Despite sequester, Obama to designate five national monuments
Even as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks because of the sequester, he plans to use his power as president to designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an administration official.
The new monuments will be: the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State; the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and a monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and her role in helping black slaves reach freedom through the the Underground Railway in Maryland.
“Americans support and want more parks and monuments because they boost local economies, preserve our national heritage and tell our diverse American story,” Mr. Smith told the paper. “In particular, all Americans can be proud with the establishment of the First State National Monument in Delaware — all 50 states are now home to an area included in our National Park System.”
From the, “What the Hell is wrong with this Country” file comes this travesty:
Parents take innocent bathtime photos in to be developed at Walmart and employee calls police
An Arizona couple falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters are suing Walmart in a bid to win damages after an horrific ordeal which they claim robbed them of precious time with their kids and cost them $75,000 in legal fees.
In 2008, Lisa and Anthony ‘A.J.’ Demaree took their three young daughters – then aged five, four and 18 months – on a trip to San Diego.
On returning home they took 144 photographs, mostly from their recent trip, to their local Walmart in Peoria, Arizona to have them developed.
Lisa and Anthony Demaree were falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters
The couple were reported to child protective services after a Walmart employee was concerned that some of the images being developed might be child pornography
What happened next was the start of a nightmare for the Demarees.
A Walmart employee, unhappy over the content of several bath time pictures, contacted bosses with concerns that they may have been images of child pornography.
Instead of receiving a batch of happy memories of a fun family outing, the couple were reported to the police and their children were placed into the care of the Arizona Child Protective Services Agency.
‘It was a nightmare, it was unbelievable. I was in so much disbelief. I started to hyperventilate,’ Lisa Demaree told ABC News at the time.
The Demarees released some of the photos which a Walmart employee though might have been child pornography
It was a month before the girls were returned to their parents, after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled the photographs were in fact harmless and a medical exam revealed no signs of sexual abuse.
The family was reunited but the damage had been done. The couple’s named went on a central registry of sex offenders, while Lisa was suspended from her job at a local school for a year while the investigation was under way.
The couple also had to spent $75,000 on legal bills.
‘We’ve missed a year of our children’s lives as far as memories go,’ Demaree told ABC News.
‘As crazy as it may seem, what you may think are the most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted.’
The family is suing both Walmart and the city of Peoria, Arizona where they live
In 2009, the couple sued the city of Peoria and the State Attorney General’s office for defamation. They also sued Walmart for failing to tell them that they had an ‘unsuitable print policy’ and could turn over photos to law enforcement without the customer’s knowledge.
The couple lost the initial hearing after a federal judge sided with Walmart, ruling that employees in Arizona cannot be held liable for reporting suspected child pornography.
However the Demarees appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and on March 6 the court held a hearing before three judges.
The most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted,’ said Lisa Demaree
The family’s lawyer has argued that Walmart committed fraud by not disclosing to customers that employees would look at their photographs and was also negligent because ‘untrained clerks’ were given the authority to make assumptions about the content of the pictures and report them to police.
Lawyers for Walmart argued that under Arizona statute employees who report child abuse without malice are immune from prosecution and there was no indication of malice in this case.
The Demarees are currently awaiting a verdict from the appeals court on the case against the city and Walmart.
Attribution: David Mccormack, Mail Online
Contra George Will: Imposing Homosexual Marriage Not Libertarian
George Will defended CPAC this Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” but when he did so he decided to slip in propaganda for the Liberal totalitarian pansexual makeover. While I appreciated Will’s stand in such a horrible setting (his fellow guests were just ugly and arrogant), and I even concede some of his demographic claims, I still can’t let this one go by. Will said,
“What I did see at CPAC was the rise of the libertarian strand of Republicanism, which has an affected foreign policy that is a pullback from nation-building and other ambitions abroad that they never countenance from government at home, and a sense of ‘live and let live’ with subjects such as decriminalization of certain drugs and gay marriage.”
And, then in response to Republican Senator Rob Portman’s flip-flop to favor same sex marriage,
“He will not be the last, because the demographic tide here is large, powerful and [in]exorable. As I said on this program before, opposition to gay marriage is literally dying. It’s an older demographic.”
Senate Democrats Endorse Continued Advertising of Food Stamps in Mexico
Are things not good for you and your family in Mexico? Come on! Cross the border and we will fix that. We are roughly 17 trillion in debt but as long as there are printing presses, monopoly money and socialist idealism we will feed you.
Enough is enough. If people cannot see the real agenda of the socialist movement in America then they are more than ignorant. They are just plain stupid. I’m sorry but certain things make no sense.
