On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of young men dressed as American Indians dumped three boatloads of tea into Boston harbor. It was the most brazen act of a long campaign of political disobedience planned by the Sons of Liberty from the safety of the Green Dragon and Salutation taverns in the city’s North End. Today, you can still find the Green Dragon in the North End, a spiritual successor at the site of the original colonial tavern. But this Green Dragon is filled with throbbing music, making it a headache to plan and coordinate so much as a one-night stand (or so I’ve been told).
Should Gov Have Power as Judge & Executioner Over US Citizens?
Presidential Cancer Panel Demands More Children Receive HPV Vaccine -
A while ago I read "Resistance to Tyrants" by Gordon Runyan. He argues in part from Hosea 8 that we need not obey tyrants that God has not "known" or set up personally. In the end I think our practical applications may be somewhat similar but I disagree with his interpretation of scripture at several places.
Ten poetic allegations is a sermon wherein I address Runyan's interpretation and also deal with several idolatries that we Liberty lovers are particularly susceptible to.
Furthermore, if you are looking for biblical sermons by a fellow Liberty loving DPer:
The revelations about government surveillance practices—both in the U.S. and globally—over the past eight months have sparked a serious and overdue debate about the nature and scope of existing laws and programs. Today, many organizations and companies are participating in “The Day We Fight Back,” a series of events and awareness campaigns highlighting the urgent need for surveillance reform around the world.
by Bionic Mosquito
Just because I have already used the term “milquetoast”….
A faction of libertarians (very loosely applying the term) believes that there is hope in working within the system, that the intentions of many in power are good and that they only need to be influenced by better policy prescriptions. Here, for example, from FEE:
Legislation is on the verge of passing to remove Red light cameras located in Cocoa Beach, Fl. It looks like were making strides toward freedom one issue at a time. Let's keep chipping away at the issues and opening the minds of those that are in a trance.
[Cocoa Beach is getting out of the red-light camera business to improve its image as a tourist-friendly destination.
“I have concerns that red-light cameras don’t fit our brand and image in regards to welcoming visitors to our town,” Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom said at Thursday’s city commission meeting.]
The company TransMedics in Andover has developed an experimental device that keeps hearts and lungs alive while they're transported from the donor to the recipient.
It's essentially a "lung in a box," says transplant surgeon Abbas Ardehali in a video for the University of California, Los Angeles.
Known as the Organ Care System, the device circulates blood through the lungs and pumps oxygen through the lobes. So the lungs can breathe outside the body.
**Contains images of organs**
While not a huge leap, a step in the right direction:
Kraft Singles to lose artificial preservatives
By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK - Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular individually wrapped cheese slices, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.
BRAZEN! Obama: 'That's the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want'
5:29 PM, FEB 10, 2014 • BY DANIEL HALPER
President Obama "quipped" today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want."
Via the pool report:
Discovery News reports!
An outlawed plant could help fight America’s top killer, heart disease, which ended the lives of nearly 600,000 in the United States in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A recent analysis identified several potentially heart-healthy chemicals in hemp, marijuana’s hard-working, non-intoxicating cousin.
In particular, oil from hemp seeds contained high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, according to the study published by Spanish pharmacologists in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that research suggests could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Hemp seed oil’s high polyunsaturated fat content -- compared to saturated fats -- could help reduce people’s cholesterol levels and treat atherosclerosis, or the buildup of materials on the inside of arteries, wrote the researchers from the University of Seville, Spain.
by Eric Margolis | February 10, 2014
“F….Europe!” Such were the words used in Kiev, Ukraine by Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe.
Nuland was referring to the European Union’s reluctance to get too deeply involved in Ukraine’s current strife or to impose sanctions on the former Soviet republic. But Nuland perfectly captured Washington’s sneering view of Europe as a collection of feeble and irrelevant banana republics.
Nuland is a prominent American neoconservative. Like her fellow neocons, she disdains Europe for being unwarlike, mildly critical of Israel, and often insufficiently responsive to Washington’s demands – or even insubordinate, like the awful French.
How delicious was it that Nuland’s pithy reference to Europe and her plans for a new western-confected government in Ukrainian – where the US insists it is not at all interfering – were picked by Russian electronic intelligence and played to the world. How dim for Madame Nuland to speak so thoughtlessly on her cell phone.
GUN STUN: Gun control activist swears he forgot he was carrying gun while visiting school
A Buffalo, N.Y. community activist who is well known locally for pushing for a highly restrictive 2013 gun control law has been arrested for - wait for it - carrying a gun illegally at a public elementary school.
Ferguson, 52, was at Harvey Elementary because he works as a mentor in an after-school program for disadvantaged students.
He said he frequently carries a pistol. He has a license but the license does not matter under the strict state law Ferguson helped pass.