A Christian pastor who ministers to Muslims has ended the latest attempt of officials to outlaw free speech in "Dearbornistan," as Dearborn, Michigan, has been labeled because of its high Muslim population. George Saieg took the city and its police chief to court after they told him he could not pass out leaflets on city streets during the annual Arab-American Festival. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled in the pastor's favor. The city may not, it said, prohibit Saieg from attempting to proselytize among "Dearbornistan's" Muslims.
Freedom of movement, enshrined in Western law as far back as the Magna Carta, continues to suffer at the hands of government in the United States. All airline passengers are subjected to (often humiliating) searches and can be denied their right to travel by government agents. Railroad and subway passengers are often searched as well. Now, it seems, even taking a taxi in New York City can precipitate treatment as a criminal suspect — a constitutional violation that the New York Civil Liberties Union is challenging in court.
One reason the U.S. Government debt has rocketed into the fiscal stratosphere, the Center for Public Integrity reports, is that the Obama administration has increased the government's fleet of limousines by 73 percent. It's a small reason, admittedly. But it's a reason nonetheless.
The Obama regime has added 174 limousines in which federal functionaries can ride in style. That increases the number from 238, during the profligate years of Bush the Spender, to 412 today.
A local church in Charlotte, North Carolina, learned the hard way that arborilogical endeavors can be expensive after receiving an excessive fine for improperly pruning its trees. The city of Charlotte fined the Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, amounting to a total violation of $4,000.
While the U.S. Senate continues to enjoy a full week of vacation, the U.S. House of Representatives has resumed regular business and plans to begin the annual appropriations process of voting on 13 appropriations bills, the first of which is the Homeland Security bill and the Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs bill. The House will also be voting on a bill to increase the debt ceiling later this evening.