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  • NRA dials up heat on gun ban (in Illinois)

    02/03/2005 7:55:53 AM PST · by CHICAGOFARMER · 16 replies · 1,583+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2.3.2005 | By Ray Long and Christi Parsons
    NRA dials up heat on gun ban in (Illinois) SPRINGFIELD -- Fresh off its success at poking holes in a Wilmette handgun ban, the National Rifle Association has launched a new legislative drive to dismantle strong gun prohibitions in Chicago and test Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wavering commitment to broader gun control. Taking direct aim at Mayor Richard Daley's hard-line stance against the proliferation of guns, the NRA package of state legislation would allow residents of Chicago and other communities that ban handgun ownership to legally keep the weapons in their homes for self-defense purposes. It also would hold Chicago and...
  • Unreasonable searches: Court sticks a nose in our business

    01/31/2005 5:08:11 AM PST · by billorites · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | January 31, 2005 | Editorial
    LAST MONDAY the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Fourth Amendment, and hardly anyone noticed. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens "against unreasonable searches and seizures." In a case involving a man arrested for marijuana possession during a traffic stop, the court ruled 6 to 2 that the police do not need a reason to have a drug-sniffing dog search a car. An officer can use a dog to search the outside of a car as long as the officer conducts the search within the time it takes to write up a ticket, the court decided. If the officer...
  • U.S. students say press freedoms go too far

    01/31/2005 10:13:23 AM PST · by Jay777 · 51 replies · 1,213+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | Mon Jan 31 | Greg Toppo
    <p>One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.</p> <p>The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing; 51% say they should be able to publish freely; 13% have no opinion.</p>
  • Man Charged in Wife's Seat Belt Death

    01/12/2005 6:47:51 AM PST · by Ellesu · 210 replies · 4,181+ views
    wafb.com ^ | 01/12/05
    She died at the scene of the crash, but her husband walked away. State police say the difference is he was wearing a seat belt. Troopers tell 9 News shortly after 12:30 p.m., the couple was headed west on I-10 near the Prairieville exit, when their truck's rear tire blew out. The vehicle began to spin out of control, eventually flipping in a group of trees. Troopers say the force of the crash threw the passenger, 50-year-old Lesa Stanton of Gretna, 30 feet out of the truck behind some bushes. The coroner pronounced her dead at the scene. Troopers say...
  • The Future is Just around the corner, National ID card and wired government intrusion.

    01/15/2005 12:12:40 AM PST · by GoldenOrchid · 37 replies · 1,370+ views
    ACLU ^ | 01-14-05 | ?????
    Take a look/listen at this short video....HERE.... It is a humorus video of the National ID card program. Is this going to happen here in the USA? Most European nations already have a National citizen ID program. Again it's very funny and worth a laugh and a thought too.. http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf
  • The Truth About Separation Of Church And State (Exposing Leftist Lies)

    01/11/2005 10:15:29 AM PST · by Lindykim · 15 replies · 1,752+ views
    Christian Underground ^ | Jan. 12, 2005 | Joseph Grant Swank
    The Christian Underground http://www.christian-underground.com READ IT - LEARN FROM IT - PRAY OVER IT - SHARE IT --- The Truth About Separation Of Church And State By Joseph Grant Swank Jan 10, 2005 Liberals have run off with this phrase, prostituting it per usual. The matter is simple. It's this: America does not want a state church. England has a state church — the Anglican Church. America does not want one denomination considered The Nation's Church. On the other hand, America has a religious heritage. It's not Muslim. It's not Hindu. It's not Shinto. It's not animism. It's not New...
  • GOP admits small government no longer its driving force

    01/02/2005 12:44:40 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 2,191+ views
    www.lpin.org ^ | 12 31 04 | lpin.org
    Republicans have given up the pretense that their party is the party of small government. “One of the most misunderstood parts of Hoosier culture is that Hoosiers are reluctant of change of any kind,” State Rep. Luke Messer told Brian Howey, publisher of Indianapolis Eye News, in an article that identifies an undercurrent in Indiana to have a constitutional convention. “If we have a strong leader, Hoosiers are willing to step up and make big changes. Bob Knight and Larry Bird were pretty big figures in Hoosier culture and they have been willing to make big changes. What we want...
  • Republican county attorney in Kansas changes registration to Libertarian

