U.S. To Reduce Use Of Chimps In Government-Funded Research

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it plans to reduce substantially the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research it funds.

The NIH said in a release it would designate for retirement most of the chimpanzees it currently owns or supports.

NIH Director Francis S. Collins has accepted most of the recommendations made by an independent advisory council for implementing a set of principles and criteria for the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded research, the release said.

While the NIH plans to retain but not breed as many as 50 chimpanzees for future biomedical research, the chimpanzees designated for retirement could eventually join more than 150 other chimpanzees already in the Federal Sanctuary System, operated by Chimp Haven in Louisiana under NIH oversight.

“Americans have benefited greatly from the chimpanzees’ service to biomedical research, but new scientific methods and technologies have rendered their use in research largely unnecessary,” Collins said.

“Their likeness to humans has made them uniquely valuable for certain types of research, but also demands greater justification for their use.

“After extensive consideration with the expert guidance of many, I am confident that greatly reducing their use in biomedical research is scientifically sound and the right thing to do.”

Swarming Ants Wrecking Air Conditioners Along U.S. Gulf Coast

AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — An invasion of “crazy” ants in areas of the U.S. Gulf Coast has wreaked havoc on electronic devices, especially air conditioning units, experts say.

Tawny crazy ants, named for their color and their “herky-jerky” pattern of foraging, first showed up near Houston in 2002.

Hailing from northern Argentina and southern Brazil, they seek out cavities to nest in, like walls, basements — or air conditioning units.

Less than 1/8 inch long, their small size allows them to crawl inside cellphones, computers and appliances, where protected cavities are “just great” for them, Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas, told LiveScience.

Reproducing in large numbers, sometimes outnumbering local species of ants 100-to-1, they’ve developed a preference for swarming into electronics devices like air conditioners and farm equipment like pumps, experts said.

In one case, the ants quickly spread to 90 out of 150 air-conditioning units in an apartment building in Waco, Texas, said Mike Matthews, who works for Austin-area pest control business The Bug Master.

“When you open these things up, you see thousands of the ants, just completely filling them up,” he said.

That infestation took about two months to control, he said.

Fourth Of July Is The Deadliest Day On The Road

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (UPI) — The Fourth of July is the deadliest day on U.S. roads, killing an average of 135 people each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations at Allstate, said car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, but teens crash four times more often than any other age group.

Teens accounted for 6 percent of the driving fatalities on July 4 but continue to be particularly susceptible to distracted driving incidents. The Allstate Foundation found 75 percent of teens said reading and responding to texts is distracting behind-the-wheel, up from 49 percent in 2009.

“Putting down the phone, never texting while driving and always wearing a safety belt can help make sure that everyone returns home safely after their Independence Day celebrations,” Gupta said in a statement. “It’s great to see that teens are evolving in their behavior and perceptions around texting, but our research still found that 39 percent of teen drivers admit to texting behind the wheel and 6 percent said they do it a lot.”

Parents should be positive role models when they’re behind the wheel, Gupta said.

All drivers — parents and children together — can pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries at www.facebook.com/XtheTXT.

No survey details were provided.

Jobless Claims Drop By 9,000

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims dropped by 9,000 to 346,000 in the week that ended Saturday.

The department revised the previous week’s estimate from 354,000 to 355,000. This set the four-week rolling average at 345,750, down 2,750 from the previous week.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week that ended June 15 were in California, where claims rose by 15,341, Pennsylvania with a gain of 4,882 and Florida with a gain of 4,850).

The largest decreases were in Illinois, down by 3,401, New York, down by 2,090, and Georgia with 1,893 fewer claims.

Consumer Spending Rose In May

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, climbing out of a deeper rut in April than previously reported.

In April, spending declined 0.3 percent, the department said, revising a previous release that pegged the decline at 0.2 percent.

The rebound for May was in line with economists’ expectations. It was the largest gain since February, when personal consumption expenditures jumped 0.7 percent.

With an adjustment for price changes, spending rose 0.2 percent in May, following an inflation-adjusted decline of 0.1 percent in April.

Disposable incomes rose 0.5 percent in the month with personal wages and salary disbursements up by $19.7 billion after a $6.5 billion gain in April.

The gain in incomes was also the largest since February, when they rose 1.2 percent.

Personal savings rose to $387.6 billion from $359.2 billion in April. The personal savings rate — savings as a percentage of disposable incomes — rose to 3.2 percent in May, compared to 3 percent in April.

The price index linked to consumer spending showed a gain of 0.1 percent in May after dropping 0.3 percent in April. The index for core prices, which leaves out food and energy items, also rose, climbing 0.1 percent after an increase of less than 0.1 percent in April.

Higher spending, incomes and price pressure points to an economy making incremental gains. Small shifts in spending are magnified by its importance in the grand scheme of things, as consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the country’s economic performance.

Pending Home Sales At Post-Recession Peak

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Pending Home Sales Index rose in May to its highest level in more than six years, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

The NAR said the index that tracks contracts of intention rose 6.7 percent month-to-month to 112.3.

The index is a comparison to the monthly average for 2001, its first year, which was assigned a value of 100.

