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9901  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How would sheriff supremacy address this? on: July 09, 2010, 04:00:32 PM
NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFF PLEADS GUILTY TO

ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER'S PHONE CALLS



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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Sheriff in North Carolina pled guilty today to wiretapping and recording a high school teacher's telephone calls, which the Sheriff intended to use to force the teacher out of his job.

Mitchell County Sheriff Vernon Lowell Bishop, 37, who was indicted last June by a federal grand jury in Charlotte, admitted that he directed his deputies to illegally record a Mitchell County High School teacher's conversations, which the teacher made from his home on a cordless phone.

Count one of the three-count indictment charged Bishop with intentionally procuring a deputy sheriff, who worked at Bishop's direction, to illegally record the teacher's conversations for the purpose of forcing the teacher out of his job. The second and third counts of the indictment charged Bishop with intentionally disclosing the contents of the illegally recorded conversations to members of the school system and the press in order to further his purpose. Today, Bishop pled guilty to the first count of the indictment and the government agreed to dismiss the other two charges.

"It is especially troubling when those who are charged with protecting the public abuse their positions of power and violate the public trust," said Mark T. Calloway, U.S. Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Law enforcement has a duty to bring to justice those in law enforcement who knowingly violate the law."

The charges stem from an investigation by the North Carolina SBI and the Justice Department.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the terms of the plea agreement, the United States has agreed to recommend that Bishop be sentenced to either home detention and/or probation. In addition, Bishop has agreed to compensate the teacher $15,339 for lost wages as a result of Bishop's illegal conduct. Under North Carolina law, the felony conviction will prevent Bishop from working in law enforcement again. The court has not yet set a date for sentencing.

"As this case demonstrates, the Justice Department will vigorously enforce federal legislation designed to ensure the privacy of all Americans,"said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kevin Di Gregory.

The case was prosecuted by William Boyum, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Asheville, North Carolina, and Marc J. Zwillinger, Trial Attorney, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division.
9902  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 09, 2010, 01:27:19 PM
What would it hurt (and who would it benefit) if the FBI, IRS, BATF, etc. were doing this in every county? Why would the federal government oppose such common sense practices that they should already be doing anyways?

**What of the justice for murdered civil rights workers in sheriff Rainey's jurisdiction with sheriff supremacy?
9903  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Good thing there was an FBI on: July 09, 2010, 09:34:59 AM
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/price&bowers/Rainey.htm

Sheriff Lawrence Rainey

Lawrence Rainey was the forty-one-year-old, gruff, barrel-chested, tobacco-chewing sheriff of Neshoba County in 1964.  He was arrested in December of  1964 on charges of conspiring with at least eighteen other persons to deprive three civil rights workers of their civil rights.  The charges grew out of the brutal murders of Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney on June 21 in rural Neshoba County.  Rainey was acquitted in the October, 1967 Mississippi Burning Trial.
Rainey was elected sheriff in November, 1963.  In campaign speeches he told listeners he was "the man who can cope with situations that might arise."  Given the rising racial tensions and Rainey's reputation for being tough on blacks, there was little doubt what sort of "situations" Rainey was referring to.

Rainey was a born and raised in Neshoba County.  He attended school through the eighth grade, then found work as a mechanic before entering law enforcement.  In October, 1959, working as a Philadelphia, Mississippi police officer, Rainey shot and killed a black man from Chicago as he was complying with Rainey's order to get out of his car.  No charges against Rainey grew out of the incident.  His reputation for brutality grew.  In one particularly vicious incident, Rainey participated in the whipping with a heavy leather belt of a black who had been stripped naked.

To those who were white and neither labor organizers or civil rights workers, Rainey was downright friendly.  According to one Rainey supporter, "He had a grin, a wave, and a good word for every friend he met."  The gregarious sheriff wore a Stetson hat, cowboy boots, and a loaded six-shooter as he wielded his considerable discretionary power in Neshoba County.

