Obamacare Blitz; Spy V Spy V Spy; Fat Mexicans; Libertarian Activist Raided; Snowden Likely To Head To Venezuela— Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-10-2013

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

  • The White House is dramatically expanding its efforts to sell the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hiring additional staffers, formulating a public-relations strategy and reaching out to key lawmakers as the new health-insurance system prepares to launch in coming months. Source: The Washington Post… 
  • President Barack Obama has ordered Federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents. Source: McClatchy… 
  • The United States no longer holds the title of the world’s most populous, obese nation; that designation has been passed on to Mexico. Source: New York Post… 
  • Police searched the Northern Virginia home of libertarian activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody, for loading a shotgun in Washington, D.C., in protest on July 4. He is charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs while in possession of a firearm. Source: The Washington Post… 
  • Fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will likely accept asylum in Venezuela to escape prosecution in the United States, said Glenn Greenwald, the U.S. journalist who first published the secret documents that Snowden leaked. Source: Reuters…

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Repeal Bill Of Rights; Concealed Carry In Illinois; Florida Cops Prepare For Trayvon Riots; Full Afghan Pullout Could Be Coming; GOP Decries Piecemeal Obamacare Delays— Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-9-2013

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Watch: California Beachgoers Sign ‘Repeal Bill Of Rights’ Petition To Support Obama

We don’t need that old fashioned Bill of Rights anymore. Would you support President Barack Obama in repealing the Bill of Rights? Read More…

Illinois Now A Concealed Carry State As Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

The Illinois House of Representatives has blocked Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt at effectively vetoing a bill providing for the issuing of concealed carry permits, making the State the last in the U.S. to allow its residents to concealed carry a loaded firearm. Read More… 

Law Enforcement Agencies In Florida Prepare For Possible Violence After Zimmerman Verdict

In anticipation of a forthcoming verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, officials with the Broward County Sherriff’s Department and the Sanford Police Department in Florida are working to avert possible violence stemming from racially-charged tension. Read More…

Report: Obama Considering Speeding Up Afghan Pullout

President Barack Obama, in tough talks with Hamid Karzai, may speed up U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and leave none behind. Read More…

House Attacks White House Over Delaying Obamacare For Businesses – But Not People

GOP leaders in the House of Representatives are calling on President Barack Obama to grant the American people the same one-year reprieve from mandatory state-managed health care that the White House recently announced it would be granting to businesses. Read More… 

Obama Says Love Government; NSA Whistleblower Calls For New Revolution; Check Out The Sharia Search Engine; Dog Killing Cops On Desk Duty After Threats; Perry Will Not Seek Governor’s Office Again: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-8-2013

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Obama: The Government Is Us, And We’re Doing Things Right

President Barack Obama wants Americans to focus less on government failings and more on where it makes things better. The government is us, according to the President, and we’re doing things right. Read More… 

Former NSA Employee, Whistleblower Thomas Drake: Time For A New American Revolution

During a Restore the Fourth rally in Washington D.C. last week, former National Security Agency employee-turned-whistleblower Thomas Drake called on Americans to revolt against government surveillance and information control. Read More…

Halalgoogling: A Sharia Law Search Engine

This week, Halalgoogling, a search engine that fetches results from others like Google and Bing and filters content according to Islamic law was launched. Read More… 

Rick Perry Won’t Seek Fourth Term As Texas Governor

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election to a fourth term in 2014. Could he be eyeing 2016? Read More…

UPDATE: California Cops Who Shot Dog Pulled From Street Duty

Three Hawthorne, Calif. police officers have been taken off patrol duty after the department received a deluge of threats from outraged Americans who watched a video of at least one officer shoot and kill a Rottweiler belonging to a man whom they were arresting – for videotaping them – last week. Read More… 

Libertarian Activist Under Investigation For Loading Gun; Less Than Half Of Americans Working; Cops Took Over Nevada Homes; EU Investigating NSA; Dubya To Back Immigration Reform— Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-5-2013

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Libertarian Activist Under Investigation For Loading Shotgun In Washington

Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh released a video showing himself loading a shotgun in the middle of Freedom Plaza in Washington on Thursday with the Capitol building clearly shown behind him. Read More…

