[No mention of guilt, only feeling low.]
NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say
December 7, 2013
Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.
A White House spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, noted that top White House officials have been to the agency to “express the president’s support and appreciation for all that NSA does to keep us safe.”
The last time I used a floppy disk I was 8 years old, in the thick of the 1990s, playing Reader Rabbit on a PC Junior. The last time the federal government used a floppy disk? Friday.
The Federal Register, which is responsible for publishing executive orders and proclamations, as well as countless official documents from government agencies, still relies on floppy disks to conduct its day-to-day business. The disks were first used in the 1970s.
Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward announced legislation Monday that would ban the National Security Agency from operating in her state.
"I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution," the Republican who represents the Lake Havasu City area of northwest Arizona said in a statement. "Without that, the rest becomes irrelevant. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it."
Will anyone venture to guess what the big surprise gift will be over this Christmas Holiday?
One year we got the NDAA while huddling around the fire with our families for the holidays.
What will be railroaded through this holiday?
This Is What Tyranny Looks Like: Another Assault on the 2nd Amendment
By R.G. Yoho / 9 December 2013
There are very few things that are predictable in this country.
One thing that is predictable is: You can always count on the Obama administration to do the dishonorable thing.
The latest example of this fact is the Justice Department’s recent attempt to prosecute law-abiding citizens who purchase a gun and later sell that gun to another law-abiding citizen.
Not Even The Drudge Report Is Talking About It?
December 9, 2013
Mohamed Bouazizi. It’s not a name that means much to most people. But you’ll recall his story.
TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock money, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.
Sen. Rand Paul Interview on 'CASHIN' W / Eric Bolling - Fox News - December 08, 2013 (VIDEO)
"Whatever their political beliefs, a local judge and the district attorney say, the group’s efforts will have no legal authority to investigate anything and could prove to be dangerous to others and themselves.
...36 people voted by a show of hands – two by absentee ballot – to empanel a local common law grand jury. Sixteen people signed up to serve.
Allen said a common law grand jury has the authority, for example, to investigate “corrupt public officials as individuals,” especially any “not adhering to their oaths of office.”"
In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by YouTube sensation Julie Borowski. Julie describes how she went from being a self-described “neoconservative” to discovering and passionately advocating for libertarian ideas through YouTube videos as “Token Libertarian Girl” and as a policy analyst for FreedomWorks. They also discuss some common misconceptions about libertarianism, as well as what budding libertarians can do to help spread the ideas of liberty themselves.
This week, we continue an earlier look at Murray Rothbard’s examination of how science and technology would be properly funded without government. In his the essay “Science, Technology, and Government” , Rothbard refutes the notion that without government extracting money from the populace in the form of taxes and redistributing it to scientists in various areas, there would simply not be enough scientists around!
For those of you who were not able to spend much time obsessively searching every dark corner of the internet for new music this year; no worries, I spent enough time doing that for all of us combined plus some. So while ya’ll took care of the important and more serious matters over here I was finding music for the soundtrack. Thanks for holding down the fort over here and keeping that whole revolution thing going, bravo boys, job well done. It afforded me the time to find gems such as the following. I have made a list of my top 10 Indie finds this year and I think there is something for everyone here.