    12/31/2004 12:18:54 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 57 replies · 1,503+ views
    www.lp.org ^ | 12 30 04 | www.lp.org
    After being elected twice as a Republican to the position of county attorney in Anderson County, Kan., Fred Campbell decided following the Nov. 2 elections to drop his Republican Party affiliation in favor of the Libertarian Party, saying the GOP has abandoned the idea of minimal government. Campbell was re-elected in November with no opposition. He has been a Republican for years, primarily because he's "always been in favor of less government rather than more," he said. "I've always thought that the Republican Party was the major party that went along with that philosophy," Campbell explained. "But in the last...
  • Bar-coded licenses promoted in New Jersey

    12/30/2004 6:07:28 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,458+ views
    Bar-coded licenses promoted in New Jersey Published in the Home News Tribune 12/30/04 WASHINGTON -- Walk into one of New Jersey's 45 motor-vehicle offices to get a drivers license and you're instantly under surveillance by closed-circuit TV and an undercover officer. Even before you get in line, a state worker checks your passport, birth certificate or other required documents. When you get your license, you'll notice a bar code on the back that police officers can read with electronic scanners to verify your identity -- one of 22 security features built into the card. And forget about renewing your license...
  • Six SEALs sue AP, reporter

    12/28/2004 10:03:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 26 replies · 2,897+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/04 | Jennifer Harper
    Six Navy SEALs filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press and one of its reporters yesterday, saying the news organization revealed their identities, compromised their security and invaded their privacy by publishing personal photographs in a Dec. 4 story.     The complaint says AP reporter Seth Hettena used about 40 images from the personal photo-storage Web site of a Navy SEAL wife. [snip] The images were picked up by the Arab press, including Al Jazeera, and have made their way onto a billboard outside U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees from the war on terror are being kept. The...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Pledge protester faces recall vote

    12/20/2004 10:45:54 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 20 replies · 676+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | December 21, | Valerie Richardson
    Voters in this woodsy mountain village will decide soon whether to recall a member of the town's Board of Trustees who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. David Habecker, a two-term member of the board, faces a Feb. 15 recall vote after drawing the community's ire for refusing to stand because he objects to the phrase "under God." He said the wording violates Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, which states that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." "This makes the Pledge a religious...
  • Medical marijuana: The real stakes

    12/17/2004 9:12:14 AM PST · by inquest · 441 replies · 4,112+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 12-10-04 | Jeff Jacoby
    Ashcroft v. Raich, the Supreme Court's medical marijuana case, isn't really about medical marijuana. It's about power -- the power of Congress to exert control, and the power of the Constitution to rein Congress in. The named plaintiff in this case is Angel McClary Raich, a California mother of two afflicted with an awful array of diseases, including tumors in her brain and uterus, asthma, severe weight loss, and endometriosis. To ease her symptoms, doctors put her on dozens of standard medications. When none of them helped, they prescribed marijuana. That did help -- so much so that Raich, who...
  • N.M. Church May Use Special hallucinogenic Tea for Christmas Services, SCOTUS

    12/12/2004 6:31:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies · 1,252+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12.10.04
    N.M. Church May Use Special Tea for Now Fri Dec 10, 8:09 PM ET By MARY PEREA, Associated Press WriterALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) sided Friday with a New Mexico church that wants to use hallucinogenic tea as part of its Christmas services, despite government objections that the tea is illegal and potentially dangerous. The high court lifted a temporary stay issued last week against using the hoasca tea while it decides whether the Brazil-based O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal is permitted to make it a permanent part of its services. The...
  • Anti-hunters create litigation division

    12/07/2004 8:33:03 PM PST · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 2,008+ views
    Humane Society of the United States to challenge hunting via courts U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance — Dec. 3, 2004 The nation's largest anti-hunting group has launched a new legal department to challenge sportsmen in the courts. An Animal Protection Litigation section was created in the wake of the recent merger of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals. Attorney Jonathan Lovvorn was selected to head the department. The organization intends to add four litigating attorneys by the end of the year. "The animal rights movement sees the courts as the easiest way to realize its...
  • School Bus Driver Fired for Stem Cell Talk