On June 21, 1964, at the time of the civil rights workers' arrests, Rainey was in Meridian visiting his sick wife at the hospital.  Although he stopped at the courthouse around 8 p.m. that evening, it is not clear that he learned of the civil rights workers arrest and later release until he talked to Deputy Sheriff  Cecil Price at the jail sometime after midnight.  According to Rainey, Price told him that the three had been released about 10:30 p.m.  What is highly likely, given the close relationship between the sheriff and his deputy and their common hatred of civil rights workers, is that in that meeting Rainey was told in detail of the successful execution of the conspiracy to murder Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney.  It is, of course, quite possible that Rainey was himself involved in the conspiracy, although this was not proven successfully at trial.

Following his arrest on conspiracy charges, Rainey became a virtual folk hero to local whites.  He received applause, pats on the back, gifts, and even was sought to endorse products and services ranging from chewing tobacco to chiropractic back pain treatments.

Rainey's term as sheriff ended in November, 1967.  After his trial, Rainey was unable to find employment in law enforcement.   He accepted work as a security guard first at a supermarket, then at the Meridian Mall.  Rainey complained in the mid-seventies, "The FBI set out to break me of everything l had, then keep me down where I could never get another start, and they done it."

Rainey suffered from throat cancer and tongue cancer.  He died on November 8, 2002 at age 79.
9904  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 09, 2010, 09:12:04 AM
  Those Feds will derive their authoritay from where?

**The first federal law enforcement agency (US Marshals) was created by President George Washington following the passage of the judiciary Act of 1789 by congress. They seemed to be under the impression that they had the authority to do so. The very same George Washington sent US Marshals and federal troops to put down a tax rebellion at gunpoint.** 

The citizens of the county or some faceless "them"?

**That was George Washington and the first congress, duly elected and empowered by the brand new constitution.**

  This Dissociation is at the root of "inside the beltway" and the rest of the country.........

**I dunno, the rule of law has worked out pretty well for us. The founding fathers were obviously fans.**
9905  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 08, 2010, 05:28:32 PM
1. The idea of the powerful elected sheriff tends only to exist in the western US. In some parts of the US, the sheriff is mostly empowered to serve legal process and run the county jail, if that.

2. Local control doesn't mean corruption-free. In fact, often local level law enforcement can reflect local level power structures that can be quite corrupt. The fact that state and federal law enforcement entities are lurking about acts as a separation of powers that provides oversight and protection to the public that the "benevolent dictator" model of the sheriff does not.

3. The idea that federal law enforcement is actively oppressing the public is more the result of active imaginations motivated by political agendas rather than a tangible reality. Ballpark, there are a total of about 30,000 FBI special agents. That's not much in a nation of 300+ million people. The NYPD is bigger. The FBI is empowered by congress to enforce about 300 or so federal laws. Laws that most people have no dealings with at all.
9906  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: States Rights on: July 08, 2010, 09:30:21 AM
Sheriff 1st legislation would formally declare that all federal agents and officers must give notice of, and seek permission before, any arrest, search, or seizure occurs. Thus, federal agents and officers seeking to enforce unconstitutional laws must go through the county Sheriff first.


**Bad idea. The current mishmash of various overlapping local, state, federal agencies is actually the best model for law enforcement in a free society.**
9907  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 08, 2010, 09:10:38 AM

The press is not 24/7 surveillance either

**They sure can be.**
, nor do they have a bunch of guys with guns and tanks to do something to you when you complain

**Where do you live to have tanks do something to you when you complain? Have tanks done something to you in the past?**

...........  A video camera checking out a neighborhood for a photo op. is a whole lot different from trying to shoot video thru doors and windows of a private residence too.  The Press gets in touble for that- papparazzi is get poppped and and some court action ensues all the time for doing things like that.
 Do the same to law enforcement getting equally intolerable and what happens..........

**What does happen?**

Yes the media is a PITA, but they are also the people's eyes and ears.  Yes, Virginia, they are biased but at least their barking let's you know something is happening.   The Government can be way more than that, and they are sneaky bastards, and they may be trying to pull a fast one in return for.......?

