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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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Cops Now Show Less Discipline and Professionalism Than Soldiers in Iraq

Posted on October 9th, 2013 by Ben Spera

a_seattle_police1In a recent article by Jonathan Carp, he writes:

The shooting on Capitol Hill of Miriam Carey, an unarmed woman who refused police commands to stop her car, was a familiar situation for any veteran of the Iraq War, with one significant difference — rather than moving through a progressive escalation of force while attempting to defuse the situation, Capitol Hill police officers went straight for their firearms and shot to kill. Since returning from my service as an Army combat medic in Baghdad six years ago, I have watched American police become more aggressively violent than my fellow soldiers and I were ever trained to be.

As a Marine and two-tour combat veteran of the Iraq War, I can personally vouch for this. I’ve been noticing it for a few years, but I was hoping I was just being paranoid and jumping to conclusions prematurely. At this point however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Read more…

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