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Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic. Email this author.


Report: Harry Reid Personally Intervened To Reverse Visa Denials For Asian Finanicers Of Vegas Development Project – A Project Retaining The Services Of Son Rory’s Law Firm

“This one is going to be a major headache for us all because Sen. Reid’s office/staff is pushing hard and I just had a long yelling match on the phone.” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) legislative affairs official Miguel Rodriguez wrote those words one year ago, steadying himself against the corrupt favor call-in he’d allegedly […]

HHS Reveals 365,000 Have ‘Selected’ Obamacare; Still No Word On How Many Have Actually Purchased

HHS Reveals 365,000 Have ‘Selected’ Obamacare; Still No Word On How Many Have Actually Purchased

A two-month report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims a combined 364,682 people had “selected” an Obamacare insurance plan through either the Federal Healthcare.gov website or through one of the State-managed exchanges, as of Nov. 30.

Lawsuit: NYPD Breaks Windows, Enters Home, Beats Family, Crushes Parakeet, Files Charges That Don’t Stick

Lawsuit: NYPD Breaks Windows, Enters Home, Beats Family, Crushes Parakeet, Files Charges That Don’t Stick

A New York City woman is suing the New York Police Department for officers’ behavior in a Labor Day 2012 incident in which police allegedly broke windows to gain warrantless access to her home, beat and pepper sprayed her family members, and intentionally killed her pet parakeet by crushing it underfoot.

Snowden Trove: NSA Uses Browser Advertising Cookies To Track, Hack Targets

Another day, another not-at-all shocking revelation about the NSA’s spy dragnet from the trove of classified information Edward Snowden supplied to The Washington Post and The Guardian. The latest reveal comes from the Post, which reported Tuesday the National Security Agency tracks and singles out targets for hacking by following the same modus operandi advertisers […]

Half Of Uninsured Americans Now Think Obamacare Was A ‘Bad Idea’

It’s increasingly apparent that Obamacare is failing to lure the very demographic that its advocates have long pledged the health care law will most benefit: people without health insurance. A poll conducted last week by NBC and The Wall Street Journal finds that uninsured Americans in particular believe, now more than in the past, that […]

TSA’s Latest Heroics: Disarming Passenger’s Sock Monkey Puppet

TSA’s Latest Heroics: Disarming Passenger’s Sock Monkey Puppet

The Transportation Security Administration averted a potential tragedy last week when a security agent in St. Louis managed to confiscate a 2-inch toy pistol from the holster of one air passenger’s sock monkey puppet before she boarded her plane.

Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg Pushes Mandatory Flu Vaccinations For All NYC School Kids

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will hand the city’s leadership to Bill de Blasio in three weeks, is making a last-minute push that, if successful, will force all children who attend public schools or licensed daycares to get annual flu vaccinations – regardless of their parents’ possible objections. The New York City Board […]

‘Power Mourners’: Obama, Congressmen, Global Pals Milk Mandela Memorial For Photos, Networking, Sanctimony

There are pictures of First Lady Michelle Obama looking nonplussed as her husband yaks it up with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. There’s an Obama selfie, taken with Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. There’s a picture of Obama deferentially shaking hands with budding Cuban dictator Raul Castro; another of Obama and de facto […]

Zero Tolerance: Kid Suspended For Pantomiming Bow And Arrow Shot With His Hands

Zero Tolerance: Kid Suspended For Pantomiming Bow And Arrow Shot With His Hands

In October, a Pennsylvania boy was suspended from school for playing make-believe with a classmate. The silly tale involves no props or weapons — just hands, imagination and the ruinous intervention of adults to quash what should be free, unremarkable and productive child’s play.

NYPD Revokes Media Access To Precinct Offices

The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters. News website DNAinfo New York reports that “the city’s 77 police precincts [are] to […]

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