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  • Texas AG to Land-Grabbing Obama BLM: ‘Come and Take it’

    04/22/2014 3:30:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Todd Cefaratti
    Tensions between states’ rights supporters and the federal government remain high after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retreated last week at the Bundy Ranch after a tense standoff with hundreds of supporters, many of whom were armed. The Bundy Ranch situation has escalated little over the course of 20 years, but finally, the BLM stepped too far when they claimed dominion over thousands of acres of land in Nevada and began seizing Cliven Bundy’s cattle. The response by patriots throughout the country was swift and awe-inspiring as citizens flocked to the middle of nowhere to support the rancher, including...
  • Father So Heartbroken About Daughter Held at Hospital Against His Will (truncated title)

    02/20/2014 9:19:39 AM PST · by CSM · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 17, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    The last time Lou Pelletier spoke with his 15-year-old daughter was Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. For this father of four, though, the day held a different meaning for his youngest valentine: It marked one year since she was taken and placed in a psychiatric ward against her parents’ will. “We need help,” Lou Pelletier told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview, explaining why he made the decision to break a judge’s gag order and talk about the situation. “I’m trying to save my daughter’s life,” he said. “While still being able to live,” Jessica, one of Justina’s older sisters, added....
  • Restaurant Faces Investigation For Offering Church Discount

    07/05/2012 4:17:13 PM PDT · by onlylewis · 81 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/5/2012 | By Todd Starnes
    A family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania is under a state discrimination investigation for offering a ten percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission confirmed there is an investigation against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in the town of Columbia. The complaint was filed by John Wolff, a retired electrical engineer. “I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particular in Lancaster County,” Wolff told the York Daily Record. “I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in particular,...
  • 92% Favor Strict Limits on Government To Protect the Individual

    04/18/2012 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 23 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    Voters believe too much government power is a dangerous thing and put a very high value on protecting the rights of the individual. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the statement that a government powerful enough to do everything you want is also powerful enough to take away everything you have. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 23% disagree with that statement. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure about it. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 16-17, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports....
  • Report that a bill has been passed to prohibit any protest of the President

    03/13/2012 4:51:50 AM PDT · by Ab Alius Domitor · 95 replies
    Fox News | 3/13/2012
    I admit I am on drugs for a messed up back but I was watching Fox and Friends News this morning and heard that congress had passed a bill making it a felony to protest the President or any one with Secret Service protection. Was I dreaming this or did anyone else hear this? I went to their web site after I heard it but I can't find anything. Please help me Freeper's before I lose my mind and move to some 3rd world country!!!
  • Extremism in Defense of Equality

    02/08/2012 4:10:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Mike Adams
    The more often liberals speak on the topic of same-sex marriage, the more illogical their arguments become. Of course, the worst arguments come from liberal professors because they talk about the subject to the point of obsession. And the worst of the worst come from English professors steeped in postmodern orthodoxy. A recent letter to the editor by North Carolina English professor Dick Veit is illustrative. Dick writes the following (in italics). I respond intermittently. Students considering a major in English at a secular university should read his words carefully: If you can’t claim that your own marriage would be...
  • Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US ..

    02/02/2012 3:30:12 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 51 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1-30-12 | Al-Hayat (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which aired on Al-Hayat TV on January 30, 2012. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It is a very inspiring time - that you have overthrown a dictator, and that you are striving to achieve a genuine democracy. So I think people in the United States are hoping that this transition will work, and that there will genuinely be a government of, by, and for the people. [...] I met with the head of the elections commission. I think that the first step has gone well, and that elections...
  • Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US

    02/03/2012 2:27:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    MEMRI ^ | January 30, 2012 | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Video at Link.
  • One Cheer for Democracy

