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9851  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: August 03, 2010, 09:27:58 AM
The ability of law enforcement to subpeona library or phone records predates the PATRIOT act.
9852  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: August 02, 2010, 07:17:25 PM


As opposed to the irrational paranoia that typically gets posted here, this is something to legitimately be pissed off at.
9853  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self-Defense Law on: August 02, 2010, 07:08:27 PM
Meh. Minor tweaks. Nothing of importance.
9854  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: August 02, 2010, 05:04:55 PM
Hmmmmmmmm.......
9855  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: August 01, 2010, 08:47:12 PM
Boyo,

There has been federal level law enforcement since the dawn of this nation, and from personal experience, I can tell you that we are better off having different agencies that fill specific roles. The BATFE has it's place, the FBI, it's, the Border Patrol, US Secret Service and others that work at the federal level do things that local/state agencies cannot. Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. I support some BATFE reforms, but dissolving it won't end federal gun laws and another agency would just get tasked with enforcing those laws anyway.
9856  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gender issues thread on: August 01, 2010, 08:39:23 PM
http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/08/01/8-ways-fascist-feminists-are-ruining-americas-women/

Feminist cultural destruction.
9857  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self-Defense Law on: August 01, 2010, 03:33:37 PM
One never uses force to "kill". You use force to stop an unlawful attack on yourself or a 3rd party, which may result in serious bodily injury or death to the attacker/s, but never with the intent to do anything else but stop the unlawful assault, using the appropriate force given the totality of the circumstances. Any verbal interactions with law enforcement should stress the threats you perceived and the information that allows them to understand the totality of those circumstances.
9858  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: July 31, 2010, 03:06:19 PM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/shiite-terrorists-cross-county-line,1636/

A local level approach to homeland security more to your liking?   wink
9859  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: July 31, 2010, 02:51:31 PM
The BATFE acts as a risk pool for local/state law enforcement. I'll remind you that the US Marshals were a creation of the founding fathers:

http://www.justice.gov/marshals/usmshist.html

George Washington Appoints First Marshals - 1789
 

The offices of U.S. Marshal and Deputy Marshals were created more than 200 years ago by the first Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789, the same legislation that established the federal judicial system. The Marshals were given extensive authority to support the federal courts within their judicial districts and to carry out all lawful orders issued by judges, Congress, or the President.

The Marshals and their Deputies served the subpoenas, summonses, writs, warrants, and other process issued by the courts, made all the arrests, and handled all the prisoners. They also disbursed the money.

The Marshals paid the fees and expenses of the court clerks, U.S. Attorneys, jurors, and witnesses. They rented the courtrooms and jail space and hired the bailiffs, criers, and janitors. They made sure the prisoners were present, the jurors were available, and the witnesses were on time.

But this was only a part of what the Marshals did. When George Washington set up his first administration and the first Congress began passing laws, both quickly discovered an inconvenient gap in the constitutional design of the government. It had no provision for a regional administrative structure stretching throughout the country. Both the Congress and the executive branch were housed at the national capitol. No agency was established or designated to represent the federal government's interests at the local level. The need for a regional organization quickly became apparent. Congress and the President solved part of the problem by creating specialized agencies, such as customs and revenue collectors, to levy the tariffs and taxes. Yet, there were numerous other jobs that needed to be done. The only officers available to do them were the Marshals and their Deputies.

Thus, the Marshals also provided local representation for the federal government within their districts. They took the national census every 10 years through 1870. They distributed Presidential proclamations, collected a variety of statistical information on commerce and manufacturing, supplied the names of government employees for the national register, and performed other routine tasks needed for the central government to function effectively. Over the past 200 years, Congress and the President also have called on the Marshals to carry out unusual or extraordinary missions, such as registering enemy aliens in time of war, capturing fugitive slaves, sealing the American border against armed expeditions from foreign countries, and swapping spies with the former Soviet Union.
9860  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: July 31, 2010, 10:16:04 AM
The BATFE enforces federal laws passed by congress concerning alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. States may or may not choose to have their own laws, but I'd argue and I think most of the public would agree that the federal gov't has a role in enforcing those laws passed at the federal level.

