Saturday, October 29, 2011

DHS Announces Halloween Checkpoints In Tennessee To Keep Children Safe

Following the announcement that TSA agents would be involved in manning highway checkpoints in Tennessee, the State’s Homeland Security Commissioner said yesterday that a raft of new “security checkpoints” would be in place over the Halloween period to “keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters”.
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Well, if it’s ‘for the children’, who are we to kick up a fuss?

“State Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints, sobriety roadblocks, saturation patrols and other enforcement techniques to look for aggressive or impaired drivers,” over the next few days, in order to “keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters,” according to Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, whose office’s role includes “terrorism prevention”.

Since the Jackson Sun has already announced where the checkpoints will be located, enabling any bad guys to avoid them, is this really about keeping the kids safe or is it about revenue generation?

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Ron Paul vs. foreign policy partisanship

This may sound harsh, but current U.S. foreign policy is a disaster. Most Americans will admit as much if they examine our most significant foreign interventions individually.

Many conservatives say, “I like Ron Paul, except on foreign policy.” Perhaps thinking they’re going for the jugular, Paul’s critics like to first cite his contention that our foreign interventions breed more Islamic terrorism than they quell, often saying the congressman somehow “blames America” for our troubles. Yet, according to the Pew poll, a majority of our soldiers — who you might think know a thing or two about what causes Islamic terrorism — actually agree with Paul on this point. More significantly, Paul’s overall foreign policy of avoiding going to war where there is no clear national interest is where the congressman is most in line with public sentiment. The only exception is Libya, where ironically most Republicans side with Paul and against public opinion.

Perhaps Sarah Palin said it best last week on Sean Hannity’s Fox program: “You’ve got to give it to Ron Paul … [who] I think hit the nail on the head, when he came out and said Obama had better be careful when he interjects himself and our country in other nations’ business.”

Palin was, of course, talking about Libya. Hannity agreed with her.

So what does saying, “I like Ron Paul, except on foreign policy” really mean?

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Hart stumps for Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s North Idaho supporters in the 2008 presidential election have regrouped for 2012. Now calling themselves “North Idaho Patriots for Ron Paul 2012,” they have been meeting regularly for the past few months.

A scheduled gathering Thursday evening at the Donut House in Hayden attracted 40 people. An age-diverse group turned out to hear guest speaker Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart.

Bjorn Handeen’s baby daughter giggled and bounced on her father’s lap as Hart spoke.

“Many of the Ron Paulers from the last election have now been elected themselves, or joined other grassroots efforts,” said Handeen, now a precinct committeeman in Coeur d’Alene’s “Borah Triangle.” “We need to cultivate a new group of activists.”

Things have changed since they first began grassroots campaigning for Paul in North Idaho, Handeen said.

“Now, we’re pretty integrated into the Republican party,” he said.

Hart told the group that Paul is the only candidate who understands economics and realizes that the nation’s Federal Reserve system no longer works, that it is creating debt and driving the nation toward a financial meltdown.

“If you follow the money for every one of the candidates, it will lead back to that Federal Reserve control, if you will,” Hart said. “There is only one candidate that stands outside of that paradigm, and that’s Ron Paul.”

Hart talked about why he disagrees with some of the main objections to Paul’s viability as a presidential candidate.

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What Does Ron Paul Have Against Baseball Coins?

The congressman has long opposed what he has deemed manipulative intervention by the Federal Reserve, which controls national monetary policy. In his book End the Fed, Paul blamed the Federal Reserve’s alleged inflationary shell game for an artificial boom-and-bust economy that will lead America down a path to inevitable ruin. In Paul’s book, the Fed sounds a bit like Matt Taibbi’s description of Goldman Sachs.

Paul’s big problem with American money is this: It’s fiat currency, unmoored to any metallic reserve, leaving it prone to collapse in his view. Paul supports a return to the gold standard.

In the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a different kind of financial monetary intervention is afoot: financing the Hall of Fame by selling the coins with surcharges attached. The bill amounts to a Cooperstown funding drive; that’s why Rep. Amash voted against it.

The bill would direct Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to mint half-dollar, $1, and $5 coins — and to sell them with $5, $10, and $35 surcharges, all of which would be paid exclusively to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“It’s far beyond the proper scope of the federal government to act as a sales agent for a private group,” Amash wrote on his Facebook page. “I voted no.”

Ron Paul is nothing if not principled. If he doesn’t like fiat money, why vote to mint more of it, even if it will possibly feature a sweet convex/concave design for more “dramatic display”?

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Rep. Lofgren: Copyright bill is the ‘end of the Internet’

The antipiracy legislation, introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives to the applause of lobbyists for Hollywood and other large content holders, is designed to make allegedly copyright-infringing Web sites, sometimes called “rogue” Web sites, virtually disappear from the Internet.

“I’m still reviewing the legislation, but from what I’ve already read, this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it,” Lofgren told CNET.

Lofgren, whose congressional district includes the high-tech center of San Jose, will be a key ally for Google, Yahoo, and other tech companies who are already working with advocacy groups through trade associations to figure out how to defeat SOPA (PDF), also known as the E-Parasite Act.

So far, at least, they’re outnumbered, outspent, and outgunned. SOPA’s backers include the Republican or Democratic heads of all the relevant House and Senate committees, and groups as far afield as the Teamsters have embraced the measure on the theory that it will protect and create U.S. jobs.

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