Ecuador's foreign minister announced on Thursday that the country would grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, defying threats by the British government to storm the Ecuadorean Embassy and extradite Assange to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in cases of alleged rape and sexual molestation.
"Winners of the least visible contests in the primary could change the direction of the Republican Party in Snohomish County and even the state.
To the victors will also go the important spoil of picking leaders for the county party later this year and the state GOP in January.
That's what motivated libertarian-minded backers of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and fans of conservative former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum to seek precinct seats in Snohomish County and across the state. For many, it meant taking on fellow Republicans backed by the establishment, including incumbent precinct officers.
I hate to give Fox News any traffic, but the Judge is worth it.
From Judge Napolitano posted at FoxNews.com: We are in terrible straits this presidential election. We have a choice between a president who has posed more of a danger to personal freedom than any in the past 150 years and a Republican team that wants to return to Bush-style big government.
. . .
Which do you want?
Deeply moving video.
Reality Check: Rep. Paul Ryan=big spender? He comes today to Cincinnati, a look at Ryan's "principle" problem and voting record.
Found this video and wanted to share. Marine asks for your support of Ron Paul for President.
Economic Collapse Blog: The worst drought in more than 50 years is having a devastating impact on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if it keeps on dropping there is a very real possibility that all river traffic could get shut down.
And considering the fact that approximately 60 percent of our grain, 22 percent of our oil and natural gas, and and one-fifth of our coal travel down the Mississippi River, that would be absolutely crippling for our economy. It has been estimated that if all Mississippi River traffic was stopped that it would cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars a day. So far most of the media coverage of this historic drought has focused on the impact that it is having on farmers and ranchers, but the health of the Mississippi River is also absolutely crucial to the economic success of this nation, and right now the Mississippi is in incredibly bad shape.
Deferred illegals will not receive public benefits.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed an executive order directing state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration program.
Brewer's order issued Wednesday says she's reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.
WASHINGTON, August 13, 2012 — Prior to the 2008 financial crises, opposition to Federal Reserve orthodoxy was unacceptable in U.S. politics. The treatment of Ron Paul during the Republican presidential debates of 2007 and 2008 is evidence of that. His opponents repeatedly mocked him when he attempted to warn the American people that the Fed’s reckless actions would bring about a terrible financial catastrophe.
In 2012, discussion about the Federal Reserve is very different. The Fed is a topic that is now openly and thoroughly debated, due in part to its abysmal response to the financial calamity unfolding. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Ron Paul and the grassroots movement he inspired, the public is now aware of and debating the central bank’s actions, while alos protesting Fed policies.
Portland, Maine (PRWEB) August 15, 2012
The RNC Committee on Contests found no evidence to support the contest against the Maine Delegation on Friday, yet failed to issue a ruling. Instead, they changed their own rules, which previously required a ruling, in order to grant the contestants a second test to retry their challenge.
“The RNC Committee on Contests could not find any evidence of fraud,” said Mark Willis, the incoming National Committeeman for Maine who holds a Doctor of Law Degree from George Mason University.
“According to their own rules, the RNC was obligated to recommend that the Maine delegates be certified,” Wilis added. ”Instead, the Committee on Contests had to create new rules to give the challengers a second chance. Such a decision is unprecedented, violates party rules and violates the due process rights of the duly elected Maine delegation. In a court of law, this challenge would have already been thrown out and dismissed.”
On August 10th, the RNC’s ‘Committee on Contests’, chaired by Mike Duncan, former RNC Chairman and National Committeeman for Kentucky, released their recommendation and upheld “Romney for President, Inc.” decision to ignore the caucus results and uphold the transparent manipulation of arcane rules to decertify sixteen duly elected delegates. Today, August 14th, the Massachusetts decertified delegates filed a Notice of Intent to Object with the RNC prior to the 5PM deadline, and look forward to an impartial hearing in Tampa prior to the convention.
The duly elected, and now decertified delegates are very disappointed that the RNC and Team Romney have rejected yet another opportunity to unify the Republican Party and energize the rank and file grassroots activists needed for the 2012 General Election.
These sixteen duly elected Liberty delegates wanted to participate in the Republican National Convention to promote three platform issues, specifically Auditing the Federal Reserve Bank, Requiring Congressional Declaration of War for Funding Wars, and Protecting Internet Freedom.
This flagrant violation of the foundation of American Democracy has not killed the spirit of Liberty, but rather strengthened the resolve of activists to continue to reform the Massachusetts Republican Party, by actively supporting the removal of leadership that undermines fair elections, promotes cronyism, and whose policy positions clearly infringe on personal liberty. One example of the lack of liberty in the current state Republican Party Leadership is the recent endorsement by Republican State House Minority Leader Bradley Jones of ‘price controls’ on health care that every small government Republican should be opposed.
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Taibbi / Rolling Stone: I’ve been on deadline in the past week or so, so I haven't had a chance to weigh in on Eric Holder’s predictable decision to not pursue criminal charges against Goldman, Sachs for any of the activities in the report prepared by Senators Carl Levin and Tom Coburn two years ago.
Last year I spent a lot of time and energy jabbering and gesticulating in public about what seemed to me the most obviously prosecutable offenses detailed in the report – the seemingly blatant perjury before congress of Lloyd Blankfein and other Goldman executives, and the almost comically long list of frauds committed by the company in its desperate effort to unload its crappy “cats and dogs” mortgage-backed inventory.
In the notorious Hudson transaction, for instance, Goldman claimed, in writing, that it was fully "aligned" with the interests of its client, Morgan Stanley, because it owned a $6 million slice of the deal. What Goldman left out is that it had a $2 billion short position against the same deal.
If that isn’t fraud, Mr. Holder, just what exactly is fraud?