Beaucoup Harem

We’ve said repeatedly that all these non-Islamic Islamic terrorists seem to be in competition with each other.

We seem to be right:

Boko Haram militants are reported to have kidnapped 185 women and children, after slaughtering 32 people in an attack on a remote village in northeast Nigeria.

Two officials, who requested anonymity, said the group gathered the women and children together and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs

‘After killing our youths, the insurgents have taken away our wives and daughters,’ said Mukhtar Buba, who fled Gumsuri to the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

The other local official said the insurgents ‘stormed the village in a convoy of vehicles (armed) with petrol bombs’ and heavy weapons.

Buba, the resident, said more than half the village had been destroyed.

‘The terrorists mercilessly attacked us and killed at will,’ he told AFP.

Amateurs. Rank Amateurs.

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights claims the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) murdered 150 women simply because they refused to marry or perform sexual acts with the terrorists.

“At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage,” said the Ministry. “Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”

The militants buried the victims in mass graves in the city.

And then in a Fox-Butterfield-is-that-you moment if there ever was one:

Militants claim they adhere to a very conservative interpretation of Islam, yet they run brothels and keep sex slaves.

All this, bear in mind, after the Taliban slaughtered 132 children, what, only yesterday? The ball’s already back in their court!

PS: Sorry to be a bummer, but I do think it better that you know what’s going on. I trust you get that.

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It’s Constitutional, Bitches

Illegal aliens? Legal, with a wave of his hand.

Fidel Castro? From villain to ally, by his say so alone.

Michael Young and Eric Garner? Misdemeanor to martyr, at his direction.

I just hope Obama shows the same mercy to these “folks”:

People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016.

Consumers face a Feb. 15, 2015, deadline to buy insurance, after which those without coverage could be hit with fines of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher.

And you thought the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act was about patient protection and affordable care. Sucker:

In promotional materials, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service say they can provide consumers relief, arguing that healthcare reform is making tax planning more difficult.

“The ACA [Affordable Care Act] has changed the landscape of both healthcare and tax,” H&R Block states online, inviting consumers to calculate their mandate penalty or receive a “tax impact analysis” when they become a client.

Jackson Hewitt urges consumers to stop by one of its locations, promising that their employees “work harder to keep up with the latest tax law changes to protect you from possible penalties — not everyone else does.”

The marketing around the healthcare law is taking flight at a time when surveys show the public remains deeply confused about the mandate.

Not the Surgeon General or the AMA—H&R-[bleeping]-Block.

Forget that $325; it’s only going to be higher. Two percent of $16,250 is $325. That’s about minimum wage; such people are sure to be subsidized. Two percent of, say, $60,000? Twelve hundred dollars—after-tax dollars.

It’s either that or jail, because it’s the law of the land. Just don’t add insult to injury:

Anne Filipic, president of the campaign-style group Enroll America, said the mandate is coming up more frequently this year.

“We will always lead our conversations with the great benefits that are available to consumers,” Filipic said in a joint interview with The Hill and The Wall Street Journal last month.

“As for the fine, that is something that we will communicate to consumers about as well. It’s about delivering the facts.”

ObamaCare has never been about the facts, you lying… I can’t say it, as Barbara Bush once demurred, but it rhymes with with witch.

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One Nation, Under Obama, Racist, With Justice4Trayvon

Boy, Obama must really worried about the collapse of ObamaCare, the backlash against amnesty, the creeping IRS scandal, and all the other chickens coming home to roost.

He’s talking about racism again (still):

“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.

Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”

Was it Bill Clinton?

But it gets worse. Michelle:

“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”

Neither is her story:

Letterman held up a photo of Mrs. Obama shopping at Target in low-key garb.

“That’s my Target run. I went to Target,” she said. “I thought I was undercover. I have to tell you something about this trip though. No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not.”

As the audience laughed, she went on, “And the only thing she said — I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good. … She had no idea who I was. I thought, as soon as she walked up — I was with my assistant, and I said, ‘This is it, it’s over. We’re going to have to leave.’ She just needed the detergent.”

A short woman asking a statuesque black woman (FLOTUS in disguise) for help reaching the detergent on the top shelf is racist? Even when the interaction made her feel “so good”? “She didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life.”

