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September 30, 2014

Doesn't This Create Potential Problems?

With the rare exception of a relative handful of folks with genetic defects and/or anomalies, human beings are born either male or female -- something that is in their DNA. Accepting the politically correct nonsense that one's gender is what one feels like/chooses rather than what one's DNA decrees makes no sense -- despite absurd outcomes like this one.

I probably would have missed this story were it not for Maggie Gallagher at The Corner. It seems that the good people on the appeal board considering a case at Atherton High School (part of the Jefferson County public school system) have determined that you can use the girls bathrooms, locker room and showers if you say youre a girl. No physical required.

A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a womens restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School.

In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld Atherton High Schools nondiscrimination policy Thursday, which states the school must accept the gender identity each student asserts and shouldnt discriminate on the use of school space on the basis of gender identity nor gender expression.

If you read the full report from the local press you will find that the appeals board is composed of teachers, two parents and a school administrator. The board rejected appeals from parents who somehow thought this might be a bad idea. (They were clearly haters of some sort, Im sure.)

So all right, Mr./Ms. School Administrator -- you are going to let a student decide what restroom they use based upon what gender they declare they are? Presumably this means that the school administration is not permitted to challenge such declarations -- after all, who are they to make that decision for any child?

So what happens when Bobby shows up at school some morning and slips into the girls restroom singing this little ditty?

Now come on -- the policy says a student can use the restroom that they identify with. What right do you have to question such a student's proclaimed self-identification? And if said young man who says he's a young woman then declares that he/she is a lesbian, who are you to judge? Never mind the discomfort and privacy rights of the young women who were actually born female -- you've set the policy and can you really play favorites among those taking advantage of the policy? Heck -- having declared that DNA and the comfort of those who feel violated by such accommodations to be irrelevant, why not simply do away with the entire notion of gendered restrooms and locker rooms and have the high school equivalent of a Roman bath, where everyone bathes together? After all, you've already started down that pathway.





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Speaking Of Racist White Democrats

Look at the historical error pointed out by my buddy Hube.

Check out the pic accompanying this Politico story.

Titled "Race and the Modern GOP," it features notorious Gov. George Wallace -- a Democrat -- confronting folks in front of a schoolhouse.

As Insty notes, "Even more amusingly, its labeled 'History Dept.'

Once again we see an attempt to chalk up today's political differences to the racism perpetrated by the Democrat Party for the bulk of its existence. Given that the article is all about dismissing today's real political differences about matters unrelated to race as ultimately being about the civil rights legislation of 1964 is to ignore the reality that most of the racist Democrats lived out their lives as Democrats and that today's conservative Republican majority came of age in the post-segregation era and embrace the concept of equality before the law for every American regardless of race that was at the heart of the historical civil rights movement (and which has been rejected by today's "civil rights" "leaders").

By the way -- the use of the map showing the states won by Johnson and Goldwater in 1964 is somewhat disingenuous. In the wake of the Kennedy assassination and with the nomination of a candidate who was outside of the mainstream of national politics by the GOP, an overwhelming victory by Johnson was inevitable. In 1968, those same southern states cast a majority of their votes for one of two Democrats (Humphrey or Wallace). In 1972 they all went Republican -- along with all the rest of the country but Massachusetts and Washington, DC. And don't forget that in 1976 these states went solidly for Democrat Jimmy Carter -- and while all of those states except for Carter's home state of Georgia voted for Reagan in 1980, the reality is that the same was true of most of the country. In other words, the South does not become solidly GOP in presidential races until the 1980s -- nearly two decades later. And if one looks at representation in the House and Senate, the South does not become reliable Republican until some time after that.

What changed in those decades? Well, a lot of thing -- but in terms of the South, one of the things you discover is a period of strong economic growth in the region. As a result, you saw rapid migration from other parts of the country by people drawn to that economic opportunity. How did these people vote? They voted for economic growth and low taxes rather than more social programs and government expansion. As Lee Atwater noted in a much maligned (and selectively excerpted by the Left) 1981 interview, what happened was that politics in the South (at least among white voters) moved away from race issues and focused on other issues -- in the process moving from being a stronghold of New Deal liberalism to the bastion of Reagan conservatism.





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I'm Ashamed He's White, Too

Anyone who has so bought into the racial grievance scam that is "white privilege" that they agonize over being white is clearly a white supremacist at heart.

A Democratic state lawmaker from North Carolina is raising eyebrows with comments indicating hes ashamed of his own whiteness.

Just when you thought Chapel Hill couldnt get any kookier along comes THIS GUY, wrote Brant Clifton of the Daily Haymaker blog in a column about lawmaker Graig Meyer.

Meyer, described on the blog as um, interesting, was quoted discussing Whiteness, White Guilt, and um, White Supremacy in Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn E. Singleton.

Subtitled A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, it includes Meyers comments.

The truly difficult work is looking deep within myself to recognize where my own reservoirs of whiteness reside and what value or burdens they present to me, the excerpt states. Every time I review Peggy McIntoshs inventory of white privilege I learn something more about myself, and through attentiveness to my own experience I think I could add a few more forms of racial privilege to her list.

Of course, this guy probably does have something to be guilty about. As a white Democrat, he is an heir to his party's generations of promoting racism and racial supremacy -- something that Democrats work to promote today any time they encounter a person of color who dares to think, speak, or act contrary to what white Democrats declare to be "authentic". So yes, I'm ashamed that Graig Meyer is white -- he is a white man who knowingly and willingly associates himself with the leading purveyor of racism in American history and who clearly believes himself to be so superior to racial minorities that he has to feel guilty about that superiority. I'm therefore ashamed to share any racial, ethnic, or cultural heritage with such a pathetic excuse for a human being -- and am proud to be a member of the largest political organization in the United States to have unambiguously rejected racism from its inception, the Republican Party.





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But I Thought That In Person Vote Fraud Never Happens

Oh, wait she is a Democrat that makes it OK.

HARTFORD >> State Rep. Christina Tita Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief States Attorneys Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.


You know a state-issued photo ID with an address and an expiration date would have prevented this.





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Obamas Non-Feasance In Office

The man is AWOL when it comes to national security.

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obamas PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.



No wonder his foreign and defense policies have been a mess. Incompetence and a lack of concern for anything beyond his golf game has clearly had consequences.





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September 26, 2014

Perry Prosecutor Facing More Corruption Charges

Last week it was the revival of contempt of court charges against Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum. Now it appears that he is stealing from Texas taxpayers by billing them for his services at triple the legal rate.

A Houston lawyer is alleging the prosecutor handling the indictment against Rick Perry is over-charging taxpayers for his services, breaking the same law the governor stands accused of violating.

In a criminal complaint sent Monday to the Travis County district attorneys office, Houston criminal defense attorney David Rushing says special prosecutor Michael McCrum is abusing his official capacity by billing the county $300 per hour, or more than three times the highest possible rate set by a state law.

Interestingly enough, the charges will be investigated by the office of the same drunken district attorney whose refusal to do the honorable thing after her arrest and attempt to use her position to intimidate law enforcement officers into releasing her. There is certainly a conflict there but no doubt that will be ignored along with the clear evidence of wrongdoing. After all, corrupt Dems of a feather indict each other never.

By the way wheres Greg Enos comment on this one? He certainly loves to go after Republicans on billing issues.





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Michigan Court Allows Union To Keep Unconstitutionally Obtained Cash

Because apparently theft is OK if you are a union.

A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization.

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.

The SEIU successfully lobbied for the plan in multiple states that classified unpaid family members as "home health care workers." Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients' Medicare or Medicaid checks.

The Court of Appeals ruling was in favor of SEIU Healthcare Michigans motion to have the case dismissed because the union had paid back dues to Patricia Haynes and Steven Glossop, who had filed suit demanding dues they were forced to pay be returned. The court noted that Haynes and Glossop were paid back more than they requested in their lawsuit.

So they stole money from some 40,000 family members of the disabled with the collusion of the state, and now they get to keep it. What a racket!





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The FBI Is Looking Into What In Relation To Beheading Case?

Looks like the resignation of Eric Holder is already loosening things up at the FBI.

FBI probing suspect's recent conversion to Islam in Oklahoma beheading

What? You mean there might be a connection between Islam and beheadings? Why on earth would anyone think that? Other than tens of thousands of examples of beheadings in the name of Islam by radical Islamists, why would anyone think the two would be related?





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September 24, 2014

White House Manipulates Press Coverage

Could you imagine the howls of outrage if the Bush White House had sought to revise and correct press pool reports before they were sent out?

White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news medias eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities. They are written by reporters for other reporters, who incorporate them into news articles about President Obama almost every day.

Sometimes, however, the White House plays an unseen role in shaping the story.

Journalists who cover the White House say Obamas press aides have demanded and received changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.

The disputed episodes involve mostly trivial issues and minor matters of fact. But that the White House has become involved at all represents a troubling trend for journalists and has prompted their main representative, the White House Correspondents Association, to consider revising its approach to pool reporting.


And given that the White House sends out the pool report and can hold it or decline to send it out if it objects the effect is government control and censorship of the press. That was apparently not an issue in previous administrations, but the Obama Administration insists upon changes frequently. But then again, what do you expect from an administration that views the Constitution as not binding upon itself?





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Does Obama Not See The Irony?

After all, his administration has been doing the very things at home that he is opposing abroad.

Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual conference on Tuesday, Mr. Obama unveiled a U.S. government directive aimed at strengthening citizen movements that push for freer, more open societies.

"When people are free to speak their minds and hold their leaders accountable, governments are more responsive and more effective," Mr. Obama said at the conference hosted by the Clinton family's charitable foundation.

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Threatened by what he called "civil society"community organizations, labor unions, charities and other nongovernmental groupsrepressive governments "are doing everything in their power" to stifle dissent, Mr. Obama said.

"From Russia to China to Venezuela, you're seeing relentless crackdowns," he said, "vilifying legitimate dissent as subversive."

U.S. government agencies would take new steps to bolster citizen groups abroad so that they can operate more freely, the president said.


Unless, of course, the groups in question are the Tea party, conservative in social and political groups, orders of Catholic nuns, pro-life and pro-family groups or organizations in favor of enforcing Americas immigration laws those groups must be investigated and suppressed in Obamas America. The dissent from Obamunist doctrine by those groups must be stifled at all costs. After all, too much of this free to speak their minds and hold their leaders accountable thing could hurt Barrys chance to implement his agenda.





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September 23, 2014

A Candidate I Wont Be Backing In 2016

Ben Carson.

Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said there is a strong likelihood that you will see his name in the presidential primaries come 2016.

Unless the American people indicate in November that they like Big Government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong, Carson said Monday night on The Hugh Hewitt Show, according to a show transcript, when asked about the chances of a presidential run.

Carson, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President George W. Bush, said that he will be waiting for a few more months before making any definite decisions, and predicted that he will make a formal announcement in May of next year.


Dont get me wrong I like Dr. Carson. He is a fine man and a patriot. But lets be honest his skill-set does not translate over very easily to the task of governing a country.

Sorry, folks, Ill be backing one of our nations fine Republican governors whether that individual is named Jindal, Walker, Martinez, Pence or Kasich.

H/T Outside the Beltway





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Coddling College Students

Now I dont mind it a state allows for colleges and universities to issue IDs that are valid for voting purposes. But I do find it troubling that the response to such decisions comes out sounding like this one from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

UW System spokesperson Jim Villa said UW-Superiors current student IDs already meet the laws specifications and that the three remaining institutions are planning on issuing free IDs on campus, as well.

Thats really great news, United Council of UW Students Executive Director Nneka Akubeze said. It certainly alleviates a huge burden for students who would have to travel [to the Division of Motor Vehicles]. In the case of UW-Madison, theyd have to research a bus line theyre not used to and travel further down University Avenue than theyve traveled before.


WTF?

You are a student enrolled at the states flagship university where the average ACT score is a 23 -- but it is a huge burden to have to figure out a bus schedule and travel a few stops further down one of the main streets in town than you would otherwise have done? If I were a Wisconsin Badger, I would feel terribly insulted by that statement.

H/T Althouse





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September 22, 2014

Looks Like The Democrats Know About The Evil Of Money In Politics

After all, they are the ones selling offices to the highest bidder.

House Democrats, panicked after Newt Gingrich and the GOP shocked Washington by winning the House in 1994, became so obsessed with raising money to take back the chamber they even sold off top leadership jobs, according to a longtime Democratic fundraiser.

In an explosive book out next month, Lindsay Mark Lewis said that former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardts team set a price of $100,000 to be the top Democrat on every House committee, $100,000 on a trade deal and $200,000 for a tax proposal to be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee.

They also demanded that members raise money 12 hours a week and collect $1.5 million per election cycle or be put on a deadbeat list.

For the first time in history, House Democrats had made money the central measuring stick of success, wrote Lewis in Political Mercenaries. An advance copy, co-written by journalist Jim Arkedis, was provided to the Washington Examiner.

Now the executive director of the Clinton-aligned Progressive Policy Institute, Lewis said Democrats tapped House members because Bill Clinton, readying for re-election in 1996, was sucking up available donations, leaving little for House races.

I dont want to hear another word about campaign donations by the Koch Brothers or their independent expenditures to convince Americans to see political matters their way. After all, the Democrats were selling the power of the nations governing body to the highest body.





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Obama To Restrict Entrance To Public Streets Near White House

Apparently you will now have to be searched in order to enter areas blocks away from the White House.

WASHINGTON The Secret Service is considering screening tourists and other visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House in response to the episode Friday in which a man with a knife managed to get through the front door of the presidents home after jumping over the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to law enforcement officials.

As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and not include measures taken at airports by the Transportation Security Administration, which include metal detectors and body scans.

Along with giving Secret Service agents and uniformed Secret Service officers a chance to check for explosives and weapons in bags, the screening would allow them to interact with the visitors and try to identify those who may pose a problem, the officials said.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation or security measures under consideration.


This isnt something as innocuous as closing Pennsylvania Avenue to vehicular traffic. Now even seeking to approach the White House on foot will be grounds for a police search. Whats more, this is likely to inhibit the exercise of First Amendment rights near the White House.

And why? All because some guy jumped the fence at the White House and the Secret Service let him into the building before detaining and arresting him.

Which seems to be somewhat unfair. After all, the only thing he did was jump a fence and go someplace federal law prohibited him from going.

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Shouldn't an American veteran get at least the same consideration as foreigners who break our nation's immigration laws?





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September 20, 2014

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.



Council Winners







Non-Council Winners



See you next week!





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Wendy Davis Shows Her Unfitness For Office

Forget Wendy's lies.

Forget Wendy's sordid personal life.

Forget Wendy's votes to aid her paying clients.

Forget Wendy's use of campaign funds to promote her book.

This clip from last night's debate shows why Wendy Davis is unfit to be Governor of Texas (or to hold any position of public trust anywhere in this country).

A quick synopsis of the video:

Davis: I call upon my opponent to stop doing his job by defending statutes duly enacted and signed into law pursuant to the Texas Constitution.

Abbott: You and your colleagues passed a law stripping me of the power to not appeal an adverse decision in court.

Davis: I call on you to break that law because I like the decision the court made. How dare you faithfully execute your duties as you swore to do!

Moderator: Senator Davis, you are violating the rules of the debate you agreed to.

Davis: Rules? We don't need no stinking rules! Rules are like laws and are only for Republicans and other suckers. I'll run Texas like Obama runs America.