    12/02/2004 3:56:16 PM PST · by reportgirl73 · 620 replies · 8,082+ views
    GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - An elementary school bus driver was fired after sharing a statistic she had read about embryonic stem cell research with students, then encouraging them to tell their parents about it.
  • Colorado Priest busted for Communion wine, Wants variance to Celebrate Mass outside abortion clinic

    11/25/2004 10:29:28 AM PST · by Coleus · 58 replies · 4,290+ views
    TESTING THE FAITHPriest busted for Communion wineWants variance of city law so he can say Mass outside abortion clinic A Catholic priest has run afoul of the law in Colorado Springs, Colo., after being caught with an open container of sacramental wine while performing Mass outside an abortion clinic. The Rev. Bill Carmody was warned by a police officer after the cop asked him what he was holding. "The police officer asked me what's in the flask," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "I really didn't know what to do." Carmody has asked the Colorado Springs City Council for a...
  • Radio Tags for Pharmaceuticals

    11/21/2004 7:34:45 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 328+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 22, 2004
    Although it is usually a mistake to rely on technical fixes to solve a serious social problem, a new technology for tracking products could help immensely to squelch the counterfeiting and theft of prescription drugs. The promising radio-frequency identification technology got a boost last week when the Food and Drug Administration announced new moves to promote it and three drug companies said they would tag some of their most popular drugs with radio-frequency devices in pioneering efforts to thwart counterfeiters. If all goes well, the technology could come into widespread use on pharmaceuticals after 2007 and might ease the way...
  • Specter’s Second Amendment Surprise Chairman Specter could be as antigun as he wanted to be.

    11/16/2004 6:43:18 AM PST · by deaconjim · 31 replies · 2,392+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 15, 2004 | By Larry Pratt
    The same Arlen Specter who awaits his expected coronation as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has a long record of betraying both his party and America's gun owners. To hear Specter talk, his fellow Republicans count on him. They do. Senate Republicans count on Arlen Specter to vote their way only until his vote is absolutely critical to the issue at hand. When he is most needed on the political battlefield, Arlen is either AWOL or preening in the enemy's tent about casting a difficult vote of conscience, to the applause of CBS, NBC, and the Washington Post. Proof?...
  • Complete election results for ALL presidental candidates(updated at 4 30 pm eastern)

    11/03/2004 2:46:38 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 910+ views
    chonlalonde.blogspot.com ^ | 11 3 04 | Chon LaLonde
    Update at 4:30 pm nov 3 results for all presidental candidates ALL CANDIDATES CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL VOTE % John Kerry, Democrat 55,104,702 48% George W. Bush, Republican (incumbent) 58,640,799 51% Ralph Nader, independent 392,219 0% Michael Badnarik, Libertarian 374,741 0% Michael Peroutka, constitution party 129,162 0% David Cobb, green party 104,591 0% Leonard Peltier, peace and freedom party 21,616 0% Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party 1,895 0% Andy Andress, Unaffiliated (no websites for candidate or party )716 0% Walter Brown, Socialist Party USA 10,258 0% Roger Calero, socialist workers party 5,263 0% Earl F. Dodge, Prohibition party 122 0% Thomas Harens,...
  • dont drink and vote

    11/01/2004 2:50:16 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 459+ views
    There's been a lot of vitriol hurled at both Democrats and Republicans this election, but I'd like to focus on one party that has, until this point, largely escaped some richly deserved criticism. The voters. That's right, the precious American voters: Sacred stewards of democracy. You don't have to spin around in an election cycle for long to discover that a shocking number of voters are in fact gullible, greedy, oblivious to facts, or simply fundamentally retarded. However, three types of voters deserve special mention for taking their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, and essentially wiping their with it. Let's...
  • Couple risk fine, jail time over anti-abortion placard

