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First of Arizona Anti-Illegal Immigration Law S.B. 1070 Hearings Held Today   Leave a comment

Well, it has begun.  The courts are finally going to be hearing the cases against Arizona’s anti-Illegal Immigration laws which mirror the Federal Law on the books. 

Firstly, please note that these trials are happening in Phoenix—a reputed ‘Sanctuary City’—with a judge that sides with Illegal Immigrants.

This does not bode well.  I am trying not to be negative about this and I’m praying for a miracle, but seriously folks . . . the odds are totally against them, even THOUGH THEY ARE IN THE RIGHT!  My prayers are with Arizona though this and it looks like these first frivolous law suits might get thrown out, but still . . .

And the fact that this officer refuses to comply with FEDERAL LAW should also be put under examination.  If he refused to pay his Federal Taxes—which paying them IS A FEDERAL LAW—do you honestly think he would get away with it and be able to use the fact that he refuses to pay his taxes as a reason to sue in court?  THAT is ridiculous!  I can see the point of these illegal immigrant groups that are suing, no matter HOW misguided, but not this guy!  He’s the most misguided of them all!

Sorry, I like to use the term ‘misguided’ in reference to those who are ‘misguided’ and ‘misinformed’ about the law.  LOL!!!  It just seems fitting.

Anyway, you had better believe that next week, when the Department of Justice makes their case, I will be paying attention!  My ears will be perked and my hackles raised to find out what is going to go down and will be until a verdict has been issued.

WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS PEOPLE!  SUPPORT ARIZONA!  FRIEND GOV. JAN BREWER ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE!  IF YOUR STATE ISNT’ ONE OF THE 9 WHO IS SIDING WITH ARIZONA, BUG YOUR CONGRESS-PERSON!  THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

>steps off soapbox<

K, here’s the article:

Attorney: Immigration law puts cop’s job at stake

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press Writer Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press Writer – 3 mins ago

PHOENIX – A Phoenix police officer’s attorney says the officer could be fired if he doesn’t enforce the state’s new immigration law, which he has sued to block.

Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa filed one of seven lawsuits to try to overturn the law.

Attorneys for the Arizona governor told U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton Thursday that the lawsuit should be dismissed because Salgado and the group lack legal standing to sue and that there’s no valid claim of immediate harm.

Bolton didn’t rule immediately after hearing approximately 40 minutes of arguments on Gov. Jan Brewer’s dismissal motion.

Instead she began hearing arguments on the challengers’ request for an order blocking implementation of the law beginning July 29.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments on Thursday morning over whether Arizona’s new immigration law should take effect at the end of the month, marking the first major hearing in one of seven challenges to the strict law.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also is considering Gov. Jan Brewer’s request to dismiss the challenge filed by Phoenix police Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa.

Bolton began by quickly dismissing Brewer as an individual defendant to the lawsuit, a motion unopposed by Salgado’s lawyer. She then began considering whether to dismiss the case.

Bolton said last week that she may not rule on the officer’s request to block the law before it takes effect July 29.

Hearings on the six other lawsuits, including one filed by the federal government, are set for next week.

The large ceremonial courtroom at the main federal courthouse in Phoenix was packed with more than 100 spectators as the hearing began. More than a dozen lawyers were in place along two L-shaped tables, evenly divided between each side. The jury box was filled with law clerks for judges who work in the building who came to observe.

Protesters and supporters of the law gathered outside the courthouse amid heavy security.

About two dozen supporters of the law, many dressed in red, white and blue, held up signs praising Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a major backer of the crackdown on illegal immigrants, and one said “American Pride.”

About 50 feet away a group opposed to the law held up signs calling for repeal of the law.

The groups competed with each other using bullhorns.

“We demand an injunction. We demand a federal intervention,” opponent Sandra Castro of Phoenix, 22, yelled into a bullhorn.

The law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Supporters say the law was needed because the federal government hasn’t adequately confronted illegal immigration in Arizona, the busiest illegal gateway for immigrants into the United States. Opponents say the law would lead to racial profiling and distract from police officers’ traditional roles in combating crimes in their communities.

