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Re: “Tennessee Lawmakers Defend Cockfighting

CITIES AND COUNTIES CANNOT VIOLATE RACKETEERING LAWS
Title 18 section 1951 Interference with Commerce: “Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity…by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires to do so…shall be fined…or imprisoned not more than twenty years…(2) the term ‘extortion’ means the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.” Title 7, section 2 [Agricultural commodities] Definitions: “The word ‘person’…shall include individuals, associations, partnerships, corporations, and trusts. The word ‘commodity’ shall mean wheat, cotton, rice, corn, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, grain sorghums, mill feeds, butter, eggs,…[Irish potatoes], wool, wool tops, fats and oils…cottonseed meal, cottonseed, peanuts, soybeans, soybean meal, livestock, livestock products, and frozen concentrated orange juice, and all other goods and articles…” Title 7 section 2131 “The Congress finds that animals and activities which are regulated under this chapter are either in interstate or foreign commerce or substantially affect such commerce or the free flow thereof, and that regulation of animals and activities as provided in this chapter is necessary to prevent and eliminate burdens upon such commerce and to effectively regulate such commerce, in order…(3) to protect the owners of animals from theft of their animals by preventing the sale or use of animals which have been stolen.” Title 18 section 1962. Prohibited activities: (b) It shall be unlawful for any person through a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce…(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to conspire to violate any of the provisions of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section.” Title 18 Stolen Property, section 2311 Definitions: “As used in this chapter…’livestock’ means any domestic animals raised for home use, consumption, or profit, such as horses, pigs, llamas, goats, fowl, sheep, buffalo, and cattle, or the carcasses thereof.” Title 7 Agriculture section 601: No state can restrict the raising of any commodity (chicken - hen or cock, other poultry, cattle, horse, goat, pig, sheep, parakeet, frog, fish, chinchilla, guinea pig, rabbit, etc.) for personal use. If the state is forbidden to restrict commodities, neither can the city or county. City or county employees get 20 years in prison for conspiring to restrict the free flow of commerce and agricultural commodities known as “chickens (roosters and hens),” “birds and poultry,” cattle,” “crowing fowl,” “pigeons,” “goats,” “horses,” “pigs,” “sheep,” “other small farm animals (rabbits, fish, chinchillas, frogs, parakeets, guinea pigs, etc.),” and “animal/livestock feed” consisting of mill feeds: rice, corn, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, and grain sorghums. The penalty is 20 years’ imprisonment or $250,000 fine.

Salinas v. United States, 118 S.Ct. 469 (1997) “[I]nterprative canon is not license for judiciary to rewrite language enacted by legislature. . . Predominant elements in substantive Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations are: (1) conduct (2) of enterprise (3) through pattern of racketeering activity. 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c). . . . Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy conviction does not require overt or specific act. 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d). . . . If conspirators have plan which calls for some conspirators to perpetrate crime and others to provide support, supporters are as guilty as perpetrators. . . . Conspiracy may exist and be punished whether or not substantive crime ensues, for conspiracy is distinct evil, dangerous to public, and so punishable in itself.” Judges and cities are forbidden to rewrite language enacted by legislature. They are forbidden to even think about using the courts to uphold bogus, fabricated charges for “hot pursuit of revenue.” By their “conduct” of falsely representing the character, amount, or legal status of any debt, participants violate 15 U.S.C. sections 1692e(2)(A) and 1681s-2, and became “principals” in a “pattern of racketeering” by putting “false liens or debts” on “court or credit records” without “verifying” that the liens or debts were “legally valid” as the result of “having the matter determined by a jury” prior to having an “abstract of judgment entered.” The fraud continues when these bogus judgments are used for “collection of unlawful debt.” The language of 15 U.S.C. section 1681s-2 is particularly clear: “A person shall not furnish any information relating to a consumer to any consumer reporting agency if the person knows or consciously avoids knowing that the information is inaccurate.”

