Time to end foreign aid to Israel: ‘We just can’t do it anymore,’ Sen. Paul warns

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 1/29/2011 @ 4:52 am

Sen. Rand Paul

By Stephen C. Webster

One of the Senate’s newest members has settled upon an idea to reduce American debt that’s likely to come off as highly controversial in the halls of power: ending all foreign aid, including the tens of billions dedicated to Israel.

Israel has been, by far, the largest recipient of US foreign aid anywhere in the world. Since the inception of Israel’s close diplomatic relationship with the US all the way through 2008, Americans gave Israel over $103 billion, according to the American Educational Trust.

President Barack Obama in late 2009 approved an additional $2.77 billion for Israeli foreign aid in 2010, and another $30 billion over the next decade.

That’s got to stop, according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who told CNN host Wolf Blitzer recently that with such a crushing economic picture in the US, “we just can’t do it anymore.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/time-foreign-aid-israel-we-anymore-sen-paul-warns/

U.S. Supreme Court: landmark decision that allows judges to void Constitution in courtrooms

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 4:46 am

ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that serves to allow judges to void the Constitution in their courtrooms. The decision was issued on January 18, 2011, and the Court did not even explain the decision (Docket No. 10-632, 10-633, and 10-690). One word decisions: DENIED.

Presented with this information and massive proof that was not contested in any manner by the accused judges, at least six of the justices voted to deny the petitions:

“There is no legal or factual basis whatsoever for the decisions of the lower courts in this matter. These rulings were issued for corrupt reasons. Many of the judges in the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit are corrupt and violate laws and rules, as they have done in this case. The Supreme Court must recognize this Petition as one of the most serious matters ever presented to this Court.”

The key questions answered negatively by the U.S. Supreme Court was:

“Whether federal courts must be stopped from operating corruptly and ignoring all laws, rules, and facts.”

By denying the petitions, SCOTUS has chosen to sanction corruption by federal judges and to allow federal judges to void sections of the Constitutional at will.”

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=xprnw.20110118.CL31921&show_article=1

Bill of Rights: Amendments 1-10

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by Q Ball on 1/27/2011 @ 6:09 pm

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Huffington Post Against Stricter Gun Laws?

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by Q Ball on @ 4:59 pm

Dan Baum over at the Huffington Post has written an article asking liberals to not to be tempted to call for tighter gun laws in the aftermath of the shooting in Tucson. His theme of the article I think is expressed best by this quote:

Gun control not only does no practical good, it actively causes harm. It may be hard to show that it saves lives, but it’s easy to demonstrate that we’ve sacrificed a generation of progress on things like health care, women’s rights, immigration reform, income fairness, and climate change because we keep messing with people’s guns

I am impressed by his honest understanding that this issue is a losing one for Democrats, or any politician. However, from reading the article I get the feeling that he doesn’t truly believe that people should have the right to bear arms. It seems that he has given up the issue in order to pursue other causes which are more important to liberals.

I do have hope for the liberals and Democrats when the author compares gun control to the prohibition of marijuana:

It’s helpful to think of gun control as akin to marijuana prohibition — useless for almost everything except turning otherwise law-abiding people into criminals and fomenting cynicism and resentment.

This statement gives me hope that he is on his way to becoming more libertarian. I heard someone once say, if we can get the gun guys stop worrying about drugs and the drug guys to stop worrying about guns then we would be on our way to a much better country.

Early Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Technology — posted by 3wire on 1/25/2011 @ 5:07 pm

From: EFF

Last week’s post about the increasingly draconian and desperate measures the Tunisian government was taking to censor bloggers, journalists, and activists online was rapidly made irrelevant by subsequent events. Over the next few days, Tunisian dictator El Abidine Ben Ali promised not to run for re-election in 2014, then offered widespread reforms, including freedom of expression on the Internet, and finally stepped down from power and fled the country. The steps that EFF called on Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to take in order to protect the privacy and safety of their Tunisian users soon lost their urgency. For now, Tunisians are experiencing unprecedented freedom online after years of extensive government filtering and censorship of websites.

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Article 7

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on @ 9:41 am

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independance of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,

G°. Washington
Presidt and deputy from Virginia

Delaware
Geo: Read
Gunning Bedford jun
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jaco: Broom

Maryland
James McHenry
Dan of St Thos. Jenifer
Danl. Carroll

Virginia
John Blair
James Madison Jr.