Not long ago, I was in an arson investigation class where one of the instructors was a homicide detective from a big, well funded department. He worked on a double homicide that stemmed from an arson at a mega sized apartment complex (Three story, 135 units). The arson destroyed the complex, injured many people and as it turned out, killed two people that had no connection to the gangster thugs that were trying to burn other people to death (an ex girlfriend and her child).

The case was overwhelming to both fire/rescue and law enforcement. Resources were called in from surrounding agencies, state investigators and the BATFE. The BATFE flew in arson specialists from around the country to assist in processing the sprawling crime scene. When preparing for trial, the BATFE built an exact model of the first section of apartment buildings to the exact specifications of the original buildings, filled with the same electrical system, carpeting and burned it in a recreation of the arson. The film of the reconstruction and the nationally recognized arson experts testified for the prosecution in the case, resulting in the conviction of the two thugs.


Arson investigation is very complex, expensive and can happen anywhere, including jurisdictions with small, underfunded local/state level agencies. Being able to pick up a phone to call in BATFE help in those scenarios is vital to solving/prosecuting those major cases.
9861  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: July 30, 2010, 06:02:23 PM
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guides/Straight%20Talk%20on%20Homeland%20Security1.htm

Straight Talk on Homeland Security
By Heather MacDonald

City Journal
August 11, 2003

Read it all.
9862  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: July 30, 2010, 05:39:07 PM
None. It just streamlined legal investigative processes previously available through grand jury subpeonas and other warrants/court orders.
9863  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: July 30, 2010, 12:46:38 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Under-Alone-Undercover-Infiltrated-Motorcycle/dp/1400060842/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280511697&sr=8-1

I won't defend every act from the BATFE, but keep in mind they do a lot of heavy lifting targeting some of the most violent, dangerous criminal organizations we have in the US, often at great risk in doing so. They also provide a huge amount of funding and expertise to state and local law enforcement working arson/explosives cases.
9864  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security and American Freedom on: July 29, 2010, 11:37:33 AM
I offer the challenge that no PATRIOT Act opponent has been able to answer thus far:

What freedom don't you have now that you had pre-PATRIOT act?
9865  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Self-Defense Law on: July 28, 2010, 10:48:02 PM
Sounds like good advice to me....
9866  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Laredo? (no idea where to fit his) on: July 24, 2010, 07:24:38 PM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/24/gunbattles-paralyze-mexican-city-across-from-texas/

The Nuevo Laredo city government posted messages on Facebook warning citizens to stay indoors as the battles erupted at several intersections in the city across from Laredo, Texas.

Frightened people on the U.S. side of the border called emergency dispatchers after hearing the gunfire, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said Thursday. But he said there was no spillover violence.

"We were getting reports from people who live on the river's edge that they could hear gunfire and explosions from the Mexico side," Baeza said.

"We didn't have any incidents on the American side. It's hard for people to understand who don't live here," he added. "They're not Vikings, they're not going to invade us, it doesn't work that way."


**Yes, we know how sacred the US border is.....  rolleyes
9867  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Rules of the Road/Fire Hydrant on: July 22, 2010, 09:16:04 PM
bing.com is a search engine, like google.
9868  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: July 21, 2010, 04:58:18 PM
I'm sure that gets a collective yawn from the liberal bedwetters wanting to hang the Gurkha.
9869  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in America and the rest of the western hemisphere on: July 21, 2010, 08:46:31 AM
Robert Wright: Useful idiot for the Muslim Brotherhood

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/07/pamela-geller-vs-ibrahim-ramey-of-the-muslim-brotherhoods-muslim-american-society.html
9870  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Not-So-Secret America on: July 21, 2010, 12:22:25 AM
http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2010/07/not-so-secret-america.html

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Not-So-Secret America

Judging from the first two installments, the Washington Post series on the intelligence community--and its over-reliance on contractors--is more marketing and hype, instead of original reporting.

