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Thomas Lipscomb Shares:

 

"My son in law is an assistant DA in the Bronx and tells me things. If it is true that 95% of criminal trials are plea bargained and only the other 5% such slam dunks they're entrusted to green assistant DAs by prosecutors wanting to run up their conviction scores, how can I assume anything but the most likely guilt of the accused?."

 

 

 

TWO COINCIDENCES: I saw Judge Alvin Schlesinger died last week. And to my amazement the NYT today ran an intelligent oped on the failure of the jury system in criminal trials.

CUT: Judge Schlesinger's Courtroom 10am.... 200 jurors are about to be sworn in and we are asked "Does anyone here have any problem assuming the innocence of the accused?" I raise my hand.

I get a dour look from Schlesinger and he says "What's your problem?"

I asked to approach the bench.

"Not necessary," replies Hizhonor..."What do you have to say?"

I gulp and begin. This wasn't going to end well.

"My son in law is an assistant DA in the Bronx and tells me things. If it is true that 95% of criminal trials are plea bargained and only the other 5% such slam dunks they're entrusted to green assistant DAs by prosecutors wanting to run up their conviction scores, how can I assume anything but the most likely guilt of the accused?."

Now 2 beefy court officers were sent to escort me to the bench. And a red faced Schlesinger said:" Send this guy over to civil court and make sure he spends EVERY DAY of the two weeks there.... don't let him out early."

I left under escort wondering if I hadn't poisoned the pool of 200 jurors, and sat quietly waiting to ruin voir dires for the ambulance chasers of the tort bar who went nuts at my helpful questioning...

The last day on jury duty I got a call from Judge Schlesinger inviting me for lunch at Forlini's which is in about every other episode of Law and Order as the haunt of the Bar in the court area.

"You were right, of course" said the Judge with a laugh.

"I always wondered what you did with that pool of poisoned jurors." I replied.

"And you may continue wondering," said the Judge. "Let's see what's on the menu"

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READING THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT ON BOB MCDONNELL & HIS WIFE, AND THEIR RESPONSE.... IT LOOKS LIKE H. R. HALDEMAN WAS RIGHT...



Haldeman told me ruefully
all you need for a Grand Jury indictment in DC is for the Federal Prosecutor to hand out free watermelon.



It is now clear that the Department of Justice with its assault on fair and free state regulations to prevent voter fraud, its assault on States attempting to enforce interlocking state and Federal regulations on immigration, Its refusal to look into the historic IRS interference with conservative PACs, and now its assault by Federal prosecutors on prominent GOP political figures like Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell IS A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND SHOULD BE DEFUNDED BY CONGRESS UNTIL AN INVESTIGATION CLEARS UP THESE AND OTHER CHARGES AGAINST IT.

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MEMO to Media:  Correcting facts in Virginian Pilot editorial on AG office's role in Southwest Virginia methane suits

RICHMOND (September 2, 2013) - This is a brief memo to media to clarify several incorrect assertions of fact in Sunday's Virginian Pilot editorial on the attorney general's role in the coalbed methane suits in Southwest Virginia.

In the September 1 editorial ("AG's explanation begins to unravel"), the Pilot editors forward the proposition that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has deliberately left out facts when explaining his office's role in the methane suits.  To the contrary, the attorney general has been forthcoming with the media on this case, and the facts the editors say are missing have already been reported. 

The editors also state incorrectly that unless the governor, the attorney general himself, or a grand jury gives the state inspector general permission to do so, the IG's review of the office's actions cannot look into whether the attorney general had knowledge of the assistant AG's emails at the center of the case.  That is just not true.

For the record, the attorney general had no previous knowledge of the content of his assistant AG's emails, but learned of them following a judge's comments three months ago.

The claims and the facts:

1)  The Pilot editors said another newspaper "unearthed" "new" emails showing Senior Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pigeon communicated through email dozens of times with attorneys representing energy companies in a lawsuit filed by property owners.

-- The paper didn't "unearth" anything.  Each of these emails has been known about and part of the public record for nearly a year.

2)  The editors said that the attorney general previously stated Pigeon's role was limited to defending the constitutionality of the Virginia Gas and Oil Act and that these emails had little to do with that.

-- This office has said that we officially intervened in one of the methane lawsuits to defend the constitutionality of the Virginia Gas and Oil Act (and Ms. Pigeon continues to monitor the cases because the constitutional challenges continue to be raised), but we have also said that the commonwealth had an additional interest in ensuring the court understands the reasons that a class action suit would not resolve the gas rights ownership disputes which keep the methane royalties from being released to the property owners.  Ms. Pigeon's emails were also about this.  As counsel to the Virginia Gas and Oil Board, she represents the board's interest in getting gas ownership issues resolved sooner rather than later, and she was offering her thoughts on how the attorneys could convey to the court that a years-long class action suit would not resolve the ownership disputes which keep the royalties in escrow.  While the attorney general has characterized the tone of her emails as a bit overzealous, he believes there was nothing wrong with her sharing the information she did in her emails.

3)  The Pilot said the state inspector general's review of whether Pigeon's emails were appropriate does not allow him to look into whether the attorney general had any direct involvement or knowledge of her actions unless the governor, or the attorney general himself, or a grand jury, requests he do so.

-- This is incorrect.  As we have previously stated to the media, while the inspector general has said he is not investigating the attorney general personally, the law gives the IG the authority to conduct a complete review of the AG's office, to examine any documents, and to ask any questions - even about the attorney general - without the attorney general's permission (or anyone else's, for that matter).  The IG law treats the AG's office the same as any other agency of state government.  From the beginning, the attorney general has instructed his staff to fully comply with the IG in his review.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Gottstein at bgottstein@oag.state.va.us.

Additional background

There are currently lawsuits between property owners and gas companies in Southwest Virginia over methane gas being extracted from underground coal beds and a disagreement over how much property owners should receive in royalty payments from the gas companies that extract it.

