Million Vet March To Condemn Politicizing Memorials; Shutdown Pain Gets More Absurd; Ron Paul Says Iran Talks Long Overdue; Scalia Bemoans America’s ‘Coarser Nature’; Obamacare Train Wreck Still Wrecking; TruthRevolt – A New Website Takes Aim At Mainstream Media And Its Sponsors— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-7-2013

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Obamacare Train Wreck Continues

Since the online Obamacare insurance exchanges opened last week the government-run healthcare websites have been plagued with problems. The government is currently working to find solutions to the online glitches, but it isn’t likely to find many ways to make the process of signing up for government healthcare more pleasurable for uninsured Americans. Read More… 

TruthRevolt Takes Dead Aim At Mainstream Media And Its Sponsors

TruthRevolt, a new website/project born of collaboration between Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, launched today. It’s an ambitious, self-styled foil to progressive media watchdog Media Matters, and it’s taking aim not only at the mainstream media, but the sponsors who support their programming and celebrity pundits. Read More… 

Get Involved: Million Vet March Slated To Voice Disgust Over Government Closing Of Veteran Memorials

If news of the Federal government’s illogical barricading of military memorials to make a point over the government shutdown made you angry, an event taking place Sunday throughout the Nation will give you a chance to vent your frustrations over the Federal actions. Here’s How… 

Shutdown Pain: Government Kicks People Out Of Homes

Since the government shutdown began, it has become apparent that Federal officials are going out of their way to make sure average Americans are inconvenienced as much as possible. The government, which spent last week closing national monuments in Washington D.C. and throughout the Nation (likely spending more than it would have cost to keep them open), has even resorted to kicking Americans out of privately owned properties situated on Federal land. Read More…

Ron Paul Straight Talk: A Good Time To Talk To Iran

Last week, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the US president spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Their 15 minute telephone call was reported to open the door to further high-level discussions. This is a very important event. Paul Explains… 

Scalia Bemoans ‘Coarser’ Nature Of American Culture

Justice Antonin Scalia says he is concerned about the future of American culture but not his legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More… 

Get Involved: Million Vet March Slated To Voice Disgust Over Government Closing Of Veteran Memorials

If news of the Federal government’s illogical barricading of military memorials to make a point over the government shutdown made you angry, an event taking place Sunday throughout the Nation will give you a chance to vent your frustrations over the Feds’ actions.

A recently-created Facebook page  is urging Americans throughout the country to join in a “Million Vet March” by attending rallies set to take place at the war memorials in Washington DC on October 13 at 9 a.m. and at memorials throughout the United States.

The event, billed as a non-partisan event of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, is described as follows by organizers:

We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans.  We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis.  This should never be the case.

We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever.  The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.

Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis.  We feel that this should never be the case.  This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes.  In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th!  Our veterans deserve that!

Many in our group have decided that enough is enough.  We are Americans.  We are proud of our heritage and our service.  As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives.  This is our way of life.  We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us.  It is time to make a stand!  We hope that you will join us in our peaceful rally against anti-American policies.  It doesn’t take anything other that!

You can find a list of rallying points throughout the Nation here.  And sign a petition demanding that the Federal government reopen veteran memorials here. 

 

Shutdown Pain: Government Kicks People Out Of Homes

Since the government shutdown began, it has become apparent that Federal officials are going out of their way to make sure average Americans are inconvenienced as much as possible. The government, which spent last week closing national monuments in Washington D.C. and throughout the Nation (likely spending more than it would have cost to keep them open), has even resorted to kicking Americans out of privately owned properties situated on Federal land.

According to the Nevada-based KTNV, federally-funded roads that lead to the Lake Mead home of Joyce Spencer, 77, and her husband Ralph, 80, were shut down due to the lack of government funds and forest officials forced the elderly couple out of their home.

From the report:

The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.

“I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Joyce Spencer told Action News.

The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.

Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings; they sent Action News a statement which reads in part, “Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen.”

Joyce Spencer said she’s alright in the meantime, staying with nearby family, but the move was a lot to handle as a senior citizen.

“I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in,” Spencer said. “We’re not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants.”

The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes; one of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence.

Regardless, the Spencers said it’s their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.

