Texas CPS Gets Comeuppance From State Supreme Court

Today’s paots is a follow-up to State of Texas Had No Right To Seize Children in Raid on Polygamist Ranch Analysis and Commentary, my post of May 24, 2008, that discussed the situation involving the children of the members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia], a group that split with the mainstram Mormon church over the practtice of polygamy. The FLDS still practices informal polygamy, although most members have only one legal spouse to avoid criminal prosecution, since simultaneous multiple marriages are illegal in every state in the USA.

After the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the seizure of all the children living at the FLDS compound in El Dorado, Texas, was illegal, the Texas Children Protection Services appealed that ruling to the Texas Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court ruling yesterday. According to the CPS, the children will be returned to their families within days. Whether all the children will be returned is still uncertain. Personally, I hope they all will be, since, although I have some very serious issues with the beliefs of the FLDS from a religious perspective, it is not the role of the government to tell parents how to rais their children. As long as these children are not in any imminent danger of physical, including sexual, abuse, and there has been absolutely no evidence of that, the state needs to mind their own business and leave these children alone.
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Profits Before Principles: US Foreign Policy

The prevention of the proliferation of nucleear weapons, especially in the Middle East, has been an important goal of US foreign policy for quite some time. This goal, as part of the rubric of “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD), was a major element of the Bush administrations justification for the invasion of Iraq. Currently, it is the core of the administration’s anti-Iran rhetoric (cf. Iran ‘withholds nuclear details’ . However, there is one country in the Middle East whose WMD and nuclear capabilities US foreign policy tends to ignore, as former President Jimmy Carter pointed out during a press conference the other day (cf. Israel ‘has 150 nuclear weapons’. That nation is, of course, Israel.

What I am going to say in this article may offend some people, but I feel they need to be made to put a number of things I have said into the proper context. I have no issue with the general moral principles behind American foreign policy; what I do object to is the selective manner in which those principles are applied. As I will explain below, we use one moral standard to condemn Iraq and Iran, but refuse to use that same moral standard to evaluate the actions of Israel, whose actions often are very similar to those of Iran and Iraq.
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Ubuntu: An Operating System ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’

Those of you who have been regular readers here know that I have little love for the Microsft Corporation or its products. I have always tried to use products and services that are free, not only in cost but in how they are licensed. Microsoft seems to think that their products are so good that no one, other than their in-house programmers should have access to the code or make any changes to improve that code.

Well, I beg to differ with that opinion. Realize that I am not a programmer or a computer geek by any stretch of the imagination. My main criteria for any computer product, whether software or hardware, is that it works easily and with a minimum of hassle. That, in my opinion, excludes Microsft products. They tend to be overly intrusive and suck resources like a starving kitten at it’s mother’s teats. The only good thing about Miscrosoft products, if you are using Windows as your operating system, is that they are easy to install and configure.
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State of Texas Had No Right To Seize Children in Raid on Polygamist Ranch Analysis and Commentary

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) – Texas child-welfare authorities on Friday appealed a court ruling that rejected their right to seize more than 440 children from a polygamist sect, and they asked to keep the children in foster care while the case is reviewed.Authorities appeal court ruling in polygamist case

U have been following the case of the children of the members of the Mormon splinter group in Eldorado, Texas with some interest for the last couple of months. There are a number of religious, social and political ramifications implicit in how this situation is resolved.
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HRC Opens Mouth, Inserts Both Big Feet

Her remark about an assassination during a primary campaign drew a quick response from aides to Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama.

“Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. Clinton apologies for Kennedy remark

I think this lady, and I use the word loosely, deserves a trip to the woodshed for her absolutely unconscionable remark She has shown herself to be quite tasteless and tactless on a number of occasions during the primary canpaign, but this is the lowest of the low.
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The DNC’s Dilemma: A Matter Of Principles

Today I want to talk about the Democratic Presidential nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At this moment, Obama is only 64 votes shy of the 2026 needed to win – if the Florida and Michigan delegations are not included. The numbers would obviuosly change in Mrs.; Clinton’s favor if those two state delegations are seated as full voting members.

every since it became apparent that the handwriting on the wall was against her, Mrs. Clinton has taken the side of these two “renegade” states. She has even vowed to take their cause to the convention gloor in August, not out of any altruism, no matter her rhetoric. She is supporting them because it is in her best, pragmatically speaking, political interest. Technically she won both primaries, and technically those delegates belong to her.
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Senator Edward Kennedy: The People’s Warrior

I had originally planned to take the day off tiday; after all, it is my 60th brithday today, and a person deserves to rest when he reaches a milestone like that, right? But with the announcement yesterday of Senator Ted Kennedy’s grim diagnosis and then news today that he has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital, I felt I needed to make some comments about Senator Kennedy.

I’ve been a supporter and fan of the Kennedy family in politics since John Kennedy ran for President in 1960. I was in high school when he was assasinated. I did not campaign for Bobby Kennedy in the Democratic nominating campaign in 1968; instead, I worked on the Eugene McCarthy campaign. Had Bobby been the nominee in the general election, I would most definitely have supported him and campaigned for him. Unfortunately, Bobby was assasinated before the Democratic convention in Chicago that year. I have no doubt that Kennedy would have won the nomination and the general election had he not been killed.
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