In the process of suing the gas companies, the lawyers representing the property owners tried to have the Virginia Gas and Oil Act declared unconstitutional. If they had been successful, most of the property owners wouldn't get any royalty payments, so our office intervened in the case to uphold the constitutionality of the act, as is our legal obligation.

Before the Virginia Gas and Oil Act was enacted, whoever sunk the first well to extract the methane gas was deemed the owner of the gas and could extract it from under adjacent properties without compensating the adjacent property owners. The act allows the property owners to share in the gas production royalties.

As is typical practice, our senior assistant attorney general working on the case, Sharon Pigeon, cooperated with and shared information with both sides in the case.  Ms. Pigeon communicated with attorneys for the gas companies about the interpretation of the Gas and Oil Act because they shared a common interest with the commonwealth in protecting the law. The gas companies were using the law as their defense in the case, claiming they were following the law when they paid royalties to the property owners.

While a judge's 2011 decision upheld the act as constitutional, the property owners' attorneys continue to challenge its constitutionality to this day.  As long as there is the potential for the Virginia Gas and Oil Act to be attacked again, sharing information with the attorneys from the gas companies to help uphold the constitutionality of Virginia law is appropriate and is something we are compelled to do to fully represent the interests of the people of the commonwealth.  It is also something that we told the court and the public about more than a year ago, in June 2012.

In addition to intervening in the case to defend the constitutionality of the Virginia Gas and Oil Act, the commonwealth also has an interest in ensuring that the court understands the reasons that the plaintiffs' attorneys filing a class action suit would not resolve the gas rights ownership disputes which keep the methane royalties from being released from escrow.

Because gas rights have been sold or transferred separately from the surface land rights over the decades, and because ownership records often don't exist, currently, there are many disputes over which landowners actually own the gas rights under the land.  As long as gas rights are in dispute, the royalties for the extracted gas have to be put in an escrow account, and they cannot be released until proper ownership can be established.

In her role as legal counsel to the Virginia Gas and Oil Board, which is responsible for ultimately distributing gas royalties, Ms. Pigeon also represents the board's interest in getting gas ownership issues resolved sooner rather than later, so that the royalties can be released to their rightful owners.  Ms. Pigeon was trying to make the point in her emails that if the case were turned into a class action, that still wouldn't resolve the individual gas ownership issues that are the real obstacle to getting the royalties released.  A class action suit would go on for years, and when it was over, the property owners would be no closer to getting their money. 

As an additional note, because of these ownership disputes, in 2011, Attorney General Cuccinelli pursued major reforms to try to get royalties released to property owners.  His "dormant minerals bill" would have placed the gas ownership back in the hands of the surface landowner where the mineral ownership had sat unused for 35 years or more.  The AG reached out to Sen. Phil Puckett to patron the bill, but after first indicating he would carry it, Puckett abruptly refused at the last minute, resulting in the bill not being introduced.


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When men are not wrong
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When Alone


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the evidence that was withheld from the jury in the Martin v. Zimm trial?
Examine and Cross Examine Keeping Track of the lies and half truths in the matter of the State of Fla. v. Zimmerman

Does any one have a list of the evidence that the judge withheld from the jury in the Martin v. Zimm trial?

Does any one have a list of the evidence that has surfaced since the trial?

Does any one have a list of the testimony that has been recanted or added to what was given on the witness chair?

 If you have anything please send it along to HCN

 

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Obama Comes Under Review of The Federalist Society
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Executive Branch Review Project

Obama Comes Under Review of 

The Federalist Society



The Federalist Society Practice Groups are pleased to announce the launch of the Executive Branch Review Project. 
Please visit our new blog 


About ExecutiveBranchProject.com

An increase in Federal executive branch regulatory activity - whether through executive order, formal or informal administrative agency action - has been noted by many across the country. In launching Executive Branch Review, the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society seek to prompt a national debate about whether there has been an uptick in such regulatory activity, and, if so, with what consequence. The project will provide an objective resource that identifies major government activity, and provides a forum for debate and discussion about whether such regulation constitutes a form of legal and regulatory overreach.

  

Please visit www.ExecutiveBranchProject.com, bookmark the page, and plan to return often to learn more about the activities of the Executive Branch as they unfold.  Also, please do comment on the posts you will find there.  The blog, Executive Branch Review, is a forum for debate, a debate that we hope you will join.  

 

 

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The REAL Last Crusade: Nazi search for the Holy Grail which inspired Indiana Jon
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The REAL Last Crusade: Nazi search for the Holy Grail which inspired Indiana Jones  
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298716/The-REAL-Last-Crusade-Nazi-search-Holy-Grail-inspired-Indiana-Jones.html

  • Revealed in exhibition 'Dig for Germania. Archaeology under the Swastika'
  • The show, in Bremen, Germany, says Himmler visited Spain to hunt for Grail
  • He mistakenly thought it was hidden at Montserrat Abbey near Barcelona

A new exhibition in Germany about archaeology under the Nazis shows how the regime launched a 'Last Crusade' expedition in wartime to find the Holy Grail from the Last Supper of Christ.

In the 1989 Last Crusade movie, Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford was on the quest for the grail - and he was in competition with the Nazis.

Now truth turns out to be stranger than fiction in the exhibition 'Dig for Germania. Archaeology under the Swastika' in Bremen. It tells how S.S. chief Heinrich Himmler allegedly visited Spain during the war because he believed the grail was at the Montserrat Abbey near Barcelona.

Real-life echo: In the Last Crusade movie, Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford was on the quest for the grail - and he was in competition with the Nazis

Real-life echo: In the Last Crusade movie, Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford was on the quest for the grail - and he was in competition with the Nazis

The chief architect and manager of the Nazi Holocaust believed that finding the grail 'would help Germany win the war and give him supernatural powers.'

