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  • Growing Use of Civil Forfeiture Creates Nightmares for Small Business Owners

    11/18/2013 5:50:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Matthew Needham
    Imagine that you run a grocery store with your daughter, a store you have owned for thirty years. Imagine that just last year the IRS found no violations in an audit of your store. Now imagine that, despite continuing your sound business practices, you awake one day to find the IRS has seized your entire bank account. The IRS has used a technique called civil forfeiture against you and you find your Constitutional guarantee of innocence until proven guilty has been completely reversed. That is the nightmare that Terry Dehko and his daughter Sandy Thomas found themselves in on January...
  • When the people have become the enemy

    09/21/2013 8:02:47 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 21st, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Lost Trust The revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on Americans in the name of national security has eliminated any trust the Department of Defense intelligence agency might have been awarded by the populace. Not only was the NSA’s reputation damaged, so were the reputations of the Tech companies that were coerced to help in the war on terror. Edward Snowden’s leak of the PRISM program exposed the Agency’s effort to install backdoors into commercial products and compromise encryption programs. American technology companies are losing the trust of their customers. Insanity The National Security Agency’s...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Founding Principles Worth Guiding America Then and Now

    08/12/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Whether it was finding the solid ground in writing the Declaration of Independence that would justify and drive a revolution or defining the core rights that would guide the crafting for our Constitution, our Founding Fathers held firmly to core principles that would help them navigate through unchartered waters. Every improvement is the result of change, but not every change is an improvement. Our Founding Fathers had to find a compass to give them a true north as they sorted through the choices and changes our emerging country faced. After more than two centuries, it is understandable that our citizens...
  • Colorado city proposes drone hunting permits; FAA threatens prosecution

    07/21/2013 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 21, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    As Professor Jacobson’s recent pictorial essay noted, there is something for both the left and right to hate about the Obama Administration’s use of drones. As the co-founder of San Diego’s first Tea Party group, I love the grassroots initiative displayed by the citizens of one Colorado town to address the concerns Americans have over the use of these aerial vehicles over their skies. They propose a new type of hunting license that combines free market savvy while targeting statist government tactics. The small town of Deer Trail, Colo. is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting...
  • NSA Foiled NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) Terrorist Plot, We Now Learn

    06/18/2013 9:58:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 18, 2013
    To think it only took the world's most (in)famous whistleblower to get the NSA to disclose that it had heroically managed to prevent terrorist attacks involving the New York Stock Exchange (we supposed they refer to the Manhattan-based TV studio and not the actual exchange where the servers are now housed in Mahwah, NJ) and the NY Subway. Because whereas there was a time in the past when the various US secret services would scurry at the opportunity to disclose their expertise to the general public, now it is a false negative that is supposed to disprove a positive (pervasive...
  • Keeping Us Safe From Obama

    06/11/2013 2:48:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Mona Charen
    It would be nice to write a column in praise of President Obama for his vigorous conduct of the war on terror -- to praise his willingness to look for "dots" to connect amid all the electronic noise of the communications web. It would be pleasantly nonpartisan to observe that some conservatives are being hypocritical -- denouncing Obama for surveillance of millions of Americans while they were content to permit President Bush to do similar things without protest, just as many liberals are doing the reverse. Three glaring obstacles stand in the way: One is the memory of the casual...
  • Main Core: A List Of Millions Of Americans That Will Be Subject To Detention During Martial Law

    06/11/2013 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Abiotic · 5 replies
    End The American Dream ^ | June 10th, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    Are you on the list? Are you one of the millions of Americans that have been designated a threat to national security by the U.S. government? Will you be subject to detention when martial law is imposed during a major national emergency? As you will see below, there is actually a list that contains the names of at least 8 million Americans known as Main Core that the U.S. intelligence community has been compiling since the 1980s. A recent article on Washington’s Blog Link quoted a couple of old magazine articles that mentioned this program, and I was intrigued because...
  • All phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

