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  • Obama trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights in a typical Obama way

    12/26/2014 9:12:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Doug Book
    During the past several years, the expected signing by the Obama Administration of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has raised the serious question among gun owners of whether the terms of a treaty can take precedence over the rights secured by the Constitution or the laws of the land which derive from it. That is, can our inalienable rights be undone by International Law? Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT last year and the Treaty entered into force—took effect—two days ago on Christmas Eve. Apostles of one world government have endeavored to convince the American people...
  • Please call your senator about UN CRPD

    11/10/2014 6:33:40 AM PST · by CThomasFan · 6 replies
    Why Does HSLDA Oppose the Treaty? Promoting equal rights and protections for disabled persons around the world sounds like a great idea. But let’s take a closer look at what the treaty actually says and how it would impact the United States. Here are some of our most serious concerns. The CRPD could threaten homeschooling rights and parental rights. It would surrender parents and caregivers’ decision-making ability on behalf of their disabled children to unelected and unaccountable UN bureaucrats. The CRPD would override existing state laws, seriously damaging states’ rights. The CRPD would surrender our nation’s sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats.
  • Please let your Senator know to reject the UN Disability treaty (UNCRPD).

    11/06/2014 6:29:44 AM PST · by CThomasFan · 7 replies
    HSLDA web site ^ | 2014 | Home School Legal Defense
    Why Does HSLDA Oppose the Treaty? Promoting equal rights and protections for disabled persons around the world sounds like a great idea. But let’s take a closer look at what the treaty actually says and how it would impact the United States. Here are some of our most serious concerns. The CRPD could threaten homeschooling rights and parental rights. It would surrender parents and caregivers’ decision-making ability on behalf of their disabled children to unelected and unaccountable UN bureaucrats. The CRPD would override existing state laws, seriously damaging states’ rights. The CRPD would surrender our nation’s sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats....
  • Supreme Court Limits Use of Chemical Weapons Treaty for Domestic Crimes

    06/04/2014 3:37:01 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-2-14 | Jess Bravin
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously rejected the Justice Department's effort to expand the Chemical Weapons Convention's reach into garden-variety domestic crimes, throwing out the federal conviction of a Pennsylvania woman who used a chemical irritant to get back at a romantic rival. The Chemical Weapons Convention, implemented through a 1998 law, "deals with crimes of deadly seriousness," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court, rejecting its use to prosecute a minor assault. The ruling maintained the government's ability to use the treaty when going after major crimes, including acts of terrorism. Prosecutors have invoked the treaty in domestic...
  • Senator Ted Cruz: Limits On The Treaty Power [Harvard Law Review]

    01/11/2014 11:52:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | January 11, 2014 | Nick Rosenkranz
    Senator Ted Cruz has an excellent essay in the Harvard Law Review Forum entitled Limits on the Treaty Power. Here is a taste: The Necessary and Proper Clause does not give Congress power to implement treaties in a way that contravenes the structural limitations on the federal government’s powers …. The President should not be able to make any treaty — and Congress should not be able to implement any treaty — in a way that displaces the sovereignty reserved to the states or to the people. Cruz thus argues that Justice Holmes’s opinion in Missouri v. Holland must be...
  • Limits on the Treaty Power

    01/09/2014 9:01:00 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Harvard Law Review Forum ^ | Senator Ted Crruz
    Limits on the Treaty Power U.S. Senator Ted Cruz During Justice Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, she rightly stated that "American law does not permit the use of foreign law or international law to interpret the Constitution."1 But she also correctly recognized that some U.S. laws rely upon certain international law sources.2 For instance, the Alien Tort Statute3 "allows federal courts to recognize certain causes of action based on sufficiently definite norms of international law."4 Treaties are probably the most prevalent mechanism by which domestic law adopts international law. A treaty is "primarily a compact between independent nations."5 Article...
  • Bond Allows Federal Government to Use Treaties to Trump States Rights

    11/26/2013 9:33:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2013 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Young Voices is a new project which exists to achieve greater media representation for promising college students and young professionals. Every week a different Advocate will comment on the stories which impact their lives. The Supreme Court case Bond vs. United States will determine whether Congress can pass laws otherwise outside its Constitutional authority through the use of treaties. Writing in Slate, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner posits that fears about the federal government abusing new powers are overblown. However, considering the federal laws recent narrowly avoided treaties would have implemented, including a law which would have outlawed...
  • Is there anything worse than a UN treaty? [How to spot a non-conservative..like John McCain]

    11/10/2013 2:24:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 8, 2013 | Christopher Bedford
    CRPD won’t establish the United States as some kind of global leader because, well, why the hell would it? The United States leads by the example she lives within her borders, as well as through the millions of dollars the USAID spends improving conditions for the disabled around the world. (That Mr. McCain thinks our leadership role is based on a U.N. convention is troubling.) Conservatism is a nuanced philosophy, fiercely debated and rarely serving up easy answers on policy — especially foreign policy. But if we could dare offer one easy, cookie-cutter note for all Republicans to keep in...
  • Corker Warns Obama Administration Against Any Action to Implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty...

