High Crimes and Misdemeanors on Rogues Island (Rhode Island 38 Studios)
AESantos (Tony) June 6, 2013
A Google search of “Rogues Island” will return the state of Rhode Island among the Top 10.
Historian J. Stanley Lemons: ”It was called the sewer of New England, it was called the Licentious Republic, it was called Rogues’ Island,” ”It was considered a haven for evildoers.”
The state is still saddled with it’s share of rogues and scoundrels. There’s an effort on Smith Hill to default on a $112 Million moral obligation bond in the state backed funding of Curt Schillings failed 38 Studios venture. It’s no coincidence that House Speaker Gordon Fox and Governor Linc Chafee are pressing to pay back the bond, not out of principle, but purely CYA. A decision by the General Assembly to default on bond repayment won’t go unanswered. The insurance company and bond holders will respond with a lawsuit, and an investigation… an investigation that the General Assembly is unwilling and unable to launch. House members are too heavily invested in the power Gordon Fox wields as speaker of the House. Read the Rest Here
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For a thousand years, we defended and protected those in our charge from within the walls of the Castle, the “Keep” was the place of refuge if the walls were breached. Five months ago the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary school were breached, their only defense, a $99 remote door buzzer, defeated in a matter of moments. A locked bathroom, and storage room, barricaded with file cabinets served as childrens makeshift “Keep” but not before Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and 6 staff . In the following 5 months we’ve been barraged by a trainload of state and federal gun control measures. Rhode Island’s “Cadillac Gun Control package expanded from 9 to 15 bills. I reckon Air Force One was unavailable to transport Newtown Ct. Police chief to Providence to testify before committee. None of the “We gotta do Something” bills drafted or rammed thru would prevent the next Sandy Hook, not a single bill called to secure our schools. The horrific events at Sandy hook elementary should have served to re-engineer security in all public schools and yet the protection of our most “precious cargo” hasn’t taken priority over trash pickups, or whether paper or plastic bags will save the planet. Read the Rest Here
Legal Insurrection: IRS Official Lois Lerner to plead the 5th – Update: Statement from Issa’s Office
As Washington continues to muck up the legal waters around trying Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a Military court, it seems Republicans Lindsay Graham, Peter King, Kelly Ayotte and John McCain are saddling the wrong horse in their efforts to declare Tsarnaev an enemy combatant. The 48 hour clock ran out on the Public Safety Exemption so the Miranda Genie is now out of the bottle, Tsarnaev’s been read his rights, and predictably stopped answering questions. Constitutionally Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Current Status as an American citizen precludes precludes being tried in Military court, however Tsarnaev‘s not a “Natural Born Citizen”, he’s a “Naturalized Citizen”. Not to split legal hairs here… Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was granted U. S. Citizenship on September 11, 2012. There’s an extensive laundry list of offenses and conditions committed within the first 10 years that would support Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s , revocation of citizenship (Denaturalization). Among them : * Engaging in Subversive Activity * Perjury and or concealing information in the course of application for citizenship * Membership in subversive organizations (5 Years) * Refusal to testify before a Congressional Committee * Causing harm and injury to U.S. Government officials Revocation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘s citizenship opens the door to declare him an enemy combatant, rescinds his current protections under the Constitution, option try in Military court, and provide quality time at Club Gitmo. Any effort to try Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Military Court or change his handle from American Citizen to Enemy Combatant won’t go unanswered by the Obama administration. You can bet the ranch Attorney General Eric Holder will throw the weight of the Justice department not sparing a single buffalo nickel defending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s citizenship, to spare Barack Obama having to reckon the ”War on Terror” is not over.
