Sheriffs charge 5 with Virginia nativity scene theft

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Sheriffs charge 5 with Va. nativity scene theft

Thursday – 12/13/2012, 10:38am  ET


The Bedford County Sheriff’s Department posted this photo of a group of teens posing with nativity figures on its website. Five teenagers are facing charges they stole and then destroyed a nativity scene from a church in Bedford County.(Courtesy Bedford County Sheriff)

FOREST, Va. – Five teenagers are facing charges they stole and then destroyed a nativity scene from a church in Bedford County in Southwestern Virginia.

According to media reports, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said the five were arrested Tuesday after the 12-piece Christmas scene was reported missing over the weekend from Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest.

The sheriff’s office released a photo of the teens that showed them posing with the figures.

The set had an estimated worth of $2,000 to $2,500.

The teenagers face charges of grand larceny, trespass and property damage.

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Let Us Return to God


Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. ~Ephesians 5:11

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment. ~John 7:24

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” ~1 Timothy 4:2
“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.” ~Exodus 23:8
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you. ~Deuteronomy 16:19-20

“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.” ~Mt. 23: 3-4

Your wealthy men are violent; Your citizens are liars and their tongues speak trickily. ~ Micah 6:12

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” ~1 Cor. 3:6

Prov 24:24-25 (NIV) Whoever says to the guilty, “you are innocent”–peoples will curse him and nations denounce him. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. ~Luke 12:2

Come, let’s return to God. ~Hosea 6:1

Secure Fence Act of 2006

“H.R. 6061” redirects here. For the star (HD 146254), see List of stars in Scorpius.
Secure Fence Act of 2006

Full title An Act To establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.
Enacted by the 109th United States Congress
Public Law Pub.L. 109-367
Stat. 120 Stat. 2638–2640
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
U.S.C. section(s) amended 8 U.S.C. § 1103, 14 U.S.C. § 637
Legislative history
Introduced in the House as H.R. 6061 by Peter T. King (R-NY) on September 13, 2006
Committee consideration by: House Homeland Security
Passed the House on September 14, 2006 (283–138, 1 Present)
Passed the Senate on September 29, 2006 (80–19)
Signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2006

The US-Mexico border fence near El Paso, Texas. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 authorizes the construction of 700 additional miles of the double chain link and barbed wire fences with light and infrared camera poles.
On October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109-367) into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”[1]
The bill was introduced on Sep. 13, 2006 by Peter T. King (R-NY). In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 -138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006 – the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 -19. Most Republicans voted in support of the Fence Act while most Democrats voted against it.[2]
The Secure Fence Act of 2006’s goal is to help secure America’s borders to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles (1,100 km) of physical barriers along the Mexico-United States border. Additionally, the law authorizes more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting as well as authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce infrastructure at the border.[1] Congress approved $1.2 billion in a separate homeland security spending bill to bankroll the fence, though critics say this is $4.8 billion less than what’s likely needed to get it built.[citation needed]
Proponents of the bill believe that it will cut off vehicle transport of illegal immigrants, forcing those who want to enter the country to pursue legal channels or cover potentially hundreds of miles on foot and overcome a difficult obstacle. This will increase the number of apprehensions of illegal immigrants. It could also help contain the illegal drug trade pouring into the US from Mexico as well as provide additional protection from terrorist entry into the country.[3]
Opponents of the bill argue that it is not an effective strategy to curb illegal immigration because the fence is not a continuous barrier and can be climbed over or dug under in some areas. They also argue that it could harm US-Mexico relations, disrupt the environment and natural migration of wildlife, as well as increase the danger and risk of Immigrant workers attempting to cross the border. Further, opponents argue that because of the increased risk of crossing the border, illegal immigrants who previously pursued seasonal work and then returned home may have to bring their families and live permanently in the country.[3]
Since construction of the wall began “apprehensions, a rough proxy for measuring illegal crossings, were down 18% at the southern border in 2008 and Border Patrol attributes some of that to the fence. But a report in May 2009 by the Congressional Research Service found “strong indication” that illegal crossers had simply found new routes.” [4]
On January 23, 2008 the 110th Congress introduced Reinstatement of the Secure Fence Act of 2008 (H.R. 5124). This bill called for Homeland Security to construct an additional 700 miles of two layered, 14 foot high fencing along the southwest border.[5] The bill died in committee and was never voted upon.[5]
By April 2009 Homeland Security had erected about 613 miles of new pedestrian fencing and vehicle barriers along the southwest border from California to Texas.[6]
In May 2010, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) unsuccessfully reintroduced for the second time his “Finish the Fence” amendment which would require Homeland Security to construct an additional 353 miles (568 km) of fencing along the US-Mexico border.[7]
The Republican Party’s 2012 platform highlighted the fact that the rest of the double fencing was never built and stated that “The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built.”[8] The Washington Office on Latin America notes on its Border Fact Check site that the extremely high cost of complying with the Secure Fence Act’s mandate-estimated at US$4.1 billion, or more than the Border Patrol’s entire annual budget of US$3.55 billion, was the main reason that it was not fulfilled.[9]

Efforts to engage Iran re nuclear weapons

Iran will play them for fools so long as Obama sits around and lets Iran do it.


