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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) announced on Thursday their new push to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants via a congressional resolution, a legislative backdoor that they hope will prove easier than trying to amend the pertinent section of the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court has consistently held that the Fourteenth Amendment grants automatic citizenship to those born on U.S. soil, but Vitter and Paul said Thursday that right should not extend to children of undocumented parents and that their resolution would close this "loophole." Passing an amendment to the Constitution is near-impossible, so the senators are instead introducing a "resolution that would amend the Constitution," according to a statement from the senators.
It's incorrect to assume "the 14th Amendment confers birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, either by its language or intent," the statement said. "This resolution makes clear that under the 14th Amendment a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship."
This is the primary argument the two Republicans will have to stand on. They're walking a fine line between their broad ideology of strict adherence to the Constitution -- Paul in particular has been a darling of the Tea Party -- and their animus for undocumented immigration.
The debate over interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment hit a fever pitch in Congress last summer, when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said undocumented immigrants come to the country to "drop and leave" their children and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said he feared "anchor babies" would be used by al Qaeda to raise radicals with American passports.
At the state level, legislation similar to the Vitter-Paul resolution is already underway. Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould (R) and state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) agreed to unveil bills jointly on Thursday that would limit citizenship to children with at least one parent who "has no allegiance to a foreign country." The bills have already garnered support from state Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law SB 1070. A number of other state lawmakers plan to introduce similar legislation.
Because states administer birth certificates, state legislators claim they have the right to change how citizenship is defined under the Fourteenth Amendment. This could, however, create a patchwork system of citizenship criteria.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/vitter-paul-resolution-birthright-citizenship_n_814986.htmlWASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) announced on... more
President Barack Obama, bracing for battles with Republicans over the budget and other issues, is weighing several staff changes, including the hiring of a new top economic adviser and the possible selection of a new chief of staff.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/reuters/International/75927President Barack Obama, bracing for battles with Republicans over the budget and other... more
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Erica Winchester, Massachusetts Woman, Spews Racial Slurs At Mailman
The Huffington Post
Wait a minute Mr. Postman, why is that woman yelling racial epithets at you?
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That might have been what one postal worker was thinking when this video was shot last year in Hingham, Massachusetts.
The footage documents an incident in which a woman approaches a mailman’s vehicle and assaults him repeatedly with racial slurs, insults and apparently a physical blow of some sort, all because he said he could not accept a certified letErica Winchester, Massachusetts Woman, Spews Racial Slurs At Mailman
Evidence of the alleged systematic and brutal mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at a secret British military interrogation centre that is being described as "the UK's Abu Ghraib" emerged yesterday during high court proceedings brought by more than 200 former inmates.
The court was told there was evidence that detainees were starved, deprived of sleep, subjected to sensory deprivation and threatened with execution at the shadowy facilities near Basra operated by the Joint Forces Interrogation Team, or JFIT.
READ MORE: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/iraqi-prisoners-were-abused-at-uks-abu.htmlEvidence of the alleged systematic and brutal mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at a... more
New Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.
Communications set-up, nuclear button, a fleet of limousines and majority of the White House staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit that will cover Mumbai and Delhi.
He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.
Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed.
Read More: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/34-warships-sent-from-us-for-obama.htmlNew Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the... more
This is probably the funniest comment I've ever read on the Huffington Post:
“Settle down everyone. Last night just proved two things... 1) Obama *will* be re-elected, and 2) It's just going to take a lot of midgets.
Look, we're living the Star Wars trilogy right now. In 2008, we had "A New Hope." In 2010, the Empire struck back. Which just means, in 2012, we're going to see the Return of the Jedi, which is awesome, but it also means we're going to be knee-deep in Ewoks by the Iowa caucuses.”This is probably the funniest comment I've ever read on the Huffington Post:... more
LOS ANGELES – California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation's first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warnings of legal chaos and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.
The legalization effort was losing by nine percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign's headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.
Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday's outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years.
Read More: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/marijuana-legalization-measure-loses-in.htmlLOS ANGELES – California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the... more
In what appears to be a broad backlash against Obama-era policies, U.S. voters swept Republicans into office in record numbers in last night's election. As of this writing, Republicans had clearly taken the House but failed to win a majority in the Senate. This effectively ends the Democratic super-majority alignment among the House, Senate and White House.
So what will this mean for health-conscious consumers and medical patients? Will this result in any improvements on the health freedom front?
Read More: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-2010-election-results-will-affect.htmlIn what appears to be a broad backlash against Obama-era policies, U.S. voters swept... more
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell
Oct. 27, 2010
I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell Three years ago this week, an intoxicated Christine O’Donnell showed up at the apartment of a 25-year-old Philadelphian and ended up spending the night in his bed. Here’s his story—and photos—of his escapade with the would-be Delaware senator.
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Excerpt from Gawker Articles…
Things got physical on the couch pretty quickly. It wasn’t long before we’d moved from the living room to my bed.
