Neoconservatives Wary Of Real Conservative Becoming President

This story, written by Nick Sorrentino, was published by AgainstCronyCapitalism.org on May 16. 

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The term “neoconservative” or “neocon” is often thrown around, but few people have a real grasp of the school of thought.

Basically, it is a big-government “conservative” position. Neoconservatism does not fear government and government expansion the way traditional or “paleoconservatives” do. Neocons believe, like progressives, that the state should be used to craft a better society (at home and abroad). It can be argued well that neoconservatives are a branch of the progressive tradition in this country.

In fact, Irving Kristol in his book Neoconservatism even wrote:

It describes the erosion of liberals among a small group toward a conservative point of view, conservative but different in certain respects from the conservatism of the Republican Party [1930’s]. We accepted the New Deal in principle, and had little affection for the kind of isolationism that then permeated American conservatism.

The neocons rose out of the City College of New York, led by Irving Kristol, the father of Bill Kristol, the current editor of the Weekly Standard. In its early days, it has been said that the school was influenced by the ideas of Soviet thinker and leader Leon Trotsky. Originally, the neocons were allied with the Democratic Party but then switched to the GOP in the late 1960s and early 1970s as the Democrats became too socially liberal for the neocons. Soon the neocon school was lodged firmly within the GOP.

Abroad neocons are advocates of an activist foreign policy. It is this activist policy that most defines them. Iraq and, in many ways, Afghanistan were neoconservative endeavors. As you may recall, President George W. Bush referred to Iraq as the first of many battles in an ongoing war. Indeed, the plan was to turn the Mideast into a garden in which democracy could blossom.

I remember listening to the Diane Rheame show in 2002 or 2003 while some neocon wonk made the case that we needed to systematically depose all the despots in the region one by one, that Iraq was only the beginning and that a bright shining future lay just around the corner. In addition to increasing our safety in the U.S., the wonk argued, such a crusade would greatly enhance the security of Israel.

It must be noted that a large number of neoconservatives are Jewish, but certainly not all are. And it is true that for neocons Israel occupies a special place. It is for these reasons that opposition to the neoconservatives has often been characterized by some within the school as anti-Semitic. To oppose the neocons is to oppose Israel’s existence, which is to oppose the Jewish people.

It has been an effective charge. But it is one that has worn with time. As more and more Americans have seen their sons and daughters come home in body bags or with crippling injuries, both visible and not, more and more Americans have grown sour to the idea that we must make the world “safe for democracy” — especially while the democracy at home is a shadow of what it should be or even what it once was.

The neocons, who still control many of the purse strings of the GOP and many of the important foreign policy positions in the GOP, are very concerned that this more traditional American approach to foreign policy might really take hold (again) within the halls of power. They particularly fear a leader who can articulate the traditional GOP position on foreign policy effectively to the voting public — a position which holds that the U.S. is to be very sparing in engagement and slow to meddle in the affairs of other countries. The neocons fear that Rand Paul might be such a leader, and that is why they are lining up to throw money at the other Republicans running for President.

The neocons think Paul can’t be trusted. That is, Paul can’t be trusted to expand the government at home the way the neocons like (think the Bush big-government years) or to employ our military overseas in the way the neocons would like.

Of particular concern is the idea that Paul might not bomb Iran the way the neocons want the next President to. Another concern is that Paul has questioned the effectiveness of foreign aid. Israel gets more than $3 billion in foreign aid each year. Israel is not a big country. That’s a lot of bread spread across the Israeli political class. The neocons and their allies in Israel do not want that money to dry up. It’s conceivable that a President Paul would move to reduce this pool of money.

That is why the neocons are gunning for the first real conservative to have a shot at the GOP nomination in a very long time. They simply don’t want a truly conservative President. And yet the neocons still dominate the GOP. What does this say about “the party of small government?”

From POLITICO:

The foreign policy hawks within the establishment GOP — among them pro-Israel donors, national security types and neoconservatives — are impressed by Paul’s attempts to broaden the Republican base and find him willing to listen to their concerns. But ultimately, according to people plugged into the Republican donor class, they worry that a President Paul would dangerously scale back America’s activities abroad — a deepening concern in some corners as his star has risen within the broader party.

Editor’s note: Noninterventionism is not isolationism. Noninterventionism is the traditional American position. It’s also known as minding one’s own business.

