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Maurice Clemmons, wanted for the alleged shooting of four cops was granted clemenecy by Mike Huckabee….

Yep….The leader of the Republicans that could possibly run for the Presidency of the United States of America set this man free…..

It happened in Arkansas in 2000, by then Governor Mike Huckabee….at the time Clemmons had at least five felony charges on his record….

This from Huckabee….

…..[he] ‘issued a statement tonight calling the slaying of the police officers “a horrible and tragic event.”

If Clemmons is found responsible, “it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State,” Huckabee said.

He added that Clemmons’ release from prison had been reviewed and approved by the Arkansas parole board’.

hummmmm?

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White House gate crashers will be questioned……

While the story of Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s gate crashing the White House might seem amusing to some ….it has not been to the Secret Service…as I mentioned when the story broke…some Secret Service people are going get burned….and as I suggested…the couple themselves are going to be speaking to investigators, who will forward their finding to their bosses, who will decide how to proceed with this incident……

Stay tuned…there IS going to be more to come……

Update: Here is a piece from the Washington Post on the attention (reality show ) angle…….

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The White House gate crashers were filmed by Bravo TV……

The whole thing with the uninvited Salhi’s getting into the White House and meeting the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister of India isn’t funny….It appears that the couple deliberately walked into the state dinner and were filmed for the Bravo TV network….

Something needs to be done on two accounts…..First the Secret Service needs to check themselves….someone messed up….Second of all…. someone needs to needs to visit the couple, and Bravo and ask for a formal explanation on why there shouldn’t be a legal follow up on their caper…..

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Roman Polanski will make bail……

Polanski, 76, will have to come up with $4.5 million and will be under house arrest…he will be in a holding pattern for skipping out on serving time for having sex with a 13 year old decades ago in California…

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I told you so….Attorney General Holder takes heat for going to civilian Federal Courts….

A few days ago I did a post on the 5 guys from Gitmo going on trial in a New York City Federal court…the point I made in the post is that some of these guys could be found NOT GUILTY…..Apparently a lot of other people got the same message I got…..

The attorney general went thru five hours of hostile questioning in Washington D.C…..first by the Senate…then by some of the surviving relatives of the victim’s of 9/11…while Holder received support from democrats and some of the relatives…I must give the man credit…he hasn’t ducked since he announced the decision to go ahead with the trials…..

And while he is the point man…the decision was made with political inputs and consent by the White House…..

I”ll say it again, I know judges can read and tell which way the wind is blowing….But some of these guys could go free…..

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Again, if these people from Gitmo are going to be tried in US Courts…some are going to be found not guilty….

Josh Gerstein, over at Politico, does a very good piece on something I mentioned a few days ago, when Attorney General Holder announced that he was going to try 5 of the Gitmo detainees, in a New York City Federal Court…..

The thing is…some of these people are going to be found not guilty…already a good number of them have been order released by judges, only to have appeal court’s do the right thing politically and keep the those detainees held for a while longer…..

Most of these people have been harshly interrogated, some of the sources and methods of obtaining information about them are sensitive and some have been detained on information that simply will not be admissible in open court…..

And Attorney general Eric holder will not be able to do a darn thing about it if the  jury decides…’not guilty’…and the judge says let’m go……

Note:….David Axelrod just confirmed what everyone knows…that the government will not be able to keep President Obama’s pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), detention center by January 22, 2010…..

Note #2:…The detainees coming to American soil may be going to a correctional facility in the President’s home state of Illinois…..

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On AG Eric Holder and holding the trials in New York City….

As I watched the nation’s top lawyer, Attorney General Eric Holder, explain that he would be putting five detainee’s from Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba on trial in a United States Federal Court in downtown New York City around the corner from the World Trade Center  I thought of several things…First …the New York City Police Department has 35,00 cops….along with the US Marshals..there won’t be any problem with security for the trial…..the symbolism was not hard to get….I smiled…but I caught the same thing everyone else in the room caught when someone asked Holder…..”What happens if they are not found guilty?”….I thought…”uh oh?!”…..

While the most pressing political thing is the move is to take care of a campaign problem…..Holder and his boss , The President may have created a bigger problem……..

If my memory serves me well….nNota lot of bad guys tried for terrorism by the FBI have been found guilty of the original charges…as a matter of fact most of them have ended up pleading down to lessor charges…a few even have had the government end up paying them money after they sued and only got them to promise not to come to the United States…..

My mind started to race…..Holder, after assuring everyone that he was sure that these people were guilty, began to slowly realize that he was a member of every court in the United States as AG, he then began to back away from the impression that he  was 1) Shopping for favorable judges, and 2) He was prejudging the verdict of the case in such a way that could prejudice any trail in America….

