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  1. DOCUMENT: Bizarre, Revolting Formal Reprimand Issued To Flatulent Federal Worker Man's gas blamed for creating "intolerable" workplace DECEMBER 21--A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office. In a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his “uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors. The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly provided evidence that he suffered from “some medical conditions” that, at times, caused him to be unable to work full days. But a SSA manager noted in the reprimand letter that, “nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition.” A redacted copy of the letter was recently circulated among officers of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union that represents the SSA worker. Contacted today at his office, the employee said, “I can’t talk to you about this, I’m sorry.” The employee is being represented in connection with the reprimand by a lawyer for his union, AFGE Local 1923. Cynthia Ennis, president of the Baltimore-based local, did not respond to e-mail and phone messages about the matter. The SSA worker is pictured with his wife in the above photo, which apparently was taken at an amusement park (yes, he is standing at the left shoulder of someone dressed as Pepe Le Pew). The employee is a claims authorizer at the SSA center that handles disability cases for the entire country. According to the letter of reprimand--which is the least severe administrative sanction that can be levied against a federal worker--the man was first spoken to about his flatulence during a May 18 “performance discussion” with his supervisor. He was informed that fellow employees had complained about his flatulence, and that it was “the reason none of them were willing to assist you with your work.” The supervisor referred the employee to a SSA unit for “assistance with what could have been a medical problem that was affecting everyone in the module.” Two months later, on July 17, a second SSA manager spoke with the man “in regards of your releasing of bodily gas in the module during work hours.” The manager asked the employee if he could “make it to the restroom before releasing the awful and unpleasant odor.” She also recounted what appeared to be a prior conversation during which the worker suggested that he would “turn your fan on when it happens.” The manager recalled advising him that, “turning on the fan would cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module.” On August 14, a third administrator--a SSA “Deputy Division Director”--spoke with the worker about his “continuous releasing of your bodily gas and the terrible smell that comes with the gas.” The manager noted that the worker had said he was lactose intolerant and planned to purchase Gas-X, an over-the-counter remedy. The manager informed the employee that he “could not pass gas indefinitely and continue to disrupt the work place.” Despite these repeated warnings, the man apparently continued to struggle with his flatulence throughout the late-summer and fall. After stating that, “It is my belief that you can control this condition,” the author of the reprimand letter then noted, “The following dates show the time of your flatulence.” What followed was a log listing 17 separate dates (and 60 specific times) on which the employee passed gas. For example, the man’s September 19 output included nine instances of flatulence, beginning at 9:45 AM and concluding at 4:30 PM. The man was also accused of launching a trio of attacks on September 11. The reprimand letter does not reveal how the worker’s flatulence was memorialized, nor whether that unfortunate task fell to labor or management. The letter’s author wrote that the employee’s conduct had been “discourteous, disrespectful, and entirely inappropriate,” and was worthy of a formal sanction, which is placed in a worker’s personnel files for up to one year. The reprimand, the manager noted, “is the least severe penalty available to impress upon you the seriousness of your actions and is necessary to deter future misconduct.” (5 pages)
  2. Once again, Umbertino, you do not fail to show your commie side. I'm glad to be the first to neg you on this thread.
  3. I say kudos to the man. To fulfill a dream is difficult enough. To fulfill a dream in a country such as Iraq, is miraculous.
  4. I'm with you on #1 and #3, but #2 may need some tweaking. "More into line" but not exact, would be ok with me. But some of their laws are overly restrictive, if you ask me. Sweden Gun ownership requires license and is regulated by the weapon law (Vapenlagen 1996:67) further regulations are found in weapon decree (Vapenförordningen 1996:70). The law doesn't ban any specific firearms or weapons, it merely states the requirements to own one. Everything from pepperspray to full-automatic machine guns are technically legal, and license to civilians can be given in 'special' cases. Like the other Nordic countries Sweden has a high rate of gun ownership, due to the popularity of hunting. The weapons law doesn't apply to air guns and similar with a projectile energy less than 10 joules at the end of barrel. These require no license and may be bought by any person over 18 years. Breech-loading rifles manufactured before 1890 are exempt as well. The gun license is obtained from the Police, and one must be in good standing and at least 18 years old, but exceptions regarding age can be made. To apply one must either be a member in an approved shooting club for at least six months or pass a hunting examination (jägarexamen). The former is mostly used to legally acquire pistols for sport shooting and the latter for hunting rifles. A hunting examination must be passed to actually use a firearm for hunting. One can for instance acquire a shotgun license through a ***** shooting club but may only use it for clay pigeon shooting until an actual hunting examination has been passed. The minimum age for taking an hunting exam is 15 years. A person under 18 years may not own a firearm him- or herself, unless an exception have been made. A person with a gun license may legally under supervision lend his or her gun to a person at least 15 years and older. A person may be granted license to own up to six hunting rifles, ten pistols or a mix of eight rifles and pistols. Owning more firearms than this requires a valid reason. Firearms must be stored in an approved gun safe. Carry-permits are usually only given to armed guards, for civilians it's illegal to carry a firearm around unless between the home and shooting range. Self-defence-needs can in special circumstances permit a person to acquire a license. Another reason for gun ownership is collecting. A collector must have a clearly stated demarcation of the interest of the collection. To be a valid interest of collection it must be possible to obtain a complete collection, for example -British handheld weapons from before second world war-. A collector may start a second (or more) collection if he or she has collected for several years and shown a great interest in gun history. If the collection holds guns of criminal interest, such as pistols or sub machine-guns the police may demand a very high safety level on the keeping of the guns (such as security windows and vault doors). Collectors may also require a time limited permit in order to be allowed to fire their collectables. Guns can also be owned for affection value or as decoration. If ammunition for the guns are easy available they have to be made useless for shooting. Owning firearms is seen as more of a privilege than a right.
