While we wait to hear the fate of the prison of Standish, MI, let’s put together the facts. The facility is one of a few in the U.S.that may be used to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Bart Stupak, Congressman of the 1st District, is enthusiastic about the idea, and helped suggest his district as a home to the Gitmo prisoners. He first suggested an Upper Peninsula prison, but settled on Standish, which was due to close November 1st, 2009, 150 miles from Dearborn.
The town is divided on the issue, but efforts led by Dave Munson, and Kelly Kimball to oppose the transfer to the small prison town seem effective. Munson has testified in Washington D.C., and Kimball has been involved with protesting the move.
Although interested in the prospects of keeping the prison open, since it is the town’s major employer, the City council of Standish changed their minds about housing the detainees. The council wanted some questions answered about the move because they noted that not a lot of information is being offered by the administration, nor from Stupak.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of the United States agrees to hear a case involving Chinese Muslims, or “Uighurs” and refuses to hear a case from a Yemeni detainee. The Uighurs are pushing to enjoy a free life on American soil.
Just like a slap to reality, a Detroit Imam was shot by the FBI in Dearborn. Luqman Ameen Abdullah was “‘advocating and encouraging his followers to commit violent acts against the United States,’ FBI agent Gary Leone said in an affidavit…” The leader of the radical U.S. Sunni Muslim group has members that are, “mostly are black and some converted to Islam while in prisons across the United States.” Abdullah’s son was arrested in Canada.
Gordon Cullulu, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, who spoke at a town hall in October in Standish, wrote a very detailed and informative article for Human Events, dealing with the real threat to the citizenry of Standish with examples from across the globe to back it up. Cullulu writes, “The mythical 1,000 promised jobs, the lure that continues to entice naive officials, would be filled not by state Department of Corrections personnel but by federal employees. As of latest reporting the administration plans a hybrid system of confinement – some military personnel, others in the Federal Corrections system – but little or no local hiring.”
With little information from the Obama Administration, it leaves me to guess that Standish is still on the table. In an email I received from my friend, Tim Sumner, a retired U.S. Army NCO and co-founder of 911 Families For a Safe & Strong America, more information:
Tim writes, “You see, the largest number of detainees fit into Category C: too dangerous to release but not enough evidence to prosecute them. Out of the 215 remaining at Gitmo, about 60 will be prosecuted, about 60 will be (at some point) offloaded to other nations, and about 100 are Category C detainees. The latter are not going to be spread around in either prisons or military brigs because 1) the Geneva Convention says detainees can’t be placed in prisons with common criminals, 2) military brigs are for the common criminals who happen to have been in the military at the time of their crimes, and 3) it would spread the security concerns to those brigs.
So, what seems to be the plan?
Detainees change status from war criminal to federal defendant if charged under Article III. Thus, they can be housed in federal prisons and the administration has opened up 40 beds at Supermax.
The Navy brig in Charleston was toured in October by the Assistant Vice-Deputy Undersecretary of Semi-Defense for Detaining Overseas Operating Contingents (too much?) and those charged with war crimes and prosecuted by Military Commissions might go to a nearby national guard base that the brig there also controls. In other words, that part of the plan remains fuzzy.
Standish is still very much on the Category C table. If that is the decision, Obama will likely throw the town some money “from his stash” to keep the sewer system running in the black yet he will restore not one prison job to the locals as it will be DOD operated with DOJ oversight.”
I remain convinced that this possible move is a direct threat to the 1st District of Michigan, and the fact that Bart Stupak is all for it knowing what we know, means he is either clueless or evil. I was against this move when I first heard of it, I am even more convinced now that this move, though not inevitable right now, is the stupidest thing ever considered and is against both the nation’s interest and Michigan’s.
Last night on PBS my husband watched as the network begged for more pledges. Their feature was a story about Pete Seeger. The show glorified the man as a legend and gave negative views on the patriots who disagreed with his politics. The feature was so biased in Seeger’s world view, that clearly the producers of PBS believed that Communism and the American way of life are inextricably linked.
My husband called the number given and asked the pledge taker, “You guys are playing this show about Pete Seeger?”
The pledge taker proudly said, “Yes we are!”
My husband said, “The man is a Communist! This is not right, PBS is funded by taxpayers!”
She didn’t have anything to say, so he hung up.
Consider Jimmy Carter’s racist campaign of 1970.
I don’t hate all peanut farmers, just this one.
I was apprehensive at first, considering the title, but Jeffrey Lord hit the nail on the head.
His column at The American Spectator, is a great read and I am glad I clicked on it despite the title.
But like Ted Kennedy, Sarah Palin has a gift. An ability to make Americans focus on the issue of the day — and likewise the head of the table ability to lead the country in a specific direction. In fact, she just did it on health care, making her sentiments plain with a Kennedy-style “Robert Bork’s America” pronouncement. No other losing vice-presidential candidate in American history has drawn this kind of attention — whether the passionate applause or the enraged disdain — as Sarah Palin.
“Did you hear what Sarah Palin said today?”
There was a town hall meeting in Standish, Michigan today regarding accepting Guantanamo Prisoners in the maximum security prison there, the area’s largest employer. I was not able to be there, but my friend Tim Sumner of 911 Families For a Safe and Strong America has a detailed story about it. Tim and Debra Burlingame head up the aforementioned 911 website, and Deb spoke today at the Standish town hall. Debra Burlingame is the sister of the pilot of the airliner that was flown by terrorists into the pentagon on September 11th, 2001.
When I looked at my email this evening, I found a message from Move America Forward. It is below in it’s entirety, but I have one tiny problem with it. I explain the disagreement below.
STANDISH, MICH. RESIDENTS TURN AGAINST OBAMA
Move America Forward
NO GITMO TERRORISTS IN AMERICA!
MICHIGAN RESIDENTS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST LEAKED OBAMA PLAN TO BRING TERRORISTS TO THEIR COMMUNITY
In Standish, Mich., site of a nearly vacant prison, residents are beginning to realize that the Obama Administration is serious about bringing terrorists to the United States, where they will quickly achieve the rights that should be reserved ONLY for Americans and those legally here.
Jennifer Granholm, the governor of Michigan, fears for her political life. She has been desperately seeking an alternative to the Obama plan, such as California or Pennsylvania sending prisoners to the Standish correctional facility. With recent news that California can’t afford to pay the costs of housing their inmates in Michigan, the governor is running out of ideas.
Fortunately, residents of Standish are starting to recognize that it isn’t worth the risk of bringing more than 230 of the most dangerous Islamic radicals in the world to a small town that could be potentially vulnerable. Not only will these Islamic extremists try to recruit from within the prison population, think of the undesirable elements that will come to town to be close to these murderous cut-throats.
In Standish, Mich., restaurant owner David Munson is organizing a community forum to oppose the potential transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the local prison, which is facing budget cuts and likely to shut it down.
“We don’t want the Guantanamo people there,” he told FOXNews.com. “And we felt like the situation was moving way too quickly to bring the Guantanamo people here.”FOX NEWS
Obama is trying to shove Gitmo on America without listening to the opposition from the American people, just like he did with the bailouts, the take-over of the auto industry, the trillion dollars of wasteful spending and now his health insurance bill that would lead to a complete federalization of medicine. Too fast, no accountability, no communication with stakeholders, like the American people who might be under attack, and no consideration of the danger posed by these detainees.
We can choose to put our own national security at risk, or we can continue to hold the terrorists at Gitmo, where an ideal facility has been built that abides by all international laws and is tailor-made for the purpose of housing these evil terrorists. The choice seems obvious: If it’s not BROKEN, don’t try to FIX IT!
The only reason Obama has for doing this is to appease his fringe left-wing constituency, which would like to see the terrorists go free, and to reassure weak-kneed European governments that America would rather be an appeaser than a strong leader. But we cannot do it alone. We need your support so we can keep the fight going before it is too late and terrorists are literally on your doorstep.Move America Forward is fighting to
keep GITMO where it belongs, IN GITMO!
