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Dems vs. ACLU?

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.

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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.

But the democrats stifling protests behind chicken-wire?

I guess they only support fences when it serves their purposes. Found a good cartoon on Stashiu’s blog… (comic strip “Day by Day” – click the image below if it is too small)

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.

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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!

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You cannot make this stuff up. I dare you to try…

You can’t.

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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.”

source: http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/is_barack_obama_a_us_citizen_y.html

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.

Beautiful, no?

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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.

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Those of us who believe in the Right to Bear Arms believe that the US would have a lot less horsesh*t happening to good people if more than just criminals carried weapons.

Like so…

Man Cleared for Killing Neighbor’s Burglars

‘Castle Doctrine’ Gives Texans Unprecedented Authority to Take Action Against Intruders

By CHRIS BURY and HOWARD L. ROSENBERG

June 30, 2008—

A Texas man who shot and killed two men he believed to be burglarizing his neighbor’s home won’t be going to trial. A grand jury today failed to indict Joe Horn, a 61-year-old computer technician who lives in an affluent subdivision in Pasadena, Texas.

In the Lone Star state, where the six-gun tamed the frontier, shooting bad guys is a time-honored tradition, and Horn’s case centered on a Texas state law based on the old idea that “a man’s home is his castle.” The “castle law” gives Texans unprecedented legal authority to use deadly force in their homes, vehicles and workplaces. And no longer do they have an obligation to retreat, if possible, before they shoot.

“I understand the concerns of some in the community regarding Mr. Horn’s conduct,” Harris County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson told reporters at the courthouse. “The use of deadly force is carefully limited in Texas law to certain circumstances. … In this case, however, the grand jury concluded that Mr. Horn use of deadly force did not rise to a criminal offense.”

‘I’m Gonna Shoot!’ Horn called 911 in November to report a burglary in broad daylight at the house next door.

“I’ve got a shotgun; you want me to stop him?” Horn asked the dispatcher.

(Mossberg 500AL – Image added by Lemur King – know your weapon!)

“Nope. Don’t do that,” the dispatcher replied. “Ain’t no property worth shooting somebody over, OK?”

[ “Ain’t no property worth shooting somebody over…” Who the hell made up that silly idea? Some liberal, is my guess. Someone who thinks it’s better to just lie down and take it all your life, like a good sheep. I mean, really… who decided that was a good thing to say? And what did they base it on? Certainly not the right to protect self and others against criminals. I’m not saying I’d have done what he did in that particular instance but neither am I going to batter him for it. Of course, you never know until you’re in that situation, do you? – LK ]

Horn was clearly upset by the dispatcher’s response.

“I’m not gonna let them get away with it,” he said. “I can’t take a chance getting killed over this, OK.”

Despite the dispatcher’s protects, Horn said, “I’m gonna shoot! I’m gonna shoot!”

The 911 dispatcher warned Horn to stay inside at least a dozen separate times, telling him, “An officer is coming out there. I don’t want you to go outside that house.”

Then Horn sounding angrier by the moment cited the new Texas law.

“OK, but I have a right to protect myself too, sir,” he said. “And you understand that. And the laws have been changed in this country since September the first, and you know it and I know it.”

Moments later, Horn saw two burglars leave his neighbor’s house, one of them carrying a bag filled with cash and jewelry.

“I’m gonna kill him,” Horn said. “Stay in the house,” the dispatcher said. “They’re getting away,” Horn replied. “That’s all right,” the dispatcher said. “Property’s not worth killing someone over. OK?” “—damn it,” said Horn, who then defied the dispatcher.

“Well, here it goes, buddy, you hear the shotgun clicking, and I’m going,” he said.

“Don’t go outside,” the dispatcher warned.

Self-Defense? Horn says he came out his front door, down his porch and confronted the two burglars. The next sounds heard on the 911 tape are Horn ordering the two men to stop & and then shooting them both.

“Move you’re dead,” he said, and fired his shotgun three times.

“Both suspects were shot in the back,” Pasadena Police Captain A.H. “Bud” Corbett said. “Not at the same angle, but both suspects were hit in the back.”

