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  • Besides, it's not the number of gun owners that matters

    01/18/2012 5:35:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Last Friday, we looked at Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) executive director Josh Horwitz's . . . interesting assertion that since the number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks doesn't directly correlate to the number of new gun sales, we can safely assume that the sustained, dramatic increase in NICS traffic doesn't really indicate that Americans are buying guns in record numbers--so there, gun industry. Friday's column looked at a few of the bigger problems with Horwitz's thesis, and also asked why the demand for detailed (and, contrary to CSGV's claims, already publicly available) information from...
  • Yesha Human Rights: Stop Persecution of Right Wing

    01/15/2012 4:24:22 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/1/12
    Orit Struk, Director of the Yesha Human Rights organization responded to the decision of the High Court to release the five right wing detainees to house arrest. “We call upon the PM and Justice Minister to seriously internalize the criticism of High Court Judge Amit about applying outdated charges against demonstration organizers. Stop the unbridled wild oppression of the right wing detainees at the hands of the State Attorney’s Office, that deals a fatal blow to the principles of democracy and...
  • America's Story (part 5) - Amazing Grace

    01/13/2012 9:22:02 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 2 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | smithsk
    January 16, 2012 marks Martin Luther King Day. This relatively recent federal holiday celebrates the achievements of its namesake,Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , as an influential American civil rights leader. And rightly so. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech given at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963 is one the top speeches in America's story. And I can still remember, as a young school girl, that terrible day in April of 1968 when Dr. King was assassinated and the nation went into mourning. In the tumultuous 1960s, We Shall Overcome was the anthem of the southern civil rights...
  • Idaho Couple Challenges Power of EPA to Say They Can't Build Home on Their Own Land

    01/09/2012 2:51:18 PM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Philip Shepherd
    (CNSNews.com) – In 2005, Michael and Chantell Sackett were working toward what many American families work toward, their own home on their own land, until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halted their plans by declaring it a “wetland.” On Monday, Jan. 9, the Sacketts and their attorneys will ask the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to not only restore the right to use their own land – but to break the absolute power the EPA has over protected wetlands. The Sacketts, small business owners in Idaho, located a lot in the northern part of the state in a...
  • DOJ Names East Haven, CT as Next Violator of Latino Civil Rights

    12/20/2011 5:51:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Immigration911.org ^ | 12/20/11 | Immigration911.org
    Washington, DC – Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not the only one under fire from the Department of Justice for cracking down on illegal immigrants. Yesterday, the DOJ issued another scathing report accusing the East Haven, CT Police Department of discrimination against Latinos for allegedly violating their civil rights. In a 23-page letter detailing the results of a two-year investigation sent to the East Haven mayor, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote, “We find that EHPD engages in discriminatory policing against Latinos, including but not limited to targeting Latinos for discriminatory traffic enforcement, treating Latino drivers more harshly than non-Latino...
  • Revival (1) (Islam discussed in Oslo)

    12/12/2011 10:09:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Human Rights Service ^ | 11/15/2011 | Hege Storhaug
    08/11/11: They applaud delighted avkapping of hands and feet. The letter is not on the eyelid when the family agreed executions promoted as a right and reasonable "human right in Islam." You may think we are on another continent. Far from it. The scene is where our future hatched: Oslo University College. The hall is packed, and the vast majority of young students are uniformed in Muhammad's spirit. It is impossible for me to give an adequate summary of the debate on "Human Rights in Islam. Just or unjust? "Under the auspices of Islam Net last night. Not only because...
  • 14 Syrians dead on Human Rights Day

    12/10/2011 7:00:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/11
    14 Syrians dead on Human Rights DayAFP – 7 hrs ago World powers piled pressure on Syria to let in observers as activists on Saturday reported at least 14 another civilians killed by security forces on the anniversary of International Human Rights Day. "The world celebrates human rights as human rights are being violated in Syria," the opposition Syrian Revolution 2011 said in a message posted on its Facebook page. In Oslo, the Nobel Committee head said at the 2011 Peace Prize awards ceremony that this year's award to Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman served as a warning to dictators in...
  • Mother Loses Support, Custody for Interfering With Father's Rights

