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calendar   Sunday - September 30, 2007

Call this one…

either in the ‘too little...too late’ department or as I would put it, in the ‘ABOUTBLOODYTIME’ department....

Duke University President Apologizes to Lacrosse Players

Duke University President Richard Brodhead apologized Saturday for not better supporting the men’s lacrosse players falsely accused in last year’s highly publicized rape scandal.

Brodhead, speaking at the university’s law school, said he regretted Duke’s “failure to reach out” in a “time of extraordinary peril” after a woman accused three players of raping at a March 2006 party thrown by the team.

“Given the complexities of this case, getting the communication right would never have been easy,” Brodhead said. “But the fact is that we did not get it right, causing the families to feel abandoned when they were most in need of support. This was a mistake. I take responsibility for it and I apologize for it.”


It’s bad enough they waited THIS long, but to slip it in on a SATURDAY when everyone’s out and about with families and not necessarily at the TV (unlike me, still trying to get over this damned cold/sinus infection/crud. I stayed inside all day and watched college football.)
Pretty hollow ‘apology’, if you ask me.
Shame on you, Duke.
(Not that I really cared for them in the first place. We University of Kentucky basketball fans tend to hold grudges. This just kinda solidifies things for some of us)
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Posted by Severa   United States  on 09/30/2007 at 12:23 AM   
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calendar   Friday - September 28, 2007

Dems Give Away Veteran’s Benefits

Yes, they really are trying to do what the headline says.

Democrats give away veterans’ benefits

Rep. Mike Turner

As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, the work of helping to ensure that those who have worn a military uniform receive the benefits and respect to which they were promised, is often rewarding.

A recent Veterans’ Affairs Committee meeting took an unusual twist, which many people are surprised to learn about when I tell them.

This story is about a two-part process that led to unbelievable decisions. First, the Veterans’ Committee took away benefits from some very deserving American veterans. Second, the committee gave benefits to veterans of another country who don’t live in the United States, and never have lived in this country or been American citizens. I opposed both actions.

I am against the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2007 (H.R. 760). This legislation will provide benefits to Filipino World War II veterans.

Go read the rest and get pissed off for the day.

You’re welcome.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/28/2007 at 12:33 PM   
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Govt. Emploeyees in Atcion

OVIEDO, Fla.—Seminole County officials are scrambling to fix a typo on a roadway after a motorist informed Local 6 that the word “school” was misspelled “scohol.”

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/28/2007 at 12:30 PM   
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A Victory For America

Sorry I’ve been away so long… I’ve been trying to get my blog, http://toomuchliberty.blogspot.com off the ground.  I did have time to write something today, however.  As you know, I am a decrier of moonbats, leftists, commies, and other scum--but as a believer in federalism and the personal liberty that America was built on, I have to take the following opinion:

Today marks a victory for America. Brandon Mayfield, a lawyer from Oregon had been falsely accused by the federal government of being a conspirator to the Madrid train bombings of 2004, despite no actual evidence--actually, there was significant evidence against it.

Mr. Mayfield was wrongfully imprisoned for 19 days, secretly held at a location unknown to his family, as a material witness under the “Patriot” (police-state) Act after FBI agents filed false affidavits and even listed the fact that he was a Muslim as a reason for obtaining broad search warrants, performing “sneak-and-peak” searches and subjecting the Mayfield family to electronic eavesdropping and other surveillance.

If you would like, you can read the entire copy of Mr. Mayfield’s Civil Rights complaint here: http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/09/26/mayfield.patriotact.complaint.pdf

I would recommend you read at least the introduction and the Factual Allegations section. I’m pretty sure it will leave you furious. This is exactly what is wrong with the “Patriot” Act. Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, worked very hard to limit the powers of government to keep just this kind of thing from happening. And we allow one tragedy to decide that it was time to remove one of our most important protections from the government: The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees an individual the right to their personal safety from the government and prevents the government from performing illegal searches or seizures of a person’s property. For instance, it should be against our Constitution to seize someone from one’s home, interrogate them at a secret location and hold them indefinitely.

What would Justice Brennan, formerly of the Supreme Court, say about something like this? “It is monstrous that courts should aid or abet the lawbreaking police officer. It is abiding truth that ‘[n]othing can destroy a government more quickly than its own failure to observe its own laws or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.’” Justice Brennan quoting Mapp v. Ohio, 367 US 643, 659 (1961) in Harris v. New York, 401 US 222, 232. (1971)

If you believe that the government is all about looking out for the little guy, you are either horribly naive, or possibly a democrat. The government, my friend, is a machine. A machine that was once sleek, nimble and high-speed--but now has had extra arms bolted on, extra passengers have hopped in for a free ride, and someone has spray painted its windshield black. In its thrashing about, its as likely to trample you as help you out.

Our Constitution is a very carefully written document, that was intended, if followed, to limit the power of government. Why would we want to do that? Let’s ask Patrick Henry what he thinks:
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Apparently, the people who were running around at the start of our country knew something about oppressive governments.

