Posted: 06 Aug 2008 12:01 PM CDT
Just a few minutes ago, Special Contributor wrote The ACLU are sure to crying about human rights violations any minute now. Yup!
Followed by bloviation and terrorist love from Anthony Romero.
The Center For Constitutional Law is also pitching a hissy fit.
And in a large surprise to me, Firedoglake is weepy about this conviction. But don't say that the Left supports terrorism. That would be mean.
Justice was served, despite how much the ACLU cries about it. The fact that these terrorist defending lawyers think foreign terrorists deserve constitutional rights is absolutely abhorent. That they convinced SCOTUS to grant them is even scarier.
Lawhawk is on the same page:
Posted: 06 Aug 2008 11:48 AM CDT
While serving in Iraq, a roadside bomb took U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Jones' leg but despite that and after working hard to regain his ability to function normally again, he demanded that he be sent back to combat duty.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Garrett Jones lost his left leg while serving in Iraq as an infantry fighter and after massive rehabilitation and with his prosthetic leg, he fought and won the right to return to combat duty.
His unit is now in Afghanistan and he is again part of that unit.
Due to his injuries, he changed his military specialty from infantry assault man to intelligence analyst, living on a fortified base and assuming the same risks of mortar or rocket attacks as his fellow Marines.
Jones was injured 23 months after he first enlisted and besides having a prosthetic leg, he also lost partial hearing in one ear, but other Marines say he doesn't ask for nor does he receive special treatment, with Staff Sgt. Michael Ortiz who works with Jones, saying, "Not with this guy. He doesn't want to be treated any different than any other Marine. Everybody respects him for wanting to come back after all he gave."
Jones said he had to pass medical tests and "prove in training that he could walk effectively, get in and out of a Humvee and perform other physical tasks", which he did and after fighting to be allowed to join his unit which is now deployed in Afghanisatn, his fellow Marines have nothing but wonderful things to say about him.
Jones didn't get his first prosthesis until November. By the end of December, he had learned how to snowboard again, a sport he had enjoyed for years. He plans to compete in freestyle snowboarding in the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada.
Sgt. Matthew Leonard, who worked with Jones in Iraq and now works beside him in Afghanistan is one such example, showing that despite Jones not asking for any special treatment, Jones, according to Leonard, "has earned a special status among Marines because he demanded to be sent back to combat."
Leonard goes on to say, "He didn't just choose to come -- he fought to come. We bled and sweated with this guy in Iraq, and he wants to be with us more than anything. That's awesome."
According to the LA Times, Jones discusses his injuries without any self-consciousness as he states, "I roll with the punches. I'll always have some pain and discomfort, and I've accepted that."
Jones went on to say that he was determined to prove that he could perform in a war zone even with his injuries and the fact that he has won that battle and is again joined with his unit, helping in every way he can, that determination was indeed strong.
In Afghanistan there is an increased risk of the same type of roadside bombs that took Jones' leg originally and yet Jones still says he would gladly take that risk to perform active combat duties again outside of the wire (the base) as he says, "If I were to get the opportunity to leave the wire, I would be throwing gear on in a second, happily. I miss being outside and operating. . . . Believe me, the first opportunity, I'll be there."
It brings an old expression to mind: You can't keep a good man down.
Posted: 06 Aug 2008 10:11 AM CDT
The issues that John McCain has either taken the lead on or increased his advantage on are; Iraq, immigration, federal budget, negotiating trade agreements, taxes, social security, abortion, national security and energy.
John McCain has expanded his lead in all areas previous reports showed him ahead while Barack Obama's leads have diminished over the past two weeks.
The few issues that Barack Obama enjoys a lead on are healthcare, education, environmental issues and government ethics and corruption.
In the latest Rasmussen Report, John McCain has tripled his previous lead over Obama on the topic of immigration. Two weeks ago, McCain held a three percentage point lead over Obama and this report shows McCain ahead in the public's trust by 45 percent to 36 percent. 19 percent of respondents said not sure.
McCain's biggest advantage over Obama is on the Iraq war, where McCain enjoys a double digit lead of 12 percent with Obama receiving 39 percent and McCain holding 51 percent. 10 percent of respondents said not sure.
John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate has also pulled ahead of Barack Obama in the area of balancing the federal budget, a topic the candidates were tied on with 40 percent two weeks ago, and today McCain holds a three percentage point advantage with 43 to 40 percent for Obama. 17 percent not sure.
On the issue of negotiating trade agreements, McCain holds a 5 percent advantage over Obama with 45 to 40 percent.
