Stop Raising the Debt Ceiling

The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our “official” national debt- which doesn’t include the staggering future payments promised to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries- stands at $14.2 trillion.

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Whatever happened to John Kurtz?

"The trial was postponed due to officer not showing up or something like that."

"The trial was continued as there are depositions the defense needs to take before proceeding."

"The persecution got a continuance, I think until 6/20."

Plenty of guesses but are any true?

John Kurtz was scheduled for trial on May 16 in Orlando FL where he faced 6 years in jail for the victimless "crime" of videotaping a cop in public.

May 16 came and went and John Kurtz seemingly disappeared right off the face of the internet.

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History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion--i.e., none to speak of.

— Woodrow Wilson Smith

The Milk Police

On April 20th, after a year-long undercover sting operation, armed federal agents acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer to prevent him from selling his unpasteurized milk to willing, fully-informed customers in Maryland. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to catch Allgyer committing the "crime" of selling his milk. He was not tricking people into buying it, he was not forcing people to purchase it, and there had been no complaints about his product. These were completely voluntary transactions, but ones that our nanny-state federal government did not approve of, and so they shut down his business. The arrogance of the FDA and so many other federal agencies is simply appalling. These types of police state raids on peaceful businessmen, so reminiscent of our tyrannical federal drug war, have no place in a free society.

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He hated the idea of practicing law, instead of doing something useful, of making his profession the manipulation of rules passed by a bunch of legislators during brief breaks between being bribed and fucking their secretaries.

— Ian Silverstein

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Political Correctness Bullies and Libertards

The Miami Heat's LeBron James was publicly rebuked for saying "retarded" in a post-game interview during the NBA playoffs.

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State of the Police State: Gary Chenot

"A private contract dispute with a local credit union has mysteriously ballooned into unlawful detainment of my wife and two daughters, 4 felony charges, 2 stints in the Polk County Jail, an illegal search and seizure of my personal property (no valid search warrant) and a three page Affidavit signed by a Polk County Detective painting a picture of me as a dangerous individual participating in fraudulent sovereign schemes." – Gary Chenot, Polk County, Florida.

On the Elimination of Osama bin Laden

Last week marked an important milestone in the war on terrorism for our country. Osama bin Laden applauded the 9/11 attacks. Such deliberate killing of innocent lives deserved retaliation. It is good that bin Laden is dead and justice is served. The way in which he was finally captured and killed shows that targeted retribution is far superior to wars of aggression and nation-building. In 2001 I supported giving the president the authority to pursue those responsible for the vicious 9/11 attacks. However, misusing that authority to pursue nation-building and remaking the Middle East was cynical and dangerous, as the past ten years have proven.

On Constitutional Concerns

Last week the media focused on President Obama's basic eligibility to be president while ignoring the unconstitutional manner in which he governs. For example, his recent use of a signing statement to affect a line-item veto on a bill he signed into law as president. The recent continuing resolution to fund the government through September had an amendment that defunded four of his czar positions as a cost-cutting measure. These "czars" are administration appointees who exercise influence on policy matters, yet because they are classified as "advisors" and not cabinet officials, the President is able to avoid the Senate confirmation process.

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"I refuse. So long as consciousness remains, so long as cognizance holds sway, so long as I can function as a thinking being, I repudiate the notion of capitulation.

"However fruitless the effort may appear, we will continue to search for possibilities, my old friend. We will do this not because we must, or because we see avenues that may lead to success, but because it is what we do. Evolution has given us the ability to reason. If we choose to abjure it, we surrender the one thing that makes us worthy of continuance."

— Truzenzuzex

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Yet all knowledge conceals within it danger to a greater or lesser degree. If it did not, governments would not be so anxious to regulate it.

— Lord Eiipul IX

Surviving Swat Teams to Empower a Real America

The Banks sent a Swat Team to kill him. But Walter Reddy survived and is still working so your state can have a money system based on gold - and every community can provide real security to you and your family.

Waking Up to Economic Realities

Last week the financial markets were roiled by Standard & Poor’s announcement that they will change their outlook on the fiscal health of the United States over the next two years from “stable” to “negative”. The administration decried this decision as political. However, it seems the only political thing about this decision is the fact that it took so long. The Washington Post recently reported that the White House and the Treasury Department put tremendous pressure on S&P not to do this. However, if S&P made its ratings based on political pressures rather than economic reality, it would cease to have any relevance to the business community. Even if S&P delayed its announcement that U.S. government bond market would be downgraded, at some point it would become obvious that the finances of this country are out of control and our leadership is out of touch. All credibility would be lost if S&P simply continued to assign U.S. debt a AAA rating.

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Heicklen: judges are scamming jury rights activists

Julian Heicklen, the jury rights activist frequently featured in Libertarian News Examiner articles, has uncovered what he calls The Scam while handing out Fully Informed Jury Association literature in California.

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The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

— Edward Abbey