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Rep. Steve Cohen Proposes Building Moat around the White House [video]

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee’s first Jewish Congressman, came up with a brilliant suggestion Wednesday to beef up security for President Barack Obama by building a moat around the White House.

‘Would a moat – water, six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?” Cohen asked with a straight face at a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service.

Clancy didn’t bat an eye and politely responded, “Sir, it may be,” but he explained that the Secret Service is considering changing the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

‘Like a higher fence?’ Cohen asked.

“You’re right sir, a higher fence would certainly help us,” Clancy responded.

Cohen didn’t suggest that moat should include a drawbridge, without which no one could arrive or leave the White House except by boat or helicopter.

Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert couldn’t miss the opportunity to rap the Obama administration and said maybe should there be no fence at all around the White House since the government has not agreed to build a fence at the Texas-Mexican border.

“I would think that if the admin’s gonna being consistent, t’s now time to remove the fence from around the White House – ’cause if it isn’t good enough for our border, it shouldn’t good enough for our White House,” Gohmert said.

The hearing was held on the background of recent slip-ups in security, such as a mental disturbed man’s sprint across the White House lawn before he was nabbed.

Rep. Cohen, a Democrat, had the last laugh, though.

“This guy got further into the White House than some of my Republican colleagues have ever gotten,” said Cohen.

Cohen suggests the moat in the video below.

Self-Acclaimed ‘Satanist’ Jailed for 4 Years for Defacing Torah

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A Tennessee court Monday sentenced self-acclaimed anti-Semitic and anti-Christian Satanists Justin Baker to four years in prison for defacing a Torah scroll and prayer books in Memphis last January.

Baker pleaded guilty on December 9 to damaging and defiling holy Jewish items of the Margolin Hebrew Academy. Judge Roy Morgan Jr, sentenced Baker to the maximum amount of time in jail for each charge, but all of the sentences will be served concurrently, the Jackson, Tennessee Sun reported.

“I think that’s just so very obvious from what’s been presented today as to why these individuals were victimized in this case,” Morgan said in court. “It’s quite clear that for thousands of years people have been attacked around the world and persecuted for their religious beliefs, whatever that belief is, and the nature of the crime here is clearly a direct, intentional attack on what’s guaranteed as a freedom in this country, freedom of religion.”

Baker vandalized the Torch scroll and marked on it phrases, such “Gentiles Win” and “Hail Satan.”

His Facebook and MySpace pages were full of hate statements and Baker’s interest in Satanism and violence.

“Currently in Iraq. Like metal and Muy Thai. I’m a father to a little boy, a husband to a sexy wife. I like working out and eating everything. Dedicated spiritual Satanist. Anti-Jew, Christian, and drama. If you fit the above, don’t send me a request,” he wrote. A screenshot of the pages was read by the prosecution in the courtroom.

One posting read, “Satanic priest, one with a darkness and loving it I also have a little thing with blood lust. And I live for music and Satan. I like to make bombs and blow up (expletive) that doesn’t belong to me. I also practice ninjutsu and beat the hell out of (expletive) that also don’t belong to me. And singing in my strange (expletive) band. I know I can’t spell for (expletive).”

Baker’s wife Jordan, who also said she is a Satanist, testified, “He’s a really good father and husband. He done a very (good) job taking care of us, and his boys are his entire world and he would do anything for those kids.”

Baker’s defense lawyers claimed he suffered mental problems, anxiety and loss of memory, but Judge Morgan didn’t buy it and said Baker should be held fully responsible for his crimes.

The court also ordered him to up to $89.999 in restitution costs.

Baker still faces sentencing in March for charges of damaging religious property.

Tennessee Security Guard Pleads Guilty to Defacing Torah Scroll

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A former hotel security guard pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for defacing a Jewish school’s Torah scroll and prayer books.

