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  • Steve Young 11:17 AM on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Favorite Scalia Quotes… 

    Couldn’t resist a couple of favorite quotes from Justice Scalia. 

    On the war on terror: “War is war, and it has never been the case that when you capture a combatant, you have to give him a jury trial in your civil courts. It’s a crazy idea to me. … If he was captured by my army on the battlefield that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son. And I am not about to give this man — captured in war — a full jury trial, that is just crazy.”  –Remarks at University of Freiberg, Switzerland, March 8, 2006

    “What is a ‘moderate’ interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you’d like it to mean?” –Remarks before Woodrow Wilson Center, March 14, 2005

    On religious faith in public life: “Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”–Speech before Knights of Columbus Baton Rouge Council 969, Jan. 29, 2005

    Scalia has said this was the best opening line to one of his opinions:  “This case, involving legal requirements for the content and labeling of meat products such as frankfurters, affords a rare opportunity to explore simultaneously both parts of Bismarck’s aphorism that ‘No man should see how laws or sausages are made.'”–Dissent in Community Nutrition Institute v. Block (1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)

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  • Steve Young 10:23 AM on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Some like to tell a little piece of truth… 

    …to further their agenda. It ultimately does not work out for them in the long run.

    Article by Kirby Anderson with Point Of View

    Earlier this month when President Obama visited a mosque, he gave a message of “religious tolerance and unity.” He talked about how “Islam has always been part of America.” He even pointed out that: “Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Virginia statute for religious freedom that the Mohammedan should have his faith protected in the United States.”  While that is true, there is another part of the Thomas Jefferson story that most Americans do not know. Our third president actually declared war on the Muslim pirates who were from the Barbary Coast of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers.

    Before the Revolutionary War, American ships had been under the protection of England. Then the United States had to provide protection, but the Barbary pirates began to capture many of the ships. The United States (along with many European governments) began paying bribes to the Barbary States. When Thomas Jefferson became president, the Pasha of Tripoli sent a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 a year plus additional amounts in future years. That was enough. Jefferson told the Pasha what he could do with the demand. The Pasha cut down the flagpole in Algiers and declared war on America. The other Barbarian States also declared war. Congress and the president then responded by empowering American ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli. Once the U.S. took action some of the other Barbary States backed down. But the war with Tripoli last four more years. This included a battle in 1805 when the Marines raised the American flag not far from the shores of Tripoli. That, of course, is the famous line in the anthem of the Marine Corps.

    The president told one story about Thomas Jefferson and Islam. You have now heard the other story often ignored.



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