-2 votes

George Washington's Health Insurance Individual Mandate

"In 1790, the very first Congress—which incidentally included 20 framers—passed a law that included a mandate: namely, a requirement that ship owners buy medical insurance for their seamen. This law was then signed by another framer: President George Washington. That’s right, the father of our country had no difficulty imposing a health insurance mandate."

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/04/the-founders...

Thoughts?

118 votes

Texas Establishment Republicans are scared to death!

E-mail from Texas National Committeeman Bill Crocker:

"Please plan to attend the SD [Senate District] conventions next Saturday and bring all your friends. We need to be sure we are not overwhelmed by the Ron Paul people, who still want to send a list of all Ron Paul people to the state convention."

http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/burkablog/?p=13319

74 votes

MN: After decrying "Ron Paul Libertarians," Lynne Torgerson drops out

Lynne Torgerson, the candidate who posted a long critique Monday of the GOP convention in Minnesota's Fifth District as being "overrun by Ron Paul Libertarians," has ended her campaign for Congress.

New post: http://patch.com/A-s40t

38 votes

Liberty Candidate Series: John Dennis for US Congress

John Dennis US congressional candidate running in the 8th district of California joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Liberty Candidate Series: John Dennis for US Congress’ to discuss his congressional race agianst Nancy Pelosi, the open primary process in California and the importance of putting Liberty Candidates in office.

Listen Here!

41 votes

High Taxes Cause More Americans to Renounce Citizenship

[CNBC] - A year ago, in Action Comics, Superman declared plans to renounce his U.S. citizenship.

"'Truth, justice, and the American way' — it's not enough anymore," the comic book superhero said, after both the Iranian and American governments criticized him for joining a peaceful anti-government protest in Tehran.

Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman's lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

But not everyone's motivations are as lofty as Superman's. Many say they parted ways with America for tax reasons.

More at: CNBC

Another story at: Reuters

57 votes

Is a strip search a form of sexual bullying designed to keep the populace in check?

Naomi Wolf thinks so. In The Guardian, she writes that the Court's logic — that perhaps a strip search could have prevented 9/11 — makes no sense on its own. "How would strip searching him have prevented the attack? Did Justice Kennedy imagine that plans to blow up the Twin Towers had been concealed in a body cavidy?" she asks. She thinks that giving authorities the right to remove citizens' clothes for flimsy reasons is tantamount to giving the government the power to break down and dehumanize its citizens.

Enforced nudity has a long history of being used as a tool to keep people feeling weak and subjugated. Female slaves, for example, were placed naked on the auction block. Prisoners of war are frequently stripped and emasculated to keep their morale down. Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have their clothes removed at whim.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/...

http://jezebel.com/5899850/are-strip-searches-and-tsa-pat+do...

66 votes

Reposting Video for Santorum Supporters: 3 Tour Sniper/Paratrooper Disabled Veteran, SSG. Williams Endorses Ron Paul

The video I made received just over 4000 hits in a couple of weeks and has received nothing but extremely positive acclaim from all who have viewed and has been responsible for converting numerous Romney, Santorum, and cross-aisle Democrats. Please post to any Santorum sites you guys hit up and I'll see you all in Tampa! For Liberty...Welcome to the Revolution! SSG. (Ret.) Rhys Williams

http://youtu.be/dRtPAIo2uz8

166 votes

Strategy to Win California, even if you're out of state

I walked into a medical marijuana dispensary and asked if I could leave Ron Paul cards out on their table. They said yes, but asked if Ron Paul was even still running.

I was shocked. I thought someone who's job is potentially on the line because of the federal government would pay attention to Ron Pauls campaign.

I asked her if she knew what his drug policies were, and she had no idea.

So why don't we ignite the medical marijuana community in California, by calling all of them and asking if they know about Ron Paul and if they will switch to the republican primary (close primary here in Cali).

So I'm going to work on compiling a list of the phone numbers and email addresses of every single Marijuana club in California (super long list).

Let't call them and explain why they, as businesses selling medical marijuana, will be benefited by Ron Paul's presidency.

The hardest part about all of this will be convincing them to switch to become a Republican. But for their jobs, I think we can get them to switch.

78 votes

It's Working! Ron Paul Wins Minnesota, Colorado Delegates to Republican National Convention

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul achieved consequential delegate wins in Colorado and Minnesota today, affirming his delegate-attainment strategy and auguring a prominent role for Paul at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

In Minnesota, Ron Paul supporters swept the three district conventions that occurred today, winning nine of nine delegates to the national convention. Minnesota is set to hold more such conventions next week.

In Colorado, supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas won 12 delegates and 13 alternate delegates. Paul’s state operation is confident that it can win over more of the Rick Santorum delegates to its side who were elected on a combined Paul-Santorum slate. The Paul-Santorum coalition’s combined delegate total is 20—more than establishment candidate Mitt Romney's estimated 16. In addition, the Paul-Santorum coalition denied Romney delegates all the committee spots within the Colorado National Delegation. Two Ron Paul supporters will serve on the Rules Committee and the Paul coalition dethroned known Romney supporter and Colorado State Party Chairman Ryan Call from his position as Delegation Chairman.

http://exm.nr/ILV0o4

105 votes

US Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.

A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame - New York Times
by Nicholas Kristof | April 14, 2012

HERE’S a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.

An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.

These unnoticed killing fields are places like New Middletown, Ohio, where Cheryl DeBow raised two sons, Michael and Ryan Yurchison, and saw them depart for Iraq. Michael, then 22, signed up soon after the 9/11 attacks.

“I can’t just sit back and do nothing,” he told his mom. Two years later, Ryan followed his beloved older brother to the Army...

Continue reading at the New York Times

55 votes

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'

by Ian Katz
Guardian.co.uk | Sunday 15 April 2012

Sergey Brin says he and Google co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create their search giant if the internet was dominated by Facebook. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary."

The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of "restrictive" walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.

The 38-year-old billionaire, whose family fled antisemitism in the Soviet Union, was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind Google's partial pullout from China in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyber-attacks. He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country could effectively restrict the internet for long, but now says he has been proven wrong. "I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle," he said.

More:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/web-freedom...

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