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Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She's a single mom working 2 jobs who's already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun.
Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey.
Allen said that she didn't know her permit didn't apply to New Jersey so when she was stopped for a minor traffic offense she told the police about her gun and her permit to carry. In this case, being honest may have cost her.
"The judge tried to tell me that telling the truth messed me up, my life up and the cop said the same thing. Me opening my mouth and speaking out he said I'm one out of ten people that spoke up and was honest and that got me in trouble," she said.
Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
I hope all you moms demanding "gun sense" are happy. Because your draconian gun laws are working. They're taking dangerous criminals like Shaneen Allen off the streets, and leaving her kids to fend for themselves.
Oh, but wait, elsewhere in New Jersey today…
Atlantic City: Shortly before noon a man was shot in the back at the corner of Connecticut and Drexel Avenues.
Camden: 2 people were shot this morning at the Regency House Apartment complex.
Winslow Township: A teen is recovering after a stray bullet hit her through a bedroom wall.
Paterson: A 19 year old man was arrested in the shooting death of 12 year old Genesis Rincon, who was killed while riding her scooter.
Newark: The homicide toll now stands at 44 after Edison Javier Vasquez Naranjo, 27, was found shot outside a home on the 200 block of 4th Street near the city's Branch Brook Park.
Putting a 27 year old single mom in prison surely would have prevented all that, right?
Of course not. Only an idiot, or a member of Moms Demand Action (but I repeat myself), would think otherwise.
All the feel-good legislation in the world wouldn't have stopped today's (or any other) shootings. And locking up Shaneen Allen is a travesty. She'll rot in jail just so preening soccer moms can feel good about themselves.
Because that's what our state calls "justice" these days.
That precious little snowflake on the opposing team might be a big fat candy-ass weenie, but if you call him a "big fat candy-ass weenie" you're gonna get ejected from the game.
Followed on Monday morning with a formal investigation by the NJ Division on Civil Rights in the state Attorney General's Office to determine if you should be charged with a hate crime.
No more trash talk, New Jersey just made it illegal.
New Jersey this season is believed to be the first state in the country to institute new biased-language rules for high school sports. Officials are carrying laminated cards in their pockets outlining what will be considered crossing the line between competitive back-and-forth banter and discriminatory language.
Whoop and shout after delivering a big hit and you might get a warning.
But drop the "N-word" and you're not only finished for that game and the next, but referees must report the infraction to the state's governing body for high school athletics, which then passes the player's name and the violation on to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights in the Attorney General's Office.
Calling an opponent a "faggot" also will end a player's day immediately. In fact, any verbal, written or physical conduct related to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability or sexual orientation is grounds for disqualification. After that, it can get a little tricky. In some instances, using the "F-word" is sure to get you tossed; in others, referees seemingly will have leeway to chalk it up to good-natured trash talking.
The new rules apply not only to football but every high school sport that uses officials. They also extend to fans in the stands, who often will be read a similar statement about biased language and behavior over the loudspeaker before games.
We're raising a nation of wimps. How can we instill toughness in our young men if the assumption is they'll break into tears at the first taunt? If you're so fragile, maybe you belong on the A/V squad instead of the gridiron.
Who dreams up this idiocy? The girly-man who got picked last in gym class? Or a bunch of feminut whackjobs high on "Queer Theory" and gender-bender gobbledygook? Year after year we're subjected to ever escalating erasure of traditional masculine personality traits. Where did all the tough guys go? They've been feminized, wimpified, castrated, and marginalized. That's not what Real Life ought to be about. And it's no way to raise manly men.
Here's my advice to all the kids who can't handle a little needling on the field. Suck it up snowflake. Because you can't live in a bubble forever. Not if you want to be something more than a coddled crybaby hiding behind mommy's skirt.
Wanna quiet the bullies? Beat them. Win the game. Show them your skills.
Earn respect. Winners never quit, and whiners never win.
Remember when I said Adam and Steve wouldn't be happy until they could sashay down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral? Well, Gator Doug proves me right.
Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings. He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because "I am still not getting what I want." A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings. Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: "The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us." He added: "It upsets me because I want it so much — a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don't think it is going to happen straight away. As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want."
They're suing a church to impose their immorality. Religious freedom be damned! This is "gay rights!" And they claim the "right" to piss all over our religion. Just so they can get what they "want."
Spoiled little brats, that's what these two pretentious poofters are. They demand respect, but can't imagine showing one iota of it towards anyone else. It's "my way or the hershey highway" in drama-queen-land.
Listen up numbnuts. Take your quest for queer "equality" to the local mosque.
Let me know how that works out for you. Oh, wait. You pick on Christians because
you know we'll take you semi-seriously. So let me spell it out for you. The
government says you can "marry" whoever you want. Bully for you. One day
you'll have to explain yourself to The Man Upstairs. And He's got rules
for this sort of thing. Rules that no lawsuit could ever overturn. No matter
what you want.
...it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Ed over at The Daley Gator posted the Declaration of Independence today. And this afternoon Mayor Dassing read from it at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Ice Cream Social.
