3/2: The Tyranny of the Courts punts on immigration, lyining government employees and The Polish Hammer

Guest today:

  • 7:00 AM – State Senator Arthur Orr
  • 8:00 AM – Candidate for Public Service Commission Kathy Peterson
  • 8:30 AM – Candidate for Circuit Judge Chris Messervy

Sorry liars and losers, the Supreme Court gets to decide Alabama immigration bill…

Supporters have touted Alabama’s immigration law for urging those here illegally to “self-deport,” but a federal appeals court on Thursday questioned if the law amounts to “forced expulsion.” A three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday took up two challenges to Alabama’s immigration law and a third case involving a similar Georgia law.

As spectators filled the courtroom and a packed overflow area, protesters outside called for the repeal of both laws, with one sign reading, “Hate Hurts, HB 56.”

But the panel also announced that it would not rule immediately, and would instead wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case on a similar immigration law in Arizona. The Arizona case is scheduled for oral arguments next month.

Attorneys for Alabama, Solicitor General John Neiman and Deputy Solicitor General Prim Escalona, on Thursday argued Alabama’s law is complementary to existing federal law and that Congress gave states a role to play in immigration law enforcement.

Look at this absurd contortion by a JUDGE…

Attorneys on Thursday told the judges that Alabama’s law was overly simplistic, sorting only illegal and legal immigrants. They said the state law doesn’t consider immigrants who lack proper paperwork but are currently applying for a change or awaiting a decision on immigration status. The attorneys for a group of 36 plaintiffs, including several civil rights groups, argued that under Alabama law such immigrants would still face the brunt of Alabama’s law, from traffic stops to being unable to conduct routine business.

Judge Martin raised the issue of forced expulsion. She said Alabama’s law bars all contracts except for 24-hour agreements for housing, emergency medical care, food and transportation back to their home country. Martin questioned how immigrants, including those whose status was undetermined, could live in a state where they couldn’t contract for housing, or even water and sewer services.

‘What if all 50 states had this law,’ Martin asked. ‘How would people survive?’ Neiman, the solicitor general for Alabama, answered that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange issued an opinion letter in December that contended that the government business transactions section doesn’t apply to water and sewer and other government services, only those related to driver’s license-type applications.

Martin pointed out an attorney general’s opinion is not binding on state courts and that the law says ‘all transactions.’ Neiman suggested that immigrants could essentially enter into contracts, as long as the other party didn’t know their immigration status. It was only knowledge of unlawful status that would place the other party in a contract in violation of Alabama law.

The Tyranny of the Courts continues…


The City of Huntsville’s tools decide they aren’t going to retire after all… No kidding, it was a coordinated PR stunt.

Most of the 164 Huntsville city employees who were in line to retire Thursday have decided to continue working – at least for now.

Byron Thomas, the city’s human resources director, said just 12 employees opted to retire over concerns about the future of the Retirement Systems of Alabama pension plan. Half of those were in the Police Department.

Police Chief Mark Hudson and City Administrator Rex Reynolds were among 123 employees who withdrew their papers and re-applied for a possible April 1 retirement date.

Reynolds said he is waiting to see what the Legislature proposes for RSA before deciding his next move.

“I feel pretty confident based on what I’ve been told by the governor’s office” that current public employees will be exempt from any changes, he said Wednesday.

“But until we see it come to a vote, I’ve got to keep my options open.”

What has changed? Nothing.

State Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, said an RSA bill being drafted by Gov. Robert Bentley and Republican legislative leaders would apply only to public employees hired in the future –not those already on the job.

“This is going be a brandnew program for new people that will come into the system in the future,” McCutcheon said Thursday. “It’s a step that’s needed, and it’s going to put our retirement system on solid footing financially.’ Last year, the state was forced to chip in $978 million to help shore up RSA’s pension program, which covers nearly 300,000 current or retired employees of state agencies, city and county governments, and public schools, colleges and universities.

