Federal Nonsense

The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms

First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?

As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren't menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn't supine enough.

U.S. Sanctions Hit Online Education Hard

 

If you live in Cuba, Iran or Sudan, and are using the increasingly popular online education tool Coursera, you are likely encounter some access difficulties from this week onwards. Coursera has been included in the US export sanctions regime.

TSA To Take $100 Bribes

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303863404577281483630937016.html

Okay, so the TSA has announced a new pogrom, uh, program rather, which will allow the filthy rich to bypass the ultra-invasive security screening tactics currently employed. The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out expedited screening at big airports called "Precheck." It has special lanes for background-checked travelers, who can keep their shoes, belt and jacket on, leave laptops and liquids in carry-on bags and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body scan.

[quote=The Wall Street Journal]

U.S. v. Bernard von NautHaus

I was able to co-host on Gards show last night, 2012-01-29.  I said that I would post my letter to Mr. von NautHaus' judge regarding his sentencing for "counterfeiting," so here it is.

The Honorable Richard L. Voorhees

U.S. District Judge

United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

250 Charles R. Jonas Federal Bldg.

401 West Trade Street

Charlotte NC 28202

January 18, 2012

Your Honor:

The Ventura Case

Ventura is an interesting character. I like his candour!

The Amazing Atheist's Take on Ron Paul

The Amazing Atheist is something of a YouTube personality & he really doesn’t like Ron Paul. Paul.

Here was his response to Ron Paul announcing he was running for president
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAmazingAtheist#p/search/0/j6Ki7_huT4M

Recently he posted a video entitled ‘CULT of Ron Paul’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYaujnR_8NE

Yes this guy is very abrasive, but so am I in maximum rant mode.

Thing is this guy brings up many of the same concerns I have about Ron Paul & that many libertarians (& progressives) seem to forget or attempt to justify in their support of Ron

Liberty Dollar Founder Convicted in U.S. Federal Court

FBI Convicts Bernard Von NotHaus for Minting and Selling Silver Coins

from The New American:

Written by Thomas R. Eddlem    
Monday, 21 March 2011 11:53 

The FBI won a three-count conviction against precious-metals dealer Bernard von NotHaus on March 18 for the "crime" of minting memento "dollars" in silver, and the FBI charged in a press release that making silver coins is "domestic terrorism." Jurors came to the unanimous verdict after only two hours of deliberation.

Some info on all Guantanamo Detainees

http://wikileaks.ch/gitmo/index.html

In a podcast Mr. Goldsmith produced and posted not too long ago, he was talking a lot about the legal limbo that Guantanamo Bay Prisoners find themselves in.  The above link is to a wikileaks mirror, where you can check out what they say they have on all the individuals in said prison.  This is disturbing on it's face.  I may (or may not) investigate further into this matter.

"weiner" has never been more dead on.

I should know better than to watch the news as it always gets me upset.

The Stasi Come to Wal-Mart

I wonder what future historians will think of the collective insanity that has engulfed America.  Will they wonder how an advanced society succumbed to irrational fear mongering?  I'm not a big fan of John Adams, but he hit it on the head when he said that fear is the foundation of most governments.

Wal-Mart public service announcement.

A civilian national security force as well funded as the military?

Quote President Obama:

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we have set. We've got to have a civilian national security force: just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."

Now this is already confusing as Obama's Attorney General likes to take people's guns away from them to simply protect their homes and families, but he claims to want a civilian national security force as well run as our military. At minimum, can we even afford that?

My guess would be no, but here is what Judge Napolitano had to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGW136RLhSM&feature=related

 

 

 

Wow. First no guns, now no pot. This guy Holder is a buzzkill.

I've never smoked maraijuana and don't plan to. Still, I will never understand what it is that people like Eric Holder plan to accomplish by controlling peoples lives. So, some people like to stay home, smoke weed and get high....so what? The sun will still come up tomorrow and I don't see why what people do in their home is any of his business.

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20016126-503544.html

Border Patrol Steps Up Checkpoints Along Hurricane Evacuation Route

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/san-100830-evacuations-uncertainty.html

 

Fleeing the hurricane?  Be sure to pack your papers first.  Only legal US residents will be allowed to run for their lives.

On Taxes and Deficits

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Judge: Corps’ failure led to Katrina flooding

I just ranted on the liberty hotline about this article. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34028940/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts  I am so tired of so called "hard working Americans" looking for a free ride.  THERE IS NO FREE RIDE!!!  I understand the angst against the army corps of engineers' neglect of the New Orleans infrastructure, but the truth is that they could have funded repairs themselves as a community if they were that concerned about it.  The money for the repairs would come from the federal budget ie taxpayers, just like a settlement would.  The upkeep of the canal is ultimately the responsibility of those who will be affected by its failure.

Soda tax

One thing I never hear brought up in soda tax discussions is that many overweight and obese people drink DIET soda.

They only want to tax regular soda.

One speculation I have around this subject is that in recent decades more and more people drink diet soda as if it's some kind of magic weight loss drink allowing them to double up on the burgers and fries.

It dosen't really suprise me they are looking at a new "sin" tax on soda. They have pretty much bled the smokers dry and now they are moving on to something new.

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