NEW YORK — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s new assignment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has left Jewish Democrats angered and warning about the Republican senator’s “singular obsession with slashing aid to the Jewish state.”
In a statement Friday, National Jewish Democratic Council head David Harris charged that Paul’s appointment to “the Senate’s primary diplomatic committee” should be “raising red flags and provoking severe concern across the pro-Israel community.”
“The decision by Republican Senate leaders to give a bigger microphone and a prominent platform to someone who has repeatedly called for an end to US aid to Israel and used his leadership PAC to push an anti-foreign aid agenda is simply outrageous,” Harris continued. “As we’ve said for months, Senator Paul and his father’s acolytes are becoming legitimate forces in today’s Republican Party — and pro-Israel Republicans have repeatedly and epically failed to address this growing issue within the GOP ranks. Now this failure has very real consequences.”
By Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy | The Wall Street Journal
Starting with the fourth paragraph:
The total number of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the U.S. has grown from 330,000 in 1980 to about 1.6 million today. Much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. About 50% of the inmates in federal prisons and 20% of those in state prisons have been convicted of either selling or using drugs. The many minor drug traffickers and drug users who spend time in jail find fewer opportunities for legal employment after they get out of prison, and they develop better skills at criminal activities.
Prices of illegal drugs are pushed up whenever many drug traffickers are caught and punished harshly. The higher prices they get for drugs help compensate traffickers for the risks of being apprehended. Higher prices can discourage the demand for drugs, but they also enable some traffickers to make a lot of money if they avoid being caught, if they operate on a large enough scale, and if they can reduce competition from other traffickers. This explains why large-scale drug gangs and cartels are so profitable in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and other countries.
The paradox of the war on drugs is that the harder governments push the fight, the higher drug prices become to compensate for the greater risks. That leads to larger profits for traffickers who avoid being punished. This is why larger drug gangs often benefit from a tougher war on drugs, especially if the war mainly targets small-fry dealers and not the major drug gangs. Moreover, to the extent that a more aggressive war on drugs leads dealers to respond with higher levels of violence and corruption, an increase in enforcement can exacerbate the costs imposed on society.
We have so many patriots locally but we have such a shortage of precinct committee persons. If I win I will push ridiculously hard for free markets, individual liberty and that is all.
AJ Spiker Re-Elected Chairman
Two great candidates ran for Republican Party State Chairman today. Congratulations to AJ Spiker who defeated Bill Schickel by a vote of 13-5.
2013 NEWLY ELECTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- AJ Spiker was re-elected Chairman (State Vice-Chair for Ron Paul 2012 Campaign)
- David Fischer was elected Co-Chairman (State Vice-Chair for Ron Paul 2012 Campaign)
- John Kabitzke was re-elected Treasurer (Ron Paul supporter)
by Brian Doherty | Reason
National Review's Robert Costa has some from-the-House-floor gossip about the ultimately feckless, and apparently not diligently planned or executed, mini-revolt against re-electing John Boehner as Speaker of the House yesterday. I blogged yesterday about how Justin Amash and some other Ron Paul-endorsed, liberty-minded Congressmen did not vote for Boehner.
Highlights from Costa:
Members say the rebellion was mostly a project of the libertarians (Justin Amash of Michigan and Walter Jones of North Carolina) and a clique within the Jordan-affiliated RSC, especially members of the class of 2010 (Mulvaney and Labrador) and their allies. It was never something that involved widespread outreach. “I only heard about it from a reporter,” says Phil Gingrey of Georgia, a longtime figure in conservative circles. “That was a real mistake,” acknowledges a House Republican staffer involved with the coup attempt. “My boss didn’t say much to anybody beforehand. They were thinking that maybe they could help Eric Cantor or someone else find a way to win.”
....The height of the tension came when the number of defections was at nine, and the number of abstentions or no-shows was at eight, meaning the magic number of 17 anti-Boehner votes [which would have lead to a second-round] was a possibility...
