The War on Smoking Is a War on Liberty
Yes, smoking can be a disgusting, dangerous habit, but totalitarianism is far more disgusting and dangerous. Editorial by Lee Shelton.
50 Americans I Wish Were Most Influential
Unfortunately, the people who are most consistently championing the principles that would restore America to its former self are mostly ignored by the mainstream media and even by the Christian media. Article by Chuck Baldwin.
Another Supplemental Spending Bill for the War in Iraq
The question of whether Iraq is worth this much to us is one Congress should answer now—by refusing another nickel for supplemental spending bills. Article by Ron Paul.
Nanny State Mental health bill moves forward in Congress A bill that would require health insurers to cover more of the costs of treating mental health conditions moved forward in Congress on Wednesday with wide backing from employers and insurers.
Capitol Hill Corruption CIA Leak Trial Testimony Ends Quietly Once expected to rival the courtroom dramas of Watergate and Iran- Contra, the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby neared a quick, unsensational close Wednesday.
Education Batman Sighting Puts Schools on Lockdown Three schools Guide Loi Pinel in the north Phoenix suburb of Cave Creek were on lockdown for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning after a student at Desert Arroyo Middle School reported seeing a person dressed as Batman run across campus, jump a fence and disappear into the desert, Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said.
Abortion/State-Sanctioned Murder Death Certificates on Abortions Proposed Legislation introduced in Tennessee would require death certificates for aborted fetuses, which likely would create public records identifying women who have abortions.
War Bush: U.S. Troops Counting on Congress President Bush shrugged off congressional debate on a nonbinding resolution opposing his Iraq policy on Wednesday but said U.S. troops are counting on lawmakers to provide them the funds they need to win.
Free Speech FCC to examine CBS newsroom consolidation The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will investigate allegations that CBS Television is seeking to consolidate newsrooms, a congressman says.
Nanny State Measure limiting midwives gets a nod Before an audience of cooing babies and nursing mothers, a legislative committee on Thursday approved a measure to legally define when Utah women can deliver their children at home. The bill, which moved to the full Senate on a 4-2 vote, amends one passed two years ago to license direct-entry midwives. It gives the Legislature the right to define what constitutes a "normal" pregnancy, labor and delivery � the areas in which licensed midwives are allowed to provide care.
Big Brother Republican calls for email and IM monitoring A bill introduced to the US House of Representatives would require ISPs to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.
Taxes/Spending New wage boost puts squeeze on teenage workers across Arizona Under Arizona's new minimum-wage law that went into effect last month, some employers, especially those in the food industry, say payroll budgets have risen so much that they're cutting hours, instituting hiring freezes and laying off employees. And teens are among the first workers to go.
Homeland Security I-69 is Semi-Finalist in Corridors of the Future Program nterstate 69 from Texas to Michigan is included on a short list of interstate corridors being considered for fast track development by federal transportation officials as part of the Corridors of the Future program.
Nanny State Congress poised to regulate tobacco Bipartisan legislation to give the federal Food and Drug Administration regulatory control over tobacco products may be introduced next week. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and Virginia Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, R-11th, urged colleagues in a letter circulated yesterday to join in co-sponsoring their upcoming bill.
War Target Iran: US able to strike in the spring US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration, according to informed sources in Washington.
Right to Keep and Bear Arms U.S. Attorney Letter To Bloomberg'A Significant Victory' A letter to the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from the U.S. Department of Justice scolding the mayor�s infamous 2006 gun sting operation and advising that Bloomberg�s administration could face �potential legal liabilities� over such stings was called a �significant victory� against the Big Apple mayor�s anti-gun antics by the Second Amendment Foundation.
Nanny State Philadelphia City Council Approves Trans Fats Ban on Restaurants Philadelphia is set to become the second large American city to ban restaurants from serving trans fats, which doctors say increase the risk of heart disease.
Environment Pelosi Backs Restrictions on Heat-Trapping Gases The United States has to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, and mandatory restrictions are the only way to do it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the House Science and Technology Committee yesterday.
Free Speech Men jailed for handing out Bibles on public sidewalk Two men who are members of Gideons International, the Christian organization that is famous for, among other ministries, placing Bibles in motels and giving them to children, have been arrested after trying to hand out Bibles on a public sidewalk in Florida, according to a law firm.
Police State Atlanta officers to face murder indictment for shooting of 92-year-old woman The Fulton County district attorney will seek felony murder charges against at least one of the three Atlanta police officers who shot and killed an elderly woman in a botched drug raid, according to one of the officer's attorneys.
Abortion/State-Sanctioned Murder Texas Man Gets Death for Killing Fetus A former youth pastor was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a teenager and her fetus in what is believed to be the first such order in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state.
Government Incompetence How the US sent $12 billion in cash to Iraq - and watched it vanish The US flew nearly $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent. Right to Keep and Bear Arms New Gun Legislation Proposed in Congress On the first full day of the new Congress, US Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D) introduced a measure that would force states to comply with an automated system that does background checks on those attempting to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and others.
Big Brother Senator to propose surveillance of illegal images A forthcoming bill in the U.S. Senate lays the groundwork for a national database of illegal images that Internet service providers would use to automatically flag and report suspicious content to police.
Nanny State Ban Proposed on Walking While Talking, Listening to iPod A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.
Education Bill To Fine Parents For Skipping Teacher Meetings Parents in Texas could face a $500 fine and criminal record if they miss a meeting with their child's teacher, if a new bill passes. A Republican state lawmaker from Baytown, Texas has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a Class C misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference.
Police State U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling The Justice Department is completing rules to allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities, a vast expansion of DNA gathering that will include hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, by far the largest group affected.
Big Brother Police drone plan draws fire Police Chief William Berger vows to deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle despite contentions from the Federal Aviation Administration and a national pilots' association that his department must first get federal approval before doing so.
Taxes/Spending Bush Sends Congress $2.90T Spending Plan President Bush sent a $2.90 trillion spending plan to a Democratic-controlled Congress on Monday, proposing a big increase in military spending, including billions more to fight the war in Iraq, while squeezing the rest of government to meet his goal of eliminating the deficit in five years.
War Senate votes not to debate Iraq proposal A bipartisan resolution repudiating President George W. Bush's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday, dealing a serious setback to critics of the war.
Taxes/Spending $10,426 Tax Bill For Smoker Who Bought Cigs Over Internet New Jersey residents who buy their cigarettes over the Internet are experiencing a big reason to quit: huge sales tax bills. The state is cracking down on residents who buy their smokes online in order to avoid state sales tax, a development that has caught many Garden State smokers by surprise.
Handouts/Wealth Redistribution Cell-phone taxes subsidize land lines, enrich telecoms Cellular subscribers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars each year to subsidize land-line telephone service, enriching big telecommunications companies while providing little or no benefit to cell-phone users.
'War on Terror'/Scaremongering U.S. Issues Guidelines in Case of Flu Pandemic Cities should close schools for up to three months in the event of a severe flu outbreak, ball games and movies should be canceled and working hours staggered so subways and buses are less crowded, the federal government advised today in issuing new pandemic flu guidelines to states and cities.