On taxes, John McCain receives 47 percent while Obama gets 40 percent and 13 percent are not sure.
Previously Obama was ahead in public trust on the topic of Social Security, a lead which he has lost now as the latest report shows that McCain has pulled ahead with a 44 percent lead and Obama holds 38 percent. 18 percent not sure.
Regarding abortion, John McCain holds a lead of 6 percent, with 40 percent favoring McCain and 34 percent favoring Obama and 26 percent not sure.
The issues that Barack Obama held a wide lead on two weeks ago has shown his leads decreasing.
Two weeks ago on health care, Obama enjoyed a 12 percentage point lead and now he leads with 5 percentage points, 46 percent to 41 percent for McCain.
Same with education, Obama previously had a 10 percentage point lead, which has now decreased to a 4 point lead, 43 to 39 percent.
The two presumptive presidential candidates are tied at 45 percent on the topic of the economy, Obama held a one percent lead last week.
On national security, an issue that McCain consistently performs well on, the Republican leads 52% to 40%. His lead represents an improvement from the eight-point lead he held the week before.
Barack Obama holds an 8 percent lead on environmental issues, with 48 to 40 percent and 12 percent stating they aren't sure.
In another poll released this week it showed that over half the respondents support Obama's proposal to provide working families with energy credits, while not being sure about his plan to tax big oil companies, yet when voters were asked who they trust more on energy issues, they chose John McCain by a 46 percent to 42 percent margin.
When it comes to government ethics and corruption, Obama has a 46 percent to 44 percent advantage over McCain.
Compared with prior results John McCain is showing a growing trust with voters on key issues.
Data for this article gathered from Rasmussen report, August 5, 2008, and the Rasmussen Toplines.
Posted: 06 Aug 2008 08:37 AM CDT
Paris Hilton responds to John McCain's ad that compared Barack Obama to her and guess what? She has a better energy plan than Barack Obama does!!!!
See more funny videos at Funny or Die
She then discusses energy policy, and suggests a combination of McCain's offshore oil drilling plan and Obama's incentives for new energy technology.
Pretty bad when Paris understands the need for offshore drilling before Obama does.
TMZ has McCain's response:
In the unkindest cut of all, McCain's spokesperson Tucker Bounds tells TMZ that on the subject of energy, Paris is deeper than Barack. He says, "Sounds like Paris is taking the 'All of the Above' energy approach that John McCain has advocated -- both alternatives and drilling. Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama."
Tucker Bounds, McCain's spokesman also makes the point:
McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said Hilton appears to support his candidate's "all of the above" energy solution.
The "old white dude" as Paris calls him, really should send her some flowers for this one.
1) she keeps his ad in the news, 2) she shows that she has a better grasp of the reality and supports drilling, which shows that she is showing more common sense than Obama has (he is only willing to tolerate it to get other options in a bill) and last but not least, she gave McCain the opportunity to respond fast, while the Obama campaign brightly came up with "Whatever." (Via Bill Burton)
Maybe Paris should be the one running against McCain, she is showing much more substance than Obama is.
Posted: 06 Aug 2008 02:16 AM CDT
Pro-Nazi German American Bund rally at Madison Square Garden. New York, United States, February 20, 1939.
Fritz Kuhn, head of the antisemitic and pro-Nazi German American Bund, speaks at a rally. United States, between 1936 and 1939.
The German American Bund, an organization of ethnic Germans living in the United States, was marked by a pro-Nazi stance. Aside from its admiration for Adolf Hitler and the achievements of Nazi Germany, the German American Bund program included antisemitism, strong anti-Communist sentiments, and the demand that the United States remain neutral in the approaching European conflict. Public opinion surveys of 1939 show that Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund, was seen by the U.S. public as the leading antisemite in the country.
And what exactly is CAIR?
Posted: 06 Aug 2008 12:21 AM CDT
[UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2008 #4]
The issues with this attorney and her criminal activities was addressed
today by the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Her partner in crime
presented a letter of support with 739 signatures. The number of people
wanting her gone was not given. Here is the article published by the
Tucson Citizen today (link here):
Pima County lawyer slammed, defended over sheriff piñataNotice how the kids have been brainwashed into protecting her--juveniles.
Here is the letter of support, complete with all 739 names (pdf link here):
I suggest everyone contact ICE (866-347-2423) and the Border Patrol
Tucson Sector (520-748-3000) with these names and demand investigation
of them. The reasoning is they support illegals and are most likely
illegal themselves. At the very least, report Garcia and Rodriguez to
ICE, DHS and Border Patrol. The office information for Garcia is: Pima
County Legal Defender, 32 North Stone Avenue, Suite 703, Tucson, 85701
(520) 740-5775 and fax of (520) 740-882-7338; Derechos contact
information is: 631 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701; (520) 770-1373
and fax of (520) 770-7445.
