Freak Diplomacy? Rodman Slated For Second Hermit Kingdom Visit

Former Chicago Bulls legend and famed freak of nature Dennis Rodman has announced that he plans to make a second trip to hang out with North Korean dictator Kim Jong un as war rhetoric with the isolated nation heats up.

“I’m going back August 1,” he told Gossip Extra. “We have no plans really, as far as what we’re going to do over there, but we’ll just hang and have some fun!”

Rodman traveled to North Korea last month for filming on a new HBO television show, a journalistic effort by the popular Vice magazine.

Rodman contends that while the North Korean rhetoric is hostile, the United States has faced bigger-talking geopolitical foes (the Soviet Union) in the past.

The former baller, who reportedly was not debriefed by Federal officials upon return from his last visit, says he would like to talk to President Barack Obama before he departs. But he acknowledges that is unlikely to happen.

Breaking: Explosion At Boston Marathon, Livestream Included

According to reports, two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon about three hours after the marathon winners had crossed the finish line earlier today.

Numerous injuries have been reported, some severe. Some reports indicate at least two fatalities.

While no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, the President of the United States has been notified and top Administration officials are on standby to determine if the Nation is facing a terror threat.

UPDATE: A third, reportedly controlled, explosion has occurred in Boston.

Tax Day Special: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Today is dreaded Tax Day. And though most of you have already filed your taxes, it is still a good time to reflect on some of the ludicrous ways our government spends tax dollars.

Here are some of our favorite examples:

The Transportation Security Administration buys equipment in bulk and then puts it in storage, where it takes up space and depreciates.

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Two words: foreign aid.

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Congress, according to a report by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) last year, is so ineffective that it could be named the No.1 waste of Federal taxpayer money.

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Here’s a $1.5 million question: Why are some lesbians fat? … Spoons, the answer is spoons. 

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The Federal government spends $30 million to fund two different catfish inspection programs.

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How about $384,949 to examine duck schlongs?

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And, according to the Government Accountability Office’s most recent report, there is at least $95 billion in Federal overlap spending that could be reduced. 

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This is only a very small sampling of ways the Federal government is wasting your hard-earned dollars. In the comments below, please feel free to give us your favorite examples of government abuse of taxpayer dollars. And be sure to pass this around, we want Americans thinking on this special day.

Foreign Students Hate Our Guns, Israeli Drones Point out Stupidity, NSA’s New Spy Center And America Is In Debt Big Time: Monday Morning News Roundup 4-15-2013

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.

  • Aww, the Secretary of State says foreign students from Japan are afraid to study in the United States because of our guns… Stay home, Shoji, we like our guns.

 

  • Germany is in talks with Israel to buy drones for its military that are seen as more technologically advanced than U.S. ones. Wait, Israel has better drones than we do and is selling them to Germany, yet we still give the Israelis $3 billion a year to protect themselves? Tipesh kmo naal.

 

  • According to The Associated Press, other countries now hold more than $5.66 trillion in American treasury securities, setting (another) new record for the amount of money the U.S. now owes foreign governments. China’s No. 1, with $1.22 trillion, followed closely by Japan with $1.1 trillion. So… what’s our collateral when we can’t pay?

 

  • … And in the meantime, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rolling out the welcome mat for more Chinese investment in U.S. infrastructure, telling media there that revenue-producing American infrastructure projects would make great returns on Chinese investment dollars. Read Kerry’s mind-blowing comments here.

 

  • For the first time in a decade, global military spending has dropped.

 

  • There’s a new National Security Administration spy center that you ought to be worried about 25 miles outside of Salt Lake City.

 

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–Ben Bullard contributed to this update.

When It Makes Sense To Think Like A Nazi

When everything becomes sanitized, the collectivist vision of utopia will have been realized.

That’s why a teacher in Albany, N.Y., is in hot water over an English assignment that required her students to “think like a Nazi.” Students in Albany High School English classes were assigned a paper that required them to watch and read propaganda put out by Nazi Germany.

