Archive for January, 2011
A public interest organization that uncovers and prosecutes corruption in government said it has confirmed from Department of Justice documents that the federal agency under Barack Obama’s command worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union to attack Arizona over its tough new immigration law.
That law, SB 1070, now is being challenged before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It created applause from secure borders advocates and a furor among a wide range of immigrant rights advocacy organizations last year when state officials adopted plans to let state law enforcement officials crack down on illegal aliens who already are violating federal law.
This from endoftheAmericandream.com:
#1 The California state government is facing a potential state budget deficit of 19 billion dollars this year, and California debt is rapidly approaching junk status. One way or another the taxpayers of California are going to have to pay for this mess somehow.
#2 California Governor Jerry Brown recently unveiled a “draconian” budget plan for 2011 that includes 12 billion dollars more in spending cuts and that maintains 12 billion dollars in recent tax increases.
#3 The state of California currently has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.
From The Daily Beast:
Well this is a bit awkward: Tear-gas canisters recovered from Egyptian streets after being fired on demonstrators bear the label “Made in U.S.A.” Recovered from a downtown Cairo square, the canisters urge anyone who comes near the gas to “seek assistance as soon as possible.” What’s worse: at least some of the cans expired in 2008. The gas is manufactured by Combined Systems International, of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. The U.S. provides Egypt $1.3 billion a year in military financing. “The way I see it the U.S. administration supports dictators,” said one protester.
See The Daily Beast for the rest of the article.
For decades America has been trying to buy love, friendship, loyalty. There’s a reality of the human experience, and that’s the fact you can’t buy love, friendship, loyalty. Trying to do so is to defy common sense, and historical reality. It’s living in la la land.
We send a billion dollars to Haiti, and nine hundred eighty million of it ends up in the Swiss bank accounts of the government officials entrusted with dispersing it to a people in need…and that’s been the pattern of our world give-aways since the end of WWII. America, making millionaires and billionaires out of despots. And sadly, too many times, the United Nations has been the bus hauling the money away to the dirty hands of despots, usually the cohorts of U.N. officials.
Three quotes from Liberty Tree:
“The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.” – William Rawle (1759-1836) Lawyer, had been asked several times by George Washington to serve as Attorney General Source: commenting on the Second Amendment, A VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 125-26, 1829 (2nd ed.) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 214 (Univ. of Chicago Press).
The internet, if nothing else, is good for a laugh. It’s getting hard to listen to a joke from a friend without just having seen it on the net. And if laughter truly is the best medicine, then we’re all getting more and more healthy.
This just came to me. No idea who wrote it, but it’s good for a laugh:
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse.