My Country ‘Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land of…Removing the Pledge of Allegiance?!

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What kind of people would remove the Pledge of Allegiance like this…recently it’s been done in a town in Texas and Salisbury Maryland…..why don’t we just ban the American Flag and the National anthem as well !

Hard to believe, right?  Well, it’s true … and it happened in Bowie County, Texas.

Just when I thought nothing could be as outrageous as my recent post “God Bless Our Military … just not at the Houston National Cemetery” where veterans are being censored for religious speech, I hear about what is happening in our furthest county of northeast Texas.

Seems the Bowie County Commissioners Court voted on June 13, 2011, to remove our country’s Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation from their county meeting minutes.

As reported on the Red Flame Wire:

… on June 13, 2011, the Commissioner Court, with the exception of Commissioner John Addington, decided that they no longer wanted the records to reflect that the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation were said for fear it would give the perception that it is the courts official stance.

 

During the meeting, the minutes of the court were brought up before the court.  Precinct 4 Commissioner Pat McCoy, made a suggestion that the court not approve the minutes.  McCoy claims that, although the Pledge and Invocation did take place, since the judge did not use words “call the meeting to order,” the records cannot reflect the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer.

There is no law in Texas that backs McCoy’s claim.

In Texas, meetings are governed by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Government Code, otherwise known as the Texas Open Meetings Act.  In short, a meeting which is to be recorded (written or electronic) is defined when a quorum (majority) of a government body is present, who partakes in deliberation (defined by the act as a “verbal exchange”) and consist of an item under jurisdiction (public business or public policy) of the governmental body.

Many of the counties in Texas have the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance on their Agenda’s and Minutes because it does fall under their jurisdiction.

Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy, states that he purposely does not place items such as the pledge and/or invocation on the Agenda and purposely performs them prior to calling the meeting to order, for fear of being “sued by an organization such as ACLU” and does not want to give the impression that it is the courts “official stance.”

Sounds like the Bowie County Commissioners Court “official stance” is political correctness gone wild.

Thankfully, the voters of Bowie County elected The Honorable Natalie Nichols as their County Clerk.

You see, my fellow Americans, Mrs. Nichols was away in Dallas on business when the court decided they should cease including the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation to the meeting minutes.  And as County Clerk, it is her duty by Texas Law to serve as “clerk of the county court and the commissioners court and keep records of the proceedings.”

Upon her return to the next regular session meeting on June 23, 2011, Nichols refused to exclude the Pledge and Prayer from the meeting minutes, and rightfully so.  Here is the video where she says “many brave men and womenhave paid the ultimate sacrifice with their blood and their lives to protect this great nation, that includes our most sacred flag.  I will not dishonor their service or sacrifice. We shouldn’t be fighting to hide our allegiance to the flag; we should be fighting to proclaim it!  America is the greatest country in the world, our flag and its colors represent America’s valor, purity, perseverance and justice among others, and the Pledge of Allegiance honors it.”Commissioner McCoy told the Texarkana Gazette that “Nichols seemed to be distorting facts and making too much of the issue and exaggerating the circumstances surrounding a measure – a measure which was purely clerical in nature and not that significant.”  Judge Lacy was absent from the meeting on June 23, 2011, but he did react to Nichols’ comments by stating she did not “understand the long term impact of her stand.  What she hasn’t thought through is the unintended consequences.”

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TSA Pat Downs Admitted Punishment for Opting Out of Full Body Scans

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When are we going to get this nonsense the TSA is doing stopped. It’s unconstitutional and if anyone else did it, they would be committing a crime. So why is the Federal Government employees exempt? They aren’t !

DOJ Threatens to Turn Texas Into a “No Fly Zone”

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Folks, this is what happens when you give the central government too much power and let the courts interpret the “commerce clause”, “supremacy clause” and “necessary and proper clause” wayyy too broadly. At first something like the FAA in this case looks logical and harmless, BUT, then you let them get waayyy too big and powerful and then the central government is dictating to the States and threatening them, ignoring the 9th and 10th amendments. Along with in this case violating the 4th amendment big time! Too bad Texas blinked and gave in to the threat.

DOJ Threatens to Turn Texas Into a “No Fly Zone”

In a development which may be the first constitutional crisis to come out of the growing state sovereignty movement, the federal Department of Justice has threatened to shut down air travel in Texas if the Texas legislature follows through with passage of a popular bill limiting the power of the Transportation Security Administration within the state.

HB1937 is one of two bills authored by Rep. David Simpson (RLC-Tyler) designed to prevent the TSA from implementing unpopular security measures within the state of Texas. It would make it a felony for TSA agents to engage in certain forms of intimate touching during the course of an “enhanced pat down” of an airline passenger. If a complaint were made against TSA personnel they could be arrested and charged by local law enforcement.

