(Weekly Standard) ObamaCare/Maryland’s Health Connection has been plagued by delays in enrollment as been the norm throughout the country and with Covered California which has been widely reported during the past week since its roll-out.
“The only exception to this policy is that we share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”
When was the 4th Amendment repealed?
(Newburyport Daily News) Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures.
Instead the Salisbury resident said that she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.
Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park during the federal government slimdown that went into effect last week. For many hours her tour group that included Seniors from Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States, were locked in (detained/false imprisonment) in a Yellowstone Natl Park hotel under armed guard.
The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, Vaillancourt said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.
When finally they were permitted to leave, the bus was not allowed to stop at all along a 2.5 hour trip out of the park not even to stop at private restrooms that were open along the route. “We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, “It was like they brought out the armed forces, nobody was saying we’re sorry.”
Vaillancourt was taking part in a 9 day tour of Western parks and sites together with about 4 dozen Seniors , one of the highlights of the trip was to be Yellowstone Natl Park.
Park Rangers systematically sent park visitors out of the park though some groups that had hotel reservations such as Vaillancourt’s, were ‘permitted’ to stay for two days. Those two days started out on a sour note she said:
“The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby and Seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately an armed Ranger came by and ‘ordered’ them to get back into the bus saying that they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park argued that the Seniors ‘were not recreating’ just taking photos.
The Park Ranger responded: “Sir, you are recreating,” and her tone became very aggressive , Vaillancourt said.
The Seniors quickly filed back on-board and the bus went to the ‘Old Faithful Inn’ the park’s premiere lodge, located adjacent to the park’s most famous site–that was as close as they could get to the famous site, barricades surrounded ‘Old Faithful’ and the Seniors were ‘locked’ inside the hotel, where armed Park Rangers stayed at the door.
“They looked like ‘Hulk Hogan’s’ armed, they told us, “You can’t go outside,” some of the Asians who were on the tour said, “Oh my God, are we under arrest?” They felt like they were criminals.”
By the 03 October, the park which sees an average of 4,500 visitors a day was nearly empty. The remaining hotel guests were required to depart.
As the bus made its 2.5 hour journey out of Yellowstone Natl Park, the tour guide made arrangements to stop at a full-service restroom at a in-park Dude Ranch he had done business with before, though the bus had its own restroom, Vaillancourt said that Seniors were looking for more of a comfortable place to stop but no stop was made, Vaillancourt said the Dude Ranch ‘had been warned that its license to operate would be revoked if it permitted the bus to stop’ so the bus continued on to Livingston, Montana.
The bus trip made headlines in Livingston, where the local newspaper the ‘Livingston Enterprise’ interviewed the tour guide Gordon Hodgson who accused the park service of “Gestapo Tactics.”
“The national parks belong to the people–this isn’t right,” Hodgson told the ‘Enterprise.’
Calls to Yellowstone’s communications were not returned. Many of the foreign visitors were shocked and dismayed what had happened and how they were treated, Vaillancourt said. A lot of people were foreign and said they wouldn’t come back (to America) she said.
Rest here from the Newbury Port News
(Washington Examiner) With Congress and American’s attention diverted to Syria lately, serious allegations are being raised that Obama’s new ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’ (CFPB) which has recruited the U.S. Trustee program to collect bankruptcy data on its behalf to aid yet another controversial data-mining program.
Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner describes efforts by the CFPB to collect a decade’s worth of private financial data on the consumer behavior of five million American citizens without their consent.
When was the 4th Amendment repealed?
(Breitbart) In a stunning historical error Los Angeles Times
reporters history revisionists Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon and Alexei Koseff claimed, reporting on the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King March on Washington this week:
“Since Democrats led the passage for Civil Rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963, Republicans have struggled to recover with black voters, leaving a stark racial divide in American politics.”
Flashback: On the 10 June, 2012 Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit correctly noted “On this day in history in 1964, Democrats filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”
GOP Senate Leader Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois) condemned the Democrats 57 day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to Civil Rights for Black Americans was KKK Member Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) which Democrats to this day still refer to him as “the conscience of the Senate.”
(CBS Los Angeles) The Glendale Unified School District has hired a Hermosa Beach company at a cost of $40,500 a year, to monitor 13,000 student’s social media posts claiming, its for the kid’s to prevent them from hurting themselves or someone else.
On 06 March, 2012 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a law suit under the caption of R.S. et al -v- Minnewaska School District et al, USDC Minnesota over invasion of a student’s privacy on the grounds that the student’s Civil Rights were violated by the school district and the Pope County Sheriff’s Dept in two separate instances involving Facebbok.
The ACLU Minnesota Executive Director Charles Samuelson argued, “Student’s don’t shed their First Amendment Rights at the school house gate, (see: Tinker -v- Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969)) yet schools like Minnewaska seem to have no regard for that standard.”
Who actually believes that the Glendale Unified School District will be any more consciousness than the Obama Administration’s NSA when it comes to privacy?
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those White Crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care how they looked, it was just a fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough–I don’t want to see it and I am not part of it. What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.
More here from Deneen Borelli
(Washington Times) A 19 year old California student filed a religious accommodation request after she was ordered to remove a cross necklace because it may offend other students.
Audrey Jarvis was working for the schools Associated Students Productions at a student orientation fair when a Supervisor ordered her to take the necklace off FOX News reports.
It is well established that students retain their constitutionally protected 1st Amendment rights–this includes the right of students to wear T-Shirts other other religious symbols. See, Tinker -v- Des Moines Indep Community School District 393 U.S. 503 (1969) Burnside -v- Byars 363 F. 2d 744 (1966)
Accordingly the American Center for Law & Justice reports school officials do not have complete control over students, likewise students may not be compelled to only express sentiments that are ‘officially’ sanctioned–Schools may only restrict the free speech rights of students when it “materially or substantial disrupts school discipline,” See, Burnside -v- Byars Id
On the 14 February, I wrote here “In order for the state in the person of school officials to justify the prohibition of a particular expression of opinion, it must be able to ‘show that its action was caused by something more than a mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompanies an unpopular viewpoint. Certainly where there is no finding and no showing that engaging in the forbidden conduct would ‘materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school the prohibition can not be sustained.” See Tinker -v- Des Moines Indep Community School Dist Id and Burnside -v- Byars Id
Sonoma State Univ spokesperson Susan Kashack confirmed to FOX News that the incident did occur and expressed the regret that university president Ruben Arminana extended.
One unofficial estimate put today’s Tea Party rally today on Capitol Hill at 7,000 to 10,000 at its peak.