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  • Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends

    10/05/2013 6:29:29 PM PDT · by Lacey · 172 replies
    KNTV ^ | 10/5/13 | Jacqui Heinrich
    The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they're being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go to town today and...
  • Lassiter student arrested for knife at school

    10/05/2013 10:15:44 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 42 replies
    Marietta Journal Online ^ | by Leo Hohmann | September 25, 2013
    The weapons-at-school hysteria generally peaks with a suspension. Not so for a high school student in Georgia who is facing felony charges because the contents of a tackle box in his car. 17-year-old Cody Chitwood was busted during a random sweep of the Lassiter High School parking lot by police and this student who has never been in trouble before now faces prosecution, large fines, prison time, and the loss of his plans to join the Air Force in the future due to a hysterical overreaction that has resulted in his arrest. Cody Chitwood, 17, is a senior at Lassiter...
  • IRS targeted Dr. Ben Carson after Prayer Breakfast speech

    10/03/2013 10:23:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | John Solomon
    Just months after he gave a speech earlier this year that challenged America’s leadership in President Obama’s presence, Dr. Ben Carson was targeted by IRS agents who requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit without finding any wrongdoing. “I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS,” Dr. Carson said in an interview Thursday with The Washington Times. “But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions...
  • High School Student Ordered To Remove NRA T-Shirt Because It Promotes Gun Violence

    10/03/2013 7:25:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 49 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | October 2, 2013
    A student at a high school in Anaheim Hills said administrators ordered her to change out of a T-shirt that promoted the National Rifle Association. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle said when she wore her NRA shirt to Canyon High School last month, she landed in the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code that forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing. “They were treating me like I was a criminal,” she said. “I was not allowed to wear that at school because it promoted gun violence.” The shirt, which was a gift from Bullwinkle’s father when he became a card-carrying member...
  • Shutdown Theater: NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding

    10/02/2013 9:41:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 72 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 2, 2013 | Lachlan Marka
    The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government. According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they...
  • 8-Year-Old Florida Boy Suspended for Making Gun Shape With Fingers: ‘It Was a Game’

    10/01/2013 1:32:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | october 1, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A pretend game of cops and robbers landed a Florida elementary school boy with a very real suspension after he made a pretend gun with his thumb and index finger. The mother of 8-year-old Jordan Bennett said her son was only playing with his friend at Harmony Community School in St. Cloud. She fears his one-day suspension, which was handed down Friday, wrongly labels Jordan as a violent person. “There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” Bonnie Bennett told WKMG-TV. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone....
  • Ben Carson: 'I had my first encounter with the IRS' after challenging Obama

    10/01/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year. “I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law, while...
  • NSA: Analysts spied on love interests

    09/27/2013 8:14:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill | 9-27-2013
    The National Security Agency has admitted that analysts have abused their authority to spy on love interests on several occasions. In response to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the NSA identified 12 incidents since 2003 in which analysts intentionally misused their intelligence gathering powers. In one case, an analyst spied on a foreign phone number she discovered in her husband's cellphone, suspecting that he had cheated on her. She intercepted phone calls involving her husband, investigators discovered. The analyst resigned before any disciplinary action could be taken. On one analyst's first day of access to the NSA system,...
  • Cops Accused of Forcing Woman to Delete Video of Husband’s Arrest Sparked by ‘Unloaded’

    09/26/2013 4:46:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 September, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    A man in Crawford County, Mich., was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on Sunday after he called authorities about a trespassing suspect on his property, his wife tells TheBlaze. There are also serious allegations being made about officers demanding that video footage of the incident — taken by the man’s wife — be deleted. Thomas Donald, a military veteran, was reportedly out hunting with his 11-year-old son and armed with an “unloaded” single-shot .410-gauge shotgun (his son chose to use a crossbow instead) when he confronted a man riding a dirt bike on his 10...
  • MI:Homeowner is Arrested for Open Carrying an Empty Shotgun on His Own Property

    09/26/2013 4:34:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    gunsnfreedom.com ^ | 25 September, 2013 | Jonathan S.
    (Credit: Heather Donald, YouTube) A military veteran in Crawford County, Michigan has been arrested and charged with a felony assault with a deadly weapon even after HE was the one who called the cops in the first place when he found a man trespassing on his property.When the man’s wife tried to video tape what was happening the cops told her to turn off the camera and tried to take it.  (You can see the video below… only because the wife figured out how to restore the “deleted” file)The Blaze has reported that Thomas Donald was out hunting with his...
  • Maine law allows police to arrest victims to make sure they testify