Fewer Than Half Of Americans Have Full Time Jobs

Only 47 percent of employment-age American are working at full-time jobs. The rest? They’re all either working part time, or they’re not working at all. Read More…

King George’s Cops Take Over Nevada Homes For Investigation

A lawsuit filed in Nevada alleges that cops violated residents’ 3rd Amendment rights by demanding they be allowed to occupy two homes in order to conduct an investigation involving a neighbor’s residence. Read More…

EU To Investigate NSA Surveillance Claims

The European Union has called for an investigation into alleged spying by the United States on its European allies. Read More…

George W. Bush Set To Back Immigration Reform

As the House of Representatives prepares an alternative to the omnibus immigration reform billed that cleared the Senate last week, former President George W. Bush will push next week in favor of immigration reform in a speech and panel discussion to be held at his new Presidential library in Dallas. Read More…

Independence Day!; Toy Guns March On D.C.; Feds Read Americans’ Snail Mail; Overcooked Paula Deen Outrage; Cop Misses Dog, Shoots Woman—Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 7-3-2013

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Have A Happy Fourth Of July!

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Toy Gun March On Washington Draws 2nd Amendment Supporters

While there’s no sign that remnant supporters of the dubious, now-cancelled  July 4th armed march on Washington, D.C. are coalescing near the capitol with loaded weapons, 2nd Amendment supporters did turn out Wednesday to stage a legal demonstration – using toy guns. Read More… 

The Feds Are Spying On Your Snail Mail Too

Amid reports of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance efforts centered on collecting electronic communications data, many Americans have expressed concern about their privacy on the technological front. A new report indicates that the government is spying on snail mail too. Read More… 

MSNBC Analyst: Paula Deen Should Apologize Until Media Approves

Food Network star Paula Deen has been attacked for a racial slur that she admitted to using 30 years ago. She has been rebuked by the media and lost $12.5 million in sponsorship deals. But still, MSNBC pundits believe that she should suffer further. Watch… 

Police Chief Tries To Shoot Dog; Shoots Owner Instead; Ignores Victim; Gets Sworn In

A North Carolina woman was hit by a ricocheting bullet meant for her dog, after Winston-Salem police chief in-waiting Barry Rountree got scared of the dog last week and tried to shoot it. Read More… 

No Love For Amnesty; A Welfare By Any Other Name; Snowden’s Dad’s Open Letter; Obamacare’s Student Loan End Run; Latino Voters Say ‘No Mas’ To Rubio— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-2-2013

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NSA Whistle-Blower’s Father In Open Letter To Son: ‘You Are A Modern Day Paul Revere Summoning The American People To Confront The Growing Danger Of Tyranny

National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has summoned Americans to “confront the growing danger of tyranny,” according to an open letter published by his father Lonnie Snowden and Attorney Bruce Fein. Read More…

Newspeak: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Working To Rename Welfare Department To Reduce Stigma

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are working to reform welfare in the State, albeit, probably not in the way you might expect.  House lawmakers in the State approved a bill Monday that would change the name of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services in a bid to eliminate the stigma associated with being on the dole. Read More…

Obama’s Agenda-Pushers Having Trouble Finding Amnesty Supporters

Organizing for action, a nonprofit set up to push President Barack Obama’s agenda, has put forth considerable effort in organizing rallies aimed at convincing lawmakers to get on board with amnesty-heavy immigration reform initiatives. Despite its massive 13 million-member email list, however, the organization seems to be having a tough time rallying supporters for amnesty. Read More…

Borrowing From The Borrowers To Fund Obamacare

As Congress fights over whether to permanently raise interest rates on Federal student loans, or to keep them level or peg them to financial markets, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report that indicates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will appropriate billions of dollars in student loan interest to subsidize the state-managed health insurance program. Read More…

Rubio’s Immigration Push Not Winning The Hearts Of Hispanic Voters

Even though Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has bent over backwards – or at least 180 degrees – to help craft an immigration reform package amenable to millions of non-citizens residing in the U.S. as illegal aliens, it hasn’t helped his standing in the eyes of Latino voters. Read More…


