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  • Csonka pleads guilty to filming on federal land without permits

    02/02/2006 7:33:25 AM PST · by 11x62 · 83 replies · 1,932+ views
    Kodiak Daily Mirror (AP) ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | DAN JOLING
    Former NFL star Larry Csonka, the host of a cable television outdoors show, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal filming on national forest lands. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Csonka pleaded guilty to knowingly conducting work activity in a national forest without obtaining a special use permit. Csonka agreed to pay $3,887 in restitution for filming about 10 shows on U.S. Forest Service land, said assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Goeke. At sentencing April 19, Goeke said, prosecutors will request a sentence of probation for one year and a $5,000 fine. Csonka could not be reached for comment...
  • FREEP this poll on whether Cindy should have been arrested

    02/01/2006 5:42:49 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 62 replies · 1,629+ views
  • Invalid Rule Spares Former Prosecutors from Discipline

    01/21/2006 4:46:19 AM PST · by hdrabon · 20 replies · 1,487+ views
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Joseph Neff
    The disciplinary arm of the N.C. State Bar dropped charges of felonious misconduct against two former Union County prosecutors Friday because of a 1999 clerical error at the state Supreme Court. The State Bar had charged Kenneth Honeycutt and Scott Brewer with lying, cheating and withholding evidence in a 1996 death penalty case. The ruling Friday marks the second time that Honeycutt and Brewer won on procedural grounds before the bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission, which sits as judge and jury in disciplinary cases. . . . Prosecutors around the state are concerned that the case is damaging their reputation and...
  • Constitutional right to privacy a figment of imagination

    01/15/2006 8:59:46 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 577 replies · 4,869+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 15, 2005 | JUDGE HAROLD R. DEMOSS JR.
    In this season of politicized and contentious confirmation hearings to fill vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the sharpest debate and disagreement concerns a so-called "right of privacy" in the U.S. Constitution. The advocates of a constitutional right of privacy speak as though that right were expressly stated and enumerated in the Constitution. But the text of the Constitution does not contain the word "privacy" or the phrase "right of privacy."Consequently, in my view, a constitutional "right of privacy" could only be unenumerated and is therefore a figment of the imagination of a majority of the justices on...
  • NYC sued over right to shoot video, pictures in public

    01/13/2006 12:21:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 48 replies · 1,462+ views ^ | 1 13 06 | First Amendment Center Online
    NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the city yesterday, challenging restrictions on people's right to photograph public places after an award-winning filmmaker from India was blocked from videotaping near the MetLife building. In its lawsuit, the civil rights group highlighted the plight of Rakesh Sharma, who said he was left feeling ashamed and humiliated when he was detained in May 2005 after police saw him use a hand-held video camera on a public street in midtown Manhattan. Sharma was taping background footage for a documentary examining changes in the lives of ordinary people such as taxi...
  • .50 Caliber Terror News Special Alert!(extreme barf alert)

    01/11/2006 11:06:57 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 46 replies · 819+ views
    email | 1 11 06 |
    Dear xxxxxx We are pleased to tell you that the campaign to protect America from "50 Caliber Terror" is gaining momentum! This week the New York State Assembly passed a package of legislation to stem the tide of gun violence that included a ban on .50-caliber sniper rifles. And in Illinois, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced 4 pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that also included a bill to restrict anti-armor, .50-caliber sniper rifles. Your support of the Freedom States Alliance is helping to educate America about these weapons of terror. You can help us build our campaign by asking...
  • Police say DUI checkpoint was a success

    01/03/2006 6:30:21 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 28 replies · 667+ views
    Danbury (CT) News Times ^ | 12/27/05 | Karen Ali
    Even though city police officers made only one drunk-driving arrest after stopping more than 1,000 motorists at a sobriety checkpoint late last week, they called the effort successful. In fact, they are planning a similar effort in a few days. "We're doing it sometime around New Year's weekend. You better watch out," said Detective Lt. Thomas Michael. Michael said police received money from the state to conduct the roadblocks. The latest one started Thursday at about 7 p.m. on Main Street and lasted into the early morning. Ten officers were called in to take part in the roadblock. They found...
  • Christian Defense Coalition Calls for the Senate to Block Passage of the Patriot Act Renewal