Squads of S.S. men searched in vain for the grail. The S.S. budget for such projects was vast as the Nazis intended their finds to rewrite history to prove Germans were the greatest race in all history.

 

 

Before Hitler came to power there were just a handful of professorships in archaeology; afterwards there were 24, all tasked with promoting this claptrap theory while finding as many rare artefacts as possible from around the globe.

'If we want to again become a large, single people, we must build on the time, where the Nordic racial nucleus was still pure and unadulterated and which combined with a splendid culture which influenced all over Europe,' said Hans Reinerth, Hitler's favourite archaeologist.

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Dorner: The police burning the cabin and killing him, they were judge and jury?
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Some one wrote, "I'm not defending Dorner or his violence but the police burning the cabin and killing him, they were judge and jury......We must adhere to the Constitution/rule of law. The police could have just waited him out. Our law enforcers have a duty to not use vigilante style tactics."

To be clear we are playing the role on Monday morning quarterbacks.

With this being said , the question in every case is whether the acts used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that the police powers has a right to prevent.

"It is a question of proximity and degree.", Justice Holmes, Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47, 52.

Here we have a man who has killed three people, shot another two [police officers] while trying to apprehend him.

He Holes up in a cabin shooting at law enforcement officers who ask that he surrender, even after he had made it know that he would use and had used tactical skills to kill rather than surrendering.

The question that needs to be asked does the proximity and degree of his acts say that police officers need not put their lives and the lives of the community at risk?

Case law in 81 SCOTUS cases say the police acted properly.  The jury was out 81 times and returned the verdict 81 times, the police acted properly.




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50 Facts about Abraham Lincoln
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TOP 50 ABRAHAM LINCOLN FACTS

1. He was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.

2. He practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling.

3. He wanted women to have the vote in 1836. The future president was a suffragette before it became fashionable.

4. He was a big animal lover, but he wouldn’t hunt or fish. If he were alive today, Lincoln would be running an animal shelter.

5. He really was a wrestler. Lincoln was documented as taking part in wrestling bouts. We don’t think he wore a mask or had a manager.

6. He lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket. The unknown Lincoln was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate in 1856 at the Republican convention.

7. He never belonged to an organized church. Lincoln read the Bible daily, but he never joined an organized church in his lifetime.

8. He didn’t drink, smoke, or chew. Lincoln was a simple man of tastes, and he never drank in the White House.

9. He didn’t have a middle name. Lincoln went through his life with two names.

10. He hated being called Abe. Apparently, he preferred being called by his last name.

11. Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

12. He was the first president born outside of the 13 original states.

13. Lincoln loved to eat oysters.

14. Lincoln’s cat ate at the White House dinner table.

15. His dog was named Fido.

16. His cat was named Tabby.

17. His favorite food was fruit.

18. He was also a big fan of chicken casserole.

19. Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph.

20. He used the telegraph like email to communicate with generals.

21. Lincoln’s mother was killed by poisoned milk.

22. Lincoln’s life was saved twice when he was young.

23. Grave robbers were foiled in 1876 when they tried to steal Lincoln’s body.

24. He was the first president with a beard.

25. Lincoln argued a case before the Supreme Court in 1849 and lost.

26. Lincoln failed in his first business.

27. Lincoln’s shoe size was between 12 and 14.

28. His coffin has been opened five times.

29. Lincoln was estranged from his father and didn’t attend his funeral.

30. Lincoln didn’t play musical instruments.

31. Lincoln served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

32. He ran for the U.S. Senate twice and lost.

33. Lincoln won the popular vote in Senate campaign against Douglas but lost the election.

34. Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.

35. Lincoln was photographed with John Wilkes Booth at his second inauguration.

36. There are no direct living descendants of Abraham Lincoln.

37. Booth’s brother saved the life of Lincoln’s son on a New Jersey train platform.

38. Lincoln was part of séances after his son died in the White House.

39. Lincoln’s animals also died in a White House stable fire.

40. Someone shot at Lincoln in 1864 and put a hole in his stovepipe hat.

41. Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

42. He was a judge on the circuit court in Illinois.

43. Lincoln defended the son of his most famous wrestling opponent from murder charges.

44. Lincoln battled depression for much of his life.

45. Lincoln was seemingly obsessed with cats.

46. He was set to take part in a duel, but it was cancelled at the last second.

47. Lincoln kept his important documents inside his hat.

48. Lincoln’s dog Fido was killed by a drunken assailant a year after Lincoln died.

49. Lincoln’s suit was made by Brooks Brothers.

50. Lincoln’s guest at Ford’s Theater was Ulysses S. Grant, who cancelled at the last second.

 

 



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Is the Accomack County Attorney Screwing up and Disregarding the law?
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Welcome to Unalienable Rights Foundation!

Is the Accomack County Attorney Screwing up and Disregarding the law?

The Answer would be yes if you follow the  Frese/UARF Exchange of emails and letters with the Accomack County's Attorney, Mark Taylor, over Taylor's Charging $.25 per page for Copies of documents. Virginia law in Va Code Section 2.2-3704.F. says the county can only charge its actual cost for producing copies:

  A public body may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. The public body may also make a reasonable charge for the cost incurred in supplying records produced from a geographic information system at the request of anyone other than the owner of the land that is the subject of the request. However, such charges shall not exceed the actual cost to the public body in supplying such records, except that the public body may charge, on a pro rata per acre basis, for the cost of creating topographical maps developed by the public body, for such maps or portions thereof, which encompass a contiguous area greater than 50 acres. All charges for the supplying of requested records shall be estimated in advance at the request of the citizen;
Taylor told Frese in a August 31st, 2012 letter that he had the right to set the fee and part of Frese's response to Taylor's assertion was:

It Appears that you missed this in law school;

The inhabitants of a municipal corporation are its corporators, and the officers are but the public agents of the corporation. Their duties and powers are prescribed by statute or by charter, which all persons not only may know, but are bound to know. It results from this doctrine that contracts not authorized by the charter, or by statute, and which are, therefore, not within the scope of the powers of the corporation, are void, and in actions thereon the corporation may successfully set up as a defense its want of power.