We do not want GITMO in AMERICA, make a contribution
today to keep the terrorists out of the U.S.!
The FOX article says that the organizer of today’s town hall meeting was an early supporter of bringing the terrorists over to Standish, but after talking to Representative Pete Hoekstra, he changed his mind.
Hoekstra, he said, told him the presence of Gitmo detainees could endanger the lives of prison guards and their families as well as the entire community, which would become the target of jihadists.
Earlier this week, Hoekstra said that Obama’s administration has been making wild claims to the locals, trying to sell them on the idea that they will reap massive economic benefits from housing the terrorists. His stimulus plan has already been proven to be a failure, just a big waste of taxpayer money. Now he is trying to bamboozle Americans into thinking it is good for the economy to have terrorists in our country.
Last week, the Michigan Republican sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, asking them to allow him to lead a delegation of state officials and media to the Guantánamo prison to gain a better understanding of associated risks. But he said he hasn’t heard back from either of them.
“I’m getting a little frustrated with the administration,” Hoekstra said. “They’re making all kinds of promises and ‘commitments’ to local officials that they’re not willing to share with Members of Congress. I think it’s flat out wrong.”Michigan Messenger
Now, I don’t have a problem with Move America Forward, I love them, they are focused and fighting this fight seemingly alone. However, I have to disagree with this paragraph,
“Jennifer Granholm, the governor of Michigan, fears for her political life. She has been desperately seeking an alternative to the Obama plan, such as California or Pennsylvania sending prisoners to the Standish correctional facility. With recent news that California can’t afford to pay the costs of housing their inmates in Michigan, the governor is running out of ideas.”
Call me cynical, but Jennifer Granholm is not in fear of the end of her career. She is Barry’s girl! She is exactly like him. There is an old saying, “As Michigan goes, so goes the nation.” Isn’t it obvious? Michigan has been steadily worsening since Granholm came aboard, and now, America is following suit.
Here is the real progression of this story. Earlier this spring at the Mackinac Public Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, the idea of bringing Gitmo prisoners to the Manistique Prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was bandied about by Representative Bart Stupak (D) and John Engler, former Republican Governor of Michigan. I was appalled by the idea that a Republican would agree to such a thing as endangering his fellow Michiganders. “He described it as an innovative way to attract federal money and reduce the state’s chronic budget deficit.” Ugh.
So naturally, the individualists of the first district raised a hell of a fuss, and Stupak backed off. I haven’t heard from Engler.
During July, we heard that perhaps the Gitmo prisoners were to be housed in Standish. The idea was that in order to keep the prison from closing, Standish needed to either attract prisoners from other states, or think about housing Gitmo prisoners. The people of Standish weren’t happy about their situation, but the families there depend on the prison to stay open. Representatives from California prisons and Pennsylvania prisons came to check out the feasiblity of sending some prisoners to Standish. Just a few days ago, the other states had the same story. Michigan is asking for too much money to take in other state’s prisoners. Oh, and poor Jennifer Granholm is just distraught. She is just hurting so, because it is tough enough that the prisons have to shut down due to budget cuts, but she also just really thinks that housing Gitmo prisoners poses such a security threat to fellow Michiganders. Sure.
So, where are we now? Michigan’s prisons are shutting down and the only way they can possibly stay open and keep Michigan jobs is to accept the most vile, evil pieces of excrement on the face of the planet.
Jennifer Granholm has the people of Standish by the short and curlies.
Cross posted at Right Michigan.
I am livid about this stupid idea!! If you live in Michigan, you should be too!
It’s not just Stupak that wants this to happen, its my own Senator Jason Allen and our former Governor John Engler.
“Former Gov. John Engler, a Republican, also suggested the U.P. as a suitable location during a meeting with GOP legislators this month. He described it as an innovative way to attract federal money and reduce the state’s chronic budget deficit.”
Yippee, send the bastards to the UP to endanger the lives of our fellow Michiganders for money.
Here’s an idea, how about you elected Republicans in this beautiful state allow the Democrats to step on the upturned rake so the handle hits them in the face, rather than attempt to appear open-minded about their ideas?
