Scientific Researchers Decry Sequestration

Science Works For U.S., an advocacy group supporting university researchers across the Nation, believes that the looming budget sequester could have a devastating impact on American scientific research.

The sequestration cuts that are scheduled to take effect in January would slice the Federal government’s research budget — which makes up only about 2 percent of the budget as a whole — by $12 billion in 2013 and $60 billion through 2016.

The group argues that allowing automatic and across-the-board spending cuts to American scientific research is going to lead to the Nation falling behind other global competitors in areas like technology, health and agriculture.

“There is a great deal at stake here,” said Steven J. Fluharty, senior vice provost for research at the University of Pennsylvania. “In the near term, we’re talking about job loss. We’re talking about dramatically reducing the rate of discovery and innovation in this country, which has traditionally been the lifeblood of our economy. In the longer term, there is no doubt that we will impact on the very discoveries that will improve our ability to both treat and ultimately to prevent diseases.”

According to Science Works for U.S., Federal funding for research is now at the lowest level (in real dollars) in the past decade and further cuts will hurt research without creating a real deficit solution.

Bozo Cop Booted For Ticketing Tinkling Toddler

When it comes to bureaucratic insanity versus common sense in modern America, it seems that bureaucratic insanity usually wins. But in the case of a cop who recently wrote a $2,500 ticket to the mother of a 3-year-old who was urinating outdoors, it looks like common sense has prevailed.

Officer Ken Qualls of Piedmont, Okla., wrote Ashley Warden a $2,500 ticket for public urination when he spotted her 3-year-old son Dillan put his still-developing potty training skills to use by unzipping and beginning to relive himself in his front yard on Nov. 6.

According to NewsOK, the resulting public backlash stemming from the officer’s lack of discretion in ticketing the youngster’s mother has prompted the local city council to relieve Qualls of his duty. Piedmont City Council members reported receiving emails about the ticket from as far away as Canada, England and Australia.

Local Police Chief Alex Oblein told NewsOK that the ticket was written to the mother initially for public urination, but that the complaint was later amended to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He agreed that the citation was inappropriate for the situation.

Qualls is expected to appeal the city’s decision.

Google Warns Of U.N. Internet Takeover

Internet behemoth Google is warning its users that an upcoming United Nations conference concerning the Web poses significant threats to a “free and open Internet.”

Government representatives from U.N. member nations are set to meet in December to create a new information and communications treaty which, Google says, could be used to implement global government controls over the Internet.

From the Google “Take Action” website:

There is a growing backlash on Internet freedom. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression.

Some of these governments are trying to use a closed-door meeting in December to regulate the Internet.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty.

Proposed changes to the treaty could increase censorship and threaten innovation.

Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even allow them to cut off Internet access.

Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information — particularly in emerging markets.

The Internet company argues that a closed-door U.N. conference is the inappropriate place to rework a treaty that would affect virtually all Internet users. Furthermore, the company says that the billions of people throughout the world who use the Internet daily and the experts who build and maintain it must have a larger voice than a handful of government bureaucrats.

You can sign a petition disavowing the U.N. meeting here.

Judge: Businesses Must Obey Obama Mandates

A Federal judge rejected San Francisco-based Hobby Lobby’s request to block part of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan that would require the arts and crafts chain to provide insurance coverage for morning-after and week-after birth control pills to employees.

A 28-page ruling handed down in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., vs. Sebelius by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton rejects claims from Hobby Lobby and its sister company Mardel Inc. that the healthcare mandate violates the owners’ 1st Amendment rights as well as rights guaranteed by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green says that his family’s religious beliefs are being persecuted by the government mandate.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” he said. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

The companies’ legal representatives, however, say they are confident that they will win an appeal in the case.

“Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement.

Will Killer Robots Soon Roam The Earth?

A report produced by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic raises questions about technological strides in military weaponry that could lead to a global overabundance of autonomous killing machines.

The report “Losing Humanity” warns of “killer robots” and urges “an international treaty that would absolutely prohibit the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.”

The advocacy groups discuss weapons that could have the ability to choose and fire on targets without human intervention in the report, arguing that accountability for mass casualties would be lessened in more extreme ways than it has with the advent of drone warfare.

“Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far,” said Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch. “Human control of robotic warfare is essential to minimizing civilian deaths and injuries.

Currently, fully autonomous weapons do not exist, and major global powers have not made a decision to deploy them. But the United States, China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom are working to develop precursors that suggest a push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield in the near future. According to the report, some experts predict that full autonomy for weapons could be achieved in 20 to 30 years; others think it will be even sooner.

The report suggests that the lack of potential for compassion in weapon-wielding autonomous robots could possibly make them a favorite weapon of tyrants who could use them against their own people.

“It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” Goose said. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.”

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Ron Paul Talks Secession, Rand Talks Presidency

Representative Ron Paul (R- Texas) said in a letter to his constituents this week that “secession is a deeply American principle.”

Following an onslaught of petitions to the White House asking for a peaceable option for States to secede from the United States, Paul addressed constituents in his home State, which had the most signatures on its secession petition.

Paul writes on his Congressional website:

Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States? Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War. On the contrary; the principles of self-governance and voluntary association are at the core of our founding…

Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots.

There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents. That is what our Revolutionary War was all about and today our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform…

Meanwhile, the soon-retiring-Congressman’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said in an interview with ABC News that he may have a real interest in running for President in 2016.

“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” the Republican said. “I am different than some in that I’m not going to deny that I’m interested. I’m not going to deny that I think we have to go a different direction because we’re not winning.”

The younger Paul believes that by focusing on giving local and State governments the room to tackle tough issues, the GOP could regain Federal power while promising truly smaller government.

“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” Paul said. “States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions. I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.”

Online Life May Soon Be Federal Fair Game

A bill proposed in the Senate that will be voted on next week was originally aimed at increasing Americans’ email privacy, but it was quietly rewritten by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to give the Feds warrantless full access to your inbox.

According to CNET, the bill would now give 22 government agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — unfettered access to Americans’ email inboxes, Google files, Facebook and Twitter with only a subpoena from a judge.

Until law enforcement officials complained, Leahy’s originally said his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.” He reworked the bill at behest of the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association, both of which objected to the warrant requirement.

CNET points out some of the bill’s most privacy-damning highlights:

  • It grants warrantless access to Americans’ electronic correspondence to more than 22 Federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
  • It permits State and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans’ correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public,” including university networks.
  • It authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant — or subsequent court review — if they claim “emergency” situations exist.
  • The bill says providers “shall notify” law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they’ve been the target of a warrant, order or subpoena.
  • It delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from three days to “10 business days.” This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

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Washington Post: Is Top Brass Too Pampered?

In the wake of a sex scandal that has brought to light the decadence of the lifestyles of America’s highest command of military and intelligence officers, The Washington Post has published an article calling into question the lavish lifestyles of the Nation’s four-star generals.

The article outlines how it often becomes possible for the military’s top commanders — many of whom enjoy lifestyles akin to the living arrangements of billionaires with chartered jets, gourmet chefs and servants at home — to forget what life is like for regular people and especially those living the modest lifestyles of lower-ranking service members.

“Being a four-star commander in a combat theater is like being a combination of Bill Gates and Jay-Z — with enormous firepower added,” Thomas E. Ricks, author of The Generals, a recently published history of American commanders, told The Post.

But many retired top brass defend the kickbacks afforded to America’s military command, citing 18-hour work days filled with massive amounts of stress combined with having to balance budgets higher than those of many small countries.

Republicans Rally Against Susan Rice

Republican lawmakers rallied en masse this week against the potential of President Barack Obama nominating United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as Secretary of State because of her involvement in the Benghazi, Libya terror-attack scandal.

The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says that Rice’s  actions in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack raise serious questions about her credibility and ability to hold a position of such power as Secretary of State.

“Though Ambassador Rice has been our Representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world,” they wrote in their letter, led by Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).

Though the Senate, not the House, would have the last word on confirmation if Obama did opt to nominate Rice, House Republicans have allies in Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham R-S.C.), who have vowed to block the nomination.

Contrarian Professor Attacked For Rejecting Racial Conventional Wisdom

California State University Long Beach professor Kevin MacDonald has come under fire, being called a white supremacist and neo-Nazi, for arguing that white people should have the same ability to pursue their interests as minorities.