North Carolina
Wm. Blount
Richd. Dobbs Spaight
Hu Williamson

South Carolina
J. Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

Georgia
William Few
Abr Baldwin

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Massachusetts
Nathaniel Gorham
Rufus King

Connecticut
Wm. Saml. Johnson
Roger Sherman

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
Wil: Livingston
David Brearley
Wm. Paterson
Jona: Dayton

Pennsylvania
B Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robt. Morris
Geo. Clymer
Thos. FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
James Wilson
Gouv Morris

Attest William Jackson Secretary

Gov Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota: promo video

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 4:06 am

Jesse Ventura sues TSA, says body scans and pat-down searches violate rights

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 3:58 am

“Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting him to “warrantless and suspicionless” scans and body searches.

The lawsuit, which also names Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole as defendants, argues the searches are “unwarranted and unreasonable intrusions on Governor Ventura’s personal privacy and dignity and are a justifiable cause for him to be concerned for his personal health and well-being.”

According to the lawsuit, Ventura received a hip replacement in 2008, and since then, his titanium implant has set off metal detectors at airport security checkpoints. The lawsuit said that prior to last November officials had used a non-invasive hand-held wand to scan his body as a secondary security measure.”

http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_17186132?nclick_check=1

Harry Reid is trying to strip away the rules of the Senate in order to pass anti-gun agenda

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 1/24/2011 @ 9:05 pm

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to strip away the rules of the Senate in order to pass his anti-gun agenda.

Tomorrow, that fight goes to a vote.
They’re trying to move the goal posts in the Senate.

You and I both know elections have consequences, but it appears both Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obamacrats in the Senate don’t get that basic point.

Reid and the Obamacrats are trying to build a consensus to shred the current Senate rules and silence YOU and conservative Senators like Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn and Rand Paul.

In the name of “bi-partisanship” Reid and the Obamacrats are in negotiations to strip all legislative power from the minority party.

They say that Senators like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are “obstructing” the work of the “American people.”

In reality, Coburn and DeMint ARE DOING the work of the people, by fighting to protect our rights.

While the details and the Senate rules themselves are arcane and complicated, Reid’s end goal is straight forward.

Reid and his anti-gun cohorts in the Senate want to remove the “filibuster rule” which requires 60 votes to override. Conservative champions like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn have used the “filibuster rule” to great effect for gun owners, using it to stop all manner of outrageous legislation.

The truth is, the Founding Fathers wanted the Senate to be a deliberative body, and to ensure that the voice and rights of the minority were always heard.

It will take 60 votes to pass Reid’s ridiculous new rules, which would require him to get the support of at least 13 Republican Senators.

You and I can’t afford for Senate Republicans to preemptively surrender this important battle.

Sources inside the Capitol tell me that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might be working on a backroom deal that would allow Reid to change the rules without strong Republican opposition.

Call both of your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 demanding they protect the rights of the minority and oppose any changes to the filibuster rule.

Call Senator Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 encourage him to stand up to Harry Reid and oppose any changes to the filibuster rule.
Your activism is critical, please act now.

http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/hostedemail/email.htm?h=a497146ff5aebe373e30dd7b237fea89&CID=7867658530&ch=DD7B03B2D98094E069AA61E77BEC089E

BATFE ‘Project Gunwalker’

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 8:51 pm

David Codrea is a columnist for Examiner.com & Guns Magazine, and has discovered from that BATFE may have allowed guns to go over the border to Mexico to pad statistics of “gun running.” Good expose.

Article 6

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 1/20/2011 @ 9:40 am

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Why the Internet Is a Great Tool for Totalitarians

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 1/18/2011 @ 10:36 am

“There’s a special irony when Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggests—as he did in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations last November—that China’s government will find it impossible to censor “a billion phones that are trying to express themselves.” Schmidt is rich because his company sells precisely targeted ads against hundreds of millions of search requests per day. If Google can zero in like that, so can China’s censors.

Calling China’s online censorship system a “Great Firewall” is increasingly trendy, but misleading. All walls, being the creation of engineers, can be breached with the right tools. But modern authoritarian governments control the web in ways more sophisticated than guard towers.”

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/12/st_essay_totalitarians/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

Due to public outrage over security screening, Major U.S. Airports Consider Ditching TSA

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 1/17/2011 @ 11:29 pm

“Some of the largest airports in the US are weighing whether to hire private contractors to replace the Transportation Security Administration [TSA], as public outrage over security screening is on the rise, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Sixteen airports, including San Francisco and Kansas City International Airport, have already made the switch since 2002. One Orlando airport approved the change but still needs to select a contractor, and several others are reportedly seriously considering privatization.”

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/12/31/major-airports-consider-ditching-tsa/#ixzz1BMFcRjdT

Feds come knocking for home inspections – ‘illegal search and invasion’ of property?

