Obama allows UN to scrutinize “rights” in the US

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This was shunned by the Bush administration because it was stupid.  So now, Obama is allowing it…so I guess it’s stupid is as stupid does? My comments in RED.

The United States will come under the spotlight at the UN’s top human rights assembly’s for the first time over the coming week along with other countries that face scrutiny by the Human Rights Council.The 12-day session of the 47 member council starting on Monday will include regular “universal periodic reviews” of 16 members of the United Nations, including the United States on November 5.

Several dozen non governmental organisation are expected to lobby the debate on the US human rights record, while Washington will also defend its record.

Some 300 US civil liberties and community groups in the US Human Rights Network on Monday called on the Obama administration to bring “substandard human rights practices” in the United States into line with international standards. ( I can’t wait to see this.)

The United States only agreed to join the Council in May 2009, after the Bush administration had shunned the body which replaced its similar though discredited predecessor, the UN human rights commission, in 2006.

The Network produced a 400-page report criticising “glaring inadequacies in the United States? human rights record,” including the “discriminatory impact” of foreclosures, “widespread” racial profiling and “draconian” immigration policies.

(Maybe they should look up Mexico????)

“Advocates across America have not only documented substandard human rights practices which have persisted in the US for years, but also those that reflect the precipitous erosion of human rights protections in the US since 9/11,” said Sarah Paoletti of the Network.

The United States has also faced widespread criticism by UN rights monitors in recent years over its handling of terror suspects and suspected torture, while concern over the conduct of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been revived in recent months with “Wikileak” reports on leaked confidential documents. (Why have we not booted their sorry butts out of New York? We pay most of their rent and salaries and have to take this crap?)

The other UN member states scheduled for review in this Council session will be Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Lebanon Malawi, Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, and Panama.

Each public, four-year, review is based on a report by the country, a compilation of non governmental organisation assessments and a one day debate with comments by its peers. No action is taken. (I’d like to change that…)

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Tea Party Could Put Record Number of Black Conservatives in Office

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Oh, say it isn’t so….with all those racists in the Tea Party!

Tea Party Could Put Record Number of Black Conservatives in Office

Despite allegations of racism in Tea Party organizations, the Republican Party, and conservative groups, 2010 has witnessed more black Republican activism than ever before. Thirty-seven African Americans in 16 states have been in contention for seats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives this year.

Fox News reports, “The Republican Party is hoping to put a record number of African Americans in Congress after Tuesday’s election; despite the fact the first black president is highly unpopular within the party.”

Of course, the effort has not been without some difficulty.

According to Onnidan Online, “Black conservatives are used to having to defend their values, but they now are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white ‘Tea Party’ movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of America’s first black president.”

Unfortunately, black members of the Tea Party movement have to contend with cries of treason from their communities. In April, Fox News reported, “They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values.”

Angela McGlown, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi who lost the Republican primary to Alan Nunnelee, contends that her involvement in the Tea Party movement is “not about a black or white issue. It’s not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint. All of us are taxed too much.”

Neal Thigpen, political science professor at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, asserts, “The Tea Party people are not daft on gender and I don’t think they’re daft on race. They tend to be economic conservatives.”

Allegations of Tea Party racism made by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as George Soros’ organizations such as Media Matters, have been contested by black members of the Tea Party movement. Onnindan Online writes, “Black members of the movement say it is not inherently racist.”

David Webb, organizer of New York City’s Tea Party 365, Inc., states, “I’ve gotten the statement, ‘How can you not support the brother?’”

Despite the criticism, Scott is proud of his involvement in the conservative moment, declaring, “I am more of a conservative than I am a Republican.”

K. Carl Smith, president of the Conservative Messenger, explained of the coalition, “We want to reignite America’s passion for liberty and create an atmosphere for political dialogue where conservative candidates can engage in conversation about the issues without being accused or racism or called Uncle Toms.”

He adds, “It’s finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation Black Storm we intend to send a message to Washington that — above all — Americans of all backgrounds, colors, and decent faiths want their God-given right for SELF-RULE.”

The New American

Justice Department to Send Election Observers to Arizona as Concern Rises About Illegal Voters

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I’m just wondering when is Arizona going to say “enough of the Federal government” poking it’s nose in State business? We’re talking about people being in the country “illegally” , that Arizona wants to stop from voting and the Federal government wants to protect their rights?

Justice Department to Send Election Observers to Arizona as Concern Rises About Illegal Voters

The Justice Department is sending a small pack of election observers to Arizona as Hispanic groups sound the alarm over an anti-illegal immigration group’s mass e-mail seeking to recruit Election Day volunteers to help block illegal immigrants from voting. (Duh!…the key word here is “ILLEGAL”.)