    09/25/2013 5:18:39 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 52 replies
    U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations ^ | Sept. 24, 2013 | U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn
    WASHINGTON – Asserting the Senate’s constitutional role on treaties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, in a letter today warned the Obama administration against taking any action to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty without Senate advice and consent. “The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be fundamentally inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, law, and practice,” said Corker. Full text of the letter is included below and in the attached document. Dear President Obama,...
  • SharkNATO is Real!

    09/18/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 18, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    Remember when Thunder Levin, the writer of Sharknado, said that when he was approached to write the film he misheard and thought they were pitching a movie called SharkNATO? About a daring international treaty organization battling a shark army? NOW IT IS A THING.
  • Guess Who Brought a Gun to the Treaty Fight?

    03/18/2013 7:54:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 4 replies
    Negotiations begin tomorrow for a UN treaty that would track global arms sales and shipments aimed at stopping the flow of weapons into conflict zones. The NRA’s lobbyists have been working overtime recently to oppose domestic gun control legislation, but they are preparing to open up an international front to oppose this treaty. Though the lobby expects the treaty to pass at the UN, they are prepared to kill it when it returns home for ratification. The Washington Post reports: ...
  • The Treaty to Block Parental Rights - CRPD

    12/07/2012 2:22:08 PM PST · by GreenEyedGal · 28 replies
    The Brenner Brief ^ | December 5, 2012 | Amanda Melson
    Yesterday the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the treaty. The White House expressed its dissatisfaction saying, in part, “We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation.” The treaty is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations to protect individuals with disabilities. Parties are bound Under the Convention to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same human...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 4:53:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk. .....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONCORDAT, 10-10-12

    10/10/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONCORDAT An official agreement between the Pope, in his spiritual capacity as visible head of the Catholic Church, and the temporal authority of a state. Commonly accepted as a contract between Church and State, it is a treaty governed by international laws and has been used by the Holy See since the early Middle Ages. The earliest agreement called such was the Concordat of Worms (1122), by which Pope Calixtus II and Emperor Henry V (1081-1125) put an end to the struggle over lay investiture. the best known in modern times was the Lateran Treaty of...
  • As the UN opens its General Assembly session, it is already thinking up new global taxes

    09/28/2012 11:00:27 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 27 September 2012 | George Russell
    A 1 percent tax on billionaires around the world. A tax on all currency trading in the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound sterling. Another “tiny” tax on all financial transactions, including stock and bond trading, and trading in financial derivatives. New taxes on carbon emissions and on airline tickets. A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation’s territory. The United Nations is at it again: finding new and “innovative” ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from...
  • Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

    09/21/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 9/21/2012 | Lachlan Markay
    A group of Senate conservatives has gathered enough support to block any treaties that come up for a vote during the lame duck session. A total of 37 Senators pledged, in a letter drafted by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to Majority and Minority leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to “oppose efforts to consider a treaty during” the lame duck session. Because treaties require a two-thirds majority in the Senate to reach the president’s desk, the group of Senators will be able to block any treaties considered after the Nov. 6 election.
  • Tide turns against Law of the Sea Treaty

    07/11/2012 4:28:09 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11, 2012 | By Julian Pecquet
    The Obama administration's all-out push to join the United Nations international maritime treaty is just four votes short of being doomed after two more senators this week added their names to the list of lawmakers who have vowed to oppose it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are the two latest senators to sign on to the letter, The Hill has learned, bringing the total to 30. Treaties need a two-thirds majority to pass in the Senate, meaning 34 signatures would effectively kill it.
  • Morris: Civilian gun ban to be signed July 27

    07/05/2012 5:46:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 223 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 7/5/12
    Dick Morris now on Fox. Morris says the UN Gun Ban Treaty is scheduled to be signed by Obama's U.S. ambassador to the UN on July 27. According to Morris, treaty will be rammed through by the lame duck Senate after the November election if the Democrats are still in charge. A treaty, of course, supercedes the U.S. Constitution. Interesting months ahead.
  • Bilderberg 2012: guess who's coming to dinner

