T-S-A! T-S-A!, Student Suspended For Refusing To Step On Jesus, Big Sis Mum Before Congress On Billion-Bullet Stash, Israeli Leader Calls Obama’s Speech ‘Filth,’ Prez Tweets Bloody Beatle’s Glasses Pic To Woo Support For Gun Grab: Friday Morning News Roundup 3-22-2013


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.

  • A 61-year-old French national donned an Air France outfit and made it all the way to a comfortable seat in the cockpit before airline personnel — not the Transportation Security Administration — checked his credentials and gave him the boot. “He had an Air France shirt. He had an Air France bag. He had some identification that looked like he was a crew member from Air France,” a local cop said afterward.
  • A Mormon student taking a course in Intercultural Communications at Florida Atlantic University was suspended from class after refusing to participate in an “exercise” in which the professor asked everyone to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up and stomp on it. Universities and free thought, eh?
  • A couple of Congressmen say Janet Napolitano and other Department of Homeland Security officials “refuse to answer” why DHS has horded enough gun ammo to wage a 20-year war. “[C]ongress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred,” said one.
  • Members of the Knesset, Israel’s lawmaking body, are reflecting on President Barack Obama’s visit to the Mideast with musings like “I thought Obama had a greater understanding of the diplomatic process between us and the Palestinians.” One said the President’s speech had “a lot of filth in the middle.”
  • Obama’s Twitter account retweeted a picture from Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, showing some gore smeared across the dead Beatle’s glasses, taken the day he was murdered. The photo is accompanied by a reminder that more than 1 million people have been killed by guns since Lennon’s death in 1980.

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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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