Know the Constitution like never before.

constitutionHillsdale College – The U.S. Constitution is the key to securing liberty for all Americans — yet very few know exactly what it says and what freedoms it protects. Hillsdale College is working to make 2015 the “Year of the Constitution,” dedicating this year to educating millions of Americans about this critical document. That’s why the College is offering its most popular course, “Constitution 101″ for free, when you sign up now.

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Hillsdale’s course, Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution, features the same professors who teach this course on Hillsdale College’s campus. Hillsdale is one of the only colleges in America — outside of the military academies — that requires every student to take a course on the Constitution to graduate.

The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

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Congressional Republicans Go to Bat for Right to Work

righttoworkThe Washington Free Beacon – Congressional Republicans said they are prepared to defend right to work laws if the National Labor Relations Board attempts to force non-union members to pay union fees and dues.

The NLRB announced a call for briefs last week following a regional ruling that a local AFL-CIO affiliate improperly demanded grievance fee payments from non-members.

A call for briefs is generally seen as an indication that the board, which oversees labor relations and union elections, is reconsidering standing precedent. In this case the board is examining whether exercising their rights to opt out of coercive unionism can still be made to pay labor groups.

“The [union] asks the Board to adopt a rule allowing unions to charge nonmembers a fee for grievance processing,” the agency said in its call for briefs. “If such fees were held lawful in principle, what factors should the Board consider to determine whether the amount of such a fee violates [existing labor law]? What actions could a union lawfully take to ensure payment?”

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Congress Should Separate Food Stamps from Agricultural Programs

food stam 2The Heritage Foundation – About every five years, Congress passes a farm bill. Despite its name, the farm bill covers more than just agricultural programs. In reality, food stamps account for about 80 percent of the projected cost of the 2014 farm bill.[1]

Agricultural programs and food stamps should not be combined into one bill. Instead, they should be considered on their own merits in separate pieces of legislation. This would help to make reform of these programs possible.

In 2014, Congress almost separated the farm bill into distinct bills for food stamps and agriculture programs. They should finish the job this year.
Combined for Political Reasons

These distinct programs are combined for political reasons, and supporters of this status quo openly acknowledge this. For example, in 2013, Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), then Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, told the North American Agricultural Journalists group that food stamps should continue to be included in the farm bill “purely from a political perspective. It helps get the farm bill passed.”[2]

This is classic logrolling, enabling legislators to secure support for their programs, which otherwise might not pass. Legislators who want to pass agricultural programs might vote for the farm bill despite serious concerns with food stamp legislation and vice versa. The very admission that these programs need to be combined together to pass them makes a strong case for legislators to reevaluate each program on its own merits.

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The Liberal Vision For The Poor Vs. The Conservative Vision For The Poor

Townhall – When liberals look at the poor, first and foremost, they see people who will vote for them in exchange for goodies. This gives liberals a perverse incentive to keep as many Americans mired in poverty as humanly possible.

This is why liberals are always willing to make a government handout a little bigger, easier to qualify for, or to make sure as many people as possible are using it. They want poor people to remain poor – and no wonder. Show me a ghetto in America and I will show you an area that votes heavily Democrat despite the fact that its condition never seems to improve.

Incidentally, that’s just how liberals like it. If you’re poor today, they’d like you to remain poor next year, the next ten years or even for the rest of your life. Then, not only do liberals get your vote, they get to feel better about themselves because they’re “helping” a “pitiful, helpless failure” like you. It’s the best of all worlds for liberals: they get to feel “generous,” it helps keep them in power, and other people pick up the bill.

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Click here to watch: Liberals Work Hard To Keep Poor People Poor

Federal Justices Unsure About N.C. Districts

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Carolina Journal – Halfway through the decade, the U.S. Supreme Court has bounced the state’s congressional and legislative district maps back to the N.C. Supreme Court.

The nation’s high court didn’t overturn North Carolina’s maps, drawn in 2011 by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Instead, it told North Carolina’s top court to reconsider the case in light of an earlier ruling from the justices on Alabama’s redistricting maps. If North Carolina’s justices approve the maps and the U.S. Supreme Court reverses that decision, then the General Assembly would have to draw new maps in time for the 2016 election.

GOP legislative leaders called the U.S. Supreme Court’s action nothing more than a procedural move.

“Since 2011, every court that has issued an opinion and the Obama Justice Department has reached the same conclusion — North Carolina’s redistricting maps are constitutional,” said Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, in a joint statement. The two chaired their respective chamber’s redistricting committees when the maps were drawn four years ago.