    06/03/2012 7:05:25 PM PDT · by Cplus · 11 replies
    The Guardian.co.uk ^ | June 3, 2012 | Charlie Skelton
    "What we need is a separation of banking and government. We need to pull them apart. Bilderberg is where they come together. The ideology of Bilderberg is the fusion of big corporations and big government. This is fascism." ... might find it "interesting" that the chairman, vice-chairman, and CEO of Shell are meeting up, for a three-day conference, with the chairman of Barclays, the White House national security advisor, the head of the NSA, the head of HSBC, the Chancellor of Austria, the Lord Chancellor of Britain, the governor of Indiana, the CEO of Unilever, the director-general of the World...
  • Law of the Sea Treaty Hearing on CSpan3 - Live

    05/23/2012 6:59:04 AM PDT · by llandres · 7 replies
    CSPAN3 ^ | 05/23/12
    Senate Committee Foreign Relations THE LAW OF THE SEA CONVENTION (TREATY DOC. 103-39): THE U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES FOR RATIFICATION Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey. Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Time: 10:00 AM
  • Dick Morris: Obama’s sneaky treaties

    02/09/2012 1:46:39 PM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 7, 2012 | Dick Morris
    Dick Morris: Obama’s sneaky treaties By Dick Morris - 02/07/12 06:53 PM ET President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions. Particularly scary is that the treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts.
  • Obama’s sneaky treaties

    02/08/2012 9:42:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/8/12 | Dick Morris
    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions. Particularly scary is that the treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts. Those who wish to preserve our sovereignty and democratic control over our future must rally to block these treaties, either by pressing Obama and
  • Russian parliament ratifies arms pact with US

    01/25/2011 8:21:16 AM PST · by La Lydia
    Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2010 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW -- Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday ratified a landmark nuclear arms pact with the United States, virtually assuring passage of an agreement President Barack Obama has described as the most significant arms control deal in nearly two decades. The State Duma voted 350-96 with one abstention to pass a bill to ratify the New START treaty, which was approved by the U.S. Senate late last year. The treaty will now go to the upper house for final approval. The New START would limit each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200 and...
  • Russia launches arms race with new intercontinental ballistic missile

    01/14/2011 2:04:01 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 Jan 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia is developing a replacement for the world's most devastating intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a move that risks reviving a global nuclear arms race. the head of Rosobshemash said the new missile would be capable of overcoming any nuclear missile shield that the Americans or indeed anyone else might build. "This applies in the fullest sense to the USA's anti-missile defence system and to Nato's (planned) European missile defence system," said Artur Usenkov. Russia is developing the new missile despite recently negotiating a new landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the United States which will see both countries make...
  • The Ulsterman Report: Confirmed – Russians Play Obama for a Fool

    01/05/2011 10:13:29 AM PST · by bkopto · 15 replies
    Newsflavor ^ | Jan 3, 2011 | Ulsterman
    ...With the Russian’s most recent interpretations of what the START treaty actually imposes against the United States, lawmakers in DC – even some Democrats, are pointing fingers once again at an ineffectual Obama White House. The Obama administration had assured these lawmakers the Russians would not attempt to impose limitations on America’s missile defense capabilities – that those Republicans warning of just such a thing were, “playing politics with national defense.” Now it appears the Obama White House and the Democratic Party leadership either lied, or have been utterly played for fools by their Russian counterparts.
  • Annoyed Delhi’s fresh Nepal ploy!

    03/11/2009 3:46:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 250+ views
    telegraphnepal.com ^ | ‎March 9, 2009‎ | N.P.Upadhyaya
    Kathmandu: A sort of political blizzard is likely to overwhelm Nepal soon. Destructive politics appear to have already taken a shape which awaits only its formalization in a week or so. The frenzied play that is being played in the dim corners of Kathmandu backed by some alien forces in the South will, if it does happen, apparently be very hard to be tackled by the ruling Maoists-the party in government. Exactly after a lapse of three years four months (minus 12 days to be more precise), such a destructive political play is being staged by forces that are visibly...
  • Russian Duma to link missile defense to START limitations

    01/03/2011 7:55:08 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Russian Duma delivered two embarrassing blows to the Obama administration over the holidays on the START treaty, one of which may end up scotching the deal altogether. First, the Russian legislature refused to do what Barack Obama insisted of the US Senate, which was a quick ratification. More importantly, however, the Duma will do what Senate Republicans wanted, which was to amend the treaty to clarify the relationship between START and missile defense. However, the Duma’s changes will link the two and recast START into a de facto anti-missile defense pact: The State Duma (the lower house of the...
  • The Mild, Mild West

