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What a Sack of Sacrosanct

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:05 PM PDT


Elena Kagan

In The New York Times’ profile on the family of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, her aunt was quoted as saying: “There was thinking, always thinking” at the family’s dinner table. “Nothing was sacrosanct.”

Really? Nothing was sacrosanct? Because in my experience, on a scale of 1-to-infinity, the range of acceptable opinion among New York liberals goes from 1-to-1.001.

How would the following remarks fare at a dinner table on the Upper West Side where “nothing was sacrosanct”: Hey, maybe that Joe McCarthy was onto something. What would prayer in the schools really hurt? How do we know gays are born that way? Is it possible that union demands have gone too far? Does it make sense to have three recycling bins in these microscopic Manhattan apartments? Say, has anyone read Charles Murray’s latest book?

Those comments, considered “conversation starters” in most of the country, would get you banned from polite society in New York. And unless you want the whole room slowly backing away from you, also avoid: May I smoke? I heard it on Fox News and Merry Christmas!

Even members of survivalist Christian cults in Idaho at least know people who hold opposing views. New York liberals don’t.

As Kagan herself described it, on the Upper West Side of New York where she grew up, “Nobody ever admitted to voting Republican.” So, I guess you could say being a Democrat was “sacrosanct.”

Even within the teeny-tiny range of approved liberal opinion in New York, disagreement will get you banned from the premises.

When, as dean of the Harvard Law School, Kagan disagreed with the Bill Clinton policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gays in the military, she open-mindedly banned military recruiters from the law school, denouncing Clinton’s policy as “discriminatory,” “deeply wrong,” “unwise and unjust.”

From this, I conclude that having gays serving openly in the military is “sacrosanct” for liberals.

Jeremiah Wright: US Under Obama Apartheid Nation

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:04 PM PDT


Jeremiah Wright

President Barack Obama’s former mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, compared the United States with apartheid South Africa during a seminar in Chicago last week and claimed the civil rights movement was about “becoming white.”

The comments were part of a five-day class Obama’s former pastor taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary, according to Fox News and The New York Post.

In the seminar, Wright reportedly told those in the class they will never “be a brother to white folk,” describing racial divisions in the country as entrenched — as he did as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ.

The civil rights movement “was always about becoming white,” Wright said at the seminar.

At another point, he said: “White folk done took this country. You’re in their home and they’re going to let you know it.”

Wright also alleged that the American education system is built to poorly educate black students “by malignant intent” and criticized civil rights leader Martin Luther King for advocating nonviolence, the Post reported.

“We probably have more African-Americans who’ve been brainwashed than we have South Africans who’ve been brainwashed,” he said.

Casa Fiesta owner gets 366 days for illegal workers

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:03 PM PDT

The owner of the Casa Fiesta Mexican restaurant chain charged with eight counts of harboring and concealing illegal aliens, three counts of mail fraud, and seven counts of subscribing to a false tax return was sentenced to one year and one day in prison yesterday, according to court documents.

Ramon Ornelas, of Norwalk, was sentenced in the United States Ninth District Court by Judge Jack Zouhary. He and his attorney David Bauer asked for probation or house arrest due to the unusual family circumstances, but the judge ordered him to prison instead, court documents state.

Federal agents searched the restaurants owned by Ornelas in July 2008 and found 58 undocumented Mexican nationals working.

Video: THE BORDERS ARE QUITE SECURE. Congressman Pete Stark’s Town hall meeting in Fremont CA

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:03 PM PDT


Congressman Pete Stark

Calderón says drug gangs behind candidate’s killing

Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:01 PM PDT

Gunmen assassinated the front-running candidate for governor of a Mexican border state Monday in what President Felipe Calderón called an attempt by drug gangs to sway local and state elections this weekend.

The assailants ambushed Rodolfo Torre’s vehicle as he headed to the airport in Ciudad Victoria, capital of Tamaulipas, a state torn by a turf battle between two rival drug cartels. At least four other people traveling with him were killed.

“Today has proven that organized crime is a permanent threat and that we should close ranks to confront it and avoid more actions like the cowardly assassination that today has shaken the country,” Calderón said in a televised speech. “We cannot and should not permit crime to impose its will or its perverse rules.”

He warned that organized crime “wants to interfere in the decisions of citizens and in electoral processes.”

Torre, 46, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is the first gubernatorial candidate assassinated in Mexico in recent memory. He is the highest-ranking candidate killed since Luis Donaldo Colosio, also of the PRI, was gunned down while running for president in 1994.

The attack was the biggest setback yet for Sunday’s elections in 12 states. Corruption scandals, threats and attacks on politicians have raised fears for months that Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are buying off candidates they support and intimidating those they oppose.

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