Mideast Chicken, Open Season On Privacy, W. Library Opens, Don’t Tread On The Gadsden Flag, Get On The Bus…Or Else — Tuesday Morning News Roundup 4-23-2013


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.

  • The saber-rattling gets louder as Israel and Islamic countries spar with words over what they’d do to each other in hypothetical first-strike situations. Iran’s military officials are saying Israel’s pledge last week to act independently to strike any perceived nuclear threat there would be “so unwise as to commit suicide.”
  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed the privacy-grabbing Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act last week, killing off an amendment at the last minute that would have at least kept Federal employees from having to give their bosses access to their private social media accounts. Here’s hoping the Senate keeps its focus on other matters and the bills fades away.
  • All five living U.S. Presidents converged on Dallas for the opening of the George W. Bush library and museum, bringing together a set of mutual antagonisms — some ongoing, some from the past — that some handle more graciously than others. Reflected the National Journal on W. the man: He’s basically a decent guy.
  • With a story that goes back nearly 300 years, the Gadsden Flag’s famous coiled snake and “Don’t Tread On Me” motto has a history that predates the Tea Party movement, which is by no means the first media-age entity to appropriate the image. No matter if you’re in New Rochelle, N.Y., where city officials had the Gadsden Flag removed from the armory, of all places, because people might conflate its greater meaning.
  • Las Vegas Health officials are feeling heat after articles exposed their evident policy of putting mental patients on Greyhound buses and shipping them one way across the State line, and dumping them. Most of the alleged 150 patients who were removed from Nevada have yet to be located.

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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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