10 votes

Feinstein-Lee NDAA Amendment Passes, But Is It Enough?

The New American: Naive. That's the word used by the Wall Street Journal to describe attempts by a handful of senators to outlaw the indefinite detention of Americans under key provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

On Thursday, by a vote of 67-29, the Senate agreed to such a measure, an amendment to the NDAA co-sponsored by 18 senators including Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

The purpose of the amendment was “to clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.”

Speaking in support of the amendment, Senator Feinstein said:

129 votes

My Father's Outrageous Prison Sentence!

Please help share my father's story! He is currently serving a 60 year sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2012/12/01/drug-case-seek...

Please consider signing this petition! http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/florida-governor-rick-...

UPDATE: I am putting together a site to donate for his legal fund. Stayed tuned!

67 votes

Real Clear Politics: Yes, Romney Was the Problem (Mentions treatment of Ron Paul)

Excerpt:

Ditto for the Ron Paul movement. It was outrageous how the Romney team refused to sit a number of pro-Ron Paul state delegations at the convention, all because they didn’t want Ron Paul to be nominated so that Romney could enjoy an unanimous nomination. The stupidity of this move was astounding. Romney already had the votes to win the nomination overwhelmingly but his team was so fixated on the appearance of a perfect nominating convention that they decided to disenfranchise the entire Ron Paul movement. Romney lost tens of thousands of Ron Paul supporters for that action alone.

18 votes

Israel defies UN after vote on Palestine with plans for 3,000 new homes in the West Bank

The Ynet news site said the move had been approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner council

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-d...

Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a UN vote implicitly recognising Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported yesterday.

The Ynet news site said the move had been approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner council of nine senior cabinet members on Thursday, as the United Nations General Assembly upgraded the Palestinians to "non-member observer state" from "entity" – a resolution Israel and Washington had opposed.

49 votes

Remember Maine? Charlie Webster is OUT!

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Officials with the Maine Republican Party met this morning to choose new leadership. Outgoing party chair Charlie Webster announced he would not seek another term as chair shortly after last month's election.

During Webster's tenure, Maine Republicans gained control of both houses of the state legislature for the first time since 1974. They also elected Republican Paul LePage as governor. However on November 6, Democrats gained majorities in both houses.

45 votes

Senate Votes To Tighten Sanctions On Iran - Rand Paul Votes Yes 11/30/12

http://news.yahoo.com/senate-votes-tighten-sanctions-iran-15...

Not one single no vote.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 2nd Session
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 3232 to S. 3254 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013)
Statement of Purpose: To enhance sanctions imposed with respect to Iran.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_c...

64 votes

"I thought I was going to die in that cage," says Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of causing the biggest security breach in American history, finally broke his silence yesterday as he gave evidence at a pre-trial hearing, saying he felt like a doomed, caged animal after he was arrested for allegedly divulging secretes to the WikiLeaks website.

Speaking in court after 917 days in military captivity, Private Manning, who was arrested in Iraq, made the analogy in a reference to his detention in a cell in a segregation tent at a US Army outpost in Kuwait. He was later transferred to a base in Virginia.

"I remember thinking, "I'm going to die. I'm stuck inside this cage'," he said when questioned by defence attorney David Coombs. Employing dramatic language, he shared the distress he suffered after being locked up his former colleagues. "I just thought I was going to die in that cage. And that's how I saw it – an animal cage."

Continue reading: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/i-thought-i...

40 votes

Asking the Wrong Questions

My mother is someone I frequently describe as “June Cleaver”. She has led a truly charmed life, and as a result has a very happy and rosy outlook. This last year has been difficult for our relationship. We have had increasingly difficult discussions about politics, raising children, and life in general. I have made sincere efforts to get through to her, and she to me, but we disintegrate into heated discussions almost every time we see each other. This forced me to evaluate both my own perspective and hers. An epiphany struck me when I did so:

I have been asking the wrong questions.

