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  • Nevada Rancher: ‘The Founding Fathers Didn’t Create A Government Like This’

    04/15/2014 10:47:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | April 15, 2014 | CBS/Las Vegas/AP
    RENO, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Nevada rancher said Monday he’s trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights. U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said the agency backed off to avoid a potentially violent situation over the weekend. However, he vowed to go to court to collect more than $1 million in back grazing fees he says Cliven Bundy owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. Bundy, whose family has operated a...
  • Americans keep moving to states with low taxes and housing costs

    10/31/2013 12:03:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 30, 2013 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Critics charge that Texas’s growth depends on the oil and gas industries and is weighted toward low-wage jobs. But in fact, Texas’s low-tax, light-regulation policies have produced a highly diversified economy that from 2002 to 2011 created nearly one-third of the nation’s highest-paying jobs. In those years, its number of upper- and middle-income jobs grew 24 percent.Where are Americans moving, and why? Timothy Noah, writing in the Washington Monthly, professes to be puzzled. He points out that people have been moving out of states with high per capita incomes -- Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland -- to states with lower...
  • Voter ID and the Bigotry of Low Expectations

    10/04/2012 12:03:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2012 | Christopher Paslay
    ..........Helping the poor and disenfranchised get an ID is much broader than simply voting; it is giving them the documentation necessary to both navigate and participate in 21st-century society. Currently, a valid ID is needed to cash a check, apply for working papers, apply for a marriage license, apply for a mortgage, fly on a plane, get a credit card, buy a car, rent a car, rent an apartment, rent a post office box, buy alcohol, cigarettes, a gun, take out student loans, take out home equity loans, leave the country, get back into the country, get car insurance, get...
  • Obama's Shared Prosperity: A Euphemism Wrapped in a Lie

    08/16/2012 12:31:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    .....Forced "sharing" is coercion plain and simple. Government-enforced "sharing" is coercion at the point of a gun: "your prosperity or your life." Go back over the list of implications of "shared prosperity" that I offered a few paragraphs back. This time, each time you see the word "sharing," try substituting "relinquishing at the point of a gun." Now you can see exactly what Obama's "new vision" for America really means. It means that you will no longer own yourself. You will no longer have first claim -- or any meaningful claim, for that matter -- on your goods, your time,...
  • The Constitution's "Pursuit of Happiness" Clause

    01/20/2011 8:03:18 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 19 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-20-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    CNS News quotes Democratic Congressman from Georgia, John Lewis... "Well, when you start off with the Preamble of the Constitution, you talk about the pursuit of happiness," said Lewis. "You go to the 14th Amendment--it's equal protection under the law and we have not repealed the 14th Amendment. People have a right to have health care. It's not a privilege but a right."More here Maybe he's right, if the pursuit of happiness is the burden we place on whether or not something should be a right then there are a few other things we should mandate as rights under...
  • the 5th Amendment

    03/22/2009 6:29:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 921+ views
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property...
  • What are you prepared to do to protect the Constitution?

    12/13/2008 9:58:06 AM PST · by BP2 · 30 replies · 907+ views
    United States Constitution, First Amendment ^ | September 17, 1787 | The Framers
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • Prohibition Returns! - Teetotaling do-gooders attack your right to drink

    10/31/2007 6:03:00 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 243 replies · 502+ views
    Reason ^ | 10/31/07 | David Harsanyi
    On a May night in 2005, Debra Bolton, a lawyer and single mom from the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, was leaving the Café Milano in Georgetown after socializing with some friends. She had driven her SUV only a few hundred yards before she was pulled over by D.C. police for driving with the headlights off. She told the officer the parking attendant at Café Milano probably had turned off her vehicle's automatic light feature. Not mollified, the officer asked Bolton to step out of the car, walk in a straight line, recite the alphabet, stand on one foot, and...
  • Thomas Jefferson's Nightmare (The American Dream Is About Pursuit Of Happiness Under God Alert)

    07/01/2007 10:20:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 1,776+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 07/02/2007 | Chuck Norris
    With Independence Day fast approaching, I was reflecting upon a Forbes magazine column, in which many of us celebrities and other notables were asked to answer the question, "What is the American Dream?" How would you answer the question? How some others answered Tom Brokaw replied, "To me, the American Dream is the freedom to choose to live how and where you want, to determine how you'll be governed and to provide your children with even more choices than you had." Kurt Russell believes, "…the American Dream has changed – now I believe it's a wish for freedom at no...
  • Happiness Is A Moral Obligation (Its An American Core Value, Too Alert!)

    02/20/2007 5:32:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 691+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/20/2007 | Dennis Prager
    For much of my life, I, like most people, regarded the pursuit of happiness as largely a selfish pursuit. One of the great revelations of middle age has been that happiness, far from being only a selfish pursuit, is a moral demand. When we think of character traits we rightly think of honesty, integrity, moral courage, and acts of altruism. Few people include happiness in any list of character traits or moral achievements. But happiness is both. Happiness -- or at least acting happy, or at the very least not inflicting one's unhappiness on others -- is no less important...
  • A Psychotropical Paradise

    07/26/2006 4:35:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 29 replies · 1,044+ views
    If the pursuit of happiness was once an ideal in American life, the entitlement to happiness may now have replaced it. Since the late 1980s, when psychotropic drugs first came on the market, grateful Americans have been lining up at the counter. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin and a host of other antidepressants have been embraced as practical solutions to everyday unhappiness. More than 15% of Americans now use one of the above. Needless to say, they are not all clinically depressed. Whereas Sigmund Freud once described the goal of psychotherapy as "transforming hysterical misery into ordinary unhappiness," many doctors now...
  • Mexico Considers Decriminalizing, Leftists Cry Foul

