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  • Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

    01/08/2017 9:49:16 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2017 | By Robert D. McFadden
    Nat Hentoff, the author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays on free speech, wayward politics, elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies of the Constitution, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His son, Nick, announced the death on Twitter. Mr. Hentoff wrote for The Village Voice for 50 years, and produced articles for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Down Beat magazine and dozens of other publications. He wrote more than 35 books — novels, volumes for young...
  • Minnesota Supreme Court finds implied-consent law for drunken drivers constitutional

    02/11/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2-11-15 | David Chanen
    Despite national court decisions limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, in Minnesota, a suspected drunken driver can still be charged with refusing a breath or blood test if arresting officers believe there’s enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test — even if they don’t obtain the warrant. Only a few states have a similar implied-consent law. The issue, which reached the state Supreme Court in a case involving William Bernard Jr., has been...
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people’s homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police

    12/26/2014 7:31:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 90 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12-26-14 | John Whitehead
    In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a "reasonable" mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law....
  • You Won’t Believe What These Americans Think We Celebrate on Independence Day (Video)

    07/04/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-04-2014 | TRN
    Radio show host Edward Woodson, took to the streets of South Florida to ask it’s citizens what we celebrate on the 4th of July.We need to seriously examine what we teach our kids in schools, and immigrants in the so-called “civics” tests they are required to take before becoming U.S. citizens. Brace yourselves... WATCH:
  • Minnesota Supreme Court forfeiture case could affect 'policing for profit'

    05/12/2014 12:11:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-12-14 | Hal Davis
    To the trial judge, the case of Daniel Garcia-Mendoza seemed to be a police stop based on "driving while Latino." Plymouth police officer Ryan Peterson said he was suspicious because "the driver had both hands on the steering wheel and was looking straight ahead." What's more, neither driver nor passenger "were looking at me." Checking the license plate, Peterson learned there was no driver's license listed for the car's owner. Peterson pulled over the 2003 Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on March 19, 2012. "Luckily for Peterson, perhaps," neither Garcia-Mendoza nor his passenger had a driver's license, the...
  • Police experiment with real-time universal surveillance

    04/14/2014 1:23:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    The Surveillance State goes big in an article from Gizmodo, which describes early testing of a "God's-eye" system that collates information from multiple sources on the ground, giving the authorities what inventor Ross McNutt describes as "a live version of Google Earth, only with TiVo capabilities." What McNutt's system does grows more amazing, and perhaps more chilling, as you read more about how it works: It's sort of similar to what your average satellite can do—except, in this case, you can rewind the video, zoom in, and follow specific people and cars as they move around the grid. It's not...
  • U.S. Economy Grows 3.2% in 4Q

    01/30/2014 6:02:24 AM PST · by mykroar · 62 replies ^ | 1/30/14 | Reuters
    Robust household spending and rising exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, in line with expectations. While that was a slowdown from the third-quarter's brisk 4.1 percent pace, it was a far stronger performance than earlier anticipated and was welcome news in light of a 0.3 percentage point drag from October's partial government shutdown and a much smaller contribution to growth from a restocking by businesses....
  • Judge Upholds NSA Phone Snooping Program [ "reasonableness" is the liberal litmus test ]

    12/27/2013 1:08:49 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 19 replies ^ | Dec 27,2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Today, a judge ruled that the NSA surveillance program that collects millions of American's phone calls is "lawful." The case was brought by the ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 13-03994 In his ruling, U.S District Judge Willian Pauley described how the government program "vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States." But went on to say that the program's constitutionality "is ultimately a question of reasonableness," and that there was no evidence that the government had used "bulk...
  • Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over

    09/17/2013 8:32:42 AM PDT · by oxcart · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/17/13 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    You know things are bad for President Obama when even Warren Buffett has soured on Obamacare and says that "we need something else." Money Morning writes: "Healthcare costs in the United States are like a tapeworm eating at our economic body. "Those words come from famed investor Warren Buffett, who said he would scrap Obamacare and start all over. "'We have a health system that, in terms of costs, is really out of control,' he added. 'And if you take this line and you project what has been happening into the future, we will get less and less competitive. So...
  • American Exceptionalism: Pomp and Parade

