34 votes

Washington Post: The Criminalization of Everything, Parenthood Included.

This stuff is starting to make it out into the MSM press. That is a good sign.

By Radley Balko | July 14
Washington Post

A couple of themes we explore here at The Watch are the increasing criminalization of just about everything and the use of the criminal justice system to address problems that were once (and better) handled by families, friends, communities and other institutions. A few examples from recent headlines show those themes intersecting with parenthood.

29 votes

USA Today: On photography, cops need to get a clue - Photography is NOT A CRIME!

by Glenn Harlan Reynolds | USA Today

Last week, Buzzfeed reporter Benny Johnson went to work on a list of the seven ugliest federal buildings in Washington, D.C. But what he found was even uglier than the buildings: ignorant, heavy-handed law enforcement officers who told him — wrongly — that he couldn't photograph the ugly architecture.

Johnson repeatedly confirmed with the media-relations folks at these agencies that it was OK for him to photograph the buildings — as it is for any member of the public — but word hadn't filtered down to the guys with guns.

Johnson writes: "After I took this photo of a public walkway in front of the (Department of Energy) building, four armed guards surrounded me and my bike. I was ordered off my bicycle and told to hand over my camera. 'Where is your identification? Why are you taking photos of our building?' an officer asked me. I explained my role as a reporter and asked what rules I had broken. 'You are suspicious, and we are in a post-9/11 world,' he said. The four officers surrounded me right here, directly in front of the building entrance."

Here's the thing: They had no authority to do this.

25 votes

Goldman Sachs Managing Director Found Dead

Another high ranking banker death this weekend.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-21/goldman-sachs-manag...

Nicholas Valtz, a managing director in cross-asset sales at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) in New York, was found dead yesterday by family members who went searching for him after he didn’t return from a kiteboarding outing.

20 votes

Roll Call: Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

By David Hawkings | Roll Call
July 21, 2014

The most wide open Republican presidential contest in modern times is shaping up, so a thousand things could change in the 80 long weeks before the first scheduled caucuses and primaries take place. And a couple hundred of them surely will.

With that enormous caveat stipulated up front, it’s worth recognizing that one aspirant is having a bit of a moment. Rand Paul has been generating at least as much policy, fundraising and organizational buzz this summer as any other potential candidate, and certainly more than the other possible contenders out of Congress.

Paul will be returning to the Senate Monday afternoon after spending three days in San Francisco, a highly unusual weekend destination for a conservative from Kentucky. But the senator concluded he had opportunities on three fronts to advance his nascent bid. He could raise money from Bay Area entrepreneurs sympathetic to his libertarian views. He could recruit some tech geeks to join his fledgling campaign staff. And he could deliver the keynote speech at a technology conference, to sell the notion that his views about free markets and personal privacy ought to be catnip to Silicon Valley.

27 votes

VIA Drudge Report: Ron Paul Is Putin's New Best Friend

The former congressman from Texas is making a better argument for shielding the Russian president from blame than Kremlin TV.

By Lucia Graves | July 21, 2014

It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

45 votes

WHISTLEBLOWER: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17 (video)


http://youtu.be/CR5HtzbMy-E
Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedy
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | JULY 21, 2014

Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

15 votes

PCR: Malaysian Airline MH17

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner?
by Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have.

One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. ...

The Ukrainians do have Buk anti-aircraft missile systems, and a Buk battery was operational in the region and deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner. ...

32 votes

Finally fair coverage of Israel vs Gaza by John Stewart

Jon Stewart is America's most influential political satirist. Here, he explains the Israeli monstrosity on Gaza in terms even a monkey can understand.


http://youtu.be/DrPyQFM9LNY

25 votes

Rutherford Institute Files First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Election Laws Favoring 2 Major Parties

The Rutherford Institute is challenging two facets of the Virginia election law: one requires the (D) and (R) to have the lead spots on the ballot, the other requires a certain number of signatures before a third party can be on the ballot. If this is successful, they may carry it over to other states.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, several Libertarian Party candidates and an independent (non-party) candidate for public office in the November 2014 general election.

John Whitehead describes the reasoning behind the suit:

16 votes

When the U.S. Navy Shot Down a Civilian Airliner

By Dale Steinreich

Down the Memory Hole is Iran Air Flight 655, shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988. The Airbus A300 was flying in Iranian airspace and the Vincennes was sitting in Iranian waters. A total of 290 passengers (including 66 children) were killed.
Vincennes was known in the Navy as “Robo Cruiser,” a ship under the aggressive command of Captain Will Rogers III who, along with his crew, seemed to like to menace and shoot just about anything that moved.

21 votes

Anti-Israel demonstrations

Death toll 500, mostly civilians...

ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTS ROCK PARIS...

Youth go on rampage...

Looting...

THOUSANDS RALLY IN LONDON...

Thanks to LittleWing for this link:
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html

15 votes

France's Reckoning : the Rich, the Young Flee the Welfare State

Via CBN :

France's day of reckoning has arrived : its wealthy, best and brightest are saying goodbye to a nation they believe doesn't want them to succeed or become affluent.


http://youtu.be/OVdVCNC9RZw

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