Think Greece Can’t Happen Here? You’re Wrong

think about itCATO – Most Americans look at the rerun of the Greek euro crisis with something between smug amusement and condescending disapproval. When will those profligate Greeks get their economic house in order and stop looking to others to bail them out?

But, should people living in glass economic houses really throw stones?

After all, just like Greece, the United States government has been living beyond its means, running up an enormous debt that will eventually need to be repaid.

True, our budget deficit this year will be lower than it has been, just $486 billion compared to $1.4 trillion as recently as 2009. But this is just a temporary respite. Within the next couple of years the deficit will start to rise again. By 2025, we will again face trillion-dollar shortfalls.

And even a $486 billion deficit adds to our ever growing debt. Our national debt currently approaches $18.2 trillion, roughly 101% of GDP. That’s right. We owe more than the value of all the goods and services produced in this country every year. It is as if your credit-card bills exceeded your entire pay check.

That’s not quite as bad as Greece, of course, whose debt exceeds 177% of their GDP. But it is worse than countries like France or Spain.

And give us time! Like Greece, the driving force behind our debt is the growing cost of entitlement programs for health care and retirement. If one includes future unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare, our real debt exceeds $90 trillion. That’s more than five times our GDP. Greece is still in worse shape — their unfunded liabilities top 875% of GDP — but we’re gaining.

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Fear Not, Climate Alarmism Unfounded

153896127Cornwall Alliance – By Gordon Evans, The Stewards Blog

In my position as environmental manager for one of the largest university systems in the U.S., I regularly make it a point to ask scientists and engineers working in the real world, solving real day-to-day problems and stewarding our natural resources and environment, about their professional views on the issues of climate and energy.  Their responses almost uniformly reflect disagreement with, practically a disdain for, the climate alarmists’ and sustainability activists’ premise that manmade climate change is an imminent danger.  Many further contend that humanity’s small contribution to a naturally warming world may be a net benefit. They also largely reject renewable energy, particularly wind, solar and biofuels, believing these to be currently unsuitable and costly alternatives to safe and affordable fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Fear is a powerful emotion, and it is being used by environmental activists to try and manipulate the public conscience and political discourse. However, just as many other past doomsday predictions about impending environmental collapse have proven false, so shall the current climate alarmism likely prove unfounded, as is already being borne out by recent decades of unremarkable climate data. Precisely because the world in which we live is a vastly complex place full of complex processes at all scales from the subatomic to the global, mankind’s ability, even among the scientific community, to understand and reliably predict the future is weak at best.  In that light, the arrogance (or ignorance) of the climate alarmist position is apparent. Wisdom and discernment do not require a college degree, and most people with significant life experience already smell a problem with climate hysteria.  So don’t buy the snake oil.

Beyond that, why should you and I care?  Unfortunately, this is not a mere academic exercise or Hollywood script.  Climate alarmism leads to bad public policy which leads to poor energy decisions that harm many people, disproportionately the poor in this country and around the world. But climate is merely the tip of the political iceberg. Sustainability activists, under the cover of climate change fears, also promote an unbalanced and unjust social, economic and environmental legalism bent on degrading the moral fabric of our society and infringing on our natural and Constitutional rights and liberties as Americans.

Then what should you do about it? Don’t just believe what I say, but neither should you accept the carefully-woven myths and narratives of environmentalists, government agencies and even, regrettably, some formerly-esteemed scientific institutions. Ignore the brazenly biased, so-called environmental journalists. Dig deep.  Question and examine. Challenge and debate. Offer civil and respectful discussion, even in the face of name-calling and ad hominem attacks. Vote at the ballot box and with your pocketbook. Tell others. Fear not.  Source: http://www.cornwallalliance.org/2015/07/02/fear-not-climate-alarmism-unfounded/

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence lost a frivolous lawsuit and is now required to pay up to a lawful firearms business.

