Government Wants Us To Hug Our ‘Federal Family’; Obama Nixes Fundraiser To Plead For Syria Votes; More NSA Spy Docs To Go Public; Hard Times For Blacks In America; Schools Tell Parents Their Kids Are Fat— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-5-2013

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Meet Your ‘Federal Family’

A news release from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious announcing National Preparedness Month informs Americans highlights the use of a new phrase entering the lexicon: Federal family. Read More… 

Homeownership Among American Blacks Lowest In 18 Years

Homeownership among American black families has contracted to its lowest point in 18 years, according to a Tuesday report by Bloomberg. The new information comes at a time when the decline in homeownership for the general population has stabilized and, in some demographics, is on a slight rebound. Read More…

EFF: Hundreds of Pages of NSA Spying Documents to be Released As Result of Lawsuit

In a major victory in one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the Justice Department conceded yesterday that it will release hundreds of pages of documents, including FISA court opinions, related to the government’s secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the law the NSA has relied upon for years to mass collect the phone records of millions of innocent Americans. Read More… 

Obama Cancels Trip To California To Focus On Syria Resolution

President Obama’s trip to California next week has been canceled because of the Syrian resolution moving through Congress, the White House said Thursday. Read More… 

Schools Send Letters To Parents Of Fat Youngsters, American Schoolchildren Hate Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has made it her pet cause as first lady to ensure that American youths are introduced to healthy lifestyles, using public schools as a tool to push her agenda. She has revamped school lunches and encouraged educators to push her message to both parents and children. Read More…

Meet Your ‘Federal Family’

Did you know that you have a Federal family, comrade?

A news release from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious announcing National Preparedness Month informs Americans highlights the use of a new phrase entering the lexicon: Federal family.

The statement reads in part:

While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together. Simply put: bystanders can’t stand by. We’ve seen countless times that bystanders are truly the first responders. They save lives. Each of us must be ready to help others when every minute counts.

While taking a first aid class or a CPR class is always helpful, we may not need formal training to save someone’s life or provide them with basic care they desperately need at that moment. Sometimes, we just need to be willing to help carry someone who is hurt to safety, provide comfort to someone who is frightened, or help someone find the medical care they need.

Being ready means being aware of potential risks, understanding where we can turn for help, and being prepared and willing to help our neighbors and community members. So I encourage everyone to talk with family, friends and neighbors and together think through what to do in an emergency. Find out who has special needs and requires a little extra help. As bystanders and neighbors, we can make a tremendous difference in the health of our families, our communities, and our nation.

According to CNS News, the phrase has turned up multiple times over the past few weeks.

David Heyman, an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, recently lauded the help of the Federal family in tornado relief efforts.

Richard Serino, the deputy administrator of FEMA, said the Boston Marathon bombing “was determined to be a high risk event. This determination resulted in enhanced attention to the event across the federal family…” recently.

And B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the BATF was “as close as you’re going to get to blue-collar law enforcement in the federal family” last month.

Just one big happy family…

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Schools Send Letters To Parents Of Fat Youngsters, American Schoolchildren Hate Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has made it her pet cause as first lady to ensure that American youths are introduced to healthy lifestyles, using public schools as a tool to push her agenda. She has revamped school lunches and encouraged educators to push her message to both parents and children.

Recent reports indicate that many school districts have taken to measuring students’ weight and body mass index at the beginning of the school year to gauge whether the child is underweight, of normal weight, overweight or obese. Based on the results, the schools then send letters to parents informing them of the results.

Below is an example of the letter some parents in Massachusetts have received:

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Meanwhile, students throughout America recently returned to school to find that the first lady altered public school lunch offerings. Here’s how some feel about the new school lunches:

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HT: Twitchy

Obama Stamps His Foot On Syria; Drone Over D.C.; Tinseltown Targets McConnell; DHS’ Panopticon; Quoth The Ravens: ‘Obamacare!’ – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 9-4-2013

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

  • Speaking to Reuters on action in Syria, President Barack Obama stamped his impatient foot a little: “First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty… That’s point number one. Point number two, my credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important. Source: RealClearPolitics… 

 

