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The criminal can come in and threaten and the Pharmacist and clerks just have to take it??? 
Oklahoma City pharmacist’s supporters seek pardon; attorneys begin appeal
Nolan Clay
May 28, 2011

Attorneys for an Oklahoma City pharmacist began work Friday on the appeal of his murder conviction, while some stunned supporters asked Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday to pardon him.

“We’ve already started,” lead attorney Irven Box said of the appeal, which will take months to complete.  Read More


So...It is illegal, apparently an arrestable offense, to dance at the Jefferson Memorial...Did not know that!!!
Adam Kokesh body slammed, choked, police brutality at Jefferson Memorial
YouTube Video here

The Court Ruling that set off Kokesh's act of civil disobedience 
Dance Off: Court rules against birthday dance at Jefferson Memorial
Read about it here


“The Risks Are Enormous”: Why Morgenson and Rosner Are So Worried
The Daily Ticker
Aaron Task
May 27, 2011

In "Reckless Endangerment," co-authors Gretchen Morgenson and Josh Rosner examine the origins of the crisis, starting in the early 1990s. The co-authors pull no punches and aren't shy about placing blame.

Having taken a long, hard look back, I asked Morgenson and Rosner about what worries them today and looking forward.  Read More


A little more than a week ago, the Supreme Court acts unconstitutionally, now it's Congress!  Does ANYONE on Capitol Hill take their Oath of Office seriously???
Senators Say Patriot Act Is Being Misinterpreted
New York Times
Charlie Savage
May 26, 2011

Two senators claimed on Thursday that the Justice Department had secretly interpreted the so-called Patriot Act in a twisted way, enabling domestic surveillance activities that many members of Congress do not understand.

At the same time, Congress and the White House were rushing to enact legislation to prevent a lapse in several of the federal government’s investigative powers under the Patriot Act that were set to expire at midnight. The Senate passed the bill 72 to 23 late in the afternoon, and within hours the House approved it 250 to 153. In an unusual move, a White House spokesman said that President Obama, who was in Europe, would “direct the use” of an autopen machine to sign the bill into law without delay.  Read More

Senate Vote

House Vote

Strictly speaking, if ANY representative knows of unlawful or uncharacteristic use of legislation, it should be their DUTY to disclose it...PERIOD!  That is why we have the checks and balances...so that one branch of government cannot act against the Constitution!

Rand Paul's Noble Defeat on the PATRIOT Act
David Weigel
May 26, 2011

The promise of Rand Paul's campaign for U.S. Senate was simple to understand. His father, Ron Paul, had spent a long time in the House of Representatives as a lonely "no" vote against... well, almost everything. But the House is a majority-rule body, and individual no votes don't count for much. A senator with Paul's philosophy and total disinterest in being popular could do plenty, threatening filibusters, mounting filibusters, and introducing amendments to change bad bills.  Read More


Really?  THIS is what our government needs to be doing with our money?  And they say the American people need to cut back!!!  I had missed this one...thanks sis!
Tax dollars fund shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestling in Antarctica
Washington Times
Stephen Dinan
May 26, 2011

The Senate’s top waste watcher, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to funding jello wrestling in the Antarctic, to testing the exercise ability of shrimp on a treadmill and to a laundry-folding robot - all funded by the National Science Foundation.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he identified more than $3 billion in mismanagement at NSF, ranging from questionable studies to exorbitant operating costs, and in some cases the agency duplicates the operations of other agencies.

At a time when the government is struggling with record deficits, he said the agency is an example of the kinds of spending taxpayers should not tolerate.   Read More


Ooohhh...Federeal Government gets nasty as Texas asserts Tenth Amendment Rights!!!
National press release: Feds threaten Texas no-fly zone
Tenth Amendment Center
Michael Maharrey
May 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice bullied Texas lawmakers into backing off proposed legislation that would make invasive TSA pat-downs without probable cause illegal.

HB1937 unanimously passed the Texas House on May 13. A week later, the bill passed favorably out of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. But a letter delivered to key senators from U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy on Tuesday stopped the bill dead in its tracks.

Murphy threatened to turn Texas into a no-fly zone should the bill become law.  Read More


The more you learn, the more you really wish you didn't know!!!
U.S. hid evidence to detain Japanese-Americans, official says
McClatchy-Tribune News
David Savage
May 24, 3011

Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, in an extraordinary admission of misconduct, took to task one of his predecessors for hiding evidence and deceiving the Supreme Court in two of the major cases in its history: the World War II rulings that upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans.

Katyal said Tuesday that Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, deliberately hid from the court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that concluded the Japanese-Americans on the West Coast did not pose a military threat.  Read More


Lets pour a little salt in that wound, shall we???  Supreme Court now acting UNCONSTITUTIONALLY, as well!  I am thinking 8 of those 9 Justices need to be going home!!!
Supreme Court gives police leeway in home searches
Los Angeles Times
David Savage
May 17, 2011

The Supreme Court gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence otherwise might be destroyed.

Ruling in a Kentucky case Monday, the justices said that officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they hear sounds that suggest the residents are scurrying to hide the drugs.

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Courts are now blatantly abusing power!!!  This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!
Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home
Northwest Indiana Times
Dan Carden
May 13, 2011

Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.

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Again, I say, if it is such a kicking program, why issue waivers???
Nearly 20 percent of new Obamacare waivers are gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, fancy hotels in Nancy Pelosi’s district
The Daily Caller
May 17, 2011

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.

That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.  Read More

And in other Health Industry News...You now have insurance, but you can't afford to use it, so health insurers are making a killing...(no pun intended!)
Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care
NY Times
Reed Abelson
May 13, 2011

The nation’s major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set among Americans who are postponing or forgoing medical care.

The UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest commercial insurers, told analysts that so far this year, insured hospital stays actually decreased in some instances. In reporting its earnings last week, Cigna, another insurer, talked about the “low level” of medical use.  Read More

Wait a minute...We already have the 10th Amendment!
H.J. Res. 62: Amending The Constitution To End States Rights?
Activist Post
Marti Oakley
May 18, 2011

H.J. Res. 62, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to give states the right to repeal Federal laws and regulations when ratified by the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States.

Sounds like a great deal . . . right?  Wrong!  The states already have the right to repeal Federal laws and regulations.  It is called nullification under the 10th Amendment.  

Or, states can refuse to contract with the Federal government or any of its privately owned corporate agencies, thereby refusing the contract and any of its provisions (regulations or laws).  Read More

Philly Police Harass, Threaten to Shoot Man Legally Carrying Gun
Fox Business
John Stossel
May 16, 2011

A story in today's Philadelphia Daily News shows why it's so important that citizens be allowed to videotape cops - it can be citizens' only way to fight back against police abuse of power.

This incident happened several weeks ago in Philadelphia to Mark Fiorino, a 25-year-old IT worker who carries a gun on his hip at all times for self defense. He got the gun after several friends were mugged.

But he didn't count on attacks by police:  Read More


Secret Service interrogates Tacoma 7th grader
Q13FoxNews Seattle
Dana Rebik
May 16, 2011

A Tacoma seventh grader faced federal interrogation at school for what he posted on his Facebook page.  His mom said it all happened without her knowledge or permission.

Timi Robertson said she had just finished lunch with a friend Friday when she got a phone call from her son's school.

"I answered it, and it's the school security guard who's giving me a heads up that the Secret Service is here with the Tacoma Police Department and they have Vito and they're talking to him," Robertson said.  Read More


Isn't this why we HAVE Homeland Security???
Texas Officials Say Terrorists Sneaking Across The Border
The National Terror Alert Center
May 16, 2011

Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw testified before lawmakers in Washington last week.

He says the majority of people from terrorist sponsored countries are getting into the U.S. along the Texas border.  Read More


WHAT!!!  Not Constitutional AT ALL!!!
ACLU: National Defense Authorization Act permits ‘worldwide war without end’
Raw Story
Eric Dolan
May 16, 2011

A little noticed provision in the House Armed Services Committee's National Defense Authorization Act would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Section 1034 was added to the bill by the committee's chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA).

"Congress may soon vote on a new declaration of worldwide war without end, and without clear enemies," the ACLU warned in a statement. "A 'sleeper provision' deep inside defense bills pending before Congress could become the single biggest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history."  Read More


This borders on the ridiculous...What surprises me is that people actually buy into the lies!
Patriots and Militia Supporters Flock to New Social Networking Site
Evelyn Schlatter
May 10, 2011

Militia members and other antigovernment “Patriot” types have a new social network where they can share and discuss the latest conspiracy theories about the looming “New World Order” and its enablers.

The site, which calls itself the “Social Network of the Revolution,” is run by Patriot leader Gary Franchi, producer of “Camp FEMA,” a film that promotes the FEMA camp conspiracy theory.  The site, named RTR, apparently stands for Restore the Republic, since Franchi heads a Patriot group and website with that name.  Read More


Just another failing government agency...
FEMA: That money we sent you? We need it back
KATU Portland News
Ryan J Foley
May 10, 2011

After the raging Cedar River filled his home with 13 feet of water and ruined most of his possessions, Justin Van Fleet pleaded for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get back on his feet.

Dead broke and living in a FEMA trailer following the 2008 flood, Van Fleet repeatedly submitted paperwork and made countless phone calls arguing his case.  Read More


It is about time!!!
Texas to make TSA pat-downs felony crimes
Natural News
J D Heyes
May 5, 2011

Well, it was bound to happen. Someone has finally gotten so tired of the X-rated pat-downs at airports they are trying to criminalize it.

Tired of waiting for the federal government to do the right thing and uphold Americans' Fourth Amendment right to privacy and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, Texas lawmakers are moving to make invasive pat-downs by Transportation Security Administration screeners a felony.

A bill moving through the state Legislature would make it illegal to intentionally touch a person's private areas, even above clothing, unless the screener had probable cause the passenger was hiding something - and by that, it means something dangerous.  Read More


Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile
The Hill
Pete Kasperowicz
May 5, 2011

The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.  Read More

But in case you think it's new news...Rewind...
Obama Puts Brakes on Plan to Tax Drivers by the Mile
NBC Washington
February 21, 2009

President Barack Obama on Friday rejected his transportation secretary's suggestion that the administration consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy.

"It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, when asked for the president's thoughts about Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's suggestion, raised in an interview with The Associated Press a daily earlier.  Read More

Rewind, again...
US, UK Move Toward Per-Mile Driving Tax
The Newspaper
June 5, 2005

Oregon satellite road tax pilot begins this fall. UK announces plans for nationwide program.

Transportation officials in the US and UK are both moving toward a satellite-based tax on driving designed to encourage people to give up their cars and embrace public transportation. Under the plans, the current gas tax would be reduced or replaced in favor of a system where satellites would monitor the driving of individuals and charge more for those driving in popular locations at popular times. Under the British plan, motorists would be charged up to £1.34 (US $2.44) for each mile driven.  Read More

Oh, wait...that isn't far enough back, either...Rewind, a little more!
DMV chief: tax drivers by the mile / Novel idea gaining supporters, but not among motorists
Los Angeles Times via San Francisco Chronicle
Sharon Bernstein
November 28, 2004

The concept is gaining currency among the think-outside-the-box crowd as a way to bolster sagging transportation coffers while eliminating the politically unpopular tax on gasoline. But it may be an idea that only a policy wonk could love.