    09/26/2013 9:09:09 AM PDT · by Altariel · 44 replies
    PoliceStateUsa.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | PSUSA
    Maine law allows police to arrest victims to make sure they testify http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/m...-they-testify/ CHELSEA, ME — A battered woman was arrested by police in an effort to force her to testify against her abuser. She was detained without charges, locked in a cage, and a bail was set. The startling practice of arresting the victim is actually legal in Maine, thanks to a seldom used statute. Jessica Ruiz, 35, was the alleged victim of domestic violence at the hands of 45-year-old Robert Robinson, Jr., in an April incident. On September 17, police arrested Ruiz to make sure she testified against...
  • Bullied by the IRS

    09/26/2013 7:56:34 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 53 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | 9/26-2013 | Terry Dehko
    I’ve always paid my taxes and have never been arrested or charged with any crime in my life. I am a successful small-business man. But in January of this year, I woke up to find that my business’ entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized. Later that same day, I was writing checks to my vendors. A federal agent strolls in. She tells me my hard-earned cash was taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I was shocked. I’ve broken no law, committed no crime and was never warned my store could be in trouble....
  • IRS rides 1884 'dead horse' law to defense of tax preparer rules

    09/24/2013 5:46:38 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 24, 2013 | Patrick Temple-West
    The Obama administration on Tuesday defended its effort to regulate the tax return preparation business for the first time in U.S. history, basing its case largely on a 19th century law dealing with horses lost or killed in the Civil War.
  • Student Faces Expulsion For Playing With Toy Gun In His Own Yard

    09/24/2013 7:30:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 9-24-2013 | John Hawkins
    A suspended seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., could be expelled for the rest of the school year for shooting an airsoft gun with a friend in his yard as they waited for the bus to come. Khalid Caraballo, 12, and his friend, Aidan, were suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” because they “shot two other friends who were with them while playing” with the airsoft guns, WAVY-TV reported. …Caraballo answered “no, sir,” when asked if he took the toy gun to the bus stop or to school. “We were in our yard. This had nothing to...
  • Woman Arrested For Bringing Concealed Gun To 9/11 Memorial

    09/23/2013 9:42:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 09/23/2013
    It's deja vu again: A Wisconsin woman visiting the 9/11 Memorial yesterday was arrested after a security guard screening her bag spotted a gun in the purse. Ursula Jerry, 41, had a .380-caliber semi-automatic Kel-Tec gun in her purse. The Wall Street Journal reports, "The weapon had two rounds in the magazine-none were in the chamber, the official said." Jerry also told cops, "I travel with this from home on Amtrak to New York City. I don’t mean harm to anyone." Jerry has a permit for the gun in Wisconsin, but not NYC. Responsible gun owners would know that New...
  • What’s Next After the Firearms Freedom Act Ruling?

    09/21/2013 7:05:10 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 19 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | September 18, 2013 | Shane Trejo
    After the recent Firearms Freedom Act ruling, there will be no firearms freedom in America, at least if the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has anything to say about it. It agreed with a lower court’s decision that if a gun is made in state, sold in state, that the federal power to regulate interstate commerce applies. Sadly, this is consistent with previous court rulings even though it’s not consistent with the original, legal meaning of “interstate commerce” under the constitution. A moderate law was passed in Montana that would prevent guns produced in the state from being...
  • California college bars student from handing out copies of Constitution

    09/19/2013 3:20:48 PM PDT · by digger48 · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept. 19, 2013
    The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, but don’t try to pass out copies of it at Modesto Junior College in California. A student at the school who tried to pass out pocket-size pamphlets of the very document that memorializes our rights got shut down on Sept. 17 – a date also known as Constitution Day. Campus authorities told Robert Van Tuinen, who caught the whole thing on videotape, he could only pass out the free documents at a tiny designated spot on campus, and only then if he scheduled it several days in advance. ................. She explains that...
  • When Taxes “Lien” Too Far

    09/18/2013 8:26:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    Daniel Webster famously observed that, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” We often see arguments over taxes framed as conflicts between the compassionate and the miserly. If you care about the poor, we are told, you will support higher taxes to provide them with better services. Any cautions about taxation are often dismissed as selfishness, stinginess or even greed. But who is really victimized when the power to tax is abused or mismanaged? The Washington Post recently ran a series of articles exposing years of extensive incompetence and abuse in the collection of property taxes which put...
  • CT, 2A Rights Attacked Behind Closed Doors, Time for Judge Brunetti to Find a New Career

