September 25, 2007
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September 25, 2007
Nashville City Paper's Clint Brewer and John Rodgers talk about Jr. and a possible run for Governor:
A close advisor to former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. met with prominent Tennessee Democratic Party officials recently to talk about Ford's interest in running for governor in 2010.
Powell couldn't be reached for comment. But Tom Lee, a Nashville attorney who advised Ford during the Senate campaign, sat in on one of the meetings and said Ford is "deeply interested in public service." "And we felt it was important to let people know that he is seriously looking at running for governor in 2010," Lee said. "A lot of people have been asking him what his thoughts were, and Harold has always been straightforward with people about that, and so he wanted to be straightforward about this," Lee said.
Ford is a formidable candidate. He is likable. His rhetoric has moved centrist. And if Bill Frist or Zach Wamp is our nominee, Ford could certainly pull it off.
I took some time off from serious news and politics for few days following my last post. The American media did too, but that's not unusual. When I tired of the newest chapters in the sad lives and times of Orenthal James and Britney and the ensuing solemn discussions about his guilt and her fitness to raise children, I thought I'd poke around and see if there was anything else important and deserving of my attention - other than football. I found some things interesting and telling. I may meander a bit, but I'll eventually arrive at a point.
Orenthal still hasn't found the real killers and according to the liberals, we still haven't found those doggoned weapons of mass destruction. That is, unless you count the chemical warhead that exploded and killed the Iranians and Syrians attempting to arm it atop a Scud C missile that has a range of 300 miles. The explosion spread VX and Sarin nerve agents and mustard blister agent around the complex where it occurred. Their deaths were agonizing, I assure you, unless they were killed outright by the explosion. A tiny drop of VX or Sarin will kill you. The symptoms of nerve agent poisoning are rather gruesome although some of them, like violent retching, are similar to those experienced when hearing about the tribulations of Orenthal and Britney. Blister agents do as advertised to both your skin and respiratory system. Coughing up a lung becomes more than a figure of speech. Not to worry, though, I'm sure these weapons are for peaceful purposes- insecticide maybe.
Iran boasts that it has 600 Shihab-3 missiles aimed at Israeli cities and at United States sites located inside Iraq. It begs one to wonder about the types of warheads on these missiles doesn't it? It is just a reminder for you that Iran is led by a Holocaust denier with a death wish that believes Israel should be wiped from the map. This should raise concern amongst sane people, which excludes much of Washington, DC and practically all of academia. We are allowing this terrorist boss who advocates genocide and provides weapons and training to people who are killing American Soldiers in Iraq to come to our country. Killing Americans is not new to the Iranians. They've been accomplishing it through proxies for practically 30 years. The leader of a country who stifles free expression by beating and humiliating young men for the dastardly act of dressing or acting Western is getting the opportunity to address students at Columbia University. Columbia is one of our prestigious centers of higher learning I'm told.
It costs parents $46,095.00 a year for Columbia's fatalistic liberal indoctrination of their children. These are the same indoctrinated spoiled brats who practiced the freedom of expression and tolerance they learned from Columbia's professors and their parents when they disrupted and prevented a presentation from the Minuteman group.
There was another interesting piece added to the axis of evil puzzle. The recent Israeli air raid in Syria was to take out nuclear material supplied to them by the North Koreans. I wonder if they wanted to put their peaceful nuclear pursuits on top of their Scuds. We should ask Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to address that with them on his next visit to Syria while he berates our country to a terrorist boss.
If you look around, not much of what I just shared, except for the Iranian admiration society meeting at Columbia has received much coverage in the mainstream of the U.S. media. The media decides for us that Orenthal and Britney are the important news that we need to hear about, while the threats of Syria and Iran apparently are not. Unfortunately, most of America is just along for the ride.
We've already observed the Speaker of the House showing more respect to a Syrian terrorist boss than she does to the President of the United States.
We are ill informed by our so-called news sources and our politicians answer to the move on crowd instead of to their voting constituencies, but here's the straw that broke it for me. Last week there was a resolution before the Senate. At the end of it, Senators were asked to make one simple affirmation. The important part of that affirmation, which you also do not hear discussed in the media, is in bold letters.
b) Sense of Senate.–It is the sense of the Senate–
(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;
(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces; and
(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack
Akaka (D-HI) Bingaman (D-NM) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Byrd (D-WV) Clinton (D-NY) Dodd (D-CT) Durbin (D-IL) Feingold (D-WI) Harkin (D-IA) Inouye (D-HI) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerry (D-MA) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Levin (D-MI) Menendez (D-NJ) Murray (D-WA) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Sanders (I-VT) Schumer (D-NY) Stabenow (D-MI) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)
If you cannot affirm your support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, you do not deserve a seat in the United States Senate and you most certainly are not suited to fulfill the role of Commander in Chief.
Discovering what is left out of the news and listening to and observing politicians has left me to wonder about who speaks for me. Who speaks for our Soldiers? Who speaks for our country? Who speaks for you?