    07/04/2013 9:56:20 AM PDT · by JERussell · 9 replies
    As Americans, our foundings should tug at our very souls and remind us who we are, and better yet, who we should strive to be.
  • IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    07/04/2013 7:28:37 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 60 replies
    The declaration of Independence ^ | July 4, 1776 | Good men
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
  • Feds collecting personal, confidentialdata on consumer´s credit cards,bank transactions

    06/27/2013 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/13 | Paul Bedard
    The Obama administration, already under fire for the IRS scandal and National Security Agency snooping of the computers and cellphones of Americans, is also spending millions to have private contractors conduct a dragnet for confidential and personal credit and bank transactions without a warrant. Newly obtained documents from the Obama-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveal that the administration has OK'd a project to accumulate the personal financial data of some 5 million and share it with other agencies to build a "nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects." The...
  • The Olmsteadian Seizure Clause(intangible property search/seizure and implications of the 4th)

    06/18/2013 5:40:47 PM PDT · by Vendome
    Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.) That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at...
  • FBI turns to broad new wiretap method(New Method works like a vacuum)

    06/18/2013 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Vendome · 14 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 30, 2007 | Declan McCullagh
    Call it the vacuum-cleaner approach. It's employed when police have obtained a court order and an Internet service provider can't "isolate the particular person or IP address" because of technical constraints, says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. (An Internet Protocol address is a series of digits that can identify an individual computer.) That kind of full-pipe surveillance can record all Internet traffic, including Web browsing--or, optionally, only certain subsets such as all e-mail messages flowing through the network. Interception typically takes place inside an Internet provider's network at...
  • Local Cops Following Big Brother's Lead, Getting Cell Phone Location Data Without a Warrant

    06/18/2013 12:55:23 PM PDT · by Vendome · 12 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ^ | April 3, 2012 | Hanni Fakhoury
    New data from law enforcement agencies across the country has confirmed what EFF has long been afraid of: while police are routinely using cell phone location tracking information, only a handful of agencies are bothering to obtain search warrants. Since 2005, we've been beating the drum loudly, warning that the government's attempts to track a person's physical location through their cell phone requires a search warrant. As we've said again and again, because cell phone tracking can give the government a snapshot of a person's life through their movements, a search warrant is necessary to safeguard against privacy intrusions.
  • ATT Project Greenstar Secretly Spied Millions of Calls

    06/18/2013 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Vendome · 6 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    EXPLODING THE PHONE The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell PHIL LAPSLEY Grove Press New York [pp. 92-97] If there were no billing records for fraudulent calls, there was no way to know how many fraudulent calls there were or how long they lasted. And that meant AT&T was gazing into the abyss. Say the phone company catches some college students with electronic boxes. Fantastic! But elation is soon replaced by worry. Is that all of them? Or is that just the tip of the iceberg? Are there another ten college students doing it? A...
  • History lessons on telecom and how we got here [gov spying on all citizens]

    06/18/2013 10:38:27 AM PDT · by Vendome · 58 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vanity
    So I'm watching the news today and start seeing our illustrious Bureaucrats Out Right Lying about what they collect and what they don't.   They tell us today they don't collect locations of cell phone trawled for in pursuit of a target named in a warrant.   I want you to understand when they issue a warrant, many times, with "Reasonable Cause" They are violating the Constitution by: 1.  Using "Reasonable Cause" as the basis for a warrant.  The Constitution requires no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.   2.  supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the...
  • Thought experiment: Why is the NSA entitled any communications for any period of time?