    09/18/2013 7:27:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 18 September, 2013 | NA
    Bristol CT --(Ammoland.com)- During a closed door meeting in the judge’s chambers during a case Judge Robert C. “Brunes” Brunetti exposed his bigotry for fundamental civil rights in front of at least three defense attorneys. The violation came during the case of State of Connecticut v. Bruce Worley, docket number H17B-CR13-0055722S.Judge Brunetti expressed his contempt for the right to keep and bear arms, as spelled out in both the Second Amendment to the US constitution and Article 1, Section 15 of the Connecticut Constitution by stating in chambers that “No one in this country should have guns” and that he...
  • IRS officials thought Obama wanted crackdown on tea party groups, worried about negative press

    09/18/2013 5:38:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    IRS employees were “acutely” aware in 2010 that President Obama wanted to crack down on conservative organizations and were egged into targeting tea party groups by press reports mocking the emerging movement, according to an interim report being circulated Tuesday by House investigators.
  • SWAT Raids Wrong Home (Surprise-another one)

    09/14/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 86 replies
    WTOC Savannah ^ | 9/12/13 | Alyssa Hyman
    <p>A home was heavily damaged after an operation to find gang members who are indicted on 97 counts.</p> <p>SWAT members were looking for Jashavious Keel. He is one of the suspects named in a Chatham County indictment. The district attorney's office said 14 West 61st Street is his last known address.</p>
  • Unfazed by Colorado recalls, California lawmakers press on with gun-control bills

    09/12/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/11/2013 | Josh Richman and Mike Rosenberg
    SACRAMENTO -- A day after furious Coloradans recalled two state senators who voted for new gun laws, California lawmakers pressed ahead with their own agenda Wednesday aimed at giving the Golden State the strictest gun control in the country. Colorado's recall elections and California's rush to pass gun bills in the final week of its legislative session quickly reignited the national debate over balancing public safety with constitutional rights. The Colorado votes sent a Rocky Mountain chill down the spines of lawmakers in other battleground states, but those in bright blue California seemed unfazed. "I don't see anybody switching teams...
  • Report: FIRST ARRIVALS OF BIKERS IN AND AROUND DC ARE BEING TARGETED BY FEDERAL AGENTS (Unconfirmed)

    09/11/2013 9:02:50 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 51 replies
    Tea party.org ^ | 9/11/13 | Posted by National Director, Dee
    This posted by several people on FB: WARNING ALERT *** WARNING ALERT *** WARNING ALERT FIRST ARRIVALS OF BIKERS IN AND AROUND DC ARE BEING TARGETED BY FEDERAL AGENTS IN FULL TACTICAL GEAR PERFORMING CONTACT SWEEPS IN CAMPGROUNDS FOR WEAPONS. THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED ONES RIDING TO DC NEED TO WARN THEM THAT ARRESTS AND CONFISCATIONS ARE IN FULL OPERATION BY FEDERAL FORCES. THOSE EXERCISING 2ND AMENDMENT NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND PLACE THEIR GUNS IN PLACES AWAY FROM WHERE YOU WILL BE GATHERING BUT NEARBY ENOUGH TO GET TO THEM IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO DEFEND YOUR LIFE...
  • Truck Driver Nearly Beaten to Death By Police For Not Signing Traffic Ticket

    09/09/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT · by rawhide · 102 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5-19-13
    BERKELEY, CA -- A truck driver was beaten within an inch of his life by California Highway Patrol for not signing a traffic ticket that he could not read. The driver, who broke no laws, was beaten so badly that he woke up in a trauma hospital. Olegs Kozacenko, a local resident originally from Russia, was pulled over and cited by police for allegedly driving too many hours in one day. Kozacenko refused to sign the ticket because he had not or could not read it. CHP Officers didn't take kindly to the driver's refusal to sign. Two officers, one...
  • The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC

    09/06/2013 7:05:42 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    The Hook (Charlottesville, VA) ^ | September 5th, 2013 | Lisa Provence
    Long before vineyards became agriculture du-jour in Virginia, Mike Bowles planted grapevines in 1977, and he claims he's Albemarle's first farm winery operator. Thirty years later, he wanted to be a pioneer again and hop on the craft-distillery trend to make the Italian spirit grappa from chardonnay grape leftovers. Instead, he's earned a more dubious distinction as possibly the first person to get busted while applying for a federal distillery license. Under Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control regs, that could cost him his license to make wine at all. Bowles insists he was trying to comply with the hefty volume of...
  • Warning: D.C. cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings

    09/05/2013 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Errant · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5 September, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city's confusing gun laws. "Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours." Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must...
  • NSA used PRISM to collect more than 200 million internet communications a year as of 2011

    08/21/2013 1:43:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 8/21/13 | T.C. Sottek
    According to a declassified order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as of 2011, the US National Security Agency was "acquiring" more than 250 million "internet communications" each year under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) — the statute that allows the NSA to collect the content of internet communications. The order states that the "vast majority" of these communications were obtained from internet service providers under PRISM, and that only nine percent of of the total internet communications acquired by the NSA were part of its "upstream" collection practices, which pull data directly from telecommunications cables. The...
  • Remember Ruby Ridge

    08/21/2013 8:42:37 AM PDT · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Aug. 21, 2002 | Tim Lynch
    “Ruby Ridge” used to refer to a geographical location in the state of Idaho, but after an incident that took place there 10 years ago on Aug. 21, the phrase has come to refer to a scandalous series of events that opened the eyes of many people to the inner workings of the federal government, including the vaunted Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now that 10 years have passed, the feds will accelerate their ongoing effort to “move forward” and have the scandal declared “ancient history.” But the Ruby Ridge episode should not be soon forgotten.On August 21, 1992 a paramilitary...
  • Beware Warrior Cops

    08/21/2013 3:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | John Stossel
    We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power -- the power to use force on others. Sadly, today's police use that power to invade people's homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses -- and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you'd expect on battlefields. In his book "Rise of the Warrior Cop," Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings. But...
  • AZ:Man in Desert Arrested for not Surrendering Rifle to Deputies who Refused to show ID

    08/20/2013 11:07:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Richard Malley helps patrol the sparsely populated Arizona desert to spot Illegal aliens.  He has been arrested for refusing to surrender his rifle to deputies who refused to show their ID.  The story says that Richard Malley is accused of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing his rifle at a deputy.   From  abc15.com: GILA BEND, AZ - Authorities arrested an Arizona Minuteman for allegedly pointing a rifle at a deputy over the weekend. According to court paperwork, 49-year-old Richard Malley and two other men who are part of the Minuteman militia were patrolling the desert just east of Gila...
  • Absurd Government Law Enforcement: The Great Organic Blackberry Raid

    08/19/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement.I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer.That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation by the Food and Drug Administration against an Amish farm for the horrible crime of selling unpasteurized milk to consenting adults who prefer unpasteurized milk.And let’s not forget Robert Norlander, the thuggish, dumpster-diving IRS agent, who sought to ruin the life of an innocent man because…well, for...
  • How to serve a warrant: 1972 versus today, by Lt. Harry Thomas

    08/17/2013 8:41:22 AM PDT · by bamahead · 32 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 15, 2013 | Lt. Harry Thomas
    This past week I was over on Officer.com trying to convince some hot-headed, patriot-hating young cops that the Constitution is actually the law of the land. I failed. One of them refers to open carriers as “attention whores.” I was denounced as a traitor to law enforcement for insisting that gun owners actually have rights that LEO’s are legally and morally bound to respect. It got me thinking about the great gulf that separates the law enforcement profession that I knew as compared to the one that exists today. I never thought I’d be one of those geezers that says,...
  • Solidification of the Obama Dictatorship--US Govt. Overthrown while Police State Explodes--Part II

    08/15/2013 5:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WEBCommentary ^ | August 15, 2013 | Sher Zieve
    Never in the history of the USA has it been in so much trouble as it finds itself today. There is neither point nor gain in attempting to soft-soap anyone about this. Its demise now seems imminent, as no one is doing anything to stop the now proven-to-be criminal and would-be POTUS illegally occupying what was once--but is no more--our White House. The end of America as the world’s “shining city on a hill” is in its final stage of demolition. No one cares to stop its murder. So, the United States of America will die. The Obama syndicate, in...
  • Controversial App Tracks Gun Owners

