…Honest kindness – generosity – compassion remains vibrant in the American spirit …

…Honest kindness – generosity – compassion remains vibrant in the American spirit …

 

 

BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience (HD Version)

03-06-2012  •  www.youtube.com 

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.  .

…WOMAN DO AS I SAY … Mitt Romney …

So should Romney become President what do you expect his position on women and abortion will be when his Church promotes this position

 

War on Women: Utah House Passes 72 Hour Abortion Waiting Period

 

 Dakota’s law mandating that a woman seeking an abortion must wait 72-hours between her first visit to a provider and the actual procedure hasn’t gone into effect yet due to court challenges, but that’s not stopping Utah from trying to pass one as well.

Now, it has cleared the House and will move on to the Senate.

Via Salt Lake Tribune:

“An abortion cannot be undone,” said Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy. “Why would we not want to afford a woman facing a life-changing decision 72 hours to consider ramifications that could last a lifetime?”    Read more 

By Robin Marty | RH Reality Check 
Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ 06:12 AM

…WOMAN DO AS I SAY … Mitt Romney …

 

Apparently it is NOT just Arizona’s “dry-heat”

  Apparently it is NOT just Arizona’s “dry-heat” that makes legislators and jurists stupid ….

 

Colorado court says students can carry guns on campus

03-06-2012  •  Reuters

The University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school’s board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses, the state’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In overturning the policy, the cour .

… Brewer owe’$ so she will find a way to pay …

… Brewer owe’$ so she will find a way to pay …

Brewer’s private prison plan under fire

 

clip_image001By Dennis Welch…The Arizona Guardian… Read More

Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to let private companies lock down thousands of more state prisoners came under assault Monday by a pair of the state’s most influential civil rights organizations.

The NAACP of Maricopa County and the American Friends Service Committee filed a protest with the state to stop Brewer from handing control of 2,000 prisoners to for-profit corporations.

The governor unveiled her intentions to give private prison companies more business when she released her $9 billion state spending plan toward the end of January.

Her administration says the move would relieve overcrowding that poses a security threat. But the complaint filed by the civil rights groups says the state doesn’t need the extra space because the Arizona’s prison population has been declining.

 

Manchurian Candidate … Johnny McCain …

 

…Arizona’s answer as

Manchurian Candidate

 

… Johnny McCain …

 

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McCain calls for US-led airstrikes on Assad forces

03-05-2012  •  msnbc.com staff

Arizona Sen. John McCain called for American-led airstrikes on President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria. McCain says the goal of the U.S.-led air strikes should be to establish and defend safe havens for delivering humanitarian and military aid i

to pa$$ up an opportunity to

You didn’t expect corporate controlled “teapublican$” to pa$$ up an opportunity to promote … be afraidbe very afraid … did you…?

 

 

Obama Second Term Odds Spurs Rash Of Gun Buying

03-05-2012  •  www.prisonplanet.com 

“Look who the Republicans are trying to put against Obama,” he said. “It’s the Keystone Kops and people are getting scared. People are terrified he’s going to get re-elected and then he won’t care about getting votes next time. He’ll just pass whatev .

implications for all WATER especially

The court decision below although made in Texas could have far reaching implications for all WATER especially in the west …

 

Water ruling sets property rights in stone

 

Read complete article here Susan Combs, For the Express-News…Updated 08:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012

…Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Water-ruling-sets-property-rights-in-stone-3374979.php#ixzz1oRxlTiDc

 

Feb. 24, 2012, was an important day for Texas landowners, and for all Texans who care about property rights.  On that day, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case called Edwards Aquifer Authority and the State of Texas v. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel. The court spoke definitively to an issue of importance to all landowners: their right to use the waters under their properties.

 

As a fourth-generation West Texas rancher myself, I know how important that water can be, and what it would feel like if a government agency said you couldn’t use the water under your land.

 

Too often that’s what happens. Conservation goals that could be accomplished with open communication and negotiation between agricultural producers and Texas’ water districts are pursued by administrative edict instead.

 

I’ve been concerned with this issue for a very long time. As a legislator in 1995, with Sen. Teel Bivins, I wrote and passed the Texas Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act, a law that has been called “a basic charter for the protection of private real property rights in Texas.”

The act specifically defined real property as including groundwater rights — rights that shouldn’t be taken without just compensation.

 

When government regulations limit your ability to use your land as productively as you can, they’ve cut its value. And when they devalue your land, it’s called a “taking.” Article I of the Texas Constitution says it clearly:

 

“No person’s property shall be taken, damaged, or destroyed for or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made.”

It’s a bedrock principle of our state.

 

It was the issue before the Supreme Court in the Day case: “Whether land ownership includes an interest in groundwater in place that cannot be taken for public use without adequate compensation” as guaranteed by the Constitution.

 

The court looked at how the Edwards Aquifer Authority issues permits based on “the amount of beneficial use” a person’s groundwater has been put to in the past. The authority was using a “use it or lose it” approach to groundwater ownership based on regulations that say, in effect, that landowners can be deprived of nearly all use of their groundwater simply because they hadn’t used it before.

 

That’s why I was pleased to file an amicus brief in the case, and even more pleased to learn that the court had supported the landowners involved.

 

Now the Supreme Court has set it in stone: you have an ownership interest to the water under your land, just as you do oil or gas. And if state or local authorities want to interfere with your constitutionally protected rights, they have to pay you for it.

 

This opinion was critical to ensuring the stability of land titles and market value of lands and to the continued sustainability of investments made by communities across the state in acquiring groundwater rights from landowners to support the water supply needs of their growing economies.

As Texas’ population growth continues its breakneck pace, greater demands inevitably will be placed on our precious water resources. These will have to be managed wisely and well through a shared responsibility. But if we ignore private property rights, we’ve lost a fundamental part of what makes Texas what it is.

 

Fortunately, it looks like we’re staying on the right path