Three Attend Obama’s Gun Control Rally; NSA Hot Mic; Why Democrats Spy On Americans; Another Poll Shows No Love For The MSM; Tired Of Voting For Rats? — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 6-19-2013

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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.

  • Only three people — all members of Organizing For Action (formerly known as Obama For America) — showed up for a scheduled, weekend gun-control rally in San Bernardino, Calif. The State Legislature is trying to pass a slew of gun-control measures, even as firearms are flying off California store shelves at a historic rate. “It’s three people today, but it will be 23 next time, and we’ll see the time after that,” chirped one of the lonely gun grabbers. Source: San Bernardino Sun…
  • National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce cakewalked through a House Intelligence Committee hearing on its spy measures yesterday, with the two taking control of each other’s narrative in order to congratulate government on its supposedly effective terror war. Afterward, a hot mic caught Alexander telling Joyce, “Tell your boss I owe him another friggin’ beer.” Source: The Atlantic…
  • Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald’s exposure of the NSA’s massive domestic spy program has revealed the entire caste of current Democratic leaders as a gang of civil liberty opportunists, whose true passion, it seems, was in trolling George W. Bush for eight years on matters of national security. So says a columnist for the generally liberal Buzzfeed, a pop culture website that’s essentially MTV for the Internet. That same columnist, Michael Hastings, died Tuesday in an apparent car accident. Source: Buzzfeed…
  • Continuing a decades-long downward trend, fewer than one-fourth of Americans have confidence in newspapers, according to a recent Gallup poll. The percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent this year from 25 percent last year, according to a report on the poll, which was released Monday. Confidence in television news has also been slipping; it’s tied with newspapers this year at 23 percent, which is slightly up from last year’s all-time low of 21 percent. Source: US News… 
  • What started as a joke between friends has turned into a social media phenomenon with a serious message about political disenchantment. Morris the cat, really, is running for mayor of the Mexican city of Jalapa. “Morris has become an expression of how fed up people are with all the parties and a political system that does not represent us,” said Sergio Chamorro, the cat’s owner. “Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat.” Source: The Guardian… 

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