 

County of Alleghany v. Parrish, 93 Va. 615, 621, 25 S.E. 882, 884 (1896).

So HCN says to Mr. Taylor,  what have you got to say about that Mr. Taylor?

Frese also told HCN that Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, 

 

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which is reflective in the case he cites above, which says unless Taylor has a law on which he can hang his hat on that says he can do as he alleges he has the authority to do he is just blowing smoke.

James ‘Jim’ Frese, Community Empowerment Fellow with the Unalienable Rights Foundation’s Civil Rights Division [UARF] says he provided Accomack County, Virginia’s attorney Mark Taylor with the above tutorial via email on what the limits of Taylor's Powers are.

Frese says he felt he needed to do this after Frese received a letter from Taylor that addressed several of Frese’s Virginia Freedom of Information Act [VFOIA] requests. Frese noted to HCN, "Taylor says in his letter that by his contract with Accomack County that he is appointed to serve as the county’s attorney and that he is delegated with all necessary authority to preform the work of that office as Taylor’s assessment of his contract with the county is not reflective of [1] the power the Code of Virginia says he has or [2] that can be delegated to him by the county nor what the Dillon Rule sets out as the limits of the County’s and Taylor’s power/authority.

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Frese/UARF Provides a Tutorial to Accomack County Attorney Mark Taylor On The Li
Examine and Cross Examine

Welcome to Unalienable Rights Foundation!

Frese/UARF

Provides a Tutorial to Accomack County Attorney Mark Taylor On The Limits of Taylor's Authority

Accomack County, Virginia: James ‘Jim’ Frese, Community Empowerment Fellow with the Unalienable Rights Foundation’s Civil Rights Division [UARF] says he provided Accomack County, Virginia’s attorney Mark Taylor with a tutorial via email on what the limits of Taylor's Powers are.

Frese says he felt he needed to do this after Frese received a letter from Taylor that addressed several of Frese’s Virginia Freedom of Information Act [VFOIA] requests. Frese noted to HCN, "Taylor says in his letter that by his contract with Accomack County that he is appointed to serve as the county’s attorney and that he is delegated with all necessary authority to preform the work of that office as Taylor’s assessment of his contract with the county is not reflective of [1] the power the Code of Virginia says he has or [2] that can be delegated to him by the county nor what the Dillon Rule sets out as the limits of the County’s and Taylor’s power/authority.

Dillon’s Rule is the cornerstone of American municipal law. Under Dillon's Rule, a municipal government has authority to act only when :

(1) the power is granted in the express words of the statute, private act, or charter creating the municipal corporation;

(2) the power is necessarily or fairly implied in, or incident to the powers expressly granted; or

(3) the power is one that is neither expressly granted nor fairly implied from the express grants of power, but is otherwise implied as essential to the declared objects and purposes of the corporation.

The Dillon rule is used in interpreting state law when there is a question of whether or not a local government has a certain power. Judge Forest Dillon, the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court expounded this famous rule, which was quickly adopted by state supreme courts around the nation.

A phrase derived from a nineteenth century Iowa railroad case pervades the decision-making of local governments in Virginia.

Throughout the Commonwealth, as well as many other states, "the Dillon Rule" is thought to be pivotal in framing which local government capabilities are legally permissible and which are not.

Yet the meaning of the term and its legal implications are not always well understood. Most discussions of the Dillon Rule  focus on issues of local government autonomy and growth management efforts.

Constitutional Law

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution reserves to the States respectively, "all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it".

It makes no mention of local governments. Local municipal governments only exist as far as they are recognized by the respective States.

The powers delegated to localities are determined by each state respectively. This is true in all fifty states. What differs among the

fifty states is:

• how broadly state constitutions, legislatures, and courts

interpret the powers granted to local governments; and

• whether local government powers must be explicitly granted,

or explicitly denied by state legislatures.

What is the Dillon Rule?

The Dillon Rule refers to a traditional doctrine dictating that courts interpret the powers granted by a state to local governments narrowly.

Early state constitutions gave local governments a great deal of local autonomy through representation in state legislatures.

However, widespread municipal corruption during the mid-1800s led to changes in state laws that limited local autonomy in favor of

more statewide control.

Judge John Dillon of Iowa was a harsh critic of local government corruption and the nation’s premier authority on municipal law at the time. In Clark v. City of Des Moines (1865).

Dillon set forth the rule of judicial construction, which would henceforth bear his name:

The Dillon Rule:

Legal Framework for Decision-Making

It is a general and undisputed proposition of law that a municipal corporation possesses and can exercise the following powers and no others: first, those granted in express words; second, those necessarily or fairly implied in or incident to the powers expressly granted; third, those essential to the declared objects and purposes of the corporation, not simply convenient, but indispensable.

Any fair, reasonable doubt concerning the existence of the power is resolved by the courts against the corporation, and the power is denied.

2

In 1868, Dillon’s view was upheld in an Iowa State Court decision and subsequently by the U.S. Supreme Court.

3

In 1891, the doctrine was fully adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Merrill v. Monticello. In the years that followed, the Dillon Rule became a widely accepted judicial doctrine in most federal and state courts.

A Brookings Institution study indicates that judges in 39 states employ the Dillon Rule to define the power of local governments.

4

States vary in how strictly they apply the Dillon Rule, and Virginia courts are widely considered to be among the most faithful adherents.

The Dillon Rule does not guide legislative decisions. The General Assembly is free to grant local authorities any power within the bounds of the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions. The Dillon Rule is applied by the courts only in situations where the grant of powers through state statutes is unclear.