Phoney fools.

Huntsville Firefighters Association President Steve Butler said the group remains concerned because ‘nobody will tell us what the bill involves or what changes are included.

‘We are reassured somewhat by the statements that have been made by the legislators,’ Butler said Thursday, ‘but we don’t want to let down our guard until we see a bill in writing.’

This is garbage, they said from day 1 that IT WOULD NOT AFFECT CURRENT EMPLOYEES. Why does this lie persist?


Most of the 164 Huntsville city employees who were in line to retire Thursday have decided to continue working – at least for now.

Byron Thomas, the city’s human resources director, said just 12 employees opted to retire over concerns about the future of the Retirement Systems of Alabama pension plan. Half of those were in the Police Department.

Police Chief Mark Hudson and City Administrator Rex Reynolds were among 123 employees who withdrew their papers and re-applied for a possible April 1 retirement date.

Reynolds said he is waiting to see what the Legislature proposes for RSA before deciding his next move.

“I feel pretty confident based on what I’ve been told by the governor’s office” that current public employees will be exempt from any changes, he said Wednesday.

“But until we see it come to a vote, I’ve got to keep my options open.”dfsdfdfsdf


GOP tries to create absurd birth control bill

Fails.

In an election year battle mixing birth control, religion and politics, Democrats narrowly blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to overturn President Barack Obama’s order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives.

The 51-48 vote on Thursday killed a measure that would have allowed employers and insurers to opt out of portions of the president’s health care law they found morally objectionable. That would have included the law’s requirement to cover the costs of birth control.

This is wayt too broad.

And absurd for one reason and one reason only, how do you know when you are applying for a job the religion of an emplyer? They aren’t allowed to ask you and you aren’t going to ask them.

Majority Democrats said the legislation would have allowed employers and insurers to avoid virtually any medical treatment with the mere mention of a moral or religious objection.

‘We have never had a conscience clause for insurance companies,’ said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Insurers, she said, don’t need an invitation to deny coverage for medical treatment. ‘A lot of them don’t have any consciences. They’ll take it.’ Republicans argued that the requirement under the health-care overhaul violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom by forcing insurers and employers to pay for contraception for workers even if the employers’ faith forbids its use. Roman Catholic leaders have strongly opposed the requirement.

Correct.

This is silly.

I am all for exemptions for religious organizations but NOT individual employers.

Repeal the whole thing, that is the answer.


Another absurd series of attacks on talk radio and Rush Limbaugh e-mail barrages…

Yesterday, I can not believe that Rush Lumbagh said such foul, filthy, ugly, insensitive, insulting, crude things about Gergetown student Sandra Fluke, because she wanted to testify before congress last week. (Her friend needs birth control medication for other health complication.) Did you hear him??? I resent him calling her a slut and prostitute and calling the rest of the women in America who agree with her “femi-nazis.” Today he said he’d pay for contraception for all the women at Georgetown, if they would post videos of them having sex on YouTube for him to watch… When other media personalities have said far milder things on the air, they have been fired… He has crossed the line. SHAME ON YOU  for allowing this man to spew his hatred on YOUR air!!
Carol Hale

Lumbugh?

Sure thing, sweet thang.

What did Rush do?

Limbaugh infuriated Democrats for calling Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut” on his show Wednesday, but despite the criticism, showed no signs of apologizing or scaling back his remarks on the air Thursday.

Asked if the Republican Party should denounce Limbaugh’s comments as many Democrats have demanded, Fluke told Schultz, “I don’t really see why anyone would not condemn this type of language.”

Folks are demanding the GOP apologize or some crap? Why should they?

The Georgetown University law student who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh for testifying on Capitol Hill about women’s access to contraception condemned the conservative radio host Thursday night for remarks “outside the bounds of civil discourse.”

