Archive for January 23rd, 2008

Minuteman Spokesman: Incursions Across Border Violate U.S. Sovereignty

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

I say it’s time to put the military on our border. Not some toothless unarmed military, but the real one, armed to the teeth with a standing order to shoot.

Al Garza with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says a recent report by a watchdog organization confirms what he has personally witnessed — numerous incursions by Mexican soldiers and police across the U.S. border.

Garza, national executive director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, has seen the Border Patrol report obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act. That report confirms 29 incursions of Mexican police or military personnel during the fiscal year 2006. Garza says he has personally witnessed incursions in several border states.

“I’ve seen them in Arizona, where I currently reside; I’ve seen them in New Mexico, and I’ve also seen them in Texas,” he shares. But no one wants to report the incursions, he says, because they do not wish to “insult” Mexico. Garza takes issue with that concern.

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Ex-N.Y. Prosecutor Charged with Teen Sex

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Another case in the ever growing list of sex crimes against teens.

NEW CITY, N.Y. – An ex-prosecutor and former PTA president who is also the wife of a suburban police chief has been charged with having sex, smoking marijuana and drinking with high-school-age children.

Beth Modica, 44, a former assistant district attorney in Rockland County and Queens, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to counts including statutory rape, sex abuse and endangering children.

Her hands were cuffed in front of her in court, where the indictment was unsealed. She later posted $75,000 bail.

Her husband is police chief of Spring Valley. He is “not implicated whatsoever,” Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

The 35-count indictment says that, beginning in July, Modica had intercourse with a 16-year-old, as well as oral sex with that boy and a 15-year-old. The judge issued orders of protection for the boys.

Modica, a former PTA president at Sloatsburg Elementary School, also is accused of drinking with many other children at her home and smoking marijuana with them in her car.

Modica would face a prison term of 1 1/3 to four years if convicted.

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U.S. Pledge of Allegiance Under Attack Once Again

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

It would be nice if we didn’t have to go through this every year!!

The disputed suit was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against Congress on behalf of several students in New Hampshire who object to the voluntary recitation of the Pledge in school. Under dispute is whether the phrase “one Nation under God” violates the Constitution.

Drue Ryan with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says the lawsuit is “another attempt to remove one of the foundational beliefs that our society … is built on … an acknowledgment of God.”

“As we see in the Declaration of Independence — [which refers to] ‘nature and nature’s God’ — that the founders actually gave credence to the fact that they believed there was something superior to them,” argues Ryan. “And they actually … spelled it out that it was the God of the Bible.”

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City Sued for Arresting Pastor on Public Sidewalk

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

I predict that as time goes on, we are only going to see more and more of this type of persecution.

A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Wichita, Kan., and several of its police officers on behalf of a Christian pastor arrested just for being on public property.

The civil-rights suit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund, an advocacy organization that defends constitutional rights, on behalf of Mark Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Center.

Spirit One also has been threatened by the Internal Revenue Service with an audit for posting messages on its marquee dealing with the value of human life, based on dozens of Bible references.

Holick’s arrest happened last summer when a homosexual festival was being held in a public park in Wichita. He went to share his Christian faith on public property, and it took only a little longer than three minutes after his arrival for police officers to arrest him.

The trespassing charges later were dropped, but that doesn’t solve the issue, according to the ADF.

“Exercising your First Amendment rights is not a crime,” said Joel Oster, ADF senior legal counsel. “Arresting Christians simply because they choose to exercise those rights in a public place is unconstitutional.”

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