    08/15/2013 6:26:09 AM PDT · by rover3 · 30 replies
    Western Shooting Journal ^ | 8/15/2013 | J Hin
    A new mobile app developed by U of San Diego Lecturer Brett Stalbaum allows people to "GeoLocate dangerous guns and owners." The app pinpoints the locations of homes, businesses and other sites where "dangerous" guns are located. Geo Marker (app developer)states it's for the safety of public to know where potential "unsafe" gun owners might be. Read more here westernshootingjournal.com/industrynews/geolocate-guns-and-owner-app/Really?, WTF, as you can see many non-gun activist will jump all over this for the cause of good.
  • Police Mistake Tomato Plants for Marijuana, Destroy Farm (Video)

    08/14/2013 11:23:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 213 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 08/14/2013 | By Michael Allen
    Several residents at the “Garden of Eden” sustainability garden in Arlington, Texas, claim that local police raided their farm because they thought tomato plants were marijuana plants. The police reportedly damaged the garden's property and the crops during the Aug. 2 raid, which included a SWAT team (video below). “They came here under the guise that we were doing a drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation. They destroyed everything,” said garden owner Shellie Smith to WFAA-TV. Apparently, an undercover officer and a helicopter surveillance crew believed there was probable cause that the wrong kind of plant was being grown in the garden and...
  • California gun-control bills advance in Sacramento

    08/14/2013 8:32:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Josh Richman
    By the hearing's end, the committee had voted along party lines to approve bills that would add all semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines to the state's list of banned assault weapons; ban owning any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, including existing ones; ban "bullet buttons" that allow fast swapping of rifle magazines; require long-gun buyers to pass a written safety test; and add more crimes to the list of those that would bar someone from carrying a firearm. The bills, already passed by the state Senate, are moving inexorably closer to floor votes and the governor's desk.
  • Shocking Surveillance Video Captures Cop Brutally Beating Female Shoplifter In Front of Child

    08/08/2013 7:38:34 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 187 replies
    KTRH ^ | 8/8/2013
    Prepare to be outraged.....Shocking Surveillance Video Captures Cop Brutally Beating Female Shoplifter In Front Of Her 1 Yr Old Child in Iowa. I worked in corporate loss prevention a long time ago...let me tell you...this is beyond lawsuit...these cops should be in prison. Video: http://www.ktrh.com/pages/michaelberry.html?article=11556885
  • NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

    08/09/2013 9:48:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 9, 2013 | James Ball and Spencer Ackerman
    <p>The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.</p>
  • Email service Lavabit abruptly shut down citing government interference

    08/08/2013 9:51:33 PM PDT · by TennesseeProfessor · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/8/2013 | Spencer Ackerman
    The email service reportedly used by surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden abruptly shut down on Thursday after its owner cryptically announced his refusal to become "complicit in crimes against the American people."Lavabit, an email service that boasted of its security features and claimed 350,000 customers, is no more, apparently after rejecting a court order for cooperation with the US government to participate in surveillance on its customers. It is the first such company known to have shuttered rather than comply with government surveillance."I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or...
  • Our View: Review police raids

    08/06/2013 10:13:24 PM PDT · by bamahead · 9 replies
    Standard-Examiner (Utah) ^ | August 6, 2013 | Editorial Board Standard-Examiner
    The discussion that will take place next year in the Utah Legislature over law enforcement raid-style search warrants is a necessary topic to debate. Certainly, the use of a battering rams to combat minor offenses is something that should not occur. A libertarian group, the Libertas Institute, and others, including the American Civil Liberties Institute, will lobby for limits on police use of force during search warrants for minor crimes. When this discussion occurs, it must focus on the safety aspects — to police and suspects — that these raids provide. These raids, as conducted now, are too dangerous. One...
  • Imprisoned ‘Innocence of Muslims’ producer Nakoula Nakoula: ‘I want the world to see the truth’

    08/06/2013 11:35:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/6/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    In his first interview since his supervised release from prison, the filmmaker behind “Innocence of Muslims” told The Daily Caller that he “has no regrets” and promises more films and books about Islam. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is the only person who has been imprisoned in the aftermath of the organized Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed. He was wholly unconnected to the attack and was imprisoned on technical probation violations. “The first reason I am writing this book is to tell the world we...
  • Cleveland Police Disciplining 75 Cops After An Unarmed Couple Was Shot At 137 Times