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 5:46 pm

LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
By Bob Unruh

“A sanitation district in Pennsylvania has notified homeowners that its representatives will be making personal visits to every structure served by its network of drainpipes because that’s what the federal Environmental Protection Agency is demanding.

But homeowners are concerned about the mandatory government inspections of their properties.

“I do consider this the equivalent of illegal search and invasion of my home without just cause and [it] establishes a situation where I am guilty and must prove innocence,” one homeowner, who asked that his identity be withheld, told WND.

“This inspection is to determine if I am ‘discharging’ ‘clean water’ into the sewer system. At no point in the letter does it say exactly what will be looked at, (I guess leaky faucets will be a crime) what else may be being evaluated while my property is being inspected, what is on the ‘check list’ or report that is being done, and really exactly who is doing the inspection,” he said.

The homeowner told WND, “I find myself becoming more and more angry as I process the ramifications of this whole issue. This may be just to look for ‘clean water discharge’ (what a joke – I wonder if they will look to see if I’m in the shower too long and not standing under the flow of water enough and I better not run the water for a glass of cold water), but this is, like the sexual assaults of the TSA, the beginning of accepting illegal and unwarranted searches.

“It is happening here, but from the letter I get the feeling that it is being done elsewhere with the goal of having the EPA visit every single home/apartment in America to collect who knows what information … and if this is for clean water, what will be next?” the homeowner said.”

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=251069#ixzz1BKptGFWL

Why Martin Luther King Was Republican

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 2:43 am

by Frances Rice

“It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16500

Reagan tells a joke about Communism.

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 2:09 am

Why Communism Fails

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 2:08 am

The larger and more powerful the government, the more oppressed and weak the people.

Tweeting Tyrants Out of Tunisia: Global Internet at Its Best

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 1/16/2011 @ 10:56 pm

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country

“Even yesterday, it would have been too much to say that blogger, tweeters, Facebook users, Anonymous and Wikileaks had “brought down” the Tunisian government, but with today’s news that the country’s president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country, it becomes a more plausible claim to make.

Of course there was more to such demonstrations than some new technology. An individual act of desperation set off the last month of rioting, as a college-educated young man set himself on fire after police confiscated his unlicensed fruit and vegetable cart. Tunisia’s high unemployment rate, rampant corruption and rising food prices added to the anger at Ben Ali’s 20-plus-year rule.

People risked their lives in the street, with some getting a bullet for their troubles, but the internet played a significant role in organizing these protests and in disseminating news and pictures of them to the world.”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/01/tunisia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

Left wingers jumped the gun on Tucson shooting

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 10:49 pm

By Ed Farnan, Op Ed, Irish Central

“With gunshots still echoing, the first news reports from Tucson hit the wires: Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shot and critically injured, many others killed and wounded.

Within two hours of the event the spinners in the main stream media started politicizing the tragedy: Gunman was a Tea Partier, he was a militia member, he was inflamed by the hate speech and inflammatory rhetoric from Sarah Palin and the right wing … Even the local sheriff, Dupnik, jumped in the fray and blamed the act on the overheated rhetoric put out by the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Glaringly, the sheriff is not ready for prime time.

The 3rd in command of the democrats in Congress, Clyburn flat out said Sarah Palin “didn’t grasp why her rhetoric was so troubling, regardless of the motivations of the alleged shooter.” All of this was eagerly lapped up by the main stream media and dished out to the world.

Where was the voice of reason of “lets not jump to conclusions before we know all of the facts,” which President Obama was quick to issue immediately after the shooter at Fort Hood Texas killed 15 and wounded dozens while chanting allahu akhbar?

Silence from the Whitehouse allowed the story to fester.

This was a classic case of desperately wanting the facts to fit the desired outcome.”

http://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/Left-wingers-jumped-the-gun-on-Tucson-shooting-113840129.html

Tucson gun show in Arizona

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 4:18 pm

“The gun show is one of five that is held in Tucson each year by Crossroads of the West, a Utah company. An answering machine greeting for the company on Saturday morning said, “Yes, the Tucson gun show in Arizona will be on.”

Bob Templeton, the company’s owner, said he and Crossroads of the West’s other leaders considered canceling the Tucson show, which is scheduled to run through Sunday, and even consulted with the fairgrounds operators about whether to do so.

Mr. Templeton said the organizers asked themselves: “ ‘Are we being insensitive?’ ”

He said they concluded that they were not.

“This really is not about guns,” he said, referring to the shooting. “It’s about mental illness and a person who had an agenda.”

Mr. Templeton said that none of the roughly 200 exhibitors had canceled, and more than a thousand people had shown up by early Saturday. ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/us/16giffords.html?partner=rss&emc=rss


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