    12/08/2011 7:59:52 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 53 replies
    NY Law Journal ^ | 12/09/11 | John Caher
    A mother who "deliberately and unjustifiably frustrated" a father's attempts to visit his child was appropriately stripped of child support and primary custody, an appellate panel in Albany has held. The Appellate Division, Third Department, unanimously affirmed a Schuyler County Family Court judge in a case where the custodial mother had repeatedly hindered her estranged husband's efforts to establish relations with his daughter, even though the father made no attempt to enforce his visitation rights for six years. Luke v. Luke, 510880, centers on a child born in 2001 to Melvin W. and Heidi L. Luke. The Lukes, who are...
  • U.S. to aid Gay Rights Abroad, Obama and Clinton say (Using YOUR MONEY)

    12/07/2011 4:23:42 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 12/7/11 | Steven Lee Myers and Helene Cooper
    GENEVA — The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world. On Tuesday, she also announced a $3 million program to finance gay-rights organizations to combat discrimination, violence and other abuses.
  • Up in arms: a felon’s right to gun ownership

    12/01/2011 7:03:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies · 2+ views
    scpr.org ^ | 17 November, 2011 | Patt Morrison
    True or false: Federal law dictates felons lose their right to bear arms. True. True or false: Felons can get those rights back, even those convicted of murder. Also true. In fact, in some states a judge can reinstate those rights without review; in other states, gun rights are automatically restored after felons complete their sentence. In Washington state alone, The New York Times reports that “since 1995, more than 3,300 felons and people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors have regained their gun rights," 13 percent of whom committed new crimes. The breakdown occurs at the intersection of state and...
  • PETA puts its stamp on holidays with veggie celebs

    11/28/2011 9:56:56 AM PST · by LesDowrey · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 28 2011 | Bill Hutchinson
    The 20 most famous vegetarians of all-time will appear on a series of postage stamps — and the folks at PETA are hoping it’s a good way to lick animal abuse. In time for the holiday-card rush, the stamps featuring such meatless celebs as Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Morrissey will be released Tuesday. “These are very influential people, and not everyone knows that these folks are vegetarian,” said Lisa Lange, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The stamps will also feature hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, actors Woody Harrelson and Natalie Portman, and singers Chrissie Hynde,...
  • Role playing "America"

    11/27/2011 6:38:46 PM PST · by CondorFlight
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 27, 2011 | R. B. Parrish
    OK, here are the rules. Some of you have forgotten or never read them in the first place, and some of you need a refresher. So here they are again: Certain Judaeo-Christian concepts and limitations apply.* * (You are not called upon to believe these concepts, only to adhere to them while playing the game. The game does not work without these concepts.) All men have a few inalienable rights. . .
  • Parents of 'Adolf Hitler' Lose Custody of Newborn

    11/20/2011 9:22:53 AM PST · by rjsclassics · 17 replies
    ABC News | 11/19/2011 | Alyssa Newcomb
    ..... Heath and Deborah Campbell, the New Jersey parents of three children with Nazi-inspired names, lost custody of their fourth child 17 hours after he was born, the Express-Times of Lehigh Valley, Pa., reported. Hons Campbell was taken into custody by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services late Thursday night after the doctor who delivered the baby called the agency, the paper reported. “There’s no legal binding court order. It’s basically a kidnapping, but they use different terms,” Heath Campbell told the Express-Times. The Campbell family stepped into the spotlight in December 2008 when a ShopRite grovery...
  • What is Agenda 21?

    11/16/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by FatMax · 77 replies
    The US Report ^ | Nov. 16, 2011 | Chris Carter
    The UN plan referenced by Newt Gingrich is a real threat to private property and US sovereignty.“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of all people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” - Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stated during a recent campaign event that the United Nations was seeking to create an “extraconstitutional control” over...
  • Matters of Life and Death

    11/16/2011 6:17:36 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 16 Nov 2011 | Lorna Jose-Mendoza
    The radical agenda being pursued across the United States now in support of unlimited abortion is taking its toll on individual rights – and the newest battleground is a New Jersey hospital that is trying to require nurses to help kill the unborn despite both state and federal prohibitions. That's according to Alan Sears, an executive with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has gone to court to obtain an order halting the hospital's plans for now. "Cases like this are increasingly common in the U.S., as the battle over abortion spurs attacks on rights of individual conscience," he penned in...
  • Stop the EPA’s attack on property rights!

