Texas Threatens To Arrest UN Election Observers
Texas authorities have threatened to arrest international election observers, prompting a furious response from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“The threat of criminal sanctions against [international] observers is unacceptable,” Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said in a statement. “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”
Texas is doing what most Americans wish their states would do and "Like Hell we can't arrest you! We don't need the U.N. inspecting American elections!"
Lawmakers from the group of 56 European and Central Asian nations have been observing U.S. elections since 2002, without incident. But, their presence has become a flash point this year.
Now Republicans are accusing Democrats of voter fraud while Democrats counter that GOP-inspired voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise minority voters. Both accusations sound like an American problem to me, it certainly doesn't sound like anything the United Nations should be sticking their corrupt nose into.
Besides, you would think the United Nations organization has enough to do without it assuming that it has some sort of authority here in the United States.
This is just one more reason to close them down and move the United Nations to some place else out of our country!
Sarah Palin accuses President Obama of "Shuck and Jive Shtick!"
OK, I am a big fan of Sarah Palin! I admire her strength and tenacity.
I think she got a raw deal from the mainstream liberal press and the Democrats hypocrisy in general. The way she was treated wasn't right. And yes, like many Americans, I won't forget their classless attitude toward her.
Now my favorite former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has released a statement on her Facebook page accusing President Obama of engaging in "shuck and jive shtick" regarding last month's attack in Benghazi, Libya.
"Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end," Palin wrote.
For those who aren't familiar with the phrase, "shuck and jive" - the liberal mainstream media is again trying to make this into another Race Card issue by saying that the old phrase used in many movies to describe shady behavior is a "racially-tinged" expression.
Don't you ever feel like telling the Bozos that come up with that sort of crap to get off their high horse. Are they so dense that they really don't know that the Race Card has been used so much since Obama has been in office that it is worn out and not even effective any longer.
People are tired of having to care about being called racist whenever we disagree with Obama's behavior, actions during a given situation, or his socialist policies. It's gotten old and worn out and no one gives a damn any more.
Yes, the bias liberal media has used the Race Card so much that no one cares anymore. We have gotten used to their bullshit and it just ain't making it any more.
According to the user-submitted Urban Dictionary, the term "originally referred to the intentionally misleading words and actions that African-Americans would employ in order to deceive racist Euro-Americans in power, both during the period of slavery and afterwards."
As Politico points out, this isn't the first time the phrase has come up and inspired controversy.
Several years ago, Andrew Cuomo, then New York's Attorney General, used the expression while campaigning for Hillary Rodham Clinton. "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference," Cuomo said. "All those moves you can make with the press don't work when you're in someone's living room."
At the time, Cuomo was promptly blasted by CNN's Roland Martin, who wrote: "'Shucking and jiving' have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a 'foot shufflin' Negro.' In fact, I don't recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white."
Pretty soon, it seems anything can be taken as racist if they want to. But really, so what? I don't think anyone cares about it as much as they once did. Besides, most folks recognize the Race Card for what it is - a diversion away from the real subject.
You see, whether or not "shuck and jive" was introduced into the American lexicon by black Americans is not the point.
The point is that Sarah Palin's statement regarding "shuck and jive" describes Obama's actions perfectly! And the mainstream liberal media, they don't want to address that point at all.
Texas judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner verse suit
This was reported a few days ago on October 18th, but I figure it's worth talking about.
Since I have come to the conclusion that Democrats think it's OK to attack Christians these days, I was very happy to see that a a Texas judge stopped an East Texas school district from barring cheerleaders from quoting Bible verses on banners at high school football games.
The judge did so saying the policy appears to violate their free speech rights.
District Judge Steve Thomas granted an injunction requested by the Kountze High School cheerleaders allowing them to continue displaying religious-themed banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit set to go to trial next June 24, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
Thomas previously granted a temporary restraining order allowing the practice to continue.
School officials barred the cheerleaders from displaying banners with religious messages such as, "If God is for us, who can be against us," after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained.
The advocacy group says the messages violate the First Amendment clause barring the government - or a publicly funded school district, in this case - from establishing or endorsing a national religion. It was never designed as a tool to be used to attack Christians.
