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  • How a calamitous century helped win us our rights

    07/20/2014 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 11 replies
    JPFO ^ | 7-19-14 | Claire Wolfe
    When I'm in a, shall we say, mellow mood with friends, I can occasionally launch into accounts of politics in seventeenth-century England. This usually results in incredulous stares, followed by, "Oh, so sorry. Fascinating story, I'm sure. But it's really just hours past my bedtime." It's a shame anybody should feel that way, though. Because even in the hands of a dreary lecturer and deadly bore (um, not saying I am one), the story of seventeenth-century England is one of riotously awful chaos -- and the birth of modern freedom. Sit down. Have another drink. Let's talk about it.
  • And Free Chocolate Milk for All . . .

    07/04/2014 9:28:05 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 7-3-14 | Douglas Wilson
    The uproar on the left over the Hobby Lobby decision has an explanation. That explanation is that we have allowed our understanding of what is meant by rights and liberties to become badly degraded. In fact, to simplify, the common understanding of rights has gotten into a condition of extreme labefactation. So to speak. The left tends to think of political rights in terms of stuff — the right to affordable housing, the right to health care, the right to contraception, and so on. Conservatives tend to think of political rights in terms of non-interference — the right to free...

    06/20/2014 7:02:21 PM PDT · by fhuxtable · 4 replies ^ | May 29, 2014 | Fulton Huxtable
    What Is A Right? A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others. For full essay see:
  • UN Taps Israel Critic for Top Human Rights Post Experts concerned about continued anti-Israel

    06/09/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/9/14 | Adam Kredo
    The United Nations has tapped as its next High Commissioner for Human Rights a Jordanian prince who has said that Palestinian suicide bombings are “no less horrific” than Israel’s efforts to prevent civilians from terror attacks. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced over the weekend that he has nominated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, a member of Jordan’s royal family and its current UN ambassador, as the next high commissioner, a senior official who monitors human rights across the globe. The post has been used in the past as a bully pulpit to target Israel for criticism over its...
  • ABC News Video: First-grader suspended after toy gun found in backpack

    06/08/2014 7:57:31 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 54 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh, ABC News copied by Top Right News Blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Marcie Cipriani, ABC News // Gina Cassini Top Right News Blog
    by Gina Cassini | TopRight NewsOnce again, the anti-gun fanatics are running loose in our children's schools. And this time they are punishing a kid who did the right thing! As a mom, this one has steam coming out of my ears. First-grader Darin Simak goes to Martin Elementary in New Kensington, PA. On Wednesday he went to school just like any other day but, when he arrived, he realized there was a toy gun in his backpack. What did Darin do? Darin tried to do the right thing by immediately bringing the toy gun to his teacher and explained that “he...
  • Support Hallmark against Gun Control this Father's Day

    05/30/2014 7:45:20 PM PDT · by ThePonder · 14 replies
    The Ponder News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Shonda Ponder
    Hallmark's Chairman Donald Hall, Jr.'s response to a letter from victims of gun violence and clergy asking that Hallmark publicly support Universal Background Checks (a background check for every gun sale) was, “We do not get involved in divisive issues.” Hallmark has ruffled the feathers of anti-gun extremists like the National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC). NGVAC has asked it's followers to boycott Hallmark and to call on sponsors to stop sponsoring the Hallmark Channel because of it. So, this Father's Day, if you don't believe MORE background checks will prevent criminals from getting guns, buy a Hallmark card.
  • From bad to worse: Dr. Ben Carson cannot be trusted on gun rights

    05/29/2014 9:53:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies ^ | 5/29/14 | Kurt Hofmann
    Dr. Ben Carson, potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has been enjoying near "rock star" status in ostensibly conservative circles. If that continues, "conservatives" had might as well give up trying to cast themselves as representing the "pro-gun" position, because Carson's stance on guns is one that would probably not displease the Brady Campaign. Carson first raised gun owners' hackles in March, 2013, when he blithely told Glenn Beck that the right to own semi-automatic firearms is contingent on where one lives. From Mediate: But when asked whether people should be allowed to own “semi-automatic weapons,” the...
  • Humane Society, others to pay Feld, Ringling Bros. $15 million in Asian elephant lawsuit