    12/19/2011 9:09:14 AM PST · by varialectio · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 December | Jeff Lipkes
    snip Here is the historian W.H. Lecky: No fact is more incontestable and conspicuous than the love of democracy for authoritative regulation[.] ... The great majority of the democracies of the world are now frankly protectionist, and even in free-trade countries the multiplication of laws regulating, restricting, and interfering with industry in all its departments is one of the most marked characteristics of our time... The expansion of the authority and the multiplication of the functions of the State in other fields, and especially in the field of social regulation, is an equally apparent accompaniment of modern democracy. This increase...
  • Undermining the Attorney-Client Privilege

    10/05/2011 9:06:34 PM PDT · by ARCLights · 3 replies
    Business Rights Watch ^ | Oct. 4, 2011 | Alexander R. Cohen
    Should a lawyer be able to represent both a corporation and its employees? If a corporation’s executives and other employees can’t trust the company’s lawyer not to cooperate in their prosecution, how can anyone speak openly to that lawyer on behalf of the corporation? These, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers argued, were among the questions raised by the Third Circuit’s decision in United States v. Norris, which the Supreme Court this week declined to review. Morgan Crucible Co. had waived its attorney-client privilege as part of its cooperation with an antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice, and...
  • POWERFUL MOVIE: CORRUPTION OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLICE

    07/07/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT · by Jerrybob · 4 replies
    Co-worker and I were discussing the fact that it is quite a leap for many people to admit to themselves that Obama is corrupt enough and evil enough to be INTENTIONALLY harming this country. Then my wife and I recently watched this movie on dvd: http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2008/q4/changeling.aspx POWERFUL movie documenting the true story of a woman's fight against a very corrupt LAPD in the 1920s. Stars Angelina Jolie, directed by Clint Eastwood. Shows just how corrupt and self-serving elected officials can be.
  • Bond v. U.S., A Most Important Victory for Federalism

    06/20/2011 12:02:57 AM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 80 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 18th, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    The Goldwater Institute is praising yesterday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Bond v. U.S.: Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of the best and most important decisions ever on federalism.  The Court unanimously held that not just states but individuals have standing to challenge federal laws as violations of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. This decision is as radical in the direction of liberty as the New Deal was radical in the direction of socialism. Click here to read the decision. In short, freedom advocates like us just got a green light from the USSC to bring more cases under the...
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBSNewYork.com ^ | 2/2/11 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Smokers have just one message to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. “We’re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,” City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. “People who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,” Council Speaker...
  • Letter: Banning Sharia law similar to ban on polygamy

    11/23/2010 9:16:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | November 17, 2010 | Jim Williams
    Muneer Awad (Your Views, Nov. 14) referred to Sharia as a set of rules that “guide” the daily life of Muslims. He further said that no government should “intrude on any religious community's right to practice its faith.” Would this exclude a ban on polygamy? Should Kalona, Iowa, allow Amish law? Should the Wiccan community be as respected as the Muslim community? The Constitution wasn't written to protect minority (or community) rights. It was written to protect individual rights. I can no longer exercise the way of life in which I grew up. I can't smoke where I please. A...
  • FDA shuts down Morningland Dairy despite clean tests

    10/11/2010 7:21:59 AM PDT · by thesearethetimes... · 106 replies
    "The FDA took many swabs of their cheese plant and tank room and all samples came back negative for any pathogens. Nothing found and yet they still must destroy their cheese. They are now able to sell milk into the commercial pasteurized chain, and that will allow them to keep the cows, but that’s about it."
  • Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    07/22/2010 11:15:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 74 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/22/2010 | Allan Hall in Berlin
    Germany's health system is funded by a series of mandatory health insurance funds, all of which are reporting serious deficits as the system is overused. Recently the German Teachers' Association recommended weighing children in class each day and reporting the seriously overweight to social services, who would have the power to remove them to clinics. "The question must be admitted whether the immense costs that, for example, arise from excessive consumption of food, can be permanently paid out of the consolidated health system," said Marco Wanderwitz, the conservative MP for the state of Saxony. "I think it's sensible that people...
  • Glenn Beck TV Thread July 13th 2010

