Three teenagers have been arrested in Glastonbury, Conn., for not preventing their friend, 17-year-old Jane Modlesky, from driving drunk.
Modlesky got behind the wheel of an SUV in July with a blood alcohol content more than 13 times the legal limit for a minor. She ended up crashing into a tree and dying. Police say the teenagers were aware that Modlesky was “highly intoxicated” but allowed her to drive anyway.
Modlesky’s blood alcohol content was .27. The legal limit for someone under the age of 21 is .02.
Police said the boys knew Jane Modlesky, 17, of Glastonbury, was “highly intoxicated” when she got behind the wheel of an SUV early on the morning of Sunday, July 14 and hit a tree on Woodhaven Road.
The SUV, a 2008 Honda Pilot, belonged to the parents of one of Modlesky’s friends, police said, and she had been in the car with four 16-year-old boys prior to the crash.
Using the law to force someone to do something violates the 13th Amendment. But then we seem to no longer have any use for the U.S. Constitution any more, do we?
Also, “reckless endangerment” has become a catch-all for anything a police officer thinks you shouldn’t (or should) do, regardless whether there is a law against it, allowing him to invent law on the spot.
On Friday, the White House announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would travel to South Africa next weeks to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela. Obama has already announced that the White House will fly the flags at half-staff though December 9 in Mandela’s honor.
When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, President Obama did not lower the White House flags, nor did he attend her funeral, instead sending ex-Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker III. The Sun reported, “[Downing] Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden. And none of the four surviving ex-US leaders – Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. – is coming either.”
The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to spur development and investment in balancing its environmental consequences. (Balance? I’m guessing the eagles fail to see the “balance,” here.)
The rule authorizes the “non-purposeful” killing of eagles, called “taking,” but also will require wind farms to implement certain guidelines to help with “eagle conservation.” (What – signs hanging from helium balloons for eagles to read: “Warning: You are approaching a wind farm!”?)
Incidentally, the punishment for killing a golden or bald eagle in the United States comes at a hefty price. Simply having eagle feathers or parts in your possession could land you in prison with a hefty fine. Felony killing of eagles comes with a fine of $250,000 and prison time. These penalties fall under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Read the full story at the Independent Journal Review.
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq:
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”
6. On Israel:
“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.”
5. On the U.S. war with Iraq:
“All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.”
4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution:
“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. … Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.”
3. Mandela on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, his longtime supporter:
“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader … especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters.”
2. On the U.S. preparing to invade Iraq in a 2002 interview with Newsweek:
“If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.”
1. On a Palestinian state:
“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
Should we fly flags at half-mast in honor of Nelson Mandela?
Total Voters: 769
A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Friday that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, will face fines if he continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy wedding cakes.
“The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage,” Spencer wrote.
Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake last year, but when one of the shop owners, Jack Phillips, found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple of away and cited his religious faith.
“(His) faith, whatever it may have to say about marriage for same-sex couples or the expressive power of a wedding cake, does not give the respondents a license to discriminate,” Amanda Goad, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told an administrative judge in Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission.
Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin, said her client shouldn’t be forced to ignore his Christian faith while running the business he’s had for nearly 40 years. She said Phillips feels “privileged to design and create the cakes that celebrate the joyous events of people’s lives.”
“He believes this is a vocation chosen for him by God, and as a man of God, Jack Phillips lives by certain biblical principles,” Martin said.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says…
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
More evidence that Liberals, especially Liberal judges see the Constitution as meaningless paper.