Friday, December 19, 2014

Amnesty, torture, and the rule of law

Some people act as if US immigration laws were written on two stone tablets delivered to Washington DC by Moses himself. If you have any discussion with them about the rights of immigrants or farms suffering from labor shortages, and they'll fall back on the argument that "the law is the law."

But the highest law in the US is the Constitution. Article 2, Section 2 gives the President the power to pardon anyone he likes. He can release someone from federal prison, he can stop the FBI from arresting someone, and he can let people stay in this country.

Bad laws can be ignored altogether, even while they remain on the books. Men are still legally required to register for the draft at age 18, but not one man has been prosecuted for failing to register in 30 years. So I may have wasted a trip to the post office.

Laws should be enforced if they still have merit. Unfortunately, there are some very good laws that get overlooked by the government as well. This country has some laws against torture. Recently, it has been revealed that CIA employees and contractors have been violating those laws.

I really don't see how torture has any value as a interrogation technique. Ask a man a question, and he'll give you an answer. Torture him, and he'll give you a different answer. If you had any way of determining which answer was true, you wouldn't need to torture him in the first place. Maybe other regimes have better luck with the practice. But these countries are better at keeping secrets, and they aren't exactly the types of regimes that we should want to emulate. Torture leads to bad PR for America on the world stage. If we talk about boycotting Iran or Russia for human rights violations, they can make the same claims about us. We should seriously consider moving out of our glass house before throwing rocks.

If you really care about the rule of law in this country, then you should be more concerned about torture (a felony) than illegal immigration (a civil violation).

Diplomatic Relations with Cuba?

Great Scott!

We are going to normalize our diplomatic outreach with Cuba?

Its like President Obama is actually doing his job and being the Head of State or something but still everyone is up in arms because their pet causes got pissed on in the process.

At least Rush Limbaugh and Bill Clinton can finally smoke those Cuban cigars together legally.

Maybe soon we will embrace some of the other better qualities of Jeffersonian Leadership? It was the writer of the Declaration of Independence whom established a core principle of American Foreign Policy which guided us for over a hundred and fifty years, and which while limited, We The People are starting to embrace in the midst of endless Wars and nameless Enemies and landless States
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations
entangling alliances with none.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States,
4th March, 1801, Inaugural Address.

You can read the full context of that quote here BTW.

U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility 
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
The surprise announcement came at the end of 18 months of secret talks that produced a prisoner swap negotiated with the help of Pope Francis and concluded by a telephone call between Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro. The historic deal broke an enduring stalemate between two countries divided by just 90 miles of water but oceans of mistrust and hostility dating from the days of Theodore Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill and the nuclear brinkmanship of the Cuban missile crisis.

“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. The deal, he added, will “begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas” and move beyond a “rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born.” .......
by Peter Baker THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17th December 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ELEVENSIES OR NEW YEARS DAY BRUNCH

Vice Chair Jeannette and Tom Jaquish is hosting Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana's first ELEVENSIES/NEW YEARS DAY BRUNCH from 10a - 2p at their home 1423 Louisedale Dr, Fort Wayne, 46808. There will be scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, hash browns, coffee, juice, milk and hot cocoa will be served FREE, but they wont be offended if you bring something like fancy creamer, syrup, ground coffee or pastry. There will be NO speeches or fundraising. Just friendly conversation, games, music and activities for children and children at heart. Everyone is invited. Drop in any time during.

Please Reserve this event to your calendar via our Facebook Event Page
Questions? Call Jeannette at 260 484-5946 or email jeannettejaquish@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson

I can only think of two things that haven't already been said a million times over in various media outlets.

1) I propose that police action shootings that are suspected of being unjustified should be reviewed on the state or federal level. Local prosecutors do depend on local police to see to it that defendants appear in court. Prosecutors understandable give police the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes the benefit is too much. Even with internal investigations carried out in good faith, police departments should strive to avoid even the appearance of evil.

2) Rioters are like certain politicians in that they will use a good cause to justify horrible actions. I cannot condone theft or destruction of private property, whatever the motive. But if you want to loot and plunder and claim that your actions are respectable, perhaps you should wear a suit and tie while doing so.

