Thursday, July 28, 2005

Viva Zapata! Amigo de los Avacados

Alright kids, I thought I would share some information that I have regarding US and World politics, in order to help you circumnavigate the enormity of information in the world of politics and still be able to think straight. So enjoy, print and share it; and remember we here at Amandla salute Ferris Bueller.


The G8
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Italy The United States
Japan Canada
Germany Russia
France Britian


Constitutional Protections
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1. Ex Post Facto Law
Any law that makes an act a crime that was not a crime at the time it was commited, or that increases penalties or renders conviction easier after the face, is illegal.

2. Writ of Habeas Corpus
A check against arbitrary arrest or imprisonment, it is a legal order requiring that a person in custody be brought to court in order that just cause can be shown for the person's detention. Habeas Corpus can be suspended only under emergency conditions such as martial law.

3. Bill of Attainder
Any act of a legislature that declares a person guilty and sets the punishment without benefit of a judicial trial is illegal.



Bill of Rights
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Amendment 1
Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government.

Amendment 2
Right to bear arms.

Amendment 3
Troops may not be quartered in homes in peacetime.

Amendment 4
No unreasonable searches or siezures.

Amendment 5
No double jeopardy, no forced testimony against oneself, grand jury indictment required to prosecute a person for serious offense, no loss of life, liberty, or property without due process.

Amendment 6
Right to a speedy trial and defense counsel.

Amendment 7
Jury trial in suits where value exceeds $20.

Amendment 8
No cruel or unusual punisment.

Amendment 9
Unlisted rights are not nessacarily denied.

Amendment 10
Powers not delegated to the United States or denied to states are reserved to the states.



President Bush's Cabinet
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Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman
Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt
Secretary of The Treasury John Snow
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
The Vice President Richard B. Cheney
White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Office of Management and Budget Joshua B. Bolten
United States Trade Representative Ambassador Rob Portman
Office of National Drug Control Policy John Walters
Environmental Protection Agency Stephen Johnson


The Supreme Court
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William Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens
Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy
David Souter
Clarence Thomas
Ruth Ginsburg
Stepen Breyer
Sandra Day O'Conner (recently retired)


International Organizations and Leaders
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United Nations www.un.org, Secretary General Kofi Annan

The World Bank www.worldbank.org, President Paul Wolfowitz

International Monetary Fund www.imf.org, Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo

The European Union, http://europa.eu.int/, President of European Parliment Josep Borrell Fontelles

The World Trade Organization, www.wto.org, Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi

The North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/

The World Court, http://www.icj-cij.org/


World Leaders
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The United Kingdom, Prime Minister Tony Blair

Afganistan, President Hamid Karzai

Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, President-elect Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad

Iraq, President Jalal Talabani

Germany, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

France, President Jacques Chirac

Japan, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

South Africa, Prime Minister Thabo Mbeki

Russia, President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

China, President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao

India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Mexico, President Vicente Fox

Canada, Prime Minister Paul Martin

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Proud of Me Roots

Perhaps, all to often I fall into the trap of becoming overly critical of our government and to some it may seem that I am unappreciated of the privileges and rights this nation affords us. However this is not my stance. I am, infact, very aware of the liberties that we are allowed in this nation, respectful of them, and their honorable and deliberate origins in making a nation that allows man to flourish while still restraining him against the self-interest of the few. I am proud of the constitution, I am proud of our very unique judiciary, I am proud of our system of checks and balances and the moderation it allows. Furthermore I am proud to come from a nation that places value on dialogue as seen in the framework of the senate, I hold enormous respect for the principles in establishing restrictions of the government, put in place by the government. America has an excellent foundation and I don't ever wish to be pooled with those who criticize the nation out of contempt, ignorance, and laziness. I criticize with an understanding of where we came from and a concern with were we are going. I am critical not to degrade but to reinforce and to innovate. This nation was established by the people, to serve the people, to be criticized by the people, to be amended by the people, and finally if necessary to be disassembled by the people in a peaceful manner. We have a rich heritage--full of both human triumph and failure--but we have pressed on and we have learned and innovated. We still have a long ways to go, but I am proud of what we have.


For those of you who may wish to gain insight into some of the great thought that went into this nation I suggest the book, Forming of the Democratic Republic by Diamond and any of the Federalist Papers by Madison in particular number 51.