Newsworthy 11-23-2012

When someone drones on and on about the inherent goodness of humanity, prove them wrong… humanity shows its true nature on “Black Friday” (or Katrina-like hurricanes, etc.).

See also: Man Pulls Gun on Rowdy, Line-Cutting Black Friday Shopper That Punched Him In The Face
See also: Extreme couponer claims attack by store manager

Reminding the politicians the consequences of betrayal

Reminding the politicians the consequences of betrayal… alternate methods include torches and pitchforks, or shotguns and nooses.

The Quickest Way EVER Through A Security Checkpoint
Video (33 seconds): …of course, this tactic may actually get you imprisoned in the future.

TX Gov Rick Perry Ignores the Posse Comitatus Act and Orders Troops to Help Police Formula 1 Event
Excerpt:
Yesterday, Infowars reporter Jakari Jackson headed out to the Formula One race event held outside of Austin, Texas where he found, not only that posse comitatus is little more than a distant memory, but that National Guard troops were assisting the event at the behest of Texas Governor Rick Perry, according to one member.

At least one National Guard member interviewed by Jakari said governor Rick Perry gave the order to have troops assist local law enforcement during the much-hyped, first ever Formula One race event predicted to bring hordes of people into the central Texas region.

“We’re out here in support of the local civilian authorities. Any large public event like this, there’s always a public safety concern and we’re out here, much like the local law enforcement is just to make sure everybody has a good, safe time and just to help out our friends in the local civilian sector,” one troop said.

What’s even more disturbing is that some interviewees had never even heard of the posse comitatus Act.

Ron Paul: The Founders Believed in Secession – “Secession is what we did when we left England, it was a wonderful thing”
Excerpt:
Congressman Ron Paul reacted to the secessionist movement sweeping America today by reminding people that the United States seceded from the British empire, while slamming those who suggested their fellow Americans should be deported merely for talking about the idea.

Police Shoots At Disabled Man Waving Gun Made Of Legos
Excerpt:
A Kings County Sheriff’s deputy has been put on administrative leave after being accused of shooting at a developmentally disabled man who was holding a toy gun.

Ben Swann: Petraeus, Allen, Gaouette, Ham: The Benghazi Story The Media Isn’t Telling You
Video (6 1/2 minutes): [From site] Ben Swann takes a look at three generals and one admiral who have been either caught up in scandal, forced to retire, or demoted since the Benghazi attack.

FBI Shoots Up House of Unarmed People
Excerpt:
An early morning FBI raid has a District Heights family in fear. The agents came into the house and drew their guns at the family’s daughter, but she wasn’t armed.

“They almost hit my daughter, man,” says Emory Hughley. “If I hadn’t told her to go back in her room they probably would have shot her.”

Hughley says he was asleep in the basement when he heard a bang at the front door. His 18-year-old daughter Myasia was upstairs in her room with two friends who were spending the night. Around 6 a.m. he says he came up to the living room and saw 15 FBI SWAT agents coming inside, guns drawn.

Boise’s Proposed Thoughtcrime Ordinance
Excerpt:
Ordinance O-36-12, a proposed municipal “anti-discrimination” measure being considered by the Boise City Council, would do nothing to protect people from acts of criminal violence. Instead, it would mandate the use of state-sanctioned aggression against business owners who refuse the commercial patronage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.

If government has no authority to criminalize private behavior between consenting adults, by what supposed authority can it punish people who withhold their consent from a commercial transaction? Proponents of the ordinance intend to bury that question beneath a blizzard of bromides about tolerance and respect.

Ron Paul’s 32 Questions
List:
This is extracted from his Farewell to Congress address.

Excessive government has created such a mess it prompts many questions:

Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?

Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?

Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?

Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?

Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?

Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?

Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?

Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?

Why should there be mandatory sentences – even up to life for crimes without victims – as our drug laws require?

Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?

Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?

Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?

Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?

Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?

Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?

Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?

Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?

Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?

Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?

Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a “kill list,” including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?

Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.

Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?

Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?

Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?

Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?

Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?

Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?

Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.

Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?

Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.

