Category: CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES


Courtesy of The Clockwork Conservative:

“Some will say it’s too hard or that they have no time. Others will claim they have done their time or given enough. A brave few – a tiny remnant of those among us – will still do what they know needs to be done.”

Source: It’s Never Too Late To Stand Up For What You Believe In

I get e-mail from Judicial Watch; yet as with so many other entities, they act as if the nation revolves around EST.  I’m on PST, so this 3 hr time difference prevents me from ever watching programs they’re promoting via my mail.  The latest disappointment- a veteran being prosecuted for merely posting two small U.S. flags on VA property.

This is the excerpt from my mail:

“We wanted to let you know about the following media appearances…

Judicial Watch defense attorney Robert Patrick Sticht and client Robert L. Rosebrock will appear on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on the Fox News Channel in the 7 am ET hour tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, 2017, to discuss Judicial Watch’s and Robert Sticht’s representation of Rosebrock, a Vietnam-era veteran who faces federal criminal charges for displaying two four by six inch American flags outside a Veterans Affairs’ fence on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.”

Judicial Watch’s “Press Room” article about this issue HERE

The venue, Fox News, has a clip of this event with a share button, (and the embed code does NOT work) though at the footer, they state:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5347609555001/?playlist_id=930909787001#sp=show-clips

Home Run

Courtesy of  Once Written

If you didn’t see the State of Union Address, here it is in its entirety.

-Includes transcript-

Source: Home Run

Courtesy of Socialism is not the Answer

“America doesn’t have to destroy its cultural identity by helping foreigners, but this is precisely what Democrat commie bastards such as President Johnson and Senator Ted Kennedy intended to accomplish through the 1965 Immigration Act. This one law has eroded our cultural identity severely and created extremely detrimental demographic changes over time. And most recently, former President Obama specifically brought in one million immigrants from Muslim majority countries like Kosovo, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, even though these countries were the origin of terrorists that have already attacked America.”

Much more at Source: Protecting America Bears No Shame

Unable to locate a picture of Nolan’s B-25; this is a similar aircraft from the 345th bomb group restored –

A Tribute to Lt. Col. John J. Nolan

This week, we wanted to share a tribute to a member of the 345th Bomb Group by Nebraska senator Deb Fischer. After World War II ended, Lt. Col. John J. Nolan stayed in the air force, looking to make a positive impact on the lives of other pilots. He had his own brush with death on August 15, 1944 when a fellow pilot’s B-25 hit his own, nearly causing it to crash. As you will read below, Nolan led a productive and interesting life after returning to the States.

“Senator Fischer’s tribute: Mr. President, I rise to honor a Nebraskan who was recently interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Lt. Col. John J. Nolan of Lincoln, NE, was a U.S. Air Force pilot who deserves our respect and gratitude. After the bombing at Pearl Harbor, he gave up a football scholarship at Temple University to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1943.

During World War II, John was a B-25 aircraft commander with the heralded Air Apaches, 345th Bombardment Group, assigned to the Fifth Air Force operating in the Southwest Pacific.

In this capacity, he flew low-level strafing missions in specially configured B-25s with eight .50-caliber machine guns that were controlled by pilots. He flew in the Black Sunday raid on Hollandia, New Guinea, on April 16, 1944. This raid became the worst operational loss ever suffered by the Fifth Air Force in a single day. [IHRA note: read more about Black Sunday here.]

Following World War II, the Air Force realized more pilots had been lost on instruments than in actual combat. In response, the Instrument Pilot Instruction School was created. John was one of the initial cadre of pilots tasked with providing standardized instrument procedures, techniques, and training methods. These pilots were also required to test and evaluate flight instruments in adverse weather conditions. During this period, he became the B-25 high-time pilot for the entire U.S. Air Force.

John also wrote a substantial part of the instrument flying guidelines, known as Air Force Manual 51-37. Many pilots owe their lives to this manual. As a matter of fact, when his two sons went through pilot training in 1967 and 1973, respectively, his instructions were still in the manual.

John transitioned to F-86s as a part of the Air Force’s newly created All Weather Interceptors. He also served in Japan during the Korean war.

In the 1960s, when commercial aviation was converting to jet-powered aircraft and entering into military airspace at high altitudes, John was assigned to Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, known as Air Defense Command. He became the Air Force liaison to the FAA Central Region, and he was tasked with developing and coordinating procedures to ensure safe arrival and departures within this shared airspace. In this capacity, John was also responsible for maintaining military readiness and operational capabilities.

Upon his retirement in October 1963, John was chosen to serve as the Midwest recruiter for the Air Force Academy.

John dedicated his entire life to his beloved U.S. Air Force. Not only did he serve honorably, John was also an integral participant in so many of the milestones that are now a part of Air Force history.

John never lost his love of flight. He continued to fly well into his late eighties in his restored Fairchild PT 19/26, which is the same aircraft he initially learned to fly in as a cadet in the Army Air Corps.

