Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Must See Video: “I Don’t Need To Stop at a Checkpoint to Prove Who I Am Because This Is America”



SHTF Plan ^ | 7/11/2012 | Mac Slavo

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
-The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
With local, state and DHS checkpoints randomly popping up all over America many of our citizens believe that we must comply with what more often than not amounts to unlawful requests and orders from law enforcement officials.
While driving through California, Steven Anderson came upon three such checkpoints and he chose not to play ball with officers who asked him, among other things, to prove his citizenship, prove his identity and pull over for further inspection and questioning.
When asked whether he was a citizen Anderson’s immediate response was, “that’s my business.” When advised that it was the officer’s job to ask the question, Anderson calmly responds by saying, “I don’t have to answer you, because I have rights as an American.” The law enforcement official courteously asks Mr. Anderson to do him a favor and pull over for further questioning, no doubt expecting Anderson to comply. But not today, as Anderson patently refuses to do so per his Fourth Amendment Constitutional protections. He subsequently makes his own request, saying to the officer, “no thanks, I’d like to just go on my way.”
All of it was recorded on a digital camera in Anderson’s car and out of view of officers.
What you’ll see below is a crash course in exercising your Constitutional rights when faced with the threat of detention, interrogation and random searches by Federal or local law enforcement officials. You won’t see this one in mainstream media, and it’s something they certainly don’t teach in college:
Anderson: Is this Nazi Germany now, that I have to show my papers?
Officer: It’s a simple yes or no. I need an answer or we can detain you until we figure out whether you’re a U.S. citizen.
Anderson: Well, you know what’s more simple is the fact that my freedom is a little more important than you seem to think. Seting up checkpoints where people have to prove that they’re a citizen is not something that America is supposed to be about. So, I’m not sure if you understand that.
Supervisor enters scene: Grunt
Anderson: Grunt
Supervisor: Just pull up over there (points to line of detained cars)
Anderson: No, thank you… I want to go free on my way. Here I am just going about my own business and I don’t need to stop at a checkpoint to prove who I am because this is America. Correct me if I’m wrong – did I stumble into Mexico or is this still the United States?
Supervisor: This is the United States.
Anderson: Therefore, I should have the freedom to travel unmolested, because I’m in America here.
(pause)
Supervisor: Ok, go ahead and go.
Score one for liberty and the US Constitution.
It really is that simple.
Sure, some officers will overstep their bounds in an attempt to intimidate and instill fear, but in this case cooler heads prevailed and the officer in charge understood that Mr. Anderson was on the right side of the law, and that their requests for him pulling over and showing identification at a random checkpoint were nothing more than requests, as no such mandate exists without probable cause that criminal activity is taking place.
Mr. Anderson stood up for his rights – his own individual rights. To be free and to enjoy the liberties reserved and protected for the people by the Constitution of the United States it falls upon each of us, as individuals, to ensure the rule of law.
On another day Mr. Anderson may have been detained, perhaps even arrested (unlawfully).
But today in America freedom prevailed.

Obama Has Better Things To Do Than Campaign For The Black Vote...




The Cowardly Lion: OBAMA! Romney on Obama's Chavez Statement: 'Stunning and Shocking'



weeklystandard.com ^ | 7/11/12 | DANIEL HALPER

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney responded to President Obama's comments on Hugo Chavez with this statement:

“This is a stunning and shocking comment by the President. It is disturbing to see him downplaying the threat posed to U.S. interests by a regime that openly wishes us ill.

President Obama's statement was made in a response to a question about Iran's relationship with Chavez.

"We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe," Obama told a TV host. "But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us. We have to be vigilant. My main concern when it comes to Venezuela is having the Venezuelan people have a voice in their affairs, and that you end up ultimately having fair and free elections, which we don't always see."

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In Obama's Chicago, A Trayvon Martin Every Day(with no Zimmerman in sight)




Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-11-2012 | Investors Business Daily

Urban Decay: When more Americans are killed in the president's hometown than in Afghanistan, even the media take notice. When will the president notice the carnage in the city run by his former chief of staff?

People are dying fast and furiously in Chicago, so much so that it caught the CBS eye and prompted "Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley to sit down Monday night with Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff and mayor of this monument to progressive decay,(snip)

Heaven Sutton, 7, who was killed as she tried to dodge bullets fired from the guns of gangbangers. She was selling snow cones at the time. Heaven didn't get quite the attention of Trayvon Martin,...