    07/13/2010 1:40:05 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 67 replies · 2+ views
    FOX news Glenn Beck ^ | July 13th 2010 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck TV thread July 13th 2010 Welcome to the GLENN BECK television thread...Stand. Never give up. Never give in. We are another day closer to the 2010 elections. All Beckerheads, infidels, sick twisted freaks, ilks and lurkers are welcome and are encouraged to participate in the thread.
  • SCOTUS ruling shows how far gun rights have come

    07/04/2010 3:48:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 4, 2010 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    Topping last week's legal stories was the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago, holding that the Second Amendment -- which the Supreme Court just two years ago interpreted to protect an individual right to own a gun -- also protects the individual right to own a gun against state and local interference. Many people were unimpressed, regarding this as a statement of the obvious. Others -- like Rush Limbaugh -- were alarmed, noting that what should have been an obvious statement of a right specifically protected in the Constitution nonetheless made it by a bare 5-4 vote in the...
  • Government "Help"

    06/16/2010 4:13:24 PM PDT · by Zanton · 2 replies · 76+ views
    Not once in the history of man has the government ever successfully "stimulated" the economy. Not once has the state ever "rescued" the economy or "made it grow." If the government could genuinely perform such financial magic -- successfully printing money, or conjuring wealth from the clear blue sky, etc. -- wouldn't it do it all of the time, and at a much higher level? In the history of the world, all that government intervention in production and trade has ever done is make various economic actors -- both labor and management -- behave in ways that they don't want...
  • Discussion on the intent of the Commerce Clause

    12/25/2009 1:56:41 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 263 replies · 5,877+ views
    Dec 25, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that Congress has the authority to mandate that people buy health insurance and that there is no constitutional limit on Congress’ power to enact such mandates, adding that this unlimited authority stemmed from the Commerce clause of the Constitution. And apparently 59 other Democrat senators agree with her. It is my understanding that the intent of the commerce clause is to assign the responsibility of regulating commerce (the transportation and trading of goods with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes) to the central government, taking the law-making responsibility for...
  • Health Care Not In Constitution

    12/23/2009 5:08:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,647+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Self-Evident Truths: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says it comes under the Commerce Clause. Rep. Steny Hoyer says it's mandated by the "general welfare" clause. Despite liberal wishes, health care is not a right. The "living Constitution" that Democrats and their court appointees have given us may be the death of our freedoms. Their constitution adapts to the times and serves the whims of the elitists. The Constitution is supposed to limit government powers. It does not allow government to do anything it feels like doing. Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is the author of...
  • Can We as Citizens of a State Secede From the Union?

    05/06/2009 7:08:17 PM PDT · by street_lawyer · 57 replies · 3,577+ views
    Forward: I wrote this article some time ago. A few days ago Oklahoma passed a resolution declaring its sovereignty. While I haven’t read House Concurrent Resolution 1028 according to news reports this was the second attempt, the first being vetoed by Gov. Brad Henry. According to one news report: “HCR 1028, which, if passed, would be sent to Democratic President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to "get back into their proper constitutional role.” The resolution states the federal government should "cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of...
  • S. 324 The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act

    04/16/2009 12:58:55 PM PDT · by CrystalD · 3 replies · 978+ views
    The Library of Congress Thomas ^ | Introduced Jan 26, 2009 | Sen. Robert Menéndez [D-NJ]
    Mar 30, 2009: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote. The vote was held under a suspension of the rules to cut debate short and pass the bill, needing a two-thirds majority.The totals were 391 Ayes, 8 Nays, 32 Present/Not Voting.
  • Project Overlord

    04/02/2009 3:43:50 AM PDT · by Zanton · 729+ views
    April 2nd, 2009 | Zanton
    Today's G-20 economic summit conference in London is virtually guarenteed to be a ghastly pro-Big Government orgy -- a veritable Lolapalooza for Leviathan. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan -- not to mention John Locke and Adam Smith -- are going to be spinning in their graves. Nothing is more certain than that this tour de force of politico-economic stupidity and depravity is going to come out four-square against true free enterprize, capitalism, and laissez-faire. Sadly and almost incomprehensibly, the great conclusion of today's deepest thinkers (sic) is that the "Anglo-Saxon" version of political and economic liberty has proven to be...
  • Bedrock of the Constitution