**Someday, someone will make a coherent arguement instead of hysterical tinfoil ramblings on this topic, i'm sure of it.**

9908  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Running on empty on: July 07, 2010, 07:44:57 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/07/state-local-govts-eyeing-layoffs-as-porkulus-expires/

Running out of other people's money.
9909  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 07, 2010, 06:42:41 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/your-money/04stra.html?_r=2

His advice: individual investors should move completely out of the market and hold cash and cash equivalents, like Treasury bills, for years to come. (For traders with a fair amount of skill and willingness to embrace risk, he suggests other alternatives, like shorting the market or making bets on volatility.) But ultimately, “the decline will lead to one of the best investment opportunities ever,” he said.

Buy-and-hold stock investors will be devastated in a crash much worse than the declines of 2008 and early 2009 or the worst years of the Great Depression or the Panic of 1873, he predicted.

For a rough parallel, he said, go all the way back to England and the collapse of the South Sea Bubble in 1720, a crash that deterred people “from buying stocks for 100 years,” he said. This time, he said, “If I’m right, it will be such a shock that people will be telling their grandkids many years from now, ‘Don’t touch stocks.’ ”

The Dow, which now stands at 9,686.48, is likely to fall well below 1,000 over perhaps five or six years as a grand market cycle comes to an end, he said. That unraveling, combined with a depression and deflation, will make anyone holding cash “extremely grateful for their prudence.”
9910  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 07, 2010, 06:40:01 PM
Every law enforcement agency is struggling right now.
9911  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 07, 2010, 06:23:53 PM
Spin it however you wish, but the legal principle is the same. Say it with me "No reasonable expectation of privacy". I knew you could.
9912  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Rev. Wright's DOJ on: July 07, 2010, 01:37:02 PM
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/breaking-former-doj-officials-stepping-forward-to-support-j-christian-adams/?singlepage=true

Corroborated.
9913  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Who's side is Obama on? on: July 07, 2010, 12:00:43 PM
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/babeu-death-threats-7-5-2010

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a strong supporter of Arizona's new immigration law, is receiving threats against his life.

He's been very outspoken about the need to secure the borders, and the topic is a controversial one.

Outside law enforcements have been brought in to investigate the threats and have found them credible.

Chief Deputy Steve Henry said some of the threats come from the Mexican mafia and drug cartel members.

Sheriff Babeu declined personal security detail. He decided not to request funding for security detail at this time, because the county resources are already stretched.

**Nice to have Obama's Justice Department acting on behalf of the Black Panthers and Mexican drug cartels, isn't it.**
9914  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 07, 2010, 01:09:35 AM
So what you are saying is that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public space, right?
9915  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: July 07, 2010, 12:07:09 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/06/video-the-nice-young-man-eric-holder-left-off-the-hook/

Aren't you Obama voters proud of him and his appointees?
9916  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 06, 2010, 10:24:48 PM
But cameras in public places are like a orwellian police state or something....  evil
9917  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government Programs, spending, budget process on: July 06, 2010, 10:19:40 PM
Legal aliens pay taxes and like US citizens, face civil and criminal penalties for failing to do so. Illegal aliens skirt the system, while enjoying taxpayers funded goods.
9918  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government Programs, spending, budget process on: July 06, 2010, 08:49:15 PM
So California is just a couple million illegal aliens away from financial success, right?
9919  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: July 06, 2010, 08:46:06 PM
Steele needs to go, though the statement could have meant that Afghanistan was Obama's good war that Obama allegedly wanted to win when Obama was running for the presidency.
9920  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Buraq Hussein Obama and "Them Jews" on: July 06, 2010, 10:22:10 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502889.html

A Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the foreign minister made his comments, said Obama plans to press the Israeli leader to apologize to defuse tensions.

"The president is very concerned about the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations," the diplomat said. Asked if he thought Obama could persuade Netanyahu to apologize, the diplomat added: "I'm sure he'll give it the college try."

**Wow! Who could have forseen this?**
9921  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Hall of Shame on: July 05, 2010, 07:42:37 PM
I weep for my country.
9922  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: July 05, 2010, 04:25:18 PM
Very well said.
9923  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: July 05, 2010, 04:19:43 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/05/how-the-mcdonald-decision-shows-that-activism-works/

The new mainstream.
9924  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Die Less Often: Interface of Gun, Knife and Emtpy Hand on: July 04, 2010, 12:52:09 PM
I wouldn't make any statement upon being mirandized.

You don't mirandize victims.

You don't mirandize witnesses.

You do mirandize suspects, either because they are in custody or may soon be and you want to ensure admissability of any incriminating statements.



9925  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Die Less Often: Interface of Gun, Knife and Emtpy Hand on: July 04, 2010, 12:27:10 PM
IMHO, when you are getting MIRANDIZED, it's god's way of telling you to lawyer up!
9926  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: July 04, 2010, 08:46:34 AM
Amazing how islam can destroy a society from within.
9927  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Door Work, Bouncing, Bodyguarding on: July 02, 2010, 10:09:43 AM
Open hands, palms facing outward at shoulder level says "Hey, I don't want any problems here" while allowing one to be positioned to deal with any problems that might initiate from that point. There is a law enforcement concept of a "reactionary gap" you don't let anyone get inside.

The 21 foot rule? not real practical, but a concept of some sort of gap is better than none.  It gives one a "threat upgrade/ wake up" line if nothing else.

reactionary gap
Definition: The space and distance between an officer and a subject
Context: For law enforcement officers, the rule of thumb for creating a reactionary gap is to
maintain a distance of at least six feet from a subject.
9928  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How did four Supreme Court justices wind up arguing against the Constitution? on: July 01, 2010, 03:05:33 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/07/01/how-did-four-supreme-court-justices-wind-up-arguing-against-the-constitution/


Leftism trumps constitution for four.
9929  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Door Work, Bouncing, Bodyguarding on: July 01, 2010, 12:48:02 PM
Agreed.
9930  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Door Work, Bouncing, Bodyguarding on: July 01, 2010, 11:53:56 AM
The body language should say  "Hey, I don't want any problems here", but I didn't say that's what you should verbalize.

I'm a fan of "Stop right there!". Done in such a manner as to convey "command presence".
9931  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Door Work, Bouncing, Bodyguarding on: July 01, 2010, 11:33:28 AM
Open hands, palms facing outward at shoulder level says "Hey, I don't want any problems here" while allowing one to be positioned to deal with any problems that might initiate from that point. There is a law enforcement concept of a "reactionary gap" you don't let anyone get inside.
9932  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 01, 2010, 11:10:46 AM
The LA County Sheriff's Dept. will provide police services under contract to Maywood.
9933  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 'Son of Hamas' granted US asylum on: June 30, 2010, 04:12:38 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10469572.stm

'Son of Hamas' granted US asylum
Page last updated at 18:28 GMT, Wednesday, 30 June 2010 19:28 UK
Mr Yousef said he grew disillusioned with Hamas The son of a founder of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is to be granted asylum in the US, a judge has ruled.

Mosab Hassan Yousef said he became a spy for Israel's intelligence service and converted to Christianity before moving to California in 2007.

He went public earlier this year when he published his memoir called Son of Hamas.

9934  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US State Budget Crises Threaten Social Fabric on: June 30, 2010, 09:04:46 AM
http://www.cnbc.com/id/37973984

US State Budget Crises Threaten Social Fabric

Published: Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | 10:43 AM ET Text Size By: By Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times DiggBuzz FacebookTwitter More Share
The small southern California city of Maywood has hit on a unique solution to its budget crisis. Crushed by the recession and falling tax revenues, the city is disbanding its police force and firing all public sector employees.

Maywood has opted for an extreme solution, by contracting out all public services, including the most basic, to save cash. But it is not alone.


States around the US are cutting costs wherever possible as they prepare budgets for the fiscal year that starts this week for most of them. Their combined deficit is projected to reach $112 billion by June 2011.
9935  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: June 30, 2010, 08:32:41 AM
As I've said before, invest in metals. Guns, ammo and canned food.
9936  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: June 29, 2010, 09:08:03 PM
I am a strong advocate for law abiding citizens to be able to carry. The vast majority of working cops take this stance as we are well aware that American law enforcement, as pro-active as we might try to be, are basically stuck responding to crime after the fact. We are not omniscient, and certainly not omnipresent. Bottom line, you are responsible for protecting yourself and your family.
9937  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Soviet style purges on: June 29, 2010, 08:19:48 PM
Note that MoveOn has purged it's "General Betray-us" video from it's website. Kind of like how the Soviets would remove purged party officials from their books, documentation.