Amortization: “The World Book Dictionary defines ‘amortize’ as: 1. To set money aside regularly in a special fund for future wiping out of (a debt…); 2. Law. To convey (property) to a body, especially an ecclesiastical body, which does not have the right to sell or give it away.” ‘Amortization’ is: 1. The act of amortizing a debt; 2. The money set aside for this purpose.” The County is liable for cities’ fraudulent misuse of the word “amortization” to mean an 18-month “grace” period before county agents crack down on all livestock and other small farm animal owners, 4-H, and FFA. The correct definition of “amortization” means that the county and cities need to set money aside right now for “conveying property (deeds/bundle of rights/chickens/chicken feed/livestock) to a body, (city or county agents), which does not have the right to sell or give it away. This is hard evidence of County’s liability for fraud – they know they have no right to con citizens into amending their own Deeds by giving up their property, but count on the public being too ignorant to look up the real definition of “amortize.”

CIVIL RICO by DAVID B. SMITH and TERRANCE G. REED, 1999 Edition published by MATTHEW BENDER, publication update September 1999, front page: “Injuries to “Business or Property:” Interpreting the scope of compensable “business or property” injuries under section 1964(c), THE Sixth Circuit recently held in Isaak v. Trumble Savings & Loan Co., 169 F.3d 390 (6th Cir. 1999), that the use and enjoyment of real estate constitutes “property” within the meaning of RICO so as to trigger the accrual of a RICO claim.” The county and its cities are liable for racketeering conduct of its employees/agents’ use of fear, threats, and intimidation to “interfere with the use and enjoyment of property” by citizens who pay city and county employees to “protect and serve” their property rights.

California Civil Code section 3482.5 Preexisting Agricultural Uses Not Nuisance. “(a)(1) No agricultural activity, operation, or facility, or appurtenances thereof, conducted or maintained for commercial purposes, and in a manner consistent with proper and accepted customs and standards, as established and followed by similar agricultural operations in the same locality, shall be or become a nuisance, private or public, due to any changed condition in or about the locality, after it has been in operation for more than three years if it was not a nuisance at the time it began.” County is liable for their agents’ “racketeering and extortion” in using threats, fear and intimidation by going door-to-door issuing citations for having too many parakeets, fish, frogs, goats, guinea pigs, fowl, pigeons, pigs, horses, etc., which information they obtained illegally through criminal trespass or violation of property owners’ Fourth Amendment.

U.S. v. Frega, 179 F.3d 793 (9th Cir. 1999) at 793: “To establish conspiracy under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) does not require proof that individual defendant participated personally, or agreed to participate personally, in two predicate offenses; rather, the conspiracy must contemplate the commission of two predicate acts by one or more of its members. 18 U.S.C. section 1962(d).” More than two predicate acts occur when private individuals conspire with public employees to violate state and federal law by restricting property ownership without just compensation in furtherance of a racketeering scheme or artifice (denial of honest government services and theft under color of law); therefore, the County is the municipality upon which the “liability is imposed” for conduct constituting RICO conspiracy through fraud and deceit to effect “takings” without due process and without just compensation, which is theft under color. The county needs to remember the “judicial officers” who went to jail in this Frega case for operating the courts as a racketeering enterprise, the $42 million that went back into Uncle Sam’s Treasury as “fruits of a racketeering enterprise,” and needs to remember the 1,500 crooked employees who used to work for the DMV and who took “bribes” to “do favors” and manufacture fake licenses for their friends. In the Frega case, the feds only collected $42 million, because it was pled improperly, and a lot more big fish escaped the net.

Salinas v. United States, 118 S.Ct. 469 (1997): “[C]onspiracy is a distinct evil, dangerous to the public, and punishable in itself.” City and county employees are liable for conspiring to restrict property (including old cars) and agricultural commodities (Title 7, section 2) without just compensation, and conspiring to target disenfranchised livestock owners and feed mills in violation of Title 42 section 1983, and admitted to having “met” (conspired) with code enforcement and private persons in violation of the Brown Act in order to steal. The county is liable for its employees’ intent (conspiracy) to conduct city and county business as a racketeering enterprise.

In Re Grand Jury Proceedings, 87 F.3d 377 (9th Cir. 1996) at 378: “Attorney need know nothing about client’s ongoing or planned illicit activity for crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege to apply.” The County is liable for city employees’ “planned illicit activity” to turn property ownership into a crime, and any attorney representing the city or county agents in a lawsuit is liable under crime-fraud exception, and their malpractice insurance will not cover RICO allegations; nor can any of their clients recover ANY attorney fees (this notion was rejected by the full House in 1970 see CIVIL RICO, footnote 25)

Crowe v. Henry, 43 F.3d 198, 199 (5th Cir. 1995): “A preanswer Motion to Dismiss action for failure to state a claim admits facts alleged in complaint but challenges plaintiff’s right to relief based upon those facts.” The County would have no hope of using a 12(b)(6) motion to deny the fact that any of its citizens exists, and that one citizen was subjected to Animal Enterprise Terrorism, threats, fear, intimidation, trespass, and robbery by city employees.

