Archive for May, 2011
The honeymoon following the killing of Osama bin Laden appears to be over for President Barack Obama. According to a new Harris Poll, nearly half of Americans — 49 percent of respondents — said that they were unlikely to vote for Obama if the election were held today.
With the loss of several potential Republican Party nominees, the field of contenders for the GOP nomination is taking shape. But a recent poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents shows conservative Americans are unsure about which candidate they will support. The Gallup poll shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the lead, with 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden told reporters new tax revenues must be a part of any agreement on legislation to raise the debt limit. “I’ve made it clear today… revenues have to be in the deal,” Biden said, according to an Associated Press article on MSNBC’s website.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) had harsh words for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, as the Senate debated proposed amendments to the PATRIOT Act. Reid accused Paul of “fighting for an amendment to protect the right — not of average citizens, but of terrorists — to cover up their gun purchases.” At issue was Paul’s desire to offer an amendment to the Act to prevent warrantless access to some gun records, reported CNN.com.
Nobel laureate scientist Sir Paul Nurse believes Freedom of information laws are being used to harass scientists. “I have been told of some researchers who are getting lots of requests for, among other things, all drafts of scientific papers prior to their publication in journals, with annotations, explaining why changes were made between successive versions,” Nurse told guardian.co.uk. “If it is true, it will consume a huge amount of time. And it’s intimidating.”
The Supreme Court has decided that California’s overcrowded prisons are in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment against American citizens.
All right, kiddies, it’s that time again. Every now and then, Bob Livingston allows me to prod your cerebra with the proverbial sharp object. Actually, every now and then, I turn in one of my clever little civics quizzes so close to deadline that Livingston doesn’t have time to fill my space with old Herbert “Herblock” Block cartoons.
As the parade of potential Presidents of the United States marches toward 2012, I can’t help but notice there’s a scent on the breeze. Watching the Democrats and the corporate media circle the wagons around their idol, it finally occurred to me what the putrescent odor is: fear.
South Carolina’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to check an individual’s immigration status during routine traffic stops.
The United States government has grown into a tyrannical, fascist leviathan that is consuming everything in its sphere.
There are departments for everything under the sun, and those departments are staffed by unelected bureaucrats who are answerable to no one or nothing. Many are feckless and rude, as John Dollarhite found in his interactions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The various departments — like Energy, Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, Transportation, Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, et al — are unConstitutional and make their own rules and regulations outside of Congress. And when they decide to use those rules to crack down on Americans, they do so with the bedside manner of a viper.
How did Thomas Jefferson view the government he helped create?