Why do so many people seem reluctant to condemn the act of hanging nooses from a so-called "white tree" in Jena, Louisiana? Is it because a race-baiter like Al Sharpton has joined with the thousands of protesters who have descended upon the tiny town?
If so, they're allowing the well-deserved tarnished reputation of "Reverend Al" to cloud their judgment.
Good and decent people shouldn't stand for white teenagers hanging nooses or burning crosses in order to intimidate and terrorize black people.
The story of the "Jena Six" isn't nearly as complicated as some would have us believe. Amazingly in today's America, there existed a "white tree" in Jena where white teenagers gathered under the shade of the central Louisiana sun. One day, a black teen had the temerity to ask a school official at the local high school if he would be allowed to sit under "the white tree." Of course you can, said the administrator. You should be able to sit wherever you want to.
Not everyone agreed. The following day, three hanging nooses were tied to the tree, a chilling message reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan rallies and lynch mobs.
It didn't take long to discover the culprits, three white kids who attended the high school. They were given three day suspensions for their hideous act.
And then all hell broke loose.
For nearly a year, fighting and brawling and name-calling erupted between the white kids and the black kids. The tension, say many in the town, was almost suffocating. One of the acts of violence involved six black teenagers beating up a white student. Thankfully, that act of cowardice didn't result in serious injury to the victim. He was treated and released at a local hospital and even attended a school function that same day.
But that didn't stop the local prosecutor from going bonkers over the beating. Instead of charging the black kids with assault, or a variation of assault, he decided this was a crime that should result in these kids going to jail for many, many years. Inexplicably, this district attorney decided that the sneakers these punks used as part of the beating should be considered deadly weapons and that the charge should be nothing less than attempted murder.
Attempted murder for a brawl so minor that the victim wasn't even admitted to the hospital.
Listen, there is no doubt that the black teens who ganged up on the white boy needed to be punished. And they likely are nothing close to being angelic members of the church choir. It's been pointed out with some enthusiasm that some other acts of criminality have preceded this incident.
But to put all of this mess in context, it would be impossible to ignore or forget what started everything: a black teen, a little more than a child, wondering why he can't sit under a tree to cool off like the white kids do.
I don't like Al Sharpton. And I don't pretend that black racism directed towards whites doesn't exist. I'm as ashamed of "Miss Black America" or Black Entertainment Television as I am anything a white racist can do.
But none of that changes what has happened in Jena, Louisiana. Two wrongs never make a right. All of us, white, black, Hispanic, whatever, should be mortified that a "white tree" ever existed in 2007 America (thankfully, the tree has since been cut down). And any white kid who thinks that hanging a noose from a tree in order to send a signal to black kids needs some serious enlightenment.
May everyone learn a valuable lesson from "The Jena Six" affair.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Thursday an ad criticizing the United States' top commander in Iraq was "disgusting" and added that Democrats should have spoken out against it.
The liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org has drawn widespread criticism from Republicans for its ad in the New York Times last week that labeled Army Gen. David Petraeus as "General Betray Us" as he testified to Congress that Bush's troop build-up in Iraq was making progress.
"I thought the ad was disgusting," Bush said at a press conference. "I felt like the ad was an attack not only on Gen. Petraeus but on the U.S. military, and I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that ad."
"And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org, or more afraid of irritating them, then they are of irritating the United States military," Bush added. "That was a sorry deal."
WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Syria has been seeking nuclear weapons from North Korea.
"We do know that there are a number of foreign technicians that have been in Syria," Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Semmel said. "We do know that there may have been contact between Syria and some secret suppliers for nuclear equipment. Whether anything transpired remains to be seen."
One North Korean-flagged ship, Al Hamad, arrived in the Syrian port of Tartous on Sept. 3. Three days later, the Israel Air Force attacked an unspecified target in northeastern Syria along the Euphrates River near the border with Turkey.
Semmel, responsible for nuclear non-proliferation at the State Department, said Syria has been placed on the U.S. nuclear watch list. In a briefing in Rome, Semmel said Damascus was suspected of contacting a range of nuclear suppliers.
Officials said North Korea has provided nuclear material and guidance to Syria. They said Pyongyang has helped establish underground facilities that could be used to produce weapons-grade uranium for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"There are indicators that they do have something going on there," Semmel, who did not rule out the involvement of the so-called nuclear smuggling network once led by Abdul Qadeer Khan, said on Sept. 13.
Officials said North Korean ships arrived in Syria in mid-2007 with cargo suspected to have included weapons of mass destruction components. They said both Israel and the United States have been tracking these shipments, which in some cases were registered as cement.
[On Sunday, Iran said Russia was ready to ship enriched uranium fuel for the Bushehr nuclear energy reactor. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the nuclear fuel for Bushehr was inspected and sealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency.]
"There are North Korean people there," Semmel said. "There's no question about that. Just as there are a lot of North Koreans in Iraq and Iran."
Israel has not denied an air force operation in Syria. But officials have refused to provide any details.
For its part, Syria has insisted that Israeli fighter-jets did not stage an attack. On Monday, Syrian sources told the London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily that the Israeli operation was meant to test Syrian air defense systems.
But Western intelligence sources said the Israeli strike, termed Operation Orchard, consisted of eight aircraft, at least two of them F-15I fighter-jets, four F-16Is and a G-550 electronic intelligence aircraft. They said the operation was coordinated with the United States.
"We are watching very closely," Semmel, who did not confirm U.S. involvement, said. "Obviously, the Israelis were watching very closely."
The State Department confirmed Semmel's remarks, but refused to comment. On Sunday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States was watching North Korea and Syria "very carefully."
"If such an activity were taking place, it would be a matter of great concern because the president has put down a very strong marker with the North Koreans about further proliferation efforts and obviously any effort by the Syrians to pursue weapons of mass destruction would be a concern," Gates said in a television interview. "I think it would be a real problem."
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said Syria has long sought nuclear and other WMD capabilities. Bolton said Syria might have agreed to provide uranium enrichment facilities to Iran and North Korea, both of whom have been under international pressure to end their nuclear weapons programs. On Monday, North Korea delayed talks scheduled for Sept. 19 for an end to the nation's nuclear weapons program.
"Syria is very aggressive in pursuing WMD capability," Bolton told the Israeli daily, Jerusalem Post. "It's a diversion game — to carry on even when you are supposed to have halted, as in the case of North Korea. And I'd be surprised if Syria would do anything with North Korea without Iranian acquiescence."
As many of you know, Clinton's National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and I no longer get along.
Once a cordial and helpful source, Berger turned on me in January 2002 when the first installment of a Sunday Times (U.K.) series that I co-wrote appeared. He phoned my hotel room at something like 6AM, screaming that I was accusing him of "murdering 3000 people."
He promised that he was going to ruin and destroy me. I asked him to not forget to perform this vital task. But he proved unreliable and I had to become semi-famous on my own.
Later, the blogosphere renamed him "Sandy Burglar" when he struck a plea deal admitting to stealing and destroying hundreds of pages of classified material stored in the National Archives. He said he needed access to it to prepare his testimony before the 9-11 Commission; it seems equally likely that he wanted to keep it out of the hands of the commission and of future historians and journalists.
My informed sources suggest that what Berger destroyed were copies of the Millennium After-Action Review, a binder-sized report prepared by Richard Clarke in 2000—a year and half before the 9-11 attacks. The review made a series of recommendations for a tougher stance against bin Laden and terrorism. There are 13 or more copies of this report. But only one contains hand-written notes by President Bill Clinton. Apparently, in the margin beside the recommendations, Bill Clinton wrote NO, NO, NO next to many of the tougher policy proposals.
You can see why Clinton might be happy to see these records vanish down the memory hole.
So Berger was stuffing in pants and socks and later shredding the evidence that President Clinton did not want to take a tougher line on bin Laden, following the 1998 attack on two U.S. embassies that killed 224 people (including 12 American diplomats).
Now for the Hillary connection…
So what does the Democratic front-runner and former First Lady do?
She makes Berger one of her top three foreign policy advisers.
The ever-wise Jonathan Adler has some interesting thoughts on this <http://volokh.com/posts/1189474666.shtml> over at the Volokh Conspiracy.
And I have a few questions:
Did she bring him aboard to reward him for his criminal destruction of classified material? Or did she sign him up because of his stellar record in fighting bin Laden in the late 1990s?
More info here: http://beldar.blogs.com/beldarblog/2007/09/do-you-care-if-.html
The Neverending Gonzalez Non-Scandal
By James H. Warner
FrontPageMagazine.com | 9/13/2007
What crime this might be is never explained. The Democrats are angry because U.S. attorneys were apparently fired for failing to prosecute vote fraud. Democrats always hyperventilate about vote fraud. Whenever it is proposed that voters show photo identification and prove that they are the person they claim to be, Democrats recite sad stories of hypothetical voters who are destitute wretches and cannot afford to obtain photo ID. If, in fact, there is a citizen so poor that he cannot obtain photo identification, one must suppose that he is eligible for welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid. I don't suppose it would be asking too much for the destitute wretch to show the same identification he had to show to prove that he was a destitute wretch and qualified for welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid. Or, for that matter, that he must show in order to cash his welfare check. They seem not to have thought of that, but that is a story for another day.
Today's story is the investigation into the firing of the US attorneys. The Senate Democrats, despite the resignation of the Attorney General, have said they will continue their investigation. It would be interesting to hear what it is they believe they are investigating. Senator Feingold said he was sure a crime had been committed although he had no specifics. Perhaps the Senate Democrats could put their fertile imaginations to work, temporarily laying aside the important task of dreaming up lurid hypothetical dangers for destitute voters, and try to imagine any hypothetical crime that might conceivably have been committed by firing the US attorneys. After all, one of the president's responsibilities, spelled out in the Constitution, is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Since there are laws against vote fraud, for the president to tell US attorneys to prosecute vote fraud, one would think, is merely to carry out his obligation under the Constitution. If the Senate Democrats are upset about this, one must conclude that there are certain laws which they do not want to see "faithfully executed," a constitutionally curious position to say the least.
The fact is, the Supreme Court has decided that once the Senate has given its advice and consent to the nomination of an executive branch employee, their oversight role is finished. In a decision written by Chief Justice William Howard Taft the Court says of the president's ability to remove his subordinates:
The moment that he loses confidence in the intelligence, ability, judgment, or loyalty of any one of them, he must have the power to remove him without delay. To require him to file charges and submit them to the consideration of the Senate might make impossible that unity and co-ordination in executive administration essential to effective action.
The case is Myers v. United States, 272 US 52, at 134 (1926). The Senate Democrats, as they continue their investigation into the imaginary crimes committed when the U.S. attorneys were fired may wish to ask their staff attorneys to explain his case to them. I'm sure they will have no trouble finding the case as it is one of the longest ever written. But don't ask the Justice Department for help on this as they appear not to be aware of the case. Even though Chief Justice Taft said that it was unnecessary to submit these decisions to the consideration of the Senate, the Gonzales Justice Department, inexplicably, has done just that.
A more appropriate response to the demand for documents would have been to tell the Senate that the documents would not be forthcoming and that the interests of the public would be better served if Senate Democrats would spend their time trying to repeat their performance in 1994, passing foolish laws in order to enrage the voters and cause Democrats, once again, to lose control of both houses of Congress for another 12 years. But that would be asking too much of an administration more determined to placate its enemies than to please its friends.
"...in the past 8 months, we have considerably reduced the areas in which Al Qaeda enjoyed sanctuary. We have also neutralized 5 media cells, detained the senior Iraqi leader of Al Qaeda-Iraq, and killed or captured nearly 100 other key leaders and some 2,500 rank-and-file fighters. Al Qaeda is certainly not defeated; however, it is off balance and we are pursuing its leaders and operators aggressively."
"gave the distinct impression that they would privately welcome, while publicly protesting, an American bombing campaign against Iran's nuclear facilities."
Posted on 09/12/2007 6:26:42 AM PDT by jdm
The Wall Street Journal has tracked down the source of Norman Hsu's cash, and the good news is that the People's Republic of China didn't provide the funds -- at least, not some of them. However, the bad news is that Hsu apparently moved from Ponzi schemes to outright embezzlement as a former Woodstock backer proved as inept at background checks as the Democratic Party:
New documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal may help point to an answer: A company controlled by Mr. Hsu recently received $40 million from a Madison Avenue investment fund run by Joel Rosenman, who was one of the creators of the Woodstock rock festival in 1969. That money, Mr. Rosenman told investors this week, is missing.
Mr. Hsu told Mr. Rosenman the money would be used to manufacture apparel in China for Gucci, Prada and other private labels, yielding a 40% profit on each deal, according to a business plan obtained by the Journal. Now the investment fund, Source Financing Investors, says Mr. Hsu's company owes it the $40 million, which represents 37 separate deals with Mr. Hsu's company. When Source Financing recently attempted to cash checks from the company, Components Ltd., the investors say they were told the account held insufficient funds.
Source Financing's arrangement with Mr. Hsu's company, according to court documents and investor accounts, echoes an older matter that came to light in recent weeks. In 1991, California officials charged Mr. Hsu with grand theft for failing to repay investors for money he raised to import latex gloves from China.
The Hillary Clinton campaign can stop the cash from going back to the bundled contributors. If Hsu stole $40 million, it explains how all of these families of modest means could afford to contribute eye-popping sums to her campaign and others. It also means that the FBI and Rosenman will want the money back.
This puts a brand new spin on the story, and a very bad development for the people through whom Hsu pushed these contributions. At a minimum, the donors who bundled Hsu's money face potential election-finance violations. The feds could add money laundering to the list of charges -- and since the money got sent around via wire transfers, wire fraud will likely get included. Finally, if the wire transfers show complicity to deceive, all of the contributors who participated may find themselves in the middle of a RICO prosecution, which could mean lengthy stretches in federal prison for everyone.
Furthermore, that would put the Democratic candidates and the organizations in a very uncomfortable position. The FBI would want to know just what involvement they had in Hsu's theft and subsequent manipulations of cash. While it would be unlikely that Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Eliot Spitzer, the DSCC, and a host of other candidates and organizations would have knowingly approved embezzlement, some of their staff members could potentially have participated in the illegal activities that assisted it. In any case, it hardly paints the Democrats in a good light to have to answer depositions in a fraud involving the theft of $40 million, dragged out over the next several months.
However, the story still has some deep mysteries. One of the reasons Rosenman trusted Hsu was the 40% profits he and others received from investments in Hsu's companies in 2000-2004. With these companies exposed as fronts, the question remains how Hsu made those profits, which sucked in Rosenman and others. Did some other deep-pocketed entity front the money for Hsu in order to thoroughly launder the cash? It seems like the perfect long con -- show some flash up front and steal big in the end, but it still requires someone to supply the up-front money.
And if that was the point, why would Hsu bring all of this attention to himself by engaging in high-profile political fundraising? If theft was the point, it makes no sense. If influence and money-laundering was the point, who intended to benefit from it? Rosenman has his own connections to the Clintons and others. Who fronted Hsu?
Hsu's still an enigma. Now, however, we have literally hundreds of potential co-conspirators who will vie for the opportunity to mitigate their legal exposure and testify to Hsu's machinations. The FBI will not act gently, either, and neither will the IRS, which will undoubtedly recheck the returns of all involved in an effort to track the money themselves.
By Jim Balloch , Tom Humphrey
Originally published 11:21 a.m., September 10, 2007
Updated 05:09 p.m., September 10, 2007
A heavily intoxicated Briley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fled the scene of an accident in DeKalb County on Saturday afternoon, then led police in Wilson County on a 100-mile-an-hour chase before finally stopping, according to police reports and court documents.
The Nashville Democrat was arrested at gunpoint after stopping his SUV in the middle of the road and is alleged to have kicked the window of a patrol car while in custody.
Briley, 40, a lawyer, was booked at the Wilson County jail shortly before 6 p.m. on charges of DUI, evading arrest and violation of the implied consent law.
Naifeh said today that Briley suffers from alcoholism, was in treatment last fall and is preparing to enter treatment again. "I will do everything I possibly can to help Rob Briley down the road to recovery," he said.
Briley is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. House rules require that a legislator indicted by a grand jury on felony charges be removed from leadership positions. The charges against Briley are contained in warrants and have not been reviewed by a grand jury yet. All the charges are misdemeanors except for the evading arrest charge.
According to state law (TCA 39-16-603), it is a Class E felony to evade arrest in a motor vehicle and a Class D felony if the attempt to flee in a motor vehicle "creates a risk of death or injury to innocent bystanders or other third parties."
In cases of misdemeanors, it is up to Naifeh to decide whether Briley will lose a leadership position. Naifeh, speaking to reporters this afternoon, said he will wait until more information is available — and until he has talked with Briley following rehabilitation treatment — to make any decision on the Nashville lawmaker's status.
House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that Briley should resign from the Legislature. A similar statement was issued by state Republican Chairman Robin Smith.
Says Casada: "As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I submit that Rep. Briley is held to an even higher standard as his committee is directly responsible for preventing this type of crime. As an attorney, he knows full well that his actions were a blatant violation of the law and were not fitting for a state representative. His district deserves better. Tennessee deserves better."
Naifeh said he was aware of "naysayers" who were attempting to turn Briley's situation to partisan advantage.
"I think that's pretty lowlife. I have absolutely no use for those people," said Naifeh.
According to warrants filed in Wilson County Sessions Court, Briley was clocked at 72 mph in a 45-mph zone of Sparta Pike.
Watertown Police Department Officer Ricky Lucy fell in behind the speeding Nissan SUV and turned on his blue lights and siren.
Briley glanced back, then sped up, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to the arrest report filed by Lucy.
When Briley finally stopped in the middle of the road, Lucy and another officer approached the vehicle with guns drawn.
Briley got out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but then went back to the SUV and drank from a blue plastic cup, Lucy's report stated.
Briley "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage … also had red watery eyes," failed a field sobriety test and appeared to be in a "high level of intoxication," according to the warrants signed by Lucy.
Briley complained to the arresting officers of injuries to his hand and elbow and said he had been taking anti-depressant medicine that occasionally made him dizzy.
Lucy said in his report that he began to give Briley field sobriety tests but that Briley was so unstable on his feet that "I felt any further (testing) would be dangerous."
An empty bottle of Maker's Mark and bottles of medication were found inside the vehicle, according to the report.
In connection with a traffic accident that occurred earlier in DeKalb County, Briley has been cited by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and failure to give notice of an accident, THP spokesman Mike Browning confirmed today.
In that accident, a 2005 Nissan SUV hit the rear end of a pickup truck on Highway 70 in Dowell Town.
Witnesses in the pickup truck told troopers that the SUV then made a U-turn and left the scene, Browning said.
There were no injuries. The final report of that accident was not immediately available.
Briley was released to the custody of his mother, GeAnne Briley, shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday. He did not have to post bond. A court date is set for Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. in Wilson County Sessions Court.
He was rearrested today on a charge of vandalism in connection with an estimated $1,500 damage caused when he allegedly kicked the patrol car window.
Briley, grandson of the late Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley, is one of the Legislature's most powerful members. Besides chairing the Judiciary Committee, which deals with all bills involving the criminal justice system, he is a member of the House Ethics Committee and played a central role in shaping ethics legislation that was enacted by the General Assembly last year.