    11/15/2011 7:43:14 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | 11-15-11 | AFP
    President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States. Legislation that would have deleted the word "navigable" from the federal Clean Water Act and given the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the country crashed and burned last Congress. But Obama's EPA, as usual, won't take no for an answer, and is now attempting to ignore two Supreme Court decisions, commonsense, and the American people and vastly expand federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction via guidance document. AFP activists put more than 21,000 comments into the regulatory...
  • We The Whipped (Part 1)

    11/13/2011 4:19:56 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Barnhardt Capital Management ^ | November 12, 2011 | Ann Barnhardt
    I continue to be amazed at how many people in this culture, and most especially those on the “right”, seem to have completely and totally psychologically surrendered to the government. These are the phrases I keep hearing: ....[Part 2 follows right below Part 1].
  • National Right To Work Petition

    11/12/2011 7:56:09 PM PST · by rikkir · 14 replies
    Rand Paul's Senatorial Office ^ | 11/8/2011 | Rand Paul
    From the Desk of Rand Paul Dear Concerned American, They snickered when I said I came to the U.S. Senate to change Congress. But their laughter stopped when I sponsored the National Right to Work Act to free U.S. workers from forced unionization and break Big Labor's multi-billion dollar political machine forever. President Barack Obama and Big Labor allies in the Senate are now feverishly scheming to bury the National Right to Work Act without a vote. So I have a question for you. Will you be the sledgehammer? Your signature on the petition to your Congressman and Senators is...
  • What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution

    11/12/2011 2:34:34 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 23 replies
    The Independence Institute ^ | 11/11/11 | Rob Natelson
    Between 1764 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776 Americans produced a rich series of pamphlets and resolutions listing their grievances against the central government of the British Empire. As I have pointed out before, reading those pamphlets is very helpful in understanding what the Constitution really means. And ignorance of them contributes to common constitutional mistakes. These pamphlets are particularly useful in comprehending the Founders’ version of federalism. This is because the constitutional balance between states and federal government partly reflected what the Founders had wanted the balance to be between colonies and imperial government. One of the most...
  • Need Second Amendment Lawyer

    11/12/2011 12:01:17 PM PST · by STD · 45 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/12/11 | Vanity
    Does anybody know of a Second Amendment lawyer who takes cases involved with restoration of gun rights to previously convicted felons?
  • Life, Death, and Law in Mississippi

    11/12/2011 8:54:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    The morning after this month's relatively quiet (for most of us) Election Day, story after story arrived celebrating a pro-life defeat. "Mississippi Wins for Women!" The Daily Beast exclaimed. "Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian 'Personhood' Initiative," the National Organization for Women declared. "Our victory in Mississippi has already sent a strong message to extremists who will stop at nothing to outlaw abortion," the American Civil Liberties Union explained. Mississippi's personhood amendment, seeking to amend the state constitution's legal definition of a "person" to "include every human being from the moment of fertilization," lost at the ballot box....
  • “Big Brother is Listening To Phone Calls And Reading Text Messages”‏

    10/28/2011 6:02:49 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 23 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 10-28-11 | J.D. Longstreet
    On November 9th, 2011 Americans will get an up close and personal demonstration of the new powers the US government has given itself over America’s broadcast services. There will be a complete take over of the nation’s air waves, both television and radio – plus — cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers. The power to do this is now in the hands of the President. Only he has the authority to do this. On November 9th there will be a test of how effectively the system will...
  • Napolitano: Jailed Illegals Will Get Phone Number to Report Civil Rights Violations

    10/26/2011 7:20:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 10/26/11 | Penny Starr
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Judiciary Committee in written testimony submitted Wednesday that illegal aliens taken into custody by local law enforcement and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be given a phone number to call if they believe their civil rights have been violated. The phone number will be provided on a form that will include directions on how to file a complaint in six different languages. Napolitano told the committee that ICE has “updated its detainer form to clarify the
  • Judge Rules Americans Have No Right to Choose What They Consume

    10/10/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler ruled against families’ right to consume milk from their own cows. The ruling came in a dispute between the state’s Department of Agriculture and the families over how milk is to be produced, distributed and consumed in Wisconsin. Fiedler rejected the plaintiffs’ contention that they had a fundamental and inherent right to consume milk from their own cows. “What foods may be grown or consumed is an issue subject to the discretion of the government,” Fiedler said. “Neither the state nor the federal Constitution grants individuals an explicit right to determine what they shall...
  • JUDGE: AMERICANS DON’T HAVE RIGHT TO DRINK COW MILK