Obama Bringing Power To Africa; Cali Sheriff Shuts Down Feds; FEMA/Russia Joint Operations; Free 30 Round Mags In Anti-Gun Colorado; Feminist Advocates Sex Strike In Texas— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-1-2013

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Obama’s $7 Billion “Power Africa” Energy Scheme

President Barack Obama revealed a plan to bring electricity to sub-Saharan Africa on a massive scale Sunday, pledging $7 billion in Federal funds to a new program he said will bring “light where there is currently darkness.” Read More… 

California Sheriff Strips Feds Of Enforcement Authority Over 2nd Amendment Rights

The Sheriff of El Dorado County, Calif., has revoked the authority of U.S. Forest Service officers to enforce State law within his countywide jurisdiction, after receiving numerous complaints from campers that Federal officers have stopped and questioned them about whether they were carrying guns. Read More…

Russian Officials, FEMA Could Begin Working More Closely

Last week, officials with the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and some top dogs with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency got together to make plans to “exchange experts.” Now, Russian assets could possibly start showing up to provide and observe “security at mass events” in the U.S. Read More… 

Sticking It To The Man: Gun Maker Gives Away Free 30 Round Mags Ahead Of Colorado Ban

Before a number of highly restrictive gun laws take effect in Colorado, gun rights advocates in the State organized a Farewell to Arms festival last weekend in protest of the measures. Read More…

Monday Afternoon Laugh: HuffPo Contributor Calls For Sex Strike Until Texas Pols Liberate Abortion

Is there any better way to marginalize women’s role in society than asserting that the only power they have to enact change is in their pants? Read More… 

 

Spying On Friends; Snowden Seeking Asylum In 15 Nations; Euro Zone Falling Apart; McCain Says Screw GOP; NSA Listens In on 1 Billion Calls Daily: Monday Morning News Roundup 7-1-2013

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

  • Spy versus Spy: Secretary of State John Kerry said it is “not unusual” for governments to bug the offices of their allies. Source: Daily Mail 

 

  • Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum. Source: Los Angeles Times

 

  • Euro zone unemployment is at a record high and consumer prices are being driven upward by volatile energy and food prices, data showed on Monday, underlining the fragility of the bloc’s economic health. Source: Reuters 

 

  • Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) stopped short of urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to abandon his pledge to require majority support from the GOP conference before bringing an immigration bill to the House floor. Source: The Hill 

 

  • The NSA has a “brand-new” technology that enables 1 billion cellphone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was “coming soon.” Source: RT 

House To Write Own Immigration Bill; Is NSA Tracking Guns?; DUI Suspects’ Blood Drawn By Force; WTH Is ‘Black English’?; And More – Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-28-2013

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House Republicans Scorn Senate Immigration Bill; Say They’ll Craft Their Own

House Republicans haven’t had time to read through the massive omnibus immigration reform bill their Senate colleagues passed on Thursday. Judging by their comments, they’re much more likely to craft their own version – or smaller, bite-sized versions – of immigration legislation than to spend time and energy reading through the bloated Senate package. Read More… 

Senate Panel: Is NSA Watching Americans Buy Guns? Books? Tools? Aspirin?

A group of 26 Senators has asked NSA Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to explain how, and to what extent, the agency grabs up data generated from citizens’ network-based credit transactions, banking data, library records and pharmacy visits, with a focus on buying habits that pertain to guns and media. Read More…

‘What Country Is This!?’: DUI Suspects Strapped Down To Have Blood Drawn By Force

While many Americans likely support efforts to convict drunk drivers, a recent report illustrates just how intrusive the policies are. See How It’s Done… 

MSNBC Lauds ‘Articulate’ Use Of ‘Black English’ By Inaudible, Mumbling Witness In Zimmerman Trial

MSNBC’s expert John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, explains that a star witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial, Rachel Jeantel,  was abused by defense attorneys who simply didn’t understand her dialect. Read More… 

Bloomberg: Stop-And-Frisk Is Great; Start Targeting Blacks More, Whites Less

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the city police department’s unConstitutional stop-and-frisk policy on his weekly radio show Friday, but confused his fellow liberals when he said too many whites are being targeted. Read More…