The Dangers of Fluoride
A video news report discussing the dangers of fluoridation. (8 minutes)

Government Website For Immigrants: Come To America And Take Advantage Of Our Free Stuff
Excerpt:
A website run by the federal government (“WelcomeToUSA.gov“) encourages new immigrants to the United States to apply for welfare benefits. This website is run by the Department of Homeland Security and it says that it “is the U.S. Government’s official web portal for new immigrants.” So your tax dollars were used to build and maintain a website that teaches immigrants how to come into this country and sponge a living off of federal welfare programs paid for by your tax dollars. What in the world is happening to us? Yes, we will always need some legal immigration. We are a nation of immigrants and immigration has been very good to this country. But at a time when there are millions upon millions of American citizens out of work and at a time when we are absolutely drowning in debt, do we really need to encourage millions more immigrants to come over and take advantage of our overloaded social welfare programs? WelcomeToUSA.gov actually encourages new immigrants to apply for food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Of course not all immigrants are eligible for all of those programs, but if an immigrant can get over to the U.S. and just get signed up for a couple of programs they can enjoy a higher standard of living doing nothing here than they can working at a low paying job back home. We have created a perverse system of incentives that makes it very attractive to people all over the world to do whatever they can to hitch a ride on “the gravy train” and take advantage of all of the benefits that they possibly can. And once immigrants get on welfare, many of them never leave. For example, one study discovered that 43 percent of all immigrants who have been in the United States for at least 20 years were still on welfare. We can’t even take care of our own citizens, and yet more immigrants hop on to the safety net every single day. At some point the safety net is going to break and then we won’t even be able to take care of the struggling Americans that really need it.

Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
Excerpt:
A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

Revised bill highlights:
✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans’ electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans’ correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public,” including university networks.
✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant — or subsequent court review — if they claim “emergency” situations exist.
✭ Says providers “shall notify” law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they’ve been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.
✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to “10 business days.” This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

Gene Predicts Time Of Death Down To Hour, Study Suggests
Excerpt:
Genetic “switches” determine much about our bodies, including hair color, blood type, and susceptibility to certain diseases. Now, researchers believe they have found a gene that regulates something far more eerie: the time of day a person is likely to die.

In an study published in the November 2012 issue of the Annals of Neurology scientists studying the body’s biological clock (a.k.a. the circadian rhythm) report the discovery of gene variant that not only determines the likelihood of your being a morning person, but also predicts, with unsettling accuracy, your likely time of death.

Student Expelled for Refusing Location Tracking RFID Badge
Excerpt:
After months of protesting a policy requiring high school students to wear an RFID-enabled ID badge around their necks at all times, Andrea Hernandez is being involuntarily withdrawn from John Jay High School in San Antonio effective November 26th, according to a letter sent by the district that has now been made public.

The letter, sent on November 13, informs her father that the Smart ID program, which was phased in with the new school year, is now in “full implementation” and requires all students to comply by wearing the location-tracking badges.

Ron Paul: ‘Secession is a deeply American principle’
Excerpt:
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday that secession was a “deeply American principle,” amid a growing number of people petitioning the White House to let their states secede from the U.S.
“Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those ‘traitors’ became our country’s greatest patriots,” the former presidential candidate wrote in a post on his House website. “There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.”

He continued: “If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.”

Reality Check: What The Fiscal Cliff Means For Businesses, Employees & The Unemployed

Video (4 1/2 minutes): [From site] Ben Swann of Reality Check is taking a look at how the fiscal cliff might affect your life and what this would mean for businesses, employees and the unemployed.

Why Won’t They Call This Murder?
Excerpt:
A policeman walks up to a man who matches the description of a robber and begins beating him and tasering him until he is unconscious. Two days later the previously healthy and happy victim is dead. The police officer is then charged with assaulting the man with excessive force and gets four years in jail. The system will undoubtedly spring the officer out on parole in far less than half that time.

That’s right, a man walked up to another man and beat him to death. A man took another mans life. And yet, there is no murder charge. I’m baffled.

Do the police now have the authority to violently ravage any person who looks like a nearby reported criminal suspect?