    06/18/2013 9:46:44 AM PDT · by Vendome · 32 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Feel free to make the case for why the NSA, DOJ, DEA or FBI have any moral, legitimate, lawful, legal or Constitutional right to your private information for any reason given such Accidental or intentional purpose. Further, make the case when they collect your information why they are entitled to peruse it or store it for (5) five years or even a nanosecond.
  • Hepting v. AT&T NSA installed equipment directly into an and on ATT's Switch Center

    06/18/2013 9:20:57 AM PDT · by Vendome · 11 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    Hepting v. AT&T is a United States class action lawsuit filed in January 2006 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the telecommunications company AT&T, in which the EFF alleges that AT&T permitted and assisted the National Security Agency (NSA) in unlawfully monitoring the communications of the United States, including AT&T customers, businesses and third parties whose communications were routed through AT&T's network, as well as Voice over IP telephone calls routed via the Internet.   Quick excerpt: capable of monitoring billions of bits of Internet traffic a second, including the playback of telephone calls routed on the Internet, and...
  • How the NSA Violates your Constitutional rights(Despite what you are seeing on Fox)

    06/18/2013 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Vendome · 18 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    The government scanning and archiving your personal telephone number and any calls associated with it are privately owned.   READ THIS  CAREFULLY!   The Post Office is a government owned entity.   Your phone number and any phone you use are privately owned.   As are the service providers.   As is the equipment of anyone you call.   Private Property, Ingringement of your 4th amendment and 1st, which will lead to jeopardy of your 5th and 2nd amendment.
  • NSA Lying to you about the nature of their searcches.

    06/17/2013 8:10:23 PM PDT · by Vendome · 11 replies
    Vanity | 6/17/2013 | Vendome
    So I'm watching the news today and start seeing our illustrious Bureaucrats Out Right Lying about what they collect and what they don't.   They tell us today they don't collect locations of cell phone trawled for in pursuit of a target named in a warrant.   I want you to understand when they issue a warrant, many times, with "Reasonable Cause" They are violating the Constitution by: 1.  Using "Reasonable Cause" as the basis for a warrant.  The Constitution requires no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.   2.  supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the...
  • FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe Asks Senator Lindsey Graham for His Email Password

    06/13/2013 12:50:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 6/13/13 | Jackie Bodnar
    Kibbe: “Respectfully, Senator, we ask you to lead by example and make your email password available to the American people. If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about. Right?” Washington, DC- At a press conference today, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe addressed the growing list of civil liberties violations that have surfaced in recent weeks, and extended an open invitation to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to walk the walk implied by his casual dismissal of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. If he has "nothing to worry about," he should be willing to publicly release...
  • Obama: No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me (2008)

    06/10/2013 6:58:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    CNET ^ | 1-08-2008 | Anne Broache
    "My job this morning is to be so persuasive...that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack," he told a crowd of about 300 Ivy Leaguers--and, by the looks of it, a handful of locals who managed to gain access to what was supposed to be a students-only event. For one thing, under an Obama presidency, Americans will be able to leave behind the era of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney...
  • Roberts Holes Up In European Fortress For 4th Of July

    07/04/2012 8:28:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 7/4/12 | Pat Dollard
    No, this can’t be indicative of anything material, now can it? At the very least, it’s appropriate. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for a lecture on the history of the US Supreme Court at the University of Malta today. Last week, Roberts’ cast the key vote to uphold President Obama’s health care law. (AP)
  • * * * * * Happy 4th, America! * * * * *

    07/04/2012 7:33:02 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 4 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    DEFEAT THE STATISTS in 2012! Sweet Liberty forever... ___________________________________________________More at Reaganite Republican Ronald Reagan Independence Day Speech -here-
  • Animals deserve a fireworks-free Fourth

    07/02/2012 2:59:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 7-2-12 | Lindsay Pollard-Post
    I once "oohed" and "ahhed" over fireworks, but that was before I knew how our annual celebrations of freedom wreak havoc on other species. For animals, Fourth of July fireworks aren't festive - they're frightening and sometimes even fatal. Animals' ears are far more sensitive than ours. Deafening blasts can cause them intense pain and even damage their hearing. The endless bangs and booms cause many dogs and cats to panic and jump over backyard fences, slip out of their collars, break free from their chains, dig out of yards, tear through screened windows or doors and even crash through...