I had half a mind to usurp her, to put new meaning into that sacred text, and stand athwart History yelling Stop.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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, —that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Walk like an Egyptian!
To view democracy as a principle — as a litmus test of governmental legitimacy without regard for what any elected regime may do — is the kind of nonsense that political science professors may claim to believe, but this ignores the horrors that have been inflicted upon innocents by democratic governments. For example, Detroit…
Can anyone doubt that beginning with Woodrow Wilson, culminating in the ascention of Barack Obama, our Democracy has failed? For starters, there is Ben Franklin's apocryphal admonition. Upon being asked what sort of government the Continental Congress had selected for the new nation he replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
I daresay the NSA, the IRS, the TSA, indeed all the alphabet soup agencies of our federal leviathan, along with political correctness, speech codes, zoning laws, and reams of ridiculous regulations promulgated by nanny-state ninnies have all served to enslave this Republic far more strenuously than George III ever could have dreamed of.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of we, the people.
The history of the Progressive Hegemony is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
When the White House has to put out propaganda talking points lauding a merciless poliitcal flack, Caesar has crossed the Rubicon as it were.
The specifics have changed, but the echoes of our Founders complaints are clear and deepening.
Refusal to "Assent to Laws" and having "utterly neglected to attend to them"
"Unusual, uncomfortable, and distant" convening of public bodies so as to make the process of self-governance more difficult and more amenable to a manipulative top-down will
Manipulation of "the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners" as a means of manhandling the balance of political power
Making "judges dependent" on the "Will alone" of political bodies
"A multitude of New Offices," sending "hither swarms of Officers to Harrass our people, and eat out their substance"
"Standing Armies" kept among us, in times of peace.
Contriving "to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution," giving "Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation"
"Abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments"
"Declaring" the altered forms to be "invested with power to legislate us in all cases whatsoever"
All of which apply to our modern, progressive governmental overlords.
Go ahead, I dare you to tell me otherwise.
Alas there are those among us who consider the abuses perpetrated by the bureaucracy to be necessary and proper. Their goal is power, not justice, for justice would evince a government not beholden to the vicissitudes of one political party at the expense of all others.
Make no mistake. There is nothing this government won't do, nothing its legions of minions won't say in order to arrogate, accrue, and accelerate their power.
Barack Obama is Mohammed Morsi, admittedly with better PR. And a compliant press.
No wonder then that Dick Durbin, one of Obama's more vicious attack dogs, has broached the subject of regulating journalism.
"I am constrained by a system our founders put in place."
— Barack Hussein Obama
The Constitution is in their way. For now.
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns,
why should we let them have ideas."
Dick Durbin Josef Stalin
Little by little, bit by bit, step by step, they crush our ideals. Conformity of thought is encouraged as ridicule is heaped upon those of us who refuse to toe the party line. Dissent, once the highest form of patriotism, is an insect to be crushed at all costs, buried by the hammer of public shaming.
"Homophobia," "Islamophobia," note how dissent is cleverly classified as a mental disorder. There is a Syndrome for everything. Dissention from Obama is racism. Refutation of the welfare state is cold-heartedness. Objection to onerous taxation is now considered un-patriotic by no less a luminary than our sitting Vice President.
I wonder then, how many more July Fourths remain before celebration of "health independence" completely replaces recitation of Jefferson's ode to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Not too many, I'm afraid.
In their hour of struggle the Egyptian people recognized, nay yearned for the founding ideals of America. They clearly saw the inherent incompatibility between Freedom and Obama.
It's high time that we Americans did the same.
If a 6 year old wants to play with matches, I'd hope his parents would say "no."
But if he wants to pretend he's a girl, and use the girls' bathroom at school, not only did his parents say "yes," but they sued the school on his behalf. And won.
Or maybe, it's the parents who want him to be a girl. Sort of a transgender Munchausen by proxy syndrome. Which of course is "child abuse" by another name. Because it seems like the mother is something of an attention whore.
Because there's a woman here who is familiar with Coy Mathis' mother and says shw "is a fame-seeking attention whore, who will stop at nothing to prove how edgy and non-mainstream she is."
It seems Mrs. Mathis conceived triplets with the assistance of non-presciption fertility drugs she got from Mexico, and then had "natural childbirth" in a swimming pool in her living room. When one of her triplets got a serious respiratory disease (RSV), Mrs. Mathis sought the assistance of an alternative "healer" with the result that the child suffered brain damage and is now severely retarded. Having gained an Internet "following" first in the mothers-of-triplets community, then in the natural childbirth community and then in the "special needs" community, now it would seem that Mrs. Mathis is seeking to expand her "following" to include the mothers-of-transgendered community.
Good thing she didn't name her son "Adolph Hitler," then the authorities would step in!
But since young Coy is a cause celebre among the "gay rights" and other assorted fringe freakazoids of the universe, not to mention how all things LGBTQ are now the epitome of cool among the cognoscenti, it's only a matter of time before he's the star of a prime-time reality TV show.