The NAR said it had revised its April reading for the index to a slightly lower 105.2.

In May, the 25th consecutive month of improvements on an annual basis, the index was 12.1 percent higher than May 2012, when the index stood at 100.2.

“Even with limited choices, it appears some of the rise in contract signings could be from buyers wanting to take advantage of current affordability conditions before mortgage interest rates move higher,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a statement.

“This implies a continuation of double-digit price increases from a year earlier, with a strong push from pent-up demand,” he said.

The Pending Home Sales Index for the Northeast held steady in May at 92.3, but is 14.3 percent higher than May 2012.

In the Midwest, the index, at 115.5, jumped 10.2 percent from April and 22.2 percent from May 2012.

From April, the index rose 2.8 percent in the South to 121.8, which is a gain of 12.3 percent over the past 12 months. In the West, the index came to 109.7 in May, up 16 percent from April, but up only 11 percent from May 2012 due to limited inventory of homes on the market, NAR said.

Indiana Man Says Thieves Took Keys, Phone, Wallet — And His Pants

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — An Indiana man told police a woman he encountered late at night said she was a prostitute, then she and two men stole his keys, phone, wallet and pants.

Police said the 26-year-old Carmel man told them he was driving around the East Washington Street area of Indianapolis around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday “looking at properties” when he encountered a woman wearing a white tank top and blue jeans, The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.

“She told him that she was a ‘working girl’ and asked him if he wanted to have a good time,” the police report states.

The man answered affirmatively and the woman instructed him to follow her into an apartment, police said.

Police said the man told them two men in hoodies were waiting inside the otherwise empty apartment and one of them displayed a handgun and instructed the man to lie on the floor.

After robbing the man, the thieves fled and he  went to a neighboring apartment to call police.

Investigators said the man’s pants were found in an alley behind the building, but there was no sign of his other belongings.

Authorities: Woman Used Toy Gun To Scare Off Burglar

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said they arrested an accused burglar who was scared off when a homeowner brandished her son’s toy gun.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Roland Stuart Jr., 27, allegedly broke into Jane Rainboth’s Deerfield Beach home Monday and the barking of the woman’s dog led her to wake up and spot the man in her bedroom, the WPLG-TV, Miami, reported Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office report said Rainboth shouted, “I have a gun,” and brandished her young son’s toy gun, which was near her bed, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Investigators said Stuart fled the home and was arrested while hiding in a nearby wooded area just before 10 p.m.

Stuart was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling. His bond was set at $75,000 Tuesday.

“The court believes that you represent a danger to the community, that you’re willing to go into a woman’s home while she’s in bed, get into her bedroom and stand over her while she’s in bed,” Judge John Hurley told the suspect at the bond hearing.

IRS Auditor Affirms Tea Party Targeting; Obama Sells Gays Rights In Africa; Mooch’s Kampf; Rahm Sees Gay Dollar Signs For Dems; Sad, Straight Chik-fil-A Cows — Thursday Morning News Roundup 6-27-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Treasury Department’s inspector general told Congress this week his office stands by its determination that conservative groups were uniquely singled out for special scrutiny by the tax agency, rebutting Democrats’ contention that liberal groups also were targeted. Source: Washington Times… 
  • President Barack Obama clashed with Senegalese President Macky Sall over whether the gay rights movement must accelerate internationally. Source: Associated Press… 
  • In Dakar, Senegal, speaking at the Martin Luther King Middle School, First Lady Michelle Obama likened her upbringing to the upbringing of the Senegalese children at the school. Obama told the children of her “experience” and how it was similar to theirs. Source: Weekly Standard… 
  • While raising money for Bill Clinton (who signed the Defense of Marriage Act) in 1992, current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed, “Gays are the next Jews of fundraising.” Source: Washington Examiner… 
  • Chick fil-A President Dan Cathy is coming under fire again from homosexual groups after speaking out against yesterday’s historic gay marriage ruling. “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” he tweeted — then later deleted. Will another kiss-in follow? Source: Wall Street Journal… 

 

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California School To Use Tax Money To Train Students To Sell Obamacare

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“…Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. The songs, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother — it was all a sort of glorious game to them. All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak — ‘child hero’ was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police.”–George Orwell in 1984

While they aren’t co-opting youngsters to spy on parents for speaking out against the government (yet), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSF) is planning to use a $990,000 State grant to teach teens to sell Obamacare on their families.

The funding comes from a broader $37 million grant blitz by Covered California, the State’s health insurance exchange, to promote President Barack Obama’s nationally unpopular healthcare overhaul.

“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” said Sarah Soto-Taylor, spokeswoman for Covered California.

The grant money provided to LAUSD will be used to encourage families to sign up for Obamacare via phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations and meetings with employees eligible for Obamacare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.

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Teens in the school district will act as sort of “unpaid propagandizers” for the Obamacare effort, according to an article from The Heartland Institute.

“Teens are part of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,” said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, in an email to Heartland. “Teens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.

If the program is successful, stand by for more Federal initiatives to use schoolchildren as active propagandists for the State. No longer will they simply be passive recipients of government propaganda for seven hours each day.

