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  • Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America

    06/06/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 6, 2012
    Privacy: News the EPA is conducting surveillance on farmers goes against our grain. Freedom means freedom of movement and the presumption of innocence. How can we have it if every move is monitored by government? Nebraska's congressional delegation sent a justifiably angry letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson last week complaining that her Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its legislative and constitutional authority by conducting drone surveillance flights over Nebraska and Iowa farms looking for violations of the Clean Water Act. "They are just way on the outer limits of any authority they've been granted," said Nebraska GOP Sen. Mike Johanns,...
  • Armed EPA Agents Visit Asheville Man

    06/06/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 67 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | June 6, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    Sometimes a small incident says volumes about a large government agency. In this case, it's the Environmental Protection Agency. Around 1:45 PM on May 23, Ashville, North Carolina resident Larry Keller was in the midst of an international call which he had to cut short in order to answer his front door. He found two armed agents of the EPA who were accompanied by an Ashville Police officer. According to a May 24 news story in the Ashville Tribune, a weekly newspaper to which I am a contributing columnist, the agents had blocked his and his neighbor's driveways with their...
  • Why Obama Strikes Out In Court (Zero Seeks Radical Expansion of Federal Power)

    06/06/2012 10:29:03 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/6/2012 | Ilya Shapiro
    As the world awaits the Supreme Court's ruling on ObamaCare, there's a larger story that the pundits are missing: the court's rejection of the Obama administration's increasingly extreme claims on behalf of unlimited federal power. This term alone, the high court has ruled unanimously against the government on religious liberty, criminal procedure and property rights. When the administration can't get even a single one of the liberal justices to agree with it in these unrelated areas of the law, that's a sign there's something wrong with its constitutional vision.
  • Nanny State Update: Radioactive Meters and Flavored Cigar Wrappers

    06/05/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-06-01 | [Staff]
    ...Farewell to Flavored Cigar Wrappers in Illinois: In the process of cracking down on the use of heroin, legislators in Illinois this week took the next step towards criminalizing the sale of flavored cigar wrappers this week. The one-size-fits-all ban would punish legal behavior in the name of being “tough on drugs,” banning cigar wrappers just because some have mispurposed them for use with illegal substances. The lone opponent to the ban, which passed the state Senate 46-1, expressed dismay at the cavalier attitude displayed by fellow lawmakers; proponents failed to offer any sound reason for why flavored cigar wrappers...
  • EPA Takes to Air to Watch Cow Pies

    06/05/2012 10:04:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2012 | John Ransom
    The Environmental Protection Agency declined to answer questions this week as the Omaha World-Herald sought to clarify whether the agency had the legal authority to conduct overflights of cattle operations to determine if cattle are pooping in streams in the Midwest. I don’t know much about bovine latrine habits, but I’ve been around enough pastures to know that cattle really aren’t that particular. It seems to me that they let go pretty much wherever they are, stream or no.So I think I can say with some authority, that, yes, cattle all around the Midwest are indeed pooping in streams, legally...
  • More Regulations: NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car

    06/04/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks. According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the...
  • Region 1 EPA Administrator: Obama coal rules ‘painful every step of the way'

    06/04/2012 3:59:28 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2012 | Caroline May
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe plans to highlight a little-known speech by an EPA regional administrator who admitted on video that the Obama’s administration’s air regulations will kill the coal industry. “Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision,” Region 1 EPA Administrator Curtis “Curt” Spalding says, in footage filmed at Yale University. “You can’t imagine...
  • CFR & U.S. Army Chief of Staff:Use Army for Domestic Enforcement

    06/04/2012 2:42:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    New American ^ | 6/4/12 | Joe Wolverton II
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) proposes that the U.S. Army be used to plan, command, and carry out (with the help of civilian law enforcement) domestic police missions. So says a story appearing in the May/June issue of the influential organization’s official journal, Foreign Affairs. The article lacks a single reference to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits such actions. In an article penned by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, the CFR would see the Army used to address “challenges in the United States itself” in order to keep the homeland safe from
  • Philadelphia judge's verdict abrogates the state Castle Doctrine law(PA)

