Question by Bob J: In comparison to the United States Constitution, how difficult is it to amend State constitutions?
The United States Constitution is much easier to amend.
They are both very difficult to amend.
Some State constitutions are easier to amend, but most are more difficult
State constitutions are relatively easy to amend.
Answer by wartz My state California, is much easier. It took a majority vote of the voters last week. The US Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of congress to send an amendment to the states and approval by 3.4 of them before it is ratified.
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This morning, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, called upon members of the Oklahoma State Senate to prove that religious freedom is state policy in Oklahoma. This demand comes on the heels of the passage last night of legislation (HB 1645) in the Oklahoma House of Representatives that would “strictly prohibit” individuals from wearing “head scarves” and “head garments” in driver’s license photographs. Members of the House voted 88-8 in favor of the measure.
According to an editorial in a local newspaper, the legislation was introduced by Oklahoma Rep. Rex Duncan in response to news that a Muslim woman was allowed to wear a hijab in her driver’s license photograph at her local Department of Motor Vehicles. Because the proposed law forbids all headcoverings, the religious rights of observant Sikhs who wear religiously-mandated dastaars (Sikh turbans) are in jeopardy. Observant Jews, Muslims, and Christians are also affected, as are other individuals who are required to wear religious headcoverings.
Founded in South Asia by Guru Nanak over 500 years ago, the Sikh religion is the fifth largest religion in the world, with more than 25 million followers worldwide and approximately 700,000 adherents in the United States. The dastaar is worn by observant Sikhs as a reminder of their relationship with God and their obligation to promote the Sikh belief in universal equality.
When SALDEF contacted Rep. Duncan on February 27, 2009 to express concern and elicit clarification about his motives, his office denied having knowledge of the issue. Now, SALDEF is working alongside the ACLU of Oklahoma and other coalition partners to persuade the Oklahoma State Senate to ensure that a religious exemption is carved out of the proposed legislation.
“We look forward to educating Mr. Duncan and his colleagues about religious freedom,” said Rajdeep Singh Jolly, Legal Director of SALDEF. “We also call upon all religious communities, civil rights organizations, and concerned citizens throughout the nation to demand that the government of Oklahoma clarifies its commitment to protecting civil rights in the 21st century.”
For additional information on a similar issue in Minnesota, click here:
Minn. Muslims Oppose Bill Banning Hijab on Driver’s Photos.
Ten years ago I was a freshman in college sitting in a physics classroom. I watched the 9/11 attacks on TV with my professors and classmates. When we first saw the towers go down, our initial conclusion was that they had been blown up. I left campus that day with a friend and drove out to the country expecting a scene like the movie “Red Dawn” to unfold. When nothing happened I went back to my normal way of student life and never thought about or questioned what I saw on TV that day until 4 years later when I watched a documentary about the attacks which piques my interest. I began my research as a skeptic with scientific training and background, but soon began to uncover overwhelming evidence of a larger conspiracy. I decided to devote all my time towards uncovering and exposing the truth in order to bring justice to the thousands who lost their lives that tragic day. This video is a compilation of all the best evidence I have found in the past 6 years of research I have done into 9/11. My aim is to encourage viewers to support the victim’s families plea for a new investigation of 9/11 and give them the specific areas and people who I feel should be investigated most. Thanks, please comment below if you would like additional sources and research material for topics covered in this video. John Oneil (Able Danger) flight training: 1. Four hijackers’ ID’d as al-Qaeda before 9/11, officer says www.usatoday.com 2. 9/11 Commission’s Staff Rejected Report on Early … Video Rating: 4 / 5
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turksih Prime Minister is quite upbeat after the results of the Constitutional Referrendum came pouring out which was held on sunday. It has paved the way for loosening the military grip over Turkey though based on secualr credentials and also the Judicial Superiority, in the words of Turkish educational Minister, ‘Judicial Dictatorship’. The acceptance of Constitutional Reform Package by the majority of Turkish citizens with 26 amendments has added to the personal image of Erdogan. His long-cherished dream of joining the European community is going to be materialised. Of what benefit it would bring about to Turkey still remains a question mark.
