Boehner to remain as House Speaker

John Boehner (R-Ohio) endured a minor conservative revolt to earn a third term as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, reaping 216 votes in a roll-call election that garnered a momentary flash of publicity for promising — but failing — to elevate someone else to the position.

Boehner finished far ahead of the nearest Republican challenger, Daniel Webster of Florida, who received 12 votes. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received 164 votes. Four Democrats — Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Gwen Graham (Fla.) — voted for someone besides Pelosi.

The conservative dissent to Boehner’s speakership came from a loose group of 25 Republicans, although no single candidate emerged as a clear alternative.

According to The Hill, Boehner was “visibly emotional” and teared up following his victory, delivering a “humble and poetic” address to House members.

The Hill listed the following GOP House members, all of whom voted against Boehner:

Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

Brian Babin (R-Texas)

Rod Blum (R-Iowa)

Dave Brat (R-Va.)

Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)

Curt Clawson (R-Fla.)

Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

Scott Garrett (R-N.J.)

Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.)

Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

Walter Jones (R-N.C.)

Steve King (R-Iowa)

Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)

Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)

Richard Nugent (R-Fla.)

Gary Palmer (R-Ala.)

Bill Posey (R-Fla.)

Scott Rigell (R-Va.)

Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)

Randy Weber (R-Texas)

Daniel Webster (R-Fla.)

Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)

Jailed for weeks: Reason shows what happens when a checkpoint refusal goes wrong

In a new video report, Reason Magazine tells the story of Greg Rosenberg, a long-haul trucker who was recently jailed for 19 days — with no charges filed — by border agents in Laredo, Texas.

A naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the nation from Armenia a decade ago, Rosenburg says he is a checkpoint refusal activist because he believes it resembles political oppression people in his home country endured under Soviet rule.

Via Reason:

Rosenberg’s ordeal began in the border town of Laredo, TX. He and his friend pulled onto I-35 North at around midnight on September 26 in a truck carrying a load of Xerox machines destined for Ft. Worth. But only 29 miles north of the border, they’d encounter the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. And Greg would undergo a checkpoint interrogation like he’d never experienced before.

“They arrested me for what I looked like, but they pressed the charges because of my beliefs,” says Rosenberg.

H/T: Reason

What a year!

Whew, it’s been an interesting political year and an exciting year for liberty. And with the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and the potential for increased scrutiny congressional scrutiny of some of the Obama administration’s unconstitutional actions ahead, 2015 looks promising.

For now, we’d like to remind you that Personal Liberty will not be publishing a P.M. Edition for Thursday, Jan. 1, or Fri., January 2. But stay tuned, the P.M. Edition will return on Monday, Jan. 5, to keep you up to date on all of the latest political happenings.

Wishing you a safe and happy new year,

PLMG Staff

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Larry Wright,

As 2014 draws to a close and we reflect on the past year, we are reminded that 2014 was not so great and we’ll be happy to be looking at it in the rearview mirror. That said, not much of anything was resolved. So looking ahead at 2015, it will likely be more of the same old same old for the foreseeable future. It’s a shame we can’t just fast-forward to 2016.

John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
Luojie, China Daily, China
Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons
Daryl Cagle,
Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune


MSM is a great source for news — if you’ve got some free time and a video editor

If you’re one of those people who’s given up on the mainstream media as a source for any useful information, or if you just like to check in on MSM reports solely for their comedic value, why not give it another chance? All it takes is three minutes and change (and, perhaps, a sense of humor).

The Washington Free Beacon mined the major TV news outlets for a fast-clip edit to recap the “news” of 2014, demonstrating in the process that it’s (somewhat) possible to find coverage of topics that are often better reported by alternative media. Finding good coverage… well, let’s not get picky.

The fact this clip is only 3:32 in length — and padded with plenty of pop culture fluff and several MSM follies — only underscores the fact that, in the traditional 24-hour TV news cycle, the mainstream press fills most of its time talking about stupid, stupid stuff.

We’ll see if this DNC graphic has the Gadsden flag’s kind of staying power

Try as it might, the left side of the Internet and TV world hasn’t been able to stigmatize the Gadsden flag and its “don’t tread on me” message successfully enough to deter anybody from slapping it on their bumpers and windows, or from rocking it on a mug or T-shirt.