Bostonian’s are slowly shaking the trauma of last week’s Marathon Bombing. For many having been locked down in their homes while an armed terrorist remained at large, street warfare not unlike an episode from “24” and 9000 members of law enforcement in a door to door manhunt, it a fair bet folks in the greater Boston area have a newfound respect for the 2nd Amendment. In a crisis, Federal agencies are afforded a wide berth in intelligence gathering. In the hours that followed the bombing the last concern for many Americans is whether their phone call, text, email to pickup a gallon of milk, or online banking transaction was intercepted by the FBI. Casting a wide digital net in the interest of National Security no doubt puts liberty, privacy and Constitutional rights under the 4th amendments in the deep end of the pool. Read the Rest Here
Rhode Island lawmakers rolled out a 9 Bill “We Gotta Do Something” Gun Control package predictably boiler-plated after recent New York and Connecticut Anti-Gun legislation. Bans on High Capacity Magazines, Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons (no such animal) sole discretion to the Attorney General to issue concealed carry permits. And what legislative package would be complete without a “Task Force”, in this case protocol management to submit mental health, and drug abuse info for FBI background checks. So this Cadillac Gun Control package comes fully loaded with one glaring exception… If the intent of this package engineered after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary is to protect our Youngin’s why wasn’t a funding mandate packaged to staff all public schools K thru 12 and State Colleges with armed resource officers. Currently Rhode Island middle and high schools are staffed with full time armed resource officers, but not single Buffalo Nickel was called to extend protection to elementary schools our most vulnerable, or to state colleges, remarkable considering the recent lockdown at the University of Rhode Island, fortunately a false alarm. The near miss at URI however raised a bucket full of what if’s. Read The Rest Here Abouts
15 year old girl leaves anti-gun politicians speechless
Badda Bing, I know a Guy Who Knows a Guy, The Culture of Rhode Island Democrats AESantos (Tony) April 8, 2013 To a large block of native Rhode Islanders, voting Democrat has little to do with politics, it’s about a culture that’s evolved over generations, and reinforced a Democratic stronghold for seven plus decades. “Jack Kennedy was a Democrat, Hell that’s good enough for me, Republicans are S.O.B’s who’ll steal your pension and social security “ … kitchen table wisdom, handed down over the years. A tug on the Democrat Handle in the voting booth is as “Roe-Dylin” as Coffee Milk, Haven Brothers weiners, and a low numbered license plate. There’s no cronyism or corruption on Smith Hill, but if you need a new furnace, or $75 Million for a video game startup, well, “I Know a Guy, Who Knows a Guy”. Harvard or Yale has nothing over a state job, early retirement with pension, and compounded COLA’s. The good life made possible thru collective bargaining. Democrats will choose a Scoundrel over a Republican six ways to Sunday. There isn’t a Senior Citizen in high rise in Congressional District One that hasn’t choked down a rubber chicken dinner trucked in by former Providence Mayor now 2nd term Congressman David Cicilline, Any resident will tell you, “He’s such a nice boy, saving my Social Security from those Republicans, I knew his Mother ya know”. Cicilline’s “Enron” management of Providence left the capital city’s finances circling the bowl, and a parting gift of $110 Million deficit. His penance for high crimes and misdemeanors …. Democrats re-elected him to a 2nd term to warm the CD1 seat Read More Here East Providence R.I. FireHouse Rehab Funded by Stimulus aka Porkulus Bucks Shovel Ready in these parts looks to be 4 years to start and completion by BHO’s 3rd Term.
Dem Rep To Senior Citizen: Don’t Defend Yourself From Criminals, ‘You’d Probably Be Dead Anyway‘
For decades politics in Rhode Island was likened to “Ground Hog Day”, voters sending the same labor dominated Democratic re-treads, back to Smith Hill followed by a growing progressive caucus. Republicans from both houses could host meetings by butting two tables end to end at the local Denny’s. In a state starving for leadership the 2010 Midterm elections shifted politics and governance from “Ground Hog Day” to a Parallel Universe. Once voted most liberal Liberal Senate member of GOP, Linc Chafee ‘s settled into his Progressive groove. His latest latest effort to revive the states busted economy has taken a more spiritual tack than economic … the Three T’s Technology, Talent, and Tolerance. By his honor’s reckoning , passage of Same Sex Marriage (SSM) will “grow our economy” This “I Coulda’ Had a V-8 moment” came after having read the book “The Flight of the Creative Class” (Richard Florida). Over the years entire forests have been leveled to produce truckloads Rhode Island economic studies, the hardcopies alone could fill every pothole in the capital city. Who knew the Governor’s economic epiphany and vision of prosperity would come by come by way of a paperback available on Amazon.com for $6.95… Read the Rest Here
So God Made a Farmer ….. Paul Harvey