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

INTERNAL MEMORANDUM / FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY

Dillon Rule

City of Richmond v. Confrere Club, 239 Va. 77, 387 S.E.2d 471 (1990)

 

1. In determining the legislative powers of local governing bodies, Virginia follows the Dillon Rule of strict construction which provides that municipal corporations possess and can exercise only those powers expressly granted by the General Assembly, those necessarily or fairly implied therefrom, and those that are essential and indispensable.

2. If there is any reasonable doubt whether legislative power exists, that doubt must be resolved against the local governing body.

3. When a statute is clear and unambiguous, its plain meaning must be accepted without resort to extrinsic evidence or to the rules of construction. Legislative intent is determined from the plain meaning of the words used.

4. While a local official may be designated by the governing body to act where limited discretion is to be exercised, where broad discretion is involved, as in deciding to revoke a permit, the General Assembly clearly and unequivocally granted such power only to the local governing body.

5. Because the General Assembly expressly granted to the city council alone the power to suspend a permit, the council was powerless to delegate that authority to the director of finance and the director's action was invalid.

City of Richmond v. Confrere Club, 239 Va. 77, 387 S.E.2d 471 (1990) City of Richmond v. Confrere Club, 239 Va. 77, 77, 387 S.E.2d 471, ___ (1990)

 

 

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA

CITY OF RICHMOND

v.

CONFRERE CLUB OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, INC.

Record No. 881380

Decided: January 12, 1990

Present: Carrico, C.J., Compton. Stephenson, Russell, Whiting, and

Lacy, JJ., and Harrison, Retired Justice

The trial court improperly held that a city ordinance delegating authority to suspend bingo and raffle permits was consistent with the Commonwealth's enabling statute, and that judgment is reversed.

Cities, Counties and Towns — Dillon Rule — Rules of Construction — Delegation — Discretion — Licensing of Games of Chance — Code §§ 18.2-340.1 to -340.2 — Enabling Statutes

A city issued a bingo permit to a local club as it was authorized to do under Code § 18.2-340.8. Later the city's director of finance conducted a hearing to determine whether the club's bingo permit should be suspended or revoked as a result of the violations disclosed by an audit. After a hearing, the director of finance suspended the club's permit for a 180-day period. The club appealed the director's decision to the trial court, which ruled that suspending a previously granted permit is one of the functions bestowed by the General Assembly only upon the local governing body, and that authority to suspend the permit could not be delegated. The city appeals.

 

1. In determining the legislative powers of local governing bodies, Virginia follows the Dillon Rule of strict construction which provides that municipal corporations possess and can exercise only those powers expressly granted by the General Assembly, those necessarily or fairly implied therefrom, and those that are essential and indispensable.

 

2. If there is any reasonable doubt whether legislative power exists, that doubt must be resolved against the local governing body.

 

3. When a statute is clear and unambiguous, its plain meaning must be accepted without resort to extrinsic evidence or to the rules of construction. Legislative intent is determined from the plain meaning of the words used.

 

4. While a local official may be designated by the governing body to act where limited discretion is to be exercised, where broad discretion is involved, as in deciding to revoke a permit, the General Assembly clearly and unequivocally granted such power only to the local governing body.

 

5. Because the General Assembly expressly granted to the city council alone the power to suspend a permit, the council was powerless to delegate that authority to the director of finance and the director's action was invalid. [Page 78]

 

Appeal from a judgment of the Circuit of the City of Richmond. Hon. Randall G. Johnson, judge presiding.

Afffirmed.

 

Michael K. Jackson, Assistant City Attorney, for appellant.

Joseph W. Kaestner for appellee.

JUSTICE STEPHENSON delivered the opinion of the Court.

In this appeal, we decide whether a city ordinance delegating authority to suspend bingo and raffle permits is consistent with the Commonwealth's enabling statute.

 

The General Assembly has provided a comprehensive legislative scheme for licensing and regulating certain organizations that conduct bingo games and raffles. Chapter 8, Title 18.2, Article 1.1 (Code §§ 18.2-340.1 to 18.2-340.14).1 In former Code § 18.2-340.2, the General Assembly provided that before an organization engages in any bingo game or raffle, it "shall be required to obtain an annual permit from the governing body . . . or from a local official, designated by the governing body." (Emphasis added.) Additionally, an organization's records of receipts and disbursements must be filed annually "with a local official designated by the local governing body," former Code § 18.2-340.6. Former Code § 18.2-340.10 provided that "[t]he governing body . . . may deny, suspend or revoke the permit of any organization found not to be in strict compliance with the [statute]." (Emphasis added.) Before a bingo or raffle permit may be denied, suspended, or revoked, however, the local governing body must conduct a hearing to determine whether the organization is in compliance. Former Code § 18.2-340.12.

 

To facilitate regulation of bingo games and raffles within the localities, Code § 18.2-340.8 authorizes local governing bodies to "adopt an ordinance, not in conflict with the provisions of [Article 1.1]." Pursuant to this enabling statute, the council of the City of Richmond (the City) adopted ordinances regulating bingo and raffles in the City. Section 4-55 of the City Code provides that "[t]he director of finance may deny, suspend or revoke the permit of any organization found not to be in strict compliance with the [Page 79] provisions of this article," and Section 4-57 empowers the City's director of finance to conduct the hearing to determine whether the permit should be denied, suspended, or revoked. Richmond, Va., City Code (1985 & Supp. 1986).

 

On January 13, 1986, the City issued a bingo permit to Confrere Club of Richmond, Virginia, Inc. (Confrere). Thereafter, the City auditor's staff conducted a field audit of Confrere's records for the three-month period ending September 30, 1986. The audit disclosed violations of certain accounting and recording regulations adopted by the City.

 

On June 16, 1987, the City's director of finance conducted a hearing to determine whether Confrere's bingo permit should be suspended or revoked as a result of the violations disclosed by the audit. After a hearing, the director of finance suspended Confrere's permit for a period of 180 days.

 

Confrere appealed the director's decision to the trial court, Code § 18.2-340.12, and the suspension was stayed pending the appeal. The trial court ruled that suspending a previously granted permit is one of the functions bestowed by the General Assembly only upon the "local governing body" and that the authority to suspend the permit could not be delegated. The trial court vacated the suspension and remanded the case to the City "for such further proceedings as [the City] deem[ed] advisable." The City appeals.

 

[1-2] In determining the legislative powers of local governing bodies, Virginia follows the Dillon Rule of strict construction. The Dillon Rule provides that municipal corporations possess and can exercise only those powers expressly granted by the General Assembly, those necessarily or fairly implied therefrom, and those that are essential and indispensable. Stallings v. Wall, 235 Va. 313, 315-16, 367 S.E.2d 496, 497 (1988); County Board v. Brown, 229 Va. 341, 344, 329 S.E.2d 468, 470 (1985); Tabler v. Fairfax County, 221 Va. 200, 202, 269 S.E.2d 358, 359 (1980); Hylton v. Prince William Co., 220 Va. 435, 440, 258 S.E.2d 577, 581 (1979); Commonwealth v. Arlington County Bd., 217 Va. 558, 573-74, 232 S.E.2d 30, 40 (1977); Bd. of Supervisors v. Horne, 216 Va. 113, 117, 215 S.E.2d 453, 455-56 (1975); City of Richmond v. County Board, 199 Va. 679, 684, 101 S.E.2d 641, 644-45 (1958); Donable v. Harrisonburg, 104 Va. 533, 535, 52 S.E. 174, 175 (1905); Winchester v. Redmond, 93 Va. 711, 714, 25 S.E. 1001, 1002 (1896). If there is any reasonable doubt [Page 80] whether legislative power exists, that doubt must be resolved against the local governing body. Stallings, 235 Va. at 316, 367 S.E.2d at 497; Winchester, 93 Va. at 714, 25 S.E. at 1002.

 

[3] However, when a statute is clear and unambiguous, its plain meaning must be accepted without resort to extrinsic evidence or to the rules of construction. Legislative intent is determined from the plain meaning of the words used. Marsh v. City of Richmond, 234 Va. 4, 11, 360 S.E.2d 163, 167 (1987); Va. Dept. of Labor v. Westmoreland Coal Co., 233 Va. 97, 99, 353 S.E.2d 758, 760-61 (1987); Ambrogi v. Koontz, 224 Va. 381, 386, 297 S.E.2d 660, 662 (1982). When legislative intent is plain, we must respect it and give it effect. Arlington County Bd., 217 Va. at 579, 232 S.E.2d at 43,

 

[4] The legislative scheme makes clear that, with respect to matters in which limited discretion is exercised, a local official designated by the governing body is empowered to act. When, however, the issue is whether a permit previously granted should be suspended or revoked, broad discretion is involved. In such circumstances, the General Assembly clearly and unequivocally granted such power only to the local governing body.

 

[5] Because the General Assembly expressly granted to City Council alone the power to suspend a permit, Council was powerless to delegate that authority to the director of finance.2 Therefore, the director's actions were invalid.

 

Accordingly, we will affirm the trial court's judgment.

 

Affirmed.

 

FOOTNOTES

 

1 This appeal involves Article 1.1 as it existed prior to its amendment in 1989.

 

2 In 1959. the General Assemble amended Code § 18.2-340.10 and -340.12 to provide that "the local official or board designated by the governing body," as well as the governing body, may deny, suspend, or revoke a permit. Acts 1989, c. 113.


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Jim Frese Cross Examines Accomack County Attorney Mark Taylor
Examine and Cross Examine Jim Frese Examines and Cross Examines Mark Taylor Part1

Jim Frese

Community Empowerment Fellow

Civil Rights Division

The Unalienable Rights Foundation

Examines and Cross Examines

Accomack County Attorney, Mark B. Taylor's

Reply to Frese's Notice to Accomack County Supervisors

Of Their Violation of

Section 2.2-3707 of

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Part I

Taylor's Residency

What Mary Taylor's Mansion in Fredericksburg, Virginia is worth!!!!

The Taylor Estate in Fredericksburg, Virginia who's upkeep is being maintained by the $120,822+that Accomack County taxpayers are paying a year to a guy who only works 4 days a week [according to his contract]? But often you can not find him in the County, never mind his office, and no one seems to know where he is when you ask. Maybe he is here in the Mansion? Where would you be, given the choice in this Fredricksburg mansion or the sorry old offices of Accomack County?

Good Afternoon Mr. Taylor.

I hope that everything is well with you and your family in Spotsylvania County

and that your wife, Francesa is doing well

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that you filed a 2011 federal income tax return, Internal Revenue Service form 1040

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that you filed a joint 2011 federal income tax return, Internal Revenue Service form 1040 return with your wife.

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm deny that on your 2011 federal income tax return, Internal Revenue Service form 1040 you showed your home address / residence to be 6107 Thayer Street, Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia [please look at Exhibit 12 below to help you refresh your memory or say this is not the home the taxpayers of Accomack County are paying you $120,000.00 a year to maintain].

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that you filed a 2011 Virginia state income tax return, Virginia Department of Taxation Form 760

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm deny that on your 2011 Virginia state income tax return, Virginia department of taxation form 760 you showed your home address / residence to be 6107 Thayer Street, Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia [please look at Exhibit 12 below to help you refresh your memory or say this is not the home the taxpayers of Accomack County are paying you $120,000.00 a year to maintain].

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that section five [5] at item D, page three [3] of your April 20, 2011 employment with Accomack says that, ‘Employee shall maintain his residence within the Boundaries of Accomack County for the duration of the contract." [please look at Exhibit eight [8] below to help you refresh your memory or say this is not a provision of the aforesaid].

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that 6107 Thayer Street, Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia is not in Accomack County.