Coming soon to cable TV: Real Housewives of Kookville.
Or, since he's running with that whole "I'm a girl" thing, guest hosting on
Anthony Weiner thinks he can be mayor of New York. Even worse, there are people who agree with him. Hey, why not, Mark Sanford got elected to Congress, right? Who are we to judge?
Meh. It's almost like being a lying scumbag is a prerequisite for getting into politics.
Yes, I can judge. Not just because I have this blog. But because I still believe in Right and Wrong. Which isn't the same thing as Right and Left, no matter what the progressives will tell you.
Protect Obama. At all costs. Right and Wrong don't matter to them. What matters is winning. And imposing their totalitarian worldview on everyone but themselves. That's how Mike Bloomberg can lecture me about my "carbon footprint" while hanging a standard window air conditioner out the back of his limousine. And Al Gore can complain about "climate change" from inside a house that uses more electricity than the entire nation of Botswana.
See, you're exempt from the rules if you're a progressive. Hence the rehabilitation of Anthony Weiner, via his wife's close personal connection to Hillary Clinton.
Speaking of Hillary Clinton. Remember those 4 guys who died in Benghazi? Old news. Because looking too closely at the circumstances of their demise would necessitate acknowledging some inconvenient facts. Like what was Barack Obama really doing that night. Who ordered General Ham to "stand down." And why was Hillary running guns and Stinger missiles to al Qaeda.
There was a time when Democrats and the media cared about White House officials who allegedly ran guns to the Middle East. (cough, "Iran - Contra", cough) Today, not so much. Now it's Protect Hillary, because she's the designated Great Successor to their Dear Leader.
Saying stuff like this gets me labeled a "conspiracy theorist" by the smug progressives in my neighborhood. Here's a story. A local journalist was giddy because she got retweeted by Buzz Aldrin. Pretty cool, right? So I congratulated her, and mentioned that I'd met him once. Her response? She was amazed I didn't think the moon landings were faked, because that's what all the conspiracy theory nuts like me think.
If this is the shit these people say to my face, I can only imagine what's said behind my back. Good thing I don't have feelings.
But, with their slavish devotion to Obama, it isn't about whether or not I'm paranoid. It's whether or not I'm paranoid enough. Unshakeable faith in the benevolence of this government, that's something way creepier than any conspiracy theory. Especially when yesterday's conspiracy theory is today's headline.
And I suspect they'd all get quite the yuck if the IRS crawled up my ass with a microscope. It'd serve me right, for doubting Dear Leader. He's enlightened, just like them. Even when he's spying on reporters. Because those "reporters" work for Fox News.
Real Reporters work for the New York Times. Real Reporters toe the progressive line. They shape the narrative for our own good.
My progressive friends hold these shibboleths to be pre-ordained, that
Affirmative action is necessary to achieve equality of outcome;
Guns are always bad, except in the hands of DHS and the police;
Undocumented immigrants deserve all the benefits of citizenship with none of the responsibilities;
Free health care is everyone's birthright;
Rich people don't pay their fair share in taxes;
Corporations are evil, but government agencies are benevolent stewards of the public trust.
To enforce their dogma, government is instituted over the citizenry, deriving its power from the righteousness of the progressive cause, and doling out Rights within strictly constrained limits so as to ensure the supremacy of the ruling class.
And if you don't sign on to their progressive utopia? Then you're a "nut."
Woe unto Patrick Henry if today he'd said "Give me liberty or give me death!" The progessives would shuffle him off for psychiatric evaluation in a heartbeat. He'd never get a gun permit after an ouburst like that.
Freedom? Sure we're "free." Pay no attention to the bureaucrat behind the
Maybe I'm old fashioned. Maybe I'm just one of those patriarchal oppressors determined to keep the wimmin folk barefoot and pregnant. But isn't there something just a little bit repugnant about our President saying "God bless you" to the murderers of Planned Parenthood?
And during April no less, which he has proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month?
Am I the only person who feels the hypocrisy?
Because if what Kermit Gosnell did isn't child abuse, then I don't know what is. And he's not unique. Not by a long shot.
In a new undercover, investigative video, a staffer at an abortion clinic in Bronx, New York is shown on film telling a customer to flush the body of a baby born alive following a failed abortion down the toilet.
Flush. Your. Baby. Down. The. Toilet. All in the name of "reproductive health care," of course.
Go ahead, tell me that's not child abuse.
Sadly our media and our culture look the other way. People don't want to know. Some atrocities don't have the proper optics.
It's very weird to live in a society where mass death is important insofar as it serves the political needs of the dominant ideology. A white male loner killing white kindergartners in Connecticut is news; a black doctor butchering black babies in Pennsylvania is not.
The usurper in the White House cheers the abortionist, then grandstands for gun control.
I wonder what "god" he worships anyway.
Perhaps he worships Allah. You know, the god of suicide bombers, beheadings, and mass murder. Infanticide fits quite neatly into that paradigm, doesn't it?
