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Bill Whites Evil Twin

An Evil Twin
Bill White
Bill White

Eaves dpropping on a discussion at Texas CHL Forum I found this resemblance interesting.  Bill White is the Democratic Challenger for Texas Governor.

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The Scandal That Won’t Go Away

The New Black Panther  Voter intimidation scandal hasn’t gone away. The Justice Department is forced to investigate itself over the dropped charges in the New Black Panther  polling place violations.

Then suddenly last week, months after Perez’s testimony, the inspector general of the Department of Justice, who previously had refused to investigate the matter, sent a letter to representatives Lamar Smith and Frank Wolf advising them that in response to their requests in July and August the inspector general would undertake an investigation of the Voting Section’s enforcement of civil rights laws. Echoing the civil rights commission’s yearlong investigation, the inspector general’s probe will examine.

It remains to be seen if and when this will blow up again, but if this is the type of story that can turn into something huge, It can’t be ignored forever.

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Proving a Negative.

One family’s fight to prove dad isn’t a bad guy.

My daughter gave her daddy a gun for his birthday. As a law-abiding citizen he went to transfer ownership. Ten days later a letter arrived from the Department of Justice — transfer denied, stated my husband is a felon and he can’t have fire arms. Shock: He knew he was not a felon, had bought and registered guns for years, and now that department states that he is a felon since 1972 and can’t have any guns.

My husband called the Department of Justice. No, they could not tell him what his crime was or anything about it. They could only talk to him about it if he brought up what the crime was first. As he did not know what his crime was, he could not tell them and they refused to give him any information. Their answer was he would have to go to the police department and pay to have a Live Scan or copy of his record done. He did that. Three week later, still no answers.

He did eventually get it all settled out… but serves as a warning on how a government acusation can be almost impossible to prove.

Luis Alberto Delgado told ICE he was a natural born citizen, he even provided his Drivers license and birth certificate, but his English wasn’t so good. So they deported him to Mexico.  The local authorities in Arizona haven’t foaled up this bad. Maybe they are suing because they are afraid comparisons make them look bad.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained Delgado after a traffic stop in South Texas on June 17 and held him for eight hours, questioning him about his citizenship.

Delgado said he gave immigration agents a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital, a state of Texas identification card and a Social Security card.

But Delgado, who was raised in Mexico after his parents divorced, said immigration agents were suspicious of him because he did not speak English well, and insisted the paperwork he carried belonged to someone else.

Delgado said he eventually signed paperwork that resulted in his removal to Mexico because he wanted to be released from immigration custody, and thought he could fight his case from Houston.

“I believe (the agents) discriminated against me because I didn’t speak English,” he said. “If you don’t speak very well, I think they just assume you’re Mexican.”

I think it is worth noting that Delgado doesn’t fit the definition of an “anchor baby”,reminds me of Cheech Marin’s “Born in East LA“, except its not near as funny.

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Mad as Hell and They Aren’t Going to Take It Anymore

Any Republican that supports Cap and Trade in any form or manor, is a supporter of socialist agenda and doesn’t belong on a Republican ticket. This is an issue and a vote for which than can be no tolorance and no forgiveness from any voter that is a conservative libertarian .  Mike Castle lost any right to call himself a Republican.

The tea party is a rebellion  and Republicans liked it when the Teapartiers helped get Scott Brown elected, and while Scott Brown might be a moderate we have no reason to believe that he would ever support Cap and Trade.

Two weeks ago things looked pretty grim for conservatives and the Republican party. Obama was commanding a huge lead,  George Bush, a moderate, had his approval numbers in the toilet, and John McCaine,  was setting himself up for defeat.  The Teaparty movement is what gave Republicans now hope and a realistic chance to take back control. Jonah Goldberg at the National Review has this to say:

The Americans surely botched a battle or two during the Second World War. But no British statesman would say “Man, we really blew it aligning ourselves with the yanks.”

You can’t play out the “what ifs” with any certainty, but it seems pretty obvious to me that if the tea parties hadn’t been around, doing what they do, the GOP, the conservative movement and the country would be in far worse shape today. It’s hardly as if the folks in the White House or over at the DNC are suddenly sleeping a whole lot better because they might hang on to the Vice President’s former senate seat, while probably losing  the president’s, Harry Reid’s, Russ Feingold’s and maybe even Barbara Boxer’s.  And, even if this costs the GOP a senate majority,  most political observers know that winning back the senate matters less than destroying the filibuster-proof majority. And the GOP will do that with room to spare (thanks to the tea parties).

When you have an organic grassroots uprising, it’s sort of silly to expect that it will make every decision with surgical skill and perfect foresight. Indeed, the attempt to play mincing games of compromise threatens to cool the very passions that have gotten us this far. In this Rush, I think, is basically right.