Guerrero v. Gates, et al, CV 00-7165, WILLIAM J. REA, August 28, 2000, United States District Court for the Central District of California, quoting pertinent parts relating to nationwide news the LAPD CONDUCT SUBJECT TO CIVIL RICO: DISCUSSION: Legal Standard Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6): A party may bring a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s claims if the plaintiff’s allegations “fail to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6). Generally, “[a] complaint should not be dismissed for failure to state a claim unless it appears beyond doubt that the plaintiff can prove no set of facts in support of his claim which would entitle him to relief.” Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41, 45-46 (1957). Thus, dismissal is proper where the complaint lacks either a cognizable legal theory or insufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory. See Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Dep’t., 901 F.2d 696, 699 (9th Cir. 1990). In reviewing a Rule 12(b)(6) motion, a court must construe all allegations contained in the complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, and must accept as true all material allegations in the complaint, as well as any reasonable inferences to be drawn from them. See Hospital Bldg. Co. v. Trustees of the Rex Hosp., 425 U.S. 738 (1976). Thus, no matter how improbable the alleged facts are, the court must accept them as true for the purposes of the action. See Nietzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 326-27 (1989). The first amended complaint alleges planting evidence and extortion by Rampart police, which are both racketeering violations under Title 18. Attorneys for the defendant police made a motion to dismiss based on “failure to state a claim.” The court recommended that this motion be denied, and encouraged the plaintiff to pursue his racketeering claims.” Likewise, it would be very easy to “prove the set of facts” that the city and county employees aided and abetted racketeering activity by restricting property use, and by conspiring with private individuals and corporations to terrorize tax-paying citizens.

AR zoning: “Existing animal keeping uses in the AR Agricultural-Residential District which become nonconforming by reason of development on an adjoining site which was vacant when the animal keeping use was established may be continued indefinitely; provided, however, if the animal keeping use is abandoned or discontinued for a period of eighteen (18) months, it shall not be resumed except in conformity with the provisions of Section 9-3.420 of this article. The County is liable for illegally proposing (extortion) that citizens be given 18 months to get rid of chickens or face charges” in order to threaten and intimidate citizens to give up their property rights, which is a “scheme or artifice to defraud under color of official right.” The County is liable for any of its employees/agents using extortion, threats, fear and intimidation to coerce citizens to “amend” their Deeds and give up their property rights without just compensation or due process, and for falsely purporting that if the chickens or other livestock/small farm animals are gone for 18 months, the County can then fraudulently “amend” the owner’s deed, illegally convert the title, and get rid of the Prop 13 tax break.

Jones v. United States, 529 U.S.__, 146 L Ed 2d 902, 120 S.Ct___ (May 22, 2000): “Held: Because an owner-occupied residence not used for any commercial purpose does not qualify as property ‘used in’ commerce or commerce-affecting activity, arson of such a dwelling is not subject to…prosecution…” The Supreme Court says that you cannot be prosecuted by anybody for damaging your own property. The county is liable for its employees/agents’ fraud, perjury, and extortion to steal property under the guise of “rescuing” it from its lawful owner.

PROPERTY OWNER’S STANDING TO SUE UNDER RICO

Rotella v. Wood, 528 US__, 145 Led 2d 1047, 120 SCt.__, at pg. 1047: “The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 U.S.C.S §§ 1961 et seq.) provides that (1) it is unlawful to conduct an enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity (18 U.S.C. § 1962(c), (2) a pattern requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, the last of which occurs within 10 years after the commission of a prior act (18 USCS § 1962(c), (3) a person injured by a RICO violation can bring a civil RICO action (18 USCS 1964(c)).” Any person injured by racketeering activity can file a civil RICO lawsuit. “Racketeering activity” is anything which interferes with land use and property rights – threats, fear, false process, false liens, etc.
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Posted by equal rights on 12/22/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Tennessee Lawmakers Defend Cockfighting