    12/22/2010 12:55:23 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that John Wayne movies might be more accurate than American history textbooks. “In contrast, an alternative literature based on actual history concludes that the civil society of the American West in the nineteenth century was not very violent,” economist Thomas J. DiLorenzo writes in The Independent Review. DiLorenzo teaches at Loyola University in Maryland. He notes that, at least for the first half of the nineteenth century, “private protective agencies,” rather than government ones, maintained order. “What were these private protective agencies?” he writes. “They were not governments because they did not have a legal monopoly on...
  • Sen. DeMint (R-SC), Sec. Gates Clash Over Missile Defense During First START Hearing

    05/22/2010 2:21:44 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 786+ views
    RS News ^ | 5/22/10 | Heritage Foundation
    Missile Defense News On Tuesday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) clashed head on with Obama administration officials in the first hearing over a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a proposed nuclear arms control treaty that the White House has submitted to the Senate for ratification. Senator DeMint hammered home the point that the treaty would limit how future presidents could pursue missile defenses. Secretary Gates brushed off the concerns as did the Committee Chair Senator John Kerry (D-MA) dismissing the notion that the White House has come up with anything but the perfect missile defense plan. But others argue the...
  • Indian tribes buy back thousands of acres of land

    12/27/2009 4:07:12 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,531+ views
    hosted ^ | Dec 27 | TIMBERLY ROSS
    OMAHA, Neb.- Native American tribes tired of waiting for the U.S. government to honor centuries-old treaties are buying back land where their ancestors lived and putting it in federal trust. Native Americans say the purchases will help protect their culture and way of life by preserving burial grounds and areas where sacred rituals are held. They also provide land for farming, timber and other efforts to make the tribes self-sustaining.....
  • Can Obama Sign A Climate Treaty Without Congress?

    12/19/2009 12:07:21 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 96 replies · 4,131+ views
    motherjones.com ^ | Fri Dec. 18, 2009 12:01 AM PST | By Kate Sheppard
    Why some environmentalists believe the president has the power to sidestep the Senate and commit the US to a global pact. In 1997, in the Japanese city of Kyoto, the Clinton administration agreed to a groundbreaking treaty to combat global warming. And that's when the trouble started. The Senate had unanimously refused to approve the Kyoto Protocol, and in the end the Clinton administration didn't even submit it for a vote in the upper chamber. This made the US both the world's biggest polluter and, ultimately, the only industrialized nation to reject the accord. Now, as world leaders attempt to...
  • UN To Push For A Gun Control Treaty- Obama Agrees

    11/02/2009 10:58:29 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 77 replies · 3,357+ views
    In less than a year the U.S. government has gone from being one of the chief opponents of the proposed UN Small Arms Control Treaty to being a strong supporter. Elections do matter and have consequences. As many predicted, the United States has changed its United Nations Gun Control Treaty position by joining other countries in the UN’s General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament And Peace, with a resolution calling for the drafting of an International Arms Trading Treaty. This Treaty, which will be up for a final UN vote in 2012, will regulate small arms, as well as other...
  • Power Derives from Lawful Authority

    11/01/2009 3:55:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 556+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 01, 2009 | Power Derives from Lawful Authority
    The President of the United States has no more legal right to sign a treaty that turns legislative, executive, and judicial functions of our national government over to the United Nations than he has to declare the United States an Islamic Republic and its people henceforward subject to Sharia. Nevertheless, that would be the effect of the proposed United Nations Climate Change Treaty awaiting Mr. Obama's signature in Copenhagen this coming December. The proposed treaty authorizes the establishment of a "government" to transfer wealth from industrial nations to non-industrial nations in payment of a "climate debt" which, the treaty declares,...
  • Entertainment Industry Looks To Force Massive Copyright Changes Int'l (who WRITE the Treaties?)