  5. World Ex-Marine Freed From Mexico Prison at Last, Back in U.S. With His Family Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:42pm by Jason Howerton Ex Marine Jon Hammar Freed From Mexico Prison at Last, Back in U.S. With His Family MIAMI (AP) — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for 27-year-old Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. “Jon is out, going home!” Eddie Varon Levy tweeted. Patrick Ventrell, the acting deputy spokesman for the State Department, confirmed Hammer’s release and return to the U.S. in a statement Friday night. “Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros met him at the prison and escorted him to the U.S. border, where he was reunited with members of his family,” the statement said. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts on the part of Mexican authorities to ensure that an appropriate resolution was made in accordance with Mexican law, and that Mr. Hammar will be free to spend the holidays with his loved ones.” An aide to a legal representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office had told U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s staff about the pending release after the Florida Democrat’s office got word from Hammar’s mother, according to a press release from Nelson’s office. “No American should be in a Mexican jail for five months without being able to have his case in front of a judge,” Nelson said in that statement. “We’re grateful; this is a good Christmas present.” Earlier Friday, Varon Levy said he was flying from Mexico City to Matamoros to pick up his client. After that, the attorney said, they intended to cross the border at Brownsville, Texas. “I’m very happy. I feel that the Mexican legal system came out the way it should have,” he said. U.S. immigration and State Department officials had been at the Mexican detention center waiting for Hammar’s release. A defense lawyer said Mexican authorities determined there was no intent to commit a crime, Nelson’s office said. The senator was among a handful of elected officials who urged the State Department to help get Hammar out of Mexico. His family had said he was being held in isolation after threats to his safety were received. “These past few months have been an absolute nightmare for Jon and his family, and I am so relieved that this whole ordeal will soon be over,” said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., in a statement. ” I am overcome with joy knowing that Jon will be spending Christmas with his parents, family and friends.” The attorney, Varon Levy, said the path for Hammar’s return was cleared when Mexican officials decided not to appeal the judge’s ruling. Civilian gun ownership is illegal under Mexican law unless the owner purchases the weapon from a special shop run by the country’s Department of Defense. “The Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against taking any type of firearm or ammunition into Mexico,” the U.S. Embassy in Mexico writes on its website. “Entering Mexico with a firearm, certain types of knives, or even a single round of ammunition is illegal, even if the weapon or ammunition is taken into Mexico unintentionally.” Mexican law also bans shotguns with barrels of less than 25 inches. The family said Hammar’s shotgun has a barrel of 24 inches. Tourists are allowed to bring guns for hunting on rare occasions, but Mexican officials said all visitors must receive a special permit before entering the country. Mexican customs agents do not issue gun permits. As a result, anyone crossing the border with a firearm or ammunition without a previously issued government permit is in instant violation of Mexican law, which stipulates long jail terms for breaking weapons laws. Hammar and his friend were on their way to Costa Rica in August and planned to drive across the Mexican border near Matamoros in a Winnebago filled with surfboards and camping gear. Hammar asked U.S. border agents what to do with the unloaded shotgun. His family said agents told them to fill out a form for the gun, which belonged to Hammar’s great-grandfather. But when the pair crossed the border and handed the paperwork to Mexican officials, they impounded the RV and jailed the men, saying it was illegal to carry that type of gun. Hammar’s friend was later released because the gun did not belong to him. Before Hammar’s release, Varon Levy said he was not sure of his client’s immediate plans upon being freed. “Probably some down time,” he said.
  6. Armed Citizen Saves Cop’s Life posted on December 21, 2012 by Giacomo Sgt. Steven Means of the Early Police Department in Texas, is one law enforcement officer that is thankful for the Second Amendment right for citizens to bear arms. Early is a small community in central Texas with a population of just under 3,000. Back in August of this year, several residents of the Peach House RV Park got into a squabble. Seems one of the residents, 58 year old Charles Conner took issue to his neighbors’ dogs doing their business in his yard. On that hot summer day, Conner got into an argument with 58 year old David House, one of the dog owners. Conner eventually left the argument and went to his RV only to return with a gun that he used to shoot House dead with. Hearing the gun shots, the other dog owner, 53 year old Valentina Calaci ran from her RV screaming. That’s when Conner turned and shot her dead also. In his fit of rage, Conner then turned and shot both the dogs that he felt started the whole confrontation. Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Means responded to the shots fired call. The moment he got out of his car, Conner opened fire on him and then took cover behind a large tree. Means tried to return fire with his AR-15, but Conner had the better position. Hearing all the gunfire outside, another resident of the RV park, Vic Stacy, looked to see what was happening. When he saw that Conner had the better position, he felt that the officer’s life was in jeopardy. Having a clear side view, he decided he needed to help the officer, so he took a shot from his vantage point and hit Conner in the thigh. Although wounded, Conner was not giving up, so Stacy shot him again. Sgt. Means was also able to get some shots off and eventually Conner was killed and the officer’s life was saved. After other officers arrived at the scene and investigated what happened, they deemed Stacy to be the hero. Brown County Sheriff Booby Grubbs commented, saying: “The citizen that fired these shots did a tremendous job out there. Had he not had a gun and the presence of mind to do this, we don’t know what the outcome would’ve been.” This is just one of hundreds of cases where legally armed citizens have used their guns to protect themselves, their families and others. In this case, it was a police officer whose life was saved by an armed citizen. Tomorrow, it could be you or one of your loved ones, that is if Obama doesn’t steal them all away from us. Read more:
  7. NRA vs Hollywood Posted on December 20, 2012 by Conservative Byte Read more:
  8. No Neg from me, but this shows plainly that gun control doesn't work. No law will stop the "thugs and drug dealers" nor will it stop the mentally unstable or psychopath.
