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Is president Onama a ‘natural-born citizen’ as Constitution requires

Alien in the White House

WASHINGTON – Is this the case that will break the presidential eligibility question wide open?

The Supreme Court conferred today on whether arguments should be heard on the merits of Kerchner v. Obama, a case challenging whether President Barack Obama is qualified to serve as president because he may not be a “natural-born citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

Unlike other eligibility cases that have reached the Supreme Court, Kerchner vs. Obama focuses on the “Vattel theory,” which argues that the writers of the Constitution believed the term “natural-born citizen” to mean a person born in the United States to parents who were both American citizens.

“This case is unprecedented,” said Mario Apuzzo, the attorney bringing the suit. “I believe we presented an ironclad case. We’ve shown standing, and we’ve shown the importance of the issue for the Supreme Court. There’s nothing standing in their way to grant us a writ of certiorari.”

If the Supreme Court decides to grant the “writ of certiorari,” it may direct a federal trial court in New Jersey to hear the merits of the case, or it may choose to hear the merits itself. The court’s decision on the writ could be announced as early as Wednesday.

If any court hears the merits of the case, Apuzzo says it will mark the “death knell” for Obama’s legitimacy. “Given my research of what a natural-born citizen is, he cannot be a natural-born citizen so it’s a death knell to his legitimacy. What happens on a practical level, how our political institutions would work that out, is something else,” Apuzzo told WND.

Apuzzo observed it is “undisputed fact” that Obama’s father was a British subject.

A hearing on the merits “is also […]

Dancing wit the Stars – Bristol Palin

Dancing with the Stars – Bristol Palin

Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol won through to the final of hit US show “Dancing with the Stars”, bouyed by public support in defiance of judges’ skepticism about her dance floor talents.

As her mother continues to shine in the political spotlight, the 20-year-old is enjoying the media limelight generated by her unexpected success on the hugely popular TV talent show.

Palin was again ranked last by judges in the semi-final of the show, in which celebrities partner with professional dancers, but voting by viewers pushed her score with partner Mark Ballas up into third place.

Singer Brandy broke down in tears after being knocked out, although her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy conceded: “People vote and their voices count, and I love the fact that the show represents that.”

Former “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough jumped with joy when they learnt they were through to the final, as did actor-singer Kyle Massey and professional ballroom dancer Lacey Schwimmer.

Like her mother, Bristol is a hit with the public despite experts’ scorn, in what some commentators say could take the younger Palin all the way to the top in next week’s final.

“Bristol will now go on to win the whole shebang. She doesn’t deserve it. Everyone knows it, even, I suspect, the people who keep voting for her,” predicted Lisa Gutierrez on the Kansas City Star newspaper’s website.

Bristol’s success comes as her mother, the former governor of Alaska, solidifies her own life in the spotlight with her own reality show launched at the weekend, fueling speculation about her 2012 White House plans.

The former governor of Alaska burst onto the national stage like a supernova in 2008 when Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked her to be his […]

Obama’s Visit to Mumbai – $200 Million per Day

Obama Mumbai

The US would be spending a whopping $200 million per day on President Barack Obama’s visit to the city.

“The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit,” a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.

About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.

“Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the US officials may not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is competent to take care of the security measures and they would be piloting the Presidential convoy,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Navy and Air Force has been asked by the state government to intensify patrolling along the Mumbai coastline and its airspace during Obama’s stay. The city’s airspace will be closed half-an-hour before the President’s arrival for all aircraft barring those carrying the US delegation.

The personnel from SRPF, Force One, besides the NSG contingent stationed here would be roped in for the President’s security, the official said.

The area from Hotel Taj, where Obama and his wife Michelle would stay, to Shikra helipad in Colaba would be cordoned off completely during the movement of the President.

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Run away MQ 8 Fire Scout UAV almost shot down

Fire Scout MQ 8

US commanders considered shooting down an unmanned navy helicopter that flew out of control towards the US capital last month before communications were restored, a top US officer said Thursday.

Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, who oversees the country’s air defenses, said the August 2 incident presented senior officers with an unprecedented dilemma, as a robotic Fire Scout helicopter strayed off course after losing ground communications.

“We were watching this very closely,” said Winnefeld, head of US Northern Command and NORAD, the joint US-Canadian air defense command.

“It’s headed right for the heart of the national capital region,” he told defense reporters. “Do you let it run out of gas and hopefully crash in a farmer’s field or do you actually take action to shoot it down?”

“You certainly don’t want to shoot it down over a populated area if you can avoid it.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command was on the verge of scrambling F-16 fighter jets to intercept the helicopter when operators regained control of the chopper after 20 minutes.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout had taken off from Webster Field at the Patuxent River testing ground in Maryland and broached Washington’s restricted air space, but the US Navy said the helicopter never got closer than 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the capital.

The admiral said the military was “not close” to shooting down the helicopter but commanders had reviewed possible options.

“So we were going through all that decision calculus and then fortunately got the word that they’d gotten control of it,” he said.

The episode came as the military presses civilian officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ease restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft over the United States.

Winnefeld acknowledged that last month’s incident with the runaway Fire Scout would […]

Venezuela – Hugo Chavez – 11 US owned oil rigs to be nationalized

Venezuela Legislature has voted to nationalize 11 oil rigs owned by the US firm Helmerich & Payne

Hugo Chavez

The rigs, located in Monagas, Anzoategui and Zulia states, will be taken over by state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

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