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Archive for May 14th, 2010

Attorney General Holder hasn’t read Arizona law he trashed

Posted by iusbvision on May 14, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder has accused the Arizona law as being unconstitutional and contributing to racial profiling, yet he admits that he has not read it: 

You can get the text of the law HERE. It is pretty short.

Washington Times:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law, at President Obama’s request, to see if the federal government should challenge it in court. He said he expects he will read the law by the time his staff briefs him on their conclusions.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government. [Holder knew that this point of view was BS as the courts (even the whacky 9th Circuit) have said that local law enforcement can enforce most federal law – Editor]

Rep. Ted Poe, who had questioned Mr. Holder about the law, wondered how he could have those opinions if he hadn’t yet read the legislation.

“It’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” the Texas Republican told the attorney general.

The Arizona law’s backers argue that it doesn’t go beyond what federal law already allows, and they say press reports have distorted the legislation. They point to provisions in the law that specifically rule out racial profiling as proof that it can be implemented without conflicting with civil rights.

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Read the Bill: Text of Arizona’s New Human Trafficking Law

Posted by iusbvision on May 14, 2010

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/summary/h.sb1070_asamendedbyhb2162.doc.htm

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Progressivism Unrestrained: Illinois now broke, unable to pay bills.

Posted by iusbvision on May 14, 2010

Just days ago we wrote about the death spiral Illinois was in:

Progressivism Unrestrained: Illinois $13 Billion in debt, 48th in the nation in job creation.

The problem in Illinois is progressivism that punishes success and favors leviathan government and the corruption that goes hand in hand with the constant politicking progressivism requires. And now it is official, they have spent until they have run out of other people”s money.

NBC:

Associated Press  Thursday May 13, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For 35 years, frail senior citizens in southern Illinois could turn to the Shawnee Development Council for help cleaning the house, buying groceries or any of the chores that make the difference between living at home or moving to an institution.

No more. The council shut down the program Thursday because of a budget crisis created by the state of Illinois’ failure to pay its bills. Paralyzed by the worst deficit in its history, the state has fallen months behind in paying what it owes to businesses and organizations, pushing some of them to the edge of bankruptcy.

Illinois isn’t bothering with the formality of issuing IOUs, as California did last year. It simply doesn’t pay.

Plenty of states face major deficits as the recession continues. They’re cutting services or raising taxes or expanding gambling to close the gap. But Illinois is taking the extra step of ignoring bills. Right now, $4.4 billion worth of bills, some dating back to October, are sitting in the Illinois comptroller’s office waiting to be paid someday.

Illinois’ deadbeat reputation has created some embarrassing situations.

A supplier refused to sell bullets to the Department of Corrections unless it got paid in advance. Legislators have gotten eviction notices for their district offices because the state wasn’t paying rent. One legislator said he had to use campaign funds to pay the telephone bill after service was cut off at his office.

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Video: Governor Christie destroys biased pinhead reporter

Posted by iusbvision on May 14, 2010

Awesome. This is how a real leader should talk.

Much of the super nice tone, colorful euphemisms and indirect rhetoric in politics is phoney and is used as an escape hatch.

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Obama Administration: You have no reasonable expectation of privacy in email or cell phones or…

Posted by iusbvision on May 14, 2010

Imagine the reaction if the Bush Administration had argued this.

Read carefully.

Via CNET News:

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo’s aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail messages, CNET has learned.

In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition says a search warrant signed by a judge is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of Yahoo Mail messages–a position that puts those companies directly at odds with the Obama administration.

Yahoo has been quietly fighting prosecutors’ requests in front of a federal judge in Colorado, with many documents filed under seal. Tuesday’s brief from Google and the other groups aims to buttress Yahoo’s position by saying users who store their e-mail in the cloud enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“Society expects and relies on the privacy of e-mail messages just as it relies on the privacy of the telephone system,” the friend-of-the-court brief says. “Indeed, the largest e-mail services are popular precisely because they offer users huge amounts of computer disk space in the Internet ‘cloud’ within which users can warehouse their e-mails for perpetual storage.”

The coalition also includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and TRUSTe.

For its part, the Justice Department has taken a legalistic approach: a 17-page brief it filed last month acknowledges that federal law requires search warrants for messages in “electronic storage” that are less than 181 days old. But, Assistant U.S. Attorney Pegeen Rhyne writes in a government brief, the Yahoo Mail messages don’t meet that definition.

“Previously opened e-mail is not in ‘electronic storage,'” Rhyne wrote in a motion filed last month. “This court should therefore require Yahoo to comply with the order and produce the specified communications in the targeted accounts.” (The Justice Department’s position is that what’s known as a 2703(d) order–not as privacy-protective as the rules for search warrants–should let police read e-mail.)

On December 3, 2009, U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer ordered Yahoo to hand to prosecutors certain records including the contents of e-mail messages. Yahoo divulged some of the data but refused to turn over e-mail that had been previously viewed, accessed, or downloaded and was less than 181 days old.

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A few weeks ago, for instance, Justice Department prosecutors told a federal appeals court that Americans enjoy no reasonable expectation of privacy in their mobile device’s location and that no search warrant should be required to access location logs.

NewsReal has a fantastic post with even more details and what this means for you.

Glenn Beck comments and ends up having a ball making fun of those who called him nuts when he was predicting much of this:

After much heat the administration is now backing off the position that you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in email, but only because the blogosphere and Fox went nuts about this and if it went to court the elite media likely would have had to report on it. No one who is even close to normal thinks that you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in email; yet the administration pushed this point of view till it was politically untenable for them. It speaks volumes about the mentality of this administration.

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