A distressing example of the dumbing down of America.
(BizPac Review) –For once, political prankster Mark Dice wasn’t laughing out loud at the seemingly brain-dead college students who will lead this world one day. Instead, he chastised and shamed them for not knowing the Bill of Rights. Dice questioned student after student at “one of the most prestigious schools in Southern California,” and nope, these kids couldn’t name any of the Bill of Rights. And yes, he even asked if they were Americans.[...]
Clueless useful idiots. It is the personal responsibility of each and every American to remain steadfast in being vigilant guardians of their constitutional rights. Is it any wonder that they are so easily taken away? Low info voters vote for those who drool at the chance, making them as Mark Dice put it — PART of the PROBLEM!
SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
Thomas Sowell said it best:
“The Constitution cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution.”
Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Amendments 11-27 here.
There will be those who disagree with Snowden’s nomination, but at least unlike Obama who was awarded his Nobel preemptively, Snowden has done something concrete and of note.
(The Guardian) –Two Norwegian politicians say they have jointly nominated the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel peace prize.
The Socialist Left party politicians Baard Vegar Solhjell, a former environment minister, and Snorre Valen said the public debate and policy changes in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing had “contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order”.
Being nominated means Snowden will be one of scores of names that the Nobel committee will consider for the prestigious award.
The five-member panel will not confirm who has been nominated but those who submit nominations sometimes make them public. [...]
More on Obama’s nomination and Glenn Greenwald’s snarky response via the National Journal:
In 2009, Obama won the prize, delivering a speech that famously noted, “To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism—it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man; and the limits of reason.”
“I begin with this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter what the cause. And at times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.”
Journalist and Snowden confidant Glenn Greenwald shared his thoughts of the nomination on Twitter:
Best part of Snowden's winning Nobel Peace Prize would be watching US threaten arrest if he went to Oslo to accept http://t.co/CbVyOw7ujr
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 29, 2014
- VIDEO: Jon Stewart’s Brutal Takedown Of Obama’s Empty Hypocritical Rhetoric Regarding New NSA Privacy Reforms
- Stephen Colbert: NSA Domestic Surveillance “Proves Obama Is A Tyrannical Despot Who Ignores All The Rules” [Video]
- Joe Biden 2006: Bush #NSA Collecting Phone Records Very, Very Intrusive [Video]
- Obama Regime Invokes Special Privilege To Suppress Legal Scrutiny Of Data Mining ‘Nat’l Security Trumps Constitution & Fed Law –No Court Can Stop Them’
- Rush Limbaugh: America in the Midst of a Coup d’Etat [Audio & Transcript]
- AP Photos: MASSIVE Secret #NSA Data Center Bluffdale, Utah The Agency Collects An Est. 3 BILLION Phone Calls Each Day
- Mark Levin Blasts Obama: We Have The Elements Of A Police State [Audio]
- 2005 Obama Slammed Patriot Act; Fishing Expedition Through Phone Calls, Emails Gives People No Rights
- 2006 Obama Condemned #NSA’s Wiretapping Americans & Collecting Their Phone Records No President Is Above The Law
- @JudgeNap RAILS Against #NSA Abuse: They Got a Search Warrant for a 113 Million Phones! Constitutionally Impermissible [Video]
- Internet Dragnet From Hell !
- Obama Flashback: No Warrantless Wiretaps If You Elect Me -Updated
- Dem Rep @MaxineWaters to @RolandsMartin: Obama Has Secret Database With ˜Everything On Everyone
- Obama’s NSA Top Secret FISA Court Order Commands @VerizonWireless Hand Over [ALL] Call Data Of [ALL] Customers Both Parties, On A Daily Basis [Update: Order Does Not Rule Out Telephony Services Communication; Text Messages, Multimedia Etc. @ATT Too?
A sure fire way to ensure that the O Regime will not read our email. Heh.
Maybe we should email one another the Constitution so the government would read it.
— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) January 21, 2014
Ruth Buzzi is of course an alum of Rowan & Martin’s rapid fire sketch comedy show; Laugh-In (1967–1973).
For those of you who missed out here is a trip down memory lane.
Reading’s Mayor was not informed.
(Reading Eagle) –A private firm with a federal contract – and backed up by city police – forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth.
“I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels,” Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday.
He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their questions.
He said he wasn’t told what the swab was for, but added, “Clearly it was for DNA.”
The checkpoint was among several being carried out in Pennsylvania by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
City Police Chief William M. Heim said the two federal agencies are trying to see what can be done about crashes and injuries, and the swabs were not to get DNA samples but to test for the presence of prescription drugs.
The checkpoint was supposed to be voluntary, but Nieves said he had to refuse several times over a five-minute period before the woman taking the survey let him go.
What irked Nieves was the presence of city police. He said they were there – including a police car with flashing lights – to intimidate motorists, and gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had.
“A federal survey with local police help violates my rights,” Nieves said.
Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said neither he nor Managing Director Carole B. Snyder were aware of it, and he needs to understand what role police played before making any comment on it.
Council members also were upset, and said if local police are there, it appears they are operating the checkpoint.
