More Carney Lies, Detroit’s New Mower Gang, Mystery Plane In Massachusetts, Gun Crazy In Illinois, And Air Force One For Sale: Afternoon News Links 5-10-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s afternoon update.

  • Residents on lawn mowers have formed a “Mower Gang” in Detroit, determined to maintain public aesthetics in a city where there’s not enough public money to pay enough workers to keep overgrown parks, roadsides and medians usable and clean. Read More…
  • Ever want to know what it’s like to fly around on Air Force One? For the right price you could own a plane that formerly served as the Presidential transport. Read More…
  • The little card that identifies Illinois residents as lawful gun owners has gotten incredibly hard to obtain, as State police report an enormous backlog of applications since December of last year. Read More…
  • The Mayor and city council of Quincy, Mass., have been trying to get some kind of statement out of officials with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding a two-week-long ordeal in which residents have seen — and heard — some kind of unidentified, low-flying aircraft buzzing over the city every night, from sundown to sunup. Read More…
  • Despite reports to the contrary, White House press secretary Jay Carney claimed today that the Presidential Administration and the State Department made only one edit to the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack talking points. Watch The Video…

For Sale: Air Force One

Ever want to know what it’s like to fly around on Air Force One? For the right price you could own a plane that formerly served as the Presidential transport.

The General Services Administration is auctioning off the McDonnell Douglas DC9-32, which was used to transport Presidents and other top Administration officials between 1975 and 2005.

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Credit: GSA

The starting bid for the aircraft is $50,000.

A description of the plane on the GSA Auctions website reads:

1-LOT CONSISTING OF 1 EACH AIRCRAFT, DC9-32, TAIL NUMBER N681AL, S/N: 731681 LOCATED AT PHOENIX/MESA GATEWAY AIRPORT MESA AZ, TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION APPOINTMENT CLICK ON “ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS.” ASSOCIATED SPARE PARTS INVENTORY LOCATED AT 3280 U.S. HIGHWAY 70E, NEW BERN, NC 28562. A $50,000 BID DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED AND IT WILL BE CONVERTED TO PERFORMANCE BOND FOR TO ASSURE PARTS REMOVAL. THIS AIRCRAFT WAS PART OF AIR FORCE 2 AND MAY HAVE ACTED AS AIR FORCE 1 19421323480001.

“In the thirty years this aircraft was assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing (Feb 1975-Sep 2005) it flew Presidential missions, Vice President, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries (Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, others), Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Four-Star Generals, Admirals, Foreign Heads of State and other foreign dignitaries,” the GSA says on the auction page.

H/T: The Hill 

Watch: Carney Robotically Tells More Lies About Benghazi

Despite reports to the contrary, White House press secretary Jay Carney claimed today that the Presidential Administration and the State Department made only one edit to the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack talking points.

 

 

 

ABC says otherwise:

When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.

Given the Obama Administration’s well-documented bullying of reporters, you can bet ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the author of the aforementioned report, has firmly secured his place on the Presidential sh*t list.

Feds Shut Down Printed Guns, Watchdog Muzzled, A ‘Damn Good Republican,’ Gay Marriage Don’tcha Know, And Democrats On Brink Of Collapse: TGIF Morning News Roundup 5-10-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Federal government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer. The move jeopardizes not only the 2nd Amendment, but also Internet freedom.
  • A watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because he has uncovered multiple examples of fraud and abuse.
  • Chris Christie wants you to know: He’s “a damn good Republican.”
  • The White House Political Director during the Bill Clinton years says the Democratic Party is teetering on the edge of decline. Citing the strength of Republican gains at the State level, such as governorships and legislative seats, longtime Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik warns party members their dominance once President Barack Obama leaves office is “at considerable risk.”
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed a bill to recognize gay marriage in the Land of 1,000 Lakes. The bill passed 75-59 Thursday, and it will now head to the Senate and then to Governor Mark Dayton. Both the Senate and the Governor are expected to approve the bill.

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*Staff writer Ben Bullard contributed to this story.

Young Americans Waking To Obama’s Collectivist Fascism In Growing Numbers

Young Americans have had a pretty tough time getting a start in life since the economy tanked in 2009. And according to a new poll, the bad economy and government’s inability to do anything to assuage the pain has led a majority of younger Americans to question the value of big government.

A poll recently conducted by the Young America’s Foundation  found 61 percent of college-age students believe the government has no business being a part of their day-to-day lives.

The poll also indicates:

  • 50 percent of young Americans think government is hurting economic recovery.
  • 42 percent in the demographic see the Federal government as an obstacle to achieving the American dream.
  • 58 percent believe elected officials should focus on decreasing taxes.
  • 38 percent believe government should cut back on regulation.
  • 76 percent would like to see decreases Federal spending.
  • 51 Percent believe the overall size of government should be decreased.

A majority of young Americans (66 percent) hold entrepreneurship in high regard, and 44 percent believe that the market ought to be freed from government meddling.

Many of the majority opinions recorded in the poll run contrary to the collectivist beliefs held by President Barack Obama, who took office in a sweeping victory thanks to younger Americans in 2008 and with more marginal support last year.

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President Obama recently delivered a commencement speech at Ohio State. Credit: White House

Last Sunday, the President delivered a “citizenship”-themed commencement speech at Ohio State University, suggesting that the Founders’ vision of the United States was of a country where inalienable rights for the individual come with the price tag of “responsibilities — to ourselves, to one another and to future generations.”

“There is a word for this. It’s citizenship. And we don’t always talk about this idea much these days — citizenship — let alone celebrate it,” Obama told the graduates. “Sometimes, we see it as a virtue from another time, a distant past, one that’s slipping from a society that celebrates individual ambition above all else; a society awash in instant technology that empowers us to leverage our skills and talents like never before, but just as easily allows us to retreat from the world. And the result is that we sometimes forget the larger bonds we share as one American family.”

