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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...
  • Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch

    04/15/2014 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Federal officials appear to be waiting out Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters. Two days after a dispute over grazing rights, cattle and $1 million in fees and fines threatened to spin into a Wild West shootout, officials with the Bureau of Land Management promised they weren’t finished with Bundy. “The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement that followed the Bureau’s decision to release nearly 400 head of Bundy’s cattle that had been seized as part of a fight over grazing fees. Spokesman Craig Leff...
  • Nevada follows Utah in exploring transfer of public lands

    04/14/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    St George News ^ | June 6, 2013 | by Mori Kessler
    ST. GEORGE – Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 227 into Nevada law Tuesday, approving the creation of the Nevada Land Management Task Force. The signing of AB 227 makes Nevada the fifth state to look into the movement initiated by Utah lawmakers that urges the federal government to transfer management of public lands over to state control. In a press release issued by the American Lands Council, Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison, the primary sponsor of AB 227, said, “Gov. Sandoval and our state legislature have taken the first step in fulfilling our responsibility to our children and for the...
  • Nevada rancher standoff turns on a states’ rights debate

    04/14/2014 11:30:47 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 127 replies
    CBS ^ | April 14, 2014
    MESQUITE, Nev. - A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven Bundy "administratively and judicially." Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees, according to the bureau. "The door isn't closed. We'll figure out how to move forward with this," he said Sunday. He declined to comment on possible options....
  • 3 people killed in shooting at Overland Park Kansas Jewish Community Center

    04/13/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Mercat · 50 replies
    KMBC radio ^ | 04/13/2014 | none
    Local radio is reporting that there has been a shooting at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community Center around 1:00 p.m. Central time. Man walking up to people asking if they are Jewish and boom. News conference at 5:00. Evidently CNN is reporting.
  • Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters

    04/11/2014 2:17:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The National Guard is following a direct order — but it’s not happy with it. All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it. “None of us like what we’re having to do,” National Guard Chief Gen. Frank Grass told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the military website Defense One reported. “My big concern right now is figuring out how I’m going to move, and how many states I’m going to have an impact on, and what’s the cost of...
  • Holder: We want to explore gun tracking bracelets

    04/08/2014 5:54:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    <p>Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to "explore" as part of its gun control efforts.</p> <p>When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.</p>
  • Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays

    03/26/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    March 26, 2014 10:44 AM Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays By Alec Torres The Obama administration will announce its tenth Obamacare delay later today, this time extending the March 31 enrollment deadline for people who say they’ve been unable to enroll in health plans in the federal marketplace by the deadline. The extension applies to the federal exchange operating in three dozen states and is expected to last for two or three weeks. Can’t remember what all the delays have been? Politico provided a helpful history of Obamacare delays from most to least recent: March 25: Final enrollment...
  • In The United States District Court For The District Of Kansas

    03/20/2014 7:18:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Eric F. Melgren, US District Judge
    Does the United States Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”) have the statutory and constitutional authority to deny a state’s request to include its proof-of-citizenship requirement in the state-specific instructions on the federal mail voter registration form? The Plaintiffs— Arizona and Kansas and their secretaries of state—say it does not, and have asked this Court to order the EAC to add the requested language immediately.
  • Bill Gates, The Man Behind Common Core Shows How Stupid He Really is About Education

    03/16/2014 8:36:52 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 71 replies
    http://www.agenda21radio.com ^ | 3/15/14 | Paul Preston
    Bill Gates, the multi billionaire who does not have an earned college degree or teaching certificate, never taught a day in the classroom, never worked in an educational system or one room school house is comparing the education of children to electrical outlets.
  • Fracking earthquakes: despite mounting evidence, Oklahoma Geological Survey downplays risks

    03/05/2014 10:11:10 AM PST · by shepardspie33 · 25 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 4, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Of the fourteen 4.0 magnitude earthquakes or higher recorded in Oklahoma, ten of them have occurred in the past four years. Between the years of 1975 and 2008 an average of one to three earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or larger occurred annually. From 2009 onwards the state has experienced over 200 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher, an average of more than 40 per year. Several of them have centered near the most populated part of the state, central Oklahoma. In addition, in 2013 Oklahoma experienced 99 earthquakes which measured 3.0 or greater, the second largest in...
  • Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