"It's absolutely horrible," said Nancy Mooslin, an artist who divides her time -- and drives -- between downtown Los Angeles and Newport Beach.

"It's the craziest idea I've ever heard," said Judy Heiser, who manages a gas station in North Hollywood.  Read More


Not surprised...
Secret State's Domestic Spying on the Rise
Blacklisted News
Tom Burghardt
May 8, 2011

Despite last week's "termination" of America's bête noire, Osama bin Laden, the reputed "emir" and old "new Hitler" of the Afghan-Arab database of disposable Western intelligence assets known as al-Qaeda, Secrecy News reports an uptick in domestic spying.

Never mind that the administration is engaged in an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, or is systematically targeting antiwar and solidarity activists with trumped-up charges connected to the "material support of terrorism," as last Fall's multi-state raids on anarchists and socialists in Chicago and Minneapolis attest.  Read More


Analysis: Pace Of Yuan Rise Unaffected By China-U.S. Meet
IMarket News
May 8, 2011

he latest round of the Sino-U.S. Strategic & Economic Dialogue is likely to see Chinese officials rejecting U.S. calls for a significantly faster pace of yuan appreciation, even as the currency continues to rise against the U.S. dollar as part of Beijing's anti-inflation campaign.

Senior officials from the Chinese and U.S. governments are scheduled to meet later today in Washington for biannual talks, expected to include discussion on the Libyan protests and the impact of the Japanese earthquake as well as topics specific to the bilateral relationship.  Read More


One Company that deserves to be supported...
Mozilla stands up to U.S. government takedown request
Jose Vilches
May 6, 2011

Last month the Department of Homeland Security asked Mozilla to remove a Firefox extension called MAFIAAFire that helps web surfers access websites whose domain names have been seized by the government for alleged copyright infringement. Because the government seizes only the site name and not the actual servers, affected sites can simply buy a new domain from a non-U.S. registrar and go back online. The add-on in question makes the takedowns less effective by simply redirecting traffic from the old domain to the new one.  Read More


Fourth Circuit Judge Selection
Healthcare Lawsuits
Hadley Heath
May 5, 2011

It was not until this morning that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond released the identity of the three randomly selected judges from its 14-member bench that would hear the cases on “ObamaCare.”  Of its 14 judges, the Fourth Circuit is comprised of: 4 Obama nominees, 3 G.W. Bush nominees, 3 Clinton nominees, 2 G.H.W. Bush nominees, 1 Reagan nominee, and 1 judge, the Honorable Dennis Shedd, who was a Clinton recess nomination, re-nominated by G.W. Bush in 2000).

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Here we go again!!!
Why high gas price effects may be different this time
USA Today
Bertha Coombs
April 17, 2011

Kelsea Hanrahan spends a lot of time on the road.

The Long island, N.Y., consultant gets reimbursed 50 cents a mile for gas from her job. That used to net her an extra $50 a week in pocket change.

"I was pocketing money because my car is fuel-efficient, but now most of it's just going to the extra gas price," she says.  Read More

News about Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious
Just one more in a long line of failed government projects...The VERY first question needs to be how did BOTH Our President AND the Attorney General NOT know this was happening???  WHO is in charge up there?

Obama says he didn’t inform Mexico of U.S. gun smuggling operation because he didn’t know about it
San Antonio Express News
Richard Dunham
March 24, 2011

Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The Mexican government has complained that it didn’t know about the U.S. operation that allowed guns to illegally cross the southwestern border so they could track the weapons.  Read More

Mexico lawmakers livid over US 'Operation Fast and Furious'
Christian Science Monitor
Nacha Cattan
March 9, 2011

Mexico has long complained that drug gangs are terrorizing cities with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States. But Mexican lawmakers are now up in arms over the recent revelation that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purposefully allows some of these weapons to be smuggled south of the border so it can track them as part of "Operation Fast and Furious."  Read More

Project Gunrunner
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

Gun trafficking to Mexico is a nationwide problem with consequences on both sides of the border. In response, ATF implemented Project Gunrunner in 2006 as a comprehensive strategy to reduce firearms and explosives related violent crime associated with Mexican criminal organizations operating in the U.S. and Mexico by preventing these organizations from unlawfully acquiring and trafficking firearms and explosives. Through Project Gunrunner, ATF works in conjunction with its domestic and international law enforcement partners to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the firearms and explosives trafficking infrastructure of criminal organizations operating in Mexico, along the border, and other areas of the U.S.  
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Project Gunrunner Fact Sheet

Obama on ATF Operation Fast and Furious: “I did not authorize it”
Truth About Guns
Posted by Robert Farago
March 25, 2011

Thank God America has journalists who aren’t afraid to ask President Obama the tough questions about the brewing scandal knows as “Gunwalker.” [FYI: That's the name given the scheme whereby the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) enabled gun smugglers intent on providing Mexican drug cartels with weapons purchased in the United States.]  Read More

Video and other info at this link
Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico
CBS Evening News
Sharyl Attkisson
March 3, 2011

Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.

He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico?

"Yes ma'am," Dodson told CBS News. "The agency was."

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.  Read More


WHAT!?!  This is insane!
Crying, foul: Kindergartener gets suspended for tearing up
Globe and Mail Blog
Dave McGinn
March 30, 2011

No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. A six-year-old boy in Virginia has been suspended from school for … crying.

