A Chicago man says he’s fighting charges of disorderly conduct for simply standing on a public sidewalk and praying.
Joseph Holland, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern University, says he was standing still praying the rosary outside a Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Chicago July 3 when police arrested him for violating the city’s new “Bubble Zone” ordinance.
The law, passed in October, states that a person cannot approach within 8 feet of another person without consent “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling” within 50 feet from any health care facility.
It also says a person cannot “by force or threat of force or by physical obstruction” intentionally interfere with any person entering or leaving any health care facility.
But Holland says he didn’t approach or interfere with anyone.
Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose deputies patrol a county along the U.S.-Mexico border, is hopping mad at the federal government.
Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.
“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.
The sheriff was referring to the law suits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the state’s new immigration law.
“So who has partnered with the ACLU?” Babeu said in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com. “It’s the president and (Attorney General) Eric Holder himself. And that’s simply outrageous.”
Now you have to love this bit of nonsense. Once again we’re seeing how valuable our system of government education is to the Democrats. After all, you could never pull this off with an educated electorate.
You know, don’t you, that taxes are going up at the end of the year. At the beginning of the Bush presidency the Republicans simply didn’t have enough votes to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. The Democrats insisted on an expiration date of December 31st, 2010. Now … since those tax cuts will expire and taxes are going up .. The Democrats have decided it might be a good political ploy to start referring to this as a “Republican Tax Increase.
Nope … not kidding: House majority leader Steny Hoyer says that the expiration of the Bush tax cuts is a “Republican tax increase” for “working Americans” and the Democrats have “no intention” of allowing it to go into effect. Hoyer says, “We have no intention of allowing the Republican tax increase — that their policies would lead to — to go into effect for working Americans. Period …. We’re going to act and make sure that the Republican phase out and increase in taxes does not end as they provided for in the laws they passed.”
This is just amazing. Now we have a lot of economists telling the Democrats that if they don’t extend the Bush tax cuts our economic recovery will be damaged. Democrats don’t want to cut the taxes on the top producers. They know that their base constituency loves taxing the rich … but they also don’t want to be seen as increasing taxes during a recovery. After all … what if the experts are right? What if increasing taxes on the very people who we’re depending on for job growth stalls our recovery? Well, that’s easy! We’ll just call them “Republican tax increases” and let them take the heat!
Again .. not to belabor the point … but you can’t get away with this if the voters are truly educated and informed.
In these tough and turbulent economic times, we need to look for small things we can be thankful for.
For example, I am thankful President Obama is not a lifeguard, as I believe he would toss concrete blocks to drowning swimmers instead of life preservers.
Why do I believe that? His economic policies are drowning our economy, leaving many Americans unemployed or underemployed, and he knows it.
President Obama can squawk all he wants and blame everyone from President Bush to Tea Partiers to Fox News, but our anemic economy is the result of his willingness to mindlessly over gorge Fedzilla—the burgeoning federal bureaucray—on more grotesque spending and borrowing and signing more blubber-infested bills that no one knows what’s in them, how they will be implemented or the impact they will have on the economy.
The evidence is glaring: The business community does not trust President Obama. They don’t trust his Socialist economy-killing policies, his Wall Street reform sham that no one knows what is in it or how it will be implemented or his take-over of the healthcare system. They are uneasy about his cap-and-tax energy proposal, green-energy scam and his support to kill the Bush tax cuts.
Speaking with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) praised Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) for her strong stand on enforcing our nation’s immigration laws and other matters.
Governor Jan Brewer has the cojones that our President does not have to look out for all Americans, to secure our borders.
Palin/Brewer in 2012? These two strong governors, with solid executive experience dealing with both domestic and foreign matters, should be able to get our nation moving again.