Nurse Refused To Draw Blood From A DWI Suspect Because Officer Didn’t Have Court Order, She Got Handcuffed
Excerpt:
SELMA, N.C. – A Selma police officer has been suspended with pay after being accused of handcuffing a nursing supervisor at a Johnston County hospital over the weekend.

Selma police investigators said Wednesday that officer Travis Abbott took a suspected drunken driver to the Johnston Medical Center emergency room in Smithfield around 1:30 a.m. Saturday to have blood drawn.

According to a 911 call, Abbott handcuffed the nurse when she refused to draw blood because Abbott didn’t have a court order.

Police Director Affirms The Rights Of Citizens To Record Officers On Duty
Excerpt:
NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ), Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the City of Newark have reached a successful settlement in the case of Khaliah Fitchette, a Newark teenager who was illegally detained by police for using her cellphone to record an incident on a public bus in March 2010.

In addition to the settlement, Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio has issued a training memorandum that affirms the rights of citizens to record police officers performing their duties and makes clear that officers cannot confiscate, delete, or demand to view a citizen’s photos or video without a warrant. The memorandum was issued in November 2011, as Fitchette’s lawsuit was pending.

The department will train officers on the new policy.

California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once
Excerpt:
In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring.
Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile, scanning millions upon millions of entries from within vast, intricate databases stored on the cloud.
It’s done with state of the art facial recognition technology, and in Southern California it’s already happening.

Police taser woman into cardiac arrest
Overview:
The police stop to question a woman that is pulled over to the side of the road. After 15 minutes they want to search her purse. She refuses… they taser her until she has a heart attack. They revive her and charge her with resisting arrest.

Blowback: Did Israel Help To Create Hamas?

Ben Swann talks about Israel’s role in Hamas.

The American Tradition of Secession
Excerpt:
“Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession.”

~ Ron Paul

Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably apoplectic when Ron Paul recently stated on his House Web site that secession is “a deeply American principle.” Congressman Paul was alluding to the fact that all fifty states have sent secession petitions to the White House.

Typical of the media response was a snotty remark by one Robert Schlesinger, the son of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who is the “managing editor of opinion” of the soon-to-go-out-of-business U.S. News. Ron Paul is “deeply wrong,” he moaned, calling the congressman a “crank” and predicting that he “will soon be forgotten.” Robert Schlesinger’s bad manners are matched by his utter ignorance of American history.

Why Is There Corn in Your Coke?

Short answer… because the government subsidizes corn, and limits imports of sugar.

The Anti-Nullifiers
Excerpt:
First, nullification. The mere fact that a state’s reserved right to obstruct the enforcement of an unconstitutional law is not expressly stated in the Constitution does not mean the right does not exist. To expect such a thing is to misunderstand the structure and function of the Constitution. The Constitution is supposed to establish a federal government of enumerated powers, with the remainder reserved to the states or the people. Essentially nothing the states do is authorized in the federal Constitution, since enumerating the states’ powers is not the purpose and is alien to the structure of that document.

James Madison urged that the true meaning of the Constitution was to be found in the state ratifying conventions, for it was there that the people, assembled in convention, were instructed with regard to what the new document meant. Jefferson spoke likewise: should you wish to know the meaning of the Constitution, consult the words of its friends.

Federalist supporters of the Constitution at the Virginia ratifying convention of 1788 assured Virginians that they would be “exonerated” should the federal government attempt to impose “any supplementary condition” upon them – in other words, if it tried to exercise a power over and above the ones the states had delegated to it. Virginians were given this interpretation of the Constitution by members of the five-man commission that was to draft Virginia’s ratification instrument. Patrick Henry, John Taylor, and later Jefferson himself elaborated on these safeguards that Virginians had been assured of at their ratifying convention.

4D scans show fetuses yawn in the womb
Excerpt:
LONDON (Reuters) – Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too.

Researchers who studied 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses also said they think yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors a new way to check on a baby’s health.

Commentary:
Fetus: An unborn or unhatched offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception.

Pro-Choice Advocate: A selfish, self-serving, often misguided, sometimes malicious, person that does not want you to understand the definition of a fetus (unborn human baby) out of fear you won’t kill it if you know the truth.

Father Blames TSA For Incident Which Left Baby Bleeding
Excerpt:
The incident occurred in the Continental Airlines terminal at Newark Liberty as Ryan and his wife passed through security to catch a flight to Baltimore. Being quite late at night, there was no queue at security whatsoever and therefore no reason to rush, and yet as soon as they approached, Ryan said his family was “accosted” by TSA workers and yelled at to get a move on.

TSA workers then yanked his son’s baby blanket from underneath him, causing the baby to cry as they lectured Ryan that he couldn’t take it through the metal detector.

After Ryan removed his baby son from the portable baby cradle in order to pass through the metal detector, the cradle was pushed through the x-ray scanner sideways and came out the other side broken. Ryan’s wife later said she saw TSA workers break the cradle as they forced it through the scanner.

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Newsworthy 11-16-2012

King Lincoln

King Lincoln surveys his land holdings from his throne.

Lincoln the Racist
Excerpt:
Who freed the slaves? To the extent that they were ever ‘freed,’ they were freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which was authored and pressured into existence not by Lincoln but by the great emancipators nobody knows, the abolitionists and congressional leaders who created the climate and generated the pressure that goaded, prodded, drove, forced Lincoln into glory by associating him with a policy that he adamantly opposed for at least fifty-four of his fifty-six years of his life.

See also: Lincoln’s Greatest Failure
See also: A Lonely Opposition

Ron Paul’s farewell speech
Video (48 minutes): [From site] The Texas Congressman — and three-time presidential candidate — said goodbye in farewell remarks on the House floor Wednesday.

Why Your Kid Can’t Write
Excerpt:
For years American employers have been complaining about the poor writing skills of college graduates. Teaching assistants in English departments across the country are shocked after their first week teaching Freshman Comp: “We can’t be expected to make up for twelve years of lost grammar in one semester!” they cry, while sipping their green tea, and pushing up the sleeves of their oversized cardigans. The SAT grader cringes, knowing these essays are sure to be the downfall of many ambitious young students, relegating them to their “safety schools.” Meanwhile a homeschooling mother sits at the kitchen table tearing out her hair, because her eighth grader has just stormed out of the room – again! – all because she was trying to give him “a little bit of help” him with his writing.

Fuuuuhhhhhhhtttball: The Modern Two Minutes’ Hate
Excerpt:
Strong passions have to be released somehow. Else, they might erupt in unpredictable ways.

The state understands this – and desires that strong passions be released in a harmless – to the state – way. Enter the modern, near universal obsession – in particular, the male obsession – with fuuuhhhhhhhhhttttttttttball and organized, mass spectacle sports generally. These things are the actualization of the fictional Two Minutes’ Hate in Orwell’s 1984. A means by which the passions – the frustrations and anger of men in particular – are diverted and dissipated. In order that they aren’t directed at anything actually important – such as the ever-increasing control exercised over men by the state. The stifling of independent action, the punishment of deviation from any official orthodoxy… and most of all, the relentless suppression of independent judgment and self-reliance.

The Gestapo of the USSA

What is the difference between the Gestapo and the TSA? 67 years.

Department Of Homeland Security To Scan Payment Cards At Borders And Airports
Excerpt:
Travelers leaving or entering the United States have long had to declare aggregated cash and other monetary instruments exceeding $10,000. Now, under a proposed amendment to the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) will also require travelers to declare the value of prepaid cards that they are carrying, known now as “tangible prepaid access devices.”

Expected to be finalized by the end of this year, the cross-border reporting modifications stem from a broader October 2011 definition of payment methods and form factors that replaced the term “stored value” with the term “prepaid access” in an effort to more accurately describe the process of accessing funds held by a payment provider.

Rematch: Texas Takes on the TSA Again
Excerpt:
On Monday, Texas Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) pre-filed a bill to stop aggressive TSA groping in the Lone Star State.

