It is apparent that the Eastern media elites will only pay attention to matters “out West” in so far as the development serve their own premasticated political agenda. Consider, if you will, the tales of three sheriffs in the state of Arizona.
The number of immigration and drug cases along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached such a serious level that the need for federal judges in Texas and other border states is desperate. On Jan. 17, the Houston Chronicle reported that federal officials are now calling it a judicial emergency.
Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura is set to wrestle with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a lawsuit he filed on Monday, according to The Hals Report for January 25. After enduring enhanced screening last November at a Minnesota airport, Ventura claims the TSA full-body scan and pat-down violated his privacy rights.
The Supreme Court of the United States has but modest status in the U.S. Constitution. The court is mentioned only in Article III, Section 1 and Section 2 of our founding document, and then just in passing. The office of Chief Justice exists mainly because after the impeachment of a President, it is that officer who presides over the Senate trial. In the Constitution, the very expression of this highest judicial body is not “Supreme Court,” but “supreme Court.”
Rep. Mike Turner, (R-Ohio) has introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit federal government ownership in private enterprises. Called the Preserving Capitalism in America Amendment, the amendment would prohibit the government from buying stock or equity in corporations.
In the wake of the Tucson shootings, conservative pundit and Fox News television host Glenn Beck called upon all Americans to reject violence. Beck also reached out to members of Congress to sign a pledge repudiating all violence. The pledge listed examples of the type of violence that should be denounced, ranging from far right-wing militias to leftist Frances Fox Piven’s calls for violent revolution. Sadly, a mere 14 lawmakers signed on to the pledge. What’s worse than such a pitiful display of anti-violent solidarity, however, is that the mainstream media has latched onto Beck’s targeting of Frances Fox Piven and is now perpetrating a battle between Beck and Piven.
Authorities agree that a recent wave of police shootings is likely not a coincidence, as 11 police officers have been shot in just 24 hours. Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, said, “It’s not a fluke. There’s a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on.”
New members in Congress may face tough choices as Tea Partiers say the defense budget shouldn’t be exempt from budget cuts. According to MSNBC.com on Jan. 21, although the $700 billion annual budget is one that few in Congress have been willing to tackle, Tea Party groups declare that if spending is to be cut, “the military’s budget needs to be part of the mix.”
“The Making of America Constitutional Seminar” — a Montana constitutional seminar presented by the nonprofit organization National Center for Constitutional Studies — has provoked the ire of Montana Democrats this week. At issue for the critics was the group’s charging an admission fee for entrance, as well as the use of the seminar to raise money. Although those issues have since been addressed, opposition to the seminar remains.
Old soldiers never die, they just pass on their genetic code?
A report issued by a defense science advisory panel suggests that the Pentagon may begin collecting DNA from military personnel to identify the genome sequence that defines a good soldier.
The obvious lesson to be gleaned from the last election is that Americans are unhappy with the policies of the Democratic Party in general and President Barack Obama in particular, especially in regard to Obama’s monumental federal takeover of the healthcare system. To a typically egocentric politician such as Obama, however, the problem lies not with his policies themselves but with those doltish voters who just don’t understand and appreciate the blessings his policies are bestowing upon them.