The very concept of the European community proved to be step in the wrong direction especially with it plunging into recession. The adoption of Euro as the currency by the 27 member community was a Himalayan blunder. In Kafkasque parlance a ‘ludicrous bungling’. Most recent phenomenon being the recession in Greece and it is a public secret that Greek Prime Minister George Pappandreau in his marathon efforts to rescue the Greek economy, in the words of economists – the great Greek tragedy – had to fly all the way to other member countries of EU and World financial institutions like International Monetary Fund, pleading for generous help to have a breathing space in his home soil. The EU members like Germany under Angela Merkel, already reeling under recession hesitated first citing domestic, economic situation but Greece being a member of EU had to be rescued at any cost the member countries contributed their mite hesitatingly though. IMF with the attitude of a Shylock provided funds in part ofcourse with many strings attached.
Consequently Pappandreau was forced to introduce austerity measures like hiking the pension age to 65 years, reduce the pension and salary amounts, slowing down the recruitment drive to the consternation and massive protests across Greece inviting violent clashes.
During the formation of European Community Britain didn’t concede to embrace Euro as its currency, instead stuck to its own currency Pound Sterling. Like all European nations, Britain too was a sufferer of recession, true, their sticking to Pound Sterling paid dividends. The Euro – adopted countries, on the other hand could not but extricate themselves that easily. Euro established itself and it was there to stay.
Talking about Turkey, in the referrendum held by Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development Party (AKP) 58 percent of the electorate out of the 78 percent turnout chose to favour democracy, of course based on secularism thus enabling Turkey to join the European community.
Turkey has already established the prominence in the region being a powerful player, many countries of equal importance like the Latin American countries Brazil, Venezeula and the West Asian countries like Iran joining company with it.
Six months back, Lula Da De Silva, President of Brazil and Hugo Chavez, Venezeula President met with Erdogan in Turkey and signed an agreement on the hot issue of Iran’s low enrichment of Uranium to convert into isotopes obviously with the concurrence of Iranian authorities. After signing the agreement US the proclaimed enemy of Iran went on with its decision to impose sanctions on America with the five permanent members of UN Security Council and the sanctions came into force. Russia and China initially were with Iran being the latter’s friendly nations but succumbed to constant pressure of US authorities.
Turkey till a few months back, though was in good terms with Israel also that ‘bonhomie’ lasted not long.
A Turkish charity boat sailing to the shores of Palestine with relief supplies to distribute among the impoverished citizens at the Gaza strip, captured by Israeli commandos, and they shot dead some of the occupants of the boat including NGOs in the International waters violating all norms to the wrath of nations across the world. Similarly a few other boats were also blocked and captured by them paying no heed to the protests of nations around the world.
Erdogan upset and angered over the incident, burst out condemning Israel in no uncertain terms. Now that with the impending accession to EU community he might be nurturing ambitions of emerging more powerful in the International fora, how far he would be able to succeed remains to be seen.
Please visit my website : www.reflectnews.com At the very outset,let me introduce myself to you. My name is K.R.Surendran,hailing from a village called Pulluvazhy near Perumbavoor.Five books in Malayalam are there to my credit now,and they are “Pooviriyumkunninte- Santhathikal”(Stories),Gloriyayude Dinarathrangal”(Stories), “Mumbai- Sketchukal”(Novelettes), and \”Indiayude Bhoopadam\” (Novel) and “Pulluvazhy”(novel). Please visit my website: www.reflectnews.com At the very outset,let me introduce myself to you. My name is K.R.Surendran,hailing from a village called Pulluvazhy near Perumbavoor.Five books in Malayalam are there to my credit now,and they are “Pooviriyumkunninte- Santhathikal”(Stories),Gloriyayude Dinarathrangal”(Stories), “Mumbai- Sketchukal”(Novelettes), and “Indiayude Bhoopadam” (Novel) and “Pulluvazhy” (Novel). An English novel penned by me -“Some Grassway Realitites With A Romantic Touch”- has been published recently.