    08/06/2013 7:37:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 135 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2013 | Pamela Engel
    Cleveland police officials said Friday they're disciplining 75 of officers for their involvement in a police chase that ended in the shooting deaths of an unarmed man and woman, The Plain Dealer reports. The pair were shot at 137 times while in their car, parked in a middle school parking lot. No officers were injured in what police called a "full blown-out" firefight. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters in February that "there is nothing normal about this case. ... This is a tragedy." In November, about 60 police vehicles pursued the two suspects in a 25-minute chase spanning...
  • DEA Surveillance: Turning Citizens Into Criminals

    08/05/2013 10:08:34 PM PDT · by null and void · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/5/13 06:44 PM ET
    Surveillance Society: The government says spying on U.S. citizens is acceptable since it's merely a means of fighting foreign terrorists. But what if the government used espionage in investigations of common criminals? The program is so sneaky that officials are trying to cover it up. "Law enforcement agents," says Reuters, "have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin — not only from defense lawyers, but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges." Criminal investigations should be launched, and suspects deprived of liberty, only "when there's a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent...
  • Why Did Bureaucrats Kill Giggles the Baby Deer? Because They Can

    08/05/2013 8:44:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The bad news is that governments do a lot of things they shouldn’t do. The good news is that I never run out of material.I’ve even created some sub-categories, such as my U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest and my great-moments-in-local-government series.But I never thought I would have a special category about bureaucrats vs. Bambi.1. Bureaucrats in Virginia filed three misdemeanor charges against a man for the horrible crime of rescuing a deer that was hit by a car.2. Bureaucrats in Maryland fined two men $90 each for not having life jackets when they had the gall to rescue a...
  • State Police Probe Death Of Elderly Man Shot By Cops

    08/05/2013 3:48:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    WBBM ^ | 8/2/2013
    Illinois State Police have launched an investigation into why police in Park Forest shot a 95-year-old man with a bean bag round, leading to the man’s death. WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports World War II veteran John Wrana met his demise at the hands of Park Forest police officers last week, after allegedly threatening nursing home staff and paramedics with a cane, butcher knife, and shoehorn at the Victory Centre assisted living center. But Wrana family attorney Nicholas Grapsas denied Wrana ever wielded a knife, and questioned why police needed to use force on an elderly man, when the staff...
  • When Cops Don't Need a Warrant To Crash Through Your Door

    08/05/2013 6:15:09 AM PDT · by bamahead · 39 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2013 | J.D. Tuccille
    The Fourth Amendment protects us from random invasions of our homes by police, right? We know we're secure in our "persons, houses, papers, and effects" unless the cops demonstrate probable cause to a judge and get a warrant. Except... Except when they don't. The fact of the matter is that police have a lot of leeway to bust your door down and take a look around if they fear that waiting for a warrant could lead to loss of evidence or danger to people. Or lead to something, anyway. That end run around the Fourth Amendment is called "exigent circumstances,"...
  • Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles

    08/04/2013 6:42:40 AM PDT · by bamahead · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2013 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s dominant role as the nation’s spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say. -SNIP- “The other agencies feel they should be bigger players,” said Mr. Edgar, who heard many of the disputes before leaving government this year to become a visiting fellow at Brown University. “They view the N.S.A. — incorrectly, I think — as this big pot of data that they could go get if they were just able to pry it out of...
  • Firearm incident sparks debate over rights

    08/03/2013 9:13:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 105 replies
    timesargus.com ^ | 2 August, 2013 | NA
    RUTLAND — Joshua Severance says his Second Amendment rights to openly carry a firearm were violated, but Rutland police say they were following the law when they handcuffed and briefly detained the Milton man this week. In a case that appears destined to end in a courtroom, Severance, 26, says he was walking down a residential Rutland street Monday afternoon with his shirt off and his 9mm Beretta semiautomatic handgun holstered on his hip when a city police cruiser stopped in front of him and an officer ordered him to place his hands on the hood. “I figured they wanted...
  • How the NSA's XKeyscore program works

    08/01/2013 8:17:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/31/13 | Yannick LeJacq
    Until Wednesday morning, you'd probably never heard of something called "XKeyscore," a program that the National Security Agency itself describes as its "widest reaching" means of gathering data from across the Internet. According to reports shared by NSA leaker Edward Snowden with the Guardian, is that in addition to all of the other recent revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs, by using XKeyscore, "analysts can also search by name, telephone number, IP address, keywords, the language in which the Internet activity was conducted or the type of browser used." David Brown, who co-authored the recent book "Deep State: Inside the...
  • E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups

    07/31/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 115 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American...