Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-11-2014

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Senate GOP Quash Democrats’ Attack On Free Speech

Senate Republicans on Thursday quashed a proposed Democratic constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending, an amendment GOP lawmakers have criticized as an assault on free speech. Read More…

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Feel Any Safer?: Personal Liberty Reader Reaction To Obama’s ISIS Speech

President Barack Obama’s abysmal approval ratings leading in to his Wednesday speech on the administration’s planned response to the Islamic State terror threat left us wondering if average Americans would gain more faith in the president as a result in the speech. Here’s what we learned from Personal Liberty reader response. What You Said…

One Third Of Voters Don’t Even Know Which Party Controls House, Senate

In two months, U.S. voters will determine whether Congress continues into President Obama’s last two years with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House. But a chunk of those likely voters don’t even know which party currently holds the majority in each chamber. Read More…

Video: Students Unaware Of Radical Islam Threat, Knowledgeable On Celebrity Nude Photos

Ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Young America’s Foundation (YAF) hit the campus of George Washington University Friday to find out what average American college students know about terror in the recent U.S. history and threats facing the nation today. Watch…

Republicans Grill Federal Officials Ahead Of 2nd Obamacare Enrollment Period

Two months before the second enrollment period begins to purchase health insurance through the online marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, Congress is asking if it’s going to go more smoothly this year. Not Likely…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-10-2014

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Obama, Democrats Advocate Arming Syrian Rebels As Key ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama is pushing for members of Congress to include in a stopgap spending bill a provision giving him the ability to arm and train Syrian rebels he believes can help defeat ISIS. Moderate Friends…

Commissioner Koskinen Says IRS Tries To Follow The Law ‘Whenever We Can’

Take comfort in knowing that, just as you only try to follow federal tax law “whenever you can,” the agency that collects and enforces those same laws is right there with you. …What? You always follow federal tax law because you don’t have much of a choice? Never mind then – the IRS hasn’t got anything in common with you. Read More…

Army Officer Barred From Visiting Daughter’s School While In Uniform — Because It Might Offend Someone

Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker, a U.S. Army officer with 24 years in service, was planning to meet with his high school-age daughter’s guidance counselor about her class schedule when a security guard stopped him and told him he couldn’t go inside the school unless he changed out of his military uniform. Why? It might offend a student. Apology Incoming…

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned remarks on the Islamic State terror threat, NBC’s Chuck Todd on Wednesday suggested that the president’s weak foreign policy stance could do “Jimmy Carter-like” damage to the Democratic Party. Watch…

Senators Tasked With NSA Oversight Urge Appeals Court To End Call Records Collection

Smith v. Obama, a challenge to the NSA’s warrantless collection of phone records, currently before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has received some high-profile support. In six amicus briefs filed yesterday, a range of groups add depth to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s argument that the NSA’s activities are an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of innocent Americans. Read More…

Army Officer Barred From Visiting Daughter’s School While In Uniform — Because It Might Offend Someone

Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker, a U.S. Army officer with 24 years in service, was planning to meet with his high school-age daughter’s guidance counselor about her class schedule when a security guard stopped him and told him he couldn’t go inside the school unless he changed out of his military uniform.

The guard at Detroit-area Rochester Adams High School told Baker his attire might “offend another student,” according to WJBK News. Strangely, another account offered in the same news report cites Baker’s lack of a tie as grounds for refusing him entry into the school.

“Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson says, ‘Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry you’re not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student,’” WJBK reported.

“Baker says he was simply coming to the school to speak with his daughter’s counselor regarding her class schedule but was turned away at the doors because he was not wearing a tie.

“I can’t even believe they would think like that after all [our soldiers] do for our country,” one resident remarked.

Robert Shaner, superintendent of the Rochester Community Schools District, offered an apology in a letter to the TV station, saying the school district does not, in fact, “have a policy excluding individuals in uniform” and that the district would attempt to more effectively communicate its policies to the private company that handles security at its schools.

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned remarks on the Islamic State terror threat, NBC’s Chuck Todd on Wednesday suggested that the president’s weak foreign policy stance could do “Jimmy Carter-like” damage to the Democratic Party.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Todd referenced polling data that shows Republicans leading Democrats by 38 points in voter favorability on the issue of strong national defense.