As does genocide too. You do know that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, avidly endorsed the killing of black babies as way to weed out the "inferior" race? You could look it up. And then see Kermit Gosnell for what he must imagine himself to be — the crusading successor to Ms. Sanger. He's surely weeded out his share of black babies, hasn't he?
And the silence of our elites is deafening.
Maybe someday we'll atone for the sin of abortion. Not under this president, surely. Not for a long time I'm afraid, because feminist narcissism insists life isn't sacred. But someday.
The judge in Gosnell's trial tossed out all counts involving desecration of a corpse. Dead babies aren't corpses; they're "medical waste." Just so much trash. A byproduct of Reproductive Health Care.
And so we need to build awareness that abusing a child you didn't abort is wrong. It's hard to make the distinction though. One second, inside the womb (or the toilet), it's A-OK to crush that baby's skull, rip the arms from its tiny body, and suck the life out before it's even begun. Or in Gosnell's case, walk the kid to the bus stop first, then snip the neck with scissors. That's Reproductive Health Care the Planned Parenthood way!
BTW, please do click those links. Read about Reproductive Health Care in all its state-sanctioned glory. Revel in the joys of choice. I want you to know — don't look away! — everything that Planned Parenthood and President Obama stand for.
Because I'm thinking that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit wouldn't be blessing that sort of thing.
Abortion is child abuse. Now you're aware.
Do as they say, not as they do. That's the libtard motto.
Barack Obama, protected by a phalanx of automatic weaponry, whose kids are guarded 24x7x365 by gun-toting Secret Service agents, is determined to prevent you and me from protecting our own families.
Mike Bloomberg, who takes armed NYPD officers with him when he goes to the bathroom (and everywhere else), seeks to ban private gun ownership.
Chris Christie, surrounded by troopers from the paramilitary NJ State Police, is "proud" of his support for New Jersey's ridiculously draconian gun laws.
And how many Hollyweird celebutards travel with armed bodyguards? All of them? Probably.
Take Michael Moore (Please!)
Filmmaker Michael Moore's bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York's JFK airport Wednesday night.
Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York.
Nice Deb relishes the schadenfreude. As do I.
See, Moore believes in 2nd Amendment rights for his well-heeled self, but in typical totalitarian-embracing left-wing fashion, he just doesn't believe in 2nd Amendment rights for the less well off or less politically connected.
Let's see him explain this one while he's busy telling us to give up our guns.
Here's my message to all the anti-gun zealots. You first.
Unilateral disarmament. Hey, it's Barack Obama's official policy when it comes to our nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. Why not apply it to his own family's safety? Reopen the White House doors! (Did you know that until the mid 20th century anyone could just walk in? And "open houses" were regularly scheduled presidential events until the 1970s?) Let Malia and Sasha walk to public school like most of the schlubs in Washington, DC have to do. I'm sure it'll be an eye-opening experience.
And you too Mayor Mike. Stroll the streets of New York unescorted by NYPD. Interact with your fellow New Yorkers. You might learn something.
As for Michael Moore, super-sized hypocrite extraordinaire? No, I don't expect him to see the irony in his sophistry. Nor do I expect his sycophantic fans to demand he practice what he preaches. Hollywood is very good at disseminating propaganda. But much like our political elites, they believe they're better than us and the rules don't apply to them.
Why do we allow them to get away with thinking that?
What a difference 223 years makes. Our Founding Fathers valued freedom. So much so they enshrined individual rights in our Constitution. At least they thought they did. Turns out the Anti-Federalists were right. Our government has completely eviscerated any of the rights we once held dear.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Well, let's see. We have a State Religion now. Tolerance. Led of course by the High Priests of Homosexuality, where the agenda is compulsory approval. What they label "equality" is in fact totalitarianism. Reject the Rainbow Flag and you're guilty of "discrimination", then ostracized and marginalized. Sooner or later homosexuality will be compulsory, with penalties for non-compliance. If you don't believe me, check out the brouhaha in Trans Francisco over the heretofore unpublished "right" to parade around in the altogether while out in public.
Rights which are enumerated are jettisoned in favor of invented "rights". Because the new stuff is cool, and what did a bunch of dead white guys really know anyway?
But we still have Free Speech, right? Ask Mark Basseley Youssef about that one. He's currently doing a year of hard time for making Dear Leader look bad in front of his Arab friends.
Wanna peaceably assemble? You need a permit for that. And don't you dare conduct bible study in your own home, that's a zoning violation.
Petition your government? Write the EPA and find yourself on the terrorist watch list. Protest anywhere near Dear Leader or one of his henchmen, that's now a felony. Your government doesn't want to hear from you. Not unless you've got a friend on K Street and a blank check made out to "Re-election Fund". Then they'll pretend to care.
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.
Sigh. We're now in a race to see which politician can top Mike Bloomberg and ban the most guns. And the U.N. is ready to pounce too, as Dear Leader assures them he'll ratify their execrable Small Arms Treaty. That's the one which makes every gun ever made illegal to own. Except for the authorities, who can always be trusted to use guns with care and treat citizens with the utmost respect. Really.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Here at least we're still on solid ground. I think.
