By Steven Nelson | The Daily Caller
November 16, 2010
Daily Caller Exclusive: Ron Paul will not join the Tea Party Caucus
Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, an icon to many members of the Tea Party movement, has decided not to join the House Tea Party Caucus.
Jeff Deist, chief of staff for Paul, confirmed the congressman’s decision in a statement to The Daily Caller.
“Congressman Paul decided not to join the Tea Party Caucus,” Deist wrote in an e-mail. “He strongly believes the Tea Party movement should remain a grassroots phenomenon, rather than being co-opted by Washington or any political party.”
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I had no IDEA that airports have a CHOICE on whether to use TSA. Of course, I'm sure that there is LOTS of $$$ that is involved in that "choice". Good to see that this info is getting out there!
By: Byron York | Washington Examiner
Did you know that the nation's airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.
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LONDON – Britain has agreed to pay hefty settlements to a group of former Guantanamo Bay detainees who sued the government for alleged complicity in their torture — one of the first big pay-outs stemming from the US-led war on terrorism.
At least seven former detainees would receive payments and at least one man would receive more than one million pounds (US$1.6 million), according to a second source who has seen details of the weekend settlement and spoke on condition of anonymity because lawyers agreed that the details would be kept confidential.
British spies have not been accused of torturing detainees themselves, but former detainees have alleged that British officials violated international law by knowing about the abuse and doing nothing to stop it.
U.K. Govt Pays Out Millions For It's Involvement In Bush's Torture Program
"...but we're going to have to do it."
My favorite is the name/acronym used for this illness: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (O.D.D)
If you are a nonconformist who speaks up in defense of freedom and privacy, then you might be interested to know that some psychiatrists might recommend that you should be "cured" or locked away in a mental institution.
Poster's note: This should be made into a country song. I can see the dollar signs now...
TSA ‘Don’t Touch My Junk’ Crusader John Tyner Interviewed on Fox News
John Tyner, the man whose viral video refusal to have his “junk touched” has made him something of a folk hero, appeared on Fox News‘ America Live to respond to unfortunately-named TSA administrator John Pistole, among other things. While Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano maintain that the privacy of Tyner’s privates is a small sacrifice to make, software engineer Tyner says his hardware is off-limits.
Update: The hearing was held today. Here's a link to cspan. I haven't watched it yet, so I don't know if it's pro-liberty or pro-TSA.
It's an oversight hearing which looks to be scheduled Nov. 17 10am (et). I found the link from drudge. Hopefully this hearing actually does something for liberty and isn't some kind of whitewash.
C4L says this will be coming up soon in Congress's lame duck session:
Despite the delays, the so-called "Food Safety Modernization Act" (S.510) remains a major threat to local food networks and market-based food systems. S.510 empowers the FDA with totalitarian authority over the whole gamut of food, and would give the regulatory agency the ability to wantonly impose burdensome requirements on even the smallest of food processors, e.g. a local family farm.
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sounded an alarm about some of the Republicans joining him in Congress next year, warning that they could affect the consensus on the war in Afghanistan and might pose challenges to free trade agreements and the defense budget.
"Rand Paul, he's already talked about withdrawals, cuts in defense," said McCain. "I worry a lot about rise of protectionism and isolationism in the Republican Party."
Wow, they actually mention Ron Paul in this story! The world is finally catching up to Ron Paul.
Fed Up With the Fed
By Mark W. Hendrickson
November 15, 2010
It is time (as it has been for decades now) to rethink the role of the Federal Reserve Bank. An article of this length is insufficient to examine all the problems associated with the Fed, so I will concentrate on three problematical areas:
1) Its record is abominable.
2) Its current policies are misguided and counterproductive.
3) It has become dangerously powerful.