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  • Walter Williams: A Superior Vision

    04/25/2016 1:22:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 27, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Last month, I celebrated the beginning of my 81st year of life. For nearly half that time, I have been writing a nationally syndicated column on many topics generating reader responses that go from supportive to quite ugly. So I thought a column making my vision, values and views explicit might settle some of the controversy. My initial premise, when looking at all human issues, is that each of us owns himself. I am my private property, and you are your private property. If you agree with that premise, then certain human actions are moral and others immoral. The reason...
  • In final Passover greeting, Obama parallels Exodus and civil rights battle

    04/22/2016 10:13:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/22/16 | Sara Miller
    Barack Obama sent out his final Passover greeting as US president on Friday, recalling his 2009 tradition-making seder — the first ever at the White House, and drawing a parallel between the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and the battle for civil rights across the globe. “Mah nishtana halailah hazeh?,” the president wrote, quoting the Four Questions asked during the Jewish service on the first night of Passover. The Hebrew phrase means: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” The president continued: “For Michelle and me, this Passover is different from all other Passovers because it...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Against North Carolina’s ‘Very Strong’ Bathroom Bill

    04/21/2016 9:34:47 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 147 replies
    Donald Trump says transgender people should be able to "use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate." On NBC's Today show Thursday morning, the GOP front-runner said he opposes North Carolina's "very strong" bathroom bill, which allows businesses to prohibit transgender people from doing just that. "North Carolina did something that was very strong and they're paying a big price. And there's a lot of problems." Trump said.
  • Patriot Volunteers Needed

    04/19/2016 11:09:34 PM PDT · by FreedomIsNotFree1776 · 1 replies
    4/19/2016
    I am a volunteer for the Tim Donnelly Congressional campaign in the San Bernardino. We will be walking house to house in the Victorville, CA area this Saturday 4/23/16. We need and would love to have fellow patriots come out and help talk with voters during the afternoon. The walks are a lot of fun and we really spread the message of protecting our constitutional rights. Tim Donnelly has a great track record of supporting his fellow American and he needs your help to deliver our message to the people in Washington. Please come by and meet Tim and help...
  • Walter Williams: Rights Versus Wishes

    04/18/2016 2:45:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: "I believe that health care is a right of all people." President Barack Obama declared that health care "should be a right for every American." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "Every person has a right to adequate health care." President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his January 1944 message to Congress, called for "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." And it is not just a health care right that people claim. There are rights to decent housing, good food and a...
  • Administration defends new gun law [N Mariana Islands $1k pistol excise tax]

    04/18/2016 11:03:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Saipan Tribune ^ | April 18, 2016 | Dennis B. Chan
    The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres defended the CNMI’s new gun control laws on Friday as a law that could be “a role model” for other U.S. states and jurisdictions facing seemingly uncontrolled and continued gun violence. The administration was responding to queries regarding its position on recent reports that the a legal challenge to the new law, Public law 19-42, was likely, particularly over a provision that asseses a $1,000 excise tax on pistols.
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Unborn Person Doesn’t Have Constitutional Rights’

    04/04/2016 5:20:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    CNS ^ | 04/03/16 | CNSNews.com Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press today that “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.” Clinton made the statement in response to a question from “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. Clinton also said that an unborn child’s constitutional rights are “not something that exists.” Todd asked: “When, or if, does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” “Well, under our laws, currently, that is not something that exists,” said Clinton. “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. Now that doesn`t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of...
  • Hillary: Unborn Children Don't Have Constitutional Rights

    04/03/2016 7:35:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 114 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 4/3/16 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    On Sunday, Hillary Clinton told Chuck Todd that no unborn child has constitutional rights. "The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights," under our current laws, said Clinton. She also said that "the woman's right to make decisions" is most important when it comes to abortion. Most notable perhaps is Clinton's use of "person." Oftentimes, when talking about a woman's right to choose, pro-choicers will use terminology that suggests the unborn is not a person or human, but a "fetus."
  • A rifle behind every blade of grass.