    10/16/2009 12:17:30 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyou · 31 replies · 1,213+ views
    techdirt.com ^ | 10/01/09 | Mike Masnick
    . . Once Again, Entertainment Industry Looks To Force Massive Copyright Changes Via Int'l Treaties from the how-the-game-is-played dept By now you should know that one of the entertainment industry's favorite tools for forcing ever more draconian copyright laws around the world is to use international treaties. Such treaties are not put together by elected officials, but appointed diplomats, often with tremendous input (to the point of allowing them to write the details) from industries that are protected. Then, once those treaties are in place, copyright maximalists just get to sit back and say "but we must make our copyright...
  • Berkeley may sign onto U.N. treaties

    09/29/2009 9:45:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,387+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/29/09 | Carolyn Jones
    Berkeley would become the first city in the United States to independently try to comply with U.N. treaties on torture, civil rights and racial discrimination, if the City Council passes a measure on the issue tonight. The measure would require the city to file biennial reports to the United Nations on how - or whether - the city meets international human rights standards. In Berkeley, that could include its record on homelessness, the achievement gap among different racial groups at Berkeley High and the presence of John Yoo, a UC Berkeley School of Law professor and Berkeley resident who authored...
  • Are dual citizen head's of state prohibited from entering into some international treaties?

    08/12/2009 2:53:21 PM PDT · by rxsid · 23 replies · 726+ views
    texasdarlin ^ | 8/12/2009 | rxsid
    "A dual citizen on the other hand can’t make certain treaties under International Law" http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/natural-born-citizens-or-how-to-beat-a-subject-to-death-with-a-stick/
  • McCain to consider support of nuclear test ban [surrender U.S. sovereignty] [backs Obama]

    07/24/2009 2:43:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 2,670+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-24
    WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who helped vote down U.S. ratification of a nuclear test ban treaty ten years ago, said he would now consider supporting it. McCain told The Associated Press that he could support the treaty, a priority of former presidential rival President Barack Obama, if concerns are addressed before another vote.
  • Obama to World: We're Back and Ready to Ratify (Heads Up Salt Treaty & CIFTA)

    07/08/2009 10:33:54 AM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies · 471+ views
    In Russia and Italy this week, President Obama is taking steps on nuclear weapons and climate change that are in line with his pledge to rebuild U.S. alliances around the world. It's a window on what we could see in the next four to eight years: The birth of new treaties and the revival of old ones that have long been stalled, some for decades. This shift was a cornerstone of Obama's campaign. He made it clear that he sees international laws and institutions as potential "pillars of U.S. policy and influence as opposed to constraints that hinder and hobble...
  • LOST and Found: Senate Moves Toward Ratification of U.N.'s 'Law of the Sea Treaty'

    03/12/2009 9:00:13 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 25 replies · 1,738+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2009 | Joseph Abrams
    The Senate is gearing up to ratify a Nixon-era U.N. treaty meant to create universal laws to govern the seas -- a treaty critics say will create a massive U.N. bureaucracy that could even claim powers over American waterways. LOST -- the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also called the Law of the Sea Treaty -- regulates all things oceanic, from fishing rights, navigation lanes and environmental concerns to what lies beneath: the seabed's oil and mineral wealth that companies hope to explore and exploit in coming years. But critics say the treaty, which declares the sea...
  • An Open Letter to Governor Patterson and the Non Indian Neighbors of New York State

    03/05/2009 4:06:14 AM PST · by SenecaBride · 53 replies · 867+ views
    3/5/2009 | Linda Cooper
    Clearly many of you are in desperate need of a history lesson and perhaps a reminder of your manners. Recently too many of you have issues regarding the Great people of the Seneca Nation and the other Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. If it were not for the generosity and hospitality of the Seneca's and the rest of the Iroquois, there would be NO New York State nor would you enjoy the democratic society YOU enjoy today. Apparently Governor Patterson thinks this is the other way around. That the Senecas and the rest of the Iroquois tribes are citizens of...
  • Skinning Cats: Legal Means to Disarm the Second Amendment

    05/06/2007 8:21:20 PM PDT · by Carry_Okie · 131 replies · 5,086+ views
    Vanity | May 6, 2007 | Mark Edward Vande Pol
    There are few things that keep me up at night, but this is one of them. It may be cynicism, but more likely it’s the long sad experience of watching the courts over the years. So when your side finally wins one that should have you celebrating, and yet you walk away with a knot in your gut, it’s probably warranted. Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman’s majority opinion in Parker v. District of Columbia was a thing of beauty, affirming armed self-defense as an individual right pre-existing the Constitution. It was almost hard to believe. Maybe that's what’s bugging me....
  • Senate to Ignore Constitution When Approving Global Warming Treaties

    02/03/2009 8:20:23 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 26 replies · 785+ views
    AIM/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/3/09 | Yidwithlid
    Some parts of the constitution need a lawyer to interpret, others are pretty straight forward, like this one: Article Two, Section Two of the US constitution says Clause 2: He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors ... That's pretty clear, two thirds of the senate are needed to approve approve a treaty. But not if Senate democrats get their way. For Controversial...
  • New taxes, cuts in budget plan Paterson sees $404M tax on non-diet soda; health care