Shutdown Shuts Down Federal Regulators; Illegal Alien Lawyers In Cali; Obamacare Hits Home; Jack Lew Won’t Talk Enrollment Numbers; Mt. Rushmore VIEW ‘Shut Down’; Silencing Fast ‘N’ Furious; Global Warming Will Kill Everybody By 2030 – Monday Morning News Roundup 10-7-2013

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

  • The government shutdown has all but turned off the regulatory spigot, reducing the flow of new rules from federal agencies to a trickle. Regulators and proponents of stronger protections warn that rulemaking delays will jeopardize public safety and health. But some conservatives say the reprieve from red tape is welcome, even if it doesn’t last long. Source: The Hill…

 

  • Illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law in California under one of eight bills expanding immigrant rights that were signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday. The California Supreme Court, which finalizes requests of applicants to be licensed as a lawyer in California, is now authorized to approve qualified applicants regardless of their immigration status. Source: Reuters…

 

  • Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law. Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four. “Welcome to the club,” said Robert Laszewksi, a prominent health care consultant and president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates in Virginia. Source: San Jose Mercury News…

 

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew refused to answer Fox host Chris Wallace’s simple question Sunday morning: How many people have signed up for Obamacare? “I’m going to ask you one last time,” said Wallace, “because, forgive me sir, you haven’t answered it: do you not know how many people signed up, which would seem to indicate another major software glitch, or is it that the numbers are embarrassingly small?”

“Chris, our metric for this week was, could people get online, get the information they need to make an informed,” said Lew, sidestepping the straightforward question. “They have been getting that information. We are confident that they are going to make the decision – they have 6 months to make the decision.”

Wallace tried again, but Lew simply said, “Well, it’s obviously not my primary area of responsibility.” Source: Weekly Standard…

 

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • If a President knows he’ll never get his face on Mt. Rushmore, at least he can try to block everyone else’s view: The Sioux Falls Business Journal reports that the Park Service has placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mt. Rushmore, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. The shutdown pain continues. Source: Sioux Falls Business Journal…

 

  • Sir Bob Geldof has declared we ALL have less than 17 years to live. The musician-turned-activist reckons the world will end in 2030 – leading to the extinction of humankind. Sir Bob, 61, based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change. “The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” he told a group of youngsters at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently.” Source: Daily Star…

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Day Four Shutdown Roundup; Defense Contractors Feel The Pain; Americans Lose Faith In Congress, Economy At Breakneck Speed; School Apologizes For Picking On Student Over NRA Shirt; And Some People Don’t Know Obama’s A Democrat— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-4-2013

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Shutdown Roundup – Day Four

If you’re still alive and carrying on as you were before, congratulations on living through an entire workweek of government shutdown. Both sides in the shutdown fight dug in today, with the only real sign of capitulation being Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) non-apology for talking nasty about Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Read More…

Military-Industrial Complex Hit Hard By Government Shutdown

According to reports, the government shutdown is slated to begin affecting the “industrial” side of the military-industrial complex as early as Monday, with a number of big-name defense contractors announcing that they will begin the process of furloughing thousands of workers at the beginning of the week. Read More… 

Polls: Americans Losing Faith In Congress, The Economy

As the government shutdown and fierce rhetorical battles continue in Washington, the American public is growing increasingly tired of Congress’s antics. Read More… 

School Apologizes For Forcing Student To Remove NRA T-shirt

A California high school has apologized for forcing a 16-year-old student to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt. Read More…. 

Do You Know What Party The President Belongs To? Some Don’t

Comedian and media analyst Mark Dice asks people on the street what political party President Barack Obama is affiliated with. Be prepared to feel bad about America. Watch… 

Polls: Americans Losing Faith In Congress, The Economy

As the government shutdown and fierce rhetorical battles continue in Washington, the American public is growing increasingly tired of Congress’s antics.

A Rasmussen poll released Friday reveals that just nine present of likely voters feel that Congress is doing its job. Meanwhile, 70 percent say that their elected representatives in Washington is doing a poor job, the highest number in nearly two years.

From the poll:

While positive ratings for Congress have been in the single-digits for most of the year, the negative finding is up eight points from last month and is the highest measured since January 2012.

While 74% of Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major political party say Congress is doing a poor job, 62% of Republicans agree. Fifteen percent (15%) of Republicans now give the legislature positive ratings, up from seven percent (7%) a month ago.

Politically liberal voters are more critical of Congress than conservative voters are.

As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth day, (50%) of all voters view the agenda of Republicans in Congress as extreme, while 46% say the same of the Democratic congressional agenda. Thirty-three percent (33%) identify the GOP agenda as mainstream. Forty-one percent (41%) see the Democratic congressional agenda as mainstream.