Can’t Repeal the 2nd Amendment in Rhode Island, Then Tax It AESantos March 1, 2013 In Rhode Island, if you can’t repeal the 2nd Amendment then do the next best thing … just Tax It. Some 500 plus Rhode Islanders filled the halls, stairwells, and rotunda of the Capital City State House to reckon the opposition to the taxation of their 2nd Amendment rights as law abiding gun owners, and harassment arguably under the 4th Amendment. The Progressive Brain Trust under the guise of responding to the events of Sandy Hook Elementary opted to pass on the usual back door incrementalism, and go full tilt. House Bill H-5573 (An act Relating to Criminal Offenses) Mandates: 1.) Every Firearm must be registered with the licensing authority of that city or town 2.) Separate registration for each firearm requires, Name, Address, Fingerprint, and Signature of registrant 3.) A Fee of $100.00 would be levied on each individual registration (Each Gun). 4.) Failure to register could result in a 3 year stretch in the local Hoosegow, a $3000.00 fine or both. In all fairness the four Democratic sponsors of the bill did stop short of mandating a DNA sample, and ankle bracelet be worn by each law abiding registrant. Read the Rest Here
HellFire Maverick On The Hill Ted Cruz
AESantos February 21, 2013 Barely eight weeks on The Hill, Hellfire Maverick Senator Ted Cruz (D-Tx) has raised a ruckus, the likes of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) only regrets are Cruz isn’t a Progressive Democrat, and he had to be a damn Texan. Cruz, now 42 is packing some serious bragging rights, Princeton Debate, Magna Cum Laude Harvard Law, Clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and former Texas Solicitor General. He may have come to Washington with the Republican brand, but his first obligation is to folks who sent him there. Establishment Republicans just can’t reckon Conservatives service to constituents over Party. Given his mark in his short time on the Hill, NY Times, Politico WashPo, wasted little time on their assault. More To Read Here Branco Cartoon Frankenquester
The Next Sandy Hook Just a Near Miss Away
AESantos February 6, 2013
The words children and hostage should never be found in the same phrase or thought, and yet in near two months since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown Ct. billions in Prime Washington Pork were pumped into Hurricane Sandy relief, not a single buffalo nickel in funding has been called to the chamber floor to secure our most vulnerable schools, while Diane Feinstein and company continue to leverage the images and souls of Sandy Hook in their agenda to disarm America. I reckon White House speech writers weren’t too proud to rustle a few lines from NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre statement on Sandy Hook 6 weeks earlier… Read the Rest Here.
In Rhode Island Don’t Ask Don’t Tell They’re Only Felony Mistakes
There’s a thousand reasons an employer would need to reckon whether the prospect they’re considering for hire has a a criminal record, straight up horse sense, no room for argument, unless you hail from Smith Hill. RI State Senator (D) Harold Metts “Ban The Box” legislation looks to strike the question “Have You Been Convicted of a Crime” and conviction related questions from Rhode Island job applications. Sen. Metts: “ Individuals who have done wrong and paid for their mistakes should not be haunted for the rest of their lives. Too many former inmates are turned away from jobs when they check a box on job applications asking if they’ve ever been convicted of a felony. The practice contributes to criminal recidivism by making it harder for people trying to turn their lives around to find employment.” ”Ban the Box” ….. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, They’re Only Felony Mistakes. Read More Here
AESantos January 28, 2013 Life’s good in office when you can call an investigation and exonerate yourself from wrongdoing. Rhode Island’s House Oversight investigation of the collapse of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios, the states largest self-inflicted financial disaster shouldn’t be mistaken as postmortem. The product of this effort is the Absolution of the Rubes and Rogues who engineered, ratified the largest single loan to a business, $75 Million and for 17 months presided over it’s failure. The focus of Oversight which hasn’t convened in the 2 plus years isn’t cause and effect of the collapse, but the future health of RIEDC. Read More Here
Massachusetts, Scorched Earth Capitalism Hostile Takeover Rhode Island and Connecticut Economies
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick may be a hard core Progressive, but unlike Rhode Island Governor he’s got firm grip on capitalism, and how to eliminate the competition. For the second time in 2 years, Massachusetts has launched legislation that will fatten their coffers while throwing an anchor to a desperate Rhode Island economy just treading water. Governor Patrick’s plan to overhaul current Tax Code drops the current sales tax to 4.5% from 6.25% jeopardizing some $900 Million in R.I. Sales tax revenue. In keeping with his Progressive side, the drop in sales tax comes with the sting of $1.9 Billion in new taxes (Income Tax). R.I. Loss projections by the Casino bill (Ma.) passed November 2011 are still pending, but the first of three Massachusetts Casino’s scheduled to open 2014, are expected to take a bite out of R.I. gambling revenues, just south of $380 Million. Massachusetts shares Connecticut’s northern border clear to New York State. Governor Patrick’s looking to carve out a his share of Connecticut’s $4 Billion Sales Tax, and $14.7 Billion Gross gambling revenues. In the private sector this strategy would be likened to “Scorched Earth Capitalism”. Massachusetts has no interest, in competing with the RI and Ct. economies, this is a straight up Hostile Takeover. Given the lack of vision, leadership and shortage of Political Spartans on Smith Hill, and pressing matters of Lapdog legislation and equal opportunity Father Daughter dances, best we might expect from management is another Task Force, or Economic Commission… Read More Here
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A Near Miss at Taft Union High, The NRA Was Right
AESantos January 10, 2013