Lt. Col. John Nolan’s entire life was for God and country. He married Marie Di Giambattista on January 6, 1944, before he was assigned overseas. Together, they raised four children. Marie sacrificed much, as so many of our military families experience today, moving 23 times in John’s 20-year career. They were married 71 years. Only 27 days after Marie passed, John died this past July 3, 2015, at the age of 94.

We owe a debt of gratitude to John Nolan and his family. He led an extraordinary life at a time when our country needed people like him the most. Through all of this, he remained humble. We will never forget his sacrifices and patriotism.

Source: A Tribute to Lt. Col. John J. Nolan

As regards those who have refused to perform at Trump’s inauguration – I’d like to see Ms. Branch perform this at the festivities:

“Free Country”?

Courtesy of THE RIPENING WANDERER

“It bothers me that complete strangers will have power to determine if something I put up on this blog or elsewhere might be in violation of some arbitrary code invented to define or redefine hate speech, etc., to fit some mold that agrees with some agenda somewhere. I thought the hassle about the NSA snooping was a big deal but I believe that before all is said and done this new incursion on rights will be exponentially more treacherous.”

American Social Media May Soon Crack Down Hard On Internet Speech:

Echoes my thoughts –  From an old post:

https://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/blatant-censorship-fake-maleware-alerts-by-internet-services/

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“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”  Abraham Lincoln

Photo credit – http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Raising_the_Flag_on_Iwo_Jima

Documentary:

America: Imagine the World Without Her

 

George Washington on Patriot Distrust of Government:

“there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavour to weaken its bands.”

Obligation of Patriots:

“…the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” “From their natural tendency it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose; and there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”

Excerpted from a post made on 7-28-2012:

https://truthvspower.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/warnings-from-george-washington/

WND’s Joseph Farah provided an explanation of how the Electoral College system worked in 2011. Go HERE for that post.

This is a somewhat later explanation of how (and why) the Electoral College is still viable and a needed element in the election of a President -underline my emphasis-

The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function?

The following is a guest post by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, both legal reference librarians in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.

The 2012 Presidential election is projected to be close, and attention has turned to whether the Electoral College may diverge from the popular vote in shaping the outcome of an election.  Should this come to pass, we will once again have a national debate as to whether the Electoral College should be maintained, scrapped, or amended.  But what exactly is the Electoral College system and who established it?

The concept of the “Electoral College”—although not specifically mentioned by name—appears in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, representing the Founding Fathers’ effort to create a mechanism by which the states select the President and Vice President of the United States.  Section 1 creates a select group of representatives known as “electors,” determined by state.  The number of electoral votes awarded to each state is dependent upon the number of Senators and Representatives that state possesses. For example, California has two Senators and fifty-three Representatives, so the state has fifty-five electoral votes.  The 23rd Amendment, ratified in 1961, provides the District of Columbia with “A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State … perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.”  The states cast their electoral votes through these electors, and the candidate who receives a majority of the electoral votes, currently at least two-hundred-seventy, is declared the winner.

Why did the authors of the Constitution decide to create such a system?  Alexander Hamilton sheds some light on the intent of the Founders through his description of the Electoral College in the Federalist Papers, specifically No. 68.  Hamilton stated that “the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person.”  He also expressed the importance of having electors, who he expected were:

“men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

In addition to having the benefit of such educated and interested individuals involved in the election of the President, the state-dependent electoral college system was also intended to avoid a scenario where a populous region of the country was able to elect a candidate who enjoyed great popularity within that region, but who did not enjoy a broad base of national support.

Despite these lofty ambitions the Electoral College system did not operate as intended during the election of 1800.  In that election, although Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in the Electoral College, the electors failed to distinguish between Jefferson and his running mate Aaron Burr both of whom received 73 electoral votes.  In order to avoid such challenges in the future, Congress drafted the 12th Amendment which altered the electoral process so that President and Vice President were elected separately.

Counting electorial vote, U.S. Capitol [Washington, D.C.], 4/14/17

The 12th Amendment did not put an end to the controversy surrounding the Electoral College.  The 19th century saw several bitter contests when candidates carried the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote.  In 1824 Andrew Jackson won the popular vote, but none of the four candidates received a majority of the Electoral College.  As a result the election was decided by the House , which selected John Quincy Adams after Henry Clay shifted his support in exchange, it was believed, for an appointment as the Secretary of State.  In the 1876 election, Samuel Tilden won the popular vote, but after a lengthy, bitter dispute over the electoral votes of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, Rutherford B. Hayes carried the Electoral College.  The storm over this result only intensified after a controversial electoral commission was created to resolve the dispute, and determined the result via a vote along party lines.  In 1888, Grover Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison.

Although in recent years, the battle over the Electoral College has become a more regular source of contention, it is interesting to note that challenges to the system are not, in fact, new.  It is actually because of these past struggles that the Electoral College takes the form it holds today.  The Library of Congress’ website includes information on the Electoral College and elections.

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