Monday, August 19, 2013

Women's Equality Day - #4559 - Albemarle Dems, Mallek and Rooker, Support Women's Equality Through Abortion - Schilling Show Blog (Bearing Drift) (2) VIDEO: Dana Perino Interview: Obamacare "Navigators' on Course to Violating Privacy - No Background Checks - Fox (3) Code Violations Bring SWAT Team to Texas Organic Farm - American Thinker (4) John Whitehead: Are Police in America Now a Military Force? - Rutherford Institute

Albemarle Dems, Mallek and Rooker, Support Women's Equality through Abortion - Schilling Show Blog (Bearing Drift) - Democrats* on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to promote Women’s Equality Day by demanding greater access to abortion—just one of several outrageous and disturbing appeals masquerading as a benign proclamation. After attempting to pass a publicly advertised short form proclamation for Women’s Equality Day without a vote—and then seeking to stifle discussion of the matter—Board Chair Ann Mallek and political cohort Dennis Rooker instead put to vote the long version of the proclamation, to which the public had no access. That version was defeated by “no” votes from Supervisors Duane Snow, Petie Craddock, Ken Boyd, and Rodney Thomas. The short version later was tabled by “yes” votes from the same four supervisors......(1) Condemns the US Constitution as inadequate in the protection of women against sex discrimination (2) Calls for the removal of “physical stature requirements” (i.e. weight, height, strength, etc.) in employment (3) Decries women’s nurturing role in caregiving (4) And demands sex-based affirmative action hiring in public, private and volunteer sectors of the economy.  Read more.......

(2) Dana Perino Interview: Obamacare 'Navigators' on Course to Violating Privacy - No Background Checks - Fox - $67 million spent to hire 'navigators' to sign up the uninsured, but is a smorgasbord of disaster waiting to happen? 

 Attorney General Raise Privacy Concerns over Obamacare Navigators - The Hill- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued late Friday that new hires under ObamaCare could threaten the private information of people trying to get health insurance. Bondi said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making it easier for someone to be hired as a so-called navigator, cutting back on background checks and eliminating a fingerprinting requirement, which could make it easier for a person’s private information to fall into the wrong hands. “Because of time constraints, HHS [is] cutting back on the requirement to become a navigator, meaning they're not going to be doing background checks. They're not going to be fingerprinting these people,” said Bondi in an interview with Fox. “And it's more than navigators. It's people that assist the navigators. Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country's most personal and private information — tax return information, Social Security information. And our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft.”  Read more........


(3) Code Violations bring SWAT Team to Texas Organic Farm - American Thinker - Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said. Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including "grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises," Smith's statement said. She said the police didn't produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn't be identified. According to ABC affiliate WFAA, resident Quinn Eaker was the only person arrested -- for outstanding traffic violations.The raid on the Garden of Eden farm appears to be the latest example of police departments using SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics to enforce less serious crimes. A Fox television affiliate reported this week, for example, that police in St. Louis County, Mo., brought out the SWAT team to serve an administrative warrant. The report went on to explain that all felony warrants are served with a SWAT team, regardless whether the crime being alleged involves violence. Read more.........

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Brooklyn Family Man Died of Apparent Heart Attack After Cops Barged Into Home - CBS New York.....


(4) John Whitehead: Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force? - Rutherford Institute - Despite the steady hue and cry by government agencies about the need for more police, more sophisticated weaponry, and the difficulties of preserving the peace and maintaining security in our modern age, the reality is far different. Indeed, violent crime in America has been on a steady decline, and if current trends continue, Americans will finish the year 2013 experiencing the lowest murder rate in over a century. Despite this clear referendum on the fact that communities would be better served by smaller, demilitarized police forces, police agencies throughout the country are dramatically increasing in size and scope. Some of the nation’s larger cities boast police forces the size of small armies. (New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually likes to brag that the NYPD is his personal army.) For example, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has reached a total of 10,000 officers. It takes its place alongside other cities boasting increasingly large police forces, including New York (36,000 officers) and Chicago (13,400 officers). When considered in terms of cops per square mile, Los Angeles assigns a whopping 469 officers per square mile, followed by New York with 303 officers per square mile, and Chicago with 227 cops per square mile. Read more........

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