Archive for March 6th, 2012

Posted on March 6, 2012

A person who shoots or otherwise injures an intruder cannot be sued under a bill that has passed the Utah Legislature.
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Self Defense/Castle Doctrine

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66-year-old Dianne Stracener was home alone in Oklahoma City, Okla. when she heard suspicious noises around her house. Stracener retrieved a gun, went to investigate and came upon an intruder inside the home. A physical struggle ensued, in which Stracener shot and killed the home invader.

Police were supportive of Ms. Stracener’s actions, with Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City police noting, “Obviously if she felt threatened, if she felt that she had the risk of some type of bodily harm or even death, she did have the right to defend herself there on the property.” Stracener’s neighbor James Arnette also showed his support, telling local media, “If it would have happened to me, I would’ve done the same thing… At that time, you want to do the best thing you can to stop something like that and that ‘Make My Day’ law, that’s what it’s all about.” (KFOR, Oklahoma City, Okla. 03/01/12)

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Your Immediate Action Needed – Contact Your Senator Now

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 350 and an employee protection amendment proposed by state Senator Don Balfour (R-9) will be considered and voted on in the Georgia Senate.  The time has come for action and we now need your help more than ever.  The Balfour amendment, in conjunction with SB 350, is an essential amendment that would protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners to keep firearms in their locked private vehicles while at work.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has consistently tried their strong arm tactics behind the scenes with elected officials and told lies about the Balfour amendment.  Don’t allow the Georgia Chamber to infringe on your right to self-defense!

Your state Senator needs to hear from you!  Please contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 350 and the crucial Balfour amendment!  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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Updated 11:43 p.m. Eastern Time

After declining to tell a CNN reporter who she voted for in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Sarah Palin told Fox Business Network Tuesday evening that she had cast a ballot for Newt Gingrich at her caucus site in Wasilla, Alaska. 

“I have appreciated what he has stood for, stood boldly for,” she said. “He has been the underdog in many of these primary races and these caucuses and I’ve respected what he has stood for…my preference tonight was for the cheerful one.” (Gingrich chose “cheerful” when asked to describe himself in one word at a recent presidential debate.)

Palin said her husband Todd, who accompanied her to the caucus site, declined to vote because he is an independent.  Todd Palin has previously endorsed Gingrich. 

Gingrich overwhelmingly won his home state of Georgia on Tuesday, but did not win any other state, and appears to have lost out to Rick Santorum in the battle to become the consensus alternative to frontrunner Mitt Romney. 

Palin also said in the interview that while she will support Romney if he is the nominee, “To be brutally honest…he’s not garnering a lot of that enthusiasm right now” because Republicans are worried he is only winning because he has more money than his rivals.

Stopped after voting by a CNN reporter earlier in the day, Palin would say only that she wanted “to see the process continue.”

“I do believe that competition makes all of our candidates better,” she told the cable network. “Remember, there are five men running for president, and I think Barack Obama is the worst choice, is the last choice. So the four in front of him, as they duke it out in the arena of ideas and solutions to propose, the more of that, the better.”

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also declined to rule out a presidential run in 2016, first telling CNN that “anything in this life, in this world is possible.”

“Anything is possible for an American,” she told CNN. “And I don’t discount any idea or plan that at this point isn’t in my control.”

Pressed on whether she would seriously consider a run, she said she would “seriously consider whatever I can do to help our country to put things back on the right track.”

“Anything that I can do to help, I will be willing to help,” said Palin. Later, when asked if she would enter the 2012 race if there is a contested Republican presidential convention, she replied: “As I say, anything is possible.”

“And I don’t close any doors that perhaps would be open out there,” she said. “So, no, I wouldn’t close that door. And my plan is to be at that convention.”

Asked about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh and his criticism of law student Sandra Fluke for her push for greater access to contraception, Palin said it is “the definition of hypocrisy is for Rush Limbaugh to have been called out, forced to apologize and retract what it is that he said in exercising his First Amendment rights.”

Palin went to argue that the same standard is not applied “to the leftist radicals who say such horrible things about the handicapped, about women, about the defenseless.”

Palin’s appearance on CNN was a rare one since she became a paid analyst for Fox News.

She appeared to have decided to do the interview because the network had sent a reporter to the state, saying, “thank you guys for being up here in Wasilla and covering this, because every vote counts.”

“We thought we weren’t going to get busted walking through here today, and here you are,” Palin quipped as the CNN camera caught her husband Todd waiting for Palin to wrap up the interview.

When reporter Paul Vercammen told Palin that he thanked her “profusely” for stopping, she responded with a smile, “You are a lucky dude that I did. Thank you.”

On Fox Business, she explained her decision not to reveal her vote to CNN and then do so during her Fox appearance.

“It is tough for me to spin out of a question like that when it comes from a Fox reporter,” she said. “If it comes from another reporter, I can spin out of it. Since it came from you, I will tell you, I won’t sound like a politician and I will tell you who I voted for tonight.”

HBO defends Palin portrayal in “Game Change”

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President Barack Obama probably
bolstered his strength with U.S. Jewish voters and the Israeli
government with his pronouncement that he’ll use military force
if needed to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

“He sounded tougher and therefore probably helped himself
with American Jewish voters,” said Elliott Abrams, who was
deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush.

“The question really is, did he help himself in a way
that’s going to last more than a week?” said Abrams, now a
senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
“I’m not so sure of that.”

The confrontation with Iran dominated Obama’s agenda for
the past three days as he met with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and addressed the biggest pro-Israel lobby
group. It also has emerged as the top foreign policy issue in
the presidential campaign.

Obama won in 2008 with 78 percent of Jewish voters,
according to national exit polls. This year the three leading
Republican contenders, seeking to undermine that support, accuse
Obama of failing to back Israel as he’s argued for more time for
sanctions to derail Iran’s ambitions.

Obama challenged his critics at a news conference
yesterday, saying they were engaging in “a lot of bluster and a
lot of big talk” and exhibited a “casualness” about
committing U.S. troops to the battlefield.

Ruling Out Containment

The president’s declaration that he won’t settle for
containing a nuclear-armed Iraq and will act militarily if
sanctions and increasing international pressure don’t work may
have bought the president time, both with Israel and with U.S.
voters, said Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman,
Obama supporter, and president of the Washington-based S. Daniel
Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

“I don’t think there can be any question about the fact
the events of the last week have helped the president enormously
in a political sense,” Wexler said.

Netanyahu, visiting members of Congress yesterday, said
he’ll return home “feeling that we have great friends in
Washington.” A day earlier, at a White House meeting with Obama
and in a speech to Aipac, Netanyahu emphasized their areas of
agreement while also reserving Israel’s right to act on its own.

Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror said
“there’s more clarity now” about the U.S. position, giving
Israel a greater comfort level about its ability to defend
itself against an Iranian threat.

Iran’s Behavior

Abrams cautioned that goodwill toward Obama at home and
abroad may be undercut by Iran’s behavior in a new round of
negotiations; Obama’s temptation to use a “nastier” partisan
tone with Republican presidential rivals; a history of frosty
relations between Obama and Netanyahu, and Israel’s greater
sense of urgency about stopping Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

The president’s drive to clarify his Iran stance began with
an interview published March 2 in the Atlantic magazine. That
was followed by Obama’s March 4 speech to the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee and a March 5 meeting at the White
House with Netanyahu.

Yesterday’s news conference, on the same day that the
Republican candidates competed in nominating contests in 11
states, also coincided with end of the annual Aipac policy
conference in Washington.

The three leading Republican presidential contenders, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, addressed Aipac earlier
in the day, accusing Obama of not taking strong enough steps to
stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Challenge on Plans

If they think the U.S. should take military action, “they
should say so,” Obama said.

“When you actually ask them specifically what they would
do, it turns out they repeat the things that we’ve been doing
over the last three years,” he said without naming his critics.
“That’s more about politics than actually trying to solve a
difficult problem.”

Obama said the steps he’s taken to isolate Iran, hobble its
economy and bring international pressure on the government in
Tehran is the right course.

He repeated that the U.S. wants to give ever-tightening
sanctions more time to work in the standoff with Iran and there
is a “window of opportunity” for a diplomatic solution. He
also said the U.S. “will not countenance Iran getting a nuclear

Wexler said that approach was reassuring.

“The vast majority of Jewish Americans do not want a
chest-thumping president that is creating more anxiety than need
be,” he said. “They want to see a sober president with a
deliberate plan to stop the Iranian nuclear quest and that is
precisely what President Obama outlined.”


Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who also
met with Netanyahu last month, said the Israeli leader may have
been concerned that the U.S. was moving toward accepting
containment of Iran.

“He’ll probably be less concerned about that now,” he

Nadler said several constituents from his district told him
at the Aipac conference that “they felt reassured” by Obama.
“And they should.”

Obama’s Aipac charm offensive included other administration
officials. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice quoted a
biblical passage in Hebrew about brotherhood to a room full of
clergy at the Aipac conference before a private question-and-
answer session, said Rabbi Jack Moline of the Agudas Achim
Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, a Conservative

Conservative Rabbis

Moline, who is director of public policy for the Rabbinical
Assembly, a professional association for Conservative rabbis,
said it’s too soon to say how Obama’s effort reassures American
Jews and Israelis.

At Aipac, Moline said, the rabbis gave Rice a standing
ovation and later sang to her. “When rabbis sing it’s a good
thing; when they chant it’s not,” he said.

Representative Steve King, a New York Republican and
frequent Obama critic, said that, for now, “the president is
holding his own” on Iran and that the verdict “is going to
depend on what happens in the next few months.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who met
with Netanyahu in Israel last month, said that Obama’s
“statement about containing a nuclear armed Iran was good.
There will be a lot of bipartisan support for that concept.”

Sanctions are more effective “if the Iranians believe
military force could be a reality.”

The timing of any Israeli strike against Iran, Graham said,
was largely beyond the president’s control.

“Politically, here’s the problem: I don’t think any prime
minister of Israel — right, left or center — would let the
window close on their ability militarily to author their own
destiny,” Graham said.

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