The summary of this act is as follows: “Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 – Prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in, or subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.
Considers harassment to be a form of discrimination.
Prohibits retaliation against anyone for opposing conduct they reasonably believe to be unlawful under this Act.
Authorizes federal departments and agencies to enforce these prohibitions by cutting off the educational assistance of recipients found to be violating them.
Allows an aggrieved individual to assert a violation of this Act in a judicial proceeding and recover reasonable attorney’s fees should they prevail.
Deems a state’s receipt of federal educational assistance for a program to constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity for conduct prohibited under this Act regarding such program.“
While this may sound innocent enough, maybe even good, what is neither innocent nor good but rather a symptom of our countries continued slide into hedonism and depravity is that fact the justification for this bill’s constitutionality is the infamous commerce clause. We should not be allowing our congressmen to get away with this nonsense.
If the constitution allows this, then the tenth amendment has no meaning (except that it was put in afterwards as an amendment and therefore trumps the commerce clause).
Please call or write your congressman/woman and ask them to call for the ejection of congressman Polis for this outrageous abuse of power.
A small film group has made a film called Farmageddon. Their previews imply that small organic farmers are being harrassed by various government entities with the apparent goal of drivng them out of business in favor of those farms that produce the standard grocery store type food. This fits with the grocery store unions heavy donations to various political parties. You pay the people who give theorders and write the rules they send the swat team over to “assisst” in searching the farm for ‘dangerous’ substances (regardless of the regulatory powers right to ban them) and in the mean time terrorize the family and employees of the farmers. Sounds like abuse of power to me.
According to Howard Nemerow at Pajamas Media the ATF has been claiming that no guns were walked in operation Fast and Furious, because ” According to the narrowest possible interpretation, a gun is walked only when an ATF agent physically places an AK-47 into the hands of a straw purchaser and then lets that straw purchaser walk out of sight.”
This is not good.
For those who don’t know, operation Fast and Furious involved the ATF attempting to track guns through strawman buyers to find a network of gun smugglers. I am unclear as to what evidence there is that there might be such a network. But, once again the rules and training were thrown out for a specific operation, with as near as I can tell from the House oversight committees report, no attempt being made to retrain agents. (Other instances in which changing the rules for a particular event have caused problems include such infamous instances as the Ruby Ridge incident, Waco Texas and the branch davidians, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.)
According to the House committee’s report, “ATF agents are trained to “follow the gun” and interdict weapons whenever possible. Operation Fast and Furious required agents to abandon this training.” Also, “ATF’s long-standing policy has been not to knowingly allow guns to “walk” into the hands of criminals. Yet DOJ and ATF used a 1989 ATF order to help justify allowing straw purchasers allegedly connected to Mexican drug cartels to illegally buy more than 1,800 weapons during Operation Fast and Furious.This is well beyond the scope of the original order which allows the agents to at their discretion allow guns to walk, while maintaining surveillance of the arms, ie. agents are not allowed to just let the guns go and see where they turn up. Instead this was setup by higher officials, not in direct contact with the situation, not allowing the agents, who were under the 1989 order given the discretion to let the guns travel while following them, to have the discretion to sieze these guns before they dissappeared.
The worst bit is that “Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, DOJ continues to deny that Operation Fast and Furious was ill-conceived and had deadly consequences.”. This is a good example of how not to handle a problem, stonewall and refuse to admit that anything went wrong or that it might not have been a good idea in the first place.
Update: According to Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com, “During an Oversight Committee hearing on June 15, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings stated the following: “No legitimate examination of this issue will be complete without analyzing our nation’s gun laws, which allow tens of thousands of assault weapons to flood into Mexico from the United States every year, including fifty caliber sniper rifles, multiple AK variants and scores of others. When Mexican President Calderon addressed Congress in May, he pleaded for us to stop fueling a full-scale drug war with military-grade assault rifles.”” So they allowed the guns to go through in order to try and get more government power isn’t this the definition of a false flag operation and abuse of power? The path to impeachment is now set.