HISTORY LESSON ON ANIMAL RIGHTS AND TYRANNY

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Hitler's Nazi Germany was marked by a preoccupation with "animal rights." Hitler's Third Reich passed numerous animal protection laws, such as declaring that shoeing a horse was cruel, and declared an end to dissection. This reduced Man’s status to that of animals, and justified treating men as animals. Before the war was ended, the Nazis stepped up experiments on the best way to castrate a Jew without anesthesia, and turned countless men, women and children into lampshades and soap. These Nazi actions were justifiable by their belief that it was possible to "...increase the moral standing of animals and decrease the moral standing of people, thus integrating human characteristics to animals... elevating animal life to the level of cult worship...which would lead to the spiritual and ideological changes necessary... for a new national identity."

The real political objective of “animal rights” is to eliminate "unalienable rights," and to make way for all these other supposed rights and pervert our Bill of Rights to the point where only the perverted are protected. A favored socialist strategy is to separate the population from common sense and its own laws by bringing about chaos, clouding real issues, then bring about “change” through gradual “legislation from within.” Ruling by planned crisis is the favored method, as this short-circuits the brain’s ability to think and reason clearly about true issues. This planned chaos (such as “animal cruelty,” “puppy mills” and “cock fighting”) is designed to rob the nation of its creativity and life force, degrade human existence, make everything seem uncontrollable and bad, which then allows the introduction of a tyrannical form of government.

The Gestapo was first used by Goring to do away with political opponents. A "temporary" state of emergency was declared after the Reichstag fire, but was never rescinded. This allowed the Gestapo to enforce conformity at every level of society. Block wardens monitored their neighbors, and children were recruited to inform on their teachers and parents. The Gestapo was authorized to hold people in "protective custody" which was really arbitrary arrest and imprisonment. At first, only political prisoners were taken under the guise of "preventive protective custody" and placed in SS-controlled concentration camps; later, anyone was hunted down and taken who was deemed to not fit in with SS and Gestapo vision of a perfect Aryan society. ("SS" came from Schutzstaffel which means "elite guard").

Today we see this same conduct and set of circumstances appearing in some of our civic institutions. The only way for one man to achieve dominion and control over another is through the darkness of IGNORANCE. Let’s get educated about our own laws, so that tyranny cannot gain a foothold in America, and so that we can once again have “happiness and good government flowing forth” as paraphrased by all our early education laws. We do have some beautiful laws. Let’s learn them, and insist that our civic institutions obey them for the good of our nation. God Bless America.





-Compiled by: Janet I. Fischer and S.A. Martin

17954-A S. Euclid Ave.

Chino, CA 91710

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Posted by equal rights on 12/22/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tennessee Lawmakers Defend Cockfighting

ITs' IMMORAL & Unconstitutional to IMPOSE ONCE Personal Moral Chicken values to others, the anti-cockfighting laws SPONSORED by a private VEGAN nontaxpaying Economic TERRORIST org,
http://www.hsussucks.com/

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Posted by equal rights on 12/22/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

What a surprise. The incompetent hack Attorney General straight out of Gov. Doofus' office sides with the teabagger crazies in this insane lawsuit. You are right, Casual Observer, there is no standing under the law, and the lawsuits are doomed to dismissal.

I regret any effort to save the seats of those three spineless cowards on the Supreme Court, who managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And missed their opportunity to retain an actually competent and worthy Attorney General.

And, despite the hyperventilating of talk radio blowhards and their sycophantic dittohead moron followers, there is no merit in the argument that Executive Orders from every single previous President are perfectly fine, but any Executive Order from President Obama is "unconstitutional." He is still the President and is acting well within his authority, even if he is black.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 12/22/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

I'm sure Dave Francis isn't coming back to this site to check responses, largely because that was a giant cut and paste job that is probably on countless comment boards, but it's incredibly inaccurate and very indicative of the alternative universe that "conservatives" have been living in of late. When you say, "Look what he has done so far. This rogue president has issued executive order after executive order like post-it notes," you've lost any intelligent, non rigidly partisan people. There is a disconnect between reality and the mythical Obama people like you blabber on and on about. So, not that it matters to right-wing automatons like you, but click on the link and educate yourself about the number of executive actions (which are legal by the way) that "Majesty Obama" has issued.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders…

