America – the best country in the world?
Is America truly the best country in the world? With the 4th of July celebration fresh in our minds, it’s a question worth examining. Some certainly don’t think so. In the pilot episode of HBO’s The Newsroom, main character Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) unleashes a tirade of depressing statistics, claiming, “There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.” On | Read More »
11 Million Who? Connecting Immigration Reform to Big Government Eyes and Ears
In a very strange presser to sell O’care last week, the president told us that no one is listening to conversations of everyday Americans after we discovered that 100,000,000 citizen’s domestic VZ phone records were collected for no apparent reason. The hypocrite told us it’s for our own good since it helps stop terrorists like the Boston brothers and the shoe bomber…oops, they didn’t stop either one. Citizens, not government, | Read More »
Partisanship: The Tool for Dismantling Liberties
Take into consideration the revelations of the last few months and ask yourself: How crazy do Alex Jones, David Icke and G. Edward Griffin seem now? Major media titans have been telling us individuals like the Pauls are paranoid drama queens for saying the government and its many overreaching tentacles are playing out 1984 (as a friend of mine hilariously stated,” I’m in this | Read More »
Julian Assange Had A Point
By now, we’ve all gone through the mourning period requisite to accept that any privacy we expected to have as American Citizens is dead. The War on Terror killed it. In a sense, Osama Bin Laden won. He’s spiking the football down in hell as we speak. If he hated us for our freedoms, he should lighten up a bit and chill. Those freedoms are increasingly becoming non-existent – a casualty of war so to speak.
The recent revelations of Edward Snowden, even if partially inflated by bravado and imagination, suggest that everything I’ve written above is the sad truth about Post-modern America. We are increasingly becoming The Orwell State.
And the people wielding all the special powers we enacted to fight The War on Terror still wield them without any let-up. They wield them without let-up right after they announced the war was coming to an end. So if the GWOT is over and done with, who does the administration consider the enemy? Or worse yet, does the administration even feel the need for an enemy? Do they consider the police state a naturally justifiable equilibrium? All of these questions above are fine and dandy for batting around the dorm hall amidst a cloud of epistemological bong smoke. If you don’t like the answers to any of the questions I’ve posited then here’s the only question that matters: what do you intend to do about it? Glen Greenwald offers one response below.
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America crossing the Rubicon: The Boston Marathon terrorists succeed far beyond their wildest dreams…
As is often the case with terrorist events, the Boston Marathon bombings had an impact far beyond the bodies of the people harmed by the delivery vehicle itself. Of course that is the very nature of terrorism, where the goal is to use the media to leverage shockingly violent attacks – but usually limited in scope – into events that shock and scare a far | Read More »
China’s Internet, SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA
Last week, the Economist featured a “special report” on internet freedom in China, bringing to mind the unprecedented public reaction to the introductions of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) debates in late 2011 and early 2012. Though the bills were notably over-hyped by critics, the reaction reflects the different views between the American and Chinese governments on internet regulation. When SOPA | Read More »
Tech at Night: Fox confirms my theory about Aereo. CISPA advances.
CISPA continues to remain the big story right now. It’s moving on, though some are concerned that it was effectively renegotiated in back room meetings. It needs scrutiny before passage, I’m thinking. It’s probably a decent but watered-down bill at this point, but let’s look before supporting at this point. We need a good cybersecurity bill, not just any old thing.
Which is exactly what Jay Rockefeller is up to: flailing about, expanding government willy-nilly, in the name of cybersecurity. The SEC? Doing Cybersecurity? Insane.
I like the idea of the Internet Freedom bill, though. The global trend is away from freedom online, and it’s up to us to try to do something about it. The idea that the bill would hurt Net Neutrality is just a bonus.
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, Barack Obama
, Net Neutrality
, Tech at Night
Government, Culture and Freedom
At the very dawn of our republic, John Adams uttered a prophetic phrase that rings through time to the present age. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Often we who love small government forget that culture, that is, “We the People” are the one’s who shape our government first, not | Read More »
, declaration of independence
, Erick Erickson
, fiscal conservative
, John Adams
, Rick Santorum
, Ron Paul
, social conservative
, tea party
, Washington D.C.
The Market Economy: A Conservative Defense
There are a lot of misconceptions about conservatism; one of the biggest concerns our belief in a free economy. Those on the left say we’re motivated by greed, a desire to protect a privileged socioeconomic position (if we’re members of the economic elite), or a false consciousness that blinds us to our oppression (if we’re not members of the aforementioned elite). Always, they say, our | Read More »
Live Free or Die: Adam and Eve is Not Equal to Steve and Steve or Eve and Eve: Definitions Matter
We’ll never know for sure the exact reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire but many attribute it to a marked decline in morals, especially by the ruling classes that eventually spilled onto the general public. “Immoral and promiscuous sexual behavior including adultery and orgies was commonplace and celebrated in the Colosseum arena”, according to one source, Emperors such as Tiberius kept groups of young boys for his pleasure, | Read More »
Marriage: Pillar of Society? Or…
What is marriage? As traditionally defined: mar·riage – [mar-ij] – noun 1. A. The social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc. As the Bible has said: “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave | Read More »
, lisa miller
With the Supreme Court taking on two different same sex marriage cases, two seemingly related yet in this case opposing American concepts are clashing: The right to free association and individual liberty, and the right to practice one’s religion. The Supreme Court will take on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, which bans same sex marriage in California. However, the | Read More »
Obamacare – What good is health insurance if you lose the freedom to live your life as you choose?
One of the many reasons conservatives dislike government overreach is because government is so often wrong about so much. And what’s worse, regardless of the magnitude of the government’s failures, citizens are stuck with the consequences of those policies, in most cases forever. This is not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades. Upon its establishment in 1965 the House Ways and | Read More »
Senator Paul Stands for Freedom
Last week the nation watched as Sen. Rand Paul, in an epic move to protect the freedoms of millions across the nation, during a filibuster on the Senate floor lasting over thirteen hours. This filibuster, which was driven by Paul’s determination to preserve American’s freedom, reminded many of the fictional character Jefferson Smith, forever made memorable in the 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington | Read More »
, due process
, John Brennan
Obama’s Friend Venezuelan President Chavez Dies
After a battle with cancer Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez passed away today. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death | Read More »
, Huffington Post