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sheila-jackson-leeRep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas has added another ballad to her greatest hits album. This time she suggested that the House of Representatives change the common usage of the word ‘welfare’ to something more palatable, and less shameful, like ‘transitional living fund.’

She praised the current welfare programs,  and apparently thinks the name change will encourage more people to stop being so shy and hop on the gravy train. A little research uncovered just how much of a hypocrite Rep. Jackson Lee is. Read more…

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kens_neal_131124a-615x345This Texas cop has little to defend himself with. Apparently his cruiser’s dashcam was conveniently not working at the time and he was off the grid and unable to be contacted by his department for about 30 minutes.

The worst part of this story is that this isn’t the first time this cop has done this. He was going to be prosecuted for a similar incident but the woman was too afraid to testify so the charges were dropped and he was allowed to remain on duty.

What kind of an environment do these officers work in where this cop would have any bit of confidence that he could get away with this?

Source: RT, ABC News

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Police-roadblockFriday, off duty police officers set up a mid-day road block, diverting drivers into a parking lot where federal contractors took blood and cheek swabs. Several residents of North Fort Worth said that they tried to avoid the pull off, but were forced off the road, into the parking lot.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the blood and swabs were collected for a voluntary, national survey and the samples are anonymous. Dallas-Forth Worth Police Department originally denied any involvement, but later admitted that their Traffic Division coordinated the event with the Traffic Safety Admin and off duty officers.

The Fourth Amendment seemingly doesn’t apply to off duty police officers corralling citizens for unofficial, “voluntary” sobriety surveys. Is this the life of a free American citizen? To be detained and tested at the government’s leisure. No available recourse, except to complain to the very same management that approved and participated in this fiasco to begin with.

Source: NBC 5

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Why Aliens Have Never Visited Earth

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by Ben Spera

imageThis is one of the main reasons why I don’t believe aliens visit, or have ever visited, Earth.

“If an alien in a galaxy 65 million light years away is looking at us through a telescope right now, then they are looking at dinosaurs.”

This is because of the time it takes the photons of light to reach them. If they are 65 million light years away, then they are just now receiving the light reflected and emitted from our planet 65 million years ago. Therefor, they are observing our planet as it existed 65 million years ago. If the alien lived in a galaxy even farther than that, then the alien is observing light and an Earth that existed even further into the past.

…and by the time said aliens finally arrived here (even with their warp drive) we will most likely be extinct and long gone. That’s as far into it as I will get here for now.

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