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  • “Death Panel” Three Years Later

    06/26/2012 5:39:53 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 21 replies
    Sarah Palin Notes ^ | 6/25/12 | Sarah Palin
    As we wait for the impending Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, I reiterate what I wrote in my first post on this topic nearly three years ago. I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say. It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: “death panel.” Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these...
  • School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned

    06/26/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tanya Rivero
    Severely sunburned at school, Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. It was scorching pain that could have been avoided. Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. The sisters aren't just fair-skinned. Zoe has a form of albinism that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. "Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn," Zoe said. Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining. Even so, doctors...
  • Abolish the Secret Ballot

    06/26/2012 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July/August 2012 | Sara Issenburg
    For the United States’ first century, Americans elected their leaders in full view of their neighbors, gathering on courthouse steps to announce their votes orally or hand a distinctive preprinted ballot or unfolded marked paper to a clerk. Such a public process made elections ripe for bribes and threats, although the scene around American polling places never matched Australia’s, where a population of criminals and goldbugs made electoral intimidation something of a democratic pastime. To end such shenanigans, each of Australia’s colonies began shifting to a secret ballot during the 1850s, and in 1872 England followed suit. A decade and...
  • Obama's Immigration Policy is Wrong

    06/25/2012 8:10:14 PM PDT · by pepeajr1 · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 25, 2012 | TX State Rep. Jose Aliseda
    I am a legal immigrant to this country. My parents and I followed the law, waited in line and did things the right way at a cost of significant time and treasure.
  • Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

    06/25/2012 7:57:45 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 100 replies
    AP ^ | Monday June 25, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons. The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov
  • Obama's Checklist of Choices for Voters

    06/25/2012 7:25:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    BOSTON - At his 99th fundraiser of the year, on the home turf of rival Mitt Romney's re-election campaign, President Obama tonight presented a vigorous case for a second term, framing the November vote as a series of personal choices that will have tangible effects on the lives of everyday Americans. On Afghanistan: "You can decide whether we keep our men and women in Afghanistan indefinitely, as Mr. Romney proposes, or we can stick to the timeline that I established that allows us to bring finally bring our troops home," Obama said. "That's my decision." On Women's Health Issues: "You...
  • (13yr-old) Kaytlen Lopan Jailed for 30 Days, Strip Searched For Hair-Cutting Prank

    06/25/2012 7:02:46 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | Jun 24, 2012 | Michael Allen
    Kaytlen Lopan, a 13-year-old girl in Utah, had her ponytail cut off, was jailed for 30 days and was forced to undergo a strip search by juvenile justice officials, because she allegedly helped a friend cut another little girl’s hair. Lopan's unnamed friend allegedly cut a few inches of hair of a three-year-old girl that they befriended at a local McDonald's. Lopan said her friend "called a little girl over and cut some of her hair off, like just a tiny little piece. I didn’t know what to do, so I helped her hide the hair. Then I called my...
  • Obama Pioneers White House Gun Scandal Cover-Up, says Gun Dean

    06/25/2012 7:01:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    expertclick.com ^ | 24 June, 20112 | John M. Snyder
    "Obama is the pioneer of the White House attempt to cover-up the federal government gun scandal," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today. Human Events has noted that Snyder is the gun dean. "There's no doubt about it now," said Snyder. "President Obama has put himself right in the middle of the Fast and Furious scandal. His invocation of executive privilege places him at the center of the situation as he seeks reelection." Snyder said that, "Obama's move could be a crucial factor in November. The Fast and Furious scandal has upset the entire Second Amendment community. It...
  • Bill Maher mocks teenage Republicans (Libtard AssHat just can't, No, won't shut-up!)

    06/25/2012 6:49:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/25/12 | Rachel Reed
    Individuals of all ages are getting into the upcoming presidential election and letting their freedom of speech run wild. Real Time‘s Bill Maher seems to think a few teenage right-wingers are getting a little too wild with their words, as he rants in the video above. The TV host calls out Caiden Cowger, a 14-year-old with his own internet radio show. He then refers back to fellow teen Jonathan Krohn’s book “Defining Conservatism”.
  • I Think They've Upheld Obamacare

    06/25/2012 6:23:37 PM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 181 replies
    My Fertile Mind ^ | 25 June 2012 | Fightin Kentuckian
    I think the Justices have telegraphed the results. Here's why.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Law Enforcement Provision of SB 1070

    06/25/2012 4:55:27 PM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    FAIR ^ | June 25, 2012 | Dan Stein
    "Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), called today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding key provision of Arizona's immigration enforcement law, SB 1070, 'an important victory for the people of Arizona and citizens everywhere who want their jobs, tax dollars and security protected from mass illegal immigration,'(SCOTUS upholds law....) FAIR will be posting more detailed commentary on the (5-3 ruling by the Supreme Court), which struck down some provisions of SB 1070 but upheld the ability of state police to check legal status. which struck down some provisions of SB 1070 but upheld the...
  • Matthews: This Supreme Court Would Have Opposed Desegregation

    06/25/2012 4:43:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Jue 25, 2012
    "Does anyone wonder, like I do, what this Supreme Court, the one personified by Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, would have done in the landmarked decisions in the post-World War II era?" MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked on Monday's broadcast of "Hardball." "I wonder if this Court would have backed desegregation in the Brown case. I doubt this pack of conservatives, which includes Chief Justice John Roberts, Sam Alito and Anthony Kennedy would have voted to knock down separate but equal in the 1950s," he said. "Would this Court, voting as it does today, have upheld the 1964 civil rights bill,...
  • Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling

    06/25/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    [June 25, 2012] Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2012 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Helping drive (albeit from the back seat) the Supreme Court toward what amounted to a victory for the Obama administration in the Arizona immigration case was a man often seen as one of Obama's chief antagonists at the court -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • In Which the Rhetoric of Fiscal Conservatism Ceases to Convince

    06/25/2012 4:06:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    The Trasport Politic ^ | 10 June 2012 | Yonah Freemark
    » Left with a chance to set in stone the rule that transportation funding should remain based on user fees alone, the House punts. On Friday, members of the U.S. House took one of the most significant votes on transportation in years. A non-binding motion brought forward by Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) to limit federal transportation expenditures to receipts from the fuel tax assembled in the Highway Trust Fund was defeated, massively defeated, by a 82 to 323 vote. Translation: A large majority of the lower chamber endorsed the idea that the government should be using funds sourced outside of...
  • Supreme Court won't hear Mt. Soledad cross case

    06/25/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/25/2012 | J. Harry Jones and Greg Moran
    The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear an appeal of a court ruling that the Mount Soledad cross in La Jolla is unconstitutional. The decision likely means the fate of the cross will eventually land back in federal court in San Diego. The constitutionality of the Mount Soledad cross in La Jolla has been litigated for more than two decades. In January 2011, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the cross sent a message of government endorsement of religion and was therefore unconstitutional. However, the court left open the door for other legal alternatives to...
  • DHS suspends immigration agreements with Arizona in wake of Court ruling

    06/25/2012 3:28:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/25/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Ace, that headline makes it sound like O pulled the plug because the Court found most of the law unconstitutional. No sense in complying with a statute that's no longer legally in effect, right? But no: The section he's limiting cooperation on is 2(b), authorizing Arizona cops to check the status of people whom they reasonably suspect are here illegally. That's the one part that the Court upheld. What he's doing, in other words, is using the ruling as political cover to reduce enforcement, no doubt as a complement to his DREAM gambit to win over Latino voters. If...
  • Eric Holder ‘Fast and Furious’ contempt vote to be held Thursday (Double tap, baby!)

    06/25/2012 3:05:17 PM PDT · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 16 replies
    WaComPost ^ | June 25, 2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    The House is scheduled to vote on recommendations that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. be held in contempt of Congress on Thursday, according to House Republican aides. Republican leaders plan to bring the issue to the floor on Thursday, meaning lawmakers likely will vote on contempt charges on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to announce its ruling on the constitutionality of the 2010 health-care reform law.
  • Supreme Court Allows Immigration Checks

    06/25/2012 2:35:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Wall Stret Journal ^ | June 25, 2012 | JESS BRAVIN And TAMARA AUDI
    The Supreme Court struck down much of Arizona's effort to crack down on illegal immigrants but left one key part intact in a ruling that gave both sides of the debate something to cheer. In a 5-3 ruling, the court said Arizona in effect had tried to set up a parallel enforcement system that punished illegal immigrants more harshly and interfered with congressional authority over the nation's borders. The court rejected parts of the state law known as SB1070 that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and that authorized warrantless arrests of people suspected by state...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, June-25-2012

    06/25/2012 2:12:51 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 82 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Gay-Marriage Talking Points: Why Do They Sound So Familiar?