Now the Republicans aren’t stupid…and they have gone on overdrive to ask the question that reporter never got answered at the presser……’What happens if they are not found guilty?”

Sure the government could recharge them with other crimes…but the government loses cases….government lawyers sometimes get yanked off cases by judges…..and juries are the  arbitrators of  court cases….and you know we could have a situation where Holder is standing in front of a judge getting admonished that the defenders in a trial could have been found not guilty  by a jury and the judge expected them to go free……I can’t see that happening…but it could……

Note: After the move there will be about 215 more detainees at the Guantanamo Bay facility……

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Balloon Boy parents in plea settlment on charges in hoax……

Both will plead guilty to the incident in return for probation…..

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President Obama's speech at Fort Hood honoring those who suffered in the tragedy there….

From Politico and NBC……..

November 10, 2009

Obama’s Best Speech Ever

President Obama’s speech at Fort Hood may go down as one of his best ever.

The president was able to balance his duties as Commander in Chief while consoling a nation in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy. That he was able to do this while taking away the focus on the shooter’s religion was even more impressive.

It was one of those speeches that makes you especially proud to be an American.

Marc Ambinder: “I guarantee: they’ll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes. It was that good. My gloss won’t do it justice. Yes, I’m having a Chris Matthews-chill-running-up-my-leg moment, but sometimes, the man, the moment and the words come together and meet the challenge. Obama had to lead a nation’s grieving; he had to try and address the thorny issues of Islam and terrorism; to be firm; to express the spirit of America, using familiar, comforting tropes in a way that didn’t sound trite.”

Here’s the link for the video…..

Here’s the transcript……..

Remarks of President Obama

Memorial Service at Fort Hood
November 10, 2009

We come together filled with sorrow for the thirteen Americans that we have lost; with gratitude for the lives that they led; and with a determination to honor them through the work we carry on.

This is a time of war. And yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle. They were killed here, on American soil, in the heart of this great American community. It is this fact that makes the tragedy even more painful and even more incomprehensible.

For those families who have lost a loved one, no words can fill the void that has been left. We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers. You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers.

But here is what you must also know: your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life’s work is our security, and the freedom that we too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that is their legacy.

Neither this country – nor the values that we were founded upon – could exist without men and women like these thirteen Americans. And that is why we must pay tribute to their stories.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Cahill had served in the National Guard and worked as a physician’s assistant for decades. A husband and father of three, he was so committed to his patients that on the day he died, he was back at work just weeks after having a heart attack.

Major Libardo Eduardo Caraveo spoke little English when he came to America as a teenager. But he put himself through college, earned a PhD, and was helping combat units cope with the stress of deployment. He is survived by his wife, sons and step-daughters.

Staff Sergeant Justin DeCrow joined the Army right after high school, married his high school sweetheart, and had served as a light wheeled mechanic and Satellite Communications Operator. He was known as an optimist, a mentor, and a loving husband and father.

After retiring from the Army as a Major, John Gaffaney cared for society’s most vulnerable during two decades as a psychiatric nurse. He spent three years trying to return to active duty in this time of war, and he was preparing to deploy to Iraq as a Captain. He leaves behind a wife and son.

Specialist Frederick Greene was a Tennessean who wanted to join the Army for a long time, and did so in 2008 with the support of his family. As a combat engineer he was a natural leader, and he is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Specialist Jason Hunt was also recently married, with three children to care for. He joined the Army after high school. He did a tour in Iraq, and it was there that he re-enlisted for six more years on his 21st birthday so that he could continue to serve.

Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger was an athlete in high school, joined the Army shortly after 9/11, and had since returned home to speak to students about her experience. When her mother told her she couldn’t take on Osama bin Laden by herself, Amy replied: “Watch me.”

Private First Class Aaron Nemelka was an Eagle Scout who just recently signed up to do one of the most dangerous jobs in the service – diffuse bombs – so that he could help save lives. He was proudly carrying on a tradition of military service that runs deep within his family.

Private First Class Michael Pearson loved his family and loved his music, and his goal was to be a music teacher. He excelled at playing the guitar, and could create songs on the spot and show others how to play. He joined the military a year ago, and was preparing for his first deployment.

Captain Russell Seager worked as a nurse for the VA, helping veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress. He had great respect for the military, and signed up to serve so that he could help soldiers cope with the stress of combat and return to civilian life. He leaves behind a wife and son.

Private Francheska Velez, the daughter of a father from Colombia and a Puerto Rican mother, had recently served in Korea and in Iraq, and was pursuing a career in the Army. When she was killed, she was pregnant with her first child, and was excited about becoming a mother.

Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Warman was the daughter and granddaughter of Army veterans. She was a single mother who put herself through college and graduate school, and served as a nurse practitioner while raising her two daughters. She also left behind a loving husband.