I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of what happened between the sheets that evening. But I will say that it wasn’t half as exciting as I’d been hoping it would be. Christine was a decent kisser, but as soon as...I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell
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President Barack Obama apparently thinks politics is no laughing matter, even when he's staring down a comedian. Obama barely cracked any jokes during an appearance Wednesday on "The Daily Show" despite host Jon Stewart's attempts to draw out the president's humorous side with a few of his own snarky wisecracks.
Less than a week before the critical Nov. 2 congressional elections, Obama said he hopes Democratic lawmakers who made tough votes will be rewarded with another term in office. He promised more accomplishments in the two years left on his own term in the Oval Office and urged people to vote - early if they can.
Stewart asked how the political environment got to the point that Democrats "seem to be running on 'Please, baby, one more chance'" just two years after Obama ran a successful presidential campaign built around "very high rhetoric, hope and change."
"Are you disappointed in how it's gone?" asked the Comedy Central satirist.
Obama seemed to suggest that he wasn't disappointed. He said his advisers had told him during the euphoria of his 2008 election to "enjoy this now because two years from now folks are going to be frustrated. That is, in fact, what's happening."
He listed as reasons a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, sinking housing values and an economy that is growing but not fast enough. But Obama said his administration has also stabilized the economy, noting it has grown for nine months in a row. He also signed major health care and financial legislation. Obama suggested that his administration did so much that "we have done things that some folks don't even know about."
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The comment seemed to catch Stewart by surprise.
"What have you done that we don't know about?" he asked. "Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?"
Obama cited legislation extending health care to more children and broadening a national service program as examples.
"Over and over again, we have moved forward an agenda that is making a difference in people's lives each and every day," Obama replied. "Is it enough? No. And so I expect, and I think most Democrats out there expect, that people want to see more progress."
The interview, which allowed Obama to take his campaign message to the type of audience that gets political news from programs like Stewart's, seemed more wonkish than slapstick.
Stewart pressed Obama on the changed political climate in the country and questioned him about the new health care law. The president defended his record as well as Democrats, who are expected to suffer a drubbing at the polls Tuesday. Obama was the guest for the entire show. Stewart is taping the show in Washington this week ahead of a rally he's holding Saturday on the National Mall.
At one point, though, when Obama asked to say something about members of Congress, Stewart prompted laughter by asking, "Are you going to curse?"
Stewart poked at Obama for saying during the presidential campaign that "we are the ones we've been waiting for."
"So here you are, you're two years into your administration and the question that arises in my mind: Are we the people we were waiting for or does it turn out those people are still out there and we don't have their number?" the comedian intoned, suggesting that someone in the White House needs to call them up.
There was even more laughter when Obama used a now-notorious Washington phrase to defend Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser who is leaving the administration at the end of the year. Stewart reminded Obama that he'd once said that different results won't come from the same people. Then Obama hired Summers, who had served in the Clinton administration.
Obama said Summers "did a heck of a job," to which Stewart said, "You don't want to use that phrase, dude."
That's because in 2005, then-President George W. Bush used the phrase to describe the job his emergency management director, Michael Brown, was doing after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters had devastated New Orleans.
On the "Daily Show," Obama said he hopes voters will reward some Democrats from largely conservative districts who took votes they knew would be bad politically but did so anyway because they thought it was the right thing to do. He named freshman Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, who voted for Obama's health care overhaul and is in a tight race re-election race. Obama plans to campaign with Perriello on Friday.
"My hope is that those people are rewarded for taking those tough votes," Obama said. "If they are, then I think Democrats will do fine on Election Day."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/27/obama-daily-show-jon-stewart-interview_n_775102.htmlPresident Barack Obama apparently thinks politics is no laughing matter, even when... more
As a blogger at Good Business (Good-B), I usually write about money, not politics. This year, however, the two are indistinguishable. Make no mistake, American politics in 2010 are all about money—who has it, who doesn’t and who wants it at any cost.
The economy continues to teeter on disaster two years after the Fall of the Great Lehman Empire. The crash was heard around the world and reverberates in our lives to this day. Massive unemployment, foreclosure nightmares and millions of businesses closing their doors are changing the fabric of American middle class life.
People (those ordinary folks who did not cause the crash yet are paying for it) are mad as hell at the injustice of the bailouts and the economic fallout they inherited. The Wall Street mortgage machine used money as a weapon of mass destruction. Those responsible for the greatest bank robbery in our history have made away with the vault and their freedom too. It’s enough to make the citizenry rise up and turn the boats of taxpayer money over. And so they have in the form of the “Tea Party,” a well-funded upheaval of the status quo.
Or is it?
The hyped-up hyperventilating media has convinced us that the amorphous body of angry and contradictory views dubbed the “Tea Party” is a revolution of the “people.” But who are these people? Nobody I know. Despite Peggy Noonan’s passionate defense of Tea Party dogma on Fareed Zakaria GPS recently, the tea drinkers are attracting all varieties of fringe extremists who want among other things to abolish public education, Social Security and Medicare and further deregulate the financial markets. Ouch!
Continue reading: http://good-b.com/blog/?p=1606As a blogger at Good Business (Good-B), I usually write about money, not politics.... more
Crocheted art by Patricia Waller
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin found an interesting new attack on Democrats Thursday night, telling an audience in San Jose, Calif. that leaders of the party "act like they're permanent residents of a unicorn ranch in fantasyland."
