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  1. If you have a CCW they will waive the $50 fee for a background check. Just print out the pages on the link along with a copy of your Drivers License and Concealed Carry Permit and send it to the address at the bottom of the page. The more members we can muster the better chances we have of being heard by Congress. https://secure.responseenterprises.com/minu...ation.php?a=791
  2. Fairly long read with links. http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54243
  3. Texas deputy to pay price for defending self By Jerry Seper THE WASHINGTON TIMES February 2, 2007 A Texas deputy sheriff who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle after the driver tried to run him down faces 10 years in prison for injuring one of the passengers, a Mexican national being smuggled illegally into the United States. The U.S. attorney, who won lengthy prison terms last year for two U.S. Border Patrol agents in the shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect, also prosecuted Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Guillermo F. Hernandez, who is to be sentenced next month. The deputy's boss, Sheriff Donald G. Letsinger, said his officer -- who had been on the job for a year -- "followed the letter of the law" in defending himself in the April 2005 incident and questioned why the government brought charges. "This is a fine young man, and I just don't believe he committed the wrong of which he was accused," Sheriff Letsinger said. "I have never had anything hurt me so badly as this prosecution. We've got to make this right." Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, called the prosecution and conviction of Hernandez, known to his friends as "Gilmer," "another example of how the federal government is more concerned about people [who are] illegally invading America than it is about the men who protect America." "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war," Mr. Poe said. The deputy's Dec. 1 conviction has enraged his hometown of Rocksprings, Texas, population 1,250, where "Free Gilmer" signs have been posted. The Baptist church is paying the deputy's mortgage and others have come up with costs for the family's truck, propane and water bills. Hernandez, 25, and his wife, Ashley, have a 4-month-old daughter. "The town is outraged that this has happened to our deputy," said the Rev. Albert Green, pastor at the First Baptist Church. "Those people were in this country illegally, and they tried to run him down. They were the criminals, but the prosecutors made our deputy out to be the criminal. "I do not know a single person who doesn't feel Gilmer was prosecuted for doing his job," said Mr. Green, who is the deputy's pastor. "I do not know a finer, more well-behaved gentleman. He would not purposely or willfully hurt anyone." U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, appointed in October 2001 by President Bush, said Hernandez fired shots at the vehicle as it sped away "knowing it was occupied with the nine individuals," at least seven of whom were illegal aliens -- some of whom later were called to testify for the government. Hernandez was convicted after a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Del Rio, Texas, 75 miles southwest of Rocksprings -- found guilty of violating "under the color of law" the civil rights of Maricela Rodriguez-Garcia, a Mexican national. The woman was struck in the lip by bullet or other metal fragments after an 11:50 p.m. traffic stop in Rocksprings in April 2005. Reports said Hernandez fired shots at the blue Chevrolet Suburban's rear tires as it sped off after being stopped for running a red light. Acquitted on a second count regarding injury to another passenger, he will be sentenced March 12 at the Del Rio court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baumann, who prosecuted the case, told reporters that the law does not give law-enforcement officers the right to use "deadly force to stop a car unless it poses an imminent threat to the officer or another person. If the car is going away from you, it's not even a close call." Mr. Sutton's office convicted Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos, 37, and Jose Alonso Compean, 28, on charges of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in a crime of violence and a civil rights violation. They were sentenced to 11 and 12 years, respectively. Shana Jones, spokeswoman for Mr. Sutton, did not return calls for comment yesterday. Sheriff Letsinger said an investigation found that Hernandez approached the vehicle and found only the driver was sitting upright and suspected the others were illegal aliens. He said the driver, after being asked to step out of the vehicle, pulled forward and turned into Hernandez -- fleeing from what the sheriff described as the deputy's "legal stop." Thinking the driver had tried to run him over, he said Hernandez fired at the vehicle's rear tires. He said at least one of the people inside the vehicle confirmed that the driver had turned it into the deputy. Sheriff Letsinger, with three deputies to handle all law-enforcement matters in a 2,000-square-mile county, called the Texas Rangers after the incident to investigate what happened. He said he also called the Mexican Consulate because Mexican nationals were involved, and the consulate later notified the FBI. The Rangers' incident report, the sheriff said, noted that after firing shots, Hernandez returned to his patrol car, notified dispatch and pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a fence -- at which time the occupants, except for Mrs. Rodriguez-Garcia, fled. Mrs. Rodriguez-Garcia, Ivonne Hernandez Morales and Candido Garcia Perez, all occupants in the vehicle, told investigators that they paid $2,000 to be taken across the Rio Grande from Acuna, Mexico. They said they later met the vehicle's driver and a guide, who were to take them to Austin and Dallas. Sheriff Letsinger also said the Rangers and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents, using dogs and metal detectors, found four shell casings at the traffic stop site but none at the crash site -- discounting claims by two of the vehicle's occupants that Hernandez fired shots at them as they fled the vehicle. The Texas Rangers did not respond to calls yesterday. Noting that prosecutors offered the deputy probation in exchange for a guilty plea, the sheriff said, "This young man didn't do anything wrong and wasn't about to say he had. I think that speaks to his character." In the Border Patrol case, Ramos and Compean testified that they shot Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks only after he assaulted Compean and pointed a weapon at both of them. Prosecutors and later a federal jury in El Paso disagreed. Aldrete-Davila abandoned 743 pounds of marijuana before fleeing back into Mexico.
  4. I can buy 1,000 green tip SS109 bullets for $120. Should I buy it or let it go? I'm kinda new to reloading.
  5. I bought some Brown Bear 223 from AMMO TO GO and while on the phone giving him my Credit Card information he told me he has some primo Lake City 223. I asked him "You have the Lake City XM193?" and he answered yes for $300 dollars plus shipping. I told him to go ahead and add that to my bill. When it came in it was 860 rounds on stripper clips in bandoleers in an ammo box. But it was not XM 193 it was M855. I didn't know whether to make a fuss over it or not so I just kept it. This was going to be my "Go To" ammo if needed.
  6. Mayor signs new illegals law Friday, 22 September 2006 By KENT JACKSON The national implications of Hazleton’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act were apparent to Mayor Louis Barletta and his opponents Thursday when he signed the law. “It will be something that can be modeled throughout the United States,” Barletta said during a ceremony in his office at City Hall. Barletta said the law will be more effective than a version that the city enacted on July 13 but agreed not to enforce after groups filed a legal challenge. The new version, which the city will enforce on or before Nov. 1, punishes businesses almost immediately for hiring illegal immigrants, defends rights of legal workers and fines landlords for renting to illegal immigrants. A provision making English the official language of city government was removed from the immigration ordinance and approved as a separate ordinance, which Barletta also signed. Barletta said the English language law didn’t belong in the immigration law and was removed “rather than muddy the waters when we get into court.” While expecting a lawsuit, Barletta said the revised immigration law contains armor against a legal attack because it requires the federal government rather than city officials or ordinary residents to determine the immigration status of workers and tenants. “So we’re not crossing the line,” Barletta said. The first ordinance infringed on federal authority over immigration and denied rights to anyone who “looks or sounds foreign” regardless of their immigration status, the challenge filed by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others said. Those issues remain in the revised ordinance, Foster Maer, an attorney with the Defense and Education Fund in New York, said Thursday. Maer is consulting with Hazleton residents listed as plaintiffs on the first lawsuit before deciding whether to challenge the revised law, which, he, like Barletta, said has impact beyond Hazleton. Plaintiffs have 20 days to re-file a legal challenge. “A lot of towns (and) cities across the country are looking to what has happened in Hazleton because it has been so prominent. Our concern is other towns will follow Hazleton, whether the first ordinance or this new ordinance. We think this ordinance is not the way to go for localities,” Maer said. Since proposing the ordinance, Barletta has testified before a Senate panel, appeared on CNN, CBS, PBS and other national newscasts, and newspapers from Washington to Los Angeles have written about Hazleton’s proposal. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist wrote an op-ed piece for the Standard-Speaker Thursday in which he said Hazleton’s decision to approve the act “provides ample evidence that our immigration system needs improvement.” Barletta said he would prefer the federal government act on immigration so the city wouldn’t need its ordinance. A provision in the new ordinance that reads “A complaint which alleges a violation solely or primarily on the basis of national origin, ethnicity, or race shall be deemed invalid and shall not be enforced” also drew criticism from the Defense and Education Fund. “Race cannot be primary, which implies it’s OK as one of several” reasons for a complaint, Maer said. The city’s Code Enforcement Office will respond to written complaints about a business hiring an illegal immigrant or a landlord renting to an illegal immigrant, the ordinance says. After receiving a complaint, the city’s Code Enforcement Office will request information necessary for the federal government to verify the status of the person named in the complaint. Businesses or landlords face penalties if they fail to provide information or if the federal government upholds the complaint. In the case of a business, the city will suspend the firm’s license until it discharges the employee or otherwise corrects the problem. For a second offense, the city will suspend the license for 20 days. Those provisions differ from the first ordinance that revoked the business license at the end of the year and gave firms time to move out of Hazleton, Barletta said. Legal employees have the right to sue, the revised ordinance says, if they lose work because the business is closed for hiring illegal immigrants or if they are replaced by illegal workers. The law requires businesses to enroll in a free, federal program that verifies the immigration status of workers before applying for a city grant or contract of $10,000 or more. Hazleton also will use the Basic Pilot Program of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to verify the status of employees who join the city payroll. A Web site for U.S.C.I.S, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, says companies must submit a request to verify immigration status within three days of hiring the employee. The Basic Pilot Program doesn’t check the status of employees already on the payroll or hired before the employer joined the program. That leaves open the question of how employers can verify the status of employees hired previously and whether they face penalties if any of those employees are illegal immigrants. Barletta said he would put that question to the city’s lawyers. Meanwhile, landlords face a suspension of the rental license for the unit rented to an illegal immigrant. A landlord who commits a second violation faces a $250 fine. In addition, a separate Landlord and Tenant ordinance that the city council revised to take effect on Nov. 1 fines landlords $1,000 plus $100 a day for renting to illegal immigrants. Landlords can avoid the fines by ensuring that tenants obtain occupancy permits, which the city will grant only after verifying information through the federal government that the tenants submit to prove they are in the country legally.
  7. Anybody watch it? What did you think about it? I saw it and when you separate Fact from Fiction it is well worth watching. As Dramatic as 9/11 was, I saw no need to Dramatize any of the Story.
  8. Four-Day Immigration March Begins In Chinatown Group Wants Public Hearings On Immigration Laws Rafael Romo Reporting (CBS) CHICAGO As with other immigration reform marches in Chicago this year, Friday's featured plenty of Mexican flags and signs with slogans written in Spanish. But there were also flags from the Philippines and people like Sally Chung holding signs in Korean that read "The Power To Change Is In Our Hands." Chung, 16, was one of about 500 people who planned to participate in a four-day march that is scheduled to end Monday 50 miles away in front of the suburban office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. "The issue is it's time for (the government) to see us as Americans," said Chung, who traveled from Los Angeles to participate in the march. Organizers said they chose Hastert's Batavia office as the march's ultimate destination to highlight what they say are the Illinois Republican's anti-immigration positions. Hastert has suggested fences, pedestrian inhibitors and the use of the Army Corps of Engineers and Border Patrol could be used to help seal the country's border with Mexico. And they say they chose the starting point -- Chicago's Chinatown -- to demonstrate that this country is a nation of immigrants and that many of them feel the pain of waiting for years at a time for relatives to gain permission to come to the United States and make their families whole again. "For the Asian community, this is about family unification," said Lawrence Benito, a Philippine American whose mother moved here decades ago to work as a nurse. "My mother has been