    05/06/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2013 | DAILY MAIL reporter
    A former FBI counterterrorism agent has hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government to monitor its own citizens. Tim Clemente admitted as much when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night. Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be available to investigators. Clemente discussed the issue in this exchange with host Erin Burnett, as recorded by the CNN transcript...
  • Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Inexplicable ‘Attack’ On Civil Liberties ‘Goes Well Beyond Anything’ Imagined

    04/28/2013 2:25:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 4/28/2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In an interview with AlterNet this past week, America’s most well-known left-wing intellectual slammed President Obama for his inexplicable “attacks” on civil liberties in the forms of various laws expanding upon the executive powers set forth by President George W. Bush. Speaking with the liberal blog’s Mike Stivers, Chomsky expressed dissatisfaction with the current president’s record on civil liberties: “I personally never expected anything of Obama, and wrote about it before the 2008 primaries. I thought it was smoke and mirrors. The one thing that did surprise me is his attack on civil liberties. They go well beyond anything I...
  • How Nixon Won Watergate

    03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks") blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    This month, I spoke at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal with some of its survivors at the National Press Club. While much of the discussion looked back at the historic clash with President Nixon, I was struck by a different question: Who actually won? From unilateral military actions to warrantless surveillance that were key parts of the basis for Nixon’s impending impeachment, the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be. Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an “imperial presidency” with unilateral...
  • North Jersey towns acquiring high-tech surveillance gear

    11/25/2012 5:12:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    North Jersey.com ^ | Friday November 23, 2012 | ZACH PATBERG
    A federal anti-terrorism program has drawn North Jersey deeper into the practice of hidden surveillance, equipping police departments with high-tech cameras, infrared technology and automatic license plate readers to keep tabs on people as they travel to local reservoirs, financial hubs and malls. The stepped-up security around potential terrorist targets links the region into a network of clandestine monitoring. Some of the departments are already putting to use the equipment provided by Homeland Security; others are gearing up. Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell...
  • Why I Refuse to Vote for Obama: The case against casting a ballot for the president...

    09/26/2012 10:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 26, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand. But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney's flaws, which I've chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama. Don't they see that Obama's transgressions are...
  • Where did the Republicans go? (Vanity)

    09/06/2012 9:55:18 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 22 replies
    N/A | 09/07/2012 | Me
    Was wondering if some older and/or wiser Freeper could shed light on the following conundrum...
  • Is There a Drone In Your Backyard?

    05/17/2012 3:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government announced that the Air Force might be dispatching drones to a backyard near you. The stated purpose of these spies in the sky is to assist local police to find missing persons or kidnap victims, or to chase bad guys. If the drone operator sees you doing anything of interest (Is your fertilizer for the roses or to fuel a bomb? Is that Sudafed for your cold or your meth habit? Are you smoking in front of your kids?), the feds say they may take a picture of you and keep it. The...
  • NDAA Lawsuit Seeks Preliminary Injunction Against ‘Unprecedented Threat To Civil Liberties’

    03/29/2012 1:39:09 PM PDT · by firebrand · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ashley Portero
    Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and Icelandic parliament member Birgitta Jonsdottir are among the seven witnesses expected to testify in a New York federal court on Thursday in support of a class action lawsuit against the United States government over controversial provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a military spending bill they claim threatens American's civil liberties and basic human rights.
  • Liberty's twilight

    02/17/2012 10:25:31 PM PST · by kathsua · 2 replies
    The Hutchinson news ^ | 2/13/12 | LISA J. ADAMS
    Darkness was falling on Dec. 15 as the U.S. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. It is ironic that at a time when the country should have been celebrating the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 15, 1791, more commonly known as the Bill of Rights, our elected representatives were completing legislation that essentially eviscerates the liberties that the Bill of Rights secured for every U.S. citizen. To truly comprehend the travesty of this new legislation, one only needs to review these constitutional rights for himself...
  • Senator Marco Rubio Defends NDAA

    01/03/2012 10:23:53 AM PST · by emax · 74 replies
    I thought this would be interesting to share with all fans and supporters of Rubio here and all those who think only leftist Democrats and leftists disguised as Republicans supported this bill. Thought it would be interesting to see a Conservative perspective of support for the bill, admist all the claims that this was something done by Obama to start to create a Communist regime. This has been posted in replies to other posts before but I thought it was deserving of its own thread, so here it is.
  • Americans face Guantánamo detention after Obama climbdown

    12/15/2011 6:06:59 AM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 64 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | December 15th, 2011 | Chris McGreal
    Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end". The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that...
  • What if Freedom Were Temporary?