Hispanic voting rights groups say the e-mail is just an attempt to intimidate minority voters. But election fraud monitors say that there are hundreds of examples of duplicate registrations, wrong information and past unregistered voters getting ballots.

Voter fraud allegations have emerged just days before the midterm in many crucial battleground states across the country, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Florida.

The Justice Department announced Friday it would deploy more than 400 federal observers to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states ahead of Tuesday’s election. But Arizona officials say the department had already committed to sending observers to their state.

But William Gheen, executive director of Americans for Legal Immigration, said he knows why they’re coming.

“They’re sending them out because the Obama administration is doing everything it can to make sure as many illegal aliens vote in 2010 although that is a violation of federal law,” he told FoxNews.com.

Benson noted that the Justice Department sends election observers to at least one Arizona county every election. In 2006, the department sent around 30 election observers to Maricopa County, he said.

Benson said the plan had nothing to do with the firestorm elicited by Ban Amnesty Now, or B.A.N., the group that sent an e-mail entitled “6 Days to STOP Illegals from Stealing the Election!”

The e-mail said “open-border criminals” in the unions, the White House and Hispanic groups are “determined to undermine” the election.

Part of the concern for voter fraud monitors is a result of a ruling this week by a federal appeals court that stripped the state of its ability to request proof of citizenship when residents register to vote. State officials say the ruling could increase the likelihood of voter fraud but not in next week’s midterms because the deadline for registration passed before the decision.

At Arizona polls, voters must show one piece of identification that includes their name, address and photograph, such as a driver’s license. They also can provide two forms of ID with their names and address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. Voters can also provide one form a acceptable photo ID with another form of non-photo ID that includes their name and address, such as a passport and a utility bill.

Monterroso said he’s happy the Justice Department is sending poll watchers, even if it’s not in response to his group’s letter.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s better to be safe than sorry. If they have people out there, we want to make sure people vote without fear of intimidation or harassment by anyone else. ( You mean “intimidation or harassment like this? The kind the government declined to prosecute?-MD)

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Republicans are already lining up to make mortal mistakes

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If this is what happens, then it will be bloody in 2012….my comments in red…

 

By Ken Strickland Senate Producer
NBC News NBC News
updated 10/28/2010 7:17:41 PM ET 2010-10-28T23:17:41

Insurgent Republican candidates hoping to win election to the United States Senate have made one thing clear: They are not coming to Washington to make friends.

Tea Party-backed contender Ken Buck in Colorado has promised that “the freshman class will challenge the status quo in the Republican conference.” In a secretly recorded phone conversation with a third-party candidate, Nevada’s Sharron Angle slammed the GOP “machine” for having “lost their principle.” During his primary contest, Senate hopeful Rand Paul hedged on whether or not he’d support fellow Kentuckian Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (a statement he has since reversed.) “I want people to know that I’m a distinct person,” he said at the time.

But, while these potential new members of the Senate defeated establishment-favored GOP contenders in their states’ primaries by promising to upset the status quo in Washington, former and current Republican aides aren’t expecting a political earthquake. They say they’re confident that McConnell will deftly handle the new conservative arrivals by incorporating them — and their ideas — into the larger caucus.

“Senator McConnell will move quickly to include them,” said a GOP strategist who is close to the Republican leader. “The worst thing you can do to somebody who’s got a lot of energy and a lot of ideas is to wall them off and not let them be expressed.”

Key to McConnell’s success, added a former GOP leadership aide, will be to harness and channel the Tea Party agenda “in a way that’s productive rather than destructive or harmful to Senate Republicans or the country in general.” (This is exactly what the Tea Party intended to do…shake up the establishment and status quo. Check the polls, you Republicans rank lower than the Democrats in favorability.  We don’t want more of the same, we want less!!!)

Both Republicans spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the uncertainty of the coming election.

Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, said the minority leader welcomes the idea of an expanded Republican caucus.

“Senator McConnell often says that if having more conservative members in the Senate is a ‘problem,’ it’s a ‘problem’ he wants to have,” Stewart said.

McConnell’s strategy could include offering new members coveted slots on committees that serve their constituents’ interests, Republicans said. GOP leaders could also encourage new members to take a leading role in introducing legislation that addresses one of their campaign agenda items, but in a more scaled-back way. (They better not take the bite, it will cost them in their bid for re-election)

For example, instead of trying to pass a bill that would eliminate the Department of Education — a much-discussed ideal in Tea Party circles but an almost impossibly unpopular one in practice — old hands in the Senate could help the newcomers draft legislation that makes dramatic reductions to its programs, something that might attract conservative Democratic support. (Who gives a crap about their support…the Dept. of Education and several others needs disbanding…)

“You have to go out of your way to assimilate people and give them roles,” the GOP strategist said.