    05/19/2014 3:15:32 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 9 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | 5-16-2014 | CHARLES SCHELLE
    A 14-year battle over the care of Feld Entertainment's circus elephants ended Thursday with the Humane Society of the United States and others paying a $15.75 million settlement.The lawsuit was filed by a company the Humane Society acquired, along with other animal rights groups, against Feld, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, over the care of its 43 Asian elephants.The settlement follows $9.3 million that the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals paid in 2012 for its connection to false claims against Feld in U.S. District Court in Washington."We hope this settlement payment,...

    05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Samuel Gregg
    Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed. Who would have thought that the welfare state’s expansion in the guise of Obamacare—which, by definition, significantly reduces economic freedom—would directly impact the ability of individuals and groups to conduct their affairs in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs? This, however, is precisely the reality confronting us. Most people are used to thinking of religious liberty as a prerequisite...
  • In Malaysia, President Obama Says United States Has Work To Do On Human Rights

    04/27/2014 9:45:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/27/14 | Digitas Daily
    The Race Card... don't leave home without it.
  • Federal Law Bans Homofascist Conspiracies (Brendan Eich Take Notice)

    04/06/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by nd76 · 12 replies
    United States Code ^ | 06/25/1948 | Congress
    It is actually illegal for two or more people to get together to do what they did to Brendan Eich. Title 18, Section 241 of the United States Code states as follows: If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on...
  • EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2014
    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent...
  • Oversight report: 6 reasons Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights

    03/11/2014 1:57:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/11/14 | Patrick Howley
    A report released Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asserted that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights. Lerner continues to stonewall California Rep. Darrell Issa’s committee, pleading the Fifth again in a divisive Oversight hearing last Wednesday convened to get to the bottom of the IRS’ improper targeting of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012. Oversight member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller that the committee is “moving” toward holding Lerner in contempt of Congress to compel her to testify. “I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where...
  • About your "right" to my service...

    02/26/2014 7:22:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 64 replies
    Renew America ^ | 2-26-14 | Dan Popp
    Today the conservative talkers are jawing about the supposed "balance" between a person's right not to be discriminated against, and a business owner's rights of conscience. But the problem, you see, is that the first thing is not a right. I don't have a right to force people to like me. Or to hire me. Or to sell something to me. Someone will say that I do indeed have those rights, as created by the Courts or the Congress or Eric Holder (Fleas Be Upon Him). But the government cannot create rights. Only God can grant rights. And a government...
  • Chelsea Clinton says gay rights have made progress

    02/16/2014 5:15:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 84 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 2/16/14 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made "incredible progress" on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues "the unfinished business of the 21st century" in an address at a national conference in Las Vegas where actress Ellen Page came out as gay days earlier in an emotional speech that's stirred a social media outpouring. Clinton urged a crowd of 600 professionals who work with children to become more sensitive to the needs of LGBT youth, saying the deck is stacked...
  • Greensboro council considering seeking refund from Civil Rights Museum

    02/15/2014 1:22:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 2/14/14
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some Greensboro City Council members are having their trust of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum tested again after learning no one representing the museum ever signed loan papers. The loan from the city was for $1.5 million and wouldn’t have had to be paid back if certain conditions were met. The city paid the museum the first half of it — $750,000 — in October, but today the council learned the loan papers were never signed. Some council members are wondering if the city should ask for the money back.
  • When Will Social Conservatives Stop Demanding Special Rights?

    02/14/2014 7:48:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2014 | Josh Barro
    This week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2453, "An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage." Despite its name, this bill isn't about religious freedom. It's about creating new special rights (yes, those dreaded special rights) for people with anti-gay views. The bill would protect the ability of any individual, government agency, or "religious entity" (which includes a business operated in accordance with owner's religious views) to refuse service based on sincere religious beliefs about sex or gender, and to refuse to recognize any marriage or similar arrangement for those reasons — even if such service...
  • Staten Islanders file civil rights complaint against Bayonne Bridge project

    01/28/2014 4:27:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | January 28, 2014
    NEW YORK — A Staten Island community group says a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge violates the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by exposing minority residents of the island's north shore to toxins without providing any offsetting economic benefits.
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • IRS should create, adopt U.S. taxpayer bill of rights -Watchdog

    01/09/2014 12:04:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/09/2014 | PATRICK TEMPLE-WEST
    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service should take steps to restore public trust in its work, including adopting a taxpayer bill of rights that clearly states individuals' rights to fair treatment from the tax agency, an IRS watchdog said on Thursday. With its reputation for political neutrality hurt by a 2013 uproar over its treatment of conservative political groups, the IRS needs to reassure Americans of their tax rights, said the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an oversight arm of the agency.
  • The Police State in Review, 2013

    01/06/2014 6:02:44 AM PST · by Jack Black · 27 replies
    Police State USA - web site ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | PSUSA editors
    While some “journalists” would have you believe the biggest stories of 2013 were about twerking celebrities and over-hyped real-life courtroom sagas, much bigger events were happening with far more lasting national significance. The foundation of an American police state is already laid and making its existence known, while most of the country remains blissfully focused on sports, reality shows, establishment pseudo-news, and other distractions. It would require an encyclopedia to cover all of the injustices, scandals, and brutality that took place in 2013. This list is designed to illustrate certain trends and significant stories from the past year. If Americans...
  • Liberal madness is often mundane

    01/03/2014 6:47:45 AM PST · by relictele · 2 replies
    Vanity | 03 Jan 2014 | Self
    A forum on an everyday, non-political topic I visit nevertheless has a folder dedicated to politics as a repository for any discussions that start out or veer into political territory. It also gives the mods a method of policing the forums without deleting posts outright. Since I have the lovely FR and its denizens I rarely view the folder but in a moment of ennui I clicked through to it yesterday where a discussion of the minimum wage was, er, waged. It will not shock you to learn that there are all manner of armchair saints out there who believe...
  • Natural Law and the Legitimate Authority of the United States

    01/02/2014 9:29:03 AM PST · by DWar · 10 replies
    David J Shestokas Blog ^ | March 15, 2013 | David J Shestokas
    Government needs a basis to exercise authority over people. Citizens must accept government authority. A government lacking acceptance of the people over whom it exercises authority will not endure.
  • Can government 'create' gay rights?

    12/12/2013 6:50:05 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12-12-13 | Fred Hutchison
    Do our rights come from the government, or do they come from God or from natural law? The founders of the American Republic thought our rights came from God or from natural law. As such, our inalienable rights are the rights of all mankind and are universal, changeless, and applicable to all people, at all times and in all places. In terms of natural law, if man has a nature, then human rights must be in accord with that nature and must be necessary to the flourishing of that nature. If our rights are thus innate and fixed for all...
  • What is a Human Right

    12/11/2013 6:51:16 AM PST · by BillM · 10 replies
    Sun News Network (Canada) ^ | 2013/01/11 | BillM
    Up here in the not so frigid north we actually have a real conservative network (The Sun News Network). They have the best voice for conservatism In North America - Ezra Levant Here is a short segment from last night. What-is-a-human-right?
  • Battle Against Obama’s HHS Mandate is a True Battle for Religious Liberty

    12/10/2013 8:20:38 AM PST · by xzins · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | David French
    I’m grateful that Kathryn Lopez of National Review keeps highlighting the principled plaintiffs challenging the HHS abortion-pill mandate before the Supreme Court. As the argument approaches, mainstream journalists will speak of the case in terms of “competing rights” or “competing liberties.” On one side are the business owners asserting a religious-liberty right not to purchase an objectionable product, while on the other side are the employees seeking to exercise their right to . . . what, exactly? Simply put, there are no true “competing rights” in this case. There is the right to religious freedom against a naked exercise of...
  • Natural Law or The Science of Justice

