My door buzzer rang and I got up to see who it was, when I heard someone else in the building buzz in some police and fire and rescue people.
They started rapping on my neighbors door and saying "fire and rescue, please open up." Not shouting, but saying it as they knocked, not pounded, on the door. After about a minute the fire and rescue guy turned around and braced himself, then kicked in the door.
Immediately my neighbor appeared saying 'what's going on! I was in the bathroom!'. (The bathrooms in these apartments are in the back and they have loud fans so it is entirely plausible that she wouldn't have heard them knocking, not pounding, on the door.)
The five right-wing justices hand Obama a victory by accepting his DOJ's secrecy-based demand for dismissal
The Obama justice department succeeded in convincing the five right-wing Supreme Court justices to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2008 law, the FISA Amendments Act, which vastly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on Americans without warrants. In the case of Clapper v. Amnesty International, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, released today, which adopted the argument of the Obama DOJ, while the Court's four less conservative justices (Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan) all dissented. This means that the lawsuit is dismissed without any ruling on whether the US government's new eavesdropping powers violate core constitutional rights. The background of this case is vital to understanding why this is so significant.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Governor Rick Snyder will announce a state takeover on Friday
Bing says the governor told him his decision during a phone conversation this morning. Bing was talking with reporters following a speech before the Detroit Regional Chamber at the MotorCity Casino.
The city will have 10 days to appeal the decision to the governor.
So the other day a few friends and I attended the national day of resistance. It was in Memphis, TN at Range USA. There were tons of Neocon Tea Party types there.... One of the speakers got up and started spewing hatred towards Muslims and my friend and I got pretty upset. We have Muslim friends who are pro-liberty.... you understand. So this clip is a video I took of my friend responding to the hate.
by Mike Masnick | TechDirt
from the but-but-terrorism dept
We've been discussing the now annual rush to re-approve the FISA Amendments Act, despite the fact that the original bill was on shaky constitutional ground, and it's been made much (much, much) worse due to a secret interpretation of what the law means (a secret interpretation that many in Congress apparently have no interest in finding out about). Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, has penned an interesting column laying out many of the reasons why the whole thing is completely unconstitutional.
First, he notes that the establishment of FISA itself is likely a violation of the 4th Amendment:
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded not guilty to aiding the enemy during a hearing Thursday morning in the WikiLeaks case.
FORT MEADE, Md. — The U.S. Army private accused of providing diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty to misusing classified material on Thursday, but denied the most serious charge in the case, aiding the enemy.
"BOISE — Lawmakers fearful the U.S. Supreme Court might one day reverse itself on the issue of individual gun rights aim to change the Idaho Constitution’s definition of a militia to include all the state’s adults."
They guy introducing the bill says it is just to get a discussion going, so I doubt it will pass but at least someone is nibbling at the edges of a big, fat truth sandwich: State Sovereignty and an individual right to self-defense.
...ala Ron Paul - Too bad she turn-coated him in 2012
Is Bachmann the new Ron Paul in the House Finance Committee?
Before anyone jumps down my throat for asking such a question, you better check out her exchange with Bernanke.
Rep. Pearce to Bernanke "They understand the creation of money out of thin air depreciates what they have"Submitted by go213mph on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:42
This definitely sounds like an interesting book. I'll be looking to pick up a copy, possibly next pay day :)
“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Iran relations to be published thus far.
Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett tackle not only U.S. policy toward Iran but the broader context of Middle East policy with a systematic analytical perspective informed by personal experience, as well as very extensive documentation.
More importantly, however, their exposé required a degree of courage that may be unparalleled in the writing of former U.S. national security officials about issues on which they worked. They have chosen not just to criticise U.S. policy toward Iran but to analyse that policy as a problem of U.S. hegemony.
Petition to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
By John McCormack | Feb 27, 2013 | The Weekly Standard
Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration.
It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending.
Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.
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You are not alone
God's child you are
Stand up tall knowing
Your Father did not bless
So you can live in chains
Father gave you the gift of life
So you can stand tall for Love
Without Love nothing exists