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Archive for June 19th, 2007

Video: How Not to Hire An American.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on June 19th, 2007 10:48 am by HL

This video clip shows a meeting of big business people and Human Resources People who are discussing ways they can legally not hire a qualified American for a job, and bring in someone from India to do it instead. There must have been a whistleblower filming it because I doubt any one in the video would want their names attached to it. Have a look


Republicans Have Been Destryoing Emails Since 2004

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2007 10:20 am by HL

Investigation Uncovers ‘Extensive Destruction’ Of RNC Emails, Violations Of Records Act

Think Progress
Excerpt:
House investigators have learned that the Bush administration’s use of Republican National Committee email accounts is far greater than previously disclosed — 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove alone — and that the RNC has overseen “extensive destruction” of many of the emails, including all email records for 51 White House officials.

For the last several months, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been “investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act” by using email accounts maintained by the RNC and the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign for official White House communications. Today’s findings confirm that the accounts were used “for official purposes, such as communicating with federal agencies about federal appointments and policies


Supreme Court Rules Against Cops for Once

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 19th, 2007 8:21 am by HL

In a surprise ruling (it’s surprising any time the court rules in favor of the people over the cops)
The Supreme Court ruled that passengers in cars, have the same rights against illegal searches and seizures as the drivers. The cops pull over a car for no reason, search it find drugs, (probably a roach or something) and arrest the passenger saying he has no 4th amendment rights. The court disagrees.

Court Embraces Rights for Car Passengers

SF Gate
Excerpt:
Passengers, like drivers, have a constitutional right to challenge the legality of police decisions to stop cars in which they are traveling, the Supreme Court said Monday.
Bruce Brendlin was convicted of drug possession after a sheriff’s deputy stopped a car in which he was a passenger in Yuba City, Calif., in 2001.
Brendlin was wanted for a parole violation, although the deputy who ordered the car to pull over didn’t know beforehand that Brendlin was in the vehicle…..

Justice David Souter, writing for a unanimous court, disagreed. “We think that in these circumstances, any reasonable passenger would have understood the police officers to be exercising control to the point that no one in the car was free to depart without police permission,” Souter said. “A traffic stop necessarily curtails the travel a passenger has chosen just as much as it halts the driver.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP backed Brendlin, arguing that a ruling in the state’s favor would encourage police to conduct arbitrary traffic stops to target passengers, especially minorities, who lack the same rights as drivers.

Brendlin appealed his conviction, arguing that the drug evidence should be suppressed because it was found as the result of an illegal stop. The state has since conceded there was no basis to stop the car…..


Keith Olbermann: The Sippy Cup Terrorist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on June 19th, 2007 8:13 am by HL

Here is one more example of how the Transportation Security Administration has no intention of making our airlines safe, and every intention of hassling people to the point where they just don’t want to bother flying anymore. A 14 veteran of the US Secret Service, and her young son are trying to board a flight, but wait, we have a potential terrorism situation. The kid has a sippy cup. What nefarious liquid may be in that cup? Some highly volatile chemical? some sort of liquid WMD? Not to worry though, the Secret Service Agent offers to drink the liquid, to alleviate any possible fears the TSA might have. That’s not good enough for the titty grabbing officers. They want her to go to the back of the line, and come back without the cup, causing her to possibly miss her flight. She gets upset and spills the water, causing an National Incident. Here’s Keith with the story, and video of the ordeal.