Senate Says ‘Si’ To Immigration Bill; FDA Gets Its Shot At Tobacco; Obama’s Bush-League SCOTUS Record; Tweeting Race War Rages Over Zimmerman; Amnesty Show Senate The Love – Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-27-2013

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Senate Immigration Bill Passes With Healthy Majority

The Senate passed its amnesty-laden immigration reform effort on Thursday with the support of a strong majority made up of all Democrats and 14 Republican members of the legislative chamber. Read More…

Amnesty Supporters Chant ‘Yes We Can’ At Passage Of Senate Immigration Bill

Democrats in the Senate gallery had reason to cheer with the passage of the amnesty-laden Gang of Eight immigration bill Thursday. Watch Them Chant…

FDA Flexes Regulatory Muscle Under 2009 Tobacco Control Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dipped its toe in new regulatory waters this week, approving new tobacco products for the first time since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 was enacted. Read More… 

Obama’s Batting .370 Before SCOTUS – Half The Success Rate Of His Predecessors

This year’s Supreme Court session hasn’t been kind to the Administration of President Barack Obama. Find Out Why… 

Twitter Explodes With Threats Against Zimmerman, Random Whites

As the George Zimmerman trial drags on, the Twitter watchers over at Twitchy have noticed an alarming trend—an explosion of people taking to the Internet with death threats against Zimmerman and random white people if the defendant is found not guilty. Read The Tweets… 

FDA Flexes Regulatory Muscle Under 2009 Tobacco Control Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dipped its toe in new regulatory waters this week, approving new tobacco products for the first time since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 was enacted.

In some ways, it’s hard to tell if the precedent set by Congress and President Barack Obama in approving the FSPTCA is a good thing. There’s certainly plenty of overreach – forcing tobacco companies to take up marketing real estate on their own products with ever-larger FDA warnings, banning “flavored” cigarettes (D’oh! Cloves are now ‘cigars!’) and gerrymandering the boundaries that define what’s acceptable in advertisements.

But a possible silver lining—if there is such a thing where government regulation is concerned— is the FDA’s new role in standardizing product quality. It’s debatable whether that’s a responsibility that should fall to the FDA, but the fact that tobacco companies are now required to disclose what’s in their product to the government could represent a baby step toward a future when they make that same disclosure to the public.

The FDA first gained regulatory purview over tobacco products in 2009 under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

NSA’s Non-Response; Man Faces 13 Years For Chalking Up Sidewalk; Rubio ‘Still A Tea Partier’; Trayvon Witness Recounts Racial Slurs; And More — Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-26-2013

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NSA Can’t Say Anything About Anything, It Would Help ‘Adversaries’

Shortly after the National Security Agency spy scandal broke, ProPublica journalist Jeff Larson filed a freedom of information request with the agency seeking any personal data it had collected on him. NSA officials said a response would help “adversaries” and damage national security. Read More… 

San Diego City Attorneys Attempt To Give A Man 13 Years For Criticizing Bank Of America

How much time do you think you could get for writing anti-bank messages on a sidewalk? Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for just that, is facing 13 years in jail and a $13,000 fine. Read More… 

Rubio On The Defensive After Conservative Outcry On Immigration 180˚

Tea Party conservatives have been hammering Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this week as the Senate hammers out its own version of the immigration bill he helped craft. On Wednesday, Rubio stood before the Senate and directly addressed his critics, appealing to them to see his amity with the Senate’s Gang of Eight as the lesser of two evils. Read More… 

Watch: Prosecution In Trayvon Martin Case Uses Martin’s Racist Comments To Benefit Case Against Zimmerman

During a mumbling testimony in the George Zimmerman trial, prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, 19, who claims to have been on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot, said Martin told her a “creepy ass cracker” was following him before his fatal encounter with Zimmerman. Hear The Outrageous Testimony… 

Obamacare Sermons From The TMZ Set

Get ready to see rappers and a desperate housewife hawking President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Already in talks with the NBA and NFL, the White House is now recruiting the TMZ set to serve as ambassadors for Obamacare. Read More… 