If this racism follies was a Broadway tryout it would close in New Haven.

And just as for honesty’s sake, can we acknowledge that Mrs. Obama didn’t go to Target accompanied by only an assistant (and a photographer). The stock clerk in the next aisle wore sunglasses and had a bulge under his smock (Hi, My Name is Smith & Wesson!). The puny lady with the dirty laundry couldn’t have gotten with twenty feet Michelle without four sniper scopes being trained on her left temple.

Seriously, if there is anyone trading on the deaths of those lamentably late lawbreakers, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, more than Al Sharpton, it is the First Family. With Eric Holder close at hand.

Sorry about getting your a** kicked in the midterms. But it’s not personal; it’s strictly business.

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Next Year in East Jerusalem

Or the year after, but it’s coming:

Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King, who is the founder and director of the Israel Land Fund (ILF), appeared on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show recently during a trip to America and explained his work at ILF.

“What I’ve been doing for the last 18 years is redeeming the land of Israel and especially focusing in Jerusalem, and we do that by buying land from Arabs in the so-called Arab neighborhoods – east Jerusalem,” explained King.

“The target is to move Jews to live in these places so people like (US President Barack) Obama and like even our Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu who are thinking maybe to divide Jerusalem – it will be much more difficult for them,” he continued.

King revealed that “every day I’m receiving between two to five requests, proposals from Arabs; Arabs are crying to find someone to buy their homes.” He noted that racist policies preventing Jews from buying in eastern Jerusalem are harming the Arab owners looking to sell.

In addition to buying properties, ILF also fights to restore Jewish rights to properties purchased by Jews many years ago, during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate.

“Unfortunately this land that was purchased 100 years ago and more – Arabs squatted on these properties,” reports King, detailing how he works to get power of attorney from the legal Jewish owners and have the Arab squatters evacuated via a court order.

All those who cry out for the rule of “international law” are awfully selective in the laws they want to rule. We’ve wondered why the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations resolution are never cited, much less enforced.

As for Israel being an apartheid state, well…

Remarking on the status of Jerusalem, King stated “Jerusalem is an apartheid city. There are neighborhoods that are judenrein,” referencing the Nazi term meaning “clean from Jews.”

“There are eight neighborhoods in Jerusalem that are judenrein meaning there are no Jews living there by the decision of the government of Israel,” said King, referencing the neighborhoods such as Beit Safafa, Kalandiya and others where the government does not allow Jews to enter, despite them being within the municipal boundaries of the capital.

We’re unabashed Zionists here, so don’t look to us for objectivity. But I’d like to ask others to tell me of another country where international “opinion” argues for a divided capital city; where neighborhoods are segregated by law; of a supposedly Democratic state where the religious majority may not display the least hint of its faith at its holiest site for fear of offending the excitable religious minority.

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Who’s Not Ready for Hillary?

Almost 666,000 (appropriately enough) by my count, that’s who:

In June, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the cover of People magazine for the first time in more than a decade. Real people, not the magazine, talked about what the article might mean for 2016. They talked about whether Clinton was using a walker (she wasn’t). They talked about people talking about whether Clinton was using a walker (She still wasn’t).

What they didn’t do was buy the magazine. According to a report from AdWeek on Monday, the June 16 issue of People featuring the former first lady and senator was the magazine’s worst selling of 2014 with 503,890 copies sold. The magazine’s best-selling issue –1,169,800 copies — was the one featuring Robin Williams after his death in late August. AdWeek said that celebrity weeklies saw poor performances with issues that featured the Kardashians and Beyonce on the cover.

It seems to me Hillary has something else in common with Beyonce and Kim—butt I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m sure it’ll come to me in the end. At bottom, they’re all talented successful women.

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Lie of the Year

Politifact said it was Ebola panic. But that was hardly a lie (just ask Sierra Leone), but a series of fortunate events.

I think Glenn Kessler nails it:

“I didn’t call the Islamic State a ‘JV’ team”

President Obama repeated a claim, crafted by the White House communications team, that he was not “specifically” referring to the Islamic State terror group when he dismissed the militants who had taken over Fallujah as a “JV squad.” But The Fact Checker had obtained the previously unreleased transcript of the president’s interview with The New Yorker, and it’s clear that’s who the president was referencing.

