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  • Why Memorial Day Has Special Significance for African Americans

    05/25/2015 5:11:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The Root ^ | May 25 2015 | THEODORE R. JOHNSON III
    They have long been overrepresented in the military, serving and dying for a country that has not always celebrated their freedom or rewarded their sacrifice.Memorial Day is a sacred occasion when we pay tribute to all the military men and women who have died in service to the United States. It is also an observance that owes its creation to blacks. This tradition began when newly freed slaves decorated the grave sites of Civil War soldiers as a way to honor those who had fought for their freedom. But blacks were not just passive bystanders. Many of volunteered to...
  • Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

    04/16/2015 11:18:05 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 48 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 04/16/15 | Staff
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) – A west Michigan business owner claims he’s been the target of death threats after he announced he won’t serve gays. Brian Klawiter, who owns Dieseltec Automotive Repair in Grandville, posted a message on his business’ Facebook page saying that he is a Christian, and that his company does not welcome “immoral behavior” — including homosexuality. “Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist.
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Missouri city repeals protection for gays against bias (Springfield)

    04/07/2015 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2015 10:52 PM EDT
    Voters in Missouri’s third largest city of Springfield voted Tuesday to repeal an ordinance that provided protection against discrimination in housing and hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Unofficial final results showed that repeal of the ordinance passed with 51.4 percent of the vote. […] Opponents of the nondiscrimination ordinance have said it violates their freedoms by preventing them from operating a business according to their religious beliefs. Others have said that sexual predators would be allowed to use women's restrooms and have questioned whether discrimination against gay and lesbian residents actually occurs. …
  • Why the 14th Amendment can't possibly require same-sex marriage

    03/19/2015 10:46:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Frank Turek
    Does the U.S. Constitution require same-sex marriage? No, the U.S. Constitution requires the Court to leave this issue to the states. If you believe otherwise, then amend the Constitution.The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships. There are several reasons why the answer is no.The most decisive of these reasons is the fact that when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, homosexual behavior was a felony in every state in the union. So if the 14th Amendment was intended to require...
  • Why the 14th Amendment Can’t Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2015 7:34:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same sex relationships. There are several reasons why the answer is no. The most decisive of these reasons is the fact that when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, homosexual behavior was a felony in every state in the union. So if the 14th Amendment was intended to require same-sex marriage, then every state in the union intended to throw the new couple into prison as soon as the marriage was consummated! Some may say,...
  • McConnell, Cornyn Should Allow Vitter Amendment Ending ‘Birth Tourism’

    03/10/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 3/10/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    At this year’s CPAC, Mark Levin delivered a powerful retort to those who repeat “we are a nation of immigrants” in pursuit of an open borders agenda. He countered, “we are not a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of citizens.” Indeed, American citizenship is the bedrock of our Republic – the privilege of sharing in the decision making and destiny of the greatest nation on earth. In America, anyone can potentially become a citizen by undergoing the process and successfully obtaining approval or by being born to legal American residents. But nothing undermines the fabric of America and...
  • LGBT State Workers Lose Protected Status (Kansas)

    02/10/2015 8:47:00 PM PST · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    WIBW ^ | 2/10/15 | By: Melissa Brunner, Justin Surrency
    WIBW – Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday removing gender identity and sexual orientation from the protected classes of state employees. His order rescinds a prior order from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which expanded the protections. Brownback also issued a separate order which includes language to encourage employment practices of veterans and people with disabilities. Executive Order 15-02 reaffirms the commitment of the State of Kansas to employment practices which do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. It further establishes that state entities will implement employment management practices for veterans and...
  • Clarence Thomas: 'Another Example of This Court’s Increasingly Cavalier Attitude Toward the States'