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Romney to NAACP: Obama made it worse for you 'in almost every way'




The Hill ^

“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone,” Romney will say, according to prepared remarks provided by his campaign. “Instead, it’s worse for African-Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income and median family wealth are all worse for the black community.”
While Obama leads Romney 92 percent to 2 among black voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, Romney hopes his economic pitch will resonate with a group that has been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. He's made a similar appeal to other voting blocs, such as Hispanics and women.
Romney will acknowledge the historic nature of Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he became the country’s first black president, but will also make the case for his own candidacy.
"I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president," the presumptive GOP nominee will say. "I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president."
He also will make the argument that Obama’s economic policies are creating similar barriers to those that civil rights activists fought hard to remove.
“If someone had told us in the 1950s or '60s that a black citizen would serve as the 44th president, we would have been proud and many would have been surprised,” Romney will say. “Picturing that day, we might have assumed that the American presidency would be the very last door of opportunity to be opened. Before that came to pass, every other barrier on the path to equal opportunity would surely have to come down.
“Of course, it hasn’t happened quite that way. Many barriers remain. Old inequities persist. In some ways, the challenges are even more complicated than before. And across America — and even within your own ranks — there are serious, honest debates about the way forward.”
The former Massachusetts governor will cite unemployment among African-Americans, which at 14.4 percent is well above the national average of 8.2.
“I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle-class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor,” Romney will say. “My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the president has set has not done that — and will not do that. My course will.”
Romney will also focus on education, which earlier in the primary season he referred to as “the civil rights issue of our era.” Romney says he will “give the parents of every low-income and special-needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school,” and will link federal education funds to the student, which he says will open the opportunity for children of poor families to attend charter and private schools.
“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life,” Romney will say. “Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept. Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide — but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.”
Obama will not address the NAACP convention this year, but Vice President Biden is scheduled to speak on Thursday.

Speaking of outsourcing …




Hot Air.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY

Now that Team Obama has opened up a debate on outsourcing — when they really mean offshoring — they may live to regret it. They’ve been attacking Mitt Romney for having offshore bank accounts, but apparently didn’t bother to vet their own team very well before doing so. Yesterday, the Weekly Standard reported that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has some funds in Swiss investment accounts, although that is more of an apple/oranges comparison:
But disclosure forms reveal that in 2010, Wasserman Schultz invested between $1,001-$15,000 in a 401k retirement fund run by Davis Financial Fund. As the fund discloses, it is invested in the Julius Baer Group Ltd. and the State Bank of India GDR Ltd., as well as other financial, insurance, bank institutions.
“The Julius Baer Group is the leading Swiss private banking group, focusing exclusively on the demands of sophisticated private clients, family offices and external asset managers from around the world,” its website explains. “Bank Julius Baer is the principal operating company of the Julius Baer Group, with origins dating back to 1890. The rich Swiss heritage becomes manifest in the values for which the Bank stands, e.g. trustworthiness, accountability, discretion and expertise. However, at the same time Julius Baer is a modern, forward-looking company at the leading edge of a genuine growth industry.”
Similarly, according to disclosure forms from 2004, Wasserman Schultz had holdings in the Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund. That fund is invested in HSBC bank (a British financial institution), Hengdeli Holdings (a Hong Kong watch company), Novo Nordisk (a Danish drug company), Volkswagen (a German auto company), Rakuten (a Japanese shipping business), Richemont Cie Financiere (a Swiss luxury goods company), and many others.
It’s a fun dig at Wasserman Schultz, who has been one of the more vocal purveyors of this kind of financial Know-Nothingism, but it’s not quite the same thing. Romney opened accounts on his own overseas, while Wasserman Schultz invested in retirement accounts whose managers invested overseas. It’s both qualitatively and quantitatively different; by that measure, practically everyone would qualify as an offshorer, including most union pension recipients, I’m quite sure.
On the other hand, this catch from ABC News about a member of Obama’s inner circle at the White House might be more to the point (via Instapundit):
A lot of attention has been focused lately on Mitt Romney’s offshore finances in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
But the word Bermuda pops up on the financial disclosure forms of one of President Obama’s top advisers too.
Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000.
Might be more to the point, but might not be, either. The line of credit comes from JP Morgan Chase, and it’s unclear why it was issued from their Bermuda branch rather than New York. ABC’s financial sources say that’s not unusual, and it doesn’t necessarily indicate overseas transactions on the part of the recipient.
On the other hand, Jim Geraghty has a good question about outsourcing under the Obama administration that does go straight to the point:

