Either my caffeine intake is not enough and the neurons are still zombified, or Minnesota is one weird state. Caught these quotes article from the Crookston Times about Castle Doctrine:
Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, said that the bill could enable violent felons to use deadly force once they are allowed to carry firearms again.
“We’re saying that people that have been violent felons in the past can now also basically shoot people anywhere that they feel threatened,” Goodwin said. Her motion to send the bill to the Judiciary Committee for further discussion was rejected.
I am gonna coin a term here: Legis Magicae. And it will be defined at that supposedly magical legislation that will force criminals to do the right thing or stops them from doing the wrong thing. It is a legal incantation approved by the Harry Potters of a legislative body and once signed by the Sorcerer in Chief of the State, it creates a magical force field on each criminal controlling his actions.
More from the same article:
Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, said the bill could result in dangerous situations for police officers, who regularly enter homes without permission.
So in Minnesota, search warrants and Probable Cause are ignored in a regular basis? Is the Constitution known in the State or is it something vague & vapid?
Dayton said when lawmakers were debating the bill last year, he was “concerned because law enforcement in Minnesota was mostly opposed to it, felt that it gave citizens more freedoms and rights than they had.“
Mother of Mary! Is it really that bad up there?
The Judge said on his facebook page the final show is Feb 13th 8:00 PM This video is allowed under DMCA Fair Use Act.
Judge Andrew Napolitano has his “Eisenhower’s farewell address” moment on the eve of his Fox Business Network program’s final broadcast.
This is my WORLD RECORD HOLDING Fastest mobility scooter being thrashed in the snow which as you can see was BLOODY WICKED.
I reached around 51mph on snow and found it easyer to ride as the steering isnt so responsive.
This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters For America. Daily Caller reporters Alex Pappas and Will Rahn contributed to this report.
David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.
Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.
The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled.
“He had more security than a Third World dictator,” one employee said, explaining that Brock’s bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they “stood post” to protect him. “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.
Extensive interviews with a number of Brock’s current and former colleagues at Media Matters, as well as with leaders from across the spectrum of Democratic politics, reveal an organization roiled by its leader’s volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness, and an office where Brock’s executive assistant carried a handgun to public events in order to defend his boss from unseen threats.
(JPost) — US aid to Egypt is guaranteed by the Camp David Accords, and stopping it would be a violation of that treaty, a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker said Sunday.
Essam El-Erian, who also serves as chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said that should aid from Washington be cut, the Brotherhood would consider changing the terms of Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
El-Erian told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat the US needs to understand that “what was acceptable before the revolution is no longer,” and that should the aid provisions outlined in the treaty be modified, it could open the door to further changes in the agreement.
A Gallup poll released last week found 71 percent of Egyptians oppose US economic aid to their country, and a similar percentage oppose Washington sending direct aid to civil society groups. Last month the US administration announced it would speed up aid to Egypt as the country copes with mounting economic problems during the transition from president Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade term in power.
Congress has already approved $1.3 billion in military aid and $250 million in civilian aid for the current fiscal year. That assistance, however, is conditioned upon Egypt meeting all of its obligations under its peace treaty with Israel. That factor that may help explain the unpopularity of US aid — the treaty is widely unpopular in Egypt, and many see the conditions on US aid as an infringement on the country’s sovereignty.
(islamics! only them and liberals could come up with shit like this)
Remember that teacher in California that sexually abused kids by having them drink/eat his semen, etc?
The district fired him.
They paid him off rather than taking him to court and fighting not only his outrageously deviant behavior but that of unions that defend scumbags like him.
The Los Angeles Unified School District paid Mark Berndt, the teacher at the center of the Miramonte Elementary child abuse scandal, $40,000 to drop the challenge to his dismissal last year.
The payout consisted of four months of back salary plus reimbursement for the cost of health benefits. Berndt was fired by the Board of Education in February 2011 after officials learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating him for alleged lewd acts against students. He was arrested last week.
The firing took Berndt off the district payroll. But he fought to keep his job through an appeal process that lasted until he settled with the school system and resigned in June.
The settlement with Berndt came in the face of a dilemma, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist. A hearing on the dismissal was pending and the district didn’t have evidence to justify the firing because the Sheriff’s Department investigation was ongoing.
“We were told we could not do any investigation” to avoid interfering with a law enforcement probe, said Holmquist. “We didn’t have any evidence, and we couldn’t put on any witnesses. We didn’t have anything to successfully defend a challenge.”
Berndt was charged last week with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children; another teacher, Martin Springer, was charged this week with three counts of lewd conduct. Berndt is alleged to have taken photographs of blindfolded children being spoon-fed his semen. Springer is accused of fondling a girl in his class. The Berndt and Springer cases are believed to be unrelated.
(again, unions should be stopped!)
The election-year budget battle ramped up Sunday, with both sides trading barbs over the honesty and effectiveness of President Obama’s budget plan for 2013.