Later in the speech Obama lamented, “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

Considering the aforementioned poll results alongside reports that members of the American workforce between 25 and 34 face unemployment rates of about 26 percent, it seems those voices “that incessantly warn of government” don’t have too tough a job winning hearts and minds.

Lieberman: Terror! Terror! Hurry, Throw Money At It!

Former Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) did his part to further the cause of making the United States more of a police state on Thursday; he told House lawmakers that because the Nation is at “war” with homegrown terrorists, local police agencies need more funding.

“We’re in a war and, as I said, it’s against an ideology that is not receding; it’s spreading,” he told lawmakers. “Particularly with homegrown terrorists, state and local law enforcers are in the best position to create the relationships within the communities that will allow them — and have allowed them in numerous cases — to stop terrorist attacks before they occur. And they’re simply not going to do it without funding.”

The formers Senator’s remarks were made during the first Congressional hearing addressing the Federal government’s failure to recognize a series of red flags that would likely have thwarted the Boston Marathon bombers’ terror attack.

The FBI was notified that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had ties to Islamic extremists by Russian intelligence officials and subsequently interviewed the terror suspect in 2011. According to Federal investigators, however, Tsarnaev was not tracked following the interview.

During his testimony, Lieberman told House lawmakers that it was remarkable that the Russian warning was not given more attention, because tensions stemming from the Cold War have traditionally chilled intelligence sharing between the two Nations except in the face of clear and present danger.

“This really should have raised it to a very high profile internally because of where it came from,” he said.

Also testifying on Thursday, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis expressed concern that, despite the warning from Russia, Boston law enforcement agencies didn’t receive information about Tsarnaev’s possible ties to terrorism until three days after the bombing.

Davis contended that it was “hard to tell” whether better information sharing would have kept the bombings from happening.

What’s remarkable about Lieberman’s suggestion that Congress should simply throw money at local law enforcement agencies in order to combat small time terrorists like the Tsarnaevs is that in the Boston event, intelligence sharing — which is cheap or free — was nonexistent, but militarized vehicles and expensive paramilitary equipment — much of which likely acquired with Federal grant money — was visibly plentiful in the days following the attack.

And it isn’t as if the United States isn’t already dropping serious cash in the name of protecting the homeland from terrorists. In the years since the 2001 attack on the World Trade Centers, “homeland security” has cost American taxpayers an unbelievable $791 billion.

Some of the expenditures contributing to that figure include:

  • Some $20 billion in, often duplicative, Federal grants to agencies for terror fighting tools and training between 2002 and 2011.
  • $461 million in homeland security funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last year alone.
  • A $11.7 billion budget for Customs and Border Protection and $2.2 billion in State Department funding in fiscal 2012 to provide border protection and screen people entering the country.

Americans Support Nullification, Green Energy Rip-Off, More Blaming Sequester, Advice From Islamic Life Coach, Parent 1 And Parent: Afternoon News Links For 5-9-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s afternoon update.

  • The Department of Education announced Thursday that, in a move to be more accepting to unique family structures, it will remove language from financial aid applications that uses gender-specific language to identify dependent students’ parents. Read More…
  • Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a recent speaking engagement that she will not be able to visit overseas troops to celebrate Mother’s Day with deployed moms because of… sequestration, of course. Watch Her Remarks Here…
  • A woman who styles herself a “life coach” for Muslims advises other Islamic wives to shut up or face their exasperated husbands’ religiously justified violence with the dignity their pre-ordained domestic role demands. Read More…
  • As a number of pro-gun State legislatures step up to protect their residents from un-Constitutional Federal gun legislation, a poll released by Rasmussen this week indicates that they have national majority opinion on their side. Read More…
  • The U.S. Department of Energy released updates Wednesday to its maintained list of loan guarantee projects. Read More…

Poll: Majority Support For Nullification, State Power Over Gun Laws

As a number of pro-gun State legislatures step up to protect their residents from un-Constitutional Federal gun legislation, a poll released by Rasmussen this week indicates that they have national majority opinion on their side.

According to the poll, a majority of respondents support the idea of nullification—that States can invalidate unConstitutional Federal laws within their own borders—with 52 percent supporting States’ rights to block any Federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.

Specifically on the issue of gun rights, 40 percent of respondents believe the Federal government should be chiefly responsible for setting policies about gun ownership and 49 percent preferred that firearm policies be set at the local and State level.

Pelosi: I Won’t Visit Troops Due To Sequester

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a recent speaking engagement that she will not be able to visit overseas troops to celebrate Mother’s Day with deployed moms because of… sequestration, of course.

 


 
If Pelosi really believes all of the “fair share” crap her Party pitches, however, she’s probably in the economic position to fly over and visit the troops on her own dime. The Congresswoman saw her net worth jump by about 62 percent between 2009 and 2010 up to nearly $35 million, and she is ranked among the top 15 wealthiest members of Congress for years running.

Are You ‘Parent 1’ Or ‘Parent 2’ To Your Children?

The Department of Education announced Thursday that, in a move to be more accepting to unique family structures, it will remove language from financial aid applications that uses gender-specific language to identify dependent students’ parents.

Instead of asking for income information for cohabitant fathers and mothers, the Education Department will begin asking for the financial information for “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

“All students should be able to apply for federal student aid within a system that incorporates their unique family dynamics,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “These changes will allow us to more precisely calculate federal student aid eligibility based on what a student’s whole family is able to contribute and ensure taxpayer dollars are better targeted toward those students who have the most need, as well as provide an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families.”

Of course, if we’re going to split hairs over political correctness, should we worry about the value of the numerals? Is “1” lesser than “2”? Is “2” better than “1” because it denotes a higher value?