Finally, the RNC says if Obama wants a debate on offshoring, they’re happy to have it:

A Department Of Energy Study Found “That 60 Percent Of The 40 Largest Wind Farms Then Financed By The Stimulus Relied On Foreign Manufacturers For Their Central Components, Including Turbines.” “According to some critics, a galling example of the Obama administration fostering overseas work came as part the 2009 stimulus program. They point to millions of dollars meant to develop a domestic clean-energy industry that instead landed in the hands of foreign businesses. An April 2010 study by the Energy Department found that 60 percent of the 40 largest wind farms then financed by the stimulus relied on foreign manufacturers for their central components, including turbines.” (Tom Hamburger, Carol D. Leonnig and Zachary A. Goldfarb, “Obama’s Record On Outsourcing Draws Criticism From The Left,” The Washington Post, 7/9/12) …
Dow Kokam Received A $161 Million Stimulus Award To Build An Electric Vehicle Battery Manufacturing Facility In Midland, MI. (“Grants – Award Summary: Dow Kokam MI, LLC,” Recovery.gov, Accessed 6/27/12)
In December 2011, Dow Kokam Admitted That More Than 180 Korean Nationals Were Setting Up And Testing Equipment At The Stimulus-Funded Battery Plant. “More than 180 Korean nationals are in Midland helping set up and test equipment at the Dow Kokam battery plant, but company officials say the workers are not here for the long haul. ‘These workers, who are Korean nationals, are not employees or contractors of Dow Kokam and will only be at the facility until the warranty runs on the equipment are complete.’ Dow Kokam spokeswoman Kristina Schnepf said in a release.” (Kathryn Lynch-Morin, “Company Official Says Korean Workers At Dow Kokam For Installation Only, Not For Long Term,” Michigan Live, 12/13/11)
“The Unions Insist They’ve Seen Foreign Workers Doing The Very Jobs Americans Could Do.” “The unions insist they’ve seen foreign workers doing the very jobs Americans could do. ‘The thing that was alarming to us was that there are people actually doing the work out there, installing the machinery, doing electrical work, piping work, mill right work, installing the machines in this plant,’ Mangione said.” (Sharyl Attkisson, “Unions Say Foreign Workers Taking Stimulus Jobs,” CBS News , 4/13/12)
Mitt Romney took his own money overseas. Barack Obama took US taxpayer dollars overseas. Which is worse? If Obama wants to have that debate, I’m pretty sure the GOP will be delighted to engage.

Majority backs Arizona on immigration crackdown law!




The Washington Times ^ | July 10, 2012 | Stephen Dinan

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s law allowing police to check the immigration status of those they detain, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to see their own states enact the same kinds of laws.

The latest Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Monday night, found about two-thirds of all likely voters would like to see their own police be able to check immigration status during routine traffic stops. Support was high across most demographics, including self-identified Republicans and independents, and even Hispanics favored the policy by a 55 percent to 41 percent margin.

A handful of states have followed Arizona’s lead and enacted similar police powers, but some jurisdictions have gone the other direction.

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an ordinance he said would make sure police know they don’t have to turn illegal immigrants over to federal authorities.
The move won applause from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat and a chief advocate for immigrant rights, who contrasted it with the get-tough policies others are turning to.
“In Arizona, they deal with this reality by enacting laws to sanction racial profiling and by condoning the irrational acts of cowboys — sometimes ones who happen to be sheriffs and carry guns — and set them loose on immigrants or anyone who looks or sounds like an immigrant,” Mr. Gutierrez said. “In Chicago, we do things a little differently because we put public safety above political stunts, and we put creating a united, cohesive society over trying to draw dividing lines or driving political wedges.”
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Independent Voter Surge Cuts Democrats’ Swing State Edge!


By John McCormick

Independent voters are growing in numbers at the expense of Democrats in battleground states most likely to determine this year’s presidential election, a Bloomberg News analysis shows.
The collective total of independents grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina since the 2008 election, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state election officials.
During the same time, Democrats saw a net decline of about 480,000 in those six states, while Republicans -- boosted in part by a competitive primary earlier this year -- added roughly 38,000 voters in them, the analysis shows.
“Democrats hit the high-water mark for registration in 2008, so it’s natural that they are going to see some drop off,” said Michelle Diggles, a senior policy analyst with the Democratic-leaning Third Way research group in Washington who conducted a similar study earlier this year.
The rise of independent voters has had a major impact on recent election results.
In 2008, President Barack Obama won 52 percent of the independent vote, according to national exit polls, which was one percentage less than his overall total. Senator John McCainof Arizona, his Republican opponent, collected 44 percent of the independent vote -- 2 points less than his overall total. Independents represented 29 percent of the total electorate that year.

Election Volatility

In 2006, independents backed Democrats by an 18-percentage-point margin nationwide in House races, handing the party control of the chamber for the first time in 12 years. In 2010, they backed Republicans over Democrats in House races by a 19-point margin, as Republicans regained the chamber’s majority.
Independent voters are growing in numbers because of dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats, Diggles said.
“Independents are really just fed up with both parties,”she said. “Most elections are about the center and that’s where the swing vote is going to come from.”
A Bloomberg survey taken June 15-18 showed 50 percent of independents view the Republican Party unfavorably, while 47 percent say that about the Democratic Party.

’Freedom to Pick’

“I just want to be able to have the freedom to pick the right person to do the right things for the country,” said poll participant Kimberly Sullivan, 27, an independent voter who lives in Nashua, New Hampshire.
The registration advantage in the six battleground states reviewed -- all of which Obama won in 2008 -- is split between Democrats and independents. The states account for 69 electoral votes, with 270 needed to win the White House.
Democrats are the top party in Florida, Nevada and North Carolina, while independents hold that position in Colorado, Iowa and New Hampshire. Ohio and Virginia, two other battlegrounds consistently identified by Democratic and Republican strategists, don’t report registration statistics by party identification.
The Bloomberg analysis included both active and inactive voters in the states where that distinction was made in the public data because some states don’t provide such a breakdown and inactive voters can be restored to active status.
The campaigns for Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, are already working to register additional voters ahead of November’s election and will spend millions of dollars on the task.

Registration Versus Turnout

Higher voter registration doesn’t necessarily translate to higher turnout. In the 1996 presidential election, registration went up and turnout down, while the opposite happened four years later with higher turnout amid lower registration, according toAmerican University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate in Washington.
The registration statistics also should be treated with some skepticism, the center says, because some states do a better job than others of purging the names of people who have died or moved away.
In Florida, the state is in the process of removing noncitizens from state voter rolls even after the U.S. Justice Department cautioned the program may violate federal law. The state, led by Republican Governor Rick Scott, has removed at least 107 alleged noncitizens from its voting rolls after identifying about 180,000 questionable registrations in its database of 11.2 million voters. State officials asked county election supervisors in April to review a list of 2,700 potential noncitizens and remove ineligible voters.

Database Sought

The state won’t send any additional names to supervisors until it gets access to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s citizenship database, said Chris Cate, spokesman for Florida’s secretary of state office.
Republicans in several states have also pushed for tougher restrictions on voter registration, which Democrats and racial minority groups often characterize as ways of discouraging turnout.
The Republican Party of Iowa last week promoted in a news release the roughly 21,000-person registration advantage its party enjoys in that battleground state among “active” voters-- although independents still outnumber them.
Iowa, as in some other states, breaks down its registered voters by “active” and “inactive” status. Voters can be classified as inactive if a piece of mail has been returned to election officials as undeliverable and for other reasons.

Erasing Democrats

As inactive Democrats have been erased, Republicans this year managed to move ahead with the most active registrations for the first time in six years.
When active and inactive voters are included, the Iowa data shows Republicans have gained about 40,000 registrants since December 2008, while Democrats lost about 70,000.
Obama carried Iowa four years ago, with 54 percent of the vote to McCain’s 44 percent.
New voters, especially among minority and youth populations, helped Obama win the White House four years ago and his re-election effort has started voter registration drives in Hispanic and other neighborhoods in battleground states.
To contact the reporter on this story:John McCormick in Chicago at jmccormick16@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jeanne Cummings at jcummings21@bloomberg.net