While integration doesn’t necessarily equate with unification among Senate Republicans, GOP sources believe McConnell will try to distill one simple theme for the new members as they bring their campaign promises into his governing body:  Don’t do anything that will divide Republicans and unite Democrats. (Well lookie there, same ol song and dance…more of this will likely fire the Tea Party into a 3rd viable party.)

“McConnell’s been very effective at keeping folks together,” the former leadership aide said.

The Republican leader’s ability to maintain a unified front has been in part a result of Senate Republicans’ current hierarchy in Washington.  Because Democrats currently hold the House, Senate, and White House, Senate Republicans have provided the GOP with its last and strongest defense in filibustering, stalling or amending the Democratic agenda.

Currently, most pollsters and pundits agree that the odds are long that Republicans will net the 10 Senate seats required to hand them the majority in the upper chamber. But if they do win the Senate back, all bets are off.

“The dynamic changes considerably” if Republicans win back the majority, the former aide warned.

Other GOP sources echoed the same concern, saying that McConnell would face similar challenges as those on display within the current Democratic conference, in which Majority Leader Harry Reid routinely struggles to hold the factions of his party together while trying to move major legislation.

More of the same?
Most of the GOP insiders feel that, when all the votes are tallied, the Senate Republican conference will generally look the same in the next Congress as it does now – just larger. The caucus will likely contain a small bloc of Tea Party-inspired conservatives, a small moderate bloc, and a large bloc of more traditional Republicans who typically align with leadership.

“The proportions don’t change,” the GOP strategist said. “The size simply gets bigger.” ( And you can bet your arse that the Tea Party will as well…and Washington WILL listen to the votes then as independents replace Democrats and Republicans.)

Of potential new Republican members who are currently within striking distance of their Democratic opponents, only Angle and Alaska’s Joe Miller were mentioned as potential challenges for the leadership by GOP sources.  They believe others like Buck, Washington’s Dino Rossi, and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson would face challenges of their own because of the strong Democratic constituencies in their home states.

New conservative members may disagree on the scope of some major Republican policy goals, but their ultimate objectives will still be aligned with those of their caucus leaders. Whether a floor vote aims to repeal parts or all of the new health care law, to extend the Bush tax cuts, or to cut spending, “they’ll vote with McConnell,” the GOP strategist said.

“The fact is that Republicans will continue to unite behind the common goals of reducing spending, slowing the growth of government and repealing and replacing the health spending bill,” said Stewart, McConnell’s spokesman.

But not everyone expects a perfectly smooth transition.

Marty Paone worked as his party’s Democratic Secretary — one of the most powerful non-elected staff positions on Capitol Hill – for 13 years.  He said that McConnell will have to deal with each member on a case-by-case, issue-by-issue basis.

“The leadership can’t really tell them what they can and can’t do,” he said. “Once [they’re] elected, they’re all 100 independent contractors.”

One particular area of contention could be the reform of earmarking, the process by which members use legislation to seek funding for special home state projects. While most Tea Party candidates support banning the practice, recent attempts to curb it have split Republicans. A proposed moratorium on earmarks in 2010 failed, with 15 Republicans joining most Democrats to vote against the ban.

“I think that could lead to a fairly messy situation on the floor,” when spending bills come up for votes, said

Breaking News: New Video Shows MoveOn Activist Attempted To Assault Rand Paul

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Well finally more of the truth of the Rand Paul supporter stomping the Move on.org woman is revealed, but you won’t see on Main Stream Media, at least not yet and maybe never because they want Rand Paul to lose next week and they’re trying to hurt him once again. They are also neglected a huge story about his opponent Jack Conway. While Conway himself is personally embroiled in a far bigger scandal surrounding his obstruction of justice in a drug trafficking investigation concerning his brother, a story that the wider establishment media has completely blacklisted, Rand Paul is being crucified for something in which he had no direct involvement. There’s a new video showing the Move On .org woman charging Rand Paul’s car that has just surfaced and she now may face assault charges at least.

New Video Shows MoveOn Activist Attempted To Assault Rand Paul

A new video of the notorious stomping incident reveals that far from just being “simply there to hold a sign” as she claimed, MoveOn protagonist Lauren Valle tried to assault Senatorial candidate Rand Paul by rushing towards his car and shoving the sign in Paul’s face, something the establishment media and the Soros blogs have completely failed to mention in their zeal to demonize the Paul campaign.