    02/10/2015 6:03:47 AM PST · by xzins · 141 replies
    CNS ^ | February 9, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a dissenting opinion joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas excoriated his fellow justices for refusing to temporarily stop enforcement of a federal district judge's ruling that overturned the marriage laws of the state of Alabama and ordered Alabama to recognize as legal "marriages" unions between two people of the same sex. On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama laws limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Northern Mariana Islands Sued for Damages under 2nd and 14th Amendments

    01/02/2015 5:12:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A United States military veteran, of Northern Mariana decent, has filed a complaint in federal court, asking for damages because his second amendment rights have been denied.  The damages appear to be quite clear, as his guns were confiscated upon his arrival in the Islands in July of 2007, and the Department of Public Safety has refused release two rifles to him, even after the issue of a CNMI Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive's identification card in September of 2007.  From mvariety.com:  DPS withheld all firearms and ammunition until the issuance of a CNMI Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive’s identification card on Sept....
  • Fourteenth Amendment Gives Congress the Power to Enforce the Second Amendment, not Infringe it

    11/18/2014 3:46:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On the NevadaFirearmsPAC facebook page, Roderic Converse posted the above image of the 1866 comments of Senator Jacob Howard.   The New York Times reprinted the comments on the front page, during  the Congressional debate.   They are an explanation of the Fourteenth Amendment, by one if its primary proponents, at the time of its passage.  From Roderic Converse on Facebook: Co-sponsor Senator Jacob Howard on May 23, 1866 gave his comments about the proposed 14th Amendment and its purpose. His thoughts made the front page of the New York Times on May 24. The right to keep and bear...
  • The Ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Eleven

    10/12/2014 9:03:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This installment continues by exposing how Democrats did everything they could to undermine the Union Army and humiliate Lincoln and the Republicans so they could keep Blacks as their slaves. On March 3, 1865 a Republican Congress established the Freedmen’s Bureau to provide health care, education, and technical assistance to emancipated slaves. [7] On April 8, 1865 the 13th Amendment, banning slavery, passed the Senate with 100% Republican support, but 63% Democrat opposition. [8] In February 1866, Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania introduced legislation to give “40 acres and a mule” to male former slaves. Democrat President Andrew Johnson...
  • How did the “Progressives” Empower Themselves at our Expense for Over 140 Years?

    06/28/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/28/14 | Jerry Todd
    A three-legged stool can always stand without wobbling – a solid foundation for good or evil. Addressing the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments. The Articles (7) and their clauses, the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) are original to the Founders, Framers, and Ratifiers. The 11th and 12th Amendments serve to States’ protection. The 13th freed the slaves. The 14th Amendment – This was the first of three Amendments that created the “progressive” three legged stool. The 14th was a mandatory ratification, a required condition before states were allowed reunification after the Civil War. Congress deliberately established federal supremacy. The 14th,...
  • Black GA Legislators Sue to Dissolve ‘Super-Majority White Cities’

    03/29/2011 4:47:17 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Georgia seeking to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills. Further, the lawmakers, joined by civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, aim to dash any hopes of a Milton County. The lawsuit, filed in a North Georgia U.S. District Court Monday, claims that the state circumvented the normal legislative process and set aside its own criteria when creating the “super-majority white ” cities within Fulton and DeKalb counties. The result, it argues, is to dilute...
  • Are baby's born to illegals US Citizens?

    02/01/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by Yooperman · 90 replies
    Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights 1. All 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. I say NO. The illegal mothers are not subject to the jurisdiction of the...
  • Federal authorities charge white ‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime

    12/26/2013 9:21:55 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/26/2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack. Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.
  • Justice Scalia: 14th amendment for all, not ‘only the blacks’ (Michigan affirmative action case)

    10/19/2013 4:16:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    But Justice Antonin Scalia balked at that interpretation. “My goodness, I thought we’ve held that the 14th Amendment protects all races,” he said. “I mean, that was the argument in the early years, that it protected only the blacks. But I thought we rejected that.” He challenged Ms. Driver to cite one Supreme Court precedent that agreed the Equal Protection Clause was designed only to apply to blacks. She said she could not. The amendment in Michigan, known as ballot Proposal 2, targeted policies adopted by the governing boards and faculty at state schools including the University of Michigan, Michigan...
  • There is No "Fourteenth Amendment"!