They were then instructed to make a decidedly politically incorrect argument. The teacher wrote in the assignment: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

In five paragraphs, students were to pretend they were German citizens facing persecution if they could not persuasively argue to a Nazi official that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.

The students were also instructed to incorporate the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s elements of an argument into their paper: “Logos” (persuasion by reasoning), “Pathos” (persuasion by emotional appeal) and “Ethos” (persuasion by the author’s character).

While the teacher’s assignment may seem extreme, the skill the educator was trying to impart to the students is a valuable one: knowing why an idea is wrong by going to great lengths to understand why some people consider it kosher.

But considering an idea from all sides of the debate is not something that public education has been interested in doing for many years. The general purpose of public education is not educating students, but pumping out obedient and politically correct subjects of the state.

And don’t forget, in Germany circa 1930s Nazism was representative of the state.

By encouraging her students to take the position of an oppressed citizen forced at gunpoint to go along with the will of the state, the teacher risked revealing a lot about how people unthinkingly end up on the wrong side of history by enabling oppression.

American Women And Guns

A poll recently conducted by NBC and The Wall Street Journal suggests that lawmakers who are pushing tough gun-control initiatives have a more sympathetic audience among American women than men.

According to the poll, 65 percent of women in the United States are in favor of stronger gun-control provisions, compared to 45 percent of men. The results are in agreement with a separate poll recently conducted by Quinnipiac University that illustrated a respective 61 percent to 45 percent split.

Though female gun ownership in the United States is on the rise, the gender gap in the poll results likely comes as no surprise to gun enthusiasts, as men remain more likely to purchase firearms and use them recreationally.

In a recent National Journal article, an interviewee explained how the nature of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting may also have had an impact on women being more likely to support new gun laws.

“There’s a post-Newtown effect that, in particular, hit women, who were more likely to say that Newtown made them want to support stronger gun laws as a result,” Margie Omero, Purple Strategies’ managing director of research told the news outlet. “More women are concerned about a mass shooting in their community and the culture of violence, broadly speaking.”

Despite the gender gap over gun laws, vocal female 2nd Amendment supporters are increasingly making efforts to educate American women about the benefits of gun ownership, particularly for the purpose of self-defense.

A recent article in Women & Guns urges women to:

Go public. Let your friends and coworkers know you are a gunowner. There is nothing belligerent about owning firearms. Rather, for years I have been advocating that women show that they own and use guns, because women are not threatening. It softens the face of the gunowner to the general public when they learn that the sweet little old ladies and the charming young women are part of that group that the media tries so hard to demonize.

Use social media. You can find lots of people and sites on Facebook (and other newer cooler places, I am sure). Share the information with your public friends. If you need a start go to me on Facebook and poach. (Caution: not all my friends, even my political friends, are gunnies. But I “like” many good gun sites.)

Educate yourself. Read everything you can, while you can. Nothing is harder to argue against than facts.

Write letters to the editor. Comment on the internet news sites. Short, to the point, correct spelling and no ranting! We want everyone who is on our side to make us proud. Nothing hurts the cause like a crazy advocate!

So even if more women support gun control than men for the moment, there are a growing number of female firearms advocates in the United States working to change that.

Here’s How Not To Make Liberals See Your Point On Gun Control Or Abortion

It’s 2013, catchphrases are in and memes are all the rage. But there’s a fine line between being politically clever and making statements that will cause potential voters to run from conservatives en masse.

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) revealed a slogan for what he said would be on his new campaign bumper sticker via Twitter on Friday.  He combined two hot-button conservative issues into one sound bite, but did so without logic, tact or decorum.

It may be catchy, but talk about making it easy for the liberal media to eviscerate you.

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Left-Leaning BuzzFeed Points Out Gun Control Stupidity

Thanks, BuzzFeed, this is what we’ve been trying to tell the lefties all along. To answer your question, though: Law-abiding citizens who find themselves staring down the barrel of a thug’s gun in cities like Chicago where liberal politicians have made owning guns for self-defense nearly impossible.