    12/15/2005 12:28:40 PM PST · by JTN · 34 replies · 952+ views
    The Christian Defense Coalition Director says in many cases "national security" has become more important than protecting the First Amendment and civil liberties. Coalition especially concerned about the Patriot Act defining terrorism as "... .to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." Those definitions are so broad it is an open invitation for the government to harass and attack any groups who use public demonstrations or peaceful civil disobedience to "influence" government policy. Organization cites the improper use of the federal RICO laws against non-violent pro-life activists as a clear example of how the Patriot Act could...
  • Prison Inmate Elected To School Board

    11/12/2005 2:22:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 43 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 11 11 05 |
    He wasn't able to get out to vote for himself, but lots of others did. And a prison inmate was elected to a school board Tuesday in southern California. Randy Hale received 831 votes, earning one of three open seats on the Romoland School Board, even though he's behind bars. Hale violated his parole after being convicted of spousal abuse and drug possession. He was returned to prison in September, and isn't due to be released until mid-February. His wife Penny says "this is wild." The district's superintendent says he's consulting lawyers to figure out how to handle the situation....
  • The Liberty Committee - Stop FDA Censorship

    11/04/2005 8:40:18 AM PST · by jmc813 · 8 replies · 332+ views
    The Liberty Committee ^ | 11-4-2005 | The Liberty Committee
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is censoring health information. The pharmaceutical companies are the winners. You and your family are the losers. The FDA is censoring health information. For example, the FDA prohibited the claim that folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take that supplement. Thus, the FDA contributed to an estimated 10,000 preventable neural tube defects. An estimated 300,000 Americans die each year from sudden-death heart attacks. That number, however, could be reduced by 40% if people were...
  • Supreme top court allows abortion for Missouri inmate

    10/24/2005 10:19:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10.17.05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court under new Chief Justice John Roberts cleared the way on Monday for a pregnant Missouri prisoner to obtain an abortion, despite objections from state officials. In a brief order without comment or recorded dissent, the high court rejected Missouri's request to put on hold a federal judge's order requiring that prison authorities transport the inmate to a St. Louis clinic for an abortion.How Roberts would rule on abortion was a major issue in his confirmation hearings in the Senate. This was the first abortion-related case the court has acted upon since he...
  • Second Amendment Reform?

    10/08/2005 11:23:32 AM PDT · by Whyarentlibsred · 135 replies · 2,740+ views
    Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Upon reading the above, it is clear to me that the first part of the Second Amendment “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,” no longer applies to the situation in America today and should be changed to better reflect valid reasons for allowing citizens to keep guns in the United States. While things may have been different in the 1700s, the days when ordinary...
  • Michigan debates deadly force legislation

    09/19/2005 10:03:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 684+ views ^ | 9 19 05 |
    Gun control advocates want to stop Michigan legislators from passing a law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without fear of prosecution.The bills were introduced this month in Michigan. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are calling lawmakers in an attempt to keep the bills from getting out of the House Judiciary Committee. The battle in Michigan over the so-called deadly force legislation is an important one for both sides. It could open the doors to similar laws across the country, a top priority for the National Rifle Association, or stop...
  • In anticipation of Constitution Day, the public speaks out

    09/16/2005 4:13:15 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 669+ views ^ | 9 16 05 | James Bregenzer
    With the first-ever Constitution Day being held Saturday, students and bystanders on campus shared their opinions on - and knowledge of - the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day exists because of a federal statute signed into law last December by President Bush. The day is required to be celebrated by all federally funded institutions, according to Saturday was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Q: What are your reactions to Iowa State celebrating Constitution Day tomorrow? "I honestly have no idea what Constitution Day is." - Paul Armenakis, sophomore in pre-computer science "I support...
  • Texas Police Will Take Blood By Force in DUI Cases

    09/14/2005 3:42:43 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 236 replies · 3,221+ views
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram via ^ | 9/14/05 | Ft. Worth Star Telegram Staff
    Dalworthington Gardens, Texas police will draw the blood of drunk driving suspects. After completing a training course, Dalworthington Gardens police officers have been certified to draw blood from any motorist whom they suspect of driving under the influence of alcohol. The small North Texas city joins three counties -- Montague, Archer and Clay -- which have recently adopted similar policies. These jurisdictions are seeking to make drunk driving convictions less vulnerable to court challenge as mounting evidence shows breathalyzer machines can be inaccurate. Under the new policy, a suspect will be brought to a police station and asked in a...
  • Granholm Signs New Laws to Protect Children from Violent and Sexually-Explicit Video Games