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.
James Madison could never have imagined the TSA. Not in his wildest dreams. Their mission statement is unreasonable search and seizure. And we line up like sheep to subject ourselves to pointless degradation. Nevermind lesser atrocities like sobriety checkpoints, photo id to buy Sudafed, aerial surveillance for zoning violations, and my personal favorite, the recycling police.
Then there's the travesty of no-knock raids as the War on Drugs makes a mockery of any semblance of probable cause and the other supposed protections we used to enjoy. Add in the guilty-until-proven-innocent aspects of recent copyright law and the only place you'll find the Fourth Amendment today is on the side of a milk carton.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without just compensation.
The Fifth Amendment is no match for Dear Leader's NDAA. Indefinite detention, if Janet Incompetano decides you're a terrorist. And clever prosecutors found the perfect way to circumvent the prohibition against Double Jeopardy — civil rights violations. You aren't being accused of committing a crime, you're being accused of violating a designated victim group's civil rights while (perhaps not) committing that crime. Because, you know, you're a racist.
Then, let's ask the IRS about that you can't be a witness against yourself thing. I'm pretty sure they're still laughing about it. As for taking property without "just compensation", merely reading Kelo v. New Haven makes my brain hurt. Throw in byzantine zoning laws, New Jersey's Highlands Act, or those new civil forfeiture laws (drive drunk? lose your car!) and it's obvious our citizens don't care very much about private property or personal liberty anymore.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Spend a night in traffic court. You don't have the right to a jury of your peers. You have the right to pay up. Or the right to get lectured by the judge and then pay up. And the nature and cause of your accusation is quite fungible, plea bargains being the norm, it's the dollar amount of the fine which drives the entire process. Yup, legalized extortion by agents of the State. I'm pretty sure Mr. Madison wasn't in favor of that, but he's not here to see how the nanny state has perverted his life's work.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Suits, smoots. We've got regulations. And regulators. What they say goes! You were in violation before you were born. They're here to exact punishment, and any hope you might have for judicial review stops at the Administrative Law Judge whose salary depends on him finding you guilty.
Oh, and that binding arbitration clause in every credit card agreement and shrink-wrapped software licensing fine print. Yeah it's definitely what the Seventh Amendment is all about. And DMCA takedowns? Sadly our Constitution is no match for the lobbyists of the RIAA and MPAA.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Never have so few words been so misconstrued. In 1789 they hanged horse thieves. Today you can't get the death penalty for shooting a cop at point blank range or for luring a 12 year old girl to her death so you can steal her bicycle. But if Dear Leader wants to drop a drone on your ass? Yeah your rights just went up in smoke.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Yes, it will. Just ask the EPA. Or the DEA, FDA, CIA, or FAA. You have no rights. Unless you're a member of a Designated Minority Group. Then your rights trump everyone else's.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Good luck finding any shred of the Tenth Amendment left. I think Chief Justice Roberts uses it for toilet paper. He certainly has never read it.
I wonder what they were thinking, 233 years ago on that late November day, when the New Jersey State Legislature ratified these ten amendments. I suspect they felt good for themselves, congratulating one another on striking a balance between oppressive government and individual liberty.
Yet here we are, living in a shadow world, where liberty is almost a dirty word. Our public schools enforce conformity, elevating the imagined needs of our collective citizenry above the sanctified right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness enshrined in this once hallowed document. Nameless, faceless bureaucrats compel adherence to voluminous reams of arbitrary regulations — make one false move and your life is ruined.
You can't grow your own food or milk your own cow or eat your own pigs. You can't build the house of your dreams on the land your great-grandfather cleared with his bare hands. And you'd better not tinker with the engine in your car or the wiring in your walls or move the stones in your garden. You'll use the light bulbs the government tells you to use. You'll send your children to the school the government tells you to send them to. You'll feed them a government-approved lunch and if you give your child an unusual name the government will decide you're unfit for parenthood. It takes a village. Or so they say.
The Bill of Rights. It was fun while it lasted. Alas our Founding Fathers are no match for the modern police / nanny / regulatory state. America surrendered her Liberty for the promise of security. The government will take care of you — cradle to grave! — just don't worry your pretty little head about personal responsibility. Here, watch American Idol or Real Housewives, and leave the governing to your enlightened betters.
Vote Democrat! It's easier than having to think (or fend) for yourself.
At mass yesterday Monsignor Desmond asked the veterans in the congregation to stand up. Five men rose to their feet. None under the age of 70.
When they are gone, who will remember? Who will stand for freedom?
The Greatest Generation is gone. Now we have the Lamest Generation. America sacrificed freedom for free stuff.
Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can give you
I know that perhaps I am not being entirely rational about this. I'm the father of a 10 year old daughter. Autumn Pasquale was 12, and now she's dead because two animals decided they wanted her bike.
Two teenage brothers, ages 17 and 15, have been charged with murdering Clayton girl Autumn Pasquale, whose body was found in a recycling container outside of a house on East Clayton Avenue.