    02/25/2009 12:20:09 AM PST · by parousia · 4 replies · 457+ views
    New American ^ | October 30, 2008 | Edwin Vieira, Jr.
    Understanding how the Constitution was based on the Declaration of Independence provides the knowledge needed to defend our God-given rights. Would any reasonably prudent businessman sign a proposed contract involving a large-scale venture to be conducted over many years, if the other party admitted that most of the contract's terms were undefined, that some terms were so vague as to be undefinable, and that in the future he intended to interpret all of the contract's provisions in whatever matter might suit his own purposes at that time? Obviously not. Yet this is precisely the theory of "the living Constitution" that...
  • Guns and Bitter

    06/27/2008 6:51:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 18 replies · 103+ views
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment to the U. S. ConstitutionThe aftermath of the Supreme Court’s historic affirmation of an individual’s right to bear arms illustrates the philosophical divide between the Left and Right, Conservative and Liberal. Liberals believe that rights emanate from the government while conservatives hold that the individual has inherent rights. When the Founding Fathers established America’s representative democracy the world was just beginning to emerge from the feudal and monarchic traditions that...
  • Mayday for Payday Loans?

    06/04/2008 12:44:24 PM PDT · by dcarey · 27 replies · 123+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | June 4, 2008 | Byron Schlomach, Ph.D
    A recent editorial in the Arizona Daily Star takes the view that payday loans should be outlawed in Arizona, as scheduled, in 2010. Payday loans are very small loans that accept future paychecks as collateral and charge high fees and rates of interest. . While I agree with the Star that it's not good for people to be using payday loans on a regular basis, I think the choice should be left to individuals, not government. Generally, it's a bad idea to finance a business startup with credit cards. But I know a millionaire who did exactly that to get...
  • Conservatives with a Black Eye may Win Anyway!

    05/14/2008 4:54:28 PM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 7 replies · 154+ views
    5/13/08 | Bowtie52
    Barak Obama touts one form of Socialism after another and has the nerve to call it change. Hillary, already known for being a Socialist as well as a bald faced liar is simply annoyed that her chances of making the grade are slipping away. In all her campaign contributions, she has yet to garner enough money to give back the silverware she ripped off when she was in the White House. This is the Democrat’s idea of change. It’s time to face reality. What is really the Republican’s idea of change? The hand wringing over the lack of a genuine...
  • Socialism; say Yes or No

    05/13/2008 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 84 replies · 584+ views
    May 9 2008 | Bowtie52
    The time has come for America to make a choice. The arch enemy of Socialism is Individual Rights. The 08 election has become a referendum that will determine which path America will take. As the primary issues are presented IE immigration, economy or the wars that are currently taking place, everyone wants to discuss the stance each candidate will take. The media will parse the words and regurgitate them in light of “how” the candidate has either voted or expressed himself on related issues. They might draw a line indicating that on “XYZ” issue the candidate is conservative or liberal...
  • Second Amendment Poll-USATODAY (question about Individual Rights)

    01/05/2008 8:35:40 AM PST · by do the dhue · 118 replies · 1,541+ views
    email | 1/5/7 | do the dhue
    Please vote this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. Hopefully these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms. First - vote on this one. Second - launch it to all the pro-gun folks and have THEM vote - then we will see if the results get published. To vote in...
  • Mayor voices outrage over court decision striking down gun ban

    03/09/2007 5:39:20 PM PST · by Billy Jacks blog · 71 replies · 1,872+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 9, 2007
    The mayor of the nation's capital says he's "deeply disappointed" and "outraged" by an appeals court decision today striking down a long-standing Washington, D-C law against owning handguns. The court rejected the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies only to militias. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the decision "flies in the face of laws that have helped decrease gun violence" in the city. He says the city will appeal -- and that in the meantime, the law will be enforced. The handgun ban went into effect in 1976.
  • Wither the 4th Amendment?