So let’s see how well the Democratic National Committee does with its newest attempt at fighting the culture wars on the Tea Party’s turf: this handy coffee tea tumbler, which (for $30) professes a pithy antipathy for “obstructing progress” (wow, two of the ideological left’s favorite words, right next to each other!).

tea tumbler

Not only will the “I Hate Tea (Parties)” travel tumbler keep your beverage warm, it’ll give the DNC a grass-roots boost (because you bought it) in the process. And it’ll let people know you identify with a group that hates another group (isn’t there a convenient name for a group like that? We can’t quite put our finger on it.)

Anecdotally, we see a lot more Gadsden flag iconography — even in cities — than we do “Ready for Hillary” bumper stickers and the like. In fact, the only Democratic graphic that people seem unashamed to continue sporting is the classic Obama “O” decal that abounded during the president’s campaign cycles.

Again, that’s just our observation. What’s yours?

Christmas classic re-imagined: ‘Twas the Night Raid Before Christmas

In an effort to raise awareness about the continuing erosion of U.S. privacy and property protection, Reason Magazine has reimagined a Christmas classic to include forced police entry and civil forfeiture.


‘Twas the Night Raid Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our home

Not a creature was stirring but CNN’s gnome;

The stockings were hung by the family tree,

In hopes that St. Nick would come visit Philly.


The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

Except my wayward son, a sugar plum head;

With mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

He snuck to the porch and sold 40 bucks of smack.


Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Downstairs, to the entrance, I flew like a flash,

A yell of “Police!” and the front door was smashed;


When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But cops with guns drawn, not a single rein-deer,

One arrested my son so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he was not St. Nick.


More rapid than eagles, my house they did seize,

“How can you do this?” I pleaded from my knees.

“It’s called civil forfeiture,” bellowed the cop,

“I’ll take what I want, and I’m not gonna stop.”


A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had so much to dread.

“In just Philly alone, in just 10 years’ time,

One thousand private homes are now mine, all mine!”


The grip of a rifle he held tight beneath;

The laser sight circled my heart like a wreath.

His scope—how it twinkled! trained on my dog Thor,

He kicked out my family, padlocked our door.


“Loitering, jaywalking, BS traffic stops:

All excuses to rob you—’cuz we’re the cops!

TVs, cash, cars galore: everything is fair game,”

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:


Take church funds! Take shark fins! Take crosses, SUVs!

Buy Vipers! Buy hookers! Buy drones and Zambonis!

To the billions we seize! with no charges at all!

Now dash your hopes, dash your rights, dash away all!”


Then with that last word, he went straight to his work,

And stole all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a snort, he said “Sucks your son blows.”


He sprang to his cruiser as his team he advised:

“The rest of our wish list, we’ll seize from good guys!”

And I heard him exclaim, ere they drove out of sight–

“Happy Christmas to all. On to the next house tonight!”

More at Reason.

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, ’tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
RJ Matson, Roll Call
RJ Matson
Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons
Luojie, China Daily, China
Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons
Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
Milt Priggee,
Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch


John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

Watch: CNN analyst likens Obama to Santa, executive orders to toys

CNN’s Gloria Borger rejects the notion that President Obama is a lame duck, saying “he’s flexing his executive action muscles.”

Discussing her recent analysis “Obama sheds Clark Kent demeanor, tries on Superman costume,” Borger insisted that Obama has “a list” of executive orders and he’s “checking it twice” ahead of the new year.

Wow, Superman and Santa Clause. What a guy.

H/T: Weasel Zippers

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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

Totalitarian regimes were all over the headlines this week. North Korean despot Kim Jong Un successfully quashed the release of an American movie, raising serious questions about the power of foreign terroristic threats over U.S. free speech. And President Barack Obama announced that he intends to bring about the end of a half century of chilly relations with Cuba, which remains in the hands of former dictator Fidel Castro’s family. Therefore, you can now enjoy a Cuban cigar but not watch a film critical of a dictator. Wait, what country is this?

Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
December 19, 2014
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
karikatur für tribüne-neue liebe
Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
Eric Allie,
Daryl Cagle,
Larry Wright,
Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant