Friday, October 24, 2014

Hollow Justice In Age Of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

by John W. Whitehead.     “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.”—Justice William O. Douglas   With every passing day, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering narrow rulings focused on  ... MORE

From ListVerse: Top 25 Ayn Rand Quotes

Insights of a philosophic genius.     Ayn Rand, was a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher. She is widely known for her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. She was an uncompromising advocate of rational individualism and laissez-faire capitalism,    ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas DiLorenzo - The Real Abe Lincoln

Should NFL Players Be Allowed To Treat Pain With Pot?

Moralists clash with medicine. While Colorado is the first state to fully legalize marijuana, Denver Broncos players are banned from using the drug. However, as CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports, a former NFL player said the hits he took on the field made him, and others like him, turn to pot. "Pain is constant when you play       ... MORE

How Asset Forfeiture Allows Cops To Steal From Citizens

by A. Barton Hinkle.   It probably seemed like a bright idea at the time: Let the police seize the ill-gotten gains of alleged drug dealers and other suspected criminals and sell it, using the proceeds to buy much-needed crime-fighting gear. Unfortunately, the process—civil asset forfeiture—did not require convicting anybody of a crime.       ... MORE

VIDEO: Citizen Pulls Washington Cop Over, Gives Warning

A citizen schools a cop on the state law regarding unmarked police vehicles.

No Freedom: Inside The 'Darkest Place In The World'

by Deborah Weitzman.   A hell hole called North Korea. At 21 years old, a girl robbed of her youth, innocence and freedom has finally spoken out against her native North Korea - the 'unimaginable country' she was fortunate enough to have escaped from. In an emotionally charged speech, Yeonmi Park tells a harrowing tale about what life was   ... MORE

Ebola and the CDC's Dangerous Mission Drift

by Jacob Sullum.    Before Tom Frieden became director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009, his two main nemeses were tuberculosis and smoking. Although both are commonly described as threats to "public health," they differ in ways that may help explain the CDC's stumbling, alarmingly amateurish response to Ebola in the   ... MORE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doctors Go To Court To Fight Government's Marijuana Lies

by David Downs.      The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite. Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University   ... MORE

Justices To Rule On Warrantless Searches Of Hotel Records

Police demand arbitrary access to hotel records.  The Supreme Court agreed Monday to referee a dispute over police access to hotels' guest information without first getting a search warrant. The justices said they will hear an appeal by the city of Los Angeles of a lower court ruling that struck down an ordinance that requires hotel operators to   ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - TSA Vs Private Airport Screeners

John Stossel - Federal Persecutors

A group of Washington overlords       — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America's next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, "Licensed to Lie." She reports that the Department of Justice's  ... MORE

Minimum Wage Backfire: McDonald's Move To Automate

from the Wall Street Journal.       If there’s a silver lining for McDonald’s in Tuesday’s dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast-food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy. The world’s largest restaurant company reported a 30% decline in quarterly profits on a 5%    ... MORE

VIDEO: A Rogue Prosecutor Makes The Drug War Personal

Sex, Spice and Small-Town Texas Justice.

Andrew Napolitano: Chilling Free Speech

What's going on here?   Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The    ... MORE

Federal Forfeiture Program: What Is It Funding?

by Nick Sibilla.    Cops are increasingly looking and acting more like soldiers. How are they paying for all this militarized equipment? One source of funding is particularly disconcerting for Americans’ constitutional rights: equitable sharing. Under this federal forfeiture program, local and state law enforcement can seize—and keep    ... MORE

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carl Sagan Wanted An Honest Drugs Debate 24 Years Ago

by Matt Ferner.     His questions remain spot on. Carl Sagan, a titan of scientific thought and communication, assumed many different roles in his life -- from science's "gatekeeper," to television star on the original "Cosmos," to marijuana user and advocate. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, recently posted a handful of Sagan's letters  ... MORE

UK Gun Owners Subject To Warrantless Home Searches

Previews of coming attractions?     Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant. The new policy from the British Home Office went into effect Oct. 15, permitting police and constabularies to conduct surprise ... MORE

VIDEO: Teachers' Unions Spend Big Bucks On Midterms

Marijuana Midterms: 3 states and DC Vote On Legalization

by German Lopez. On November 4, voters in several states could break down restrictions on a drug once known for Reefer Madness. In Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, voters will decide if they want to usher in marijuana legalization. In Florida, voters will decide whether to amend their state constitution to allow medical marijuana. Here's a    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Predatory Journalism

Exploiting the ignorant.  The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending." Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest  ... MORE