Private First Class Kham Xiong came to America from Thailand as a small child. He was a husband and father who followed his brother into the military because his family had a strong history of service. He was preparing for his first deployment to Afghanistan.

These men and women came from all parts of the country. Some had long careers in the military. Some had signed up to serve in the shadow of 9/11. Some had known intense combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some cared for those did. Their lives speak to the strength, the dignity and the decency of those who serve, and that is how they will be remembered.

That same spirit is embodied in the community here at Fort Hood, and in the many wounded who are still recovering. In those terrible minutes during the attack, soldiers made makeshift tourniquets out of their clothes. They braved gunfire to reach the wounded, and ferried them to safety in the backs of cars and a pick-up truck.

One young soldier, Amber Bahr, was so intent on helping others that she did not realize for some time that she, herself, had been shot in the back. Two police officers – Mark Todd and Kim Munley – saved countless lives by risking their own. One medic – Francisco de la Serna – treated both Officer Munley and the gunman who shot her.

It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. But this much we do know – no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice – in this world, and the next.

These are trying times for our country. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the same extremists who killed nearly 3,000 Americans continue to endanger America, our allies, and innocent Afghans and Pakistanis. In Iraq, we are working to bring a war to a successful end, as there are still those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that Americans and Iraqis have sacrificed so much for.

As we face these challenges, the stories of those at Fort Hood reaffirm the core values that we are fighting for, and the strength that we must draw upon. Theirs are tales of American men and women answering an extraordinary call – the call to serve their comrades, their communities, and their country. In an age of selfishness, they embody responsibility. In an era of division, they call upon us to come together. In a time of cynicism, they remind us of who we are as Americans.

We are a nation that endures because of the courage of those who defend it. We saw that valor in those who braved bullets here at Fort Hood, just as surely as we see it in those who signed up knowing that they would serve in harm’s way.

We are a nation of laws whose commitment to justice is so enduring that we would treat a gunman and give him due process, just as surely as we will see that he pays for his crimes.

We are a nation that guarantees the freedom to worship as one chooses. And instead of claiming God for our side, we remember Lincoln’s words, and always pray to be on the side of God.

We are a nation that is dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equal. We live that truth within our military, and see it in the varied backgrounds of those we lay to rest today. We defend that truth at home and abroad, and we know that Americans will always be found on the side of liberty and equality. That is who we are as a people.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. It is a chance to pause, and to pay tribute – for students to learn of the struggles that preceded them; for families to honor the service of parents and grandparents; for citizens to reflect upon the sacrifices that have been made in pursuit of a more perfect union.

For history is filled with heroes. You may remember the stories of a grandfather who marched across Europe; an uncle who fought in Vietnam; a sister who served in the Gulf. But as we honor the many generations who have served, I think all of us – every single American – must acknowledge that this generation has more than proved itself the equal of those who have come before.

We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes.

This generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have volunteered in a time of certain danger. They are part of the finest fighting force that the world has ever known. They have served tour after tour of duty in distant, different and difficult places. They have stood watch in blinding deserts and on snowy mountains. They have extended the opportunity of self-government to peoples that have suffered tyranny and war. They are man and woman; white, black, and brown; of all faiths and stations – all Americans, serving together to protect our people, while giving others half a world away the chance to lead a better life.

In today’s wars, there is not always a simple ceremony that signals our troops’ success – no surrender papers to be signed, or capital to be claimed. But the measure of their impact is no less great – in a world of threats that no know borders, it will be marked in the safety of our cities and towns, and the security and opportunity that is extended abroad. And it will serve as testimony to the character of those who serve, and the example that you set for America and for the world.

Here, at Fort Hood, we pay tribute to thirteen men and women who were not able to escape the horror of war, even in the comfort of home. Later today, at Fort Lewis, one community will gather to remember so many in one Stryker Brigade who have fallen in Afghanistan.

Long after they are laid to rest – when the fighting has finished, and our nation has endured; when today’s servicemen and women are veterans, and their children have grown – it will be said of this generation that they believed under the most trying of tests; that they persevered not just when it was easy, but when it was hard; and that they paid the price and bore the burden to secure this nation, and stood up for the values that live in the hearts of all free peoples.

So we say goodbye to those who now belong to eternity. We press ahead in pursuit of the peace that guided their service. May God bless the memory of those we lost. And may God bless the United States of America.

 

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Washington D.C. to pay @$450,000 to war protesters…..

The weird thing in this story is the money is part of a settlement against the Washington D.C. police, who covered for the FBI (in Federal Court), who interrogated war protesters in 2002, after they were arrested, and while they were in the custody of the D.C. Police…..both agencies denied that the incident ever occured…..