    03/03/2014 9:53:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2014 12:27 PM EST | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can’t rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed. The justices heard arguments on a snowy morning in a challenge from a Florida inmate who says there is ample evidence to show that he is mentally disabled and protected from being put to death, even though most of his IQ scores have topped 70. That score is the widely accepted as a marker of mental disability, but medical professionals say that test results...
  • Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General To Ignore Law

    02/28/2014 10:11:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 28, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Corruption: Attorney General Eric Holder wants his counterparts at the state level to treat the rule of law with the same contempt and selectivity that he and his boss in the White House employ. 'We the people" and "consent of the governed" are important American concepts that Holder and his boss, President Obama, do not understand. They've made it clear by spreading their creeping lawlessness among the attorneys general of the 50 states. We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit...
  • Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right

    02/27/2014 7:40:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    APNews.excite ^ | Feb 27, 2014 | BOB CHRISTIE
    Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right Feb 27, 2014 By BOB CHRISTIE PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
  • Checks, Balances, And Checkbooks

    02/24/2014 11:56:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    This column is part of an ongoing series of essays examining and applying the timeless principles and truths of the Federalist Papers to the political events of our day. “I don’t control the checkbook . . . I’m not the king of New Jersey. I’m just the governor.”- NJ Gov. Chris Christie The recent Jersey Shore town hall meeting that many who are “Ready for Hillary” may have hoped would end Chris Christie’s threat to their champion took an unexpected turn in the direction of a primer on 21st century American federalism. More the lion tamer than the elephant in...
  • Ariz. Bill Decried As License to Discriminate

    02/20/2014 9:16:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 20, 2014 | MSN
    PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
  • BREAKING: Utah legislators move to kill NSA data center

    02/13/2014 9:40:01 AM PST · by Baynative · 117 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 2/12/14 | Michael Lotfi
    SALT LAKE CITY, February 12, 2014–Can Utah shut down the new NSA data center by turning off the water? A new bill introduced by state Rep. Marc Roberts seeks to do just that. The legislation drafted by a transpartisan coalition organized by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) called OffNow Coalition. The Utah Fourth Amendment Protection Act would expressly prohibit state material support, participation, and assistance to any federal agency that collects electronic date or metadata without a search warrant “that particularly desribes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.”...
  • Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant

    02/15/2014 6:13:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Neal E. Boudette
    Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant Volkswagen workers rejected the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626. Neal E. Boudette Updated Feb. 14, 2014 11:44 p.m. ET The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE +1.10% 's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany's powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the...
  • Ohio National Guard stages drill fighting fictional “right-wing terrorists”

    02/10/2014 4:44:33 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 83 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 10, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Ohio National Guard stages drill fighting fictional “right-wing terrorists” Robert Spencer Feb 10, 2014 Useful idiots They had a drill fighting left-wing terrorists last year, until leftists complained, whereupon they apologized. Meanwhile, no one would even dare to suggest that they hold a drill involving fighting against Islamic jihadists. Everyone knows that Islam is a Religion of Peace and that Tiny Minority of Extremists that has hijacked it is nowhere near Ohio, right? Well, there was Nuradin Abdi, who in August 2002 planned a jihad attack against an Ohio shopping mall. And Abdullah Mohammed Muslim, an Ohio Muslim who trained...
  • Five facts about Fox News

    02/09/2014 8:24:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Pew ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | Jesse Holcomb
    January 14, 2014 Five facts about Fox News By Jesse Holcomb One of the most closely observed—and powerful—figures in the news business, Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes, is the subject of a 560-page biography being released today. Even before its publication, “The Loudest Voice in the Room” by journalist Gabriel Sherman has triggered jousting matches between Ailes’ legions of critics and defenders. Whatever one’s view of Ailes, it is undeniable that he has turned the 17-year-old Fox News Channel into a powerhouse that dominates the cable news ratings and wields substantial power in the world of conservative politics. Below...
  • Struggling With Nullification