The boys, who have been identified by multiple sources as Dante and Justin Robinson, have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. The younger boy was also charged with luring.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said the teens lured the 12-year-old girl to their East Clayton Avenue home where she was killed. An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning revealed Autumn died from "blunt force trauma, consistent with strangulation," Dalton said. He added that there was no evidence of sexual assault.
Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Twelve years old. Killed for a bike. The mutts have lawyered up. They've got rights. And due process. Justice says they're juveniles, and our enlightened and isolated Supreme Court hath decreed they can't be tried as adults. And New Jersey Progressives have abolished the death penalty.
So even if they're convicted — a bigger "if" than you'd think given all the slack murder defendants get from the state, not to mention the tricks their lawyers undoubtedly have up their sleeves — these two wastes of oxygen will live out their lives coddled by our prison system. Three square meals a day. TV, internet, phone, pornography, family visits, and jobs.
All while Autumn lies six feet under. They didn't show her any mercy. Her family will never see her or hold her or talk to her again. But we have to show mercy to her killers? We have to "understand" their poor upbringing, their "broken home", their disadvantages?. Because that's justice?
I'll tell you what's justice. Put these two assholes in a room with Autumn's father for 15 minutes. Then string 'em up. Publicly. So the next malcontent with a grudge against girls riding nice bikes might think twice before luring his target to her death.
They don't deserve to live. And a system which gives them the benefit of the doubt, which tolerates their excuses (We was high, man...) shouldn't be confused with one which dispenses justice.
Justice for Autumn? Dante and Justin Robinson must die as painfully as she did. No remorse. Rid the planet of their wretched existences. Cleanse our state from the stench of their evil. Burn their corpses and dump the ashes in a sewer. Leave no trace of them. Far better for them that had never been born! Now condemn their souls to the fires of Hell for all eternity.
No, you'll say, none of that will bring Autumn back. But, I assure you of this. It'll let fathers like me sleep better at night, knowing two predators aren't busy plotting an attack on their next victim. We hug our daughters tightly tonight. We grieve with Autumn's family. And I for one stand resolutely for real justice. The kind we had before all the do-gooders and equivocators suckered us into revoking pennance from our penal system. An eye for an eye. And a tooth for a tooth. Two worthless, unrepentent lives for one which shined with light and promise.
Requiescat in pace.
He got released, dontcha know. What's the big deal? He's a criminal, isn't he? And his movie got Americans killed! Susan Rice said so!
Apparently the First Amendment doesn't apply to "yucky" people.
Oh, you mean like pornographers?
Because I seem to remember a bit of a kerfuffle when John Ashcroft "censored" a
statue. Maybe that's no longer a problem. But I'm sure we'll find out when the
Romney Administration sends in the FBI to shut down Porn Valley. Most of the
folks working in porn have criminal records. And being paid to have sex is
pretty much the definition of prostitution. So hauling them downtown
would be exactly like what Obama's goons did to Nakoula Basseley
Nakoula (aka Sam Bacile), right?
Yeah, I know, I'm supposed to be taking a break from blogging. But an article from American Thinker caught my eye on Twitter, and so here I am.
Barry's latest Commissar of Equality is one Chai Feldblum, "perhaps the nation's leading LGBT rights activist". Why is that important? Because she's also an advocate for polygamy.
[A]ll of us are harmed, as members of a society seeking a common good, when society fails to acknowledge the wide array of non-marital intimate social structures that we as humans have ingeniously constructed to negotiate and make sense of the world. ... It is precisely because such an interdependent framework helps sustain an individual's sense of self and stability that the state has a moral responsibility to support such frameworks. But why should the state support just marriage partners - and not other intimate partnerships that equally support the development of the self?
There's that "common good" clause again, making mischief by twisting into knots which end at total selfishness. "Development of self?" Whatever helps you "develop" is A-OK? Why yes, that's precisely what Ms. Feldblum is saying.
To have our government define as 'legitimate families' only those households with couples in conjugal relationships does a tremendous disservice to the many other ways in which people actually construct their families, kinship networks, households, and relationships. For example, who among us seriously will argue that the following kinds of households are less socially, economically, and spiritually worthy?
Oh boy. Here we go. Claptrap on steroids! "Blended families", "single-parent households", and the piéce de resistance ...
Committed, loving households in which there is more than one conjugal partner.
Yee-haw! Gay "marriage", the next best thing to Big Love! Why keep things only between Adam and Steve when adding Linda and Eve takes the conjugal relationship to a whole new level? Throw in a sheep and well, when the house is a rockin' don't come a knockin'. If you get my drift.
The decline of the traditional American family is one of the greatest tragedies to emerge from the sexual revolution. Divorce and remarriage entrenched the idea of disposable partnerships — 'til Death or The Court do us part — and left our children feeling abandoned by the very people who are supposed to guide them into adulthood. "Sacrifice" became a dirty word. Because sustaining your sense of self is now nore important than nurturing the next generation.