    02/28/2016 3:38:03 AM PST · by Bikkuri · 16 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 2/27/2016 | TheAlamoBeerCompany
    I hope you real Conservs are bundled-up.. Possible CW#2 + WW#3 coming :p This vid is (honestly badly done, but the message is there..) what may happen too soon.. PLEASE keep politics (elections) out of this..
  • Orthodox Judaism Opposes Human Rights

    02/15/2016 4:39:58 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 32 replies
    Weltanschaaung Kampf ^ | 2/12/'16 | Yehoishophot Oliver
    The words that we use matter. When we speak using terms from Torah, our intention is clear. We believe that Torah is the source of our moral values. But once we start using English terms and ideas, we enter a dangerous philosophical minefield. We use words thinking that we’re expressing Torah ideas, but without realizing it, we are employing secular ideas as well. One prime example is "human rights." People use this term as if it's some kind of innate, obvious Truth, yet they fail to explain why it is so. Where oh where do these "human rights" come from...
  • Why Beretta is moving its gun factory to Tennessee (from MD)

    12/19/2015 6:04:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | December 18, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    Beretta USA says Maryland's tough new gun laws are the reason it's moving its factory to gun-friendly Tennessee. The American subsidiary of the 500-year-old Italian company has had a factory in Accokeek, Maryland since the 1970s. The company has manufactured the M9, the U.S. Army's standard-issue sidearm, since 1987 at that factory, which is about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.
  • Trey Gowdy Berates DHS Official Who Has No Clue About Rights

    12/15/2015 12:55:34 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/14/15
    South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was forced to teach a DHS official about Constitutional rights during a House hearing. GOWDY: Let me ask you another question about the terrorism list. What process is afforded a U.S. citizen, not someone who has overstayed a visa, not someone who crossed the border without permission, but an American citizen; what process is currently afforded an American citizen before they go on that list? KELLI BURRIESCI: I'm sorry, um, there's not a process afforded the citizen prior to getting on the list; there is a process should someone feel they are unduly placed on...
  • Why do Progressives think Non-Citizen even have American rights? ~ Vanity

    12/11/2015 5:06:54 PM PST · by GraceG · 38 replies
    GraceG
    The one thing about the hornet's nest in the media that Trump kicked over the other day was the whole idea that it was somehow wrong to ask an incoming immigrant about their religious affiliation. But I ask you all, why did all the progressives either the republicans or the democrat progressives all while and moan like stuck little piggies about this issue. They seem to come from the perspective that the rights protected in Constitution extend to everyone everywhere in the world. This is absurd, plain outright absurd and dangerous. Their interpretation of "Protected American Rights" would then mean...
  • The Democrats' Domino Approach to Rights

    12/06/2015 9:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Will the government soon quarter troops in your home?The Third Amendment prohibits that, sure — but if prominent and powerful Democrats are so anxious to toss out the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution, who's to say they wouldn't jettison the Third?Last year, every Democratic U.S. Senator voted to repeal the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech and replace it with new, broad powers for incumbents in Congress to regulate their own campaign spending and their opponents', and thereby regulate essential political speech.Luckily, those 54 senators still lacked the two-thirds margin needed to send their constitutional amendment to the...
  • Poll? Would you favor a renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban? HIT IT

    12/05/2015 9:18:14 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 33 replies
    Sandiegotribune ^ | 5/12/15 | SanDiegoTribune
    You folks know what to do! Go vote
  • The Equal Privileges amendment, Amendment Twenty-Eight.