Earlier this month, Gary and Heather Clark were notified by officials at Tallwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach that their son Bronson had been suspended from school for allegedly crying in class and disrupting the educational process, according to the Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil liberties organization.  Read More


House passes huge GOP budget cuts, opposing Obama
Associated Press via Yahoo News
Andrew Taylor
April 15, 2011

In a prelude to a summer showdown with President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House pushed to passage on Friday a bold but politically dangerous budget blueprint to slash social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly.

The nonbinding plan lays out a fiscal vision cutting $6.2 trillion from yearly federal deficits over the coming decade and calls for transforming Medicare from a program in which the government directly pays medical bills into a voucher-like system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance plans.  
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Let's Not Be Judgmental About the Journalist Who Kept Quiet About Racist Murders by New Orleans Police
Tom Scocca
April 14, 2011

Sometimes bad things happen in bad situations. That's the message from some people that James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times talked to about the case of New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer Alex Brandon, whose news-gathering work in the Hurricane Katrina–wrecked city in 2005 excluded the news that police were killing unarmed black people.

Brandon witnessed the immediate aftermath of the Danziger Bridge shooting—when police gunned down six people, killing two—and endorsed the police account of the incident, according to his former colleague Mike Perlstein:
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About time someone on the Hill got angry about this abuse!  Too bad it took his daughter being abused to make him GET this angry...
Airport pat downs of minors infuriate Chaffetz
Salt Lake City Tribune
Thomas Burr
April 14, 2011

After his 15-year-old daughter was whisked away from her mother for a pat down at Ronald Reagan International Airport, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he’s had enough and introduced legislation this week to bar pat downs of minors without parental consent.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that watches over the Transportation Security Administration, says his wife and two daughters were flying to Utah from Washington a few weeks ago, when they refused to go through whole-body imaging machines, which the congressman has railed against as intrusive.  Read More


US officials caught out spending Gulf oil spill clean-up funds on gadgets
The Australian
April 12, 2011

In the year since the Gulf oil spill, officials along the coast have gone on a spending spree with BP money, dropping tens of millions of dollars on gadgets and other gear - much of which had little to do with the cleanup, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The oil giant opened its checkbook while the crisis was still unfolding last spring and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Gulf Coast communities with few strings attached.  Read More

Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire on protesters
The Guardian
Katherine Marsh
April 12, 2011

Syrian soldiers have been shot by security forces after refusing to fire on protesters, witnesses said, as a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations intensified.

Witnesses told al-Jazeera and the BBC that some soldiers had refused to shoot after the army moved into Banias in the wake of intense protests on Friday.

Human rights monitors named Mourad Hejjo, a conscript from Madaya village, as one of those shot by security snipers. "His family and town are saying he refused to shoot at his people," said Wassim Tarif, a local human rights monitor.  Read More


Guerrilla Hoarding
Ludwig von Mises Institute
Wendy McElroy
April 12, 2011

The headlines scream, "Is this Baby in Danger Due to Hoarding Grandma?"; "The Horrors of Hoarding"; and "Animal 'Hoarding' Often Tied to Mental Illness." Meanwhile, a popular TV series entitled Hoarders focuses upon people whose "inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis"; like drug addicts, they require an intervention. The vilification of hoarders as mentally ill, child-endangering animal abusers is in full swing.

What is this vile and dangerous thing called hoarding? The noun "hoard" is defined as "a store of money or valued objects, typically one that is secret or carefully guarded." The verb means to "save up as for future use." In common usage, anyone who stores more of a good than their neighbors do is often viewed as a "hoarder."  Read More


Faux job numbers could lead to real trouble
New York Post
John Crudele
April 12, 2011

Take, for instance, the Labor Department's annual springtime boost in the faux jobs market. While it's nice that the government thinks there is an employment boom coming, this won't be a good development if that boom turns out to be imaginary yet still causes the Federal Reserve to prematurely tighten credit conditions.

Let's start from the beginning.

Early this month Labor reported that 216,000 new jobs were created in March. It was better than Wall Street expected.  Read More

Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight
Yahoo News
Liz Goodwin
April 11, 2011

Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food--or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," principal Elsa Carmona told the paper of the years-old policy. "It's about ... the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke."  Read More

Judge approves settlement in lawsuit over seized assets
The Kansas City Star
Mark Morris
April 9, 2011

A judge approved a settlement Friday in which Kansas City police will pay about $1.2 million to 50 people who have contended that police improperly seized their property.

The order ended a decade-long class-action lawsuit brought against the Kansas City Police Department by plaintiffs who alleged that police illegally handed their money and property to the federal government for forfeiture, rather than running it though a state system that would have given money to schools.

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Supreme Court rules against exonerated death row inmate who sued prosecutors
Washington Post
Robert Barnes
March 29, 2011

An ideologically divided Supreme Court on Tuesday stripped a $14 million award from a wrongfully convicted man who had spent 14 years on death row and successfully sued New Orleans prosecutors for misconduct.

Conservative justices prevailed in the 5 to 4 ruling, which shielded the district attorney’s office from liability for not turning over evidence that showed John Thompson’s innocence.  Read More


Many of us have said this from the very beginning!  There is no way they can predict the cost accurately!  Look what they did with the Cash For Clunkers Program...I hate to keep bringing this up but that SMALL program cost 3 times as much as it was supposed to and only lasted 2/3's as long!  We MUST learn from history!
New Analysis Reveals Obamacare Will Cost More Than Expected
The Heritage Foundation
April 6, 2011

When Obamacare was passed into law, its proponents touted the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis showing that it would reduce the deficit. A lot has changed since then. Heritage research reveals that “a close examination of what CBO said, as well as other evidence, makes it clear that the deficit reduction associated with [Obamacare] is based on budget gimmicks, sleights of hand, accounting tricks, and completely implausible assumptions.”

Now, a recent hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has further revealed that the cost of Obamacare will be higher than expected. Douglas Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, highlighted that CBO’s March 2011 updated analysis of the health care legislation shows its coverage provisions costing $1.1 trillion between 2012 and 2021. This is $90 billion more than the prior month’s estimates for the same time period.  Read More

Republicans begin to chip away at Fannie, Freddie
Corbett Daly
April 6, 2011

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have started to chip away at housing finance giants Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB), taking the first legislative steps to reduce their role in the $10.6 trillion U.S. residential mortgage market.

The House Financial Services subcommittee responsible for overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac approved eight narrowly crafted bills late on Tuesday and early Wednesday targeting the two firms, including one that would sharply cut the pay of their executives.  Read More


Keep in mind, those who have given up the search for employment are not counted...
US Unemployment Rate
Trading Economics
April, 2011

The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 8.8 percent in March of 2011. From 1948 until 2010 the United States' Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. The labour force is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work.  Read More


Afghans Avenge Florida Koran Burning, Killing 12
New York Times
Enayat Najafizada and Rod Nordland
April 1, 2011

Stirred up by three angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters on Friday overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said.  Read More

Good for him!  The Debt Limit has been raised 8 times in the past 10 years!
Why I Won't Vote to Raise the Debt Limit
Wall Street Journal Blogs
Marco Rubio
March 30, 2011

Americans have built the single greatest nation in all of human history. But America's exceptionalism was not preordained. Every generation has had to confront and solve serious challenges and, because they did, each has left the next better off. Until now.

Our generation's greatest challenge is an economy that isn't growing, alongside a national debt that is. If we fail to confront this, our children will be the first Americans ever to inherit a country worse off than the one their parents were given.  Read More

The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases
Get the Congressional Research Service PDF Here 


Just confirming what Steven Saw and many others of us already know...
The Real Reason Gas Prices Are Soaring
AOL Daily Finance
Charles Wallace
March 28, 2011

Have you ever wondered why when you go to the gas station to fill up the family car, the price of gas at the pump has just jumped 25 cents a gallon over the past three days? Perhaps you thought the oil companies were just being greedy. Or you believed the nightly news pundit who said that gas prices went up because the crisis in Libya was affecting supplies of oil. One professional oil trader says that you'd be wrong on both counts.

Dan Dicker, who has spent nearly three decades in the oil market, has a profoundly disturbing explanation of why the price of oil, and the gasoline that comes from the crude product, has risen so dramatically in recent months.  Read More


Since when does a federal budget NEED to 'fund" Planned Parenthood???
House GOP’s ‘riders’ restricting federal agencies could hinder budget deal
Washington Post
Paul Kane
March 24, 2011

Congressional leaders in both parties agree they have to stop putting off the inevitable and reach a deal to fund the federal government through September, the end of the fiscal year.

Washington is limping along on stopgap funds that expire April 8, the sixth short-term extension in the past 51 / 2 months. Neither side wants to pass another one. The extensions are a hassle to negotiate, with the two parties bickering over spending cuts for little benefit.  Read More *

*Okay...No one is saying that Planned Parenthood cannot exist, but is it really up to the Federal Government to FUND it???  NO!  If you think it is...Then show that to me in the Constitution!  NOT THERE!


Who are these people and where have they been...living under a rock???
U.S. dollar, usually world’s safe haven, declining despite plenty of global turmoil
Washington Post
Neil Irwin
March 24, 2011

When the world is in turmoil, investors have usually had one automatic response: Put money into dollars, viewed as the global safe harbor.

But that’s not happening in this tumultuous year. Even with the Middle East in conflict, Japan in disarray after a series of disasters and Europe facing a debt crisis, the dollar has been gradually falling in value against other major currencies. Having fallen relative to the euro, pound and yen in recent months, the dollar is down 7 percent against a basket of six major currencies since Jan. 7 and 14 percent since June.  Read More


In what country does she live?  Just 'cause you say it doesn't make it so!
Napolitano: US border towns with Mexico are safe
KTNV Action 13 News Las Vegas
Associated Press 
Juan Carlos Llorca
March 24, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Thursday that security on the southern U.S. border "is better now than it ever has been" and that violence from neighboring Mexico hasn't spilled over in a serious way.

Napolitano spoke at the Bridge of The Americas border crossing, after a meeting with the mayors of the border towns of El Paso, Nogales, Ariz., and Yuma, Ariz. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin also were present.

Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security will deploy 250 more border agents and expects to have 300 more under their next budget if it's approved.  Read More

Well, Janet, not according to these...
Mexico mayhem unravels border cities' ties
Gang violence killing tourism and cooperation
Houston Chronicle
John MacCormick
December 5, 2010

Over the last decade, rising waves of narco violence in Mexico and a dramatic tightening of border security by the United States over fears of terrorism have strangled cooperative relationships between officials of many "sister cities."

In many cases, professional friendships and cross-border ties among city leaders, and police and fire departments, have fallen by the wayside.

Where not long ago Brownsville police could count on their counterparts in Matamoros to help recover stolen cars and catch fugitives, the relationship is all but dead.

"It became almost nonexistent about a year ago. We don't have a liaison officer anymore," said Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia.  Read More


NATO takes command of part of Libya operation
Houston Chronicle
Slobodan Lekic
March 24, 2011

NATO agreed late Thursday to take over part of the military operations against Libya — enforcement of the no-fly zone — after days of hard bargaining among its members. But the toughest and most controversial portion of the operation — attacks on the ground — will continue to be led by the U.S., which has been anxious to give up the lead role.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who announced the agreement in Brussels, said the alliance could eventually take more responsibility, "but that decision has not been reached yet." It appeared that some NATO members balked at any involvement in attacks on ground targets, something the alliance's sole Muslim member, Turkey, has resisted.  Read More


One Year since it was signed into law...
10 Things Obama Doesn't Want You to Know About Obamacare
Grover Norquist
March 24, 2011

Did you know that . . . since Jan. 1 of this year (2011), you cannot use your flex-account at work (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to purchase over-the-counter medicines?

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Health-Care Overhaul Law Has Tumultuous First Year
Wall Street Journal
Katherine Hobson
March 23, 2011

A year ago today, President Barack Obama signed the health-care overhaul bill.

As we wrote then, “the executive and legislative branches have been the center of attention in Washington during the health-care fight so far, but the stage could soon be shared by the judiciary.” Indeed, there have been 25 cases challenging the law, according to this scorecard from Kaiser Health News.  Read More

Waivers for Everyone
Real Clear Politics
John Hayworth
March 10, 2011

Republican congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan has been flipping through those 1000+ waivers granted to ObamaCare, and noticed they all apply to labor unions, large corporations, and one entire state.  So far, individuals and small businesses have been unable to get one of those wonderful waivers, but Rogers plans to address this injustice with his Health Care Waiver Fairness Act.  Read More

Defunding Obamacare: Istook Testifies in the House
The Heritage Foundation
March 9, 2011

Yesterday we highlighted two recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports (October 14, 2010 and February 10, 2011) that detail how Obamacare bypassed the traditional yearly budgeting process and created a $105 billion slush fund for implementation. As we explained yesterday, if conservatives are serious about stopping Obamacare, they must proactively defund this money program by program.  

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I think I have found at least SOME money that can be cut from the budget!
FBI dedicates $1 billion to massive biometrics identification program
The Raw Story
Stephen Webster
March 24, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced recently that it is dedicating up to $1 billion for a Lockheed Martin-developed system that will enable on-the-fly analysis of detailed identification information that can be instantaneously shared with law enforcement all around the world.

It's called the "Next Generation Identification System" (NGIS), and if you're a fan of television dramas like the CBS crime drama NCIS, it may sound pretty familiar.  Read More


Are there ANY answered questions?
Unanswered questions about Libya
Glenn Thrush & Abby Phillip
March 24, 2011

It’s hard to find a precedent for a president ordering U.S. military forces into action, then heading off for a five-day tour of Latin America, but that’s just what President Barack Obama did when he approved the deployment of air and naval assets to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.

His homecoming gift is a barrage of questions about the military action Obama aides refuse to label a “war.”  Read More


This would be funny if it wasn't so sad!
Mayor Unrolls Toilet Paper Tax
CBS News Vegas
March 23, 2011

Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.  Read More


Yeah, well I am right there with 'em!
China Urges Quick End to Airstrikes in Libya
New York Times
Andrew Jacobs
March 22, 2011

China escalated its opposition to American-led airstrikes on Libya on Tuesday, joining Russia and India in calls for an immediate cease-fire and suggesting that coalition forces were imperiling civilians by exceeding the United Nations-mandated no-fly zone.  Read More


Does this surprise ANYONE!?!
White House to work with both sides on gun control measure
Washington Post
Perry Bacon, Jr
March 14, 2011

The White House announced Monday that the administration is starting a series of sessions with leaders on both sides of the gun control issue to try to reach compromise on legislation to reduce gun violence.

White House Secretary Jay Carney did not announce which groups would be invited to the sessions this week, but he said the Justice Department is “meeting with stakeholders on all sides of the issue to look at ways we can find common ground.” The meetings come after President Obama called Sunday for greater enforcement of gun control laws and better background checks since the January shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  
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White House seeks to reconnect with young voters
Washington Post
Peter Wallsten
March 14, 2011

Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country's economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University.

But it was what Obama did offstage and away from the news cameras at the schools, before groups of about a dozen at a time, that was perhaps more important to his campaign for reelection.  Read More


Anxiety About Oil, Recovery Send Shares Lower
New York Times
Christine Houser
March 10, 2011

Worries about oil supply and downbeat economic reports from three continents sent stocks worldwide sharply lower on Thursday, providing a reminder of the fragile nature of the global recovery.

Shares were down almost 2 percent on Wall Street, after markets in Asia and Europe fell amid continued turmoil in oil-producing Arab countries.

Oil prices were down $1.68, to $102.70, well below their recent highs on Monday. But the markets remained volatile as The Associated Press reported that Saudi forces had opened fire on protesters.

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Markets hit Libyan oil slick
Today Online
March 11, 2011

The Dow closed below 12,000 yesterday, slipping back under the psychological barrier that it passed in late January.

Jitters about the oil market and the conflict in Libya, as well as some disappointing economic news, served as a reminder of the fragile nature of the global recovery.

The main American indices all closed down by about 1.85 per cent. Bourses in Europe and Asia mainly closed lower.  Read More 

And for the more on the Oil Matter, visit Deb's Blog "The Oil Racket"

Where do we get our oil???
Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries
Pay CLOSE attention to the top 2!