 3) Yes, there is still racism in this country. While there is less of the overt kind involving white robes and cross in this century, there is still a lot of the subtle kind of prejudice out there.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ebola

A government response to a catastrophe can get complicated during an election year. No matter what the president does, someone is going to take him to task over it.

Ebola is a deadly contagious disease that causes victims to bleed to death from the inside. Most Westerners who have that disease will seek medical treatment and will be put in an isolation ward. Anyone who has that disease and refuses treatment should still be kept in quarantine. Yes, you just read that on a Libertarian blog. Nobody has a constitutional right to become a bio-weapon.

Ebola is so deadly that it is impossible for a victim to pretend that they don't have it. You can't tell if someone has AIDS without a blood test, but an Ebola patient will start out with severe flu-like symptoms and get worse from there. If you don't have symptoms, you don't have the disease, and there is no reason to keep you from going about your business.

While Americans getting infected with Ebola is newsworthy, the real disease crisis is happening in Africa. There are several factors that explain why Ebola infects more people in Africa than in the US or Europe.  First World countries have better healthcare and hygiene, while Africa has wildlife that carries Ebola without getting sick. Fruitbats, monkeys, and other critters that you won't find in the US carry the virus in their bodies. These animals are hunted and eaten by people who don't always cook their food properly.

Obama was correct not to impose a travel ban. To put things in perspective, more Americans have been allegedly killed by NFL players this decade than by Ebola. But nobody is pushing for a travel ban for professional athletes. It's irresponsible for politicians to exaggerate the risks, impose unnecessary quarantines, and scare the hell out of voters.

And if you are a voter, learn more about Ebola before panicking.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jeannette Jaquish for FWCS Board.

(Mrs. Jaquish asked that we post this on her behalf. Enjoy.)
Hello! 
I am Jeannette Jaquish, running for the Fort Wayne Community Schools at large board seat against Mark GiaQuinta and Anne Duff.

Please visit my website at www.VoteJaquishFWCS.com

I think the competition of charters and vouchers stimulate public schools to improve, and it saves the Dept. of Education money because charters and vouchers get $4,800 instead of the $6,500 that goes to public schools.  Many on the FWCS board constantly complain of the money lost to charters and vouchers and tax caps, ignoring that parents chose them, and that losing the funding also means not having to educate the children. I say stop whining, pull up your socks and compete to win them back.

I have many practical observations on nutritious meals, lost academic and career classes, cold dark morning walks to the bus stop, how to deal with hungry kids, standardized testing and more.
I also summarize a Harvard study that found how a New York City charter the Harlem Children's Zone greatly raised minority student scores. What they learned is now spreading to public schools.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How many commissioners should Allen County have?

This is the question that will appear on the November 4th ballot:
Shall the county government of Allen County be reorganized to place all executive power in a single county executive and to place all legislative and fiscal powers in the county council?
I will be voting "Yes" for this one.

 A libertarian case for having three county commissioners would run as follows: Each commissioner would run as a check on the other two. And the more inefficient county government becomes, the less damage it can do.

 Another weak argument is that it hasn't been tried before. But having a single elected member of the executive branch is how it is done on every other level of government that we live under.

 County government already leaves a lighter footprint than state, city, and federal government. The services that the county does provide, including police, road maintenance, and Board of Health are important enough that they should be overseen by effective, accountable leadership.

Monday, October 06, 2014

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE!!

IF YOU PLAN ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THIS COUNTRY IS RUN BE ADVISED THAT TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER TO VOTE!! EVEN IF YOU ARE PRIOR REGISTERED THE CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE EARLIER THIS YEAR SUSPENDED 700,000 VOTERS BECAUSE OF PAPERWORK ISSUES PLEASE CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS NO MATTER WHAT

Residents can register at their local county voter registration office, at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch, or at any National Voter Registration Act full-service agency, such as Workforce Development offices and Family and Social Services Administration offices, according to the secretary of state’s website.

To register online, go to www.indianavoters.com. 


You must have a valid Indiana driver’s license number or Indiana state identification card number available. The site also allows users to update their voter registration with a new address or name change. In Allen County, residents can register at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St., Suite 176, in Fort Wayne; at BMV branches; the Allen Circuit Court Clerk’s office; the Fort Wayne City Clerk’s office; the New Haven City Clerk-Treasurer’s office; Fort Wayne City Utilities; Fort Wayne Board of Public Works; and the Fort Wayne City Controller’s office. Residents can also register at Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines recruitment offices.

SUPREME COURT DENIES BIGOTRY AND HATE: MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGAL IN INDIANA AND FOUR OTHER STATES TODAY

gay marriage ruling cartoon by nate beeler 2013-06-26
MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS LEGAL IN INDIANA UTAH OKLAHOMA VIRGINIA AND WISCONSIN!!! THANKS TO THE SUPREME COURT DENYING STATE CLAIMS!!

The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.


Further news and commentary will be updated as it is provided and the celebration begins!!

SOCTUS blog .... This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference.   Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  This means that the lower-court decisions striking down bans in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia should go into effect shortly, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in those states and any other state with similar bans in those circuits.

The Supreme Court had issued the first round of orders from the September 29 Conference last Thursday, adding eleven new cases to its docket for the new Term.  Many people had anticipated that one or more of the same-sex marriage petitions might be on that list, but the Court did not act on any of them at the time.  Last month Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had suggested that the Court might not step into the controversy at this point, because there was no disagreement among the lower courts on that issue.  Today her prediction proved true, with the Court denying review (without any comment) of the seven petitions:  Bogan v. Baskin (Indiana); Walker v. Wolf (Wisconsin); Herbert v. Kitchen (Utah); McQuigg v. Bostic (Virginia); Rainey v. Bostic (Virginia); Schaefer v. Bostic (Virginia); and Smith v. Bishop (Oklahoma).

ADDITIONAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS DECISION: Involves other State cases still being decided in those Federal Districts or Circuits involved in these seven merged cases and will be resolved by the Circuit Courts in short order including other bans in those 3 Circuits directly being challenged in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado, which outcomes and implementations would change almost overnight along with any further rulings that come down the legal pike in the next year.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention came together for the last time to sign the document they helped create and craft. Constitution Day is an opportunity to show our love for the United State of America and the blessings of liberty our Founding Fathers helped secure for us.

The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. (wiki)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another half-assed war without an exit strategy.

ISIS is a evil band of thugs. If we're going to fight them, I hope we win. But even a best case scenario will have costs. Operation Desert Storm looked like a quick easy victory for those of us who watched from our living rooms. But it also gave us Osama Bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh.

ISIS already has a lot of enemies and no allies. They are doomed by their own rigid ideology. They will never be more than a nuisance, but our President is now making them our nuisance. Now that US forces are involved, ISIS has a non-Islamic enemy to use in recruitment propaganda and is that much more likely to carry out attacks against Americans.

The most wreckless aspect of this mess is the President's promise to attack targets in Syria. Since our military will not be coordinating with Assad, there is the possibility that pro-Assad forces will be killed by US airstrikes. If something like that happens, the State Department will have one hell of a time convincing Assad or anyone else that it was an accident. My prediction is that the US will be at war with the Syrian government within 12 months.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Citizens United case: Don't bother with a Constitutional amendment.

There is a push to restore some of the laws that were affected by the Citizens United decision. You are very naive if you think any piece of US legislation will keep corporations from attempting to influence elections. They will deal with it the same way they deal with our tax code: through the use of foreign shell companies. If you tell a billionaire who wants to spend $4 million to help a candidate that he can only spend $500,000, then he is going to start eight companies or NGO's in whatever country suits him and have them do his donating for him.

If you ban corporations from contributing to campaigns, they will hand out bonuses to trusted executives, who will then write personal checks to the candidates who will help their company succeed. Money finds a way.