Obama’s lies are like Lays potato chips: who can have just one?

“Republicans have filibustered 500 pieces of legislation”

President Obama, a former senator, got quite a few things wrong here. He spoke of legislation that would help the middle class, but he was counting cloture votes that mostly involved judicial and executive branch nominations. Moreover, he counted all the way back to 2007, meaning he even included votes in which he, as senator, voted against ending debate — the very thing he decried in his remarks. At best, he could claim the Republicans had blocked about 50 bills, meaning he was off by a factor of ten.

“We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.”

– President Obama, Feb. 20

Nope. Depending on the estimate, Obama was either six times too high or just double. Either way, he was way off.

There are more, from the Left and the Right, but Obama’s the only multiple winner.

PS: Remember when Politifact had a spine?

Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’

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See You in Court

You’ll be hearing from my lawyers:

President Barack Obama’s new plan to ease the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge found on Tuesday, handing down the first legal ruling against the plan.

The ruling has no immediate impact, with the government saying there was no reason for Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the issue in the case, which concerns 42-year-old Honduran immigrant Elionardo Juarez-Escobar.

Schwab is the first judge to rule on the legality of the plan Obama announced on Nov. 20. The executive action by the Democratic president is opposed by Republicans and is already subject to other legal challenges.

Schwab ruled that the executive action violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of separation of powers and the separate “take care clause,” which requires the president to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress.

So what if it’s non-binding? At least someone has the nuts to pronounce on the issue. Over to you, John Boehner (speaking of nuts, or lack thereof).

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Outta Here

I’ll be out of town for the holidays. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’ll be reading from afar, so I hope you’ll comment.

– Aggie

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The Most Transparent, Ethical Administration EVAH!!

How cheap can they be bought?

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.

The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.

It was one of several favorable decisions the Obama administration made in recent years involving the Isaías family, which the government of Ecuador accuses of buying protection from Washington and living comfortably in Miami off the profits of a looted bank in Ecuador.

More at the link. They really care about poor people, don’t they?

– Aggie

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Europe is as Europe Does

I’m still trying to understand the story Aggie broke below.

But I’m not getting very far:

The European Union’s second highest court annulled on Wednesday the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist organizations, but temporarily maintained the measures for a period of three months or until an appeal was closed.

There’ a lot to digest right there—starting with the existence of EU courts apart from British courts and French courts, etc. If I read this right, the EU itself (the bloc-heads mentioned above) wanted to keep Hamass on the terrorist list, but the court (the JV court, as Obama would say) overruled, at least temporarily.

Very well. How and why did the court make this decision?

The General Court of the European Union said the contested measures were not based on an examination of Hamas’s “acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities” but on imputations derived from the media and the Internet.

The EU court did not consider the merits of whether Hamas should be classified as a terror group, but reviewed the original decision-making process. This, it said, did not include the considered opinion of competent authorities, but rather relied on press and Internet reports.

“The court stresses that those annulments, on fundamental procedural grounds, do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group,” the court said in a statement.

Hamas’s military wing was added to the European Union’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Hamas’s political wing was added to the EU’s list of terror organizations in 2003 after a diplomatic effort led by Israel and the US.

So, Hamass has been designated a terrorist organization for well over a decade, but now isn’t because the original determination wasn’t informed by “competent authorities”.

I got one for you:

On December 8, 2006, several months after becoming Hamas’ leader, Haniyeh spoke to thousands of worshipers at Tehran University in Iran, calling for the next intifada against Israel.

“We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem.”

“The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine – all of Palestine, Allah willing.”

“The gun is our only response to [the] Zionist regime. In time we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy.”

“Thousands of fighters above ground and thousands of fighters underground have been preparing in silence for the campaign to liberate Palestine.”

On January 13th, 2014, the Hamas’ government celebrated 13,000 graduates from the Hamas youth paramilitary camps, designed to encourage Gazan teens “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs.” Haniyeh congratulated the participants at the graduation ceremony.

“This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and suicide operations.”

Just one guy, a hot-head, you say?

Dr. Issam Adwan, a leading Hamas official, recently declared that the terrorist organization has the right to attack Israeli embassies and officials across the globe. His comments appeared in an article published last week on a Hamas-affiliated website.

