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  • Distrust of federal land agencies escalates with conviction of Oregon ranchers

    11/27/2015 5:09:19 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 11/27/2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Ranchers in the West are engaged in 21st-century range wars, but their adversaries are not the rustlers and cattle barons of lore. Federal land management agencies, overzealous officers, and self-righteous judges are the foes western ranchers fear the most. On October 7, father and son ranchers from Oregon, Dwight, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, were labeled as terrorists and sentenced to five years in federal prison under anti-terrorism laws. In 2001, a fire set by the Hammonds to eliminate overgrown sagebrush on their own property inadvertently spread to adjacent BLM land. The two were convicted of arson when the Bureau...
  • Vague Criminal Laws Threaten Individual Liberty and Burden the Justice System

    02/25/2014 8:39:57 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2014 | Michael Reitz
    You may be a criminal without even knowing it. Centuries ago, there were only nine felonies under English Common Law. The common law dealt with behavior that is widely understood to be culpable — murder, theft, rape, etc. — but in today's state legislatures and in Congress, innocuous behavior is too often criminalized. In Michigan, a person can be convicted of a crime for betting in an office March Madness pool, or mocking a person who refuses to duel. Accompanying this over-criminalization is the failure of legislatures to define the intent necessary for a prosecutor to prove a crime has...
  • Not So Criminal Minds: Government Convicts People Who Do Not Knowingly Commit Crimes

    12/18/2013 5:39:38 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — There are thousands of federal laws and many more coming from the states. So many, that at the national level the government doesn't even try to add them up anymore. And while historically the state has had to show that a person knowingly committed a crime, many criminal statutes have abandoned this approach. In recent decades, the government has criminalized an ever-increasing amount of activity, including many things not thought to be harming anyone. What can be done to turn that tide while keeping society safe was the topic of an "Issues and Ideas" event put on by...
  • Government Takeover: White House Forces Obamacare Insurers To Cover Unpaid Patients At A Loss

    12/14/2013 6:42:25 AM PST · by bigcat32 · 87 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/14/13 | Avik Roy
    Of all of the last-minute delays, website bungles, and Presidential whims that have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges, what happened on Thursday, December 12 will stand as one of the most lawless acts yet committed by this administration.
  • NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error

    04/05/2012 8:37:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2012
    (Reuters) - An internal NBC News probe has determined a "seasoned" producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network. NBC News brass interviewed more than half a dozen staffers during its investigation of the misleadingly edited 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager, said the sources, one of whom is an executive at the network. The clip aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week. The edit made...
  • Why scientists lie -- and what to do about it

    12/01/2009 3:28:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 792+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 01, 2009 | Paul Shlichta
    The recent revelations of misrepresentation by CRU scientists about research on climate change should come as no surprise. Scientists, like all human beings, are sometimes tempted to lie or cheat and occasionally they succumb to those temptations. Actually, scientists don't do too badly. According to a recent analysis of surveys of scientific misconduct: "In surveys asking about the behavior of colleagues, fabrication, falsification, and modification [of data] had been observed, on average, by over 14% of respondents, and other questionable practices [such as 'dropping data points based on a gut feeling', and 'changing the design, methodology or results of a...
  • Controversial Professor Plans to Risk Arrest After University Cancels His Classes

    08/31/2007 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 42 replies · 1,153+ views
    FOX ^ | 08/30/07 | Melissa Drosjack
    A professor whose views on the Holocaust irked critics plans to risk arrest by showing up on the first day of classes next week at DePaul University after officials canceled his courses, took away his office and put him on leave. The private Chicago Catholic university recently informed professor Norman Finkelstein that his three courses were canceled after a dispute over tenure that drew charges of anti-Semitism against him. Critics find issue with Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors, who believes that some Jews have exploited the Holocaust. Finkelstein is the author of five books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections...
  • London police condemn water-pistol game

    07/25/2006 5:24:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,026+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 26 July 2006
    LONDONERS began a citywide role playing game where people roam the capital to shoot each other with water pistols - and police warned that contestants might be committing criminal offences. "StreetWars" have already taken place in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vienna - described on their website by tournament organisers as "A three week long, 24/7, watergun assassination tournament". As part of the game, participants are handed a manila envelope containing the details of their "target", including their name, home and work addresses, along with a picture, and are assigned with the task of "assassinating" them with...
  • NBC may soon be out of 'Order'

    01/29/2006 11:12:49 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 1,046+ views
    New York Newsday ^ | 1/25/06 | Verne Gay
    Nothing lasts forever, Lord knows, but multiply that little platitude by a billion and the history of prime-time TV suddenly comes into focus. Shows come. Shows go. Like puffy little clouds drifting on a nice summer day, they all eventually succumb to audience and especially network indifference, then - poof! - no more nice little summer cloud. But come to think of it, there has been this one show that has flirted with immortality. Bound by an ironclad formula that has made it resistant to change, this formula has also made the show resistant to decay. One key actor decides...
  • Abortion Debate-Shaky Legal Ground

    01/10/2006 7:54:24 AM PST · by conserv371 · 10 replies · 589+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2006
    Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., wasted no time getting down to business Tuesday, plunging right into whether Alito believes privacy is protected by the Constitution and his views on abortion. "Senator, I do believe the Constitution protects the right to privacy," Alito responded when Specter asked if the nominee accepts the principles of Griswold v. Connecticut, a case that established that medical contraception fell under the right to privacy and legalized birth control. Alito also said he believes that same protection is provided for single women.
  • Law and Order propaganda alert

    02/13/2005 6:57:22 PM PST · by nostromo56 · 31 replies · 2,004+ views
    Law and order is currently running a major propaganda story on the detention of terrorists. The first episode with Chris Noth turns out to be a bleeding heart slant on the treatment of terrorist. Totally disgusting.
  • Anti-Choice Group Set Legal Trap for 800 Clinics (Planned Parenthood defends Child Rape(my title)

    11/16/2002 12:50:39 PM PST · by topher · 15 replies · 336+ views
    Womens E-News ^ | 11/10/02 | Frederick Clarkson
    Topher's comments in Italics in exerpt because the awful spin of this article in an attempt to try to defend Planned Parenthood and Child Rape The anti-choice [translated: Pro-Life/Pro-Family] group Life Dynamics Incorporated has secretly recorded telephone conversations with some 800 receptionists and staff at reproductive health clinics in 49 states and is using the tapes in a nationwide publicity campaign designed to discredit and encourage lawsuits against abortion providers, according documents published on the organization's Web site. ... Some media outlets are treating the tapes as explosive: "The tape that could bring down Planned Parenthood," blared the cover of...