Olivia Olson in “Love Actually”:
Oh come on, this is America! Things like that don’t happen here, right?
Dec 10th, 2011 at 12:35 pm by susie
Says Sen. Carl Levin:
PETITION: http://wh.gov/D0B We have only a few days to speak up before the President signs NDAA 1031, permitting citizen imprisonment without evidence or trial. The bill passed by Congress absolutely DOES NOT exempt citizens. Section 1031 reads, “A covered person under this section” includes “any person who has committed a belligerent act”.
– Confusingly, Obama previously threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031. 1032 is UNRELATED to imprisoning citizens without a trial. He has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen imprisonment. In fact, it was requested by the Obama administration. Watch the video for proof.
– The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) is dangerously misleading. Don’t be fooled: In the text of 1031(e), “Nothing in this section shall be construed…”, the only word that matters is “construed” because the Supreme Court are the only ones with the power to construe the law. The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) permits citizens to be imprisoned without evidence or a trial forever, if the Supreme Court does not EXPLICITLY repeal 1031.
Congress planned to give it to him to sign on Dec. 8, but delayed at the last minute. If we act urgently to tell our friends, family, and colleagues, we can still prevent this. Here is what we can do:
1) Americans must know about this to stop it. Urgently pass this petition as widely as possible: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-ndaa-section-1031-citizen-imprisonment-l… Contact the media to clear up confusion about the facts mentioned above.
2) Congress can still block the law before December 13. Write and call your Representative and Senator telling them to stop NDAA Section 1031 and the dangerously misleading Feinstein Amendment 1031(e).
Contact your Representative: http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/
Contact your Senator:http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
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I was so disappointed that the administration caved on this. I guess because no one the Villagers know would have children attending a for-profit school, so it wasn’t all that important to them. Most people can’t imagine just how cynical these places are. I know – I was an “admissions counselor” (aka sales rep) for one of the biggest names. They wanted me to sign up anyone with a pulse, and I refused to do it. It was the longest six months of my life.
WASHINGTON — Last year, the Obama administration vowed to stop for-profit colleges from luring students with false promises. In an opening volley that shook the $30 billion industry, officials proposed new restrictions to cut off the huge flow of federal aid to unfit programs.
But after a ferocious response that administration officials called one of the most intense they had seen, the Education Department produced a much-weakened final plan that almost certainly will have far less impact as it goes into effect next year.
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So! Chris has been up all night working on the site change, and then we’ll be slowly dealing with any new glitches that come up. I hope you like the new header (Ted Rall designed it for me, isn’t it cool? If you look closely, that’s an eviction notice on the front door…)
Anyway, the archives are a lot easier to use now (Chris has been doing the database work for weeks). Now we have to figure out how to get the ad code back in, and I have to get used to the new back end so I can make it do what I want.
If you come across any problems, please leave a note in the comments.
Amazing performance on “Korea’s Got Talent” by a 22-year-old man who’s lived on the streets since he was five. Really inspiring:
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