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Posted by Chris Allen on 12/22/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

Gosh, Kosh, you're way off base. There's a big difference the actions of Obama and Reagan.
"Reagan and Bush acted in conjunction with Congress and in furtherance of a congressional purpose.” Frum writes. “In 1986, Congress passed a full-blown amnesty, the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, conferring residency rights on some 3 million people.” In other words, Ronald Reagan signed a statute that had already been debated and passed by Congress, where as Obama is set to write and enact a law by himself."
http://www.infowars.com/obama-lies-about-p…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 12/22/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

Isn't a navy mess hall called the "poop deck?'

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Posted by yoyo moi on 12/22/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

The only differences between immigration executive action ( or any executive action)taken by Reagan and Obama is that Reagan is a Tea Party deity, Obama is an uppity usurping muslim colored boy in THEIR White House.

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Posted by Kosh III on 12/22/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

Every time I think of Obama’s power craze I recoil. Obama is on this supremacy trip that won't quit. He has clearly decided that if he doesn't like a law he's going to change it—all by himself, without Congress.


Look what he has done so far. This rogue president has issued executive order after executive order like post-it notes.


He has issued so many executive orders it makes my head spin.


Gun grabbing; Benghazi; Obamacare; Ebola; Guantanamo; Cuba; this list goes on and on.


But the latest one is perhaps one of the most damning to America. 92 Million Americans and Lawful residents who are either working in part time work or have no job: granting amnesty to 5 million or more illegal aliens and giving them a Social Security card and work permit is not only unfair, but it extreme Socialist Endeavour.


Those out of work will be able to apply for Medicaid, Medicare and cash payments of at least a $1.000 for each child. Even if these foreigners have never paid into the system. They will be able to sponsor Mum and Dad, which will eventually be able to get retirement under the Chain Migration Clause. The Anchor baby broken law will cripple hospitals and the US taxpayers will pay for it all.

Overstays that come through airports lying to Immigration and customs will claim working documents and because of Obama’s overreach, the surges at the border will continue, as the pledges of both Democrats and Republicans ignored building a real 2006 two layer fencing from the Gulf to San Diego, California with massive wide open portals for smuggling drugs that are killing our children, criminal felons and more illegal aliens.


THE ILLEGAL ALIEN SURGES ARE NEVER GOING TO STOP WITHOUT MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WITHIN AMERICA BY ICE OR A BARRIER NOT DISSIMILAR TO ISRAEL’S WEST BANK.


With this nightmare about to begin for jobless Americans, being forced to compete with cheap labor. A drop in workers wages with no audits by ICE, to raid employers who ignore immigration laws. The underbidding in construction jobs, by companies that hire foreign nationals over citizens and green card holders.


This, despite the fact the he did not have the power to do so. Only Congress has the power to write the laws. He does not care that taxpayers will pay for it all. Not the wealthy in their ‘Ivory Towers’ that are part of the special interests that Republicans are genuflecting too. The Republican Establishment, who amends, change provisions so that industry, big and agriculture receive the benefits from an archaic tax code, instead of everybody pay fair or consumer tax.


Then we have a creepy Democratic party, which thinks by giving illegal aliens amnesty, they will be exempt from paying extra taxes. And this is one issue for openers. Its only a large percentage of the Liberals, the ‘Deadbeats and Freeloaders’ who will mainly vote for this President, to get something without paying for it, such as Food Stamps—who don’t work for a living?


His Majesty Obama going to get what he wants, whatever it takes. Well guess what? So are we.
For starters we're going to shake him up...show him who is boss. WE THE PEOPLE that's who! It's time to put the president on notice and demand his impeachment for his atrocities, lies and mass deceit.


Don't sit there and think there is nothing you can do? Here's how you can do your part:


If we can get every Tea Party loyalist and Patriot to send one—or better still one of each—we can send the biggest shockwave ever felt right through the heart of Washington.


But he will care when you blast Congress with PINK SLIPS and our IMPEACH OBAMA PETITION! http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/ With your help we're going to paper Washington with them!