Right there, Wendy Davis made it clear that she will not follow the Constitution and laws of the state of Texas when it suits her to ignore them. Americans have grown increasingly frustrated by the lawlessness of the petty tyrant in Washington -- Texans will not put up with such shenanigans from Austin.

Pass the popcorn -- I'mm looking forward to Wendy's continuing meltdown.





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ObamaCare Architecht, Brother Of Major Dem Pol, Declares You Should Die At 75

Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, thinks we need to die at 75.

It is now clear that Ezekiel Emanuel designed Obamacare with the idea that 75 is optimal age of death.

Thats how long I want to live: 75 years. This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I cant mean what I say; that I havent thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well.

Despite the efforts of his family and friends, Emanuel is convinced that 75 is a pretty good age to stop living. He justifies this conclusion by offering medical research and insightful quips, such as, The average age at which Nobel Prizewinning physicists make their discovery is 48″ and, We literally lose our creativity.

It always amazess me how "progressives" like to think it is their place to substitute their judgement for God's. Abortion is OK because someone knows which kids should be allowed to live and die in the name of "choice". We need to start hastening deaths because some folks live too long and aren't "productive" or "creative" enough.

Who knows -- maybe what they really are after is "Logan's Run" or "Soylent Green".





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Harry Reid Quits Protecting Rapists From Prosecution

Remember who led the real war on women.

Senate Democrats dropped their objection to a bill designed to mitigate the rape kit backlog, ending a summer of procedural fighting and giving Senate Republicans a victory as both parties attempt to win women voters.

The Senate reauthorized the Debbie Smith Act, a bill that expedites DNA testing of rape kits, Thursday evening before leaving for the home stretch of the 2014 midterms.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) refused to let it pass by unanimous consent when Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R., Texas) brought it up in April.

Time for American voters to take the reins of power away from that dirty old man who preferred protecting rapists to passing legislation that was overwhelmingly supported by members of both parties. Makes one wonder why he was unwilling to help make sure victims got justice and rapists got caught. Could his DNA (or that of a close family member or supporter) be in one of those untested kits?





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September 19, 2014

When Headlines Get It Wrong

If I had not read earlier stories on the situation that led up to this story, I would be outraged by this headline. But then again, I am outraged by an editor slapping this inaccurate headline on a story.

Air Force dumps so help me God from enlistment oath

The thing is, the Air Force did not dump the phrase from the oath. It instead rightly made the phrase optional so as to conform with the Constitution.

And Im not even talking about conforming with the First Amendment. Im talking about conforming with Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

As noted in this excellent analysis of this provision, from the earliest days this has been understood to forbid even the requirement that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being. Consider words of Oliver Ellsworth, one of the drafters of the Constitution and third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In his defense of the religious test clause, Mr. Ellsworth first explained what was meant by the term religious test:
A religious test is an act to be done, or profession to be made, relating to religion (such as partaking of the sacrament according to certain rites and forms, or declaring ones belief of certain doctrines,) for the purpose of determining whether his religious opinions are such, that he is admissible to a publick office.

He then proceeded to examine the most basic religious test possible and to demonstrate that it would be wrong for us to have such a test in America.

If any test-act were to be made, perhaps the least exceptionable would be one, requiring all persons appointed to office to declare at the time of their admission, their belief in the being of a God, and in the divine authority of the scriptures But I answer: His making a declaration of such a belief is no security at all. For suppose him to be an unprincipled man, who believes neither the word nor the being of God; and to be governed merely by selfish motives; how easy is it for him to dissemble! how easy is it for him to make a public declaration of his belief in the creed which the law prescribes; and excuse himself by calling it a mere formality. This is the case with the test-laws and creeds in England In short, test-laws are utterly ineffectual: they are no security at all If they exclude any persons, it will be honest men, men of principle, who will rather suffer an injury, than act contrary to the dictates of their consciences. If we mean to have those appointed to public offices, who are sincere friends to religion, we, the people who appoint them, must take care to choose such characters; and not rely upon such cob-web barriers as test-laws are.

We insist that members of our armed forces defend the Constitution it is important that we do not make their enlistment contingent upon an oath that violates the provisions of that document. Therefore this change merely allows an airman to avoid having to violate the Constitution in order to be allowed to defend it while still permitting others to bind themselves before a deity in which they believe. To this Constitution-loving Christian, that seems to be the perfect way in to honor both God and the Constitution.





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Fewer Than Four-In-Ten Americans Know The Three Branches Of Government

Which disturbs me greatly, considering that my lesson in my Government classes today on the structure of the Constitution included this very topic.

Wednesday marked national Constitution Day, the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. But only 36 percent of Americans can actually name the three branches of government the Constitution created.

Thats according to a new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and it shows a huge percentage of Americans might need to take a civics refresher course.

Sometimes I am shocked by how ignorant my fellow Americans are about their own government.

Maybe thats why I sort of like this proposal by an Arizona legislature to require students to pass the same test given to prospective citizens in order to graduate from high school.





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Christie Cleared, Democrats Mourn

It was clear to most reasonable observers from the very beginning that Chris Christie was not involved in the Bridgegate scandal. Now that is confirmed.

Gov. Christie says he's not surprised by a report by and NBC affiliate in New York suggesting that federal investigators have found nothing linking him to the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge which occurred last year.

Gov. Christie was asked about the NBC report during a radio interview yesterday evening. "I told the people of New Jersey, directly and honestly, on January 9th that I had no knowledge of this and no role of any kind in the planning or execution of it." Christie said. He added, "what matters most to me is that the people of New Jersey know that I tell them the truth."

This means that Chris Christie is a viable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Not my preferred one, but a viable one nonetheless.





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September 18, 2014

Point/Counterpoint On The Katy ISD Bond Vote

One of the hottest measures on the ballot this fall in the Houston area is a school bond vote in the Katy Independent School District. As a teacher and a taxpayer, I know such elections are important. But as someone who lives and works on the other side of Harris County and who therefore does not know a great deal about the bond proposal and the conditions in the district that might weigh for or against its passage, I just don't feel that I can adequately comment on it. I've therefore agreed to publish one post in favor of the proposal and one post opposed. The authors are both friends and solid conservatives -- and better positioned to offer an informed commentary on it. I therefore welcome Ed Sarles and Kelly Horsley and thank them for their contribution to this blog.





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POINT -- Building Schools with Free Market Financing

By Ed Sarlls
Member of the 2014 Katy ISD Bond Committee
GOP Precinct Chair -- Precinct 644

Government debt is ballooning in many areas of the country, potentially leading to local and state bankruptcy. Yet free market investors who see the value in Katy ISD stand ready to fund our school construction needs by paying premium prices for AAA rated Katy ISD bonds. Even in todays low interest rate environment, taxpayers need to be vigilant in analyzing requests for additional debt. Such is the case with the 2014 Katy ISD bond proposal. Used properly, building with low-interest debt today can save millions in inflated costs later. Careful consideration in these areas is important to determine the worthiness of the proposal:

  1. Is the debt growing faster than the ability to pay? Katy ISDs debt to property value ratio shows a steady decline. The Texas Comptroller and other oversight organizations recognize Katy ISD for financial integrity, and transparency.
  2. Is the debt growing faster than the need for the services provided? Katy ISD inflation adjusted debt per student is similar to other large fast-growth districts in Texas and is stable, even with the proposed bond added.
  3. Did voters approve the projects funded by the debt? The recession created low interest rates and lower construction costs that created a surplus from the 2010 bond authorization. The Board used this surplus to build two additional elementary schools, postponing the next school construction bond by a year. Notably, the board did not use these funds to build a stadium.
  4. Is debt funding recurring expenses? I agree with some bond opponents that recurring expenses should be in the maintenance budget. This includes items such as periodic replacement of flooring, roofing, buses, copiers, and computers. Converting from bond to budget funding for these items requires adjustment of priorities and planning. This change is a long-term objective that should be a subject of discussion for candidates for the Katy ISD School Board election in May.
  5. Are the proposed projects required at this time? With Katy ISD growing by 3000 students each year, we must build additional schools (48% of the proposal). Some schools already have six lunch periods starting before 10am and use separate bell schedules for each grade due to crowding in the cafeteria and hallways. Other facilities (30%) need renovation, replacements, or expansion to restore educational utility and implement current school standards. Scheduling our current seven high schools for varsity football games requires an additional stadium facility (8%) to avoid distant school-night games. This directly affects hundreds of students in each schools football team, band, drill team, cheerleaders, and color guard. Short-term bonds allow replacement of copiers and computers (7%). Medium term-bonds fund replacement of 96 old buses, 100 new buses, and portable buildings needed over the next three years.

In summary, Katy ISD is a financially stable, well managed, and recognized district. While not perfect, Katy ISD has steadily improved over the last decade. The Bond Committee process itself, once more controlled by the School Board, changed to include over 200 self-nominated members of our community. After months of presentations, questions, and debate, the recommended projects passed a line-item vote by at least 2/3 of the community Bond Committee. The proposal builds six schools; providing space for 8890 new students, including the ones crowded into existing schools. Further delays in building schools will not only increase taxpayer costs, but also will significantly affect students in the growth areas with increased portable building usage, reduced parking space, and more traffic congestion. In listening to the community that voted down the dream stadium proposed in 2013, the Committee cut over $250 million in project requests, including scaling down the stadium project by $19 million. Adding the new stadium to the existing Rhodes facility saves over $25 million in land cost and uses the recently expanded traffic corridors to I-10 and the Grand Parkway. This central location is equally convenient to all district schools and keeps additional traffic out of other more congested areas. Katy ISD voters should be comfortable supporting the many necessary projects in this bond proposal while working to continue future improvements to the management and operation of our district.





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COUNTERPOINT -- Katy ISD: Got Debt?

By Kelly Horsley
GOP Precinct Chair -- Precinct 877
Republished from The Political Chicken

There are many issues that we encounter and deal with as a community on a local, city, state, and a national level. Some are more controversial than others, obviously. There is one issue that can tear apart an education community or school district faster than any of these other issues; a school bond proposal. Want to make it even more divisive? Throw in a new football stadium proposal in the bond proposal. Look. Out.

The Katy ISD bond is no different. And sadly, it's a statewide epidemic.

However, even the folks that support the bond are coming up short on their logic, seemingly failing to consider what the passage of this bond would do to the local and state economies. The debt of Texas' cities is comparable to California's cities, even to that of bankrupt Detroit. Even Breitbart has picked up on it in this article titled, Texas Cities Should Learn from Bankrupt, Spendthrift Detroit. Jess Fields said, "Texans must work to ensure that our localities do not rack up enormous debt and waste money on pet projects we cannot afford. Taxpayers should demand that local governments spend money on priorities, like good public safety and sound infrastructure."

On the other side, the Katy LiberTea group led the fight in 2013 and helped defeat an earlier bond. Their desire to see the bond voted down is no different this time around. Cyndi Lawrence, president of Katy LiberTea has this to say about the state of affairs in the Katy Independent School District:

"We acknowledge the fact that Katy ISD is a highly desired community. We need to look at a package that addresses classroom space for our kids and that is fiscally responsible. This community has expanded so much because it is a great area to live, but we want it to remain that way. We do not want our community to be in such a large amount of debt. This bond reminds me of Bills that come through the U.S. House, the INTENTION is always good, but somehow tons of pork gets added and then the intention of the Bill ends up lost. We need to be more transparent and fiscally responsible when preparing a bond. There has been way to much fluff money added to this current bond package. This bond should only be addressing growth while respecting the communitys hard earned tax payer dollars. According to debt at a glance, for school districts of similar size in Texas, Katy ISD ranks the 5th highest in debt with the amount of $1,234,844,928. The cost per student is $19,172."

"The community has already voted down the 2013 $99,000,000 bond because most felt like the school district was proposing to spend too much money on things that are not necessities. Here we are a year later, and not only did they NOT listen to the communitys concerns, but they added 700 MILLION more dollars to the bond and MORE fluff. This is not representative of what the community wants and what is best for our children. They need to consider our concerns and address the growth needs in a fiscally responsible manner. Our community and our children will be paying this debt off for years to come."

Most people think that conservative groups are always railing against any sort of bond referendum or proposal. That's simply not true! To back that up, I thought it would be interesting to include some quotes from some folks who would like to remain anonymous. The first person comments concerning the stadium that has been injected into the bond:

"Why is the stadium being forced into a bond that is primarily for education and facilities pertaining to education? Why is it not on its own ticket?"

"The stadium did not make the vote last year and there has been a whole year to prepare for a better solution. Why has Katy ISD not researched and secured corporate sponsors, stadium naming rights, and etc They could sell seat options, raise ticket prices, and paid parking. There are many ways that this could have been sold to the voters without shoving it down our throats in a bond that includes mass much needed educational components. That's just dirty and unethical no matter what side your on."

"Sometimes you have to pay to play!"

Some people are not even talking about the stadium. Here's one taxpayer who is concerned about whether or not Katy ISD already has the money on hand to spend without passing the bond:

"On the KISD Bond issue, I have a house that last year was valued at $92,500 - KISD taxes $1415. This year the same house value was upped to $149,000 - KISD taxes $2279. This appears to me to be a little more than $10-$20 per year. And it's a rental with no exemptions. So, if my KISD taxes are going up $864 per year, I guess that I am accounting for the $10 increase for 86 houses. They should not need any bonds approved inasmuch as the increase in valuations more than makes up for the bonds they want to issue."

Here's more from another concerned citizen about the tax rate:

"KISD tax rate is 1.5266% (1.1266 M&O and 0.400 I&S). This is before the planned tax rate increase in the proposed bond. This current rate is already higher than over 93% of all other school districts in TX and even higher than CFISD. Not sure how that is possible with the behemoth of a Berry Center cost already included in CFISD M&O and I&S rates. Good news is it is still lower than Allen ISD but they already have their 60MM stadium. Well it's really even more than the 60MM when you add the costs they are currently incurring to repair all the cracked concrete in it."

Unfortunately, as is always the case with school bond debates, those presenting rationale, financial reasons to oppose the bond will be labeled anti-children.

These are real concerns from real people. They are legitimate concerns, too. None that can just be explained away by the pro-bond side as 'ignorant' or uneducated. If you live in Katy ISD, please consider a 'no' vote on this bond. It's time that we stop loving our children to debt.





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When Educators Teach Students That The Constitution Does Not Apply To Them

Ive always wanted to teach American Government. Ive been blessed to teach a couple of sections the last few years, and this year staffing in the department finally made it possible for me to switch my teaching assignment so that half of my time is spent teaching that subject. One major focus of the class is the nature and extent of our liberties under the Constitution and every semester I cause a little consternation when I teach about Supreme Court cases that deal with the rights of students, such as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District and West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. The discussions of those cases often lead students to recount cases when teachers and administrators failed to abide by the lawful limits of their authority and respect the constitutional rights of the students who they are supposed to be preparing to be citizens of a free nation. Thats why this story and the spin placed on it by the commentator makes me so very angry.

A North Dakota school has drawn the ire of a national atheist group after a teacher made a 6-year-old child stand up during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jesse Adams, of New Town, ND, tells the Minot Daily News that school administrators violated his sons First Amendment rights by making him stand for the pledge.

Were trying to raise free thinkers, he told the newspaper.

Yes, Mr. Adams is one of those parents.

When his child continued to defy the directions of his teacher, the youngster was told to stand in the hallway for the duration of the pledge. Mr. Adams said that amounts to bullying.

Maybe the six-year-old couldve used hallway time for some personal meditation or free thinking?