Supreme Court Kills DOMA; House Won’t Bring Up Gang of Eight Bill; McRino Charges Critics; Obama’s Environmental Crusade; And More: Wednesday Morning News Roundup 6-26-2013

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

  • The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act forbidding Federal recognition of gay marriages for couples residing in states that recognize their union. Source: Huffington Post
  • Good news via National Review Online’s Jonathan Strong:

  • And John McCain is going off on anyone who dares criticize the amnesty-laden Senate immigration effort.
  • Don’t tell the truth: An environmental official suggesting he worked for Organizing for Action, the Obama Administration’s advocacy group, sent a memo to supporters and pro-Obama pundits, warning them to avoid using “economic arguments” to defend the President’s new climate change, which could put a damper on coal plants and the Keystone Pipeline project. Source: Washington Examiner
  • Meanwhile¸ President Obama has angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle by calling for new regulations on coal-fired power plants. One of them is Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from coal-industry driven West Virginia. Source: Fox Nation
  • Syrian activists say more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Source: Voice of America 

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Jim Carrey Shoots Off His Mouth About Gun Violence

Comedian Jim Carrey caused a firestorm in March when he released the anti-gun video “Cold Dead Hand.” Now, the loudmouthed actor is once again making headlines for spouting off about gun violence.

Referencing the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Carrey took to Twitter to condemn the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2,” in which he plays a vigilante named Colonel Stars and Stripes:

Comic book writer Mark Millar, who created the characters upon which the “Kick-Ass” films were based, responded to Carrey on his blog:

As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much.

Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.

“Kick-Ass 2” opens Aug. 16. Here’s the trailer:
 

KICK ASS 2 (2013) – Red Band Trailer [HD] from Radio Metropolis on Vimeo.

Now We’re Arming Terrorists; Carney’s 9,500 Ways To Evade; Obama Taps Republican To Head FBI; Civil Unrest In The Age Of Hope And Change; And More: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-21-2013

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Obama Nominates Bush-Era Deputy AG James Comey To Succeed Robert Mueller As Head Of FBI

President Barack Obama nominated Republican James B. Comey, who served as Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush, as a successor to outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller today. Read More…

Russia: In Syria, U.S. Is Making Same Mistake It Did In 1980’s Afghanistan

Russia and the United States are essentially engaged in proxy war following President Barack Obama’s public decision to support, and arm, Syrian rebels bent on toppling the nation’s government. Read More…

White House Press Puppet Jay Carney’s 9,486 Ways To Dodge A Question

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spends most of his time dodging questions, according to an analysis of his answers to reporter inquiries conducted by Yahoo News. See Them All…

PTR MovesGun Manufacturing Operation From Connecticut To South Carolina

PTR (Precision Target Rifle) Industries, which announced in April it would relocate its operations outside its home State after the Connecticut Legislature approved a sweeping gun control package, has announced it will move its entire operation to an expanded location in South Carolina. Read More…

No Matter Who You Feel Is Right Or Wrong, This Video Is a Reminder Of How Dangerously Close ‘Hope’ And ‘Change’ Are Bringing The Nation To Widespread Civil Unrest

A man speaking at a gun control rally in Concord, N.H., this week about how stricter gun laws would have prevented his daughter’s shooting death was heckled by an angry 2nd Amendment advocate. The situation quickly escalated when cops arrived. Watch…

More NSA Developments; Carney has Dodged 9,486 Questions; Connecticut Gun Laws Bad For Business; Nullification Rising; And More – TGIF Morning News Roundup 6-21-2013

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

 

  • The plot thickens: The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance. Source: The Guardian… 

 

  • Analyzing the White House Press Secretary: A Yahoo News analysis of the 444 briefings that Jay Carney has held since becoming White House press secretary has identified 13 distinct strains in the way he dodges a reporter’s question. The White House press secretary has dodged a question at least 9,486 times. Source: Yahoo News   

 

  • Voting by foot: Less than a week after Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed gun restrictions into law in April, gun manufacturer PTR Industries said it intended to leave the state to avoid the damage it expected to be inflicted on its business. The rifle manufacturer kept its promise Wednesday, announcing it will move to Aynor, S.C. Source: CBS Charlotte 