"We have always been at war with Eastasia".
9938  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Legislative Intent on: June 29, 2010, 07:16:20 PM

http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/united_states.htm

E.  Sources for Legislative Intent
                Legal researchers may need to look beyond the enacted language of a statute to find the intent of the lawmakers in drafting the law.  Legislative history research may be used as a means of interpreting a statute.  The sources for legislative intent follow the history of the passage of the law, from introduction to committee documentation to floor debate and Presidential remarks.
9939  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: June 29, 2010, 05:02:00 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/29/petraeus-the-commitment-to-afghanistan-is-necessarily-an-enduring-one/

“Insurgent leaders view their tactical and operational losses in 2010 as inevitable and acceptable. The Taliban believe they can outlast the Coalition’s will to fight and believe this strategy will be effective despite short-term losses. The Taliban also believe they can sustain momentum and maintain operational capacity,” he wrote.
9940  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Awkward: Dems trying to recast Petraeus as a savior on: June 29, 2010, 03:54:00 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/29/awkward-dems-trying-to-recast-petraeus-as-a-savior/

David Petraeus trudged up to Capitol Hill today to win a certain confirmation from the Senate, and one has to wonder whether the general is considering the odd twists of history that have surrounded him.  Today, he’s the heroic commander tapped by Barack Obama in desperation to salvage his Afghanistan surge and to reinstill confidence in the war.  Three years ago, Obama’s allies in Congress and on the Left painted Petraeus as a very different figure, and The Hill reports on the awkward position Democrats now face:
9941  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Recovery Summer! on: June 29, 2010, 11:03:41 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/29/consumer-confidence-plunges-in-june/

Consumer confidence plunges in JuneShare posted at 11:36 am on June 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In yet another milepost for “Recovery Summer,” a new report on consumer confidence has the Dow down over 200 points this morning.  The Conference Board shows that consumers have pulled back much more significantly than analysts predicted, losing ten points in May:
Americans, worried about jobs and the sluggish economic recovery, are having a relapse in confidence, causing a widely watched index to tumble in June and raising concerns about consumer spending in the critical months ahead.
The Conference Board, a private research group based in New York, said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped almost 10 points to 52.9, down from the revised 62.7 in May. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had been expecting the reading to dip slightly to 62.8.
June’s reading marked the biggest drop since February, when the index fell 10 points. The index had risen for three straight months since then.
Both components of the index — one that measures how consumers feel now about the economy, the other that assesses their outlook over the next six months — dropped. The Present Situation Index decreased to 25.5 in June from 29.8 in May. The Expectations Index declined to 71.2 from 84.6.
The AP avoids the use of its favorite adverb until farther in the piece, when it describes the collapse in new-home sales previously announced this month.  Investors haven’t been fooled, however, as they note that the Dow has fallen almost 10% over the last two months.  Those holding capital have begun sheltering themselves from the storm.
Anne D’Innocenzio gets it right when she notes that unemployment is the big problem — and that it’s about to get worse:
Economists already had believed confidence will remain weak for at least another year because of stubbornly high unemployment. … A key issue is jobs. The Labor Department is expected to report on Friday that employers eliminated 110,000 jobs in June, and the jobless rate is expected to tick up slightly to 9.8 percent, from 9.7 percent in May, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. That follows a bleak report in May, which showed employers added 431,000 jobs but the vast majority were temporary census positions.
Recovery Summer, or Recovery Bummer?  Economists are beginning to wonder whether we’re heading into a double-dip recession, or whether the first one ever really ended:
Monday’s weak consumer spending data is the latest in a string of reports that has many Americans worried about a “double-dip” recession.
Then again, considering the unemployment rate has remained elevated, many Americans would be forgiven for thinking the recession that began in December 2007 still hasn’t ended. Notably, that’s the view of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the nation’s official arbiter of economic expansion and contraction.
Among the signs suggesting the NBER is right to hold off in declaring the recession over:
Housing Rolling Over: Last week’s housing numbers were horrific, especially the steep drop in new home sales. Still, Coldwell Banker CEO Jim Gillespie tried to put some lipstick on the proverbial pig on Tech Ticker last week.
Jobs Still Hard to Come By: Despite signs of recent progress, “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession,” a notably candid Vice President Joe Biden said Monday. Friday’s jobs report is expected to show overall payrolls declined by 115,000 in June.
Instead of Recovery Summer, it looks more like Midterm Malaise.
9942  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People on: June 29, 2010, 08:25:19 AM

