As much as I agree with travelah, it isn't up to us to decide when a person is or is no longer a citizen. Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1481), as amended, states that U.S. citizens are subject to loss of citizenship if they perform certain specified acts voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. Briefly stated, these acts include:
obtaining naturalization in a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (1) INA);
taking an oath, affirmation or other formal declaration to a foreign state or its political subdivisions (Sec. 349 (a) (2) INA);
entering or serving in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or serving as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the armed forces of a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (3) INA);
accepting employment with a foreign government if (a) one has the nationality of that foreign state or (b) an oath or declaration of allegiance is required in accepting the position (Sec. 349 (a) (4) INA);
formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer outside the United States (sec. 349 (a) (5) INA);
formally renouncing U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only under strict, narrow statutory conditions) (Sec. 349 (a) (6) INA);
conviction for an act of treason (Sec. 349 (a) (7) INA).
From the US Department of State
The only real issue with this case is that Al Qaeda is not a foreign state, but a terrorist organization. Yes, he was a dirtbag, and yes, he surely would have been convicted of treason, but until then he is a citizen, and this has the possibility of making it easier for government to start killing more of its citizens it only suspects of terrorism.
Paul's success was anything but unexpected at the Iowa Straw Poll. Paul always does well at these straw polls, conservative conferences, etc. He has a smaller, yet more active base than many other candidates, which is why he does well at these events but would never win the nomination.
I think you are attributing too much praise to people who go to brick and mortar stores and purchase books. I never get some magical connection when I see someone else in the same aisle I am in at a bookstore, and I rarely hear people get into meaningful conversations between books there. Bookstores are going the way of the dinosaur as many newspapers have. The reason is not that people are no longer interested in reading or getting the news, but the distribution method has changed drastically. Even if I want to get a book, I will check Amazon or other online distribution centers before going to a bookstore, because chances are that I can get it new or used at a much lower price, and I can be sure that I am not just wasting gas on a trip to a store that doesn't have what I am looking for.
Also, your headline is misleading. Sure, South Carolina is one of the most illiterate states in our union, but literacy has actually been improving over the last 20 years, and it has nothing to do with bookstores.
Sapphires in Goose Creek is a good Packer Bar.
Really? What kind of example do you think you are setting for these 4 year olds? It's okay to disrespect a police officer because you screwed up and don't want to be embarrassed in front of your friends? Heaven forbid you just take it in stride. To be honest, your actions make you a bit of a bitch. I would just chill, and tell your kid that when you speed and a cop sees you, you get a ticket. He's just doing his job, so sorry he couldn't do it according to your every whim.
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