The U.S. Senate voted 62 to 34 yesterday to begin debating the D.C. voting rights bill (S. 160), which would add two permanent seats to the House of Representatives. It would give the District of Columbia a permanent seat in the House by the opening of the 112th congressional term, with the other seat appropriated for the state of Utah until the 2010 census results are available.
“Calling all terrorists! Calling all spies! Calling all current or future enemies of the United States! Uncle Sam wants YOU to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces — in exchange for valuable military and intelligence training … AND CITIZENSHIP!”
President Obama made a number of false statements in his February 24 address to a joint session of Congress, specifically with regard to the economy and how the recession was created.
They beat him so badly they broke his bones. They cut him with a razor blade while pouring “hot, stinging liquid” in the wounds, chained him in cells with open sewage, kept him in total darkness for almost two years, and drugged and starved him, among other abuses. Why? Because he was a terrorist. Correction: he knew terrorists. OK, at least he was in the same country as terrorists.
An aged volume of ancient history (Ancient and Medieval History by Hayes and Moon, 1929) describes how some of Julius Caesar's countrymen came to suspect that he might have been harboring some secret ambition of kingship: "When he placed his own statue alongside the figures of the seven ancient kings of Rome, and when he adopted for his own use the golden throne, the ivory scepter and the purple embroidered robe of the former kinds, Roman republicans took alarm." A discerning bunch, those Roman republicans.
The Pentagon has released a report claiming treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison is now largely in accord with the Geneva Conventions, according to the Washington Post for February 21. But viewed in light of the overall Obama detainee policy, the Pentagon report is just part of an emerging publicity-based whitewash of a policy where torture of detainees will continue.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that Americans are not part of the “land of the free and the home of the brave” but instead a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race. In a February 18 speech to Department of Justice (DOJ) employees, he said: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."
President Barack Obama told a White House gathering of 85 of the nation’s mayors on February 20 that if they don’t spend the “taxpayers’ money” wisely, “I will call them out on it.” Of course, the money Obama is referring to is not money the cities will be collecting in taxes, but money Washington will provide them as part of the recently enacted $787 billion “stimulus” legislation.
Legislators in the “Live Free or Die” state may soon trade a bit of their citizens’ independence for a pot of gold from Washington, D.C. The New Hampshire House of Representative voted 197 to 155 on Wednesday to adopt a mandatory seat belt law for all automobile drivers and passengers. New Hampshire is the only state not to have either a primary or secondary seat belt law for adults.
Jailed Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were released early from federal prison Tuesday after serving about two years of their 11- and 12-year terms. Their sentences were reduced by former President George W. Bush in one of his final acts as president, drawing praise from many outraged supporters of Ramos and Compean.