In his recent comments, Adwan declared his support for expanding Hamas’ use of violence, stating that the terror organization must “pursue the agents of the occupation wherever they may be” and that “leaving them in peace damages the Palestinian cause.”

Adwan issued more specific threats against Israeli officials. Hamas, he said, “may find itself forced to attack the enemy’s interests and senior officials” outside of Israel. He pointed to “the enemy’s embassies worldwide” as targets for a potential strike.

Two’s company, three’s a crowd:

On December 05, 2012, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad called on all Gazans to vow to remain on the path of sacrifice and be “creative about the ways to get rid of this entity (Israel), to get rid of of this cancer, God willing.” The minister was speaking in a ceremony for Interior Ministry workers following Operation “Pillar of Defense”.

He promised that the Interior Ministry will continue to “sacrifice martyr after martyr”, while admitting that the ministry cooperates with other military factions in the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, Hamad called on all Arab countries to release funds kept in European and American banks, and transfer them to “the Jihad warriors, for them to buy with it all the weapons, with which we’ll humiliate the enemies of Allah”.

Can we get a fourth for bridge?

A Hamas MP recently called on all Palestinian factions to attack Israel, especially Jerusalem, in response to what he called the “war crimes perpetrated…in the Al-Aqsa mosque” by the “Zionists”.

“I use this opportunity to demand of the Palestinian factions, and of the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, to urge their military wings to execute Jihad operation, in the depth of the Zionists, and especially in the city of Jerusalem in response to the Zionists war crimes perpetrated in this holy city and in the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.”

One more and we can put together a basketball team:

The organization has a disciplined hierarchy with Mr. Meshaal at the top.

“He is the leader,” Mr. Al Hroub said. “He is not a nominal figure.”

What most observers agree on is Mr. Meshaal’s ability to bring in cash. Though he has been forced to switch patrons every few years — he has been based in Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Qatar — he has always been adept at raising money, said Alon Ben-Meir, a fellow at the New York University Centre for Global Affairs.

This has made him personally wealthy, according to reports in the Israeli press. These include claims he has diverted billions of dollars from Hamas, amassing a fortune of up to $5-billion.

It’s difficult to judge the accuracy of the reports, but Mr. Ben-Meir believes they have at least some truth.

“He raises money for the organization,” he said. “I’m not going to tell you he steals half of it or part of it, but there’s no question when you have a lot of money, you can live a more comfortable life. Over the years, he’s definitely accumulated a significant amount of money. He definitely can be considered very, very rich.”

Mr. Al Hroub, in contrast, dismisses such suggestions as “silly.”

What is clear is the contrast between Mr Meshaal’s privileged lifestyle and that of his people in Gaza will grow ever more stark as the war drags on.

“The Palestinians voted for Hamas because they promised them change and reform,” said Mr. Eldar.

“They didn’t build any schools. They just built tunnels. And he is living in Qatar in very good condition.”

How about asking Hamass itself?

In 1988, Hamas issued its infamous charter: an ugly admission of their racism and fundamentalism. Today, the grotesque values defined in Hamas’ charter continue to be the broken moral compass of the terror group.

It is suggested that the entire charter (especially articles 8, 9,13 & 32) be read. However, a few articles of the charter will suffice to represent its malevolence.

Article 6: An example of Religious fundamentalism

The Islamic Resistance Unit is a unique Palestinian movement. It owes it’s loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life, and strives to raise the Banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.

Article 7: An example of Islamic anti-Semitism

The Islamic resistance movement has been looking forward to fulfilling the promise of Allah [IE the destruction of the Jews], no matter how long that might take.

[The article continues with this Quranic quote] “The Last Hour would not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them, and until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim or Servant of Allah there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree of the Gharwad would not say it, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

Okay, we’ve made our point. What’s disgraceful is that we had to.

Ball’s in your court, Europe. What will your court decide?

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How Low Can Europe Go?

They plan to remove Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations.

The European Union is expected to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist groups, Western officials confirmed to The Jerusalem Post late Tuesday.

The officials said that the EU courts will accept the Islamist organization’s appeal to remove its designation as a terrorist entity.

