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Remember Your Constitutional Rights


According to Henry Wade, a respected criminal defense lawyer of The Wade Law Firm in Texas, when you are charged with a crime, one of the first things that any experienced defense attorney will review to help prepare for your defense is the way in which your constitutional rights were upheld.


The rights given to you merely because you are a citizen of the United States are some of the best measures in place to protect you during investigations and trials. While your lawyer should be well-versed in the Constitution, it is also important that you understand some of the rights in place on your behalf. They include:


1.      Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”


This is the reason why warrants must be obtained from the courts before police can enter your home. Under this law, you are protected from having your property searched without just cause. While there are exceptions, like willingly letting the police into your home, this provides the public with general protection.


2.      Fifth Amendment: “…nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”


This is just where the Miranda Warning is derived from, which is in place to remind you of your right to remain silent and not speak out against yourself if you are arrested of interrogated. According to this law, you cannot be tried for the same crime more than once.


3.      Sixth Amendment: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”


According to this amendment, you are formally made aware of all of the charges that are being brought against you, and you have the ability to obtain defense counsel, who will work to keep your best interests in mind throughout the trial. This amendment also assures that you are given a fair trial by a jury, that you are given the ability to present witnesses that can speak to the court in your favor, and that you can cross-examine any of the prosecutor’s witnesses.


4.      Fourteenth Amendment: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”


Under this law, the rights given to you in the Constitution cannot be revoked by any state. Therefore, an unconstitutional law cannot be passed and enforced in any state.


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National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional (Part 1 of 2)

A look at the recent decision that declared the federal law establish the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. NB: Sorry about my mistakenly listing 1956 as the date the Pledge of Allegiance was amended. A stupid error. Links: 1. Freedom from Religion Foundation, et al. v. Obama and Gibbs www.wiwd.uscourts.gov 2. The National Day of Prayer Task Forces website nationaldayofprayer.org 3. Federalist #78 www.constitution.org 4. Lemon v. Kurtzman scholar.google.com 5. Part 2 of this video www.youtube.com 6. For a classic example of the ignorance of constitutional law that “informs” opposition to this ruling, have a look at the following video by a YouTuber who calls himself TheMoralNation: www.youtube.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Larry King UFO debate Pt 1 of 4

Larry King UFO debate Pt 1 of 4
Video Rating: 4 / 5


Join Us: www.accessnow.org anonnews.org http DEAR CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, Anonymous can not, and will not stand idly while people are being denied their basic rights and human liberties. Yet, there are still a lot of governments worldwide who fail to even aspire to the standard of freedom that was set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments believe they have the right and privilege to impose upon their own people an ‘official’ version of ‘reality’ which isn’t in any way tampered by the truths of everyday life under which its citizens are living. Anonymous believes this is an outright crime which can not go unpunished. The Egyptian people are living under inhumane conditions; being denied their basic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, and the free access to information. By imposing censorship upon its own people and condemning these freedoms, the Egyptian government has revealed itself to be criminal, and has made itself an enemy of Anonymous. To the Egyptian Government: Anonymous challenges all those who are involved in censorship. Anonymous wants you to offer free access to uncensored media in your entire country. When you ignore this message, not only will we attack your government websites, Anonymous will also make sure that the international media sees the horrid reality you impose upon your people. Anonymous will not spare anybody who supports this suppression. It is in the hands of the Egyptian government

Wealth and Success Aside from the Corporate Ladder

Many people fall into depression because no matter how hard they work and no matter how much time they spend in the office, they are still far from being successful. While many see their jobs as a means of finding personal expression and fulfillment, majority of people define their success in terms of money. They try to put up with the endless loads of work, impossible deadlines, and work pressures — yet doing all these have not brought them closer to financial security. To make matters worse, many successful executives and highly driven young professionals find themselves sick and tired all the time. The enormous toll on the their health had made their job seem like a curse instead of blessing. It is no wonder that millions of dollars are spent on health care each year due to stress and other work-related anxieties. The uncontrolled drive for success had brought not a few people to the emergency room or to the hospital to get both medical and psychiatric care.

In America, millions of people work at least 40 to 60 hours a week. They do so because their success beliefs are anchored on the following premises:
Get good grades in school in order to get a good job.