  9. Chicago: 446 school age children shot so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent By Clash Daily / 19 December 2012 / 7 Comments The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost two weeks to go. So why isn’t this news worthy? Is it because it would embarrass those anti second amendment nuts who brag about Chicago’s tough gun laws? Is it because most of the kids who were shot and killed were minorities? Or is it because the corrupt media doesn’t want to show Chicago in a bad light? THE LIST OF MURDERED SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 2012 18 YEARS OLD- 15 17 YEARS OLD- 16 16 YEARS OLD- 16 15 YEARS OLD- 6 14 YEARS OLD- 4 13 YEARS OLD- 2 12 YEARS OLD- 1 7 YEARS OLD- 1 6 YEARS OLD- 1 446 School Age Children Shot in Chicago so Far This Year THE LIST OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN SHOT IN 2012 18 year old- 110 17 year old- 99 16 year old- 89 15 year old- 62 14 year old- 39 13 year old- 21 12 year old- 10 11 year old- 2 10 year old- 3 9 year old- 1 7 year old- 3 6 year old- 2 5 year old- 1 4 year old- 1 3 year old- 1 1 year old- 2 Read more at Read more: Get more Clash on, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
  10. Cut and Paste the link and email this video to ALL your contacts!! Watch what happens when Guns are banned in Australia I hope things for you folk the in the US dont end up like they are here....but seeing what 0bama is pushing for, it does not look good....
  11. Why Does the Teamsters Union Appear to Be Flying Its Union Flag Above the U.S. One Outside the Group’s D.C. HQ? Posted on December 18, 2012 at 4:14pm by Tiffany Gabbay ​TheBlaze’s Jonathon M. Seidl contributed to this report. A photo depicting what appears to be the Teamsters Union flag improperly flying above the American flag outside the union’s D.C. headquarters on Tuesday was sent to TheBlaze, and the story of how a Marine veteran who tried to bring it to the group’s attention was treated is sure to raise eyebrows. The photo was taken by the Marine at approximately 2:10 pm ET and sent to TheBlaze by his brother. Both have requested anonymity for fear of retaliation by the union. This is the picture: Photo credit: TheBlaze You can just make out the image of the horses and the star-like figure present in the union’s logo: An image from the Teamsters website showing the group’s logo. (Photo source: A quick view of Google Maps and the street view feature shows the building depicted in the photo above is, in fact, the group’s listed headquarters. The Google image shows the same flag poles: The union’s headquarters, located at 25 Louisiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC, as seen in Google. (Photo source: Google Maps) The decision to fly the union flag above the U.S. one seems a clear violation the United States Flag Code. Section “c” of the code states: © No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations. . TheBlaze could not locate any exceptions made for when the U.S. flag has been ordered at half-staff, which has been the case since the Sandy Hooke school massacre. But there’s more to the story. The veteran’s brother tells TheBlaze that the Marine did try to inform the union of the apparent flag code violation, but when he entered the Teamsters headquarters to alert them of the matter he was informed by a security guard that he had to leave the premises. The Teamsters Union headquarters also happens to be approximately a block away from the U.S. Capitol. TheBlaze contacted the group’s headquarters for comment and has not yet received a response.
  12. I have to disagree with you here. This story should have more media coverage, as this type story may stop the copycat. When it's known by the perpetrator that his/her intent of mass carnage may be thwarted by a by-stander, resulting in the perpetrators early demise, then he may just re-think his actions.
  13. December 18, 2012 at 9:00 am Chuck Woolery Gives 6 Reasons Why America Needs Assault Weapons Game show legend Chuck Woolery discusses the need for Americans to have the right to carry assault weapons. Read more:
  14. Actually the article stated 3 died. And are you then saying that because not as many children died, that this is not tragic? I'm sure that the parents of those 3 children are just as devistated as those parents in Newtown. The point is that laws and bans will not stop a mentally unstable psychopath from killing. Gun training and safety is ALWAYS key. But you don't ban all for the ignorance and improper use by a few. Connecticut gun laws among the nation’s strictest Posted by Aaron Blake on December 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm Democrats in Congress are moving quickly to introduce new gun legislation in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. But gun rights advocates — once they start speaking out more publicly — will note that the state in which the tragedy took place has among the most stringent gun control laws on the books. Below, we look at a few different maps comparing Connecticut to the other 49 states by the strictness of their gun laws. Here’s a map from February from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which is in favor of gun control. As you can see, Connecticut is ranked as having one of the strongest gun control regimes in the country, ranking in the second tier behind only California. And here’s a similar map from Brown University from October 2011 showing very much the same thing, with Connecticut ranking only behind New York and New Jersey. When it comes to concealed weapons, Connecticut is also one of the strictest, according to this map from the Christian Science Monitor. As the gun debate heats up in the coming days, expect those who oppose additional gun control measures to point to these maps. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) preemptively fought back against that argument Sunday, saying gun-makers can get around half-measures and that federal action is needed. “Connecticut has a pretty aggressive law — probably of the 50 states, I think we’re ranked fourth most aggressive in trying to limit access to these kinds of weapons,” Malloy said. “But what happens in the absence of a Brady bill, in the absence of federal legislation, people use descriptive terms to try to get around the limitations that are built into our statutes here in Connecticut, or might otherwise not happen if we had federal legislation on this issue.” Connecticut is one of just a few states with at least a partial ban on assault weapons.
