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Sept. 11, Obama And Casualties Of America’s 12-Year War; Rand No Fan Of Obama’s Syria Plan; Eminent Domain For Homeowner Bailout; Google Loses Wiretap Appeal; FrankenEggs Hit Grocery Stores – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 9-11-2013

September 11, 2013 by  

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

Twelve years ago today, nineteen al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the war that Congress authorized against al-Qaida only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama. Source: CNS News… 

In comments that immediately followed President Barack Obama’s speech on Syria Tuesday evening, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) remained thoroughly unconvinced that a U.S. military strike against Syria would do any good, arguing Obama still has not laid out any “compelling American interest” for intervention.” Paul also thought, regarding the possible new deal being worked out, that it “looks like President Obama’s been out-maneuvered here by Putin.” Source: Mediaite…

Leaders in the city of Richmond, Calif. approved a plan this morning for the city to become the first in the nation to acquire mortgages with negative equity in a bid to keep local residents in their homes. The city can now invoke eminent domain if trusts for more than 620 underwater mortgages reject offers to buy the loans at deep discounts pegged to their properties’ current appraised prices. Source: Reuters… 

A federal appeals court decided Tuesday that Google Inc. can be held liable for violating a federal wiretap law when it collected personal information from Wi-Fi networks while obtaining photographs for its Street View feature. Source: The Los Angeles Times… 

A radical “artificial egg” backed by Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel and Bill Gates goes on sale in US supermarkets for the first time today. Made from plants, it can replace eggs in everything from cakes to mayonnaise – without a chicken ever coming close to the production process. “We want to take animals out of the equation,” said Josh Tetrick, founder of ‘Beyond Eggs.’ Source: Daily Mail… 

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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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