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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.


The Islamist Extremists Kerry Calls ‘Moderates’; Obama’s House Problem On Syria; The EPA’s Clean-Water Cops; Unemployment Up; Viking Bicyclists From Hell – Thursday Morning News Roundup 9-5-2013

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

Newspaper: Voter ID Laws Have Positive Effect, If Any, On Minority Turnout

Newspaper: Voter ID Laws Have Positive Effect, If Any, On Minority Turnout

According to an Atlanta newspaper’s investigation, requiring Georgia voters to present a valid form of State-issued photo identification failed to catch a single documented case of voter fraud in five years. Nor did Georgia’s voter ID law stymie the will of non-white voters to play an active part in the process of self-government.

Northern California County Votes To Secede From State; Nothing Happens

The Republican-leaning rural county of Siskiyou, California has taken the first step toward seceding from the State. County supervisors in Siskiyou, which lies in extreme Northern California along the Oregon border, voted 4-1Tuesday to secede, citing a strong dissatisfaction with the near absence of home rule. Ed Valenzuela, Chairman of the Siskiyou County Board of […]

Texas Cops Subject Of Federal Police Brutality Suit

Texas Cops Subject Of Federal Police Brutality Suit

A Houston-area family has filed a Federal lawsuit against three Harris County, Texas, officers after a subpoena of video footage from a 2011 ordeal revealed the cops used excessive force against the family following a routine traffic stop.

White House To Give Unions Obamacare Subsidies

White House To Give Unions Obamacare Subsidies

Outraged at the President’s stoic silence in the face of labor unions’ pleas for massive changes to Obamacare (a plan they once ardently supported), union leaders have begun playing out the fight over the Affordable Care Act in the court of public opinion, launching verbal salvos against the Administration to any reporter who’ll listen.

EU Plan Would Set 70 MPH Speed Limiters In All European Cars

A proposal before the Mobility and Transport Department of the European Commission would require all new cars sold in the European Union to be fitted with speed limiting devices that would restrain vehicles from traveling at more than 70 miles per hour. The plan could outfit new cars with cameras that read posted speed limit […]

White House Quiet Mouse On Syria; Union Members Quit AFL-CIO Over Obamacare; Fed Employees Get 1 Percent Raise; Russia Warns Travelers On U.S. Extradition; Rodman’s ‘Friendly Gesture’ To Hermit Kingdom – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 9-3-2013

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

Does Pelosi Know If She Wants To Be House Speaker Again?

Does Pelosi Know If She Wants To Be House Speaker Again?

While Democrats hope to topple the Republican grip on the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2014 Presidential midterm elections, former majority leader (and current minority leader) Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has indicated she isn’t interested in returning to a gavel position if her party regains control.

Obamacare’s Widening Gyre Of Inaccessibility For Low-Wage Workers

Obamacare’s Widening Gyre Of Inaccessibility For Low-Wage Workers

The low-wage service industry is likely to continue an already-begun trend of paring back employee hours (an effort to dodge Obamacare’s 30-hour insurance threshold) until the number of low-wage earners working part time makes the recession-era service economy, in hindsight, look like a veritable job fair.

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook changed the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities portion of its user disclosure on Thursday in order to accommodate a novel use of its members’ personal information: using their profile pictures to help enrich the company’s facial recognition technology.

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