When checking out investments in Latin America, don’t miss intangible benefits that might not contribute directly to the bottom line, but that could make you freer, wealthier and happier as a person. Peter Macfarlane investigates the hidden benefits of Latin Investing such as tax benefits, asset protection and even a new passport…
For most investments, the bottom line is of course the most important. But one of the very attractive advantages of alternative investments is that they are not just digits on a screen. Frequently, they also carry significant fringe benefits that, while not contributing directly to the bottom line, play an important role in the investment itself and in the investor’s longer term strategic planning.
These fringe benefits may be pure fun, or perhaps social status – like inviting friends over to sample the latest vintage from your own winery. But as the traditional financial system remains far from predictable, and the outlook for 2010 remains gloomy, you might be surprised to learn that savvy investors are turning in droves to alternative Latin-American investments as a conservative ‘safe haven’ for serious asset protection purposes.
Longtime international speculator Doug Casey, who authored The International Man back in 1976, recently wrote that “a wise man … doesn’t allow himself to be limited by an accident of birth.” Casey predicts that we are “heading into a currency crisis for the record books, and I think you can plan your life around some type of foreign exchange controls. If you don’t get significant assets out of your home country now, you may soon find it costly and very difficult to do so.”
Whether you agree with that prediction or not, there are several very good reasons to diversify into hard international assets – things like real estate or physical gold bullion.
For a start, there are the tax benefits. If you are managing an investment portfolio today, chances are your geographic location is not really that important. Day-to-day management of your portfolio can be carried out from anywhere there is a laptop and broadband. So more and more investors and managers have realized that they just don’t need to be located in a high tax, high cost country.
The majority of Latin American countries have territorial tax systems – meaning that if you are officially resident there, you are only taxable on your local source income. Anything you do outside the country of residence is tax free as far as they are concerned, so you don’t even need to bother declaring it. This contrasts starkly with North America and Europe where the rule of thumb is that your home country taxes you on your worldwide income.
By living – even part time – in one country while overseeing investments in another, you can therefore legally slash your tax bill at a stroke. Some countries, like Uruguay and Panama, are particularly attractive in this regard, having passed business-friendly legislation designed specifically to attract this kind of international investment management business. They recognize that even though it doesn’t produce tax revenue directly, it stimulates the local economy and provides work for local professionals, banks and businesses.
Other countries offer ‘pensionado’ or ‘qualified retired person’ programs that grant specific tax exemptions to retired foreigners taking up residence. If you don’t feel ready to retire yet, bear in mind that some of these ‘retirees’ are much younger than you might expect – qualifying for the programs simply by proving that they have sufficient regular income from abroad to maintain a quality lifestyle. ‘Retirement’ to them might mean waking up to the sound of the ocean in their beautiful beachfront properties, logging on to check how much money they made overnight, working on the internet for a few hours a day, and travelling a few days a month to oversee their investments in person.
Ah, I hear you saying, but there is one big problem with this strategy – if you happen to be a US citizen. The USA is the only country in the world that taxes its non-resident citizens. A Brit or Canadian who moves his official residence to Belize or Uruguay won’t have to worry about home country taxes any more, but his American cousin will. It’s not quite as dire as it sounds, since there are still substantial benefits to Americans living overseas, that a competent international tax lawyer can help you with. But the only way Americans can legally unshackle themselves completely from the IRS is by renouncing US citizenship.
Many are doing just that. But before taking the drastic step of giving up a US passport, another citizenship is required. Millions of US citizens are actually entitled to European or other passports based on ancestry, though the bureaucracy involved can be quite lengthy. That’s why the Caribbean states of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Commonwealth of Dominica both offer ‘economic citizenship’ programs, effectively ‘selling’ citizenships and passports for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Years ago most of the takers were Russians, then came the Chinese, and now most of the buyers are Americans.