    08/09/2004 10:36:02 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 1,211+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sun, Aug. 08, 2004
    A couple who placed an anti-abortion sign on their Dauphin County home are refusing to heed borough officials' demand to remove the sign or risk a $500 fine and up to two months in jail. Paxtang officials say the sign violates the borough ordinance that permits "signs for public, religious and charitable institutions and uses such as parks, schools, churches and similar uses." Colman and Frances Wessel attached the sign to their front porch three weeks ago. "We're just exercising our freedom of speech and religion," said Colman Wessel said. "Is it the pro-life words or the picture of Jesus...
  • Trooper kicks pro-lifer out of state

    08/05/2004 4:41:52 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 52 replies · 1,412+ views
    WND ^ | August 5, 2004 | WND
    Thursday, August 5, 2004 MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH Trooper kicks pro-lifer out of state Abortion images on truck barred, detainee called 'Jesus freak' Posted: August 5, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Two pro-life advocates have filed a federal lawsuit claiming one was berated as a "Jesus freak" and "extremist" and the other kicked out of Connecticut by state troopers because of their provocative anti-abortion signs. After five days in Boston to demonstrate at the Democratic convention, Michael Marcavage and Dennis Green were driving a truck with panels that display large photographs of aborted children when they were...
  • Standoff in Passaic NJ: Home stormed by SWAT team over code violations (porch and windows)

    07/20/2004 9:26:08 AM PDT · by Coleus · 138 replies · 4,181+ views
    Standoff in Passaic: Home stormed over code violations   Tuesday, July 20, 2004 PASSAIC - A crackdown on city housing violations escalated into a standoff Monday when a homeowner refused to cooperate, prompting authorities to call in a SWAT team, one that broke down a door and shot her with non-lethal weapons.Code enforcement officials arrived about noon, wanting to talk about, among other things, broken windows and a deteriorating porch - violations written three months ago, said Community Development Director Donald Van Rensalier.It just so happened that 109 Quincy St. was smack in the middle of an area targeted in...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • House Members Will Discuss Request to United Nations to Monitor [American] Election [ALERT!]

    07/07/2004 7:55:44 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 28 replies · 1,451+ views
    HOUSE MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS REQUEST TO UNITED NATIONS TO MONITOR ELECTION Rep. Johnson Spearheads Effort to Invite International Body Washington, D.C. - The request by several Members of Congress to the United Nations to send observers to monitor the upcoming Presidential election has sparked interest around the globe. At this juncture a dozen House Members have signed the letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Thursday morning those Members who have signed the U.N. letter will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the ramifications of their request. ”We are hoping that our action will alleviate the nation from...
  • Some PA Legislators AGAINST the (FTAA) Free Trade of the Americas, Introduces Resolution to Congress

    06/07/2004 10:19:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 404+ views
  • Bush Administration Pulls Plug on Financing of Pro-Abortion Global Health Council Conference

    05/24/2004 10:22:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies · 634+ views
    National Right to Life ^ | May 2004 | Dave Andrusko
    Bush Administration Pulls Plug on Financing of Pro-Abortion Global Health Council Conference By Dave AndruskoThe Department of Health and Human Services has officially decided to withhold funding from an upcoming June conference which features a number of speakers from pro-abortion organizations and the "fiercely anti-Bush Moveon.Org." Sponsored by the Global Health Council, the June 1-June 4 conference on global health and reproductive rights "will likely promote policies contrary to the president's," according to the publication, The Hill.Among the presenters at "Youth and Health: Generation on the Edge" are advocates from such abortion-promoting organizations as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)...
  • Presidential push fails to quell GOP fear of Patriot Act

    05/12/2004 7:55:52 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 40 replies · 376+ views
    the hill.com ^ | 5 12 04 | Alexander Bolton
    A group of libertarian-minded Republicans in Congress is blocking President Bush’s effort to strengthen domestic counterterrorism laws and reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, which the president has made one of his top domestic priorities this year. As a result of this opposition, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was forced last week to cancel panel consideration of legislation that would have given law-enforcement officials more tools to pursue suspected terrorists. As other administration policy initiatives — such as a manned mission to Mars — have languished in Congress, Bush has emphasized the importance of renewing the...
  • Former Bills Star Thomas Arrested for Drug Possession