    10/07/2013 5:59:11 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 37 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | September 27, 1957 | David Lawrence
    A MISTAKEN BELIEF — that there is a valid article in the Constitution known as the "Fourteenth Amendment" — is responsible for the Supreme Court decision of 1954 and the ensuing controversy over desegregation in the public schools of America. No such amendment was ever legally ratified by three fourths of the States of the Union as required by the Constitution itself. The so-called "Fourteenth Amendment" was dubiously proclaimed by the Secretary of State on July 20, 1868. The President shared that doubt. There were 37 States in the Union at the time, so ratification by at least 28 was...
  • Boehner: The U.S. May Default On Its Debt If Obama Continues His Refusal To Negotiate

    10/06/2013 11:33:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 6, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    ...........During an appearance on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week,” Boehner was asked what will happen if Obama maintains his position not to negotiate over raising the debt limit. “If he [Obama] continues to refuse to negotiate, the country is going to default?” a stunned George Stephanopoulos asked Boehner. “That’s the path we are on,” he replied. “I’m willing to sit down with the president, but his refusal to negotiate is putting our country at risk,” he added, reiterating it multiple times throughout the interview.......
  • Obama Doesn't Rule Out Using 14th Amendment To Raise The Debt Limit 10/14/13

    10/06/2013 5:25:13 AM PDT · by GailA · 43 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/5/13 | Mary Bruce
    With the October 17 deadline to raise the debt limit rapidly approaching, President Obama is not specifically ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase the nation's borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says he does not expect the fight to get to that point. "I'm pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn't end up being a deadbeat. The only thing that's preventing that from happening is Speaker Boehner calling the vote," the president told...
  • Mark Levin: Obama is preparing to destroy the role of Congress by unilaterally ignoring debt ceiling

    10/05/2013 8:12:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Jen Kuznicki (Conservative Writer) ^ | October 4, 2013 | Jen Kuznicki
    (Mark Levin has laid out last night what Obama’s plans are should the Republicans hold the line and refuse to increase the debt ceiling. We have been here before, as I found it important to write about two years ago when Obama and the media were considering the unconstitutional and impeachable option of using the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress on the debt ceiling.I felt compelled to partially transcribe Mark’s commentary from last night’s show, because it is very important that we get this information to our Republican members of Congress. I have linked to the relevant articles and podcast...
  • Obama Doesn't Rule Out Using 14th Amendment To Raise The Debt Limit

    10/05/2013 4:29:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | October 5, 2013 | Mary Bruce
    With the October 17 deadline to raise the debt limit rapidly approaching, President Obama is not specifically ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase the nation's borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says he does not expect the fight to get to that point. "I'm pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn't end up being a deadbeat. The only thing that's preventing that from happening is Speaker Boehner calling the vote," the president told...
  • Quick History Lesson; Amendments

    09/04/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT · by harpu · 7 replies
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  • UCLA student government resolution bans ‘derogatory’ term ‘illegal immigrant’

    09/03/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    The student government at UCLA unanimously resolved to call for the eradication of the phrase “illegal immigrant,” reports Campus Reform.The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association wants the term “illegal immigrant” banned because, its members say, the phrase is a violation of the human rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.Last week’s resolution emphasizes the student council’s desire to prevent journalists, media organizations and various campus partners from identifying illegal aliens as “illegal immigrants,” explains the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus rag.The resolution flatly states that “illegal immigrant” is “racially derogatory language.” Such language “has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial...
  • Babies and Immigration Reform (Not one word in the 844-page law mentions Birthright Citizenship)

    04/24/2013 6:53:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 203 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    Not a single word in the 844-page "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act" introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and the "Gang of Eight" addresses the controversial practice of "birthright citizenship." Birthright citizenship is the common description given to the automatic grant of U.S. citizenship to babies born in the U.S. regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. Many experts agree with the verdict of law professor Lino Graglia -- that the practice generates "perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry." The failure of Congress to confront the subject is nothing new. The "four pillars" of the...
  • You gotta be crazy to think the founders intended this.