With its flashy graphics (click on the map the see if there's an intel facility in your town!) and slick packaging, the highly-publicized series, authored by Dana Priest and William Arkin, practically screams "Pulitzer nominee," but there's little new information below the banner headlines.
9871  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: July 18, 2010, 05:59:32 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7896463/CIA-suspects-Iranian-nuclear-defector-who-returned-to-Tehran-was-a-double-agent.html

CIA suspects Iranian nuclear defector who returned to Tehran was a double agent

The CIA is investigating whether Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US but last week flew back to Tehran, was a double agent.
 
By Philip Sherwell in New York and William Lowther in Washington
Published: 5:04PM BST 17 Jul 2010

The strange case of Shahram Amiri has puzzled US intelligence chiefs who approved a $5 million payment to him for information about Iran's illicit nuclear programme.

9872  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Gurkhas and their Kukris on: July 18, 2010, 05:06:00 PM
Fcuking Bullshiite!
9873  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 07:48:39 PM
Interesting. I think the AGW advocates have the same policy endgame in mind.
9874  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 04:06:40 PM
Should we outlaw any further scientific research ?
9875  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 15, 2010, 04:04:31 PM


Reynolds v. U.S.: 1879 - Congress Strengthens Anti-bigamy Law, The Supreme Court Destroys Mormons' Hopes

Read more: Reynolds v. U.S.: 1879 - Congress Strengthens Anti-bigamy Law, The Supreme Court Destroys Mormons' Hopes, Suggestions For Further Reading http://law.jrank.org/pages/2652/Reynolds-v-U-S-1879.html#ixzz0tmrwpX22
9876  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 03:37:27 PM
The debate should be based on reality and not hype and exaggeration. The vast majority of the privacy invasions cited below were voluntary transactions with private entities.
9877  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 03:09:04 PM
What if the wallet was lined with foil?
9878  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 02:52:31 PM
GPS -- Global positioning chips are now appearing in everything from U.S. passports, cell phones, to cars.

So, knowing what you know about RFID chips, is the above line from the post below accurate? Can you track a person globally using the RFID in a passport?
9879  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 02:07:57 PM
http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/208/48/

A how-to on building a RFID blocking wallet. Sorry, nothing on hats.....
9880  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Libertarian Issues on: July 15, 2010, 01:34:32 PM
Crafty,

Can we change the title of this thread to "Unhinged paranoia" or something else more accurate?
9881  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: July 14, 2010, 10:52:38 PM
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2006/01/israels-trail-of-tears.html

"Land for peace" didn't work out so well for the native peoples of north america, right JDN?
9882  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism: on: July 13, 2010, 06:39:19 PM
Notice only the eeeeeeevil Fox News is covering the above story. If the Bush Administration's DOJ was not prosecuting the KKK for intimidating black voters in identical circumstances, would the media be silent?
9883  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: July 13, 2010, 06:24:12 PM
I doubt very much that the wall was built that way without good reason.
9884  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: July 13, 2010, 12:09:27 PM
And why did Israel build the barrier?

http://michellemalkin.com/2006/04/17/terror-in-tel-aviv/
9885  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 13, 2010, 01:37:39 AM
My experience does not correspond with yours. As a student in non-elite schools, I've been subject to profs who felt their role was that of propagandist for post-modern neo-marxist dogma. As a criminal justice student, I took a class on sexual assault, and instead of actually getting useful information on the subject to enhance my skills as a law enforcement officer I got to read on how America was a "rape culture" and every sexual act between a man and a woman was an act of rape because no woman in our society could truly give consent, and any woman who thought she did was a victim of "false consciousness".

I took a class on "multicultural communication" which was nothing but a extended rant by the prof on the evils of America, western civilization and anything remotely christian, heterosexual and/or white.

In addition, I had a personal connection to an academic who was the product of a elite schools and seeking a tenure track position in academia in those school. She was utterly terrified of me dooming her career because of my line of work and political opinions. She was a wide-eyed believer in all the leftist drivel she had been immersed in since since her undergrad days.
9886  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Kagan on: July 13, 2010, 01:04:44 AM
Yeah, just like electing a president with no executive experience, it should work out just as well. Did she release her academic records, or are they a state secret like Obama's?
9887  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2010, 12:57:54 PM
BD, see any patterns here?


http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/concealed-carry-on-campus/?singlepage=true

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guideDesc.asp?type=aca
9888  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2010, 12:15:28 PM
**PC makes a very strong case, of course.**


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.