Simpson’s other bill (HB1938) addressed high-intensity scanners and stalled in the Texas House of Representatives, but the anti-groping bill passed the House unanimously, was approved unanimously by a Senate committee and was expected to pass unanimously in the Texas Senate Tuesday or Wednesday.

This is the point at which the federal government intervened. Reports began circulating on Tuesday of TSA bureaucrats descending on the state capitol to lobby legislators against the bill and then John E. Murphy, US Attorney for the Western District of Texas issued an official letter (PDF) on behalf of the Department of Justice to state legislators which threatened an injunction against the bill if it passed as well as stating that if an injunction were not granted the “TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

The Department of Justice makes the argument in the letter that “under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, Texas has no authority to regulate federal agents and employees in the performance of their federal duties or to pass a statute that conflicts with federal law.”

The letter from U.S. attorney John Murphy said Texas could not pass a statute that conflicts with federal law. (Let’s stop right there….Federal Law is NOT supreme over State law automatically…Federal law MUST be one of the “ENUMERATED POWERS”  granted to it by the States to have supremacy, otherwise the power to regulate is in the hands of the States. Regulating air flight is NOT one of the Enumerated Powers……the 10th amendment should prevail here, but as I said the Texas legislator blinked on the central government’s bluff or threat whatever you want to call it.)  If it had, the TSA would have sought an emergency stay and until that had been granted, would have had to shut down Texas airports as it “could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

“Naturally, Texans didn’t take to well to being threatened in that manner,” said Rep. David Simpson, the author of the bill, in a written statement.

They may not like it, but it worked.

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A Visibly Agitated Obama Scolds TX Reporter After Interview: “Let Me Finish My Answers!” – Greg Hengler

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A Visibly Agitated Obama Scolds TX Reporter After Interview: “Let Me Finish My Answers!” – Greg Hengler: Mr. Cool is not used to being challenged on his

Texas To EPA: Keep Your Hands Off Our Rubber Stamp!!

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Well I predict we’re going to see a lot of this type thing from several states on this subject and many others as the federal government attempts to take over seemingly everything, even tho we have a “limited government” in the Constitution.

James Madison, the Father of the Constitution declared in the Virginia Resolution that it is the duty of the State government to protect its citizens from the “evil” of federal overreach:

…the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” — James Madison, Federal No. 45, January 26, 1788.

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” –James Madison

“The people cannot delegate to govt the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.” – John Locke

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” – George Washington

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington



Texas To EPA: Keep Your Hands Off Our Rubber Stamp!!

As expected, Texas state officials are not just going to roll over and accept the Obama administration’s taking away their right to rubber-stamp every application to let companies pour greenhouses gases into the air.

Texas AG Greg Abbott went to court today, filing a petition to stop the EPA’s takeover of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting process, such as it is.

“Once again the federal government is overreaching and improperly intruding upon the State of Texas and its legal rights,” Abbott said. “With today’s new regulations, the EPA is both unlawfully commandeering Texas’ environmental enforcement program and violating federal laws that give the state and its residents the opportunity to fully participate in the regulatory process.”

The AG’s announcement blasted the feds for taking action without allowing Texans to say how much they love their pollution:

Rather than comply with laws that require the public be given the opportunity to provide input, the EPA hurriedly imposed its takeover of Texas’ air permitting program without any public comment or debate. Thus, not only did the Obama Administration violate the State’s legal rights by failing to comply with mandatory procedures, the EPA also failed to provide the State of Texas and its residents a meaningful say in the way air quality is regulated in Texas – which is required under the Clean Air Act. Instead, the EPA has attempted to shut off any public scrutiny of its actions.

There is also a motion for a stay of the feds’ action pending a ruling.

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Can Congress force Americans to do Anything

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The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to “regulate commerce . . . among the several States,” and for more than 100 years federal lawmakers invoked it for a very narrow purpose—to prevent states from imposing trade barriers on each other. But today members of Congress act as if it gives them the authority to do just about anything—including forcing you to eat your vegetables.

During her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Elena Kagan seemed to accept that the Commerce Clause could, in theory, give Congress the power to dictate what Americans eat. And what about ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which forces Americans to purchase health insurance? ObamaCare opponents are lining up to challenge its constitutionality, but supporters say it’s justified—you guessed it—under the Commerce Clause.

How did a clause intended as a restriction on states wind up giving Congress a green light to regulate noncommercial, local, and purely private behavior?  How will ObamaCare stand up against the legal challenges brought by the states? Legal titans John Eastman (Chapman University Law Professor) and Erwin Chemerinsky (Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law) slug it out to to determine whether or not Congress has been abusing the commerce clause.