    09/12/2005 12:52:12 PM PDT · by absolootezer0 · 32 replies · 639+ views web page ^ | 09.12.05 | Heidi Hansen
    LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation that that will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger and will take effect on December 1, 2005. "Making sure that our children are protected is an essential function of government," Granholm said. "This new common-sense law is one more tool we can provide to help parents protect their children from the effects of violence and graphic adult content." Granholm first called for this type of legislation in her 2005 State of the State...
  • What Michael Moore and Liberals Don’t (and Will Never) Understand About the Second Amendment

    09/06/2005 11:52:50 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 135 replies · 2,648+ views ^ | September 06, 2005 |
    Some of the most heartening tales coming out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are the tales of Americans standing up and taking responsibility for their own safety and survival rather than whining about “the government” not taking care of them. The Washington Post reports that in Popps Ferry Landing, a neighborhood near Biloxi, Mississippi, the local neighborhood watch is keeping an armed night watch to prevent looters from invading the neighborhood. Following the looting of the local Dollar Store, neighbors who very rarely spoke to each other, got together to protect their own. They’re not going out hunting down...
  • Katrina and the Second Amendment

    09/05/2005 10:52:11 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,542+ views ^ | 9 4 05 | Laura Hirschfeld-Hollis
    Finally, some people are taking necessary action. Let the word go out - if you are threatening the authorities, innocent victims or people trying to help with evacuation and rescue efforts, this is what will happen to you. Much has already been said about the dismal response of local, state and federal authorities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the terrible suffering that tens of thousands of people are enduring as a result. I don't intend to add to that thread. Instead, what has struck me about this disaster is that it has demonstrated what Second Amendment defenders have...
  • Libertarians To Sue State (north carolina)

    09/01/2005 4:54:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 71 replies · 1,006+ views ^ | 9 1 05 |
    The Libertarian Party announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the State Board of Elections’ decision to drop the party’s official status in North Carolina. “We’re tired of being treated like second-class citizens,” said Thomas Hill, state party chairman. Hill said North Carolina has one of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country and said even Iraq has more parties on the ballot. “That’s just vulgar,” he added. The state board decertified the Libertarian Party on Monday because the party failed to secure at least 75,000 signatures on a petition needed to remain on the...
  • Colorado: Police Return Medical Marijuana

    08/30/2005 5:17:02 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 39 replies · 774+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 29, 2005
    Police Return Medical Marijuana Along with feeling redemption, Timothy Haas was also feeling queasy today as he picked up a plastic bag containing half an ounce of marijuana at the Denver Police Department. "I just want to go home and lie down," Haas said. "The marijuana will calm me down." Denver police returned the marijuana to Haas after authorities confiscated the drugs a month ago. Haas is prescribed to use medical marijuana for post traumatic syndrome and post concussion syndrome. He suffered the ailments when he was attacked with a bat and stabbed three times in an attempted robbery at...
  • CHP Revises Policy on Pot Seizures (Hands off medical marijuana)

    08/28/2005 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 69 replies · 969+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 28, 2005
    CHP Revises Policy on Pot Seizures Sacramento -- The California Highway Patrol has ordered its officers to stop confiscating medical marijuana during routine traffic stops, a victory for patients hoping to win broader acceptance of the controversial medicine from balky police departments around the state. Highway Patrol officials sent out a bulletin last week to field commanders spelling out the policy shift, which would allow patients to travel on California's highways with up to 8 ounces of marijuana as long as they have a certified user identification card or documented physician's approval. Patient advocates say the change will make the...
  • Murphy backs off gun bill

    08/28/2005 3:24:10 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 9 replies · 1,089+ views
    Daily Southtown (Illinois) ^ | 8/26/05 | Jonathan Lipman
    Murphy backs off gun bill Commissioner says she did not fully understand ordinance when she signed Friday, August 26, 2005 By Jonathan Lipman Staff writer Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy is backing away from a gun-control bill she had pledged to support after getting phone calls from residents opposing it. The bill, authored by Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), seeks to update the county's 15-year-old assault weapons ban. Suffredin said the bill is similar to the federal assault weapons ban that expired last year, and it would set a minimum standard for all villages and cities countywide. Murphy was a co-sponsor...
  • Woman files suit over police demand for her identification