GRNCLogo600Ammunition distributor Lucky Gunner has been awarded over $111,000 from the Bradys to cover their legal fees, and they plan to donate these proceeds to various gun rights organizations. GRNC needs your help to increase our share of the pie! Lucky Gunner will distribute the funds based on the percentage of votes it receives. What delicious irony that Brady money will now be spent to support gun rights!

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Nobel Laureate Says Obama’s ‘Dead Wrong’ on Global Warming

foolaidNewsMax – A Nobel Prize-winning scientist who supported President Barack Obama has said that he does not believe global warming is a problem, and has openly criticized the president for his position on the issue.

“I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem,” Dr. Ivar Giaever announced during a speech at the 65th Nobel Laureate Conference in Lindau, Germany, last week, according to Climate Depot.

Quoting Obama’s warning that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” Giaever said it was a “ridiculous statement.”

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New Documents Show Extensive Collaboration Between IRS, DOJ to Criminally Prosecute Conservative Groups

Townhall – Last year emails revealed former IRS official Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice Criminal Division about criminally prosecuting conservative tea party groups for pursuing political activity (opposed to President Obama’s agenda) by “posing” as non-profit organizations.

Now, new documents obtained by government watchdog Judicial Watch through two different Freedom of Information Act lawsuits show extensive collaboration between the IRS and DOJ (and subsequently the FBI) to go after conservative groups with criminal charges. The IRS likely violated federal law by illegally sharing 1.25 million pages of taxpayer information with DOJ, which were contained on nearly two dozen FBI backup tapes. Further, information shows DOJ wanted IRS officials who were scheduled to testify in front of Congress about the targeting scandal to turn over planned remarks to them first before delivering on Capitol Hill. From JW:

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THE HILL’S OVERNIGHT REGULATION: US poultry industry devastated by bird flu outbreak July 7, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The United States has faced its largest animal health emergency in the country’s history, an Agriculture Department administrator said Tuesday.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), otherwise known as bird flu, is wreaking havoc on the U.S. poultry industry, John Clifford, deputy administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said during a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee.

The outbreak, which started in December 2014, has affected more than 48 million birds in 15 states with the highest tolls taken on turkeys and egg-laying chickens in Minnesota and Iowa.

“All told USDA has committed over $500 million, an amount more than half of APHIS’ yearly discretionary budget, in addressing this outbreak,” Clifford said. “We can and will request additional funds should we need to.”

Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said it’s important to point out that this outbreak of bird flu poses no food safety risk or public health risks.

“The virus itself does not cause any particular concern at this time for the Centers for Disease Control and Health and Human Services,” Clifford said. “We monitor this very closely with them.”

As a result of the outbreak, he said USDA eradicated 7.5 million turkeys and 42 million chickens and young hens, representing approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual turkey production and approximately 10 percent of the egg-laying chicken population.

“As a sign of the difficulties producers are facing, this year is the first year in more than a decade that the United States will import eggs from European markets to help make up the shortage from the millions of birds lost to the outbreak,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said.

Clifford said the U.S. needs to find a better way to control the disease and save the animal protein by developing new strains of vaccines.

Both Clifford and Dr. David Swayne, laboratory director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory of USDA’s Agriculture Research Services, said personnel and funding cuts have impacted their ability to respond to the outbreak.

“The question is how much do you want to pay for,” Clifford said when Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) asked how much funding the department needs. “You pay for what you get.”

Clifford said his appropriated budget for veterinary services under APHIS is around $250 million for 1,800 people. The department, however, he said has been approved to hire 460 temporary workers, of which 300 will be health technicians and veterinarians responding directly to the outbreak throughout the U.S.

Casey asked Swayne if it’s possible to eradicate the current outbreak without the use of a vaccine.

“We have not had an outbreak flock in about three weeks,” he said. “Which, at this point, suggests we are at that point of eradication of the current outbreak virus that began in December.”

But he said the next question is whether the flu will come back with migratory birds in the fall, which would probably start in late August in Minnesota.