Superintendent Mark Bluestone is a military veteran and a patriot. He told the Associated Press the child was placed in the hallway to avoid disrupting other students who wondered why they could not sit during the pledge.

The superintendent said he feels strong about the importance of teaching children to be patriotic a rarity in American public education.

The American Humanist Associations Appignani Humanist Legal Center fired off a letter to the superintendent. They accused the school of coercing the underage free thinker.

Allowing students to exercise their right to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance is a matter of free speech and freedom of conscience, legal director David Niose wrote.

If somebody had pulled that kind of hippy dippy baloney back when I was in school, they would've been pledging allegiance with a boot up their backside.

Apparently Mr. Starnes was educated in a totalitarian nation with a government not limited by the US Constitution and Superintendent Bluestone patriotically fought to defend the same sort of fascist regime. Either that or Starnes is stunningly ignorant of the US Constitution and the US Supreme Court precedents about compelling student speech or taking adverse actions against students exercising constitutional rights and Superintendent Bluestone is an incompetent who failed to absorb the material taught in his educational law class while preparing to get his administrators certification. After all, this matter was settled some 70 years ago at the height of World War II in the Barnette case that I mentioned earlier. Consider these excerpts from the majority opinion by Justice Robert Jackson (mentor to the future Chief Justice William Rhenquist who was in turn mentor to the current Chief Justice, John Roberts).

The freedom asserted by these appellees does not bring them into collision with rights asserted by any other individual. It is such conflicts which most frequently require intervention of the State to determine where the rights of one end and those of another begin. But the refusal of these persons to participate in the ceremony does not interfere with or deny rights of others to do so. Nor is there any question in this case that their behavior is peaceable and orderly. The sole conflict is between authority and rights of the individual.

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If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

Now lets be clear what is going on in New Town, North Dakota. A student is exercising his uncontestable right to opt out of participation in a flag salute by peacefully remaining seated. He refuses to confess, by either word or act, allegiance to a piece of cloth, despite official efforts to compel him to do so. Exclusion from his assigned classroom for a part of the instructional day singles him out and causes a greater disruption than his remaining seated. The excuse given by the out-of-control mis-educator is that this child's actions caused a disruption because other students asked questions about their about their rights under the Constitution to do likewise. In other words, Superintendent Bluestone and his subordinates are engaged in educational malpractice by seeking to keep their charges in ignorance rather than performing a fundamental task of the American educational system preparing students to freely exercise their rights as citizens by teaching them what their rights are. What is instead happening in this district is the un-American practice of indoctrinating students in a preferred political/philosophical point of view and marginalizing those who dissent from the officially endorsed ideology. The lesson they are teaching is that a good American does what the government demands and that those who do not are to be excluded and shunned.

And lest you think Ive got a problem with the pledge, let me state that I do not. I proudly participate in and lead it in my classroom. I encourage my students to participate in it, or at least to stand respectfully. But I do not exclude any who will not and use such situations (and they are rare) as a teachable moment in which I can educate students about our liberties as Americans. Why? Because I recognize that the surest way to honor American values is to place the Constitution above the flag. Otherwise the symbol is placed above the substance of what our nation is all about.





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Death Sentence For Iranian Blogger For Insulting The Prophet Mandates This Post

Because voicing different views is not a crime in any civilized land.

A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.

Arabi claims he was not in sound mental health when he made the posts. I dont know if that is true or not but it really doesn't matter.

So in solidarity with Soheil Arabi, I offer up the following.

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The above message has been approved by Muhammad the Islamic Outrage Pig.

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Another Liberal Who Doesnt Understand The Word Diversity

Do you spot the problem?

Local members of the LGBT community are questioning an Iowa City festival's partnership with Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that drew national protests in 2012 after its CEO spoke out against gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A is among the nearly dozen corporate sponsors for Iowa Soul Festival, an Iowa City Summer of the Arts event that runs Friday and Saturday on the Pentacrest and Clinton Street. The restaurant, through a donation from its Coralville location, is sponsoring Soul Fest's culinary row.

Janelle Rettig, a Johnson County Supervisor who has been in a same-sex marriage for nearly 26 years, said Chick-fil-A's sponsorship makes her question whether LGBT people those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are welcome at Soul Fest.

"When they're a sponsor in a city that prides itself in celebrating diversity, I think we do have to question that," Rettig said Tuesday. "It's eyebrow raising, and it makes me wonder if I should even go to Soul Fest because I'm uncomfortable with it."

So lets see Rettig apparently believes that the proper way to celebrate diversity is to exclude those whose views are not the same as hers. Thinking or believing differently you know, having diverse views is apparently something to be suppressed. And if those who dare to hold and express diverse views are allowed to participate in a community event, that somehow excludes people who disagree meaning that diversity is must be prohibited in order to include the most intolerant and closed-minded subpopulation in the community. Thus liberals like Retting insist that diversity means forced conformity.

Of course, maybe that is why Rettig feels unwelcome. After all, celebrating the true diversity of the community including those who hold diverse beliefs on religious, moral, and social issues probably does make intolerant bigots like her feel unwelcome and uncomfortable.





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September 15, 2014

Another Leftist For Lynching

When will we hear civil rights leaders denounce this New Black Panther leader and demand his prosecution?

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Mauricelm-Lei Millere is a Black Panther and New Black Panther Adviser who is assisting in the organization of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. He has also recently encouraged people to commit violence on Martin Baker in a recent Facebook posting.

Martin Baker is a black Republican candidate that has found himself in the middle of a racist hate storm after the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri because he supported due process for the officer involved while at the same time supporting the family of the young man who was killed.

Unfortunately for those who make a living from pushing hate, like Mr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere, Bakers reasonable actions are a threat to his income. So how does he react? The same way most people who are losing an intellectual argument dothey use intimidation by threatening and/or encouraging violence.

Law enforcement refuses to investigate.

I wonder what the response would be to a call to catch beat, drug, and whip Barack Obama for adhering to the party of slavery, segregation, and the Klan. Or how the Left would react to statements declaring Obama to be a jiggaboo (the word used by this NBPP "leader" in reference to Baker) whose policies have left the black community in particular black youth with the highest level of unemployment among any demographic group in the United States and who will be the group most harmed economically by any executive order imposing immigration reform. Dare I suggest that all hell would (rightly) break loose and that there would be investigations and arrests not to mention public shaming of all involved (and their associates) on the front page of every newspaper in the land? After all, that is what happened when there was the accusation that someone at a Tea Party protest spit on a black member of Congress despite the fact that the closest thing ever documented was someone getting sprayed by saliva from someone shouting. So why are threats against this African-American candidate for Congress not treated as offensive to common decency and an attack on democratic principles and his civil rights?





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Will New Benghazi Revelation Sink Clinton?

Remember the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to separate damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Departments Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.

Whoa! Hiding evidence from an investigative body is a big deal. It was bad enough that there was an incredible failure that led to the Benghazi debacle and even worse that the administration told a bold-faced lie in an attempt to hide the failures that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. But now to find out that the most transparent administration in history sanitized the documents before allowing them into the hands of investigators leads one to question if crimes were committed and the impact of the cover-up on the future political prospects of one Hillary Rodham Clinton.





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Proof That Low Information Voters Are Easily Fooled

A filthy rich Democrat activist is funding ads in swing states attacking. . . Republicans for being tools of rich donors.

The Tom Steyer-funded outside group focused on climate change has found attacks on the Koch brothers to be effective in key races and with a swath of voters for whom economics are a main driver, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

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The memo lays out how climate issues are playing out with certain voters, identifying a group NextGen calls Super Shifters.

The Super Shifters are primarily voters with children who earn an annual income of less than $100,000 and are profoundly unhappy with the gridlock in Washington, Lehane writes in the memo. These are voters that are continuing to dig out from the 2008 Great Recession. For these Super Shifters, economic issues are the electoral dominant driver.

The Super Shifters believe that the system is rigged against them and that there are powerful interests, the corporate fat cats a phrase that came out of a focus group who exercise undue influence over the political process, Lehane adds.

So what you have here is voters being enticed to vote against fat cats and a system that they view as rigged against them by a fat cat who is seeking to rig the system to his own advantage. That, my friends, is frighteningly cynical but quite typical of Democrat strategy. After all, they have somehow managed to convince African-Americans to vote for the party of slavery, segregation and the Klan while implementing policies that have been objectively destructive of the black community.





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September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton -- Faux Woman of The People

She's trying to get in touch with the views of the common people on the income gap and tax inversions and other hot topics -- by talking to celebrities and Wall Street types who summered with her in the Hamptons.

Hillary Clinton spent the summer in the Hamptons. And, as the New York Times reports, she's been asking friends about income inequality as she gets ready to run president of the United States.

"Mrs. Clinton spent August in the Hamptons, a working vacation that gave her plenty of time to interact with donors without the glare of the news media. Liz Robbins, a Washington lobbyist with a home in East Hampton; the investor Dan Neidich and his wife, Brooke Garber Neidich, an arts executive; the hedge fund manager Richard C. Perry and his wife, Lisa Perry, a fashion designer; and Susie Tompkins Buell, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, are among the friends and donors who hosted events for the Clintons," reports the Times.

Because you see, Hillary wants to be a populist this time around -- but doesn't want to alienate her financial backers among the social and political elite. Of course, maybe she and her friends are asking the opinions of those in the servants quarters, too.





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September 12, 2014

NFL Facing A Host Of Ugly Issues -- Will Ray Rice Precedent Be Applied?

Ray Rice is suspended indefinitely -- and the repercussions of that for the NFL are yet to be determined as an investigation of the league's investigation of Rice gets underway. However, there exist some additional issues on the domestic violence front -- and two new situations to boot.

First the domestic violence cases.

Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for abuse allegations.

The Panthers and 49ers both say they are following the NFLs lead, waiting for the legal process to run its course. Neither team has provided details of its investigations.

The cases have similarities to that of Ray Rice, who was released this week by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league after an explicit video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancee.

Now wait -- Hardy has been convicted by a jury of his peers of a domestic violence, and yet the league has not suspended him and his team continues to play him. While he is welcome to continue to appeal, he has been found guilty in the eyes of the law/ Why is he not guilty in the eyes of the NFL and the Carolina Panthers. McDonald hasn't been found guilty of anything yet -- but should the league and the team wait to act based upon the evidence that is already in the public domain?

Then there are the charges against Adrian Peterson here in the Houston area -- charges of child abuse.

Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage has issued a release saying that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson was "true billed" on a charge of injury to a child Friday in Montgomery County, north of Houston.

As of Friday evening, Peterson was not in the custody of Montgomery County Sheriff's officers.

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According to Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, the indictment is related to an incident in which Peterson allegedly disciplined his child with a "switch."

Friday evening, Hardin released the following statement:

"Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Now what do you do in that situation? You have an indictment and a concession that something terrible happened -- but no conviction. Peterson is deactivated for the weekend by his team -- but should the league act now? Should the team impose a suspension? Or should they wait?

And then there is this against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

A former exotic dancer has filed a lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, accusing him of sexual assault.

In the suit filed Monday in Dallas County, Jana Weckerly claims that Jones assaulted her in 2009 and that the Dallas Cowboys knew about and covered up the incident.

Weckerly is seeking "monetary relief of over $1,000,000," according to the suit.
Reaction from the Cowboys was swift.

Levi McCathern, an attorney representing the team, called the allegations "completely false" and "a shakedown."

"The legal complaint is unsupported by facts or evidence of any kind," McCathern said in a written statement. "This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones."

Now these charges are civil rather than criminal -- and they are vigorously denied. But the claims include not merely sexual assault, but also the use of team personnel and resource to cover up the alleged offenses. How should the league respond? Should it respond? And if so, when?

I don't pretend to have the answers here -- but there are sure some questions that need asking. And frankly, I don't think Roger Goodell is the guy to be answering them -- he has lost credibility. Time for him to go.

And I know a football fan who is just the person to step in and restore public confidence in the league -- Condoleezza Rice.





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First Amendment Dodges A Bullet

At first, the so-called Udall Amendment looked quite innocuous.

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.

The reality, though, is that the proposed constitutional amendment was anything but innocuous. It was instead a direct attack upon the political freedoms of each and every American by a subset of Americas political class intent upon holding on to its political power. Democrats, not content to allow for unlimited political speech by those with whom they disagree, were prepared to make speech about political matters less protected and less legal than speech about Kim Kardashian. Americans would have an unlimited right to speak and write and spend money to criticize Ray Rice for violently assaulting his wife, but not to speak, write, or spend money to advocate for or against candidates for office, government officials, or ballot propositions.

Frankly, this would have turned the entire concept of the First Amendment on its head. Billed as a way of keeping corporate money out of politics (it is allegedly a response to the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision), this would have overturned nearly 40 years of jurisprudence on campaign finance regulations. Not only would it have allowed the banning of corporate political speech, it would have inevitably been used to muzzle interest and advocacy groups, voluntary associations of citizens working together to oppose entrenched interests in their own community. A neighborhood association could (and likely would) be prohibited from opposing a bond measure on a municipal ballot that residents viewed as negatively impacting the quality of life in their neighborhood while their tax dollars are used by city officials to advocate for needed improvements of local infrastructure. Whats more, the reasonable limits imposed would have had the effect of keeping an individual from using their own money to advocate for their own candidacy for office undoing a Supreme Court precedent in Buckley v. Valeo that recognized that the right to advocate for ones own election is a fundamental right.

Of course, there is an additional problem with this proposed (and for now rejected) amendment it allows for the suppression of political speech (and the complete prohibition of speech by corporations) except by one sort of entity. That is, of course, the press. What it would have done, in effect, is turn what was designed to be a right belonging to every American into the preserve of a self-anointed corporate media priesthood. This can be seen in efforts by the Democrats to narrow the definition of the press in recent legislation concerning press shield laws. That effort sought to define as press only those who were full-time reporters who made a living from their efforts citizen journalists and commentators like myself (or freelance writers who did not earn the bulk of their income from writing) would have been excluded from its protection. Similarly, one could expect that the New York Times or ABC News would have been deemed press under Section 3 of the proposed amendment while a blog like Rhymes With Right (run by a full time high school teacher and political activist) would be deemed to not be press, my expenditures to maintain the blog declared spending to influence an election, and my posts an in-kind contribution subject to regulation [t]o advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process. In other words, freedom of the press would have become the privilege of an elite (usually corporately controlled) few rather than the right of every American.

What? You say you dont believe me? Well dont take my word for it consider what the ACLU had to say about the matter last summer.

To give just a few hypotheticals of what would be possible in a world where the Udall proposal is the 28th Amendment:

Congress would be allowed to restrict the publication of Secretary Hillary Clintons forthcoming memoir Hard Choices were she to run for office;

Congress could criminalize a blog on the Huffington Post by Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, that accuses Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) of being a climate change denier;

Congress could regulate this website by reform group Public Citizen, which urges voters to contact their members of Congress in support of a constitutional amendment addressing Citizens United and the recent McCutcheon case, under the theory that it is, in effect, a sham issue communication in favor of the Democratic Party;

A state election agency, run by a corrupt patronage appointee, could use state law to limit speech by anti-corruption groups supporting reform;

A local sheriff running for reelection and facing vociferous public criticism for draconian immigration policies and prisoner abuse could use state campaign finance laws to harass and prosecute his own detractors;

A district attorney running for reelection could selectively prosecute political opponents using state campaign finance restrictions; and

Congress could pass a law regulating this letter for noting that all 41 sponsors of this amendment, which the ACLU opposes, are Democrats (or independents who caucus with Democrats).

