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Hearing For Oregon Senate Bill 281 – February 2013

February 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green A very special thanks to my friends at Mercy Center TV for getting this video footage. I encourage all readers to subscribe to their YouTube channel. There is a ton of good footage there, and more added all the time. The meeting below is concerning adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for the [Continue Reading]

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Some Humor

February 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Monty Pelerin In fairness to the TSA, they do find things. Here are the statistics from October 2012:   The T.S.A. Disclosed the official Airport Screening Results October 2012 Statistics On Airport Screening From The Department Of Homeland Security: Terrorists Discovered 0 Transvestites 133 Hernias 1,485 Hemorrhoid Cases 3,172 Enlarged Prostates 8,249 Breast Implants 59,350 Natural Blondes …read more
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Hawaii Should Walk Away from Steven Tyler Act

February 16, 2013 in Economics

By Josh Blackman, Ilya Shapiro

Josh Blackman and Ilya Shapiro

In a brazen giveaway to celebrities who like to like to vacation on its pristine beaches, Hawaii is about to bid a sorry aloha to the First Amendment.

The 50th state is poised to pass the “Steven Tyler Act.” The bill, named after — indeed, written by — the Aerosmith frontman, could punish anyone who takes a photograph of a celebrity in public. That includes a tourist who takes out her iPhone to snap a pic of a rock star or, perhaps, the Obama family.

The law would prohibit recording someone “in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person,” while that person is “engaging in a personal or familial activity.” The Steven Tyler Act not only departs from a century’s worth of privacy laws, but does so at a huge cost to the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of speech.

The Steven Tyler Act misses a very important thing — that privacy and the First Amendment can coexist.”

There are several significant constitutional defects.

First, the bill offers no exceptions for newsworthy content. It simply assumes that if a person is “engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy,” any recording would be illegal. Newspapers covering matters of public affairs (that may be personal or familial) could be snared by this statute. Citizen journalists reporting from the field, or even perceptive tourists, will be at risk of litigation.

Second, the proposed statute is intentionally vague. It offers no guidance of what “personal or familial activity” means. Courts may construe this statute too broadly, limiting the ability of the press to report the news.

Third, courts would have the authority not only to stop the initial publication of a photograph, but to issue orders against future reproductions of the same photograph. This type of authority is called “prior restraint,” which is highly suspect in First Amendment jurisprudence and allowed only in certain exceedingly rare cases with uniquely compelling interests.

Prior restraints will rarely survive scrutiny even when national security concerns are raised. Perhaps most famously, in 1971 the Supreme Court found that the government couldn’t stop the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers, which contained classified information about war strategy in Vietnam. Surely blocking publication of awkward photos of Britney Spears or Tommy Lee — other supporters of this bill — isn’t more compelling than blocking the release of sensitive materials regarding …read more
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The Federal Reserve Knows That The U.S. Economy Is Not Recovering

February 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

“The Fed knows that the U.S. economy is not recovering. It simply is being kept from collapse by artificially low interest rates and quantitative easing. As that support goes, the economy will implode.” -
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Peter Schiff`s comments on the economy, stock markets, politics and gold. Schiff is the renowned writer of the bestseller Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse. …read more
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How I Became a Ron Paul Supporter

February 16, 2013 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

It occurred to me that I’ve never actually put this story to writing, so now’s as good a time as ever. At the very least some people will appreciate it before the Paul fervor becomes a thing of the past like the Goldwater Fever of ’64. Nonetheless, like Barry Goldwater, Ron Paulis an incredible statesman whose ideas are timeless.Despite my conspicuous militancy for him throughout the 2011-12 election cycle, I wasn’t a Ron Paul supporter in 2007. Many of my friends and veterans in the liberty movement brag about being Paulbots BEFORE it was cool, and they often like to jive me for voting for John McCain in the ’08 primary as well as the general elections. Screw them; I’m too much awash in liberty for my swag to be stained by Haterade spillage. (Clean up on aisle hate.)
I’d originally heard Ron Paul’s name in 2007 during his first presidential run. This was the era before Facebook really began to take off and MySpace was still king of the social networks and most politically themed group pages had at least one militant Paulestinian posting Ron Paul spam. This was before Tom and his cyberspawn became incredibly annoying with a corporate look and endless advertisements flooding everyone’s home page (hint hint, Mark Zuckerberg).
The Paulbot MySpace friend I had was a soldier and Iraq War vet named Alex—I vividly remember correspondence with him—and anyone who couldn’t tell from his page that he was a Ron Paul supporter was obviously illiterate. I was mildly impressed that Dr. Paul’s campaign had raised nearly six million dollars in a single day, and mildly impressed that many soldiers and recent war veterans were doing video endorsements of him on YouTube (back when YouTube had barely been bought out and wasn’t a giant billboard paced for people tripping on speed). However, I paid little attention to him because I was completely enamored with the candidacy of John McCain.
Plain and simple, I supported McCain because his contemporarily fashionable neoconservative rhetoric appealed to my young Republican warped idea of what conservatism was. Better yet, McCain was a war hero—a veteran who truly …read more
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