  • It wasn’t flying for long and it’s unclear what it was doing, but at least one witness spotted a drone hovering over a six-alarm fire at a warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia, just miles from the Pentagon…. “It’s not ours,” said Robert Rodriguez, chief fire marshal and spokesman for the Alexandria fire department. “It was none of our departments’,” he added, referring to the three other fire departments that provided assistance in putting out the blaze. Source: Washington Times…

 

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Democrats’ premier Hollywood fundraiser and donor, is throwing himself completely behind Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes’ effort to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The DreamWorks Animation chief raised millions to re-elect Obama — now he’s organizing LA events to unseat the GOP stalwart in the Bluegrass State. Source: Hollywood Reporter… 

 

  • In an effort to monitor reported outbreaks of infectious diseases worldwide, the DHS office of health affairs plans to contract with a small business to provide a “real-time data feed,” drawn from at least 25,000 online sources, on a 24/7 basis, with its content updated at least hourly. The data feed would give the U.S. Government the right to share the information inside the government, as well as outside the government, “for U.S. Government purposes,” says a small business set-aside solicitation that was issued by DHS on September 3. Source: Government Security News… 

 

  • The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will help Maryland promote new insurance options under ObamaCare, state officials announced Tuesday. It’s the first official partnership formed with a sports franchise to encourage participation in President Obama’s signature healthcare law. Source: The Hill… 

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EU Wants Cars To Control Speeding Drivers; Kerry’s Split Personality On Syria; Soldiers See No Benefit In New War; Government ‘Help’ Only Harms The Free Market; Ron Paul On Our Demure Congress And The Imperial President – Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-3-2013

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U.S. Armed Service Members Speak Out Against War With Syria

A number of U.S. services members are speaking out against possible U.S. involvement in Syria on Twitter and other social media websites. See What They’re Saying… 

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. Read More… 

John Kerry Puts His Flip Flops On, Can’t Decide Whether U.S. Needs Boots On The Ground In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday that the Administration of President Barack Obama does not want the use of ground troops ruled out in a Congressional resolution on Syria. Minutes later, the Nation’s top diplomat reversed. Watch… 

Ron Paul: Will Congress Endorse Obama’s War Plans? Does it Matter?

President Obama announced this weekend that he has decided to use military force against Syria and would seek authorization from Congress when it returned from its August break. Every Member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military, according to Ron Paul. Read More… 

Mises Institute Explains How The State Destroys Social Cooperation

Many of our present economic difficulties, while blamed by politicians on freedom and markets, are in fact the long-run effects of government policies emphasizing short-run, visible benefits that mask hidden or delayed costs. Mises Explains… 

U.S. Armed Service Members Speak Out Against War With Syria

A number of U.S. services members are speaking out against possible U.S. involvement in Syria on Twitter and other social media websites.

Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.), countering the idea that support for Syrian intervention is strong throughout the Nation, tweeted Saturday, “I’ve been hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces. The message I consistently hear: Please vote no on military action against #Syria.”

Indeed, Amash’s Twitter feed is full of messages from vets opposed to war:

 

 

A number of veterans and service members have also taken to Facebook in protest of possible involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Via the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page:

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John Kerry Puts His Flip Flops On, Can’t Decide Whether U.S. Needs Boots On The Ground In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry wants boots on the ground in Syria despite opposition from Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday that the Administration of President Barack Obama does not want the use of ground troops ruled out in a Congressional resolution on Syria. Minutes later, the Nation’s top diplomat reversed, saying that a measure prohibiting boots on the ground would be fine.

“This authorization does not contemplate and should not have any allowance for troops on the ground — I just want to make that absolutely clear,” Kerry said in response to a question from Marco Rubio.

But the White House draft resolution on the Syrian conflict clearly empowers President Obama to send ground troops to the civil war torn nation.

“What I was doing was hypothesizing a potential — it might occur at some point in time — but not in this authorization,” Kerry said in an attempt to explain his flip-flop.

“There is no problem in our having the language that has zero capacity for American troops on the ground within the authorization the president is asking for,” he continued.

Kerry said he simply meant that the President should have the ability to deploy ground troops in the event that Syria “imploded” or chemical weapons were attained by terrorists in the country.