    06/30/2012 5:51:12 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 6.29.12 | Ben Shapiro
    Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas -- with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.
  • Bachmann says she'll seek 4th term in Congress

    01/25/2012 11:19:54 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ap/pioneer perss ^ | 1-25-12 | doug glass
    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., steps from her campaign bus to greet supporters after winning the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. (Associtated Press, File) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House following her failed presidential bid. Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with the Associated Press. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
  • GOP New Hampshire Primary debate tonight on ABC at 9 PM et [LIVE THREAD]

    01/07/2012 1:21:48 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 1,797 replies · 1+ views
    2012 Election Central ^ | 01/07/2012 | Nate
    GOP New Hampshire primary debate tonight on ABC at 9pm ET By Nate, on January 7th, 2012 Tonight will mark the first of two debates this weekend focused on the New Hampshire Republican primary. This evening's debate will take place at Saint Anselm College and is sponsored by ABC News, Yahoo! and WMUR. Sunday morning will feature a GOP debate broadcast on NBC at 9am ET (yes, am) but look for more details on that later today. Air Time: Saturday, January 7th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on ABC Live Stream: WMUR and Yahoo! News Participants: Santorum, Romney, Paul,...
  • Rick Perry Unwinds Before New Hampshire Debate At Texas Shooting Range

    01/06/2012 9:56:29 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 70 replies ^ | January 06 2012 | Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz
    Ready, aim fire. That’s apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s idea of relaxation before returning to the campaign trail this weekend. Ahead of Saturday night’s ABC News-Yahoo-WMUR debate in New Hampshire Perry took a few moments to himself at an Austin-area shooting range. “Just relaxing a bit @ Red’s Range before we leave for New Hampshire!” @governorperry tweeted Friday along with a photo of himself wearing a green sweatshirt and a baseball cap with a firearm in hand. On the campaign trail, Perry, a staunch defender of second amendment rights, has not been shy about talking about his “long love affair”...
  • Gingrich: I don't own a vacation home in New Hampshire because, unlike some people, I am not rich

    01/04/2012 7:48:52 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 118 replies · 1+ views
    The “unlike some people” part isn’t stated, merely implied. But c’mon. He’s laying it on with a trowel here. ----------- Less than 12 hours after finishing in fourth place in the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich opened a new, more aggressive chapter in his campaign, taking pointed shots at rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, who both finished ahead of Gingrich. At one point, Gingrich hinted he would make Romney’s personal wealth an issue, telling a reporter “I’m not rich.”… When asked why he chose to congratulate Santorum and not Romney on his caucus success, the former House speaker said, “I...
  • Rep. Paul says defense bill assures ‘descent into totalitarianism’

    12/27/2011 7:25:47 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 140 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/26/11 09:25 | Jonathan Easley
    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul warned that the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress this month, will accelerate the country’s “slip into tyranny” and virtually assures “our descent into totalitarianism.” “The founders wanted to set a high bar for the government to overcome in order to deprive an individual of life or liberty,” Paul, the libertarian congressman, said Monday in a weekly phone message to supporters. “To lower that bar is to endanger everyone. When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured. The Patriot Act, as bad as...
  • Happy 4th Of July 2011_Blessed Be Our God and Savior Jesus Christ

    07/04/2011 8:38:02 PM PDT · by AnthonyDavar · 4 replies
    Patriot Statesman ^ | 7/4/2011 | Anthony
    NEVER FORGET THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID WHEN GOD BECAME MAN AND PROVIDED US THE MEANS FOR OUR SALVATION. NEVER FORGET THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID BY BRAVE PATRIOTS WHO BY GOD’S GRACE WERE ABLE TO GRANT US THE LIBERTIES WE NOW ENJOY! Amazing to discover that in the minds of early Patriots, the 4th of July signified a religious holiday like Christmas. To many of the followers of Jesus Christ, who by The Grace of Almighty God, had helped form this nation of ours, God who became Man had granted us freedom of knowing God and becoming like Christ;...
  • Unlawful Police Entry Ruling Could Be Reconsidered (Indiana)

