Archive for July 13th, 2009

And Every Knee Shall Bow

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

Knee Shall Bow

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 (New International Version)

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Homeland Security Limits Officers’ Power to Arrest Illegals

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Why do we even have a border??

The Department of Homeland Security said it was revising a program that authorized local police to enforce federal immigration law — a controversial aspect of U.S. border policy.

Opponents said the program, known as 287g, was intended to identify criminal aliens but instead has led to racial profiling; it allowed local police to identify and arrest illegal immigrants for such minor infractions as a broken tail light. Program supporters said it has been an effective tool for combating illegal immigration.

The new guidelines sharply reduce the ability of local law enforcement to arrest and screen suspected illegal immigrants. They are intended to prevent sheriff and police departments from arresting people “for minor offenses as a guise to initiate removal proceedings,” according to Homeland Security. The program will instead focus on more serious criminals.

“In a world of limited resources, our view is that we need to focus first and foremost on people committing crimes in our community who should not be here,” said John Morton, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton said his agency would sign new contracts with local law enforcement that would bolster federal oversight.

In the past two years, more than 120,000 suspected illegal immigrants were identified through the program, and most ended up in deportation proceedings. By comparison, ICE removed 356,739 illegal immigrants from the U.S. during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2008 — a 23.5% increase over the 2007 total.

The most active local enforcer has been Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County. He said Friday he would continue pursuing illegal immigrants, arguing that state laws allow neighborhood crime sweeps and worksite raids.

“If I’m told not to enforce immigration law except if the alien is a violent criminal, my answer to that is we are still going to do the same thing, 287g or not,” said Arpaio. His deputies have identified in jail or picked up on the streets more than 30,000 illegal immigrants in the Phoenix area. “We have been very successful,” said the five-term sheriff.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether Arpaio’s deputies have used skin color as a pretense to stop Latinos suspected of being illegal immigrants.

Obama’s policy change is expected to bolster his standing with Latinos and some Democratic legislators. The administration is seeking to set the stage for a sweeping overhaul of immigration legislation that could put millions of illegal workers on the path to U.S. citizenship.

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Fatah Official: “Our Goal is Not Peace, but Rather Palestine”

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

“Our Goal is Not Peace, but Rather Palestine”
What else would one expect to hear from terrorist?

( “Our goal has never been peace,” says a Fatah official in a PA TV panel. “Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine” – meaning the conquest of Israel.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), directed by Itamar Marcus, reports on a panel discussion on a television program of the Fatah organization broadcast this past week. Headed by Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah is considered the more moderate wing of the Palestinian Authority, compared with Hamas.

The panel discussion shows that in actuality, Fatah is no less firm than Hamas in seeking the goal of Israel’s destruction. Kifah Radaydeh, the deputy head of the Jerusalem chapter of Fatah, says openly that the PA will resume violence and terror against Israel when Fatah is “capable,” and “according to what seems right.”

“It has been said that we are negotiating for peace,” she further stated, “but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine.”

Radaydeh is considered a “promising and rising young force” in Fatah, according to a PMW source, “and this report will likely give her extra prominence. But we have to publicize her words in order that the truth about the PA and Fatah be known.”

PMW was established in 1996 to “gain an understanding of Palestinian society through the monitoring of the Palestinian Arabic language media and schoolbooks,” its website states. The organization “analyzes Palestinian Authority culture and society from numerous perspectives, including studies on summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, religious ideology, crossword puzzles, and more. [It plays] the critical role of documenting the contradictions between the image the Palestinians present to the world in English and the messages to their own people in Arabic.”

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Sotomayor Faces Friendly Jury as Hearings Begin

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Sotomayer is a racist, plain and simple. If you have not contacted your Senator urging them to reject Sotomayor, now is the time.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sonia Sotomayor has decided advantages as she begins the most important trial of her long legal career, a nationally televised consideration of her nomination to be the first Hispanic and just the third woman on the Supreme Court.