On Thursday there was a proposed amendment sponsored by Senate Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama. The amendment never made it out of committee and if a common sense idea doesn’t make it out of committee, it doesn’t exist in this country, at least in the eyes of the mainstream liberal media. I am neither a journalist nor a liberal so I will certainly share it with you.
Sessions offered a common sense proposal to cut off advertising for the food stamp program on foreign soil. OK now, show of hands… How many people even know that we advertise our government benefits in foreign countries? What I am about to tell you is exactly why you cannot trust anything the left proposes for immigration reform.
Locals complain about exercise ‘imposing martial law’
The U.S. Army chose a quiet community in central Utah as the training ground for Special Forces soldiers needing to develop Jason Bourne-like skills and to learn how to build a resistance movement by infiltrating the town leadership.
With the deeply religious culture present in Manti, Utah and the desert landscape of the area, residents were deemed ideal candidates by the Defense Department to role play with soldiers in the 10th Special Forces as part of a several week training exercise in July on unconventional warfare tactics.
Now that sequestration is in full effect, the Utah mission was called on Thursday, to the relief of residents who had feared their community would turn into a scene out of Hunger Games.
The Defense Department had selected a central Utah community to participate in a training exercise for Army Special Forces soldiers
The town of Manti, Utah was deemed an ideal location because of the desert landscape and the strong religious conviction on its residents
The exercise, named Robin Sage, is a component of Phase Four training for Army Special Forces soldiers, also known as the Green Berets.
Lasting four weeks, the large-scale exercise is typically held at Fort Bragg in North Carolina but officials were looking for a closer locale for soldiers of the 4th battalion of the 10th Special Forces, stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs.
‘Every place we go [to train] is a different culture… a different mentality throws them off and requires [soldiers] to adapt,’ Staff Sgt. Ryan Sabin, a spokesman for the 10th Special Forces, told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Last fall, officials representing the DOD met with communities across Central Utah, including Sanpete, Sevier, Emery and Carbon counties, to recruit local governments to host the training exercise scheduled for July 2013.
The town of Manti has a population of just over 3,000. It is home to one of the first temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsSoldiers develop skills in the training to mobilize foreign guerrilla fighters, like the Allied Forces who recruited French resistance fighters during World War II.
As part of the planned Utah training three teams of 12 soldiers would approach residents, who were respected leaders in business and in the Mormon church, and enlist their help in building a coalition.
A total of 30 citizens would participate in the missions, mainly during the evening hours, in Sanpete and Sevier counties and in Emery-Carbon county.
Over a two week period the plainclothes soldiers would depend on their civilian allies for food, lodging, transportation and supplies.
No live ammunition would be used and no private property would be entered without the owner’s permission, according to the rules of the mission.
Army officials said that utilizing real-life community leaders in their own setting would be more cost effective than having to create a fake setting for the training at the National Guard training site at Camp Williams.
Army Special Forces soldiers, also known as the Green Berets, train foreign troops in unconventional warfare tactics
But the prospect of a military infiltration raised concern among the residents.
At a Manti City Council Meeting on November 7, one resident accused the government of dishonorable and deceptive motives for the mission.
Another citizen, Alan Braithwaite, said the training exercise was the first step in the U.S. government turning the country into a police state.
Concerned parents wondered if their children would be safe and if tanks and helicopters would fill the streets and skies. Others feared that soldiers looking for some R&R would run rampant and would corrupt the youth.
So when the plan fell by the wayside due to budget cuts, many welcomed the news but some are still hopeful the exercise will go forward at some point in the future.
‘This is not a one-time shot, lost to Utah. There will be other opportunities,’ Paul Weddle, a retired Green Beret contracted to help the Army set up the exercise in Utah, told the Tribune.
‘There’s a chance that it may be rescheduled for next year but that remains to be determined,’ he added.
Conservative Icon and best selling author, Mark Levin, goes off on the utterly unprincipled Senate Majority Leader, Dirty Harry Reid:
Mitch McConnell Doubles Down on Surrender
Mitch McConnell wants to clear the air based on my earlier RedState post. In the post, quoting Yahoo! News, I noted McConnell said, “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.”
In response to this morning’s post, Mitch McConnell’s press team sent out an email blast with the transcript of the speech. They reached out to my office insisting I fix a quote from a news story that itself has not changed the quote. Nonetheless, the McConnell team insists the actual quote is, “We gave it everything we had, and we just barely lost the legislative fight.”
Okay, but what else did Mitch McConnell say. From his own transcript:
Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And we’re not backing down from this fight. We’ve taken the same approach to Obamacare. We gave it everything we had, and we just barely lost the legislative fight. The Supreme Court ruling last summer was another blow. But I can’t just stand by and look at that assault on liberty behind me and do nothing.