MacDonald is a psychology professor at the college as well as the leader of the American Third Position (A3P), a political party that opposes immigration.

On its website A3P states:

The American Third Position is a patriotic, democratic alternative to the two parties that have wrecked our great nation. The U.S. political system has been shaped by the corrupt, entrenched, nearly identical Democrat and Republican machines. They are united in their ruthless suppression of all “third” parties.

Parts of our beautiful country now resemble Third World communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. White people are already a minority in many cities and counties, along with several states, both large and small. Without constructive political action, within a few decades we will become a minority across the entire country. Enough is enough!

The American Third Position Party believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination. Our government no longer represents us. The Democrats no longer represent us. The Republicans no longer represent us. There is a real need to educate European Americans that they have common interests, common values, and common traditions.

MacDonald’s prosecution for his beliefs that white Americans (who he says will be a minority by 2045) should have groups working in their best interests has led to attempts to have him fired from his job and students boycotting his classes.

“There’s the NAACP for black people, the ADL for Jewish-Americans, but the very thought that white people have identity and should be able to organize to pursue their interests as white people is off the map, and anyone who talks that way they will try to fire them,” MacDonald said in a recent interview.

His beliefs in white advocacy has made his ideas popular with some white supremacists and hate groups, though the professor contends that he is not espousing hate, but rather wishes to preserve white society.

Unfortunately for MacDonald, groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League — both have been described as extremely intolerant of views not in line with their own — have led an assault against the professor to portray him as a man who justifies slavery and genocide.

SPLC even relished in harming the man’s teaching career in a bio on its website:

Kevin MacDonald is the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic. A psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach, MacDonald, who also is a board member of the white supremacist Charles Martel Society, published a trilogy that supposedly “proves” that Jews are genetically driven to destroy Western societies. MacDonald also argues that anti-Semitism, far from being an irrational hatred for Jews, is a logical reaction to Jewish success in societies controlled by other ethnic or racial groups. After the publication of a 2007 Intelligence Report exposé detailing MacDonald’s anti-Semitism, his teaching duties were reduced and many of his colleagues publicly condemned his racist research.

Reading some of MacDonald’s writings offers a far less sensational portrait than anti-hate, hate groups like SPLC or ADL would have one believe. The academic’s biggest crime, it seems, is taking a contrarian academic view on issues that were long ago hijacked by the political-correctness movement. While many of MacDonald’s views may not be popular, they are far less dangerous than the free-speech chilling tactics undertaken by his detractors at SPLC and ADL.

There is a much larger philosophical debate to be had, because some questions grow louder and louder each day: How much power do we give those with the monopoly on righteousness? And who will they be?

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

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Senators Urge Obama Keystone XL Action

A bipartisan group of Senators is calling on President Barack Obama to meet with them in “the near future” to discuss moving forward with the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

In a letter, the 18 Senators implore the President to consider the thousands of jobs the pipeline project would create for Americans, as well as the impact on American energy security.

The Senators write:

Setting politics aside: Nothing has changed about the thousands of jobs that Keystone XL will create. Nothing has changed about the energy security to be gained through an important addition to the existing pipeline network built with sound environmental stewardship and the best modern technology. Nothing has changed about the security to be gained from using more fuel produced at home and by a close and stable ally. And nothing has changed about the need for America to remain a place where businesses can still build things

Discussing Obama’s directive last spring (which allowed Nebraska to move forward in some work on the pipeline), the Senators said the State route is near completion and the President should issue a permit to allow the rest of the project to move forward.

The state of Nebraska is nearing completion of the new pipeline route within Nebraska. With that process near completion, we look forward to an affirmative determination of national interest soon.

We then urge you to issue a Presidential Permit immediately afterward.

Signatories of the letter include Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.).

Another Botched FBI Raid Nearly Kills Unarmed Family

Last week, an FBI raid of a suburban Maryland home left an 18-year-old woman wounded when agents burst through her door to execute a warrant before opening fire on the unarmed inhabitants of the home.

Members of the Hughley family said that agents swarmed their George’s County home at 6 a.m. last Thursday. The FBI’s Washington field office has yet to specify what the warrant was for.

When the agents entered the home forcibly in full riot gear, homeowner Emory Hughley said that one agent allegedly felt threatened by his 18-year-old daughter who was clad only in a sleep shirt. According to the resident, the agent then opened fire at least seven times putting multiple holes in the brick wall behind his daughter and barely missing her head.

“I’m shouting ‘Nobody is armed, nobody has a gun!’ and then all of a sudden I heard ‘She’s got a gun!’ and they just opened fire,” he told ABC 7.

His daughter was treated for a minor wound and released from a local hospital.

“I’ve got eight holes in my wall. One bullet went past my head, almost hit me, ricocheted off my brick wall and some of the shrap metal hit my little daughter in the back of her neck, all for nothing.” said Hughley.

Hughley’s neighbors told reporters that they could not imagine any reason for the family to be raided by the FBI.

Facial Recognition Surveillance Is Coming

Facial recognition software, a major privacy concern for many people, is here to stay. And it looks as though the software is going to become a mainstay of law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation.

According to a report by RT, facial recognition software created by a company called FaceFirst, a division of Airborne Biometrics Group of Camarillo, Calif., is already in use in San Diego. FaceFirst boasts that the software is capable of identifying anyone, as long as the police have a facial profile in their database.

The software is similar to that which is being popularized by a smartphone-based system that allows shoppers to be identified when they enter certain retail establishments. The system then issues discounts and deals on merchandise.

On FaceFirst’s website, the company boasts that not only can it issue deals, but it can also identify possible shoplifters by matching their faces with past arrest records.

From the site:

Our military-grade technology targets (or identifies) individuals with prior arrest records or persons who may not necessarily have been previously arrested. These can be individuals suspected, or on the users internal watch or ban list when they enter your store. Suspects photographed by our high-speed face-tracking video camera are automatically matched with watch list photos. Alerts are instantly sent directly to cash registers, cell phones and/or computers.

Your loss prevention department can monitor the suspects’ movements, or ask them to leave the premises before a criminal act is committed. Staff can also take cell phone photos of suspected offenders and receive a confirming match in seconds.

Similarly, law enforcement agencies throughout California are currently working to integrate FaceFirst into public surveillance systems, which could possibly lead to increased scrutiny of pedestrians with prior arrest records as they traverse public areas.

Monday Morning News Roundup

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.

  • A gun shop owner in Arizona doesn’t want any supporters of President Barack Obama shopping at his store. A sign at the door reads: “If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave! You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
  • The European Union is facing even more financial trouble. A summit planned for this week to work out a long-term trillion-euro budget looks doomed for failure.
  • “Shadow banking,” a system of international banking which is largely out of reach of regulators grew to a new high of $67 trillion globally last year. Some have blamed “shadow banking” for the recent economic crises.

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Rand Paul Continues Indefinite Detention Fight

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) filibustered a vote on the Defense Authorization Act in an attempt to get Congress to vote on his amendment affirming the Constitution’s 6th Amendment to ensure Americans are protected against indefinite military detention.

The Paul Amendment would ensure that any American citizen being held by the military is granted the right of trial by a jury of peers and the right to confront witnesses against him.

“A citizen of the United States who is captured or arrested in the United States and detained by the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense,” the amendment states.

The Senator came under fire from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who said the legislative body wanted to clear the Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, before Congress breaks for Thanksgiving.

“[Republicans] say they want to move to the defense authorization bill, so I said yesterday, fine, let’s move to it,” Reid said on the floor last week. “But my friends can’t take ‘yes’ for an answer.

“[Democrats are] not the cause for why the defense authorization bill is not being brought to the floor.”

California City Considers Homeless Permits

Being homeless in Nevada City, Calif., may soon require a license.

The city’s police chief has proposed a law that would let the city hand out permits to a small group of homeless, giving them permission to sleep in public. The official believes that the initiative will give the peaceful homeless a place to stay, while weeding out troublemakers.

“The goal is to start managing the homeless population within our city,” Chief James Wickham told CBS Sacramento.

