Reid: Undoing Hobby Lobby Ruling A Top Democrat Priority

Speaking from the Senate floor Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) included undoing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate on a list of Democratic legislative priorities.

“We have so much to address over the coming weeks,” Reid said, before running through a list of upcoming legislation that will pass through the Senate in coming weeks.

Among the Democrats’ legislative priorities, according to Reid, are securing emergency funding to deal with the unaccompanied minors flowing across the southern border, renewing the charter for the Export-Import Bank and allocating monies for the highway trust fund.

“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation we need to correct,” Reid continued.

Shortly after the SCOTUS ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Congressional Democrats began working on a plan to undermine the Judicial Branch’s input.

Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, is heading up the left’s efforts to undo the ruling.

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will,” she said last week.

Video: Must-See Reporting On The Immigration Crisis

For his “The Americans” segment on Fox Detroit, reporter Charlie LeDuff headed down to the banks of the Rio Grande in McCallen, Texas, to get a firsthand look at the immigration crisis that’s gripping the Nation.

LeDuff and his film crew interviewed a number of officials and immigrants, concluding that the immigration crisis is the direct of dysfunction in Washington, D.C.

The reporter’s best comment: “We’ve spent about $800 billion on homeland security since 9/11 and 7-year-olds are cossing the border.”

Personal Liberty Digest™ Happy Independence Day!; Protestors Vow To Block Illegals; Rand Paul Discusses Border Crisis; American Attempts To Join ISIS; Political Cartoons

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Have A Happy Fourth Of July!

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Protesters Of Undocumented Immigrants Vow To Block New Arrivals

Protesters who successfully blocked immigrant detainees from reaching a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta earlier this week say they’re ready to do it again should federal immigration officials attempt a similar drop-off. Read More… 

Rand Paul Says ‘Lawless’ Obama Has Turned Border Crisis Into ‘Debacle’

In an email to supporters today, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Barack Obama of turning the “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexican border into a “debacle” and urged those opposed to the government’s lawless open-door messaging to sign his Political Action Committee’s “Secure the Border” petition. Read More…

Colorado Woman Faces Federal Charges Of Trying To Aid Islamic State Terror Group

A Colorado woman faces Federal charges of trying to provide support to the international terrorist organization Islamic State, according to court documents unsealed this week. Read More… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Traditionally, Americans celebrate the birth of our Nation with summertime fun in the sun, barbecues and fireworks. It’s typically a day that tugs at the heartstrings, eliciting emotions such as happiness and pride. This year, however, it’s likely that celebrations across the country will be tempered by different emotions. Funnies… 

Rand Paul Says ‘Lawless’ Obama Has Turned Border Crisis Into ‘Debacle’

In an email to supporters today, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Barack Obama of turning the “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexican border into a “debacle” and urged those opposed to the government’s lawless open-door messaging to sign his Political Action Committee’s “Secure the Border” petition.

“President Obama turned an already bad situation into a debacle,” wrote Paul:

Due to his lawless executive orders, a crisis on our southern border exploded as tens of thousands of immigrant men, women, teenagers and even children streamed across our border and illegally entered our country.

This is why I voted against the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and continue to oppose the House of Representatives bringing that bill up.

That so-called “reform” failed to secure our border and left the door open for President Obama to refuse to enforce immigration laws.

Paul also wrote about the border crisis in an opinion piece published Wednesday at Breitbart in which he blasted Obama for behaving like a king. “If he takes his royal pen in hand and beckons the world to come across our borders without adequate border security, it will be a disaster for the country, and it will be the death knell for any meaningful bipartisan immigration reform,” Paul wrote.

Read the rest of Paul’s op-ed at Breitbart.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Traditionally, Americans celebrate the birth of our Nation with summertime fun in the sun, barbecues and fireworks. It’s typically a day that tugs at the heartstrings, eliciting emotions such as happiness and pride. This year, however, it’s likely that celebrations across the country will be tempered by different emotions. Sadness, anger, frustration and fear grip our Nation, largely due to the actions and policies of the Administration of President Barack Obama. On a day set aside to remember our Nation’s birth, can we forget that it seems to be in its death throes?

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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-2-2014: Dems All In For Executive Action On Immigration; Colorado Gun Case Far From Finished; Weighing The Will To Impeach; White House Stumbles On Pay Gap (Again); Government Watchdog Gives NSA The Thumbs Up

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Democrats Urge Obama To Forget Balance Of Power On Immigration

Immigration advocates are urging President Barack Obama to go all out in using the power of the executive to change the Nation’s immigration policy.Shocker…

Pro-2nd Amendment Plaintiffs Who Lost Colorado Gun Control Case To Appeal Judge’s Decision

Last Friday, we reported on Judge Marcia Krieger’s upholding of Colorado’s controversial gun control laws. But one of the sheriffs committed to the case says an appeal of that decision is in the offing. Read More…

Time To Impeach Obama?