“He’s on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy… If he’s not careful,” Todd said.

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called the poll results “shocking” but also insisted that the president could still turn public perception around.

Todd agreed, saying, “He’s in a[n] easy moment if he can step up on something he said he doesn’t like doing, which is the theater of the presidency. He needs to have a strong performance in the theater of the presidency tonight because the country seems to be demanding it… they’re begging him.”

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 9-9-2014

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White House Admits That Obama’s ISIS Strategy Speech Is Just An Extension Of Non-Strategy

President Barack Obama suffered the wrath of political pundits, lawmakers and average Americans spanning the political divide when he announced last week that his administration didn’t have a concrete strategy for dealing with the Islamic State terror threat festering in the Middle East. The president now claims to have a plan. But as more details emerge about the strategy Obama will reveal Wednesday, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Americans hoping for a firm stance and a clear objective will be thoroughly disappointed. More… 

VA Officials Allowed To Influence Inspector General Report To Downplay Alleged Role In Patient Deaths

A draft of an Inspector General’s report on a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital was modified to include softer language absolving VA officials of any alleged role in causing delays that may have contributed to patient deaths – but only after the draft, without that benign language, had been submitted to VA administrators and then released to the public. More… 

America: Obama Isn’t A Strong Leader

In light of widespread American perception that President Barack Obama has failed to adequately respond to national problems such as illegal immigration and the threat of Islamic State terrorists, the commander-in-chief’s rating for “strong leadership” has reached a new low. More… 

Cruz: Dems Ignore Major Threats, While Attempting to Re-Write First Amendment

Speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday night Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lambasted the Congressional body for failing to respond to a litany of major foreign and domestic policy issues facing the U.S. and debating instead a Democratic proposal to abrogate the First Amendment by more harshly regulating political speech. Video… 

Dick Cheney To Lawmakers: Support A Hawkish National Defense

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, often considered the brain behind President George W. Bush’s war strategy in Iraq, gave a pep talk to House Republicans on Tuesday highlighting the value of a hawkish national defense. More…

Cruz: Dems Ignore Major Threats, While Attempting to Re-Write First Amendment

Speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday night Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lambasted the Congressional body for failing to respond to a litany of major foreign and domestic policy issues facing the U.S. and debating instead a Democratic proposal to abrogate the First Amendment by more harshly regulating political speech.

The proposal Cruz addressed would allow Congress to regulate campaign spending in a way that he describes as “bar none the most radical proposal that has been considered by the United States Senate in the time I have served… Its effects would be breathtaking.”

“In the Democratic Senate of 2014, citizens’ free speech rights are tools for partisan warfare,” Cruz said.

Cruz added that the “new First Amendment” created by the Democratic proposal would allow Congress to treat political speech differently than the free speech guaranteed in the current law of the land.

“I don’t see in the current First Amendment ‘Congress can make reasonable restrictions on the free speech.’ It doesn’t say that. It says Congress shall make no law abridging the free speech,” Cruz said.

“The First Amendment is not about reasonable speech, the First Amendment was enacted to protect unreasonable speech. I for one certainly don’t want our speech limited to that speech that elected politicians in Washington think is reasonable,” Cruz said.

The lawmaker invoked the Alien and Sedition Acts as an example of the danger in allowing government decide what constitutes “reasonable” speech.

H/T: Washington Free Beacon

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-8-2014

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Treasury Secy: Obama To Take Unilateral Action To Prevent Corporations Leaving U.S.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday that President Barack Obama will soon take executive action to stop tax maneuvers known as inversions, when U.S. corporations relocate their headquarters in low-tax countries outside the U.S. Read More…

Cruz On ISIS Response: Secure The Borders, Strip Citizenship From Americans Who Join Jihadists

Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday told fellow lawmakers that the nation’s borders must be secured to protect Americans from the possibility of the Islamic State terror group launching an attack on the homeland. Read More… 

America’s Labor Force Is Becoming Less Flexible As Government Becomes More Intrusive

It’s getting harder and harder to get hired into a legitimate job, as municipal, state and federal regulations continue to chip away at the incentive for ambitious individuals to seek a profit – or for job seekers (particularly low-skilled ones) to pursue employment. Read More…