A quote has been attributed to both Cecil Rhodes and Rudyard Kipling. It goes “To be born and Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life.” You could say this lottery-winner status shifted to the United States after World War II, and that the peak of the last century was the era from 1950 to just before President Kennedy was shot. It was certainly a great time to be an American. My mother graduated from high school in 1958. This should give you a clear picture of who she was, and who she is today is a direct result. With this in mind, I began to look for what defined her beliefs in a general way. I came up with a stunning divergence with my own perspective: she has faith in the institutions of society.

This is the core disagreement we have. Her faith is in direct opposition to my lack of it.

28 votes

New Video: A tour of the 'known' Universe

Back again with a short little video I put together that shows the vastness of space in under 3 minutes with the voice of Carl Sagan. I hope you all enjoy!

http://youtu.be/CJjPSTpeCts

43 votes

Why Is It Political Suicide For Anyone To Criticize AIPAC?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 11th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, Why Have We Allowed The Government To Regulate Commodes?}

We recently covered the latest flare up in military actions between Israel and Palestine, one in a long and seemingly never-ending war between states that are at bitter odds. Within that piece, the United States unwavering support for Israel was cited – support that in the opinion of this publication is unwarranted. Of course, support to virtually any country from our perspective is also unwarranted. However to say in a political forum in America that one opposes any of Israel’s actions, or the massive monetary donations we so kindly make to them, is paramount to political suicide. Ron Paul asked in his final speech why this is – why criticizing AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) should spell doom and destruction for anyone who dares to question it.

It’s a very valid question – simply look at the latest Democratic National Convention for your proof. There was a ridiculous amount of media coverage when the Democratic party dropped language recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (note that almost the entire rest of the world does not). Such a fury of coverage and massive amounts of lobbying from the AIPAC eventually got the language restored – the DNC was bullied into acquiescing and it was seen as a black eye to Obama’s campaign. It’s long been a point of contention and also a point to curry favor with Israel and Jewish-Americans.

82 votes

I just saved my Dad from neoconservatism

I just had a 90 minute lunch with my Dad who's 61 and we mostly only talked about politics. He started by saying that he had a project for me, that he thought it was already part of our movement, but that he wanted to take a national poll... He asked me to start a website that questioned what people thought the role of government should be. I let him know that we were the only group that questioned the role of government. He agreed. My dad was a Bush, McCain, and finally Romney supporter... for the first time in my life, we had a conversation about politics and liberty, and he agreed with everything that I said.

We talked about economic philosophy, that being pro-business like Mitt Romney was not the same as being pro-free market like Ron Paul. We talked about the difference between Keynesian and Austrian economics. We talked about sound money and how we're robbed by the Federal Reserve. We talked about social policy, how allowing people to be free to make poor choices like doing drugs was not endorsing their behavior. We talked about the NDAA and the ever increasing power of the state. He's agreed with me in the past that we shouldn't be the policeman of the world.

45 votes

Ron Paul On His Future, Fiscal Cliff, Rand, and Secession - Fox News Radio Nov 29

Ron Paul On His Future, Fiscal Cliff, Rand, and Secession

Fox News Radio w/ Alan Colmes | Nov 29, 2012

http://youtu.be/gLtBWDLemUs

44 votes

Please Help - Applying for Conscientious Objector Status

I am a Army ROTC Cadet wishing to be dis-enrolled from the program. I can no longer lie to myself day after day to justify military service when I know the truth. I know full well how immoral all war is and how incompatible my beliefs are with service. I am sure I don't need to explain this part to the DP Community.

I am seeking advice on how I can get dis-enrolled. If I just talk to my PMS/Commander and tell him how I feel will he be able and willing to simply dis-enroll me? I have look into the conscientious objector route and am willing to do that, but that seems to take up to a year and I am supposed to commission in May. I am aware that if disenrolled I will have to pay back my educational assistance.

If you have and insight or experience with the ARMY or ROTC and the Conscientious Objector process please share your experience and insights. Any resources about applying for Conscientious Objector status would be helpful as well.

This is going to be one of the hardest things I will do in my life, I am so nervous I have hardly slept in three days, I am scared of what repercussions I may face, and really need help.

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