For political reasons in this election season, probably not. But for conservatives who need more than two hands to keep count of the President’s Constitutional infringements, it’s not for lack of cause. Read More…

Obama White House Can’t Even Make Its Own Policy Initiatives Work In House

Trying to explain why the Obama Administration talks endlessly about gender pay gaps when it pays its female employees only 88 cents per dollar that males make, White House spokesman Josh Earnest informed a reporter that it’s tough to build a liberal utopia. Video…

Spy Watchdog Sees Little Wrong With NSA’s Surveillance Of Noncitizens Abroad

A national security watchdog panel on Wednesday approved a soft-hitting report on one of the National Security Agency’s data collection programs, saying it is legal and provoking critics who say the program actually sweeps up Americans’ data through a “backdoor loophole.” Watching The Watchers…

Obama White House Can’t Even Make Its Own Policy Initiatives Work In House

Trying to explain why the Obama Administration talks endlessly about gender pay gaps when it pays its female employees only 88 cents per dollar that males make, White House spokesman Josh Earnest informed a reporter that it’s tough to build a liberal utopia.

“If this has been a signature issue for the president for six years,” the reporter asked, “and he can’t even bring his own staff into closer alignment, is 100 percent pay equity simply impossible?”

It’s a “difficult policy challenge,” Earnest explained, with a “variety of reasons” and “influences” contributing to the problem. The spokesman went on to mention the Lilly Ledbetter Act which the President signed and Obama’s plan to push Congress to pass a paycheck fairness act.

‘But the staff that he hires and pays,” the reporter prodded, “for six years he couldn’t do it.”

By the end of the exchange, Earnest conceded, “I wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here. But we are an example of an organization that is making an effort and enjoying some success in making sure that there are women who get equal pay for equal work.”

H/T: Washington Free Beacon 

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-2-2014

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

  • IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another Federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the Federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress. Source: Washington Examiner…
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Barack Obama must visit the Texas southern border to see the immigration crisis for himself. “If he doesn’t come to the border, I think it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern of what’s really going on there,” Perry said on FOX News’ “FOX and Friends,” noting that Obama is planning to be in Texas next week for fundraisers. Source: POLITICO…
  • A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. Source: Fox News…
  • Poll after poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012. Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings. Source: The Washington Times…
  • A second source has confirmed that JP Morgan Chase has asked each of its employees whether they are “an ally of the LGBT community,” which employees have taken as a veiled threat. Source: Breitbart…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-1-2014: The Imminent Death Of Private Health Insurance; Federal Government Sues Private Company For English Only Policy; Bill Would Halt Aid To Countries Illegals Are Fleeing; Government Looking For Highway Money; Nation’s Spies Sued

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Obamacare Advisor Predicts The Imminent Death Of Private Health Insurance

Would you be surprised to learn that Rahm Emanuel’s brother Ezekiel – one of the key architects of Obamacare – is again boasting that current government-influenced market forces will soon kill (literally) the health care industry as we know it? Read More… 

Federal Government Sues Private Company For Requiring Employees To Speak English On The Job

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against a Wisconsin-based manufacturer for firing employees of Hmong and Hispanic employees because they don’t speak English on the job. Read More… 

Bill Would Halt Aid To Countries Where Most Illegal Immigrants Are Coming From

As President Barack Obama vows to take unilateral action on immigration reform, Congressional Republicans are working on a plan to encourage the governments of countries from which the surge of illegal immigrants are coming to deter people from heading to the southern U.S. border. Read More… 

With Highway Fund Running Dry, DOT And Congress Look For Revenue

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to States for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the Federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance. Read More…

NSA, Director Of National Intelligence Sued For Zero Day Disclosure Process

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to gain access to documents showing how intelligence agencies choose whether to disclose software security flaws known as “zero days.” Read More… 

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-1-2014

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

  • President Obama suffered two final defeats in the Supreme Court on Monday, capping a 2013-2014 term in which the justices delivered several judicial hits to the White House while taking a firm stand against the unchecked power of the state. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. Source: The Washington Post…
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has quietly reinstated July of 1936 – instead of July of 2012 – as the hottest month since researchers began collecting temperature data. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Google Inc., leaving the company to face lawsuits accusing it of violating a federal wiretapping law by secretly collecting personal data while developing its Street View maps. Source: Bloomberg…
  • House Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has the power to “heal” undocumented immigrants. “If [Republicans] want to come back and discuss [reform], fine,” the Illinois Democrat said on MSNBC. “But in the interim period, I believe the president of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it’s going to take action.” Source: POLITICO…
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fumbles and bumbles in the rollout of her latest memoir, Hard Choices, has knocked the wind out of her easy sail to the White House and put her support in key 2016 presidential election matchups below 50 percent for the first time. Source: Washington Examiner…

