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Governor Brewer Defends Rule of Law – Files Expedited Appeal with Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

July 29, 2010

PHOENIX – “Today I filed an expedited appeal with the Ninth Circuit asking the court to lift the injunction put in place by Judge Bolton yesterday against certain provisions of SB 1070 and to allow those provisions to go into effect pending a decision on the merits of this case. I have also asked the Ninth Circuit to expedite the briefing schedule and its ruling, since Congress and the President have once again failed to act.

“The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Expedited Briefing and Hearing Schedule filed today asks the Ninth Circuit to establish a timeline that would have the State file a substantive brief on August 12, the United States file its response brief on August 26, and the State file its reply brief on September 2.  I have asked the Ninth Circuit to schedule oral arguments on the appeal the week of September 13 and to expedite its ruling.

“America is not going to sit back and allow the ongoing federal failures to continue. We are a nation of laws and we believe they need to be enforced. If the federal government wants to be in charge of illegal immigration and they want no help from states, it then needs to do its job. Arizona would not be faced with this problem if the federal government honored its responsibilities.

“Illegal immigration is an ongoing crisis the State of Arizona did not create and the federal government has refused to fix. SB 1070 protects all of us, every Arizona citizen and everyone here in our state lawfully. It ensures that the constitutional rights of ALL in Arizona are undiminished.

“I believe Arizona, like America, is governed by laws – laws that confer respect and that demand respect in return. Our state taxpayers cannot sustain the outrageous costs of illegal immigration, and its continued erosion of our time-honored legal immigration traditions. As governor of the state of Arizona, I will honor my core principles and my sworn oath to protect the citizens of this great state and, therefore, I will not back down.” Jan Brewer.com

Panel hits Rangel with 13 alleged ethics charges

By LARRY MARGASAK and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writers Larry Margasak And Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writers 6 mins ago

WASHINGTON – House investigators accused veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards on Thursday, throwing a cloud over his four-decade political career and raising worries for fellow Democrats about the fall elections.

The allegations — which include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and to report more than $600,000 in assets on his congressional financial disclosure statements — came as lawyers for Rangel and the House ethics committee worked on a plea deal… read more

Russia grants more powers to KGB successor agency

By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer Mansur Mirovalev, Associated Press Writer Thu Jul 29, 8:50 am ET

MOSCOW – Russians may now face jail time for crimes they have not yet committed under a new security law signed Thursday by President Dmitry Medvedev.

The law restores Soviet-era powers to the Federal Security Service, the KGB’s main successor agency, a move that rights advocates fear could be used to stifle protests and intimidate the Kremlin’s political opponents. They also say the law’s obscure wording leaves it too open to local interpretation.

The agency, known by its initials FSB, can now issue warnings or detain people suspected of preparing to commit crimes against Russia’s security. Perpetrators face fines or up to 15 days of detention.

“It’s an ugly law with obscure formulas,” independent political analyst Yulia Latynina told The Associated Press. “In case a drunken FSB officer is shooting at you — and there have been many such cases — you might end up getting jailed for 15 days for merely trying to…read more

DC sniper claims conspirators in Shatner interview

By DENA POTTER, Associated Press Writer Dena Potter, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 12 mins ago

RICHMOND, Va. – Convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo tells actor William Shatner on a cable TV special that he and his partner tried to recruit fellow shooters for their 2002 spree and that his accomplice killed one man for backing out, according to the program set for airing Thursday.

In a telephone call from a southwest Virginia prison, Malvo told Shatner two men planned to join in the attacks to make them more deadly but reneged. Malvo said his fellow shooter, John Allen Muhammad, killed one of the men in retaliation. Malvo did not identify them in the interview for a show on the cable channel A&E…read more

How Facebook Complicates Romance

LiveScience.com jeremy Hsu
livescience Senior Writer
livescience.com
Thu Jul 29, 10:06 am ET

Lovers still see a face-to-face encounter as the ideal way to break up their relationship in the complicated age of Facebook and cell phones, according to a researcher’s interviews with college students and middle-age adults.

Such widespread agreement on breakup etiquette stood out in the midst of social complications and confusion described in a new book, “The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media” (Cornell University Press, July 2010). But far fewer people seem to practice what they ask for – just one complication among many in today’s relationships.

“I got really interested in the fact that all this technology is designed to connect with people, yet people [are] constantly dealing with the problem of how to disconnect,” said Ilana Gershon, an assistant professor of communication and culture at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Social networking and mobile technologies have leapt far beyond the early Internet days of “You’ve got mail!” Gershon found digital breakups also have evolved over time. For instance, the group of 67 undergraduate students interviewed by Gershon produced very few stories of breakups done by e-mail, and most such breakups were linked to the very small handful of adult interviewees between the ages of 30 and 50….read more

White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

Administration officials noted that the act specifies in one clause that Internet and other companies have a duty to provide electronic communication transactional records to the FBI in response to a national security letter.