The Texas Travel Freedom Act, House Bill 80, would make it a criminal act to intentionally touch “the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing,” without probable cause in the process of determining whether to grant someone access to a public venue or means of public transportation.

The act also provides additional protection for minors.

See also: Texas Lawmakers Seek To Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detentions, Criminalize TSA Searches
See also: TSA Opt Out and Film Week Goes Viral!
See also: Round 2: Texas Bill Would Ban Invasive TSA Pat Downs

State Dept. Admits Passport Form Was Illegal, but Still Wants It Approved
Excerpt:
The new U.S. passport application forms are back, worse than ever.
Ignoring massive public opposition, and despite having recently admitted that it is already using the “proposed” forms illegally without approval, the State Department is trying again to get approval for a pair of impossible-to-complete new passport application forms that would, in effect, allow the State Department to deny you a passport simply by choosing to send you either or both of the new “long forms”.

Boy 3, Gets $2,500 Ticket For Urinating In Own Yard, Police Chief Apologizes
Excerpt:
National outrage over a $2,500 fine for public urination by a 3-year-old has ended with an apology.

The incident began last Sunday in the now ironically-named town of Piedmont, Okla., north of Oklahoma City. Jennifer Warden and her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Warden, were approached by a local police officer who had been perched at the end of their quiet cul-de-sac of homes.

“He came over and said, ‘Give me your ID,’” Jennifer Warden said of the officer, later identified as Officer Ken Qualls. “I just stood there a minute, and then I asked him why did he need my ID and he said, ‘Public urination.’”

Qualls was looking in the direction of Ashley Warden’s 3-year-old son, Dillon, who had pulled his pants down at the end of their home’s driveway to relieve himself. When the officer realized it was, in fact, Ashley’s son, he ordered her inside to get her photo ID.

Hiding Objects Within the Home
Excerpt:
Most people have something to hide regardless if the object is valuable, sensitive, dangerous, illegal, or subject to confiscation. Storing objects in a safe under key or combination lock can be a good security measure, but not everyone wants a large, heavy, and expensive safe and a small safe bolted to the floor can only contain a limited number of items.

Cop feels threatened by man’s tattoo, arrests him for “Terroristic Threat”
Excerpt:
A Minnesota man is in jail because of a Facebook picture of what police call a threatening tattoo.

Investigators say the tattoo on Antonio Jenkins’ arm is a death threat against a Minneapolis police officer.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of a case like this,” said department spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer.

Investigators say 20-year-old Jenkins posted a picture of his tattoo on Facebook. It showed a pig with a gun in its mouth, wearing a uniform with a badge number and an officer’s name. The officer it referenced took it as a direct threat against his life.

Denmark to scrap world’s first fat tax
Excerpt:
Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits.

“The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies’ administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk,” the Danish tax ministry said in a statement.

“At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added.

Purposely putting poison in your water supply

Drink up!!!

Huge fluoride victory in Wichita: Voters put their foot down and say no to the water supply chemical additive
Excerpt:
Regular readers know that Natural News has been closely watching a situation in Portland, Ore., where city officials are pushing to add dangerous fluoride to the water.

City officials in Portland have done everything they can – openly and behind closed doors – to force residents of both the city and the surrounding area to accept fluoridation, though the citizenry has obviously been getting along just fine without it.

A similar battle was being waged much further east, in Wichita, Kan., but the voters there put a stake through the heart of that effort on Election Day, voting to reject fluoridation of that city’s water supply

Irish Vote to Give State Nearly Unbridled Power to Seize Children
Excerpt:
The Irish approved an amendment to their national constitution on Saturday that will bring it into compliance with mandates of the United Nations that govern the state’s seizure of children. The margin was 57 percent to 43 percent.

The Alliance of Parents against the State campaigned against passage of the referendum on the measure, which APS says will diminish the rights of parents and give the Irish government nearly unbridled power to seize children. Even worse, APS charges, Irish law will come under the control of the United Nations. The APS and other opponents will likely challenge the result.

