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Gun Grab Gets A Name, Rand Calls Out Dems At Black College, Iran’s Mystery Time Machine, Texas Goes After TSA, Youth Ain’t What It Used To Be: Thursday Morning News Roundup 4-11-2013

April 11, 2013 by  

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.

  • When you want to take away citizens’ powers, always bury your motives in a lie, one that shows reverences for the very powers you want to seize. Days of Congressional discussion over a Federal gun-control bill has produced an agreement between key players from both political parties, and they’ve given the resulting piece of forthcoming legislation a name: The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. Was there something wrong with that other act called “The 2nd Amendment?”

 

  • Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke to an assembly at historically black Howard College Wednesday, telling the crowd that the GOP isn’t their historical enemy — despite the party’s futile and halfhearted attempts in recent years to woo to black voters. Slow going for Rand, though. Cops tackled one guy who unfurled a banner that said something about white supremacy. And another student told Paul he doesn’t want a hands-off government; he wants one “that is going to help me.”

 

  • Not that you’d want to, but a new gizmo developed by an Iranian inventor purports to “bring the future to you” by accurately predicting the next “five to eight years of the future life of any individual.” The thing, which isn’t described in any detail at all, evidently predicts Iran will be going to war soon. See? It works!

 

  • Texas is already beloved for its “hands-off” attitude toward property and privacy, so it makes sense that a bill before the legislature could make it a crime for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to touch you there without probable cause. One Democratic party pooper panned the idea, saying he gets “tired of Texas playing chicken with the Federal government all the time.”

 

  • A study in the European Journal of Cardiology has found that young adults today are so unhealthy that, on average, they might as well be 15 years older than they actually are. Put another way, they’re 15 “virtual” years older than their parents were at the same age. Pass the Doritos.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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