And so who has stepped in as surrogate parent and instiller of values? The Nanny State, of course. The very folks who can't be bothered to take care of their own children because they're too busy fulfilling their sense of self will nonetheless gladly opine on how you need to be raising yours.
It's madness. And it's only going to get worse. Because who among us could argue
against the spiritual worthiness of any familial permutation which advances the
sense of self? What's 6000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition when compared to
that! So, do it! Do it in the streets! Do it 'til you're satisfied! Judgment?
That's for squares, man.
Being an asshole is now called bias intimidation.
A Paulsboro couple has been indicted by a Gloucester County grand jury on bias intimidation charges allegedly directed at a family with an autistic child.
Douglas M. Scheuerer, 45, and his wife, Donna Ricotta-Scheuerer, 50, are each charged with two counts of bias intimidation.
The two are accused of taking a commercially-made "Slow. Children at Play" sign and inserting the hand-written words "healthy, normal" after the word slow, said Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. The sign was displayed on the lawn of the couple's home.
There is a family with an autistic child living across the street from the Scheuerers, Weisenfeld said.
OK, first, does anyone here remember the First Amendment? Seriously. Sticks and stones and all that.
Second, The Scheuerers are jerks. Capital J jerks.
Which once upon a time wasn't actually a crime. Until Dharun Ravi. Now being a jerk is illegal. Yikes.
Where does it end?
I might have more sympathy, except bullying little kids is apparently OK when homosexuals do it. Because they're a protected class or something.
Criminalizing speech is a very slippery slope. There is no Constitutional right
to not be offended. And if the courts invent one the country we live in won't
resemble the America we all know and love.
According to Planned Parenthood's latest annual report they received federal subsidies totalling $487.4 million dollars last year. And they murdered 329,445 unborn babies with it.
Pardon me while I take a moment to pray for their souls. The babies, I mean.
Abortionists have no soul.
Now here's where I don't get liberal logic. I'm told, repeatedly, that the electric power industry in this country must spend hundreds of billions of dollars to upgrade aging coal power plants because cleaner air will save something like 17,000 lives per year.
So, why can't we save all that money, and 20 times as many lives, by banning abortion?
I'm thinking the eco-outrage is just a tad insincere.
2012. It's here. Pardon me if I'm not particularly excited. If you're looking for rah-rah and siss-boom-bah you're in the wrong place.
Hot off of his historic surrender in Iraq (now with civil war and Iranian resurgence) President Golfpants plans to give Afghanistan back to the Taliban.
The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood's leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.
Ah yes, the Muslim Brotherhood, recently ensconced in Egypt. And Iran, our newest, bestest friends in the Middle East. Partners in appeasement.
Can we call him President Quisling now? Because not even Neville Chamberlain was this duplicious.
Oh, but he toe-tagged Bin Laden so of course Obama is a foreign policy genius.
Let's see if I can extrapolate a little. Just a little thought experiment, stuff that might happen by 1/1/2013.
With the entire Middle East (save for Israel, bless her soul) firmly under Islamist control, Iran makes good on their threat to close the Straits of Hormuz. Normal U.S. policy would send the Fifth Fleet to reopen that vital waterway. But suppose Iran invited China's new aircraft carrier to visit, and perhaps Hu Jintao offered to help negotiate a peaceful settlement, which could take months. Oh, and by the way, he'll be handling any no-fly zones, so please keep those U.S. fighters parked, thanks.
Would we fire on the Chinese? President Quisling wouldn't dare. He'll pull back, and you know it. And then along with another humiliating defeat, we'll have $10/galllon gas, something he's wanted all along anyhow.
But remember, he toe-tagged Bin Laden! Personally!
Let's see, what else could go wrong? Mitt Romney gets elected president. Or Barry ditches Plugs Biden for Hillary and ekes out a victory. Doesn't really matter, the GOP keeps the House and edges its way to a 51-49 Senate majority regardless.
And… Nothing changes. Big Government Republicans are just as antithetical to Freedom and Liberty as Bigger Government Socialst Democrats. The Nanny State marches on.
Meet the new year, same as the old year. If we're lucky.
Multiculturalism and Political Correctness induce brain rot. How else to explain a California school district's ability to ban the display of American Flags because students of hispanic descent might be offended by them?
Yesterday a federal judge upheld the ban, effectively negating the First Amendment. In examining the court's decision, Eugene Volokh opines on the legal justifications:
Yet while the judge might have been right in his decision, the situation in the school seems very bad. When we're at the point that students can't safely display the American flag in an American school, because of a fear that other students will attack them for it — on May 5 or on any other day — and the school feels unable to prevent such attacks (by punishing the threateners and the attackers, and by teaching students tolerance for other students' speech), something is badly wrong.
I disagree with Professor Volokh. Nothing is wrong; everything is going according to plan. The multiculturalists fully intend to denigrate the revered symbols of our American heritage. Having taken over our public schools they set about enforcing speech codes which emphasize victimology above all else. Tolerance only goes one way.