Since Brewer signed the measure into law April 23, it has inspired rallies in Arizona and elsewhere by advocates on both sides of the immigration debate. Some opponents have advocated a tourism boycott of Arizona.

It also led an unknown number of illegal immigrants to leave Arizona for other American states or their home countries and prompted the Obama administration to file a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the law.

Salgado’s attorneys argue the judge should block the law before it takes effect because it would require an officer to use race as a primary factor in enforcing the law and because the state law is trumped by federal immigration law.

Attorneys for Brewer asked that the officer’s lawsuit be thrown out because Salgado doesn’t allege a real threat of harm from enforcing the new law and instead bases his claim on speculation. They also said the state law prohibits racial profiling and that it isn’t trumped by federal immigration law because it doesn’t attempt to regulate the conditions under which people can enter and leave the country.

The other challenges to the law were filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, civil rights organizations, clergy groups, a researcher from Washington and a Tucson police officer.

Bolton plans to hold similar hearings July 22 in the lawsuits filed by the federal government and civil rights groups.

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Associated Press Writers Paul Davenport and Michelle Price contributed to this report.

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PEACEFUL ACTION ALERT: Opponents Pack Hearing on Mosque Near Ground Zero   Leave a comment

Oh…MY….GOD!

I have been trying to avoid this since I first heard about it.  It’s just too….sad.  It’s too deep.  It’s too insane to even allow it to happen. 

I can’t believe that this is being considered. 

I can’t believe that discussion of this is even being allowed.

I can’t BELIEVE that they want to even DEVELOP Ground Zero in the first place . . . but to put a mosque on that property . . . WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

That’s like . . . bulldozing Auschwitz and putting a Hitler memorial on top of it.

That’s like . . . letting the KKK have their headquarters where Martin Luther King Jr. got shot.

That’s like . . . putting a nuclear power plant and pro-nuclear weapon museum in Hiroshima.

I mean…it’s blasphemous!  And I don’t mean in a religious sense.  Let’s keep that out of it.  I mean that it’s just blasphemous in principle.  It’s blasphemous against the American people.  It’s blasphemous TO ALL AMERICANS WHO REMEMBER 9-11 AND TO THOSE TO DIED IN THOSE ATTACKS! 

I cannot even wrap my head around this. 

If this passes . . . it will be a dark, dark, dark day for this country—a day where we rolled over and allowed our enemies to step on us and kick us, asserting their dominance. We might as well pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan because we would have just lost the war.  What’s the point in fighting if we allow them to build their mosque on hallowed ground?  That’s what Muslims do.  When they declare war on another country or religion, whenever they CONQUOR said country or said religion, they tear down their important symbols and churches and whatnot and they BUILD MOSQUES ON THOSE SITES AS A SIGN THAT THEY HAVE WON!

Again, I ask . . . WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY THINKING!!!!!  (and I want to use more colorful language when I say this!)

Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press Writer Cristian Salazar, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 13, 11:56 pm ET

NEW YORK – Dozens of opponents and some supporters of a mosque planned near ground zero attended a raucous hearing Tuesday about whether the building where the Muslim place of worship would be created warrants designation as a city landmark and should be protected from development.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, who has sought an investigation into the funding of the mosque, was among the witnesses who testified in support of giving the building landmark status, which could complicate plans by Muslim groups to develop a community center and mosque there.

After noting the lower Manhattan building’s history and architectural significance, Lazio said it also warranted landmark designation because on Sept. 11, 2001, it was struck by airplane debris from the terror attacks against the nearby World Trade Center. That connection to the attacks, he said, made it “a place of deep historical significance and a reminder of just what happened on New York’s darkest day.”

Lazio has called on state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, to investigate the funding of the project. On Tuesday, he repeated that request and said the pace of the landmark designation process should be slowed to allow time to thoroughly investigate the matter.

Nearly 100 people attended the hearing at a college campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Fifty-six people testified at the hearing, which turned contentious at times, with some speakers drowned out by shouts from the audience and with one man escorted out by campus security.

