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    Tag: California

    Second Class Lion Taming

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:46:21 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Mariage, California, Defining, Maturity, Judges, Perspective, The DR Is In, Supreme Court, Tradition, Culture, Sodom Burned, Constitutions (all tags)

    The question of whether or not to 'allow' marriage to persons who identify based on their activities is absurd.

    Is that not what the supreme court is being asked to validate? In the case before our Nation's highest court, the justices are being asked to determine whether California's 2008 Proposition 8 as enacted by voters is constitutional.  They are being asked to either affirm or deny the decision of United States District Court Judge Vaughn Walker,  who overturned it on August 4, 2010; his argument being a violation of both the Due Process clause, and Equal Protections clause of the 14th amendment.

    A inaccurate understanding of the 14th amendment if ever there was one.

    Due Process guarantees a process under which something might be taken.  It allows the imposed upon person or class to prepare a defense or answer to actions being used to deprive an individual, or group, a particular thing.  It also requires law to be sufficiently understandable or substantive.

    Continued below the fold ~

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    The District Method - History and Explanation

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:20:27 PM EST
    Tags: 2012 Presidential Election (by congressional district), Electoral College, 3 USC 1 & 7, quadrennial presidential elections, states vs. people balance, small states vs. large states balance, popular support vs. distributed support, U. S. Constitution Article 2 1 clauses 2 thru 4, U. S. Constitution Amendment XII, original intention, Congressional District Method, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania (pending), Ohio (pending), Virginia (pending), Wisconsin (pending), Michigan (pending), Florida (pending), potentially North Carolina and Nevada, National Popular Vote is constitutionally irrelevant, Maryland (wants out), New Jersey (wants out), Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Vermont, California, New York (not interested), Pennsylvania (not interested), Guarantee Clause, U. S. Constitution Article 4 4 clause 1, Massachusetts Variant, Maine Variant, New York Variant, Virginia Variant, Electoral District Method, Tennessee Variant (all tags)

    You may have heard of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an initiative being advanced by a Soros-funded group that intends to bypass the Constitution and obviate the Electoral College, handing the quadrennial presidential elections to whomever wins the plurality of the nationwide popular vote.  This article isn't the place to go into the details of the initiative (the link provides a usable starting point for further research), but suffice it that triggering the compact will realize something that has been a strategic objective of the progressives for quite some time.

    However, America is not a democracy; rather, the United States are a republic.  And that distinction isn't one of mere semantics.  In a republic, the voice of the people is more indirect the more non-local the matter is.  When it comes to elections, I can think of none more non-local than the presidential election.  Among the checks and balances the Founding Fathers included in the Constitution was the balance of the voice of the people with the voice of the states, thus the use of the Electoral College to elect the president every four years.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    The NPVIC Will Rear It's Head . . . Again

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:53:30 PM EST
    Tags: Electoral College, 3 USC 1 & 7, quadrennial presidential elections, states vs. people balance, small states vs. large states balance, popular support vs. distributed support, U. S. Constitution Article 2 1 clauses 2 thru 4, U. S. Constitution Amendment XII, original intention, Massachusetts Method, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania (pending), Ohio (pending), Virginia (pending), Wisconsin (pending), Michigan (pending), Florida (pending), potentially North Carolina, National Popular Vote is constitutionally irrelevant, Maryland (wants out), New Jersey (wants out), Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Vermont, California, New York (not interested), Pennsylvania (not interested) (all tags)

    Today, for those paying attention, was a very important day in the timeline of the 2012 Presidential Election.  Today, on the first Monday following the second Wednesday of December, at such place and time as determined by the local legislature, the duly appointed and elected Presidential Electors met in their respective jurisdictions and cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States - at least one of whom must not reside in the same jurisdiction as they do.  Though the 51 jurisdictions do not appear to have reported yet, 27 of them are expected to cast their votes one way, and 24 of them are expected to cast their votes the other way.

    And yet, for the past 41 days, perhaps because even as recently as the day before Election Day eleven states (at a total of 146 electoral votes) were considered to be in the "tossup" column, there has been considerable behind-the-scenes debate about a potential "reform" to the way that some states apportion their electoral votes, a reform that, had it been in place during this election, may have significantly impacted the outcome.  Actually, instead of "reform" I should be referring to this as a "back to the basics" approach to the Electoral College.

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    Friday Divertere - A Blast From The Past

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 09:13:21 PM EST
    Tags: Governor, Ronald Reagan, California, 1966, Need for Action (all tags)

    From January, 1966: Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for Governor of California. The title of the speech is, appropriately, "A Need For Action!"