Now fortunately, this misbegotten amendment to limit our liberties has been defeated in the Senate due to the efforts of Republicans not that there was any chance of it passing in the House or being ratified by 38 states. But to each of you, my fellow Americans, I have one message (one which could have been regulated or banned under the Udall Amendment) Remember in November who sought to take your freedom away.





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When Educators Impose Their Values On Others

It is almost always progressive values being imposed.

A Ventura County high school principal has barred a booster club from selling a popular fast-food sandwich on campus because of the chains position on gay marriage.

Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesdays back-to-school night because the restaurants beliefs could offend some students and their parents.

With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didnt want them on campus, Wyatt told the newspaper.

Every principal has the discretion to invite community groups or businesses onto their campuses.

We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission, Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga said.

Im curious will Wyatt be imposing a ban on Burger King because of their tax inversion move to Canada? How about on Nestle products because of their distribution of baby formula in Third World countries that have been the basis of a boycott for the last 40 years? Or what about companies that donate to abortion provider Planned Parenthood after all, dont pro-lifers have a right not to be offended?

Interestingly enough, the superintendents defense of the principals decision shows the hypocrisy of that decision and the defense. After all, the school is certainly not being inclusive and supportive of diversity when it announces that one set religious and cultural beliefs and those who hold them are rejected by and not welcome at the school. How does doing that adhere to the mission of the school district unless that mission is one of indoctrination and not inclusion and diversity?





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White Male Democrat Declares Hispanic Female Republican Governor Not Hispanic Enough

Because as a white Democrat, he gets to decide who is an authentic minority and who is a poser.

Susana Martinez of New Mexico is the first female Hispanic governor in the country. She's also a gun-toting, tough-on-crime conservative Republican, and that's got Democrats in New Mexico itching to defeat her. Martinez's Democratic opponent for reelection this year is attorney general Gary King, the son of former three-term governor Bruce King. In new video obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the younger King told fellow Democrats at a fundraiser that Martinez "does not have a Latino heart."

Apparently Martinez, who is frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick in 2016, must be destroyed for the crime of thinking for herself much like Democrats have been doing to minorities who fail to give due respect to their white Democrat betters since the days of the KKK.

Reminds me of the garbage flung at Ted Cruz during the 2012 senatorial campaign.





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Hamas Admits Its To Crimes That Caused Deaths Of Palestinian Civilians

But then again, the evidence was already out there for all to see.

Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes.

In a veiled confession that comes two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, a senior Hamas official said the group's fighters had no choice but to use residential areas from which to launch missiles into their neighbour's territory

In other words, every drop of innocent blood is on the hands of Hamas.





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Note To Wendy Davis

This is what a compassionate choice by a real Texas woman looks like.