  15. They just might. Tampa man killed in hammer attack in Seffner Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:10 PM EST Updated: Dec 15, 2012 9:12 PM EST Brooks, 26, is facing one count of second-degree murder. He beat his victim to death with a hammer. SEFFNER (FOX 13) - An argument between two Hillsborough County men turned deadly Saturday afternoon in Seffner. It ended with one man dead and another behind bars following a nearly three-hour standoff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office's SWAT team. Jarrett Kyle Brooks is being held without bond on one count of second-degree murder. The suspect's weapon of choice was a hammer. According to a HCSO report deputies were dispatched to 6427 Black Dairy Rd. in response to a disturbance call. Jonathan Acree, a 48-year-old Tampa man, was standing in the front yard talking to a friend when Brooks struck him from behind with the hammer. He was transported to Brandon Hospital where he later died. By the time deputies arrived the suspect had retreated back inside his residence, Unit 9. Investigators say Brooks barricaded himself inside and refused to come out. The SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene and attempted to reach the suspect and have him come out. Brooks failed to respond to their multiple requests. At approximately 4:30 deputies fired chemical agents into Brooks' home. Within several minutes he was outside and in custody. He was the only person in the trailer. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the vicious assault. Both men have prior brushes with law enforcement. Acree was a registered sex offender according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's database. Nobody else was injured during the incident. About 100 nearby residents were temporarily evacuated but were later allowed to return to their homes. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
  16. So much for gun control.... Villager slashes 22 kids with knife at elementary school gates in China By NBC News wire reports BEIJING -- A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on children in the country. The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported. Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries. Ax-wielding man kills 3 kids, wounds 13 in China There have been a series of attacks on schools and children around China in recent years. Some were carried out by people who have lost their jobs or felt left out of the country's economic boom. Read more on China from NBC's Behind the Wall The rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect the young in a country where many couples only have one child. There was a particular string of knife attacks against schoolchildren across the country in early 2010 that killed nearly 20 and wounded more than 50. In one incident that year, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China. Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  17. Geraldo Rivera (Sort of) Admits: Guns Needed in Schools By Steve Pauwels / 16 December 2012 / 5 Comments It was, likely, unintentional, but mere hours following the Newtown, CT slaughter of a classroom full of children and half-a-dozen school personnel, TV journalist Geraldo Rivera conceded that guns ought to be in America’s public schools. Near the wrap-up of a tearful discussion about the mass-murder, the colorful Fox News fixture avowed to host Bill O’Reilly that, hereafter, ”every school” ought to have a full-time police officer present to foreclose any repeat of Friday’s bloody travesty. An hour later on Sean Hannity’s program, former New York City detective Bo Dietl essentially echoed Geraldo’s prescription (tossing in the retired/off-duty policeman/hired security officer option, as well). Again, although it was probably not the point of the pseudo-Liberal Rivera — perhaps not even of the more politically conservative Dietl — it’s not a radical notion at all to move from the armed-cop-at-school antidote to the conclusion that … well, at least some school employees ought to be allowed to arrive daily at the school-house door packing heat. Maybe even encouraged to do so? Think about it: an on-premises blue suit can be trusted with protecting our children, resorting to a 9 mm if necessary — but not a handful of thoroughly-vetted, rigorously trained teachers, counselors, administrators or custodians who already are charged with their guardianship? I suppose if one occupies sports-announcer Bob Costas’ realm in which gun-toting citizens aren’t functionally up to bearing arms against imminent danger, a handgun hefting educator is a possibility not to be contemplated. Remember, Costas recently stood by his unblanching insistence that an armed audience member at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre only would have augmented the body count. It’s a view of human beings against which Toqueville darkly cautioned two hundred years ago: regular folks ” stupifie[d] … reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” Can’t trust “we the people” to take account of our own lives! — better await the “professionals” and “experts” who know best how to protect us, provide for us, corral us. Why would a school’s single, easily identifiable, “official” gun-carrier be preferred to three or four, perhaps generally anonymous, adult staff fully equipped to violently defend vulnerable students if necessary? Let’s be frank: all a methodical, sufficiently prepped malefactor has to do is play innocent until he finds the unsuspecting police officer; and then cut him/her down. And where would we be then? Right back to the situation that obtained in Newtown, CT, December 14, 2012: a building full of helpless victims with no one to shield them Metal detectors at every educational facility! some clamor. How about a TSA style arrangement at the entrances of our schools? Once more — not meaning to be morbid, only realistic — with a modicum of forethought, the thorough predator can defeat such. He only has to dispatch the technological barriers by dispatching those operating them. Dead gatekeepers can’t use fancy gadgets to keep out the bad guys. What these gruesomely unsparing scenarios all reinforce is, bottom line, a fifth grade art teacher or fifty-five year old janitor, experienced in point, aim, squeeze, can stop the most determined beast in his tracks even when all the other, more conventional barriers have failed. What Rivera and Dietl both affirmed, whether they meant to or not, is — despite all the worthy lionizing of courageous teachers who keep their wits about them and effectively shuttle their students out back doors or into hiding places while the rounds are flying — oftentimes, physical counterforce ends up being called for. A bespectacled educator hurling a fire extinguisher at a gun-wielding monster? A normally mild-mannered administrator going after a snarling cutthroat with a letter opener or knitting needle? Nobody would flinch at such turn of events — in fact, the heroes would be marched down main street and covered with confetti. But suggest these same men or women ought to be urged to keep a firearm handy? The sophisticated