    06/03/2012 5:03:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    mcall.com ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Paul Carpenter
    In the Lowe case, news stories said, a thug named Loren Manning Jr., accompanied by two other thugs, jumped Lowe on a city street last October. Lowe, 57, is a disabled and retired Marine, who has had two strokes and two heart surgeries and wears a pacemaker. Manning and his sidekicks attacked Lowe and witnesses said Manning chased him and tried to clobber him with a metal pole before catching him and pinning him to the ground, where Lowe managed to retrieve a small pocket knife and used it to stick Manning, who, tragically, died. This is Philadelphia, mind you,...
  • Motorists detained as police search for robbery suspect(All Adults Handcuffed In Every Car)

    06/03/2012 3:23:17 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 262 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | June 2, 2012
    AURORA, Colo. – Police have a “person of interest” in custody in connection with the robbery of the Wells Fargo back at 15301 E. Hampden Avenue Saturday afternoon. Immediately following the robbery, police closed the intersection of Iliff and Buckley after reports the suspect might have taken hostages. According to our crew on the scene, police stopped and searched nearly two dozen cars. The adult occupants of the vehicles were handcuffed during the investigation.
  • Pro-Walker Marine veteran dragged out and arrested at Bill Clinton-Barrett Rally in Wisconsin

    06/01/2012 7:13:15 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 174 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    A pro-Walker Marine vet got into a few confrontations at Democrat Tom Barrett’s rally today with Bill Clinton in Wisconsin. The Franklin Center has video. They couldn’t handle the truth. So, union cops were called in and dragged him out of the rally and arrested him. They didn’t like what he was saying. The Marine is predicting a 10 point win for Scott Walker. I second that.
  • Feds order Florida to halt ongoing push to remove ineligible voters from rolls.

    06/01/2012 10:00:35 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Federal authorities are demanding that Florida halt its push to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls. In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove ineligible voters. The state's effort has already come under fire from local election supervisors who belong to both political parties, as well as Democratic members of Congress and voting rights groups. Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Department of...
  • GOP senators slam federal judges’ plan for retreat at Maui resort

    05/29/2012 4:35:30 PM PDT · by rottndog · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 21, 2012 | Jim McElhatton
    Two senior Republican senators want to know why a group of federal judges and court employees plan to hold a convention this summer at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, an oceanfront hotel where the website invites prospective guests to “frolic,” “pamper” and “play.” Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama said the conference for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco could ultimately cost taxpayers more than $1 million.
  • Creating Moral Hazard

    05/29/2012 2:58:46 PM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-04-29 | [Staff]
    When prominent Democrats maintain the philosophy that government should never let a serious crisis go to waste it’s no surprise that they assume government has to react to every market hiccup, particularly after the Great Recession. What they don’t think about is perhaps doing nothing is as good as, if not better than drafting expansionist policies. JP Morgan’s much maligned $3 billion hedging failure is the crisis of the day and there hasn’t been a shortage of pundits and Democratic policymakers who urge action in the face of this “crisis.” Paul “Blame Bush” Krugman wrote that the situation means reform...
  • MAIG Coordinators Paid as City Employees, Saves Gun-Hater's Money

    05/28/2012 7:26:00 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies
    Allnineyards ^ | May 20th | Sean Caranna
    Here's a great way to reduce overhead and be effective at running a national organization dedicated to infringing on the gun rights of everyday people all at the same time... Have cities hire your people for you so that tax payers cover 1/4 of your people’s salary and benefits, pay for most of their operational costs, and finance all of their other resources! It also embeds your people as leaders in city government so that you don’t have to lobby there! Sounds like another conspiracy theory from the tinfoil hat brigade... Right? Back in March, while researching the repeal of...
  • Man Loses $22,000 In New 'Policing For Profit' Case

    MONTEREY, Tenn. -- "If somebody told me this happened to them, I absolutely would not believe this could happen in America." "You live in the United States, you think you have rights -- and apparently you don't," said George Reby.
  • Honour student JAILED for missing school (shortened)