But the next clause specifies only four categories of basic subscriber data that the FBI may seek: name, address, length of service and toll billing records. There is no reference to electronic communication transactional records.

Same as phone records?

The officials said the transactional information at issue, which does not include Internet search queries, is the functional equivalent of telephone toll billing records, which the FBI can obtain without court authorization. Learning the e-mail addresses to which an Internet user sends messages, they said, is no different than obtaining a list of numbers called by a telephone user….Read more

House Democrats Head for a Thumping at the Polls

Michael Barone

Democratic spin doctors have set out how their side is going to hold onto a majority in the House. They’ll capture four at-risk Republican seats, hold half of the next 30 or so Democratic at-risk seats, and avoid significant losses on target seats lower on the list.

That’s one plausible scenario. The shift of opinion away from Democrats so evident in the polls could turn out to be illusory. The widely held assumption that Republicans will turn out in greater numbers than Democrats could prove wrong.

Democratic candidates do indeed have a money advantage in many close races, and their campaign committee has more cash than its Republican counterpart….Read more

The Unhealthy Motivations of Liberals

By Curtis Frantz

In general, low self-esteem and a lack of self-love are the basis for the ideology of liberals.
Liberals are those who would use government to reduce the freedoms of some people to provide benefits for others. Liberals argue for fairness and equality for all people, but neither is possible. Other than identical twins, all people are genetically different, and without exception, each has unique life experiences that are interpreted differently. We are necessarily and naturally unequal in a worldly sense. (If “all men are created equal” in a Godly sense, nothing more needs to be done to ensure it.) Liberals, progressives, socialists, fascists, communists, and statists seek similar means to the same end. They want control of an expansive, intrusive government using taxation, regulation, and takeover of private property and businesses to achieve an earthly equality — an equality that is unnatural, unhealthy, and unattainable. This irrational political ideology is rooted in psychological shortcomings…read more

Swift Tax Dodgers

By

John Kerry is the gift that keeps on giving, a cornucopia of contradictions and hypocrisy. After flip-flopping his way to defeat in the 2004 presidential race, he is still doing the opposite of what he says everyone should do, and it is still getting him into trouble.

Last week the Boston Herald reported that in March Kerry registered his $7 million yacht not in Boston, where he lives, but in Newport, R.I. Kerry’s office has said the Rhode Island registration had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Rhode Island has no sales or use tax on boats, but Massachusetts has both.

The Herald‘s public service here was not to expose Kerry as a hypocrite. Kerry needs no help doing that. In 2004, he said people earning more than $200,000 should pay more in taxes, but here he is dodging taxes on a $7 million yacht. He also said it was immoral to move American manufacturing jobs overseas. But he had his custom-built yacht made in New Zealand. The real public service in the Herald story was to expose just how awful Massachusetts taxes are.

The state has a 6.25 percent sales and “use” tax on most everything, not just boats. If you live in Massachusetts and buy a product in sales-tax-free New Hampshire, where I live, Massachusetts expects you to pay a tax just for the privilege of using it. And the state is aggressive about pursuing that tax.

Last year, Massachusetts tried to order a regional tire chain doing business in neighboring states, Town Fair Tire, to charge the state’s sales tax on tires purchased by Massachusetts residents at New Hampshire stores. In the 1990s, the state successfully forced Circuit City to pay sales taxes on items stored in Massachusetts but purchased in another state…read more

Bush tax cuts: Will the economy suffer if they expire?

By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer / July 29, 2010

A weak economy and tight congressional elections are amplifying the stakes in a battle that was already contentious – whether to extend Bush tax cuts when they expire at the end of the year.

President Obama wants to keep income tax cuts in place for most Americans, but taxes to rise back to 1990s rates for households making $250,000 or more. He espoused that view even during his campaign for president in 2008.

But now he faces opposition not just from Republicans but also from some in his own party, who say that with economic recovery fragile, it’s the wrong time to raise taxes on anyone. At the same time, the public has become more worried about both tax hikes and high federal deficits – a mood that puts power-wielding Democrats in a tight spot for fall elections….read more

Shirley Sherrod: Does she have a case against Andrew Breitbart?

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / July 29, 2010

Atlanta

Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was falsely accused of giving a racist address to the NAACP, said Thursday that she is planning to take legal action against Andrew Breitbart, the man who published the heavily edited video that caused the uproar.

The prospect of Ms. Sherrod, the no-nonsense former rural development director for the Agriculture Department in Georgia, taking on one of the bulwarks of the conservative blogosphere could rekindle the race debate that largely flared out after Sherrod was vindicated.

Moreover, in a time when hyperpartisan Internet blogs and cable news channels have begun to echo the pamphleteer days of America’s founding – when partisans used phrases like “syphilitic bastard” against political opponents – the case could become a landmark, beginning to define the limits of the largely unchallenged Internet press…read more

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