“That will be the big question,” he said. “Will we be prepared for a potential onslaught of another wave of outbreaks?” … Read more…

Checking E-Verify: The Costs and Consequences of a National Worker Screening Mandate

everifyCATO – Many policymakers believe that an essential part of immigration reform is nationally mandating the use of E-Verify, the electronic employment eligibility verification system intended to prevent unlawful immigrants from working in the United States. A mandate requiring all employers to screen their new hires through federal government databases will likely be included in immigration reform measures contemplated by the 114th Congress. It is the latest in a decades-long effort to make “interior enforcement” of immigration law workable.

E-Verify is an intrusive labor-market regulation that places the onus of immigration law enforcement on American employers. E-Verify is expensive, and it has a startling degree of inaccuracy. It could exclude hundreds of thousands of Americans from employment—at least in the short run. E-Verify is also ineffective at preventing unauthorized immigrants from working in the United States, as the experience of Arizona with its E-Verify mandate shows. E-Verify does not lower wages for unauthorized immigrants enough to suppress unlawful immigration because the wage gap between the United States and other countries is too great. A national E-Verify mandate would not turn off the jobs magnet, but it would spur more unlawful immigrants to engage in identity theft and work under the table.

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Appeals Court: Cyberbullying Law Not Unconstitutional

cyberbullingCarolina Journal – In 2009, the General Assembly passed a law prohibiting cyberbullying — the use of the Internet or social media networks for deliberate harassment — of minors. Does the law violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech?

In a June decision in a case from Alamance County, the state’s second highest court decided that the cyberbullying law passes First Amendment muster because it attempts to prohibit the intent to “torment” a minor by making specific claims of a personal or sexual nature over online networks.

During the 2011-12 school year, Dillion Price was a sophomore at Southern Alamance High School. Not long after the school year began, several of Price’s classmates began posting derogatory pictures and comments on his Facebook page. Price’s mother eventually discovered the posts and contacted local law enforcement.

Robert Bishop was arrested in February 2012 and charged with one count of cyberbullying for online comments he made about Price, including those stating: “Anyone who would be so defensive over Dillion can’t be too intelligent;” “I never got to slap him down before Christmas Break,” followed by a “sad face” icon; and “I heard that his anus was permanently stressed from having awkwardly shaped penises in it.”

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The Next Phase in the Destruction of Free Speech Has Begun

1stUTT (Understanding the Threat – Sunday’s Washington Post published an article entitled “When Is Freedom of Speech Irresponsible” in which writer David Cole omitted many facts, lied, and used Muslim Brotherhood talking points in an attempt to silence the very people and organizations whose facts and evidence detailing the jihadi threat to the United States and the West are unassailable.

UTT (Understanding the Threat) and its founder John Guandolo along with Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, and Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism were specifically targeted in this article.

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Cole’s article references a new book by David K. Shipler, which is a blueprint of  the coming assault on those who stand on truth  to explain the growing jihadi network in America.   Mr.Shipler was allowed to attend a UTT training program last year to help him understand the threat, yet his work leaves out so many facts that it is clear his intention was and is to deceive and manipulate readers to dismiss the imminent threat to our security from the Islamic Movement.

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Same sex marriage is now “the law of the land”? NOT SO!

publius-200x200Publius Huldah – 1. The supremacy clause of the federal Constitution (Art. VI, clause 2) says that only the Constitution, laws made pursuant to the Constitution, and Treaties made under the authority of the United States are the supreme law of the land. Supreme Court “opinions” are NOT part of that supreme law.

2. Supreme court opinions are not “law” — they are OPINIONS on the cases [rightly or wrongly] before the Court. The ONLY ONLY ONLY federal law in this land is: The Constitution, Laws made by Congress which are permitted by the Constitution, and Treaties made by the President and the Senate which are permitted by the Constitution.

Supreme Court opinions are NOT LAW.

3. But the statists have managed to convince most Americans that the Supreme Court is THE highest law making body in the entire Country. If people would only read our federal Constitution and use their heads, they would have seen through this absurd claim 100 years ago.