I hope this isn’t true, but nothing coming out of Europe would surprise me.

– Aggie

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The Wages of Sin is Detroit

And your wages have been docked:

A published report says dozens of suspected killers, rapists and others who were arrested by Detroit police over the past four years have been released because of a backlog of unsigned warrants.

Among the unsigned warrants at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office are 21 for murder, including one going back to 2010, according to a report in the Detroit News. The newspaper says there are 105 for sexual assault and 126 for child abuse.

In most cases, police were forced to release the suspects, since the law requires that they can’t be held beyond 72 hours without being arraigned.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says many of the releases are a result of too few employees in her office. She says the office has “lost half of our staff and it is no surprise that we are not able to fulfill our mandated functions with such drastic staff reductions.”

“It certainly is not surprising that this has impacted our ability to review and charge warrant requests presented to us,” Worthy said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he sympathizes with issues at the prosecutor’s office, but he has staffing challenges of his own.

“I can’t and won’t say I don’t have enough officers to do the job,” Craig said. “I don’t have the luxury of saying that. I have fewer officers today than when I got started, but I can’t say, ‘We don’t have enough people.’ That’s not an option.”

Meanwhile, Craig says, all his officers can do is continue to arrest suspects.

“Once we arrest them and submit a warrant request, it’s out of our hands,” he said.

They shouldn’t be that hard to find:

In 1950, Detroit was America’s fifth largest city and one of the most prosperous on the back of its booming motor industry.

It prompted the construction of skyscrapers on the banks of the river and the development of vast suburban housing projects in the surrounding areas.

But almost 55 years on, a dwindling motor industry and a dramatic fall in blue collar jobs has caused people to leave the Michigan city, abandoning their homes and businesses.

These aerial photos reveal the tiny urban island that is left – a clutter of high-rises surrounded by empty housing plots now covered in grass.

Detroit, once the industrial capital of the nation, was voted the most dangerous city in the country in 2012, for the fourth year in a row.

The city, left ravaged by dwindling blue-collar jobs, the decline of the auto industry and rising unemployment.

And corrupt, incompetent one-party rule, don’t forget!

With all that open space, many have suggested Detroit turn from cars to cows.

Or at least goats:

David and Sky Brown do not seem like the type of people who would be targeted by Detroit’s law enforcement. This summer the couple moved into the Motor City’s dangerous northwest area to help with revival efforts. After fixing an abandoned home, they opened a backyard pen with goats and chickens and began hosting neighborhood dinners, using the animals’ eggs and milk. They hoped to transform their decrepit block into a community farm.

But the city squelched the Browns. Without warning, animal-control officials entered their home on the afternoon of Oct. 22 and, citing a city law banning farm animals, confiscated their pets. In a phone interview, Mrs. Brown described this as “the most traumatic experience of my life.”

While housing livestock was technically illegal, the decision to target the Browns was odd. The couple had good neighborhood rapport, epitomizing the sort of urban pioneers that Detroit wishes to attract. The animals should have been a minor concern amid the city’s rampant crime. But the crackdown was one example of a broader regulatory sweep that has spread across Detroit and may kill its newfound entrepreneurial spirit.

Detroit is lawless, so it seems unfair to complain about them enforcing the law. But when murderers, rapists, and child molesters go free while goats remain in the can, that is a backward world in more ways than one.

And the goats may never go free:

Admitting she was ignorant of the law, Sky Brown, 34, said her initial goal was to get permission from the city to transfer the goats to a farm where they are legal so they wouldn’t e killed.

She said the animal control worker who itook them told her she’d never see the goats again.

Since, she’s heard varying stories from the Detroit Law Department about the disposition of the animals. At one point she was ensured they’d avoid the lethal needle and be moved to a farm.

But the latest she says comes from Doug Baker of the Legal Department.

Baker told her, to comply with federal law, the goats would have to be transferred to a USDA facility for scabies testing. After that, he indicated they might be euthanized.

Brown, who has a law degree and is scheduled to take the Michigan Bar exam this weekend, scoured the law books but couldn’t find anything referencing goat scabies testing.

The state was just issuing an “executive action”, like Obama. If the goats had been truly illegal, they’d be free to come out of the shadows now.

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