If children are, as people like to say, the future, perhaps another of Orwell’s passages in 1984 is appropriate: “If you want a vision of the future… imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever.”

Ed Snowden, NSA And Fairy Tales A Child Could See Through

Sometimes, cognitive dissonance, which used to be called contradiction, rings a gong so loud it knocks you off your chair.

But if you’re an android in this marvelous world of synthetic reality, you get up, put a smile back on your face and trudge on.

Let’s see. The National Security Agency is the most awesome spying agency ever devised in this world. If you cross the street in Podunk, Anywhere, U.S.A., to buy an ice cream soda on a Tuesday afternoon in July, it knows.

It knows if you sit at the counter and drink that soda or take it and move to the only table in the store. It knows if you lick the foam from the top of the glass with your tongue or pick the foam with your straw and then lick it.

It knows if you keep the receipt for the soda or leave it on the counter.

It knows whether you’re wearing shoes or sneakers. It knows the brand of your underwear. It knows your shaving cream and precisely which container it came out of.

But this agency, with all its vast power and its dollars, can’t track one of its own — a man who came to work every day, a man who made up a story about needing treatment in Hong Kong for epilepsy and then skipped the country.

It just can’t find him.

It can’t find him in Hong Kong, where he does a sit-down video interview with Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. It can’t find that “safe house” or that “hotel” where he’s staying.

No. It can’t find him or spy on his communications while he’s in Hong Kong. Can’t figure out he’s booked a flight to Russia. It can’t intercept him at the airport before he leaves for Russia. Too difficult.

And this man, this employee, is walking around with four laptops that contain the keys to all the secret spying knowledge in the known cosmos.

It can’t locate those laptops. It can’t hack into them to see what’s there. It can’t access the laptops or the data. The most brilliant technical minds of this or any other generation can find a computer in Outer Mongolia in the middle of a blizzard, but these walking-around computers in Hong Kong are somehow beyond reach.

And before this man, Snowden, this employee, skipped Hawaii, he was able to access the layout of the entire U.S. intelligence network. Yes. He was able to use a thumb drive.

He walked into work with a thumb drive, plugged in and stole… everything. He stole enough to “take down the entire U.S. intelligence network in a single afternoon.”

Not only that, but anyone who worked at this super-agency as an analyst, as a systems-analyst supervisor, could have done the same thing, could have stolen the keys to the kingdom.

This is why NSA geniuses with IQs of more than 180 have decided, now, in the midst of the Snowden affair, that they need to draft “tighter rules and procedures” for their employees. Right.

Now, a few pieces of internal security they hadn’t realized they needed before will be put in place.

This is, let me remind you, the most secretive spying agency in the world. The richest spying agency. The smartest spying agency.

But somehow, over the years, it overlooked this corner of its own security. It left a door open, so that any one of its own analysts could steal everything, could take it all, could just snatch it away and copy it and store it on a few laptops.

But now — yes, now — having been made aware of this vulnerability, the agency will make corrections.

Sure.

And reporters for elite U.S. media don’t find any of this hard to swallow.

A smart sixth-grader could see through this tower of fabricated baloney in a minute, but veteran grizzled reporters are clueless.

Recently, on Charlie Rose, in an episode that left me breathless, a gaggle of pundits/newspeople warned that Snowden, walking around with those four laptops, could be an easy target for Chinese spies or Russian spies who could get access to the data on those computers. The spies could just hack in.

But the NSA can’t. No. The NSA can’t find out what Snowden has. It can only speculate.

It’s charades within charades.

This whole Snowden affair is an op. It’s the kind of op that works because people are prepared to believe anything.

The tightest, strongest, richest and smartest spying agency in the world can’t find its own employee. It’s in the business of tracking, and it can’t find him.

It’s in the business of security, and it can’t protect its own data from its employees.

If you believe that, I have timeshares to sell in the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.

In previous articles on No More Fake News, I’ve made a case for Snowden being a CIA operative who still works for his former employer. He was handed a bunch of NSA data by the CIA. He didn’t steal anything. The CIA wants to punch a hole in the NSA. It’s called an internal turf war. It’s been going on as long as those agencies have existed side by side.

For example, look at the money.

In the June issue of Wired Magazine, James Bamford, author of three books on the NSA, states:

“In April, as part of its 2014 budget request, the Pentagon [which rules the NSA] asked Congress for $4.7 billion for increased ‘cyberspace operations,’ nearly $1 billion more than the 2013 allocation. At the same time, budgets for the CIA and other intelligence agencies were cut by almost the same amount, $4.4 billion. A portion of the money going to… [NSA] will be used to create 13 cyberattack teams.”

That means spying money: far more for NSA and far less for CIA. It’s a turf war.

But in this article, let’s stay focused on the fairy tales, which are the cover stories floated to the press, the public and the politicians.

We have reporters at The Washington Post and at The Guardian. We have Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks. They’re all talking to Snowden. The NSA can spy on them, right? It can listen to their calls,read their emails and hack into their notes. Just like people have been hacking into the work and home computers of Sharyl Attkisson, star CBS investigative reporter.