Hillbilly High School Under Fed Fire; Jet Setter In Chief Costs Taxpayers Millions; College Students Okay With Infanticide; FBI Ignored Boston Bomber Warnings; Government Demands Internet User Passwords—TGIF Morning News Roundup 7-26-2013

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  • Political correctness: The U.S. Department of Education has officially opened an investigation into allegations that an Arizona high school’s campus-wide “Redneck Day” amounted to a Federal civil rights violation. Source: The Daily Caller
  • President Obama’s speeches are already costing taxpayers well over $1 million – and probably closer to $2 million – as the president jets around the country campaign-style to drum up support for his agenda. Source: White House Dossier 
  • What’s going on here?: Several students at George Mason University (GMU) signed a petition on Wednesday demanding lawmakers legalize “fourth trimester” abortions. Source: Campus Reform 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation officials ignored warnings about the radical origins and nature of the mosque frequented by the Tsarnaev brothers for years before this April’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Source: The Daily Caller 
  • The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed. Source: CNET 

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ProPublica: Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA Snooping

This article, written by Kara Brandeisky, was originally published by ProPublica,  July 25, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table.

1) Raise the standard for what records are considered “relevant”

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has reportedly adopted a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act, ruling that all the records in a company’s database could be considered “relevant to an authorized investigation.” The leaked court order compelling a Verizon subsidiary to turn over all its phone records is just one example of how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has interpreted the statute.

Both Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have introduced bills requiring the government to show “specific and articulable facts” demonstrating how records are relevant.  Similarly, legislation introduced by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., would require any applications to include an explanation of how any records sought are relevant to an authorized investigation.

2) Require NSA analysts to obtain court approval before searching metadata

Once the NSA has phone records in its possession, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has explained that NSA analysts may query the data without individualized court approvals, as long as they have a “reasonable suspicion, based on specific facts” that the data is related to a foreign terrorist organization.

A bill from Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., would require the government to petition the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court every time an analyst wants to search telephone metadata. From there, a surveillance court judge would need to find “reasonable, articulable suspicion” that the search is “specifically relevant to an authorized investigation” before approving the application. The legislation would also require the FBI to report monthly to congressional intelligence committees all the searches the analysts made.

3) Declassify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions

Right now, court opinions authorizing the NSA surveillance programs remain secret. Advocacy groups have brought several Freedom of Information Act suits seeking the release of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents, but the Justice Department continues to fight them.

Several bills would compel the secret court to release some opinions. The Ending Secret Law Act 2014 both the House and Senate versions 2014 would require the court to declassify all its opinions that include “significant construction or interpretation” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Under current law, the court already submits these “significant” opinions to congressional intelligence committees, so the bill would just require the court to share those documents with the public.

The bills do include an exception if the attorney general decides that declassifying an opinion would threaten national security. In that case, the court would release an unclassified summary of the opinion, or 2014 if even offering a summary of the opinion would pose a national security threat 2014 at least give a report on the declassification process with an “estimate” of how many opinions must remain classified.

Keep in mind, before Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the Justice Department argued that all “significant legal interpretations” needed to remain classified for national security reasons. Since the leaks, the government has said it’s now reviewing what, if any, documents can be declassified, but they said they need more time.

4) Change the way Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges are appointed

Current law does not give Congress any power to confirm Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges. Instead, the chief justice of the United States appoints the judges, who all already serve on the federal bench. The judges serve seven-year terms. Chief Justice John Roberts appointed all 11 judges currently serving on the court 2013 ten of whom were nominated to federal courts by Republican presidents.

A bill introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., would give the president the power to appoint surveillance court judges and give the Senate power to confirm. The president would also choose the presiding judge of the surveillance court, with Senate approval.

Alternatively, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., has offered a bill that would let the chief justice appoint three judges and let the House Speaker, the House minority leader, the Senate majority leader, and the Senate minority leader each appoint two judges.

5) Appoint a public advocate to argue before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Currently, the government officials petitioning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court do not face an adversarial process. Surveillance targets do not have representation before the court, and they are not notified if a court order is issued for their data.

In 33 years, the surveillance court only rejected 11 of an estimated 33,900 government requests, though it the government has also modified 40 of the 1,856 applications in 2012. 