“I’m not the first woman to be treated this way by numerous conservative media outlets, and hopefully I’ll be the last,” Sandra Fluke said on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.” “This is really inappropriate. This is outside the bounds of civil discourse.”

Going on The Ed Show is a nice touch of irony…

“My reaction is what the reaction that a lot of women have when they’ve been called these names. Initially you’re stunned, but then very quickly you’re outraged,” she said. “Because this is historically the kind of language that is used to silence women especially when women stand up and say that these are their reproductive health care needs and this is what they need.”

Is she a slut?

No.

Should Rush have said what he did?

No.

Is she an idiot? Yes.

The third-year law student quickly became a symbol for women’s reproductive rights in Washington after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) prohibited her from testifying at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s all-male panel hearing on the issue earlier this month.

Fluke was asked to testify at an unofficial hearing of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee convened by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), during which she described her experience of being a student at a religious-affiliated campus whose insurance coverage does not provide contraceptives for women.

Lady, you can still get birth control. The issues is you chose to go to a school that didn’t provide it for free. You knew it, this is not a Congressional issue, it is a school issue.


Po9lish Hammer!

Wardynski on Tuesday notified Harvey Winkler, the district’s HVAC and plumbing supervisor, of his intentions. The termination letter, which Wardynski provided to The Times , names Winkler as the employee who allegedly purchased supplies for the district from a company owned by his wife.

Indefensible?

Not if you are the AEA/HEA…

Rex Cheatham, representative of the Huntsville Education Association, confirmed that the teachers’ organization has provided the employee with an attorney.

More…

The reorganization, brought on by an internal review that found problems with the district’s business practices, is being conducted in part by Aaron King. King, Wardynski’s former transition director, was last week promoted to director of support operations in response to the negative audit findings.

The auditors found that the system lost tens of millions in funding over the past decade because of waste and inefficiency by employees. They also found a lack of detailed processes for the district’s day-to-day business dealings and inadequate controls over those processes.

Wardynski has indicated there were indications of theft and fraud within the district. The findings have been passed on to city and state authorities, including at least one case sent to the Alabama Ethics Commission.

King told the school board Thursday that the reorganization plan is not anticipated to create any other new positions.

‘Essentially, the idea is to reorganize with what we have,’ King said.

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5 Responses

  1. Without insurance, the pill can cost $50-65 per month. So, $600-780 a year. Plus, another $50 or so to see a doctor to get the prescription.

    Low end $650 a year, high end $830. Short of the $1000 a year figure, though the high end gets close, and even $650 is a lot of money when you’re a student.

    What makes Rush’s comment really insane though isn’t his word choice, but that he apparently how no idea how the pill works. He seems to think you eat a pill every time you have sex. …Or, he does know how it works, but knows that calling this girl a slut will keep his retard audience entertained.

    • He’s just confused. He took a bucket of Viagra on his Caribbean vacation a few years ago, so thats his point of reference.

    • I bet she’s got a smart phone. I bet she has cable and internet access. I would wager that she probably smokes a pack of cigarettes every day. I bet she goes out to bars once a week at least. You can find a thousand dollars a year out of any of those.

      Also if she wasn’t such a snooty, uppity girl, she could go to the local health department and get the pill for free. She would just have to wait in line with all the “poor folk”. Way too much trouble for a girl like her.

      • A law student splurging on internet access, what an uppity bitch! What’s she trying to do? Not fail her classes?

        And what is a “local health department?”

        • I think you get my meaning. It’s about choices.

          As far as “What is a local health department?”. If you took 10 seconds to google that term you would arrive at this link

          http://www.healthguideusa.org/local_health_departments.htm

          here’s the one local to her

          Department of Health
          899 North Capitol Street, NE
          Washington, DC 20002 (202) 442-5955

          They give out free birth control, but you have to fill out some paperwork and take some time out of your day to go down there and apply. I know this for a fact. So if she is really in need, she needs to march her uppity ass down there and get her free birth control.

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