But the NSA can’t do all this spying and then use it to find Snowden. It just can’t manage it.

Everybody in the world with a computer has passwords. The NSA can cut through them like a sword through hot butter. But Assange, The Post, The Guardian and Snowden must have super-special passwords.

They got these passwords by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope, along with 25 cents and a top from a cereal box, to The Lone Ranger. These passwords are charged with atomic clouds that obscure men’s minds so they cannot see or spy. They’re immortal and invulnerable.

The NSA can spy on anyone else in the world, but it can’t get its foot in the door when it comes to The Post, The Guardian and Assange.

And if Snowden winds up in Ecuador, that, too, will become an insurmountable mystery.

“Nope, we don’t know where he is. He’s vanished. Ecuador has a Romulan shield surrounding it. The cloaking technology is too advanced.”

Perhaps you recall that, in the early days of this scandal, Snowden claimed he could spy on anyone in the United States, including a Federal judge or even the President, if he had their email addresses.

Uh-huh. But the combined talents of the NSA agents, now, can’t spy on Snowden. I guess they just can’t find his email address.

Snowden isn’t the only savvy computer kid in the country. There must be a million people, at minimum, who can cook up email addresses that evade the reach of the NSA. Yes?

What we have here are contradictions piled on contradictions piled on lies.

And in the midst of this, a whole lot of people are saying: “Don’t look too closely. Snowden is a hero and he exposed the NSA and that’s a wonderful thing.”

And a whole lot of other people are saying: “Snowden is a traitor and he should be tried for treason or killed overseas. That’s all you need to know.”

The truth? Well, the truth, as they say, is the first casualty in war. But in the spying business, the truth was never there to begin with. That’s one of the requirements of the industry.

“Son, if you think you’ve lied before, you haven’t got a clue. We’re going to tell you to do things that’ll make your head spin. That’s the game we’re in. We’re going to make you tell lies in your sleep.”

And these are the people the public believes.

It’s a beautiful thing. It really is. The fairy tales are made of sugar; and the public, the press and the people eat them. And then they ask for more.

–Jon Rappoport

Get Ready For Hillary: Weird Campaign Merchandise Coming Your Way

What looks like the first large-scale effort at marketing the still-unofficial campaign to put Mrs. Bill Clinton in the White House has gone live on the Internet.

The Ready For Hillary store appeared online sometime earlier this week, selling promotional T-shirts for a cute price of $20.16. An array of buttons, stickers and iPhone adornments can be had for less, along with a pricey baseball hat or “Ready-to-Go Bag” ($35 for each). If you’re a true pauper, you can at least give the website your information and come away with a free bumper sticker.

The site is the work of a so-called “super” Political Action Committee (PAC) that’s already attracted the support of some recognizable names — like retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who endorsed Clinton after mulling his own bid for the 2008 Presidential nomination. Clinton herself is still coy about her plans for 2016.

However much support the super PAC raises, Ready For Hillary is evidently taking a “do-no-harm” approach in its recruitment efforts, hoping to raise money without damaging Clinton’s reputation. The group is capping donations at $25,000 and has pledged to disclose the source of every donation that exceeds $250.

The kid-gloves approach likely owes to the protracted gossip that surrounding the buildup to Clinton’s candidacy announcement ahead of the 2008 election, which some party analysts believe stagnated her campaign in the face of President Barack Obama’s aggressive, but much briefer, flirtation with voters.

Well and good, but the weird imagery the PAC is using to promote Clinton has some people wondering how to overcome the marketing challenges presented by, as the Daily Caller observes, “an aging female candidate who has been in the public eye for more than two decades and has lots of baggage” and who, for the Democrats, will represent a generational step backward compared with the still-youthful Obama.

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Describing the T-shirt graphic is an aesthetic challenge, but let’s say it looks something like a Gerber-baby label rendering of the terrifying moment Shelley Winters stepped out of the 1960s and re-emerged from a dense, uglifying fog of old age. It’s not exactly inspirational, unless you’re part of some fetishistic subculture… which, come to think of it, is a pretty apt assessment of most Clinton enthusiasts.

By all means, feel free to put your own spin on Clinton’s ad graphics in the comments section; I’ve given it my best shot.

DOMA’s Demise

Some endeavors are best left to the Federal government, loath though I might be to admit it: the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System, ADX Florence Federal supermax penitentiary, the 3rd Infantry Division, keeping Harry Reid occupied. You know, the big stuff.

The problems always seem to start when the Feds take an active interest in the little things, such as what’s going on in your bedroom. Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unConstitutional. Writing for the five justices in the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy noted DOMA:

… places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage… The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices the Constitution protects, and whose relationship the state has sought to dignify.

I say it’s about bloody time.

I’m a conservative guy with libertarian leanings. Not only do I cherish the idea of limited government, but I’d prefer what government there is to stay the hell off my porch. I am well aware that the Feds seldom back up once they get a foot-, hand- or even toehold on our side of the fence. DOMA, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and laws like it represent a Federal government that has not only invaded our personal turf, but has taken a dip in our pool, torn up our rose bushes and raided our fridge.