*Publius Huldah –  Lawyer, philosopher & logician.  Strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution.

OVERNIGHT REGULATION: HHS taking steps to aid migrant children July 6, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Obama administration is taking steps to better protect the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who cross the border each year.

In response to the influx of Central American children immigrating to the U.S. over the last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it has increased the number of doctors available to treat these unaccompanied minors and is on the lookout to protect them from child predators and other dangerous situations once they arrive.

These developments come in advance of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday to examine the federal government’s response to the influx of children immigrants.

At the hearing, officials from HHS, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security will testify about the federal government’s response to what’s being called a “humanitarian crisis.”

Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary of HHS, will talk about the steps his agency has taken to improve the safety of these children who enter the country on their own.

“The safety and well-being of every child in our care is a priority,” HHS noted in a fact sheet about the unaccompanied minors. “We generally release the child to a parent if possible, but if it’s not, to a relative, family friend, or other responsible adult.”

In many cases, after immigration officials detain these unaccompanied minors, they are eventually released to U.S. families who care for them during their deportation proceedings.

HHS is responsible for screening these families to make sure they will provide a safe environment for the children. In 2014, the agency released 53,518 unaccompanied minors to these families.

Since then, HHS has expanded a hotline that these unaccompanied minors can call to report problems with the families that host them.

HHS is now also requiring these families to go through not just a criminal background check, but also a check for child abuse and neglect. HHS has also increased the medical staff and lawyers available to work with these children.

“Since the influx of more than 57,000 unaccompanied children on the southwest border last year, HHS has taken several concrete steps to protect the health and wellbeing of the children in our temporary care and improve our response programs overall,” a department spokesperson told The Hill.

“We’ve expanded a hotline so children and sponsors can alert us if they don’t feel comfortable with their sponsorship arrangement; we’re expanding legal services to help expedite court proceedings; and we’ve broadened the type of registry review we conduct before placing a child with a sponsor.” … Read more…

Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy By Rupert Darwall

windmillsRuthfullyyours.com/WSJ – Bill Gates recently noted that the cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is ‘beyond astronomical.’

The EPA ran afoul of the law by failing to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before it acted to reduce mercury emissions from coal-power plants. There is no objective cost-benefit analysis that could justify the president’s target for renewable energy.

Recently Bill Gates explained in an interview with the Financial Times why current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar output depends on the weather. The cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is “beyond astronomical,” Mr. Gates concluded.

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Will Taking Down Confederate Flags Promote Social Peace? Of Course Not

Mike ScruggsBy Mike Scruggs – Will taking down Confederate flags promote social peace or racial healing? How long would a peace based on suppression of a people’s cherished heritage last? How long would a peace built upon suppressing the memory, valor, and virtue of the revered forebears of a great number of the Southern people last? What could possibly be a surer cause of immense strife, bitterness, and economic and political turmoil? Does anyone outside of a madhouse believe that peace and prosperity can be achieved by discarding the heritage of a numerous people to gain the political favor of another? It is more likely to shatter all hope of peace. Can a society set itself against tolerance and mutual respect and have peace? No fair-minded person can accept such corrupt reasoning.

Suppressing the chief symbol of Southern Heritage or “confining it to private property,” as South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley has now suggested—in complete contradiction to her campaign statements a year ago—is quite obviously an act of disfavor. Taking away the honor previously given to Confederate veterans and Confederate dead is an obvious act of dishonor.
The unholy bargain here is to insult one constituency to gain the political favor of another.

Removing Confederate symbols and flags does not exactly meet the Four Way Rotary Test. It is not based on the truth. It is based on many years of slanderous propaganda, agitation, and racial political pandering. Is it fair to all concerned? No, and nobody with any sense of fairness is going to believe it is fair to all. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Do misrepresenting, slandering, and degrading the Confederate cause, Confederate soldiers, and their descendents create goodwill and solid friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? It would probably be beneficial to the Democrat Party, and agitation against every remnant of Southern Heritage would advance to new levels.

