24 votes

Ron Paul: America's Problem is Not a Lack of War

WILLIAM KRISTOL knows what is wrong with the United States, writes former Congressman Ron Paul.

As he wrote recently in the flagship magazine of the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard, the problem with the US is that we seem to have lost our appetite for war. According to Kristol, the troubles that have befallen us in the 20th century have all been the result of these periodic bouts of war-weariness, a kind of virus that we catch from time to time.

19 votes

Glenn Greenwald: The Racism That Fuels the 'War on Terror'

A new Gallup poll finds a majority of Americans oppose the drone-executions of US citizens on foreign soil. Then why do they support the Awlaki killing?

The reason this is surprising is that when the US actually killed a US citizen on foreign soil on the grounds that he was a suspected Terrorist - Anwar al-Awlaki - large majorities approved. One poll at the time reported that "a large proportion of Americans believe the US Government made the correct decision in killing a US born Islamist militant in a drone strike last month" - specifically, that "69 per cent of respondents think the action taken by the US Government to kill Anwar al-Awlaki was justified" (that included 77% Republicans and 73% Democrats approving). Another poll at the time reported that Obama's approval ratings on national security increased eight points in the wake of the Awlaki killing. Meanwhile, Obama aides ran to Politico to boast that Awlaki's corpse would be a significant asset in Obama's re-election bid, leading to this Politico headline:-"Awlaki’s killing could pay political dividend for Obama"

48 votes

Sedgwick, Maine is first town to declare total food sovereignty, opposing state and federal laws

(NaturalNews) There is a food revolution taking hold all over America, whether it is in the form of demanding labeling of GM foods, the right to produce and sell raw milk and other commodities, or - in the case of Sedgwick, Maine - declaring all local food transactions of any kind free and legal.

According to the website FoodRenegade.com, Sedgwick is the first city in the U.S. to free itself from the constraints of federal and state food regulation. Published reports say the town has passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right "to produce, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing," regulations be damned. The ordinance includes raw milk, meats that are slaughtered locally, all produce and just about anything else you might imagine.

47 votes

Poll shows huge support for Rand Paul’s filibuster stance on drone attacks

Washington Post: A new Gallup poll shows a huge majority of Americans — 79 percent — supported Paul’s position that drone strikes should not be used on American soil against Americans suspected of terrorism. Just 13 percent say it would be okay.

Americans also don’t support drone strikes against any suspected terrorist on American soil (25 percent support, 66 percent oppose) or against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism abroad (41 percent support, 52 percent support).

MORE:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03...

37 votes

Whoa! NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Government Has Right to "Infringe on Your Freedom"

By Cheryl K. Chumley | The Washington Times | Monday, March 25, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.

“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban — just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.

15 votes

Ender's Game Becomes Reality

Excerpt from an article in this morning's NY Times: Luring Young Web Warriors Is a U.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

...The secretary of that agency, Janet Napolitano, knows she has a problem that will only worsen. Foreign hackers have been attacking her agency’s computer systems. They have also been busy trying to siphon the nation’s wealth and steal valuable trade secrets. And they have begun probing the nation’s infrastructure — the power grid, and water and transportation systems.

So she needs her own hackers — 600, the agency estimates. But potential recruits with the right skills have too often been heading for business, and those who do choose government work often go to the National Security Agency, where they work on offensive digital strategies. At Homeland Security, the emphasis is on keeping hackers out, or playing defense.

“We have to show them how cool and exciting this is,” said Ed Skoudis, one of the nation’s top computer security trainers. “And we have to show them that applying these skills to the public sector is important.”

One answer? Start young, and make it a game, even a contest.

28 votes

Protesters Shut Down Monsanto Office in Davis California!

A coalition of activist organizations demonstrating at the Monsanto office in Davis CA. successfully caused a shutdown of the multinational chemical and biotech company offices there on on Saturday, March 17.

The shutdown took place on the first day of a planned weekend of activities in Davis, intended to spotlight and oppose the activities of Monsanto in this country and abroad. Upon announcement of the shutdown, Monsanto instructed employees to stay away from work.

42 votes

Hagel: Israel's nukes more of a threat than Iran

Since Hagel's confirmation, I haven't really had any complaints. I don't know all of Hagel's positions, but this little speech made my jaw drop!

"The US shouldn't even be thinking about the options of bombing Iran or anyone else... We have our hands full right now and we are in such a hell of a mess"

Followed by a mass chorus of "BOOs"? Nope. Thunderous applause... shocking


http://youtu.be/VeBDdSVdVgg

33 votes

Abby Martin talks to Former US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich: US an ‘Orwellian State’, Drones, GMOs, Holding Bush Accountable

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich, about the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war and other issues that set him aside from the average establishment politician.


http://youtu.be/jyrYyuUoaCo

46 votes

Cyprus Deal Reached: 40% seizure on accounts over 100,000 Euros

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Reports from:

SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Cyprus reached a deal early Monday that would enable it to receive funds from its European and international lenders to prop up its ailing banking sector and prevent its exit from the euro zone, reports said.

12 votes

State vs. Parent: The Crowding Out of Choice

When welfarism fails most spectacularly, it is usually because it attempts to treat a perceived social or economic problem without understanding -- let alone undoing -- its cause. Often, this treatment of symptom only serves to mask the cause, establishing it more firmly in society, typically distorting incentives and having unintended consequences that often do more harm than good.

The British government (a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats) seems determined to prove this point in one of the most disturbing ways seen in recent times.

Many British families face the difficulty of extremely expensive childcare, which, for many, has become a necessity rather than a choice, as parents find themselves unable to bring up their children on only one income. This was not true for our grandparents' generation.

50 votes

VIDEO: Troopers Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search of Two Women


http://youtu.be/6uo6y8SZEqQ

March 22, 2013 5:51 PM

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - CBS-11 has learned two state troopers involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two North Texas women have been indicted on criminal charges by a Dallas County Grand Jury.

43 votes

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 3/25/13: Neo-Con War Addiction Threatens Our Future

by Ron Paul

William Kristol knows what is wrong with the United States. As he wrote recently in the flagship magazine of the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard, the problem with the US is that we seem to have lost our appetite for war. According to Kristol, the troubles that have befallen us in the 20th century have all been the result of these periodic bouts of war-weariness, a kind of virus that we catch from time to time.


http://youtu.be/vgTvs6A2VkA

58 votes

Ret. Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow warns DHS's Arms Build-Up a “bold threat of war” against Americans

Posted with permission of Ret. Captain Hestilow

Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agency's preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America.

To Senator John Cornyn:

It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America. To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.

Significant is the fact that at the same time the Obama administration is arming his DHS for war within the limits of the United States against the People of the United States in accordance with his 2008 campaign speech claiming,

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”--Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

The Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.

42 votes

Rand Paul: "The Last Two Presidents Could Have Been Put Into Jail For Their Drug Use" - VIDEO


http://youtu.be/ZJBwU9av77I

Jeff Poor | Daily Caller | March 24, 2013

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said punishments for marijuana-related crimes should be reduced, citing President Barack Obama’s reported drug use as a reason to look past certain minor indiscretions.

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