It has been a Sunday tradition for many years at restaurants all over America: Bring in a church bulletin and get a discount on Sunday dinner. But a restaurant in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is now under investigation by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission after a self-identified atheist filed a charge of discrimination against it over its church discount.
An article in The Washington Times (WT) Aug. 10, 2012 reminded readers that U.S. bureaucrats viewing porn on government computers were compromising U.S. security. The article continued by noting that the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) warned its staff not to view porn on U.S. government computers and that “President Obama, notified of the problem after a previous scandal, failed to address the problem.”
Illegal immigrants lined up in droves on August 15 to apply for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, President Obama’s youth amnesty, but the number who will apply may be well more than double the first estimate.
The New York Times reported on Monday that 1.7 million illegal immigrant “youths” will likely apply for the amnesty and, then, to get work permits.
The program, two Republican legislators say in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, is likely to be rife with fraud because the government has not erected the necessary barriers to ensure that all the “youths” who apply for the amnesty are eligible for it.
On July 27 defense counsel representing Army PFC Bradley Manning filed a motion to dismiss “owing to the unlawful pretrial punishment to which PFC Manning was subjected while at Marine Corps Base, Quantico [Virginia].” Another motion was filed requesting a continuance of the proceedings owing to the slow production by the government of reams of documents that are “obviously material to the preparation of the defense.”
David Coombs is Manning’s civilian lawyer and in a recent blog post he declared that the contents of the Article 13 motion (the motion to dismiss) would “shock the conscience of the court.” Coombs’ confidence was well founded as the tale related by him in the motion is disturbing and shines an unfavorable light on high-ranking American military officials.
With the rise of the drones comes the rise of several critical questions of Constitutionality of their potential uses. One of the most crucial of those inquiries concerns the application of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unlawful searches and seizures” and the requirement that warrants be supported by affidavits “particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fighting to defend a law he signed in January that permits betting on professional sporting events. Though Christie has bipartisan support for the law in the state government and support amongst New Jersey residents, several major sporting leagues are suing the state, asserting that the law undermines federal law and threatens to undermine the nature of sports and the relationship between teams and their fans.
Suzanne Barr, chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has “voluntarily placed herself on leave,” amid allegations that she created a “frat-house"-style work environment. Barr is currently under internal review by the Department of Homeland Security, which is investigating allegations of lewd conduct inside ICE.
Several ICE employees have come forward to complain about behavior within the agency. Employees have provided sworn affidavits regarding graphic remarks made by two top officials at ICE. The affidavits were submitted as part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed by James T. Hayes, Jr., head of the New York office for ICE.
Calling potential Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget plan a “fairy tale,” David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985, took Ryan’s plan to task for not recognizing reality and for leaving behind the legacy of the GOP’s glory days when it reveled in touting small government.
When Ann Romney told CBS News that Barack Obama’s campaign against her husband amounted to nothing more than an all-out plan to “kill Mitt Romney,” she wasn’t lying. Obama’s team has dealt Romney a series of low blows, but his running mate’s latest comments struck a “new low,” according to Romney’s campaign.
The ever-expanding use of drones and the frightening possibilities thereof are only exacerbated by statements from insiders telling citizens that they have nothing to worry about. At a recent convention of drone manufacturers, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that his department is working tirelessly to “fully integrate” drones into the wider world of civil aviation. This synthesis, Michael Huerta, insists, should be accomplished within three years and will bring with it great strides in the federal government’s commitment to guard our nation from threats to our security.