I find it remarkable how many political, media, business, and religious leaders respond to tragedy or bullying by powerful special interest agitators with unfounded and hysterical condemnations of long-honored traditions and institutions. Moreover, I find it disturbing that such condemnations and proclamations are increasingly made without a lick of serious homework on the issues involved. In this hysterical state, truth and logical reasoning seem always to be trumped by shaky emotional perceptions. Emotional anecdotes dominate all communications, and facts and statistics are ignored. Little thought is given to logical primary or secondary consequences or the possibility of serious insult and injustices resulting from hurried emotional decisions.

Political Correctness always reminds me of the hysteria surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, where innocent people were executed on the basis of visions or dreams of their accusers. Many were condemned to death because an accuser had testified to seeing the “specter’ of the accused doing harm or witchcraft. Hysterical young girls pointed a finger at whoever they claimed was a witch, and it was taken as credible evidence. Many of the accused were tortured until they confessed to witchcraft. For much of 1692, lies ruled in Salem. Historical perspective later showed that many of the 19 alleged witches hanged and one tortured to death in Salem were not only innocent but among the most godly in the community. A substantial number of the accusers had unsavory reputations or were suffering acute mental illness. Other analysis indicates that envy and long-standing grudges in Salem society played an important role in this tragic miscarriage of justice. What has Salem in 1692 got to do with Washington or Columbia? Politically correct lies and moral cowardice seldom result in just government and often result in totalitarian government.

In our modern culture, the lies usually come as politically correct falsehoods that must be embraced as “truth” to avoid social condemnation and its likely economic penalties. Those who strive hard to meet the truth-conflicting standards of political correctness are especially prone to hysterical condemnation of the innocent. The scapegoat is condemned to avoid offending the sacred cow, which is often an important but false historical narrative. “Civil War” history has always suffered from a high dose of Union propaganda about the causes of the war, but the current dominance of cultural Marxism (political correctness) in American history and especially the “Civil War” has served to hinder even discussion of many important and easily substantiated truths that strongly contradict the politically correct narrative.

The Reverend James Power Smith, the last surviving member of Stonewall Jackson’s staff had this to say in 1907:

“No cowardice on any battlefield could be as base and shameful as the silent acquiescence in the scheme which was teaching the children in their homes and schools that the commercial value of slavery was the cause of the war, that prisoners of war held in the South were starved and treated with barbarous inhumanity, that Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were traitors to their country and false to their oaths, that the young men who left everything to resist invasion, and climbed the slopes of Gettysburg and died willingly on a hundred fields were rebels against a righteous government.”

In response to Governor Haley’s exhortation that the Confederate flag “does not represent the future” of South Carolina, I would caution her with these quotes from the Annual Commencement address delivered on June 15, 1882, at Hampden Sidney College in Virginia, entitled, “The New South,” by Reverend Robert L. Dabney, one of the most prominent theologians, scholars, and social and political commentators of his era, who had served as a Confederate Chaplain and as Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff during the war:

“It behooves the New South, in dismissing the animosities of the past, to see to it that they retain all that was true in its principles or ennobling in its example. There are those pretending to belong to this company who exclaim: ‘Let us bury the dead past. Its issues are all antiquated, and of no more practical significance. Let us forget the passions of the past. We are in a new world. Its new questions alone concern us.’ I rejoin: Be sure that the former issues are dead before you really bury them! There are issues that cannot die without the death of the people, of their honor, their civilization and their greatness. Take care that you do not bury too much, while burying the dead past: that you do not bury the inspiring memories of great patriots, whose actions, whether successful or not, are the eternal glory of your race and section; the influence of their virtues, the guiding precedents of their histories. Will you bury the names and memories of a Jackson and Lee, and their noble army of martyrs? Will you bury true history whose years are those of the God of Truth?”