    12/04/2013 7:06:53 AM PST · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 1882 | Lysander Spooner
    The science of mine and thine—the science of justice—is the science of all human rights: of all a man's rights of person and property; of all his rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is the science which alone can tell any man what he can, and cannot, do; what he can, and cannot, have; what he can, and cannot, say, without infringing the rights of any other person. It is the science of peace; and the only science of peace: since it is the science which alone can tell us on what conditions mankind can live...
  • Is signing up for Obamacare a legal trap to surrender your rights?

    12/04/2013 5:10:28 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 23 replies
    12-3-13 | johnwk
    I believe there is a principle of law under which a person may unwittingly waive constitutional rights. An example of this is when invoking the 5th Amendment right against self incrimination. One may waive this right by answering any questions rather than repeatedly invoking the right when asked questions. Does this apply to the Obamacare website, and once a person signs up, they actually place themselves under the federal government’s jurisdiction with regard to Obamacare by signing up and in the process waive constitutionally protected rights? It seems to me that there is no provision in our federal Constitution granting...
  • If The Cops Pull You Over, These Are Your Rights

    11/23/2013 7:59:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Business Insider ^ | 11/23/2013 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ
    WASHINGTON – Reports of the Russian government abusing its gay citizens are based upon false propaganda by gay rights groups in the United States, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, claimed at a Nov. 15 symposium hosted by The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society. "Please understand what's really going on in Russia and cast aside all of the propaganda that you hear in the United States and elsewhere. It's just not true," Ruse urged. He was the main speaker at the symposium, "Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?" and...
  • Restore The Fourth

    10/24/2013 5:51:40 PM PDT · by usconservative · 8 replies
    Self | 10/24/2013 | USConservative
    This evening as I departed Downtown Chicago to catch my train home to the far, far, far Southwest Suburbs I came across a group of folks holding signs that read "1789 Not 1984!" as I approached Union Station. Knowing what it meant, I yelled out "LOVE YOUR SIGN!!" A few of the folks holding those signs approached me to chat and asked "you know what it means?" I said "hell yes, fourth amendment!" That was met with a few smiles and exchanges of cards. I had no idea this group even existed until today but have to say, I'm thrilled...
  • The very first Right

    10/06/2013 6:17:33 AM PDT · by sten · 18 replies
    vanity ^ | October 6, 2013 | sten
    When written, the United States Constitution took a step beyond other constitutions in how it defined the rights of the people. Most countries bestow rights onto its citizens and inevitably would take them away. The US Constitution went further to define liberty and its source. As such, the founders RECOGNIZED our Rights as preexisting naturally having been bestowed upon us by our Creator. This was a significant break from the established governing mindset. All of a sudden, people had Rights that the government could not control... as they didn't bestow them. The brilliance of the Constitution was to take the...
  • Illegal immigrants demand free organ Transplants

    09/20/2013 5:01:11 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 23 replies ^ | August 20 , 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    Illegal immigrants have staged a protest in front of a prominent Chicago hospital, demanding free organ transplants. According to Judicial Watch, all the protesters are from Mexico. This demand is joined by other demands from illegal aliens such as, driver's licenses, discounted college tuition, welfare, and the same civil rights as legal US citizens get. Marchers paraded back and forth in front of the hospital carrying signs with sayings like, “we are also human!” They used bullhorns to lead the chanting of the protesters. In 2007, the cost of a heart transplant was $658,000. The cost of a heart and...
  • Exclusive–US Civil Rights Commissioner: Amnesty Means Special, Not Equal, Treatment

    09/01/2013 7:46:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, told Breitbart News that Attorney General Eric Holder’s claims that amnesty for illegal immigrants is a civil rights issue “profoundly ahistorical.” “If you take a look at the basis of the civil rights movement, it was to have blacks treated in all respects the same as whites or everybody else,” Kirsanow (pictured) said in a phone interview. “What amnesty is doing is setting aside a special class of individuals who are going to put forward and treated more favorably than others. In other words, they’ve already broken the law...
  • The Right Way to Think About Rights

