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22 votes

College Student Detained by TSA for Arabic Flashcards Wins Settlement

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
By Nick George, via the ACLU | January 23, 2015

Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not.

Travelling by plane can be a long and grueling process under the best of circumstances. This makes it a good time for monotonous tasks, like trying to iron out some vocab for a language you're learning at college.

In August 2009, I was planning to fly through the Philadelphia airport to start my senior year at Pomona College in California. I was carrying a set of English-Arabic flashcards that I had put together for one of my classes, as well as a book critical of U.S. foreign policy (written by a former secretary of commerce under President Reagan– not exactly a radical treatise). It should go without saying that this is perfectly innocuous, First Amendment-protected activity.

Turns out, it doesn't.

At the metal detector at airport security, Transportation Security Administration agents asked me to empty my pockets. I took the set of flashcards from my pocket and handed them to the officers. After I cleared the metal detector, they asked me to step aside for additional screening. One of them started rifling through the cards, and another took the book out of my carry-on. The minutes ticked by, and I got more confused about why I was being detained and more concerned that I would miss my flight. One of them called a supervisor.

28 votes

Mayor Calls 911 To Report A Robbery, Police Show Up, Beat and Arrest Her

Kinloch, Missouri – Theda Wilson, the former mayor of a Missouri town says that she was assaulted by police after she called 911 to report a burglary in her apartment complex.

“In the back of my apartment I called 9-1-1 thinking they were going to help,” Wilson said.

Unfortunately, “help” is rarely what actually arrives when the police are called, as Wilson soon found out.

As the police arrived, Wilson approached them and let them know that a suspicious person was seen going in and out of a nearby building. That is when police told her that she was under arrest, and instead of explaining anything they moved to physically apprehend her.

32 votes

"I'm just here so I won't get fined."

The NFL threatened to fine Marshawn Lynch $500,000 if he didn't show up to the Superbowl media day so he did, but he really doesn't like talking to the media. So he answered every question the same way.

"I'm just here so I won't get fined."

This is basically the same reason millions of Americans have health insurance. So they don't get fined. But insurance hardly pays for anything. Hundreds in premiums, and still a $50 copay to see the doctor. And those mofos will still bankrupt you on a serious illness, even if you have "insurance."

41 votes

Chuck Baldwin: My Thoughts On The Movie "American Sniper."

My Thoughts On The Movie "American Sniper." - Via Facebook

As with millions of other Americans, I went to see the hugely popular Clint Eastwood-directed movie, "American Sniper." Here are some of my thoughts:

No one, at least not me, doubts the patriotism, courage, and sacrifice of our nation's military personnel--especially our combat forces. I certainly do not share Michael Moore's opinion that Chris Kyle (and our snipers in general) was a coward. Snipers have been effective in helping to wage America's wars since our War for Independence. In lawful combat, snipers are as needful as any other specialized fighting man.

My issue is not with Chris Kyle, or with any other American fighting man. My issue is with the justness of the war Chris Kyle was ordered to fight. Yes, I realize that we have an all-volunteer army; but let's be honest enough to admit that the vast majority of our young people joining the U.S. military sincerely believe that they are doing their patriotic duty by volunteering to conduct war against America's "enemies." They learn nothing else from family, school, movies and television, and church. The singular message they hear is that everything the U.S. military does is right and righteous and that every military engagement we fight is just and justified. I'm sure Chris Kyle was no different.

However, at the risk of sounding unpatriotic, after watching the real-life military exploits of Chris Kyle on the Big Screen, I left the theater extremely angry.

21 votes

VIDEO: Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Legislation To Protect Fifth Amendment

VIDEO: Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Legislation To Protect Fifth Amendment

Reintroduce the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act (FAIR Act)


38 votes

Ron Paul: The Fed is Destroying the US - Beware the Two Percent!

This video was just released by The Ron Paul Institute today (1/28/15). Ron Paul's history lesson on the Federal Reserve, including the Fed's absurd mandate to ensure a two percent inflation rate. The Fed is the primary driver of the warfare/welfare state that is destroying the US.