    12/09/2011 4:22:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if our rights didn't come from God or from our humanity, but from the government? What if the government really thinks we're not unique individuals with immortal souls, but just public property? What if we were only entitled to our natural rights if it pleased the government? What if our rights could be stripped away whenever the government considers us to be its enemy? What if this could all be accomplished with the consent of the people? What if the people's own representatives subverted the Constitution? What if the people were so afraid that they accepted the subversion? What...
  • Ron Paul Says His Republican Rivals Want Bigger Government

    11/24/2011 12:51:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 85 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2011-11-24 | Hiram Reisner
    Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says his rivals’ militant stances on “the defense of liberty” would make it difficult for him to support any of them for president should he not get the Republican nomination, because their positions would lead to bigger government. But the Texas congressman also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday that despite these concerns, he probably would not run as a third-party candidate. “I would have trouble with what I heard last night because it is almost opposite of the defense of liberty that I’m talking about,” Paul told Cavuto, referring to Tuesday night’s presidential debate. “I...
  • Why Do I Have A Problem With Ron Paul?

    11/23/2011 9:34:55 AM PST · by LSUfan · 38 replies · 2+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 22 November 2011 | MacAoidh
    There are lots of reasons. But here’s one. Ron Paul isn’t serious about the most basic requisite of a national government, which is defense. Paul’s position just isn’t one reflective of serious leadership. The idea that the federal government doesn’t have an obligation to PREVENT a Timothy McVeigh or a Mohammed Atta or a Major Hasan from doing evil to innocent Americans is one which can’t be found in the head of anybody who understands what it means to be president.
  • Patriot Act, Security Prompt GOP Sparring In CNN National Security Debate

    11/22/2011 6:47:02 PM PST · by edpc · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 Nov 2011 | Peter Hamby
    The Republican candidates for president outlined their visions for fighting terrorism and keeping the country safe during a CNN debate Tuesday held just down the street from the White House they hope to occupy. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the latest GOP frontrunner in this volatile primary season, sparred with libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul over the Patriot Act as the debate opened, with Gingrich calling for an even more robust version of the law. "I would look at strengthening it because the dangers that are posed are so great," Gingrich said. Paul, who has been sharply critical of the...
  • Taking Liberties: Forced Vaccinations?

    09/17/2011 11:43:20 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/26/11 | Staff
    To Jennifer Workman, God Himself commands her to protect her 8 year-old daughter Madison. “I am a steward of the Lord for this child, “she said as she walked outside her single level home in Lenore West Virginia on Monday. “And I am not going to let anyone tell me what's best for my child.” In 1999, Madison’s older sister developed autism just months after receiving her state-required immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella. “Right after she received her childhood vaccines…her verbal...her potty training…everything had stopped,” she said. And so two years ago when it came time for Madison to...
  • SWAT Use – There’s Something Happening Here…

    06/13/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    A dear friend of mine described the horrific scene at her daughter’s home when a SWAT team emerged – based on a false report. A portion of the story is documented here: "On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, a West Virginia family sat in their living room watching “Deadliest Catch” when a very loud thump was heard at their front door. The children, as previously trained by their parents, immediately fled to their designated safe spot. The young children knew something was very wrong when they heard a sound like that at their front door at that time of night. When...
  • Should America Declare Victory in the War On Terrorism?