    05/10/2004 6:34:01 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 225+ views
    FAIRHOPE, Ala. (May 10) -- Former NFL star Thurman Thomas was arrested and charged with marijuana possession, police said Monday Thomas, in town to play in a charity golf tournament, was arrested at a hotel early Saturday. He had one partially smoked marijuana cigarette in his possession, Fairhope police spokesman Cpl. Craig Sawyer said. The former Buffalo Bills running back did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Monday. His wife, Patti, said in a telephone interview that Thomas was "caught up in an uncomfortable situation with a couple of his buddies. ... He's not claiming any...
  • Pot smokers aren't terrorists

    05/06/2004 11:53:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 431+ views
    the orion ^ | may 5 2004 | Adrian Aguila
    Yes, I inhale. I am one of more than 100,000 California medical cannabis patients. I use cannabis, marijuana, pot or whatever you want to call it, to alleviate symptoms from post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders. Cannabis allows me to forget about my neuroses and live a productive life as a student, volunteer, and activist. The U.S. government likes to paint cannabis as an evil monster, but that is not true. Most taxpayers are tired of billions of dollars being spent to wage a drug war that's done nothing but widen the profit margin of drug dealers and placed millions of...
  • Plain Meaning Of The 2nd Amendment

    04/25/2004 7:51:09 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,409+ views
    www.freepatriot.com ^ | 4 21 04 | Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    KOZINSKI, Circuit Judge, dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc: Judges know very well how to read the Constitution broadly when they are sympathetic to the right being asserted. We have held, without much ado, that "speech, or... the press" also means the Internet, see Reno v. ACLU, 521 U.S. 844 (1997), and that "persons, houses, papers, and effects" also means public telephone booths, see Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967). When a particular right comports especially well with our notions of good social policy, we build magnificent legal edifices on elliptical constitutional phrases -- or even the...
  • Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Pat Boone says

    04/23/2004 4:32:12 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 114 replies · 649+ views
    washington times ^ | 4 23 04 | Steve Miller
    A healthy society needs censorship to survive, 1950s musical icon Pat Boone said yesterday. He added that he would welcome strong content restrictions governing movies and other artistic works. "I don't think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty," said Mr. Boone, who is in Washington making the rounds as the national spokesman for the 60-Plus Association, a conservative senior citizen lobby.
  • .50-caliber gun ban ill-advised

    04/23/2004 12:28:56 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 75 replies · 1,014+ views
    times union ^ | 4 23 04 | fred lebrun
    Most sportsmen I know don't see the need to get worked up over New York State Assembly legislation that would ban the sale and ownership of a .50-caliber gun. Understandably, since the .50 cal that comes to mind these days is the modern 50-pound, single-shot sniper's rifle our military uses on targets a mile away. Costing anywhere between $2,000 and $11,000, with ammo as hard to find as a unicorn's toenail, the .50 cal is an exotic. Although there are high-end target shooting competitions for such guns, and they are legitimate, legal functions undeserving of governmental interference. But I'm also...
  • Taxing times for 16th Amendment rebels.

    04/19/2004 1:45:33 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 75 replies · 2,377+ views
    reason online.com ^ | 4 2004 | Brian Doherty
    "I won’t go to jail." Bob Schulz announces this in late January to a rapt crowd of 200 gathered in an auditorium in Crystal City, Virginia. It’s the first national conference of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, a nonprofit advocacy group Schulz founded and runs. He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien. Schulz is a serious white male in a nice conservative dark suit, a former environmental engineer for both General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s been married for 38 years...
  • Federal court tosses out N.Y. smoking-ban lawsuit

    04/13/2004 12:36:33 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 45 replies · 577+ views
    freedomforum.org ^ | 04.10.04 | By The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — A federal judge has snuffed out a lawsuit seeking to overturn city and state bans on smoking in bars and restaurants, saying the challenge on constitutional grounds was so weak it was "akin to trying to scale Mount Everest with a ball of string." U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero concluded in a ruling released yesterday that New York state and city legislators were being rational when they used police powers over the health and welfare of the public to enact smoking bans. Marrero rejected all the constitutional challenges brought by an organization calling itself NYC CLASH —...
  • Army Captain, Hemp Food Makers Get No Apology