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September 11, 2014

We Remember 9/11

List of World Trade Center Victims

Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr.
Edelmiro Abad
Maria Rose Abad
Andrew Anthony Abate
Vincent Abate
Laurence Christopher Abel
William F. Abrahamson
Richard Anthony Aceto
Jesus Acevedo Rescand
Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann
Paul Acquaviva
Donald LaRoy Adams
Patrick Adams
Shannon Lewis Adams
Stephen George Adams
Ignatius Udo Adanga
Christy A. Addamo
Terence E. Adderley, Jr.
Sophia Buruwad Addo
Lee Allan Adler
Daniel Thomas Afflitto
Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah
Alok Agarwal
Mukul Kumar Agarwala
Joseph Agnello
David Scott Agnes
Brian G. Ahearn
Jeremiah Joseph Ahern
Joanne Marie Ahladiotis
Shabbir Ahmed
Terrance Andre Aiken
Godwin Ajala
Gertrude M. Alagero
Andrew Alameno
Margaret Ann Alario
Gary M. Albero
Jon Leslie Albert
Peter Alderman
Jacquelyn Delaine Aldridge
David D. Alger
Sarah Ali-Escarcega
Ernest Alikakos
Edward L. Allegretto
Eric Allen
Joseph Ryan Allen
Richard Dennis Allen
Richard Lanard Allen
Christopher E. Allingham
Janet M. Alonso
Arturo Alva-Moreno
Anthony Alvarado
Antonio Javier Alvarez
Victoria Alvarez-Brito
Telmo E. Alvear
Cesar Amoranto Alviar
Tariq Amanullah
Angelo Amaranto
James M. Amato Joseph Amatuccio
Christopher Charles Amoroso
Kazuhiro Anai
Calixto Anaya, Jr.
Joseph Anchundia
Kermit Charles Anderson
Yvette Constance Anderson
John Andreacchio
Michael Rourke Andrews
Jean Ann Andrucki
Siew-Nya Ang
Joseph Angelini, Jr.
Joseph Angelini, Sr.
Laura Angilletta
Doreen J. Angrisani
Lorraine Antigua
Peter Paul Apollo
Faustino Apostol, Jr.
Frank Thomas Aquilino
Patrick Michael Aranyos
David Arce
Michael George Arczynski
Louis Arena
Adam P. Arias
Michael Armstrong
Jack Charles Aron
Joshua Aron
Richard Avery Aronow
Japhet Jesse Aryee
Patrick Asante
Carl Asaro
Michael Asciak
Michael Edward Asher
Janice Marie Ashley
Thomas J. Ashton
Manuel O. Asitimbay
Gregg Arthur Atlas
Gerald T. Atwood
James Audiffred
Louis Frank Aversano, Jr.
Ezra Aviles
Sandy Ayala
Arlene T. Babakitis
Eustace P. Bacchus
John J. Badagliacca
Jane Ellen Baeszler
Robert J. Baierwalter
Andrew J. Bailey
Brett T. Bailey
Tatyana Bakalinskaya
Michael S. Baksh
Sharon M. Balkcom
Michael Andrew Bane
Katherine Bantis
Gerard Baptiste
Walter Baran
Gerard A. Barbara
Paul Vincent Barbaro
James William Barbella
Ivan Kyrillos F. Barbosa
Victor Daniel Barbosa
Colleen Ann Barkow
David Michael Barkway
Matthew Barnes
Sheila Patricia Barnes
Evan J. Baron
Renee Barrett-Arjune
Nathaly Barrios La Cruz
Arthur Thaddeus Barry
Diane G. Barry
Maurice Vincent Barry
Scott D. Bart
Carlton W. Bartels
Guy Barzvi
Inna B. Basina
Alysia Basmajian
Kenneth William Basnicki
Steven Bates
Paul James Battaglia
Walter David Bauer, Jr.
Marlyn Capito Bautista
Jasper Baxter
Michele Beale
Paul Frederick Beatini
Jane S. Beatty
Lawrence Ira Beck
Manette Marie Beckles
Carl John Bedigian
Michael Earnest Beekman
Maria A. Behr
Yelena Belilovsky
Nina Patrice Bell
Debbie Bellows
Stephen Elliot Belson
Paul M. Benedetti
Denise Lenore Benedetto
Maria Bengochea
Bryan Craig Bennett
Eric L. Bennett
Oliver Duncan Bennett
Margaret L. Benson
Dominick J. Berardi
James Patrick Berger
Steven Howard Berger
John P. Bergin
Alvin Bergsohn
Daniel Bergstein
Michael J. Berkeley
Donna M. Bernaerts
David W. Bernard
William Bernstein
David M. Berray
David S. Berry
Joseph J. Berry
William Reed Bethke
Timothy Betterly
Edward Frank Beyea
Paul Beyer
Anil Tahilram Bharvaney
Bella J. Bhukhan
Shimmy D. Biegeleisen
Peter Alexander Bielfeld
William G. Biggart
Brian Bilcher
Carl Vincent Bini
Gary Eugene Bird
Joshua David Birnbaum
George John Bishop
Jeffrey Donald Bittner
Albert Balewa Blackman, Jr.
Christopher Joseph Blackwell
Susan Leigh Blair
Harry Blanding, Jr.
Janice Lee Blaney
Craig Michael Blass
Rita Blau
Richard Middleton Blood, Jr.
Michael Andrew Boccardi
John P. Bocchi
Michael Leopoldo Bocchino
Susan M. Bochino
Bruce D. Boehm
Mary Catherine Boffa
Nicholas Andrew Bogdan
Darren Christopher Bohan
Lawrence Francis Boisseau
Vincent M. Boland, Jr.
Alan Bondarenko
Andre Bonheur, Jr.
Colin Arthur Bonnett
Frank Bonomo
Yvonne Lucia Bonomo
Genieve Bonsignore, 3
Seaon Booker
Sherry Ann Bordeaux
Krystine Bordenabe
Martin Boryczewski
Richard Edward Bosco
John H. Boulton
Francisco Eligio Bourdier
Thomas Harold Bowden, Jr.
Kimberly S. Bowers
Veronique Nicole Bowers
Larry Bowman
Shawn Edward Bowman, Jr.
Kevin L. Bowser
Gary R. Box
Gennady Boyarsky
Pamela Boyce
Michael Boyle
Alfred Braca
Kevin Bracken
David Brian Brady
Alexander Braginsky
Nicholas W. Brandemarti
Michelle Renee Bratton
Patrice Braut
Lydia E. Bravo
Ronald Michael Breitweiser
Edward A. Brennan III
Francis Henry Brennan
Michael E. Brennan
Peter Brennan
Thomas M. Brennan
Daniel J. Brethel
Gary Lee Bright
Jonathan Briley
Mark A. Brisman
Paul Gary Bristow
Mark Francis Broderick
Herman Charles Broghammer
Keith A. Broomfield
Ethel Brown Janice
Juloise Brown
Lloyd Stanford Brown
Patrick J. Brown
Bettina Browne
Mark Bruce
Richard George Bruehert
Andrew Brunn
Vincent Brunton
Ronald Paul Bucca
Brandon J. Buchanan
Gregory Joseph Buck
Dennis Buckley
Nancy Clare Bueche
Patrick Joseph Buhse
John Edwards Bulaga, Jr.
Stephen Bunin
Matthew J. Burke
Thomas Daniel Burke
William Francis Burke, Jr.
Donald J. Burns
Kathleen Anne Burns
Keith James Burns
John Patrick Burnside
Irina Buslo
Milton G. Bustillo
Thomas M. Butler
Patrick Byrne
Timothy G. Byrne
Jesus Neptali Cabezas
Lillian Caceres
Brian Joseph Cachia
Steven Dennis Cafiero, Jr.
Richard M. Caggiano
Cecile Marella Caguicla
Michael John Cahill
Scott Walter Cahill
Thomas Joseph Cahill
George Cain
Salvatore B. Calabro
Joseph Calandrillo
Philip V. Calcagno
Edward Calderon
Kenneth Marcus Caldwell
Dominick Enrico Calia
Felix Calixte
Frank Callahan
Liam Callahan
Luigi Calvi
Roko Camaj
Michael F. Cammarata
David Otey Campbell
Geoffrey Thomas Campbell
Jill Marie Campbell
Robert Arthur Campbell
Sandra Patricia Campbell
Sean Thomas Canavan
John A. Candela
Vincent Cangelosi
Stephen J. Cangialosi
Lisa Bella Cannava
Brian Cannizzaro
Michael Canty
Louis Anthony Caporicci
Jonathan Neff Cappello
James Christopher Cappers
Richard Michael Caproni
Jose Manuel Cardona
Dennis M. Carey
Steve Carey
Edward Carlino
Michael Scott Carlo
David G. Carlone
Rosemarie C. Carlson
Mark Stephen Carney
Joyce Ann Carpeneto
Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista
Jeremy M. Carrington
Michael Carroll
Peter Carroll
James Joseph Carson, Jr.
Marcia Cecil Carter
James Marcel Cartier
Vivian Casalduc
John Francis Casazza
Paul R. Cascio
Margarito Casillas
Thomas Anthony Casoria
William Otto Caspar
Alejandro Castano
Arcelia Castillo
Germaan Castillo Garcia
Leonard M. Castrianno
Jose Ramon Castro
Richard G. Catarelli
Christopher Sean Caton
Robert John Caufield
Mary Teresa Caulfield
Judson Cavalier
Michael Joseph Cawley
Jason David Cayne
Juan Armando Ceballos
Jason Michael Cefalu
Thomas Joseph Celic
Ana Mercedes Centeno
Joni Cesta
Jeffrey Marc Chairnoff
Swarna Chalasani
William Chalcoff
Eli Chalouh
Charles Lawrence Chan
Mandy Chang
Mark Lawrence Charette
Gregorio Manuel Chavez
Delrose E. Cheatham
Pedro Francisco Checo
Douglas MacMillan Cherry
Stephen Patrick Cherry
Vernon Paul Cherry
Nester Julio Chevalier
Swede Chevalier
Alexander H. Chiang
Dorothy J. Chiarchiaro
Luis Alfonso Chimbo
Robert Chin
Wing Wai Ching
Nicholas Paul Chiofalo
John Chipura
Peter A. Chirchirillo
Catherine Chirls
Kyung Hee Cho
Abul K. Chowdhury
Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury
Kirsten L. Christophe
Pamela Chu
Steven Chucknick
Wai Chung
Christopher Ciafardini
Alex F. Ciccone
Frances Ann Cilente
Elaine Cillo
Edna Cintron
Nestor Andre Cintron III
Robert Dominick Cirri
Juan Pablo Cisneros-Alvarez
Benjamin Keefe Clark
Eugene Clark
Gregory Alan Clark
Mannie Leroy Clark
Thomas R. Clark
Christopher Robert Clarke
Donna Marie Clarke
Michael J. Clarke
Suria Rachel Emma Clarke
Kevin Francis Cleary
James D. Cleere
Geoffrey W. Cloud
Susan Marie Clyne
Steven Coakley
Jeffrey Alan Coale
Patricia A. Cody
Daniel Michael Coffey
Jason M. Coffey
Florence G. Cohen
Kevin Sanford Cohen
Anthony Joseph Coladonato
Mark Joseph Colaio
Stephen Colaio
Christopher M. Colasanti
Kevin Nathaniel Colbert
Michel P. Colbert
Keith E. Coleman
Scott Thomas Coleman
Tarel Coleman
Liam Joseph Colhoun
Robert D. Colin
Robert J. Coll
Jean Collin
John Michael Collins
Michael L. Collins
Thomas J. Collins
Joseph Collison
Patricia Malia Colodner
Linda M. Colon
Sol E. Colon
Ronald Edward Comer
Sandra Jolane Conaty Brace
Jaime Concepcion
Albert Conde
Denease Conley
Susan P. Conlon
Margaret Mary Conner
Cynthia Marie Lise Connolly
John E. Connolly, Jr.
James Lee Connor
Jonathan M. Connors
Kevin Patrick Connors
Kevin F. Conroy
Jose Manuel Contreras-Fernandez
Brenda E. Conway
Dennis Michael Cook
Helen D. Cook
John A. Cooper
Joseph John Coppo, Jr.
Gerard J. Coppola
Joseph Albert Corbett
Alejandro Cordero
Robert Cordice
Ruben D. Correa
Danny A. Correa-Gutierrez
James J. Corrigan
Carlos Cortes
Kevin Cosgrove
Dolores Marie Costa
Digna Alexandra Costanza
Charles Gregory Costello, Jr.
Michael S. Costello
Conrod K. Cottoy
Martin John Coughlan
John Gerard Coughlin
Timothy J. Coughlin
James E. Cove
Andre Cox
Frederick John Cox
James Raymond Coyle
Michele Coyle-Eulau
Anne Marie Cramer
Christopher S. Cramer
Denise Elizabeth Crant
James Leslie Crawford, Jr.
Robert James Crawford
Joanne Mary Cregan
Lucy Crifasi
John A. Crisci
Daniel Hal Crisman
Dennis Cross
Kevin Raymond Crotty
Thomas G. Crotty
John Crowe
Welles Remy Crowther
Robert L. Cruikshank
John Robert Cruz
Grace Yu Cua
Kenneth John Cubas
Francisco Cruz Cubero
Richard J. Cudina
Neil James Cudmore
Thomas Patrick Cullen lll
Joyce Cummings
Brian Thomas Cummins
Michael Cunningham
Robert Curatolo
Laurence Damian Curia
Paul Dario Curioli
Beverly Curry
Michael S. Curtin
Gavin Cushny
John DAllara
Vincent Gerard DAmadeo
Jack DAmbrosi
Mary DAntonio
Edward A. DAtri
Michael D. DAuria
Michael Jude DEsposito
Manuel John Da Mota
Caleb Arron Dack
Carlos S. DaCosta
Joao Alberto DaFonseca Aguiar, Jr.
Thomas A. Damaskinos
Jeannine Marie Damiani-Jones
Patrick W. Danahy
Nana Danso
Vincent Danz
Dwight Donald Darcy
Elizabeth Ann Darling
Annette Andrea Dataram
Lawrence Davidson
Michael Allen Davidson
Scott Matthew Davidson
Titus Davidson
Niurka Davila
Clinton Davis
Wayne Terrial Davis
Anthony Richard Dawson
Calvin Dawson
Edward James Day
Jayceryll de Chavez
Jennifer De Jesus
Monique E. De Jesus
Nereida De Jesus
Emerita De La Pena
Azucena Maria de la Torre
David Paul De Rubbio
Jemal Legesse De Santis
Christian Louis De Simone
Melanie Louise De Vere
William Thomas Dean
Robert J. DeAngelis, Jr.
Thomas Patrick DeAngelis
Tara E. Debek
Anna Marjia DeBin
James V. Deblase
Paul DeCola
Simon Marash Dedvukaj
Jason Defazio
David A. DeFeo
Manuel Del Valle, Jr.
Donald Arthur Delapenha
Vito Joseph DeLeo
Danielle Anne Delie
Joseph A. Della Pietra
Andrea DellaBella
Palmina DelliGatti
Colleen Ann Deloughery
Francis Albert DeMartini
Anthony Demas
Martin N. DeMeo
Francis Deming
Carol K. Demitz
Kevin Dennis
Thomas F. Dennis
Jean DePalma
Jose Depena
Robert John Deraney
Michael DeRienzo
Edward DeSimone III
Andrew Desperito
Cindy Ann Deuel
Jerry DeVito
Robert P. Devitt, Jr.
Dennis Lawrence Devlin
Gerard Dewan
Sulemanali Kassamali Dhanani
Patricia Florence Di Chiaro
Debra Ann Di Martino
Michael Louis Diagostino
Matthew Diaz
Nancy Diaz
Rafael Arturo Diaz
Michael A. Diaz-Piedra III
Judith Berquis Diaz-Sierra
Joseph Dermot Dickey, Jr.
Lawrence Patrick Dickinson
Michael D. Diehl
John Difato
Vincent Difazio
Carl Anthony DiFranco
Donald Difranco
Stephen Patrick Dimino
William John Dimmling
Marisa DiNardo Schorpp
Christopher M. Dincuff
Jeffrey Mark Dingle
Anthony Dionisio
George DiPasquale
Joseph Dipilato
Douglas Frank DiStefano
Ramzi A. Doany
John Joseph Doherty
Melissa C. Doi
Brendan Dolan
Neil Matthew Dollard
James Joseph Domanico
Benilda Pascua Domingo
Carlos Dominguez
Jerome Mark Patrick Dominguez
Kevin W. Donnelly
Jacqueline Donovan
Stephen Scott Dorf
Thomas Dowd
Kevin Dowdell
Mary Yolanda Dowling
Raymond Mathew Downey
Frank Joseph Doyle
Joseph Michael Doyle
Stephen Patrick Driscoll
Mirna A. Duarte
Michelle Beale Duberry
Luke A. Dudek
Christopher Michael Duffy
Gerard Duffy
Michael Joseph Duffy
Thomas W. Duffy
Antoinette Duger
Sareve Dukat
Christopher Joseph Dunne
Richard Anthony Dunstan
Patrick Thomas Dwyer
Joseph Anthony Eacobacci
John Bruce Eagleson
Robert Douglas Eaton
Dean Phillip Eberling
Margaret Ruth Echtermann
Paul Robert Eckna
Constantine Economos
Dennis Michael Edwards
Michael Hardy Edwards
Christine Egan
Lisa Egan
Martin J. Egan, Jr.
Michael Egan
Samantha Martin Egan
Carole Eggert
Lisa Caren Ehrlich
John Ernst Eichler
Eric Adam Eisenberg
Daphne Ferlinda Elder
Michael J. Elferis
Mark Joseph Ellis
Valerie Silver Ellis
Albert Alfy William Elmarry
Edgar Hendricks Emery, Jr.
Doris Suk-Yuen Eng
Christopher Epps
Ulf Ramm Ericson
Erwin L. Erker
William John Erwin
Jose Espinal
Fanny Espinoza
Bridget Ann Esposito
Francis Esposito
Michael Esposito
William Esposito
Ruben Esquilin, Jr.
Sadie Ette
Barbara G. Etzold
Eric Brian Evans
Robert Evans
Meredith Emily June Ewart
Catherine K. Fagan
Patricia Mary Fagan
Keith George Fairben
Sandra Fajardo-Smith
William F. Fallon
William Lawrence Fallon, Jr.
Anthony J. Fallone, Jr.
Dolores Brigitte Fanelli
John Joseph Fanning
Kathleen Anne Faragher
Thomas Farino
Nancy Carole Farley
Elizabeth Ann Farmer
Douglas Jon Farnum
John G. Farrell
John W. Farrell
Terrence Patrick Farrell
Joseph D. Farrelly
Thomas Patrick Farrelly
Syed Abdul Fatha
Christopher Edward Faughnan
Wendy R. Faulkner
Shannon Marie Fava
Bernard D. Favuzza
Robert Fazio, Jr.
Ronald Carl Fazio
William Feehan
Francis Jude Feely
Garth Erin Feeney
Sean B. Fegan
Lee S. Fehling
Peter Adam Feidelberg
Alan D. Feinberg
Rosa Maria Feliciano
Edward Thomas Fergus, Jr.
George Ferguson
Henry Fernandez
Judy Hazel Fernandez
Julio Fernandez
Elisa Giselle Ferraina
Anne Marie Sallerin Ferreira
Robert John Ferris
David Francis Ferrugio
Louis V. Fersini
Michael David Ferugio
Bradley James Fetchet
Jennifer Louise Fialko
Kristen Nicole Fiedel
Samuel Fields
Michael Bradley Finnegan
Timothy J. Finnerty
Michael Curtis Fiore
Stephen S R Fiorelli, Sr.
Paul M. Fiori
John B. Fiorito
John R. Fischer
Andrew Fisher
Bennett Lawson Fisher
John Roger Fisher
Thomas J. Fisher
Lucy A. Fishman
Ryan D. Fitzgerald
Thomas James Fitzpatrick
Richard P. Fitzsimons
Salvatore Fiumefreddo
Christina Donovan Flannery
Eileen Flecha
Andre G. Fletcher
Carl M. Flickinger
John Joseph Florio
Joseph Walken Flounders
David Fodor
Michael N. Fodor
Stephen Mark Fogel
Thomas Foley
David J. Fontana
Chih Min Foo
Godwin Forde
Donald A. Foreman
Christopher Hugh Forsythe
Claudia Alicia Foster
Noel John Foster
Ana Fosteris
Robert Joseph Foti
Jeffrey Fox
Virginia Fox
Pauline Francis
Virgin Francis
Gary Jay Frank
Morton H. Frank
Peter Christopher Frank
Richard K. Fraser
Kevin J. Frawley
Clyde Frazier, Jr.
Lillian Inez Frederick
Andrew Fredricks
Tamitha Freeman
Brett Owen Freiman
Peter L. Freund
Arlene Eva Fried
Alan Wayne Friedlander
Andrew Keith Friedman
Gregg J. Froehner
Peter Christian Fry
Clement A. Fumando
Steven Elliot Furman
Paul Furmato
Fredric Neal Gabler
Richard Samuel Federick Gabrielle
James Andrew Gadiel
Pamela Lee Gaff
Ervin Vincent Gailliard
Deanna Lynn Galante
Grace Catherine Galante
Anthony Edward Gallagher
Daniel James Gallagher
John Patrick Gallagher
Lourdes Galletti
Cono E. Gallo
Vincenzo Gallucci
Thomas E. Galvin
Giovanna Galletta Gambale
Thomas Gambino, Jr.
Giann Franco Gamboa
Peter Ganci
Ladkat K. Ganesh
Claude Michael Gann
Osseni Garba
Charles William Garbarini
Ceasar Garcia
David Garcia
Juan Garcia
Marlyn Del Carmen Garcia
Christopher S. Gardner
Douglas Benjamin Gardner
Harvey J. Gardner III
Jeffrey Brian Gardner
Thomas Gardner
William Arthur Gardner
Francesco Garfi
Rocco Nino Gargano
James M. Gartenberg
Matthew David Garvey
Bruce Gary
Boyd Alan Gatton
Donald Richard Gavagan, Jr.
Terence D. Gazzani
Gary Geidel
Paul Hamilton Geier
Julie M. Geis
Peter G. Gelinas
Steven Paul Geller
Howard G. Gelling
Peter Victor Genco, Jr.
Steven Gregory Genovese
Alayne Gentul
Edward F. Geraghty
Suzanne Geraty
Ralph Gerhardt
Robert Gerlich
Denis P. Germain
Marina Romanovna Gertsberg
Susan M. Getzendanner
James G. Geyer
Joseph M. Giaccone
Vincent Francis Giammona
Debra Lynn Gibbon
James Andrew Giberson
Craig Neil Gibson
Ronnie E. Gies
Laura A. Giglio
Andrew Clive Gilbert
Timothy Paul Gilbert
Paul Stuart Gilbey
Paul John Gill
Mark Y. Gilles
Evan Gillette
Ronald Lawrence Gilligan
Rodney C. Gillis
Laura Gilly
John F. Ginley
Donna Marie Giordano
Jeffrey John Giordano
John Giordano
Steven A. Giorgetti
Martin Giovinazzo
Kum-Kum Girolamo
Salvatore Gitto
Cynthia Giugliano
Mon Gjonbalaj
Dianne Gladstone
Keith Glascoe
Thomas Irwin Glasser
Harry Glenn
Barry H. Glick
Steven Glick
John T. Gnazzo
William Robert Godshalk
Michael Gogliormella
Brian Fredric Goldberg
Jeffrey Grant Goldflam
Michelle Goldstein
Monica Goldstein
Steven Goldstein
Andrew H. Golkin
Dennis James Gomes
Enrique Antonio Gomez
Jose Bienvenido Gomez
Manuel Gomez, Jr.
Wilder Alfredo Gomez
Jenine Nicole Gonzalez
Mauricio Gonzalez
Rosa Gonzalez
Calvin J. Gooding
Harry Goody
Kiran Reddy Gopu
Catherine C. Gorayeb
Kerene Gordon
Sebastian Gorki
Kieran Joseph Gorman
Thomas Edward Gorman
Michael Edward Gould
Yuji Goya
Jon Richard Grabowski
Christopher Michael Grady
Edwin J. Graf III
David Martin Graifman
Gilbert Franco Granados
Elvira Granitto
Winston Arthur Grant
Christopher S. Gray
James Michael Gray
Tara McCloud Gray
Linda Catherine Grayling
John M. Grazioso
Timothy George Grazioso
Derrick Auther Green
Wade B. Green
Elaine Myra Greenberg
Gayle R. Greene
James Arthur Greenleaf, Jr.
Eileen Marsha Greenstein
Elizabeth Martin Gregg
Denise Gregory
Donald H. Gregory
Florence Moran Gregory
Pedro Grehan
John Michael Griffin
Tawanna Sherry Griffin
Joan Donna Griffith
Warren Grifka
Ramon Grijalvo
Joseph F. Grillo
David Joseph Grimner
Kenneth George Grouzalis
Joseph Grzelak
Matthew James Grzymalski
Robert Joseph Gschaar
Liming Gu
Jose Guadalupe
Cindy Yan Zhu Guan
Joel Guevara Gonzalez
Geoffrey E. Guja
Joseph Gullickson
Babita Girjamatie Guman
Douglas Brian Gurian
Janet Ruth Gustafson
Philip T. Guza
Barbara Guzzardo
Peter M. Gyulavary
Gary Robert Haag
Andrea Lyn Haberman
Barbara Mary Habib
Philip Haentzler
Nezam A. Hafiz
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Steven Michael Hagis
Mary Lou Hague
David Halderman
Maile Rachel Hale
Richard B. Hall
Vaswald George Hall
Robert J. Halligan
Vincent Gerard Halloran
James Douglas Halvorson
Mohammad Salman Hamdani
Felicia Hamilton
Robert Hamilton
Frederic K. Han
Christopher J. Hanley
Sean S. Hanley
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Thomas Hannafin
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Michael Lawrence Hannan
Dana R Hannon
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Timothy John Hargrave
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Frances Haros
Harvey Harrell
Stephen G. Harrell
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Aisha Anne Harris
Stewart Dennis Harris
John Patrick Hart
John Clinton Hartz
Emeric Harvey
Thomas Theodore Haskell, Jr.
Timothy Haskell
Joseph John Hasson III
Leonard W. Hatton
Terence S. Hatton
Michael Haub
Timothy Aaron Haviland
Donald G. Havlish, Jr.
Anthony Hawkins
Nobuhiro Hayatsu
Philip Hayes
William Ward Haynes
Scott Jordan Hazelcorn
Michael K. Healey
Roberta B. Heber
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John F. Heffernan
H. Joseph Heller, Jr.
Joann L. Heltibridle
Mark F. Hemschoot
Ronnie Lee Henderson
Brian Hennessey
Michelle Marie Henrique
Joseph Henry
William Henry
John Christopher Henwood
Robert Allan Hepburn
Mary Herencia
Lindsay C. Herkness III
Harvey Robert Hermer
Claribel Hernandez
Eduardo Hernandez
Nuberto Hernandez
Raul Hernandez
Gary Herold
Jeffrey A. Hersch
Thomas Hetzel
Brian Hickey
Ysidro Hidalgo
Timothy Higgins
Robert D. W. Higley II
Todd Russell Hill
Clara Victorine Hinds
Neal O. Hinds
Mark D. Hindy
Katsuyuki Hirai
Heather Malia Ho
Tara Yvette Hobbs
Thomas Anderson Hobbs
James J. Hobin
Robert Wayne Hobson
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Gerard Patrick Schrang
Jeffrey H. Schreier
John T. Schroeder
Susan Lee Schuler
Edward William Schunk
Mark E. Schurmeier
Clarin Shellie Schwartz
John Burkhart Schwartz
Mark Schwartz
Adriane Victoria Scibetta
Raphael Scorca
Randolph Scott
Sheila Scott
Christopher Jay Scudder
Arthur Warren Scullin
Michael Herman Seaman
Margaret M. Seeliger
Anthony Segarra
Carlos Segarra
Jason Sekzer
Matthew Carmen Sellitto
Howard Selwyn
Larry John Senko
Arturo Angelo Sereno
Frankie Serrano
Alena Sesinova
Adele Christine Sessa
Sita Nermalla Sewnarine
Karen Lynn Seymour
Davis Sezna
Thomas Joseph Sgroi
Jayesh S. Shah
Khalid M. Shahid
Mohammed Shajahan
Gary Shamay
Earl Richard Shanahan
Neil Shastri
Kathryn Anne Shatzoff
Barbara A. Shaw
Jeffrey James Shaw
Robert John Shay, Jr.
Daniel James Shea
Joseph Patrick Shea
Linda Sheehan
Hagay Shefi
John Anthony Sherry
Atsushi Shiratori
Thomas Joseph Shubert
Mark Shulman
See Wong Shum
Allan Abraham Shwartzstein
Johanna Sigmund
Dianne T. Signer
Gregory Sikorsky
Stephen Gerard Siller
David Silver
Craig A. Silverstein
Nasima Hameed Simjee
Bruce Edward Simmons
Arthur Simon
Kenneth Alan Simon
Michael J. Simon
Paul Joseph Simon
Marianne Teresa Simone
Barry Simowitz
Jeff Lyal Simpson
Khamladai Singh
Kulwant Singh
Roshan Ramesh Singh
Thomas E. Sinton III
Peter A. Siracuse
Muriel Fay Siskopoulos
Joseph Michael Sisolak
John P. Skala
Francis Joseph Skidmore, Jr.
Toyena Skinner
Paul A. Skrzypek
Christopher Paul Slattery
Vincent Robert Slavin
Robert F. Sliwak
Paul K. Sloan
Stanley S. Smagala, Jr.
Wendy L. Small
Catherine Smith
Daniel Laurence Smith
George Eric Smith
James Gregory Smith
Jeffrey R. Smith
Joyce Patricia Smith
Karl T. Smith
Keisha Smith
Kevin Joseph Smith
Leon Smith, Jr.
Moira Ann Smith
Rosemary A. Smith
Bonnie Jeanne Smithwick
Rochelle Monique Snell
Leonard J. Snyder, Jr.
Astrid Elizabeth Sohan
Sushil S. Solanki
Ruben Solares
Naomi Leah Solomon
Daniel W. Song
Michael Charles Sorresse
Fabian Soto
Timothy Patrick Soulas
Gregory Spagnoletti
Donald F. Spampinato, Jr.
Thomas Sparacio
John Anthony Spataro
Robert W. Spear, Jr.
Maynard S. Spence, Jr.
George Edward Spencer III
Robert Andrew Spencer
Mary Rubina Sperando
Tina Spicer
Frank Spinelli
William E. Spitz
Joseph Spor, Jr.
Klaus Johannes Sprockamp
Saranya Srinuan
Fitzroy St. Rose
Michael F. Stabile
Lawrence T. Stack
Timothy M. Stackpole
Richard James Stadelberger
Eric Stahlman
Gregory Stajk
Alexandru Liviu Stan
Corina Stan
Mary Domenica Stanley
Anthony Starita
Jeffrey Stark
Derek James Statkevicus
Craig William Staub
William V. Steckman
Eric Thomas Steen
William R. Steiner
Alexander Steinman
Andrew Stergiopoulos
Andrew Stern
Martha Stevens
Michael James Stewart
Richard H. Stewart, Jr.
Sanford M. Stoller
Lonny Jay Stone
Jimmy Nevill Storey
Timothy Stout
Thomas Strada
James J. Straine, Jr.
Edward W. Straub
George J. Strauch, Jr.
Edward T. Strauss
Steven R. Strauss
Steven F. Strobert
Walwyn W. Stuart, Jr.
Benjamin Suarez
David Scott Suarez
Ramon Suarez
Yoichi Sugiyama
William Christopher Sugra
Daniel Suhr
David Marc Sullins
Christopher P. Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan
Hilario Soriano Sumaya, Jr.
James Joseph Suozzo
Colleen Supinski
Robert Sutcliffe
Seline Sutter
Claudia Suzette Sutton
John Francis Swaine
Kristine M. Swearson
Brian Edward Sweeney
Kenneth J. Swenson
Thomas Swift
Derek Ogilvie Sword
Kevin Thomas Szocik
Gina Sztejnberg
Norbert P. Szurkowski
Harry Taback
Joann Tabeek
Norma C. Taddei
Michael Taddonio
Keiichiro Takahashi
Keiji Takahashi
Phyllis Gail Talbot
Robert Talhami
Sean Patrick Tallon
Paul Talty
Maurita Tam
Rachel Tamares
Hector Tamayo
Michael Andrew Tamuccio
Kenichiro Tanaka
Rhondelle Cheri Tankard
Michael Anthony Tanner
Dennis Gerard Taormina, Jr.
Kenneth Joseph Tarantino
Allan Tarasiewicz
Ronald Tartaro
Darryl Anthony Taylor
Donnie Brooks Taylor
Lorisa Ceylon Taylor
Michael Morgan Taylor
Paul A. Tegtmeier
Yeshauant Tembe
Anthony Tempesta
Dorothy Pearl Temple
Stanley Temple
David Tengelin
Brian John Terrenzi
Lisa M. Terry
Shell Tester
Goumatie T. Thackurdeen
Sumati Thakur
Harshad Sham Thatte
Thomas F. Theurkauf, Jr.
Lesley Anne Thomas
Brian Thomas Thompson
Clive Thompson
Glenn Thompson
Nigel Bruce Thompson
Perry A. Thompson
Vanavah Alexei Thompson
William H. Thompson
Eric Raymond Thorpe
Nichola Angela Thorpe
Sal Edward Tieri, Jr.
John p Tierney
Mary Ellen Tiesi
William R. Tieste
Kenneth Francis Tietjen
Stephen Edward Tighe
Scott Charles Timmes
Michael E. Tinley
Jennifer M. Tino
Robert Frank Tipaldi
John James Tipping II
David Tirado
Hector Luis Tirado, Jr.
Michelle Lee Titolo
John J. Tobin
Richard Todisco
Vladimir Tomasevic
Stephen Kevin Tompsett
Thomas Tong
Doris Torres
Luis Eduardo Torres
Amy Elizabeth Toyen
Christopher Michael Traina
Daniel Patrick Trant
Abdoul Karim Traore
Glenn J. Travers
Walter Philip Travers
Felicia Y. Traylor-Bass
Lisa L. Trerotola
Karamo Trerra
Michael Angel Trinidad
Francis Joseph Trombino
Gregory James Trost
William P. Tselepis
Zhanetta Valentinovna Tsoy
Michael Tucker
Lance Richard Tumulty
Ching Ping Tung
Simon James Turner
Donald Joseph Tuzio
Robert T. Twomey
Jennifer Tzemis
John G. Ueltzhoeffer
Tyler V. Ugolyn
Michael A. Uliano
Jonathan J. Uman
Anil Shivhari Umarkar
Allen V. Upton
Diane Marie Urban
John Damien Vaccacio
Bradley Hodges Vadas
Renuta Vaidea
William Valcarcel
Felix Antonio Vale
Ivan Vale
Benito Valentin
Santos Valentin, Jr.
Carlton Francis Valvo II
Erica H. Van Acker
Kenneth W. Van Auken
Richard B. Van Hine
Daniel M. Van Laere
Edward Raymond Vanacore
Jon C. Vandevander
Barrett Vanvelzer, 4
Edward Vanvelzer
Paul Herman Vanvelzer
Frederick Thomas Varacchi
Gopalakrishnan Varadhan
David Vargas
Scott C. Vasel
Azael Ismael Vasquez
Arcangel Vazquez
Santos Vazquez
Peter Anthony Vega
Sankara S. Velamuri
Jorge Velazquez
Lawrence G. Veling
Anthony Mark Ventura
David Vera
Loretta Ann Vero
Christopher James Vialonga
Matthew Gilbert Vianna
Robert Anthony Vicario
Celeste Torres Victoria
Joanna Vidal
John T. Vigiano II
Joseph Vincent Vigiano
Frank J. Vignola, Jr.
Joseph Barry Vilardo
Sergio Villanueva
Chantal Vincelli
Melissa Vincent
Francine Ann Virgilio
Lawrence Virgilio
Joseph Gerard Visciano
Joshua S. Vitale
Maria Percoco Vola
Lynette D. Vosges
Garo H. Voskerijian
Alfred Vukosa
Gregory Kamal Bruno Wachtler
Gabriela Waisman
Courtney Wainsworth Walcott
Victor Wald
Benjamin James Walker
Glen Wall
Mitchel Scott Wallace
Peter Guyder Wallace
Robert Francis Wallace
Roy Michael Wallace
Jeanmarie Wallendorf
Matthew Blake Wallens
John Wallice, Jr.
Barbara P. Walsh
James Henry Walsh
Jeffrey P. Walz
Ching Wang
Weibin Wang
Michael Warchola
Stephen Gordon Ward
James Arthur Waring
Brian G. Warner
Derrick Washington
Charles Waters
James Thomas Waters, Jr.
Patrick J. Waters
Kenneth Thomas Watson
Michael Henry Waye
Todd Christopher Weaver
Walter Edward Weaver
Nathaniel Webb
Dinah Webster
Joanne Flora Weil
Michael T. Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
Scott Jeffrey Weingard
Steven George Weinstein
Simon Weiser
David M. Weiss
David Thomas Weiss
Vincent Michael Wells
Timothy Matthew Welty
Christian Hans Rudolf Wemmers
Ssu-Hui Wen
Oleh D. Wengerchuk
Peter M. West
Whitfield West, Jr.
Meredith Lynn Whalen
Eugene Whelan
Adam S. White
Edward James White III
James Patrick White
John Sylvester White
Kenneth Wilburn White, Jr.
Leonard Anthony White
Malissa Y. White
Wayne White
Leanne Marie Whiteside
Mark P. Whitford
Michael T. Wholey
Mary Catherine Wieman
Jeffrey David Wiener
Wilham J. Wik
Alison Marie Wildman
Glenn E. Wilkenson
John C. Willett
Brian Patrick Williams
Crossley Richard Williams, Jr.
David J. Williams
Deborah Lynn Williams
Kevin Michael Williams
Louie Anthony Williams
Louis Calvin Williams III
John P. Williamson
Donna Ann Wilson
William Wilson
David Harold Winton
Glenn J. Winuk
Thomas Francis Wise
Alan L. Wisniewski
Frank Thomas Wisniewski
David Wiswall
Sigrid Wiswe
Michael Wittenstein
Christopher W. Wodenshek
Martin P. Wohlforth
Katherine Susan Wolf
Jennifer Yen Wong
Siu Cheung Wong
Yin Ping Wong
Yuk Ping Wong
Brent James Woodall
James John Woods
Patrick J. Woods
Richard Herron Woodwell
David Terence Wooley
John Bentley Works
Martin Michael Wortley
Rodney James Wotton
William Wren
John Wayne Wright
Neil Robin Wright
Sandra Lee Wright
Jupiter Yambem
Suresh Yanamadala
Matthew David Yarnell
Myrna Yaskulka
Shakila Yasmin
Olabisi Shadie Layeni Yee
William Yemele
Edward P. York
Kevin Patrick York
Raymond R. York
Suzanne Youmans
Barrington Young
Jacqueline Young
Elkin Yuen
Joseph C. Zaccoli
Adel Agayby Zakhary
Arkady Zaltsman
Edwin J. Zambrana, Jr.
Robert Alan Zampieri
Mark Zangrilli
Ira Zaslow
Kenneth Albert Zelman
Abraham J. Zelmanowitz
Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl
Zhe Zeng
Marc Scott Zeplin
Jie Yao Justin Zhao
Ivelin Ziminski
Michael Joseph Zinzi
Charles A. Zion
Julie Lynne Zipper
Salvatore Zisa
Prokopios Paul Zois
Joseph J. Zuccala
Andrew S. Zucker
Igor Zukelman