Over at Gallup, pollsters report that Americans’ loss of faith in government is also contributing to economic uncertainty among Americans. The polling organization reports that its Economic Confidence Index’s three-day rolling average stands at -34 for Oct. 1-3, down 14 points from Sept. 27-29, and the lowest such average since December 2011.

Worse Than The Great Depression?!; Voters Trust GOP More Than Obama On Budgets; Barry The Divider; Stepping Up Security To Shut Out WWII Vets; Biden’s Proud Of NPS Worker Who Blocked Texas Veteran; Sanity Prevails In Gun T-Shirt Case – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 10-4-2013

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

 

  • Oh, my goodness! The U.S. Treasury Department is warning that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults on its debt obligations. A default could cause the nation’s credit markets to freeze, the value of the dollar to plummet and U.S. interest rates to skyrocket, according to the Treasury report released Thursday. Source: NBC News…

 

  • By a 48-39 percent margin, voters say they trust Republicans in Congress more than President Barack Obama when it comes to cutting government spending enough to make a difference in the deficit while at the same time not cutting so much that valuable programs are hurt. Source: Fox News poll…

 

  • Perhaps Obama’s biggest failing has been his inability to build relationships and make deals on Capitol Hill – a shortcoming in sharp relief during the ongoing debate over a health care law that didn’t win a single Republican vote. Even Democratic members complain they get short shrift from a detached White House and that Obama’s crusade for the controversial health care law laid the groundwork for the rise of an intransigent tea party. Longtime lobbyist Charlie Black noted that it was Vice President Joe Biden who reached a last-minute agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the start of this year. “The president wasted 17 months, and in one weekend the old pros made a deal,” Black said. “All the president knows how to do is campaign and attack.” Source: National Journal…

 

  • As the “shutdown” enters its fourth day, the White House Office of Management and Budget has apparently had enough of recalcitrant veterans breaking past barricades at the WWII memorial at the National Mall. Now the Park Service is stringing the barricades together with steel wire (visit the link for a photo.) Source: Weasel Zippers…

 

  • Vice President Joe Biden is proud of the National Park Service ranger who stood up to Rep. Randy Neugebauer at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, video surfaced online of Neugebauer, a Texas Republican, angrily lecturing the ranger for setting up barricades to the memorial. ‘I’m proud of you,’ Biden said, according to his office’s Twitter account, revealing that the vice president had called the ranger to thank her for her service. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • A high school principal has apologized for forcing a 16-year-old student to remove her National Rifle Association shirt last month. Haley Bullwinkle, a sophomore at Canyon High School, said she was asked to change or face suspension because her T-shirt, which featured a buck, an American flag, and a hunter’s silhouette, violated the school’s dress code and promoted gun violence. Source: CBS Los Angeles…

 

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Buy Obamacare, Get An Obamaphone; Weaponized Fishing Tackle Seized By Cops; The End Of The Silk Road; Reporter Sheds Light On How The Feds Spied On Him; Shutdown Roundup: Day Three— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10/3/2013

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Shutdown Roundup – Day 3

President Barack Obama waited ‘til the third day of the government “shutdown” to play the senior citizen card, telling a Maryland audience that, if the partisan standoff over a continuing resolution to fund the government escalates into a stalemate over the debt limit, people won’t get their Social Security checks. The Insanity Continues… 

Socialist Two For One: Obamacare, Obamaphone

Tennessee’s healthcare co-op set up for Obamacare is trying to sweeten the deal to get residents to sign up for government healthcare: enroll and get a free smartphone. Read More… 

Georgia High School Student Charged With Felony For Bringing Deadly Tackle Box To School

A Georgia high school student has been charged with a felony for carrying fishing supplies to school in his car. No Joke…

EFF: Technology Is Not To Blame In Silk Road Takedown

The man alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco yesterday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin. Read More…

ProPublica Recounts A Case Where Telecom Aided Government Spies

Over the past several months, the Obama Administration has defended the government’s far-reaching data collection efforts, arguing that only criminals and terrorists need worry. But You Should Too… 

Breaking: Shots Fired At The Capitol

Breaking via Twitter, details sketchy.

According to ABC News, someone tried to ram the gate at the White House, then fled to Capitol Hill. Shots were fired, but details remain unclear.

ABC reports that the shooting suspect is a female who is dead on the scene.

U.S. Capitol police said they had received reports of gunshots and one police officer has been injured.

Fox News is reporting that several people have been injured, including a police officer.