In a speech put on by the conservative Liberty and Freedom Foundation, Palin extended her customary criticism of Democrats to Californian politicians Sen. Barbara Boxer and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.
"California would need to create more than four million jobs over the next 10 years to keep up," Palin said. "Does anyone seriously think that the liberal policies of Pelosi and Reid and Obama -- heck a Boxer and a Brown -- are going to be able to turn this around and get the job done."
"They act like they're permanent residents of a unicorn ranch in fantasyland if they really think they're gonna be able to turn it around with the liberal policies they have to continue, and you know, it's pixie dust."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's report on Palin's appearance, her speech was limited mainly to sniping at Democrats, though she did commend California for being the "state that puts a mama grizzly on its flag." She didn't even mention the Republican candidates for Senate and governor, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman. The two candidates, both of whom have been endorsed by Palin, declined to appear at the event.http://figrd.blogspot.com/Crocheted art by Patricia Waller
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin found an... more
Several sovereignty-surrendering treaties are piled on Barack Obama’s desk waiting to be slipped past the U.S. Senate when the new Congress is seated in January. He is unlikely to act during the election season, but concerned citizens must remain on guard while the international propaganda machine is grinding away.
Propaganda is so effective that well-meaning Americans are being exploited. Jim Horn, vice president of Colonial Williamsburg, is supporting having the historic city designated a “World Heritage Site.” The designation would give the UN, not Virginia, control. The UN could say where roads or buildings could or could not be built. Under this arrangement, the locality could only plead for changes and could be denied.
It’s notable to recall that the Rockefeller family was instrumental in establishing Colonial Williamsburg, just as that family sold the land for the establishment of the UN’s headquarters along the East River in Manhattan.
The Williamsburg connection is especially well documented in the late Ferdinand Lundberg’s noted book The Rockefeller Syndrome. The proposed UN site includes historic Jamestown, Yorktown National Battlefield and Colonial National Historic Park.
Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and the battlefield are already “world heritages” without UN bureaucrats being involved. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World (not the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, Mass.). It was in Williamsburg that the Virginia state legislature (then called the House of Burgesses) was established. Now meeting in the Virginia capital, Richmond, it is the longest continuing legislative body in the United States. It was at Yorktown that the British surrendered, largely ending the Revolutionary War.
But under the UN’s World Heritage Site designation, control will go to its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly referred to as UNESCO, which has been called a “global school board” by critics.
Other pending sovereignty-surrendering treaties:
� The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. Already 87 jurisdictions have signed on to its global “tax standard.” The OECD is demanding that nations increase their taxes under an international cartel. Your personal financial information would be available to OECD bureaucrats. Its ultimate goal is a global tax collected by the UN. Such a direct tax on the “citizens of the world” is pending before the UN General Assembly.
� The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This treaty has been pending for 30 years, since President Jimmy Carter signed it in 1980. Twice, it has been voted favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is strongly supported by Obama (a self-proclaimed “citizen of the world”) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. If ratified, Americans could be induced to abandon Mother’s Day. The treaty proclaims that celebrating Mother’s Day violates women’s rights by perpetuating a negative cultural stereotype.
� The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), signed by President Bill Clinton in February 1995. It is supported by Obama. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is leading the fight for ratification. Under this treaty, the UN becomes your house nanny, with absolute authority. Tell your child to be home by 10 p.m. on a school night? If you do so, the purpose of this treaty would mean your son could protest to UN bureaucrats who would decide the issue. Did you “ground” your child for bad behavior? The UN may second-guess and punish you.
The Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST, also has been monitored by this AFP writer and will be tracked over the next few months. It would give the UN effective control over the oceans and the almost infinite mineral wealth underneath them, among other things.
Call either 202-456-1111 for the comment line or 202-456-1414 for the White House switchboard to talk to an operator. Listen to the prompts.
http://americanfreepress.net/html/pressure_obama_239.htmlSeveral sovereignty-surrendering treaties are piled on Barack Obama’s desk... more
A federal judge in Southern California on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of gay and lesbians.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.
Phillips said the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services.
The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/09/federal-judge-declares-us-military-ban-on-openly-gay-service-members-unconstitutional-.htmlA federal judge in Southern California on Thursday declared the U.S. military's... more
Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign office as a Starbucks. The small business he refers to in his campaign statement is him strumming his guitar on the street. The internal debate he is having in advance of his coming televised debate is whether he ought to gel his hair into his trademark faux Mohawk.
Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation. Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/us/politics/07candidates.html?_r=1Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign... more
A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that will exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans' hard economic times.
"These are the folks whose policies helped devastate our middle class and drive our economy into a ditch. And now they're asking you for the keys back," Obama said.
Republicans made it clear that Obama can expect no help from them.
Administration officials said the initial $50 billion would be the beginning of a six-year program of transportation improvements, but they did not give an overall figure. The proposal has a longer-range focus than last year's economic stimulus bill, which was more targeted on immediate job creation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/06/obama-promotes-job-creati_n_706652.htmlA combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that... more