    11/12/2015 3:45:12 AM PST · by WilliamofCarmichael · 1 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 12, 2015 | williamofcarmichael
    It should have been done in the 1960s -- today it MUST be done. The Equal Privileges amendment, Amendment Twenty-Eight. The privilege to study hard, work hard, and prosper.
  • How the F.B.I. Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk

    11/03/2015 8:41:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Nov 2015 | Patrick G. Eddington
    At exactly 5 p.m. on March 13, 2007, just as I was preparing to leave my cubicle in Washington for the day, I got a phone call from the journalist Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers. To this day, I remember his exact words. 'One of your congressman’s constituents is being held in an Ethiopian intelligence service prison, and I think your former employer is neck-deep in this.' The congressman was Rush Holt, then a Democratic representative from New Jersey, for whom I worked for 10 years starting in 2004. The constituent was Amir Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls, N.J., who...
  • Gov't approves law cancelling parents' rights

    11/01/2015 3:56:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/11/15 | Gil Ronen
    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved Sunday for legislation a bill submitted by MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) called "Parents and their Children." The law would make Israel the first country in the world to take away parents' rights as legal guardians of their own children. It would hand over vast power to social workers, who will be able to initiate proceedings against parents who, in their opinion, fail to respect a list of ten "children's rights" enumerated in the bill. These rights include the right "to physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development and to develop their talents and personal...
  • It’s About We the People, Not They the Government

    10/31/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/15 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The fight is not over, and we are winning battles here and there. The problem was that more of us needed to start fighting in the first place I am not happy about what I am seeing in Washington. Frankly, I believe everyone feels this way. It’s about time that more people felt angry with Washington DC backroom deals, big business bailouts, and big labor cronyism. Then again, I am not happy about being unhappy. Too many people in this country were NOT angry. They were not even paying attention to what was going on, or they turned a blind...
  • The NRA will fall. It’s inevitable. Just look at the demographics.

    10/20/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2015 | Adam Winkler
    The recent deadly shooting at an Oregon community college, like so many before it, isn’t likely to lead to new federal laws designed to curb dangerous people’s access to guns. While this understandably frustrates supporters of gun safety legislation, there is reason for them to be hopeful. The National Rifle Association’s days of being a political powerhouse may be numbered. Why? The answer is in the numbers. Support for, and opposition to, gun control is closely associated with several demographic characteristics, including race, level of education and whether one lives in a city. Nearly all are trending forcefully against the...
  • Common Sense - Thomas PAine

    10/10/2015 4:28:41 PM PDT · by 100American · 5 replies
    Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in...
  • J. Christian Adams: Constitutional conservatives SHOULD NOT support Ben Carson anymore

    10/09/2015 2:45:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10-8-2015 | The Right Scoop
    J. Christian Adams tweeted out tonight that not a single constitution conservative should support Ben Carson anymore because of his support for the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act:
  • WATCH: Cruz Crushes Liberal Senator On Human Rights Hypocrisy

    09/24/2015 4:24:08 PM PDT · by absentee · 32 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 9/24/15 | Rob Eno
    Today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor to advocate for the changing of the name of the street on which the Chinese Embassy stands to Liu Xiaobo Plaza. Currently, the name of the street is International Place. The move was done quickly, mostly because the President of China is coming to the United States tomorrow. Originally, Democrats had no objection to the move, until Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) stood up to object.
  • Sen. Cruz: Without Life, There Is No Liberty

    09/22/2015 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Isara · 27 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | September 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:“Today, Senate Democrats voted against protecting children, capable of feeling pain, by blocking legislation that would stop abortions from being performed on babies older than five months. Despite the Senate’s refusal to take up this legislation, I am confident that one day America will end the horrific practice of late-term abortion. Until that day comes, I will stand resolutely with those fighting to protect the most precious gift of all: life itself. Each life is a gift from...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment Emminent domain

    09/16/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 09/16/2015 | Melissa Quinn
    http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/16/connecticut-homeowners-fight-to-prevent-city-from-taking-their-homes-for-redevelopment/ Energy News Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment Melissa Quinn / @MelissaQuinn97 / September 16, 2015 / Janet Rodriguez's house on First Avenue in West Haven, Conn., is one of the homes the city is approved the use eminent domain on to make way for a $200 million high-end mall. (Photo: Janet Rodriguez) Every day, Janet Rodriguez sits at her home in West Haven, Conn., and she waits. She waits for a knock at her front door, a knock she fears will bring news that Rodriguez and her family will be forced to...
  • At What Point Does the Homosexual Agenda Become A National Religion?