    06/25/2012 2:07:02 PM PDT · by Linda Frances · 13 replies
    The Janet Mefferd Show ^ | June 24, 2012 | Janet Mefferd
    Gay-Marriage Talking Points: Why Do They Sound So Familiar? Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Posted by: Janet Mefferd at 10:00 PM "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 14:12) American conservatives have borne the brunt of several gut punches in the last few weeks over the issue of legalizing so-called homosexual marriage.First, country singer Carrie Underwood -- whose fan base includes large numbers of political conservatives and evangelical Christians -- revealed that the church she attends is gay-friendly, adding: "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like...
  • What Happened to the Tea Party? (New York Slimes Opinion Pages 'Room For Debate')

    06/25/2012 2:02:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2012 | Staff
    In 2010, the Tea Party was all the rage. Pundits were speculating on what effect the movement would have on state and federal elections. But we are well into the presidential campaign season, the conventions are just around the corner, and yet the Tea Party is strangely silent. What happened to the movement? Have its “goals and values” been absorbed into the G.O.P.? Or was it always the Republican Party in disguise?
  • Times Out - New York Times Insufferable Survey Analysis

    06/25/2012 1:05:56 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 3 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 6/25/12 | Guy Smith
    It is a rare and wonderful day when the New York Times gets something right. Today is not one of those days. When it comes to partisan or ideological media (which may be a redundant phrase), the New York Times has no peer (I omit MSNBC which is not a news organization with propagandist tendencies, but a propaganda organization with news tendencies). New York’s news yuck not only dervishly spins news items to the left, but often misses obvious realities and non-subtle facts. The Old Gray Lady lapses into senile dementia more often than articulating lucid thoughts. In this week...
  • Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

    06/25/2012 12:58:26 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    6/25/2012 | Edited by Ib Jensen
    1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day. 2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year. 4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined. 5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English. 6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world. 7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they...
  • MAXINE WATERS: 'COME ON TEA PARTY, LET'S GET IT ON'

    06/25/2012 12:55:03 PM PDT · by Jerome Hudson · 77 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 06/25/2012 | Wynton Hall
    In a speech Sunday night before Denver Democrats, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) challenged the Tea Party to a smackdown:
  • Obama 'pleased' with Supreme Court ruling on Arizona immigration law

    06/25/2012 12:26:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 25, 2012 | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Obama said he’s “pleased” with the U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, and he quickly used the decision to call for comprehensive immigration reform and to tout his own recent move to curb deportations. “A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem,” Obama said in a statement. While the court’s ruling was not a clean sweep for the administration, it was strong enough for the president to claim victory and try to score some political points. Obama has been seeking to...
  • Dear Arizona; Has SCOTUS made secession your only option

    06/25/2012 12:13:28 PM PDT · by Bob Ireland · 173 replies
    Monday, June 25, 2012 | Bob Ireland
    Dear Arizona; As Justice Antonin Scalia has just written, the SCOTUS opinion against the state of Arizona concerning immigration problems has made the phrase 'sovereign state' of no further effect. The primary function of government is to serve the people it represents. One primary function under that obligation is to protect the population it serves. The SCOTUS opinion states that - if the United States Federal Government has statutory mandate to fulfill that obligation - then the state has no right to supersede the Federal Government when the Federal Government refuses to extend that protection. The effect of the SCOTUS...
  • Arizona v. United States--- Scalia's Dissenting Bench Statement

    06/25/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT · by thouworm · 66 replies
    Justice Antonin Scalia ^ | June 25, 2012 | Justice Antonin Scalia
    June 25, 2012 Justice Antonin Scalia Bench Statement Rich food for thought in Justice Scalia's dissenting Bench Statement. I have taken liberty to change paragraphing for easier reading (but note Scalia's use of italics). Scalia's last two paragraphs below. Full Bench Statement follows. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Arizona bears the brunt of the country’s illegal immigration problem. Its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrants who invade their property, strain their social services, and even place their lives in jeopardy. Federal officials have been unable to remedy the problem, and indeed have recently shown that they are simply unwilling...
  • ANALYSIS: Today’s Ruling in the Arizona Immigration Case (Not a victory for Arizona)