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 6-30-2014: Obama Vows To Handle Immigration Reform On His Own; Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists; Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?; Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny; SCOTUS Rulings

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Obama Vows To Handle Immigration Reform On His Own

President Barack Obama, reportedly giving up on the prospect of Congressional immigration reform, announced Monday that he plans he plans to use executive actions to deal with the tide of illegal immigrants flowing over the U.S.’s southern border. His Plan… 

Watch: The Factual Feminist Explains Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists

Author, philosophy professor and feminist critic Christina Hoff Sommers offers a rebuttal to people who claim that a dearth of women in certain career fields is the direct result of male sexism. Could it be that men and women simply have different interests? Find Out…

Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?

In an interview with NBC over the weekend, President Barack Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett said it was “highly unlikely” that she would run for office, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility. Ick…

Ron Paul: Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny

On Independence Day we should remember the spirit of rebellion against tyranny that inspired our Founding Fathers to set out our experiment in liberty. We should ourselves celebrate and continue that struggle if we are to keep our republic. Straight Talk…

Supreme Court Says Some Businesses Can Ignore Birth Control Mandate

A divided Supreme Court on Monday extended religious-freedom protections to certain for-profit corporations, exempting them from providing birth-control services that are required under the 2010 healthcare law. Read More…

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Law Banning Gay-Conversion Therapy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to hear a challenge to a California law prohibiting mental health counseling aimed at converting minors from being gay to straight. Read More…

Supreme Court Says Home Health Workers Cannot Be Force To Pay Union Dues

The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the union movement Monday, ruling personal home care employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a union. Read More…

Watch: The Factual Feminist Explains Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists

Author, philosophy professor and feminist critic Christina Hoff Sommers offers a rebuttal to people who claim that a dearth of women in certain career fields is the direct result of male sexism. Could it be that men and women simply have different interests?

The American Enterprise Institute offers the following bio for Sommers:

The Factual Feminist is a weekly vlog from Christina Hoff Sommers on topics relating to feminism and gender scholarship. In each episode, Ms. Sommers not only tackles issues affecting the nation’s women, but she also debunks false claims and erroneous statistics used to promote a misleading agenda.

The Factual Feminist appears weekly on Monday and can be shared via social media and email. Feel free to post it on websites; blog or tweet about it; or leave comments via Facebook or YouTube. The Factual Feminist team will try to respond when we can! If you think we get something wrong, please let us know. We are always open to criticism. Fact-based feminism can be a powerful force for good!

Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?

In an interview with NBC over the weekend, President Barack Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett said it was “highly unlikely” that she would run for office, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

“I want to talk to you about the future,” said the NBC’s Cynthia McFadden asked Jarrett. “Is Michelle Obama going to run for office?”

“No,” Jarrett responded.

“You said that very definitively,” McFadden noted.

“Well, I’m absolutely, 100 percent positive that that will never happen,” Jarrett said.

The reporter continued, “How about Valerie Jarrett? Will you ever run for office?”

“Unlikely,” Obama’s adviser said.

“But maybe?”

“Not as definitive as the first lady, but highly unlikely,” said Jarrett.

The rest of the interview was little more than straight up propaganda designed to portray the Obama White House in a favorable light.

Monday Morning News Links 6-30-2014

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

  • The Supreme Court dealt a setback to President Obama’s health care law Monday and ruled that Christian business owners with religious objections to certain forms of birth control may refuse to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives. From The Los Angeles Times… 
  • Federally funded programs will add at least 2,300 new primary care practitioners by the end of 2015, but the funding for at least one of those programs is set to expire at the same time, contributing to a massive shortage of doctors available to treat patients — including those newly insured through the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. From USA Today…
  • Facebook manipulated users’ emotions for an academic study involving over 600,000 accounts, sparking new concerns over the tech giant’s privacy policies. Read More at The Hill… 
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fumbles and bumbles in the rollout of her latest memoir, Hard Choices, has knocked the wind out if her easy sail to the White House and put her support in key 2016 presidential election matchups below 50 percent for the first time. From the Washington Examiner…
  • Already the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are talking about what they want Thad Cochran to do. The wish list is filling up with ideas like maintaining funding for food stamps, beefing up programs that help poor blacks in Mississippi and even supporting the Voting Rights Act. Read More at POLITICO…
  • Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who replaced Virginia representative Eric Cantor as House majority leader, believes there is an “opportunity” to negotiate for the legalization of illegal immigrants, but not until the border is secure. From National Review Online… 

