LOTFI: Fox News one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors for more than two decades
PoliticsUSBy: Michael Lotfi Jul 3, 2014
To many, it seems contrary to intuition that Fox News could be one of the Clinton family’s largest donors for more than two decades. Check your intuition at the door. It’s true. According to Federal Election Commission and Center for Responsive Politics data, since 1992, 21st Century Fox News Corp. has donated more than $3 million to Clinton family accounts. Overall, this lands Fox as the Clinton family’s 9th largest donor over the course of the family’s political involvement.
By Rand Paul | July 2, 2014
I voted no on the Gang of Eight’s recent immigration reform bill for one reason—it did not include border security first.
Any immigration reform plan that does not include border security is not real reform, precisely because any plan that does not increase security insures that we will revisit this problem again in the future.
Right now we have a situation where people are rushing to our southern border because our current policy makes us a beacon for illegal immigration. Our hearts go out to these people, many of whom just want what’s best for themselves and their families.
President Obama now threatens to enact immigration reform by executive fiat. He says he's got his phone and his pen and he will use them. If he takes his royal pen in hand and beckons the world to come across our borders without adequate border security, it will be a disaster for the country, and it will be the death knell for any meaningful bipartisan immigration reform.
Thanks to our current system, we have no way to properly accommodate people who want to come to this country to work. This is a failure of Washington, not the average American and certainly not would-be immigrants.
WHOA!! In Florida, Non-Submission to a Police Beating is “Attempted Murder”
William Norman Grigg
4:57 pm on July 2, 2014
Every day, somewhere in this supposedly free county, some version of this script is played out: A police officer spies an individual committing a harmless but “illegal” act, aggressively pursues the subject, inflicts physical violence on the victim, then escalates that violence to lethal or nearly lethal levels when the victim doesn’t immediately submit to the state-licensed aggression.
Journalist Glen Greenwald has long touted that the next, yet-to-be-scene leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be like the grand finale of a fireworks display.
But now a New York-based whistle-blowing site Cryptome is saying that they will “aid and abet” the release of the remaining 57K to 1.7M withheld Snowden documents.
According to Cryptome, in July, everything will be dumped.
America's National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of "targeted" individuals who've done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you've been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA's deep packet inspection rules.
In a shocking story on the German site Tagesschau (Google translate), Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz report on the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a "target" for surveillance.
In one week, the Supreme Court told the police that if they want to examine the contents of our cellphones, whether at traffic stops or serious crime scenes, they need to get a warrant. The court told small-business owners that they needn’t pay for government-mandated insurance policies that provide for abortions for their employees, because the government is without authority to command them to do so.
The makeup of the current Supreme Court can be seen, in one way, as a big success story for certain minorities. It is a triumph, in fact, for two groups which have historically had to put up with a lot of discrimination and lack of political representation in America. These two groups are not defined by gender or race, but rather by religion. Broken down on religious lines, today's Supreme Court has members from just two religions, both of which had been historically underrepresented on the highest court: Roman Catholics and Jews.
Via TechSpot, 6/30/2014 :
Blackphone, the first privacy-centric smartphone to offer secure communications for users, is now shipping to pre-order customers. The device was first showcased back in January and came about as part of a collaboration between encrypted communications company Silent Circle and Spanish smartphone provider Geeksphone to help shield users from prying eyes.
Would someone connect the dots for me? I'm not a "truther" but confess "our" government has lost all credibility with me.
People’s Republic Of Berkeley (Berserkley) Mulls Taxing Soft Drinks
Bureaucrats exploit health issues to fleece consumers
by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 2, 2014
Nanny Mike Bloomberg’s soda tax may have crashed and burned.
But in Berkeley, California, taxing folks who like to consume soft drinks with sugar may soon be forced to cough up additional money.
In November the city will put the taxation proposal on the ballot.
Many are familiar how the US shut down the Hunt Brothers attempt to buy up most of the available silver in 1979/80.
The silver market remains tiny.
What would happen if Russia or China started to boost its silver purchases the way
they're stepping up their gold purchases?
Each year I've been putting up a 55-gallon barrel of radish kraut, made primarily of daikons and other large fall radishes. I do this partly because they ferment so well and are so delicious, and partly because fall radishes are plentiful around here since they pretty much grow themselves. So if I was forced to pick just one food to preserve it would be them. You could survive a winter on that much radish kraut.
Got any more radish ideas?
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.
Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush, came in at second-worst with 28 percent, and Richard Nixon was in third place with 13 percent of the vote. After Jimmy Carter, who 8 percent of voters said was the worst president in the time period, no other president received more than 3 percent.