    06/25/2012 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2012 | Ed Whelan
    Now that I’ve had some time to review the opinions in Arizona v. United States, I’d like to provide this high-level summary. I’ll refer to the four provisions of Arizona law at issue only very briefly and leave it to the interested reader to examine their details more carefully.Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion, joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor, ruled that section 3 (penalty for failure to carry an alien-registration document in violation of federal law) (pp. 8-11), section 5(C) (misdemeanor for unauthorized alien to seek work) (pp. 12-15), and section 6 (state officers may...
  • 10 States Debating Guns on Campus

    06/25/2012 10:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain
    collegestats.org ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Staff
    Last year was a banner year for proponents of gun carrying on college campuses. No fewer than 23 state legislatures saw bills introduced that would allow either faculty or students, or both, to bring firearms onto school grounds. The vast majority of the lawmakers in these states declined to change their current laws on the subject. Rather than giving up the fight, supporters of college carry laws have been rejuvenated by recent school shootings and have brought the issue back around in 2012. In these 10 states across the country, the great debate rages on. 1. Virginia: Looser campus carry...
  • Luis Fortuńo: Puerto Rico’s Scott Walker (But can he survive the coming elections?)

    06/25/2012 10:43:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2012 | Robert Costa
    Madison, Wis., may be the austerity debate’s central front, but San Juan is an important, if overlooked, battleground. For the past three years, Governor Luis Fortuńo has been the Caribbean’s Scott Walker — and like Walker, he’s under siege. When Fortuńo began his term, Puerto Rico was an economic mess. Fifteen percent of the island territory’s labor force was unemployed. Facing a $3.2 billion budget deficit, Fortuńo implemented deep cuts, slashing public jobs and salaries across the board. The government unions erupted. Thousands of public workers protested Fortuńo’s reforms on the streets of San Juan. And in five months, when...
  • OSHA targets shooting range

    06/25/2012 10:33:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 23 June, 2012 | David Kopel
    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation, along with a proposed fine of $111,000 fine (OSHA press release here), against Illinois Gun Works–a gun store and gunsmith business which has a shooting range and teaches safety classes. HT Instapundit and David Codrea. In a November 2009 article for the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom, I warned about the dangers of President Obama’s nomination of David Michaels as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (head of OSHA), based on Michaels’ well-established record as an anti-gun advocate. Many of alleged OSHA violations at the safety...
  • Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Arizona Immigration Law

    06/25/2012 10:29:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Arizona Immigration Law June 25, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Supreme Court declared three out of four key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 unconstitutional: “While I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down the vast majority of Arizona’s immigration law, I share the concerns of President Obama and many legal organizations over the decision to leave in place the dangerous ‘show-me-your-papers’ provision. This provision of the law keeps the door open to blatant discrimination against American citizens, minorities, and immigrants. The...
  • IS OBAMA CREATING A PRO-GAY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA?

    06/25/2012 10:14:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    WND ^ | 06/25/2012 | Chuck Norris
    A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration? Is it a coincidence...
  • George Will: My Choice For Vice President Is Bobby Jindal (Watch Video)

    06/25/2012 8:49:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/25/2012
    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • The Obama Phone Free Government Cell Phones Program - Apply Now!

    06/25/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 34 replies
    US Government ^ | 2012 | Barack Hussein Obama
      HomeHow do I Get an Obama Phone?What is the Obama Phone?ContactPrivacy Policy   The Obama Phone Program What exactly is the free Obama phone? The free Obama phone is a program that is meant to help the financially unstable who cannot afford access to a cell phone. Communication should not be limited to people in relation to what they are able to afford. The Lifeline program was actually created decades ago to help low income families have access to land lines. Over the years the cost of cell phones and cellular service has decreased and the program has been...
  • Dem Rep. Maxine Waters Challenges Tea Party To a Fight, “Let’s Get It On”…

    06/25/2012 8:18:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    Partiot UpDate ^ | June 24, 2012
    California Congressman Maxine Waters told Denver Democrats tonight that Republicans are waging a war on women on issues ranging from health care to wage disparity. During her speech at the 5th annual House District 7 Unity Dinner, she accused Republicans of attacking President Obama any chance they get. “We cannot allow the opportunities that America stands for to be eroded by those who simply want to bring this president down,” she said. She was cheered when she said, “After a good night sleep, I wake up the next day, and I say, ‘Come on, Tea Party, let’s get it on.’”
  • Obama still evolving on executive power?