And that is why I am pleased to tell you that a Federal Judge, at least for now, has found certain portions of the “Patriot” Act to be unconstitutional. (see link)
MustangBobby at Bark Bark Woof Woof has some more info about it, though I don’t agree with most of his politics, I do on this subject.

We cannot afford to become less American--less free--as we fight this war against terror and the wacko’s that want to end our way of life. Is it more risky? Of course. But I would rather have the inconveniences of too much liberty than the inconveniences of too little. (props to my man T.J.)

Be sure to write you Senator and Representative to tell them about how the “Patriot” Act is putting at risk critical liberties of Americans.
“The main body of our citizens… remain true to their republican principles; the whole landed interest is republican, and so is a great mass of talents. Against us are… all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty… We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils. But we shall preserve it, and our mass of weight and wealth on the good side is so great as to leave no danger that force will ever be attempted against us.” --Thomas Jefferson


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/28/2007 at 03:46 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 27, 2007

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 07:57 PM   
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Breathless Non-News Story of the Day

It must be a slow news day when you get crap like this:

3 Times More Blacks In Prison Than Dorms

WASHINGTON—More than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms, the government said in a report to be released Thursday.

The ratio is only slightly better for Hispanics, at 2.7 inmates for every Latino in college housing. Among non-Hispanic whites, more than twice as many live in college housing as in prison or jail.

So, there must be some problem they’re going to tell us about, right?  There must be something draconian in the way we round up the black folk and put them in jail, right?

The numbers, driven by men, do not include college students who live off campus.

Is that important?

Previously released census data show that black and Hispanic college students—commuters and those in dorms—far outnumber black and Hispanic prison inmates

So, let me see if my small mind can get around this story so far.  There are three times the number of black men “living” in prison then there are “living” in college dorms?  But, if we look at all black men IN COLLEGE, we find there are more there then in prison.  I have this, right?

Nevertheless, civil rights advocates said it is startling that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in prison cells than in college dorms.

They are shocked, SHOCKED!

It’s one of the great social and economic tragedies of our time,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the Urban League. “It points to the signature failure in our education system and how we’ve been raising our children.”

Huh?  One of the great TRAGEDIES of our time?  Good grief.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 07:18 PM   
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Bill Clinton slams ‘smearing’ Republicans

Former President Bill Clinton blasted Republicans

Former President Bill Clinton blasted Republicans Wednesday for their recent uproar over a MoveOn.org newspaper ad questioning Gen. David Petraeus’ credibility, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper their “feigned outrage” was completely “disingenuous.”

“This was classic bait and switch — focus on that as opposed to focusing on what’s happened,” the former president said.

Clinton also highlighted a string of past questionable campaign commercials targeting Democrats, and suggested Republicans are acting hypocritically. Former President Bill Clinton blasted Republicans Wednesday for their recent uproar over a MoveOn.org newspaper ad questioning Gen. David Petraeus’ credibility, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper their “feigned outrage” was completely “disingenuous.”

“This was classic bait and switch — focus on that as opposed to focusing on what’s happened,” the former president said.

Clinton also highlighted a string of past questionable campaign commercials targeting Democrats, and suggested Republicans are acting hypocritically.

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Sorry I haven’t been around, guys and gals.
Between kids, house, doing the Avon lady thing, and battling the sinus infection from HELL, it’s been a whirlwind here lately.
(For the record: I HATE WEARING GLASSES. I’m so used to my contact lenses but the past two days I’ve had to wear glasses and UGH even BIGGER headache.
Even if my husband says I’m sexy with or without glasses. I DON’T CARE.)

Ok this story.....ohmyfreakinghell REPUBLICANS are acting like HYPOCRITES. And this is coming from BILL CLINTON?
GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
What the HELL did America do to deserve you TWITS?
WHY WON’T YOU AND YOUR UGLY WIFE JUST GO AWAY?


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 06:19 PM   
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Great Summary of Parker/Heller

From the CATO Institute

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and attorney general Linda Singer, in their petition to the Supreme Court and in a Washington Post op-ed ("Fighting for Our Handgun Ban,” September 4), raise four arguments in support of the city’s ban. Their first argument is that the Second Amendment ensures only that members of state militias are properly armed, not that private citizens can have guns for self-defense and other personal uses. That contentious question has been debated at length on these pages. See Dennis Henigan, “The Mythic Second,” March 26, 2007; and Robert A. Levy, “Thanks to the Second Amendment,” April 16, 2007.

The city’s remaining three arguments — two legal claims and one policy claim — have received comparatively less attention. First, declares the mayor, even if the Second Amendment protects private ownership of firearms for non-militia purposes, a ban on all handguns is reasonable because D.C. allows possession of rifles and shotguns in the home. Second, the Amendment restricts the actions of the federal government, but not the states, and D.C. should be treated the same as a state for Second Amendment purposes. And third, “handgun bans work”; the streets of the Nation’s Capital are safer as a result. Let’s consider each argument in turn.

The rest of the article lays out why each of those arguments is not going to pass muster.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 02:33 PM   
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Fred’s Principles

The Friends of Fred have published four guiding principles that Fred will run his Presidency on.

