Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Gospel according to Trump

By Norman E. Hooben
 
The Gospel according to Mathew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.  Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.  They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.  All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’  As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.  Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.  Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah.  The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 
The Gospel according to Trump

Trump spoke to the crowds and his followers saying, “The Democrats and the Republicans have taken their seats in Congress, the seat of government. Therefore, do and observe all that they tell you, but do not believe a word that they say.  They preach but they do not practice what they preach. They place heavy tax burdens on the backs of the working class, and they will not lift a finger to reduce them.  All their works are performed to make them look good.  They care only about themselves and their bank accounts; and whether or not they will get re-elected. They love places in the news media that promotes their false image, and the salutation ‘Congressman’.  As for you, you cannot have such honor.  You have but one choice, and you are all equally disenfranchised whether your name is followed by a D or an R.  Call no one on earth your honor; for the current crop of politicians by their very nature are dishonorable.  Do not be called ‘Master’ for you have but one master, the Christ.  The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Your humble servant Donald Trump. 
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To learn why it is that most politicians say one thing and do the opposite click here.
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bergdahl and the Judge…a slap in the face to American justice

Bergdahl and the Judge…a slap in the face to American justice
By Norman E. Hooben
Before I begin my commentary read the following editorial posted at the Daily Wire.
I want to say at the outset that this judge did not exercise good judgment in handling Bergdahl’s sentencing; he has prescribed codes that he must follow…and he did not!

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OUTRAGEOUS: Deserter Bergdahl Gets NO PRISON TIME, Judge Cited Trump's Comments As 'Mitigation Evidence'
By Ben Shapiro @ The Daily Wire
On Friday, traitorous Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post and wandered into Taliban territory, only to be taken prisoner and held for years, then exchanged for Taliban terrorists by President Obama, received no prison time. That freedom came despite the fact that Bergdahl’s desertion apparently led to the deaths of six Americans who went searching for him. The judge did give Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, and reduced him to private while giving him a $10,000 fine. Bergdahl had already pled guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could have gone to prison for life.
The rationale for the sentence is unclear, but the judge in the case had commented on it previously: he had stated that he would take into account President Trump’s negative comments about Bergdahl when considering sentencing. Col. Jeffrey Nance stated, “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.” According to The New York Times:


The judge rejected a request that he dismiss the case or cap the length of the sentence on the grounds that the president’s comments had precluded a fair hearing. The judge said he had not been influenced by the remarks and that the public’s confidence in the military justice system had not been undermined.

So instead of recusing himself, the judge did what the defense wanted and simply let Bergdahl off the hook.
The sentence is as repulsive as Obama’s decision to trade away top terrorists in exchange for a deserter. Americans lost their lives searching for a man who deliberately left his post; more Americans will lose their lives to the terrorists Obama released in order to return Bergdahl to the country. Now, Bergdahl will go free, with virtually no penalty. ~ Ben Shapiro
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All too often when there is a disagreement with someone the opposition generally passes it off as, “That’s just your opinion.”  Well if this is my opinion it is also the opinion of the United States government…that same government that just tried a traitor to his country whom pleaded guilty to the charges.  Because my commentary centers around the Judge’s sentencing in this trial I would also like to point out that this judge violated the code of conduct by saying, ““I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence.””  He also stated that he would take into account President Trump’s negative comments about Bergdahl when considering sentencing.
Now if you read below (Canon 2 B); “A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment.  Anyone with rational thought would agree that Judge/Colonel Jeffrey Nance allowed political influence to misguide his decision making process.  His partiality in this case warranted him to recuse himself.  He should have weighed the penalties of the crime without being influenced by other’s comments. 
Judge Nance should have recused himself prior to sentencing due to his open hostility toward President Trump.  During the Obama administration a judge was vacated from the court due to being partial to the defendant, Major Hassan (the Fort Hood terrorist). 

See: Hasan v. Gross, 71 M.J. 416 (in the military context, the appearance of bias principle with respect to the recusal of a military judge is derived from RCM 902(a): “A military judge shall disqualify himself . . . in any proceeding in which that military judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”; the standard for identifying the appearance of bias is objective: any conduct that would lead a reasonable man knowing all the circumstances to the conclusion that the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned).  ~ Norman E. Hooben
 
The following Canons (a body of binding rules, and standards) were excerpted from the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.  (There was no need to publish all the verbiage associated with each Canon…just the ones applicable to this trial.)

Canon 1: A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe those standards, so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further that objective.
Canon 2: A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in all Activities (A) Respect for Law. A judge should respect and comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

(B) Outside Influence. A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment. A judge should neither lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others nor convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge should not testify voluntarily as a character witness.
(C) Nondiscriminatory Membership. A judge should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin.
COMMENTARY
Canon 2A. An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by a reasonable inquiry, would conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge is impaired. Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny and accept freely and willingly restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen. Because it is not practicable to list all prohibited acts, the prohibition is necessarily cast in general terms that extend to conduct by judges that is harmful although not specifically mentioned in the Code. Actual improprieties under this standard include violations of law, court rules, or other specific provisions of this Code.
Canon 2B.
Canon 2C.
Canon 3: A Judge Should Perform the Duties of the Office Fairly, Impartially and Diligently
The duties of judicial office take precedence over all other activities. In performing the duties prescribed by law, the judge should adhere to the following standards:
(A) Adjudicative Responsibilities.
(1) A judge should be faithful to, and maintain professional competence in, the law and should not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor, or fear of criticism.
(2) A judge should hear and decide matters assigned, unless disqualified, and should maintain order and decorum in all judicial proceedings.
(3) A judge should be patient, dignified, respectful, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity. A judge should require similar conduct of those subject to the judge’s control, including lawyers to the extent consistent with their role in the adversary process.
(4) A judge should accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, and that person’s lawyer, the full right to be heard according to law. Except as set out below, a judge should not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications or consider other communications concerning a pending or impending matter that are made outside the presence of the parties or their lawyers. If a judge receives an unauthorized ex parte communication bearing on the substance of a matter, the judge should promptly notify the parties of the subject matter of the communication and allow the parties an opportunity to respond, if requested. A judge may:
(a) initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications as authorized by law;
(b) when circumstances require it, permit ex parte communication for scheduling, administrative, or emergency purposes, but only if the ex parte communication does not address substantive matters and the judge reasonably believes that no party will gain a procedural, substantive, or tactical advantage as a result of the ex parte communication;
(c) obtain the written advice of a disinterested expert on the law, but only after giving advance notice to the parties of the person to be consulted and the subject matter of the advice and affording the parties reasonable opportunity to object and respond to the notice and to the advice received; or
(d) with the consent of the parties, confer separately with the parties and their counsel in an effort to mediate or settle pending matters.
(5) A judge should dispose promptly of the business of the court.
(6) A judge should not make public comment on the merits of a matter pending or impending in any court. A judge should require similar restraint by court personnel subject to the judge’s direction and control. The prohibition on public comment on the merits does not extend to public statements made in the course of the judge’s official duties, to explanations of court procedures, or to scholarly presentations made for purposes of legal education.
(B) Administrative Responsibilities.
(1) A judge should diligently discharge administrative responsibilities, maintain professional competence in judicial administration, and facilitate the performance of the administrative responsibilities of other judges and court personnel.
(2) A judge should not direct court personnel to engage in conduct on the judge’s behalf or as the judge’s representative when that conduct would contravene the Code if undertaken by the judge.
(3) A judge should exercise the power of appointment fairly and only on the basis of merit, avoiding unnecessary appointments, nepotism, and favoritism. A judge should not approve compensation of appointees beyond the fair value of services rendered.
(4) A judge with supervisory authority over other judges should take reasonable measures to ensure that they perform their duties timely and effectively.
(5) A judge should take appropriate action upon learning of reliable evidence indicating the likelihood that a judge’s conduct contravened this Code or a lawyer violated applicable rules of professional conduct.
(C) Disqualification.
(1) A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned
Canon 3A (3).
Canon 3A (4).
Canon 3A (5).
Canon 3A (6).
Canon 3B (3).
Canon 3B (5).
Canon 3C.
Canon 3C (1) (c).
Canon 3C (1) (d) (ii).
Canon 4:   
Canon 4A
Canon 4A (4)
Canon 4A (5)
Canon 4B
Canon 4C.
Canon 4D (1), (2), and (3)
Canon 4D (5)
Canon 4E
Canon 4F
Canon 4H
Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity
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Mitigation

Noun
1. The act of mitigating, or lessening the force or intensity of something unpleasant, as wrath, pain, grief, or extreme circumstances:
2. The act of making a condition or consequence less severe:
The mitigation of a punishment.
3. The process of becoming milder, gentler, or less severe.
4. A mitigating circumstance, event, or consequence.

 

 

Friday, October 27, 2017

COMMUNIST INFLUENCE IN AMERICA

Suggestion: Please read at the bottom of this page:
Communist Goals from the Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
In the wake of the monstrous Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal blowing up Hollywood, happy-go-lucky daytime host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted an image and a caption only she could get away with.
This is what you might call "lesbian privilege."
 
 
 

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Communist Goals (1963)
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963
Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963
 
Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.
At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:
CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS
 
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. (On going)
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. (On going)
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. (Done!)
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind (Promoted by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and Senators Hillary Clinton, John Kerry among others too numerous to mention.) . If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton)
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions. (On going)
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures. (Approximately 80 to 85 percent completed)
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press. (Promoted by Hillary Clinton.  In a speech at the World's Women Forum she suggested that Christian religious leaders change their codes; aka do away with sins)
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. (On going encouraged by the communist controlled media and the leaders of the motion picture industry)
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama, the Democratic U. S. Senate and House of Representatives, and Hillary Rodham Clinton)
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."(On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton )
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." (100% completed by Anti-Catholic Chief Justice Hugo Black)
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.  (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man." (On going ...encouraged by Barack Hussein Obama)
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. (On going)
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI. (On going)
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. (On going)
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. (On going)
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems. (On going)
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.