    04/13/2004 12:14:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 21 replies · 440+ views
    http://quote.bloomberg.com ^ | 4 10 04 | Ann Woolner
    <p>April 9 (Bloomberg) -- You don't have to ponder the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to notice the Bush administration has trouble admitting it erred.</p> <p>Consider a smaller, quieter misadventure. Consider the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's war on hemp, a harmless and healthy food source.</p>

    04/11/2004 9:05:51 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    atfonline ^ | 4.8.03 | Genevieve MacDonald ,Richard Manieri
    PHILADELPHIA - Mark W. Potter, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Patrick Meehan, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, announced that Dwight Grant, known throughout the rap music industry as Beanie Sigel, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to violating the federal firearms and narcotics laws. ATF agents and officers of the Philadelphia Police Department arrested Sigel in July 2003, and charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred in April 2003, when...
  • Medical-marijuana fight returns to court

    04/06/2004 7:52:11 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 282+ views
    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ ^ | March 31, 2004 | BRIAN SEALS
    SANTA CRUZ — Members of an area medical-marijuana cooperative return to federal court today seeking an end to drug raids like the one that decimated their pot garden in September 2002. Joining the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana as plaintiffs in the suit are the city and county of Santa Cruz. They will, once more, ask U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel to outlaw future raids. "We have a lot of reason for optimism," said Mike Corral, who along with his wife, Valerie, is a co-founder of the collective. Fogel rejected WAMM’s arguments last August, but held the ruling in abeyance...
  • Cops Review Drug Raid Prompted By Power Bill

    04/01/2004 6:21:29 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 37 replies · 513+ views
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | 3 31 04 | nbcsandiego.com
    CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Police will conduct an internal investigation into a raid at a home that was searched for marijuana because of a high electricity bill. No drugs were found. Police Chief Thomas Zoll said Tuesday the department will review procedures that led to the March 19 to ensure similar incidents don't occur again. Officers raided the home of Dina Dagy and her family because records indicated the family used three times more electricity than their neighbors. Dagy attributed her high power bill to her three children, four ceiling fans, three computers, two to three daily loads of laundry and...

    03/31/2004 8:57:46 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 79 replies · 3,695+ views
    new york post ^ | 3 20 04 | PHILIP MESSING
    <p>March 20, 2004 -- The NYPD is warning cops to look out for an ingenious homemade gun that looks like a common bolt, but can fire a .22 caliber bullet, The Post has learned. Such a gun was recently taken from a Philadelphia iron worker by a Pennsylvania state park ranger.</p>
  • Woman Refuses Caesarean, Charged With Murder

    03/12/2004 6:16:18 AM PST · by truthandlife · 125 replies · 1,004+ views
    AP ^ | 3-12-04
    <p>As Melissa Ann Rowland's unborn twins got closer to birth, doctors repeatedly told her they would likely die if she did not have a Caesarean (search) section. She refused, and one later was stillborn.</p> <p>Authorities charged 28-year-old Rowland with murder on Thursday, saying she exhibited "depraved indifference to human life," according to court documents. One nurse told police that Rowland said she would rather "lose one of the babies than be cut like that."</p>
  • Stun Guns Off Streets(City of South Bend bans the weapon)

    03/10/2004 4:29:30 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 437+ views
    wsbt.com ^ | 3 10 04 | wsbt
    (WSBT) The City of South has made a move to get stun guns off the streets. Monday night, the Common Council passed an ordinance that bans selling or owning the weapons with-in city limits. Police also support the measure. They say in un-trained hands, a stun-gun can be a powerful force Officer's can't fight. "Now they're becoming more refined, a lot smaller, a lot lighter, and a lot more powerful," says South Bend Police Sergeant Scott Ruszkowski. "You know them being out there and being allowed to be out there, from a police officers perspective, there's no way to defeat...
  • 'Freedom' Is Just Another Word For 'Nothing Left To Eat'

    03/08/2004 7:37:47 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 954+ views
    center for consumer freedom ^ | 3.4.04 | center for consumer freedom
    When the World Health Organization (WHO) released its proposed "global strategy on diet, physical activity and health" calling for "fat taxes," the Bush administration noticed something conspicuously missing from the report -- any notion of personal responsibility. Thankfully, the former Director of Communications for WHO's European Office, Franklin Apfel, provides insight into this obvious omission. He recently told a conference in Dublin (as reported in The Irish Times): [W]e are all influenced by 'hazard merchants' selling us a false view of things like tobacco, alcohol and high density foodstuffs -- we're given the impression that these things represent personal choice,...

