Note: For “Dems vs. ACLU” please see the chicken-wire graphic below.
UPDATE: Oh ha ha. Really damned funny you @$$wipes. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25484835/from/ET/
Oops! Woman’s house gets razed by mistake
7:55 p.m. ET, Tues., July. 1, 2008
JACKSON, Miss. – A Jackson State University official blames pranksters for the mistaken demolition of a house — and everything in it. Owner Annie Wilson of Dallas said trying to get fair compensation has been a nightmare.
Vice president Troy Stovall said Jackson State bought the lot next to hers for potential expansion. He says somebody moved signs with the address and a notice that it belonged to the school onto Wilson’s lot — so the contractor worked at the wrong site.
The 713-square-foot house had been appraised for just over $10,000. The school offered Wilson $8,000 in May. She says someone from the state finance department offered $20,000 on Thursday.
Update #2: Oh Yes, it’s much better to see someone sell their body for money than gas. All the difference in the world. Probably one of the stupider statements I have heard lately.
Update #3: Here we have evidence of a schism that isn’t being helped to heal with cute stunts.
Ok, now this is something I never expected, even though the liberal movement in the US typically has in common with each other only one thing: Hatred of conservatives. Ok, two things… Hatred of conservatives and Bush. Ok, three things… conservatives, Bush, and Rush Limbaugh. Ok… well crap… they hate lots of things but they agree on damn little that isn’t involved with their personal pet ideology. It all comes from within, it appears.
DNC Protests Will Be Behind Fence
The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.
That may allow protestors to be seen and heard by delegates going in and out of the Pepsi Center during the convention.
But the American Civil Liberties Union and several advocacy groups have filed an amended complaint to their lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service and the city and county of Denver that says protestors and demonstrators may have their First Amendment rights violated by security restrictions.
The ACLU has said it wants to avoid the conditions that existed during the 2004 convention in Boston, where protesters were caged, infuriating First Amendment advocates.
In other news, which isn’t shocking at all, certain people are itching to call Amadinejad’s bluff.
HERZLIYA, Israel – Israel should use force to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, urged a former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency in an exclusive interview with WND.
The comments from Meir Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, are significant since, until now, he has refused to support an attack against Iran.
Maybe by the time Iran blockades Hormuz, $250 a barrel of oil won’t be so bad.
It will severely put a cramp in Wal-Mart, where everything is 78% plastic or your money back (including some of the food). No longer will you be able to buy shoddy chinese plastic crap for $0.99. You’ll be able to buy shoddy chinese plastic crap for $8! What a deal folks! Imagine it: You find that perfect plastic dog-turd that you have searched for all your life, you walk up to the counter with trembling fingers, plunk that turd down on the counter, take your velcro camo wallet out and pull out a fresh-minted $50 bill and get your seven cents in change back in bright new pennies. Now you can buy that operation for your sister with the change!
You cannot make this stuff up. I dare you to try…
More (old) news… stuff has been circulating around a while now that questions Obama’s citizenship. Stuff would read like what I was sent tonight:
Barack Obama is not a legal U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between December 24, 1952, to November 13, 1986. Federal Law requires that the office of President requires a natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. Citizen parents. This is what exempts John McCain, though he was born in the US Panama Canal Zone .
US Law very clearly states: ‘. . . If only one parent is a U.S. Citizen at the time of one’s birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for minimum ten years, five of which must be after the age of 16.’ Barack Obama’s father was not a U.S. Citizen is a fact.
Obama’s mother was only 18 when Obama was born. This means eve n though she had been a U.S. Citizen for 10 years, (or citizen of Hawaii being a territory), his mother fails the test for at-least-5-years- prior-to Barack Obama’s birth, but-after-age- 16.
Got that? Well, stop salivating. The rationale why that doesn’t work is:
Credit to: John Crewdson
Now pay strict attention, because I’m only going to explain this once: Is Barack Obama a natural-born citizen of the United States and therefore eligible to become president? The answer is yes, according to Ron Gotcher, a noted California immigration lawyer and The Swamp’s resident expert on presidential eligibility.
“The poster’s confusion,” Gotcher writes, “is over the concepts of jus sanguinis and jus soli.” Under jus sanguinis, a person’s citizenship is transmitted “by the blood” – by inheritance from his or her parents or grandparents. In the United States, we recognize citizenship through parentage in a number of cases.
But it is not necessary to look to the statutes that deal with citizenship through jus sanguinis, since Senator Obama’s citizenship derives from jus soli – citizenship through place of birth.
According to Gotcher, “The Fourteenth Amendment commands that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States , and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
“This was clarified by the Civil Rights Act of April 9, 1866, which provided that ‘All persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power are declared to be citizens of the United States.’”
“Senator Obama was born in the State of Hawaii two years after it became a state on Aug.21, 1959 As such, he acquired United States citizenship automatically at birth. While it is not necessary to go into all of the other legal errors contained in the posting (and there are many), the simple fact is that, with rare exceptions (children of diplomats), everyone born in the United States is a citizen of the United States at birth.”
As much as I detest the guy, I hope to hell that the matter of his citizenship continues to be borne out to be true and valid. Do you have any idea of the violence that would occur over a technicality this late in the game? The worst of it is that he’d become a martyr. You can’t fight martyrs.
Plus, I think he actually is a citizen, I’m not just saying that because I’m afraid of bloodshed. If he wasn’t a citizen, I’d say “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war” (Act Three, scene one, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare) and be damned the consequences.
(Brando, da MAN – in Julius Caesar, 1953)
If you care, the segment where Marc Antony returns to find Caesar (dead) goes thusly:
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,–
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue–
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
I can die happy – all warm, fuzzy, and validated. Sean M. posted over at doubleplusundead (welcome to the group over there, Sean) what he found on the Urban Dictionary. Go over there and look his stuff up OR head over to The Brea Canyon Monument – he’s got some fun stuff to read. Really. Would I lie to you? Anyway, I’m slapping what he put down verbatim because I’m cheap, lazy, and it keeps my word count up.
moronosphere: That sector of cyberspace which is home to the slack jawed troglodytes, knuckle draggers, and hopelessly reactionary among the world’s netizens.
I’ve always wanted to be known for my slack-jawed troglodytedness quotient.