Sunday, July 14, 2013

op ed review 7/14



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin's death
The jury in the Trayvon Martin case on Saturday night acquitted George Zimmerman, but it should never have gotten that far.
An AP reporter, unhappy with the verdict, asks, “So we can all kill teen agers now?”
“Department of Justice reportedly organized pro-Trayvon Martin protests….Group actively worked to foment unrest, spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel and hotel rooms to train protestors." The DoJ operatives were "deployed to Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies," and "to provide support for protest deployment" and "technical assistance to ... event organizers."
As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman´s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter that she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin´s mother. She responded that she doesn´t read cursive, and that´s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School.

Remember Aurelia Fedensin? She’s the former investigator for the State Department Inspector General who blew the whistle on Hillary Clinton’s State Department covering up scandals and squashing investigations around the world. Fedensin and her family have already been hassled with intimidating displays of force by the same State Department that seemed relatively untroubled by an ambassador allegedly chasing underage prostitutes through the streets of Belgium. Knowing that her allegations would be explosive, Fedensin wisely retained the services of a law firm called Schulman & Mathias of Dallas, Texas. Which just got robbed in a Watergate-style break-in.

The Texas abortion bill passed both houses of the state legislature by whopping majorities. It passed the House 98-49 and it passed the Senate 19-11. Those are large majorities by any definition. The modest bill bans abortions after 20 weeks and elevates standards at abortion clinics to be on par with standards at ambulatory surgical centers. But after the final vote in the Senate, President Obama chose to criticize the bipartisan majorities that passed the bill.

Former Border Patrol agents call Senate’s immigration plan ‘a huge waste of resources’

President Obama says amnesty for illegal aliens can provide a big boost to the economic recovery.

The second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider.

The Tea Party-affiliated group Americans for Prosperity is launching a $1 million ad campaign opposing ObamaCare.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”  If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.”

Obama slated to name five openly homosexual foreign ambassadors

“Dominicans Freak Out Over Obama's Gay Ambassador Pick”

The folks at Pew set out to determine the network with the most obvious bias, what Pew calls the most “opinionated.” The winner, and hence the loser in the race for the viewers the advertisers covet most, is MSNBC. Pew finds that fully 85 percent of MSNBC “content” is commentary, not news.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Mark Steyn   Zimmerman case's legal absurdities astound         7/13

Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn't sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity.
In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state's "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: Might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it's something. If you're a juror, feel free to convict George Zimmerman of whatever floats your boat. Nailing a guy on something, anything, is a time-honored American tradition: If you can't get Al Capone on the Valentine's Day massacre, get him on his taxes……

If, for the purposes of American show trials, a Hispanic who voted for a black president can be instantly transformed into a white racist, there's no reason why he can't be a child abuser, too. The defense was notified of this novel development, on which the prosecution (judging by the volume of precedents assembled) had been working for weeks or more likely months, at 7:30 that morning. If you know your Magna Carta, you'll be aware that "no official shall place a man on trial ... without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it." But the rights enjoyed by free men in the England of King John in 1215 are harder to come by in the State of Florida eight centuries later.

So the prosecutors decided, the day before the case went to the jury, that Zimmerman was engaged in an act of child abuse that had somehow got a bit out of hand: no "credible witnesses" to this charge had been presented in the preceding weeks, but hey, what the hell? Opposing counsel, taking the reasonable position that they'd shown up to defend Mr. Zimmerman of murder and had had no idea until that morning that he was also on trial for child abuse, check bouncing, jaywalking, an expired fishing license, or whatever other accusation took the fancy of the State of Florida, asked for time to research the relevant case law. Judge Debra Nelson gave them until 1 p.m. At that point, it was 10.30 a.m. By the time the genius jurist had returned to the bench, she had reconsidered, and decided that "child abuse" would be a reach too far, even for her disgraceful court.

The defining characteristic of English law is its distribution of power between prosecutor, judge and jury. This delicate balance has been utterly corrupted in the United States to the point where today at the federal level there is a conviction rate of over 90 percent, which would impress Mubarak and the House of Saud, if not quite yet, Kim Jong-Un. American prosecutors have an unhealthy and disreputable addiction to what I called, at the conclusion of the trial of my old boss Conrad Black six years ago, "countless counts." In Conrad's case, he was charged originally with 17 crimes, three of which were dropped by the opening of the trial and another halfway through, leaving 13 for the jury, nine of which they found the defendant not guilty of, bringing it down to four, one of which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional and the remaining three of which they vacated, only to have two of them reinstated by the lower appeals court. In other words, the prosecution lost 88 percent of the case, but the 12 percent they won was enough to destroy Conrad Black's life.