The judiciary committee is scheduled to review a proposal to overhaul of the state's drunken-driving laws next year. Briley has asked the sponsors of several DUI-related proposals to delay their bills in lieu of a comprehensive DUI bill.
Briley is also a member of the powerful House Finance Committee, which rules on all bills that involve spending or taxes. This year, he sponsored 67 bills — 10 of which became law.
TCWatch note: The following story illustrates the pitfalls of the Democrat's Plan of Appeasement and Surrender in the War on Terror.
The Fall of Europe and Birth of Eurabia
I spent my childhood in the USA and my entire adulthood until now, from 21 to present, some 12 years, in Europe. I lived in more European countries than most Europeans have visited. I speak more European languages than most Europeans knew existed. This year, just a few months ago, I returned to USA because after travelling to Asia on extensive business and spending time in the USA on business, I realised Europe was finally dead.
In every sense of the word Europe is a dead continent. There is a gloomy future awaiting Europeans who have chosen a path, albeit for different reasons, of appeasement and surrender; similar to the position they initially took during the Nazi era.
I will openly state that I compare the socio-political movement of Islamism to Nazism. I will say this despite the political left and their vocal protestations and accusations that in saying this I am the very thing I accuse Islamists of being; a Nazi. I will back up what I say with fact; more than the left can do to debunk what I say.
Firstly and foremost Islamism is not merely a religion, it seeks to be a political entity unless otherwise banned from doing so; the most significant example being Turkey where separation of religion and government is law. Yes other nations claim to be "secular" Islamic nations but this is in fact not true. Malaysia has a quota system and as with every other "good Islamic" nation the people of Malaysia who belong to the minority groups are subjugated, even though they manage to persevere and excel in the society DESPITE quota laws and laws forcing them to convert if they marry a Muslim, laws making higher education harder for them to achieve, and in short, being subjugated as per Islamist belief and doctrine. Malaysia, a good Islamic nation, also regularly denigrates Israel and world Jewry as their former PM continues to do, just as did Hitler and his Reich, and yet nobody ostracises them, or is quite yet willing to say: "You are not welcome in the world community with such thoughts and statements!" This again showing the repetition of the past.
Like Nazism you will see Islam seeks to force its culture on all others holding fast to the belief that IT and only IT is the right path and the right way of life. Nazis too believed this. As with Nazism, Jews are enemy number one. As with Nazism, whereas "Bolshevism" was the political enemy number one in terms of governmental systems, Capitalism has replaced this in the Islamist ideology. The Nazis believed America was grotesque due to the fact that it was a "melting pot"; the Muslims believe America and the West are grotesque because of the freedoms and liberties we afford everyone---and as with Nazism, Islamism also professes that the Jews rule "the world" by proxy, a fact so far from true that if ever the Islamic culture stopped wallowing in self-pity and started following the example of the Jews who assimilated as much as they could anywhere they could and tried twice as hard to get half as far, perhaps the Muslim world would not be as disenfranchised as they are but rather would be attaining some of the tremendous success that Jews and their culture of peace and education have allotted them.
Like Nazism who fed the masses and offered them hope so that their crimes would be overlooked, so too do extreme Islamist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah; herein they recruit the young by offering them education and all that they would otherwise be deprived of due to the corruption and disarray of their countries and in doing this and feeding and putting the parents to work, they find little protest and an atmosphere conducive to preaching their vile hatred and raising a generation willing to die for their ideology.
Just as Nazism did, Islamism preys on the weak and disenfranchised a situation that in Germany was caused by the Treaty of Versailles but in the Muslim nations was caused by the rise of Oligarchs and Oil Tycoons. Just like Nazism Islamism also preys on the age old anti-Semitism (and yes, we all know many Arabs are Semites but we also know the term is used vernacularly to refer to Jew haters.).
Nazism and Islamism violently condemn homosexuality while it is an intricate part of both "cultures". Nazism sought to take over the world and subjugate humans into groups according to their "genetic" worth and Islamism seeks to take over the world subjugating humans in accordance to their religious worthiness.
So this is the first part of how Europe has fallen; it yields, it yielded to the Nazis until it was too late; in fact most countries were not only adopting policies of appeasement but ONLY disagreed with being invaded. Once invaded, however, willingly assisted the Nazis in the gruesome task of annihilating European Jewry; without their help it never could have happened. Ironically, the few countries that protested are also among the few that are protesting the rise of Islamism in Europe today, Denmark for one is a great example. The Netherlands is a mixed example as they actually had a very tolerant history toward the Jews yet in the end had the highest per capita death rates and among the most voracious Jew hunters in Europe. On the other hand, they too had many that opposed what was happening due to their history of tolerance and due to that same history today they are standing up against Islam and being called racists for not tolerating the intolerant.
So how do I assert that Europe is dead? How do I state that Europe has fallen when the Euro is admittedly stronger than the US Dollar, when Europe still has a voice in world matters, or so they think, and when Europeans still feel as if they live on the greatest continent on Earth?
