Posts Tagged ‘aclu’

Broadway in Nashville in 2018. AT&T Building in background.

By John Ruberry

The defund the police looks pretty irrelevant now. As you know on Christmas morning an explosives-laded recreational vehicle devestated a business district in downtown Nashville.

“This vehicle has a bomb, if you can hear this message, you need to evacuate” was the loop recording that played before the bomb detonated at sunrise in Music City.

Someone, or more likely more than one person, called not Black Lives Matter, Antifa (true, I don’t believe they have a listed phone number), or the ACLU–all of them who are proponents of the defund the police movement–about the warning. Instead the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department was called.

And six MNPD police officers cleared the area, most likely minimizing injuries and possibly fatalities. These hero cops appear to be pretty young, they may have had children at home. They were on the streets on the one day when most people don’t want to work.

There are a couple of theories on what motivated the bomber–or bombers. I’ve been to Nashville and 2nd Avenue, where the explosion happened, is just a block from the popular and generally crowded entertainment and bar district on Broadway. If human carnage was the goal then Christmas Eve around sunset would have been a much better time for that. Or last night, the day after Christmas. One theory is that the recording was meant to frighten away pedestrians and residents so there would only be cops on 2nd Avenue when the bomb went off. Another hypothesis is that because the rigged RV was parked adjacent to the AT&T Building, the explosion was the work of anti-5G paranoids. AT&T mobile and internet service in Nasvhille has been severely disrupted by the bombing, as has 911 service as far away as Kentucky.

As for the first theory, when that RV exploded that would mean only cops would be killed. Back to the Nashville hero police officers: These six appear to be ordinary beat cops, not specialists that you’ll find on the bomb squad. All but one, the sergeant, have been on the job for less than five years. It’s beat cops that the defund the police activists have their eyes on; “moderates” within that movement admit cops with advanced skills, such as bomb experts, are still needed. But you’re not going to find the specialists, with all due respect to them, patrolling the streets at dawn on Christmas morning.

“Call a friend, call a cop,” was the slogan of PSAs back in the 1970s. Alright, perhaps you don’t need to have cops as your pals. But police officers sure come in handy when all hell is about to break loose.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

If the ACLU is all bent out of shape over saying Merry Christmas then I’m sure they are all over this :

The Justice Department is suing a Chicago-area school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to take time off to make a religious pilgrimage to Mecca.

Safoorah Khan’s requests for three weeks of unpaid leave in 2008 were rejected twice by the Berkeley, Ill., school district, according to the Justice Department lawsuit filed on Monday in Chicago.

Khan’s desire to make the hajj was “not related to her professional duties,” according to the complaint.

The Justice Department says the school district is in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

I know my wife doesn’t work for a school system anymore but I seem to recall there is a two to three-month period that Teachers have off every year, As Muslims have to do this once in their lifetime this can’t be done when the pilgrimage coincides with the off-season?

I’m sure that we will hear Barry Lynn and the ACLU screaming about this case…just as soon as they protect our right to free expression by removing every crèche, nativity scene and sign that says Merry Christmas from sight.

Although there has been a noticeable turn by retailers away from the “Happy Holidays” nonsense the ACLU has not given up to protect those offended by the National Holiday of the United States known as “Christmas”.

School superintendents across the state were reminded by the ACLU this week that holiday celebrations focusing primarily on one religious holiday amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) letter, addressed to 137 public school leaders across the state, stated that it was responding to a number of complaints from families about school party activities this Christmas season.

Hedy Weinburg, ACLU executive director in Tennessee, cited several U.S. Supreme Court decisions about the matter.

Let’s deconstruct this nonsense:

The “Holiday” they are referring to is Christmas. It is a legal Holiday in the United States specifically named “Christmas”. If the ACLU doesn’t like this they should be going after congress and the executive branch. Tennessee doesn’t have the authority to ignore a federal holiday, ACLU letter or no. I’m sure that Tennessee remembers a little spat that took place about 150 years ago concerning federal authority that just might trump a letter from the ACLU’s.

And please don’t insult our intelligence by citing “U. S. Supreme Court decisions”. Every single appeal made by every single lawyer cites “U. S. Supreme Court Decisions” I can cite them too. That doesn’t mean that those decisions either apply or are relevant.

This is a simple attempt to intimidate the meek and the cowardly. I trust and hope that Tennessee is not populated by the cowardly.

Via Free Republic and Twitter.

Let’s sue to save the life of a terrorist in a foreign country because he was born here.

The younger al-Awlaki, who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been marked for death by the U.S. Defense Department and the CIA, according to the organizations.

U.S. forces are trying to find al-Awlaki, saying he has been linked to plots against American targets including the failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device aboard an airliner approaching Detroit in December.

Because there is nothing more un-american that killing people who join the enemy during a time of war.

Do these people actually understand how that looks?

Oh and notice the headline: ACLU Sues U.S. Over Targeted Killing of Citizens. The headline is a great example of a headline that doesn’t tell the story, it makes it sound like we are shooting people in the streets here.

Memeorandum thread here