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1801  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: July 27, 2011, 12:53:07 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Office_of_the_Independent_Counsel

The politics around the special prosecutor led Congress to refuse to re-up the statute.
1802  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: July 27, 2011, 12:20:24 PM
Congress hasn't had the statutory authority to name a special prosecutor since 1999.
1803  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / SA on violent action on: July 25, 2011, 10:20:32 PM
Here is an article from Scientific American that might be of interest here.  It was written in the wake of the Rep. Giffords shooting in AZ, but seems applicable here.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=anger-management-self-control
1804  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: bastards on: July 23, 2011, 02:01:46 PM

Wait, are we sure this wasn't the Tea Party or people upset about Obamacare?

You were right, GM.  It seems that the early reports of an aQ connected group claiming responsibility were wrong. 

"A 32-year-old Norwegian was arrested and charged with terrorism, but police have not officially released his name. Local media has identified the man as Anders Behring Breivik, who has been described as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist."
1805  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Gerber on Thomas on: July 23, 2011, 10:20:12 AM
An article most of you will like:

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202504720006&Its_not_Thomasgate&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1
1806  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Who owns America? on: July 23, 2011, 06:39:26 AM
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/21/who-owns-america-hint-its-not-china/?hpt=hp_bn2
1807  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 84 kids on: July 23, 2011, 05:57:34 AM
I have taught my children never to assume that a person with a badge at the door is a police officer and to call the police if someone knocks on the door when I am not home.  This is common practice, because safety experts realized a long time ago that people can pose as police officers to enter the home. 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07/23/norway.explosion/index.html?iref=BN1&hpt=hp_t1

It was while authorities were searching for survivors of the mid-afternoon bombing in Oslo that a man wearing a police uniform and identifying himself as a officer arrived by boat at Utoya island, where word was spreading among the campers about the explosion in the capital, Pracon said.

The hundreds teens and young adults attending the camp were gathered in a large meeting room where camp organizers were sharing information about the bombing in Olso when the police officer asked if he could address the group, Pracon said.

"We, of course, allowed him to come" in and address the group, Pracon said.

1808  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / "What's wrong with these guys?" on: July 23, 2011, 05:27:17 AM
It is still fun to watch this.

1809  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / bastards on: July 22, 2011, 03:34:34 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/world/europe/23oslo.html?_r=2&hp
1810  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Other Weapons on: July 22, 2011, 08:38:26 AM
I feel like we are 2 seconds away from hearing: "Bring out the Gimp!"
1811  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 20, 2011, 06:36:50 PM
That's pretty funny.
1812  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Older Warrior on: July 19, 2011, 02:27:06 PM
or a "never was".

As the country music song says "I ain't as young as I once was, but I am as young once as I ever was."

I thought this exact thing when I read the article. 

I am glad you liked it C-Mighty Dog.
1813  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Ballard: The Age of Descent on: July 19, 2011, 09:16:23 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1188159/index.htm

A nice, short article about remaining active as you age.
1814  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Power of Word on: July 17, 2011, 07:10:09 PM
I find crimes of any type against children to be especially emotional for me.  This is one of the worst that I am of aware of some time.  I share sadness for the child and the parents... and the community.
1815  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Jefferson, letter to Judge Roane, 1821 on: July 17, 2011, 07:07:41 PM
This is a good quote, but keep in mind he had a long time dispute with John Marshall.  Kin is funny that way.



"The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, 1821

1816  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 51st state? on: July 14, 2011, 07:33:22 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/51st-state-small-step-forward-long-shot-south-233234624.html
1817  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2011, 08:37:11 PM
GM: Thanks for the post.  Did the ACLU support the language for policy change, the rape manual, or both? 
1818  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2011, 08:19:24 PM
Although it is in Boston, this conference might interest several of you.

http://conconcon.org/
1819  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 12, 2011, 06:57:17 AM
If I understand the case correctly (and I may not), the issue was the age of consent.  The age of consent is a legal definition, set by a legislature.  There is nothing magical about the age of consent, as seen by a variety of ages for sexual and marital consent from state to state.  That would make any attempt to either alter the age of consent or abolish it all together political speech.

I don't like NAMBLA, I don't understand NAMBLA, I don't condone NAMBLA.  I'll never fund NAMBLA, join NAMBLA, or befriend anyone I know is a member of NAMBLA.  That does not mean that NAMBLA lacks political speech rights. 
1820  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mila Kunis and a U.S. Marine on: July 11, 2011, 06:59:51 PM
Another reason to see every movie Mila Kunis makes:

http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/1693-mila-kunis-accepts-marines-invite-to-corps-ball
1821  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 11, 2011, 06:53:43 PM
GM: It was you who said that the Stalinist history of the ACLU should not be ignored, but you are quite open to overlooking the socialist history of the Pledge.  Why is this?  While I recognize the differences between Marxism, communism, Stalism, and socialism, those on the right simply conflate them.  So, yes, for the sake of this argument, I am quite willing to let them be morally equivilant.