FEMA’s Camp Freedom: Concentration Camp with Blackhawk Helicopters Flying Above
Story:
It’s a story the establishment media is largely ignoring – a tent city set-up by FEMA at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey, for Hurricane Sandy victims more closely resembles a military concentration camp than something provided by a loving and humanitarian government.

The Asbury Park Press managed to talk with internees who described huddling in freezing cold tents with Blackhawk helicopters circling above.

“The elections are over and here we are,” a resident told the Asbury Park Press. “There were Blackhawk helicopters flying over all day and night. They have heavy equipment moving past the tents all night.”

He said FEMA stopped them from taking photos of “Camp Freedom” and turned off the WiFi and said they couldn’t charge their smart phones because there wasn’t enough power. “Every time we plugged in an iPhone or something, the cops would come and unplug them,” he said.

The man described the “micro-city” (as FEMA calls it) as a prison. The Red Cross promised facilities with washing machines and hot showers, but sent victims to live in unheated tents.

FEMA’s response is predictable. After all, it was designed for martial law and rounding up and interning people in concentration camps. FEMA’s disaster response role in basically a sham and a public relations front.

See also: FEMA shelters in northeast resemble police state prison camps

Jury Says Journalist Arrested While Videotaping Police Is Not Guilty
Excerpt:
Miami journalist plans to sue department over unauthorized deletion of his footage.

A jury acquitted a Florida photojournalist who was arrested on January 31 while documenting the eviction of Occupy Miami protesters. The police accused Carlos Miller, author of a popular blog about the rights of photojournalists, of disobeying a lawful police order to clear the area. But another journalist testified he had been standing nearby without incident.

After Miller’s January arrest, the police confiscated his camera and deleted some of his footage, including video documenting his encounter with the police. That may prove to be an expensive mistake. Miller was able to recover the footage, which proved helpful in winning his acquittal. He says his next step will be to file a lawsuit charging that the deletion of the footage violated his constitutional rights.

Family Says ‘Orwellian’ Police Wrongly Spied On Them
Excerpt:
A suburban Kansas City Police Department’s apparent bid to catch a man feeding feral cats has a family saying they were unnecessarily and possibly illegally spied on.

The camera that was apparently pointed at a family’s backyard was removed after the family complained to police. The family also contacted KCTV5 and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Doug Bonney, a Kansas City attorney for the ACLU, wrote a letter on Monday to the Platte City Police Department. In it, he described what happened as “Orwellian misconduct” and asked for assurances it wouldn’t happen again.

220 Marijuana Cases Dismissed In King and Pierce Counties, Washington
Excerpt:
King and Pierce County prosecutors are dismissing more than 220 misdemeanor marijuana cases in response to Tuesday’s vote to decriminalize small amounts of pot.

In King County, 175 cases are being dismissed involving people 21 and older and possession of one ounce or less. I-502 makes one ounce of marijuana legal on Dec. 6, but King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided to apply I-502 retroactively.

‘Renounce Citizenship’ Is Now One of the Fastest-Growing Search Terms in Google
Excerpt:
According to Google’s trend analysis, keyword searches for terms like “renounce citizenship” have soared in the past week.

Is it any wonder? Millions of people are disconcerted, dismayed, or outright disgusted at President Obama’s victory, and they sense a continued decline of civil liberties and economic opportunities.

The frustration and apprehension is understandable. I can’t begin to tell you how many emails we’ve received over the last few days, mostly from US citizens who reached their breaking points, asking “where can I get a second passport?”

A second passport feels like a way out – a solid insurance policy. And that’s true to a degree. But let’s talk about what a second passport is… versus what it isn’t.

City of Orlando orders man to dig up vegetable garden – Jason Helvenston fights order
Excerpt:
The city of Orlando has ordered a College Park man to get rid of the vegetable garden in his front yard, calling it a code violation.

Jason Helvenston said he never dreamed his garden would get him in trouble, and he is refusing to get rid of it.

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Texas secession petition grows on White House website
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When the White House promised that any online petition getting more than 25,000 signatures would get a thorough review and an official response, officials probably weren’t thinking about requests for secession.