The police chief will give out about six to 10 permits at first, according to reports. After six months, he’ll check back to see if the program is working. If it is, he says he will hand out more permits to be homeless.

Currently, the police chief believes there are about 60 homeless in his community, and 500 countywide.

The permits will only pertain to sleeping outdoors, as the town’s council has passed a no camping ordinance to go along with the permits.

“It just basically means you can’t set up a tent. You can’t live in your vehicle. You can’t live in the woods in Nevada City,” Wickham said.

Coburn Report: The Military Is Full Of Wasteful Spending

The next time someone claims that the one place the United States cannot cut spending at all is the military because of devastating national security implications, point them to budget hawk Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) recent report “Department of Everything.”

Coburn argues in his report that the United States could cut $67.9 billion from its bloated military budget over the course of a decade by cutting “non-defense” defense spending.

“I believe in peace through strength but we cannot be strong militarily unless we are strong economically. And we cannot be strong economically if we treat politically-sensitive areas of the budget as sacrosanct. At a time when our own military leaders are calling our debt our greatest national security threat we need to look at every area of the budget for potential savings. No part of the budget can be taken off the table. Achieving peace through strength, and getting our debt under control, must involve refocusing the Pentagon on its core mission,” Coburn said.

Some of the over-the-top expenditures Coburn says fell under the Defense budget included:

  • $300,000 for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to fund Brown University’s research into archaeopteryx, the 150-million-year-old early bird. Researchers determined the creature likely had black feathers.
  • Money for the Office of Naval Research to develop an iPhone app, Caffeine Zone 2, which helps people manage coffee breaks.
  • $100,000 for a workshop on space travel, including a lecture called “Did Jesus Die For Klingons Too?” which discussed Christian theology and aliens.
  • Money for Pentagon researchers to study fish in order to determine “if ignorance can save democracy.”
  • $1.5 million for the development of beef jerky that looks like a Fruit Roll-up

Coburn also points out in his report that the United States military has more flag officers per troop than it did at the height of the Cold War and suggests “reducing general and flag officers from around 1,000 today to a Cold War ratio of five general officers per 10,000 troops (as opposed to the seven the Pentagon has today).” The report says that this would save the Department of Defense $800 million over the course of 10 years.

Congressional Report: Hezbollah, Iran Have Mexican Cartel Ties

A new report out from House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management says that Mideast terror organizations are making inroads with drug cartels south of the American border.

The report, “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border,” details why government officials believe America’s Southwest border is the biggest threat to terrorist infiltration into the country.

The report says that not only have Mexican drug cartels developed the financial means to more successfully bring their products into the United States, but that there is also reason to believe the cartels are working in collusion with terror organizations such as Hezbollah.

From the report:

The presence of Hezbollah in Latin America is partially explained by the large Lebanese diaspora in South America. In general, Hezbollah enjoys support by many in the Lebanese world community in part because of the numerous social programs it provides in Lebanon that include schools, hospitals, utilities and welfare…

United in their dedication to the destruction of Israel, Iran has helped Hezbollah grow from a small group of untrained guerrillas into what is arguably the most highly trained, organized and equipped terrorist organization in the world. In return, Hezbollah has served as an ideal proxy for Iranian military force – particularly against Israel – which affords Iran plausible deniability diplomatically. Hence wherever Hezbollah is entrenched, Iran will be as well and vice-versa.

The report also details an increased Iranian presence in Latin America due to the relationship between Iranian officials and Venezuela’s newly re-elected socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Friday Morning News Roundup

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.

  • President Barack Obama lied about the Afghan War. Marine General Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee the United States needs to present a “clear and compelling narrative of commitment” to Afghanistan, beyond the 2014 timeframe.
  • Former CIA director David Petraeus arrived quietly at the Capitol today to testify about the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Twinkies are rumored to be the one snack that could survive nuclear holocaust, but they’re no match for a union strike.
  • Show me yours, and I’ll stop showing you mine. When a flasher exposed his genitals to a woman and her 6-year-old son, she promptly showed him her Ruger .380. “Oh, [expletive]!” the man declared, before running away.
  • Israel is ready to rock the Gaza Strip with a ground invasion. Stand by for all-out Mideast war.

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