“There is one point on which you insist too little, which is vital to the young citizens of the South. This is, that he shall not allow the dominant party to teach him a perverted history of the past contests. This is a mistake of which you are in imminent peril. With all the astute activity of their race, our conquerors strain every nerve to pre-occupy the ears of all America with the false version of affairs, which suits the purposes of their usurpation. With a gigantic sweep of mendacity, this literature aims to falsify or misrepresent everything; the very facts of history, the principles of the former Constitution as admitted in the days of freedom by all statesmen of all parties; the very essential names of rights and virtues and vices. The whole sway of their commercial and political ascendancy is exerted to fill the South with this false literature. Its sheets come up, like the frogs of Egypt, into our houses, our bed chambers, our very kneading troughs. Now, against this deluge of perversions I solemnly warn young men of the South, not for our sakes, but for their own. Even if the memory of the defeated had no rights; if historical truth had no prerogatives; if it were the same to you that the sires whose blood fills your veins, and whose names you bear, be written down as traitors by the pen of slanderous history, still it is essential to your own future that you shall learn the history of the past truly.”

Divided Court Demotes Second Amendment to Second Class Status, Upholds Postal Property Ban

nutty smile faceNRA-ILA – On June 26, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that had held the U.S. Postal Service could not completely ban the possession of firearms in its parking lots. The case concerns Tad Bonidy, a Colorado man who lives in a rural area, does not get mail delivery at his residence, and must retrieve his mail from a box in a post office lobby that is open to the public at all times and has no security for visitors. A concealed carry license holder, Bonidy argued that he has a Second Amendment right to carry his firearm for self-protection when retrieving his mail, despite a Postal Service regulation broadly banning firearms from all postal property.

The lower court agreed with Bonidy to the extent that he possessed the firearm in his vehicle while in the postal parking lot but also held the regulation could be enforced against Bonidy inside the post office itself, including the lobby. The Tenth Circuit, however, ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to “government buildings” and that this term includes the post office parking lot at issue in the case.

Judicial defiance of the Second Amendment is certainly nothing new. Nevertheless, the majority opinion managed to distinguish itself for the lengths to which it was willing to go, not just to disregard the Second Amendment, but to narrow it as much as possible for future cases.

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The fake and real reasons Obamacare premiums are increasing 40% or more

at-painterThe American Thinker – Health insurance companies are requesting rate increases of 40% or more. I’m old enough to remember when businesses didn’t have to request the government’s permission to increase prices. They just raised prices as they wished, without getting the approval of a political commissar or a five-year planning board! However, in those days, we had more of a free market, so if a company raised prices too high, its sales went down as customers went to lower-priced competitors. There actually was a natural check on higher prices that didn’t involve government intervention. The free market setting prices – that sounds so weird and old-fashioned now, doesn’t it?

But anyway, insurers are requesting increases of up to 40% or more.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

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Time for the States to Declare Independence From the Federal Government

breitbart“Take this Supreme Court decision and shove it.”

A new Rasmussen Poll indicates that a growing number of Americans want state governments to tell the Supreme Court to get out of the business of rewriting laws and telling American citizens how to live their lives.

In a new poll, Rasmussen reported the percentage of Americans who want states to tell the Supreme Court it does not have the power to rewrite the Affordable Care Act or force sovereign states to authorize gay marriages has increased from 24 percent to 33 percent after last week’s Constitution-defying decisions by the court.

A closer look at the poll results indicates that popular sentiment for state defiance of the federal government extends beyond just the Supreme Court’s latest decisions.

“Only 20% [of likely voters] now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty,” the Rasmussen Poll finds. “Sixty percent (60 %) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead,” it adds.

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EXCLUSIVE: For America’s Brent Bozell: Congress an ‘Unholy Mess,’ Most Republicans are Really Democrats

breitbartEvery conservative who cares about the unholy mess known as Congress should visit conservativereview.com (CR) and examine the “Liberty Score.” Every liberal who wonders how conservatives view their elected leaders should examine it as well.