And yes, I said Christians. Specifically Christians, because every other religion in America is not being treated to the government assault that Christians are experiencing.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Abbott spoke out in support of the cheerleaders. Perry appointed Thomas to fill a vacancy on the 356th District Court, and he is running for election to continue in the post as a Republican.
Abbott also filed court papers to intervene in the lawsuit and sent state attorneys to support the cheerleaders' position that the district's ban violated their free speech rights.
The Texas Education Code also states that schools must respect the rights of students to express their religious beliefs.
"It is the individual speech of the cheerleaders and not in fact the government speaking," David Starnes, the cheerleaders' attorney said, according to KDFM television. "It is not just one girl or one person in the group that comes up with the quote, but it's on a rotating basis that each girl gets to pick the quote. That is their individual voices that are being portrayed on the banner."
Thomas Brandt, the attorney representing the school district, said the superintendent had acted to comply within existing legal rulings.
The poorly named "Anti-Defamation League" issued a statement in which it called the judge's decision misguided. No surprise there!
The atheist group called the "Freedom From Religion Foundation," which is dedicated to abolishing religious activities in America, has against this ruling. Again, no surprise there!
Gov Perry said Texans should encourage the cheerleaders.
"Anyone who is expressing their faith should be celebrated, from my perspective, in this day and age of instant gratification, this me-first culture that we see all too often," Perry said Wednesday.
"We're a nation built on the concept of free expression of ideas. We're also a culture built on the concept that the original law is God's law, outlined in the Ten Commandments."
I agree. Our Constitution was designed to keep the government in check from being too overbearing. No where in the Constitution is the government tasked with hindering an American's ability to practice their religious beliefs.
And though certainly there is nothing in our Constitution about a government role in trying to abolish our religious freedom, you can still bet the farm that there are those atheist out there in the Democrat Party who want Christianity done away with in accordance with their socialist ideology.
Do I really believe that? Sorry to say, yes I do!
Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut
A federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood's clinics because the organization also performs abortions.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said after the order by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans that the state would immediately stop paying program participants that are affiliates of abortion providers.
"Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion," the Republican governor said in a statement. "In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice."
A three-judge panel of the Appeals Court ruled in August that Texas may exclude groups affiliated with abortion providers from the Women's Health Program - a state of Texas program that provides cancer screenings, birth control and other health services to more than 100,000 low-income Texas women.
In a filing with the court in September, Planned Parenthood asked the full court to rehear the matter, saying the rule violates its First Amendment rights to speech and association.
Planned Parenthood said on Thursday that further consideration by the full court was needed to protect women's access to preventive health care like breast and cervical cancer screenings and birth control.
Planned Parenthood is again lying about what their services are and their income. The state of Texas, like other state funded Medical Programs for women, provides preventive health care like breast and cervical cancer screenings and birth control to women in their state.
Planned Parenthood rakes in One Billion Dollars annually from private donors, the reason they will fight this and any other state is that they still want money from states like Texas no matter how it hurts the state's budget.
The case could proceed to trial in U.S. district court in Austin, where a trial had been postponed in part because the appeals court was considering the matter.
The federal government, which pays for 90% of the almost $40 Billion-a-year program, has said it will not renew the funding because Texas decided to enforce a law that had been on the books for several years barring funding for abortion providers and affiliates.
Texas has created its own program for women using state funds. It is set to begin November 1st.
The state's health and human services chief said last week that the program would shut down if Planned Parenthood were allowed to continue participating.
"We've increased the number of doctors and clinics in the program, and we'll be ready to help any woman who needs to find a new provider," Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek said Thursday in a statement.
Good for Texas! It is apparent that they have found the cojones to fight waste within their budget!
Woman’s nearly-naked picture of plus-size body goes viral
A photo of a young plus-size woman wearing a bikini has gone viral, People Magazine reported.
Stella Boonshoft posted the photo on The Body Love Blog, which she authors. Boonshoft posted the picture to help other people dealing with body image problems.
"Healthy. Fat. Fabulous."
