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  • How Obamacare Just Made Filing Your Taxes Worse

    04/05/2016 5:25:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 5, 2016 | Nathan Nascimento
    Nathan Nascimento is a senior policy advisor at Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. Millions of Americans may be penalized for not purchasing health insurance It’s that wonderful time of year again: tax season. Some 150 million American businesses and individuals are expected to file taxes by this month, covering thousands of arcane provisions that determine how much you and your family will pay Uncle Sam and state governments this year. But this filing season is the second in which Americans may have yet another—and bigger—tax bill to worry about: the one forced on us by the Affordable Care Act. It...
  • FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

    12/14/2015 7:37:45 PM PST · by zeugma · 33 replies
    FAA ^ | December 14, 2015 | FAA
    For Immediate Release December 14, 2015 Contact: Les Dorr or Alison Duquette Phone: (202) 267-3883 Registration Begins on December 21, 2015, First 30 Days are Free WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of...
  • Backdoors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

    08/16/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by zeugma · 13 replies
    Crypto-gram ^ | 8/15/2015 | Bruce Schneier
    At the Aspen Security Forum two weeks ago, James Comey (and others) explicitly talked about the "going dark" problem, describing the specific scenario they are concerned about. Maybe others have heard the scenario before, but it was a first for me. It centers around ISIL operatives abroad and ISIL-inspired terrorists here in the US. The FBI knows who the Americans are, can get a court order to carry out surveillance on their communications, but cannot eavesdrop on the conversations, because they are encrypted. They can get the metadata, so they know who is talking to who, but they can't find...
  • The Further Democratization of Stingray

    05/15/2015 1:15:06 PM PDT · by zeugma · 7 replies
    Crypto-Gram ^ | 05/15/2015 | Bruce Schneier
    Stingray is the code name for an IMSI-catcher, which is basically a fake cell phone tower sold by Harris Corporation to various law enforcement agencies. (It's actually just one of a series of devices with fish names -- Amberjack is another -- but it's the name used in the media.) What is basically does is trick nearby cell phones into connecting to it. Once that happens, the IMSI-catcher can collect identification and location information of the phones and, in some cases, eavesdrop on phone conversations, text messages, and web browsing. (IMSI stands for International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which is the...
  • Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

    09/15/2014 2:07:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 81 replies
    RealFarmacy.com ^ | Daisy Luther
    It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. Dear Parents, I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note...
  • Indiana Faces Consequences From Federal Government For Exiting Common Core

    05/07/2014 5:33:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    heritage ^ | may 6, 2014 | brittany corona
    On Friday, the U. S. Department of Education sent a letter to Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, threatening to revoke the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind – because Indiana exited the Common Core national standards last month. The letter states: “IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) met ED (Department of Education) requirements in its approved ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act/[No Child Left Behind]) flexibility request through the 2013-14 school year by adopting and implementing standards common to a significant number of States. Because the IDOE will no longer implement those standards, IDOE must amend its ESEA flexibility request and...
  • Moran on Pay Hike: Lawmakers Would Get 114.6% More Than Average Fed Worker

    04/05/2014 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 1:01 PM | Penny Starr
    Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) said on Monday that the $174,000 salary a member of Congress makes is not sufficient to live in the District of Columbia, even as he introduced legislation last month to raise the pay for federal workers by 3.3%—an increase that would provide a salary 114% less than the average made by lawmakers. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity...
  • Is the Nation of Rabid Rats advising Palestinians and Iranians on diplomacy? [Attempted satire]

    02/15/2014 10:32:19 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 15, 2014 | Dan Miller
    In 2012, grievously oppressed rabid rats convinced the Obama Administration to grant their demands. They may now be assisting Palestinians and Iranians. However, rumors to that effect have not yet been confirmed.An article about the successes of the Nation of Rabid Rats, posted here on September 12, 2012, may have been prescient. It is reprinted below with few modifications. Briefly, the Nation of Rabid Rats had persuaded the Obama Administration that its demands were fair and just. Taking into account geographical and other contextual differences, Palestinian demands resemble those earlier presented by the Nation of Rabid Rats and agreed to by the Obama...
  • Obama Announces Executive Orders to Limit Gun Ownership – US Veterans Hardest Hit

    01/04/2014 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 4, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The White House inched forward Friday with two new executive actions aimed at boosting the federal background-check system. The new laws will make it more difficult for “anyone who may pose a danger to themselves or others” to purchase a gun. NewsMax reported: Under the measures announced by the White House, the Justice Department will propose changes to the federal background check system to clarify who under U.S. law is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of mental health problems. The Department of Health and Human Services also will propose a regulation aimed at making it easier for states to...
  • Mark Levin Refuted: Keep the Feds in Check with Nullification, not Amendments!