December 2010 Import Highlights:  Released February 25, 2011
Monthly data on the origins of crude oil imports in December 2010 has been released and it shows that four countries exported more than 1,000 thousand barrels per day to the United States (see table below). The top five exporting countries accounted for 72 percent of United States crude oil imports in December while the top ten sources accounted for approximately 88 percent of all U.S. crude oil imports. The top five sources of US crude oil imports for December were Canada (2,064 thousand barrels per day), Mexico (1,223 thousand barrels per day), Saudi Arabia (1,076 thousand barrels per day), Nigeria (1,024 thousand barrels per day), and Venezuela (825 thousand barrels per day).  Read More


Michele Bachmann's 'bombshell' on a 'hidden' $105 billion
Washington Post
Glenn Kessler
March 9, 2011

"There was a Congressional Research Service report that just was issued in February, and we discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the 'Obamacare' legislation to fund the implementation of 'Obamacare'. This is something that wasn't known. This money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill."
--Rep. Michele Bachmann, March 6, 2011

"This is a crime against democracy. No one knew that Harry Reid, [Nancy] Pelosi and Obama put $105 billion in spending in the bill. ... This is a bombshell."
--Bachmann, March 8, 2011

You have to give Rep. Michele Bachmann credit. The Minnesota Republican certainly knows how to command attention -- and how to liven up a dreary discussion of the federal budget on the Sunday morning talk shows by holding up a sign that declares: "$105,464,000,000."  Read more

Politifact finds Bachmann claim of hidden money in healthcare reform ‘barely true’
The Washington Independent
Andy Birkey
March 9, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann hit the cable news circuit this week alleging that the Affordable Care Act contained $105 billion in “hidden” spending. She dubbed the revelation a “bombshell” and announced the news on Meet the Press, Fox’s Sean Hannity show, Fox’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren and WCCO’s Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy over the last few days. Politifact found Bachmann’s claim to be “barely true,” but the Washington Post disagreed, giving Bachmann four of its “Pinocchios.”

Politifact said it was “deluged” with suggestions that the Pulitzer Prize–winning fact-checker rate Bachmann’s statements, and when it did, it found her claims to be barely true.  Read More

Health care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
Read Here

Congressional Budget Office Report Related to Health Care
December 2010
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Obamacare vital signs starting to fade
Washington Times
Dr Milton R Wolf
March 7, 2011

Obamacare is living on borrowed time, and even its most ardent supporters are beginning to realize it. That’s why they’re racing to implement - and entrench - as much of the plan as possible before the laws of economics and the laws of the land and voters catch up. They’re like a deadbeat renter starting a remodeling project after being evicted but before the police escort them from the premises in hopes that it gives them squatter’s rights. Meanwhile, two unrelated but devastating events have caused the ground to shake beneath the feet of Obamacare supporters.  Read More 


Pimco’s Bill Gross Dumping Treasuries Leads Managers Calling Rally’s End
Bloomberg News
Sree Vidya Bhaktavatsalm
March 9, 2011

Bill Gross has dumped all Treasuries from the world’s biggest mutual fund, Warren Buffett is shifting to shorter-term debt, and Swiss Reinsurance Co. is boosting equities and corporate bonds.

Some of the biggest private investors in the bond market, from fund managers to insurers and pensions, are preparing for an end to the three-decade Treasury rally, as interest rates near zero and unprecedented spending by the U.S. government and the central bank threaten to fuel inflation. Their strategies range from reducing the longest-dated holdings and shifting to higher-yielding corporate debt, to investing in stocks, commodities, non-U.S. bonds and even holding cash.  Read More


Home prices: The double-dip is near
CNN Money
Les Christie
March 6, 2011

That big sucking sound you heard last week? That was the air being taken out of the housing market by a slew of bad reports followed by some dire predictions by an industry bubble-spotter.

On Tuesday, we found out that home prices were near their post-bust lows. Two days later the government reported that January saw a double-digit dip in the number of new homes sold.

Then Robert Shiller, the Yale economist and co-founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller home price indexes, dropped this bomb: "There's a substantial risk of home prices falling another 15%, 20% or 25%," he said.  Read More


Foreclosures make up 26% of home sales
CNN Money
Les Christie
February 24, 2011

Home prices are down but sales are up, somewhat contradictory trends.

Home prices fell nearly 6% during the six months ended Dec. 31, sending values to their lowest levels in the post-bubble period, S&P/Case-Shiller reported on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes rose for the third straight month.

"At least it's not a double whammy where both sales and prices are dropping," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services Group. "Deals are getting done."

That's because 26% of all homes sold last year were foreclosures and short sales, according to a RealtyTrac report released on Thursday.  Read More


Stocks Retreat, Led by Chipmakers; Oil, Treasuries, Gold Gain
Bloomberg News
Michael P Regan and Nikolai Gammeltoft
March 7, 2011

U.S. stocks fell, erasing last week’s gain, as chipmakers slid after a ratings downgrade and oil advanced to a 29-month high. Treasuries climbed, while Greek default risk increased to a record after Moody’s Investors Service cut the nation’s credit rating.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index decreased 0.8 percent to 1,310.15 at 4 p.m. in New York and the Stoxx Europe 600 Index erased earlier gains to slip 0.4 percent. Oil advanced 1 percent to $105.44 a barrel. Gold trimmed gains after rallying to as much as $1,445.70 an ounce, an all-time high. Ten-year Treasury note yields slid five basis points to 3.51 percent.  Read More


Stocks Notch a Down Day on Oil Jitters
Wall Street Journal
Donna Kardos Yesalavich and Kristina Peterson
March 7 2011

Stocks fell Monday as investors continued to fret over the potential impact of rising oil prices amid more turmoil in Libya, while the technology sector was also hurt by an analyst downgrade.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 79.85 points, or 0.7%, to 12090.03. Chip giant Intel was among the measure's weakest components, off 35 cents, or 1.6%, to $21.21, after Wells Fargo cut its view of the semiconductor sector to "market weight" from "overweight" for the first time in more than two years. Still, the bank called the move "more an indication of a more moderate though still optimistic view of the sector rather than any active concern about the chip stocks as a group."  Read More


Gas prices continue climb, up 34 cents in 13 days
CNN Money
Ben Rooney
March 7, 2011

Gas prices continued to rise Monday, driven higher for nearly two weeks straight by the turmoil in Libya, with analysts expecting prices to keep climbing.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose six tenths of a cent to $3.509, according to a daily survey by motorist group AAA.  Read More


Oil at $110 May Trigger Pain U.S. CEOs Weathered at $100
Bloomberg News
Will Daley
March 7, 2011

A recovering economy helped U.S. chief executive officers weather crude’s surge past the $100 mark. At $110 a barrel, the pain would start to kick in.

