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AL State Senator Wants to Ban Sharia from Courts

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Alabama State Senate Gerald Allen (Tuscaloosa) has introduced a bill that would amend the Alabama Constitution to exclude foreign law, international law, and Sharia law from consideration in Alabama courts:

The courts provided for in subsection (a), when exercising their judicial authority, shall uphold and adhere to the law as provided in the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, the United States Code, federal regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, established common law, the Code of Alabama 1975, and rules promulgated thereto, and if necessary the law of another state of the United States, provided the law of the other state does not include Sharia, in making judicial decisions. The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all cases before the respective courts including, but not limited to, cases of first impression.

Shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures?  You mean like English common law?  Cripes!  We're doomed!  And no consideration of "international law?"  That's odd.  Aren't a lot of international laws the product of treaties ratified by Congress?  We suspect Allen has simply confused the concepts of a foreign nation's laws and international law.  You see, the "inter-" part of the word means something.  Funny the way language works.

When asked, Allen could point to no instance of a court attempting to use Sharia law, but said the amendment was designed to protect Alabama's future from the growing threat of Islam.

[AL.com via AP]

[Text of the bill]

If Sharia does ever become law in Alabama, we imagine state representative Alvin Holmes will have something to say about Islam's prohibitions on alcohol: "Yo! What's wrong with the beer we got?"  He probably supports the bill's ban on the consideration of laws "from Germany!"

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Trump in Violation of Campaign Finance Laws?

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Did Donald Trump already violate federal election laws?  Maybe.  It's complicated

Two of Trump's aides went on a trip in an effort to "test the waters" to see if Donald Trump may be a viable candidate for President in the 2012 election.  Trouble is, the trip was paid for by a pharmaceutical company, and the cost would have been higher than the company's campaign contribution limit.  Contributions to pre-campaigns are subject to campaign finance laws.

So he did violate them, right?  No.  Well, not yet at least.  Maybe not at all.

The laws only kick in if a candidate does actually run, but they do apply retroactively to pre-campaign activities.  So, if he doesn't decide to run, no problem.  Makes sense.  But what if he does run?  Well, he just has to refund the contribution.  Not likely a problem for Trump.  Unless it's during one of those years that he's bankrupt.

But, we feel confident that Trump will ultimately decide not to run for President.  And how can we be so sure?  Plenty of nutty celebs have run for office, and won.  What makes Trump so different?

Tomorrow Comedy Central is filming his roast.  The attack ads almost create themselves.

We don't know which would be worse for a Trump presidential bid, a 5 minute video of him being ripped into by Lisa Lampanelli, or the fact that Lisa Lampanelli is the best comedian they could muster to share the stage with Donald Trump.  The Comedy Central roast will premier on March 15th.

[The Atlantic]

Libyan Revolutionaries Offer Gadhafi Deal

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Mustafa Abdel Jalil, a former Libyan justice minister, and head of the opposition council is offering Gadhafi a final chance to save his head:

"If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes."

Given Gadhafi's position that the people revolting against him are drugged out youths coerced by foreign terrorists, it is unlikely he will accept the deal.  While Egypt's Mubarak made similar speeches to Gadhafi, claiming that the majority of the people support him, and it was foreign agents behind the demonstrations, before finally stepping down, the situation in Libya is quite different.  Loyalist supporters are engaging in open combat against the rebels, and Gadhafi still maintains control of the capital city of Tripoli.

[AJE]

Oregon School District Permits Helper Dog, and Helper Dog Helper Person in Class

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Oregon's Hillsboro School district has agreed to allow a 4th grader to bring his service animal with him to school.

Not that big of a deal, right?  Everyone understands that service animals can go with people, even into places that have a great big "No Animals Allowed!" sign on the door.  So why is this news?

It took 3 years and an investigation by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to get the animal approved.  Cripes!  Three years to let the kid bring in his seeing eye dog?

Oh, wait...what?  It wasn't a seeing eye dog?  He's not blind?

Nope, the boy is autistic, and his helper German shepherd is there to keep him calm.  Awww, how cute.

The dog also controls the boy's violent outbursts, reigning him in through a leash attached to the boy's belt and must be accompanied by a trained handler.  So, the kid has a dog and whole extra human being to keep him from smacking around the other students.  Couldn't just the extra person do that?  And has he really been terrorizing the school for three years while this dispute was being worked out?

The school district said the boy was doing fine without the dog.  We suspect the school district would be particularly worried about students who are supposedly prone to violent outbursts, and if they say there hasn't been a problem, maybe they're right.

[Lower Columbia Daily News]

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