    09/01/2006 12:37:16 PM PDT · by CZB · 39 replies · 997+ views
    09-01-2006 | CZB
    I'm a renter. Shoot me, OK. Or, if you can't do that, at the very least take away my 4th Amendment rights. Or, whatever is left of them. In Baltimore County, Maryland, where I live, the county government has the right to come in and inspect my house as part of a "landord registration" law that includes a "rental unit inspection" process. The inspection was shoved through the local duma (Baltimore County Council) by one Vincent Gardenia, D., former Sierra Club official it says on his bio. He might also boast that his is the office that hung up on...
  • Pro-Integration Corporations Should Not Be Shaping Canada's Economic Policy

    08/24/2006 8:14:38 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 167 replies · 1,254+ views
    Vive le Canada ^ | August 15, 2006 | Meera Karunananthan
    NACC should not be writing Canadian policy, says Council of Canadians According to the U.S. Department of State, the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) met in Washington today to find ways “to cut red tape or eliminate unnecessary barriers to trade in North America,” and to set priorities for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). “Corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Wal-Mart, Suncor and Chevron should not be shaping economic policy between Canada and the United States,” says Jean-Yves LeFort, trade campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “The North American Competitiveness Council gives far too much power to...
  • Murakami Yoshiaki Gets Hammered Down

    06/08/2006 11:10:14 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 188+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Murakami Yoshiaki (that's my son's name, too...but no doubt the characters are different) faces a possible three years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000 - small change when you consider the billions he has made. Murakami is a corporate raider in a land where business is done by consensus. In the end, he admitted to inadvertently "breaking the law" by buying shares after he had "heard" that a company might be the target of a hostile takeover. Normally, this is called insider trading. But the Japanese also have a way of not saying things directly. It causes...
  • Illegal in Arkansas to Smoke in a Vehicle With A Minor? (What was that about a free country?)

    06/02/2006 5:40:02 PM PDT · by sweetliberty · 501 replies · 3,613+ views
    June 2, 2006
    I heard today as I was getting ready to leave work that as of today, it is illegal in the state of Arkansas to smoke in a private vehicle with a minor or on the premises of any business establishment frequented by minors. Does anybody have any more detailed information on this? If true, this is an outrage! Not unexpected, but an outrage nevertheless. Before we know it, we will have to have prior government approval to use a public restroom.
  • Smoking Ban Moves Outdoors (CA)

    03/18/2006 8:43:01 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 121 replies · 1,653+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 18, 2006 | Bob Pool
    Calabasas makes it illegal to light up in public spaces, with fines up to $500. Some residents breathe easier, but others just fume. As a pioneering public smoking ban went into effect Friday in Calabasas, enforcement came from a higher authority: Mother Nature. A pouring rainstorm snuffed out renegade smokers' cigarettes and sent them scurrying for cover as security guards began issuing warnings at the town's main shopping center. Calabasas, an upscale suburb perched on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, was generating international attention for what appears to be the nation's first ban on smoking in all...
  • Colorado Law Conference ; March 4-5

    01/29/2006 8:26:44 PM PST · by patriot93 · 5 replies · 479+ views
    Front Range Objectivist Website ^ | 1/29/2006 | Tom Hall
    The American legal system is in real trouble. Many solutions have been offered-limitations on tort damage awards, restrictions of intellectual property rights, limits on class action suits, increases and decreases in various criminal penalties, and even changes in the Senate confirmation procedure for Supreme Court Justices. Many of the reforms sought do not address the fundamental issues involved, and therefore will ultimately fail. But how does one decide whether a particular reform is appropriate? To establish and preserve a free society, citizens must recognize, as the foundation of that society, the principle of individual rights. Rights are "the concept that...
  • SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OREGON'S SUICIDE LAW

    01/17/2006 7:07:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1,116 replies · 18,746+ views
    BREAKING ON THE AP WIRE: WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.
  • In a truly free society, we don't all have to make the same decisions