    05/27/2012 7:35:13 PM PDT · by AlmaKing · 34 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 5-25-2012 | Hannah Rand
    FULL TITLE: Honour student who works two jobs to support her siblings after her parents split up and left town is put in JAIL for missing school due to exhaustion. Devastated: Diane Tran, 17, has a criminal record and spent a night in jail after being charged with truancy. She works two jobs to support her family Abandoned: Her parents divorced 'out of the blue' and left Tran and her two siblings to fend for themselves Ms Tran said she works a full time job, a part-time job, and takes advancement and dual credit college level courses at Willis High...
  • Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition Banned in Venezuela

    05/27/2012 5:01:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    venezuelanalysis.com ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Ewan Robertson
    Mérida, 25th May 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – From 1 June the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition will be banned in Venezuela, confirmed Venezuelan Justice and Interior Relations minister Tareck El Aissami yesterday. Since the measure was first passed on 29 February over 805,000 rounds of ammunition have been recovered by Venezuelan authorities as part of an auditing process of gun stores. These are now held by the Venezuelan Anonymous Company of Military Industries (Cavim), which manufactures ammunition for state security bodies. The announcement was part of the first annual presentation by the Presidential Commission for Disarmament and Control of Arms...
  • Senator Leahy attacks Supreme Court, threatens Chief Justice Roberts

    05/25/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/25/2012 | Doug Book
    Two months ago, Barack Obama decided he could intimidate the United States Supreme Court into finding his namesake healthcare plan Constitutional. Overturning the Affordable Care Act “…would amount to an unprecedented, extraordinary step of judicial activism” said the President at a rare White House news conference, adding “…I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress.” (1) Though someone with the hyper-arrogant mentality of the Manchurian Candidate doesn’t really need a reason to direct this sort of...
  • MILLER: Iraq vet brutalized over guns in D.C.

    05/25/2012 5:44:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) seems to have it out for our military. The department is using the city’s pointless firearm registration mandate to harass, arrest and jail servicemen. Army 1st Sergeant Matt Corrigan was woken in the middle of the night, forced out of his home, arrested, had his home ransacked, had his guns seized and was thrown in jail -- where he was lost in the prison system for two weeks -- all because the District refuses to recognize the meaning of the Second Amendment. This week, the city dropped all charges against Sgt. Corrigan, but the damage...
  • City on the brink: The rise and ongoing fall of North Las Vegas

    05/25/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Delen Goldberg (contact)
    For most of the past decade, North Las Vegas was one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Construction crews couldn’t build houses quickly enough. New schools, parks and neighborhoods popped up seemingly overnight. Restaurants and shopping plazas overtook desert stretches, and plans were drawn for “casino alley,” a mini-Strip of gaming resorts. Most residents welcomed the growth. A 2009 survey found that half the population rated the quality of life in North Las Vegas as excellent or good. Three-quarters of residents said they’d recommend living in the city.
  • Drones Pose a Threat to Americans' Privacy: Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones...

    05/24/2012 8:18:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | May 23, 2012 | Gene Healy
    Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones in the United States. "Don't drone, me, bro!"—that's one way to sum up Charles Krauthammer's heated reaction to last week's news that the Federal Aviation Administration had loosened restrictions on local police departments' use of surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. "Stop it here, stop it now," Krauthammer exclaimed on Fox News's "Special Report" Monday, "I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home. ... I'm not encouraging, but I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his...
  • EPA holds 12-hour hearings with environmentalists to slow coal production

    05/24/2012 8:58:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Josh Peterson
    The Environmental Protection Agency held 12 hours of stacked hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on Thursday in favor of a regulation that analysts have concluded would kill the building of new conventional coal plants in the U.S. Among the participants scheduled to testify in consecutive five minute blocks throughout the day were multiple representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and environmental activists from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. The proposed rule, reported by The Washington Post in March, limits the amount of greenhouse gases emitted...
  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • Sen. Reid Blocks Ban on $4 Billion Illegal Immigrant Tax Credit Loophole

    05/23/2012 6:35:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/23/2012 | Wynton Hall
    A bill that would close an IRS tax credit loophole that allows the IRS to funnel over $4 billion to illegal immigrants is being held up by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, has been vocal in his disdain for the blatant misuse of taxpayer monies: I’m disappointed that the Majority Leader objected to our effort today to prevent billions in tax credits from being wrongly sent to illegal immigrants claiming they have dependents, many of whom do not live in...
  • Obama’s DOJ Puts Chicago Anti-Gun Agenda Above IL Resident’s Constitutional Rights