Two former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges 2013 Judge James Robertson and Judge James Carr 2013 have argued that Congress should appoint a public advocate to counter the government’s arguments. Carr wrote in the New York Times, “During my six years on the court, there were several occasions when I and other judges faced issues none of us had encountered before. [2026]Having lawyers challenge novel legal assertions in these secret proceedings would result in better judicial outcomes.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has promised to introduce a bill that would provide a “special advocate” to argue on behalf of privacy rights and give “civil society organizations” a chance to respond before the surveillance court issues significant rulings.

The surveillance court can actually invite advocates to argue before the court, as the Supreme Court did when the Obama administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.  

“There’s nothing in law that would prevent the FISA court from hiring an advocate as an additional advisor to the court, except the need to obtain security clearances for that advocate, which would have to be granted by the executive branch,” explained Steven Bradbury, who served as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice from 2005 to 2009.

Bradbury has argued that the surveillance court may not need a permanent public advocate because its legal advisers already fulfill that role.

6) End phone metadata collection on constitutional grounds

The Justice Department has maintained that mass phone metadata collection is “fully consistent with the Fourth Amendment.” That reasoning is based on the 1979 Supreme Court decision Smith v. Maryland, where the Court found that the government does not need a warrant based on probable cause to collect phone records. The Court reasoned that whenever you dial a phone number, you voluntarily share that phone number with a telecom, and you can’t reasonably expect a right to privacy for information shared with third parties. As a result, the Court ruled that the collection of phone records is not a “search” and does not merit protection under the Fourth Amendment.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a bill declaring that the Fourth Amendment “shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States Government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause” 2014 effectively shutting down the NSA’s phone metadata collection program.

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Watch: Cop Speaks Out Against Ticket Quota, Urges Officers To Serve And Protect, Gets Fired


 

Former Auburn, Ala., police officer Justin Hanners became disturbed when a new chief at his department ordered officers to hassle, ticket and arrest specific numbers of residents per shift if they valued their jobs.

“When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled,” he said. “I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully.”

Hanners filed formal complaints to his chain of command and, getting nowhere, eventually began to speak out publically about the abuses. His superiors order him to shut-up about the abuses—and when he didn’t, Hanners was fired.

He is currently looking for a lawyer to help him sue the department.

H/T: Reason 

Obama’s Dismal Economic Record: Two Welfare Cases Per Job

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Galesburg, Ill., decrying political conflicts that aren’t focused on improving the economy, heralding his Administration’s economic efforts and promising to do more work on the economy.

Obama said that over the past 40 months, American businesses have created 7.2 million new jobs.

But, as pointed out by CNS News, the President left out a few key numbers in his economy speech.

CNS’s Gregory Gwyn-Williams writes:

Since February of 2009, the first full month of Obama’s presidency, 9.5 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force.  Nearly 90 million Americans are not working today!

That means that 1.3 Americans have dropped out of the labor force for every one job the administration claims to have created.

There are 15 million more Americans on food stamps today than when Obama assumed office.

At the end of January 2009, 32,204,859 Americans received aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of April 2013, there were 47,548,694 Americans on food stamps.

That means that more than two Americans have been added to the food stamp rolls for every one job the administration says it has created.

Under Obama, 1.6 million more Americans are collecting disability insurance. In February 2009, 9,334,369 Americans received disability payments.  Today, that number is 10,953,733.

It seems, as usual, it’s what the President doesn’t say that is truly revealing.

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Defund The NSA

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NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

This article, written by Justin Elliott, was originally published on  ProPublica,  July 23, 2013, 12:39 p.m.

The NSA is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

The system is “a little antiquated and archaic,” she added.

I filed a request last week for emails between NSA employees and employees of the National Geographic Channel over a specific time period. The TV station had aired a friendly documentary on the NSA and I want to better understand the agency’s public-relations efforts.

A few days after filing the request, Blacker called, asking me to narrow my request since the FOIA office can search emails only “person by person,” rather than in bulk. The NSA has more than 30,000 employees.

I reached out to the NSA press office seeking more information but got no response.

It’s actually common for large corporations to do bulk searches of their employees email as part of internal investigations or legal discovery.

“It’s just baffling,” says Mark Caramanica of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “This is an agency that’s charged with monitoring millions of communications globally and they can’t even track their own internal communications in response to a FOIA request.”