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Reasons why you should tell your NC Representatives NOT to support HB 454 The Energy Investment Act

The Energy Investment Act – http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H454v1.pdf

Please, read the following and the links on this page for reasons why to kill HB 454:

Solar

Those who prefer to wait on “green energy” alternatives until they can compete on the free market without taxpayer assistance likely already know the drawbacks of the new technology: it is costly, inefficient, and in some cases, poses more harm to the environment than conventional energy sources. – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/10/associated-press-solar-energy-actually-has-a-big-hazardous-waste-problem-and-how-much-did-solyndra-contaminate/

Solar Power Electricity – Don’t Waste Your Money – http://ezinearticles.com/?Solar-Power-Electricity—Dont-Waste-Your-Money&id=3928544

Solar Energy Is Dominated by Waste – http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/11/24/solar-energy-is-dominated-by-waste.aspx

Solar Energy Still Has Hazardous Waste Problem – http://www.inquisitr.com/518289/solar-energy-still-has-hazardous-waste-problem/#JxWVF7vocxe3B2Z5.99

Solar energy wastes money – http://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/apr/29/solar-energy-wastes-money/Obama

Green Investments Said Would Take The Country Forward Are Going Belly Up, Taking Jobs And Taxpayer Cash With Them – http://www.dividedstates.com/list-of-failed-obama-green-energy-solar-companies/

Solar Panel Makers Continue To Ship Tons Of Toxic Waste Thousands Of Mile Away – http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-panel-makers-grappling-with-waste-2013-2#ixzz3XyLXSMdn

Solar Power’s Toxic Footprint- http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/solar-powers-toxic-footprint.html

Solar Panels & Their Toxic Emissions – http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/01/solar-panels-toxic-emissions/

Trashing Old Solar Panels is a More Complicated Process Than You Think – http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/state-rejects-loosening-toxic-waste-regs-on-old-solar-panels.html

The above is just a small sample of information why Solar is NOT the answer.

Wind

Shouldn’t an industry that can’t sustain itself after 20 years of being propped up be cut loose?

Subsidies for wind power: Waste of money continues –   https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/01/08/subsidies-for-wind-power-waste-of-money-continues/

Big Wind’s Bogus Subsidies – http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/nancy-pfotenhauer/2014/05/12/even-warren-buffet-admits-wind-energy-is-a-bad-investment

Wind farms are an ugly, unreliable waste of money, Wind power is too expensive and comes with its own carbon footprint – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10135241/Wind-farms-are-an-ugly-unreliable-waste-of-money.html

Councils waste millions on ineffective wind turbines that will take 190 years to repay – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/windpower/10524840/Councils-waste-millions-on-ineffective-wind-turbines-that-will-take-190-years-to-repay.html

Blow for council as wind power fails to light up €20m park – http://www.epaw.org/echoes.php?lang=en&article=n133

Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms – one of the most dangerous delusions of our age – Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2225544/Good-riddance-wind-farms–dangerous-delusions-age.html#ixzz3XyXzFW6P

“The inconvenient truth about wind turbines”: From an engineer (Canada) – http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2012/the-inconvenient-truth-about-wind-turbines-from-an-engineer-canada/

Renewable Fuel (Biodiesel and Ethanol)

Biofuels from Food Products is an Unconscionable Waste of Tax Dollars – http://blog.heartland.org/2011/04/biofuels-from-food-products-is-an-unconscionable-waste-of-tax-dollars/

Renewable Energy Subsidies Are a Waste of Money: Part 2 – http://blog.heartland.org/2011/10/renewable-energy-subsidies-are-a-waste-of-money-part-2/

It’s Final — Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use – http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/04/20/its-final-corn-ethanol-is-of-no-use/

A business that CAN NOT Sustain itself without subsidies is not a good business model.

Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’

Nationalreview.com – Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Pot fight heating up on 4/20 April 20, 2015

THE BIG STORY

On National Weed Day, marijuana advocates are continuing to push for legalization.

As marijuana supporters rally across the country on their unofficial holiday, the fight in Washington is heating up with a handful of bills that would pave the way for legalization.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is working on legislation that would allow states to set their own policies for both medical and recreation marijuana, according to his office.

The bill could drop as early as this week, sources say, which would coincide with national weed day, better known as 4/20.

“It’s what guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have said on the campaign trail,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, of the three GOP senators running for president.

“Regardless of their personal views, they believe that’s a question for the states and the federal government shouldn’t intervene with those laws,” he added.

Rohrabacher’s bill, letting states regulate pot, is far from the only piece of marijuana legislation introduced this year.

In contrast, a bill introduced in February by Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) would give the federal government power to regulate pot. http://bit.ly/17kFdis

Rohrabacher’s bill also goes a step further than the bill from Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which would allow states to legalize medical marijuana — but doesn’t address recreational marijuana. http://bit.ly/1wqJjkK

These marijuana bills are part of a larger, concerted effort by lobbyists and a growing number of lawmakers to legalize pot.

It comes as the marijuana industry is experiencing tremendous growth.