But on Monday – less than a week after President Barack Obama’s re-election – a petition on the White House website calling for Texas to secede from the union has received more than 35,000 signatures, far more than similar requests from other states.

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Sex Surrogates Growing In Popularity
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Sex therapists in South Florida say they are seeing an increasing number of patients using sexual surrogates to overcome intimacy and performance problems.

A sex surrogate is a licensed counselor who works with single people suffering from sexual problems to overcome their issues, often by serving as a surrogate to allow them to practice overcoming the sexual issue they are trying to overcome.

Commentary: In other words… “Sex Therapists” are prostitutes.

San Diego Residents Face 6 Years In Prison For Washing Their Car
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San Diegans could face 6 years in prison and fines of $100,000 dollars a day for washing their car in the driveway or failing to pick up dog poop under new EPA-mandated environmental regulations related to water quality.

Although residents of the city are forced to drink toxic waste in their water supply in the form of sodium fluoride, measures imposed as a consequence of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act would turn the most mundane of activities into a criminal offense.

See also: Under New Law Homeowners May Face 6 Years In Prison And Fines Of $100,000 Dollars A Day For Washing Car In Driveway

Ron Paul: In Praise of Price Gouging
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As the northeastern United States continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, we hear the usual outcry against individuals and companies who dare to charge market prices for goods such as gasoline. The normal market response of rising prices in the wake of a natural disaster and resulting supply disruptions is redefined as “price gouging.” The government claims that price gouging is the charging of ruinous or exploitative prices for goods in short supply in the wake of a disaster and is a heinous crime. But does this reflect economic reality, or merely political posturing to capitalize on raw emotions?

Man Arrested For Uploading Picture Of Burning Poppy On Twitter
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A man living in Kent, in the South of England, has been arrested by police for posting a picture of a burning poppy, sparking an intense backlash from many concerned about the erosion of free speech.

Police in Kent have not made it clear whether the man actually took the picture himself, or if it was a picture found somewhere else online.
The image shows a paper poppy, the kind that are sold by The Royal British Legion to commemorate remembrance day in Britain, being set on fire with a lighter.

Homeless Man Arrested For Charging Phone In Park
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A homeless man spent the night in jail Sunday after police arrested him for charging his cellphone in a public picnic shelter at Gillespie Park.

Darren Kersey, 28, was charged with theft of utilities after Sarasota Police Sgt. Anthony Frangioni spotted him charging his phone at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday. Unable to come up with the $500 bail for the misdemeanor, Kersey had no choice but to stay in jail.

In his arrest report, Frangioni wrote that he told Kersey that the “theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy.” Frangioni also told Kersey that he should charge his phone at local shelters, according to the report.

But Monday morning Circuit Judge Charles Williams threw the case out, saying Frangioni lacked the legal justification to make the arrest.

Police Taser Homeowner For Trying To Save Burning House With Garden Hose
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The fire was all around Dan Jensen. He could see it. He could smell it. He could hear it.

It was close enough to touch. It was burning down his neighbor’s house. It was creeping toward Jensen’s own fence 10 feet away, and he started spraying the fire with his hose.

Police ordered Jensen to get back, and he complied. But after a few minutes passed without firefighters arriving, a frustrated Jensen stepped forward and leaned down to grab the skinny gray garden hose once again.

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Where Do Rights Come From?
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A reader writes: “My non-religious Libertarian friends completely disagree with my view that we are endowed with unalienable rights by our Creator. That being said, do you agree with that? (Right to be free, right to live) and if so, how can I defend my position to someone who feels rights can only come from a state?”

If your friends don’t believe in a Creator, then of course they aren’t going to believe that rights are bestowed by a Creator. That gap is unbridgeable as long as one of you is a religious believer and the other is not.

But I don’t understand why your friends think the only remaining option is that rights come from a state. There are other options, too: (1) there is no such thing as rights; and (2) rights exist, but are not divinely bestowed. They would be odd libertarians indeed to think people have no rights until a group of people wearing funny hats declare that they do, especially given that your friends would now need to explain how, if there is no such thing as rights prior to the state, these people get the right to establish a state and start barking out commands in the first place.

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