    02/08/2014 4:37:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 87 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 3rd, 2014 | Rob Natelson
    Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional? This depends largely on how you define “nullification.” It also depends on what you mean by “right” and what kind of document you understand the Constitution to be. IOW, it depends on your premises. Unfortunately, people often discuss/debate, and attack each other over—the merits or demerits of nullification without making their premises clear. The result is quarreling among people who are fundamentally on the same side. The Constitution has been characterized as: * A compact (i.e., contract) to which only the states are parties, by which...
  • Georgia, Tom Coburn Call for Constitutional Convention

    02/07/2014 9:04:18 AM PST · by taildragger · 134 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/6/14 | Dave Weigel
    Two months ago, Emma Roller and I wrote about the possibly historic Assembly of the States in Mount Vernon. Momentum had been building oh-so-slowly on the right for a new, state-led constitutional convention, which could pass amendments far quicker than the Congress could. (And no one sees a scenario, any time soon, where there'll be 67 conservative votes in the Senate to pass amendments.) The reaction: Largely just a lot of doubt that this would come to anything.
  • States look to rein in government surveillance

    02/05/2014 2:46:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2014 4:25 AM EST | Nigel Duara
    Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens. Their efforts in at least 14 states are a direct message to the federal government: If you don’t take action to strengthen privacy, we will. “We need to stand up and protect our liberty,” said Republican Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, author of a digital privacy bill. Police groups, however, say the moves will in some cases hinder efforts to deter or...
  • Arizona Senate Committee Passes ’4th Amendment Protection Act’ Designed to Leash the NSA

    02/04/2014 7:19:16 PM PST · by montag813 · 11 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-04-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right News First in the nation. On Monday, an Arizona state senate committee became the first legislative body in the country to pass a bill designed to thwart surveillance programs from the National Security Agency (NSA).Senate Bill 1156 (SB1156), the Arizona 4th Amendment Protection Act, was introduced by Sen. Kelli Ward and 14 other sponsors and co-sponsors. The bill faced its first hurdle today, with an important hearing and vote in the Senate’s Government and Environment committee, where it required passage by majority vote to move forward. After a lengthy debate with significant opposition from...
  • Arizona State Senators Advance Nullification of Federal Gun Laws

    02/03/2014 7:22:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-03-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right News In 2013, Arizona was named America's  #1 State for Gun Owners, by Guns and Ammo Magazine. This week, Arizona legislators aimed to improve on that status, advancing nullification of federal gun laws and stopping  state enforcement of them. Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward, along with eight co-sponsors, introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. According to the bill, SB1294, all federal regulations which violate the Second Amendment would be recognized as "invalid and void in this state" (that would be any federal gun law).
  • Article V Convention: Path of Least Resistance

    02/01/2014 3:48:17 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 98 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1st 2014 | Robert Berry
    In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation's first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order. The process, found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, requires the legislatures of at least two thirds (34) of the states to pass resolutions demanding that Congress call a "Convention for Proposing...
  • Beretta doesn’t bluff: Moving production to Tennessee

    01/30/2014 7:07:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Guns Save Life.com ^ | Jan 29, 2014
    Beretta doesn’t bluff: Moving production to Tennessee Beretta told Maryland’s state legislature that passage of anti-gun bills early last year would force the company to re-think their plans for growth and expansion in Governor Martin O’Malley’s state. “Berettas don’t bluff,” the Old Line State lawmakers were told. The legislature passed a whole new raft of gun restrictions anyway. Well, not only did Beretta cancel plans for growth and expansion in anti-gun Maryland, they announced their intention to move the whole kit and caboodle to Tennessee later this year. (The Tennesseean) – Beretta, one of the world’s leading gun manufacturers, will...
  • Florida Considers Bill Ending State's Cooperation with Federal Gun Laws