Border Violence an ‘Urgent’ Problem in the South West United States

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I’m not going to make any commentary here……just going to post this interview with Texas AG Greg Abbott talking about the violence that is spreading across the border into Arizona,Texas and other border states. Texas’ attorney general sounds off on Greta’s interview with Napolitano, government help at the border and why he’s supporting Arizona in the federal immigration lawsuit. Yet the federal government refuses to do it’s Constitutional duty and defend us from this invasion from the South. I’m including links to many of the articles referred to in this video.

Border Violence an ‘Urgent’ Problem

Car bomb in Mexican drug war changes ground rules

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The first successful car bombing by a drug cartel brings a new dimension of terror to a Mexican border region already shocked by random street battles, bodies dangling from bridges and highway checkpoints mounted by heavily armed criminals.

Hand Grenade Tossed in U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo

(NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas) – On April 9, at approximately 11 p.m. local time, an explosive device detonated in the compound of the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state. The device was thrown over the wall of the compound by unknown suspects who then fled the area. There were no injuries and only minor damage to windows in the compound. While authorities have yet to confirm the exact type or composition of the device, STRATFOR sources have indicated that it was a hand grenade.

“The spillover violence (from Mexico) in Texas is real and it is escalating.”

After a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband were murdered in Ciudad Juarez this month, the U.S. senators from Texas wrote President Barack Obama urging him to address the “escalating violence” along the state’s southern border.

“The spillover violence in Texas is real and it is escalating,” Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn state in a March 17 letter requesting federal attention to the safety of border communities.

Spillover violence on the rise in Texas? Do the senators have that right?

Honduran Immigrants Charged with Raping Teen

Horseshoe Bay, TX – Horseshoe Bay Police say a 14-year-old girl was raped by two illegal immigrants at a 4th of July party in south Horseshoe Bay.

The victim told police that she had gone with her cousin to a July 4th party on 39th Street in Horseshoe Bay. The victim’s 23-year-old cousin left her alone in a room with Anibal Escobar, 19, and Anael Martinez, 22. The two Honduran natives made sexual advances toward the teen and had sexual intercourse with her against her will. The victim’s cousin found her in naked in the bath tub. They both left the party and returned home.

El Paso City Hall Struck By Bullets; Gunshots Believed To Have Come From Juarez

El Paso, TX — El Paso Police officials say stray gunfire from a deadly attack in Juarez may have been the cause of the City Hall building in Downtown El Paso being hit by seven gunshots at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.One of those gunshots pierced through a ninth floor window of the office of Assistant City Manager Pat Adauto. The north and south stucco walls of City Hall were struck by an additional six rounds at varying heights on the walls.

That Tea Party Rascist:Lisa Fritsch Speaking at The San Antonio Tea Party

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Well that racist of all “racists” Lisa Fritsch will be speaking at the San Antonio Tea Party. Since we know all Tea Partiers are “racist”, that means Lisa is one as well doesn’t it?  There will be a Rally on the Steps of the Capitol in Austin Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Rally on the S Steps of the Capitol in Austin

Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Round trip transportation will be available via a chartered bus which will meet at 7:30 AM and return at 3:00 PM.  San Antonio pick up location to be announced.  Cost per person is $20; you will be dropped at the Capitol and picked up at the Capitol.  Email Trisha Moran at tnicole0921@gmail.com if you want to reserve a space on the bus.

San Antonio Tea Party

Texas to Obama’s EPA: Leave us alone

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We need more States with guts like Texas…..especially here in Tennessee since the Tennessee Healthcare Freedom Act debacle.

Texas to Obama’s EPA: Leave us alone

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NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject a regulatory program the state put in place after submitting it for approval 14 years ago.

Abbott filed his challenge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Monday. It says the EPA was wrong to disapprove the state’s qualified facilities program, which allows factories to bypass certain parts of the regulatory process if changes they are proposing do not result in an increase in emissions.

In March, the EPA rejected the program, which was created in 1995 by the Texas Legislature.

“By rejecting Texas’ qualified facilities program, the EPA has unilaterally declared that program is not in compliance with federal law,” a release from Abbott’s office says.

“The EPA’s decision not only imposes significant uncertainty on entities that employ thousands of Texans, but it threatens the livelihood of their employees – who depend upon those facilities for their jobs.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also had harsh words for President Barack Obama’s EPA earlier this month after it announced changes for the state’s permitting process.

Perry said the EPA has “sent the very clear message that it seeks to destroy Texas’s successful clean air program and threaten tens of thousands of good Texas jobs in the process. The EPA seems to believe that federal controls and bureaucracy are more important than clean air results.”

Abbott said part of the Clean Air Act says air pollution prevention is “the primary responsibility of the states and local governments.”

He says the regulatory program Texas has in place has successfully reduced harmful emissions in the state.

Legal New Wire

Welcome to Arizona Profiling

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