According to a new study from market research firm IBISWorld, legal pot sales could hit $13.4 billion by 2020 with a projected growth rate of 30 percent annually. http://bit.ly/1OzviUZRead more…

Flat tax makes 2016 comeback

The Hill – The flat tax is back.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have both floated an across-the-board tax rate as they’ve launched their 2016 presidential bids.

Neither Cruz nor Paul has spelled out the exact details of their plan, but both senators clearly see the flat tax as a way to appeal to both free-market conservatives that advocate for broad-based tax cuts, and the Tea Party sympathizers concerned with government intrusion.

“Moving to a simple flat tax and just padlocking the IRS — I think that is a powerful populist issue,” Cruz said Friday on “The Adam Carolla Show.”

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Flat Tax

The 5% Flat Tax Plan click here to read.

White House Makes 1st Gender-Neutral Bathroom Available

ABC News – The White House’s first gender-neutral bathroom is now open.

The “all-gender bathroom” was first made available this past Wednesday, the same day Obama’s executive order expanding protections for federal employees against discrimination became federal law, White House spokesman Jeff Tiller told ABC News.

Though the gender-neutral bathroom is located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, anyone can use whatever bathroom they feel best fits their gender identity, Tiller said. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is located near the West Wing of the White House and used by White House staff.

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Supreme Court Weighs Bizarre Private Property Seizure

Raisins-1689468NewsMax – In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law.

The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins.

New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In a depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So FDR’s “brains trust” produced “price stabilization” programs by which the government would fine-tune the supply of and demand for various commodities.

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Republicans Planning ‘Big Fights’ on Agency Funding to Rein in Bureaucrats

norm-al-130927-4Govexec.com – The next agency funding deadline is more than five months away, but the threats and gamesmanship of shutdown politics are already in full swing.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal released Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised “some big fights over funding the bureaucracy” in the coming weeks. The Republican leader blamed the Obama administration’s overreach for forcing his hand to use the funding process as a means to rein in federal agencies.

“They won’t like it,” McConnell said of the White House and congressional Democrats. “We’ll have big fights over it.”

Asked about McConnell’s statements, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed to comments the majority leader made after the 2014 election in which he vowed to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Big Idea: California Is So Over

bigstock-Aerial-view-of-water-carrying--12832106_1NewGeography – California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.

The water situation reflects this breakdown in the starkest way. Everyone who follows California knew it was inevitable we would suffer a long-term drought. Most of the state—including the Bay Area as well as greater Los Angeles—is semi-arid, and could barely support more than a tiny fraction of its current population. California’s response to aridity has always been primarily an engineering one that followed the old Roman model of siphoning water from the high country to service cities and farms.

But since the 1970s, California’s water system has become the prisoner of politics and posturing. The great aqueducts connecting the population centers with the great Sierra snowpack are all products of an earlier era—the Los Angeles aqueduct (1913), Hetch-Hetchy (1923), the Central Valley Project (1937), and the California Aqueduct (1974). The primary opposition to expansion has been the green left, which rejects water storage projects as irrelevant.

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Click here to read: Thirsty West: Why Californians Will Soon Be Drinking Their Own Pee.

Inflation, Central Banks, and Business Cycles

mises[Adapted from a lecture presented at the Mises Institute’s Sound Money Conference, April 10, 2014.]

The word “inflation” means different things to different people. One popular conception of inflation focuses on prices  —  all prices, actually. For these people, including some economists, “inflation” means a rise in the general price level, i.e., the goods and services we buy have higher price tags.

The other conception of inflation focuses on the money supply. Economists with this focus think of inflation as an increase in the amount of money in the economy. We’ll see that viewing inflation as a rise in prices can be misleading and ambiguous especially compared to viewing inflation as an increase in the money supply.
Prices Can Rise for Many Reasons

If the demand for something increases relative to its supply, or if the supply of something decreases relative to the demand for it, the price will increase.

The fundamental reason for this is called diminishing marginal utility  —  increasing our stock of some good means that it will go toward the satisfaction of a lower-ranked end. If the next “marginal unit” goes toward a lower-ranked end, then the most we are willing to pay for the next unit must be less than the previous unit. You might be willing to pay $600 for one Apple Watch, but the most you would be willing to pay for another might be $100, maybe as a gift for somebody else or so that you could have one on both of your wrists!

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EPA Taken to Court Over Its Clean Power Plan

epaFreedomWorks – A group of states and energy companies have joined to sue the EPA over the agency’s Clean Power Plan. The two cases, State of West Virginia v. EPA and In re Murray Energy Company, were combined and oral arguments were heard before the DC Circuit this Thursday.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan was proposed last year and is expected to be finalized this summer. The plan requires cuts in carbon emissions by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030. There are intermediate standards that must be met starting in 2020. Similar to ObamaCare, the plan calls for state to establish their own measures to meet the standards. But if the state fails to create its own plan, the federal government will set up a plan for them.