    05/15/2011 9:38:50 AM PDT · by pinochet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Pinochet
    With the death of Osama, it is time for America to declare victory on the War on Terrorism. The main aim of the war on terrorism was to destroy Al Qaeda and kill Osama, just as World War Two aimed to destroy the Nazis and kill Hitler. Of course, mopping up operations should be carried out, to capture and kill remnants of Al Qaeda. But we do not want to see another endless war, similar to the so-called war on drugs, which will never come to an end. The war on terrorism was used as an excuse to take away...
  • ACLU v. Religious Liberty

    03/24/2011 1:50:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | March 24, 2011 | J. Matt Barber
    Irony is defined as "the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning." The term doublespeak means "evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse." There is perhaps no greater example of ironic doublespeak than inclusion of the phrase "civil liberties" within the inapt designation: "American Civil Liberties Union." Indeed, few leftist organizations in existence today can compete with the ACLU in terms of demonstrated hostility toward what the Declaration of Independence describes as "certain unalienable rights" with which Americans are "endowed by their Creator." Consider the doublespeak inherent throughout the...
  • South Carolina judge dismisses Padilla torture suit

    02/21/2011 2:30:30 PM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 2 replies
    On Feb. 18, a federal judge in South Carolina on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who said he was illegally detained and tortured in a military jail after being convicted of terrorism conspiracy.
  • Catholic hospitals face ACLU inquisition

    12/27/2010 3:38:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.nypost.com ^ | December 26, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Just before Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union launched another salvo against people of faith. On Dec. 22, the ACLU sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force US Catholic hospitals to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the unborn. They're counting on sympathetic Obama rationing czar Donald Berwick to dictate which religious principles hospital operators can and can't follow. The ACLU reiterated its call for a federal probe of Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide "emergency" contraception and abortions to women. The Catholic Church makes clear that it is...
  • Common Ground with Progressives in Berkeley?

    12/17/2010 3:29:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 17, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    Just recently, I had a couple of astonishing conversations with random strangers. And in Berkeley, no less. The first one was with the manager of a women's clothing shop, where I was doing some "retail therapy." Somehow we started talking about a possible new Berkeley tax. Then she uttered the following: "They're all trying to kill us. They want as few human beings as possible." Now, I want you to imagine the otherworldliness of this moment -- of someone, anyone in Berkeley saying such a thing. Of course, when Bush was in office, the hatred was omnipresent and palpable. But...
  • Are new security screenings affecting your decision to fly? (VOTE in Reuter's POLL)

    11/14/2010 4:44:18 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 12, 2010 | Reuters
    Stepped-up security screening at airports in the wake of foiled terrorism plots has provoked an outcry from airline pilots and travelers, including parents of children who say they are too intrusive. Are you less likely to fly because of stepped-up security procedures such as full-body scans and patdowns? Yes - I will make alternate travel plans to avoid intrusive security scans and patdowns No - It is a necessary procedure to ensure terror plots are thwarted Undecided
  • Growing backlash against TSA body scanners, pat-downs

    11/14/2010 11:00:04 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov. 14, 2010 | Phil Gast
    A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel system. Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year, is less than two weeks away. Grassroots groups are urging travelers to either not fly or to protest by opting out of the full-body scanners and undergo time-consuming pat-downs instead. Such concerns prompted a meeting Friday of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano with leaders of travel industry groups.
  • Anger over return of 'Sus' laws that will let police target minorities

    10/15/2010 3:24:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th October 2010 | By James Slack
    Police will soon be allowed to return to the days when they could stop and search people on the basis of their ethnic background. Last night the news threatened to ignite a huge row between the Government and civil liberties groups. So-called ‘Sus laws’ were scrapped in the 1980s after the alleged targeting of black people by police led to race riots in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • New government entity to take control over military and civilian networks

    06/07/2010 9:29:58 PM PDT · by oc-flyfish · 270 replies · 794+ views
    Tech 1984 ^ | 5/31/10 | Tech 1984
    This is pretty scary stuff. The Federal government is ready to seize control of private company networks in order to "protect" us in the event of a hacker attack.
  • Police cameras to flood Manhattan to prevent attacks (Surveillance and congestion taxes)