As Congress Returns To Work, Politics Is High On The Agenda

Rather than go out in a blaze of legislative accomplishment before the Nov. 4 elections, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate appear satisfied with doing the bare minimum required before returning to their districts to campaign. Read More…

Chick-Fil-A Founder Truett Cathy Dies At 93

S. Truett Cathy, who turned a humble hometown restaurant featuring a boneless fried chicken sandwich into the Chick-fil-A juggernaut, died Monday at 1:35 a.m. He was 93. Read More…

Ron Paul: Nixonian Abuse Of Power Is Now The Presidential Norm

Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means it is not illegal,” is embraced by the majority of the political class. Straight Talk…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-5-2014

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Lost Emails Here; Lost Emails There…IRS ‘Lost’ Emails Of Five More Employees Tied To Lerner Scandal

The number of IRS employees whose emails were allegedly “lost” by the tax enforcement agency officially rose by five today, according to an early report from the Associated Press.More… 

Ban On Homemade Guns One Signature Away From Becoming Law In California

California Governor Jerry Brown has but to sign a bill passed by the legislature for homemade guns both past and future to become illegal in California, except under strict conditions that document the weapons with government-issued serial numbers. More… 

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

Welcome to the general election: Labor Day has passed, nearly every primary has finished, and Roll Call has revised its monthly list of the 10 most vulnerable House members. More…

August Hiring Disappoints

Hiring in August disappointed with employers adding just 142,000 jobs last month even as the unemployment rate ticked down slightly, the government said Friday in a report that underwhelmed. More…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

With Americans so bedazzled by the news of our beloved celebrities that we couldn’t get our noses out of social media, is it any wonder ISIS decided to get our attention by posting a video on YouTube? Funnies…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Let’s recap recent events. Brangelina finally tied the knot. The six Jolie-Pitt children wrote their parents’ vows, and Angelina Jolie’s dress was adorned with their drawings. How do we know? The wealthy couple made $5 million selling the story of their betrothal and the related photos. Reportedly, the money is going to charity. Meanwhile, Nick Cannon confirmed that he and Mariah Carey were ending their marriage, although he went on to proclaim his love for the diva via Twitter. And the grande dame of comedy, Joan Rivers, had yet another elective procedure, during which she went into cardiac arrest. A week later, Melissa Rivers informed the world that her mother had passed away. It’s no secret that Jennifer Lawrence was no fan of Joan Rivers, and the feeling was mutual. It’s a shame the late comedienne isn’t around to rife about JLaw and all the other celebrities whose naked photos were exposed in an iCloud hack. With Americans so bedazzled by the news of our beloved celebrities that we couldn’t get our noses out of social media, is it any wonder ISIS decided to get our attention by posting a video on YouTube?

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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Paul Zanetti, Australia
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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-4-2014

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Rand Paul Says It’s Time To Go After ISIS, But With Constitutional Restraint

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in a Thursday opinion column for Time, set out to dispel questions about whether his “predisposition to less intervention” applies to the Islamic State terrorists sweeping across the Middle East. It Doesn’t…

Obama, Cameron Seek To Build Coalition To Take On Islamic State

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Thursday against isolationism in the face of the “barbaric killers” of the Islamic State, then tried to use a NATO summit to build an international coalition to confront the terrorist group. More…

Obamacare Site Hacked

Reports surfaced Thursday that a hacker was able to breach the federal healthcare website many Americans have trusted with personal information to upload malicious software in an effort to use the website to launch cyberattacks. Officials reportedly only learned about the July 8 hacking of the Healthcare.gov website last week. More… 

Connecticut Governor Applauds Anti-Gun Sculpture Made From Shredded Firearms

An anti-gun organization has placed 2,000 pounds of shredded firearm parts in the form of a massive sculpture depicting a handshake in the middle of a Connecticut park in an effort to draw awareness to gun violence in America. Why? 