    06/10/2011 8:01:14 AM PDT · by Abathar · 42 replies ^ | 06/10/2011 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court may reconsider its ruling that eliminates the right of homeowners to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. The attorney for Richard Barnes, whose criminal case in Vanderburgh County led to the court ruling last month, filed a formal petition for a rehearing Thursday. Barnes' attorney argues the ruling violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "We believe however that a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," part of the petition read. The court issued its controversial...
  • Thomas Jefferson's Reset Button: Americans have a duty to resist tyrannical government

    07/02/2010 8:20:15 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2010 | Editorial
    After independence, Jefferson explained that the Declaration was "an expression of the American mind" intended to "give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion." The result is a timeless document the spirit of which is as applicable today as it was then. The people have the means at their disposal to take back our country and the government from the disconnected oligarchy in Washington. However, this only works if Americans actually step up. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the country will only be a republic if the people are strong enough to keep it.
  • Green Movement Calls Fireworks 'Eco-Hazards,' Sues to Ban July 4th Display in California

    06/29/2010 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 55 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/29/2010 | Alana Goodman
    Apparently the "rockets' red glare" isn't "green" enough for some environmentalists. Fourth of July fireworks displays have been deemed "ecologically hazardous" by some eco-warriors, who are urging environmentally-conscious Americans to shun the tradition. [F]ireworks shows spray out a toxic concoction that rains down quietly into lakes, rivers and bays throughout the country," wrote the Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon on June 30. "Many of the chemicals in fireworks are also persistent in the environment, meaning they stubbornly sit there instead of breaking down." McLendon suggested avoiding fireworks and finding other ways to celebrate Independence Day. "The most eco-friendly alternative to...
  • Republicans hoping to knock McCollum from 4th District seat

    03/21/2010 9:12:32 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies · 268+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 3-21-10 | billy sallisbury
    They are the longest of long shots, the darkest of dark horses. Since 1946, Republicans have lost 31 straight elections for Minnesota's 4th District congressional seat, and Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum has won her last four elections by lopsided margins. Nonetheless, Republicans are fired up about their chances of unseating her this year. Four candidates are competing for the party's endorsement:
  • 4th Grade Teachers Scathing Letter to Obama - Great Read

    08/06/2009 7:28:33 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 20 replies · 1,813+ views ^ | 08 06 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    I don't know if this is a real letter or not. But either way, the message is a good one. Thanks Amy D.! This 4th grade teacher has said it all, and she was brave enough to attach her name to it. April 17, 2009 =2 0The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Mr. Obama: I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally. You are so obsessed...
  • Obama O.K. With Inviting Murderers to 4th of July Weenie Roast

    06/23/2009 7:32:14 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 339+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-23-09 | Mike's America
    Signals Iranian govt. officials are welcome at embassy parties!In the face of the violence in Iran, a strong American President, a real leader, would take some concrete action to match his outrage over Iran's behavior. A weak President, would do this: [video at site] No discussion of sanctions with our allies. No U.N. resolution condemning Iran. Nothing at all but empty words. Oh, and Iranians government officials are still welcome at our 4th of July BBQ. How do you want your burger cooked Mahmoud?(Excerpt) Read more at ...
  • Whistleblower Says NSA Monitors Everybody, Targets Reporters and Dissidents

    01/24/2009 7:05:25 PM PST · by LuxMaker · 43 replies · 536+ views
    DailyTech ^ | January 24, 2009 | Tom Corelis
    Massive dragnet sweeps up communications metadata, and financial records, while targets have all of their communications recorded In a scenario that sounds like the ramblings of a conspiracy theorist, former NSA analyst and now-whistleblower Russell Tice unveiled a massive NSA spying and wiretap program, which he claims vacuumed up an astonishing amount of communications and financial data on journalists and innocent Americans. ">snip<"
  • Today in military history: Patton's 4th Armored brings relief to Allied forces in the Bulge

    12/26/2008 2:09:07 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 2,411+ views
    Examiner ^ | 12/26/08
    Approximately 19,000 Americans were killed and 41,000 wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S. Army. An Allied victory was secured shortly after General George S. Patton's 4th Armored Division broke through the German rear. On December 26, 1944, General George S. Patton’s 4th Armored Division broke through the German rear during the Battle of the Bulge, effectively ensuring an American victory there. The largest land battle fought on the Western Front during World War II – as well as the largest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army – the Bulge...
  • Laptop searches at border might get restricted

    12/08/2008 11:22:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 594+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 08, 2008 | Joelle Tessler
    Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage. Border agents have scrutinized family pictures on Shommo's digital camera, examined Koranic verses and other audio files on his iPod and even looked up Google keyword searches he had typed into his company laptop. "They literally searched everywhere and every device they could," said Shommo, who now minimizes what he takes on international trips and...
  • Cardinal4 vanity: Our 4th is due any day now!