    05/04/2010 8:03:07 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 38 replies · 634+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/04/2010 | Sebastian Smith
    NEW YORK — New York officials say they could stop attacks like the attempted Times Square car bomb by expanding a controversial surveillance system so sensitive that it will pick up even suspicious behavior.
  • Senate bill 510 is hissing in the grass

    04/28/2010 5:31:17 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 55 replies · 1,185+ views
    Food Freedom ^ | 4-24-2010 | Steve Green
    Senate bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money. “If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the...
  • Watch That Pizza!

    02/11/2010 1:48:26 PM PST · by TBP · 7 replies · 940+ views
    This is what ordering a pizza could be like in just a few years. Scary!
  • Revenge of the 'Shoe Bomber'

    12/29/2009 11:33:39 PM PST · by patlin · 8 replies · 656+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 29, 2009 | DEBRA BURLINGAME
    Last May at the National Archives, President Barack Obama warned that “more mistakes would occur” if Congress continued to politicize terrorist detention policy and the closure of Guantanamo Bay. “[I]f we refuse to deal with those issues today,” he predicted, “then I guarantee you, they will be an albatross around our efforts to combat terrorism in the future.” On June 17, at the Administrative Maximum (ADX) penitentiary in Florence, Colo., one of those albatrosses, inmate number 24079-038, began his day with a whole new range of possibilities.(snip) Reid was arrested in 2001 for attempting to blow up American Airlines Flight...
  • FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives

    10/12/2009 4:56:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 958+ views
    hosted ^ | Oct 12 | MIKE BAKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong. "Everybody's participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver's license," said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney...
  • Civil Liberties for Only Some in the Era of Hope and Change

    09/12/2009 7:55:57 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Tremoglie's Tea Time Blog ^ | 9-12-09 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    An abortion opponent is brutally murdered, the offices of a group helping to organize the "tea parties" receives a bomb threat, Republican voters are threatened by members of a hate group during a presidential election, opponents to socialized medicine are assaulted at town hall meetings, pro-military demonstrators and troops returning home from Iraq are assaulted by "peace protesters." So what is the reaction by the mainstream media, by the civil rights enforcers and "civil liberties" groups? It ranges from muted to absolute silence! Oh sure, there are the obligatory ...
  • Personal liberties in Maine are under assault by liberals

    09/02/2009 6:58:06 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 4 replies · 513+ views
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | 9/2/09 | Mainestategop
    In recent surveys on economic and personal freedom, conservative states such as Texas, Kansas and so on have scored high marks while liberal states such as California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York has scored low. New Hampshire scored big on both economic and personal liberty proving once again the power of private sector and low taxes against socialist oppression. California, that socialist paradise that liberals love ranked rock bottom on nearly all the surveys. Where does Maine stand? Not surprisingly Maine scored very low on economic liberty. Maine as you all remember is the worst state to set up a...
  • Liberal Hypocrisy: Privacy Rights Are Soooo 2004

    08/28/2009 6:01:52 AM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/28/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    What a difference an election makes, huh? Remember when hoards of angry crowds protesting the election of George W. Bush and later the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was patriotic? In fact, crowds yelling and carrying signs that were, let’s say, “not complimentary” of the president and his so-called cabal of imperialists, terrorists, and oil criminals was said to be the highest form of patriotism. Extra patriotism points were given to the Michael Moores and Al Gores for doing it overseas. But now, with Democrats in power in Washington, angry protesters protesting ObamaCare—the largest and most unconstitutional governmental power grab...
  • US civil liberties gang questions Obama cookie plan

