Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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"The [Jews] are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians – and the Islamic nation behind them – will have the honour of annihilating the evil of this gang. In just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil." -- Hamas cleric and PLC member Yunis Al-Astal

Good Wednesday Morning,

The dog and I are still looking for a place to resettle.

Here's an update on what local propane companies are charging for kitchen/hot water propane deliveries under 1000 gallons per year:

Price per Gallon
Robison $4.99
Suburban $5.99

Smoking Kills But It's Your Own Fault: (And you know it, too.)

I guess the PC attitude of blaming tobacco companies for people dying from lung cancer has finally abated, though it should never have started in the first place. Forget advertising and whatnot, if we're going to be placing libaility on companies for claims (or lack of) in their advertisements we'd be suing every company on the planet. But the liability of tobacco companies for smoking related deaths was a massive money-grab by governments of private enterprise based solely on what was politically correct (read: earned them votes).

Let's face it: anyone who was smoking in the 60's and forward, knew that smoking was a health hazard and that a court could rule against a tobacco company was clearly wrong in every possible way.

What brought this little article about? A jury rejected a wrongful death suit against Marlboro for the death of a Carmel woman in 2007. And good for that jury. Unfortunately, the damages to tobacco companies have already been done. So what's next? do we sue ConAgra and McDonald's for obesity?

A Funeral For the 4th Amendment:

You're sitting in your living room with your family watching Ed Sullivan when you hear a harsh banging at your door. "OPEN UP! IT'S THE POLICE!" But you've done nothing wrong and  believe in the Constitution as the law of the land and so you tell them to go away and come back with a warrant. And when they kick the door in and come storming into your living room, shoot your dog and wrestle your wife and daughter into another room, separate and apart from each other, you demand to know what is going on! You're met with two cops throwing you to the ground and handcuffing you, charging you with this thing or that thing and then they realize.... they're in the wrong house. But the charges against you stand. How can that be?

The Indiana Supreme Court has overturned 900 years of legal practice and said that you have no right to resist an unlawful police raid on your home - even when they have the wrong house. The court suggests that you take it up with a desk sergeant and use the Constitution to wipe your butt with, for all the good it does. See the article below for more on this.

Facebook has it's advantages. For example, just the other day I came across this:

That's one found. Maybe I'll find the others that went missing?

And now, The News:

  1. Carmel Board OKs Blasting Law
  2. EPA to Oversee Cleanup of a Portion of the Newburgh Landfill
  3. Single-Payer Health Care Rises Again
  4. Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home
  5. TX to TSA: Hands Off My “Anus, Sexual Organ, Buttocks, or Breast”

Carmel Board OKs Blasting Law

Despite objections from several residents who said it was not strong enough, the Carmel Town Board last week unanimously approved an overhaul of its laws regarding blasting.

But prior to the passage of the legislation, the board received harsh criticism from those who commented during a public hearing, claiming the councilpersons were not doing enough to protect residents. Many speakers also said the board had not implemented changes recommended by the public during prior hearings on the legislation.

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EPA to Oversee Cleanup of a Portion of the Newburgh Landfill

Public Information Session Set for May 18

Contact Information: (News Media Only): John Senn, (212) 637-3667,

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will oversee the removal of deteriorated drums, containers of hazardous materials and contaminated soil from a portion of the Newburgh landfill in Newburgh, N.Y. Investigations have revealed that the drums contain hazardous waste including chromium, lead, ignitable materials and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Some of these substances, such as chromium, lead, and PCBs, carry serious health risks from direct exposure or inhalation. Ignitable substances pose a fire risk. EPA will hold a public availability session on May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Newburgh City Hall located at 83 Broadway (3rd floor) in Newburgh to discuss the cleanup.

“These drums pose a risk to anyone who might come in contact with them or if they leak, and it is important that we promptly remove them,” said Judith Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “They are leaking and could catch on fire, but this cleanup will remove that risk.”

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Single-Payer Health Care Rises Again

by: William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Ever so slowly, our national dialogue is turning away from dead terrorists and Pakistani collusion to the issues facing the American people right here at home. Mr. Obama has put immigration reform back on the table, and many are watching with slow dread the rising waters of the Mississippi River, waiting to see if our punch-drunk country is about to absorb another pasting from Mother Nature. Peeking around the corner, as well, is a return to the discussion of health care reform and the future of Medicare and the social contract.

The Paul Ryan plan to eviscerated Medicare is, at least at present, a dead letter. The GOP's congressional leadership apparently read the political tea leaves after enduring a storm of protest from constituents over their proposal to do away with the wildly popular program and decided to back off...which makes for some interesting math, seeing as how their whole balanced budget plan falls apart without the money they'd have after the end of Medicare. Part of their motivation to drop the whole scheme also stems from the simple fact that their plan stood little chance of surviving a Senate vote, and zero chance of ever being signed into law by Mr. Obama.

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Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

By Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078

INDIANAPOLIS | Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.

"We believe ... a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," David said. "We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest."

David said a person arrested following an unlawful entry by police still can be released on bail and has plenty of opportunities to protest the illegal entry through the court system.

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TX to TSA: Hands Off My “Anus, Sexual Organ, Buttocks, or Breast”

by Howard Portnoy

You can’t get any more explicit than the language in a bill passed by the Texas House of Representatives late Thursday that spells out how far the Transportation and Security Administration can—and can’t—go in its airport security pat-downs.

The measure makes it a criminal offense for any public servant to conduct a search in which “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” are touched, including through clothing. The bill also wades into Fourth Amendment territory by prohibiting searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.” The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The Texas bill’s chief sponsor, Republican Rep. David Simpson, said that the legislation “has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”

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