    06/25/2012 8:13:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 25, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Ross Douthat marveled yesterday on Barack Obama’s apparent evolution on executive power — and that of the Left as well. When Obama ran for the presidency in 2008, he championed the Left’s hostility toward George W. Bush’s supposed “imperial presidency,” often using his experience as a Constitutional law lecturer to assail Bush for his unilateral approach to the job. He even appointed Harold Koh, one of the Bush administration’s fiercest critics on the use of executive power, to work in the Obama administration at the Office of Legal Counsel. Now, as Ross notes, rather than reverse the use of unilateral...
  • Completed live blog of orders and opinions

    06/25/2012 7:39:54 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    Bloomberg Law ^ | 6-25-12 | Lyle Denniston
    With the help of our reporter, Lyle Denniston, we will be live blogging as orders and opinions are issued today. Once you see the window and our initial welcome, we ask that you do not refresh your browser. Updates will appear without the need for refreshing. From nine o’clock to ten o’clock we will answer as many questions from readers as we can. At ten o’clock we will switch to reporting on orders and opinions.
  • Dangerous Servant and Fearsome Master

    06/25/2012 5:54:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    As the nation awaits the most anticipated Supreme Court decision in a generation, it’s worth pondering whether Americans’ life, liberty, and happiness are well served by devotion to a two century old document. Does the Constitution matter today? Could you explain why to a teenager? Reverence for the Constitution isn’t universal, even among its chief custodians. Justice Ruth Ginsburg recently raised eyebrows when she advised an audience of Egyptian activists she wouldn’t look to the US constitution as a model in 2012. She pointed instead to the constitutions of South Africa, Canada, and the European Charter of Rights and Freedoms,...
  • Dumb and Dumber Drones

    06/25/2012 5:19:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Drones are a smart way to start a trend on Twitter; D.C.-area drivers tweeted feverishly when they mistook the Navy’s X-47B drone traveling on a flatbed truck for a UFO. But the way President Obama employs drones is unconstitutional and therefore dumb with a capital ‘D.’ Dumb Drones At Home On Valentine’s Day (politicians know that holidays and weekends are ideal times to pull the wool over our eyes), Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. This law allocates $63.6 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration between 2012 and 2015. Basically, it authorizes the FAA to spend billions of...
  • Obama’s ‘DREAM’ order may give illegal aliens Second Amendment rights

    06/24/2012 10:13:24 PM PDT · by open carry · 8 replies
    examiner.com ^ | June 24, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Indeed the Tenth Circuit hinted in dicta that GCA 68’s ban on Second Amendment rights for even legally present non-resident aliens was constitutionally suspect by noting that “[n]othing is this opinion purports to express an opinion on the Second Amendment rights of lawfully present aliens, yet we note that, since 1998, under this same statute, even those admitted on non-immigrant visas (usually issued to visitors for business or pleasure) are prohibited from having firearms and ammunition unless they secure a special waiver or happen to be hunters or diplomatic or law-enforcement officials here on business. . . . If the...
  • Daryl Hannah calls for activism at Tree Huggers Ball

    06/24/2012 8:56:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 72 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 6/24/2012 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    SANTIAGO CANYON – Local activists jumped to their feet and applauded actress Daryl Hannah's call for a paradigm shift away from the consumption of fossil fuels, putting a stop to mountaintop removal and stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. "We can't live without our water, soil, air and biodiversity," Hannah said. "We need to get off our butts and do it. We need to get together and realize we're on the same team whether we're blue or red, Democrat or Republican. We want to live. It's about loving something and protecting it."The Hollywood actress, known for protesting against mountaintop removal in...
  • ELECTION: Kreep says right-wing views won't affect rulings as judge (Challenged Obama's birthplace)

    06/24/2012 6:59:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    North County Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | TERI FIGUEROA
    ELECTION: Kreep says right-wing views won't affect rulings as judge Winning candidate has challenged Obama's birthplace, legitimacy Voters in San Diego County appear to have elected a conservative activist lawyer to a judgeship with the San Diego Superior Court. Gary Kreep, 61 ---- known for taking on right-wing causes ---- said Friday that his views will not color his decisions on the bench. According to the unofficial tally, Kreep surpassed his opponent, veteran prosecutor Garland Peed, by 1,702 votes in a judicial contest in which more than 406,000 ballots were cast. Kreep garnered 50.21 percent of the votes to Peed's...
  • DRIESSEN AND FLANAKIN: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