An excerpt from a nail meet head op-ed by Don Spatz the journalist whose byline is on the above article:
So when a police car’s lights are flashing along the side of a city street lined with cones, and someone forces motorists into a parking lot that contains uniformed city police, forgive the motorists for believing police are operating that checkpoint.
And when people with no ID tell motorists they want to ask about their driving habits but also ask for a mouth swab, forgive the motorists for believing they want a DNA sample without a warrant.
And when the same people say the questions and the swab are voluntary but don’t take no for an answer, forgive the motorists for thinking it’s not really voluntary after all.
Because that’s the way it’s supposed to appear: not voluntary. [...]
Sinister. What do DNA collecting cheek swabs have to do with studying drunken / drug-impaired drivers? Not a damn thing. So what is the purpose behind collecting the DNA??
(NBCDFW) –Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood.
It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North Fort Worth.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years, said participation was “100 percent voluntary” and anonymous.
But Cope said it didn’t feel voluntary to her — despite signs saying it was.
“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said.
Once parked, she couldn’t believe what she was asked next.
“They were asking for cheek swabs,” she said. “They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.”
At the very least, she said, they wanted to test her breath for alcohol.
She said she felt trapped.
“I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave,” she said, adding she received no money.
But a Fort Worth attorney who is an expert in civil liberties law questioned whether such stops are constitutional.
“You can’t just be pulled over randomly or for no reason,” said attorney Frank Colosi.
He also noted the fine print on a form given to drivers informs them their breath was tested by “passive alcohol sensor readings before the consent process has been completed.”
“They’re essentially lying to you when they say it’s completely voluntary, because they’re testing you at that moment,” Colosi said.
(NBCDFW) –**UPDATE TO THE VIDEO ABOVE** Fort Worth police initially said they could not immediately find any record of their officers being involved in the roadblock, but on Tuesday police spokesman Sgt. Kelly Peel said that the department’s Traffic Division coordinated with the NHTSA on the use of off-duty officers after the agency asked for help with the survey.
“We are reviewing the actions of all police personnel involved to ensure that FWPD policies and procedures were followed,” he said. “We apologize if any of our drivers and citizens were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey.”
Has Jim Angle been ‘James Rosen’d‘ by the Obama Regime NSA, who in turn shared his private info with HealthCare.gov??? It sure as hell looks that way.
I was calling from an unlisted number & gave personal cell as my phone. How did they know? I have no idea but he wouldn’t answer questions.
â€” Jim Angle (@JimAngleFox) November 1, 2013
He told me a “an advanced resolution specialist” would call me in 2-5 business days. That will be interesting.
â€” Jim Angle (@JimAngleFox) November 1, 2013
Jim Hoft links at The Gateway Pundit…thanks!
Joe Newby links at the Examiner…thanks!
“Yes We Scan”!
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Some big names in Hollywood are joining the activists speaking out against the National Security Agencyâ€™s domestic surveillance program. Thereâ€™s a rally this weekend in Washington, DC.
â€œEvery American is at risk of getting caught up in the NSA dragnet,â€ says Oliver Stone in the YouTube video.
â€œThe tools for surveillance have never been more powerful, and the threat to our civil liberties has never been greater,â€ says John Cusack.
â€œWe need to end mass, suspicionless surveillance,â€ Maggie Gyllenhaal says.
The director and actors appear in the PSAÂ from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, calling on Americans to get angry about the NSAâ€™s data grab. [...]
Followup to: Active Duty Soldier Illegally Disarmed & Arrested In Texas [Video Of Arrest] Trial Over, Jury Deliberating [Updated]
Post-trial interview with Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham:
A small victory, but a victory just the same.
(KWTX) –BELTON (October 18, 2013)Ã¢â‚¬â€A mistrial was declared after jurors deadlocked Friday following two full days of deliberation in the trial of Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham of Temple, whose case has drawn the attention of gun-rights advocates nationwide.
Grisham expressed frustration Friday of having to go through the ordeal of a trial because of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“actions of an abusive police officer.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He called the mistrial the closest thing to a not-guilty verdict.
Prosecutors didn’t immediately say whether they would retry him.
The six-member jury started deliberating the misdemeanor case Thursday morning after both sides rested Wednesday afternoon.
Grisham was arrested in March 2013 after police received a report about a man who was carrying an assault-style rifle while walking along Airport Road in West Temple.
Grisham told the responding officers he was just walking with his son to help him get a Boy Scout Badge, but police confiscated the rifle and arrested him after the encounter his son recorded on camera.
The video shot by GrishamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son quickly went viral and the arrest triggered a series of demonstrations.
Grisham was charged with misdemeanor interference with the duties of an officer.
“I don’t think it’s fair that I’m even being charged with this crime,” Grisham said before the start of the trial Tuesday.
“The fact that I’m here in court for one I don’t think that’s very fair to begin with because my son and I weren’t doing anything wrong.”
“I think after the facts speak for themselves I’ll be set free,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
“You can’t let the police make up the rules as they go,” said Keith Lee, a member of Open Carry Texas who showed up to support Grisham.
“Somebody has to stand up and say enough is enough.”
Let the civil suit begin.
This headline captures the entire ordeal in a nutshell: A legal battle caused by a rifle that didn’t fire a shot