Find a job in a large company or corporation.
Work hard in the office in order to get recognition and a promotion, which entails getting a high salary.
Get the children through school and have enough retirement and pension money.
This formula for success has been tried by millions yet not everyone gets to achieve their goals, at least in financial terms. In fact, some success finance and success gurus question the wisdom of the said formula. They think that there are other ways to attain success without the stress and anxiety of climbing the corporate ladder.
One such guru who questions the effectiveness of the traditional approach is named Robert Kiyosaki. He is an investor, businessman, author, and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book entitled Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In his book, he tackles the two different set of advices he received from his “rich dad” and “poor dad.” According to Kiyosaki, his “poor dad” was a smart and highly educated individual, who, nevertheless, failed to succeed financially. He said that his “rich dad” was not academically inclined but was very street-smart and financially adept. In his book, he also discusses the depression, stress, and anxiety that are encountered by many people who thought that their education and jobs would automatically guarantee financial success.

Kiyosaki said that one of the most important questions that his “rich dad” asked him is: “Why do you work so hard for something you’ll never own or can never pass on to your children?” That question, said Kiyosaki, somehow leads one to think that having a stable job may not be the key to financial success after all.
Kiyosaki also writes about a concept which he calls the ‘Cashflow Quadrant.” The Cashflow Quadrant, according to Kiyosaki, spells out how money or wealth is generated by different types of people. To better understand the concept, picture a simple cross on a blank sheet of paper. On the top left quadrant, write a letter ‘E” which stands for Employee. On the lower left quadrant, write a letter “S” which stands for the Small Business Owner or Self-Employed. On the upper right quadrant, write the letter “B” to mean Big Business. And on the lower right quadrant, right the letter “I” which stands for Investor. Kiyosaki says that many “E” people are resource-oriented in terms of their approach to work and their lives as well. To succeed, these people rely on their current resources: their academic degrees, cash on hand, the secure job, physical health, etc. According to Kiyosaki, employees usually have this mindset. The “S” people, on the other hand, are able to generate their own income by having their own business. But according to Kiyosaki, the “E” and “S” people rarely succeed enough to have real wealth that would allow them to retire comfortably. These people are able to retire with some money but only after decades of hard work. Kiyosaki argues that being in these quadrants is not the best option since an employee can lose a job and his health which would then prevent him from doing his job. Small businessmen can encounter severe changes in the market that affects profit; or one’s own company can fall into bankruptcy.

In contrast, the people who belong to Big Business (“B”) and the Investors (“I”) are the ones who can really gain wealth. Where lies the difference? Big Business and investors achieve financial success because they are able to harness the expertise of other people. Unlike the self-employed or small business owners, the members of the “B” and “I” quadrants do not do all the work by themselves. They let the experts do the work based on their desired objectives or financial goals. Unlike people from the “E” and “S” quadrants who “work hard for the money,” the “B” and “I” people let their money work for them. In his books, Kiyosaki cites some financial instruments, strategies, and anecdotes on how people can make their money work for them. He discusses this concept using the term “active income vs. passive income.” The main point of his financial advice is that people should learn how to invest their money on assets such as real estate property that can be rented out so that they would have regular income even without working. He also mentions that since the value of the property depreciates, the amount of tax to be paid also decreases and does not pose any financial difficulty on the part of the investor in the long-term. Kiyosaki says that financial literacy and having the right mindset are important in order for people to know how they can choose the best path towards financial freedom. While Kiyosaki’s books do not exactly show the step-by-step approach to financial success, he does provide very good motivational thoughts on how to avoid financial self-destruction. He focuses on improving one’s mindset which includes moving from being resource-oriented to being opportunity-oriented. In a typical financial counseling session, Robert Kiyosaki would usually say that:

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire…the size of your dream…and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Indeed, the ability to handle disappointments is essential to one’s emotional stability and physical health. Having the right mindset when it comes to finances and to life itself is the key to real success. After all, financial success without health is simply a bad deal.

Where does the Constitution give rights to foreign citizens?

Question by Jarhead: Where does the Constitution give rights to foreign citizens?
I cannot find anywhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that a foreign citizen is mentioned as having rights under these documents, specifically prisoners of war. Article I, Section 8 does give Congress the power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water,” but that’s about as close as it gets.

Best answer:

Answer by OlderSissy
Better to ask where in the Constitution does it take away rights from anyone.

Give your answer to this question below!