Besides the money ($25,000 to 200 protesters who where arrested, detained and interrogated) …the D.C. Police will no longer allow an outside agency access to people in custody, without a D.C. police officer in their presence…and I guess everything will be on the record….

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Arrests at the United States southern Border drop by 23%…drug seizures rise…….

Because of stronger enforcement, and the weaker economy, lessening the need for labor …the Homeland Security Department reports that border apprehensions have dropped to 556,041 from 723,825 in the last 12 months from Sept 30th……the US Border Patrol has expanded it agents from roughly 11,000 to 20,000, making it the second largest uniformed law enforcement agency in the U.S. behind the New York City Police Department ( 31,000 )…..

Drug seizures have increased though…..with port finds up 53% on cocaine, 13% on marijuana…on land the marijuana finds are up 37% and cocaine is up 15% from last year…..

People try to ship drugs over and under water, in the air and in vehicles and by foot…..

 

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Rihanna keeps it up against Chris Brown……

The very pretty young talented performer, Rihanna, has continued to reveal her hurt feelings about her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, the gifted 20 year old R& B, singer……Brown who admitted striking his then girlfriend, has had his time in court, and in front of the world ,was held accountable for his actions…..men should never let things get to the point where they have to use force ….walking away is always the right answer…….

But  Chris Brown is also only 20 years old, he is not a rapper, but a gifted singer, who made a mistake in his personal life.

It is now time to move on people…….Even his ex-girlfriend says…”I actually love and care about him,” says the singer. “I want him to do well, have a great career, have a great life and grow up”….

I agree with her….…

The more people drag this on…the more albums he’s gonna sell …..…that’s all…..

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Does the Secret Service have too much on it's plate?

Back in September I did a book review on the Ron Kessler book about the United States Secret Service…….in reading the book it became apparent to me that the Service was in a bad place……taken from Treasury, where it was born and was the top dog…it has been relegated to the bottom of the food chain at the Homeland Security Department a huge agency…..now the agency has another problem……..it was formed last century as agency to protect the nation’s currency and grew to take on enforcing federal laws and statues against other financial crimes, which fit it’s being home in the Treasury Department.   But its move to Homeland has accompanied its huge growth in its dignitary protection function which has begun to diminish it investigative mission…….

There are now questions about what the agency should be doing as its mission and how it should be organized.…..The Service like any agency always is fighting a rear guard action to protect its turf….In the Kessler book it is mentioned that the Service has been in skirmishes with the FBI over enforcement (every federal agencies has)….while they where in Treasury there really was no leg for the FBI to stand on…the Service was Treasury , but with the movement out of that Department they have become protection oriented.

After a study of the problem by the Congressional Research Service there is a discussion in Congress and the agency what should be done…..Should the agency send some of staff and functions back to Treasury?…Should the agency do just protection?  Giving the FBI its investigate responsibilities?

The picture in the future is uncertain….. Since Congress has just given the agency the additional task of monitoring mortgage fraud, and added more money for the agency for protective functions in the future…….

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Balloon caper is a hoax?…..the extreme's of reality TV…….

It seems that Richard Heene may have planned this caper all along, according to Larimer County sheriff  Jim Alderden……..The department has started an investigation and it appears that ‘Falcon’s” father  had been working on the whole thing for several weeks, so that he could  get a possible reality show for him and the family……if proven true,  I really think that the whole thing was terrible…….

It also gets us to the question…..How far will people go to get themselves on TV?

The terrible thing is subjecting law enforcement and emergency works to a totally false scenario…including the scrambling of military assets and the chase across the state by news helicopters. Which could have caused a serious problem if an accident, or injury occurred in trying to secure the safety of a child, that wasn’t even in danger…..

Things started off good for the couple…but once Wolf Blizer sensed a problem with the child’s answer to a question …things went south……unfortunately people will stage anything to get their ten minutes of fame, and that may turn out someday to be tragic……..

A whole lot of people got used here…….

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Bloomberg and Guns Sales………..a month before the NYC Mayoral Election?…….

Mayor Mike Bloomberg an Independent…running on the Republican line has waged a campaign against illegal gun sales……not New York City…not even in New York State….But in Tennessee, Ohio and Nevada gun shows…….

The City and its Mayor will release a report with video showing how New York City investigators made gun purchases in which the dealers asked for little or no ID and  went thru with those sales even if the purchaser admitted that they probably couldn’t pass background checks……

The problem is …this is just a before an election that Bloomberg could lose (unlikely but)? …Second of all…this is simply not going to change a thing, in general, since outside of New York the gun issue is toxic, and no smart democrat is gonna get involved in it , since Al Gore lost critical votes because of it…..

Besides, what did they do with the guns they bought?….isn’t it illegal to lie about buying them?…if these poeple where NYC cops…they aren’t cops outside of the city and New York State, right?…..

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