    09/12/2015 4:20:28 PM PDT · by Shery · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 9 September, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Religious Protestants, Catholics, and Jews have been under strict scrutiny by the activist courts for violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment for simple, peaceful, and innocuous displays of religious symbols. Some of these religious symbols, such as a replica of the Ten Commandments, or references to God, such as the one in the Pledge of Allegiance, have been a part of this country since its founding. Yet, the legal community feels that anything short of eradicating public display of Judeo-Christian symbols violates the constitutional directive against establishing a national religion. Why shouldn’t paganism and secular agenda items, which...
  • Rights

    08/21/2015 6:17:15 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 4 replies
    August 21, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Rights Rights, right to life, unless you are unborn ... some of us think the unborn has the right to live. Rights come up often of late. America enumerated our reasons to break away from the unlimited powers of King George III to live under Nature’s Law. The Declaration of Independence recognized our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The nation instituted a government to protect rights we got from our Creator. I have difficulty in reconciling the right to life as granted by our Creator with the right to abort a baby. The difficulty is that...
  • These people need to die! [vanity]

    08/05/2015 8:50:38 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 14 replies
    Wowwww.
  • Local Governments Are The Source Of Housing Inequality

    07/28/2015 1:26:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JULY 27, 2015 | Chuck DeVore
    Wealth inequality? Blame local government, whose meddling in property rights causes artificial scarcity in housing. ... Matthew Rognlie, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student in economics .. makes an interesting insight; housing prices are going up because of artificial scarcity caused by land-use regulation. Put another way, the concentration of wealth is not an issue of the “1 percent” winning while the rest of us lose—it’s an issue of homeowners benefitting from government restrictions on property rights that prevent a free market in homebuilding, restricting supply and driving up prices. ... If Rognlie is correct (and the data suggests...
  • U.S. drops Cuba and Malaysia from human trafficking blacklist

    07/28/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Carol Morello
    Human rights advocates on Monday accused the State Department of making political calculations when it upgraded Malaysia and Cuba in the annual ranking of where countries stand in combating human trafficking. Both countries were removed from the list of the worst offenders in the Trafficking in Persons Report issued Monday. Last year, they were Tier 3 countries, a category reserved for nations that don’t meet minimum standards to fight modern-day slavery, and aren’t doing anything to improve.
  • Jeff Merkley introduces sweeping LGBT rights bill that makes big changes to Civil Rights Act

    07/25/2015 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who led the fight in the last Senate for a ban on job discrimination against gays, has said for months that he's shifting to a more expansive approach. On Thursday, Merkley and his allies introduced their new bill, and it is indeed far more sweeping than anything the Oregon Democrat has proposed on gay rights in the past.
  • Your rights during police encounters

    07/24/2015 10:09:35 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 64 replies
    7-23-15
    Just so you know your rights.
  • Obama pledges gay rights push in Africa

    07/24/2015 6:40:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama said he will voice support for gay rights during his Friday trip to Africa, despite warnings from some leaders to steer clear of the issue. In an interview with the BBC on Thursday, Obama said he has delivered a "blunt" message on gay rights to African leaders in the past and the topic will be "front and center" when he visits Kenya and Ethiopia.
  • The trouble with the ‘dignity’ of same-sex marriage (Positive rights in Constitution?)

    07/06/2015 10:25:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jonathan Turley
    Like many people at the Supreme Court last month, I was deeply moved by the historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges recognizing the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry. At such a transcendent moment, it is difficult to do anything but celebrate the triumph of what Justice Anthony Kennedy called the “dignity” and “profound hopes and aspirations” of the many loving couples who had been denied the recognition of marriage. But Kennedy’s moving language was more than just aspirational thoughts on dignity. He found a right to marriage based not on the status of the couples as homosexuals but...
  • [CBS Face The Nation VIDEO ]Same-sex marriage opponent (Russell Moore):conservative beliefs need to