Justin Shawn Baker, age 25 and an Iraq War veteran, admitted during a plea hearing Monday in a Jackson, Tenn., court to violating the civil rights of students of the Margolin Hebrew Academy’s Cooper Yeshiva High School of Memphis.

Baker was arrested in January after the school’s students and faculty showed up for a worship service in the conference room at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson and discovered the Torah scroll and prayer books damaged and covered with graffiti, including “Gentiles win, Jews lose” and “Submit to Satan.”

He also admitted to spitting on the Torah scroll, according to WJJB, the western Tennessee ABC television affiliate.

Some 50 high school students and faculty from the school were spending the Sabbath at the hotel on their way to a ski trip in the Smoky Mountains.

2 Shot near US Navy Base in Tennessee

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The United States Navy confirmed a shooting incident near the US Naval Base in Millington, Tennessee on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Millington is near Memphis.

The shooting occurred around noon, local time.  The navy base was briefly on lockdown, but that was lifted after the shooter was apprehended. The suspect and both victims are members of the U.S. National Guard, the navy confirmed. The injuries of the victims are not life threatening.

In other U.S. naval news on Thursday, there was official confirmation that two U.S. citizens were detained by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on Wednesday. The two were removed from a U.S.-flagged ship following a pirate attack in the West African Gulf of Guinea.

Religious Right and ACLU Protest Judge’s No Messiah Ruling

Monday, August 19th, 2013

It began when Jaleesa, 22, took the father of her baby, Jawaan P. McCullough, 40, to family court in Tennessee, to establish paternity and to set child support. Oh, and the baby’s name was Messiah, according to the LA Times.

In court it was revealed that the father had wanted to name the baby Jawaan P. McCullough Jr., but he no longer objected to calling the boy Messiah Deshawn. But the judge decided to change the baby’s name anyway.

“It is not in this child’s best interest to keep the first name ‘Messiah,’” Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew wrote in her decision. “‘Messiah’ means Savior, Deliverer, the One who will restore God’s Kingdom. ‘Messiah’ is a title that is held by only Jesus Christ.”

An entire Jewish family of Iraqi extract named Mashiach would argue differently, but you don’t get many Iraqi Jews in Tennessee. But even without that Iraqi-Jewish input, “Messiah” is an increasingly popular American baby name, according to the LA Times, as are the names Lord and King.

The name would impose an “undue burden on him that as a human being he cannot fulfill,” the judge wrote, although she really didn’t know just how spiritually gifted the baby Messiah was.

She also noted that in Cocke County, Tenn., where the new Messia resides, there is a “large Christian population” as evidenced by its “many churches of the Christian faith.”

“Therefore,” the judge concluded, “it is highly likely that he will offend many Cocke County citizens by calling himself ‘Messiah.’”

Maybe, maybe not – there’s a slew of Jesus’s out there and no one seems to mind, and then, come to think of it, using that same logic, the name David should also irk some people. So the ACLU of Tennessee got on the case, and, surprisingly, received many calls of support from the religious right, which typically threatens to blow up their offices over abortion cases.

“I got the classic call the other day,” Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, told the LA Times. “They said, ‘I really don’t like the ACLU, but I support what you are saying and doing about the baby Messiah.”

UC Davis constitutional law professor Carlton F.W. Larson said the judge’s “entire line of reasoning totally violates basic freedom of religious purposes. This kid can’t be a Messiah because the Messiah is Jesus Christ? Judges don’t get to make pronouncements on the bench about who is the Messiah and who is not.”

The ACLU’s Weinberg agreed: “The judge is crossing the line by interfering in a very private decision and is imposing her own religious faith on this family. The courtroom is not a place for promoting personal religious beliefs, and that’s exactly what the judge did when she changed the baby Messiah’s name to Martin.”

On the other hand, if a certain Miriam from Nazareth had gone ahead and changed her own child’s name to Martin, we’d all be spared a lot of embarrassment…

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/religious-right-and-aclu-protest-judges-no-messiah-ruling/2013/08/19/

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