The “Liberty Score” is refreshingly (and painfully) honest, as opposed to other scorecards that have been known to be compromised. It separates the wheat from the chaff and the frauds from the champions. It tells you who the real conservative heroes are, who comes close, and who doesn’t deserve to be in the same sentence with that word.

It also blows the whistle on the charlatans who campaign for re-election as red-hot conservatives, having deceived their constituency by covering up a voting record that is anything but; after being rewarded with another term, they cynically proceed to betray voters yet again by returning to their liberal ways.

The voting analysis here is no meatball surgery. You cannot be more comprehensive than when you analyze 6,382 votes, selecting the top 50 for incumbents over a six-year period.

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Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops
among us;

For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in our attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity; and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

WE, THEREFORE, the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

[Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]

New Hampshire
JOSIAH BARTLETT,
WM. WHIPPLE,
MATTHEW THORNTON.

Massachusetts Bay
SAML. ADAMS,
JOHN ADAMS,
ROBT. TREAT PAINE,
ELBRIDGE GERRY

Rhode Island
STEP. HOPKINS,
WILLIAM ELLERY.

Connecticut
ROGER SHERMAN,
SAM’EL HUNTINGTON,
WM. WILLIAMS,
OLIVER WOLCOTT.

New York
WM. FLOYD,
PHIL. LIVINGSTON,
FRANS. LEWIS,
LEWIS MORRIS.

New Jersey
RICHD. STOCKTON,
JNO. WITHERSPOON,
FRAS. HOPKINSON,
JOHN HART,
ABRA. CLARK.

Pennsylvania
ROBT. MORRIS
BENJAMIN RUSH,
BENJA. FRANKLIN,
JOHN MORTON,
GEO. CLYMER,
JAS. SMITH,
GEO. TAYLOR,
JAMES WILSON,
GEO. ROSS.

Delaware
CAESAR RODNEY,
GEO. READ,
THO. M’KEAN.

Maryland
SAMUEL CHASE,
WM. PACA,
THOS. STONE,
CHARLES CARROLL
of Carrollton.

Virginia
GEORGE WYTHE,
RICHARD HENRY LEE,
TH. JEFFERSON,
BENJA. HARRISON,
THS. NELSON, JR.,
FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE,
CARTER BRAXTON.

North Carolina
WM. HOOPER,
JOSEPH HEWES,
JOHN PENN.

South Carolina
EDWARD RUTLEDGE,
THOS. HAYWARD, JUNR.,
THOMAS LYNCH, JUNR.,
ARTHUR MIDDLETON.

Georgia
BUTTON GWINNETT,
LYMAN HALL,
GEO. WALTON.

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F-35 fighter makers leap to its defence after it loses dogfight to 1970s jet

F35andf16_3361547a_3362952bTelegraph.co.uk – An extraordinary defence of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been issued by the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, the lead company building the jet.

The response came after influential military blog “War is Boring” published a story claiming the new “5th generation” jet – which Britain is buying a fleet of – was unable to beat a 1970s design F-16 “4th generation” fighter in a mock dogfight.

The blog said it had seen a report from the F-35 test pilot on the exercise, explaining how his jet was too sluggish to get the older jet in his sights, and unable to manoeuvre out of the way when the F-16 targeted him.

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Riverfront stakeholders brace for ‘progress’

AVL-HVL_Web_logo_2012Kickoff session deflects questions; PR campaign paves way for ‘charette’

By Roger McCredie- At its much heralded “kickoff session” earlier this month, the Texas consulting firm that’s charging the city $100,000 for a riverfront building code plan put its best foot forward.

Then it wouldn’t answer questions about where it was putting its feet, and why.

Instead, Code Studios of Austin tracked about 60 members of the public, including French Broad riverfront property owners and representatives of the River Arts District (RAD) community through a presentation that outlined ways a “form based” zoning code, applied to riverfront development, “can be used to enhance communities challenged by change and growth.”