    01/27/2014 10:54:44 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-27-2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On January 27th Florida state representative Dan Eagle (R-Cape Coral) put forward a bill to prevent any "agent of the state or its political subdivisions [from participating] with or [assisting] federal agents in the enforcement of federal firearms laws." According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the bill also bars the state from "[providing] material support of any kind to federal agents in the enforcement of these laws." Eagle explained the bill thus:
  • Beavers pulls health care bill (Tennessee anti-Obamacare bill)

    01/24/2014 8:20:51 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 7 replies
    Lebanon Democrat ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Sara McManamy-Johnson
    Wilson County’s Sen. Mae Beavers on Wednesday withdrew her bill tackling the Affordable Care Act. She said she did so to instead propose a simpler version closer in language to what other states are doing. “We made it much simpler, and that’s just that state employees cannot be commandeered to enact federal laws,” said Beavers following Wednesday’s senate session. The new bill, which is also called the Tennessee Health Care Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act, is based on similar legislation already introduced in Georgia. It would still prohibit any cooperation by the state or its agencies in implementing or administering...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends states' right to legalize marijuana

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry defended Colorado and Washington's legalization of marijuana on Thursday, saying it was an issue of state rights, while touting initiatives in Texas as national models for keeping minor drug offenders out of jail. Perry's comments during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland echoed his past comments on drug policy, but they caused a bit of a stir because of how publicly the Republican endorsed lesser punishments for non-violent drug offenders.
  • Georgia on the Brink

    01/23/2014 12:59:18 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 123 replies
    Convention of States ^ | January 23rd, 2014 | COS Project Team
    Attention COS patriots: Georgia needs your help! Tomorrow, January 24, at 9:30am the state senate Rules Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the COS application. This is a huge step towards passing the application in Georgia, and we need to show the committee we mean business. So here’s what you can do: If you live in Georgia, go to the meeting! It will be held at the Georgia State Capitol in hearing room #450. We need to pack the room so the senators know how many Georgians support a Convention of States. If you can’t make it to Atlanta,...
  • States seek right to ask new voters for proof of citizenship

    01/19/2014 6:17:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/19/2014 | Stephen Dinan
    States are vowing to go to the courts for permission to ask newly registered voters to show proof of citizenship after a federal commission ruled late Friday that it’s up to the national government, not states, to decide what to include on registration forms. Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling released late Friday, just ahead of a court-imposed deadline. The EAC said states can check driver’s license...
  • Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare

    01/19/2014 6:52:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 13, 2014 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare Jeffrey H. Anderson January 13, 2014 Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.” How can this be? Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them. The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers. For some reason, President Obama hasn’t talked about this particular feature...
  • Obamacare's Threats to Religious Freedom

    01/17/2014 6:11:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Reason.com ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Andrew Napolitano
    Obamacare's Threats to Religious Freedom Andrew Napolitano Jan. 16, 2014 When the Framers were putting together the Constitution in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, they knew the states would not adopt it without written guarantees that the new central government would respect natural rights. The supporters of the Constitution promised political leaders in the states that the written guarantees would soon be added as amendments, and they were. By late 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified and added to the new Constitution. The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to assure all in America that their natural...
  • Poll: Most South Carolinians approve states' convention

    01/15/2014 4:53:53 PM PST · by upchuck · 27 replies
    The Aiken Standard ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | Derrek Asberry
    Seventy-five percent of South Carolina's voters are dissatisfied with the federal government and 71 percent are in favor of an Article V Convention of States, according to S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken. In a statewide poll that included 1,264 voters from various ethnicities, age groups and from every county conducted by True South Communications, Taylor posed two main questions. When asked if South Carolina should join other states in calling for a convention, Taylor said 32 percent were in favor, 32 percent opposed and 36 percent were undecided. The idea behind Taylor's initiative is that if two-thirds of states submit...
  • Congress should protect states' right to define marriage

    01/15/2014 8:26:59 AM PST · by xzins · 16 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 14, 2014 | Cathy Ruse
    To the casual observer, the Supreme Court seems to have given its stamp of approval to same-sex marriage, and both Congress and the states have been trumped in the matter. The casual observer would be wrong, though. Setting marriage law and policy remains the prerogative of each state. Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, states can pass laws or amend their constitutions to protect the historical understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, or they can change it. Congress,...
  • Oklahoma Homosexual Marriage Ban Overturned - States' Rights In Jeopardy

    01/15/2014 3:56:13 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 26 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/15/14 | LD Jackson
    I was under the impression that last year's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act did not federalize the issue of marriage. Rather, I thought it paved the way for states to decide the issue on their own. In my opinion, that's where the issue of marriage should be and should stay, a state issue. If this is the case, then someone forgot to tell U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern. He issued a ruling yesterday that effectively struck down the ban on homosexual marriage put into place by Oklahoma voters in 2004. This amendment to our state's Constitution was approved...
  • The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked. Cato's Letter No. 115

    01/13/2014 4:04:56 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Classical Liberal ^ | February 9th, 1723 | John Trenchard
    How did Thomas Jefferson incorporate the theory of England’s seventeenth century John Locke into our Declaration of Independence with such apparent ease? Why were Jefferson’s words, based on Lockean principles and ratified by the Continental Congress, immediately admired and accepted? Were the ideas and conclusions new to the public? No. It wasn’t because the typical colonist in British North America had read Locke’s famous Two Treatises of Government that he understood the prose and purpose of Jefferson’s great work. Books were expensive. To have a home library was a mark of wealth and assumed wisdom. Still, most families had at...
  • ‘I feel my whole body burning,’ says Oklahoma death row inmate during execution

    01/10/2014 7:39:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 136 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 10, 2014
    ‘I feel my whole body burning,’ says Oklahoma death row inmate during execution Published January 10, 2014 Associated Press A man has been executed by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary almost 20 years after orchestrating the brutal assault and robbery of his co-worker at a Tulsa convenience store. Michael Lee Wilson, 38, was convicted in the killing of Richard Yost, 30, who aspired to one day manage the Quiktrip store. Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder, was the third person executed for the February 25, 1995, crime; the fourth defendant is serving a life term.
  • Obama Administration Proposes Rule Changes to Say HIPAA Does Not Apply to Second Amendment

    01/09/2014 7:25:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Guns Save Life.net ^ | Jan 8, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    Obama Administration Proposes Rule Changes to Say HIPAA Does Not Apply to Second Amendment January 8 2014 by Dan Cannon Earlier this week we heard about the proposed executive actions from the White House that would expand who could be reported as being mentally defection to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Many at the time wondered how such a rule change could stand given the strict Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations followed in the United States which take great measures to protect the personal medical information of patients. Now we know how they’re going...
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions

    12/31/2013 3:08:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2013 5:30 PM EST | Paul Foy
    Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban. The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law. In papers filed Tuesday, the state asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn a decision that has led to more than 900 gay marriages in Utah. Sotomayor handles emergency requests from Utah and other Rocky Mountain...
  • Get COS in the News! (Convention of States)

    12/30/2013 11:52:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Convention of States ^ | December 30th, 2013 | Jordan Sillars
    Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to spread the word about the COS Project. These letters are read by hundreds of people, and it doesn't take long to write them up and send them in. If you want to help the COS Project, this is the place to start! Here are a few tips for crafting the perfect letter: A letter to the editor doesn’t make news—it comments on news. Try to craft your letter around a recent event or, better yet, a previous article. Skim the newspaper’s online archives to see...
  • How the States Committed Suicide

    12/18/2013 3:43:30 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | December 13th 2013 | Paul Moreno
    How did the once-sovereign states become wards of Washington? They did it to themselves. State politicians came to recognize that they would benefit from a more powerful national government. As scholars like Michael Greve and Todd Zywicki have shown, state actors helped to break down the original constitutional system of "competitive federalism," which kept government limited as states competed with each other to attract business and labor. In its place they contrived a parasitical "cooperative" or "cartel" federalism, in which states extract wealth from each other through the federal government. The first and most important steps came in 1913, when...
  • Legislators Introducing Bill to Nullify Obamacare in Georgia

    12/13/2013 5:41:52 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 12 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Thursday, December 12, 2013 | Lily Dane
    Four state representatives announced today that they are introducing legislation to block Obamacare in Georgia. State representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), with three other representatives, will hold a press conference on Monday, Dec. 16 to discuss the proposal. In a press release, Rep. Spencer explained the bill’s goal: The bill’s main thrust is to prohibit state agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation entirely in the hands of the federal government, which lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates. Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment...
  • Mark Levin Refuted: Keep the Feds in Check with Nullification, not Amendments!