Are you seriously trying to argue that NAMBLA is threatening to the republic?  Let's go back to your original contention that ACLU members hate the republic.  I have serious doubt that NAMBLA will lead to the demise of the US as we know it.  I find that particular organization to be disgusting, with reprehensible goals. 

According to the ACLU, here is the reason that it supported NAMBLA:

Why did the ACLU represent NAMBLA?
The ACLU of Massachusetts' represented members of NAMBLA because, while the ACLU does not advocate sexual relationships between adults and children, we do advocate robust freedom of speech. This lawsuit struck at the heart of the First Amendment. It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something people find reasonable. The defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people reject. For more information about the case, please contact the ACLU of Massachusetts.

For the record, I think it is important for the ACLU, or other organizations, to protect free political speech.  It is easy to support popular causes.  It is not so easy to support the controversial ones. 

Voltaire springs to mind here.

1822  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 11, 2011, 08:22:43 AM
No more so than we should dismiss the socialist agenda of the author of the Pledge.
1823  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 11, 2011, 07:41:46 AM
Is child porn protected by the First Amendment, GM?  If not, it is NOT an outcome.  I provided you with a list of cases that the ACLU has supported at the USSC and won.  Those ARE outcomes.  Did you look at the list?  Did you see the protected speech?  The protected press?  Probably not.  I realize that no matter what the ACLU does, you will not change your mind.  Once your mind is made up, there is no changing it.  No matter what.  I am glad that you can justify your socialist leaning with the Pledge of Allegiance, though.  Well played!
1824  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 11, 2011, 06:01:16 AM
Two words don't change the history of the Pledge or the meaning of the other words.  Tere is a guy who stands tall and wants to end the use of the socialist indoctrination of the Pledge (see below).  If you can't ignore history, you can't ignore history, GM.  But, if you are willing to look at the outcomes, say the protection of liberties involving speech, press, and religion (even the exercise thereof) like the ACLU has a, well, history of working toward, then I guess you can accept the change that two little words in the Pledge can make....

http://thatsrightnate.com/2009/07/30/the-socialist-threat-of-the-pledge-of-allegiance/
1825  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 10, 2011, 10:36:34 PM
No way.  That is just a convenient marriage of the socialist and Congress.  Just because it has "under God" in there now does not mean you can ignore the socialist history of the Pledge.  We must stop this socialist movement from entering our schools.  They poison our children's minds at such a young age.  Once the pledge is socialist, it is always socialist. 
1826  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 10, 2011, 10:10:38 PM
GM: Do you refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance since it was written by a socialist?

You simply can't ignore the socialist roots of this pledge, and its goal to undermine the republic.  It is SOCIALISM!!!!!!!!

http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm
1827  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) & the 4th Amendment on: July 10, 2011, 03:58:28 PM
Very interesting.  While I still do not like the presence of cameras on every street corner, the unintended consequence here is a nice one.  Thanks for sharing this article also.
1828  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 10, 2011, 03:56:32 PM
Ah, but despite the image they attempt to cultivate, they do not defend the constitutional rights of everyone, just those that fit their leftist agenda.

Lefties like Limbaugh and Nazis. 
1829  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: July 10, 2011, 03:54:40 PM
Thanks for keeping us up to date with this story, GM.  It is indeed an important story to follow. 
1830  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 10, 2011, 06:39:22 AM
Yes BD, let's just gloss over the Stalinist origins of the American Criminal Liberties Union, and their use of the US legal system to undercut this country by citing a few constitutional amendments and Rush Limbaugh.

Pay no attention to the commies behind the curtain.....

GM: You claimed that "No one with an American Criminal Liberties Union membership has anything but contempt for the republic."  While you take the name in a misleading manner, you spoke in absolutes.  To make such an absolute statement demands that you poll everyone with an ACLU membership, or anyone who has ever held an ACLU membership, and make sure that nary a one has "anything but contempt for the republic." 

I then provided you with a list of cases that the ACLU has taken to the USSC and won.  On this list are cases that strengthened individual freedoms, including many cases related to free speech and the free exercise of religion.  Many of the cases stem from issues regarding the 4th and 6th Amendments. 

As you might know, the Constitution is the document that leads, and in some ways defines, the republic.  Yet, when I use it to debunk the argument that made in absolutists tones, you say I hide behind it???  The nerve I have to hide behind a few constitutional amendments! 

1831  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 09, 2011, 09:22:38 PM
"Some conservatives don’t like that it
defends pornography, but occasionally
the ACLU pleasantly surprises
conservatives. Colorado state Sen. Greg
Brophy, a Republican, had jokingly
suggested he wanted an “ACLUSUX”
vanity license plate. He was taken aback
when the ACLU offered to defend his
right to express that sentiment on a
license plate."