    04/12/2013 8:22:32 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 319 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 12, 2013 | Mara Zebest
    L.A. County Cites 16 ‘Maternity Hotels’ Serving Asian Visitors LA Times reports the following: Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 “maternity hotel” owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones.No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. But some of the facilities, which were in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday.
  • North Carolina Lawmakers Seek To Establish Official State Religion

    04/04/2013 12:32:35 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 93 replies
    CBS Charlotte ^ | 04/03/2012 | AP
    (Following is a brief summary of the article's contents) Raleigh, North Carolina - Two North Carolina legislators introduced a state resolution asserting the State of North Carolina can make its own laws regarding the establishment of religion. [See the article for further details.]
  • Life At Conception Act Introduced By Senator Rand Paul

    03/20/2013 8:32:36 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 104 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 20, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Senator and CPAC straw poll winner Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the “Life at Conception Act” on Thursday afternoon. He then went to Twitter and tweeted the following: According to Senator Paul, S 583 “does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions. From Section 1 of the 14th Amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Justice Dept...reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans [No Due Process]

    02/05/2013 2:45:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 85 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/4/13 | Michael Isikoff
    A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the...
  • Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in Senate [from 2006; better time to revive?]

    08/14/2010 5:42:59 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2006 | Shailagh Murray
    A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, backed by President Bush and conservative groups, was soundly defeated in the Senate yesterday after proponents failed to persuade a bare majority of all senators to support the measure. Although most states have acted to prevent same-sex partners from marrying, seven Senate Republicans were wary of wading into the politically risky issue and voted against bringing the proposed amendment to a final vote. ..... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) and other GOP leaders had sought the vote as a way to help galvanize their party's conservative base at a time of flagging...
  • The Debt Ceiling and the Fourteenth Amendment

    01/09/2013 12:43:16 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The Fourteenth Amendment does not grant the President unilateral authority to ignore the debt ceiling imposed by the Congress. But what if he does it anyway? There has been talk since at least 2011 about presidential reliance on the Fourteenth Amendment unilaterally to ignore the debt ceiling. In view of the approach of a new debt ceiling debate and President Obama's stated position that he will not negotiate concerning it, such talk is again au courant (as Senator Kerry, our next Secretary of State, might put it). The Obama Administration position, as stated by Press Secretary Carney on December 6,...
  • MILLER: Two systems of justice

    01/01/2013 7:30:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Emily Miller
    David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailedIt’s been more than a week since police in Washington, D.C., opened an investigation into NBC’s David Gregory’s possession of a “high-capacity magazine” that’s prohibited in the District on on national TV. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s spokesman refused Monday to respond to whether Mr. Gregory had even been interviewed yet. This is a rather curious departure for a city that has been ruthless in enforcing this particular firearms statute against law-abiding citizens who made an honest mistake. In July, The Washington Times highlighted the plight of former Army Spc. Adam...
  • Lawyers for donkey-sex suspect challenge law's constitutionality

    12/13/2012 6:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | December 11, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    OCALA - Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional. Carlos R. Romero, 32, declared last week that he wanted to take his case to trial. He is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle. In the motion filed in Marion County court on Dec. 6, the assistant public defenders handling Romero's case — Joshua Wyatt,...
  • Judge Emmet Sullivan Rules 14th Amendment Did Not Repeal Natural Born Citizen Requirement