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 6-27-2014: Court Upholds Colorado Gun Control; Mississippi Tea Party Leader Found Dead; Dirty Undies Against Obama’s Amnesty; The Warrant-Happy New York DA; ISIS Guilty Plea In Texas; Friday Funnies

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Federal Judge Upholds Colorado Gun Control Laws

A U.S. District Court judge ruled on Thursday that a trio of gun control laws passed last year by the Colorado Legislature does not infringe on 2nd Amendment rights – although the way she phrased her ruling makes it sound as though she’s anticipating a bitter public reaction. Read More… 

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Arrested In Photo Scandal Is Found Dead

Tea Party official Mark Mayfield, charged in connection with a scandal involving photos of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s ailing wife, has been found dead and police said they suspect suicide. Read More…

Anti-Amnesty Group: Mail Your Soiled Underwear To Obama, Boehner

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), an anti-amnesty group, is urging Americans to mail their dirty underwear to the White House and House Speaker John Boehner after the Federal government put in a request for new briefs to provide the illegal immigrants flowing over the U.S.’s southern border. Read More…

New York DA Employs 381 Secret Orders To Gather Complete Digital Dossiers From Facebook

Unfortunately, it appears that the lure of bulk surveillance is not just a temptation for the Federal government. Last summer, about a month after new leaks exposed the NSA’s bulk content PRISM program, the District Attorney for Manhattan decided to go secretly fishing through 381 Facebook accounts – and he wanted to ensure no one was allowed to stop him. Read More…

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Attempt To Join ISIS

A 23-year-old Texas man admitted Friday that he had been practicing military maneuvers and planned to travel to Syria to join the Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which has claimed thousands of lives in a violent march through Iraq in recent weeks. Read More…

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

By no stretch of the imagination has Hillary Clinton ever known what it means to be “dead broke.” She knows that, and she knows that making that comment recently in a televised interview was a big mistake. But her attempt at damage control, implying that she isn’t “truly well off” because she and her husband have worked and pay income taxes, is simply insulting. Could this be Clinton’s “47 percent” comment, the one that dooms her attempt to become the next President of the United States? Friday Funnies…

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

By no stretch of the imagination has Hillary Clinton ever known what it means to be “dead broke.” She knows that, and she knows that making that comment recently in a televised interview was a big mistake. But her attempt at damage control, implying that she isn’t “truly well off” because she and her husband have worked and pay income taxes, is simply insulting. Could this be Clinton’s “47 percent” comment, the one that dooms her attempt to become the next President of the United States?

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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 6-26-2014: Dems Threaten Executive Orders On Immigration; Cruz Calls For AG Impeachment If He Doesn’t Act On IRS Scandal; Maliki Blames U.S. For ISIS; SCOTUS Strikes Down Obama Appointments; MRAP Rolls Into Sleepy Little Town; All Children Should be Genderless, Says Activist

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Cruz: Impeach Holder If He Doesn’t Appoint Special Prosecutor For IRS Investigation

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday called for Attorney General Eric Holder’s impeachment in the Department of Justice fails to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives and former IRS employee Lois Lerner’s mysteriously missing emails. With Video…

Democrats Threaten Obama Unilateral Action On Immigration If GOP Doesn’t Act

Top Democrats threatened Thursday that President Barack Obama will unilaterally decide what changes should be made to the Nation’s immigration policy if Congressional Republicans don’t act soon. Pen And Phone Amnesty…

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama On Recess Appointments

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his power under the Constitution by filling three Federal positions when the Senate was on a brief break, but justices upheld the right of the President to make recess appointments during longer breaks. Power Denied…

Another Idyllic Community Alarmed By MRAP-Loving Law Enforcement

Walton County, Fla. (pop. 55,000) just got its first MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle), and a lot of residents of the slow-paced, Deep-South coastal community aren’t happy about it.“Safety” …

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki Faults U.S. In Crisis

Iraq’s parliament will meet next week to begin the process of forming a new government, officials said Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the United States for his army’s inability to stop Sunni Muslim insurgents who are threatening his grip on the country. Read More…

Transgender Activist Wants All Children Born Genderless

The left-leaning publication Slate published an article Thursday that offers unsettling insight to the primary goal of some militant LGBT activists: Defining every child as genderless from birth. Nuts…

Transgender Activist Wants All Children Born Genderless

The left-leaning publication Slate published an article Thursday that offers unsettling insight to the primary goal of some militant LGBT activists: Defining every child as genderless from birth.