Federal agencies’ public records offices are often underfunded, according to Lucy Dalglish, dean of the journalism school at University of Maryland and a longtime observer of FOIA issues.

But, Daglish says, “If anybody is going to have the money to engage in evaluation of digital information, it’s the NSA for heaven’s sake.”

 

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Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk: Bernanke’s Farewell Tour

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Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk: Bernanke’s Farewell Tour

Editor’s Note: This article by former Congressman Ron Paul first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running. We are publishing it on Personal Liberty because of the impact Paul’s relentless criticism of Fed policy throughout his Congressional career had in bringing the Nation’s fiat money nightmare to the forefront of public debate.

 

Last week Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered what may well be his last Congressional testimony before leaving the Federal Reserve in 2014. Unfortunately, his farewell performance was full of contradictory comments about the state of the economy and the effects of Fed policies on the market. One thing Bernanke inadvertently made clear was that the needs of Wall Street trump Main street, the economy, and sound money.

Quantitative easing (QE) and effectively zero interest rates have created paper prosperity, but now the Fed must continuously assure Wall Street that the QE spigot will not be turned off. Otherwise even the illusion of recovery will disappear. So Bernanke made every effort to emphasize that the economy was not doing well enough to end QE, while lauding the success of Fed policies in improving the economy.

Bernanke was also intent on denying that Fed policies directly boost financial markets. However, the money the Fed creates out of nothing in order to buy mortgage-backed securities and government debt for the QE3 program, benefits first and foremost the big banks and the financial class — those people who are invited to the Fed auctions. This new money then fuels stock bubbles, bond bubbles, agricultural land bubbles, and others. The consequences of this are felt by ordinary savers, investors, and retirees whose savings lose value because of the Fed’s zero interest rate policy.

As if Wall Street favoritism and zero returns for savers isn’t bad enough, the Fed wants the rest of America to bear a greater inflation burden. The Fed thinks you should lose two percent of the value of your dollar this year. But Bernanke is not satisfied with having reduced purchasing power by ten percent since the 2008 recession. The inflation picture is actually much worse if we look at the old consumer price index —the one that did not assume that ground beef is a perfect substitute for steak.

Using the old CPI metric, as calculated by John Williams at Shadow Government Statistics, we’ve lost close to 50 percent of the purchasing power of our money in just the last five years. So what you were able to buy with the $20 in your pocket before the financial crisis costs more than $30 today. That might be peanuts to Wall Street, but that’s real money for working Americans. And it’s theft by the Fed. It is a direct consequence of the trillions of new dollars the Fed has “not literally” printed—as Bernanke put it.

Bernanke’s final testimony before Congress confirms that the Fed has blatant disregard for the extra costs and the new bubbles it is creating. The Fed only understands paper prosperity, not how middle class Americans and the poor suffer the consequences of higher prices, resources misallocations, and distortionary bubbles as well as insidious unemployment.

The only way out of this tailspin of monetary favoritism is to restore sound money, which would end the Fed’s ability to manipulate currency and put Wall Street first. The Fed has proven over and over again that it has no respect for the real money that preserves the value of people’s labor, their wealth, and their ability to live free and prosperous lives. It is beyond time for the Fed, Wall Street, and the federal government to stop manipulating money and stealing from the American people under the false guise of paper prosperity.

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IRS ‘Bombshell’; Obama’s Detroit Promise; Big Sis Booed In Cali; Rangel Plays Solomon With College Loans; Charles Barkley Tells It Plain: TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 7-19-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

 

  • The Internal Revenue Service scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office — that had been established — but to the office of the chief counsel. That is a bombshell, and Democrats know it — which is why they are so desperate to make the investigation go away. Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

 

  • On Oct. 13, President Obama boasted to Americans in his weekly address that he refused to “let Detroit go bankrupt.” Of course, Obama was referring to the auto industry. But with the news of Detroit filing for bankruptcy Thursday, his line takes on new meaning. Source: Washington Examiner

 

 

  • Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was confirmed Thursday as the next president of the University of California amid protests both outside and inside the meeting at the UC San Francisco, Mission Bay campus. Source: CBS SF 

 

 

  • Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has taken to the Internet with an idea that would prevent any future tussle over student loan interest rates: free college for everybody. Source: CNS News 

