Previously I wrote about an interesting email from the D.C.C.C., ostensibly from Nancy Pelosi herself, inviting me to enter a Sweepstakes to win the chance for me and a guest to have dinner in Los Angeles with the Speaker and President Barack Obama. I noted the irony of it was that it came just one day after U.S. District Judge, Susan Bolton, all-but-neutered Arizona’s S.B. 1070, yet the official rules say, in part:
“Sweepstakes only open to citizens of the U.S. and lawful permanent U.S. residents who are residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia…“
Well, obviously I didn’t enter the Sweepstakes, but I was quite surprised when I got a follow-up email today. The email was from a rather puzzled Jon Vogel, D.C.C.C. Executive Director. The tone seemed incredulous that I didn’t jump at the chance to try and win the dinner! From Mr. Vogel’s email:
Friend — did you see the Speaker’s email yesterday? The DCCC is offering a special opportunity to its members and top supporters for you and a guest to meet Speaker Pelosi and President Obama August 16th in Los Angeles. The deadline is quickly approaching.
We’ve all heard about the Obama administration’s (DOJ) lawsuit against S.B. 1070, the one by the Phoenix Police Officer, the ACLU’s lawsuit, among several others. But each particular lawsuit is inherently flawed for fairly different reasons.
The DOJ suit is playing the supremacy clause card, stating the Feds have plenary jurisdiction over creating and enforcing immigration laws. If this is the case, why do municipal and state police also enforce drug laws? Is the DEA supreme in creating and enforcing illegal drug laws? No, I don’t think so. What about bank robbery? That’s a federal crime. Are local and state cops not allowed to arrest bank robbers? Of course they are. Illegal firearms? All the cops I know arrest folks for illegal possession of weapons all the time, even though there’s an ATF. Honestly, the DOJ is acting like Illegal Immigration laws are the only federal laws on the books. If this is their reasoning, I’d have to say their agenda is different; they just can’t state it out loud.
I find it highly ironic that just one day after U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton enjoined the most important sections of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration bill, S.B. 1070, the D.C.C.C. sends out an email, ostensibly from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to everyone on their mailing list with an offer to enter a sweepstakes where the grand-prize winner “could be part of our historic gathering in Los Angeles.” The fabulous package includes the following:
“(T)wo round-trip airplane tickets from the major airport closest to your address within the continental U.S. to Los Angeles, CA, one night’s hotel accommodations for two, and attend a dinner with special guest President Obama (approximate retail value $1,250).”
What’s so crazy about that, you ask? Well, the official rules state the sweepstakes are “only open to citizens of the U.S. and lawful permanent U.S. residents who are residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law).”
Here are the official rules as listed in the email:
A police officer in Hamilton, Montana, was recently cleared of charges following a fatal shooting during a traffic stop. The details from the Missoulan:
A coroner’s inquest found Tuesday that Hamilton Police Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis to death after the Hamilton man opened fire during a late-night traffic stop in January.
It took a six-woman jury one hour to make its ruling following nearly five hours of testimony, which included a video that showed Davis pointing a pistol inches from Jessop’s face and pulling the trigger.
The click of the revolver’s hammer hitting a previously fired round was audible in the recording.
Davis fired a second time as the officer fell back and drew his own weapon.
Jessop fired his pistol 14 times into Davis’ vehicle as it sped away. One round hit Davis, 36, in the back and he died at the scene.
Davis’ .41 caliber revolver was recovered from the floorboard of his vehicle. Its hammer was cocked and ready to fire.
Don’tcha just love a good DRT story?