    11/30/2005 7:46:48 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 37 replies · 772+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November, 30, 2005 | John Stossel
    Smoking can kill you. That's why I don't smoke, and it's why you shouldn't, either. There. I've just done the only things that should be done in a free society to stop people from smoking: I've told you that it's dangerous, I've urged you not to do it, and I've even set a good example. If you'd like other people to be healthy, you should also discourage smoking, too. But if you'd like to be free, and you'd like your neighbor to be free, that's all you should do. It isn't my business to come into your home or business...
  • Refusal to present ID sparks test of rights

    11/29/2005 12:32:57 PM PST · by CedarDave · 117 replies · 2,333+ views
    The Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 29, 2005 | Karen Abbott
    Arvada woman said 'no' at Federal Center while on public bus By Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain News November 29, 2005 Federal prosecutors are reviewing whether to pursue charges against an Arvada woman who refused to show identification to federal police while riding an RTD bus through the Federal Center in Lakewood. Deborah Davis, 50, was ticketed for two petty offenses Sept. 26 by officers who commonly board the RTD bus as it passes through the Federal Center and ask passengers for identification. During the Thanksgiving weekend, an activist who has helped publicize other challenges to government ID requirements posted a...
  • Fascism in a Lei: "Native Hawaiian" Racism

    09/07/2005 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 10 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | September 6, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Fascism in a Lei By Edward Hudgins ehudgins@objectivistcenter.org What could be friendlier or more welcoming place than Hawaii, America's 50th state? If S-147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005, introduced by that state's Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka, is passed by the U.S. Congress, the ugly scourge of racism — the real, honest-to-badness type, not the name calling type that gets flung around too often — will rule those islands which, in the future, might cease to be part of the United States. The proposed legislation would divide Hawaiians into "natives" and all others. Anyone with a drop of...
  • Eminent domain and just desserts

    07/06/2005 10:07:26 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 804+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday - July 5, 2005 | Rick Reiss
    Eminent domain and just desserts By: RICK REISS - For The Californian Where is the American Civil Liberties Union? Our "royal" U.S. Supreme Court just erased private property rights in America. The Kelo v. New London decision effectively reinterpreted the Fifth Amendment to allow the use of eminent domain by local governments to redistribute wealth from one party to another. Re-distributing wealth has long been the mantra of socialism. So we might as well welcome in the new era of a brave new world. Eminent domain is the power of government entities to forcefully buy out private property for the...
  • Kelo v. City of New London

    07/06/2005 7:05:20 AM PDT · by Jay Madham · 8 replies · 731+ views
    The Centreview ^ | July 1, 2005 | Linus Downes
    Supreme Court Strikes Fatal Blow to Rights June 30, 2005 To the Editor: On June 23, 2005, four liberal-socialist U.S. Supreme Court justices — John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — joined by Anthony Kennedy, struck what may be a fatal blow to one of the three fundamental human rights upon which our Republic is founded, that of private property. Enlightenment thinker John Locke’s three fundamental rights of every human being — to life, liberty and property — were adopted by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence as life, liberty and the pursuit of...
  • City council: Feel free to smoke (RAT gets it right)

    07/03/2005 11:26:05 AM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 23 replies · 601+ views
    GallupIndependent.com ^ | 6/29/05 | Zsombor Peter, staff writer
    GALLUP — Councilwoman Mary Ann Armijo vowed to take her smoking ban plan to the people after a split City Council rejected the idea Tuesday evening. Armijo said she would try placing the ordinance, which would have banned smoking in restaurants and other public places across Gallup, on the ballot for a referendum during the city's next general election, in 2007. She thinks the plan will have a better chance of passing in a referendum "because the people that really care are the people that vote." The plan split the council between those Armijo and Mayor Bob Rosebrough who thought...
  • A Principled and Fundamental Opposition to the Savage Murder of Terri Schiavo