She will tell her compelling up-from-poverty personal story to a jury tilted strongly in her favor—Democrats hold a comfortable majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a filibuster-resistant 60 votes in the Senate.

Still, Republicans signaled that they will press the 55-year-old New Yorker and veteran federal judge to explain past rulings involving discrimination complaints and gun rights, as well as comments that they say raise doubts about Sotomayor’s ability to judge cases fairly.

The sharpest comments about her so far came Sunday from Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the committee.

Sotomayor has said repeatedly in speeches over the past 10 years that personal experiences influence a judge’s decisions, Sessions said.

“She has criticized the idea that a woman and a man would reach the same result. She expects them to reach different results. I think that’s philosophically incompatible with the American system,” Sessions said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Her defenders have tried to paint a picture of Sotomayor as a meticulous judge, one who “goes out of her way, as a good jurist should, to follow the law, no matter what her sympathies tell her,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told The Associated Press last week.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the committee chairman, said Sunday on CBS that Sotomayor’s 17-year record on the federal bench shows her to be a “mainstream judge.”

The questioning of Sotomayor won’t even begin until Tuesday, after the 12 Democrats and seven Republicans on the committee use up to 10 minutes each for preliminary remarks and the nominee makes her opening statement.

President Barack Obama chose Sotomayor in late May to take the place of Justice David Souter, who retired last month. The switch would not appreciably alter the balance of the power on the conservative-leaning court.

Obama called Sotomayor on Sunday to wish her luck at the hearings, compliment her for making courtesy calls to 89 senators and express his confidence that she would win Senate approval, the White House said.

In choosing Sotomayor, Obama also has put pressure on Republicans who might be forced to temper their opposition because of their need to increase their appeal to Hispanic voters, the fastest-growing segment of the electorate. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, highlighted the potential political pitfalls for Republicans when he noted on “Fox News Sunday” that a third of his constituents are Hispanic and that they want Sotomayor judged fairly.

The most fertile ground for Republican questioning appears to be on race and ethnicity, focused on Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment and the white firefighters from New Haven, Conn., who won their Supreme Court case last month.

In a speech in 2001, Sotomayor said she hoped a “wise Latina” often would reach better conclusions than a white male without the same life experience.

By a 5-4 vote last month, the justices agreed with the firefighters, who claimed they were denied promotion on account of their race after New Haven officials threw out test results because too few minorities did well. The court reversed a decision by Sotomayor and two other federal appeals court judges.

Republicans might use the wise Latina comment and the New Haven case “to imply that Sotomayor is a prisoner of identity politics,” said David Garrow, a Cambridge University historian who follows the court.

“A lot of it is going to really depend not on particular answers but on how she comes across as a personality,” Garrow said.

On that score, Schumer predicted that when the public gets its first long look at Sotomayor, “they’re going to be wowed.”

The subtext of the hearings has less to do with Sotomayor than with eventual other high court vacancies Obama might get to fill.

“A lot of it is about the future of the Supreme Court and future nominees,” said Doug Kendall, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.

The GOP wants to “try to effectively state their vision for the Supreme Court and their concern with where President Obama’s nominees could take the court,” Kendall said.

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Groups Demand that Jail Stop Censoring Religion

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Anna Williams, whose son was detained at the Rappahannock County Regional Jail, says officials cut out entire sections of letters she sent to her son that contained Bible verses or religious material. She says the jail cited prohibitions on Internet material and religious material sent from home.

“She’s a devout Christian, and her son’s in jail there and she’s been trying to send him letters with Bible passages and whatever — and the jail has actually been going through snipping out portions of letters,” the [John Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute] explains. “[S]ome of the letters are full of Bible verses, so what her son is getting is absolutely at the end of the letter where she says goodbye, I love you, and those kinds of things.”

“Various Christian organizations are trying to give Bibles to prisoners…and prisons and local jails are actually prohibiting [that], saying such materials could be dangerous — and they’re actually stopping them,” he laments. “So this is a nationwide thing that we’re seeing, and [it’s] one reason why we’re trying to get involved in this case and stop it and nip it in the bud.”

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