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      by Published on 04-23-2014 04:56 PM

      Ah yes, the infamous 5-4 ruling in favor of more police powers. "You were so close to keeping your rights....so close. Better luck next time."

      http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305993...anonymous-tips
      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.

      The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.

      In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road. The caller gave the location of the incident, plus the make and model of the truck and the license plate number.

      Police subsequently pulled over a truck matching that description and smelled marijuana as they were walking toward the vehicle. Officers eventually found 30 pounds of marijuana in the truck and arrested the driver, Jose Prado Navarette.

      Continued: http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305993...anonymous-tips
      by Published on 04-23-2014 07:28 AM

      If I suddenly told you I was hiring Johnny Cochran to be my attorney, you’d think – well, first of all, you’d think it was peculiar, since Johnny Cochran is dead. Maybe I’m looking to save some money. But, assuming I mean the metaphorical Johnny Cochran, you’d be pretty sure I’m in some kind of really serious trouble.

      Or if your wife mentioned she had hired a lawyer, and you found out the attorney specializes in . . . divorce. You’d probably start checking some apartment listings.

      Which brings us to the strange case of President Obama’s decision to hire Neil Eggleston to be his new White House Counsel.

      Full story: http://www.whitehousedossier.com/201...e%20Dossier%29
      by Published on 04-15-2014 07:09 AM

      A top journalism award for releasing less than 2% of the information they have?

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...bc3_story.html

      The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the prestigious public service medal for a series of stories that exposed the National Security Agency’s massive global surveillance programs.

      A team of 28 Post journalists, led by reporter Barton Gellman, won the public service award, as did Guardian US, which also reported extensively about the NSA’s secret programs. Gellman and Glenn Greenwald, then the Guardian’s lead reporter on the NSA pieces, based their articles on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who has fled to exile in Russia, lending a controversial edge to this year’s awards.

      Continued: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...bc3_story.html
      by Published on 04-11-2014 07:20 PM

      This is not a good sign.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...bc3_story.html

      Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.

      Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

      more at link
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      Also from article:

      The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.
      Changing the rules in the middle of the game by retroactively making debts previously uncollectable due to SOL fair game again.
      by Published on 04-11-2014 08:01 AM

      http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_25533850?source=rss

      HAYWARD -- Ron Paul's glass is half full AND half empty.

      On one hand, the former 12-term congressman and three-time presidential candidate from Texas believes America is on the edge of economic collapse and totalitarianism, a teetering empire that boldly pokes its nose into the lives of its own citizens and the affairs of other nations.

      On the other hand, "I am optimistic enough to believe that we are moving in the right direction," he told an overflowing audience of about 600 on Wednesday at Cal State East Bay. "We're overcoming that propaganda machine of the government and the media."

      More Americans -- especially young Americans -- are taking to the Internet and to the streets to question the government and stand up for their liberty and privacy, he said. And to paraphrase Victor Hugo, "you cannot stop an idea whose time has come."

      One of Paul's sons, Rand Paul, is the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky, and is considering whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

      The elder Paul's hourlong speech shared a title with his 2011 book, "Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom," and covered almost as many topics; the crowd welcomed each of his axioms with applause and shouts of encouragement. Among those spotted in the audience were a woman wielding one of Paul's 2012 presidential campaign signs, and a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask of the type popularized in civil protests of recent years.

      Repeating his signature criticisms of income taxes and the Federal Reserve System, Paul said politicians -- however good their intentions -- who legislate away individual freedoms "believe that you are incapable of doing what is best for your life" and will redistribute wealth based on "envy."

      more at link
      by Published on 04-10-2014 06:14 PM

      Here's part of the email received. I can post the whole thing (it's long) if needed.

      Quote Originally Posted by Ron Paul/C4L
      This is one of the toughest letters I’ve ever had to send.

      For years, people have joked that the three most feared letters in the English language may well be these . . .

      I – R – S.

      But today, I’m not laughing.

      Just days ago, the IRS handed Campaign for Liberty a hefty fine and DEMANDED we turn over sensitive contributor information.

      If we don’t comply with the IRS’ outrageous demand for sensitive donor information, I’m afraid we’ll face additional fines that could cripple Campaign for Liberty and perhaps even force us to shut our doors.
      Is this just a fundraising ploy or is the IRS really going after C4L? Anybody know the scoop?
      by Published on 04-08-2014 05:46 PM

      Pay attention to your local city and county commissions folks! Agenda 21 topics are starting to show up. I watched the local county commissioners meeting from last week and some consortium representative (not a local resident) appeared on the agenda and got our commission to agree to pay $300k for a study and recommendations on "sustainable development and land use". A couple of our commissioners knew it as Agenda 21 related and put up arguments against it but it still passed. So now we get to pay $300k for a "study" where the results of the study will be predetermined in accordance with UN Agenda 21 mandates and those mandates will be what is recommended.

      Keep active in your local governments and let your local elected representatives know about Agenda 21! They'll soon be hearing how great it is from unknown characters showing up at your meetings and asking for YOU to pay for it. They will -not- call it Agenda 21 but instead something like sustainable development and land usage management policies. It is still Agenda 21 no matter what they call it.
      by Published on 03-26-2014 05:41 PM

      Entirely predictable reaction to the LAX TSA "shooting". It's calling for police stationed at security checkpoints but I'm sure this will eventually morph into TSA themselves carrying guns and given direct arrest powers.

      http://news.yahoo.com/tsa-wants-law-...NTVG8AcfPQtDMD

      LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

      The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by a fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last fall.

      The 25-page report to Congress was obtained by The Associated Press. Congress will now review the recommendations. more at link
      by Published on 03-19-2014 06:47 AM

      [quote]I disagree with some of Rand Paul’s more libertarian positions, especially on social issues. And I’m certainly not endorsing him or anyone else to be the Republican nominee for president at this time.

      But Sen. Paul of Kentucky did two things recently that won my favor.

      He showed the 2,500 conservative activists at the CPAC conference last weekend that he understands what the GOP must do if it wants to take the Senate this fall and win back the White House.

      And then on Monday he wrote a good column for Breitbart.com calling for his fellow Republican presidential wannabes to, as the headline said, “Stop warping Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy.”

      CPAC, as all conservatives and political junkies know, is the annual bathing beauty competition for every Republican who’s ever had a daydream about running for president.

      Sen. Paul’s brand of libertarian-leaning conservatism has shifted the GOP’s center of gravity his way and everyone at CPAC knew it.
      .........

      In his Breitbart column he did two good things. He reminded his more bellicose fellow presidential competitors that their hero Ronald Reagan was a peacemaker and a negotiator, not a war-maker.

      More: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/couri...599fac94c.html
      by Published on 03-03-2014 08:00 PM

      Good for him. This will make wealthy potential donors happy while protecting general privacy rights. Oh and to hell with the IRS....

      http://www.politico.com/story/2014/0...ks-104148.html

      When a bipartisan Senate panel last week lambasted Swiss bank Credit Suisse for helping rich Americans evade billions in taxes, some watching the high-profile hearing couldn’t help but notice an elephant in the room.

      That is, Sen. Rand Paul.

      The connection? Paul for years has single-handedly blocked an obscure U.S.-Swiss tax treaty that lawmakers, prosecutors, diplomats and banks say makes the difference between U.S. law enforcement rooting out the names of a few hundred fat-cat tax evaders — and many thousands more.

      Kentucky’s tea party darling says the treaty infringes on privacy rights.


      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/0...#ixzz2uxJU9s9p
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