" as far as the Secret Service is concerned.
Theft by government
WATCHDOGS: Solons worry Medicare billions going to Castro, Cuba
Mama's Note: This is just so bizarre. The hospice company I worked for lost money endlessly because of Medicare's insane "rules" for payment, and the incredible scrutiny every billing received... For example, if the patient died within the first 24 hours of service, Medicare payed nothing - even though we were mandated to produce every service imaginable in that time period. And we could not refuse to admit a patient because they were too near death! If it was even hinted that we were dragging our feet a bit, we were in the soup. And it goes on and on and on. The only way these shadow companies could get by with it is if someone INSIDE Medicare was cooperating. So, the usual liberal answer to "shadow companies" and cheaters is not to remove the pot of honey they feed on and clean up their own house, but to make it more difficult for anyone to enjoy any level of anonymity. I'm sure that will work out just fine...
Nathan's thoughts: Well, we know now how they are subsidizing the Castro regime, eh? AND why health care is so good in that island nation. Is there any nation on the planet which does not get a check from Uncle Sugar?
Mama's Note: The amount of money actually getting into Castro's hands is probably pretty small. Amazing what all the vampires in line can suck off if they are undisturbed - and, of course, he makes use of all those vampires. As with most anything else, the actual end point of the cash flow is not the important part... it is the original THEFT that matters. But 'health care" is NOT at all good in Cuba, unless you are part of the vampire regiment, naturally. The ordinary people die like anyone else living in a socialist dictatorship.
Home Front - Nazgul and Local Tyranny
Arizona: Federal Court upholds jail and fines for Bible study host
...Authorities ... Salman that if he was conducting Bible studies with more than twelve people that it constituted being a church and that he had to adhere to all of the zoning, licensing and permitting that accompanies running a church. Salman said he wasn’t a church but just people getting together to exercise their rights to free speech and freedom of religion. City authorities disagreed and cited Salman. The lower courts found Salman guilty of all of the violations that Phoenix city officials had charged him with. Salman was summarily sentenced to jail for sixty days, three years’ probation and a fine of $12,000. The court additionally told Salman that he was not allowed to have more than twelve people in his home....Salman appealed his case to a federal district court who just dismissed his case altogether, thus upholding the jail, probation and fine.
First Amendment? What is that?
Mama's Note: And yet, such bible study and prayer groups are going on all over the country. I've not heard of any others being targeted this way. Is it possible some parts of this story are not being reported? I do wonder about this sort of thing...
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