waiting for 23 years for her brother to come here," he said. “We're marching because there are over one million Asian-Americans who are also undocumented; we're marching because hundreds of thousands of Asian-American families are separated,” said Becky Belcore of the Korean-American Resource and Cultural Center. Hastert, whose district includes some of Chicago's suburbs and outlying rural counties, has been emphasizing the immigration issue in making the case to voters that they should keep Congress in GOP hands. “In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans are working together; the president is willing to work with the Democrats on this,” said Joshua Hoyt of the Immigration Coalition. ”Speaker Hastert decided that he wants to use this for short-term, cheap, political advantage.” Brad Hahn, a spokesman for Hastert, said that the speaker is not planning to meet with the marchers and is not planning on even being in his office Monday. But he said Hastert is focused on the issue, has talked to people on all sides of the debate and has visited the United States-Mexico border. "It's important to note it isn't a question of who can yell the loudest, but finding the most effective solutions to securing the borders and strengthening our immigration system," Hahn said. In Little Village, the protestors were welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including several priests. “Many families that I know in my own parish, they've been waiting 12, 15, 17 years,” said Fr. Peter McQuinn of Priests for Justice for Immigrants. “And, you know, so it's just like why is it taking so long?” But opposition to their cause is also rising. “We're outraged at them. We've been outraged for years!” said Carl Segvich of the Chicago Minutemen Project. Segvich says all illegal immigrants should be arrested and kicked out of the country. “We will be destroyed from within, and that's what we're witnessing sadly, tragically today. We're being invaded and taken over by illegal aliens,” he said. Friday's rally was a fraction of the size of those held in Chicago earlier this year, including one that attracted about 400,000 in May and another that drew, according to police, about 10,000 in July. But organizers said the number does not reflect a diminishing interest in the issue, and said that even though perhaps 500 people will participate in the entire march, many times that number will take part in portions or attend rallies along the route. They also stressed that marchers from countries such as South Korea, India and the Philippines illustrates that immigration reform is of keen interest among immigrants from countries around the globe. "We see ourselves working together, hand in hand, with other immigrants," said Bernarda Lo Wong, the president of the Chinese American Service League, Inc. The marchers will sleep two nights in Catholic churches and one night in a mosque, part of the effort to educate people that immigration reform is an issue that affects a wide variety of people, said Gabe Gonzalez, one of the event's organizers. Gonzalez said he's not concerned that the marchers won't talk to Hastert, particularly since about 5,000 people are expected to attend Monday's rally outside his office. "(With) 5,000 people in downtown Batavia, the message will be pretty clear this issue is still on the minds of right-thinking people," he said. [red]The march is being sponsored by Miller beer[/red]. CBS 2's Mike Parker contributed to this report. (© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.) ******************************************************************* Miller Brewing Company opposes any legislation that would unfairly and unjustly seek to constrain immigration, including proposed HR 4437. Miller was founded 151 years ago by a German immigrant, Frederick Miller. And today, we are part of an international company with employees from around the world. We support the free movement of people, labor, goods and services in the global economy with appropriate protections for the rights of individuals and families, the security of nations and the diversity that contributes to a rich and productive society. In the wake of last week’s historic march in Chicago to uphold the civil and human rights of immigrants in this country, we immediately reached out to the community groups represented here today to make clear our joint opposition to this critical issue. In productive discussions held yesterday, we agreed to: 1) Provide assistance to community efforts to reach out to specific members of the Senate and business associations in Washington D.C. 2) Make a clear public statement regarding our opposition to HR 4437 and our desire for appropriate immigration reform that provides adequate protection for the rights of undocumented immigrants. 3) Place print advertisements in Chicago and Milwaukee media stating our opposition to HR 4437. 4) Work with the organizations to explore opportunities for community-based partnerships with a particular focus on scholarships for undocumented students.