    10/01/2012 3:58:17 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 62 replies
    ORYR ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012
    U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan Rules Natural Born Citizen Requirement Not Repealed By The 14th Amendment Or The 5th Amendment Abdul Karim Hassan vs FEC - Court Opinion - District Court for the District of Columbia - 10/1/2012 MEMORANDUM OPINION "Plaintiff Abdul Karim Hassan brings this action against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”), seeking a declaratory judgment that (1) the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act, 26 U.S.C. §§ 9001-9013, which provides public funding to Presidential nominees of major or minor political parties, is unconstitutional and invalid, and (2) the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution1 is irreconcilable with, and...
  • Amish shunning is central to Ohio hate crime trial

    09/15/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 1:23 PM EDT | John Seewer
    Six years ago, about 300 Amish bishops gathered in Pennsylvania to discuss the group's leader, Sam Mullet Sr., who had ordered the shunning of families that left his settlement near the West Virginia panhandle. Mullet had come to the attention of the bishops because, according to witnesses at his trial, there were concerns he was brainwashing community members. Prosecutors would later say he forced men to sleep in chicken coops as punishment, and one woman testified that Mullet coerced women at his settlement into having sex with him so he could turn them into better wives. The bishops eventually vetoed...
  • Jul 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted

    07/28/2012 4:42:51 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 12 replies
    http://www.history.com/ ^ | 7/28/2012 | Staff
    Jul 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American...
  • California---Is This A Hate Crime? (Vanity)

    07/10/2012 10:56:48 AM PDT · by Rino Nuker · 33 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7/10/12 | Rino Nuker
    More Political Correctness run amuck in California---this is in Solano County.
  • Pelosi: Obama Should Raise Debt Limit Directly, Go Around Congress

    06/20/2012 10:10:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    TPM ^ | 6-20-12 | Brian Beutler
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has changed her public position on an issue that divided Democrats during the fight over raising the debt ceiling last summer. She now says that President Obama should use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling by fiat — to preserve the country’s credit rating and avoid another economically harmful brinksmanship over the country’s borrowing limit. “I would like to see the constitution used to protect the country’s full faith and credit,” she told a handful of columnists at a roundtable. According to Matt Yglesias, “She didn’t offer a legal argument in favor of...
  • FBI Seeks To Charge George Zimmerman With Hate Crime

    SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious. State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime. Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He's facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the meantime, FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood,...
  • The Moral Infrastructure (Thomas Sowell on OWS)

    05/07/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 8, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The "Occupy" movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created. The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens. How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans...
  • The cabbie who is driving for liberty

    03/28/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/12 | George Will
    NASHVILLE - Ali Bokhari, now 39, emigrated from Pakistan in 2000 and eventually settled here as a taxi driver. He soon experienced a quintessentially American itch, a nagging sense that “I cannot grow.” But he had an idea: “I can build a better business model for something Nashville has been missing.” He built it and now knows that no good deed goes unpunished by today’s political model — collusion between entrenched businesses and compliant government. ... Represented by the Austin office of the Institute for Justice, the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, Bokhari is seeking judicial recognition of...
  • Opinion: It's time for 'equal' to mean equal

    03/12/2012 11:28:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jennifer Gratz
    There is a short phrase, just four words, inscribed up above the main entryway into United States Supreme Court, "Equal Justice Under Law." I took note of this inscription on April 1, 2003, when my case, Gratz v. Bollinger, and a companion case, Grutter v. Bollinger, were heard by the high court. My case challenged affirmative action policies in admissions at the University of Michigan's undergraduate school; Barb Grutter's challenged affirmative action policies at the law school. By the time my case was heard by the Supreme Court the University of Michigan admitted that their affirmative action policy gave a...
  • EDITORIAL: Don’t mess with Texas quotas?