Mr. Taylor please

To confirm or deny that having a home 6107 Thayer Street, Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and not having a home in Accomack County is a material breach of your employment agreement [section five [5] at item D, page three [3] of your April 20, 2011] with Accomack County.

Index of UARF Documents / Exhibits / Evidence

Frese's notice To Accomack Board of Supervisors

Exhibit 1

Steve Minor' Reply

Exhibit 2

Mark Taylor's Reply

Exhibit 3

Spotsylvania County, Virginia Real Estate Bill

Mark Brian Taylor or Francessa F. Taylor

6107 Thayer Street / Fox Point Lot 235 / Sec 7

Exhibit 4

Spotsylvania County, Virginia Full Real Estate Assessment Report

Mark Brian Taylor or Francessa F. Taylor

6107 Thayer Street / Fox Point Lot 235 / Sec 7

Exhibit 5

Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Service Form

1040

Exhibit 7

Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Service Form

1040 / Sch. A

Exhibit 7

Mark Brian Taylor Employment Contract With Accomack County Dated April 20, 2011

Exhibit 8

2011 Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Service Form

1040 Instructions

Cat No. 11325E

Exhibit 9

White Dog Publishing v. Culpeper Bd. of Sup., 272 Va. 377, 634 S.E.2d 334 (2006)

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA

WHITE DOG PUBLISHING, INC., ET AL.

v.

CULPEPER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Record No. 052333

Exhibit 10

Mark Brian Taylor's Lost Cause

Glazebrook v. Board of Supervisors, 266 Va. 550, 587 S.E.2d 589 (2003)

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA

RAYNOLD C. GLAZEBROOK, JR.,

TRUSTEE, ET AL.

v.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Record No. 022937

Decided: October 31, 2003

Record No. 022937

Exhibit 11

The Mark Taylor

Fredericksburg Mansion

Exhibit 12

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Examination and Cross Examination of Steve Miner's reply to Frese's FOIA
Examine and Cross Examine Bill Graham

PART I
Billy Graham
Forensic Data Fact Checker HCN
Examines and Cross Examines

Accomack County's

Steve Miner's 

Reply 

To the April 20, 2012 Virginia Freedom of Information Request from the Civil Rights Division / Unalienable Rights Foundation's Community Empowerment Fellow ~ James Frese 

For those of you who missed it, after numerous non-responsive replies from Steve Miner, Esq. ([a member of the Virginia State Bar] Accomack County, Virginia County Administrator),  to the Unalienable Right Foundation's [UARF] Civil Rights Division's Community Empowerment Fellow,  James Frese's  Freedom of Information Act [VFOIA] request to examine public records that the Virginia Public Record Act [ACT] says the County must maintain.  Frese asked to see an index of the files, that have been classified, arranged, and indexed so that these essential public records  are made available to the public as required in Virginia Code § 42.1-86. Accomack County's Administrator finally provided  UARF with a list of files that the Administrator holds out to be what UARF asked for in its VFOIA request ; It was not and why it was not will be dealt with a bit later in this post.

To see the VFOIA Request:

After almost a month after Miner received the VFOIA that pointed out to Miner [@ ln. 50 of the VFOIA request] that the law says he shall or the county attorney, Mark Taylor, Esq. shall furnish, as the county administrator or attorney, respectively, a copy of the ACT to, "Any person elected, reelected, appointed, or reappointed to the governing body of any agency subject within two weeks following that person's  election, reelection, appointment, or reappointment" . . .  to the agency he did furnished a copy of the ACT to the Accomack County Board of Supervisors [BS] at the last BS meeting. Miner wrote and told the BS via email prior to that BS meeting and in the BS meeting that he was passing out the ACT as a refresher course. This clearly indicates to Frese and HCN that Miner was implying that the BS had previously been, in some form, provided / instructed in the ACT.

To see what was provided by the county's administrator as an index 

 

The index Miner provided to Frese fails to show where Miner in his eight plus years as county administrator or Taylor in his five plus years as county attorney ever provided any copies of the ACT to the BS or any other county official or employee.

This raises the question for Mr. Miner, how do you conduct a refresher course when the records and minutes of the BS meetings you maintain/created do not show where you or Taylor conducted the initial / first course nor distributed a copy of the ACT as required by the ACT in § 42.1-76.1. Notice of Chapter. — Any person elected, reelected, appointed, or reappointed to the governing body of any agency subject to this chapter shall (i) be furnished by the agency or public body's administrator or legal counsel with a copy of this chapter within two weeks following election, reelection, appointment, or reappointment and (ii) read and become familiar with the provisions of this chapter. (2006, c. 60.)

By a link of this post sent to  Mr. Miner at both 

sminer@co.accomack.va.us
and
administration@co.accomack.va.us

HCN is asking him to please confirm or deny the following: 

Mr. Miner please 

to Affirm or deny that you never complied with ACT  § 42.1-76.1. from September 15th, 2004 until April 18th, 2012. 

§ 42.1-76.1. Notice of Chapter. — Any person elected, reelected, appointed, or reappointed to the governing body of any agency subject to this chapter shall (i) be furnished by the agency or public body's administrator or legal counsel with a copy of this chapter within two weeks following election, reelection, appointment, or reappointment and (ii) read and become familiar with the provisions of this chapter. (2006, c. 60.)

Mr. Miner please 

to Affirm or deny that you were required to comply with ACT  § 42.1-76.1. from September 15th, 2004 until April 18th, 2012. 

Mr. Miner please 

to Affirm or deny that not complying with ACT  § 42.1-76.1. from September 15th, 2004 until April 18th, 2012 would be acts of omissions of acts that you were required to do [nonfeasance].. 