 

  • Viva la Nullification!: An Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states now have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver’s licenses. Source: The Associated Press 

 

  • Does Chelsea Clinton wish she were never born?: From the stage at the recent Women Deliver conference, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea lamented that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.” Source: Life News

 

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Cruz To President: Don’t Arm Our Enemies; GMO Guru Honored; Bill Would Stop DOJ From Bullying Techies; NSA Docs Reveal Obama’s Lies; Mooch Gets A School: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-20-2013

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More NSA Documents Reveal Obama Lies About Domestic Spying

A new round of leaked National Security Agency documents acquired by The Guardian shine light on policies approved by  the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which allow the National Security Agency to retain and use information collected domestically in its communications surveillance. Read More… 

Cruz To Obama: Don’t Arm People Who Hate Us

Veering away from the Senate’s fickle debate over immigration Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz took to the floor of the legislative chamber to blast President Barack Obama for the White House’s decision to intervene in Syria. Read More… 

Bill To Rein In Federal Abuse Of CFAA Law Hits Congress; Named For Aaron Swartz

A bill that aims to rein in the vague and easily-misapplied Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and hopefully curb a pattern of government bullying of online dissenters, was introduced in Congress today. Read More… 

Monsanto Exec Receives World Food Prize For Pioneering GMO Research

Robert Fraley, the Chief Technology Officer for Monsanto Corporation, has been named as one of three recipients of the World Food Prize, an honor commonly referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize’ of the agricultural world. Read More… 

LA School Board Votes To Name Elementary School For First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama has done a great deal for school children: She’s filled their plates with healthier, if less palatable, food and encouraged youngsters to get off their keisters and move around a bit. Read More… 

Florida Gun Law Under Fire; Barack’s Brandenburg Bomb; Letting Go Of Holder; Ducking The NSA; Be Safe In The Vault: Thursday Morning News Roundup 6-20-2013

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

  • A bipartisan Florida gun bill has made its way to the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it will prevent tens of thousands of Floridians from buying firearms, but mental health workers worry the bill will backfire. It requires people who volunteer for mental health treatment to give up their gun rights. Mental health professionals want Governor Rick Scott to veto the legislation. Source: News4Jax… 
  • In stark contrast to that of his Presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s Brandenburg Gate speech on Wednesday was big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counterproductive for the United States. The poorly attended, poorly received address amounted to little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favorite liberal pet causes: part staggering naiveté, part appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and part championing of more big-government solutions. Source: The Telegraph…
  • The House Republican effort to oust Attorney General Eric Holder has attracted a significant amount of momentum this month. Since the beginning of June, 66 Republicans have signed on to Representative Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) legislation that calls for Holder’s immediate resignation. Gosar’s resolution now has 122 co-sponsors, more than half of the House GOP conference. Source: The Hill… 
  • DuckDuckGo, a search engine that claims it gives its users complete anonymity, has seen a 33 percent increase in users since the National Security Agency news broke over a week ago, said founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg. Source: CNBC
  • A California man is creating what he calls the world’s largest private underground survivor shelter, using a complex of limestone caves dug more than 100 years ago beneath gently rolling hills near Atchison, Kansas. He’s selling space to RV owners, who bring their vehicles and take refuge inside, in case of world catastrophe. Source: AP… 

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FBI: Yes, We Use Domestic Drones…No, We Don’t Have Rules; Fed Says A Taper Is Coming; Government Txtng Gay Tweekers; AP Chief Slams The DOJ, And More: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-19-2013

FBI Director: Yes, We Use Drones Domestically… No, We Can’t Say How, When Or Why

Wackobirds, you are officially vindicated in your worries over domestic drone use: FBI Director Robert Mueller told Senate lawmakers today the agency has several drones, and hasn’t adopted strict guidelines for their use. But that’s not deterring the FBI from going forward in the use of drones for domestic surveillance operations. Read more…

Federal Reserve: Continuing ‘Accommodative’ Policy, But Change Is Coming

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it plans to continue its “highly accommodative” monetary policies and will begin the process of reducing stimulus and bond purchases later in the year if unemployment rates continue to decline. Read more… 