 

 

  • Charles Barkley got on CNBC (of all places) and managed to escape unscathed after telling Maria Bartiromo, “I agree with the verdict” in the George Zimmerman trial, and “I don’t like it when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart…” Source: Real Clear Politics 

 

 

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California Senate Takes Up Digital License Plates That Can Track Movements, Collect Fees

The California State Senate is considering a statewide conversion to non-renewable digital license plates that would be able to collect electronic information, such as determining whether a motorist has pre-paid a road toll, in a bid to do away with what sponsors feel is the costly, inconvenient process of producing, distributing and renewing traditional license plates. Read More… 

Ray ‘Stop And Frisk’ Kelly Could Replace Big Sis; Obama ‘Probably’ Won’t Overrule Congress On Amnesty; Guy Takes Biden’s Gun Advice, Gets In Trouble; House Reps Bash NSA Spying; Lindsey Graham Wants To Boycott Olympics — Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-17-2013

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NSA Spying Bashed By Bipartisan Group Of House Lawmakers

House Judiciary Committee lawmakers grilled top Obama Administration officials Wednesday over National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s revelations that the agency collects American communications data in bulk. Read More…

Obama Tells Univision Audience He ‘Probably’ Can’t Grant Amnesty Over Congress

President Barack Obama told Univision this week that he “probably” wouldn’t resort to granting amnesty on a grand scale to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. Read More…

Lindsey Graham Wants To Boycott Russia Winter Olympics Over Snowden

If Russia lets NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden stay in the country on a grant of political asylum, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants President Barack Obama to boycott next year’s winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi. Even fellow RINO John McCain (R-Ariz.) thinks Graham’s idea is about as smart as bringing a kitten to a dog fight. Read More…

Man Takes Biden’s Advice, Fires Warning Shot From Shotgun, Gets Arrested

Jeffery Barton of Vancouver, Washington, believed that prowlers were breaking into his vehicle early Monday morning—so, he took Biden’s advice and fired a warning shot into the air with a shotgun. Read More… 

NYPD Police State Head Ray Kelly Could Be Tapped To Lead DHS

If you like the police state feel of post-9/11 New York City, you’re going to love this: President Barack Obama and Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer have been touting NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the man to take the reins at the Department of Homeland Security following news of Janet Napolitano’s leaving office. Read More… 

Only Racists Oppose Obamacare; Putin Wants To Stay Friends; ‘Stand Your Ground’ Helps Black Floridians; Black Caucus Wants ‘Stand Your Ground’ Abolished Everywhere; Does Obama Have A Strategy…For Anything? – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-17-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that opponents of Obamacare are the same kind of people who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Those comments came one day before the Republican-led House votes to delay key provisions of the law. Source: CNS News…
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said bilateral relations with the US are more important than “squabbles between special services,” as Russia considers a temporary asylum request from PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden, an American. Source: BBC…
  • Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help them. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are readying a flurry of bills in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal on charges in last year’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, drafting proposals intended to rein in racial profiling; scrap state stand-your-ground laws; and promote better training for the nation’s neighborhood watch volunteers. Source: The Hill…
  • Clashing visions of President Barack Obama’s second term — his public optimism, shadowed by his dour, private realism — have made the opening act of Obama II something of a muddle, with critics and allies alike wondering if the president has a coherent strategy for retaining influence during what promises to be 3½ maddening years of divided, even schizophrenic, government. Source: POLITICO…

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Bureaucrats Kill Capitalist Mass Transit Solution; Small Businesses Unprepared For Obamacare; Florida Lawmaker Says Constituents Eat Dog Food, Need More Food Stamps; Prosecutors Ignore Verdict, Call Zimmerman ‘Murderer’; Hispanics Vote Democrat, Surprised?—Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-16-2013

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Government Regulations, Corporatism Kill Enterprising For-Profit Mass Transit

The government is once again interjecting a host of regulations into the busing industry, cowing to pressure from large motor carriers to set the bar impossibly high for dozens of startup companies that, until they were shuttered all at once by the DOT, were growing their businesses while efficiently satisfying rider demand. Read More… 

American Businesses Are Unprepared For Obamacare

A report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that less than two-thirds of American small businesses are prepared for the regulatory onslaught that will accompany full-scale implementation of Obamacare. Read More… 

HUNGER! In America!! Congresswoman Says Her Food Stamp-less Constituents Have To Eat Dog Food To Survive

Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) recently offered a poignant anecdote highlighting the human toll wrought by the pestilence and famine that has beset America, making an impassioned plea to her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to help the impoverished, destitute and hungry recipients of food stamps in her district, who have resorted to eating dog food when their monthly government food subsidy runs out. Read More… 

Watch: Prosecutors In Zimmerman Case Refuse To Accept Acquittal, Call Him ‘Murderer’

People who refuse to accept that the case is finished are vindicated by the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice. The DOJ, at the urging of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other civil rights groups, may launch a Federal civil rights investigation against Zimmerman in a bid to charge him with a hate crime. Read More… 

Poll: Hispanics Of All Ages Lean Toward Democratic Party

Hispanics of all ages in the United States are more than twice as likely to identify with the Democratic Party as the Republican Party, a Gallup poll indicated. Read More…

Unleashing Government Propaganda; Snowden’s Peace Prize; Obama Supporters Losing Faith; Zimmerman Getting His Gun Back; Teamsters Against Obamacare—Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-15-2013

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Is Government Laying The Groundwork For Propagandist State Media?

The law that has long kept government-supported media outlets from broadcasting here in the U.S. was repealed on July 2nd with President Barack Obama’s signing of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. That means that propagandist state media outlets ostensibly funded by taxpayers can now be aimed at the very taxpayers who’re funding them. Read More…

Snowden Becomes Longshot Nobel Prize Candidate

A Swedish sociology professor named Stefan Svallfors says that the Nobel Prize committee has a chance to “help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to honor Obama in 2009 by supporting his nominee: National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Read More… 

Poll: Key Obama Supporters Losing Faith

As Barack Obama moves further into his second Presidential term, blacks, Hispanics and young voters are increasingly tiring of the President’s inability to deliver on idealistic campaign promises, according to poll results. Read More… 

Teamsters Union Balks On Obamacare

Teamsters Union president James Hoffa sent an open letter to President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week warning them that he’s all but decided to pull his support from the Affordable Care Act if it reneges on the President’s promise that workers happy with their present coverage could continue it once the law takes effect. Read More…

Zimmerman To Get Gun Back, Lawyer Says

George Zimmerman, cleared of murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., will get his handgun back, his lawyer says. Read More… 

Zimmerman Targets The MSM; Snowden’s Panic Button; Harry Reid Bipolar On Nuclear Option; NSA Head’s Hunger For Data; A Cure For Cancer?! – Monday Morning News Roundup 7-15-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Saturday night’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. Source: Washington Post…
  • Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald said Saturday U.S. officials should be careful in its pursuit of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. “The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.” Source: Reuters… 
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is threatening this week to change Senate rules by invoking the “nuclear option” on Senate votes, said in 2008 that resisting Republican efforts to deploy the same weapon in 2005 was “the most important thing I ever worked on” and that use of the tactic “will ruin our country.” Source: White House Dossier…
  • In eight years as director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander has quietly presided over a revolution in the government’s ability to scoop up information in the name of national security. And he’s pushed hard for everything he can get: tools, resources and the legal authority to collect and store vast quantities of raw information on American and foreign communications. Source: Washington Post…
  • A small British company is cautiously touting a breakthrough in the manipulation of the body’s natural immune mechanisms that allow T-cells to target – and possibly even cure – metastatic cancers. Source: The Independent…

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Obamacare Back To SCOTUS?; Americans Leaning Pro-Immigration; Anchorman, In Real Life; Reporters Love Mean Cop; Clapper Lies To Congress, Congress Shrugs: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-12-2013

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Federal Court Rejects Christian University’s Request To Overturn Obamacare, Opens Possibility Of New SCOTUS Consideration

On Thursday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Commerce Clause of the Constitution’s gives Congress the authority to demand that employers purchase private health insurance for their employees or pay government fines. Read More… 

Poll: Americans Leaning More Pro-Immigration

As House Republicans and Democrats consider separately how to address immigration reform, U.S. residents are more pro-immigration than before, Gallup said. Read More… 

Ho Lee Fuk: Think Media Does A Good Job Checking Facts, Having Common Sense? Watch This

The San Francisco Bay Area’s KTVU  reported today that the pilots of the crashed Asiana flight 214 were named “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Watch… 

