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  1. Remember Michael Williams and his deportation bus?
  2. Before the American Humanist Association made it a national news story by bring it before the Supreme Court, I suspect that very few of the people who even knew it existed at all actually cared. I am probably inclined to agree with the American Humanist Association more than I disagree with them, but this would be an instance where I disagree.
  3. As another fellow subscribing to no religion, I share your thoughts on this monument. There may be religious symbolism attached to the cross that it is composed of, but it was not built as a religious symbol, it was built to commemorate locals who died in World War I.
  4. Sympathy for her plight, as far as facing justice here in the United States goes, would have a hard time gaining traction. One of the few things basically all Americans agree on is that they have no love for ISIS, and our courts are not generally known for handing out lenient sentences to people convicted of anything related to terrorism. She did not fall in with the wrong crowd and end up heading downtown to protest with her buddies while flying some ISIS banners. She made a conscious choice to fly to Vancouver, then to Istanbul, only to sneak into Syria, expecting to eventually marry an ISIS fighter. She lied to her parents about why she was going to Turkey. Once there in Raqqa, she campaigned and recruited for ISIS (including calling for attacks on Americans) on Twitter while her husband was off during the day doing martyr things. When he was killed, she married another. When the second husband was killed, she married a third. As a 20-year-old UAB student when she left, she was certainly old (and intelligent) enough to know better than to travel to the Middle East to join a terrorist organization that was openly broadcasting its atrocities for everyone to see. She was a true believer. What she is not, is a victim. She regrets joining ISIS now, after it has effectively collapsed. She wants to return to the United States now, after she finds herself in a country that will be unmerciful to anyone from ISIS, and she is surrounded by equally unmerciful countries. She may have not slit throats, beheaded anyone, or shot anyone, but she willingly flew halfway across the world to join, support, and work with those that did. I am not convinced that is no danger to anyone. Involvement in ISIS is not something you walk away from after saying "I regret it, I will try to do better next time". Whether she is a citizen or not is a matter for our courts to decide. If she is a citizen, then she should be tried for her crimes.
  5. Everything I have read about her indicates that she expects to face justice in the United States. I think fear for her fate (and her child's fate) by remaining in the Middle East is one of the main reasons she wants to return to the United States. Iraq has been executing women like her. Syria is likely to do the same when they can get around to it. Other countries in the region are unlikely to be sympathetic to her. When faced with the prospect of execution or life imprisonment in various Middle East countries, desiring to spend the rest of your life as a ward of the Federal Bureau of Prisons is an easy choice, especially given that her child is likely placed in the custody of her parents in that case.
  6. I have a bad feeling that the situation in 7th Fleet will not really change until something drastic happens like a pair of destroyers firing on each other due to a mistake during an exercise. It takes a lot more than relieving the commanding officer complaining the loudest about the problem to actually fix it.
  7. Voice your objection ICHY, in PM if you do not feel like posting.
  8. I would expect anyone that has lost any property to forfeiture to be rather upset about it. That said, no one (aside from the defendant and perhaps their family) is going to shed any tears over the woman that lost her car because she was convicted of selling drugs from inside it, with her kids present. As I said previously, that is civil asset forfeiture done right.
  9. Oklahoma has become rather notorious for seizing money found during traffic stops, with no evidence of the money being connected to a crime, and no charges related to such criminal activity filed against the owner. The owner is then left in the difficult, expensive, and time-consuming process of pursuing the matter in court, where they may or may not get their money back. Such practices are little more than armed robbery, and I find them disgusting. On the other hand, what you describe is civil asset forfeiture done right. Most people do not object to the practice of seizing the assets of people that are, for example, being charged and then convicted as drug dealers or mafioso. Most people also do not object to a law enforcement agency putting those seized assets to good use in the form of equipment and/or training. The important step for me in that process is that the assets were connected to criminal activity that the owner was subsequently convicted of.
  10. Indeed. The Gestapo (or even their Stasi successors) would have just grabbed him from the dinner table and no one would hear anything about him ever again. No warrant, legal representation, or trial.
  11. In almost all such appearances, Gus seems to clearly radiate the vibe that he would rather be anywhere else, doing anything else. I can relate to it. Promo was my least favorite part of being in touring bands, even at the indie level I was at. There is always at least one member in a band that loves it though. Head coaches do not have that luxury.
  12. True, this is coming from a government that has had to reform and/or replace their equivalent of the FBI due to systemic corruption on at least two occasions. In all honesty, I have been genuinely surprised that El Chapo was brought to trial. No one knows about more skeletons in the closets of politicians and law enforcement on both sides of the border than El Chapo and his lieutenants.
  13. I think a lot of coaches are uncomfortable and disinterested in dealing with them, good press or bad press. In Gus' case, one cannot find a friendlier media personality for Auburn coaches than Rod Bramblett after a win, and Gus seems to be as interested in doing the Auburn Football Review as he is press conferences.
  14. Well, that took an interesting turn...
  15. He is the best coach in the program's history, and they seem to have reasonable expectations. Their recruiting rankings are usually in the 30's and 40's, but he still consistently puts together teams that go toe-to-toe with anyone. His program would be a monster if they were able to pull in talent like Oklahoma and Texas can. I think he is worth it for Oklahoma State, as they would have a difficult time finding anyone proven to be better.