    08/26/2005 4:37:24 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 168 replies · 3,282+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/26/2005 | Pamela Manson
    Until last year, Tanya Ortega de Chamberlin had a clean record, with no criminal convictions or even an arrest. But her refusal to provide her date of birth or Social Security number to a South Salt Lake police officer changed that. Although she was not suspected of committing a crime, and eventually provided the requested information, Ortega de Chamberlin was still cited based on her initial resistance. The obstruction charges against her were later dropped. But Ortega de Chamberlin says that's not good enough - she has filed a lawsuit asking for a declaration that her constitutional right to be...
  • Medical pot activist may sue over bust at airport

    08/21/2005 10:03:51 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 1,282+ views ^ | August 20, 2005 | BRIAN SEALS
    SANTA CRUZ — A well-known local medical marijuana advocate is considering a lawsuit after getting caught with the drug at a Southern California airport in late July. Valerie Corral said she was at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank when security officials found about "5 or so grams" of pot in her bag. She had a Santa Cruz County medical identification card and a doctor’s recommendation, she said. That didn’t keep her from being detained for about 45 minutes, having her pot taken and getting a citation. Corral, co-founder of Santa Cruz’s Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, said she is fighting...
  • Kelo and the 14th Amendment: Exploring a Constitutional Koan

    08/21/2005 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Carry_Okie · 151 replies · 4,350+ views
    Vanity | 8/21/05 | Mark Edward Vande Pol
    In the practice of Zen Buddhism, a koan is a statement that is intentionally insoluble to the rational mind, a tool by which to master life’s seemingly paradoxical events. Yet the Japanese Zen masters have nothing on us red-blooded Americans, who for over a century have become unconsciously adept at sustaining such conflicts, easily accepting contradictory interpretations of Constitutional Law, between the original scope of the Bill of Rights and that since the Fourteenth Amendment. As Madison elaborated in Federalist 45, the Constitution for the United States of America was sold as a list of strictly limited powers; leaving the...
  • John Roberts: A Supreme Property Rights Disaster In The MakingMore Kelo on the SCOTUS horizon?...

    08/19/2005 8:41:48 PM PDT · by FReethesheeples · 139 replies · 3,598+ views
    A Supreme Property Rights Disaster In The Making More Kelo on the SCOTUS horizon?... [James S. Burling] 8/15/05 After a term marked by the Supreme Court’s utter contempt for property rights, those of us who happen to think there is something special about allowing old widows to keep their homes were not prepared for an even more bitter defeat. Yet, that is what President Bush handed us with the nomination of John Roberts. The battle over property rights is not a conservative versus liberal thing. It’s more a struggle between those who believe in the power of the state to...
  • Two Illegal Immigrants Win Arizona Ranch in Court Fight

    08/19/2005 9:25:31 AM PDT · by RoyalsFan · 252 replies · 6,114+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/19/05 | Andrew Pollack
    By ANDREW POLLACK Published: August 19, 2005 DOUGLAS, Ariz., Aug. 18 - Spent shells litter the ground at what is left of the firing range, and camouflage outfits still hang in a storeroom. Just a few months ago, this ranch was known as Camp Thunderbird, the headquarters of a paramilitary group that promised to use force to keep illegal immigrants from sneaking across the border with Mexico. Now, in a turnabout, the 70-acre property about two miles from the border is being given to two immigrants whom the group caught trying to enter the United States illegally. The land transfer...
  • U.S. lawsuit seeks forfeiture of property

    08/18/2005 7:07:24 AM PDT · by radar101 · 30 replies · 979+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | August 18, 2005 | Dani Dodge
    The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a secret lawsuit against Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham that contends he should forfeit his Rancho Santa Fe home to the government because it was purchased with illegally obtained money. Notice of the lawsuit and the government's interest in the property was filed with the San Diego County Recorder's Office. Cunningham's attorney, Lee Blalack, declined to comment yesterday on the lawsuit but said he had filed a motion challenging the U.S. government's legal claim on the house. The home – a five-bedroom, eight-bath Spanish colonial estate on Via Del Charro – was listed for sale...
  • VA-ALERT: BATFE sinks to a new low in Richmond