    12/12/2013 5:30:22 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 55 replies
    What Mark Levin says in “The Liberty Amendments” in support of an Article V convention is not true.1 On one side of this controversy are those who want to restore our Constitution by requiring federal and State officials to obey the Constitution we have; or by electing ones who will. We show that the Oath of Office at Art. VI, last clause, requires federal 2 and state officials to support the Constitution. This requires them to refuse to submit to – to nullify – acts of the federal government which violate the Constitution. This is how they “support” the Constitution!...
  • Proposed government regulations a concern for owners of small farms - "It's scary"

    11/13/2013 1:23:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chris Togneri
    Organic farmer Don Kretschmann walked around his picturesque but ancient barn and stepped up to a rustic barrel root crop washer. It's a simple machine, he said, consisting of long, wooden planks that form a cylinder, which he uses to clean freshly harvested produce on his Beaver County farm. Soil-covered carrots and potatoes go in one end, the cylinder rotates, water sprays in and clean vegetables emerge. “But who knows if I'll be allowed to keep using it?” said Kretschmann, who has farmed about 15 acres since he and his wife, Becky, bought the land in 1978. “Or this barn,...
  • Americans' Belief That Gov't Is Too Powerful at Record Level

    10/22/2013 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 51 replies
    http://www.gallup.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | by Joy Wilke
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.
  • Electronic license plates proposed in South Carolina

    06/12/2013 3:23:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6-12-13 | Fox News
    The plates can be changed instantly to display important messages, including Amber Alerts, and will let police and other drivers know if the tag is expired, if the driver is uninsured or if the driver's license has been suspended, according to the report. State Rep. Ralph Norman told WSOCTV.com switching to electronic plates could assist police in getting uninsured drivers off the road.
  • Happy-100th-birthday-us-federal-income-tax (100 Years Of U.S. Federal Income Tax)

    02/03/2013 10:58:17 AM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-3-13 | Tyler Durden
    On February 3rd, 1913, one of the two most historic events in US history took place: the ratification of the 16th amendment, which established Congress' right to impose a Federal income tax on Americans, and overturned Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution which explicitly prohibited a general income tax. The amendment was brief and to the point, and read as follows: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." And with that, the US Federal Income...
  • Mouse-eating opossums run amok in Brooklyn (gov't solves a problem)

    09/22/2010 7:00:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9-19-10 | HEATHER HADDON
    In a bizarre attempt to outwit Mother Nature, city officials introduced beady-eyed opossums in Brooklyn years ago to scarf down rats running amok in the borough, according to local officials. Surprise: Operation opossum didn't work. Not only do wily rats continue to thrive, but the opossums have become their own epidemic, with bands of the conniving creatures sauntering through yards, plundering garbage cans and noshing on fruit trees.
  • Washington State Introduces Claim to State Sovereignty

    02/06/2009 11:19:30 AM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 74 replies · 2,608+ views
    nolanchart.com ^ | 2/04/2009 | Gary Wood
    Legislatures in Washington State have introduced legislation claiming state sovereignty. This legislation sends a strong message that many believe the 10th Amendment still stands. The legislation was first read a few days ago, on January 30th. It was then referred to the Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs. While some will claim it has little chance of passing we cannot underplay the importance of the message it sends to the country. Washington State legislators have joined with New Hampshire legislators in putting our original form of a Federalist Republic in the forefront of thought at a critical time in...
  • WE THE STATES

    01/28/2009 1:32:13 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 15 replies · 465+ views
    The Sovereign States ^ | June 1964 | (Introduction)James J. Kilpatrick
    ON MONDAY, August 6, South Carolina's John Rutledge submitted to the Philadelphia convention of 1787 the first full draft of a tentative Constitution. His “Committee of Detail” had been hard at work, during a three-day recess, trying to knit together a hundred different provisions for fashioning a new government for the United States of America. History does not record that anyone paid much attention to the Committee’s draft of a preamble. It read: We the people of the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia, do ordain,...