Grassroots Groups Fighting Law Enforcement Exercise Designed To Put Cops In Touch With Military Tech Companies

While all eyes are on the disturbing evidence of police militarization in Ferguson, are you paying attention to what’s happening with law enforcement in your own back yard? You Should… 

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-3-2014

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Lawmaker Introduces War Anywhere, Anytime Bill Because… TERRORISTS

Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wants to “end any ambiguity about the president’s authority – or the Congress’ support – for a U.S.-led international coalition to disrupt and eliminate ISIS” with a piece of legislation that appears to eliminate constraints on the White House’s ability to strike just about anyone, anywhere it pleases. More… 

Is It Time For A Constitutional Convention? Tom Coburn Thinks So

Outgoing Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a tenacious budget hawk, says that he wants to lead an effort to organize a national convention to change the U.S. Constitution. More… 

Biden Vows That U.S. Will Follow ISIS ‘To The Gates Of Hell’

Vice President Joe Biden offered some harsh words for the Islamic State terror group during a speech in Portsmouth, N.H., Wednesday as he vowed retaliation for the beheading of American journalists. Video… 

Obama In Reaction To Second Journalist Beheading: U.S. Will Not be Intimidated

President Barack Obama on Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist executed in two weeks by Islamic militants in response to U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in northern Iraq. More… 

Is This The Libertarian Moment?

Earlier this month, The New York Times wondered aloud if the “libertarian moment” had arrived. A good question, to be sure. More… 

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-2-2014

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Majority Of Voters Wish Obama Had A Plan To Neutralize ISIS

A majority of voters believe that the Islamic State terror group poses a significant threat to the U.S. and, though reluctant to commit troops to the Middle East, are concerned that President Barack Obama has yet to formulate a comprehensive response to the jihadists recent gains in the region. More… 

Slain SEAL Team Six Member’s Parents To Obama: Please Vacate The White House And Allow Someone Of Courage And Substance To Take Control

Enraged by the beheading of freelance war correspondent James Foley and the Obama Administration’s subsequent failure to formulate a firm response to the Islamic State terrorists responsible for the ghastly act, the parents of slain of slain SEAL Team Six member Aaron Carson Vaughn have written an open letter to the president.More…

Christie’s Making A Run For The Border: Mexico Trip Designed To Boost His Appeal As 2016 Presidential Candidate

The governor, who is bringing along business, energy and pharmaceutical executives, noted Friday that New Jersey annually exports more than $2 billion of goods to Mexico and imports almost $3.5 billion. More… 

Roll Call’s 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

With the elections just two months away, Democratic incumbents overall have run strong-enough campaigns to ensure the fight for the Senate majority remains a tossup — despite a playing field tilted heavily in the GOP’s direction. More… 

Ron Paul: Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

Why does the U.S. government insist on aligning with theocracies in the Middle East? If there is anything that contradicts the U.S. Constitution and American values, it is a theocratic government. I do not believe that a majority in the Middle East wants to live under such a system, so why do we keep pushing it on them? Is that what they call promoting democracy? Straight Talk… 

Slain SEAL Team Six Member’s Parents To Obama: Please Vacate The White House And Allow Someone Of Courage And Substance To Take Control

Enraged by the beheading of freelance war correspondent James Foley and the Obama Administration’s subsequent failure to formulate a firm response to the Islamic State terrorists responsible for the ghastly act, the parents of slain of slain SEAL Team Six member Aaron Carson Vaughn have written an open letter to the president.

Billy and Karen Vaughn lost their son when a helicopter carrying 30 Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in August 2011 in Afghanistan’s Tangi River Valley. In their letter to Obama, first published by The World Tribune, the two write that the president’s lack of leadership has cost American lives and continues to endanger the nation.

An excerpt from the letter:

As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.

Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.

Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.

But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks volumes of your true convictions. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” she said.

I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re welcome.

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.

Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.

You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.

And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.

You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.

America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.

Read the full letter here.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-29-2014

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A Tale Of Two Leaders: ‘Don’t Have A Strategy’ And ‘Poisonous Ideology Of Islamist Extremism’ Threatens All… Guess Which One Isn’t An Obama Quote

Following President Barack Obama’s brazen announcement that his administration has yet to come up with a strategy to respond to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists gaining ground in the Middle East, British Prime Minister David Cameron called the ISIS gains a “greater and deeper threat to security than we have known” in an address to his countrymen. More… 

Reports: Terror Attack From Southern Border ‘Imminent’

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch issued a statement Friday, claiming that government sources have confirmed that Islamic State terrorists are operating in Mexico and planning terror attacks on the U.S. More… 