    01/30/2004 4:46:57 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 278+ views
    vail daily ^ | 1 29 04 | Larry Seguin
    Three undercover members of the High Country Drug Task Force will testify next week in connection with the Kobe Bryant case. Sources close to the investigation said drugs are not involved in the rape case against Bryant and that the three undercover agents were called in to help with the investigation on June 30, the night Bryant allegedly raped a 19-year-old Eagle woman at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Because of the small number of law enforcement officers in Eagle County, other agencies are sometimes tapped. District Judge Terry Ruckriegle on Thursday ordered that the agents testify in open...
  • Will Free Speach Become Victim of War on Drugs

    01/18/2004 4:21:19 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 112 replies · 352+ views
    yumasun.com ^ | 1 17 04 | yuma sun
    The idea that it makes more sense to legalize and regulate drugs much like we do liquor rather than ban their use is not a popular idea in today's society, especially among those fighting the "war on drugs." States that have passed more liberal laws on drug use, such as allowing use of marijuana for medical purposes, have found their laws challenged at every turn by the federal government. The only action allowed is strict enforcement of anti-drug laws. Now there are those who seek to eliminate even discussing the idea of legalized drug use. Included in this group is...
  • State Rifle Association Applauds Filing of Legislation in Response to Wilmette Shooting

    01/16/2004 10:29:25 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 314+ views
    usnewswire.com ^ | 1 15 04 | newswire
    Contact: Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association, 815-635-3198; web: http://www.isra.org SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA): "A beacon of common sense," is how the ISRA is characterizing a proposal filed yesterday that shields law-abiding citizens from prosecution under politically motivated gun control laws. SB 2165, sponsored by Sen. Ed Petka (R-Plainfield), provides an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates, or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in...
  • Feds arrest medical marijauna patients the moment State dismissed charges.

    01/16/2004 7:47:17 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,303+ views
    marijuana.com ^ | 1 -14 -03 | William Dolphin
    Feds Grab Medical Marijuana Patients from California State Courtroom Couple Arrested As Attorneys and Judge Meet in Chambers; State Charges Dismissed Press Conference, Emergency Action at Sacramento Federal Building at Noon Friday Sacramento (Wednesday, January 14, 2004) – In a stunning display of duplicitous double dealing, federal agents yesterday seized two medical marijuana patients from a California state courtroom after the local prosecutor lured the couple’s defense counsel into the judge’s chambers to dismiss the state charges filed against them. David Davidson and Cynthia Blake were in state court on a motion seeking to have charges of marijuana cultivation and...
  • Montel Williams: 'Climbing Higher'

    01/13/2004 1:29:06 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 915+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | 1.9.03 | cbsnews
    (CBS) For years, television host Montel Williams helped guests deal with their problems. But he was forced to reveal his own problems - a battle with multiple sclerosis - to pre-empt a 1999 story in the tabloids. In his new book, "Climbing Higher," Williams writes that he had been struggling with MS symptoms for years but it wasn't until a painful episode while shooting the CBS television show "Touched by an Angel" that he was finally diagnosed. It is at this point that Williams invites his readers into an intimate account of suicide attempts, intense pain, medical procedures, sexual dysfunction...
  • DEA should give back patient's pot

    01/06/2004 12:53:32 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 307+ views
    Oh, it's good to be the king. You float high above the law and plunder your subjects with impunity. Or so it seems in Routt County, where the local cops bring along a federal drug agent on their raids in hopes that his presence will immunize them from the sticky strictures of the Colorado Constitution. It's time someone told them they answer to state law, not the whims of a federal agent who happens to be hanging around. Last October a drug "task force" of nine, count 'em nine, agents, acting on a tip and armed with a warrant, raided...