List of Victims on American Airlines Flight 11

Anna Allison
David Lawrence Angell
Lynn Edwards Angell
Seima Aoyama
Barbara Jean Arestegui
Myra Joy Aronson
Christine Barbuto
Carolyn Beug
Kelly Ann Booms
Carol Marie Bouchard
Robin Lynne Kaplan
Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman
Jeffrey W. Coombs
Tara Kathleen Creamer
Thelma Cuccinello
Patrick Currivan
Brian Paul Dale
David Dimeglio
Donald Americo Ditullio
Alberto Dominguez
Paige Marie Farley-Hackel
Alexander Milan Filipov
Carol Ann Flyzik
Paul J. Friedman
Karleton D.B. Fyfe
Peter Alan Gay
Linda M. George
Edmund Glazer
Lisa Reinhart Gordenstein
Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green
Peter Paul Hashem
Robert Jay Hayes
Edward R. Hennessy, Jr.
John A. Hofer
Cora Hidalgo Holland
John Nicholas Humber, Jr.
Waleed Joseph Iskandar
John Charles Jenkins
Charles Edward Jones
Barbara A. Keating
David P. Kovalcin
Judith Camilla Larocque
Natalie Janis Lasden
Daniel John Lee
Daniel M. Lewin
Sara Elizabeth Low
Susan A. Mackay
Karen Ann Martin
Thomas F. McGuinness, Jr.
Christopher D. Mello
Jeffrey Peter Mladenik
Carlos Alberto Montoya
Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes
Laura Lee Morabito
Mildred Naiman
Laurie Ann Neira
Renee Lucille Newell
Kathleen Ann Nicosia
Jacqueline June Norton
Robert Grant Norton
John Ogonowski
Betty Ann Ong
Jane M. Orth
Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli
Berinthia B. Perkins
Sonia M. Puopolo
David E. Retik
Jean Destrehan Roger
Philip Martin Rosenzweig
Richard Barry Ross
Jessica Leigh Sachs
Rahma Salie
Heather Lee Smith
Dianne Bullis Snyder
Douglas Joel Stone
Xavier Suarez
Madeline Amy Sweeney
Michael Theodoridis
James Anthony Trentini
Mary Barbara Trentini
Pendyala Vamsikrishna
Mary Alice Wahlstrom
Kenneth Waldie
John Joseph Wenckus
Candace Lee Williams
Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Jr.