    08/31/2013 6:12:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 31, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Nearly all of us, at one time or another, refer to our “constitutional right to free speech.” But while this common phrase may seem harmless, it points to a larger misunderstanding of where our rights come from -- a misunderstanding that undermines many of our most fundamental policy debates. The fact is, the U.S. Constitution protects our God-given rights from government. The government does not (as the phrase above implies) grant those rights to us as citizens. This is perhaps the most widely misunderstood aspect of our system of government. The idea that the power of government is derived from...
  • LA Times Claims 'Democrats Led Passage' of 1964 Civil Rights Act

    08/30/2013 9:19:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/30/13 | Wynton Hall
    In a stunning historical error, Los Angeles Times reporters Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon, Alexei Koseff reported that "Democrats led the passage of civil rights legislation that marchers pushed for in 1963." In fact, Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, filibustered the bill in an attempt to kill the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Republican Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) saved the landmark civil rights law from defeat by galvanizing Senate Republicans for a cloture vote to stop the Democrat-led filibuster On June 9, 1964, the night before the historic cloture vote, the 68-year-old...

    08/24/2013 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 7 replies
    One Page Constitution ^ | June, 2013 | Publiushuldah
  • The one VERY simple reason Democrats are dumb to expect their leaders will respect privacy rights

    08/20/2013 12:47:33 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-20-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Liberty Slipping: 10 Things You Could Do in 1975 That You Can't Do Now

    07/23/2013 7:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 140 replies
    Economic Policy Journal Blog ^ | July 22, 2013 | Robert Wenzel
    In 1975: 1.You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID. 2.You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID. 3.You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID 4.You could buy a gun without showing an ID 5.You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government. 6.You could get a job without having to prove you were an American. 7.You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID 8.You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who...
  • Woman wants judge to halt Nebraska policy on driver's licenses for immigrants

    07/25/2013 1:34:33 PM PDT · by NEMDF · 6 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | July 25, 2013 | Paul Hammel
    ServicesShare Share on twitterShare on email LINCOLN — A Nebraska City woman is asking a judge to halt immediately the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to people brought into the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a new federal program. Mayra Saldana, who has lived in the United States since age 2 and is a Peru State College student, is seeking a preliminary injunction against the state policy. Saldana, 24, filed a federal lawsuit against the state in June, but now wants a judge to halt the state policy while the lawsuit is decided. Her lawyers,...
  • Stand Your Ground, Shooters!

    07/20/2013 10:29:55 AM PDT · by rktman ^ | 7/20/2013 | Robert Gelinas
    Nanny plutocrat extraordinaire, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has targeted yet another new windmill for his quixotic conquest besides the scourges of big bad sodas, trans-fats, salt, and elevators. Now he’s going after the Stand Your Ground or No Retreat laws to have them overturned. Hizzonor disparagingly refers to such laws as “Shoot First Laws.” From Bloomberg’s perspective such laws, “…can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns,” adding that they, “…encourage deadly confrontations by enabling people to shoot first and argue ‘justifiable homicide’ later.” Got that? Apparently, the Mayor of New York City believes that the bad...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' must stand

    07/19/2013 8:25:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/19/2013 | Jeff Knox
    It didn’t take long after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin for the event to be portrayed as the act of a vigilante or a one-man lynching party. A mug shot of a surly, mentally detached-looking Zimmerman juxtaposed to a ninth-grade yearbook photo of bright-eyed, smiling, young Martin became staples of reports on the story and, in a way, became the story itself. The president of the United States weighed in with a comment that if he had a son, he “would look like Trayvon.” And that was the story that was reported for the next year and a half –...
  • A Fitting Memorial to the Memory of Trayvon Martin

    07/16/2013 3:29:51 PM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 7/15/2013 | Charlie Daniels
    The Trayvon Martin killing has, unfortunately, provided some self-serving politicians the opportunity to inflame the situation with careless rhetoric that got national media coverage.
  • “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

    07/09/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | 7-7-2013 | Radley Balko
    Excerpted from "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after...
  • Supreme Court is Wrong: Christian Businesses Should Refuse Service to Homosexuals!

    07/02/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 29 replies
    CST News ^ | June 27, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The Supreme Court Justices recently made a decision that is squalid, shameful, sorry, shocking, and stupefying that will put perverts on a pedestal and decent Christians in prison! That decision will affect churches, schools, and businesses. Does a Christian business person have the right to choose whom he will serve? Most sane people will agree that no one has absolute rights. In this matter, both the owner and customer have rights, but which right is superior? If we eliminate the possibility of the owner using tax dollars to start the business, it becomes a little less confusing, less contentious as...
  • Voting Rights and the Chains of Memory

    07/01/2013 6:47:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | July 1, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Like everything else in our polarized age, reaction to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder divided sharply along political lines. The court held Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, effectively lifting the burden on certain states to get federal approval before making any change to their election procedures. Predictably, conservatives and liberals clashed over whether the majority opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts got the constitutional law right. But I was struck less by the legal arguments than by the angry denial on the left, especially among minorities, that the ingrained racial disenfranchisement the...
  • Abortion Rights Not Synonymous With Women's Health

    06/28/2013 4:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 28, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"? Why not? Maybe it's because whatever you think of abortion, the right to have one is not synonymous with a woman's health. But don't tell that to the liberal group Think Progress. On Twitter, it recently teased some shocking news: "Why 2013 is shaping up to be the worst year for woman's [sic] health in modern history." When I followed to the linked story, there was nothing about a spike in cervical or breast cancer rates. Nothing about occupational safety for...
  • As IRS Chief Heads to Capitol Hill, GOP Rep. Introduces ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’

    06/27/2013 10:11:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Acting IRS administrator Danny Werfel is set to appear as the lone witness on Thursday before the House Ways and Means Committee to testify on his report — an update on the agency’s follow-up to an inspector general’s report concluding it inappropriately targeted tea-party groups — in which he said the agency’s discrimination was not limited to conservative organizations but occurred across the ideological spectrum. One member of the committee, who happens to be the fourth-ranking Republican in Congress, is not buying Werfel’s claims. “The IRS is in full spin mode,” Representative Peter Roskam tells National Review Online. The Illinois...

    06/25/2013 3:53:35 PM PDT · by TheSentry
    Kansas First News (KHI news service) ^ | June 7th, 2013 | Rocky Arnold
    The Kansas Health Foundation has awarded more than $830,000 in grants...
  • Your 4th Amendment Rights and NSA Wide Pipe Snooping of your private communications.

    06/25/2013 12:26:03 PM PDT · by Vendome · 12 replies
    Vanity | 6/25/2013 | Vendome
    So I stop werking for a minute to peruse the news and see all this baloney about SnowJob. Forget this shinny object but, direct your attention to what has been revealed in this whole affair and confirmed by your government. Thought: Can the government obtain a warrant, using "Reasonable Cause", to name a subject and an object or objects and a place where they believe the evidence they are looking for may likely be and then search not only your apartment but, the whole apartment complex, rifling through innocent peoples private communications and then, and then! Finally, after collecting all...
  • Supreme Court voids key part of voting law, sets up standoff between feds and states

    06/25/2013 11:57:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 6-25-2013 | Associated Press
    A landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act has set up a stand-off between Republican-led states and the Obama administration over controversial voting laws that until now had been stalled. The 5-4 ruling on Tuesday addressed a 1960s-era provision that largely singled out states and districts in the South -- those with a history of discrimination -- and required them to seek federal permission to change their voting laws. The court ruled that the formula determining which states are affected was unconstitutional. ********************** Attorney General Eric Holder warned states against going too...