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Here’s the video:

Via Chicago Tribune:

Charges have been filed against one of two men who were beaten back by a store owner during an armed robbery in Logan Square this week.

Cornell Mack, 53, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and discharge of a firearm, police said.

He and another man walked into the Quizhpe’s Gifts and Sports in the 2200 block of North Western Avenue Tuesday afternoon and held up Luis Quizhpe and his brother-in-law Luis Ernesto Aucaquizhpe at gunpoint, according to police.

The Usual Suspects

Ardent supporters of the 2nd Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” stipulation rejoiced when Senator Rand Paul and his Constitutionalist Republican allies vowed a fit of filibusters against any Senate attempts at new gun-control legislation. But another group of Republicans, the usual suspects, has sided with the Democrats, moving Thursday to clip the wings of those wacko birds.

Following the addition of a bipartisan compromise on new gun legislation presented by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.)  that would extend background check requirements to gun shows and Internet firearm purchases Paul’s filibuster threat was neutered in a procedural vote.

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Sixteen Republicans sided with Senate Democrats to give the legislation which would burden law-abiding gun owners and expand a paper trail that could conceivably be used to put together a national database of gun owners.

Here are the Republican Senators who don’t mind the prospect of Democrat gun-control success:

  • Lamar Alexander of Tennessee*
  • Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire*
  • Richard M. Burr of North Carolina*
  • Saxby Chambliss of Georgia *
  • Tom Coburn of Oklahoma*
  • Susan Collins of Maine*
  • Bob Corker of Tennessee*
  • Jeff Flake of Arizona
  • Lindsey Graham of South Carolina*
  • Dean Heller of Nevada
  • John Hoeven of North Dakota*
  • Johnny Isakson of Georgia*
  • Mark S. Kirk of Illinois
  • John McCain of Arizona*
  • Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania*
  • Roger Wicker of Mississippi*

The Senators with an asterisk beside their name also recently attended swank dinners with the President either in March or this week during which Obama implored them to once again allow the GOP to buckle and give Democrats wiggle room on billions in new taxes.

McCain remains notable for his disregard of any truly conservative ideas from his Republican colleagues. And in recent months Graham is guilty of backing several Obama-pushed projects, like new gun restrictions, a tax increase and the immigration reform that could bring at least 11 million low-skill illegal immigrants — and their relatives — into the country.

These guys truly bring new meaning of keeping friends close and enemies closer.

IRS Can Read Your Email Without A Warrant

The Internal Revenue Service claims that it has the right to read the private emails, text messages and other electronic communications without a warrant because, the agency claims, Americans have no reasonable expectation of online privacy.

The revelation comes from a Freedom of Information Act request for information pertaining to the IRS policy for conducting investigations of tax crimes. In a 247-page response, the IRS provided a vague answer to the question of whether it conducts warrantless searches of email inboxes and other electronic communications, which erred on the side of “yes.”

The outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) distinguishes between email that is stored on an email provider’s server for 180 days or less and requires a warrant for searches and email that is older or has been opened and does not require a warrant for searches.

In 2010, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided in United States v. Warshak that the government must provide obtain a warrant for any search; but the IRS doesn’t specify whether it follows the ruling.

From the American Civil Liberties Union:

The documents the ACLU obtained make clear that, before Warshak, it was the policy of the IRS to read people’s email without getting a warrant. Not only that, but the IRS believed that the Fourth Amendment did not apply to email at all. A 2009 “Search Warrant Handbook” from the IRS Criminal Tax Division’s Office of Chief Counsel baldly asserts that “the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” Again in 2010, a presentation by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel asserts that the “4th Amendment Does Not Protect Emails Stored on Server” and there is “No Privacy Expectation” in those emails.

The most current version of the IRS handbook states expressly that the agency still concedes that it isn’t required to obtain a warrant in order to search emails older than 180 days.

The ACLU sent similar requests for information about warrants and electronic communication to the FBI and the Justice Department, but no reply has been received.

Currently, Congress is working on updating the ECPA in order to secure Americans 4th Amendment rights in electronic communications.