03/23/09

And now for something completely different – er, Danish wise…

Funny You-Tube stuff from my Danish son-in-law (the important part is in English – the ranting lunatic is from Pakistan – you guess the religion):

Sjovt clip fra rejsen til saturn!

All in Danish – but here’s a hint – the green stuff is not Palmolive (no translation needed if you have a brain):

Rejsen Til Saturn – Tisboble

And last but certainly not least, the obligatory burning of the Danish flag. Take that you cursed Danish! Joke at our cartoons will ya… (hint: that was sarcasm – I am pro-Danish and anti-beheading):

Journey to Saturn // Rejsen til Saturn

03/23/09

Mulling a Trial-Run of Martial Law

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Wow, things just get better and better lately… Check this out: Schenectady mayor considers options, martial law over police woes.

Key excerpt:

Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said, “This is unprecedented – all these officers getting in trouble at the same time for all these different reasons.

Five Schenectady police officers recently accused of everything from driving drunk to beating up a man are leading city officials to look at taking drastic action to fix a department tainted by the few who may have acted illegally, like Darren Lawrence and Michael Brown who are accused of driving while intoxicated

Okay, not great – but we are now talking only of ‘five’ police officers here – not the majority of the force…

Next excerpt:

The mayor said there is another option – and that would be declaring martial law. The governor would have to declare it and then the National Guard would come in. The mayor said it’s more for a transition to a new police force if that were to happen.

He said, “It may be that as a stopgap measure, that you would need military forces – State Police, National Guard.”

Mayor Stratton said the temporary measure would last until the new police force took over.

And, pray tell, just when that would be? Who knows? And definitely my favorite quote:

Schenectady’s Corporation Counsel John Van Norden said, “If you abolish the police department you still have a need – not an obligation – but a need to police the community. You would need something in transition. Declaring martial law would be one way to bridge the gap.”

“It’s a contrived scenario,” said the mayor. “But it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities if you go that particular route.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this seems to be a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. It’s not bad enough we had military called into our streets in Alabama last week, we now have this… This is beginning to be a habit and not a good one.

And last, but certainly not least:

Chief Chaires said, “When I think of martial law, I think of rioting. I think of Watts riots and things like that. I haven’t seen anything that rises to that level. I was a little surprised to hear that.”

But whether the National Guard needs to be called in or not, we’ll take a more-in-depth look on Thursday at the county-wide and State Police options, as officials try to deal with an unprecedented situation in unprecedented ways.

You think? I don’t know why more people aren’t catching this and talking about it. People, this could happen in your town. There are 61,821 people in Schenectady and that was in 2000. Probably a lot more now. This just sends a cold shiver up my spine…

UPDATE: Can Private Security Guards Act As Cops?

03/23/09

The Real Cause of the Financial Crisis and Other Thoughts…

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I read an article today that thoroughly explains what is happening in our financial markets – my son-in-law Torben clued me to it: The Financial Crisis: A look behind the wizard’s curtain. The purpose of this financial crisis is to take down the United States and the U.S. dollar as the stable datum of planetary finance. READ IT ALL…

Over 1000 Tea Parties in 1500 cities are now being scheduled. The one in Orlando, FL this weekend was a stunning success: Orlando Tea Party – Doing The Right Thing For America. Got tea?

And from one of my heroes comes an echo on my viewpoint concerning the AIG bonuses – Neal Boortz: Off With Their Heads

Key excerpt:

This is nuts. I mean, really folks … we have gone bat-guano insane over this AIG bonus brouhaha. You’re being manipulated. The wealth-envy is being stoked. What we have here is a phony outrage wholly generated by the political class to take the minds of the dumb masses (if you’re reading aloud, do so slowly) off of the spectacularly irresponsible bailout, stimulus and budget bills that have been passed in recent months. We have an anti-capitalist Democrat party working with a president who thinks that America’s greatness is based in government, together with no small number of Republican sycophants, spending this country into oblivion … and looking for ways to distract your attention in the process.

And as we are now clearly in the financial twilight zone, the Dow is up 300+ points. Why you ask? Because we are going into debt another 1 Trillion dollars – let’s see 3.6 T plus 1 T – gee, we are at a deficit of 4.6 T with this. I know! Let’s print more money! Obama’s $1 Trillion Plan to End Bank Crisis – Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Hopes to Attract Private Investors to Buy Toxic Assets. Yeah, that’ll fix it – these people are on crack… Kroft to Obama: Are you punch-drunk?

And just in case you wondered who those 85 Republicans were who voted with the Dems to do an unconstitutional Bill of Attainder on the bonuses of the AIG execs, Michelle Malkin has it: Roll call vote breakdown: The 85 House Republicans who supported Rangel’s 90 percent bonus tax. More on it at The New Editor: A List of US Reps who Voted for HR 1586, Imposing a 90% Tax on Bonuses for TARP Recipients. By the way, Dean Heller of Nevada should be ashamed of his vote…