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  • Let’s Study the Constitution, Part 9

    08/05/2017 12:21:12 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/5/17 | Susan Frickey
    The Ninth Amendment, also known as the “silent” Amendment, says “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” What does this mean? What makes the Ninth Amendment unique is that it guarantees protection of all our rights even though they may not be specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Just because the document is silent on some natural rights does not mean they do not exist. The Ninth Amendment closes the loophole. James Madison was concerned that any attempt to enumerate fundamental liberties would be incomplete and might...
  • 'This is about protecting the children': Notorious child raping priest walks free from prison

    07/30/2017 11:32:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Crime Online ^ | Saturday, July 29, 2017 | Lawrence Bonk
    Paul Shanley, a priest convicted of multiple counts of child rape, has walked free, as reported by FOX8. Shanley, 86, has spent the last 12 years behind bars after being convicted in 2005 of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and two counts of rape and abuse of a child, according to the sex offender registry. The Massachusetts man now begins 10 years of supervised probation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. Shanley was one of a number of Catholic priests convicted of child rape, the fallout from an infamous Boston Globe investigation...
  • Police cheer Trump after jab at mayors who don't let them do their jobs

    07/28/2017 2:52:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/28/17 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump drew a round of applause from law enforcement officials on Friday after he took a swipe at mayors who don't let police "do their job." "I've met police that are great police that aren't allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor that doesn't know what's going on," Trump said in a speech in Long Island, N.Y., eliciting applause from a crowd of police officers standing behind him. "Were you applauding for someone in particular?" Trump asked with a smile, shaking his head. The jab was interpreted by some as a veiled...
  • Judges Ordered to Set Affordable Bonds for Defendants Who Pose No Danger

    07/18/2017 11:58:46 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 17, 2017 | Megan Crepeau
    Cook County judges will soon be explicitly required to set affordable bond amounts for defendants who do not pose a danger to the public. Beginning Sept. 18, judges will be prohibited from setting a higher bond than felony defendants can afford to pay. The same rule will apply to misdemeanor cases starting in January. Advocates of bond reform, including Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, applauded the decision. "There is often no clear relationship between the posting of a cash bond and securing the safety of the community or the appearance of a defendant," Foxx said in a statement Monday....
  • Democrats Across The Nation Are Opposing Laws Against FGM – It’s A Disgrace

    07/15/2017 8:37:32 PM PDT · by davikkm · 20 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The act of Female Genital Mutilation is becoming far more widespread in the US than ever before. There are more than half a million (at least) women and girls who have undergone this barbaric procedure in the US alone and studies suggest there are more than 200 million women and girls worldwide living today who have been abused in this way. Yet Democrats (and some Republicans) across the nation are voting AGAINST making this practice illegal in their States. In Maine, the House voted 76-71 AGAINST a new law that would make Female Genital Mutilation illegal. They have instead opted...
  • Pam Bondi ordered to respond to lawsuit over unregistered charities

    07/10/2017 12:25:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    floridapolitics.com ^ | 7/10/17 | Jim Rosica
    Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday was ordered to file a written response to a lawsuit claiming she forces businesses to donate millions of dollars to unregistered charities as part of settlements in consumer protection cases. Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, sitting in Tallahassee, also granted a request from Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith to seek “discovery” in the case—that is, to get information from Bondi’s office in preparation for a possible trial. Smith filed a petition for a “writ of quo warranto,” which demand government officials to prove their authority to perform a certain action. He did not attend Monday’s...
  • Fyre Festival organizer ARRESTED: Promoter of disastrous festival is charged with wire fraud [tr]

    06/30/2017 8:24:16 PM PDT · by Enchante · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2017 | Jenny Stanton
    Fyre Festival organizer ARRESTED: Promoter of disastrous festival is charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison over claims he LIED about being worth millions William McFarland was arrested in New York and charged with wire fraud The 25-year-old founder of Fyre Festival is expected to appear in court Saturday Revelers arrived at the Bahamas festival to find a wasteland of half-built tents
  • Baltimore Restaurant Owner Says 30 Employees Left Due To ICE Crackdown

    06/26/2017 4:46:31 PM PDT · by canalabamian · 106 replies
    SeeBS Baltimore ^ | June 26, 2017 5:18 PM | Mike Hellgren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The owner of one of Canton’s most popular waterfront restaurants, The Boathouse, says more than 30 immigrant workers left in fear after a Department of Homeland Security worker hand-delivered a letter demanding documentation of their immigration status. That stunned the eatery’s customers. “It seems like terrorizing people who are trying to work at the restaurant,” says customer Michelle Zhang. “It’s not only bad for for the business but it’s bad for the families.” “If that many left… are they not following the policy?” asks Ryan Horan, another customer. “Are they not doing it the way they should...
  • Trump Close to Signing Bill Into Law to Make it Easier to Fire Folks at the Failing Veterans Affairs

    06/18/2017 6:00:52 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    The crippled and corrupted Department of Veterans Affairs is the ultimate evidence of why government-run healthcare will never work. The Republican-held House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on Tuesday 386 to 55. This is a breath of fresh air during these divisive days in that poor performing and incompetent government workers are going to be held accountable, assuming President Trump signs the bill into law. The Senate passed the bill on June 6th and Trump is expected to sign it into law, tweeting last week that “we can’t tolerate substandard...
  • James Comey Has A Long History Of Questionable Obstruction Cases