    03/26/2005 9:37:01 AM PST · by G. Stolyarov II · 19 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | March 26, 2005 | G. Stolyarov II
    By the time you read this, chances are that Terri Schiavo will be dead. In a land of plenty, where her parents are more than willing to feed her, where millions of thoughtful and concerned citizens have campaigned for her continued provision of sustenance, she is nonetheless condemned to wither away, literally, by a method that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment when applied to the worst of serial rapist-murderers: starvation. Private money and time has been volunteered to support her; Bob and Mary Schindler, Ms. Schiavo’s parents, have, in a blatant display of statist intrusion, been denied the...
  • CA: Community Planning Case Study: Corralitos, California

    10/15/2004 9:36:13 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 33 replies · 530+ views
    Advance Bulletin ^ | Oct 13, 2004 | Susanna Lynton Jennings
    In the name of "protecting" and "enhancing" our neighborhoods, community planners and local busybodies are fanning out all over the country to change our towns and neighborhoods They call it "visioning". An existing town that has excited the interest of community planners is the small town of Corralitos, located in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County, California. The Corralitos Valley Community Plan follows the same guidelines and values as groups like the Congress for New Urbanism and the Smart Growth Network whose stated goals are to reshape our values from an individual rights-oriented society to a "community" or collective...
  • Community Plans Aim to Change Values

    10/15/2004 9:07:30 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 11 replies · 355+ views
    Advance Bulletin ^ | Oct 13, 2004 | Susanna Lynton Jennings
    Summary: Community plans are specifically designed to reflect aesthetically the collective values they seek to impose -- at the expense of individual expression and privacy. Full text: Community planning (including growth management, comprehensive planning and smart growth) is suddenly all the rage. Just a few years ago, the words "charrette", "visioning council", and "consensus planning", were virtually unknown to most Americans. These words have been introduced to our neighborhoods by a coterie of community planners, who've fanned out across the country to confuse Americans into accepting a different political philosophy and a different way of living. Most politicians have adopted...
  • Put The "Independence" Back in Independence Day

    07/02/2004 1:45:31 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 8 replies · 215+ views
    The Star newspapers | July 1, 2004 | Michael S. Berliner
    Put the "Independence" Back in Independence Day June 25, 2004 by Michael Berliner America's cities and towns will soon fill with parades, fireworks, and barbecues. They will be celebrating the Fourth of July, the 228th birthday of America. But one hopes that--on this third post-September 11 Independence Day--the speeches will contain fewer bromides and more attention to exactly what is being celebrated. The Fourth of July is Independence Day, but America's leaders and intellectuals have been trying to move us further and further away from the meaning of Independence Day, away from the philosophy that created this country. What we...
  • Put The "Independence" Back in Independence Day

    07/01/2004 4:35:00 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 6 replies · 198+ views
    The Star newspapers | July 1, 2004 | Michael S. Berliner
    Put The "Independence" Back in Independence Day By Michael S. Berliner America's cities and towns will soon fill with parades, fireworks, and barbecues. They will be celebrating the Fourth of July, the 228th birthday of America. But one hopes that—on this third post-September 11 Independence Day—the speeches will contain fewer bromides and more attention to exactly what is being celebrated. The Fourth of July is Independence Day, but America's leaders and intellectuals have been trying to move us further and further away from the meaning of Independence Day, away from the philosophy that created this country. What we hear from...
  • Michael Moore's Mystery Message

    06/27/2004 10:00:32 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 16 replies · 627+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | June 28, 2004 | G. Stolyarov II
    Gather round, and I shall teach you a new game, called “Michael Moore’s Mystery Message.” It is a fun game, really; you get to see a film, visit a colorful website, manage a few ironic laughs at someone who seeks to make you laugh at President Bush, and, at the end, receive a grand prize. What is this prize? That is a mystery to be unraveled, much like Michael Moore’s message. Are you ready? Watching Michael Moore’s film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” you get to look at pretty pictures of Iraq as a children’s paradise under the benevolent regime of Saddam Hussein....