**I've always wondered how those that argue the above is a collective right don't think the amendment below is also just a collective and not individual right.**

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
9889  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 12, 2010, 07:53:54 AM
Wow, a liberal judge legislating from the bench. Shocking....
9890  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2010, 07:51:24 AM
I know of many college courses that neither focus on nor support this particular interpretation of the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment in particular. 

**Maybe as many as a dozen, I bet.**  rolleyes
9891  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Debt Commission's gloomy picture on: July 11, 2010, 11:30:05 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100712/ap_on_bi_ge/us_governors_debt_commission

Debt commission leaders paint gloomy picture
           
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Glen Johnson, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 36 mins ago
BOSTON – The heads of President Barack Obama's national debt commission painted a gloomy picture Sunday as the United States struggles to get its spending under control.

9892  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Whitewashing black racism on: July 11, 2010, 01:48:54 PM
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/07/09/whitewashing-black-racism/

Useful idiots.
9893  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The War on Drugs on: July 11, 2010, 09:43:20 AM
I have said before that my position is that for strategic purposes, I support legalization of drugs, understanding that very ugly consequences will result from that policy decision.
9894  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: July 11, 2010, 09:00:17 AM
The islamic death cult has no interest in non-violence Might as well speculate about meat eating vegans.
9895  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The War on Drugs on: July 11, 2010, 08:57:21 AM
Anti-tobacco laws, education and taxes have cut smoking in adults from about 50% to about 20%. Are we better or worse off for these efforts as a country?
9896  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 10, 2010, 04:33:35 PM
Except in recent years the balance has been getting too federal, and too paramilitary.

Roughly, there are about 7.5 local/state LEOs for every federal LEO, and the vast majority of those feds have jurisdictions over federal reservations, facilities, prisons or act as investigators for the Inspectors General prosecuting waste/fraud/abuse inside federal agencies. As far as paramilitary, the US adopted the paramilitary model for uniformed police agencies from Sir Robert Peel's Metropolitan Police around 1833.
9897  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 09, 2010, 10:46:16 PM
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/83c978de-8b8a-11df-ab4d-00144feab49a.html

America: Optimism on hold
By Alan Beattie and Robin Harding

Published: July 9 2010 20:40 | Last updated: July 9 2010 20:40


 
Shopped out: downtime at the Mall of America, one of the biggest in the US. Job growth remains too slow to support the rise in consumption required for a self-sustaining recovery


A month ago, it all seemed to be going so well. Growth in the US economy was picking up. The financial system was, mainly, functioning. The risk of contagion from Europe had diminished after an unprecedented €110bn ($139bn, £91bn) bail-out from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Things were creeping back towards normality.

Then in early June, as Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, put it, the economy hit “an invisible wall”. The US had a run of bad news – disappointing job growth; unexpectedly low employment; indices suggesting manufacturing and services losing momentum; renewed jitters from Europe’s sovereign debt markets and its banks. While most economists think it unlikely this heralds the famous double-dip recession feared by policymakers, it does come at a time when America’s monetary and fiscal authorities are struggling for room to manoeuvre.
9898  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 09, 2010, 06:46:04 PM
Well, from the beginning, the federalists and anti-federalists were forced to compromise. The concept of checks and balances on power was well understood by the founders, and the mosaic of law enforcement entities that exist in the US today evolved from that concept.
9899  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 09, 2010, 06:10:31 PM
The founding fathers had law enforcement, including federal law enforcement from the dawn of the American Republic, knowing full well that there are always the need for such things, even amongst a moral, spiritual people.
9900  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 09, 2010, 04:39:04 PM
Really? How would the citizens know a sheriff was engaging in criminal activities if there was no investigation and prosecution?
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