    02/21/2012 7:08:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Editorial
    It’s time for the Supreme Court to negate affirmative actionDefenders of racially-based preferential treatment argue that affirmative action was part of the original intent of the framers of the 14th Amendment. They should study more history. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on race-conscious admission policies in the Texas public-university system. Abigail Noel Fisher sued the University of Texas in 2008 when her application was rejected when less academically qualified minority students were accepted. Ms. Fisher argues the race-based admissions policy violated her rights under the 14th Amendment, specifically the equal protection clause which says no...
  • Bachmann-Lincoln Overdrive: Will It Scramble The GOP Race?

    09/20/2011 5:47:05 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 16 replies
    Forbes Online ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Ralph Benko
    A new, potentially, game-changing factor has crept into the GOP presidential race. It used to be enough to win the pro-life caucus goers and primary voters to be for overturning Roe. That may be about to change. If it does, all bets on whether Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will remain front-runners are off. Why might the nearly-dormant Life issue come back to, well, liven and shake things up? A fissure has opened on this issue. The candidates are in agreement on the core anti-spending, anti-tax, anti-regulatory issues and, with the exception of outlier Ron Paul, on foreign policy. The...
  • Every Democrat once voted “No” on 14th Amendment;now they want to twist it to make Obama our king?

    08/01/2011 9:39:44 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 11 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | August 1, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Democrats have no shame, but this is a new low even for them. Recent talk from Democrats, especially Congressional Black Caucus,(CBC) members about having Barack Obama cite imaginary powers they find in the 14th Amendment as a way to rule by fiat are just flat out hypocritical. CBC member Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina clearly laid out the Democrats case for dumping our democracy and crowning Obama king so he can spend every last dollar we have. He said, “I’ve said time and time again, if the President gets up to August 2nd, without a piece of legislation, he...
  • Black Caucus urges Obama to use 14th Amendment debt fix (Compare to Emancipation Proclamation!)

    07/31/2011 10:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    The Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged President Obama on Saturday to sidestep Congress and hike the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit on his own. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers argue that he has "both the authority and a moral obligation" to invoke the Constitution's 14th Amendment "to avoid an economic catastrophe of historic proportions." "We must not allow a political deadlock to cause the United States to default for the first time in our history," the CBC members wrote. "Now that Congress has borrowed money and incurred debt, we cannot – as a...
  • How Would the Supreme Court Rule on Obama Raising the Debt Ceiling Himself?

    07/30/2011 1:45:56 PM PDT · by SteveH · 75 replies
    The New Republic ^ | July 29, 2011 | Jeff Rosen
    “I’ve talked to my lawyers,” President Obama said in explaining his dismissal of the argument that Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment authorizes him to raise the debt ceiling if Congress fails to act. “They are not persuaded that that is a winning argument.” But who are President Obama’s cowering lawyers, and why would the former constitutional law professor defer to their overly cautious prediction that the Supreme Court would rule against Obama if asked to adjudicate a dispute between the president and Congress? In fact, it’s far more likely that the Court would refuse to hear the case. And...
  • White House May Consider Short-Term Debt Ceiling Lift

    07/29/2011 11:07:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | 29 Jul 2011 | Reuters
    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday he still believes it is possible to get a debt deal completed to meet the Aug. 2 default deadline. "We still believe that we can get this done in time to meet the deadline of August 2nd," Carney told reporters, saying there needs to be a compromise agreement to break a partisan stalemate. Carney reiterated that the White House would consider agreeing to lift the debt ceiling for a few days if needed to finish a deal.
  • As congressional debt-ceiling plans founder, eyes turn to executive option

    07/29/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 29, 2011 | By Gail Russell Chaddock
    There is growing pressure on President Obama to simply declare an increase in the debt ceiling by executive order and tell everyone else: Deal with it. “If nothing passes out of here and the president is sitting at his desk on Aug. 2 with no legislation, what should he do to make sure that the country doesn’t go into default?” asks Rep. James Clyburn (D) of South Carolina, the third ranking House Democrat. “Every president has used executive power to do big things,” he adds, citing President Truman’s integrating the Armed Forces and President Eisenhower’s integrating public schools. Invoking the...