Well for one thing I lived in socialism of which almost every European country is. In fact, I lived in the "so-called" best example of the success of social-democratic states; Sweden. Let me tell you----it is a BIG lie. The reason people do not catch on is because Sweden is a relatively inconsequential nation and very few eyes are focused on it and therefore self-reporting is what the world relies on to ascertain the quality of life. Also people are taught from birth the saying "Sverige är fantastiskt" or "Sweden is fantastic", so when polls are taken Swedes overwhelmingly vote for how great their lives are. The reality is far from the statistics. Jobs are hard to find and I, a dark haired girl from USA, first encountered racism in Sweden; NOT USA. To skew the polls the government "re-schools" adults who are too young to go into early pensions and sends those old enough into early pension thereby making unemployment rates look significantly lower than what they are. Taxes are punitive in nature and can go past 60% on income depending upon what community you live in and how much you earn and tax on services and goods are an additional 25%. Despite the draconian taxation you STILL pay to go to the doctor and unless you are rather sickly, you will pay for your medicines---in fact more than with most US insurance policies. Medications only get cheaper as you reach your yearly "deductible", but nobody tells you this. Dentistry is not free, nor is doctors visits as pointed out and furthermore if you need a specialist you may die waiting as the shortage of doctors is so severe that they often are resorting to sending people to other communities or even countries for care; and this is happening all around Europe, in fact, despite draconian taxation, half of Europe is implementing "forced" privatised health care, I know a man in Germany paying more for his health care than I am for my policy in USA.
To paint a picture of life in Sweden I would call it gloomy and depressing. Most people work to just get to their state pensions, take seven breaks a day and leave punctually at the designated time. Most Swedes and Northern Europeans in general, save all year for their holiday and go on one holiday in the SUMMER time and then take almost the entire summer off essentially closing down the countries, which by and large do not have consumer friendly business hours anyway. The holidays usually consist of tacky charter vacations that put you up in sub-standard resorts which are surrounded by your countrymen and even the natives have learned your language so as to be able to squeeze the few Euros/Kronor you have to spend. Restaurants are set up to cater to your homelands cuisine and culture, and most resorts offer kitchens because most people are called "paper bag tourists" meaning they are too poor to spend money to go out every night so instead go shopping for food and alcohol to save money and prepare most meals at home.
Day to day life in Europe is even gloomier. People are paid monthly, coincidentally on the day before most direct debits are taken for their bills from their accounts. Young couples and younger people usually can go out the first weekend, one night on the second weekend, stay in the third weekend, and live on pasta and whatever else is left over until the cycle starts again. The older generations tend to have slightly more disposable income but then again, they usually are not out a lot.
Now let us move on to the left wing and their dominant role in European society, and the post Holocaust beneficiaries; the Muslims.
After the wilful participation of almost every European nation and the "turning a blind eye" by the world community, six million Jews, people who contributed for centuries incredible amounts to European culture, were hunted, numbered, annihilated in the most systematic, widespread and organised killing machines ever known to man. Europe loves to hate Germany for what happened; but barring Denmark, Bulgaria, Italy (even under Mussolini), and the odd exception, Europeans willingly partook, in fact gleefully partook in the mass murder of European Jews. Without the collaboration of each nation it could never have happened. When Norway, an occupied land demanded their "Jews" be returned, the only time other than when Oscar Schindler managed to get his "Jews" back, the Germans acquiesced to Norwegian demands and brought the Norwegian Jews out of the mouth of Auschwitz and to Thereisenstadt where most survived. Denmark saved all its Jewish population, Bulgaria refused to give up its Jewish population and thus they were never deported. All it took was NO…and it never would have happened. So Europe first and foremost must own its collective guilt in this disgusting crime before it re-writes history and teaches its grandchildren how evil the "Germans" were; they were far from alone.
Having emptied Europe of its Jews, driving some who could out, murdering the rest and the few survivors being met with disdain rather than compassion, the UK and the world were left with no choice but to do what should have been done LONG before WWII, in fact should have been done as per the Balfour Agreement; create a Jewish state in the ancestral homeland of the Jews; Palestine.
Palestine, by the way, since most Europeans do not know this, was never a prosperous, wonderful country of peaceful Palestinian Muslims. Palestine was home to many Jews, Druze, Christians and Muslims. Muslims who mainly moved into the land during the Ottoman Empire as well as the "British Mandate" who saw to that they kept Jews out to appease the majority of their imperial conquest; the middle east, and yet allowed numerous Muslims from trans-Jordan and "French Mandate" to move into the region. The Palestinians as such only came to be in the 19th century. Jews born in Palestine called themselves Palestinians until Israel was created. The History of Israel's creation has been so badly misrepresented by the European press that a complete re-education would be necessary to "un-indoctrinate" Europeans whose bias against Israel is so great there is almost a Pavlovian tone to it.
