Texas Sovereignty Bill Passes first Hurdle

Filed under:General — posted by 3wire on 4/27/2009 @ 2:01 pm

From:The Offfice of Rep Creighton

Today, HCR 50, a resolution introduced by Representative Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), affirming Texas’ sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution passed out of the House State Affairs Committee with a vote of 10-2-1.

…”Each of us, upon taking office, swore an oath to defend both the Texas and United States Constitutions.  I believe that my resolution sends a message to Washington that in Texas we intend to do just that.  For too long, the federal government has superseded it’s authority and infringed upon rights delegated to the states.  Elected leaders in Texas have the constitutional authority to determine what is best for our state without interference from Washington.  We need to stand up for that right.”

Using a Comand Prompt OS Grounds for Search Warrant?

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology — posted by 3wire on 4/21/2009 @ 5:22 pm

Look out users of OSs other than the “regular” operating systems. You may be asking for trouble.

From: EFF

A BOSTON COLLEGE STUDENT’S COMPUTER, CELL PHONE, AND OTHER PROPERTY WERE SEIZED as part of an investigation into who sent an e-mail to a school mailing list identifying another student as gay. Not only is there no indication that any crime was committed, the support for the search warrant is at times laughable. Some of the supposedly suspicious activities listed include: the student being seen with “unknown laptop computers,” which he “says” he was fixing for other students; the student uses multiple names to log on to his computer; and the student uses two different operating systems, including one that is not the “regular B.C. operating system” but instead has “a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on.”

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DHS Report Demonizes Political Dissent

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by 3wire on 4/15/2009 @ 2:55 pm

The recent DHS (Department of Homeland Security) report, issued April 7th, is the latest in a very disturbing trend by the left and in the media to characterize political dissenters as dangerous right-wing extremists.  When I first saw the report I, like others, was almost certain that it  was a fake created by anti-Obama nut jobs.  I could not belive it was an actual government document. The DHS report, which seems uncharacteristically vague for a law enforcement assessment, goes so far as to link these “Right-Wing Extremists” to hate organizations and white supremacists. The three major news network websites ran the story pretty much as I’m sure the Obama administration intended, a chilling warning about returning veterans, guns, and hate.  Only Fox News reported the story with any integrity. The idea that the traditional press is still “The Fourth Estate”  and represents the people, is pretty much dead. Michele Malkin and others have weighed in on the DHS report but it is the way that the newspapers and networks are using this story that really concerns me. There is little doubt that a de-facto coalition exists between the Obama administration and the traditional press. God help anyone who disagrees with them.

What’s in a name?

Filed under:Science,Technology — posted by Maverick on @ 5:16 am

According to The Huffington Post, a Japanese company called Cyberdyne has just built a working human exoskeleton called “HAL” that assists the wearer in movement and strength.

Apparently no one in Japan watches any American science fiction movies because that company has to have chosen the worst possible names… Cyberdyne and HAL? Wow.

Attend a Tea Party Tomorrow!

Filed under:Our Money — posted by 3wire on 4/14/2009 @ 2:46 pm

How to find a Tax Day Tea Party in your area. Click here

“[April 15] is the last day for filing income tax returns — a day that reminds us that taxpayers pay too much of their earnings to the Federal Government. … While April 15 serves as a reminder, the people of the United States truly do not need to be reminded. They are victims of inflation, which pushes them into higher tax brackets. They are robbed daily of a better standard of living. They are discouraged from work and investment. … The choice before us is clear. I strongly feel that the great majority of Americans believe that nothing would better encourage economic growth than leaving more money in the hands of the people who earn it. It’s time to stop stripping bare the productive citizens of America and funneling their hard-earned income into the Federal bureaucracy.” —Ronald Reagan

Twitter Revolutions

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology — posted by 3wire on 4/8/2009 @ 5:31 pm

From: Danger Room

Aided by social networking tools like Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook, demonstrators in the former-Soviet republic of Moldova are gearing for another round of protests. Just yesterday, activists seized the president’s office and the country’s parliament — only to have the government take the buildings back. More crowds, however, are converging on the main square. And they are Tweeting, posting, and uploading.

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Can You Speak Newspeak?

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on @ 12:11 am

We are no longer fighting a war on terror against state-less terrorists or enemy combatants and there will not be any more terror attacks. This is all due to our new president and his use of Newspeak in the United States in the year 2009. The war on terror will now be known as the “overseas contingency operation”; “man caused disasters” will replace terrorist attacks and enemy combatants or terrorists will be known as…well they haven’t figured that one out just yet, but I can guess it will be something similar to: “the people who are double-plus ungood and who attempt acts of a similar nature”. I am sure everything is much clearer now to everyone and there will no longer be any confusion about the fruit salad.

Why Should You Pay Taxes?

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 4/6/2009 @ 8:03 pm

Hey, if most of the president’s cabinet pays them, then you should as well.

Scientist who predicted Italy earthquake was silenced

Filed under:General — posted by Maverick on @ 10:38 am

From Reuters:

The first tremors in the region were felt in mid-January and continued at regular intervals, creating mounting alarm in the medieval city, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Rome.

Vans with loudspeakers had driven around the town a month ago telling locals to evacuate their houses after seismologist Gioacchino Giuliani predicted a large quake was on the way, prompting the mayor’s anger.

Giuliani, who based his forecast on concentrations of radon gas around seismically active areas, was reported to police for “spreading alarm” and was forced to remove his findings from the Internet.

I’m sure once the fellows at the Ministry of Truth get ahold of this it’ll read “Italian Gov’t Predicted Earthquake: Scientist Jailed for Halting Efforts to Evacuate.”

Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Shooting Sports — posted by 3wire on 4/2/2009 @ 12:43 pm

From: Fox

While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

You’ve heard this shocking “fact” before — on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

— CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

— California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: “It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors … come from the United States.”

There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one:

It’s just not true.

In fact, it’s not even close. By all accounts, it’s probably around 17 percent.

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