8 votes

Review of "Going to Tehran": Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony

This definitely sounds like an interesting book. I'll be looking to pick up a copy, possibly next pay day :)

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“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Iran relations to be published thus far.

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett tackle not only U.S. policy toward Iran but the broader context of Middle East policy with a systematic analytical perspective informed by personal experience, as well as very extensive documentation.

More importantly, however, their exposé required a degree of courage that may be unparalleled in the writing of former U.S. national security officials about issues on which they worked. They have chosen not just to criticise U.S. policy toward Iran but to analyse that policy as a problem of U.S. hegemony.

Read More at Counterpunch...

40 votes

Beretta Is Asking For Our Help

Petition to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

http://www.berettausa.com/sb281?idevd

15 votes

Budget Cuts Could Force Army and Marines to Cut 200,000 Troops

By John McCormack | Feb 27, 2013 | The Weekly Standard

Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration.

It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending.

29 votes

White House Threatens Journalist Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/s...

26 votes

Without Love nothing exists

You are not alone
God's child you are
Stand up tall knowing

Your Father did not bless
So you can live in chains

Father gave you the gift of life
So you can stand tall for Love

Without Love nothing exists

44 votes

Video: Ron Paul Supporter & Pizzeria Owner on CNN's Piers Morgan Last Night

Surprised this hasn't already been posted. The store owner stumbled a bit, but came across as a scholar when compared to Piers, of course.

http://youtu.be/cFGBCYtNpOg

Original Mediaite article.

57 votes

Stop complaining to the police about the guy with the loud music upstairs or the pot smokers next door.

Everyone needs to make a conscious effort to ignore the police and other "authorities". Start living as if you were already FREE and have to solve all your personal problems WITHOUT EVER contacting an enforcer. Good Article from Center for a Stateless Society.

ARTICLE:
Building on this, libertarian-minded people can begin to talk about valid and invalid reasons for contacting the police? Generally speaking, private citizens are rarely required to contact law enforcement. This should be thought of as a way to weaken the state’s monopoly on force Of course, it will be difficult to overcome the “I’m calling the cops” culture we live in. But we can start by emphasizing that once we call the police, the state takes over. Criminal defense attorney Michael Cicchini explains this in his informative book But They Didn’t Read Me My Rights: Myths, Oddities And Lies About Our Legal System (2010). According to Cicchini, “when wrongdoing is reported to the police, the police refer the matter to the prosecutor’s or district attorney’s office, which represents the state. In that case, control of the case lies solely with the state, which will often press forward with criminal litigation regardless of the wishes or desires of the complaining witness” (p.94). So people need to use good judgement before they decide to call the cops on their loved ones. They should also show some neighborly courtesy and stop complaining to the police about the guy with the loud music upstairs or the pot smokers next door.

19 votes

Justin Amash on Sequester: 'These are not devastating cuts'

House conservatives say John Boehner shouldn't have agreed with President Obama's "chicken little" talk about spending cuts.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/27/sequestration...

32 votes

Judge Discards Video Evidence of Philadelphia Cop Sucker Punching Puerto Rican Woman - VIDEO

http://youtu.be/iykkFzEZtRg

MENSAH M. DEAN | Daily News Staff Writer | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

THOUGH ex-cop Jonathan Josey was acquitted by a judge Tuesday of assaulting a woman he was filmed punching last September, the fight is still on and will only intensify, the woman's enraged attorney thundered after leaving court.

"What took place today was an injustice. It was injustice to Ms. Guzman, it was an injustice to the Puerto Rican-Hispanic community," said attorney Enrique Latoison, who said he is suing Josey.

49 votes

Fishy's Rocket Mass Heater Build - Part 1

http://youtu.be/NS_OdsZWRdg

Should have part 2 up in a few weeks. THANK YOU again, Twelve-Oh-One. This vid's for you!

Anybody want to use a free trial of the editing site I used? If you use this link to get your free trial, I get more free editing sessions, and it is much more versatile than the youtube editor. Use this link to get one free HD video for yourself, and one for me! Thanks!

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54 votes

"V" Burning Rubber in the Ron Paul Liberty Corvette

My factory Eagles had worn out and right before heading to the tire store to have them replaced. I stopped to smoke them before they were recycled. During the campaign, I wanted to make appearances in my "V" costume (as I did during the 2008 campaign) but many discouraged me saying it might "cast a bad light" on the election.

Turns out, the election was so badly rigged that it wouldn't have mattered so here it is FINALLY...

V, in the Ron Paul Liberty Corvette...

http://youtu.be/7b7fyHLJRfw

12 votes

Forbes: Bernanke's Blind QE Worship Amounts To Faith-Based Economics

Forbes | February 27, 2013

During his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had a heated exchange with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

Senator Corker leveled a valid (although poorly articulated) charge that the Fed was subsidizing the big banks at taxpayers’ expense. Bernanke countered with a claim that what the Fed was doing was necessary to support economic recovery. Unfortunately, the Fed Chairman’s defense of his “QE3” program was based on belief, rather than evidence. It was also disingenuous.

We seem to be living in an era of faith-based economics. Proponents of “fiscal stimulus” and “quantitative easing” don’t even seem to notice when their policies fail in the real world.

33 votes

EYEWITNESS: "Yes, The Nazis Did Confiscate Our Guns"

http://youtu.be/6NcQemQ2bGg

Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com | February 27, 2013

Austrian citizen Kitty Werthmann, an eyewitness to Anschluss, Hitler’s annexation of Austria, confounds recent efforts by gun control advocates to re-write history, by re-affirming that the Nazis did indeed confiscate guns belonging to ordinary citizens.

71 votes

Sequester: Senate GOP Ponders Ceding Power to President Obama!

WHA --?!

Politico reports: Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.

The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.

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