Multiple charges tend, through sheer weight of numbers, to favor a result in which the jury convict on some and acquit on others and then tell themselves that they've reached a "moderate" "compromise" as befits the reasonable persons they assuredly are. It is, of course, not reasonable. Indeed, the notion of a "compromise" between conviction and acquittal is a dagger at the heart of justice.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"Democrats want 30 million new voters and they will say anything to get there: It's a crisis! Illegal immigrants are 'living in the shadows'! ... We're told, 'You don't know what it's like to live in the shadows!' Yes, you're right, and that proves it's not a crisis. Sorry to sound legalistic, illegal aliens, but you broke the law and ... you know you broke the law. You hid in the backs of trucks, traveled across remote desert locations, ran from U.S. agents and stole American IDs. It's supposed to be uncomfortable to break the law. We aren't required to grant amnesty to people just because they've put themselves in the awkward position of being here illegally. (Or because the Democrats need 30 million new voters.) If illegals were Republicans, Chuck Schumer would be a 'Minuteman,' patrolling the Mexican border 24-7."
                        -Ann Coulter

"Egyptians learned the hard way that, whatever their cultural preferences, full-strength Islam comes at a price. Egypt has a wheat crisis, and a fuel crisis, and the World Food Program estimates that 40 percent of the population is suffering from 'physical or mental' malnutrition..... Even in a multicultural age, liberal Americans casually assume that 'developing countries' want to develop into something like a Western democracy. But Egypt only goes backwards."
                       -Mark Steyn

"[S]marter government sounds like a good idea. I mean, here's what the government is doing now: the IRS just accidentally released thousands of people's social security numbers. Frankly, it doesn't seem like the government could get much dumber. But do you really think Obama (with the help of Biden!) are capable of making things smarter? Is there any indication they even know what smarter is? Frankly, these days I'd settle for a less malicious government. Until then, I'd rather the government stay dumb."
                      -Frank J. Fleming
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LEFTIST WATCH
Cloward-Obama:  By now it’s abundantly clear that there is not an honest bone in the Obama administration’s body; as Mary McCarthy said of fellow traveler Lillian Hellman, “every word she writes is a lie, including ‘a” and ‘the’.” Everything with these people is a bait-and-switch, and nothing more so than their “signature achievement,” the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. From the start, it was clear that the “health care” law had nothing to do with health care. It barely had anything to do with insurance……the act was a naked power grab by the federal government. …I think it’s exactly what they’ve hoped and planned for all along: that the faster they wreck the system, Cloward-Piven-style, the faster they’ll get to the “single payer” (i.e., you) mechanism they’ve wanted all along…

Texas police confiscate jars of urine, feces, paint from abortion bill protesters at state house
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BOOKS
Bestselling new action-adventure memoir/battle plan by James O´Keefe, “Breakthough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy”.   “I was 27 years-old, five years into my self-created career as a citizen journalist, and I had already been arrested, imprisoned, nearly killed during my coerced "community service," commended along with Hannah Giles by the House of Representatives for exposing ACORN, publicly accused of everything from racism to rape, lauded by the governor of New Jersey for exposing a corrupt union, pursued recklessly on an Interstate by a teacher I caught on tape, denounced by Keith Olbermann as the "worst person in the world," applauded for causing major resignations at NPR, sued multiple times, slandered by half the working journalists in America, and finally inspired to expose voter fraud in the heat of a presidential election.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/before_james_rosen_there_was_james_okeefe.html#ixzz2YyaFdjnB
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ARTICLES
There is an undertone of black comedy in Muslim terrorist trials where committed Jihadists are pitted against politically correct judges and lawyers who keep trying to convince them that they really aren’t Muslim terrorists. The Nidal Hasan case is a high stakes game because Obama Inc. has gone all in on claiming that Hasan isn’t a terrorist, but just a case of workplace violence. They swapped out the skeptical judge for a friendly judge and gave him every bit of leeway. But Hasan has sabotaged the plan by deciding to act as his own attorney and convince everyone that he really is a Muslim terrorist.

The White House says the decision to delay implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate was made because “a dialogue with businesses” revealed the need to reduce the reporting burden it placed on employers. This tale is enough to make a cat laugh. This crew doesn’t do “dialogue.” Your BS detector badly needs a tune up if it didn’t start buzzing when Valerie Jarrett blogged, “We’re listening.” The delay is obviously due to the ineptitude of the Obama administration, and this is the fourth major provision of PPACA to be repealed or delayed for the same reason.

While Barack Obama has often been compared to leaders of the past, it´s unlikely anyone has yet associated him with Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Ruler of the Seleucid Empire between 175 and 164 B.C., King Antiochus is best known for the persecution of Jews, and one story from the second book of Maccabees is particularly relevant here. As the passage tells us, the king was bent on forcing a Jewish woman and her seven sons to, of all things, eat pork. This brings us to a similar situation in our time: King Obama´s contraception mandate.
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WISE WORDS
"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty."
               -Calvin Coolidge

"But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go."
               -Montesquieu


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