In what I will acknowledge was one of his typically masterful dissents, Justice Antonin Scalia rails against the Supreme Court being used as a cudgel, suggesting it had no business interfering in the issue:

We might have covered ourselves with honor today, by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. We might have let the People decide.

But I would retort that DOMA is essentially the same cudgel, albeit wielded by the other hand. The court is no less a branch of the Federal government than the Legislature. If one has no business acting on marriage, then neither does the other.

Back in 2010, Judge Joseph Tauro issued summary judgment in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tauro, appointed to the Federal bench in 1972 by Richard Nixon, noted that DOMA abrogates the Constitutional guarantees of due process and States’ rights. Had I been an attorney for the plaintiffs in either case, I would have hammered not only those two tenets of the Bill of Rights, but also the Full Faith and Credit Clause. I think a fair case could even be made for the Commerce Clause.

Before some of you begin feverishly filling the comments section below with your hopes that I be consigned to an eternity watching reruns of “The View,” think carefully. Many of you join me in staunch defense of the 2nd Amendment. For example, California refuses to honor Arizona’s open carry law. While draconian firearms laws might fall behind Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and the Cal-Berkeley faculty on the list of distasteful Golden State traits, they violate Full Faith and Credit Clause (not to mention that pesky Bill of Rights). As for the Commerce Clause, think of the money DOMA is costing Key West wedding planners.

Some people feel same-sex marriages threaten the sanctity of traditional unions. The divorce rate in this country suggests same-sex marriage is not the reason that sanctity is cowering under the bed. As for individual nuptials, the fact that the guys across the street have matching wedding bands isn’t going to get you out of taking out the garbage — nor is it going give you an alibi when your wife catches you with that hot new receptionist.

When it comes to the example same-sex marriages might set for the Nation’s youth, allow me to offer an allegory. In recent years, I’ve had the privilege of making the acquaintance of a couple of fine gentlemen who have been together for some time. They are erudite, cultured and well-off. I have a hard time imagining they would provide as poor a familial example as the welfare queen dragging her squalling brats through the checkout line while trying to buy lottery tickets with her EBT card, the trailer park Cleopatra who just popped her kid in the mouth for “interruptin’ mama while she’s a-watchin’ ‘QVC’s Ceramic Cat Cavalcade’” or the Hollyweird fame hound who treats her whelps like fashion accessories: “Not now, Apple. The paparazzi are getting Mommy’s good side.”

For the fine folks who might now direct me to the sections of Genesis, Leviticus, Romans and Corinthians that deal either directly or indirectly with this topic, let me redirect your attention to John 8:7 (we nailed the last guy who met that criterion to a cross), Matthew 22:21 (pay your speeding tickets, and let the Almighty worry about Heather’s two mommies), and of course, John 4:7-8 (it’s all about love).

As a matter of due disclosure, I find the concept of “being” with another man repellent. But I find MSNBC’s primetime lineup at least as awful. When it comes to the former, I can — as Eddie Murphy once said — go get a beer. When it comes to the latter, I can throw my television out the window. In this boy’s America, beer is easy to come by; and I don’t have to tomahawk the flat-screen.

If you’re looking for a real threat to the fabric of freedom, forget about the same-sex couples. Take a look at C-SPAN sometime, or watch one of those interminable press conferences during which President Barack Obama tries to slither out of his latest disgrace to the Oval Office. Now that’s scary.

–Ben Crystal

Every Nation Has A Right To Abolish An Old Government And Establish A New One

In proposing and passing laws, the President and Congress continue to ignore the Constitution and the will of the people. They have concluded they are no longer accountable to the people, but have determined to do the will of their masters, the moneyed elites.

We are fast approaching a time when the American system will either collapse under the weight of big government and money printing, or an incident will prompt an uprising of the people. The Founding Fathers recognized this possibility.

In a letter to William Stephens Smith, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

Perhaps it’s time to remind them, for as James Madison (as Helvidius) wrote, “If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is, that every nation has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one. This principle is not only recorded in every public archive, written in every American heart, and sealed with the blood of a host of American martyrs; but is the only lawful tenure by which the United States hold their existence as a nation.”

Government Taking Taxing Your Guns Away

If America’s anti-gun crowd can’t get its way by encouraging the Nation’s lawmakers to pass unConstitutional gun-control legislation, they are likely going to attack the right to bear arms with the tax system.

The Washington Times’ Emily Miller said an alarming “perfect storm of liberalism” is fomenting as cities and States in the Nation’s more liberal regions are increasingly looking to the tax system as a means by which to control firearm purchases.

She writes:

President Obama’s hometown of Chicago started the movement late last year by enacting a $25 tax on new firearm purchases, which went into effect on April 1. Cook County stopped just short of adding a levy on ammunition.

In February, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California Democrat, and 26 of the most uber-liberals in the House introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to create an excise tax of 10 percent on any concealable gun in order to empower Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to establish a firearms buy-back grant program.

Since the Newtown, Conn., school-shootings tragedy, anti-gun states across the nation have introduced similar measures.

Miller touts a House proposal introduced by Representative Same Graves (R-Mo.), which would classify high localized taxes on firearms and ammunition as “infringement” on the right to bear arms.