“To deprive this building of landmark status is to allow for a citadel of Islamic supremacy to be erected in its place,” said Andrea Quinn, a freelance audio technician from Queens who said she had worked with people at the World Trade Center.

But Rafiq Kathwari, who described himself as a moderate Muslim, said the landmark discussion had been hijacked.

INTERESTING USE OF THE WORD ‘HIJACKED’ L

“This has been made by a very vocal minority into an issue of bigotry,” said Kathwari, as he held up his U.S. passport and was nearly drowned out by shouts from the crowd. “I’m standing in a hall in which I feel ashamed to be an American.”

AS AN AMERICAN HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SITE AND WOULD BE VOTING TO MAKE IT A HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND MOVE THIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

The mosque and the related community center are a project of several groups, including the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding between Islam and the West. Cordoba’s director, Imam Faisel Rauf, has refused to disclose the sources of funding for the mosque.

SEE!!!!!  Gee, I wonder who is funding this!!!!!!

But Sharif El-Gamal, the CEO of the company that owns the property, said that the project’s backers were committed to transparency and were working to set up a nonprofit organization.

“We are going to go through a capital campaign,” which will consist of equity debt, bonds, grants and fundraising from the grass roots, he said. They were committed to working with the attorney general’s Charities Bureau, which supervises charitable organizations and works to protect donors, he said.

El-Gamal testified at the hearing, saying they were opposed to designating the building a landmark because it does not meet the requirements of historical significance.

“This is not the Woolworth building, this is not the Chrysler building,” he said later in an interview.

The five-story building on Park Place, a few blocks north of Wall Street, was completed between 1857 and 1858 and is an Italian Renaissance-inspired palazzo. It formerly housed a department store, which closed after the building was damaged on Sept. 11. Muslim prayer service is held at the building at least one day a week.

Landmark status could require the owners to obtain the approval of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission before making significant changes. It’s unlikely that, if granted such status, the building could be demolished.

The city’s 11-member Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote later this summer on whether the building meets the standards of architectural, cultural and historic characteristics to qualify it for landmark status.

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE CHAIR OF THE LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN NYC:

http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maillpc.html

PLEASE EMAIL HIM AND ASK HIM TO PRESERVE THE BUILDING ON PARK PLACE AND GROUND ZERO SO THAT THEY DON’T DEMOLISH IT!!!!!!! 

EMAIL HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY!

THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THOSE WHO DIED THERE AND THE FINGER TO THOSE WHO HAD TO WATCH AND LIVE IN FEAR FOR MONTHS AND YEARS AFTERWARDS!

IF THIS GUY WHO WANTS TO BUILD THIS MOSQUE THERE WERE ANY KIND OF AMERICAN, HE WOULD BE PUSHING TO MAKE IT A LANDMARK TOO AND BUILDING HIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

I WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THEM IF THEY DID THAT!

THIS IS THE MOST DISCUSTING THING I’VE EVER HEARD!

*steps down from soap box—fuming*

And this is why I didn’t want to bring it up. 

And this is why I am moved to tears when I hear our National Anthem.

Call it corny.  Call it lame.  Call it whatever you wish.  But we are a sovereign nation, they attacked us and killed civilians on our own land, and considering their history of invasion and destruction and building their places of worship over the ruins of the old civilization – THIS FITS THE BILL!!!!

If this gets passed . . . it will be a D*** shame. 

*kicks soapbox away and storms off, cursing—still fuming*

Take The Poll: Should the American Flag be Banned From School?   Leave a comment

WHAT KIND OF SWILL IS THIS?

Ban the American Flag in AMERICAN SCHOOLS???????????????  I’m horrified by this!

I’ve been horrified a lot today–let me tell you.  I’m having computer issues again folks–had at least ten posts prepared to upload and something happened to it . . . so I’ll get it all up tomorrow once I figured out what I did.  But, seriously, most of it just involved me being horrified!!!!

But THIS?  Wow.  Just wow!

