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A Southerner Repents A Confession

I love the South and the writings of Fred Reed.

"Although it wrenches my soul to confront it, there are reasons why the South has so often been wracked by racial rioting—by outpourings of the rage of the downtrodden against an unjust civilization. However much the states of the old Confederacy may seek to deny it, they cannot. People do not take to the streets, burn their homes and cities, unless pressed beyond forbearance by the cruelty of the oppressor’s iron fist.

10 votes

Jesse Benton made more than $500K working for Mitch McConnell

By Sean Sullivan | October 24, 2014
The Washington Post

When Jesse Benton signed up to manage the reelection campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), it was seen as a win-win. Good for McConnell, who needed help broadening his appeal in the tea party. Good for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who needed a boost in the establishment.

Turns out it was good for Benton, too. At least, financially speaking.

A review of campaign finance records shows Benton made more than $500,000 working for McConnell from the beginning of 2013 through the end of last month. The former top Ron Paul and Rand Paul strategist made most of his money from McConnell's campaign. The rest came from work he did for McConnell's leadership PAC.

3 votes

Glenn Beck: Not 'All That Bad' If McConnell Loses To Grimes (Audio)

By SAHIL KAPUR | OCTOBER 23, 2014
Talking Points Memo

Glenn Beck doesn't think it would be "all that bad for the country" if Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) loses reelection to Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the nationally syndicated talk radio host told his army of conservative listeners on Thursday that even though Grimes is "gonna be worse" for America, making her a senator could be worth the price of ousting an establishment Republican whom he suggested has added "poison" to Congress.

8 votes

The Atlantic: Rand Paul Sketches an Alternative to Hawks Like Bush and Clinton

"Americans yearn for leadership and for strength," Senator Rand Paul planned to declare in a foreign policy speech Thursday evening, "but they don't yearn for war."

His remarks (quoted as prepared for delivery at New York City gathering of the Center for the National Interest), were seemingly pitched to Republican voters: the Kentucky Republican dubbed his approach "conservative realism," criticized President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and invoked Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower. But the substance of his speech seems likely to appeal to anyone who believes that U.S. foreign policy has gone astray since 9/11, due largely to imprudent interventions urged by George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Big parts of his message should appeal to constituencies as diverse as Code Pink and my Orange County-conservative grandparents. "After the tragedies of Iraq and Libya, Americans are right to expect more from their country when we go to war," Paul stated. "America shouldn't fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate. America shouldn't fight wars when there is no plan for victory."

7 votes

Gov't Covering up Ebola in South Carolina?

Take it with a grain of salt. Just saw this on Inofwars this morning...
http://www.infowars.com/is-south-carolina-covering-up-latest...

2 votes

Liars Lists

I found this to be very interesting. I wonder if any of this has to do with police being filmed more often.

http://www.fox16.com/story/d/story/police-agencies-consider-...

6 votes

Ted Cruz Wants to Give the President Even More Power

The GOP Senator is pushing the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which would allow the president to strip Americans of their citizenship. Really bad idea.

Steve Chapman | October 23, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't trust Barack Obama to protect Americans against Ebola, defeat the Islamic State, oversee the IRS, or revamp the health insurance system. He decries the expansion of federal power Obama has brought about. But Cruz wants to give him another power by letting him decide that some Americans will no longer be Americans.

That's the implication of the senator's Expatriate Terrorist Act, which would let the government go to court to revoke the citizenship of anyone who joins or aids a foreign terrorist group that targets Americans. Cruz thinks this step is necessary to prevent citizens who leave to fight for the Islamic State from returning to carry out "unspeakable acts of terror here at home."

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Rubio To Propose Ebola Travel Ban Legislation

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced on Monday that he plans to introduce legislation that would temporarily ban U.S. visas for nationals from African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Rubio said in a statement that he plans to offer the legislation when the Senate returns to work in November. The temporary ban would apply to nationals from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and would extend to other countries where the virus has spread. The ban would remain in place until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines that the outbreak has been contained.

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Public Health

Histrionics aside, instances of those recently returned from being in contact with those with Ebola (see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyregion/possible-ebola-vi...) raise the questions posed by this Lancet article musing about the utility of exit screening (see summary http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-67...)

11 votes

What the Gold Silver Ratio Looks Like At 72:1

The Gold Silver Ratio

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"Global Regulators" Set Capital Rules for 9 Too-Big-to-Fail Insurers

Global governing body? This says they "must start reporting". I dislike these companies as much as the next person, but this is global government. Will they set other policies globally?

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/23/344...

Nine too-big-to-fail insurers, including American International Group Inc., Allianz SE and MetLife Inc., must start reporting capital ratios next year using a method presented by regulators today.

11 votes

Sarah Palin endorses Independent, not Republican for Gov

October 23, 2014 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent the early part of the 2014 midterms traveling the country endorsing conservative candidates in Republican primary races, hoping to leave her mark on the future of the GOP.

8 votes

Pro-Gold Side Polling Ahead In Switzerland

The United States government isn’t going to legalize gold and silver as legal tender anytime soon, so gold bugs in the U.S. will have to live vicariously through the citizens of Switzerland. If the current polls are accurate it looks like gold lovers across the globe could soon be celebrating a small victory with the people of Switzerland.

Mark O’Byrne fills us in on the latest new from Switzerland as reported by the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten and translated to English on Lew Rockwell’s website:

7 votes

Playing Monopoly in Jersey: Can the state seize a private home simply because it wants to?

Can the state seize a private home simply because it wants to?
By Amity Shlaes | National Journal

Sometime soon Judge Julio Mendez, of New Jersey’s Superior Court, will decide whether a 67-year-old piano tuner named Charlie Birnbaum gets to keep his house.

New Jersey’s mighty Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has invoked eminent domain to take the Birnbaum property. The modest Atlantic City “three-flat” is on Oriental Avenue, a name readers will know from the board game Monopoly. But the Birnbaum home sits in the shadow of a big new mega-casino far too recent to be represented on any board game: the Revel. CRDA has claimed the Birnbaum house not for any specific purpose but just so that its land will be available for any future plans that CRDA or its business partners, which include Revel and other casinos, might dream up.

Developers and public authorities claim a basis for this eminent-domain confiscation in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Most Americans have a standard concept of what that means: citizens move out and the government builds something that the government owns and everyone uses, such as a road. Perhaps the government fixes up a very poor neighborhood so middle-class people can live there. But over the decades, the definition of “public use” has been stretched like a rubber band. What’s scarcely ever reported is how infrequently development or urban improvement, the usual pretext for such confiscations, actually benefits the public. Few examples highlight the extent of the abuse better than this 35-by-80-foot property on Oriental Avenue.

23 votes

Politico: Rand Paul's Foreign Policy Vision Speech

By MANU RAJU | 10/23/14
Politico

Rand Paul, whose foreign policy views have become a frequent target of his GOP critics, will use a high-profile speech in New York on Thursday to urge the United States to exercise restraint when engaging in wars overseas.

At a dinner hosted by the Center for the National Interest, the libertarian-minded Kentucky senator, a potential White House contender in 2016, will argue for “limits” on U.S. engagement in military conflicts. It’s a view that runs counter to the hawks among his fellow Republicans who have called for a more aggressive American presence in hot spots in the Middle East.

“America shouldn’t fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate,” Paul plans to say, according to excerpts provided by his office. “America shouldn’t fight wars when there is no plan for victory. America shouldn’t fight wars that aren’t authorized by the American people, by Congress. America should and will fight wars when the consequences — intended and unintended — are worth the sacrifice.”

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