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14 votes

No saggy pants for you, kid

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A central Florida city is banning low-riding pants, becoming the latest community in the country to outlaw a fashion choice that intentionally exposes underwear or buttocks.

Pull up your pants, offenders will be warned under the ordinance approved on Tuesday by the Ocala city council, or else face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

The ban on saggy pants was immediately effective on city property, including streets, sidewalks, parks, public pools and municipal buildings. Ocala joins several U.S. cities prohibiting or campaigning against what many defend as a fashion statement.

Councilwoman Mary Rich said the city is not trying to play fashion police but rather ensure public decency.

34 votes

Washington Post: The Criminalization of Everything, Parenthood Included.

This stuff is starting to make it out into the MSM press. That is a good sign.

By Radley Balko | July 14
Washington Post

A couple of themes we explore here at The Watch are the increasing criminalization of just about everything and the use of the criminal justice system to address problems that were once (and better) handled by families, friends, communities and other institutions. A few examples from recent headlines show those themes intersecting with parenthood.

8 votes

Japan Building Huge Drone Fleet

DEFENSE ONE: For decades Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.

The country has positioned itself as one of the unlikely players in the escalating global race for military drones, a move that’s controversial both at home and abroad. A veteran Japanese politician even warned that the country’s re-armament looked like “a kind of pre-war revival.” The United States has aided Tokyo in its efforts to re-arm, deploying two unarmed Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones in May to a base in Northern Japan, which infuriated both China and North Korea.

Japan is now in a position it hasn’t been in for nearly 70 years, when it gave up its right to engage in conflict outside its borders. The country is engaged in a bitter dispute with China over a set of islands that sit on resource-rich sea beds that each claims as its sovereign territory.

Japan is the third largest economy in the world, and the implications for both global peace and commerce could be widespread.

Japan is not so quietly building a huge drone fleet

16 votes

Do you remember Doug Wead said in a year after the 2012 election we would find out why Ron quit?

I dont have this video/audio anymore but maybe someone here can find it. After Ron forfeited the election we were all pretty let down, frustrated and kinda pissed. Doug Wead had an interview with some liberty radio show and he said the reasons why ron quit would be revealed in about a years time.

Does anyone remember this? It was right after the election. Did anyone hear from anyone about the reasons? I still want to know after all this time. If someone has the video or audio or doug saying this please post it. I have no idea where it ism

14 votes

Court Strikes Down Federal Obamacare Subsidies

"In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare."

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/court-strikes-down...

32 votes

Finally fair coverage of Israel vs Gaza by John Stewart

Jon Stewart is America's most influential political satirist. Here, he explains the Israeli monstrosity on Gaza in terms even a monkey can understand.


http://youtu.be/DrPyQFM9LNY

42 votes

Hilarious. N.Korea Furious About Chinese man's Kim Jong-un Dance Video

The fact Jong-Un is offended, and wants it removed makes it even more funny.
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/07/18/2014...

16 votes

When the U.S. Navy Shot Down a Civilian Airliner

By Dale Steinreich

Down the Memory Hole is Iran Air Flight 655, shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988. The Airbus A300 was flying in Iranian airspace and the Vincennes was sitting in Iranian waters. A total of 290 passengers (including 66 children) were killed.
Vincennes was known in the Navy as “Robo Cruiser,” a ship under the aggressive command of Captain Will Rogers III who, along with his crew, seemed to like to menace and shoot just about anything that moved.

22 votes

Israel using flechette shells in Gaza

The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.

Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.

12 votes

Is The Stock Market Near Collapse?

Is the Stock Market Ready to Collapse?

Podcast

13:56-18:26 discussion of the tenuous position of the stock market with sky high valuations and no underlying fundamentals to support them.

The stock market could do down on a moment’s notice and stay down because the companies are not doing that well and will do worse after a stock market crash, so a swift rebound may not happen even if the Fed attempts to reflate. The Fed appears to be trying to talk down the market a little perhaps to avoid a larger correction or crash.

25 votes

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 7/21/14: What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 7/21/14: What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Video:
http://youtu.be/8guKpjF9Z-Y

Written by Ron Paul
Sunday July 20, 2014