When I was in school, the American Flag wasn’t a question.  It was a statement.  Of course, I was an Army Brat and I went to school with other Army Brats.  Even in the second grade, you better BELIEVE that if you made fun of the pledge in any way or goofed off during pledge there would be a group of Army Brats waiting to ‘speak with you’ during recess.

I did it.  ONCE! 

Never again . . . I learned my lesson really quick.  It wasn’t a beat-down or anything–it was just a gang up on you shame session. 

That was during the Gulf War though and most everyone’s dad was fighting in it and away from home.  I was lucky, my dad didn’t get sent over–but there were a LOT of resentful kids who made sure that I didn’t forget that their dads were gone.  We had bomb scares and had to evacuate our base too.  LOL–the kids even had a saying: we were stationed at S.H.A.P.E in Belgium.  The acronym stands for ‘Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe’ — but during the Gulf War we all called ourselves “Saddam Hussein’s American Personal Enemies’! 

I feel wierd now that I’m an adult and I don’t have to say the pledge every day.  I was very blessed to have my son in a good preschool and kindergarten–they raised the flag, said the pledge and sang the National Anthem every single day.  The local country station always played an instrumental National Anthem at 7am in the morning and so we would turn it on on our way to daycare/work in the mornings.  My son wasn’t even four years old yet and he was singing along to the music of the National Anthem, word for word, and it was a beautiful thing!!!!!!! 

Anyway–if this poll is still up–please vote on it!  I think it’s just sick!  If people don’t like OUR FLAG IN OUR COUNTRY THEN THEY HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GET OUT!  End of story!  There needs to be tolerance, but there also needs to be an understanding.  In America, we fly American flags.  Our forefathers fought and died for this country and for these colors, not for any other country.  To take down the American flag is to disrespect the very freedom that we have in this country and the very FREEDOM immigrants–both LEGAL and ILLEGAL–come here for.  As Americans, we tolerate flags from other countries on our soil, paraded by both ILLEGAL and legal immigrants because they are proud of their country of origin, but more than likely, they just refuse to accept an American identity and heritage.  I’m fairly sure that this is where this garbage is coming from.  I am half Belgian and I have Belgian flags–but I hold no allegiance to them.  I love Belgium, I have pictures and a few paintings of historical buildings from there–but I KNOW WHERE MY LOYALTY IS!  AMERICA IS MY COUNTRY AND I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! 

People who can’t handle that need to get off their high horse and come back down to REALITY!  You want to come here and drain our taxpayers dry, then you need to RESPECT our flag and THOSE PEOPLE THAT FIGHT FOR IT AND DIE FOR IT!

End of story!

I mean…WHY should this even BE an issue?  Have we sunk THAT low?  Do OTHER countries have this issue, or we the only ones?  Has ANY country EVER had this issue?

ARRG!

Here is the poll results when I took it:

Share your thoughts. First, answer our question below. Then click “Leave a comment.”

Thank you for voting!

No. This is a lame decision. Teach the kids what the flag means, instead of banning it. 60% (1,172,889 votes)

Yes. The safety of students comes first. 31% (595,063 votes)

Not sure, but of all things to ban, the American flag would seem the least ‘incendiary.’ <1% (3,992 votes)

Other (post a comment) 9% (173,755 votes)

Total Votes: 1,945,699View Comments (78)

Homeless Man Rescues American Flag in El Paso Storm   Leave a comment

This is just heartwarming!  I’m always happy to post something positive on my blog! 

May God Bless you, sir!  My prayers are with you!

That is just something beautiful to see!!!!  

And there’s definitely a BIG difference between this thoughtful, respectful homeless man….

And this guy! :/

Posted July 6, 2010 by shadowvixenpatriot in American Flag

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Covered up American Flag Mural Restored!   Leave a comment

Excellent!  Covered up flag mural in CA has been restored!

I’m glad that was taken care of before the 4th.  I don’t think these men were the original artists, but I’m glad they stepped up! 

My hats off to you!