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew blanketed the Sunday talk shows to trumpet the president’s plan as striking the proper balance between short-term stimulus and long-term deficit reduction. Republican leaders responded immediately with a very different assessment, hammering the proposal as just another product of a “tax-and-spend” administration lacking fiscal discipline.
The bill itself is largely symbolic, as Congress almost always dismisses the White House budget in favor of its own spending plans. Still, such sweeping proposals are a good summary of a party’s legislative priorities, and the budget is sure to play a major role on the campaign trail this year.
Both sides think they have the upper hand in the coming debate, with Republicans hoping their focus on spending cuts resounds as loudly this year as it did in 2010, and Democrats banking that voters are more concerned with jobs and the preservation of government programs.
The White House is scheduled to issue their budget wish-list Monday morning, while House Republicans are expected to release their counter-proposal in late March.
Against that backdrop, Lew, Obama’s former budget director, made the rounds Sunday to rally support for a budget he said will “build an economy that will last in the future.” [snip - Yeah, as if a zero growth economy is something to praise and wish for in the future.] “It’ll make sure we have a manufacturing base; [snip - More stimulus for his union buddies] it’ll make sure we have Americans with the skills we need for the future [snip - which means more meddling with college loans tied to what classes a student is allowed to take] and we’ll make sure we have an energy program that gives us independence,” [snip - independence from our money because we are wasting it on foolish industries that bankrupt companies even when given our taxpayer money to play with] Lew told Fox News Sunday.
Consistent with Obama’s election-year theme of “fairness,” [snip - I abhor that overused childish word. From now on when someone tells me something isn’t fair, I will reply, “Yes, it is not fair. That’s where you go to ride the tilt-o-wheel, not live in reality.”] Lew emphasized that the plan asks for sacrifices from everyone, [snip - except for Obama and his buddies] even the wealthiest Americans. [snip - Oh, don’t even suggest that Obama and his buddies are included in the ‘wealthy’ status.]
“Everybody has a fair shot, pays a fair share and plays by the same rules,” he said. [snip - But rules are not meant for them.]
Republicans wasted no time pushing back, with the office of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the Budget Committee, accusing Lew of “failing … to articulate how their upcoming budget would lift the crushing burden of debt and tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.”
“Instead, Lew confirmed reports of familiar ‘stimulus’ spending initiatives, recycled tax increases, and exploiting tired budget gimmicks,” Ryan’s office said.
Read the article here.
PDF of Obama’s 2013 Budget
Ted Nugent overpowers liberal nut job Piers Morgan…
Ten Nugent on CNN speaks out against Obama’s gun control agenda
If a White History Month would be racist, then why is Black History Month OK? Why should Black Americans settle for a month of history when they are making history every day? Isn’t this just another form of segregation? Find out.
Here’s a letter to the New York Times:
You think it’s heartening and good that, as you report, “Michelle Obama is on the road, campaigning and telling Americans to eat their vegetables” (“Helpings of Energy and Cheer for the Trail,” Feb. 11).
I think it’s creepy and obnoxious.
Who the hell is she to tell – or even to advise – people outside of her own family what to eat? Free and responsible men and women do not take seriously those who use their fame as a platform to issue advice about matters on which they know nothing – and politicians’ spouses (no less than politicians themselves, Hollywood entertainers, sports stars, and the like) have zero knowledge about each individual American’s tastes and preferences over a wide range of lifestyle options. I’m downright repulsed by the media’s habit of mistaking a person’s celebrity for expertise, popularity for acumen, and visibility for enlightenment.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
The very architect of Obama-Care is now saying we can expect health care premiums to skyrocket.
Well, the makers of them dinky little cars one sees every now and then have decided a pint-sized pickup is just the thing for us. I think smart cars are funky, ugly little things meant for little people and liberals. Doubt then I will like their tiny so-called pickup. And no rear view mirror, a phone instead? Get real there smart car people…
America is about to meet a pint-sized pickup.
Calling it the perfect vehicle for an urban society, Smart on Monday unveiled the “for-us,” its tiny take on the classic U.S. pickup truck.
Smart, a division of Germany’s Daimler AG, said the concept vehicle is so small that it could fit in the bed of a traditional pickup and be barely noticed. At the same time, it provides enough room for two people to sit comfortably. The truck’s cargo bed hold spaces to charge the front wheels of two electric bicycles.
The electrically powered concept truck combines the fun and freedom of a pickup with the practicality and ecofriendly aspects of an economy car, Smart Chief Executive Annette Winkler told reporters at the North American International Auto Show.
Concept cars are ways to test out ideas that may or may not go into production.
Here are the highlights of the car:
POWER: Its lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in less than eight hours. It has a 55-kilowatt magneto-electric motor.
SIZE: The truck is 139.6 inches long, nearly three feet longer than Smart’s traditional “fortwo” car.
SPEED: With 96-pound-feet of torque, the “for-us” can go up to 80 mph.