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“When you place this outrageous tax on the sale of ammunition and firearms, it’s intended to curtail those rights,” Graves told Miller.

Graves’ Protecting Honest, Everyday Americans from Senseless and Needless Taxes, or PHEASANT Act (H.R. 2361), is designed to prohibit local officials from enacting additional taxes on firearms and ammunition. Backers of the bill say that pressure from 2nd Amendment supporters will likely give PHEASANT a good chance of passing in both legislative chambers.

Announcing the bill earlier in the month, Graves said:

You’re seeing a lot of municipalities just imposing a tax to infringe and that’s part of the problem. I believe that’s in conflict with the Constitution because it states the right for people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this is infringing upon their right to do that and we’re just trying to stop that. I am hopeful we can get it through the Senate. The president may decide not to sign it. He has a much different attitude toward Second Amendment rights than I do. One of the areas that have taken advantage to tax the sale of firearms and ammunition has been Chicago, which is obviously where he is from. I’m not too worried about Missouri, but I want to make sure that in the future we don’t ever have to worry about it in Missouri or any other state.

Graves’ effort would halt efforts like Massachusetts’ proposed 25 percent excise tax on all firearms, proposals in Connecticut and Maryland that would increase sales tax on all ammunition by 50 percent, and a Washington State plan to tax firearms at $25.

Miller concedes that the poorest Americans will be hit hardest by the taxes and fees, “These costly measures disproportionately affect lower-income people, who often live in higher-crime areas.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has fully endorsed the Graves proposal.

“Congressman Graves is to be commended for introducing a bill to prevent one of the latest tactics of anti-gun politicians, that is pricing firearms and ammunition out of reach of responsible, law-abiding Americans through new taxes on the state or local level,” Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for NSSF, said of the proposed bill. “We believe that such taxes are unconstitutional and, in effect, amount to a poll tax on the Second Amendment. We endorse H.R. 2361.”

Meanwhile, some on the left are introducing legislative proposals that would achieve the exact opposite effect of the PHEASANT Act. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant Act, which proposes a tax on handgun purchases and concealed firearms. Proceeds from Sanchez’s proposed  tax would be used to fund gun-buyback initiatives.

The Perfect GOP Compromise On Immigration

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. The Barack Obama socialist cabal and mainstream media (I know; I repeat myself) lie about immigration. They frame the debate as having only two options: the Democrat way (let everyone in and put them all on welfare) or the supposed Republican way (keep everyone out and send home those already here). That is a blatant lie.

The second Obama lie is that there is only one definition of compromise: Agree with Democrats on everything. How absurd. How is that “compromise”?

If the GOP agrees to this Democratic version of compromise, the U.S. economy will be damaged beyond repair. We are already a bankrupt Nation with more than $100 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities. Letting in millions of new poor, uneducated, low-skill immigrants in the middle of an economic depression and jobs crisis, as well as giving them access to welfare and Obamacare, can only be described as the end of America. It is a disaster for the middle class in terms of jobs competition, the lowering of wages and the cost of taxes to pay for the new entitlement bills.

But there is a simple and truly fair compromise that is based on the practical advice from my latest book, The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide. Republicans, conservatives and Libertarians have to be blind or idiots not to support it.

My first common-sense observation is there is no need to do anything until the border is secure. Period. Not secure by the standards of Obama or Janet Napolitano. But 100 percent secured and approved by Congress and an outside panel of independent experts.

Now, on to the compromise. The only reason for the GOP to agree to a compromise is if there is something to be gained in return. If Democrats want the 12 million illegal aliens already here to be given a legal pathway to citizenship, I say “yes,” but only if Democrats agree to these key points of compromise:

First, it still starts with a 100 percent sealed border. Until that happens, no one is legalized. Ironically, even the 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens should support this necessity. Once they are made legal, the 12 million certainly don’t want another 12 million battling them for jobs.

Next, end birthright citizenship. Never again can someone come here illegally, give birth and think that child is a legal American. The millions of children here today win the lottery (with military service), but only if no one else ever gets in again.

Third, no Obamacare for the 12 million or so illegal aliens. The Internal Revenue Service estimates health insurance will cost $20,000 per year by 2016 because of this Obamacare monstrosity. You do the math. 12 million times $20,000 equals $240 billion per year. That would cause the final collapse of the U.S. economy.

You can come here to work legally, but you can’t let in 12 million new patients for free healthcare. That would be economic suicide. Only an idiot couldn’t see that. Either an idiot, or a Democrat looking to win elections with 12 million new Democratic voters, without any regard for the new debt overwhelming the system or the eventual destruction of the U.S. economy.

Fourth — and here’s the big one — Illegal aliens already collect billions of dollars in entitlements. Right now. They get food stamps, aid to dependent children and free meals at school. Now, add in earned income tax credits — even though they don’t pay taxes in the first place. It’s costing taxpayers a fortune. If you want us to legalize you, it has to stop. So we’ll let you in, but only if you agree to never accept entitlements. Except for Social Security — but only after they’ve worked for many years and have earned it like everyone else.

