Tingles Numbs To Obama, Conservatives Are Tough And Liberals Are Weak, Mandatory $250,000 Insurance For D.C. Gun Owners?, None For The Road, Venezuela Out Of Toilet Paper: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 5-14-2013

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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.

  • Say it ain’t so. The Barack Obama-inspired tingle that ran up Chris Matthews’ leg five years ago trickled back down it Wednesday night, after the MSNBC host cracked up and began berating the President’s responses to recent scandals like the Internal Revenue Service and Benghazi, Libya.
  • According to new research, tough guys are more likely to be conservatives. Scientists believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behavior today.
  • The Washington, D.C., City Council may force residents to buy at least $250,000 in liability insurance before allowing them to apply for a license to own a firearm — this, in a city that already has some of the Nation’s most restrictive gun laws (including an outright ban on handguns).
  • The National Transportation Safety Board is lobbying for U.S. States to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for driving to .05. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving doesn’t think it is a great idea.
  • Citing “excessive demand,” Venezuela’s government is having to import an emergency supply of 50 million rolls of toilet paper. New President Nicolas Maduro blames anti-government forces and the private sector, who evidently are using TP to destabilize the country. Who would have thought that after Hugo Chavez died, the whole nation would instantly go to sh!t?

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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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