    10/06/2011 1:38:02 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 38 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 10/06/2011 | Todd Starnes
    However, the judge would not rule that the plaintiffs have any Constitutional rights to own a dairy cow, consume milk from their own cow, board a cow at the farm of another farmer, or produce and consume the foods of their choice.
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015

    09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:25 PM on 25th September 2011 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections. However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
  • Is shale a mineral? (Marcellus Shale)

    09/22/2011 9:39:03 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 24 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 22 September 2011 | Timothy Puko
    For anyone who's played the game "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral," it might seem obvious that the Marcellus shale isn't alive and doesn't grow -- it's a rock layer in the ground, so it's a mineral. In the Pennsylvania courts, the answer is not so clear. A Susquehanna County Common Pleas court is headed for a hearing to determine whether the gas-rich Marcellus shale is a mineral, and therefore, included in mineral rights. The state Superior Court ruled this month that case law is unclear, leaving big questions over who legitimately controls drilling rights and the valuable natural gas in the mile-deep...
  • What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights

    09/20/2011 2:33:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    All information © 2011 TheBlaze LLC ^ | Posted on September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm | Becket Adams
    Under the bill’s authority, states are not immune from federal prosecution if they “violate” the act. In the event this bill passes, it will override a state’s sovereign authority as defined and protected under the 11th amendment.... Any state that receives Federal assistance under the direction of bill automatically forfeits its sovereign immunity....
  • Fire mission! Fox News GOP Debate Public Questions: Ask candidates about F&F

    09/17/2011 11:22:40 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 15 replies
    Gun Forums / Youtube ^ | 09/17/2011 | .454
    Let us unite our forces and bring the Obama regime in the spotlight for the operation Fast & Furious. Let us do the job the liberal media won't do: inform both politicians and the American public about the disgraceful way in which the Obama DOJ, the ATF and the FBI (all under direct orders form the White House) conspired to arm Mexican drug cartels in order to create murder and mayhem in the border States and thus justify Obama's push for draconian gun laws imposed on American citizens. On September 22, the Republican primary candidates will meet in Orlando, Florida...
  • No "Fundamental Right" to Own a Cow, or Consume Its Milk...Am I Making Myself Clear?

    09/16/2011 1:08:38 PM PDT · by Sopater · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 09:11AM
    Those raw milk proponents advocating "teach, teach, teach" may want to enroll Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler in their first class--in the kindergarten section. In response to a request from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the judge issued a clarification of his decision last week regarding his assessment of the constitutionality of food rights. The judge expanded on his original statement that such constitutional issues are "wholly without merit." He explained that the FTCLDF arguments were "extremely underdeveloped." As an example, he said the plaintiffs' use of the Roe v Wade abortion rights case as a precedent does "not explain...
  • Faith of our Fathers(property rights)

    09/16/2011 7:10:42 AM PDT · by marktwain
    blogcritics.org ^ | 15 September, 2011 | : Paul D. Perry
    “I will not allow violence against this house,” stated Dustin Hoffman’s character in the original Straw Dogs (1971), a graphic film that is still worth watching, but only by adults. Most will watch Sam Peckinpah’s psychological thriller with some Western themes only once. For many, some quick editing via the remote will be required. The central point of the movie is still valid. Civilized men once had a universal understanding that a man’s home was his castle. Why? The idea that a man’s, or now in many cases a woman’s, house and property should be within their own control is...
  • Conservative Nabs Naming Rights to ‘American Jobs Act’ After Obama Delay

    09/14/2011 11:54:49 AM PDT · by moovova · 14 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 9/14/2011 | Rob Bluey
    President Obama repeatedly asked members of Congress to pass the American Jobs Act last week. But when no Democrat filed Obama’s bill after he presented it to Congress, a conservative congressman swiped the name for his own legislation.
  • GUN RIGHTS WIN IN FLORIDA: STATE LAW WILL SOON END LOCAL FIREARMS RESTRICTIONS

    Florida has decided to finally protect the 2nd Amendment at the state level and eliminate onerous restrictions that many municipalities and communities have enacted against gun rights.
  • A very basic question - When do human beings receive the unalienable right to life?

