11 votes

Localism, A Philosophy of Government

Now in print. In the end, it is either going to be localism or globalism. That is because no other philosophy of government has the means to protect itself from globalism.

26 votes

Real ID Blowback: Massachusetts Residents ID No Longer Good at Some Federal Locations

Crap.

Federal agencies blocking entry, citing compliance

By Jessica Meyers | The Boston Globe
August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Susan Podziba couldn’t enter a federal building near Washington this month because her driver’s license revealed an unacceptable home state: Massachusetts.

Bay State residents can no longer use their driver’s licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID. If nothing changes, they will even lose the ability to display their licenses to board a plane.

The REAL ID measure presses states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses. Congress intended the act to prevent terrorists who arrive in the country illegally from boarding planes. But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states’ rights.

States face no direct penalty other than the frustration of their citizens.

9 votes

CA State Senator Gets DUI Hours After Voting For Anti-Ride Sharing Bill

Nowadays when I need a ride somewhere – especially if I’ve been out and have indulged in an adult beverage or two – I don’t hesitate to reach into my phone, open my Lyft app, and wait for a friendly driver to arrive, predictably on time. Ride sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are revolutionizing the way people get around in major cities, and provide people an alternative to traditional taxis that are typically cheaper, more reliable, and an all-around more positive experience.

As would be expected, there are some who are none too thrilled about the success of ride-sharing apps. Can you guess what industry has lobbied for a ban to ride-sharing services in cities and states around the country? A gold star to whoever guessed “taxi companies, duh!”

A bill in California that would impose restrictions on ride-sharing companies by requiring that drivers with criminal records be banned and would compel background checks and drunk tests upon them passed in the CA Senate last week. While this may sound harmless on the surface, there is no justification for the arbitrary imposition of this rule to be forced upon parities that otherwise consent to the driver-rider relationship. There are so many non-violent acts that are considered “crimes” today, that disqualifying anyone with the label “criminal” attached to them likely means disqualifying many completely harmless, qualified drivers. Lyft and Uber have excellent ratings systems, and suspend drivers who don’t receive the highest ratings from riders.

14 votes

Illinois Governor Vetoes Anti-Ride Sharing Bill

Aug 25th, 2014

On Aug. 25 Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill pushed by the taxi lobby that would have restricted ridesharing services such as UberX and Lyft in Chicago.

The veto is good news for ridesharing consumers and drivers. Uber will now move forward with its plan to bring 425 new jobs to Illinois.

The bill’s champion in the Illinois House, state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, claimed this legislation was all about consumer safety. In fact, it was really about protecting the taxi industry from ridesharing competition.

5 votes

CNN playing recording of gunshots at Mike Brown murder

Eleven shots total. Several rounds then a pause....then several more.

Just like THIS dude said:


http://youtu.be/QchzOZEQWAA

7 votes

Chris McDaniel's Update: McDaniel will finally get his day in court, but it may already be too late.

The Mississippi state senator, who lost a Republican primary runoff to Sen. Thad Cochran in late June, will get a hearing on his legal challenge on Sept. 20 — just four days before absentee voting begins in the general election.

With arguments scheduled to run through Oct. 6, that suggests McDaniel’s chances of winning a decision that resulted in a new runoff campaign — or even being named the GOP nominee in place of Cochran — are slim.

Still, the McDaniel campaign doesn’t appear concerned, at least publicly.

10 votes

GMO Victory for Syngenta. (Loss for Kauai residents.)

NYTimes:

"A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have restricted or regulated the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai, saying the measure was pre-empted by state law.

The decision issued Monday represents a victory for Syngenta and three other seed and chemical companies that had brought the lawsuit, saying that the ordinance would place unnecessary and unfair restrictions on their operations..."

19 votes

First they say he (Foley) was just killed, then they say it was fake, now they say he died a year ago

Fresh doubt has been thrown on the narrative behind the James Foley beheading video after a Syrian government spokesperson claimed that the American journalist was killed by ISIS militants a year ago.

Following the release of a video last week which purported to show the murder of Foley, top forensic experts concluded that the footage was staged using “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques,” concurring with Infowars’ analysis that the video was highly dubious given that it was immediately used as justification for military strikes on Syria.

15 votes

Jeff Bell, N.J. Senate candidate, only 10 points behind Booker, advocates Gold Standard.

http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/rasmussen-americans-are-wo...

“Why is it so important to return to gold-dollar convertibility now?” his letter asked the unsuspecting Republican voters of New Jersey. “Things have gone too far for limited half measures to work” [overemphasis in the original]. A return to the gold standard, he concedes, would of course result in higher interest rates, as the dollar sought its own level of value without direction from the Fed.

18 votes

"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution."

Via Joη in a comment during a game at his site Anadro.me:

In April 2010, Kevin Kelly cited the phrase "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution," and called it the "Shirky Principle", as the phrasing reminded him of the clarity of the Peter Principle.

Via Wikipedia.

Shirky is the author of the internet classic, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy

What do you guys think of the quote?

12 votes

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

By Josh Eidelson | August 21, 2014
BusinessWeek

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin trafficking in federal court in Vermont increased 135 percent from the year before, according to federal records.

Shumlin, a Democrat, urged the legislature to approve a new set of drug policies that go beyond the never-ending cat-and-mouse between cops and dealers. Along with a crackdown on traffickers, he proposed rigorous addiction prevention programs in schools and doctors’ offices, as well as more rehabilitation options for addicts. “We must address it as a public health crisis,” Shumlin said, “providing treatment and support rather than simply doling out punishment, claiming victory, and moving on to our next conviction.”

Vermont has passed a battery of reforms that have turned the tiny state of about 627,000 people into a national proving ground for a less punitive approach to getting hard drugs under control. Under policies now in effect or soon to take hold, people caught using or in possession of heroin will be offered the chance to avoid prosecution by enrolling in treatment. Addicts, including some prisoners, will have greater access to synthetic heroin substitutes to help them reduce their dependency on illegal narcotics or kick the habit.

12 votes

Federal Law Requiring Annual Report on Excessive Force by Police has been Ignored for 20 Years

Friday, August 22, 2014

The circumstances of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have brought that one police shooting into the national conscience. But many other Americans are killed by police and their deaths go unnoticed and mostly uncounted, despite a Congressional mandate.

In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Among its provisions was the order that “the Attorney General shall, through appropriate means, acquire data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.” The Justice Department was also required to publish an annual report on the data collected.

34 votes

DOJ Admits Lois Lerner’s Emails Exist on Gov’t Backup System

Judicial Watch has learned that all computer records are backed up. Why haven't they been retrieved? "It would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner's emails," says a Department of Justice Attorney.

They've been lying...under oath, to courts, in hearings, to the press.

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/curtis-kalin/judicial-watch-do...

24 votes

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I had a nice long talk with Ernie Hancock of Freedom's Phoenix today, and he encouraged me to watch ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ He said, "you’ll understand why when you see it."

I searched the DP for any discussion and turned up one post, but no discussion

When Ernie says something I take note. He said, "It is all about the database and the metadata, and this is where we are heading."

Anyone here seen it? If so, please let us know what you think.


http://youtu.be/7SlILk2WMTI

28 votes

Remember the first time you label someone, a liberal, a democrat, a republican, a conservative, you just closed their mind to

what you have to say. Labels are earplugs, don't forget that.

Labels were designed by the elites to keep us separated from communicating different views with each other.

We are Americans with differing viewpoints, don't cut off the knowledge someone may receive by labeling them.

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