    08/25/2008 4:21:16 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 35 replies · 79+ views
    Free Republic | 25 Aug 08 | Patrick Truax
    Please keep us in your thoughts, as we are expecting our 4th any day now. My lovely wife is scheduled to be induced on 2 Sept, but the butterflies in my stomach say otherwise! ~patrick
  • Remembering the true meaning of Independence Day and lingere?

    07/06/2008 2:54:27 AM PDT · by brycemax · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Even though the July 4th holiday has passed, it's still important to remember what it truly means. Today's "Geeks On Caffeine" cartoon delves into history just a bit, but also takes a brief look See for yourself! NOTE: The author requests that you please visit the web site and not copy the cartoon into this thread. Thanks!
  • McClintock jumps from SoCal into Mother Lode congressional race

    03/04/2008 2:36:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 145+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/8 | John Wildermuth
    AUBURN (Placer County) -- Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock took the long jump from his Southern California legislative seat to a congressional race in the Sierra foothills today as he announced that he was running to replace retiring GOP Rep. John Doolittle. "I've heard your voices, I've heeded your advice," the 51-year-old McClintock told a crowd in front of the 1898 Auburn courthouse.At least two Republicans weren't calling for McClintock to run in the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Sacramento suburbs of Rocklin and Roseville and the northern half of the Mother Lode. Doug Ose of Sacramento, who held...
  • State senator considers run for Doolittle's congressional seat { Tom McClintock }

    02/19/2008 10:49:31 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 70+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- State Sen. Tom McClintock is strongly considering running for Congress in the Northern California district now represented by John Doolittle, his political adviser says. McClintock adviser John Feliz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that an announcement likely would come by the end of the week. A crowded GOP primary already was emerging in the Republican-friendly 4th Congressional District.
  • Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit in Mistaken Search

    05/23/2007 3:09:42 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 19 replies · 805+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 22, 2007
    Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit in Mistaken Search Washington, DC -- Mistakes sometimes happen, the Supreme Court said yesterday, and threw out a lawsuit brought by a white couple in Southern California who were rousted from bed and held naked at gunpoint by deputies looking for several black suspects. The search of Max Rettele and his girlfriend, Judy Sadler, in their bedroom might have been an error, the justices said, but it did not violate their rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against "unreasonable searches and seizures." Police obtain search warrants based on probable evidence, not "absolute certainty," the court...
  • Freep This poll!!

    08/31/2006 2:44:38 PM PDT · by blf1776 · 28 replies · 704+ views
    Our local TV station wants to give Congressman Steve Buyer's opponent some free air time. David Sanders has little money or support, however he is a “East Coast” liberal, so the local media are attracted to him. The poll asks, How interested are you in seeing a live televised debate on News Channel 18 between incumbent 4th District Congressman Steve Buyer and his Democrat challenger, David Sanders? If they get a large percentage in favor they will try to press Buyer to debate. Buyer has nothing to gain by this debate, Sanders on the other hand gets some free help...
  • Iraq’s 4th Brigade assumes security responsibility in Baghdad neighborhood

    08/15/2006 5:13:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 264+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Trevor Snyder
    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division capture insurgents during a demonstration of military ability that took place at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiah South Monday. Story and photos by Sgt. Trevor Snyder124th Mobile Public  Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces took control of another area of Baghdad on Monday after the latest in a series of transfer of authority ceremonies near the capital. Army Col. Claude Ebel, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division said responsibility for Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah South, a base of operations for security forces south of the capital, was transferred to...