WASTRELS: Feds Trying To Text Like (Their Idea Of) Gays In $500,000 Outreach To Promiscuous Meth Heads

The National Institutes of Health is devoting $509,000 in grant funds to a program aimed at curbing sexual promiscuity and abuse of methamphetamine among homosexual addicts. How? By sending gay men who’re hooked on meth some text messages every now and then that gaily urge them to use condoms and stay away from drugs. Read more…

AP President: U.S. Department Of Justice Is ‘Judge, Jury And Executioner’ When It Comes To Secret Spying

The head of the Associated Press lit into the U.S. Department of Justice and the Obama Administration today, saying the Nation’s top law enforcement agency acted as “judge, jury and executioner” in carrying out its secret dragnet of AP phone records. Read more…

Guarantee Of Secure Border, Congressional Accountability In Return For Amnesty Defeated In Senate… With GOP Help

A Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) amendment that would have called upon lawmakers to assess border security, finish a border fence in five years and establish protections against Federal efforts to require American citizens to carry national identification cards before illegal aliens were granted amnesty was defeated in the Senate. Can you guess which GOP Senators helped kill the proposal? Find out…

Three Attend Obama’s Gun Control Rally; NSA Hot Mic; Why Democrats Spy On Americans; Another Poll Shows No Love For The MSM; Tired Of Voting For Rats? — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 6-19-2013

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  • Only three people — all members of Organizing For Action (formerly known as Obama For America) — showed up for a scheduled, weekend gun-control rally in San Bernardino, Calif. The State Legislature is trying to pass a slew of gun-control measures, even as firearms are flying off California store shelves at a historic rate. “It’s three people today, but it will be 23 next time, and we’ll see the time after that,” chirped one of the lonely gun grabbers. Source: San Bernardino Sun…
  • National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce cakewalked through a House Intelligence Committee hearing on its spy measures yesterday, with the two taking control of each other’s narrative in order to congratulate government on its supposedly effective terror war. Afterward, a hot mic caught Alexander telling Joyce, “Tell your boss I owe him another friggin’ beer.” Source: The Atlantic…
  • Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald’s exposure of the NSA’s massive domestic spy program has revealed the entire caste of current Democratic leaders as a gang of civil liberty opportunists, whose true passion, it seems, was in trolling George W. Bush for eight years on matters of national security. So says a columnist for the generally liberal Buzzfeed, a pop culture website that’s essentially MTV for the Internet. That same columnist, Michael Hastings, died Tuesday in an apparent car accident. Source: Buzzfeed…
  • Continuing a decades-long downward trend, fewer than one-fourth of Americans have confidence in newspapers, according to a recent Gallup poll. The percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent this year from 25 percent last year, according to a report on the poll, which was released Monday. Confidence in television news has also been slipping; it’s tied with newspapers this year at 23 percent, which is slightly up from last year’s all-time low of 21 percent. Source: US News… 
  • What started as a joke between friends has turned into a social media phenomenon with a serious message about political disenchantment. Morris the cat, really, is running for mayor of the Mexican city of Jalapa. “Morris has become an expression of how fed up people are with all the parties and a political system that does not represent us,” said Sergio Chamorro, the cat’s owner. “Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat.” Source: The Guardian… 

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Senate Tosses Border Fence; Bill Ayers Wants Obama Tried For ‘War Crimes’; Cops Play Shoot-‘Em-Up As Bystanders Cringe; World Condemns Domestic Spying In Land Of The Free; And More: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-18-2013

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BREAKING: Senate Votes To Exclude Border Fence From Immigration Bill

The U.S. Senate tossed a provision in the Gang of Eight’s controversial attempt at bipartisan-backed immigration reform, voting 54-39 against a measure that would have mandated the construction of a 700-mile long border fence physically separating the U.S. from Mexico. Read more…

Bill Ayers: Obama Is Conducting Terror, Should Be Tried For War Crimes

Former Weather Underground member and a University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers, who received much attention during the 2008 Presidential election for his relationship with Barack Obama, said in a recent interview that the President should be tried for war crimes. Read more…

