I pay taxes to maintain the roads in Mahoning County. I pay taxes to pay a County Engineer to manage this activity. I pay taxes to provide a jail for incarcerating criminals in Mahoning County. I pay taxes to pay a Sheriff to manage this activity.
If having inmates fill potholes on the county roads is a cost effective use of my tax dollars, then it should be done. If it is not, then it should not.
The opinion of the union is irrelevant.
March 8, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
FB Wisdom - "My parents spanked me as a child. As a result, I now suffer from a psychological condition known as 'Respect for others.' "
March 8, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.
When I was a child, if I had come home and told my parents that a teacher had spanked, paddled, or struck me; their first and only question would be............"What did YOU do to deserve it??!!".........Then they would have decided how they were going to punish me for misbehaving in school, after I wrote my apology note to the teacher.
March 8, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.
I recall that in 2008 the left wing intelligencia described Sarah Palin's predictions about Russia invading Ukrain as "far-fetched", and she was widely mocked.
How did "far-fetched" turn into "predicting the obvious"?????
There probably is no response at this point, now that it is happening. Maybe if the occupant of the Whitehouse had been smart enough to see it coming there might have been some preventative actions. I guess we'll never know, will we??
BTW - Please don't mistake me for a fan of McCain or Palin, I never was. Palin never was qualified to be president; but I remember two things (1) She wasn't running to be the president (2) She was, and still is, more qualified than Barack Obama.
March 3, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.
Remember how Sarah Palin predicted the current Russia - Ukraine scenerio 6 years ago? At the time, the intelligencia laughed and mocked. How are we feeling about it now??? When can we expect the apologies to start rolling in????
March 3, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk “……..’We believe that our western partners and the entire global community will support the territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine,’ he said Sunday in Kiev.”
How sadly mistaken he is. The UN and EU are useless, and the USA is now truly a paper tiger with an empty suit in the White House.
As the Russian troops move into and through Crimea, we can all rest assured that President Obama's junior staff is working diligently on a harshly worded letter to President Putin and, if things don't change in a week or two, we can expect a stern tongue lashing from John Kerry to ensue. I'm sure Vlad is quaking in his boots.
In June 2010 President Barack Obama declared that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have "succeeded in resetting" the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries that had dipped to a dangerous low in recent years……..Fast forward to yesterday when the Russian parliament unanimously voted to grant President Vladimir Putin permission to mobilize the country's military in Ukraine and asked that the country's ambassador in Washington be recalled after earlier statements by President Obama. Also, several days ago, the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, a Russian Navy armed intelligence-gathering vessel docked 90 miles off the coat of the USA in Cuba and, on the same day, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia would establish permanent bases in Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Singapore, the Seychelle islands off Africa.
How's that "reset" going for our Organizer-in-Chief??? Putin would probably be a lot more scared if Obama could threaten to make him enroll in Obamacare.
The Cold War is back and this time, unlike 1945, we in the USA do not have an economic or military advantage, and we still have a socialist in the White House.
March 2, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.
Why is the Engineer discussing this with the union??
If having inmates fill potholes on the county roads is a cost effective use of my tax dollars, then it should be done. If it is not, then it should not. As far as I am concerned, the opinion of the union is irrelevant.
February 28, 2014 at 10:55 p.m.
Let's remember that the whole North Korea situation was originated by a UN "peace negotiation" back in 1952-53........and now they have nuclear weapons. How's that working-out for us??
The UN has always been useless, and now it is nothing more than a downright dangerous tool of the leftist brave new world tyrants.
Why do we continue to allow it to operate from within our borders? Why do we continue to support a tool of our own demise??
February 17, 2014 at 7:38 p.m.
It was easier than I thought to re-find the reference. The Wong Kim Ark decision references the exclusion of birthright citizenship for children born to members of forces in hostile occupation of the territories about 12 or 13 times:
………… “The interpretation of the constitution of the United States is necessarily influenced by the fact that its provisions are framed in the language of the English common law, and are to be read in the light of its history.' 124 U.S. 478 , 8 Sup. Ct. 569.”
“II. The fundamental principle of the common law with regard to English nationality was birth within the allegiance-also called 'ligealty,' 'obedience,' 'faith,' or 'power'-of the king……………………………..But the children, born within the realm, of foreign ambassadors, or the children of alien enemies, born during and within their hostile occupation of part of the king's dominions, were not natural-born subjects, because not born within the allegiance, the obedience, or the power, or, as would be said at this day, within the jurisdiction, of the king.”
………………… “The real object of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution, in qualifying the words 'all persons born in the United States' by the addition 'and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,' would appear to have been to exclude, by the fewest and fittest words (besides children of members of the Indian tribes, standing in a peculiar relation to the national government, unknown to the common law), the two classes of cases,- children born of alien enemies in hostile occupation, and children of diplomatic representatives of a foreign state,-both of which, as has already been shown, by the law of England and by our own law, from the time of the first settlement of the English colonies in America, had been recognized exceptions to the fundamental rule of citizenship by birth within the country. Calvin's Case, 7 Coke, 1, 18b; Cockb. Nat. 7; Dicey, Confl. Laws, 177; Inglis v. Sailors' Snug Harbor, 3 Pet. 99, 155; 2 Kent, Comm. 39, 42.”…………………………………..
February 11, 2014 at 9:23 p.m.
In the United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898), the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the claim for 14th Amendment birthright citizenship made by Wong Kim Ark, a child born to LEGAL Chinese immigrants while they were in the USA. In the majority opinion, however, the Court indicated that birthright citizenship would be excluded for children born to members of hostile forces occupying the territory of the USA. This was an indication by the Court that birthright citizenship is NOT absolute.
I discovered this several years ago in research on this topic. I no longer have the reference at my fingertips, but I will find it again and provide an appropriate link here as soon as I am able. I am not a law clerk, this may take a while. Please stand by.
I will also look at your Cato Institute link.
With regard to birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens being the law…….Yes, I do recognize that because of current misguided law and bad policy this is the current law. My point is that it does not have to be this way, and that a change of law and policy in this matter is NOT necessarily excluded by the Constitution.
February 11, 2014 at 8:50 p.m.