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Levin is both a genius and an idiot. A genius because he can analyze any event, position, or politician. An idiot because he still doesn't understand politics (why a con-con would be a disaster) and why we need impeachment hearings to get the toxic facts about "Obama" out to the public and why the Senate will be powerless to stop the momentum to dump him one way or another when the public finally sees the disease in the White House. Think Nixon times ten, Mark.
Trees with Character...Arches Natl Park, Utah
Brazilian Grape Tree (also known as Jabuticaba) does not use branches to grow fruits. It grows fruits (and flowers) directly on the trunk.
Holding On: This rock formation is called chapel rock, The tree you see on the rock is only kept alive by the root root bridge on the left. Amazing!
The Tule Tree, listed as one of the ten greatest trees in the world.
500 year old candelabra redwoods growing the "enchanted forest" on shady dell in California
The Angel Oak, Beloved Charleston Landmark. Thought to be the oldest Oak in North America , if not the World at over 1500 years old. Remarkable.Britain's Scariest Tree? <http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/115975603>
There is no constitutional convention
Mark Levin says in The Liberty Amendments that he used to oppose the idea of the state legislatures convening a convention to propose constitutional amendments.
“I used to buy the argument that it’s a constitutional convention until I actually read Article V,” said Levin.“There is no constitutional convention. It’s a convention for proposing amendments—proposing amendments.”
“I used to think, well, we’ll have a constitutional convention, the people today aren't nearly as bright as our original Framers, and we’ll have this runaway convention and the change of the government,” said Levin.
But after studying the language and history of Article V, Levin realized this was not the case, and given the current propensity of all three branches of the federal government to ignore the Constitution and its original meaning, he decided the time had come for the state legislatures to call for a convention to propose amendments that would renew the limits on federal power that the Framers intended the original Constitution to impose.
“There can be no runaway convention because three-fourths of the states still need to ratify [the amendments a convention proposes],” said Levin. “But we need to make it clear to the people in Washington that we do have a way out. There is a way forward. The states collectively, pressured by we the people, have enormous power.”
In addition to making the case that the state legislatures should call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution, Levin’s The Liberty Amendments also proposes a series of new amendments that Levin believes the convention should put up for ratification.
Some of the constitutional amendments Levin would like to see include imposing a 12-year limit on serving in Congress, returning the election of U.S. senators to state legislatures, requiring Congress to balance the budget and limiting federal spending to 17.5 percent of GDP, limiting federal taxation to 15 percent of an individual's or a corporation's earnings, empowering a special congressional committee to veto regulations issued by federal bureaucracies, prohibiting Congress from compelling anyone to participate in commerce (such as forcing them to buy health insurance), requiring Congress to publish the final text of any proposed legislation at least 30 days before holding a final vote on it, and requiring individuals to present a state-issued photo ID that establishes their identity and citizenship before they are allowed to register or vote.
still a baaaad idea.
and reader comment links.
There is no constitutional convention. It’s a convention for proposing amendments - proposing amendments.
Under the language and history of Article V, there can be no runaway convention because three-fourths of the states still need to ratify the amendments a convention proposes. The states collectively, pressured by we the people, have enormous power.
The Liberty Amendments:
These include imposing a 12-year limit on serving in Congress, returning the election of U.S. senators to state legislatures, requiring Congress to balance the budget and limiting federal spending to 17.5 percent of GDP, limiting federal taxation to 15 percent of an individual's or a corporation's earnings, empowering a special congressional committee to veto regulations issued by federal bureaucracies, prohibiting Congress from compelling anyone to participate in commerce (such as forcing them to buy health insurance), requiring Congress to publish the final text of any proposed legislation at least 30 days before holding a final vote on it, and requiring individuals to present a state-issued photo ID that establishes their identity and citizenship before they are allowed to register or vote.
still a constitutional convention, no matter how Levin spins it.
Read this and reader comment links ....
Also think about who sets the rules and controls it- READ Article V.
Why does Soros want one soooo badly?
Rich Country- Poor Country- WHY?
download attached file to learn why ....
What are the Fascists up to?
Here is the latest:
Dear MoveOn member,
Many of us have wrestled with intense emotions—sadness, anger, shock, and more—as we've followed the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
The police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has ignited weeks of demonstrations. Even though most protesters have been peaceful, police appeared armed with military-grade equipment.1 Reporters have been threatened and arrested by police while trying to report the story.2 The whole country has been watching what's happening in Ferguson.3
Many of us have asked: What can we do to ensure justice for Michael Brown? What is this awful situation revealing—or reminding us—about racism in America, police militarization, and the way our criminal justice system too often fails communities of color?
Many of us have been moved to take action. Nearly 150,000 MoveOn members joined ColorOfChange.org to call on the Department of Justice to intervene in the investigation into Michael Brown's death. That petition will be delivered next week in Washington, DC.
Tens of thousands of us added our names to MoveOn member and Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed's petition calling for an independent prosecutor in the case. And many of us have made phone calls, joined community protests and vigils, and more.
The vigils and national outcry have already had an impact in Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder—who came to meet with Ferguson residents in person—is overseeing a Department of Justice investigation.5 The FBI is conducting an investigation into civil rights abuses by the Ferguson police department.6 And a grand jury has been convened to determine if charges will be filed against Officer Darren Wilson.7
We still have much left to do and many complex issues to address before Ferguson—and America—can heal and move forward. There is no quick fix. But there are things we can all do right now to get involved in the push for justice.
One step you can take—if you haven't already—is to sign Senator Nasheed's petition calling for a special prosecutor to.... Faith leaders and local residents have joined Senator Nasheed in expressing serious doubts about whether the prosecutor in St. Louis County, who previously failed to charge officers for murdering two unarmed black men, will objectively investigate the officer responsible.8
There's also a huge amount of thoughtful online commentary that's been sparked by this tragedy. Whatever you're reading about Ferguson now, consider passing it along to a friend to keep the conversation going. Here's one option: This piece from MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" puts the story in a broader perspective in a conversation with Marq Claxton, a retired New York Police Department detective, and Phillip Agnew, founder of the young activist group Dream Defenders:
Together, let's continue to reflect, to speak out, and to take action.
Thanks for all you do.
–Corinne, Maria, Anna, Mark, and the rest of the team
3. "A Movement Grows in Ferguson," The New Yorker, August 17, 2014
4. "Concerns arise about prosecutor in Michael Brown case," CNN, August 20, 2014
"Missouri Governor Won't Replace Prosecutor in Michael Brown Probe," Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2014
5. "Jay Nixon: Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Over Supervision Of Security In Ferguson," Associated Press, August 14, 2014
6. "FBI Will Investigate Death of Black Teenager in Missouri," The Washington Post, August 11, 2014
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Pretty muddled piece. They mix in the heavy-handed response to peaceful protesters and media (true), while the rioters tore apart the city without much opposition. Pretty ineffective police work. Then they decry the "racist" killing of Brown, which actually appeared to be fairly justified and not "racist", based on information coming to light.