In “Don’t Let The Doctor Do This to Your Newborn”, Canadian transgender activist Christin Milloy describes “infant gender assignment”— which means defining a baby as a boy or a girl based on basic biology— as some insidious practice that “might just be Russian roulette with your baby’s life.”

Milloy writes:

We tell our children, “You can be anything you want to be.” We say, “A girl can be a doctor, a boy can be a nurse,” but why in the first place must this person be a boy and that person be a girl? Your infant is an infant. Your baby knows nothing of dresses and ties, of makeup and aftershave, of the contemporary social implications of pink and blue. As a newborn, your child’s potential is limitless. The world is full of possibilities that every person deserves to be able to explore freely, receiving equal respect and human dignity while maximizing happiness through individual expression.

With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.

Instead, the author contends that parents should wait for their children to inform them of whether they are boy, girl or neither.

While, as one commenter to the original Slate piece pointed out, the essay reads like a shining example of Poe’s Law, the author is actually being serious.

Thursday Morning News Roundup 6-26-2014

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

  • House Republican lawmakers said retired Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner raised the possibility of auditing GOP Senator Charles Grassley, a senior lawmaker and former chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, over a group’s offer to pay for his wife in connection with a speaking engagement. The allegation is likely to heighten congressional interest in Ms. Lerner’s emails, which have been important to an investigation into IRS treatment of politically active nonprofit groups, particularly since it emerged that emails from 2009 through mid-2011 were lost in a computer crash. Source: The Wall Street Journal…
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is threatening to take control of Balad Airbase, Iraq’s largest airfield and one of America’s most important military outposts during its occupation of the country. Source: The Daily Beast…
  • The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday. Source: CBS News…
  • You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores. That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do. Source: Bloomberg…
  • Tom Homan, the official overseeing Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s removal operations, said Wednesday it will take years for the unaccompanied minors streaming across the border to appear before an immigration judge. Source: Breitbart…
  • President Obama has installed Leslie Caldwell, known as a “terror of a prosecutor,” as head of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. It has been over a decade since Ms. Caldwell destroyed Arthur Anderson, and with it, 85,000 jobs — only to be reversed by the Supreme Court nine to nothing (well after she went into private practice). Now the President has brought her back — with a big promotion — and the vengeance of DOJ already aimed at Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and others. Source: New York Observer…
  • Hillary Clinton has a “secret deal” with her top aide Huma Abedin to keep Abedin’s troublesome husband, Anthony Weiner, out of the spotlight, sources tell Page Six, as the former secretary of state mulls a run for President. Clinton aides have insisted Weiner “stay out of public life for two years” and that he “avoid causing any further embarrassment to Huma or Clinton,” according to our sources. Source: New York Post…
  • President Barack Obama lit into GOP climate change skeptics in a speech Wednesday night, delighting a crowd of 800 to 900 environmentalists in Washington’s Ronald Reagan Building. He said Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the American public, who “don’t just say, ‘No, I don’t believe anything scientists say.’ Except — where? — in Congress. Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad or a plot — a liberal plot.” Source: POLITICO…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-25-2014: GDP Down Sharply, Economists Ignore Peril; Black Caucus Wants Cochrane To Reward Black Voters; Investing In America Instead Of Illegals; EPA Says Its Computers Crashed Too; Police Need Warrants To Cell Phone Searches

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First Quarter GDP Revised Downward Even Further; Apologists Say Don’t Worry

You know that first-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report that shows the economy exhibited recession-like contraction over the first three months of this year? The one the Commerce department keeps revising as more data comes in, each time making the news a little worse? Read More… 

Congressional Black Caucus Member: Cochrane Should Reward Black Voters

Following Mississippi establishment Republican Senator Thad Cochrane’s successful bid to beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel making black voters in the State believe his opponent is racist, Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) of the Congressional Black Caucus says that the Senator should reward black voters to keep their support. Read More…

Congresswoman: Stop Giving Illegals’ Host Nations Money And Spend It Here In The U.S.

One Michigan Congresswoman on Tuesday proposed the indefinite suspension of foreign assistance to Central American nations that thousands of illegal immigrants leave in the hope of relocating in the U.S. Read More… 

Computer Crash: EPA Follows IRS Lead In Covering Up Wrongdoing

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are following the Internal Revenue Service’s example and claiming that they are unable to provide copies of email communications to Congress because an employee’s hard drive crashed. Read More…

Police Need Warrants To Search Smartphones, Supreme Court Rules

A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday dialed up privacy protections for the 21st century, ruling that police need warrants before searching smartphones. Read More…