    08/17/2005 10:57:12 PM PDT · by SWO · 132 replies · 3,265+ views
    Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. ^ | Thu 8/18/2005 12:21 AM | Philip Van Cleave,VCDL President
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), who seem to go out of their way to alienate gun owners with their heavy-handedness, behaved in a shameful manner this last weekend at the Showmasters' gun show in Richmond. I had reports from members of police going to their houses while the member was waiting for their approval to purchase a gun at the show! The police asked the spouse and other family members questions about the purchases and filled in a survey! "Did you know your husband was going to a gun show today?" "Did you know your husband...
  • Judge rules Confederate letters are state property

    08/17/2005 11:45:31 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 129 replies · 2,511+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Aug. 17, 2005 | AMY GEIER EDGAR
    COLUMBIA - A judge has ruled that a collection of rare, Civil War-era letters belong to South Carolina rather than the man who has had them in his family for generations. The state sued after Charleston resident Thomas Willcox tried to auction off the letters. Willcox, a descendant of Confederate Gen. Evander Law, filed for bankruptcy soon after. The collection includes more than 440 letters detailing life in South Carolina between 1861 and 1863. Many letters are correspondence between generals or the Confederate government and S.C. Govs. Francis Pickens and Milledge Bonham during the Civil War. Three are written by...
  • New Federal Money for Highway Roadblocks and Seizures

    08/16/2005 5:58:08 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 71 replies · 1,200+ views ^ | 8/15/2005 | staff
    The "SAFETEA-LU" federal transportation funding measure signed into law last Wednesday provides millions of dollars for controversial enforcement measures including sobriety checkpoint roadblocks and now automobile seizures. The law adds automobile impoundment and seizure to the list of acceptable "alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures" eligible for federal grant money, which amounted to $40 million in 2003. This allows states to fund driving under the influence (DUI)-related confiscation efforts entirely with federal tax dollars. The DUI grant program began in 1988 as a result of lobbying by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The money is used to entice states to enact tough laws...
  • Methamphetamines: Immigrant Store Clerks Becoming Collateral Damage in War on Meth

    08/13/2005 3:39:11 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 65 replies · 1,704+ views
    Spurred by new laws restricting the sales of cold remedies such as Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, a necessary component of popular meth-cooking recipes, police and prosecutors across the country have been arresting convenience store clerks -- sometimes on charges that carry substantial prison sentences. In one Georgia case, authorities made mass arrests of immigrant store clerks and owners, but it's starting to look less like a criminal conspiracy and more like culturally naive foreign-born merchants simply trying to sell their merchandise. It's all a big waste of money, says the Drug Policy Alliance, which issued a press release this week...
  • The Civil Liberties Show

    08/08/2005 7:06:26 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 494+ views ^ | 5 8 05
    It was reported in the Washington Post on Monday that the civil liberties board, whose main goal is to make sure individual rights are not trampled upon during our so-called "War on Terror," has yet to meet and is under-funded by the Bush administration. Created by Congress last year, the board consists of five members nominated by the president to act as an independent watchdog against potential abuses of the Patriot Act. President Bush took six months to appoint five members to the panel as reported in the Washington Post. In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2006, he allocated...
  • Conservative Congress Votes to Steal More Property

    08/08/2005 1:56:03 PM PDT · by Sweetjustusnow · 98 replies · 1,775+ views ^ | 08/08/05 | Sweetjustusnow
    Our so called Conservative majority in Congress passed by unanimous vote the National Heritage Area's Bill (See Senate Bill 243) along with (Senate Bill 54)on July 26, 2005.
  • Latest Roseland flap: Yard signs Residents get warnings, tickets; claim free speech rights violated

    08/05/2005 10:58:47 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 1,681+ views ^ | July 27, 2005 | DUSTIN GROVE
    ROSELAND -- Battles over zoning and permits appear to be a common problem lately in the small town of Roseland. But residents now have a complaint that's not just about small town ordinances. It's about the nation's Constitution and its First Amendment, freedom of speech. This week, some residents have pitched signs in their yards, urging the two married members of the three-person Town Council, David and Dorothy Snyder, to resign. In return, residents have received warnings or tickets from the town, telling them they are breaking the law. "We don't have freedom of speech. We can't say what we...
  • Council Passes Weapon Ban(Columbus Ohio assault weapons ban)