James Clapper Lies to Congress; Congress Says ‘That’s Cool’

Back in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied when asked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) whether the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting “any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans” by saying, “Not wittingly.” Read More… 

Cop Abuses A Man, Reporters Refuse To Help

It’s what happens when the local media and the local police are very friendly. Read More… 

Big Sis Bows Out; Perry Ramps Up; Clintons Bank On Emcee Gigs; Green Boss Has Nine Lives; Pamplona’s Blood And Gore – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 7-12-2013

  • Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system. Source: Los Angeles Times… 
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he will visit Israel in October, a move that signals to the political world that he is seriously considering making another presidential run in 2016. Source: Washington Times 
  • Just a few months after leaving the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton has plunged into the lucrative world of paid speechmaking, joining a branch of the family business that has brought the Clintons more than $100 million since her husband left the White House in 2001. Source: New York Times… 
  • The founder of bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra, which defaulted on half a billion dollars’ worth of low-interest Federal loans, will likely avoid criminal charges even if charges are brought against other former executives of the company. Source: Reuters… 
  • An American tourist was gored by a bull this morning along with two Spaniards on the bloodiest day of the famous Spanish Running of the Bulls festival so far this year. Source: Daily Mail… 

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World Hates U.S. Spying; Ohio School System Allows Teachers To Pack Heat; Border Patrol Agents Fear Hiring Surge; White House Pretends It Didn’t Interfere With Zimmerman Trial; GOP Threatens Reid—Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-11-2013

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International Community Continues To Fret Over U.S. Spying

Countries around the world are taking different approaches to address concerns over the United States’ National Security Agency Spying initiatives exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden recently. Read More…

Ohio School System Allows Concealed Carry For Teachers

The board of education for an Ohio school district has approved a concealed carry policy for staff and faculty in its 1,300-student system. Read More… 

Border Patrol Agents Fear Proposed Hiring Surge Will Add Criminals To Ranks

An amendment to the immigration reform bill which would add up to 20,000 agents and $38 billion in additional spending to the ranks of the U.S. Border Patrol is being decried by many current Border Patrol agents. The opponents fear that a massive and abrupt hiring surge could allow criminals and lesser-qualified agents to join their ranks. Read More… 

Watch: Jay Carney Acts As If The President Didn’t Already Interfere In George Zimmerman’s Trial

Asked about President Barack Obama’s infamous “if I had a son” remark during a press conference Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said—as if the damage isn’t already done—said that it isn’t White House policy to comment on matters like the George Zimmerman case in the midst of a trial. Watch… 

GOP To Harry Reid: Go Nuclear, And It’ll Bite You In 2014

Republican Senators have threatened Majority Leader Harry Reid that they’ll stall every attempt at passing legislation until after midterm elections, if he invokes the so-called “nuclear option” that would change Senate rules to allow a simple 51-vote majority vote to end a Republican-threatened filibuster. Read More…

U.S. Has Liberal Abortion Laws; Cops Confiscating Phones; Illinois Lawmaker Wants Martial Law; Gun Owner Location App; Palin May Run For Senate— Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-10-2013

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U.S. Abortion Laws Liberal Compared With (Liberal) Europe

A survey of abortion laws in other Western countries reveals that, even if Congress were to make abortions beyond 22 weeks illegal, the U.S. would still be one of the developed world’s most abortion-friendly Nations. Read More… 

Criticizing Cop Parking, Recording Gets Two Nevada Men Arrested

An incident that occurred in Nevada three months ago proves two things: Some cops really hate being criticized for how they park. And most really don’t like being recorded. Read More… 

Illinois Lawmaker Welcomes Police State As Palliative To Murder In ‘Gun Free’ Chicago

An Illinois State Representative held a press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday calling on the Governor muster the National Guard to quell inner city violence as the murders continue in the Windy City. Read More…

An App For ‘Marking Dangerous Gun Owners’ Ready For Abuse By Anti-Gun Crowd

Geo Gun Marker, a smartphone app created by Walkingtools, which describes itself as “a loose confederation of software and related art or education projects,” allows users to electronically log the locations of “potentially unsafe guns and gun owners.” Read More… 

Sarah Palin Says She’s Considering U.S. Senate Run In 2014

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Read More…