Conservatives like me aren’t against immigrants. I love immigrants. Legal immigrants who come to America to work are the lifeblood of America. But I draw the line at someone who comes here to live off government. Why would any country allow that? Not with $100 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities already on the books. The new debt would push us over the edge.

So will Democrats hold up immigration reform over this issue? Will they openly admit to supporting and encouraging immigrants who want welfare, food stamps and 100 other kinds of entitlements? Conservatives will let you in — if you’re a taxpayer and contributor. But we’re not going to let you in if you’ve come here to be a taxpayer drain.

Can you imagine someone breaking into your restaurant and greeting you in the morning when you open the door by demanding you take care of them with free food, housing, education, medical and cash for life? Democrats think that’s “fair.” Most Americans don’t.

You can stay, but only if you work. If you came to mooch, you can leave now. You mean that’s not “fair” to Democrats? That’s unreasonable? We let you break in, and now we’re going to agree not to arrest or deport you. But we certainly won’t allow you to overwhelm our system and raise our taxes and debt in the bargain. That’s the only sane compromise.

Give up welfare and all entitlements, and in return you get to stay. You never again have to fear that knock on the door. You never have to fear separation from your family. You are in America for good. You won the lottery.

You mean illegal aliens won’t accept this deal? If they won’t, then they are here for the handouts. If that’s the case, no deal.

By the way, I’d even throw in another chit in the bargain. In return for agreeing to never accept welfare, illegal aliens will not owe back taxes. It’s unrealistic anyway. Illegals can’t afford it. No one will pay it. No one will enforce it. My compromise is realistic. You get a work card. You pay taxes moving forward. You become a legal resident. America is fair and beyond generous. But no welfare. Ever.

Fifth, as part of this deal, English becomes the official language of America. If you want to stay, you have to learn English. You have to vote in English. You can’t survive or thrive in this country without learning English. But no one will ever learn unless you take away the options. Why would we agree to let millions of people in who want to change our language or culture? Now that would be insanity squared. Come on in. We welcome you — as long as you assimilate and become patriotic Americans.

Sixth, you go to the end of the line for citizenship. You get a work card and become a legal resident. You pay taxes. But, you earn citizenship over a very long period of time and you get in line with the millions of others who are being legally admitted. And you cannot vote.

Lastly, no more fraud upon the taxpayers and citizens. No more 1,000-page bills. This can all be explained in a simple five- to 10-page bill. If I were a U.S. Senator, even with all the points above, I’d still vote “no” to a 1,200-page bill. Something is wrong if you need 1,200 pages written by lawyers. It’s fraud. They are sneaking in provisions the citizens would not support, if they were able to read it. So the big-government bureaucrats overwhelm us with 1,200 pages (filled with lies, fraud and trickery). You know, like the clause that sets up community activist organizations as the new welcome wagon for all immigrants. More tricks from Obama to brainwash immigrants to demand entitlements and vote Democrat forever more. Any Republican who’d vote for that is an idiot.

All the extras must be cut out of this bill. This bill is about immigration, not more stimulus bills or pumping up government spending or Las Vegas tourism or handing billions of dollars to Marxist organizations disguised as “community activists.” This attitude is what bankrupted America in the first place.

Obama and his socialist cabal will yell and scream. But guess what? The vast majority of the 12 million people who broke the law will gladly accept this deal and praise those who “compromised” for their benefit. No other country in the world would offer this deal. Certainly not Mexico.

That’s the deal. Conservatives are not against immigration reform or against compromise. Those are blatant lies. But first, the borders must be 100 percent sealed. Then you get it, but only if you’re here to work.

This is how you “compromise” to get immigration reform for 12 million illegal aliens already here. Let Obama and the Democrats explain to those 12 million why they are unwilling to accept this “compromise” and would rather leave them and their families in the shadows, unable to get legal U.S. jobs and facing arrest and deportation. Is welfare that important to illegal aliens? If it is, then we can’t allow you in.

One last comment. If any GOP lawmaker is dumb enough to simply roll over and agree to Obama’s and the Democrats’ definition of “compromise” on this issue, he has proven to be nothing but a short-sighted, greedy politician who cares only about his re-election and cares nothing about the American taxpayer. And he must be booted out of office immediately.

Great ideas, right? That’s how you design a compromise. Unfortunately, we all know that none of the sane, common-sense ideas I’ve just recommended will ever happen. Not with the big-government Marxists who control the Obama Administration and whose goal is the destruction of capitalism and the America we know and love.

And not with the weak-willed idiots that run today’s GOP who are afraid of their own shadow — not to mention they are bought, paid for and owned by big corporations looking for cheap labor. Right and left are both destroying this country and wiping out the middle class forever.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. God bless America.

