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Federal Issues:
CFIF Joins More Than 50 Organizations to Urge U.S. Senate to Protect Private Property Rights

Legal_Update In a letter delivered to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) this week, the Center for Individual Freedom joined more than 50 national and state organizations urging the Senate to protect private property rights.

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut, significantly expanded the eminent domain power of states and localities as the Court ruled it constitutional for the government to take private property and hand it over to private developers. In response, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 4128, the "Private Property Protection Act of 2005," which seeks to curb eminent domain abuse by withholding all federal funds for economic development for two years from states and localities that act on the expanded power.

Unfortunately, the legislation is stalled in the Senate.

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Your Turn -- Meeting Nonsense With Commonsense:
An Interview With Phyllis Schlafly on Immigration Reform

Legal_Update "May Day" came and went in the United States with American businesses and consumers taking significantly less of a beating than a piñata at a child's birthday party. Protesters left their employment positions and took to the streets demanding special rights and amnesty for illegal aliens in an attempt to show how immigrant labor affects the American economy.

As Congress weighs the issues involved in immigration reform, both sides of the aisle struggle to develop a plan that secures our borders while legislating sound immigration policy.

Recently author, activist and founder of Eagle Forum Phyllis Schlafly joined CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino to discuss immigration reform, immigration rhetoric and the Republican Party's response to both. What follows are excerpts from the interview that aired on "Your Turn – Meeting Nonsense with Common Sense" on WEBY 1330 AM, Northwest Florida's Talk Radio.

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U.N. Monitor: Guest Commentary
UN Taxation of Americans -- A Persistent Problem
By Paul M. Weyrich

Legal_Update The United Nations continues advancing a global taxation agenda. Americans who believe in national sovereignty are indebted to Clifford Kincaid for his diligent monitoring of an important issue that the "mainstream" news media long has ignored. The quotations which Kincaid has compiled in a publication issued recently by his organization, America's Survival, A CHRONOLOGY: UN CAMPAIGN FOR GLOBAL TAXES ON VERGE OF SUCCESS, clearly demonstrate the deepest desire of UN bureaucrats -- to pick our pockets. Wasting the regular contributions made by our Government and others is simply not sufficient to sate their appetite for money.

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Freedom Line:
Plagiarism for Fun, Fame and Profit

Legal_Update As an organization devoted to individual freedom, we must also be devoted to personal accomplishment that enhances freedom. Today's lesson, then, is plagiarism.

As the most recent cases involving Kaavya Viswanathan, the 19-year-old college sophomore phenom, and William H. Swanson, the CEO of Raytheon, amply demonstrate, many people do plagiarism incorrectly and are thus caught and humiliated. Mr. Swanson's mistakes are costing him some big bucks, because his company is not amused.

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U.N. Monitor:
Book Review: U.N. Endangering Our Security

Legal_Update Fox News correspondent and anchor Eric Shawn thought he had seen everything. After all, he had been on the police beat in New York City. He'd covered presidential campaigns and major news events around the world.

Then he started to cover the United Nations.

In an excellent new book from publisher Sentinel, a division of Penguin, Shawn reveals his insights from his time covering the U.N. -- a time that corresponded with the Oil for Food scandal, the drive for meaningful reform, and some of the worst failures in the world body's history.

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CFIF History & Civics Quiz:
Question of the Week
Freedom Line
May Fifth is widely recognized as "Cinco de Mayo," a celebration of the 1862 defeat of the French Army by Mexican forces under the command of General Zaragoza during the Battle of Puebla. What other news-making headlines occurred on the fifth of May?

(a) "Napoleon Bonaparte Dies"
(b) "Japanese Bomb Kills 6 Americans"
(c) "U.S. Launches First Manned Space Flight"
(d) All of the above

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Jester's Courtroom: Tales Stranger Than Fiction
Featuring bizarre and sometimes humorous real life stories from the courtroom.
Spanking Trial Sounds Alarm

Jester's Courtroom Home security company Alarm One, Inc. has been ordered to pay $1.7 million to a former employee who was spanked in front of her colleagues in what the company called a "camaraderie-building" exercise. A California jury returned a verdict in favor of 53-year-old Janet Orlando finding that she suffered from sexual harassment and sexual battery when she was paddled on her backside on three occasions during her employment.

Ms. Orlando sued her employer for lost wages after she quit her job because she was humiliated when spanked by supervisors. According to court testimony, the incidents occurred during sales staff meetings attended by different teams of salespeople who competed against each other. The losers were spanked with a rival company's yard sign.

Ms. Orlando, a former salesperson for the company, alleged discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. "It was very humiliating," Orlando said. In one of her spankings, Orlando alleges that she suffered a one-inch cut below her buttocks.

In closing arguments defense attorney Katherine Hart called the spanking sessions silly and juvenile but no sexual harassment as both male and female staffers were subjected to spankings. "It was out in the open," Hart said. "It wasn't furtive. ..."

In closing arguments, lead defense attorney, K. Poncho Baker, spent time talking about a "strikingly similar" lawsuit that Ms. Orlando filed against another previous employer, a car dealership. According to Ms. Orlando, that case, which centered on a female employee who was accused of sexually harassing Ms. Orlando, ended with a settlement. "Let's admit why we're here," Baker said. "For money. ... She's going to hop aboard the Alarm One gravy train."

Source: Fresno Bee (California) and Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)

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Since many of these gems do not attain national attention, the Jester welcomes you to share with us your favorite wacky stories from a courtroom near you! Please be sure to provide the source. You may e-mail us at info@cfif.org.



Notable Quotes:
Quote of the Week

Notable Quotes Burt Prelutsky, Humor Columnist, Movie Critic and Author, on the Immigration Debate:

"If Bush asked for my advice, I'd tell him it's time he stopped listening to President Fox and started listening to the American people. And then I'd point out to him that no place in the Constitution does it say it's his responsibility to cure Mexico's crime and unemployment problems."

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