    06/29/2015 5:21:53 AM PDT · by Unedited · 2 replies
    CBS Face The Nation VIDEO via uneditedpolitics.com ^ | Published on CBS Face The Nation June 28, 2015 | CBS Face The Nation VIDEO via Unedited
    Russell Moore makes the case for respecting the rights of conservatives on CBS' Face the Nation. Click the link to view.
  • SCOTUS Steps In It, Part 2 (Gay Marriage)

    06/28/2015 10:27:34 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | June 28, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    None of you who have turned your avatar "rainbow" on Facebook appear to have actually read the Supreme Court opinion. Why are you celebrating without understanding what you are celebrating? Are you a thinking individual or are you a member of a mob? If the latter, get the hell away from me; you're dangerous, to be blunt, and I want you nowhere near my person or property. To the extent I can do so I will distance myself from your person and behavior as both are destructive to both self and others. Incidentally, if it matters, I don't care who...
  • I've Never Said This Before – But It's Time For You To Start Buying Guns and Ammo

    06/27/2015 11:54:07 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 66 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 06/27/2015 | Steven Crowder
    I've pasted the whole column below. But there is a video that can only be seen on the site/not embedded here. So please, if you support my work, visit the site. If not, no problem. "Now before you label this as a “crazy” post, I’m not talking about, nor am I predicting some doomsday scenario. Don’t expect me to be selling you seeds, food preserves or bomb shelters anytime soon. That is not what I am suggesting here. I’m also not suggesting that you need to buy yourself an AR15 to fight off an onslot of newly married gays. Okay?...
  • Swapping flags

    06/26/2015 7:34:31 PM PDT · by Silence Dogwood · 22 replies
    Today, the country has suffered a terrible blow. Over the past week, the fight for states’ rights, which has been going on since the founding of the union, has suffered two terrible blows. The Confederate Naval Jack -- colloquially, and erroneously referred to as the “Stars and Bars”—has been taken down by popular opinion, and in its place, and at the behest of the highest court, the striped flag of gay pride has arisen to fly higher than ever before. Now, the purpose of this is not to comment on the rightness or wrongness of homosexuality, or of gay marriage,...
  • Are "Transracial" rights the up and coming new thing?

    06/12/2015 10:43:35 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 64 replies
    6/13/2015 | Dallas59
    If transgender people can do their thing and receive special treatment even when their DNA is 100 percent the opposite of what they want to be, why can't I claim to be Mexican and get special benefits?
  • Vanity: Replacing our God-given rights with godless rights

    05/29/2015 10:35:41 AM PDT · by MeganC · 10 replies
    Me! ^ | 5/29/2015 | Megan C.
    The thought occurred to me last night that the left is hard at work replacing our God-given rights with godless rights. Think about the rights our Christian Founding Fathers enumerated and how those rights were assumed to have existed long before the advent of government and kings. We have the rights to speak freely, to defend ourselves even from our own government, we have the right to own property, we have the right to say who can be on our property, we have the right to travel without having to explain to anyone else what we're doing, and etc. The...
  • Obama EPA Officials Rewrite Clean Water Act (Power Grab)

    05/28/2015 12:14:57 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/28/15 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency rewrote the Clean Water Act from 88 pages to 2,200 pages. The new regulations will put the EPA in control of muddy farm puddles and prairie potholes. The Clean Water Act limits the federal government to regulating the “navigable waters of the United States” like the Colorado River or Lake Michigan. In 1986 the EPA expanded that definition to seize jurisdiction over tributaries and adjacent wetlands. Now it is extending federal control over just about any creek, pond, prairie pothole or muddy farm field that EPA says has a “significant nexus” to a navigable waterway....
  • Why Can’t We Simply Carry?