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NSA Can’t Say Anything About Anything, It Would Help ‘Adversaries’

Shortly after the National Security Agency spy scandal broke, ProPublica journalist Jeff Larson filed a freedom of information request with the agency seeking any personal data it had collected on him. NSA officials said a response would help “adversaries” and damage national security. Read More… 

San Diego City Attorneys Attempt To Give A Man 13 Years For Criticizing Bank Of America

How much time do you think you could get for writing anti-bank messages on a sidewalk? Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for just that, is facing 13 years in jail and a $13,000 fine. Read More… 

Rubio On The Defensive After Conservative Outcry On Immigration 180˚

Tea Party conservatives have been hammering Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this week as the Senate hammers out its own version of the immigration bill he helped craft. On Wednesday, Rubio stood before the Senate and directly addressed his critics, appealing to them to see his amity with the Senate’s Gang of Eight as the lesser of two evils. Read More… 

Watch: Prosecution In Trayvon Martin Case Uses Martin’s Racist Comments To Benefit Case Against Zimmerman

During a mumbling testimony in the George Zimmerman trial, prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, 19, who claims to have been on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot, said Martin told her a “creepy ass cracker” was following him before his fatal encounter with Zimmerman. Hear The Outrageous Testimony… 

Obamacare Sermons From The TMZ Set

Get ready to see rappers and a desperate housewife hawking President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Already in talks with the NBA and NFL, the White House is now recruiting the TMZ set to serve as ambassadors for Obamacare. Read More… 

Obamacare Sermons From The TMZ Set

Get ready to see rappers and a desperate housewife hawking President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Already in talks with the NBA and NFL, the White House is now recruiting the TMZ set to serve as ambassadors for Obamacare.

A Clinton-era White House adviser who now works as a “celebrity political adviser” told The Hill Tuesday he has a number of famous clients who are ready to help the President advertise the virtues of his health care mandate to uninformed Americans.

“I think the White House is very wise to identify partners to help market the Affordable Care Act. Just like any good product, when people are aware of the many benefits it provides, there will be increased demand,” said Trevor Neilson.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said the goal of slathering Obamacare in celebrity cool is to reach people in front of their TV sets.

“We’re going to be going wherever people are,” she explained. “We’re having discussions – active discussions – right now with a variety of sports affiliates, both in terms of what will end up being paid advertising but hopefully some partnership efforts. The NFL, for instance, in the conversations I’ve had, has been very actively and enthusiastically engaged because they see health promotion as one of the things that is good for them and good for the country.”

On the celebrity side, expect to see Eva Longoria, Oprah, Jay-Z, Sarah Jessica Parker and more making a play for the hearts and minds – and wallets – of Americans in the market for a government-mandated, government-subsidized health care plan.

NSA Can’t Say Anything About Anything, It Would Help ‘Adversaries’

Shortly after the National Security Agency spy scandal broke, ProPublica journalist Jeff Larson filed a freedom of information request with the agency seeking any personal data it had collected on him.

While he didn’t expect a response, he received a Glomar response—neither a confirmation nor denial that the information he was seeking existed. The reasoning explained for the Glomar response is simply baffling.

In a letter to Larson, Chief NSA FOIA Officer Pamela Phillips wrote:

Any positive or negative response on a request-by-request basis would allow our adversaries to accumulate information and draw conclusions about the NSA’s technical capabilities, sources, and methods.

Our adversaries are likely to evaluate all public responses related to these programs.

Were we to provide positive or negative responses to requests such as yours, our adversaries’ compilation of the information provided would reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.

The letter goes on to offer boilerplate justifications for its data collection efforts.

But the question remains for many Americans: Who does the NSA classify as an “adversary”?

San Diego City Attorneys Attempt To Give A Man 13 Years For Criticizing Bank Of America

How much time do you think you could get for writing anti-bank messages on a sidewalk? Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for just that, is facing 13 years in jail and a $13,000 fine.

Over the course of about two years the man protested outside of a local Bank of America branch, sometimes using sidewalk chalk to leave behind scribbled slogans such as “Stop big banks” and “Stop Bank Blight.com.”

According to a damning report via the San Diego Reader:

Jan Goldsmith’s job as City Attorney is to represent the City of San Diego. In addition, it appears as if his office is also fully prepared to stand up for the little…rather, the big banks.

On Tuesday, the City Attorney’s Office will make their case for prosecution of a 40-year-old man for writing anti-bank slogans in water soluble chalk on the sidewalk outside of three Bank of America branches in Mid-City.

This week, North Park resident Jeff Olson will appear in court to fight a charge of 13 counts of misdemeanor vandalism charges for writing protest slogans in chalk from February to August 2012. The charges could send Olson to jail for 13 years and put him on the hook for $13,000 in restitution to the City and to Bank of America.

Olson, a former staffer for a U.S. Senator from Washington, began to get involved in political activism around the time that Occupy Wall Street was in full swing. But for him, sleeping in a tent downtown or singing along to protest songs was not the right strategy.

Furthermore, because Olson is being tried for vandalism for using the water soluble chalk to criticize the bank, Judge Howard Shore, who is presiding over the case, prohibited Olson’s attorney from mentioning the United States’ fundamental First Amendment rights in his client’s defense.

“The State’s Vandalism Statute does not mention First Amendment rights,” ruled Judge Shore on Tuesday.

“I’ve never heard that before, that a court can prohibit an argument of First Amendment rights,” Olson’s attorney Tom Tosdal later said of the judge’s decision.

Bank of America received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the U.S. government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after it made bad investments.