While this video seems a bit old, it is obviously still valid...
Judge Napolitano: Why The Patriot Act is Unconstitutional.
A number of US senators have introduced a draft resolution, expressing Congressional support for any American military operations against Libya.
Key Senate Democrats and Republicans formally introduced the bipartisan resolution on Monday, endorsing US military action in the North African country and asking the US President Barack Obama to clarify his policy-objectives regarding Libya, Reuters reported.
Drawn up by veteran Senators John McCain, a Republican, and Democrat John Kerry, the resolution "supports the limited use of military force by the United States in Libya as part of the NATO mission to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.”
Rand Paul threatens to hold up Patriot Act
By SCOTT WONG & MANU RAJU | 5/23/11 7:23 PM EDT
A bill extending provisions of the Patriot Act that expire this week easily cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Monday, but it could face delays if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decides not to hold votes on proposed changes to the legislation.
Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of the counter-terrorism surveillance law, threatened Monday to “drag out” the process if Reid fails to hold votes on some of the nine amendments Paul introduced or co-sponsored on Monday. Paul, a libertarian-minded tea-party senator, noted that Reid had promised earlier this year to set aside a week’s worth of debate on the bill and allow votes on amendments.
When asked whether he would try to block the bill if he’s denied votes on his amendments, Paul replied: “I will make them drag it out if we don’t get some votes, because I was promised votes on amendments and we’ll stand firm on that,” adding that he’ll do “whatever it takes.”
EDIT: Here is the complete list of amendments Rand has proposed to the PATRIOT Act:
ANKENY, Iowa — Texas congressman Ron Paul has collected his first endorsement from a sitting member of the Iowa Legislature.
At a news conference Monday at his campaign headquarters, Paul got the backing of Des Moines Republican legislator Glen Massie. Massie says he decided to endorse Paul because of the Texan's devotion to the Constitution.
Paul says the endorsement shows his bid for the Republican presidential nomination has more momentum than his earlier efforts.
At the news conference in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, campaign staffers also announced they had recruited more than 100 county-level volunteers...
Washington Post: The news that congressional leaders have forged a plan for a four-year extension of key Patriot Act provisions means that half of the battle over renewing the counterterrorism surveillance law has been resolved.
The other half – rounding up enough votes next week to pass the measure before both chambers recess for Memorial Day weekend – is likely to be the tougher fight.
The fact that the Patriot Act is one of those issues on which views are not neatly split along party lines makes it somewhat hard to predict what will happen when the legislation reaches the floor of either chamber, and unexpected alliances and splits are often the case.
Continue at the Washington Post...
The Des Moines Register
May 23, 2011
Ron Paul said he’s seen a growing number of potential voters come around to his way of thinking about the economy since 2008, and hopes his views on foreign policy will gain similar traction in the run up to the 2012 caucuses.
“People are now seeing the economic burden of our foreign policy — you know, the hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars of foreign aid that is taken out of our country,” the Texas congressman said today during a visit to his Iowa campaign office in Ankeny. “… People are starting to realize that war is a drain.”
Paul’s strict non-interventionist stance sets him apart from other Republicans vying for the presidential nomination. He’s a member of the U.S. House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, and has been a longtime opponent of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Overseas conflicts are costly, and meddling in the affairs of other nations has done more harm than good over the past half-decade, he said.
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week will seek to modify a House-Senate agreement that would extend three expiring Patriot Act surveillance authorities by including more government oversight of these authorities and sunsetting the use of national security letters (NSL) as a basis for justifying intelligence gathering.
Leahy and Paul on Monday announced their amendment to S. 1038, on which the Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote Monday evening. The bill reflects the House-Senate agreement to extend the three authorities until June 1, 2015, without any additional conditions placed on these techniques.
The bill extends the ability of U.S. intelligence authorities to conduct roving wiretaps, gain access to business records and survey "lone-wolf" operators, authorities that expire at the end of this week. The Leahy-Paul amendment would require inspector general audits of how these authorities are used, expand reporting requirements on their use and require more efforts by the government to justify their use.
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk:
by Susan Westfall
Whether the media establishments want to admit it or not, and believe me they don't, Ron Paul IS the 'front runner' for the republican primary. Despite voracious denials and vitriolic arguments from almost every quarter to the contrary, he is the only one with a chance of shutting out Obama for the presidency in 2012. He appeals to all sides of the aisle, and is attracting the much sought after independent swing vote almost as fast as he has the youth of the nation. The Internet is indisputably Ron Paul country as countless polls and google trends have repeatedly shown. The gradual change in political rhetoric flowing out of Washington, D.C. over the last 3 years reflects an explosion of interest in the freedom message he spreads so tirelessly. The continuos growth in popularity of talk and news shows focussing on freedom and the constitution broadcasts loud and clear the rising prominence of issues he has brought to the debate fore. For anyone with any powers of discernment, it's a no-brainer.
We now have an oligarchy. People cannot get a democratic outcome out of an alleged democratic government. We’re seeing this all over the West. Some of these countries aren’t even run by their own governments. They’re run by Wall Street. The whole thing is a fraud. There’s probably more democracy in China…. Revolution is the only answer. Would default be ‘catastrophic’? Catastrophic for who?! The bankers?!
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah legislators want to see the dollar regain its former glory, back to the days when one could literally bank on it being "as good as gold."
To make that point, they've turned it around, and made gold as good as cash. Utah became the first state in the country this month to legalize gold and silver coins as currency. The law also will exempt the sale of the coins from state capital gains taxes.
Craig Franco hopes to cash in on it with his Utah Gold and Silver Depository, and he thinks others will soon follow.
The idea is simple: Store your gold and silver coins in a vault, and Franco issues a debit-like card to make purchases backed by your holdings.