Source: Market Sanity

17 votes

8 Things Happy People Do But Rarely Talk About

Most of us like to think we are fairly happy people, but deep down we might not necessarily believe it or feel happy. When you look around and see people you grew up with making the most out of life while you keep going to a job you don’t like, repeating the same routine day in and day out, it is easy to feel less than grateful for the life you have. So what are the secrets of all those happy people? What are they doing to get the most out of life while the rest of us watch it pass by? -

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19 votes

Rand Paul reintroduces Audit the Fed bill

By Michael Flaherty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday re-introduced a bill that would expose the Federal Reserve's monetary policy discussions and decisions to a congressional audit.

The Kentucky senator's move to re-introduce the bill, along with 30 co-sponsors, comes as Republican lawmakers and some Democrats increase their efforts to rein in the U.S. central bank and make it more transparent.

21 votes

VIDEO: Sen. Paul Appears on The Fox Business Channel W / Lisa Kennedy - 1/27/15

VIDEO: Sen. Paul Appears on The Fox Business Channel W / Lisa Kennedy - 1/27/15


12 votes

Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

by Katy Steinmetz, TIME Magazine

A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

16 votes

Why isn't Liberty as popular as the NFL?

Listen, like I said - I'm back Seattle and the Superbowl is a big deal. All these people dressed up in Seahawks blue and green. It is an exciting combination to look at. The 12 flags are everywhere, including one stuck to the side of the Columbia Tower, the tallest building in Seattle, and the huge one flying from the top of the Space Needle.

People are flying them from their cars, they go driving down the street, their 12 flags flapping in the wind.

8 votes


I have chosen to not become involved in argumentatively pointless issues. I believe enough has been said about our dictatorial administrators and complicit representatives that wasting another word on them is not only deprecatory to revolutionary ideas but also insulting. What I want to discuss and argue for is the fundamentality of Individualism as I see it. What is an individual? An individual is quite plainly but adequately a single human being as distinguished from a group. Now I’m not going to argue that a single human being is an individual without expounding on what individualism encompasses. What I will argue for in this thread is that individualism is fundamental to liberty and that individualism is more so about the personal human experience.

What is individualism? Definition-wise Individualism is the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant as well as the social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control. While I agree with these definitions I find fault in that there is no mention of the personal human experience as being fundamental to it. Freedom of action for individuals seems merely another way of stating an unencumbered liberty, yet does not explain what such an unencumbered liberty is to the individual human being (and maybe it was meant not to).

The theory that we are all created equal is incorrect even at a subatomic level. Yes, we are all composed of atoms, gases, liquids, tissues, bones and organs, but we are all different in our genetics, rather our coding. This is an important factor to consider for those proclaiming equality of being, for it does not necessarily imply inferiority or superiority, rather that our genetic makeup is individually unique and something to be recognized as fundamental to us as individuals. Each and every one of us has lived to this point in our lives as the keeper of memories and experiences solely our own. No other human being can experience something or some event exactly as you or I do. No other human being can remember any given memory from your childhood or otherwise as do you, let alone at all, for it was never in their capacity to experience what only you can experience directly, emotively and at a genetically-based level.

9 votes

Ben Swann and Marc Clair Discuss the Root of Police Militarization on the Lions of Liberty Podcast

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in award winning independent journalist, the host and producer of the Truth in Media Project, Ben Swann! Ben fills us in on what’s been happening in the past year with and the Truth in Media Project, why he decided to focus on the issue of police militarization, and how events in Ferguson, MO caused him to rework the project. Ben and I then go on to discuss exactly what “police militarization” is, the detrimental effects the trend is having on individual liberty, and just what is at the root of it all. Be sure to stay tuned for mywrap-up rant, as I get just a little fired up in the Lions of Liberty Studios.

22 votes

28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings

Street art is usually meant to disrupt its environment and to capture our attention, but the artists on this list practice a special technique that makes their artist even more eye-catching and playful – they tailor their art to its surroundings so that their (usually) 2D paintings seem to interact with their 3D surroundings.

Some of my favorites: