Jesus Or Jihad?, Bombs On The 4th Of July, Terror Database Grows, No Love For Uncle Si, School Takes A Sun Day — Friday Morning News Roundup 5-3-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • A man arrested last weekend for allegedly driving his vehicle onto the tarmac at Dallas Love Field, driving on the taxiway at 100 mph, entering a hangar and finally being tackled was reported by local Dallas police to have yelled “in an unknown language” before shouting “jihad” three times as he was taken down. The FBI got hold of the case to press Federal charges, and by Wednesday had changed the eyewitness version of what the guy said from “jihad” to “Jesus.”
  • Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is allegedly telling investigators he and his brother had originally intended to blow people up on July 4th, but chose the marathon after making their homemade explosives faster than they had anticipated.
  • An American official told Reuters the size of a central database compiled to track terror suspects has swollen from 540,000 to 875,000 in the past five years. Policy experts disagree over how unwieldy a list with nearly 1 million names can be for the Feds: suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been on it since 2011.
  • Students at a Phoenix-area school can’t have any fun, thanks to a few delicate parents like the Rev. Ozetta Kirby, vice president of the local NAACP chapter. After her 11th grade grandkid came home shaken up over the student council’s sponsored “Redneck Day” event – its inspiration taken from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” show – Kirby and other minority groups complained, saying the whole thing reminded them of being on the “bottom rung of society, where everybody [else] is being jubilant.” We can’t have that.
  • But sanity sometimes prevails in schools: A Christian School in Bellingham, Wa. cancelled classes today not because of ice and snow, but because the weather’s so nice. Bellingham Christian Principal Bob Samson said he hopes the gesture will “promote positive school culture.”

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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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