List of Victims on United Airlines Flight 175

Alona Abraham
Garnet Edward Bailey
Mark Lawrence Bavis
Graham Andrew Berkeley
Touri Bolourchi
Klaus Bothe
Daniel Raymond Brandhorst
David Reed Gamboa Brandhorst
John Brett Cahill
Christoffer Mikael Carstanjen
John J. Corcoran III
Dorothy Alma de Araujo
Ana Gloria Pocasangre Debarrera
Robert John Fangman
Lisa Anne Frost
Ronald Gamboa
Lynn Catherine Goodchild
Peter M. Goodrich
Douglas Alan Gowell
Francis Edward Grogan
Carl Max Hammond, Jr.
Christine Lee Hanson
Peter Burton Hanson
Susan Kim Hanson
Gerald Francis Hardacre
Eric Hartono
James Edward Hayden
Herbert Wilson Homer
Michael Robert Horrocks
Robert Adrien Jalbert
Amy N. Jarret
Ralph Kershaw
Heinrich Kimmig
Amy R. King
Brian Kinney
Kathryn L. LaBorie
Robert G. Leblanc
Maclovio Lopez, Jr.
Marianne Macfarlane
Alfred Gilles Marchand
Louis Mariani
Juliana McCourt
Ruth Magdaline McCourt
Wolfgang Peter Menzel
Shawn M. Nassaney
Marie Pappalardo
Patrick J. Quigley IV
Frederick Charles Rimmele III
James Roux
Jesus Sanchez
Victor J. Saracini
Mary Kathleen Shearer
Robert M. Shearer
Jane Louise Simpkin
Brian David Sweeney
Michael C. Tarrou
Alicia N. Titus
Timothy Ray Ward
William Michael Weems

List of Victims at the Pentagon (Not Including Flight 77)
Note: USA United Stated Army; USN United States Navy

SPC Craig S. Amundson, USA
YN3 Melissa Rose Barnes, USN
MSG Max J. Beilke, Retired
IT2 Kris Romeo Bishundat, USN
Carrie R. Blagburn
COL Canfield D. Boone, ARNG
Donna M. Bowen
Allen P. Boyle
ET3 Christopher L. Burford, USN
ET3 Daniel M. Caballero, USN
SFC Jose O. Calderon-Olmedo, USA
Angelene C. Carter
Sharon A. Carver
SFC John J. Chada, USA, Retired
Rosa Maria Chapa
Julian T. Cooper
LCDR Eric A. Cranford, USN
Ada M. Davis
CAPT Gerald F. DeConto, USN
LTC Jerry D. Dickerson, USA
IT1 Johnnie Doctor, Jr., USN
CAPT Robert E. Dolan, Jr., USN
CDR William H. Donovan, USN
CDR Patrick Dunn, USN
AG1 Edward T. Earhart, USN
LCDR Robert R. Elseth, USNR
SK3 Jamie L. Fallon, USN
Amelia V. Fields
Gerald P. Fisher
AG2 Matthew M. Flocco, USN
Sandra N. Foster
CAPT Lawrence D. Getzfred, USN
Cortez Ghee
Brenda C. Gibson
COL Ronald F. Golinski, USA, Retired
Diane Hale-McKinzy
Carolyn B. Halmon
Sheila M.S. Hein
ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway, USN
MAJ Wallace Cole Hogan, Jr., USA
SSG Jimmie I. Holley, USA, Retired
Angela M. Houtz
Brady Kay Howell
Peggie M. Hurt
LTC Stephen N. Hyland, Jr., USA
Lt Col Robert J. Hymel, USAF, Retired
SGM Lacey B. Ivory, USA
LTC Dennis M. Johnson, USA
Judith L. Jones
Brenda Kegler
LT Michael S. Lamana, USN
David W. Laychak
Samantha L. Lightbourn-Allen
MAJ Stephen V. Long, USA
James T. Lynch, Jr.
Terence M. Lynch
OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV, USN
Shelley A. Marshall
Teresa M. Martin
Ada L. Mason-Acker
LTC Dean E. Mattson, USA
LTG Timothy J. Maude, USA
Robert J. Maxwell
Molly L. McKenzie
Patricia E. Mickley
MAJ Ronald D. Milam, USA
Gerard P. Moran, Jr.
Odessa V. Morris
ET1 Brian A. Moss, USN
Teddington H. Moy
LCDR Patrick J. Murphy, USNR
Khang Ngoc Nguyen
DM2 Michael A. Noeth, USN
Ruben S. Ornedo
Diana B. Padro
LT Jonas M. Panik, USNR
MAJ Clifford L. Patterson, Jr., USA
LT Darin H. Pontell, USNR
Scott Powell
CAPT Jack D. Punches, USN, Retired
AW1 Joseph J. Pycior, Jr., USN
Deborah A. Ramsaur
Rhonda Sue Rasmussen
IT1 Marsha D. Ratchford, USN
Martha M. Reszke
Cecelia E. (Lawson) Richard
Edward V. Rowenhorst
Judy Rowlett
SGM Robert E. Russell, USA, Retired
CW4 William R. Ruth, ARNG
Charles E. Sabin, Sr.
Marjorie C. Salamone
COL David M. Scales, USA
CDR Robert A. Schlegel, USN
Janice M. Scott
LTC Michael L. Selves, USA, Retired
Marian H. Serva
CDR Dan F. Shanower, USN
Antionette M. Sherman
Diane M. Simmons
Cheryle D. Sincock
ITC Gregg H. Smallwood, USN
LTC Gary F. Smith, USA, Retired
Patricia J. Statz
Edna L. Stephens
SGM Larry L. Strickland, USA
LTC Kip P. Taylor, USA
Sandra C. Taylor
LTC Karl W. Teepe, USA, Retired
SGT Tamara C. Thurman, USA
LCDR Otis V. Tolbert, USN
SSG Willie Q. Troy, USA, Retired
LCDR Ronald J. Vauk, USNR
LTC Karen J. Wagner, USA
Meta L. (Fuller) Waller
SPC Chin Sun Pak Wells, USA
SSG Maudlyn A. White, USA
Sandra L. White
Ernest M. Willcher
LCDR David L. Williams, USN
MAJ Dwayne Williams, USA
RMC Marvin Roger Woods, USN, Retired
IT2 Kevin W. Yokum, USN
ITC Donald M. Young, USN
Edmond G. Young, Jr.
Lisa L. Young

List of Victims on American Airlines Flight 77

Paul W. Ambrose
Yeneneh Betru
Mary Jane Booth
Bernard C. Brown, II
CAPT Charles F. Burlingame III, USNR, Retired
Suzanne M. Calley
William E. Caswell
David M. Charlebois
Sarah M. Clark
Asia S. Cottom
James D. Debeuneure
Rodney Dickens
Eddie A. Dillard
LCDR Charles A. Droz III, USN, Retired
Barbara G. Edwards
Charles S. Falkenberg
Dana Falkenberg
Zoe Falkenberg
J. Joseph Ferguson
Darlene E. Flagg
RADM Wilson F. Flagg, USNR, Retired
1stLt Richard P. Gabriel, USMC, Retired
Ian J. Gray
Stanley R. Hall
Michele M. Heidenberger
Bryan C. Jack
Steven D. Jacoby
Ann C. Judge
Chandler R. Keller
Yvonne E. Kennedy
Norma Cruz Khan
Karen Ann Kincaid
Dong Chul Lee
Jennifer Lewis
Kenneth E. Lewis
Renee A. May
Dora Marie Menchaca
Christopher C. Newton
Barbara K. Olson
Ruben S. Ornedo
Robert Penninger
Robert R. Ploger III
Zandra F. Ploger
Lisa J. Raines
Todd H. Reuben
John P. Sammartino
George W. Simmons
Donald D. Simmons
Mari-Rae Sopper
Robert Speisman
Norma Lang Steuerle
Hilda E. Taylor
Leonard E. Taylor
Sandra D. Teague
Leslie A. Whittington
CAPT John D. Yamnicky, Sr., USN, Retired
Vicki Yancey
Shuyin Yang
Yuguag Zheng

List of Victims on United Airlines Flight 93

Christian Adams
Lorraine G. Bay
Todd Beamer
Alan Beaven
Mark K. Bingham
Deora Frances Bodley
Sandra W. Bradshaw
Marion Britton
Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
William Cashman
Georgine Rose Corrigan
Patricia Cushing
Jason Dahl
Joseph Deluca
Patrick Driscoll
Edward Porter Felt
Jane C. Folger
Colleen Fraser
Andrew Garcia
Jeremy Glick
Lauren Grandcolas
Wanda A. Green
Donald F. Greene
Linda Gronlund
Richard Guadagno
Leroy Homer, Jr.
Toshiya Kuge
CeeCee Lyles
Hilda Marcin
Waleska Martinez
Nicole Miller
Louis J. Nacke, II
Donald Arthur Peterson
Jean Hoadley Peterson
Mark Rothenberg
Christine Snyder
John Talignani
Honor Elizabeth Wainio
Deborah Ann Jacobs Welsh
Kristin Gould White





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September 10, 2014

Speaking Of Non-Scandals In The Harris County Courts

Today's Houston Chronicle contains an attack on Judge Lynn Bradshaw Hull, a respected jurist here in the county with whom I've crossed swords a couple of times politically. I may have disagreed with her in the past, but I find this attack to be outrageous.

The number of protective orders issued in Harris County has dropped by more than a third since 2011, leading the district attorney's office to seek fewer orders and sparking concern among local domestic violence advocates.

Some private lawyers said winning protective orders from the 280th District Court has become so hard that they now try to avoid the court altogether, instead seeking less weighty temporary restraining orders from the county's nine family courts. Unlike protective orders, restraining orders cannot be enforced by police.

"We're getting more relief from the nine sitting judges than we are from the protective order court," said Houston family lawyer Lynn Kamin. "You're seeing fewer" applications "because people don't want to go there."

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Most of the report's recommendations for improvement, however, are aimed at the 280th District Court and Judge Lynn Bradshaw-Hull, who took the bench in January 2010. The report depicts the freshman jurist as uncompassionate and demeaning to women applying for protective orders, saying she often accuses them of trying to use the orders to increase their chances of winning custody of children in divorce cases. It also says she frequently denies requests to include children in protective orders, even when evidence presented suggests they should be.

Basically, the complaint by those with a vested interest interest in getting these orders is that the judge is not rubber stamping the requests for those protective, and that she is actually providing due process for those against whom the orders are requested. Consider this complaint coming out of the DA's office here in Harris County.

According to its own review, the district attorney's office has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of protective orders granted after hearings in which the respondent - usually a husband, ex-husband or boyfriend - has contested the application.

Yeah -- isn't that just terrible. We have a judge on a court designed to specialize in the issuance of protective orders actually listening to the evidence, asking hard questions, and giving weight to the testimony of someone who is accused of being dangerous by a former partner who may just have something to gain in another court proceeding if they can get the other part adjudicated as somehow dangerous! You know, especially since there are multiple legal consequences to being named in a protective order -- among those being severe limitations on one's constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I would hope that a judge would be a neutral fact-finder rather than a rubber stamp for those seeking an order with such ramifications -- you know, providing due process of law for both sides rather than tipping the balance towards one side and against the other because it is politically correct to do so.





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Non-Scandal Stirred Up By Local Attorney

You know, when someone wants there to be a scandal, they will find a scandal even when a clear-headed examination of the facts shows that there isn't one. And so we have a kerfluffle in the 311th Court here in Harris County over hours billed by recently appointed judge (and candidate for election in the fall) Alicia Franklin created by local attorney Greg Enos. The gist of his claims (which I won't quote here due to the turgid prose) are that Franklin overbilled for work as an ad litem attorney in CPS cases and billed for some work completed after her appointment. Unfortunately, the accusations appear sound and fury signifying nothing.

The accusation of overbilling seems to me to be the more absurd of the two. Yes, there is a day when Franklin billed for 23.5 hours and another when she billed for 32, but the reality is that she is billing for the work of her entire office on that day, not merely her own work. If Franklin had others in her employ making appearances, doing research, and other tasks, the standard practice is for her to bill for all of those hours as the attorney of record in the case. I've spoken to individuals knowledgeable in the field and they confirm that this is the customary practice in Harris County -- as the ad litem the only way the hours can be reimbursed is for them to be on the time she signed. While Enos tries to make a contrary argument, he is grasping at straws.

While the second allegation -- that she billed for work hours after she took her oath as judge -- that becomes clear once one considers the circumstances of her appointment. Late in the afternoon, Franklin received a call from the governor offering her the appointment to the bench for which she was running (one that had been left vacant by the Denise Pratt resignation). She was sworn in later that evening, around 9:00 pm, so that she could begin the work of reorganizing a court left in a shambles by her disgraced predecessor. There remained, however, cases to which she was assigned as an ad litem and which the staff of her office had to wind up in order to hand them off to other appointed counsel -- hours for which Franklin submitted as normal. Franklin has not cashed the check, according to one source I spoke to, because she is still seeking guidance as to whether her doing so would constitute either a legal or ethical problem. In other words, she is exercising an abundance of caution on the matter.

Now I could make some observations about Greg Enos and his motivations in making these charges. He has, after all, successfully gotten two judges off the bench locally for clear wrongdoing -- and it would not be unreasonable that he's enjoyed the attention and prestige that has gone with those efforts. Instead, though, I'll let his own words speak for themselves.

[W]e need to replace every single judge involved in this dirty CPS court appointment business, which is about three judges in the family courts and at least two of the three juvenile courts.

What it comes down to is that Enos, a Democrat, wants to force five Republican judges off the bench in favor of 5 of his Democrat friends and cronies. Presumably at that point the court appointments will cease to be "dirty" -- and interestingly enough, will be more likely to steer cases to his firm. The complaints he is making are part of that effort and appear to be an example of gutter politics. So while I was a big supporter of Greg Enos in the effort to get rid of Denise Pratt, I part company with him here and reiterate my support for Judge Alicia Franklin.

UPDATE: David Jennings over at Big Jolly Politics has a few words about this matter as well -- including both shots at Enos for his baseless charges and Franklin for her response to them.





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September 06, 2014

A Miracle Occurs -- I Agree With Keith Olbermann!

Of course, it is really hard to defend the Huffington Post's hiring as it's national security correspondent a conspiracy-mongering 9/11 Truther whose only accomplishment is having played in the NFL.

Keith Olbermann dedicated the entire opening of his show on Thursday evening to blasting the Huffington Post for bringing on former NFL player Dont Stallworth, who has repeatedly stated that he thinks 9/11 was an inside job, to cover national security.

The ESPN-turned-MSNBC-turned-Current-turned-ESPN host took issue with Stallworths new title for starters: a politics fellow.

I dont know why theyre using an academia, think-tank term at the Huffington Post, Olbermann said. Still, it is more honest than calling people at the Huffington Post journalists.

After running through Stallworths multiple 9/11 truther quotes from five years ago, Olbermann pointed out that Stallworth those theories only after Huffingtons publicly stated policy of refusing to promulgate conspiracy theories, especially about 9/11, came to his attention. Meanwhile, Stallworth didnt just tweet about conspiracy theories 5 years ago he did so less than a year ago.

Your supposed news website just hired to cover national security a still theoretically active NFL player with no journalism experience whos a 9/11 truther, supposedly reformed about being a 9/11 truther, but lying about when he reformed, and, oh by the way, pleaded guilty to killing a man with a car during a DUI five years ago, he said. Maybe Dont​ should have taken this in easier stages.

Well said, Keith -- I guess there is a scrap of sanity in there somewhere. Glad to see it rise to the surface.





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September 05, 2014

It's Official -- Calling Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie" Is Completely Accurate

When you start selling your tell-all memoir in the midst of your gubernatorial campaign because no one will care after you get your butt kicked in the general election, your dirty little secrets become campaign fodder.

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And make no mistake about it -- if Davis or her doctor had taken steps to "quiet the heart" of that baby after delivery, they would both be long-term guests of the Texas penal system. I think that says everything about the nature of her "choice".





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Anyone Who Isn't Demanding That Texas State Senator John Whitmire Be Indicted Must Demand The Dismissal Of Charges Against Rick Perry

After all, John Whitmire did the same sort of thing that Rick Perry did regarding the veto of the Public Integrity Unit funds -- threaten to use authority granted him by the Texas Constitution to pressure a public official to do what he wanted done.

A conservative group has filed a criminal complaint against state Sen. John Whitmire, accusing him of coercion in an exchange of text messages with University of Houston President Renu Khator that was published in the Houston Chronicle.

In the Aug. 16 conversation, Whitmire told Khator he would "stop dead and pass leg (legislation)" unless she killed a plan to require freshmen to live on campus. Khator agreed to withdraw the proposal and asked Whitmire to forgive her.

