Friday, January 8, 2016

England may not allow Donald Trump entry

Insatiable.  Often the Republican solution is to prosecute more people and put them in jail.  We are already shattering world historical records on building prisons and stuffing citizens in there.  Just where is the end?  We can't put everyone in jail that disagrees with them.

IF the startling images of 400,000 starving people in Syria are real one would have to rethink hard line immigration policy.  You know. If you are human.

Have we ever had so many ex-wives to interview in a Presidential race?  Wish the media would interview them now, instead of after the election.

Lord. Now Trumps wants us to punish Hillary for something he thinks Bill did.  Makes sense?

Have you noticed lately that more and more countries are acting like we don't own them?

#‎CONAN‬ Mono: "Since January 1st, Texas is allowing 

gun owners to carry their guns openly in most public 

places. However, you still have to conceal your science 


Finally!!  The Power Ball payoff is a little over my minimum monthly master card payment.  I'll have a little extra money to go buy film finally.




Parliament To Debate Barring Donald Trump From Entry Into The United Kingdom

by jonathanturley
495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore220px-Houses.of.parliament.overall.arpWe have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in England ( here and hereand here and here and here and here and here and here and hereand here and here). England is now a tragic example of how speech regulation and criminalization becomes insatiable -- producing a down spiral as more and more speech is found intolerable or criminal. The most recent example is the call to ban Donald Trump from entry into the United Kingdom as someone guilty of hate speech. While I havecriticized Trump's statements about barring Muslims from entering the country, he is entitled to voice his views on immigration and participate in a debate about how we are going to handle both immigration and national security concerns. The chilling thing about this debate in Parliament is not that it will succeed in barring Trump but that it would not be in any way out of order with prior content-based sanctions.


A Mom visits her son for dinner who lives with a girl roommate.
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty his roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between him and his roommate than met the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, his son volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, we are just roommates."
About a week later, his roommate came to him saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver plate. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"
He said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure." He sat down and wrote:
Dear Mother:
I'm not saying that you ‘did' take the silver plate from my house, I'm not saying that you ‘did not' take the silver plate. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
your son.
Several days later, he received an email from his Mother which read:
Dear Son:
I'm not saying that you ‘do' sleep with your roommate, and I'm not saying that you ‘do not' sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the silver plate by now, under her pillow.



Governor Accuses State Bar of Religious Discrimination in Continuing Legal Education Accreditation Battle

, Texas Lawyer

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Governor Greg Abbott

With support coming from Gov. Greg Abbott, Bill Piatt, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, is hopeful the State Bar of Texas will reconsider accreditation for a CLE program on "Christian Ethical Perspectives: Faith and Law Today."
While attendees at an October 2015 presentation of the program did receive 3.75 hours of ethics credit, the bar's Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committeenotified Piatt on Nov. 4, 2015 it would not approve the "activity" in the future on the ground the definition of legal ethics/professional responsibility allows credit only for topics "dealing with matters pertaining specifically to attorney duties and responsibilities and excludes credit for individual religious or moral responsibilities."
The law school and others who put on that continuing legal education program have appealed the MCLE decision to the State Bar of Texas board of directors. The appeal hearing is set for Jan. 21.
Since then, Abbott has been vocal in his support of St. Mary's position.
In a Dec. 22, 2015 letter to bar president Allan DuBois, Jimmy Blacklock, general counsel for the governor's office, asked the committee to "reconsider its definition of legal ethics" and reverse its decision. Blacklock wrote that the MCLE's decision and accreditation standards are "based on a shallow and impoverished understanding of legal ethics and an unduly narrow view of legal education."
He wrote that at worst, the committee's actions "amount to religious discrimination against the CLE sponsors."
A week after Blacklock sent the letter, Abbott posted this on his Facebook page:
"I'm accusing Texas State Bar of religious discrimination for denying continuing education credit for Christian legal ethics programs. The Texas State Bar leaders should be compelled to read my winning arguments upholding the Ten Commandments and "One Nation Under God."
In response to Blacklock's letter, DuBois wrote on Dec. 29 that the bar's approach to questions about CLE accreditation is pragmatic and is aimed at helping sponsors meet the standards. "I am sure we will take the same approach with regard to the issues raised by the course sponsors, and I am confident we will find a mutually acceptable resolution," DuBois wrote in a letter to Blacklock.
Piatt said he's very encouraged that Abbott supports the appeal.
"The governor is obviously interested in protecting the religious freedom not only of the attorneys in Texas, but also the rest of the population and potential clients, and I think he understands that having an attorney who applies a sense of morality in their law practice is a good thing, not a bad thing," Piatt said.
DuBois, a solo in San Antonio, said he and some bar officials will meet next week with Piatt and others at St. Mary's University School of Law to discuss the accreditation issue and try to "achieve a resolution" before the appeal goes to the bar's board of directors. DuBois said the meeting in San Antonio had already been scheduled, but the CLE program will be discussed.
Piatt said he hopes they can work it out, but if not, St. Mary's will proceed with the appeal.
"They will have to rescind their unlawful future ban that is contained in that letter of Nov. 4 and we are going to have to get an agreement that morality is legitimately a part of attorneys' ethics and CLE programming," he said.Piatt said the law school plans another CLE for later this year, and they hope to invite Abbott to give the keynote address on issues regarding the role of faith and morality in attorney ethics.
"We will, of course, submit the request for accreditation to the MCLE committee," he said.