    06/12/2017 2:37:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 12, 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    Law James Comey Has A Long History Of Questionable Obstruction Cases From Martha Stewart to Frank Quattrone to Steven Hatfill, former FBI director James Comey has left a long trail of highly questionable obstruction of justice cases that he used to make a name for himself. Mollie Hemingway By Mollie Hemingway June 12, 2017 Following countdown clocks on cable outlets and dramatic claims in the media about what devastating testimony to expect, James Comey sat down before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. The hearing ended up being a bit of a let-down for critics of President Trump who hoped...
  • The Supreme Court Just Bolstered Your Right to Repair Stuff

    06/01/2017 1:17:17 PM PDT · by Thalean · 36 replies
    Wired ^ | June 1, 2017 | Kyle Wiens
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in March and considered the principle of patent exhaustion. This idea stipulates that a patent owner’s rights over a product should vanish once the patent owner sells the product to a consumer. By attaching a post-sale restriction to its single-use cartridge, Lexmark aimed to create a zombie patent that’s never exhausted. You may have bought that cartridge, but Lexmark still controls it. The justices agreed 7-1 that Lexmark can’t do that. (Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed after the court heard the case.) The court held that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights when it sold its...
  • Let’s Study The U.S. Constitution – Part 2

    05/24/2017 9:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/24/17 | Susan Frickey
    The Constitution was written with the intent that it must endure for ages to come and be adaptable to the various crises of human affairs. Edmund Randolph, one of the five men charged with drafting the document, observed that it was necessary to stick to basic, “essential principles only; lest the operations of government be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and unalterable.” The Framers knew that principles of liberty remain constant throughout time, so they provided this foundation for altering future law. Let’s continue our study of the U.S. Constitution with Article I. Article I, Sec 1 basically set...
  • Illegals Now Serving as Judges in Texas! And Officials Don’t Seem to Mind

    05/22/2017 9:08:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/22/17 | Doug Book
    Officials in Corpus Christi, Texas just discovered that one on their Municipal Court Judges is not a United States citizen. And how was the situation handled? Well, “Judge” Young Min Burkett was placed on unpaid leave, after which “the city council [gave] her 90 days to become a citizen and keep her job.” Yep. An illegal alien has been passing judgement on the activities of actual Americans in a Texas town. But it's OK, because Corpus Christi Mayor Pro-Tem Lucy Rubio said that city officials “never asked during the qualification process to become a municipal judge whether Burkett was a...
  • US Judge Allows Transgender Person To Sue Under Disability Law

    05/19/2017 12:02:25 PM PDT · by Thalean · 17 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo ^ | May 18, 2017 | Daniel Trotta
    "A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that a transgender woman could move forward with a sex discrimination lawsuit against her employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, even though it explicitly excludes transgender people from protection. The plaintiff, Kate Lynn Blatt, becomes the first transgender person to be allowed to sue under the ADA for gender dysphoria, according to her Philadelphia-based lawyer, Neelima Vanguri. But U.S. District Judge Joseph Leeson avoided ruling on the constitutionality of the ADA, as the plaintiffs had sought, under the legal principle that courts should avoid decisions on constitutional grounds if possible. Being transgender is...
  • Warren rips Trump in commencement speech: No one is above the law

    05/13/2017 7:14:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Dumb-Mass) took multiple swipes at the Trump administration during a commencement address Friday, days after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Warren pivoted to Trump during a speech at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, offering suggestions for specific causes graduates could get more involved in. "I'm trying to keep this apolitical but I can't help myself ... the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department," Warren said. Democrats have honed in on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy...
  • Sessions’ Office Releases Memo To All 94 US Attorneys Calling For Reversal Of Holder-Era Policy

    05/12/2017 5:45:43 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions' office sent out a letter late Thursday to the nation's federal prosecutors instructing them to pursue the most serious charges possible against most criminal suspects. The move will send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Officials at the Department of Justice said the new guidelines are a direct rebuttal of policies implemented under President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder. The memo is already being referred to as “the Sessions Memo.” The 94 U.S. attorneys were instructed in the memo to “charge and pursue the most serious and readily...
  • Arkansas Executes Kenneth Williams, 4th Lethal Injection in a Week

    04/27/2017 11:09:01 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Phil McCausland
    LITTLE ROCK —Arkansas put convicted killer Kenneth Williams to death Thursday night— the last of a controversial series of executions carried out as the state moved to carry out the sentences before its supply of a lethal injection drug expired. Arkansas Department of Correction Spokesman Solomon Graves said that the lethal injection was administered at 10:52 p.m. local time (11:52 p.m. ET) and Williams was declared dead at 11:05 p.m. Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) via lethal injection at the Cummins Unit, where the state's death chamber is housed, about 75...
  • Here's one great Amendment proposal

    04/26/2017 5:46:18 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Vanity | 04/26/17 | e-mail to me
    Trump is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.c In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around. The TRUMP Rule Let's see if congress understands what people pressure is all about. Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE. Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid Salary of Speaker of...
  • Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law (sez the UN)

    04/26/2017 1:41:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/17 | Dana Milbank
    We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law. The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States. It turns out that the notion that “health care is a right” is more than just a Democratic talking point. A confidential, five-page “urgent appeal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human...
  • How to Actually Fix SCOTUS

    04/16/2017 2:39:18 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 19 replies
    American Greatness ^ | April 16th, 2017 | By Deion Kathawa
    Judge Gorsuch ... has recently been confirmed as Justice Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court. Since then, there have been laments in the pages of [left-wing media] that the Supreme Court is “broken,” ... [snip] [W]hat’s needed [to fix the Court] is . . . a recommitment on the part of the nation as a whole to understanding the proper scope of the Court’s authority and its role in our constitutional republic. ... [T]he Court is not the last word on the Constitution and ... to make it so is fundamentally opposed to the rule of law, the principle...