- Stella Boonshoft, author of The Body Love Blog
“My body must be a revolution,” she wrote on the blog. The photo’s caption reads: “Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. I am not going to stand for that. This is my body, not yours. MINE.”
More than 80,000 people shared the photo from Tumblr, and 2.4 million viewed it on Facebook.
Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York project, which is a gallery of street photos, first took Boonshoft’s picture fully clothed. Later, he took the photo of her wearing nothing but the bikini.
Boonshoft, a student at New York University, admitted to People.com that she was initially mortified, but decided showing the picture was the right thing to do as she advocates for sizeism.
“I knew that thousands of people were looking at my body,” she wrote on the blog. “I knew thousands were judging me.”
Boonshoft also suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder characterized by excessive androgens like testosterone, which makes ovulating difficult. It affects one in 10 American women and can make getting pregnant difficult.
Weight gain is one side effect of the disorder.
On her blog, Boonshoft wrote that her doctor said “she is eating too little and not often enough,” and her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are within normal ranges.
“Healthy. Fat. Fabulous,” Boonshoft wrote.
And yes, I say, good for her!
Judge rejects ex-Bell police chief's request to increase annual pension to $510G
Talk about a greedy cop!
A California judge has rejected an effort by the former police chief of the scandal-plagued city of Bell to essentially double his annual pension to $510,000.
The judge ruled that the Bell City Council never approved former Chief Randy Adam’s extravagant contract and that city officials tried to keep secret his salary, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Adams was fired amid a corruption scandal exposed in 2010 that has resulted in eight city officials being charged with public corruption and now awaiting trial, though the former chief is not among them.
Adams would have received one of the state’s biggest public pensions had his request been approved. Still, his existing $240,000-a-year pension is the eighth largest in California's public-employee retirement system.
The City of Bell paid Adams $457,000 a year, more than either the Los Angeles police chief or the New York City police commissioner.
Adams and other Bell officials were fired after The Times exposed their salaries. Adams can appeal the ruling or file a lawsuit.
Greed seems to have grown wild in Bell, California.
For me, well I think that the former Police Chief should have gone to jail just like the others who abused their position for personal financial gain. To serve and protect in his case means to serve himself and protect what he has gotten while the city suffer.
AN EXTRA SHOT!
Ted Turner says Military suicides are a "Good" Thing!
CNN founder Ted Turner has said some very silly things. But his latest statement makes me wonder if he's not just mentally ill - but extremely mentally ill.
While arguing for a greater role for the United Nations as the world's policeman, and condemning U.S. military spending, this jerkweed had the gaul to say that rise in military suicides in relation to combat deaths is a "good" development.
Imagine that! I've known that die hard liberals hate the military and do not support our troops, but to actually be so sick minded as to say that suicides among our troops is a "good" thing goes over the top.
Turner made the comments in an appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." The interview aired October 19th, but the comment about military suicides was highlighted Thursday by Brietbart.com.
From the transcript of the interview:
Ted Turner said, "I think the global policeman should be the United Nations. And I don't think we should need one. I think we should use courts the way we do in civilian life. It's time to put war and conflict behind us and move on, and start acting like civilized, educated human beings."
Morgan said, "You made the point to me in the break there, more American servicemen have ..."
Turner interrupted saying, " ... are dying now from suicide over there than are dying in combat!"
Morgan asked, "That's shocking, isn't it?"
Turner answered, "Well, what no, I think it's -- I think it's good, because it's so clear that we're programmed and we're born to love and help each other, not to kill each other, to destroy each other. That's an aberration. That's left over from hundreds of years ago. It's time for to us start acting enlightened."
This year, the Army has reported 146 potential active-duty and 101 for those not on active duty through September, according to the latest figures released.
The latest figures for Army personnel killed in action in Afghanistan put the number this year at 159, and 214 for all branches of the military.
Turner must have mental problems far exceeding his liberal stupidity. Anyone who thinks that any suicide is "good" has problems far more sickening than just having their head up their ass!
Its no wonder CNN is so liberal or that Turner once married Jane Fonda. They are of the same ilk.
He's not just un-American, he's sick beyond help!
Story by Tom Correa