Eyewitness: ‘Super Trigger Happy’ Cops Endanger Motorists Waiting At DUI Roadblock

A young North Carolina couple returning from a Father’s Day outing with their infant daughter slowed down for a DUI checkpoint in Brunswick County Sunday evening. That’s when the driver of an SUV nearer the front of the line made an alleged attempt to escape, and seven cops allegedly started shooting. Read more…

International Community: American Hypocrites Should Restore Constitution, Champion Human Rights At Home And Abroad

It’s not just Americans who are concerned about the U.S. government’s secret spying programs. An international coalition of nonprofit organizations focused on civil liberties abuses sent a letter to Congress Tuesday urging lawmakers to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, as well as those of people everywhere. Read more…

Audit The IRS Rally Expected To Be Biggest Tea Party Protest Since 2010

Mainstream media is, thus far, characteristically mum on coverage of the event— but what is expected to be the largest gathering of Tea Party activists since 2010 will converge on Washington D.C. Tuesday in protest of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives. Read more… 

FBI Wonders If FISA Court Leaked; Kids Ask Prez To Spy On FOX News; Dems At Sea On Surveillance Scandals; House Frets Over EMPs; Lil’ Hitler? Kim Jong Un Gifts Mein Kampf: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 6-18-2013

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.

  • Thirteen days after The Guardian published a top-secret court order from the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court disclosing the National Security Agency’s collection of all phone records from Verizon’s business customers over a three-month period, the U.S. intelligence community has yet to determine how the warrant, one of the most highly classified documents inside the U.S. government, was leaked. Source: The Daily Beast…
  • Students at George Mason University (GMU) signed a petition early this month asking President Barack Obama to listen in on the “private conversations” of all FOX News employees and their families. Source: Campus Reform… 
  • Revelations about the Obama Administration’s expansive domestic surveillance programs have opened a chasm between Democratic elected officials and their progressive base — one that could be tricky for the party’s future Presidential hopefuls to bridge. Have Democratic voters become more accepting of surveillance tactics after blasting them during the Bush Administration? Source: POLITICO
  • Amid growing fears of a massive electromagnetic pulse hit from either a solar flare or a terrorist nuclear bomb, House Republicans will unveil a plan today to save the Nation’s electric grid from an attack that could mean lights out for 300 million Americans. One former Pentagon official cited a new Lloyd’s of London report that determined the area from Washington, D.C., to New York could be without electricity for up to two years in a major solar flare-up. Source: Washington Examiner…
  • Among Kim Jong Un’s gifts to some of North Korea’s high-ranking officials this year were copies of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, according to a trusted source who serves as a DPRK official in China. Source: New Focus International…

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SCOTUS Axes Arizona Voter Law; 8th Grader Faces Year In Jail Over NRA Shirt; Muppets Add Inmate; TSA Agent Shouts At Teen For Outfit; And More: Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 6-17-2013

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voter Law That Required Proof Of Citizenship

Proposition 200, Arizona’s 2004 law making it mandatory for would-be voters to provide proof of their citizenship, died before the U.S. Supreme Court today. Read More…

UPDATE: Prosecutors Not Backing Down From Case Of West Virginia Eighth-Grader Suspended For NRA T-Shirt

A while back, we told you about a West Virginia eighth-grader who wore a National Rifle Association shirt to school and got suspended — and arrested — for peaceably refusing to take it off. He now faces a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. Read More… 

TSA Agent Offers Harsh, Creepy Critique Of Teen Girl’s Outfit

A TSA officer at the Los Angeles International Airport allegedly offered an inappropriate, and pretty creepy, critique of a 15-year-old girl’s traveling attire while she was en route to a college tour with a group of high school students over the weekend. Read More… 

Prison-Nation America Incarcerates A Muppet

The furry monsters on “Sesame Street,” the children’s show that has been teaching America’s youngsters about the alphabet and kindness for more than four decades, are getting a new friend: one who highlights the harsh reality of flaws in the American justice system. Read More… 

Home Birth May Be Safer Than Hospital Delivery, Says Study

A Dutch study has found that having a baby at home with a midwife is likely safer than going through childbirth in a hospital environment. Read More…