The clip shows MoveOn activist Valle, before her blonde wig had been removed, rush Paul’s car and shove her sign in the Kentucky candidate’s face before Paul supporters drag her away. Paul exits the car from the passenger side looking concerned for his safety.

The new footage, which the establishment media has failed to show in its rabid zeal to demonize the Paul campaign, contradicts Valle’s claim that she was “simply there to hold a sign” and that the actions of Rand Paul supporters were premeditated and unprovoked.

The thug who stomped on Valle rightly faces criminal charges and his behavior has no place in a civil society, but the Jack Conway supporter who similarly stomped on an already injured female Rand Paul activist has been completely absolved and the media hasn’t even bothered to find out his identity. Conway has also failed to condemn the actions of his own supporter, so presumably Conway thinks stomping on women is perfectly acceptable, so long as you’re a “progressive”.

To add to the controversy, the man wearing a checkered shirt who appears in the video holding Valle down to the ground could also now face arrest and criminal charges, despite the fact that Valle’s attempted assault on Rand Paul was clearly more aggressive. As the panel in the video below concludes, the second man can reasonably claim to have been attempting to protect a third party (Rand Paul) from assault.

While the reaction from the thug who stomped on Valle was completely over the top, it’s disingenuous to claim that Valle had done nothing to provoke a confrontation, an explanation the media swallowed whole and endlessly regurgitated.

There is nothing that can excuse the actions of Tim Profitt, but the media’s wall to wall exploitation of this incident, in comparison to their muted response to equally as brutal attacks on Tea Partiers by leftists, underscores the fact that the story is being pushed in an attempt to rescue Jack Conway’s floundering political campaign.

While Conway himself is personally embroiled in a far bigger scandal surrounding his obstruction of justice in a drug trafficking investigation concerning his brother, a story that the wider establishment media has completely blacklisted, Rand Paul is being crucified for something in which he had no direct involvement.

Read the entire article at Infowars.com


Undecided on Who to Vote For?

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Before you vote, before you go to bed, watch this.  Our country is in dire shape if we don’t get these people out of our government:

UPDATED: 9th Circuit Unconstitutionally overturns AZ proof-of-citizenship voting rule

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Here we have another example of why the Founding Fathers didn’t intend for the Federal Judges to rule on State issues. The will of the people has been once again struck down by one Federal Judge. Clearly the Constitution only allows for CITZENS to vote. The ninth circuit has more cases overturned than any other circuit. Thus, on the whole, the 9th Circuit’s rulings accounted for more reversals this past term than all the state courts across the country combined and represented nearly half of the overturned judgments (45%) of the federal appellate courts.

Let’s see what the Constitution says about who votes according to my Constitutional Lawyer friend:

Art. 1, Sec. 4, U.S. Constitution, re: the “time, place and manner” of elections. Note that Congress may by law alter such regulations as the States make. However, this clause has to do with the “time, place & manner” of elections – NOT “qualifications” of electors.

Clearly only “citizens” may vote! See 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th amendments!

15th Amendment: “The right of CITIZENS of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude…”

19th Amendment: “The right of CITIZENS of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

24th Amendment: “The right of CITIZENS of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President,……”

26th Amendment: “The right of CITIZENS of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

9th Circuit overturns AZ proof-of-citizenship voting rule

Yes, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes again.

And yes, Sandra Day O’Connor played a role in helping the liberal majority.

Facepalm:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation, and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting, said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.

The court did uphold Arizona’s photo ID requirement.

But as you know from reading this blog, the Obama Department of Social Justice has also been actively sabotaging state efforts to ensure that only U.S. citizens vote in U.S. elections.

More details on the 9th Circuit ruling:

A three-judge panel of the court said the proof-of- citizenship requirement conflicted with the intent of the federal law aiming to increase voter registration by streamlining the process with a single form and removing state- imposed obstacles to registration. (Again for the Federal law to supersede State law it must fall into the category of one of the “enumerated powers” described in the Constitution-MD)

The federal law requires applicants to “attest to their citizenship under penalty of perjury” without requiring documentary proof, the panel said.

“Proposition 200 creates an additional state hurdle to registration,” the judges said.

The law was challenged by voting rights and Hispanic advocacy groups.

The decision is “a warning to anyone who seeks to deter or prevent voter participation” that the Constitution “will protect our democratic process,” Thomas A. Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a San Antonio-based group that argued the case, said in a statement.

As I’ve noted before: No illegal alien left behind. That’s the progs’ plan.

Mechelle Malkin

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