This issue could have been used against Stupak in the future, but now, all he has to do is point out that he had “broad, bipartisan support.”
In the President’s weekly radio address, he said this, “In fact, there has not been a nominee in several generations who has brought the depth of judicial experience to this job that she offers.”
He also said this, “There are, of course, some in Washington who are attempting to draw old battle lines and playing the usual political games, pulling a few comments out of context to paint a distorted picture of Judge Sotomayor’s record. But I am confident that these efforts will fail; because Judge Sotomayor’s seventeen-year record on the bench – hundreds of judicial decisions that every American can read for him or herself – speak far louder than any attack; her record makes clear that she is fair, unbiased, and dedicated to the rule of law. As a fellow judge on her court, appointed by Ronald Reagan, said recently, ‘I don’t think I’d go as far as to classify her in one camp or another. I think she just deserves the classification of outstanding judge.'”
Where to begin? Our President is a liar, simply put. What he describes as fact is indeed, a lie. There has not been a nominee in several generations? What is that, 80-100 years? Several generations? And he specifically states her judicial experience. The other side has no valid points right? The people who have actually read her decisions and noted her temperament and overturned her rulings to the tune of 80% the time?
But what is the most striking is Obama’s attempt to misguide the American public on just who is playing politics and which quotes by Sotomayor should be on trial here. When Obama says that the right is pulling a few comments out of context to paint a distorted picture, he doesn’t specify which comments he is speaking of. Over the weekend the lazy press kept putting the comments up on the screen of when she said she would make a better decision than a white man. But that’s not the meat and potatoes issue. I mean, obviously that is a racist and sexist comment, but to me, the more bellicose statement was in 2005 at a panel discussion in Durham, North Carolina at Duke School of Law when she said, “All of the legal defense funds out there, they’re looking for people with Court of Appeals experience because it is — Court of Appeals is where policy is made. And I know, and I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know. (laughing) Okay, I know. I know. I’m not promoting it and I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know. (laughing)” This is the Constitutional fight we have on our hands, Ladies and Gents. I seem to recall 20 years ago in my senior year of high school when I had to take Government class. We all had to make a flow chart of how a bill becomes a law. We also made posters of the three branches of government and were asked to memorize all of it. If memory serves, and it always does, the Judiciary Branch is supposed to interpret, not make law or public policy.
I also have to say that the fact that the judge “appointed by Ronald Reagan” gives the reader or listener the impression that the “judge” shares the philosophy of Ronald Reagan. He doesn’t name the judge, he doesn’t provide us with anything but invokes the name of Ronald Reagan. We don’t know anything about that judge, but we know plenty about Sotomayor and how her judicial philosophy and President Obama’s are one.
Remarks of President Barack Obama
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This week, I nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals to replace Justice David Souter, who is retiring after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court. After reviewing many terrific candidates, I am certain that she is the right choice. In fact, there has not been a nominee in several generations who has brought the depth of judicial experience to this job that she offers.
Judge Sotomayor’s career began when she served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York, prosecuting violent crimes in America’s largest city. After leaving the DA’s office, she became a litigator, representing clients in complex international legal disputes. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court, serving six years as a trial judge where she presided over hundreds of cases. And most recently, she has spent eleven years on the U.S. Court of Appeals, our nation’s second highest court, grappling with some of the most difficult constitutional and legal issues we face as a nation. She has more experience on the federal bench than any incoming Supreme Court Justice in the past 100 years. Quite simply, Judge Sotomayor has a deep familiarity with our judicial system from almost every angle.
And her achievements are all the more impressive when you consider what she had to overcome in order to achieve them. Judge Sotomayor grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx; her parents came to New York from Puerto Rico during the Second World War. Her father was a factory worker with a third grade education; when she was just nine years old, he passed away. Her mother worked six days a week as a nurse to provide for her and her brother, buying the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood and sending her children to Catholic school. That’s what made it possible for Judge Sotomayor to attend two of America’s leading universities, graduating at the top of her class at Princeton University, and studying at Yale Law School where she won a prestigious post as an editor of the school’s Law Journal.
