The Portland police and City Attorney are making an argument in federal court this month that gives another glimpse into the increasing claims of authority of police in our society. Scott Miller was stopped for jaywalking by Officer Dean Halley in 2010 and admitted that he committed the common violation of pedestrians. The officer however proceeded to handcuff him, tell him “you’re under arrest,” throw him into the back of a cruiser and then drove him a block away. He was in custody for about 30 minutes, but Deputy City Attorney William Manlove is arguing that citizens cannot sue because such acts do not constitute an actual arrest. They are something between a chat and custody, but not an arrest for purposes of legal action. Read The Full Story
Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court here was hearing the government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by relatives of three Americans killed in two drone strikes in Yemen in 2011: Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric who had joined al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula; Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, who had no involvement in terrorism; and Samir Khan, a 30-year-old North Carolina man who had become a propagandist for the same al-Qaida branch. Read The Full Story
A federal judge has upheld a verdict that strips a Pennsylvania family of their grandfather’s gold coins — worth an estimated $80 million — and has ordered ownership transferred to the US government.
Judge Legrome Davis of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a 2011 jury decision that a box of 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coins discovered by the family of Israel Switt, a deceased dealer and collector, is the property of the United States.
In the midst of the Great Depression, then-President Franklin Roosevelt ordered that America’s supply of double eagles manufactured at the Philadelphia Mint be destroyed and melted into gold bars. Of the 445,500 or so coins created, though, some managed to escape the kiln and ended up into the hands of collectors. In 2003, Switt’s family opened a safe deposit back that their grandfather kept, revealing 10 coins among that turned out to be among the world’s most valuable collectables in the currency realm today.
Switt’s descendants, the Langbords, thought the coins had been gifted to their grandfather years earlier by Mint cashier George McCann and took the coins to the Mint to have their authenticity verified, but the government quickly took hold of the items and refused to relinquish the find to the family. The Langbords responded with a lawsuit that ended last year in a victory for the feds.
Because the government ordered the destruction of their entire supply of coins decades earlier, the court found that Switt’s family was illegally in possession of the stash. Even though they may had been presented to the dealer by a Philadelphia Mint staffer, Judge Davis agrees with last year’s ruling that Mr. McCann broke the law. Read The Full Story
You might be very surprised to learn that many of Tennessee's school textbooks are full of anti-American, anti-capitalist and anti-Christian bias as well as grave errors.
Recently a parent brought me one of her child's textbooks. I was very dissapointed that the Tennessee Textbook Commission could have selected this book. One example of the bias in this book is this quote I have committed to memory because it disturbed me so much "Capitalism is a system where the people starve because they do not control the means of production therefore they do not make enough money." The preceding paragraph glorifying Socialism was just as disturbing.
A number of us in the General Assembly are committed to making changes on the State Textbook Commission next Session but right now You are Needed! Please make time for this opportunity - it is truly something that YOU can do that will help EVERY student in Tennessee!
The press release below contains information about this opportunity. Please call the number in the press release or call my office should you need more information: 615-741-7462.
Rep. Susan Lynn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2013
New Textbooks Available for Public’s Review; Input Encouraged
NASHVILLE—New K-12 social studies textbooks proposed for use in Tennessee public schools during the 2014-15 school year are on display in 10 district textbook collection sites located across the state.
As in past years, the public can review all textbooks at any time during the six-year adoption period, but public comments on the proposed social studies textbooks must be submitted by Sept. 11, 2013, to be considered by the publisher. Forms are available at each site for public input. The 10 textbook collection sites also house all the books on the approved list for all subject areas.
Morgan Branch, director of textbook services, encouraged parents, family members, educators, and the general public to visit the textbook sites and to participate in the review process. “It is very important for the public to have access to the textbooks under consideration," Branch said. “Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials that enrich and support the curriculum and address students’ varied interests, abilities, and learning styles.”
In addition to citizen input, a state review committee of teachers is assisting the Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. Commission members can also use the professional expertise of teachers in their local school systems.
After the commission’s Sept. 16, 2013, meeting, a workshop will be held for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and to answer questions from a representative panel of the reviewers and commission members. At their October 2013 meeting, commission members will vote on the new editions to recommend to the State Board of Education for the 2013 official list of textbooks, after which state board members will make the final decision on the official list. Local school systems can then choose which textbooks to adopt from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.
Citizens interested in reviewing the proposed social studies textbooks should contact the director of the textbook collection site in their area.
James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Donald Taylor, the president of Unite-Here, penned a letter to the president explaining to him that Obamacare is set to destroy the unionized middle class.
That is really what they said.
Boy times have changed. Guess maybe we actually should have read the legislation before we passed it huh?
If the Teamsters are coming out against Obamacare along with many other unions, and employers are coming out against Obamacare, and religious organizations which provide healthcare to the poor are coming out against Obamacare, and doctors from Alaska to Florida are leaving the profession because of Obamacare, and even the Congress people who voted for Obamcare are coming out against Obamacare, maybe it’s time we got rid of Obamcare. Read The Full Story