Hillary's Resume and the Issue of Her Security Clearance

Please be gentle. I stress that I don't know the answer to my questions. However, this is an important issue that requires answers, NOW!

1. Did Hillary Clinton need a security clearance, as First Lady, to view classified documents?  

2. If the former First Lady did need a security clearance, did she go through the process to hold one?

3. Will the former First Lady provide the official documentation that she received a security clearance or that she didn't need one?

The Republicans are going to have a field day with this. I used bold type to point out the discrepancy.

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Internet Radio's Day Of Silence Is Today.

I apologize for this short and shameless plug for a worthy cause. As a classroom teacher, I use Internet radio to provide quality music in my classroom. I play all different kinds of music from all over the world. The station that I listen to is called RadioParadise. It is totally listener supported. If you check it out today, there will be no music playing, because today is a day of silent protest.

Internet radio stations that had a $2,000 annual bill will now be asked to pay an additional $80,000 to $100,000. These royalty rates are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006.) Webcasters will be asked to pay more money than they bring in and come up with a huge retroactive fee! Obviously, someone just wants to shut these stations down.

Don't believe the record industry propaganda that says that Internet radio is trying to deprive artists and labels of fair royalty payments. Internet radios already pay royalty rates that are higher than other broadcaster. Internet radio stations do support alternative legislation that would still require the stations to pay a higher royalty rate than any other class of broadcaster in the US.

You probably haven't heard a good protest song or the latest chick rocker on your rock.fm station (if you listen to FM radio.) Internet radio stations pay royalty rates to independent musicians who would not otherwise have their music broadcasted on any airwaves. If you would like to help save the future of Internet radio, call or write to your representative today. Urge them to support THE INTERNET RADIO EQUALITY ACT, S. 1353 IN THE SENATE AND H.R. 2060 IN THE HOUSE.

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The Execution of Angel Nieves Diaz

My daughter is the second chair, defending Angel Diaz. Ironically she was born on May 26th., 1979. That was the day the first man, John Spinkalink, was executed in Florida when the country once again allowed executions.

Angel Diaz is not a nice person and has even committed second degree murder in the past. However, in this case, his conviction is based largely on jail house testimony. Jailhouse testimony is notoriously unreliable. There's a good chance that the trigger man will be watching the proceedings from his cell. He received a life sentence.

The other issue in this case is whether or not lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.

The combination of drugs used by the state to execute inmates amounts to cruel and unusual punishment because there is evidence the drugs crystallize when mixed, effectively neutralizing the pain killer component, said Greg Meyers, an Ohio public defender in his arguments before the court in the case of Cooey v. Taft.
Angel Diaz's appeal goes before the Supreme Court. I haven't found out if they have ruled because my daughter doesn't even have time to answer the phone. If they uphold the findings of the lower courts, he will be executed today at 6 p. m. Mr. Diaz is prepared to die, but says he is scared. If you believe that capital punishment has no place in a civilized society, could you please send an e-mail to jeb.bush@myflorida.com asking him to issue a stay?

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Governments Derive Their Power From The Consent of the Governed

Two things happened to me lately. One explains the frustration and the other one explains the fear I have this Fourth of July.

The other day the local news covered another child caught in the crossfire. Nine-year-old Sherdavia was playing in her front yard when one man chased another man down her street with a high powered weapon. Sherdavia took the hit. Her father gave an emotional plea to the public about stopping the violence on the streets. It was a news bit about the senseless death of a cute little black kid that I've seen countless times. Then something struck home. The father looked into the camera and said, "You won't understand until it happens to you."

My story cannot compare to the loss of a loved one. However, something happened to me almost exactly six years ago that allowed me to truly understand the frustration of this young father. It started on a blustery November night in Miami. I went to hear Al Gore speak at Bayfront Park on the eve of the election. He was so hoarse he could hardly speak, but his speech was electrifying. The following day I went to my precinct polling location and used one of those infamous punch card machines like I had done for the last decade to vote for Vice President Gore. I never bothered to check my ballot carefully. After all, I always checked for hanging chads and punched the card with force.  I read about many African Americans being blocked from polling places in northern Florida. I believed  that the ACLU and public opinion would take care of the problem. I believed that suppressing the votes of minorities could never happen here in South Florida.

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