    12/14/2008 6:59:50 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,657+ views
    TimesUnion ^ | 12/14/08 | JAMES M. ODATO
    New taxes, deep cuts to education and health care, and a restructuring of the state's economic development programs will be hallmarks of Gov. David Paterson's first budget plan to be released in two days, according to interviews of people briefed on components. The plan will come with a host of revenue raisers — increased taxes on hospitals and insurance policies, for instance — and at least one new assessment, a so-called obesity tax on non-diet soda to raise $404 million. The governor also is contemplating requiring new license plates to raise cash, reviving sales tax on clothing purchases, removing the...
  • Gov. Paterson to sign the Indian tax bill (New York)

    12/14/2008 7:16:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 38 replies · 1,859+ views
    TimesUnion ^ | 12/14/08 | James M. Odat
    Gov. David Paterson is heading near Indian Country to sign a bill that would call for the state to collect taxes on sales by Indian retailers. Despite urgings by the Seneca Nation for the governor to veto the measure, he is traveling to Oneida County to sign the legislation in Utica on Monday
  • LOST at Sea

    06/21/2008 2:35:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies · 193+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 20 june 08 | Doug Bandow
    Like a monster in a horror flick franchise, the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), an omnibus treaty originally blocked by President Ronald Reagan, is back! And despite what the doomsday document's delirious spokesmen say, it's about as scary as ever. The convention is being pushed by a mix of activists, who support international law -- any international law -- and businesses, such as the International Association of Drilling Contractors, that see visions of profits dancing in their boardrooms. Treaty critics are being dismissed as ignorant fools or cynical liars.
  • Solid Decision

    03/27/2008 12:51:15 PM PDT · by nosofar · 2 replies · 136+ views
    nationalreviewonline ^ | March 27, 2008 | Editors
    In one of the most important international-law decisions in its history, the Supreme Court on Tuesday restored the Constitution’s prudent balance between politics and law in the quintessentially political arena of foreign affairs. Doing so, Chief Justice John Roberts’s majority opinion concurrently provided individual justice for murder victims, vindication for the rights of states to democratic self-determination, and a searing reminder of why presidential elections — which can chart the high Court’s course for a generation — are crucially important.
  • Freep a Poll! (Ok for Lakota tribe to secede from US?)

    12/21/2007 10:51:43 AM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies · 454+ views
    www.rapidcityjournal.com ^ | 12-21-07 | Rapid City Journal
    Do you support the Lakota Freedom Delegation's declaration of sovereign-nation status? Yes No
  • Conservatives Mobilize Against Law of the Sea Treaty

    09/10/2007 12:03:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 725+ views
    Human Events ^ | September 10, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Angering conservatives on the critical issue of national sovereignty, the Bush Administration is supporting a plan by Senator Joseph Biden, D-De., to stage a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on September 27 in order to usher the controversial U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty to the Senate floor for a quick vote. Biden, chairman of the committee and a Democratic presidential candidate, was a leader of the effort to defeat Bush’s pick of John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Conservatives are hoping the facts about President Reagan’s rejection of the measure, mainly on the grounds that it was a...
  • Nicaragua Supreme Court to Rule on Abortion Ban in Next Two Weeks

    09/01/2007 8:19:31 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 406+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 31, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorAugust 31, 2007Managua Nicaragua (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court in Nicaragua is expected to issue a ruling on the nation's abortion ban in the next two weeks. The Central American nation adopted the complete ban last November that prohibits all abortions, including those for rape and incest or to save the life of the mother.Abortion advocates, led by the New York-based Americas for Human Rights Watch, have taken the law to court.The nation's high court is expected to deliver a decision in the case soon and it could result in the undermining of other pro-life laws in...
  • A North American road to nowhere

    08/21/2007 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies · 1,740+ views
    Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | August 21, 2007 | Gloria Galloway
    OTTAWA — It's a threat that has left-wing Canadian nationalists and right-wing U.S. congressmen in rare and dismayed agreement: a freeway, four football fields wide, stretching from Mexico to northern Manitoba. Groups on both sides of the political spectrum say the corridor - dubbed the NAFTA superhighway - is a primary goal of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America established two years ago by the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico. At separate press conferences in Ottawa yesterday, the road was held out as an example of the potentially repugnant effects of the trilateral partnership....