    08/13/2011 11:25:04 AM PDT · by Gennie · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2011 | Jason McNew
    August 13, 2011 A very basic question Jason McNew When do human beings receive the unalienable right to life? The question the pro-abortion crowd will not (or cannot) answer. Here in fly-over country South Central PA, we are fortunate to have an excellent local talk radio station (based out of Harrisburg) which has the largest listenership in the area. One of the popular local talk-bubbas is a criminal defense attorney and an atheist. While a bit cantankerous with callers at times, he is thoughtful, respectful, and a fearsome debater. His show can be heard on Saturdays afternoons. Following the GOP...
  • UK tells Iran happy to talk human rights after riot criticism

    08/11/2011 1:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/11/11 | Robin Pomeroy
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Britain told Iran on Thursday it was happy to discuss its handling of street unrest after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused its police of "savage" aggression against demonstrators. Britain helped lead Western condemnation of Iran's crackdown on protests against Ahmadinejad's re-election in June 2009. He was quick on Wednesday to criticise the British police's "crushing attack" on unarmed citizens. In a letter to Iran's Foreign Ministry, Britain's top diplomat in Tehran said she hoped such openness would encourage Tehran to allow a U.N.-appointed investigator looking into alleged human rights violations in Iran to enter the country.
  • The War On Drugs

    08/05/2011 3:16:16 PM PDT · by He Rides A White Horse · 120 replies
    Self ^ | August 4 2011 | He Rides A White Horse
    I rarely post an article, even more rare that I post a vanity. I feel that this is a topic that involves everybody, both pro and against. I have a few thoughts of my own, but I would also like to hear from heads and tails. Law enforcement, if they wish, please add your viewpoints; I am certain that you have a unique perspective. I'm hoping that this doesn't turn into a flame war. I will submit from the start that I do not use drugs. So if anybody wants to issue a blanket statement that states 'If you don't...
  • LIRR Widow McCarthy A Vile Enemy of 2nd Amendment

    07/31/2011 11:16:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/26/2011 | Raquel Okyay
    “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Thomas Jefferson Well said, Mr. Jefferson! We do not have to store, fire, own, or even like guns to understand that the Second Amendment’s requirement is a need, no American can do without. If there came a point in time, when our elected officials became so arrogant to cease abiding by the Constitution “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” is in place so that we can protect ourselves, our country and our families...
  • The horrifying AAA debt-issuance chart

    07/16/2011 10:10:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 15, 2011 | Felix Salmon
    If sovereigns start being downgraded from triple-A status, debt is going to get a lot more expensive, and those rollovers — which cost very little in the current interest-rate environment — will really start to bite. And the invidious thing about debt is that it doesn’t go away. Deleveraging is painful, and is often accompanied by inflation or default. And the more debt you have to start with, the more painful deleveraging is going to be. Prepare yourselves.
  • License plate readers help police scan 30 plates a second

    07/10/2011 5:13:45 AM PDT · by MichaelP · 86 replies
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | 07/10/2011 | David Riley
    Fueled by federal grants, high-speed cameras that can automatically read up to 30 license plates a second and check them for violations or law enforcement alerts are scanning more streets and highways across Massachusetts this year. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security doled out $500,000 in federal highway grants earlier this year to 26 police departments for automatic plate readers, which can be stationary or mounted on a cruiser on patrol. Some MetroWest and Milford-area cities and towns already had the high-tech scanners. Those that won grants are now using plate readers or will be soon Rest at...
  • How Palestinians became the baby seals of the Western human rights lobby

    06/17/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/17/11 | Brendan O'Neill
    This new interview with American author Alice Walker gives a brilliant insight into what motivates trendy pro-Palestinian sentiment in the West today. Notice how effortlessly she flits between talking about Palestinians in Gaza and chickens in factory farms. In one breath she talks about the “cruel and inhuman” treatment meted out to Palestinians, who are “frazzled and suffering everyday”. And in the next she talks about chickens that are “raised under horrible, torturous conditions”, and the fact that people who tuck into chicken dinners don’t realise that they are eating “something precious, beautiful, rare”. Palestinians and chickens – these seem...
  • Redistricting maps roll out

    06/18/2011 7:35:18 AM PDT · by BelegStrongbow · 19 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 6/17/2011 | Laura Leslie
    The maps released this afternoon show “VRA” or “Voting Rights Act” districts – state House and Senate districts designed to have at least “50% plus one” minority population. VRAs are required by a 1965 federal statute aimed at guaranteeing legislative representation for minorities.
  • Saudi Arabian Women Use Their Cars to Call for End to Ban