    06/24/2012 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
    The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. “TheFutureWeWant” outlines the common vision for “sustainable development” throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. “Sustainable,” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save...
  • Kuhner: If God is dead, America is in trouble

    06/24/2012 5:17:20 PM PDT · by lward99 · 22 replies
    Times247 ^ | 06/24/2012 | Jeff Kuhner
    The younger generation is becoming godless. Increasing numbers of Americans under the age of 30 are skeptical about the existence of God. This will have profound repercussions upon our society, fostering moral disintegration and the eventual death of our Judeo-Christian civilization. Traditional America is dying. In its place, a new liberal barbarism is being born. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds that belief in God has dropped dramatically among so-called millennials — those born after 1980 — during the past five years. In particular, the Pew poll found that 31 percent of respondents say they doubt whether...
  • For Obama, Supreme Court health-care, immigration rulings to close a tough term

    06/24/2012 3:59:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2012 | by Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court this week will conclude its term by handing down much-anticipated rulings on health care and immigration, President Obama’s remaining priorities before the justices. It is a finale that cannot come quickly enough for the administration, which has had a long year at the high court. In a string of cases — as obscure as the federal government’s relationships with Indian tribes and as significant as enforcement of the Clean Water Act — the court rejected the administration’s legal arguments with lopsided votes and sometimes biting commentary. The administration’s win-loss record will sting a lot less, of course,...
  • Air Force Rejects Faith--Plane and Simple

    06/24/2012 9:25:30 AM PDT · by fwdude · 18 replies
    Family Research Council - Washington Update ^ | June 22, 2012 | Family Research Council
    In the U.S. Air Force, the one thing leaders are throttling back is faith. When President Obama took office, his policies had a chilling effect on religion across the military--but no branch has taken Christian censorship to extremes like the Air Force. To most people, the turning point came last year after a service-wide memo from Gen. Norman Schwartz. It was a stern warning that religious favoritism and proselytizing would not be tolerated in the Force. Instead, Gen. Schwartz urged "neutrality"--which has since turned to hostility--on faith. Assaults on religion have come in almost daily waves since then, and service...
  • REQUEST FOR FLORIDA FREEPER ACTION LEADING UP TO THE AUGUST 14TH PRIMARY ELECTION!

    06/24/2012 8:27:23 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 64 replies
    June 24, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    We can do it! We can work together to elect the best Conservatives to Congress from our Sunshine State! Remember, we have two new Florida Congressional Districts and many FL US House Districts have changed! We need to make sure we elect as many Conservatives as we can! Let's do everything we can to keep our Republidan seats in Congress! We have just Bill Nelson to vote out and 6 Incumbent/Socialist/Progressive/Marxist/DEMS to vote out of the US House! Our action in the upcoming Republican Primary Election will help elect the best Conservative to get the job done in November! Please...
  • Why ‘Fast and Furious’ matters

    06/24/2012 7:08:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Michael A. Walsh
    Hundreds of people died because of the operation, but no one takes responsibility Pssst — heard the one about the lethal scandal that reaches to the upper levels of the Obama administration and may turn out to be bigger than Watergate? A crime in which two American agents have been killed, and which the Justice Department has been furiously trying to cover up for more than 18 months? If you answered “no,” you’re not alone. The mainstream media have largely ignored the lethal — and most likely deliberate — “gunwalking” operation known as Fast and Furious. The plan, as ridiculous...
  • City of Berkeley will not hold illegal immigrants for minor offenses

    06/24/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | June 23, 2012 | Karran Moorer
    The Berkeley Police Department announced Tuesday that it will not honor its agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal immigrants who are being detained for minor offenses. At a special meeting of the Berkeley City Council, Police Chief Michael Meehan clarified that a person would have to be determined suspicious — being involved in activities like item intrusion, manipulating or defacing part of an infrastructure, theft, vandalism, or cyber attack — to be detained. The specific terms have yet to be determined. The council decided to send the policy to the city manager to review what qualifies...