As oil traded at 29-month highs last week on concern that violence in Libya would further crimp Middle Eastern supplies, CEOs said they were waiting to see how much the price rises, and for how long.

“Any time something like oil goes up dramatically overnight, it becomes very hard to adequately plan,” said Samuel Allen, 57, chairman and CEO of Deere & Co. (DE), the world’s largest maker of agricultural equipment. “It has caused us to be more careful or cautious in watching the outlook, but we have still moved forward with all our plans.”  Read More

Petroleum and Other Liquids
US Energy Information Administration

Chart of US Import by Country of Origin 


Big Jump in Private Jobs Bolsters Recovery Hopes
The New York Times
Catherine Rampell
March 4, 2011

The economic waiting game may soon be over, as businesses signal that they are finally willing to resume widespread hiring.

In all, the nation added 192,000 jobs in February, a big jump from the 63,000 added the previous month, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

The job growth was the most in nearly a year, and the 12th consecutive month of gains by companies, which added 222,000 workers last month. It followed an unusually weak report in January, when major snowstorms across the country prompted offices and factories to close.  Read More




Can a $100 Dollar Bill Get You Detained at a Florida Turnpike Tollbooth?
The Blaze
March 5, 2011

Meet Joel Chandler, who just paid his $1.00 toll on the Polk Parkway with a $100 bill, he is not allowed to leave unless he provides personal info to the toll taker. The toll taker tells Chandler this is what happens when they get large bills. She says this is what they have to do.

Chandler says to the toll taker, “So I’m being detained?” She says yes sir.

It is a policy the Florida Turnpike authority instituted for people who paid with $20, $50 or $100 bills. After it happened once, Chandler kept testing the system and taped his encounters as he went through the toll booths.  Read More


Lack of information, not lack of oil, driving price rise
McClatchy Newspaper
Kevin G Hall
March 2, 2011

The continued climb in global oil prices brought on by unrest in Libya is due more to fear than to a shortage of petroleum, but experts warned Wednesday that the Obama administration may have to take steps to drive prices down if they don't fall on their own soon.

The price for a barrel of crude oil for April delivery rose $2.60 Wednesday to $102.23 on the New York Mercantile Exchange — the first time that oil settled above $100 since September 2008, the month that the U.S. financial meltdown began in earnest.  Read More


Ron Paul to Bernanke: ‘Define the Dollar’
Wall Street Journal 
Michael Crittenden
March 2, 2011

What happens when you throw Congress’s top Federal Reserve critic in a room with the central bank’s chairman? Apparently even the definition of the dollar is open for question.

Long-time Fed basher Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), who wrote a book titled “End The Fed,” squared off Wednesday with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at a hearing on Capitol Hill and wasted little time going after the central bank.  Read More


Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers
Andy Greenberg
March 11, 2011

Updated with the TSA’s response below, which denies implementing airport-style scans in mass transit.

Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.  Read More


Supreme Court Says AT&T Not Exempt From FOIA
David Kravets
March 1, 2011

Corporations don’t reap the same privacy protections as do people, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday.

The court, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, said AT&T did not enjoy the “personal privacy” provision of the Freedom of Information Act as the telecom had claimed. The act exempts the government from publicly disclosing law enforcement records if they “constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”  Read More


TSA officer accused of aiding drug suspects
Buffalo News
Dan Herbeck
March 2, 2011

Minnetta Walker is a behavioral detection officer at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Her job is to walk through the airport and look for individuals who might be planning some criminal activity.

But Walker -- according to federal agents who arrested her Tuesday -- got involved in criminal activity herself.

The 43-year-old Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested on charges that she provided information to suspected drug traffickers and helped them get past security checkpoints with minimum scrutiny.  Read More


Earthquakes in Arkansas May Be Man-Made, Experts Warn
Fox News
Alec Liu & Jeremy A. Kaplan
March 1, 2011

The sudden swarm of earthquakes in Arkansas -- including the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years -- is very possibly an after effect of natural-gas drilling, experts warn.

At issue is a practice called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in which water is injected into the ground at high pressure to fracture rock and release natural gas trapped within it.  Read More

Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers
NY Times
Ian Urbina
February 26, 2011

The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century’s gold rush — for natural gas.

The gas has always been there, of course, trapped deep underground in countless tiny bubbles, like frozen spills of seltzer water between thin layers of shale rock. But drilling companies have only in recent years developed techniques to unlock the enormous reserves, thought to be enough to supply the country with gas for heating buildings, generating electricity and powering vehicles for up to a hundred years.  Read More


US warships enter Egypt's Suez Canal
Press TV
March 2, 2011

The USS Kearsarge and the Ponce, two US amphibious assault ships, have entered the Suez Canal on their way to Libya as Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi continues his harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters, a canal official says.

The two US warships with hundreds of Marines on board headed towards Libya on Tuesday and entered Egypt's Suez Canal on Wednesday, Reuters reported.  Read More


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