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Comming Down Hard on Those Who Dare Speak out:

Taking a cue from Old Iron Curtain Russia which The current administration has modeled itself after Kathleen Sebelius has served warning on insurance companies who dare express opinion or conflict with the administration.

Witness Kathleen Sebelius’s Thursday letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group—a thuggish message even by her standards. The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

Zero tolerance for expressing an opinion, or offering an explanation to policyholders? They’re more subtle than this in Caracas.

What Ms. Sebelius really means is that the government will prohibit insurers from doing business if reality is not politically convenient for Democrats.

The message is clear, “If you make us look bad, we are coming after you.”

Chilling!

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Microsoft Helps Putin Suppress Dissenters

Microsoft has made allies with Vladimir Putin Using the same heavy handiness so go after rebellious groups.

Across Russia, the security services have carried out dozens of similar raids against outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers in recent years. Security officials say the inquiries reflect their concern about software piracy, which is rampant in Russia. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government.

As the ploy grows common, the authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.

Interviews and a review of law enforcement documents show that in recent cases, Microsoft lawyers made statements describing the company as a victim and arguing that criminal charges should be pursued

Software and have political and social implications. Open Source operating systems and software are not burdened with the legal issues attached by the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.   For the type of work that most political or social dissenting groups use a system such as Ubuntu is probably more suitable than either the Microsoft or Apple systems.. because its easier to keep versions in sync. Security is built in,  GPG is standard. and OpenOffice.org works better for collaborative type work,  There is no registration or paperwork involved with open source software.  Free software is about more than price. it also about freedom.

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it means that the program’s users have the four essential freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

Open Source  is about dissent, Created by the rebellious for  the rebellious, and should be the operating systems and software of choice for dissenters.

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Rev. Jones Gets a Visit

Did the Obama administration send the goon squad in to intimidate the Koran burners?

The AP story about the FBI’s visit linked it to concern about public safety. But, as Bill observes, any reasonable public safety concern stemming from the action of Rev. Jones and his church would have only a local dimension — i.e., retaliation against him and his church. Thus, Bill, a former federal prosecutor, concludes that there is “no visible nexus whatever for FBI involvement.”

This raises the suspicion that the FBI visit was an attempt to intimidate Rev. Jones. A vist for this purpose would be an entirely improper infringement on his (and by extension our) civil liberties.

I had no sympathy for Jones’ plan to plan the Koran — better that Americans should read the book and evaluate the relationship between its words and the behavior of jihadists. But Jones has a constitutionally protected right to do what he was planning to do, and the FBI should not throw its weight around attempting to “persuade” Jones not to exercise that right.

Is there some Chicago style community ornizing going on or could the timing simply be a coincidence?

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more on Koran Burning

It looks like the folks at Dove World Outreach Center have called off the Koran burning this Saturday.

A fiery Florida pastor called off his bonfire of Korans today after claiming he had a deal that would move a controversial mosque away from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks — but the Muslim cleric planning the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” quickly denied to ABC News that he had agreed to move his project.

But it looks like the Wetboro Baptist Church is more than willing to fill the void.

Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville’s Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.

“WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed america bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center until they change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things,” the church announced in a news release this week.

Perhaps as in the last time no one will take notice Fox News and AP have promised not to distribute images or videos of  a burning, While they seem to be refering to the World Outreach Center,  is seems likely they would blackout videos and Images of a simular Westboro Stunt.

Responses have been interesting. John Hinderaker thinks its hard to feel good about any of this.

The result, I suppose, is a good one, but it is hard to feel positive about any aspect of this story. We now have firmly established the principle that you can kick Bibles and other scriptures around all you want, but no one in the world can act disrespectfully toward a Koran. It is, perhaps, a watershed moment.

Greg posts about a campaign that puts the whole thing in perspective.  The idea is they will donate a Koran to the people in Afghanistan to replace any that are destroyed.  Should take the the anger right out of the Islamist.

Yeahh .. riiiiight!

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Unintended Consequences

The Dove World Outreach Center plans on publicly burning  a Koran, on Sept. 11th.

“On September 11th, 2010, from 6pm – 9pm, we will burn the Koran on the property of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!”

We understand the anger but most people think that shows disrespect to those who haven’t done anything to us.  Most Muslim peoples weren’t a part of the 9-11 attacks.  The protest have already begun.

About 3,000 members of a hard-line Islamic group marched Saturday to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Jakarta, waving banners and posters condemning the plan. The group organized similar rallies in five other cities across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation.

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When You’re A Hammer

A Middle School football coach found himself without a job.  after he sent emails containing the You-tube of This catchy little ditty. Bryan Glover explains that“An hour-and-a-half after sending out the e-mail, I got the phone call from the head coach saying that he had had complaints from parents; he was told to fire me,”

If you like this song you can purchase it for a reasonable price at his web site.