The victim of today’s shooting at Taft Union High (Taft,Ca) would no doubt argue his wounds from the business end of a shotgun are a damn far cry from a Near Miss. This shooting was a tragedy in the making, preempted by the actions of a single teacher and campus supervisor that might have claimed more lives. This was the “Near Miss” of the next Sandy Hook that could in fact been prevented or avoided altogether. A week after the Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, (Dec. 21, 2012) Wayne LaPierre NRA’s Executive Vice President was excoriated by the Gun Control mob, following his recommendations to secure our schools… ”I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.” LaPierre, and the NRA called it right. None of the reports of the events at Taft Union make reference to an ”Armed Resource Officer” …. the shooter simply walked into the school encountering no resistance .Read More Here
Gun Control, Confiscation, and Every American’s FailSafe
Confiscation and control of arms and munitions was the means to controlling America, or so thought King George III , Governor/General Thomas Gage (1774-1776). It would be another 8 years (post Revolutionary War) before some three Million American Colonist were afforded the protections engineered in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, every American’s FailSafe. Two Hundred plus years of history reinforces the Founders understanding of the Federal government’s need for power and control. Today the gun Control Legislation Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) and company is drafting is so extensive a forklift will likely haul it to the Chamber Floor. This antithesis of the 2nd Amendment, Prof. William Jacobson (LegalInsurrection.com) calls the “Obamacare of Gun Control” has two clear objectives, the neutering of the 2nd Amendment, and the disarming of America. Read More Here |
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Rep. David Cicilline Progressive Varmint Caught in NRA Bear Trap
AESantos December 23, 2012
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) looks to be the first progressive varmint caught up in the NRA’s Bear Trap. Barely moments after the NRA press conference on the shooting tragedy at Newtown Ct. David Cicilline immediately targeted NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre and his recommendation that all schools be staffed with armed police to insure their safety. Cicilline: “Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre, out-of-touch press conference should be called out for what it truly is a disgusting, desperate attempt to block the enactment of responsible gun safety” “Our schools should be places for students to learn in a safe and nurturing environment, and the idea of injecting guns into public schools as a strategy for keeping children safe is outrageous.” La Pierre’s recommendation that all schools are staffed with armed police simply extends the same protection already implemented in our Middle, and High, schools by assigning Armed Police “Resource Officers” to our elementary schools, currently the most vulnerable in our education system. Read More Here
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Barack Obama’s Junkyard Dog, Egypt’s Super Pharaoh Mohammed Morsi
Crisis resolution in the Middle East is more akin to a rack of “Eight Ball” than a game of Chess. The “Break” while calculated, produces bucketload of unintended consequences and scenarios After eight days Israel’s U.S. funded Iron Dome staved off a majority of 1500 plus rocket attacks by Hamas. With no prospects of Hamas standing down, Israel staged for a ground war. Clear even to the Obama administration, there’s zero chance for a long term cease fire. To avoid U.S. direct involvement in a ground war, Israel needed a protector, a Junkyard Dog of the non-western variety. Read More Here
Obama Phones, Food Stamps, Cable, ObamaCare, Won’t Cost you a Single Buffalo Nickel The Price …..Your American Identity, Your American Soul
AESantos October 11 2012
Jobs, recovery, and surplus… words not used in the same breath in these parts for a few years. Unlike, Wisconsin, Ohio, among other states that created thousands of jobs, and turned billions in deficits to surplus, returning a few Ben Franklin’s to their coffers, Rhode Island continues to white-knuckled the hope of drafting on the national economy that’s still circling the bowl. Rhode Island, the Ocean State is underwater due to a critical shortage of leadership, vision and testosterone. In turning to the Governor’s office for leadership, we find an “Empty Chair” and a man in search of a ribbon to cut. Read More Here RedneckRepublic.org is Grateful for LegalInsurrection.com Link to this article.
Barack Obama, “Just Trim a Little Fat Off the Constitution”
“Just trim a little fat off the Constitution”, that line could well have been written for Barack Obama. Void of any leadership, Barack Obama’s brandishing Executive order and Privilege to bludgeon his way to another fours year at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Governance by decree is just another handle for Banana Republic Read More Here
Sorry Governor, When you Own the Ranch You Own the Outhouse Too
AESantos (Tony) May 31, 2012
Most any sitting Governor will tell you “When you Own the Ranch you Own the Outhouse too, where Rhode Island Governor Linc Chafee’s spent the last 3 weeks digging a deeper hole, for sure no better place to “CYA”. The $75 Million shotgun wedding of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios to the State of Rhode Island (July 2010), engineered by former Governor Don Caccieri, and R.I. General Assembly leadership has Circled the Bowl. The post mortem is now pending on 38-Gate, Rhode Island’s largest self-inflicted financial disaster second only to the 1991 RISDC collapse. Read the Rest Here
Freedom is not for Government or Man to Take. It is However Yours to Surrender ….