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    Right To Work Statistics - Job Creation

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 10:54:50 PM EST
    Tags: More Jobs, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Nevada, Less Jobs, Michigan, California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, RTW, Right To Work, Forced Unionism, Freedom To Work, FTW (all tags)

    Regulars know I am pushing for Freedom to work (right to work) in Michigan.  Part of the argument going forward in this state will be to present the data for all to see. For this installment, we look at the top Job creating states versus the bottom.

    Right to Work states lead the nation in creating new jobs (1999-2009)

    1. Texas              +866,000
    2. Florida             +291,600
    3. Arizona            +194,800    
    4. Virginia            +138,400
    5. Nevada            +124,500

    Michigan and other forced unionism states lead the nation in losing jobs (1999-2009)

    1. California        -170,400
    2. Indiana           -225,300
    3. Illinois            -332,700    
    4. Ohio              -508,200
    50. Michigan       -687,600

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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    The real danger of early release: An administration that doesn't care (and sledgehammer killers)

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 07:25:45 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm-Cherry, MDOC, DOC, Marlan, parole, early release, Dunlap, California, sex offenders (all tags)

    They say rotten things always happen in threes.  Natural disasters, celebrity deaths, giant errors by the Granholm-Cherry administration that wind up mistakenly putting convicted rapists and killers on the street...

    First there was the accidental release (sans medication) of a convicted butcher-knife killer who'd racked up 124 major misconducts in prison.

    Seven days later we learned that the Democratic administration accidentally released 62 convicted sex offenders... rapists, pedophiles... nice people.

    Now, the very next day, we learn the folks at Granholm and Cherry's Department of Corrections ignored for a month an arrest warrant to pick up a parole violator named William Dunlap who'd allegedly beaten and robbed his girlfriend, Fran Wolf.  According to the Ivory Tower, this "mistake" was much more costly than the previous two may have been.  

    At 3:30 a.m. on June 14 -- only 20 minutes after the last bartender left - Wolf was in the bar's office when Dunlap approached her from behind and bludgeoned her with a sledgehammer before stabbing her multiple times in the chest in front of a security camera, police said. Dunlap fled with a few thousand dollars, police said. Police found him four days later, hiding in a crack house in Detroit.

    If Dunlap had been apprehended on the warrant before the murder, he would have been detained pending a special hearing to determine whether he violated parole. A guilty finding most likely would have returned him to prison, Marlan said.

    "The state could have prevented this murder," said Deila Ruiz, a longtime friend of Dunlap. "He should have been locked up."

    According to good old Russ Marlan it is "not uncommon for investigators with busy caseloads to take a month or more to track down parole absconders."

    And by "parole absconders" he means convicted criminals who wind up taking sledge hammers and knives to the girlfriends they'd just gotten done abusing while the administration twiddled it's thumbs for a month.

    Think about this, kids... Dunlap was initially released through all of the proper channels.  He was out on parole.  Now the Granholm-Cherry administration wants to set loose early THOUSANDS of additional violent convicted criminals. Dunlap was the low hanging fruit.  He was one of those they ALREADY thought was safe to release.  

    The thousands of additional cons they want to release now (as they make room to import Californian prisoners) have NOT been paroled yet.  In some cases that means they're literally considered MORE dangerous than Dunlap.

    So let's say we cut them loose.  Say we turn out another 2,000 or 3,000 violent felons and they violate their parole.  Are we supposed to believe the administration will be willing and able to track them down and execute the warrants to lock them back up again?

    They had a warrant here and still let Dunlap live in the same apartment with the woman he'd just pummeled.  That "mistake" cost her her life.

    And how do Jennifer Granholm and John Cherry respond to the tragic news?  They don't. They ignore their administration's mistakes and hope we'll forget. That trouble will simply go away.

    Which is sort of tough... when they patently refuse to put the criminals away.

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    Elections and Consequences: UAW to get what they voted for, if not what they wanted

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 11:55:47 AM EST
    Tags: UAW, Obama, California, CAFE (all tags)

    Close your eyes and imagine... wait, scratch that, if you close your eyes you won't be able to read this.  Imagine... it's campaign season again and a candidate arrives at your door.  He knocks, you answer and the two of you strike up a conversation about your hopes and dreams and his plans and promises.  

    Imagine the candidate looks you square in the eye and promises, sincerely, that if you vote for him and send him to Washington, DC he will kill your job.  Yours, specifically and individually.  He will target your industry, he will target your employer and he will implement policies that will just plain get you fired.

    Probably not the best campaign strategy, but what do I know.  I'm not a UAW member.  Let's take a survey.

    Show of hands, how many of you would vote for this candidate.  Why don't I see any hands?  Anyone?

    OK, new question... how many of you would vote for this candidate, scribble him a check and volunteer on his campaign?  Still nobody?  

    See, you guys and girls aren't team players.  If you were United Auto Workers members each of you would have both hands in the air and you'd be waving them around wildly, or you would if you were being honest.

    Read on...

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