Keep in mind this is not a First Amendment issue, this is an issue of
an attorney's blatant disregard for the law, her signing documents with
the Mexican government stating she would give aid and succor to illegal
border crossers, her disregard for the law regarding juveniles, her
attempts to stifle the freedom of others in their free speech, her
encouragement of violence upon lawfully elected law enforcement
officials, her delight in exhibiting a severed head (a la Nick Berg)
and doing it all on the taxpayer dime. It is about an attorney
violating the Model Rules of Procedure and her oaths of office.
It is not about hate speech--the only hate speech is her own. It is
not about hate actions--the only hate actions are her own. It is not
about legal immigration, it is about enforcement of current laws
It is about a corrupt city council and board of supervisors who shield her.
It is about time she is gone. Call, write, email--all the information
is here and below. Flood these offices with the demand she be removed
from public employ and disbarred. Don't let this rest.
[UPDATE JULY 17, 2008 #3]
Izzy's "partner in crime" Kat Rodriguez [coordinator of Coalicion de
Derechos Humanos] weighs in, using almost word for word Izzy's whiny,
spin filled diatribe from the Derechos site here.
[UPDATE JULY 17, 2008 #2] Sheriff Joe weighs in on Izzy here.
[UPDATE JULY 17, 2008]
Original article here.
This story is starting to pick up some traction and we need to keep up the pressure on Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry [contact information below], the State Bar of Arizona and the ethics review boards of the Bar and Pima County Merit Rules and Personnel Policies [Pima County Human Resources].
Speaking of the Pima County Merit Rules and Personnel Policies, they can be found here. Isabel Garcia has violated Rule 7-119 [Rules of Conduct] and the disciplinary procedures are addressed under Rule 12 [Disciplinary Actions, Administrative Suspension and Administrative Suspension; specifically Rule 12.1 C 10 and 12]. I know people who were fired for "dirty" emails on county time--Garcia's behavior is far more egregious in scope and gravity.
I also reported this woman to the State Attorney and received this response via email:
If you believe a public official to have broken the criminal or ethicalI would strongly suggest taking this action as well and keep flooding them with reports.
It's interesting to note the media in Tucson [the notable exception, of course, being Jon Justice' morning show on 104.1 The Truth,
from 6-9am Monday through Friday, who first broke the story] has yet to
pick up this story but has, in fact, buried it, despite the outcry from
the citizens of Tucson wanting investigation and exposure. Of course,
Garcia is a democrat and figures she's protected.
Legal, taxpaying citizens of Tucson, those who pay Garcia's wage, have
spread the word far and wide. Michelle Malkin has two stories about
this incident, "Unhinged in Arizona: Open Borders mob, led by public official, ravages Joe Arpaio effigy" here and "Tucson open-borders official gloats about effigy-beating here".
So far, there are 211 comments on the first article and 39 on the
second article. Some of those comments are hilarious, yet a few bring
home a point people are noticing and it's not a pretty point.
Some of the comments from "Unhinged":
Garcia, whose Human Rights Coalition organized the protest, said breaking the piñata was "funny."And that last line is the very
heart of the matter--had this been a white person engaging in this kind
of behavior, a white Pima County Deputy Public Defender, paid by the
legal taxpaying citizens, and this had been a klan rally, they would
have been fired already.
Denogean's article, "Protesters as offensive as Sheriff Arpaio", has this to say:
the link above to the rest of the article--it's extremely enlightening.
The Citizen also ran a poll with that article asking, "Do you think
Coalicion de Derechos went too far when it smashed an Arpaio pinata?".
Overwhelmingly, the answer was "Yes, members act like the people they
say they hate (91%) compared to just six percent saying "No, it was
deserved" and two percent saying "Other" (total number of votes=759).
bottom line is this: Isabel Garcia, Pima County Deputy Public Defender,
paid by the legal taxpayers of Pima County, needs to be fired and
disbarred. Please follow the links to the appropriate officials and
agencies and keep up the pressure. The officials and agencies will do
NOTHING about it without overwhelming public pressure, stating clearly
and unequivocally we are tired of this nonsense and we want the cancer
GONE. Do your part to remove the cancer that is Isabel Garcia.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry Contact Information:
KGUN 9 Email: email@example.com
KVOA 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOX 11 AZ Email: email@example.com.
News 13 Hotline: (520) 744-6397
Jon Justice: Website here.
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