All this brings me to another big fringe benefit of investing in Latin America: most Latin American countries are relatively liberal when it comes to naturalization – the granting of citizenship based on a period of residence or other ‘connection’ with the country. 2-5 years is the norm. This already short period can often be speeded up even more based, for example, on marriage or on birth of a child in-country. Frequently the processing time on top of the officially-designated residence period can be a year or more – but one has to consider that citizenship via this method is almost free.
Demonstrating some connection with the country is a necessity, but this requirement can be easily fulfilled by owning real estate or investing in a local business. So smart second citizenship seekers should be looking for attractive business opportunities in Latin America rather than investing hundreds of thousands on small, hurricane-prone islands in the Caribbean.
The biggest benefit of going global for me, however, is intangible. If I had to sum it up in a word, it would have to be ‘freedom.’ In the same article on expatriation, Doug Casey continued:
“A crisis (and this will be a very real one) always draws exhortations from the authorities to ‘unite’ and ‘pull together’ – which usually boils down to following orders and turning in those who don’t. People will want, and will get, ‘strong leadership.’ This does not bode well for libertarians, classical liberals, and free thinkers, in general. . . I suggest you at least consider the possibility of transplanting yourself, or at least start by transplanting some assets. Don’t look at it as a negative thing. The world is your oyster. Make the most of it.”
Although bureaucracy in Latin America can be overwhelming at times, it is relatively easy to cut through. There is less regulation than in the US in particular, and more reliance on common sense and individual responsibility. People don’t sue each other over the least little thing.
Doug is currently involved in developing a community for like-minded individuals in northern Argentina, not too far from Bolivia and Paraguay. The idea being that with the world in constant commotion, it’s good to have a ‘Plan B’ – a place far from the madding crowd that is entirely self-sufficient in terms of food, water and energy – and even wine!
The buyers in such communities, many of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, are not crazy doomsayers. Most of them are patriotic Americans, serious investors and hard-working entrepreneurs, who hope things will never get that bad – but they sleep sounder at night knowing they have a bolt-hole prepared and assets in place if the worst case scenario plays out. And, lest we forget, they are hoping to pocket a healthy profit on their Latin American real estate investment over the medium to long term.
As with any investment, due diligence in this area is extremely important. But next time you check out an investment, look around for hidden side benefits as well as the cold, hard figures. Treat it not just as a way to increase the number of dollars in the bank, but as a way to diversify, learn and protect the assets of your family by investing in something with a built-in back-up plan.
Peter Macfarlane is joint editor of The Q Wealth Report (http://www.qwealthreport.com) a leading privately published newsletter covering how to preserve, create and enhance your freedom, wealth and privacy in a secure international environment. Visit the Q Wealth website to read more articles on this topic or to sign up for their free newsletter.
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The BIG Debate: US Foreign Policy and the War in Iraq Part 1 www.youtube.com Part 2 www.youtube.com Part 3 www.youtube.com Part 4 www.youtube.com Part 5 www.youtube.com Part 6 www.youtube.com Part 7 www.youtube.com Libertarians Ron Paul & Doug Casey vs. Conservatives Larry Abraham & Dinesh D’Souza Summary of points raised by Ron Paul: * In general, in the past those who advocated non-intervention won elections. * The constitution did not give permission to the US government to initiate wars of aggression and that was for good reason. * The constitution notes that war should only be waged after a declaration of war from congress. * The founders’ advice was to talk to people, trade with them, but not intervene in the internal affairs of other nations. * There are many unintended consequences of intervention. As more intervention has taken place over the 20th century, people around the world have become resentful of US foreign policy. This resentment has created blowback as extremist organizations have become motivated to attack the US based on its interventionist foreign policy. * If a non-intervention policy is hard to accept, consider what intervention looks like from the other side. What would we think if the Chinese had troops within our borders and they were teaching us to live like the Chinese and teaching us their religion and their laws? We would be outraged and we would fight to remove their presence. * When Ronald Reagan sent troops to Lebanon and reversed his … Video Rating: 4 / 5
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