No MSM Coverage For Tea Party ‘Buycott’ To Help Looted Ferguson Businesses

The St. Louis Tea Party has organized a series of shopping sprees at businesses in Ferguson, Missouri ravaged by more than a week of looting and rioting. Unless you live in the St. Louis TV market, it’s a human-interest story likely to be left out of mainstream media reports from Ferguson. More… 

After Uzi Death, Gun Ranges Debate Safest Way To Teach Kids To Shoot

The accidental death of an instructor at an Arizona shooting range, killed while teaching a 9-year-old girl to fire a fully automatic Uzi, has touched off a national debate on whether children should be given access to such weapons. More… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Typically during this time of the year, Americans are focused on other things besides world events. Yet it’s impossible to ignore the goings-on across the globe right now. ISIS beheaded one of our own last week. Israel and Hamas agreed this week to stop attacking one another — at least for the moment. And Russia invaded Ukraine just yesterday. Maybe President Obama wore that tan suit to send the world a message: Couldn’t all this wait until after Labor Day? Friday Funnies… 

No P.M. Edition For Labor Day: Monday, September 1

The offices of Personal Liberty will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day). That means we won’t be publishing our P.M. Edition on Monday. Those of you who are off work on Monday, enjoy your day off! We’ll be back with our regular P.M. Edition on Tuesday, Sept. 2. More… 

No P.M. Edition For Labor Day: Monday, September 1

The offices of Personal Liberty will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day). That means we won’t be publishing our P.M. Edition on Monday. Those of you who are off work on Monday, enjoy your day off! We’ll be back with our regular P.M. Edition on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

If you plan to take a road trip, be on the lookout for speed traps, full-stop checkpoints, and even the prospect of no-refusal, mandatory blood draws if the police so much as suspect you of drunken driving. Texas and states in the Southeastern U.S. seem particularly jazzed about pushing the limits of the Fourth Amendment over the long weekend.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Summer’s winding down. Pretty soon, it’ll be too cold to do the ice bucket challenge. In many communities, school has begun. College football kicked off this week. And it’s the Friday before Labor Day, the three-day weekend that Americans tend to equate with the end of summer. Typically during this time of the year, Americans are focused on other things besides world events. Yet it’s impossible to ignore the goings-on across the globe right now. ISIS beheaded one of our own last week. Israel and Hamas agreed this week to stop attacking one another — at least for the moment. And Russia invaded Ukraine just yesterday. Maybe President Obama wore that tan suit to send the world a message: Couldn’t all this wait until after Labor Day?

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John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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Olle Johansson, Sweden
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Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE
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Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Marian Kemensky, Slovakia
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Have You Heard About The Pentagon’s ‘Everything Must Go’ Sale?

Reason’s Will Neff and Paul Detrick have teamed up to produce a satirical television commercial that reveals the absurdity of the military-to-police equipment pipeline created by the Defense Department’s 1033 program.

Among members of the liberty movement, the militarization of local police forces has been a subject of concern for years. With the police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the matter is receiving some long overdue mainstream attention.

For more information on the 1033 program visit the links below.

News and Analysis:

Free Military Gear To Cops Has Resulted In 184 Local Police Departments ‘Losing’ Guns, Humvees

The Best Reporting On Federal Push To Militarize Local Police

USA Today, WSJ Realize What We’ve Been Saying For Years: America’s Cops Are Out Of Control

Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset

Why Do Police In New Mexico Need 42 MRAPs?

DHS Says Law Enforcement Should Prepare For More Citizen Enemies

Analysis: With Ferguson Essay, Rand Paul Proves A Very Different Republican

Orange County, Florida Sheriff Blithely Proclaims: ‘We Are A Paramilitary Organization’

DHS Grants Not Making Anyone Safer

Commentary:

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

Stop The Militarization Of Our Police

America Is Under Military Occupation, But Americans Are Pushing Back

Police Shoot First And Cover Up The Questions Later

The Vigilante’s View On Ferguson And The U.S. Police State

The Violent Militarization Of Local Police

Political Satirist On Ferguson: Take The ‘F*cking Toys’ From Police

Mises President: Whatever Happened To Peace Officers?