    05/24/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- The Illinois State Police are pushing legislation that could have a severe, negative impact on gun rights in Illinois. Senate Bill 1034, which was introduced as an anti-drug bill, was recently amended by the state House of Representatives to cover Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. This issue surfaced due to the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), which has allegedly threatened to shut down Illinois State Police access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS if numerous changes to Illinois law are not implemented. The ISP are the point of contact for NICS checks, so...
  • Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

    05/24/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | May 23, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft. Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate. The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and...
  • Click it or Ticket - Primary Stop Seat Belt Law - 21st May through Memorial Day

    05/23/2012 8:38:31 PM PDT · by dila813 · 162 replies
    Facebook Group ^ | Today | Me
    The news is that the Click it or Ticket stepped up enforcement is started on Monday. Even if you are wearing your seatbelt, that isn't any protection against a ticket. Police can now stop you for no other reason than they say you weren't wearing it. This is the ultimate revenue generator. On Twitter, the propaganda is in full swing @NHTSAgov #ClickItorTicket
  • THE CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY: Boehner said to be blocking Issa committee vote on contempt

    05/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5/22/12 | Dutchman6
    Lapdog AP reporter Jordy Yager writes: Rep. Issa might not have the votes to push forward Holder contempt charge> Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) might not have the votes in his own committee to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. A number of Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are wary of moving forward with Issa’s proposed measure, putting the powerful chairman in an awkward position as he attempts to build support for the move. . . Two of the committee’s 23 Republicans have declined to support the measure at this point, while five other...
  • White House to Spend $20 million to Pitch ObamaCare

    05/23/2012 8:45:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Ever since the Democrats passed ObamaCare "so we could find out what's in it," Americans have overwhelmingly said they didn't like the new law.  Now, the Obama Administration is spending $20 million of taxpayer money on a new public relations campaign to try to sell us, yet again, on this unprecedented intrusion into our lives by legislation that 72% of Americans believe violates the Constitution.The new public relations campaign "will inform the American people about the many preventative benefits" of ObamaCare according to the White House spin machine.   Porter-Novelli, one of the planet's glitziest consumer marketing firms, has been awarded the...
  • Stealth 'gun control' threatens Illinois

    05/23/2012 4:42:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 May, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Illinois gun owners now face a brand new attack on their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. With gun rights advocates in Illinois having started in the last few years to find their voices and realize their power, the legislature's forcible citizen disarmament advocates are resorting to furtiveness in their efforts to impose new infringements on that which shall not be infringed. From an Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) alert: BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Illinois State Police are teaming up to pass legislation to destroy your...
  • Udder nonsense: Raw-milk confiscations begin

    05/22/2012 8:47:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 20, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The founder of the Organic Pastures business in California is reporting that government health officials have begun tracking down the names and addresses of natural-foods customers and showing up at their homes, demanding to confiscate any raw milk they might have. The dispute over raw milk has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with a judge ruling that owners of cows have no right to the milk their herds produce, and protests being staged by mad moms whose access to such foods is being threatened. The latest report is at NaturalNews.com, which interviewed McAfee. The report said Los Angeles...
  • When the looter is the government

    05/21/2012 1:30:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2012 | George Will
    Russ Caswell, 68, is bewildered: “What country are we in?” He and his wife, Pat, are ensnared in a Kafkaesque nightmare unfolding in Orwellian language. This town’s police department is conniving with the federal government to circumvent Massachusetts law — which is less permissive than federal law — to seize his livelihood and retirement asset. In the lawsuit titled United States of America v. 434 Main Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, the government is suing an inanimate object, the motel Caswell’s father built in 1955. The U.S. Department of Justice intends to seize it, sell it for perhaps $1.5 million and give...
  • Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban

    05/20/2012 10:40:55 AM PDT · by thouworm · 82 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 18, 2012 | Michael Hastings
    “I just don’t want to see something this significant – whatever the pros and cons – go through without anyone noticing,” “ says one source on the Hill, who is disturbed by the law. According to this source, the law would allow "U.S. propaganda intended to influence foreign audiences to be used on the domestic population." The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight...
  • California State Senate Passes Anti-Gun Legislation