1. Send every member of Congress a PINK SLIP telling them to "BUCK UP and put the president on notice NOW!" Obama must know his flagrant violations of the law will not go unpunished. Tell Congress it's high time to put Obama in his place!
2.

Now you have been sold out by this President and 99 percent of the politico’s in Congress from both sides for there own selfish, corrupt agendas. We should be ready with our votes to remove all corrupt politicians from office in 2016 who voted for his anti-middle class agenda. Here is the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress.org/ or http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.sht… The TEA PARTY members are urged to pick-up the phone. US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121; (the toll free number is 1- 866-220-0044) and join other conservatives who are committed to flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill with this simple message. A very reliable website designed for those against illegal immigration is Americans for Legal Immigration PAC http://www.alipac.us

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Posted by dave.francis.3954 on 12/22/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

I'm a great believer in thumbing the nose at batshit crazy despots whose deluded followers are wreaking mayhem in his name, but even that is not enough to get me to a theater to watch this piece of dreck.

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Posted by Min on 12/22/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Action

I'm not sure how in the world these people have standing. I'm also not sure how Diane Black can stop the funding. Sounds like a giant waste of time designed to throw red meat at the base.

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Posted by Casual Observer on 12/22/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

Well Jim, if only Obama would announce that eating dog poop is bad, then Republicans would commence in eating it, some probably right there on the floor of congress. To spite Obama of course.

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Posted by Casual Observer on 12/22/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

I've seen the previews. I don't think Republicans will like this movie at all, but I think it's hilarious that their ideology is driving them to support it just to say Fuck You to N. Korea. Republicans are so cute that way. They'll stick pins in their eyes and give themselves Ebola if they think it will make someone they hate mad.

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Posted by Southern Beale on 12/22/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “If There's No Shame in Executing People, Why Keep the Executioners Secret?

Jim,

I never claimed that this would make all witnesses and jurors 'safe.' I do think it makes them safer.

Are you suggesting that it does not make them safer?

Reasonable people can disagree on the issue. AnglRdr makes a strong case from the position of the public's right to know. I disagree but appreciate her argument. I am not sure what your position is other than to disagree with me.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 12/22/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “If There's No Shame in Executing People, Why Keep the Executioners Secret?

Yeah, Mark, the DP is gonna make all the witnesses and jurors safe.

To quote that great Amer4ikan Philosophical and Social commenter:"What a maroon!"

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Posted by Jim Collins on 12/22/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

Personally, I'm in favor of Republicans eating dog poop.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 12/22/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

It looks totally crass and rude

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Posted by twh on 12/22/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Calls, Checks and Chatter: Freeman Looks to Be in Mayor's Race

More proof that the Scene needs more Henry Walker and less Jeff Woods.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 12/22/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Calls, Checks and Chatter: Freeman Looks to Be in Mayor's Race

I see the Tennessean has now published the story on the garbage truck contract---and properly sourced it, unlike the Scene. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/polit…

Neither publication, however, has picked up on why this story could be important. If Freeman's people were aware of the contract beween Gray and Bone (as seems possible given their agreement to indemnify Gray in the event of a lawsuit), the Freeman campaign broke the law (a civil wrong) and is liable for treble damages. Here is the statute: § 47-50-109. Inducement of breach of contract; damages.

" It is unlawful for any person, by inducement, persuasion, misrepresentation, or other means, to induce or procure the breach or violation, refusal or failure to perform any lawful contract by any party thereto; and, in every case where a breach or violation of such contract is so procured, the person so procuring or inducing the same shall be liable in treble the amount of damages resulting from or incident to the breach of the contract. The party injured by such breach may bring suit for the breach and for such damages."

The Scene had the story first and should have been all over it.

Henry Walker

(By the way, I'm not supporting either Freeman or Bone, but I can smell a good story.)

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Posted by Henry Walker on 12/22/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Why Would the GOP Torture Its Base Like This?

That's what Republicans do: show your Patriotism on your sleeve, with stickers on your car, with your beltbuckle, with a giant flag that covers the whole football field, and most certainly where you spend money.

Do you really think those folks cheering for Hobby Lobby are all into arts and crafts?

They lined up for hours to get Chik-fil-A to prove how much they hate gays.
(that's sort of different, because those sandwiches are awesome)

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Posted by Ken W. on 12/22/2014 at 9:33 AM

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