Covered-up flag mural near Calif. freeway restored

The Associated Press

Posted: 07/05/2010 07:05:26 PM PDT

Updated: 07/05/2010 07:05:27 PM PDT
SUNOL, Calif.—The American flag mural painted on concrete siding above Northern California freeway, then painted over by order of state officials, was returned to its former glory just in time for 4th of July.The 35-foot long flag had been painted above Interstate 680 in Sunol, in clear view of commuters, by three men after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Last month Caltrans officials determined it was on state property and ordered it covered with gray paint, igniting a public furor. Two days later, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized to the artists for the officials’ decision.

On Saturday, two men decided to restore the mural. Steve Giordano and Jim Gallagher said they thought it was rude of Caltrans officials to cover up the flag right before the 4th of July.

American Flag Leaving the Universe!   Leave a comment

Wow–I had an awesome day today out and about and just got home and fired up the ol’PC to do some blogging and behold! A most AWESOME news article on our dear Old Glory headed out of our solar system!  It’s pretty cool that our flag is out there like that on two space probes. 
 
American Flag Farthest From Home Is Leaving Solar System
 

This July 4th, U.S. citizens around the world may proudly display American flags to celebrate Independence Day while away from home, but they won’t hold a candle to the farthest American flag in history, which is leaving the entire solar system behind on NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft.

The spaceflying American flag is a not a huge version of Old Glory, but will be the only one flying more than 10.5 billion miles (16.9 billion km) from Earth this Fourth of July. It is riding on Voyager 1, a 33-year-old space probe on the outskirts of our solar system.

Another far-flung American flag is flying on Voyager 2, which is about 8.6 billion miles (13.8 billion km) from Earth. Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are on trajectories to leave the solar system behind after passing through a magnetic bubble-like region called the heliosphere.

A  NASA photo of the Voyager 2 American flag shows it to be a small U.S. standard packed alongside other mementos from Earth, like the iconic golden record that were also launched the spacecraft and contain messages from Earth for any extraterrestrials that may find them.

“We were extraordinarily proud of what we were doing as a laboratory, as a part of NASA and as a country and we felt it was important to make a statement to that effect,” said Jet Propulsion laboratory scientist John Casani, NASA’s Voyager project manager at the time it was launched, in a statement provided to SPACE.com this week. “I’m gratified that Voyager is still sailing out there, bearing America’s colors. What it represents to us is an affirmation of the pride we had at that time.”

Voyager 2’s space flag is a 16-inch (40-cm) long version of the Stars and Stripes made of Dacron that engineers painstakingly sewed into the insulating blankets of the Voyager 2 spacecraft, which launched in 1977 on a tour of the solar system’s gas giant planets. A similar flag is flying on the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which also launched in 1977 but is not as far from Earth as Voyager 2. [Voyager mission photos.]

The American flags riding the Voyager probes are not the only distant U.S. standards out in space. Flags were planted on the moon by American astronauts during the six Apollo lunar landings in the late 1960s and early 1970s. NASA probes to Mars and elsewhere also include the U.S. standard.

But the two Voyager probes are currently the farthest human-built objects from Earth, making their American flags the most distance from U.S soil. The probes’ signals take nearly 13 hours to travel to NASA’s worldwide Deep Space Network of listening antennas and back.

NASA launched both spacecraft in the summer of 1977, but only Voyager 2 took a so-called “grand tour” of the solar system when it visited the gas giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s by taking advantage of a rare planetary alignment that occurs once every 176 years. Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter and Saturn.

On June 28, Voyager 2 hit a major milestone when it marked the 12,000th day of its mission. Voyager one, which launched later than its counterpart, will hit the same milestone on July 13.

“I’m proud of the people who worked on this and put so much of their life and energy into building, developing and flying that thing,” Casani said. “They did it right.”

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It’s certainly nice to see a bit of awesome news regarding America and the American Flag!  And not one negative note that I could see.  Not a single one!  Sweet!

OH, and the best news is: NO ONE can pave over THIS FLAG!  LOL!!!!  Well…not that I know of anyway 😉