    05/27/2015 4:52:35 PM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    americas1stfreedom.org ^ | 5/27/2015 | Frank Miniter
    The so-called “mainstream” media likes to spin a scary narrative of lawlessness, even of anarchy, when “permitless carry” (sometimes called “constitutional carry”) is brought before a state legislature. When the media does this, whether through ignorance or bias, they’re simply ignoring the facts. For example, Vermont, which has long had permitless carry, has also long had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. States, nevertheless, can still be laboratories of democracy—even with politically incorrect gun laws. That is part of what’s going on with permitless carry. As of this writing, states with some legal form of permitless...
  • Alert: Obama’s Newest Executive Action Could Shred One Of Your Basic Rights

    05/27/2015 3:03:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Thomas Agee
    Recent reports indicate federal bureaucrats are finalizing the details of a behemoth new Environmental Protection Agency mandate that would supersede property owners’ rights on any piece of land that contains any body of water – including a ditch that fills with rain water. Heritage Foundation Agricultural Policy Research Fellow Daren Bakst explained the ramifications of the rule, which will update the Clean Water Act of 1972, in an interview with The Blaze. “Property owners will not be able to engage in activities they should be able to engage in,” he said. “This will be devastating to private property rights.”
  • Nationwide protests planned for immigrant rights

    05/20/2015 12:09:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 19, 2015 | Amanda Sakuma
    This could have been one of the biggest weeks for immigrant rights in modern history, opening up sweeping deportation relief and extending a temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Instead, they will have to continue waiting – but it won’t be quietly. Rallies are scheduled across the country on Tuesday as advocacy groups protest what would have marked the unofficial kick-off date to President Obama’s second – and most sweeping – executive action program on immigration. Known as DAPA, the executive measure would have benefited as many as 3.7 million undocumented immigrant adults who have children born...
  • Religious rights need protection

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs “have” to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs “have” to be changed? We don’t need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isn’t about theology at all,...
  • ‘It’s going to be an issue’: Obama admin admits that gay ‘marriage’ threatens religious liberty

    04/30/2015 7:22:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/29/15 | Albert Mohler
    April 29, 2015 (AlbertMohler.com) -- “It is … it is going to be an issue.” With those words, spoken yesterday before the Supreme Court of the Unites States, the Solicitor General of the United States announced that religious liberty is directly threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Donald Verrili, representing the Obama Administration as the nation’s highest court considered again the issue of same-sex marriage, was responding to a question from Justice Samuel Alito. His answer confirms with candor the threat we have long seen coming.Back in 2005, long before the movement to legalize same-sex marriage had gained cultural...
  • New Mexico Abolishes Civil Asset Forfeiture

    04/14/2015 1:52:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 22 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-14-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year, law enforcement agencies seize millions of dollars simply by suspecting the property is connected to criminal activity. Friday, April 10, after being unanimously passed through the legislature, HB 560 was signed into law by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Read her Executive Message here. Among other improvements, HB 560 reforms the current law on forfeiture procedures by requiring a criminal conviction for seizure and proper reporting. Civil asset forfeiture is a practice in which assets suspected of being associated with crime may be seized and subsequently forfeited, often without the owner being charged with a crime. Law enforcement...
  • Why Rand Paul Is Unwelcome at NRA Gun Rights Convention

    04/10/2015 8:59:37 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/10/2015 | Reid Epstein
    Sen. Rand Paul wasn’t invited to speak at this weekend’s National Rifle Association annual convention because the Kentucky Republican is caught in the crossfire between competing gun-rights organizations. Top NRA officials are unhappy that Mr. Paul has for years lent his name to fundraising solicitations for the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that fashions itself a more conservative alternative to NRA. Mr. Paul’s aides have been told by the NRA he will be unwelcome to participate at NRA events as long as he remains affiliated with NAGR, according to people familiar with the conversation. Publicly, the NRA chalked...
  • Principles of Constitutionalism: Negative Rights versus Positive Rights

    04/09/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/09/15 | Tim Dunkin
    Natural and negative rights provide for a free, voluntary society, while legal positivism and positive rights provide for a coercive, totalitarian society It has previously been shown that constitutionalism, by which is meant the general proposition that government should be restrained by well-defined principles and structures under which it operates (whether written or unwritten), depends up a recognition of the rule of law as reflecting natural law. From this natural law arises the recognition, in turn, of the natural rights of individual citizens, which ought to be acknowledged and protected by just government, but which are not granted by any...
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    04/06/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/2/15 | Daniel Wiser
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