    06/17/2011 9:55:49 AM PDT · by 49parallel · 7 replies
    Business Week ^ | june 17, 2010 | Donna Abu-Nasr
    "Al-Sharif, a 32-year-old computer security consultant, was arrested last month in the city of al-Khobar... The human-rights organization said al- Sharif was forced to sign a pledge that she wouldn’t drive again and was released 10 days later..." “Since her arrest, several women have reportedly been arrested on various occasions for driving..."
  • Rights and Responsibilities

    05/26/2011 6:44:54 AM PDT · by Tom Mullen · 10 replies
    Tommullen.net ^ | 5/25/2011 | Tom Mullen
    There is an old argument about rights that has enjoyed resurgent popularity in these days of “spreading the wealth around.” It is the assertion that while human beings undoubtedly have rights, they also have responsibilities. In fact, it is said that for every right there is a corresponding responsibility that is its complement. One should not be surprised that this line of reasoning appeals to statists of all varieties, because they see in it a way undercut rights and dress up their schemes of plunder and domination as “responsibilities.” However, it does not take the clear-thinking mind long to see...
  • "Mentor man's guns are confiscated after he calls police for help"

    05/25/2011 5:08:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 17 May, 2011 | Chad D. Baus
    While Restaurant and Car Carry Rules Fix legislation has garnered almost exclusive attention of the media and the gun ban lobby in Ohio, another piece of important pro-gun legislation has also been passed by strong, bi-partisan majorities in the Ohio House and Senate. HB54 and SB61, Ohio's Restoration of Rights legisation, will align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers. Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has stopped accepting Ohio's court orders restoring a citizen's right to own firearms. The purpose of this...
  • Naturalization Ceremony and Attorney General Town(MPLS)

    05/23/2011 11:30:55 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    Augsburg news ^ | 5-23-1 | Paul Pribbenow
    Augsburg College is host to two civic events this week that are open to the public as well as to students, faculty, and staff interested in attending. On Tuesday, May 24, we will host a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony which will confer U.S. citizenship to new citizens from more than 50 countries. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel, and will welcome these candidates for citizenship as well as their family members and friends. The Augsburg community is welcome to attend as space allows. On Friday, May 27, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with members of...
  • Attn Rand Paul: I Have a Right to Free Health Care And That Doesn’t Make You a Slave

    05/13/2011 4:37:13 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 30 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 5/13/11 | Duane Lester
    Rand Paul is wrong. You, Rand Paul, that punk kid down the street who plays his music too loud at night and I have a right to any kind of health care. We have a right to affordable health care, expensive health care and yes, even free health care. We even have a right to Voo Doo chiropractic therapy. Now before you scroll down to the comment section to lambast me, or click back and forget the article entirely, I beg you to read the rest and then tell me I’m wrong. And liberals, don’t get cocky, because you are...
  • Bill expanding gun rights keeps moving in Minnesota

    05/04/2011 11:19:14 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    winona daily news ^ | 5-4-11 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A proposal expanding the right to use deadly force in self-defense continues its advance through the Republican-controlled Legislature. The gun bill from GOP Rep. Tony Cornish goes before a House judiciary panel Wednesday after passing a public safety committee last week. The legislation would grant the right to defend oneself using deadly force in an expanded definition of home, including a garage, car, deck, tent, boat, overnight accommodation or other dwelling. The person wouldn't have to retreat from a threatening situation first.
  • China frees rights lawyer but another disappears

    04/30/2011 12:54:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 1+ views
    France 24 ^ | 4/30/2011 | AFP
    China released human rights lawyer Teng Biao after ten weeks in custody but a second lawyer has disappeared, rights groups told AFP Saturday, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. Advocacy group China Aid said Teng returned home at 3:30 pm (0730 GMT) on Friday but also stated that Li Fangping disappeared around 5:00 pm after leaving the office building of an AIDS victims group in Beijing. Teng Biao's wife confirmed to AFP that her husband had returned home but said "it is not convenient to speak now". "It's a relief that Teng Biao has been released after almost 70 days...
  • China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge

    04/10/2011 10:39:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/10/11 | Chris Buckley
    The United States is beset by violence, racism and torture and has no authority to condemn other governments' human rights problems, China said on Sunday, countering U.S. criticism of Beijing's crackdown.(snip)Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is the most prominent of the activists to be detained by police or held in secretive custody in the latest crackdown. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was "deeply concerned" about it, and cited "negative trends" including Ai's detention.