The left has managed to make most Europeans believe that European Jews were given someone else's land to forcefully take over and expel them and constantly subjugate and kill them. Funny since Israel offered citizenship to ANY Muslim or person living in the area designated to them when the division occurred. Yet the Muslim world simultaneously attacked the new State of Israel and lost embarrassingly, to a group of emaciated concentration camp survivors. It is also never discussed as to why nobody has cried for the Jews land in Europe and all over the Arab world to be returned to them; most of which was confiscated. Nor has it been addressed as to why Israel took in Jews from anywhere and never demanded "the land" they lived on in the other countries for centuries back to be returned but merely went on to create one of the most powerful countries militarily to protect themselves and the only democracy in the region where Knesset members are MUSLIM as well as Jewish, more than almost any Islamic nation can say about Jewish rights in their countries. Most of all, why did the so called Palestinians never get citizenship in the countries they fled to as did the Jews who fled to Israel? Is their no brotherly love among Muslims? Is their hatred universal? Or perhaps, like the left in Europe, the Palestinians lack of citizenship is created to enable a conflict designed to take back the tiny strip of land which just as rightfully belongs to the Jews who lived there for centuries, and the many that were expatriated centuries ago as it would to a group of nomads who wandered upon it within the last two centuries.
So the European dilemma today is traced back to the Holocaust. The emptying of European Jewry left a massive void. It also left a shortage of workers, and a PR nightmare. How would Europe rectify its image as the most racist continent in the world where the most heinous genocide was allowed to occur to one of the perfect welfare state and the champion of the underdog and a racially open continent? Well to begin with the void, completely lacking forethought as to the nationalistic nature of Europeans, was filled by left wing politicians inviting guest workers to fill the voids; Germany the Turks, Netherlands the Moroccans and for political correctness UK and France invited in all those from their former colonies; Scandinavia opened its doors with no more "Jew Quotas" but rather an open hand and heart…not to mention wallet, to anyone claiming to need asylum from the Islamic world.
This demographic shift was a triumph for the rehabilitation of Europe's world reputation, but a disaster in the making. Integration, once the only way a Jew could make it in "Old Europe" (not George W's old Europe, but old Europe as in pre WWII Europe), was now an option most Muslims opted out of. Religion, once the driving force of nationalism and anti-semitism, was dying in Europe, as too were national identities. The people in Europe increasingly hated the Muslims but the politicians continued the path of "the perfect welfare state and humanitarian high roaders". The clash was brewing.
By the time European politicians woke up to see what they had created it was and is too late. The "Welfare State" is a myth, perpetuated by the lack of self-examination and external examination due to the lack of significance of the most allegedly successful welfare states; their obscurity does not exactly cause the world to examine them so self reporting is taken as gospel. The welfare state is a failure in almost every European nation and this is proven by the lack of jobs, lack of hope, high taxes and lack of service seen throughout Europe along with mounting self-reliance by force which is the new way of enforcing socialism in Europe. Forced private pensions, forced health insurance policies, and for those who do not have to pay for a policy, they pay in other ways.
Europe also woke up to a left wing who hated the Muslims but blamed their "troubles" on Israel. "See they are as bad as we are, look how they treat the Muslims". A war cry far from the truth, but a-la Goebbels, a lie big enough that the European populace swallows it whole- a sad reminder of a sad past.
The hatred of Jews is almost inbred in Europe, so to take that hatred and aim it toward Israel to disguise the real motive; anti-semitism, is not a surprise. To blame Islamism on Israel and America's policies, infinitely more fair than Europe's, toward Israel, is certainly another step on the path of Europe's dying continent. Europeans no longer have to hate Jews, the people they hate most, the Muslims, do it for them. The violence is committed by proxy, and the hatred is flamed by European anti-semitism and passivity toward radicalism. Just as with the Nazis, it is easier to appease the violent and blame the victims and hope to not become a victim than to stand up and have beliefs and have values.
Today, all over Europe, Islam is holding Europeans hostage. Politicians petrified to utter words similar to the PM of Australia who clearly told radical Islamists that if they did not like the culture, want to dress and act like the culture, they had no place IN the culture. This message should be emigrating 101….not something politicians are petrified to utter to disenfranchised third generation children of immigrants in their countries.
One can ask where all the worry of offending Jews or Hindus was in countries like the UK who are now afraid of wearing crucifixes as not to "offend" Muslims, who are afraid of placing nativity scenes in public spaces due to offending Muslims by using taxpayers money, or debate whether or not to allow "halal" (the Muslim equivalent of Kosher) to be served in schools to appease Muslims. Where was all this worry for the Jews? The Hindus? Buddhists? It was not there because there was no fear that in not asking these questions one might have a bus explode or a plane flown into a building or a city set afire.
Europe is dead, and it is dying every day. It replaced 6 million Jews whose progeny would have been contributing members of society with millions of ingrates who only want to destroy the culture that give them the very freedom to do so. They traded greed for socialism; never realising that there is indeed an in between. They have traded progress for regression, going back to days of appeasement and leftist ideology. Europe is dying, or perhaps Europe is already dead.