Riddle me this Batman. If students wore rainbow flag T-shirts to school, and other students heckled and / or threatened them, would the school district order the T-shirts to be removed? Would a judge uphold such a ban?
Oh you silly boy! You can't ask questions like that! It might expose the
hypocrisy of our elite educrats!
You knew it was inevitable. Give the gay-rights guys an inch, and they take a (high-heeled) foot.
With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement's next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces' ban on "transgenders," a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.
"Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people," said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military's gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on "gender identity."
Corporal Klinger, Colonel Potter wants to see you in Father Mulcahy's tent.
Is it really necessary for our military, or for that matter anyone else outside of South Beach, to embrace cross-dressing? The uniforms are pretty much unisex anyhow, aren't they?
Keep your "gender identity" in your pants (or under your skirt).
See what happens when we start asking and they start telling?
The State of New York has turned its back on God.
Weak men, unable to resist the intense pressure of mob opinion, have shredded one of the foundations of Western Civilization and put themselves above Him.
Four RINOs joined the atheist Democrats in subverting 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition. They tossed it aside like yesterday's rubbish in order to curry favor with the practitioners of deviancy.
Archbishop Dolan was eloquent, yet restrained in his condemnation:
"The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity's historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.
"We strongly uphold the Catholic Church's clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.
"We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.
"Our society must regain what it appears to have lost — a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America's foundational principles."
But His Excellency is no match for the forces behind National Buggery Week, which culminates on Sunday with an X-rated parade that in light of this vote will most certaily rise to a level of debauchery unsuitable for anyone with young children or a weak stomach.
And politicians will fall over themselves to be seen marching in it. For such is the allure of sin that the Prince of Darkness finds all too many men who are eager to sup at his table.
May God have mercy on their souls.
Ever notice that the same liberals who cackle with glee when "democracy" results in Congress enacting another utopian social program are also first on the scene to champion the "rights" of a lone dissenter when it comes to feigned outrage over the separation of Church and State?
Yeah, I'm talking about those freedom-hating fanatics at the ACLU. Last year their activism on behalf of same-sex "marriage" forced the Methodists of the Ocean Grove, NJ Camp Meeting Association to go out of the wedding business.
Now they're back, this time with threats of a lawsuit to prevent the Methodist's Great Auditorium from being used for a public high school graduation ceremony.
A New Jersey high school with a 70-year tradition of hosting graduation ceremonies in a historic auditorium is standing firm against legal threats from the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims the event violates the separation of church and state because of the Christian-owned site's religious displays.
For generations, graduates of Neptune High School have walked down the aisle of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, where the impressive 6,500-seat venue dominates the landscape of one of the area's most historic beach towns. Built in 1894, the auditorium is owned and operated by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist group that owns not just the building, but all of the land beneath every home and structure in town.
The ACLU of New Jersey threatened legal action against the Neptune school district after an attendee at last year's graduation ceremony took offense to the building's religious symbols and Christian-based references -- among them a 20-foot white cross above the auditorium's entrance. The ACLU asked the school to remove or cover up the cross and three other religious signs, arguing their visibility during a public school event is a First Amendment violation.
School officials responded by agreeing to change the graduation program to remove the student-led invocation and two hymns -- one titled "Onward Christian Soldiers" -- to rid the ceremony of any religious references.
"The program was not of a religious nature -- it was more tradition than anything else," said Neptune Public Schools Superintendent David Mooij. "But we decided we would change the program and delete the things this individual found offensive."
One killjoy and 70 years of tradition goes down the drain. Democracy that ain't!
But the Anti-Christian Liberty Usurpers aren't satisfied. The cross, and all religious emblems, have to get shit-canned too to satisfy their precious sensibilities.
Listen, if the sight of a wooden cross gives you the vapors then you've got bigger problems than the venue for your graduation ceremony. Hiding the cross won't make those problems go away.
Remember when the liberals laughed at John Ashcroft for (allegedly) covering up some anatomically correct statues? That's ridiculous, right? But hiding a cross isn't likewise ridiculous?
The Camp Meeting Association, and the school board, are standing firm.
"The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is a Christian ministry, and we can't change who we are," said Scott Hoffman, the group's chief operating officer. "We want this tradition to keep going as badly as anyone, but not at the expense of who we are."
As for now, Mooij said the school has every intention of sticking with its graduation plans.
"There's a lot of tradition in this community about using this building," he said. "We're hoping that it could be resolved through negotiations," he said, "But we aren't there yet."
The ACLU has traditions of their own Mr. Mooij; mostly a long tradition of over-reacting to any reminder that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Alas, no matter what they might say, "freedom of religion" does not equate to "freedom from religion." Really, it doesn't.
I imagine this whiny kid is going to collect some cash from friends and relatives after receiving his diploma. If he's really so offended by religious imagery he'll refuse those gifts. After all, every piece of U.S. currency is emblazoned with the terrifying words "In God We Trust." God, right there in his pocket. That's gotta be worse than the mere glimpse of a cross!
Something tells me he'll be quite willing to overlook that particular "problem."