    08/12/2009 5:10:48 PM PDT · by Good Ag · 6 replies · 410+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 11th August 2009 00:30 GMT | Dan Goodin in San Francisco
    A proposal to loosen restrictions on the use of tracking cookies by federal government websites should be carefully scrutinized so they don't jeopardize the privacy of people who visit them, groups advocating civil liberties warned Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union said the proposal, floated July 24 by the White House OMB, or Office of Management and Budget, was a "sea change" that could erode protections that for the past nine years have safeguarded the personal information of millions of people who visit federal websites. "Without explaining this reversal of policy, the OMB is seeking to allow the mass collection...
  • ACLU defends Bible passages in prison letters

    07/09/2009 10:13:46 AM PDT · by SteveJDM · 16 replies · 823+ views
    Fredericksburg.com ^ | 7/9/2009 | Ellen Biltz
    ACLU pushes prison to stop cutting out Bible passages included in letters from the outside.
  • The "Militia Panic" Of 2009

    06/16/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT · by steve-b · 6 replies · 730+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 6/15/09 | Gene Healy
    It didn't take long for liberals to politicize the recent murders of an abortion doctor and a Holocaust Museum guard. The day after the museum shooting, Markos Moulitsas of "Daily Kos" fame praised April's controversial Department of Homeland Security report on "Rightwing Extremism" (the one that urged law enforcement to watch out for potential terrorists lurking among pro-lifers and federalism enthusiasts). In Sunday's New York Times, Frank Rich deemed the DHS report "prescient," and warned that "homicide-saturated vituperation" from conservative talk radio might lead to more violence. The liberal overreaction to the crimes of two despicable "lone nuts" demonstrates that...
  • F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

    04/19/2009 8:42:53 AM PDT · by discocrico · 13 replies · 693+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/19/2009 | SOLOMON MOORE
    Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent. Until now, the federal government genetically tracked only convicts. But starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect DNA samples from those awaiting trial and will collect DNA from detained immigrants — the vanguard of a growing class of genetic registrants. The F.B.I., with a DNA...
  • America's 'November Revolution'

    04/19/2009 4:33:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,126+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2009 | John Griffing
    "Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. They are opportunities to do big things." - Rahm Emmanuel In our recent election, many Americans voted for a Savior, not a president. Americans were enamored with the idea of making history in this election, and in that sense we have gotten what we wanted. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is the wrong man, and this is definitely the wrong time. In fact, the timing couldn't be worse. We have in recent years vastly expanded the powers and autonomy of the Executive Branch, removing checks and balances along the way. Owing in...
  • And Then They Came For The Republicans...

    04/16/2009 12:28:14 PM PDT · by steve-b · 102 replies · 2,070+ views
    The Daily Dish ^ | 4/14/09 | Andrew Sullivan
    At several points in the last few years, as I gamely tried to convince conservatives that they should be concerned about the scale and scope of the Bush-Cheney surveillance state, the torture program, the claimed presidential right to seize, detain and torture anyone deemed an "enemy combatant", the avoidance of the FISA law, the suspension of habeas corpus, I was ridiculed as an hysteric. When forced to defend basic civil liberties against a presidency claiming unprecedented war powers within the boundaries of the US and potentially against American citizens, I found only one argument got through. What if Hillary Clinton...
  • KEEP THE EMBARGO, O

    04/15/2009 3:43:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 241+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 15, 2009 | Peter Brookes
    IN another outreach to rogu ish regimes, the Obama ad ministration on Monday an nounced the easing of some restrictions on Cuba. Team Bam hopes that a new face in the White House will heal old wounds. Fat chance. Sure, it's fine to allow separated families to see each other more than once every three years -- even though Cubanos aren't allowed to visit America. And permitting gifts to Cuban relatives could ease unnecessary poverty -- even though the regime will siphon off an estimated 20 percent of the money sent there. In the end, though, it's still Fidel Castro...
  • States consider drug tests for welfare recipients

    03/26/2009 11:55:19 AM PDT · by mad puppy · 50 replies · 1,085+ views
    AP ^ | 3/26/2009 | Tom Breen
    "Nobody's being forced into these assistance programs," said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature who has created a Web site — notwithmytaxdollars.com — that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. "If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?"