Ben Bullard Archive
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.
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Agricultural giant Monsanto is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine how an experimental strain of wheat engineered to be resistant to herbicide ended up in cultivation in an Oregon field. Monsanto is distancing itself from accountability, but isn’t ruling out the idea that someone else may have maliciously planted the company’s experimental […]
Atherton, the California town where a private April fundraising visit from President Barack Obama rankled local leaders saddled with the cost of extra security, is stepping up its efforts to recoup the money so that the town’s taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill. The town may even go so far as to place a […]
A Hearing-impaired Washington woman who was pulled over for allegedly using her cell phone while driving had a difficult time explaining to the officer that she couldn’t understand his commands. What Megan Graham now understands, however, is that she’s facing assault charges for allegedly attacking police. But it’s Graham, and not the cop, who came away from the incident with a battered and disfigured face.
In addition to its documented help in preventing skin cancer, it turns out that sunscreen has an aesthetic quality as well: used daily, it can diminish the appearance of wrinkles by 24 percent.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said to reporters on Tuesday that he’s pained by the question of whether bloggers’ freedom of speech is covered under the 1st Amendment: “Who is a journalist is a question we have to ask ourselves. Is any blogger out there saying anything? Do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the […]
Martin Bashir said Wednesday on his MSNBC show that Republicans are slaking their thirst for racist venom by using the IRS scandal to veil their racist tendencies. “Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House,” said Bashir, and “’IRS’ is the new ‘N-word.’” Bashir […]
Under the Freedom of Information Act, a government agency can’t charge a news organization for any cost associated with producing documents it requests, other than for photocopies exceeding 100 pages. But the U.S. Department of Labor initially demanded that the Associated Press hand over $1 million when it requested a list of “secret” government email addresses surreptitiously being used by several of President Barack Obama’s political appointees. Is the Obama Administration hiding something?
The ongoing debate over whether to include amnesty as a feature in the immigration bill before Congress may not have obvious implications for Americans’ right to bear arms. But, as a memo from Gun Owners of America points out, amnesty could tip the balance in favor of Liberal gun control politics in some parts of the country.
The amnesty bill, if it survives, could eventually create anywhere from 11.5 million to 20 million new American citizens. There’s no guarantee how those new citizens would vote, or in what numbers.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee aren’t happy with the content of the Department of Justice’s response to their request that Attorney General Eric Holder clarify a potentially false statement he gave during testimony on May 15th. But they’re even more angry that Holder didn’t answer them directly. Instead, he pawned the task off on […]