NAACP welcomes top political figures, but COWARD Obama notably absent




FoxNews.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Maggie Kerkman

An array of prominent political figures are converging on Houston this week for the NAACP's annual convention.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke Tuesday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Wednesday and Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled for Thursday. But one person is noticeably absent: President Obama himself.
Political experts say this is an indicator of just how confident the president is that the majority of black voters will go his way.
"Granted, the novelty and historic dimensions have faded," says political expert Mark Jones of Rice University, "but I believe the president feels the African-American community will turn out in force to elect him."
Indeed, polls show the president enjoys almost as much support among African-American voters now as he did four years ago. Still, if it's a close election, experts are keeping their eyes on a few key swing states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia -- states where a surge of African-American voters could make a difference for the president.
Attendees of the NAACP convention are determined to get as many voters out to the polls as possible. They're organizing and developing plans to...
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Do You Wish You Voted For Obama Instead Of McCain?




The Western Center for Journalism ^ | July 10, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck

A google search using the term, “McCain voters say they wished they’d voted Obama” shows about 7,450,000 items, but searching through them yields not a single article about voters feeling this way. When most people are asked, “We all know people who voted for Obama and say they wished they had voted for McCain, but where are the people who say they voted for McCain but wish they had voted for Obama?” they start laughing.
By now, we have all heard the public “secular confessions” of the Barack Obama supporters who wish they hadn’t done what they did. These people feel a need to confess their sin so some intelligent voter can pat them on the head and say, “It’s alright, you meant well.” Of course it’s not alright, so the legions of “Obama Vote Regreters” (OVRs) seems to be growing.
Stories about OVRs like the one recently posted by The Des Moines Register are rare. How stark does the picture have to be to force the media to talk about cracks in their king’s armor? Pretty bad is the answer, and that’s what the situation is in Iowa where just four years ago Barack Obama cruised to a land slide victory.
The Register’s small but telling survey talked to 23 self- identified 2008 Obama voters including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents and found an astounding 18 said they would definitely not vote for Obama in November. What’s worse for Obama is that each of these OVRs had a different reason for turning away from him. One was a “longtime Democrat” who came to understand what a serious mistake she made and felt it was necessary to “confess” her sin. A small business owner, she said, “I wish to have my vote back. I feel completely responsible, and I feel like I need to tell people this.”
Another OVR saw Obama as a divider rather than a uniter, others were concerned about our national debt, and others worried about unemployment. Their answers varied so much that there is no way Obama can address all or even some of their concerns. These people are dead to Obama. The question is: how many more OVRs are out there across the country? All signs point to there being millions of them.

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Corruption Charges Fuel Move to Cut US Aid to PA




Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The Palestinian Authority said the Obama administration has warned it will cut aid if it goes to the United Nations again for recognition. In Congress, opposition to aiding the Palestinian Authority was fueled by charges that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has “lined his pockets.”
Khaled Mesmar, a Palestinian Authority official of the Political Committee of the Palestinian National Council, admitted on Tuesday that the United States has “threatened to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Liberation Office in Washington if the Palestinian leadership submitted another membership bid to the United Nations.”
He said the threat was delivered through official channels during a recent visit to Ramallah by an American envoy.
Mesmar said that the PA took the threats seriously but has not yet decided to go ahead with another appeal to the United Nations Security Council for membership, which would entail recognition of the Palestinian Authority as an independent country based on its own definition of borders.
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White House Takes Appropriators to Task on Military Pay, TRICARE




National Journal / Yahoo ^ | 7/10/2012

The White House has threatened to veto a House appropriations bill that includes a pay raise for service members but not for civilian federal employees.
The Obama administration’s opposition to the Defense Department spending bill, which the House plans to take up next week, covers a lot of territory. In particular, the administration objected to appropriators not including a recommended 0.5 percent pay raise for civilians and for rejecting its proposals to increase TRICARE fees.
A permanent pay freeze for federal workers “is neither sustainable nor desirable,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a June 28 statement of administration policy, referencing the same language it has used to describe appropriators’ silence on a fiscal 2013 pay raise in other spending bills. The Defense spending bill does include a 1.7 percent pay raise for service members, which Obama recommended in his fiscal 2013 budget proposal. The House in May approved Defense authorization legislation that also includes a 1.7 percent pay boost for military members. That legislation rejected the administration’s recommendations to raise premiums for military retirees based on their retirement pay, among other fee hikes, but modestly raised TRICARE copays for brand and nonformulary drugs in 2013.
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