Sorry about the quality. Remember to have your cards at your side as you listen to his speech on Afghanistan this afternoon. Click on image to enlarge and…enjoy!
Here’s the bill.
The following is the synopsis of what it would do when passed by the last Washington State Legislature:
Ex-con supervision: SB 5288 will reduce supervision of offenders who get out of jail or prison to shorter periods of time, except for violent sex offenders or dangerous mentally ill.
Here’s what the News Tribune in Tacoma says Maurice Clemmons psych eval found;
A psychological evaluation conducted in October found he was a risk to public safety, but not a bad enough risk to justify committing him.
How do they arrive at that when he had a rap sheet a mile long and was accused of raping a 12 year old girl?
Here’s who was responsible for the bill:
By Senators Hargrove (Hoquiam), Stevens (Arlington), Regala (Tacoma) and Shin (Edmonds).
Signed into law by Christine Gregoire (but she got rid of part of it). Here’s a description from Washington Votes.
Signed with partial veto by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 6, 2009, requires the Department of Corrections to supervise certain offenders sentenced to community custody, such all sex offenders, dangerously mentally ill offenders, among others. House amendments removed the requirement for supervision for certain low and moderate risk offenders and authorizes DOC to arrest and pursue administrative sanctions for offenders under supervision. An adopted house amendment establishes by statute a set of sentencing guidelines apart from the Sentencing Guidelines Commission (SGC.The emergency clause is vetoed.
If Clemmons wasn’t considered dangerous then how many other time bombs have been let out of custody by these folks?
The Porkland City Council increased parking fines in efforts to raise more revenue, even though they deny it. They claim standard fines have increased by only $10, but;
The fine for blocking a fire hydrant increased from $100 to $150
Blocking access to a handicap ramp will incur a $210 fine, up from $150
Parking in a disabled zone without a valid permit increased more than 100 percent, $450 up from $190.
Unlawfully using grannies a handicapped permit will now cost $720, up from $450.
Claiming the increases were not a “cash grab,” officials also expect to generate more than $500,000 yearly from the tax increases.
And, what about all the bicyclists clogging downtown Porkland? Will they ever pay their fair share?
Bush, December 9, 2008
Obama, December 1, 2009
Bush loved the Troops and they loved him. Obama has yet to earn that respect and it is doubtful he ever will.
Hey guys, Phil Jones is in charge of University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.
H/T to Pete the Banker who just told me about this and saw it at Anthony Watts’ Watts Up With That blog here.
Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible. After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this. The Review process will have my full support.”
By Pete the Banker
This DOJ ruling “slipped by” the press over the weekend, since the the Mass Media simply didn’t cover it. This ruling is outrageous and suggests that the Administration doesn’t really care about reforming the real estate finance industry, only enriching their allies
“Justice’s memo, written in mid-October but quietly released over Thanksgiving, came in response to inquiries by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It argues that Congress’ ban on taxpayer money being “provided to” ACORN does not apply to HUD’s existing contracts with the group.” Story here.
One certainly has to agree with one of the email comments to this Washington Examiner blog post,
“”Despite ACORN’s misfeasance, the Department of Justice has issued a legal opinion suggesting that the group can continue to receive taxpayer money despite the new law…..”
FIRE HOLDER ! ! ! ! !”
This Attorney General was appointed to represent the Administration in legal matters. Obviously, the allegiance of the Administration in this case is not to the best interests of those governed nor to mortgage borrowers, but to it’s special interest ally ACORN who from all apparent appearances is an organization that has violated the RICO statutes.
Thanks to Pete the Banker for this:
Can’t somebody just calls off the dogs? They know it’s a phony charge. Leave LtCol Jeffrey Chessani ALONE! Here. Send the Thomas More Law Center $$$. They’re defending Chessani. Here.
From Thomas More president:
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “I’m outraged at the obvious double standard the government used as it gave Army Major Nidal Hasson every benefit of the doubt because of political correctness. Yet, they had no problem in persecuting this loyal Marine officer because he refused to throw his men under the bus to appease an anti-war politician and the Iraqi government. Any finding of misconduct handed down by the Board of inquiry would be a miscarriage of justice because LtCol Chessani did nothing wrong.”
Good. Here’s the story from the American Legion folks. H/T Rees Lloyd:
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeals court ruling ordering the disclosure of photographs of detainees being abused by their U.S. captors.In doing so Monday, the high court cited a recent change in federal law that allows the pictures to be withheld.The justices issued a brief, and expected, order Monday directing the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to take another look at a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain the photos of detainee abuse. President Barack Obama at first didn’t oppose the release, but he changed his mind, saying they could whip up anti-American sentiment overseas and endanger U.S. troops.The administration appealed the matter to the Supreme Court, but also worked with Congress to give Defense Secretary Robert Gates the power to keep from the public all pictures of foreign detainees being abused.Gates invoked his new authority in mid-November, saying widespread distribution of the pictures would endanger American soldiers.The ACLU has said it will continue fighting for the photos’ release.Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who served on the 2nd Circuit until August, did not take part in the court’s consideration of the case, Department of Defense v. ACLU, 09-160.
Here. Question: Does this get Huckabee’s candidacy out of the crapper for 2012?
Clemmons is dead. One cop. 2:45am. Stolen car. D.E.A.D. Here. Interesting graf here:
A psychological evaluation conducted in October found he was a risk to public safety, but not a bad enough risk to justify committing him, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported.
I surprised the AP could break away from fact checking Saturday NIght Live skits and Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, but they did.
A look at some of his claims and how they compare with the facts:
OBAMA: “Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead.”
THE FACTS: When Obama says he is confident that allied countries will provide more troops in the weeks ahead he is setting aside years of mostly empty-handed American efforts to get others, including allies in NATO, to deepen their commitment to combat in Afghanistan.