Corbett Report Podcast #252: Conspiracy theorists Zbigniew Brzezinski believe that organizations of interest work behind the scenes to manipulate world politics. They believe that false flag terror events are used to justify wars of aggression on political enemies. They believe that humanitarian rhetoric is used to mask military aggression, as in Syria. In short, they are realistic observers of world politics, just like Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Join us today on The Corbett Report as we here all about the conspiratorial view of history straight from the horse's mouth.
Fox News: Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.
"They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
Several famous, ex-burglars interviewed share their thoughts on the recent release of gun owner names and addresses by the Journal-News:
"Having a list of who has a gun is like gold - why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?”
- Walter T. Shaw, former burglar and jewel thief
Ron Paul was on with Fox Business' Neil Cavuto for his first interview since leaving Congress. Cavuto was very respectful and complimenting.
Ron Paul: I Don’t Find Optimism in Washington
It’s Not All About Israel
Hagel nomination battle is about interventionism vs. retrenchment
by Justin Raimondo | Antiwar.com
David Ignatius, writing about the furor around the rumored nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, remarks that the first enlisted man to be considered for the job "has taken so much flak he deserves another Purple Heart." That about sums up the tenor of the debate Hagel’s presumed nomination has provoked. A veritable rainbow coalition of nay-sayers has coalesced in opposition: Republican strategist Dan Senor and Democratic strategist and DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas, the Log Cabin Republicans and the anti-gay Christian fundamentalists around Rev. John Hagee, Rachel Maddow and her rightwing counterparts at Fox News. (Oh, and don’t forget the Armenians!)
Meanwhile, neocon godfather-by-descent Bill Kristol is eagerly retailing the complaints of this disparate chorus in his Weekly Standard hate sheet. If these folks ever had a get-together, it would resemble the bar scene in Star Wars.
While each of these disparate voices has its own particular complaint, this curious Popular Front’s main line of attack has been the accusation that Hagel is "anti Israel."
Despite the smear campaign against Hagel, I just heard it on public radio tonight that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will in all likelihood be nominated as Secretary of Defense by President Obama next week possibly Monday or Tuesday. This is being echoed by reports from Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast and NBC News. Support for Hagel’s nomination is mounting an organized effort so there is still hope for his nomination.
Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense: Israel Proponents Launch Outrageous Smear Attack On Presumptive Nominee
Leading foreign policy voices mount pro-Hagel defense – CNN
He researched well for this speech and I really admire his call to follow the Constitution and our founding principles.
Can't we just make citizens' arrests for the traitors who voted for this bill and all the other garbage they enact? Or would that be considered an act of war? Why must we wait for the 'second shot heard round the world?'
The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves.
The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.
The top secret operation, code-named "Project Seal", tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.
It's time to add another journalist to your watch list, Nichole Mischke.
She took a risk late December and made a piece that asked the real questions about what is really going on in Washington. She brought on Dale Fruit and the conversation then got truly informative for people who still watch mainstream news.
This piece was such a hit they are now making a part two. The subject will be ENDING THE FED! I know, right! Look for it on January 7th!
This was announced on her twitter page:
You will not read anything better today than the first Amazon reviews on this toy US military drone: http://www.amazon.com/Maisto-Fresh-Metal-Tailwinds-Endurance...
First of many, but go to the page for more..."My son is very interested in joining the Imperial forces when he grows up. He says he's not sure if he wants to help police the homeland or if he wants to invade foreign countries. So I thought a new Predator drone toy would be a nice gift for him. These drones are used both domestically and internationally, to spy on people and assassinate them at the Emperor's discretion. He just loves flying his drone around our house, dropping Hellfire missiles on Scruffy, our dog. He kept saying that Scruffy was a terror suspect and needed to be taken out. I asked him if Scruffy should get a trial first, and he quoted Lindsay Graham, Imperial Senator: "Shut up Scruffy, you don't get a trial!" I was so proud. I think I'll buy him some video games that promote martial law for Christmas. "