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation the Clean Power Plan could cause significant reliability challenges. The CPP would affect nearly 3,000 power plants that account for approximately 65% of current capacity in the United States. This is because it could result in the closing of a third of all coal-powered plants, a loss of enough energy to power the lives of 57 million Americans. This reduction of energy on the grid could lead to brownouts and would definitely increase the cost of electricity. A study by Balanced Energy for Texas the CPP would increase the average Texas household’s gas and electricity fees by $1,060 a year.

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Complaints, investigations into Buncombe, Asheville law enforcement a moving target

CPP-logo-wide-tag440x75Buncombe sheriff planning education effort; Asheville numbers not yet released

When a resident has an issue with a law enforcement officer’s conduct, what can they do? A Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office official said that the department investigates every complaint it receives and that it’s planning a community education effort about the process. Recent years have seen complaints steady or even decline.

In Asheville, though, it’s unclear whether the city – the largest municipality in Western North Carolina — tracks complaints or how many the department investigated within the past four years.

While that leaves an important piece of the picture missing, it’s clear that complaints happen and occasionally make the news. In addition to raising the issue publicly, residents can also go the official route and file a complaint. Law enforcement agencies are supposed to investigate such complaints, and sometimes they can result in officers being reprimanded, suspended or even fired.

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Tillis presses case on 440th

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Newsobserver.com – Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, says he’s lobbying to get the Air Force to change its decision to inactivate the 440th Airlift Wing because it would harm the ability of the Army’s Global Response Force to fly from Fort Bragg to trouble spots in any part of the world in 18 hours or less.

“Why on Earth we would jeopardize the training and readiness in that context – the only place on the planet where we do that? It just doesn’t make sense to me,” Tillis said in an interview following the release of a congressionally mandated Air Force report on its plans for the airlift wing.

The plan to inactivate the air wing, a budget-cutting measure, would save $116 million, according to the Air Force report.

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VIDEO: Higher Ed Helps Erode American Values

Carolina Journal – The higher education establishment attacks traditional American values in many ways. The head of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy outlined 10 of them during a presentation Friday for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson recently took over the president’s job at the Pope Center, but she has three degrees from the University of North Carolina system and has been monitoring campus activity closely since joining the center’s staff in 2007.

In the video clip below, Robinson details item No. 1 on her top 10 list of ways “the ivory tower is eroding American values.”

Stingray phone tracker & Government agencies warrantless cell phone tracking

cellphoneFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – The StingRay is an IMSI-catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity), a controversial cellular phone surveillance device, manufactured by the Harris Corporation.[1] Initially developed for the military and intelligence community, the StingRay and similar Harris devices are in widespread use by local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States. Stingray has also become a generic name to describe these kinds of devices.

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Beware of Article V

This video emphasizes the inability of state legislators to prevent a “runaway” federal constitutional convention. Learn why state legislatures should not apply to Congress for a constitutional convention based on evaluations of the con-con process by prominent constitutional scholars.

After watching please call, email or fax your NC Senators and Representatives how you feel about a so-called Convention of States (Really a Constitutional Convention). Find contact info for Representatives and for Senators.

Senate Judiciary Committee: The Need to Reform Asset Forfeiture

Civil-Asset-ForefeitureFreedomWorks – Russ Caswell was the owner of Motel Caswell for over two decades. His father built the motel in 1955, and it was family-owned and ran for over 50 years.

Since taking over Motel Caswell in 1984, Russ strove to make it an affordable and safe place to stay. He installed cameras created a “do-not-rent” list and kept the property well lit. He always cooperated with the police and even gave them free rooms to hold stakeouts when criminals were believed to be on the premises.

This all changed in September of 2009 when federal agents swarmed in to take his motel. Russ was a victim of civil asset forfeiture, an area of law that allows law enforcement to seize your property without convicting, or even charging, you of a crime.

Russ had never been charged with a crime and nobody in his family or any of his employees had been involved in a crime at the motel. Over the course of his ownership he had rented out 125,000 rooms and there had only been 15 arrests at his motel during that time, less than one a year. Based on this, the government seized his family business, his livelihood and what he built his life around.

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Hospitals to fight bill that would open NC medical market

tom-aCharlotteobserver.com – An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite.

A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state’s certificate-of-need laws. Intended to prevent excessive facilities and equipment, the CON program requires hospitals and other medical providers to get state approval for expansions and major acquisitions.

But Apodaca contends that the program’s most vigorous supporters are the health care providers who are protected by them.

“If we opened it up and let providers compete, the consumers would come out better in the long run,” he said. “I think there would be more services available at less cost.”

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