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Study: Sixty-Three Percent of Americans Cannot Cover An Added $500 Cost To Their Monthly Expenses

by jonathanturley
200px-US10dollarbill-Series_2004AWe have previously followed the alarming marginal economic condition of most Americans. Another study offers another glimpse into the reality of the lives for most people struggling in this country. The study by Bankrate suggests that 63 percent of Americans say that they do not have enough money to cover a $500 car repair or $1000 hospital bill.


Photographs at a demonstration in March over the death of Anthony Hill, who was killed by a police officer.
Georgia Prosecutors Seek Indictment of Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man


"Our position is that the facts and the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Anthony Hill warrant a charge for felony murder," the prosecutor said.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Paul Ryan Orders Closer Look at Authorizing War Against ISIS


The speaker's belief that Congress should weigh in on the use of force against the Islamic State may put him on a collision path with other congressional Republicans.

Germany Cracks Down On Anti-Immigration Speech

by jonathanturley
Freedom_of_Speech220px-Angela_Merkel_(2008)The recent sexual assault in Cologne of women on New Year's Even has shocked the nation.  As many as 1000 men, allegedly set upon women and made them run a gauntlet as they were grabbed, their clothes ripped, and their bodies groped.  Police sources and witnesses have said that many were Syrian refugees who have been accused of a spate of rapes and assaults of women in the country since they arrived in large numbers recently.  To make matters worse for the government, newspapers are reporting that one man told police “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me.”  The result has been a rising tide of criticism of Merkel for her open-door policy. Yet, that criticism may now be muted by a move by the government to crackdown on anti-immigration comments as a form of "hate speech."  As we discussed today with the effort to ban Donald Trump, free speech is being rolled back in Europe under hate crime and anti-discrimination laws as an alarming rate. It is particularly worrisome when the government is under attack on an issue like immigration and responds by prosecuting people for such criticism.




Cop Throws Tantrum for Being Pulled Over by Fellow Cop, Speeds Off, 150 mph Chase Ensues

Baltimore, MD — Baltimore City police sergeant Francisco Hopkins sent Maryland State Troopers on a high-speed chase early in the morning hours of New Years day. Hopkins was reportedly off duty at the time and was pulled over around 3 a.m for not having a front tag on his vehicle.
Allegedly frustrated by the fact that he was pulled over, Hopkins became belligerent with the officer who stopped him, and demanded special treatment. When it seemed like the trooper may treat him like anyone else and give him a ticket, Hopkins sped off and started a high-speed chase.
According to the trooper’s report, Hopkins said “Your (sic) going to give another cop a ticket?”
“He called me an (expletive) then accelerated, aggressively spinning (his) wheels,” the unidentified trooper said in the report.
(The) vehicle had a rear registration plate cover with plastic to obscure the registration plate,” the report continued.
During the chase, Hopkin’s reached speeds of 149 mph while driving in his 2015 Ford Mustang.
Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo claimed that Hopkins was not impaired, but it has not been indicated whether or not he was given a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer.
“He was up to a 149 mph in a 50 mph posted zone. What’s ironic is this trooper, who was out there patrolling our highways to keep people safe from impaired drivers, came across this instance with somebody who was not impaired, however, was driving at this amount,” Russo said.
“So obviously, it was very dangerous. No matter where you are, it’s dangerous,” Russo added.
It seems that one of the most dangerous people on the road just after New Years Eve was a cop.
Hopkins was given 10 citations, including one for attempting to elude police. After his arrest, Hopkins was released on $10,000 bond and suspended with pay.
The timing of his arrest and the circumstances surrounding his chase are extremely suspicious. Usually, when someone attempts to outrun the police at 3 am on New Years morning it is because they are attempting to avoid a DUI charge. However, there has been no indication so far that Hopkins was even tested for impairment, aside from the police department’s claim that he was not impaired. The Maryland State Police have refused to comment on the details of the case.





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