The complaint, filed Aug. 29 with Travis County's Public Integrity Unit by the Conservative Action Fund, cites the exchange. The unit investigates claims against elected officials.

That is really no different than "resign or I use my veto pen".

Well, it is slightly different -- Whitmire was successful in using his threat to get the outcome he wanted.

Now personally, I agree with the position that Whitmire took on the UH proposal. But even if I didn't, I would still view this as a public official acting within the scope of his constitutionally delineated powers. But then again, that is how I view Perry's effort to get a drunken sot who threatened to retaliate against cops who dealt with her after her arrest for drunk driving (an abuse of power that should have been prosecuted as a case of public corruption) to resign her position in charge of the unit responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of public corruption. In both cases we are looking at political questions that should be dealt with by the political branches (via impeachment or expulsion from the state senate) or the voters, not the judiciary.

For your perusal, here is the letter seeking Whitmire's indictment.

Letter to Public Integrity Unit - Illegal Coercion by Sen Whitmire

H/T Marc Campos





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NFL Players Read Tweets For Jimmy Kimmell

You know, some folks think that Twitter means they can say all manner of things about celebrities. Jimmy Kimmel gets these NFL greats to read what some of their "fans" have to say about them.

Let's be honest -- the Strayhorn one is really funny, the Clay Matthews one is intense. . . and the last one gets a response that is utterly priceless and completely appropriate.





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Folks Call Out Osteens On Lakewoods Christianity Lite

I was not a fan of his fathers more fundamentalist brand of Christianity, but Im much more troubled by the theological fluff that comes from Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, as a part of their ministry at Lakewood Church.

Lakewood church's Victoria Osteen is at the center of a social media storm after daring to suggest that people should "obey" God because it will make them happy.

Osteen's sermon from last month is making the rounds online. It now has an additional clip from "The Cosby Show" tagged to the end where Bill Cosby simply states,"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life."

The controversy centers around Osteen's statement that people should, "Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy."

With her husband Joel Osteen standing beside her, Mrs. Osteen continues that, "When you come to church, when you worship Him, you're not doing it for God really. You're doing it for yourself, because that's what makes God happy."

Sorry, that just isnt Christianity. A Christian worships God because that worship is what God is due from all of creation and because our faith in God compels us to honor God with worship and praise. We are commanded by God to worship him and such commands are found in Scripture and in scriptural prayers. Indeed, the Benedicite, that great canticle adapted from the Book of Daniel (found in the rites of the Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions) makes that quite clear. Consider this version found in the 1979 Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord,
O heavens and all waters above the heavens,
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew,
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and summer, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold,
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days,
O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Let the earth glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams,
O whales and all that move in the waters,
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild,
and all you flocks and herds,
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Let the people of God glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord,
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Similarly, Psalm 148 makes our obligation to worship God in his glory quite clear.

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.
Praise the Lord!

Yes, all creation is to worship the Lord because it is his due not because it makes us happy to do so. The heretical notion given out by Victoria Osteen inverts the relationship between man and God, and must be rejected by those who practice the Christian faith. This feel good gospel is simply one in a long line of false teachings proclaimed by the ear-ticklers St. Paul warned the early believers about.





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A Court Decision On "Voting Rights" That Begs The Fundamental Question

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Jonathan H. Adler notes the decision of a federal district court judge in Ohio State Conference of the NAACP v. Husted which effectively ruled that it is an unconstitutional violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and principles of equal protection for the state of Ohio to cut the number of days available for early voting, change the hours during which early voting occurs, and end early voting prior to the final Sunday before an election despite the fact that this was an effort to regularize practices across the state in response to the same judges ruling different practices in different counties was also a constitutional violation.

Adler makes the following observation.

A particularly troubling aspect of the ruling is the implicit suggestion that once voting times have been expanded or voting has been made easier, such changes may not be undone. This is particularly so because [. . .] the changes here are relatively minor. I find it hard to believe a majority of the Supreme Court would conclude that either the Constitution or the VRA creates this sort of one-way ratchet in election law.

A particular difficulty in evaluating these sorts of claims, however, is that all such analysis occurs with clear knowledge of who wins and who loses from any change, and we can expect partisans of each party to press their advantage. That is, neither party has a principled position on what ideal voting rules would look like. Is early voting a good idea? The answer you get is likely to depend on what assumptions are made about who is more likely to turn out.

Each party seeks rules that make it more likely that its own voters are more likely to go to the polls, and (unlike in prior times) they now have the data to hone their approach. Particularly where, as here, the relevant changes are relatively small, I have a hard time crediting the argument that there are larger principles at stake, and an even harder time accepting that (absent evidence of impermissible motivation, such as racial animus) that these sorts of changes are unconstitutional.

But to me this ruling raises a bigger question how does the decision to scale back early voting practices constitute a violation of anyones legal or constitutional rights. Under the US Constitution, federal elections are set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Similar provisions exist under state constitutions. Where dates are not constitutionally established, they are established by statute. It would seem, then, that one only has a right to vote on those particular days and that any privilege granted to vote at an earlier date does not constitute a right. How, then, does the narrowing of that privilege constitute a violation of any vested right (legal or constitutional) on the part of any voter? Only the most extreme judicial activism can construct such a right. Indeed, given that there are a number of states that choose not to offer early voting at all, how can one argue that the absolute elimination of early voting in a state where it exists (much less minor changes that cut the days and hours for early voting) is somehow impermissible?

It is to be hoped that the circuit court overturns this botched decision or that the Supreme Court does so. Otherwise we will be stuck with another precedent that says that only changes in the direction deemed progress by the Left are legitimate, and that evolving standards and practices may never be permitted to move in a conservative direction.





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September 03, 2014

When Al Franken Has A Stronger Stance On Islamofascism Than The President...

You know that the United States government is lacking any strategic vision for dealing with the htreat posed by Islamist terrorism.

Senator Al Franken (D., Minn.) is troubled by the Obama administrations lack of a plan regarding the recruitment efforts and expansion of the Islamic State, especially in light of the fact that at least two men from Frankens state died fighting for the terrorist group.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Franken urged the Department of Justice to take action against Islamc State recruitment efforts in the United States, as well as preventing American passport-holders joining the group from traveling abroad.

As you know, one aspect of that threat is ISILs efforts to recruit American and other Western citizens to join its forces, he said. One American who went to high school in Minnesota has been confirmed to have been killed in Syria while fighting with ISIL, and others have traveled there to fight with ISIL as well.

We must act diligently and responsibly to prevent Americans from taking up arms with ISIL, or from reentering our country if they do, Franken continued.

Of course, the leading source of American jihadis is Franken's state -- and they appear to reliably vote for Franken's own party. I wonder why. Could it be that they know which party is more likely to roll over and submit to the vision of ISIS?





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September 02, 2014

Question For Houston Chronicle

Your non-staff blogs are highlighted under the heading of "Houston Talks". Why then do you have one called "GOPlifer" written by a guy who lives and works in the Chicago area and appears to hate everything about the contemporary Republican Party?





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You Don't Have To Be An UnAmerican Apologist For Terrorism To Run As A Democrat, But It Helps

Because policy disagreements are worse than the beheading of innocent captives -- or so says this Democrat candidate for Congress.


Unfortunately for this would be Democrat Congresscritter, the news cycle gets in the way on this one.

ISIS video shows beheading
of American journalist Steven Sotloff

Though in all fairness, the utter falsity of this Democrat buffoon should have been evident when they beheaded another journalist a couple weeks ago, began a campaign of genocide against non-Muslims in Iraq, and engaged in a host of other atrocities.

But you know, this just goes to show how all the claims made during the Bush years that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" were utterly insincere -- the totalitarian impulse of the "Progressive Left" is on full display in this unAmerican attack on millions of Americans who have a different view of the role of government than the Obama Regime and its sycophantic lapdogs like J.T Smith.





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Proof That You Have To Be High To Vote Democrat

Just saying.

A developing federal investigation has brought up allegations that a Hidalgo County Commissioner paid for votes with bags of cocaine while other politicians paid for votes also with cash, cigarettes, marijuana and beer.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the arrest of two women accused of buying votes show that during the democratic primaries in 2012, a campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner who said that during the campaign, he bought $50 worth of cocaine, commonly known as an 8-ball and split it up in order to give it to the two women so they could use it to entice voters.

Earlier this week Belinda Solis and Veronica Salazar went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged them with vote buying and set their bond at $10,000.

But remember the astute (read that partisan Democrats who know that such things help their party) know that there is little or no voter fraud here in Texas.





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Saudis To Destroy Important Site Of Major Historical And Religious Significance

Ill admit it I have little use for Islam and despise Muhammad, but this move by the Saudis disturbs me as a student of history.

One of Islams most revered holy sites the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.

The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islams second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the mosque is Saudi Arabias ageing monarch King Abdullah.

The plans, brought to light by another Saudi academic who has exposed and criticised the destruction of holy places and artefacts in Mecca the holiest site in the Muslim world call for the destruction of chambers around the Prophets grave which are particularly venerated by Shia Muslims.

The 61-page document also calls for the removal of Mohameds remains to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery, where they would be interred anonymously.

Maybe the UN can spend a little time protesting this situation rather than the shooting of young thugs by those they assault.





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Harry Reid Plans Another Political Stunt To Keep Senate From Doing The Peoples Business

Because after all, we know that debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to silence political speech that lacks sufficient votes to be sent to the House (much less the states) is a better use of time than voting on bills passed by the House that have bipartisan support.

Reid has decreed that the Senate's first order of legislative business will be a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to regulate every dollar raised and every dollar spent by every political campaign in America.

Put aside the merits or lack of them of this particular proposal. Amending the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote in both House and Senate, plus ratification by three-quarters of the states. This particular amendment, supported mostly by progressive Democrats, won't even get past the first step. So why would Reid devote precious time to an entirely futile exercise?

Because the Senate's brief two weeks in Washington are all about the campaign to come.

In recent months, Reid has used the proposed amendment as a way to bash the Koch brothers, the billionaires who fund a number of conservative and libertarian political causes. Some strategists believe villainizing the Kochs will allow Democratic candidates not only to associate Republican opponents with the villains, but also to use the Kochs as a symbol for economic inequality and blame Republicans for the nation's economic woes.

But because of the special nature of constitutional amendments, the coming Senate debate could play out more as a time waster than a serious policy discussion.

Unlike an ordinary bill, a constitutional amendment requires 67 votes to pass. So far, the campaign finance amendment doesn't even have the support of all of the Senate's 55 Democrats, and no Republican has come out in favor of it. Even if every Democrat voted for it, it would fall far short of passage.

It's rare for a Majority Leader to propose a measure he knows has zero chance of passing; that alone suggests the fundamentally political nature of Reid's strategy. The debate will likely unfold in several time-consuming steps:

The first action Reid has scheduled for next week is a cloture vote on whether to even begin considering the amendment. Republicans could filibuster the measure, which would stop it and allow the Senate to move on to move meaningful matters. But that would allow Democrats to accuse the GOP of obstructionism. So Republicans will likely allow the amendment to go forward.

A long debate will then ensue in which Democrats denounce the Kochs and "corporate money" and Republicans argue the amendment would abridge First Amendment rights. After an extended back-and-forth, there will be another vote, this time on whether to end debate. Again, Republicans don't need to use the filibuster to stop the measure, because they know it will fail in the final vote.

After more pointless debate, there will be yet another vote to move toward a final vote on the matter. If the amendment goes on to that final vote, and even if all 55 Democrats ultimately support it, it will fall a dozen votes short of passage.

But then again, Koch Brothers! is the Squirrel of the Left and allows for the Democrats to distract low information voters from the failures of Barack Obama and his minions as they face an election that looks like a looming disaster for their party.





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September 01, 2014

How Far May School Administrators And Law Enforcement Go In The Name Of "School Security"?

I'm hoping that this case is used to sort the matter out -- because it is even more disturbing than suspending kids for pointing fingers like guns, biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, or writing a story about shooting his neighbor's pet dinosaur (the last kid was also arrested).

From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and -- in the words of a local news report -- "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" -- for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

Oh.

Come.

On.

These are clearly a work of fiction. Indeed, they are works of science fiction/fantasy set in a dystopian universe not too different from what has been popularized by books like The Hunger Games or Diverent. Oh, and they are set NINE CENTURIES IN THE FUTURE!

So what do we have here? Well, we have a teacher out of a job, forcibly placed in a mental facility, his home ransacked by law enforcement and his reputation destroyed. For the crime of writing a book -- something that is not a crime and which is a right explicitly protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that neither the school, the district, nor the cops are saying anything publicly about this matter. After all, public comment on such fascistic activity by government officials might allow the story to live on, and I don't doubt that they want this story to fade away into obscurity as quickly as possible.

H/T Joanne Jacobs

UPDATE: Charles W. Cooke over at NRO's The Corner has more.





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Where's Wendy?

Not in her campaign ads.

Theres something weird about the Wendy Davis campaigns recent ads. Have you seen them? If not, you probably will soon.

Were at the stage of the campaign where candidates start to open their coffers. This is the most expensive race in Texas history, and at the top of the ticket, Davis has amassed a small fortune, which is absolutely dwarfed by the Abbotts much larger fortune. These campaigns are set to run a formidable air war against each other come the fall, and its starting. But Abbotts cash advantagehe had $35.6 million to Davis $11.1 million mid-summermeans he can run pretty much whatever he wants, when he wants. Abbott has ads running in movie theaters, for Christs sake.

Davis needs to be more selective. What the campaign cant do in quantity, it needs to achieve with quality. So her first ads are an interesting reflection of the campaigns priorities and direction as we close in on the election.

And these ever so selective ads that represent the priority and direction of the campaign? They don't include Wendy Davis in them!

In one ad, the Davis campaign attacks Greg Abbott for a minority opinion he wrote in a case when he was a state supreme court justice, arguing that he is somehow anti-woman and pro-rape because he argued that a rape victim shave sued her rapist's actual employer rather than the manufacturer of the product he was selling when he gained entry into her home. In another she attacks Abbott over the distribution of state funds from the state cancer research fund. In no ad does Davis actually explain why she is qualified to be governor of Texas -- much less why she is more qualified than Abbott, who has served as a judge, supreme court justice, and attorney general.

But then again, when you are the nominee of the Shallow Bench Party it stands to reason that you are going to try to tear down your much more qualified opponent rather than say "I wore pink tennis shoes while arguing in favor of making it easier to kill unborn babies."





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American Hero Cut By NFL Team, Signed By Another

No, I'm not talking about Michael Sam, who some have sought to turn into a hero because of what he does with his genitals off the field despite his clear lack of NFL caliber skills.

No, I'm talking about a real American hero -- Alejandro Villanueva -- who was cut by the Eagles and signed to the practice squad by the Steelers.

Alejandro Villanueva didnt make the 53-man roster in Philadelphia, but he found a job with Pennsylvanias other team.

Villanueva, who played at West Point and served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before returning to football, has been added to the Steelers practice squad. The Steelers list Villanueva as an offensive lineman, which he played in college before making the rare move from tackle to wide receiver, while the Eagles were trying the 6-foot-9 prospect as a defensive lineman.

Notice that Time magazine and the rest of the media aren't making a big deal out of Villanueva's NFL journey. After all, Villanueva only has four years of active duty service in the US military and a Bronze Star earned for heroism in combat. Why on earth would he be considered to be an exceptional individual worthy of coverage and praise?





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