Harvard Law fellow set to lead Tibetans

Harvard Law fellow set to lead Tibetans
Lobsang Sangay grew up in a Tibetan refugee settlement in Darjeeling, India. His parents sold one of the family’s three cows to pay for his school fees. He went on to university and then law school in Delhi, before winning a Fulbright scholarship that brought him to Harvard.
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Fear barrier crumbles in Syrian “kingdom of silence”
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The preacher of the Saladin Mosque was reflecting on the joys of Mother’s Day, his sermon straying far from dramatic protests now gripping Syria, when a young man jumped up to the pulpit and grabbed the microphone.
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Fear barrier crumbles in Syrian ‘kingdom of silence’
Reuters/Damascus The preacher of the Saladin Mosque was reflecting on the joys of Mother’s Day, his sermon straying far from dramatic protests now gripping Syria, when a young man jumped up to the pulpit and grabbed the microphone.
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Nothing ‘Western’ about ancient Persian values required for the new Iran

Nothing ‘Western’ about ancient Persian values required for the new Iran
In that regard, Iranians both domestic and abroad have been debating on how to set up an interim government to better guide the people towards their ultimate goal — a democratic, secular, national and patriotic regime.
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How a sex rebel was born
Susie Bright talks about her sexual awakening, feminist hypocrisy — and where the sexual revolution went wrong
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THE MIDEAST: Christian minorities & the risks they face under Islamic rule
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three explorations of events in the Middle East by Mike Edens, professor of theology and Islamic studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an emeritus missionary who served 25 years in the Middle East with Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board.
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[Our Turn] A Call for Understanding
On March 25, 2011, the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, in cooperation with Jackson State University, will host Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan to deliver the keynote address at their annual Civil Rights Conference.
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Security Professionals can find solution in Information Security Conference

The Bureau has its hands full and is asking the public for help. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just revealed some interesting statistics on a burgeoning headache — white-collar Internet crime. Since the IC3 began recording cyber-theft 10 years ago, the agency arm says that it’s received two million complaints on white-collar Internet crime.


The most common complaints filed by the agency Impersonators were impersonators acting as FBI agents, non-payment of items ordered on the Internet, and identity theft. The rest of the “Top Ten” included computer crimes, miscellaneous fraud, advance fee fraud, spam, auction fraud, credit card fraud and overpayment fraud. The report also listed some of the “newer” forms of Internet crimes:


The report also announced some of the “newer” forms of Internet crimes:


■Telephone calls claiming victims are delinquent on payday loans.

■Online apartment, house rental and real estate scams used to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars.

■Denial-of-service attacks on cell phones and landlines used as a ruse to access victims’ bank accounts.

■Fake e-mails seeking donations to disaster relief efforts after last year’s earthquake in Haiti


Information security professionals can thwart web-based white-collar crime through awareness and preparation. EC-Council, a leading certification body organizesinformation security conference called TakeDown Conference, a highly technical security training conference with a platform that will allow participants to go through both hands on and real life scenario based training covering domains such as web application security, penetration testing and social engineering.

Ethical Hacking training is vital in helping curb Internet crime. EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 security professionals. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US federal government, National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), US Army, FBI, Microsoft and CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Team) of various nations. The UUS Department of Defense has included the CEH program into its Directive 8570, making it one of the mandatory standards to be achieved by Computer Network Defenders Service Providers (CND-SP).

Individuals who have achieved EC-Council certifications include those from some of the finest organizations around the world such as the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM and the United Nations. EC-Council has also been featured in internationally acclaimed publications and media including Fox Business News, CNN, The Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Gazette and The Economic Times as well as in online publications such as the ABC News, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston and Gulf News.


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Davison Mayor Pro Tem Tim Bishop Shares His Experiences on City Council with Michigan Elected Officials
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The Michigan Municipal League hosted a seminar called "Essential Skills for Elected Officials" in Mt. Pleasant Thursday, March 10, 2011. The event was attended by municipal council people from around the state, including, Mt. Pleasant, Shepherd, Saline, Davison, Fowlerville, Greenville and other communities. The session was moderated by Mary Kerwin, Troy city council member and president of the League’s Elected Officials Academy. The group learned about Michigan Municipal League Services from Bill Mathewson, the League’s general counsel; parliamentary procedure and conducting meetings properly from Coco Siewert, professional parliamentarian; and ethics for local government officials from William Beach, principal at Miller Canfield law firm. The afternoon session included Davison Mayor Pro Tem Tim Bishop and Mt. Pleasant Commissioner Jon Joslin discussing "10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Elected;" the League’s Samantha Jones Harkins, legislative associated, talking about Lobbying 101: The Art of Municipal Lobbying; Mathewson discussing the Michigan Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act; and Matt Bach, director of communications for the League, talking about working with the media. The League has several more education seminars scheduled this month and they can be viewed here: www.mml.org/events/calendar.htm. The League also will have its annual Capital Conference April 4-6 in Lansing. For details on Capital Conference go here: www.mml.org/events/conference/index.html. For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org.

Church’s anti-gay advert was freedom of expression: judge
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Freedom collects for disaster relief
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After-school program still in hot water
The DREAM after school program at Harris Elementary School in McAlmont is still in hot water despite months of wrangling by board members and others trying to resolve the private institution’s debt to the Pulaski County Special School District.
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