These many years later, it was hard not to be moved by Judge Sotomayor’s mother, sitting in the front row at the White House, her eyes welling with tears, as her daughter – who had come so far, for whom she sacrificed so much – was nominated to the highest court in the land.
And this is what makes Judge Sotomayor so extraordinary. Even as she has reached the heights of her profession, she has never forgotten where she began. She has faced down barriers, overcome difficult odds, and lived the American dream. As a Justice of the Supreme Court, she will bring not only the experience acquired over the course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated over the course of an extraordinary journey – a journey defined by hard work, fierce intelligence, and the enduring faith that, in America, all things are possible.
It is her experience in life and her achievements in the legal profession that have earned Judge Sotomayor respect across party lines and ideological divides. She was originally named to the U.S. District Court by the first President Bush, a Republican. She was appointed to the federal Court of Appeals by President Clinton, a Democrat. She twice has been overwhelmingly confirmed by the U.S. Senate. And I am gratified by the support for this nomination voiced by members of the legal community who represent views from across the political spectrum.
There are, of course, some in Washington who are attempting to draw old battle lines and playing the usual political games, pulling a few comments out of context to paint a distorted picture of Judge Sotomayor’s record. But I am confident that these efforts will fail; because Judge Sotomayor’s seventeen-year record on the bench – hundreds of judicial decisions that every American can read for him or herself – speak far louder than any attack; her record makes clear that she is fair, unbiased, and dedicated to the rule of law. As a fellow judge on her court, appointed by Ronald Reagan, said recently, “I don’t think I’d go as far as to classify her in one camp or another. I think she just deserves the classification of outstanding judge.”
Congress returns this week and I hope the confirmation process will begin without delay. No nominee should be seated without rigorous evaluation and hearing; I expect nothing less. But what I hope is that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this process, and Congress, in the past. Judge Sotomayor ought to be on the bench when the Supreme Court decides what cases to hear this year and I’m calling on Democrats and Republicans to be thorough, and timely in dealing with this nomination.
As President, there are few responsibilities more serious or consequential than the naming of a Supreme Court Justice. The members of our highest court are granted life tenure. They are charged with applying principles put to paper more than two centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time. And the impact of their decisions extends beyond an administration, but for generations to come.
This is a decision that I have not taken lightly and it is one that I am proud to have made. I know that Justice Sotomayor will serve this nation with distinction. And when she ascends those marble steps to assume her seat on the Supreme Court, bringing a lifetime of experience on and off the bench, America will have taken another important step toward realizing the ideal that is chiseled above its entrance: Equal justice under the law.
Last night my daughter recounted an event that happened in her classroom.
Yesterday was Earth Day, a silly memorial observed by the media and people who need to feel guilt. I am only aware that it was because of the news cycle.
The teacher, a substitute, was attempting to involve the children in a discussion about what hurts and what helps our environment. She wrote two columns on the board with the headings ‘HURT’ and ‘HELP.’ The children volunteered information on the topic and the teacher wrote each suggestion under the appropriate title.
The last entry in the ‘HURT’ column was “global warming” which the teacher circled to highlight it’s superior importence.
My daughter said, “But, global warming is a myth.”
Immediately one child said, “No it isn’t!” Another child said, “That’s not true!” Then one child said, “I’m with you, Veronica!”
The teacher wheeled around and said, “Stop! Who said it’s a myth?” Most of the children pointed at Veronica.
The teacher said, “That is one of the most wrong things I have ever heard.” To which my daughter responded, “Did you see the amount of snow we got this winter?” A different child than the one that said she ‘was with my daughter’ said, “Exactly, Veronica.”
The teacher went on to prove her point by citing, “The polar ice caps are melting, that is not an accident.” She then went on with more drivel fed to her by her superior intellect and the American-engine of the world-crushing group-think of Al Gore.
When my daughter told my husband about the incident, he high-fived her and when she told me, I told her how proud of her I am.