Also, As I recall Stalin was anti religion of any sort.  So, wouldn't defending the rights of Muslims be anti-Stalinist?
1832  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 09, 2011, 06:31:29 PM
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur59.htm

Let's see: Free speech, press, and religion; 4th and 6th Amendment; and protecting civil rights.... f'ing pinkos. 

I remember when the ACLU supported Rush Limbaugh's medical privacy.  Just because he ate reds doesn't make him a communist.



 
1833  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 09, 2011, 09:26:34 AM
The US was allied with the Soviet Union during WWII.  Does that mean that the entire "Greatest Generation" was also unAmerican? 
1834  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 08, 2011, 08:09:17 PM
There is a rich literature about justices' decisions to retire.  If you are interested in some particular articles, let me know.

She has been on the bench for a long time.  There is no shame in choosing to retire, whatever the reason and whenever the time.  I don't remember anyone saying that Jim Brown's legacy was tarnished because he retired "early". 

Separate issue: To say that an ACLU membership means that there is no love for the Republic is complete and utter nonsense.
1835  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Brits, Ruport Murdoch, and the lack of privacy on: July 06, 2011, 11:28:47 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/04/news-of-the-world-hacked-milly-dowler_n_889809.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/news-of-the-world-hacking_n_891333.html#s303541&title=March_2002
1836  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Rad Martinez is my new favorite fighter on: July 06, 2011, 09:03:13 PM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6724339
1837  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 30, 2011, 08:12:09 PM
With Bachmann and Pawlenty at the top, I wonder if this says more about proximity to Iowa than anything else.

Also, it should be noted that the winner in Iowa rarely goes on to the White House.  However, a poor showing in Iowa can sound the death knell of a campaign. 
1838  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Sarkozy nearly dragged into crowd on: June 30, 2011, 01:46:12 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43590932/ns/world_news-europe/?GT1=43001
1839  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Children's freedom's on: June 29, 2011, 10:46:22 AM
This is an interesting thread at the moment.  I find the dichotomy in the recent USSC ruling to be fascinating.  Recently, the USSC has ruled that children at schools do not have the as many First Amendment and privacy rights as they used to.  Compare and contrast the famous Tinker v. Des Moines case with recent decisions about drug testing and the "Bong Hits for Jesus" case (in which the offending action took place outside of school!). 

From JDN: "I agree; parents should control their children, choose for their children, but not the Government.  What I think is appropriate for my child may be different than your thoughts for your child. 
Let the parents decide, not the government.  Or the government will decide more and more for you...."

I agree with the spirit of this.  There is a potential slippery slope here though.  What of a parent who decides that MAKING pornography is OK for kids?  What about drug/alcohol use?  Etc., etc.   

1840  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Educational downfall on: June 23, 2011, 01:04:04 PM
A sample of "interesting" answers given by students on exams:

http://shitmystudentswrite.tumblr.com/
1841  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 19, 2011, 08:51:08 PM
I don't have much time at the moment but let me say that I agree (mostly) with Charlie Savage, that I posted the Thomas piece because his name being in the news in this manner interests me a fair amount for a few reasons (including the loop that seems to exist with it in there), DMG is right about Thomas' voting record, and there are many checks on SC justices.
1842  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Justice Thomas in the news on: June 18, 2011, 08:01:38 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43451712/ns/politics-the_new_york_times
1843  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / SC expands juvenile Miranda Rights on: June 16, 2011, 09:22:32 PM
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/06/16/supreme-court-expands-juveniles-miranda-rights/
1844  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar and American Freedom on: June 15, 2011, 01:15:11 PM
Have you read his book?  It IS rather onimous. 
1845  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Enc. of the US Constitution on: June 15, 2011, 08:25:12 AM
A download of the entire Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution.  It is a BIG file.

http://www.suppressedreality.net/files/Docs/0816067635%20Constitution.pdf
1846  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 15, 2011, 06:01:14 AM
This was an interesting article, Guro.  I find the dichotomy of the following two pieces somewhat odd, though.

"Known for piercing and sometimes inaccurate commentary..."

"She’s described as meticulous and worried about the finer details..."
1847  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: June 14, 2011, 10:26:09 PM
I don't like that Rick Perry called for the succession of Texas.

I like Webb.  He has an interesting cross party affiliation.  He also comes out well in a favorite book of mine called "The Nightingale's Song."

I would love to see a good third party candidate, but Bloomberg isn't that guy.  I like the freedom to own firearms. 
1848  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14 on: June 14, 2011, 08:54:10 PM
Thank you!
1849  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14 on: June 14, 2011, 08:03:34 PM
Forgive my ignorance please: is there a link to pay for this online?  Or do we pay upon arrival?
1850  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 14, 2011, 06:16:34 PM
So, would a law have to be passed that said "No funds may be spent for KMA Libya"?

Yes.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/02/pentagon-to-congress-dont-cut-funds-for-libya-operation/
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