Today is an important day in American history. On Dec. 15, 1791, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution (known as the Bill of Rights) came into effect through the process of ratification by the States. The Bill of Rights tells the Federal government what it is not allowed to do.
A Federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a Montana woman who was sued for defamation was not considered a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case.
The Senate passed a $662 billion Defense bill 93-7, after an agreement was reached to add compromise language on the detention of U.S. citizens and terror suspects on U.S. soil. The compromise is meaningless according to some opponents of the bill.
There is some speculation that organized protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street have encouraged lawmakers to put provisions in place that give the Federal government the authority to quickly quell dissent that grows out of control and the detain agitators.
The Department of Labor (DOL) wants to implement new rules that would ban certain farm work for children under the age of 16.
Some features of proposed legislation would ultimately make companies liable for user copyright infringements taking place on their websites thereby creating a system that, much like Chinese corporate “self-discipline,” gives website operators incentive to be very strict about the information they allow to be published on their venues.
Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling for a “day of mass action” to occur on Thursday after police raided camps in a number of cities including Oakland, Calif., and New York early this week. Police in riot gear in New York cleared Zuccotti Park in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday, arresting about 200 protesters and tearing down tents and structures.
Armed citizens willing to protect their property may be what keeps violent, destructive riots like what transpired in England earlier this year from occurring in the United States. When social unrest erupted in England, panicked citizens purchased baseball bats and clubs by the thousands.
Concordia res parvae crescunt. It’s a Latin phrase made popular during the Revolutionary Period that means “small things grow great by concord.” And in a time when politicians claim the power to control nearly every aspect of your life, it’s a phrase that not only packs wisdom, but gives insight on a possible road map to liberty.
If you are not part of the solution, then you are contributing to the problem.
“Opinions,” it has been said (often and variously) are like unmentionable parts of the human anatomy: Everybody has one, and they come in different shapes and sizes. But this is the aspect of the individual opinion that is largely left unsaid: To qualify as an opinion, the idea cannot be a fact. This single defining distinction determines the quality and, therefore, the credibility of one’s opinion because it goes to how opinions are produced; and the method of production determines the species.