The Palestinian Authority is facing a budget crisis. It has reached its borrowing limit and has a 585 million dollar deficit... Back in 2007, 7.4 billion dollars was pledged to keep the terrorist edifice of the Authority running. The PA claimed that it needed 3.9 billion for budgetary shortfalls alone.
The World Bank report for 2011 found that only 16 percent of the West Bank under PA control was living below the poverty line. How serious is a 16 percent poverty rate? It’s better than the poverty rate in Washington D.C. which hit 18.9 percent. That means that politicians in Washington D.C. are diverting money that could have been used to help needy Americans a few miles from their offices, to help the comparatively better off terrorist populations in the West Bank.
What’s the West Bank’s economic secret? 16.9 percent unemployment, a better number than among many of its international donors, funded by those same donor countries.
The dirty secret of the Palestinian Authority is that it is a wholly subsidized enterprise paid for by American and European taxpayers. The Palestinian Authority payroll stands at over 150,000 people. That’s in an area with only 840,000 adult males and 1.5 million adult males and females. That’s one government worker for every 10 adults in the West Bank. 1 government worker for every 5 males.
In 1994, he kidnapped 16-year-old Adria Sauceda, raped her with a large stick, and bludgeoned her to death with a piece of asphalt.
Leal's brother was yelling that Leal came home with blood on him saying he had killed a girl. Two of the trial witnesses were present when Leal's brother made these statements.
The police searched Leal's house. The police seized a blouse which contained several blood stains, hair and fibers. This blouse was later identified as belonging to Adria.
Other DNA evidence was found on the underwear Leal was wearing that night. That evidence consisted of blood as well as bodily fluid. The DNA test did not preclude Adria's blood type from the evidence tested.
Now, we are told that the evidence against Leal Garcia is enough to be almost certain that he did it... First of all, "almost certain" or "probably did it" isn't the same as "100 percent, iron clad certain". If somebody is getting the lethal injection, there shouldn't be even the slightest, minutest chance of doubt. Not possible in a criminal case? Then the death penalty is immoral. Better 100,000 guilty men walk free than one innocent man suffers, let alone dies.
Does Perry know for certain that he hasn't executed any mentally challenged or mentally ill people while on his rampage?
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the United States breached international law by executing a Mexican national.
Navi Pillay, in a statement Friday, said he deeply regrets the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia
It was one of the most ignoble acts by the Court in recent memory
In a brief, unsigned opinion that was long on sterile formalism and short on sense and justice
A "tiny but loud" baby at birth, Adria's cries belied her 5 pounds and 15 ounces, Rene Sauceda said. He watched through a window as the nurses cleaned her small body.
"She was the most beautiful baby," he said. "Everyone told me that."
Adria's mother wrote that she could still remember her pregnancy, "how it felt, different than the others."
"What I miss most about her is her laugh," she said. "I'm glad I have a recording of her."
For Adria's father, it's harder to open up. When he remembers his daughter, it's as the joker who used to give him a big kiss on the forehead, leaving a lipstick print without telling him and letting him walk around with it until someone did.
the Court thus blew off the Solicitor General of the United States... The Court blew off the United Nations High Commissioner...
And, most important, the Court blew off Congress (specifically, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont)
Indeed, were the Solicitor General to indicate at that time that the bill was about to become law, I believe it likely that we would hold the petition for at least several weeks until the bill was enacted and then do the same. And this Court, under the All Writs Act, 28 U. S. C. §1651, can take appropriate action to preserve its “potential jurisdiction.” FTC v. Dean Foods Co., 384 U. S. 597, 603 (1966).
"Thus, on the one hand, international legal obligations, related foreign policy considerations, the prospect of legislation"
And issuing a brief stay until the end of September, when the Court could consider this matter in the ordinary course, would put Congress on clear notice that it must act quickly.
In reaching its contrary conclusion, the Court ignores the appeal of the President in a matter related to foreign affairs, it substitutes its own views about the likelihood of congressional action for the views of Executive Branch officials
"We have no authority to stay an execution in light of an “appeal of the President, presenting free-ranging assertions of foreign policy consequences, when those assertions come unaccompanied by a persuasive legal claim.”
"Neither the United States nor JUSTICE BREYER, post, at 1–6 (dissenting opinion), cites a single instance in this Court’s history in which a stay issued under analogous circumstances."
"The United States does not endorse Leal’s due process claim. Instead, it asks us to stay the execution until January 2012 in support of our “future jurisdiction to review the judgment in a proceeding” under this yet-to-beenacted legislation."
"Our task is to rule on what the law is, not what it might eventually be."
"The United States and Breyer complain of the grave international consequences that will follow from Leal’s execution. Congress evidently did not find these consequences sufficiently grave to prompt its enactment of implementing legislation, and we will follow the law as written by Congress."
"We decline to follow the United States’ suggestion of granting a stay to allow Leal to bring a claim based on hypothetical legislation when it cannot even bring itself to say that his attempt to overturn his conviction has any prospect of success."
In recent weeks, a human rights attorney out of Northwestern University has filed several requests to stay his execution and has led a media campaign to raise awareness of the case, revealing Leal's claim — never made during his trial and years of unsuccessful appeals — that he was raped by a priest here as a child.
Media reports today indicate that national security spending could be cut by as much as $700 billion as part of a deal on the debt limit – almost twice the amount originally proposed by President Obama.
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