Obamacare Is Bad, What About Obamaschool?; Rush Decries Lack Of Conservative Pop Culture Presence; Oregon Bar Banned Cross Dressers, Got Sued; And Happy Labor Day Weekend!— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-30-2013

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Mises: Obamaschool A Threat Just Like Obamacare

The President gave a speech on August 22 in Buffalo outlining his proposal to “reform” the student loan program. He acknowledged that the program has some problems, but assured the audience they are easily fixed. Just take the principles behind Obamacare and apply them to education. Read More… 

Rush: Conservative Credibility Absent In Pop Culture – And That’s A Problem

Rush Limbaugh observes that conservatives – especially real conservatives – have no credibility among consumers of more overtly entertainment-oriented mass media. Movies, music, scripted television, fiction writing – that sort of thing. Read More…

The 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In The United States

A real estate research website has published a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, many of them are unsurprising. And most of them are predominantly black. Read More… 

Oregon Bar Ordered To Pay $400,000 To Cross-Dressers

A Portland, Ore., bar owner was ordered to pay $400,000 to a group of cross-dressers who were banned from his club last year, the State labor board said. Read More…

Happy Labor Day, Check Back Tuesday For Your P.M. Edition

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. And keep an eye out Tuesday, when return with your regular Personal Liberty P.M. Edition.

The 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In The United States

A real estate research website has published a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, many of them are unsurprising. And most of them are predominantly black.

“Using exclusive data developed by NeighborhoodScout, and based on FBI data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in America, we here report those specific neighborhoods in America that have the highest predicted rates of violent crime per 1,000 neighborhood residents of all,” the website said.

“Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. These neighborhoods are the epicenters of violence in America, where social issues are likely to ignite into violence and spread.”

Here’s the list:

Rank 25: Chicago, IL (S Indiana Ave / E 60th St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 65.77

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 15

Rank 24: Tulsa, OK (E Apache St / N Quaker Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 66.88

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 15

Rank 23: Memphis, TN (Saint Paul Ave / Walnut St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 67.26

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 15

Rank 22: St. Louis, MO (Cass Ave / N 9th St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 67.75

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 15

Rank 21: West Memphis, AR (E Broadway St / Stuart Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 68.9

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 15

Rank 20: Indianapolis, IN (North Indianapolis)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 69.02

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 14

Rank 19: Flint, MI (Chambers St / Stonegate Dr)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 70.05

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 14

Rank 18: Nashville, TN (8th Ave S / Wedgewood Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 70.59

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here: (in one year): 1 in 14

Rank 17: Indianapolis, IN (N Meridian St / E 34th St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 72.71

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 14

Rank 16: Chicago, IL (S Ashland Ave / W 76th St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 73.05

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here  (in one year): 1 in 14

Rank 15: Houston, TX (Sauer St / Mcgowen St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 75.89

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 13

Rank 14: Rockford, IL (Kishwaukee St / Grove St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 77.6

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 13

Rank 13: Chicago, IL (S Homan Ave / W Roosevelt Rd)

Violent Crime Rate: (per 1,000): 80.17

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 12: St. Louis, MO (Delmar Blvd / N Euclid Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 82.76

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 11: Memphis, TN (E Eh Crump Blvd / S 4th St)

Violent Crime Rate : (per 1,000): 82.91

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 10: Saginaw, MI (E Holland Ave / E Genesee Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 85.64

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 9: Atlanta, GA (Hopkins St SE / Adair Ave SE)

Violent Crime Rate: (per 1,000): 86.14

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 8: Greenville, SC (Woodside)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 86.38

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 12

Rank 7: Detroit, MI (Wyoming St / Orangelawn St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 90.82

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 11

Rank 6: Houston, TX (Scott St / Wilmington St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 91.27

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 11

Rank 5: Spartanburg, SC (Washington Heights)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 96.55

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 10

Rank 4: Chicago, IL (S Halsted St / W 77th St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 116.56

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 9

Rank 3: Detroit, MI (Gratiot Ave / Rosemary)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 123.93

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here  (in one year): 1 in 8

Rank 2: Detroit, MI (Mack Ave / Helen St)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 145.29

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 7

Rank 1: Detroit, MI (W Chicago / Livernois Ave)

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 149.48

Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 7