Horn fatally shot the burglars, two illegal immigrants from Colombia named Diego Ortiz and Miguel de Jesus. Stephanie Storey, De Jesus’ fiancée, wanted to see Joe Horn prosecuted.

“This man took the law into his own hands,” she said. “He shot two individuals in the back after having been told over and over to stay inside. It was his choice to go outside and his choice to take two lives.”

Horn turned down an ABC News request for an interview but his attorney Tom Lambright insists Horn was entirely justified.

“He was afraid for his life,” Lambright said. “He was afraid for his safety, and then they charged him. I don’t think Joe had time to make a conscious decision. I think he only had time to react to what was going on. Short answer is, he was defending his life. ”

Lambright acknowledged that the 911 dispatcher urged Horn to stay inside but said, “Joe was doing what he thought was necessary. As a man, he thought it was his duty to protect his house, his neighborhood, his community.”

The Horn case has aroused plenty of passion. At a recent demonstration outside his home, police in riot gear stood by as activists demanded prosecution while counter-demonstrators defended him, including a group of bikers led by Randy Laird.

“In this grand jury decision, we look for a complete acquittal, no charge of any kind, and that’s what we believe will be right,” Laird said then. “That’s what’s going to make either the Castle Doctrine stand or fall.”

The Castle Next Door Some prosecutors are wary of “Castle Law.”

“There’s too many imponderables in this law, whereas the previous law was working just fine,” said Warren Diepraam, the Harris County Assistant District Attorney. “Frankly, life is precious.”

The critical legal question hinged on whether Horn acted in a reasonable way to defend his neighbor’s property.

“You cannot take another person’s life in defense of their property unless you’re somehow given permission by the other person to protect their property,” Diepraam said.

On that 911 call, the dispatcher asked Horn directly about the owners of the house that was being burglarized, and whether he knew them.

“I really don’t know these neighbors,” Horn said. “I know the neighbors on the other side really well & I can assure you if it had been their house, I’d already have done something.” Still, Lambright says that his client “absolutely” had his neighbors’ permission.

“There’s no question about it,” he said. “They’d tell you today that they are very happy that he was there and that he was watching out. Every neighbor in the state of Texas watches out for one another.”

“In most situations, calling 911 is the best remedy, not calling out for your 9-millimeter,” Diepraam said.

‘A No-Brainer’ Damon Barone, who killed a burglar in his own home, isn’t sure whether Joe Horn was justified, but he does believe the Castle Doctrine has already delivered a crystal clear message to criminals.

Barone said that in Texas, the occupational hazard of burglarizing someone’s home is “death.”

“If you’re lucky, you’ll get arrested and sent to jail,” he said.

In December 2007, Barone confronted a burglar breaking into his Houston home in the middle of the night. His wife, baby daughter and 6-year-old son were asleep when Barone heard a commotion and grabbed his Glock handgun.

“I heard a crashing through my window & [in] my bedroom, and I got my gun,” Barone said.

“When I came around the corner, I saw the silhouette in my window, I pointed my weapon, I fired three times,” he said.

Asked if he was shooting to kill, Barone said, “Yes.”

The burglar Barone shot dead had a lengthy criminal record, and Barone had a permit for his gun. Even before the new law, he certainly could have been justified in using deadly force. But the “Castle Law” gives Barone added protection from criminal prosecution and even civil lawsuits.

Barone is “positive” that he did the right thing.

“And if I had to do it over again, I would,” he added. “I mean, that’s the safety of my family over us being hurt. It’s a no-brainer for me.”

So in Texas, the old tradition of shooting bad guys carries on. The big question now is whether a man’s castle also includes & his neighbor’s home.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=5278638

Good for him. There are now potentially hundreds fewer people who will be victimized by these criminals over what would have been their career. If crooks were a lot more concerned about dying for what they hope to steal, they wouldn’t do it.

Many thanks to The Dude for passing this on.

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Speaking of nuts… I’m kind of glad that there are some authorities out there who are vigilant.  Wonder what the hell this creature was thinking…?

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