types gasp — the same sophisticated types raging today: How can horrors like Newtown unfold in our day?!? Without dispute, a handgun in the classroom is a blazingly politically-incorrect answer for this era — a completely sensible one, if knee-jerk, anti-gun emotionalism can be put aside, but still paralyzingly controversial. But, so what? The “respectable” solutions keep falling short. Maybe “controversial’ and “politically incorrect” just mean: gutsy but needful. Maybe they just mean: ugly but essential. No educational professional, of course, should be required to carry a firearm to work; but word ought to go out that any decision in that direction would be welcomed. How about every school system’s asking that staff volunteer to fulfill a minimal quota of licensed carriers? Paying for mandatory training in responsible firearm usage? Offering a salary bonus for those who step up to this solemn but vital responsibility? Only the local superintendent and principal or top administrator need know who compose this thin, pedagogical line — and most importantly, the criminals shouldn’t know. That element of uncertainty alone would serve as a doughty deterrent. Teachers equipped, practically, to kill if need be? It’s an unpleasant exigency, a nasty provision. Yet, perhaps, Newtown, CT will prompt us to reconsider some previously unfathomable responses. Founding Father James Madison noted, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” I’m minded to paraphrase him: if men were angels, neither would schools ever have to fear maniacs; nor the good guys need weapons to thwart them. But men aren’t angels, are they. If we didn’t get that a few days ago, surely we do now. Read more: Get more Clash on, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
  18. Texas Cop Writes Struggling Father a Traffic Ticket — With a $100 Bill Wrapped Inside Posted on December 14, 2012 at 3:35pm by Madeleine Morgenstern Image source: KTVT-TV It’s the last thing a Texas man expected when a Plano police officer pulled him over for an expired registration. Hayden Carlo, a 25-year-old married father of two, told the officer he didn’t have any explanation for not getting it renewed except that he didn’t have the money. “You get paid, pay your bills, and there’s your money. It’s gone,” Carlo told KTVT-TV. “I said, ‘it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.” The officer wrote a citation and handed it to Carlo, who couldn’t believe what he saw inside. “Opened it up and there’s a $100 bill. I broke down in my car, what else could I do,” Carlo said. The officer, who wants to remain anonymous, didn’t tell anyone what he did, but Carlo’s grandfather wrote the police department a letter to thank them. “You just don’t find that many officers who do this type of thing,” Billy McIntire told KTVT. Plano police spokesman David Tilley said the officer told him, “this young man needed it more than him and it was just the right thing to do.” Carlo used the money to update both his and his wife’s car registrations. “He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that,” Carlo said. “It definitely restored my faith in God.”
  19. Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans By Kim Zetter12.13.121:34 PM Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo: Justice Department In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story. Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation. The changes granted by Holder would also allow databases containing information about U.S. citizens to be shared with foreign governments for their own analysis. A former senior White House official told the Journal that the new changes were “breathtaking in scope.” But counterterrorism officials tried to downplay the move by telling the Journal that the changes come with strict guidelines about how the data can be used. “The guidelines provide rigorous oversight to protect the information that we have, for authorized and narrow purposes,” Alexander Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the paper. The NCTC currently maintains the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database, or TIDE, which holds data on more than 500,000 identities suspected of terror activity or terrorism links, including friends and families of suspects, and is the basis for the FBI’s terrorist watchlist. Under the new rules issued in March, the NCTC can now obtain almost any other government database that it claims is “reasonably believed” to contain “terrorism information.” This could conceivably include collections of financial forms submitted by people seeking federally backed mortgages or even the health records of anyone who sought mental or physical treatment at government-run hospitals, such as Veterans Administration facilities, the paper notes. The Obama administration’s new rules come after previous surveillance proposals were struck down during the Bush administration, following widespread condemnation. In 2002, the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program proposed to scrutinize both government and private databases, but public outrage killed the program in essence, though not in spirit. Although Congress de-funded the program in 2003, the NSA continued to collect and sift through immense amounts of data about who Americans spoke with, where they traveled and how they spent their money. The Federal Privacy Act prohibits government agencies from sharing data for any purpose other than the reason for which the data was initially collected, in order to prevent the creation of dossiers, but agencies can do an end-run around this restriction by posting a notice in the Federal Register, providing justification for the data request. Such notices are rarely seen or contested, however. The changes to the rules for the NCTC were sought in large part after authorities failed to catch Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he boarded a plane on Christmas Day in 2009 with explosives sewn into his underwear. Abdulmutallab wasn’t on the FBI watchlist, but the NCTC had received tips about him, and yet failed to search other government databases to connect dots that might have helped prevent him from boarding the plane. As the NCTC tried to remedy that situation for later suspects, legal obstacles emerged, the Journal reports, since the center was only allowed to query federal databases for a specific name or a specific passenger list. “They couldn’t look through the databases trolling for general ‘patterns,’” the paper notes. But the request to expand the center’s powers led to a heated debate at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, with Mary Ellen Callahan, then-chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, leading the charge to defend civil liberties. Callahan argued that the new rules represented a “sea change” and that every interaction a citizen would have with the government in the future would be ruled by the underlying question, is that person a terrorist? Callahan lost her battle, however, and subsequently left her job, though it’s not known if her struggle over the NCTC debate played a role in her decision to leave.
  20. December 15, 2012 by Tim Brown Liberals Call For Murder Of NRA President, Members & Repeal Of Second Amendment When I wrote yesterday about the liberals coming out against guns, I had no idea just how some people would react. What once would have been unthinkable to blast out into public seems to be becoming more normal via things like Twitter and Facebook. Below are a selection of Tweets that are clearly anti-Second Amendment and even calls for the murder of the National Rifle Association President David Keene, along with NRA members. Isn’t that just like liberals? They are ticked off over a shooting that took innocent lives and they turn right around and want to murder innocent people that have done them absolutely no harm! But that wasn’t all. There were cries of those wanting to do away with the Second Amendment and banning the NRA. Here’s even more liberal tweets against the NRA and calling for more gun control laws. So would banning guns actually reduce gun violence and crime? Well we do have a model to look at, and it’s the same model I point to when people want to start talking socialized medicine, it’s the United Kingdom. On the heels of the Dunblane massacre in Scotland in 1996 where 16 young children and their teacher were killed in the gym of their school by Thomas Hamilton, the cries went up just like they are going up in America now and ultimately a proposal was put forth banning all handguns, except .22 caliber target pistols. Three months after the Dunblane massacre in March 1996, there was a national firearms amnesty that saw nearly 23,000 firearms and 700,000 rounds of ammunition surrendered. Did it work? Actually it made things worse. In 2003, just 7 years after the ban, the London Telegraph reported that firearms offenses have more than doubled since Dunblane. Can you guess why this didn’t work? If you said because now only the criminals have guns, then you get a gold star! Let’s make one thing clear. While cities like Chicago and New York City have some of the toughest gun laws and we have seen what they produce, many of you might be surprised that Connecticut is ranked fifth in the nation for gun control laws by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence! Part of the mentality behind the liberals and the Tweets on this page comes from the public education system, or we could properly call it the public uneducation system, where many are not properly educated, nor are they even aware of what the Second Amendment is for. For those who may stop by this site who fall into that category, let me let you in on a little something. The Second Amendment was not established so that I could go hunting and it wasn’t for plinking some cans with my kids. 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. Did everyone else get that? The people, that’s individuals, have the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of and by necessity to “secure a free State” and the Supreme Court clearly ruled in that understanding. So for all these people tweeting such stupid and asinine things like “repeal the Second Amendment” let me just warn you to be careful of what you ask for. You may just find your neck under a jackbooted government thug who “is only out for your security” or worse yet a neighborhood thug who has a firearm while you stand defenseless, needlessly texting away on your iphone! I’m just wondering why there are no investigations into the open threats of violence and murder against the NRA president and NRA members. I’m guessing I shouldn’t hold me breath on that one. UPDATE: By the way, if you think guns are the problem, perhaps you should tell it to the Chinese, where a knife wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school yesterday. Read more:
  21. Does your child belong to state? Why parents have no 'legal right' to call shots on raising own kids Published: 11/28/2011 at 8:00 PM Book given to 5-year-old by public school teacher under guise of ‘diversity’ What parent hasn’t wondered at some point, “Are those really my kids?” Now comes a combination of state, federal and international organizations to tell fathers and mothers that, no, they aren’t. At least not entirely. That’s according to a new project from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, a half-hour docudrama, “Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights,” produced by its affiliate organization,, in an effort to gain support for a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ParentalRights.Org President Michael Farris, who also is co-founder and general counsel of HSLDA, contends in the docudrama that America needs a wake-up call to action against governmental control of their children before it’s too late. “The vast majority of parents and adults in general,” Farris said, “think that the normal, traditional rules of parents’ rights are still in place … that parents can make decisions for their children in the areas of education, their upbringing, medical care, the whole gamut of parental decision making.” See “Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights”, for yourself. But author, family advocate and expert for the Heritage Foundation Rebecca Hagelin asserts in the video that even though most “believe that moms and dads should be able to parent as they see fit … what they don’t understand is there’s no legal right that allows them to do so.” In fact, parental rights were so well established at the time the U.S. was launched, the Founders did not specifically recognize them in the Constitution. For dos and don’ts, one has to shuffle through bundles of U.S. Supreme Court decisions to find the constantly evolving standard on such rights, which the video states is the core of the current problem. Read all about what’s really going on, in “The Harsh Truth About Public Schools” “If we’re going to protect parents’ rights once and for all, we’ve got to put it into the text of the Constitution itself,” Farris says. “The Parental Rights Amendment is an effort to put the traditional legal standards of ‘parents can make decisions for their kids’ in the actual text of the Constitution. There are three sections that do three simple things: the first section says ‘Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for their kids.’ The second section says, ‘If the government is going to try and invade your rights, they’ve got to have clear evidence to do so.’ And the third section says, ‘International law, stay out.’ Whenever the government says, ‘We’re going to make the decision for you,’ with the Parents Rights Amendment, we’re saying ‘No, we’ll make the decision as a family.’” Many believe the current interpretation of parental rights is put in the wrong hands. “For the first time in American history, the majority of the Supreme Court no longer treats a parent’s right to control and direct the upbringing of their child as a fundamental liberty,” said William Wagner, former U.S. magistrate judge. “We now have a new situation where government itself becomes the standard and whoever’s in power gets to say what your liberty is.” And this warrants concern for former Michigan congressman Peter Hoesktra: Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra on the dangers of government controlling decisions for children “There are people each and every day who are scheming to take away parental rights to start to destroy the family structure,” he said. “What we’ve seen over the last 40 to 50 years is continual legislative and judicial overreach going into areas that we never thought they would reach into.” This is seen as the government’s intrusion inside the family’s boundaries. “The government has a role, but it’s not the role of a partner ‒ it’s the role of a backstop,” Farris said. “If you abuse your kids, if