By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 11:25 AM

VIENNA — International officials engaged in a two-pronged effort Wednesday to engage Iran over concerns the country may have worked on nuclear weapons, with a U.N. team seeking access to a site linked to such suspected activity and European Union negotiators looking to restart talks with Tehran meant to ease such fears.

Preparing to depart Vienna for Tehran, Herman Nackaerts of the International Atomic Energy Agency signaled impatience with Iran’s refusal to meet IAEA requests for information on its suspicion that the Islamic republic had researched and developed components of a nuclear weapons program. In brief comments, he noted “negotiations for almost one year” have already been conducted on the issue.

U.S. Should Consider Automatic Voter Registration: Holder

U.S. Should Consider Automatic Voter Registration: Holder
By Phil Mattingly – Dec 11, 2012 3:00 PM PT

The U.S. should consider automatically registering eligible voters and extending voting hours to counter the November election’s long lines and administrative hurdles, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Holder, speaking today at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, proposed expanding access for voters and overhauling a registration system he called “antiquated.”
“It is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible,” Holder said in prepared remarks.
President Barack Obama called for changes on election night after voters in states including Florida and Virginia waited for hours to cast ballots. Obama, while thanking voters who stood in line “for a very long time,” added, “By the way, we have to fix that.”
Lawmakers and interest groups have responded with proposals and hearings, though legislative changes haven’t made headway in the Congress.
The 2012 campaign was defined, in part, by voter access lawsuits in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida after Republican-dominated legislatures required photo identification and limited hours at polling places.
Republican lawmakers said the measures were needed to prevent fraud and allow elections to run more efficiently. Holder’s Justice Department moved to block or delay some state laws.
‘Democratic Values’
“Attempts to restrict voting are inconsistent with our history,” Holder said, citing federal court decisions that uphold voters’ rights. “The desire to achieve an electoral advantage must never trump our democratic values.”
Holder also addressed a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court will consider overturning next year. Under the law, all or part of 16 mostly Southern states are required to get federal approval before changing their voting rules. Opponents of the provision, put in place to stop discriminatory practices, say it’s no longer warranted.
Holder said the so-called preclearance requirement was “an indispensable tool for eradicating racial discrimination.”
“In too many places, troubling divisions and disparities remain,” he said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Mattingly in Washington at
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at

Military Commissions Act of 2006

The United States Military Commissions Act of 2006,[1] also known as HR-6166, was an Act of Congress[2] signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006. Drafted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld,[3] the Act’s stated purpose was “To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes.”[4]

Picasso’s Stroll

On a round plate of real porcelain
an apple sits
Face to face with it
a realist painter
tries in vain to paint
the apple as it is
it doesn’t let it be
the apple
it has its word to say
and several turns in the apple sack
the apple
and here it is turning
on its real plate
sly on itself
sweetly without moving
and like a duke of Guise who is disguised in a
because someone despite his protests wants to
paint his portrait
the apple is disguised in beautiful fruit
and it is then
that the realist painter
starts to realize
that all the apple’s appearances are against him
like a poor unfortunate
like the poor needy who are found
at once at the
mercy of it-doesn’t-matter-what association
beneficent and charitable and formidable with
beneficence of charity and formidability
the unfortunate realist painter
finds himself suddenly then to be the sad prey

of an innumerable mob of associations of ideas
And the apple while turning evokes
the apple tree
the earthly Paradise and Eve and then Adam
the water can the espalier potato soup
the stairs
Canada the Hesperides Normandy Pippin and Lady-Apple
the serpent of the Palm Play the sermon of the Apple Juice
and the original sin
and the origins of art
and the Swiss with William Tell
and even Isaac Newton
several times excelled at the Statement of Universal Gravitation
and the dazed painter loses sight of his model
and falls asleep
It’s then that Picasso
who was passing by there as
he passes everywhere
each day like at his home
sees the apple and the plate and the painter
What an idea to paint an apple
says Picasso
and Picasso eats the apple
and apple says to him Thanks
and Picasso breaks the plate
and goes away smiling
and the painter pulled up from his dreams
like a tooth
finds himself all alone before his unachieved work
with a beautiful mix of his broken crockery
the terrifying pips of reality.

–Jacques Prévert

(translated by Day Williams from the French)

From Virginia Street and Other Poems by Day Williams