We believe to take the measure of a man you must understand his principles. What will be the standards he applies as issues come before him? Fred Thompson has clear principles he has honed through his years of public service. We now have those principles on the Fred08.com website. Here are a few:



These principles will guide a Thompson administration. What do you think?

I like what I see.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2007 at 01:24 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 26, 2007

My Dinner With Dinner Jacket

I agree with Charles puke

My Dinner with Ahmadinejad
TIME

The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran “requests the pleasure” of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There’s Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a bowing and smiling Mahmoud Admadinejad glides into the room.

This is now an annual ritual for the President of Iran. Every year, during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he plots out a media campaign that — in its shrewdness, relentlessness, and quest for attention — would rival Angelina Jolie on a movie junket. And like any international figure, Mr. Ahmadinejad hones his performance for multiple audiences: in this case, the journalists and academics who can filter his speech and ideas for a wider American audience.

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Finally, in response to a question about whether war with Iran was growing more likely, he says, “Mr. Bush is interested in harming Iran. But I believe there are wise politicians in America who will prevent such a war. We hate war. We would not welcome it. But we are prepared for every scenario. Yet I don’t think war will happen.”

With that, Ahmadinejad says he has an early morning appointment the next day, and that he welcomes greater dialogue like this evening. And then, still composed, and with the same slightly mysterious smile that never leaves his face all evening, he bows deeply and heads upstairs.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2007 at 04:59 PM   
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The Moustache Speaks

Oh yeah.  The most feared moustache in the west talked to Sean about the dinner jacket.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2007 at 02:52 PM   
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Book In Progress

Mrs. DuToit has started a writing project and would like some eyes to look it over and give feedback. 

The funny thing is that I have been avoiding/dancing around the morality topic for some time now.  There is a reason for that (beyond what I posted below).

I’ve been writing a book--of the non-fiction variety.  I think I’ve mentioned it in passing, but never the subject or title.

As with all book writing, keeping up with it is difficult.  Unless you have a publisher (and I don’t) there is no deadline.  Perhaps I can kill two birds here.  I do not want to delve too deeply in the religious subject, without a great deal of background.  I would also like to impose on myself some sort of schedule for writing this book. 

There won’t be progress every day.  There may be hot and cold periods.  I don’t want to rush it, but I do want to put some pressure on myself.

If you decide to follow the progress, your input would be appreciated.  Proofing, of the grammar sort, will come later.  If something is unclear/vague, that is what I would like to hear about

Raising Moral Children


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2007 at 10:42 AM   
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On Quitting

I’ve never been a smoker, never even had the desire to try one.  Both of my parents smoked like chimneys and they both died from the habit at a young age (57 & 61).  I have always thought about it as a vile, horribly smelling vice that served no purpose.  It angers me to see kids smoking, thinking they are being cool, but knowing they’re being stupid.  I’ve never understood the appeal, but know, intellectually, that there must be one or millions of people would not be addicted.  I’ve known people to quit, only to start up again after a time.  Most of the time, they can’t even tell you why.

Geek was able to quit.

Go and read his story and how he seperates the physical, chemical addiction from the phychological and habitual factors.  If you feel smoking has taken away some of your free will, you will want to read this.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2007 at 10:34 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - September 25, 2007

Due Process is Such a Bother

Saw this linked over at Tam’s.

Turn It Up; Lose Your Wheels

A new Rockford, Illinois law allows police to seize the automobiles of owners who play their stereos too loud.

But it gets worse.

There is no requirement that a police officer responding to a complaint objectively measure sound levels with electronic equipment or even personally witness an alleged offense. Instead, the ordinance states that “hearsay evidence shall be admissible” and that property will be seized upon the assertion of probable cause.


The only way to protest the seizure is to prove you weren’t driving your car at the time virtually anyone could have lodged a complaint against you. But look at what you have to go through to get it back:

If a motorist believes his car has been unlawfully towed on a Friday after 5pm, he may challenge the taking by “depositing a written request for a hearing in the silver drop box located behind city hall,” according to the ordinance. The city must then respond by the following Wednesday. If the registered owner was not driving at the time the car was taken, he will be mailed a letter within ten days. After this time he is given less than fifteen days to request a hearing. The city may then wait another 45 days to schedule a hearing while storage fees accumulate up to $1100.

A hearing officer designated by Rockford will decide under a preponderance of evidence standard whether it is likely the motorist is guilty, in which case the hearing officer’s employers will collect the fine and fee revenue from the motorist. If the vehicle’s owner does not receive the mailed notice or cannot pay the fees within 30 days, the city will confiscate the vehicle permanently.

So, this give us an interesting dilemma.  On one hand, no one (of reason) like to hear the BOOM, BOOM, BOOM of someone’s base invading their space, be it their car or home.  On the other hand, HEARSAY AS PERMISSABLE EVIDENCE????  And then you could loose your car for months, having the burdon of proof on you that you did nothing wrong.  Then, even when you’re found “not guilty”, you have to pay storage fees. 

Holy Jumping Catfish Batman.  I don’t like the smell of this at all.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/25/2007 at 07:00 PM   
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