you neglect your kids, and they have evidence of that, the government moves in, and they should move in under those circumstances. But when they treat all of us as if we’re child abusers, that’s absolutely outrageous and we can’t stand for it.” This overstepping of the states’ role can be traced to oppressive European regimes of the not-so-distant past. “Karl Marx said that in order to establish a perfect socialist state, you have to destroy the family,” said family psychologist and author John Rosemond. “You have to substitute the government and its authority for parental authority in the rearing of children.” One of the vehicles to usher in socialist policies over children is an international treaty known as the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, or the UNCRC. Adopted by the UN in 1989, this essentially says that “anytime there is a conflict or dispute between a child and a parent, a government bureaucrat gets to decide what is in the best interest of the child instead of the parent deciding what is in the best interest of the child,” said Wagner. showcases three dramatizations of real-life situations concerning the government’s excessive intervention in children’s lives. One of the docudrama’s real-life stories re-enacts a UNCRC-implemented experiment in Washington State, where a state law was passed to enforce core provisions of the treaty ‒ that a child’s wishes must be adhered to as a standard. It portrays Farris in 1984 defending parents’ rights to take their 13-year-old son to church. After being counseled by officials at school who explained the children’s rights provisions under the new law, the teen told a school counselor that he didn’t like his parents taking him to church three times a week and was tired of them telling him what to do. “There was nothing unusual about the church,” Farris shared about his case. “The counselor was outraged that parents made a child go to church that often … It was a Friday and they thought that it was such an egregious situation that they did an emergency removal of this boy. They are not supposed to do an emergency removal of a child unless there was a clear and present danger or some real harm … We’ll it’s Friday, and Sunday is coming … he’s going to have to go to church twice. The social worker just took the child directly from the school and put him in foster care for the weekend. They just made the decision on their own. They didn’t go to court, they didn’t get the police, they didn’t get the parents’ permission. They just did it. Then they notified the parents afterward that they removed the boy.” The judge ruled that he thought once-a-week church attendance was sufficient for a 13-year-old boy, and if the parents disagreed with the ruling, child protective services would retain custody of their son. “The two core principles of this Washington State law are almost word for word the core principles of the CRC,” Farris explained. “Washington State subsequently changed them because of so many bad cases like this one. We don’t have to guess how this treaty would work … we know how this treaty would work, and it’s terrible.” But the UNCRC doesn’t stop there. “One of the things the Convention of the Rights of the Child states is that children have the right to access any media or any information that they want. It also means that a predator has the ability to access children through the Internet and the parents have no right to protect their children,” former President of Concerned Women of America Wendy Wright stated in the video. “So this treaty that purports to give rights to children really makes children more vulnerable to being exploited and abused.” Here’s a look at the results in some of the nations that adopted the UNCRC: •Holland – children start sex education at four years of age •Sweden – homeschooling is illegal and those who do it face criminal charges and risk having their children removed from their homes •Belgium – doctors can terminate the lives of babies under a year old if they feel the child is somehow disabled or deficient ‒ in 16 percent of the cases, they didn’t even ask for the parents’ consent. The U.S. is the only nation that hasn’t ratified the treaty, but the consequences of signing it would be much more severe than for other nations. “The rest of the world doesn’t treat treaties the way we do,” Farris explained. “They’re just making political promises. Our Supremacy Clause says that a treaty becomes a part of the supreme law of the land and overrides state laws and overrides state constitutions. Almost all of American law of parenting kids is state law, so this treaty becomes supreme over virtually all American law of parents and children.” Bill Clinton approved the treaty during his administration, so all it takes is two-thirds of the U.S. Senate to approve it in order for it to become a part of the supreme law of the land. Another real-life scenario in the video depicts parents taking their 13-year-old son to the doctor for chest pains after he passed out, only to be told by the physician that he needed to get permission from the child before going over drug results with them. “I never thought that my rights as a parent could be taken away from me,” said the father, Sid Daugherty. “I cannot get medical records to my son without his permission because the law says so. How could somebody tell me that the law says that a parent cannot get medical records over my own child? It’s not right. It’s outrageous. It’s offensive to think that that would go on.” The Parkers, of Massachusetts, were just as outraged when their five-year-old son came home from school in 2005 with a school-issued book bag filled with materials to get him on board with the homosexual agenda. “I’m realizing that this material had somehow been deemed appropriate to even be placed in my five-year-old’s hands,” Tonia Parker said after discovering the book “My Two Dads” in her son’s school bag. “It was a book meant to introduce and normalize homosexuality.” “This is about introducing to my child sexuality issues at a very early age ‒ even before he’s introduced by his parents,” the father, David Parker, commented. “I just could not believe that they were doing this in kindergarten.” Once they shared their concern with the school principal, they were directed to the ***, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network (GLSEN) workshop entitled “How and Why to Talk to Your Children about Diversity.” After attending the meeting promoting homosexuality, the parents requested notification in advance before their child was subjected to instruction on homosexuality so they would have the opportunity to opt him out. This was met with a deceptive reply from the principal, who said it looked like something could be worked out with the superintendent. The father could not believe the lengths through which he had to go to protect his son. “Who are we talking about here? We’re talking about my child,” he said. “I’m not talking about the rest of the school. We didn’t say ‘Never do this.’ We said, ‘When you do do it ‒ as they stated they would ‒ notify us first,’ and we want the option to opt out if we don’t think he’s ready for that. What I didn’t realize was they weren’t actually taking that extra time to accommodate; they were formulating another plan. They were keeping me there by leaving me with this promise and calling the police.” Eventually, the principal had the father arrested for not cooperating with the sex education indoctrination program. “When I was led out and put in the police car, I thought to myself, ‘How far are they willing to go to deny us our parental rights?’” the father shared. “Any form of authority which undermines the interaction and the guidance of a parent for their child has to be stopped. Parents need some form of protection because this type of thing is happening more and more and more.” “We have to ask ourselves the question, ‘What are our parental rights worth to us?’” Board Chairman Scott Sharpen asks viewers. “How much are we willing to sacrifice, how much are we willing to invest to make sure that today and for the future those rights that we hold so dear, so that we can direct the upbringing and education and raising our kids how we see fit?” He said to protect parents’ rights, one can: •Sign the petition on in support of the Parental Rights Amendment •Tell others about the amendment •Write your local papers •Contact your congressman •Support the work of According to a 2010 Zogby Poll of more than 2,000 Americans, a vast majority is already on board, as 93 percent support parental rights and agree with its definition ‒ that parents have the right to direct the upbringing of their children as they see fit. But the amendment is considered to be much more than just a means of protecting parents’ rights. “The Parents Rights Amendment is really the last bulwark against the implementation of socialism in America.” Rosemond said. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Read more at
  22. Don't think for a minute, that just because this injustice is not happening here in the US, that you don't have to concern your self. Your rights and freedoms are dwindling every day, and if we don't wake up, this and more will be at our front door step. WND EXCLUSIVE Court terminates parental rights in homeschool case Appeals panel hands down family-court decision described as 'death penalty' An appeals court panel in Sweden has imposed the “death penalty” on a homeschooling family, granting the state full custody of their son, who famously was “state-napped” from a jetliner in 2009 as the family prepared to move to India. The appeals panel reversed a lower court ruling that granted Annie and Christer Johansson custody of their son, Domenic. But if the decision is not reversed again by the nation’ Supreme Court, the Johansson’s will lose their son, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been working on the case with the Alliance Defending Freedom. The family was on board a jetliner minutes from departing Sweden for Annie’s home country of India when Domenic was seized in June 2009. The reason authorities initially gave for taking Domenic was that he had been homeschooled. During the first months following his seizure, the parents were only permitted to visit Domenic once every two weeks. The visits soon became every five weeks, and in 2010, all visitations were cut off, HSLDA said. “The United States Supreme Court has written that terminating parental rights is the family court equivalent of the death penalty,” HSLDA said. The Johansson case in Sweden, the group said, “demonstrates what can happen when the family is not respected as an integral unit of society.” In American courts, HSLDA explained, clear and convincing evidence, the civil equivalent of “beyond a reasonable doubt,” is necessary before parental rights are terminated. It was last June when a Swedish district court said the parental rights would not be terminated. In a 23-page opinion, the court said it could not ignore the unanimous and extensive testimony of firsthand accounts of friends, family and others that Domenic Johansson was being properly cared for by his parents prior to Swedish authorities seizing him in 2009. Michael Donnelly, HSLDA’s director for international affairs, called the latest decision “brutal.” “After [the] district court victory we had hoped the end of this nightmare was approaching. At this point we can only hope that the Swedish Supreme Court will intervene to correct this grave injustice,” he said. “The facts have shown Annie and Christer Johansson to be good parents. It is unconscionable that a court in a democratic country like Sweden could find it is in the child’s interests to remain separated from these parents. The pain, suffering and harm done to this family are incalculable.” An attorney for the Johansson family reported to HSLDA that the government had appealed the district court ruling continuing their parental rights. Christer and Domenic Johansson “According to the family’s attorney, the Social Welfare Committee had ignored a request to review the case for over a year. The law requires that such a request be acted on within four months. However, the agency did not schedule such a review until the appeals court seemed ready to rule on the case,” HSLDA’s report said. It said a Dec. 19 date set for the review now likely will be ignored as the social authorities have won their appeal and now have unrestricted guardianship over Dominic. The case has attracted international attention, and HSLDA reported two official representatives of the Indian government attended to observe the proceedings at the appeals court. In an interview after the hearing, Rakesh Misra, the Indian Embassy to Sweden’s first secretary, made a statement during a break in the hearing. “I don’t see how they can claim that these are not good parents. My impression is that these are good parents,” he told the family’s attorney, HSLDA said. “The Embassy [of India] may send a letter to the Swedish State Department and the Justice Department with our views on the case,” stated Misra after the case in an interview with a Swedish newspaper, noting that the embassy has full respect for the legal process and will not intervene. “However, we believe this is a case where you must carefully weigh both child’s rights and parents’ rights.” Supporters said the toll of the “state-napping” on the family has been costly. Ruby Harrold-Claesson, president of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights, called the decision atrocious. “This is a despicable act,” she told HSLDA. “I don’t know how these judges can have done this. The chief judge wrote a strong dissent that I hope will make an impact on the Swedish Supreme Court. We will appeal this horrible decision.” She reported Domenic’s mother, Annie, collapsed when the decision was announced. “How can anyone endure this kind of torture for so long, I don’t know. It’s unbearable to see how the pride of government officials is wrecking the lives of the Johanssons and others like them. These people have broken the law by taking this boy without justification and keeping him for three-and-a-half years. It’s uncivilized.” She said complaints about the court system’s human rights violations are being filed all over. “Something has to be done,” she said. “Families are being trampled, and the court systems virtually always side with the social workers against families. It is a terrible situation.” HSLDA said it would continue to fight on behalf of the family. WND also has reported on several cases in which children were taken by authorities in Sweden over homeschooling. In one case, a private detective literally abducted back the children and reunited them with their parents, who had moved out of the country. The conflicts over homeschooling in Sweden are getting as contentious as in Germany, where numerous families have fled their home country instead of facing the crushing fines, jail sentences and even destruction of families. In a dramatic case involving the Romeike family, a U.S. immigration judge granted political asylum in the U.S. because of the persecution they would face if they returned to Germany. The Obama administration is appealing the ruling, seeking to send the family back. Donnelly said what is happening in Germany and Sweden needs to be noted in the United States because of the habit officials have of adopting controversial European policies. Read more at
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