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      by Published on 04-01-2014 07:07 AM

      I've switched over to my online fundraising tool and I'm still looking for feedback on how it works out for you. Can you help?

      I was surprised to learn it but apparently no one here has any leads on Rand or Ron for an endorsement. Good news is that Rand will be in NH this weekend for a state GOP fundraiser. BTW he ignored my town committee's invites to speak; no offense taken.

      Thanks for the suggestions and contacts for national level organizations / PACs. I anticipate sharing my responses to at least two big liberty friendly orgs in the next couple weeks.

      Likely voters are starting to visit my website so I could use some SPECIFIC feedback on how it could look better.

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      by Published on 03-31-2014 08:35 PM

      For the children.
      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a proposed rule Monday requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have "rear-view visibility systems," in effect, requiring backup cameras.

      The rule -- which would be final in 60 days -- would start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models and be at 100% May 1, 2018.
      Continued: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...meras/7114531/
      by Published on 03-31-2014 05:01 PM


      Obamacare, the plan purportedly created to provide health coverage for the uninsured, has enrolled just 1.7% of America’s 48.6 million uninsured.

      News of the disastrous numbers comes as nervous Democrats and President Barack Obama, ahead of the November midterm elections, did their best on Monday’s enrollment deadline to put a positive spin on the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. The latest Associated Press poll finds that Obamacare has now hit an all-time low approval rating of just 26 percent.

      The White House now claims an Obamacare enrollment figure of six million people. However, according to The New York Times, at least 20% of those never paid their premiums to activate coverage, leaving them uninsured. That drops the number down to 4.8 million.

      (continues on link...)
      by Published on 03-31-2014 04:58 PM

      I tried doing a little research and it seems NC does not allow State wide referendums. What is the alternative process to get something like a referendum on the ballot?

      My idea is to reject Obamacare in referendum as proof of state nullification rights. See here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/

      Other States like Colorado have made marijuana legal contrary to federal law. So why can't NC make Obamacare illegal based on unconstitutionality? The people can vote referendum and if over 50% approve, then NC can deem Obamacare unconstitutional and not participate. I think we should encourage States to take back their rights. Any ideas on how to make this happen on a ballot?
      by Published on 03-31-2014 03:51 PM


      "Reuters is reporting that the U.S. National Security Agency managed to have security firm RSA adopt not just one, but two security tools, further facilitating NSA eavesdropping on Internet communications. The newly discovered software is dubbed 'Extended Random', and is intended to facilitate the use of the already known 'Dual Elliptic Curve' encryption software's back door. Researchers from several U.S. universities discovered Extended Random and assert it could help crack Dual Elliptic Curve encrypted communications 'tens of thousands of times faster'."
      There are several embedded links, so if youre interested, hit the link at the top of the post.


      It wouldnt suprise me much if the NSA threatened to reveal to the world if the head of RSA was into "furries"...
      by Published on 03-31-2014 02:00 PM

      Obama Administration To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan

      Beyer said the sculpture was being sold at a “very reduced price” and that “there is an art market that makes these prices, and this is one of the most prominent American artists.” He told BuzzFeed that while some may think it is a waste of money, others may find it enjoyable.

      The $400,000 purchase was justified by U.S. officials in a four-page document, titled “Camel Contemplating Needle.”

      “This artist’s product is uniquely qualified,” the document states. “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.”

      The document then continues to cite Wikipedia as an authoritative source to show that the artist is an “American conceptual artist known for his work.”

      A State Department spokeswoman told BuzzFeed that the money comes from the department’s “Office of Art in Embassies” budget.
      more here... http://www.teaparty.org/state-depart...akistan-38027/
      by Published on 03-31-2014 10:30 AM


      [Jordan] Klaffer is a gun owner who frequently fires his gun at objects on private property.

      On May 1, 2013, Jerry Bledsoe, a police officer, confronted Klaffer while responding to a noise complaint. Klaffer videotaped the interaction, where Bledsoe issued an ultimatum to Klaffer to surrender his guns or be arrested. Klaffer refused to give up his guns and was arrested for disturbing the peace.

      To express his opinion that Officer Bledsoe was using his position to harass him for exercising his Second Amendment rights, Klaffer posted recordings of the May 1 encounter on YouTube and Facebook. And, on Instagram, he posted a picture of Bledsoe alongside a photo of Saddam Hussein, with the caption “Striking Resemblance.”