    05/20/2012 7:59:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- The battle for your Second Amendment rights continues to rage in Sacramento. On Monday, May 14, the California Senate passed two bills that are detrimental to California gun owners. Senate Bill 1315 passed in the state Senate by a vote of 21 to 14 and Senate Bill 1366 passed by a vote of 23 to 14. Senate Bill 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearm preemption law. Firearm preemption laws are in place to standardize firearm laws across the state. This critical law...
  • Obama campaign working to counter new voter ID laws

    05/19/2012 9:01:34 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 may 2012 | Amy Gardner
    President Obama’s reelection campaign launched a national drive Friday to counter new restrictive voter-access laws, which advisers said threaten his electoral chances in November. Organizers will fan out in key swing states this weekend to teach volunteers and voters how to navigate a series of laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures imposing stricter identification requirements, limiting early voting and making it harder to organize voter-registration drives. It is the beginning of a months-long effort, campaign officials said, to combat what they described as a Republican effort to stifle voting among young people and minorities, two groups that traditionally tend to...
  • Alleged Armed Officers Shut Down Mass. Ice Cream Stand Indefinitely

    05/17/2012 7:34:17 AM PDT · by Cowman · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 16, 2012 | Becket Adams
    If you’re the owner of an ice cream stand in Massachusetts and you make building improvements without asking the state for permission, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a prohibition-style shutdown. An ice cream stand in Great Brook Farm State Park, MA (of course), was shut down by state officials this weekend after it was discovered that the owner had made building improvements without the appropriate permits, lowellsun.com reports. “Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the stand, said armed...
  • Catholic University Says Obamacare Will Double Insurance Costs

    05/16/2012 2:55:39 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 14 replies
    The Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced it will drop health insurance coverage for students because the cost of the plan is expected to double under Obamacare. [...]The plan currently costs approximately $600 per year. However, Hernon said their health care provider informed them that under Obamacare, the policy would double in price to $1,200 and the following year it would triple. “We couldn’t believe the price (increase),” he told Fox News. “We had them go back and reconfirm it. They said it was dictated by coverage limits that were released by the Obama administration.” “At the end of the...
  • Detroit groundskeeper fired after finding loaded gun, handing it to cops

    05/15/2012 3:57:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 15, 2012
    A Detroit groundskeeper, who turned in a loaded handgun he found hidden in weeds while working, was fired by the Wayne County Department of Public Services, MyFoxDetroit.com reports. John Chevilott, who is just two years shy of retirement, found the loaded snub-nosed revolver on May 3 when he and his crew were mowing a lawn in Wayne County. Chevilott secured the gun, waiting for police to drive by so he could hand it over to them.
  • Cruel and Unusual Regulation

    05/15/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-15 | Hugh Johnson
    Despite being prohibited by no less than the United States Constitution, cruel and unusual punishment is apparently in vogue at the EPA. Obviously former EPA administrator Al Almendariz meant figurative crucifixion, but his negative attitude betrays an alarming view towards oil and natural gas companies that provide over 90 percent of primary residential energy consumption. Thankfully Al Almendariz resigned when his comments recently came to light nearly two years after he made them. That’s two years of crucifying oil and natural gas companies while Obama wastes money Solyndra and other on failed green collar projects. Green energy provides less than...
  • EDITORIAL: D.C. grabs guns from soldier

    05/14/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 May, 2012 | NA
    The District grabbed the guns belonging to 1st Lt. Augustine Kim and won’t give them back. Two years ago, the South Carolina Army national guardsman had been injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Now he’s fighting to restore his constitutional rights. Before deploying overseas, the soldier drove his collection - which included an AR-15, a Beretta 9mm and several .45 caliber pistols - to his parents’ house in New Jersey for safe storage. Upon his return to the states and recovery, Lt. Kim wanted to bring his weapons back to his home in Charleston. On the way,...
  • Agenda 21 Treaty on the Horizon