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-27-2014

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Officials Say Hundreds Of Americans Have Joined Islamic State Terror Group As It Gains A Disturbing Amount Of Western Support

After confirmation that an American man was killed Tuesday fighting alongside Islamic State fighters in Syria, there is widespread speculation among law enforcement and intelligence officials that the terror group has radicalized at least hundreds of other Americans. Read More…

Texas School District: Our Teachers Are Armed And Prepared To Protect Students

Signs announcing that a particular property is considered a “gun-free zone” frequently plastered outside schools, government buildings and some private businesses are, quite unsurprisingly, ineffective at keeping firearm brandishing psychopaths at bay. That’s why one Texas school district is taking a different approach. Read More…

Vice President Biden Won’t Rest Until His Granddaughters Have Equal Rights

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden took a stand on Twitter, where the Obama administration goes any time it really needs to take a stand. On this outing, which coincided with Women’s Equality Day, Biden’s thoughts were heavy. Take A Nap…

Billionaire’s Political Ads Criticized By Fact-Checking Groups

Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer’s blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he’s emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Read More…

Supreme Court Tackles Online Threats

The unique nature of the Internet, as a platform for the exercise of Americans’ First Amendment freedoms, requires the government prove a person actually meant to make a threat before he can be prosecuted. Just such a case is before the Supreme Court now. Electronic Frontier Foundation…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-26-2014

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IRS Admits It Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry After Congress Began Investigating Scandal

When the IRS met Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s deadline last Friday to produce sworn documents explaining a variety of things about how and why Lois Lerner’s emails went missing, it dropped a couple of bombs for anyone who’s been following the ever-simmering IRS scandal. Read More…

Free Military Gear To Cops Has Resulted In 184 Local Police Departments ‘Losing’ Guns, Humvees

When the federal government places leftover military weapons, MRAPs, Humvees, fire trucks and even ready-to-eat meals and sleeping bags in the hands of local fire and police forces, it’s at least trusting that those agencies will hang onto them – even if they’re used to restrain and repress civilians. But even that is too much to ask for dozens upon dozens of local departments. Missing…

California Law Mandates That Students Be Taught ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency

A new California law signed this week by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will require schoolchildren to be taught that President Barack Obama’s election was “a historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States.” Read More…

Could A Wording ‘Glitch’ Doom Obamacare?

When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and anger. The ruling seems likely to propel Obamacare once more before the Supreme Court, where opponents came within a single vote of overturning the law in 2012. Read More…

Alliance Defending Freedom: ‘Controversial Speech’ Restricted At University Of South Alabama

Alliance Defending Freedom filed an amended complaint Friday in a pro-life student organization’s lawsuit against the University of South Alabama. The university relegated the group’s pro-life display to a small speech zone on campus because it deemed the nature of the event “controversial.” Under the university’s policies, students must also obtain a permit 72 hours in advance in order to use the speech zone. Read More…

California Law Mandates That Students Be Taught ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency

A new California law signed this week by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will require schoolchildren to be taught that President Barack Obama’s election was “a historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States.”

The bill, AB 1912, will require the state’s Instructional Quality Commission to update history and social science materials to acknowledge Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first black president.

Via the bill:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the

following:

 

(a) The election of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of

President of the United States was a historic step in the effort

towards equality in the United States.

 

(b) Before the Civil Rights Movement, intimidation and physical

violence prevented millions of African Americans from voting and

alienated them from the electoral process.

 

(c) The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a civil rights victory that

inspired more ethnic minorities to register to vote and pursue

elected office.

 

(d) Barack Obama attended Harvard Law School where he became the

first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

 

(e) After law school, Barack Obama worked to fulfill the spirit of

the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by encouraging people to register to

 

(f) Barack Obama was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in

1996 and to the United States Senate in 2004.

 

(g) Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the

United States and first African American President on November 4,

2008, and was sworn in on January 20, 2009.

 

(h) In honor of his extraordinary efforts to strengthen

international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, President

Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

(i) President Obama was reelected on November 6, 2012, and was

sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.

 

While the election of the nation’s first black president was undoubtedly a landmark moment in American history, CBS Los Angeles reports that political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson questioned why California lawmakers would take the unusual step of mandating that Obama be mentioned in classrooms.

“There really shouldn’t be a need for this, a special bill,” said Hutchinson. “Obviously, President Obama did make history, becoming the first African-American [President], but on the other hand, he is the President of the United States. It is a signature accomplishment in the sense that, as other presidents, they’re routinely taught.”

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