The 66-page presentation recited Code Studios’ 30 years of experience in implementing form-based code projects in cities such as Chattanooga, Knoxville, Raleigh, Los Angeles and even Asheville, where the firm devised a form-based code that was approved by the city and is now in effect along Haywood Road. It described how FBC “shapes the public realm” by mandating sidewalks and bike paths, fixing building heights and setback, regulating parking areas and introducing other features designed to provide “clear, predictable results” in transforming previously sketchy neighborhoods into “a unified whole.”

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Tea Party Patriot’s Jenny Beth Martin’s Speech at the Western Conservative Summit

20150627-XT1A6049Who here wants elected officials to vote based on principles and convictions, regardless of the consequences? Regardless of whether they will lose their chairmanships, committee appointments, and other perks of office? Who here is proud of Congressman Ken Buck for standing and voting on principle since he took office in DC in January?

I’m proud of Ken Buck and the others who stood on principle and faced consequences in the last 2 weeks like Mark Meadows, Trent Franks, Cynthia Lummis, and Steve Pearce. Thanks to you for making calls this week, the Republican “Leadership” reinstated Congressman Mark Meadows’ subcommittee chairmanship and the Freshman class did not revolt and remove Ken Buck from his position as Class President.

It is a pleasure to be with you, who elected such a principled fighter as Ken Buck. Thank you for electing Ken Buck to represent Colorado’s Fourth District. And, thank you for having me speak here this evening. Thank you John for having me back and for organizing another fantastic Summit. Thank you Mary for the kind introduction. You are the future of our movement.

Knowing many in Congress were depending on the Court to save us from ourselves rather than leading the way to the future we envision, it is clear we need more elected officials like Congressmen Ken Buck and Mark Meadows, who are willing to stand up for Constitutional principles and lead our country.

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Local Map Act Reform Sweeps Through House

NCDOTCarolina Journal – Broader Map Act changes stuck in Senate committee. A Senate bill that would relieve a southeastern North Carolina planning organization from financial consequences resulting from the use of the controversial Map Act passed the House on Wednesday and will return to the Senate.

Senate Bill 654, the planning organization bill, passed the House by a 110-1 vote. Since a different version cleared the Senate by a 48-0 margin, the bill will return to that body for concurrence. If the Senate does not accept changes made in the House, a conference committee will work out the differences.

S.B. 654 requires the N.C. Department of Transportation to assume the legal and financial liabilities resulting from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s filing of corridor maps under the state’s Map Act. The planning organization and its members would not be liable for legal claims.

Following the enactment of a 2006 law, the Wilmington MPO filed a map under the Map Act for the U.S. 17 bypass project in Hampstead.

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Judge Orders Government to Return $167,000 Seized From Motorhome Driver Visiting His Girlfriend

Civil-Asset-ForefeitureThe Daily Signal – A federal judge in Nevada has ordered the government to return $167,000 that was seized from a man driving his motorhome on a highway two years ago. The man, Straughn Gorman, was traveling to visit his girlfriend. He was never charged with a crime.

The seizure originally occurred in January 2013, when Gorman was driving his motorhome from Delaware to visit his girlfriend in Sacramento, Calif.

Police stopped Gorman not once, but twice, within 50 minutes while he drove west on Interstate 80, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

In the first traffic stop, which occurred near Elko, Nev., a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper stopped the man for driving too slowly in the passing lane. Gorman refused to let the trooper search his vehicle, and the Nevada Highway Patrol officer allowed him to continue on without issuing any citations.

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Senate to vote on protest petition repeal

nc-general-assembly-buildingWRAL – The state Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to repeal the protest petition, a tool used by citizens to contest rezoning.

Under state zoning law dating from the 1920s, when a property in a city is proposed to be rezoned for development, as few as 5 percent of neighboring property owners can sign a protest petition against it. That petition stops the process from moving forward unless 75 percent of the city council votes to allow it to proceed.

House Bill 201, approved by the House in March, would repeal the current protest petition process and replace it with a different process for citizens to submit written input to their city council. Only a simple majority would be needed to override the protest.

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