LOOKS: Its interior is mother-of-pearl white and brushed aluminum, with bright yellow seat covers. Instead of a traditional rear-view mirror, a video camera shows the space behind the car on a smart phone mounted above the dash. The truck features Michelin off-road tires mounted on three-spoke wheels with fold-out wing nuts.
CHEERS: The truck’s small size would make it easy to park, especially for city dwellers forced to hunt for street parking daily.
JEERS: Did I mention that this truck is really small? In America, Smart has struggled to sell its tiny cars, which must share the road with much larger vehicles. It’s unclear if a truck this tiny has a chance of catching on.
Iran charges former Marine with spying for US, sentences him to die.
RIP: Tony Blankley, conservative commentator, dead at 63.
Supreme Court to weigh in on infamous “seven words.”
Controversial book claims Tim Burton helped Obama kids throw best Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party ever.
Make-a-Wish foundation helps 7-year-old kid with cancer realize his MythBusters-inspired dream of blowing up a building.
NUGENT: Diversity perversity
Diversity is America’s greatest strength, according to the left and its socialist, Marxist, commie cohorts and co-conspirators running rampant across the country.
If you listen carefully to these America-hating, social-engineering liberals, virtually all behavior, conduct, morals and beliefs make America stronger.
This, of course, is toxic, brain-dead logic that leaves ordinary Americans shaking and scratching their heads in confusion and disgust. We recognize bull dung when we hear, see and smell it, and we have no desire whatsoever to embrace it.
The left’s definition of diversity does not make America stronger. It is weakening and destroying America. Let’s be bold and honest: The left’s version of diversity is repugnant.
Hey, I’m your biggest supporter if you want to swan-dive naked into a pool of goat urine. What I will never support is trying to make it mandatory for everyone to do it.
Read the rest of this ass-kicking article HERE.
Remember when the left hyperventilated about the evil George W. Bush robbing them of their civil liberties?
(RT) — Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.
Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.
Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.
Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.
President Obama is reportedly considering releasing several senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay as an enticement to get the Taliban to the peace table. If he does so, he will do tremendous harm to American national security — and to his prospects for reelection this fall.
To understand why, consider the individuals White House is considering setting free. Last year WikiLeaks released a trove of documents it dubbed the “Gitmo Files” with assessments of hundreds of Guantanamo detainees — including the five Taliban leaders reportedly under consideration for release. Here is the U.S. military’s assessment of them:
Mullah Mohammed Fazl, deputy defense minister. Fazl is “wanted by the UN for possible war crimes while serving as a Taliban Army Chief of Staff and … was implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in northern Afghanistan during the Taliban reign.” He has “operational associations with significant al-Qaida and other extremist personnel,” was “involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking,” and is so senior in the Taliban hierarchy that he once threatened the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Omar. Military officials assess that Fazl wields “considerable influence throughout the northern region of Afghanistan and his influence continued even after his capture” adding, “If released, [Fazl] would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with anti-Coalition militias (ACM) participating in hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.”
Abdul Haq Wasiq, deputy minister of intelligence. Wasiq “was central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside the Taliban against US and Coalition forces.” He “utilized his office to support al-Qaida and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture. . . . arranged for al-Qaida personnel to train Taliban intelligence staff in intelligence methods” and “assigned al-Qaida members to the Taliban Ministry of Intelligence.” If released “he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.”
Mullah Norullah Noori, governor-general of Afghanistan’s northern zone. Noori “is considered one of the most significant former Taliban officials detained at JTF-GTMO” who “led troops against US and Coalition forces” and “was directly subordinate to Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.” He “is wanted by the UN for possible war crimes,” is “associated with members of al-Qaida,” and is assessed “to be a hardliner in his support of the Taliban philosophy.” He “continues to be a significant figure encouraging acts of aggression and his brother is currently a Taliban commander conducting operations against US and Coalition forces. . . . (Analyst note: Detainee would likely join his brother if released.”)
Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, Herat governor and acting interior minister. Khairkhwa is “directly associated to Usama Bin Laden (UBL) and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar” and was “trusted and respected by both.” After 9/11 he “represented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against US and Coalition forces” and “attended a meeting at the direction of UBL, reportedly accompanied by members of HAMAS.” He is “one of the premier opium drug lords in Western Afghanistan” and was likely “associated with a militant training camp in Herat operated by deceased al-Qaida commander (in Iraq) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.”
Mohammad Nabi, multiple leadership roles. Nabi is “a senior Taliban official” who was “a member of a joint al-Qaida/Taliban ACM cell in Khowst and was involved in attacks against US and Coalition forces.” He “held weekly meetings” with “three al-Qaida affiliated individuals” to discuss anti-coalition plans, “maintained weapons caches,” and “facilitated two al-Qaida operatives smuggling an unknown number of missiles along the highway between Jalalabad and Peshawar,” which intelligence officials believe contributed to the deaths of two Americans.