  9. Did I miss how much memory you have with that computer? I'm not all the computer savvy.
  10. They should be tried for treason!
  11. Protestors at funeral of Marine to be sued Local law firm takes side of York County father against anti-gay group. By Jon Rutter, Sunday News Staff Writer Sunday News Published: Jun 03, 2006 11:35 PM EST LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - A York County man whose son died in Iraq is suing a Kansas church group for defaming the family during the young man’s funeral. Albert Snyder of Springettsbury Township will pursue what is believed to be the first civil action against demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, said Snyder’s attorney, Craig Trebilcock, York. The suit will be filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md. Snyder’s 20-year-old son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, died March 3 in Al Anbar province in Iraq. He served with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Westboro church leader Fred Phelps Sr. and his cohorts, many of whom are members of his own large brood, appeared at Snyder’s funeral service at St. John’s Catholic Church in Finksburg, Md. The 76-year-old Phelps has staged protests at military funerals across the nation. The dead soldiers were not gay, but Phelps, claims that God is punishing them, and their country, for tolerating homosexual values. The Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group formed to protect families at military funerals, also showed up at the Snyder funeral. “They were trying to create a human wall” to shield the Snyders from the Phelpses, said Trebilcock, an attorney for Barley Snyder in York. “It didn’t work.” According to Barley Snyder, the Phelps faction included young children who carried such signs as: “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Semper Fi Fags” and “Thank God for IEDs,” (referring to the improvised explosive devices that have killed many servicemen and women in Iraq). Demonstrators invaded the family’s privacy and intentionally caused Al Snyder significant emotional stress, Trebilcock said. “It made his diabetic condition much worse.” Attorneys said the Phelpses also issued defamatory media statements and posted Web site messages alleging that Matthew Snyder’s parents taught him evil values and did not love him. Witnesses can easily refute such statements, Trebilcock said. “At it’s root, it’s a very simple case.” The lawsuit is being filed in federal court to expedite proceedings, Trebilcock said. A trial is expected sometime next year. Trebilcock will represent Snyder along with Sean Summers and two other attorneys. The case is personal for Trebilcock, who served in Iraq and Kuwait, and Summers, who served in Afghanistan. Both men still have many friends in the military, Summers said. Trebilcock was an Army lieutenant colonel in the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, and was in charge of helping to restore the legal system in southern Iraq. Trebilcock noted that, “We will be seeking punitive damages.” A jury will determine the amount of any monetary award. “We’re doing the case pro bono just because we’re so outraged,” Trebilcock said. After filing the lawsuit Monday, counsel will hold an 11:30 a.m. press conference for the Snyder family in the front plaza of the courthouse. The plaintiff, Al Snyder, will appear at a second press conference on the steps of the old York County courthouse, 28 E. Market St., at 4 p.m. Monday. The goal is to shut down Phelps and his clan, according to Trebilcock; Barley Snyder also plans to launch a Web site, Matthew Snyder.org, and make educational materials available. “We would like other families who are victimized to stand up” and fight back against the demonstrators, Trebilcock said. “They just need to be given a message that people aren’t going to tolerate this.” Phelps is a former attorney and failed Democratic primary candidate for Kansas governor. His flock rose to national prominence in 1998 when they picketed the funeral of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard. Subsequent disruptions at military funerals resulted last month in the adoption of a congressional measure that would ban protests within 300 feet of a national cemetery entrance. Several states have passed similar initiatives. Trebilcock said the American Civil Liberties Union intervened on behalf of the demonstrators in Kentucky, arguing that the statute was overly broad and disrupted free speech. “The courts will have to decide whether their message has constitutional protection,” Trebilcock said. Because it involves a personal attack against an individual, Trebilcock said, First Amendment rights should not be an issue in the Maryland case. “We don’t believe there’s any constitutional issue at all,” just a gross travesty of decency. “They’re preying on people at their lowest point,” Trebilcock said of the Phelpses. Their motive is “to further stick the knife in and twist it against the family.” http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/23186
  12. The National Guard will not be armed.
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