In early times the want of a common law remedy suited to cases of nonperformance of simple obligations caused frequent recourse to equity for relief, but in the twenty-five years of the reign of Henry VII. it was settled by the judges that an action on the case would lie as well for nonfeasance as for malfeasance, and in that way assumpsit was introduced. In theory it was an action for the nonperformance of simple contracts and the formula and proceedings were constructed and carried on accordingly. Very early, however, there were successful efforts to apply it beyond its import, and from the reign of Elizabeth this action has been extended to almost every case where an obligation arises from natural reason and the just construction of law, that is, quasi ex contractu; and is now maintained in many cases which its principles do not comprehend and where fictions and intendment are resorted to, to fit the actual cause of action to the theory of the remedy." 2 R. C. L., sec. 3. Norfolk v. Norfolk County, 120 Va. 356, 361, 91 S.E. 820, ___ (1917).

Mr. Miner please 

to Affirm or deny that Accomack County as of April 20, 2012 not in Compliance with with ACT  § 42.1-85.C. as it has not designated as records officer.  

Each . . . political subdivision of this Commonwealth shall designate as many as appropriate, but at least one, records officer to serve as a liaison to The Library of Virginia for the purposes of implementing and overseeing a records management program, and coordinating legal disposition, including destruction, of obsolete records. Virginia Code § 42.1-85.C.

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. . .the lecturer, retired professor H. Douglas Brown from S.F. State, seemed perfectly willing to let the cat out of the bag about political indoctrination on college campuses

. . . exquisite and irrefutable detail the extreme liberal bias at the University of California

SYSTEMATIC PRACTICE OF POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION AT UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

Homeschool is the only option left to the rational, freedom-loving American. The left and their subversive partners have destroyed our universities and colleges. Every parent with a child in school knows how awful the leftwing indoctrination is.

The war on education commenced with the student rebellion of 1964. Brick by brick, piece by piece, the great American education system was dismantled, destroyed. This did not happen organically. This was a deliberate, systematic attack on America and individualism.

“Teaching as a Subversive Activity”: The Theory of Political Indoctrination PJM

Last weekend I visited the U.C. Berkeley campus and on a whim attended a lecture with the provocative title “Teaching as a Subversive Activity — Revisited.”


Because this was a presentation aimed at education insiders only, the lecturer, retired professor H. Douglas Brown from S.F. State, seemed perfectly willing to let the cat out of the bag about political indoctrination on college campuses. Fortunately, I had my trusty camera with me, so I was able not only to snap a few pictures but also record several key portions of his speech, which I found so eye-opening that I felt the general public deserved to hear it as well.

The timing couldn’t have been better: A devastating new report issued by the National Association of Scholars had just been issued a few days beforehand, which documented with exquisite and irrefutable detail the extreme liberal bias at the University of California. However, the main problem with the NAS report (which you can download in full here if you’re interested) is that it’s toooverwhelming and too technical to deliver the kind of emotional impact needed to sway public opinion. To drive home the point in a more personal way, the NAS report needed an introductory companion anecdote of a professor frankly confessing the rationale behind what is essentially the “theory of indoctrination.” As if on cue, Professor Brown stepped into that role, unwitting though he may have been.

Let it be noted that Professor H. Douglas Brown is no wild-eyed extremist; in fact, he’s rather bland and respectable and not the most thrilling of speakers, as you will soon hear. But that’s what made his presentation so disturbing: radical and self-admittedly “subversive” attitudes that affect the future of society are discussed with matter-of-fact nonchalance. The main drawback of Professor Brown’s verbal style (at least from my point of view) is that he often resorts to the academics’ tried-and-true escape hatch, which is to rephrase statements as questions, so as to have plausible deniability if later confronted. Thus, for example, instead of just flatly saying something like “We should indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies,” he asks “Should we indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies?” and only after five minutes of talking in circles eventually concludes “Yes.”

The title of Brown’s lecture is taken from an influential and groundbreaking book published in 1969. Written by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, the manifesto Teaching as a Subversive Activity did not actually advocate political indoctrination in the classroom, but rather it was one of the first books to completely deconstruct the concept of education itself, and the “subversion” it advocated was much deeper and more structural: Get rid of tests, the notions of “the right answer” and “the wrong answer,” the memorization of facts, the ascendency of teachers, and so forth; instead, make education an ungraded process of learning how to think and how to criticize, respecting the opinions and ideas of the students themselves. Of course, this being 1969, it was presumed that the establishment status quo with its facts and rules was rigid and conservative, while the students were radical and transgressive, so all one had to do to foment a revolution was simply to put the kids in charge of their own education, and they’ll naturally overthrow society without even being specifically instructed to do so. (If you’re curious, the entire text of Teaching as a Subversive Activity is now available for free online as a PDF document.)

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The Proper storage of the koran

Pakistan: Thousands of Qurans Dumped in Raw Sewage Canal

In case you actually believed that all of this unholy slaughter was about some nonsensical manufactured "religious indiscretion" and not about power, supremcacy and an excuse to kill infidel soldiers in the cause of Islam, get real:

Pakistan Korans: Thousands Dumped in Poop Sewer: Man Tries to Clean and Preserve February 26, 2012 By

Koran’s used as toilet paper in Lahore, Pakistan? In the video, you will see some books are in tact, but many more, just pages and pages lying in the filth of a canal where sewage flows. A man drains the canal several times a year – been doing it for ten years. He rescues the pages and the books, and tries to clean them. He has begged his Government to use only paper that can be recycled, thinking they will be easier to clean! Apparently, Pakistan prints and supplies all the Korans in the country. His Government isn’t interested in recycling.

“What can I say? I say O Allah save this population from throwing Allah’s word into filth.”

Today our soldiers are dying in Afghanistan for disposing of Korans used among prisoners to pass messages. To date, four dead, murdered by Afghan security, whom we are training. Today, reports of another seven of our military injured in a grenade attack (according to Fox News this minute) - yet Muslims are using their own holy book for their own intimate convenience, maybe in silent protest for the darkness it has brought to their lives. Who knows? Moonbattery has another idea. Thanks to HalalPorkChop for the video.

 

 

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