http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2010/06/mcdonald-decision.html

It seems City Hall took delivery of 30 or 40 oxygen canisters early this AM. Daley is in full hyperventilation mode, blaming guns guns guns and attempting to ram through a whole bunch of delaying tactics or blatantly illegal ordinances that will accomplish nothing but wasting taxpayer dollars - which as we all know are few and far between nowadays.

Give it up Shanks - we can't protect everyone all the time and you are actively seeking to create more casualties as the city spirals into Detroit II. Give law abiding citizens a fair chance to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property.
9943  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: June 29, 2010, 07:59:32 AM
Want me to repost the polling for drug legalization?
9944  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 28, 2010, 12:53:42 PM
It's quite evident that the intent of the founders was the freedom of the press, and that it included businesses that owned such presses, and although the could not anticipate a coporate entity such as GE/NBC/MSNBC, they enjoy the same constitutional rights as a revolutionary era news sheet on a hand cranked printing press.
9945  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: June 28, 2010, 12:39:49 PM
Yes, I can foresee all sorts of problems. Alas they are eclipsed by the pathologies the current regimen brings daily.

Is there any number of citizens incarcerated, any amount of citizens killed, any degree of rights trampled upon that isn't acceptable collateral damage where the WOD is concerned?

If you think the rule of law is expensive, try living without it.
9946  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Do we legalize this? on: June 28, 2010, 12:26:28 PM

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-090323-drug-cartels-immigrants,0,4929405.story

WASHINGTON — Mexican drug cartels and their vast network of associates have branched out from their traditional business of narcotics trafficking and are now playing a central role in the multibillion-dollar-a-year business of illegal-immigrant smuggling, U.S. law-enforcement officials and other experts say.

The business of smuggling humans across the Mexico border has always been brisk, with many thousands coming across every year. But smugglers affiliated with the drug cartels have taken the enterprise to a new level -- and made it more violent -- by commandeering much of the operation from beginning to end from independent "coyotes," according to these officials and recent congressional testimony
9947  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: June 28, 2010, 11:51:40 AM
Is there anything you don't want legalized? Can you foresee any unpleasant consequences that might result from legalization?
9948  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sources and motivations are important on: June 28, 2010, 11:35:49 AM
My interest in stopping illegal immigration is the preservation of the rule of law and American ideals. America is a universal nation , not a "white" or european nation. We are founded on ideas, not a skin color or ethnicity. I welcome lawful immigrants who wish to become Americans, no matter from where on the planet they come from or what they look like, just so long as they love and honor this nation.

I want nothing to do with any racist group that holds an allegance to a race or ethnicity over their loyalty to this nation, no matter if it's the cofcc.org, La Raza or Obama's church of 20 + years.
9949  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / States have Powers, not Rights on: June 28, 2010, 10:42:22 AM
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My Dear Fellow Conservatives and Libertarians:

We need to give up this notion of “states’ rights.” First of all, it’s in bad taste. The phrase used to be code for “Jim Crow.” And while I’m certain that’s not true for 99% of us, we can — and should — do better than to emulate vile racists. Secondly, however, “states’ rights” is a misnomer. It’s an impossible thing. It doesn’t exist, and shouldn’t.

Let me explain.

I remember reading once somewhere that:

All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

In other words, individuals have rights, and governments are instituted with powers to protect those rights, and are (or ought to be) restricted from abusing them.

With me so far? Individuals have rights; governments have powers.
9950  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 28, 2010, 10:01:05 AM
You are avoiding answering my questions.
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