    12/12/2013 5:30:22 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 55 replies
    What Mark Levin says in “The Liberty Amendments” in support of an Article V convention is not true.1 On one side of this controversy are those who want to restore our Constitution by requiring federal and State officials to obey the Constitution we have; or by electing ones who will. We show that the Oath of Office at Art. VI, last clause, requires federal 2 and state officials to support the Constitution. This requires them to refuse to submit to – to nullify – acts of the federal government which violate the Constitution. This is how they “support” the Constitution!...
  • Democrats and Democratic Tyranny

    12/11/2013 3:19:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Democrats just love democracy. Who could possibly oppose it? Didn’t progressive icon Woodrow Wilson tell the nation that its purpose was to make the world safe for democracy? What reasonable person could be against all power to the people? I am, and I am in good company. Our Framing generation had a short, yet sufficient experience with overly democratic state governments to figure out that majoritarian abuse of minorities was just as harmful and dangerous to freedom as the executive tyranny of George III. Benjamin Rush famously said that while the constitutions of 1776-1777 barred the front door to executive...
  • State Legislators discuss Convention of States at Mount Vernon Assembly

    12/09/2013 6:01:05 PM PST · by Baynative · 47 replies
    Red Millennial ^ | 12/8/13 | Garrett Humbertson
    Approval ratings for Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court are all at record lows, reflecting the public’s dissatisfaction with a runaway federal government. Many are concerned about Washington D.C.’s culture of corruption, entitlement programs on the path to bankruptcy, and a complicated tax code and bureaucracy which stifle both economic growth and liberty. With this in mind, nearly one hundred state legislators from 32 different states gathered at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, on Saturday. They met to discuss the possibility of a Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution, as...
  • Smith & Wesson Can Still Defy the Odds

    12/10/2013 4:58:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Spencer Jakab
    Ahead of the Tape Smith & Wesson Can Still Defy the Odds By Spencer Jakab Updated Dec. 10, 2013 12:17 a.m. ET America's largest gun maker will get some extra attention this week. Four days after it unveils fiscal second-quarter results on Tuesday, the nation will mark the anniversary of last December's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. The shooting's effect on Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.'s SWHC -0.08% financial fortunes shows how wrong the market's initial reaction was. The stock fell sharply as the grisly details of the rampage emerged, but it has bounced back by 58% since its trough...
  • Some News From the Mount Vernon Assembly

    12/09/2013 2:52:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Here is a response from Florida State Senator Alan Hays regarding last Saturday's Mount Vernon Assembly. "We discussed the process of bringing the Article V convention into reality and agreed to meet next year at a time yet to be determined due to the need to meet when state legislatures are adjourned or in recess. That will assure more participation. We also discussed a possible resolution to go to each state requesting their legislatures establish a selection process for delegates to be attending an Article V. Convention." "We recognized the need for wide communication to the public of our work....
  • A grand distraction by state lawmakers (The Progressive argument begins)

    12/06/2013 11:09:38 AM PST · by vg0va3 · 44 replies
    Nogales International. ^ | 12/6/13 | By the Sierra Vista Herald
    There is a local connection to a national effort aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution through the convention process.. Amending the Constitution is not an easy task. It requires either a two-thirds vote by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate; or, a national convention requested by two-thirds – 34 – of the 50 states. The Arizona Legislature adopted a resolution in 2012 calling for a nat, What do these lawmakers want to change? A website that lists all of the state legislators involved in the effort points to re-establishing federalism and limiting the growth of the federal...