    05/13/2012 5:13:54 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | 5.13.12 | Henry Lamb
    While liberal journalists continue to claim that Agenda 21 is just a “conspiracy theory” being advanced by right-wing crackpots, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL) have released their fourth Draft of the International Covenant on Environment and Development. This document was designed from the beginning to convert the “soft-law” non-binding Agenda 21 into firmly binding global law — enforceable through the International Criminal Court and/or the dispute resolution features of the Convention on the Law of the Sea. Two excellent analyses of this document are available here and here....
  • Mom ends up in jail after son's baptism

    05/13/2012 9:39:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/13/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Last December, a 12-year-old boy was baptized in a Karns Baptist church. Four months later, his mother went to jail as a result. "I was in complete shock," Stephanie "Stacy" Miller recalled of the day in April when Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann ordered her jailed. "The guy had to drag me down the hallway. I was like, 'I just had my son baptized.' I laid my head (on the arresting deputy's) shoulder and just cried, 'Please, help me.'" Swann's controversial decision is raising questions about the use of the state's criminal contempt law to punish parents...
  • Insurers must credit ObamaCare when giving new round of rebates, feds say

    05/13/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/13/12 | WSJ
    Health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer that the check is the result of the Obama administration's health-care law, according to federal guidelines released Friday.
  • California Legislation Would Abolish Parental Control of Childrens Choice of Sex

    05/12/2012 10:27:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 73 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 5/12/12 | Chuck Ness
    It has become clear for some time that there is no limit to which a leftist will go in there attempt to control mankind from the cradle to the grave. Even the fear of voter backlash in an election year does not seem to slow them down any longer. Why else would Obama come out of the closet in full support of same sex marriage, at the same time that California Democrats are attempting to criminalize a parent's influence upon their child's sexual orientation. Passing through the California Senate Judiciary committee by a vote of 3-1, SB 1172 is...
  • Recent rulings in teacher salary disputes put arbitration on Legislature’s radar screen

    05/13/2012 10:12:23 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 5/13/2012 | By Anjeanette Damon (contact)
    A budget is not just a plan to spend money. It’s a statement of priorities — a paper-and-ink manifesto of what an elected official or board believes is important. In an ideal world, the budget matches a politician’s campaign promises. And if it doesn’t, the public can decide whether to vote the person out. But what happens when a major portion of a public budget is put in the hands of someone who isn’t elected and isn’t subject to the decisions of an elected board? Such is the case when a labor dispute heads to arbitration. And in the aftermath...
  • Mother of 3 arrested, abused for taking pictures of tourist attraction at airport

    05/12/2012 10:00:30 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 109 replies
    American Vision News ^ | 5/12/2012 | Joel McDurmon
    <p>This case is a frightening example of what can happen when a photographer encounters ignorant bullies with badges. According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Nancy Genovese, a mother of three, was driving home on County Road 31 past Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County. Gabreski Airport displays a decorative helicopter shell by the roadway to the public, which is visible to all who pass by.</p>
  • Blind gun enthusiast wins appeal to get guns back, again

    05/12/2012 12:59:24 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 05/12/2012 | unknown
    A blind firearms enthusiast can have his gun collection back, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday, in the latest development of what has become an ongoing Second Amendment rights saga. A prosecutor's office had asked a judge to revoke Steve Hopler's gun permit and seize all guns in his possession arguing that Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others, NJ.com reports. But the troubles allegedly first started back in 1994 when police revoked his permit after learning he was blind. Hope, now 49, won an appeal to get the permit back with a stipulation; Hope can only fire...
  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/11/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 247 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/9/12 | Survivalist Forum
    guess Alex Jones is still crazy?? He has been talking about this for months. Bend over and take it America. Don't be upset, this is all done in love and it is all for freedom! Everyone lets sing the Sean Hannity song together...let freedom ring, let the white dove sing...." I love freedom!
  • Metra Unveils Commuter Rail Security Restrictions For NATO

    05/11/2012 8:35:23 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/11/2012 | unknown
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some commuters will have to make alternate plans during the NATO Summit, as Metra today said it will close several stations on the Electric Line. All Metra passengers–not just those on the Electric Line–will also face carry-on restrictions and security screenings from May 19-21. Riders will be allowed one briefcase-sized bag up to 15 by 15 inches and four inches deep. Riders will not be allowed to carry boxes, luggage, backpacks, pocket knives, bikes, food or liquid. This includes all beverages, such as coffee and soda.