    05/03/2006 7:41:02 AM PDT · by lumpenBourgeois · 7 replies · 628+ views
    The Dallas News ^ | 5/3/2006 | lumpenBourgeois
    Mexico votes to decriminalize drug possession 04:02 PM CDT on Saturday, April 29, 2006 Associated Press MEXICO CITY – Mexicans would be allowed to possess small amounts of cocaine, heroin, even ecstasy for their personal use under a bill approved by lawmakers that some worry could prove to be a lure to young Americans. ... However the bill stiffens penalties for trafficking and possession of drugs – even small quantities – by government employees or near schools, and maintains criminal penalties for drug sales. ... Sen. Miguel Angel Navarro of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party argued against the bill. "This...
  • (Vanity) What is "freedom" to YOU?

    06/04/2005 9:39:39 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 19 replies · 607+ views
    Hoagy62
    What does freedom mean to you as an American? I've seen people talking about defending freedom, people that hate freedom, and the rights of those who are free. My question is: For YOU, what does freedom mean? Is it the right to say or do what you want? Is it the right to own a gun, but not to tell the government? What kind of government does it mean?
  • The Vile Draft III: A Call to Action

    05/28/2004 6:46:04 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 15 replies · 267+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 27, 2004 | G. Stolyarov II
    Ladies and Gentlemen (yes, Ladies, too), you are about to receive the greatest infringement possible upon your freedoms, one that would cause any other intrusions of the Welfare State into your lives to pale by comparison. For, you see, this planned intervention could quite easily kill you. The twin bills S 89, sponsored by Senator Fritz Hollings (D) and HR 163, sponsored by Representative Charles Rangel (D) are currently pending before the Armed Services Committee. They would legitimize a nationwide draft of individuals aged 18 to 26, male or female, rich or poor, college students or workers or parents or...
  • The Vile Draft II: Daniel Webster on the Unconstitutional Evil of Conscription

    05/27/2004 5:32:36 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 104 replies · 442+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 26, 2004 | G. Stolyarov II
    "Is this, sir, consistent with the character of a free government? Is this civil liberty? Is this the real character of our Constitution? No sire, indeed it is not. The Constitution is libeled. The people of this country have not established for themselves such a fabric of despotism. They have not purchased at a vast expense of their own treasure and their own blood a Magna Carta to be slaves." A political giant of the 19th century and a firm proponent of American principles, Daniel Webster spoke in the House of Representatives on December 9, 1814, concerning a proposed draft...
  • The Vile Draft I

    05/26/2004 11:15:27 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 110 replies · 305+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 25, 2004 | G. Stolyarov II
    (A public letter to Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald) Most Honorable Senator Fitzgerald, My passion for freedom and the ideals implicit in the founding of the United States of America is unwavering, and the words of Thomas Jefferson concerning the requirement for eternal vigilance if liberty is to be preserved come to mind as I become alerted of a menace to the fundamental rights of Americans that is closer to home than the threat of terrorism itself. While the United States seeks to broadcast the image of liberation, free enterprise, and individual rights abroad, there is a design within the chambers...
  • Participate in Terri Schiavo's Birthday, December 3, With prayer, Mass Intentions, Cards and Notes

    11/20/2003 10:16:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 265 replies · 1,428+ views
    REPOST WITH CORRECT ADDRESS FOR THE HOSPICE-please ping your Terri lists From www.Terrisfight.org Terri's Birthday: Terri's Birthday is December 3rd. So many people have contacted us, recently, to ask how they may participate. We are so delighted that so many people want to help Terri enjoy her special day and we appreciate the kindness that people have shown to Terri. Because Terri's husband does not permit her to have flowers in her room, we ask that you consider doing something else that would be as meaningful. Here are some things you can do: If you can come to Florida,...
  • Put the "Independence" Back in Independence Day—The Forgotten Meaning of America

    07/04/2003 9:56:57 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 150+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | July 4, 2003 | Dr. Michael Berliner
    America's cities and towns will soon fill with parades, fireworks, and barbecues. They will be celebrating the Fourth of July, the 227th birthday of America. But one hopes that—on this second 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 politicians, intellectuals, and the media is that independence is passé, that...
  • Did Plato's Republic find a spiritual home in Japan?

    09/15/2002 4:36:59 PM PDT · by gcruse · 6 replies · 255+ views
    Japan Times ^ | September 15, 2002 | MICHAEL HOFFMAN
    Did Plato's Republic find a spiritual home in Japan? By MICHAEL HOFFMANSpecial to The Japan Times Four hundred and two years ago this week, a battle was fought near the village of Sekigahara, 40 km northwest of Nagoya. Though short -- it was over soon after lunchtime -- the battle was decisive, ushering in . . . Plato's Republic? What would the ancient Greek philosopher have thought of a comparison between his ideal imaginary Republic under all-wise philosopher-kings, and the Tokugawa bakufu, the military government of Edo Japan (1603-1867) whose dour dictators ruled by decree and terror a society they...
  • Economics, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

    03/24/2002 5:41:48 PM PST · by hellonewman · 3 replies · 516+ views
    The Fountain of Truth ^ | March 24, 2002 | Doug Newman
    Economics, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Submitted to the Rocky Mountain News, March 20, 2001.Posted at Opinionet Eric Valdez' letter of March 19 contains so many outrageous statements, that it is hard to know where to begin commenting on it. I could write a letter about each paragraph, but I will confine my remarks to the following: "The people do have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - none of which has anything to do with an economic system." However, Valdez rails against capitalism, which to his way of thinking denies these rights,...