      Officer Bledsoe retaliated by obtaining a court order that prevented Mr. Klaffer from posting videos, pictures, and text data criticizing Officer Bledsoe on the Internet. “A government order prohibiting criticism of government is the worst kind of censorship,” explains Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.

      The ACLU is fighting it, and it seems pretty unlikely it will stand. (This time.) The blogger points out that laws that were passed to keep us from talking to people that did not want to talk to us (Harassment, stalking) are now being used to keep us from talking about people.

      by Published on 03-31-2014 07:07 AM

      Why Is Homeland Security Paying to Put Cities Under Surveillance?
      Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D
      Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:30

      Next, the headline of a story out of Wisconsin is enough to invoke the ire of constitutionalists in the Badger State: “State cops can track residents' cellphones.”

      The story under that headline, from the Fond du Lac Reporter, demonstrates the immense capacity of cops to violate the Fourth Amendment:

      Police in Wisconsin have at least two devices that secretly track cellphone locations in real time to target suspects or missing persons — technology that simultaneously mines data from hundreds or thousands of unsuspecting people nearby.

      Such sophisticated surveillance equipment doesn’t come cheap. The Reporter writes:

      The suitcase-sized Stingray masquerades as a cell tower to trick cellphones into connecting to it. It can show police phones within a mile or more, depending on terrain. Records show the DOJ Stingray cost more than $150,000, and the DOJ and Milwaukee police both purchased upgrade packages that topped $100,000.

      In fairness, it’s not just Wisconsin law enforcement using this technology to track citizens. As noted by the Reporter:

      An investigation by USA TODAY and Gannett media around the country found at least 25 police departments outside Wisconsin own a Stingray. More than 30 other agencies refused to say whether they own one.
      more here... http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews...r-surveillance
      by Published on 03-30-2014 11:55 PM

      from Zeke Miller at Time.com:

      Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is hard at work laying the groundwork for an almost-certain presidential campaign in 2016, but as he broadens his support among libertarian and younger voters, there’s a budding counter-campaign to take him down if he becomes a threat to actually win the nomination.

      At the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas this weekend, Paul was nowhere to be found, but his presence was felt in the form of a straw man—and frequent worry. Speaker after speaker, from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, laid into Paul’s more isolationist views on foreign policy beliefs. They never mentioned the lawmaker by name, but the message came across loud and clear.


      On the margins of the conference, where attendees heard from four potential 2016 candidates who advocated for a strong American foreign policy and support for Israel, five donors huddled with a reporter pledged to reach into their deep pockets to ensure Paul doesn’t win the GOP nomination.

      “The best thing that could happen is Ted Cruz and Rand Paul run and steal each others’ support,” said one of the donors, “but if not, we’ll be ready to take Paul down.”

      Several prominent GOP donors at the conference suggested that Adelson, who spent more than $100 million backing Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in 2012, is likely to spend vast sums against Paul if he appears to be well positioned in the Republican primaries. Adelson’s spending is largely motivated by his strong concern for Israel, and Paul’s positions are may well put a target on his back.
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      by Published on 03-30-2014 06:03 PM

      Yeah, real cool.


      Meanwhile, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett is in Hollywood trying to get creative types to put the wonders of mandatory insurance into their sitcoms, movies, and dramas:

      "That's the cool thing," a host said to the presidential advisor. "You've been reaching out to people that are, you know, outside of the norm of what the president might work with. Who else are you working with? Like celebrities, personalities, things like that?"

      "You name it," said Jarrett. "That's part of why I'm in L.A. I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts." When Jarrett says "it into the scripts," she's referring to getting references to Obamacare, the president's signature legislation, into the scripts of TV shows and movies.
      Jarrett would explain that mothers are really good at nagging -- which is why mothers have been promoting the health care bill. "What do moms do?" asked Jarrett. "We try to take care of our children. Even when they're grown. And what we want to do here is like nag. We're really good at nagging. I'm a mom so I know. I'm a really good nag. And I can come at the same issue like 20 different ways until my daughter goes, 'Ok, I'm cool, I'll just do it.'"
      Just because that fugly collectivist hag is a nag extraordinaire, doesn't mean all moms are. Nor is this mother promoting Barry's Big Fascist Medical System.

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