    07/13/2005 2:14:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 1,856+ views ^ | 4 13 05 |
    For the third time, Columbus City Council has passed a ban on assault weapons. Two previous Columbus ordinances addressing the firearms were ruled unconstitutional by the courts. This new ban passed Monday night prohibits citizens from buying assault weapons within city limits. It also calls for anyone who currently owns an assault weapon to register the weapon within 30 days. The definition of an assault weapon for the purposes of this ban is any semi-automatic rifle having a detachable magazine and other certain types of features. Passage of the ban involved several prior public meetings for citizen input, in addition...
  • Judge Orders New York Times Reporter Jailed

    07/06/2005 2:33:03 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 73 replies · 2,196+ views ^ | 7 6 05 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (July 6) - A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating who in the Bush administration leaked an undercover CIA operative's name. ''There is still a realistic possibility that confinement might cause her to testify,'' U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said of the showdown in a case that has seen both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney interviewed by investigators. Miller stood up, hugged her lawyer and was escorted from the courtroom. Earlier, Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in an about-face, told Hogan...
  • AP: Feds collect data on air travelers

    06/20/2005 3:11:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 764+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/20/05 | Leslie Miller - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal agency collected extensive personal information about airline passengers although Congress told it not to and it said it wouldn't, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. A Transportation Security Administration contractor used three data brokers to collect detailed information about U.S. citizens who flew on commercial airlines in June 2004 in order to test a terrorist screening program called Secure Flight, according to documents that will be published in the Federal Register this week. The TSA had ordered the airlines to turn over data on those passengers, called passenger name records, in November....
  • Jury finds heavy smoking to be grounds for eviction

    06/16/2005 5:33:52 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 268 replies · 3,092+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | By Ralph Ranalli and Jonathan Saltzman | June 16, 2005
    In a case that tobacco law specialists say is one of the first of its kind in the nation, a Boston Housing Court jury ruled that a South Boston couple could be evicted from their rented water-view loft for heavy smoking, even though smoking was allowed in their lease. The landlord who rented the Sleeper Street unit to Erin Carey and Ted Baar ordered them out within a week last November, after neighbors complained of the smoke odors filtering into their apartments.
  • Walter E. Williams: Click it or ticket

    06/15/2005 10:07:20 AM PDT · by manny613 · 56 replies · 1,725+ views ^ | June 15, 2005 | Walter Williams
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an office within the U.S. Department of Transportation, just finished its annual campaign to get us to wear our seatbelts under a program called "Click It or Ticket." States receive federal subsidies to ticket drivers if they or their passengers are not buckled up.
  • Gone to Pot

    06/13/2005 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 41 replies · 1,157+ views
    Renew America ^ | 06/12/2005 | Adam Graham
    Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the Federal government to prosecute people who possess marijuana for medical purposes as allowed by their state's laws. The administration and anti-drug forces are celebrating. This is a setback to the pro-drug crowd. Shouldn't this thrill us? If your primary concern is stopping people from using marijuana and stopping the drug culture in its tracts, the ruling is cause for celebration. If a limited federal government is a concern then you have to look at the Supreme Court's ruling in a different light. The Drug War v. The 10th Amendment When...
  • Christians Could be Sent to Jail for Praying in School - (ACLU demands incarceration for praying)

    06/10/2005 4:51:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 98 replies · 3,269+ views
    "Anything short of actual imprisonment would be ineffective..." -- ACLU of Louisiana “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew5:10 In their latest attack on Christianity, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to hold Tangipahoa school board officials in Louisiana in contempt of court, asking they be jailed for praying in schools. The Tangipahoa school board and the ACLU of Louisiana entered into an agreement, made public in an August 27, 2004, District Court Consent Judgment, which required school officials to prohibit “invocations given prior to athletic...
  • Tests unveiled in court show girl has cancer again(texas 12 year old)

    06/10/2005 4:17:36 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 105 replies · 3,286+ views ^ | 6 10 05 |
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Medical tests today showed that cancer has returned to a 12-year-old girl whose parents were in court to fight radiation treatment because they believed her illness was in remission. The new tests were revealed by state attorneys during a hearing that was supposed to determine whether treatment for Katie Wernecke was necessary in the days leading up to a custody hearing next Wednesday. Texas Child Protective Services removed the girl and her siblings from the home of Michele and Edward Wernecke last week after doctors said discontinued treatment could be life-threatening. Katie was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease...
  • The power to regulate v. the power to prohibit

    06/09/2005 9:58:33 AM PDT · by P_A_I · 57 replies · 1,418+ views ^ | 6/9/05 | Randy Barnett
    The power to regulate does not generally include the power to prohibit.   Samuel Johnson defines "to regulate" as "To adjust by rule or method. . . . To direct." In other words, the term "to regulate" means "to make regular." The power to regulate is, in essence, the power to say, "if you want to do something, here is how you must do it." For example, the making of contracts and wills are "regulated" by the law of contracts and estates. To make an enforceable agreement for a sale of goods over five hundred dollars requires that the agreement be...
  • Texas Officials, Parents Spar Over Girl's Cancer Treatment

    06/09/2005 10:19:16 AM PDT · by iwannaknow07 · 32 replies · 2,042+ views ^ | June 9, 2005
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A judge has postponed until Friday a ruling that could prevent doctors from treating a 12-year-old girl who was taken from her parents after Texas officials accused them of not doing enough to treat her cancer. It's the latest maneuver in a dispute over the medical care of Katie Wernecke, reported KPRC-TV in Houston. Her parents, Michele and Edward Wernecke, said their daughter's Hodgkin's disease is in remission and she doesn't need radiation treatment after undergoing a round of chemotherapy. Texas Child Protective Services said her life could be in jeopardy if chemotherapy and radiation treatments...
  • 'Whites Only' Deed Sparks Lawsuit

    04/22/2005 10:54:48 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 259 replies · 6,145+ views
    cbsnews ^ | 4 22 05 | Dionne Walker
    The modest brick house, with its yard full of wilting tulips and rusted old cars, isn't a candidate for the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. But on a spring day in 2002, it was just what Nealie Pitts had in mind. She approached the owner, Rufus T. Matthews, and asked the price. According to court documents, Matthews said the house was selling for $83,000 - but that a deed restriction meant only whites were eligible to buy it. "I was hurt and angry, like he had slapped me in the face," Pitts, who is black, said in an e-mail....
  • The Philippines Should Become The 51st State

    02/23/2005 12:50:32 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 56 replies · 4,165+ views ^ | Jan. 31, 2005 | Alan Srout
    The Republic of the Philippines is an archipeligo of over 7,100 islands located north of Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia in the Pacific Ocean and south of Taiwan. The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish- American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected President and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during WWII, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On...
  • Anti-federal bills move forward in House (Montana)

    02/16/2005 1:26:49 AM PST · by TERMINATTOR · 154 replies · 2,197+ views
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2005 | WALT WILLIAMS
    HELENA -- Lawmakers in the Montana House of Representatives collectively thumbed their noses at the federal government Monday by approving two bills exempting guns from federal regulations and driver's licenses from national standardization requirements. The bills by Reps. Diane Rice, R-Harrison, and Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, do different things but are driven by the same concern: the erosion of personal liberties by the federal government. Koopman said Monday his gun bill, House Bill 366, would inspire a home-grown industry of gun-makers who produce firearms to be sold in Montana. It also sends a message reaffirming states' rights. "In that regard, this...
  • Neither Hillary or Condi can even be President. (US Constitution is only for men) (Mods are so mean)

    02/17/2005 4:21:50 PM PST · by Deadbug Dale · 218 replies · 4,421+ views
    Dale Gribble
    I was just reading Article 2 of James Madison & Ben Franklin's opus magnus and started counting the number of times that masculine gender is indicated. Hmmm, I doesn't appear that Hildabeast (or "Law of the Sea" Condi for that matter) can even be president.: Article II.Section. 1. Clause 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows ... Clause 6: In Case of the Removal of...
  • Lawmakers try again to fix funding flaw in gun law

    02/03/2005 10:54:31 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 400+ views ^ | 2 3 05 | Kelly Wiese
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some lawmakers are taking another shot at fixing a funding flaw in Missouri's concealed carry law. Although not a top tier issue, Republican lawmakers pledge the bill will get considerably more attention than last year, when a similar measure never received debate in either chamber. "It's something we're going to deal with," Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, said Wednesday. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt also supports the bill, a spokesman said. The legislation got a hearing Tuesday before a Senate committee, which could vote as soon as next week to send it to the...