What you should be worried about is how this will affect labor unions and grass roots organizations that can't relocate. When the little guy can't find the loophole, that makes the playing field even more lopsided than it was before.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

GIVE THE WEAPONS OF WAR TO THE SHERIFF ALONE!! Civilian Elected Authority over Military Actions is one of the Hallmarks of our Legal System and True Justice would require the resources to be accountable to We The People first.

credit: 18 August 2014 The Miami Herald
I am going to argue for something that I really didnt want to have to defend; however, because I am aware of certain strategic and National Security issues, I must advocate for at least the Allen County Sheriff, as the Chief Constitutionally Elected Executive Public Safety Officer, to be in command and control of any surplus Military equipment distributed from the Pentagon to LEO or Local Law Enforcement Organizations.

Contrary to everyone's memory apparently is that Fort Wayne - Allen County, Indiana is unique in this Country's Civil Defense and National Defense strategy.
1. We have not one, but three active Military bases within our Metro area.
2. We have one of the few airports that can land Air Force One (1982) that also has both a Air National Guard Battalion and recently announced an additional Active Air Force presence on the base, therefore it is now a Joint Operations Base.
3. As evidenced from the fall out from 9/11 (2001) we also hosted the primary back up to the White House switchboard in Downtown Fort Wayne.
4. We are one of the primary logistics hubs for Military Intelligence and also Public Health and Safety. Why do you think Parkview is now a ten mile campus on the north side of town on the other side of the interchange with its own Service Road access pointe to all Interstate and State Highway connections within a stones throw distance.
5. The GM Plant can be converted overnight into supplying military grade hardware as full time production. Steel Dynamics is just down the road in Whitley County, that is not a coincidence.
6. We hold a "currently defunct" Missile Silo System, and we are holding "Military Grade Chemical Waste" for safe keeping or in case of an emergency.



Oh I could continue, the list is pretty extensive; keeping in mind I despise Conspiracy Theories as much as I do not like the Militarization of Law Enforcement any more than the next person; however I do think that having a Civil Defense force trained by the Sheriff and under his direct and Joint Command with the National Guard would be a positive use of surplus goods from the Pentagon, but they shouldnt be used in everyday Police Work and they shouldnt be left to anyone except someone voted into office by We The People as a Civilian Authority over said Military activities, keep your checks and balances and give the Sheriff his proper due and the People our proper respect.

Brave New Films presents a History of the violations of Posse Comitatus (1878) and there is a an update on pending Legislative Review by Congress included via The Huffington Post which said in part:
.... The White House said it would examine the program, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel noting that the adoption “by local police departments of military-style tactics and the use of military equipment have provoked concern across the nation for a number of years.”
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is set to chair a congressional hearing on “police militarization” on Tuesday.
Efforts to curb the programs could spark opposition from police departments and lobbyists. “You never know when domestic terrorism or a mass shooting event will hit Smalltown, USA,” Mark Lomax, executive director of the SWAT lobbying group National Tactical Officers Association, told Politico recently......


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mark your calender! Scott Wise is having a townhall meeting.

Who: Scott Wise, Libertarian candidate for US House of Represenatatives, Indiana 3rd District, Dan Drexler, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Allen County, and members of the general public like you.
What: Townhall Meeting
Where: Little Turtle branch of the Allen County Public Library. 2201 Sherman Street, Fort Wayne, IN.
When: September 2nd, 6pm.
Why: The day after Labor Day is commonly regarded as the start of election campaign season. Scott and Dan will be answering questions from the public.
How: I think Dan and Scott will be arriving by car. How you get to the townhall meeting is up to you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ferguson

1) Sometimes police shootings are justified and sometimes it's a tragic misunderstanding. On very, very rare occasions, police have knowingly committed murder. These cases are very difficult to investigate because they involve suspects who know how police investigations are carried out.
 2) Peaceful protests are great, rioting is bad.
3) Arresting rioters is great, arresting peaceful protesters and journalists is bad.
4) Police officers are civilians, and should not have weapons that are prohibited for civilian use.
5) Here's an idea: All funding for state and local law enforcement should come from the state and local level. If voters in a jurisdiction won't support a bond issue or tax increase to spend $500,000 on an armored vehicle, then maybe the police shouldn't have that armored vehicle. Maybe an MRAP designed to protect its crew from a roadside bomb belongs in the Mideast and not the Midwest.

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