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by Matt Palumbo

August 3, 2014

If you waste much time on Facebook, you've probably stumbled upon at least one of the memes I address in this article.

If you waste much time on Facebook, you've probably stumbled upon at least one of the memes I address in this article. The style of the meme is to take individuals, have them explain how their country is able to accomplish some national goal, then state that it's the "opposite of what America does." None of the quotes are real, and indeed the Facebook page that creates them acknowledged this: "the Opposite of America memes were created by US Uncut and have reached 30 million people. The reason you know the quotes are fake is because the series is so popular-it's not too different than the Onion. We aren't trying to fool anyone and we don't use fake quotes on anything else."

blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com

by Mike Maharrey

August 1, 2014

Nullification opponents would have you believe that withdrawing from any federal program will unleash a tsunami of chaos. But when North Carolina recently did just that, the end result was more like a beautiful day on the beach.

When the strategy of nullifying federal programs through state non-participation and non-cooperation first started gaining traction, opponents attacked, arguing that states couldn't legally refuse to participate. But the legal truth forced them to abandon that argument. Under the well-established anti-commandeering doctrine, even the federal courts agree that the federal government can't force states to enforce federal mandates or implement federal programs. States can legally opt out. That reality forced opponents of nullification through non-participation to fall back on fear-mongering. Even when conceding that a state can legally refuse to participate, opponents claim that withdrawing from various federal social programs will cause havoc and harm, especially to those most in need. But what if the opposite were to prove true? What if withdrawing from federal programs actually benefits state residents? Recent evidence from North Carolina indicates that might be the case.

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by Bill Whittle

July 30, 2014

In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"

Hot Air

by Allahpundit

July 30, 2014

I'm as surprised as you are. Who could have guessed that someone who "joked" about working for OFA might not like grassroots righties?

There's an important lesson to be learned here, my friends. When you're arranging for your hard drive to be "scratched," make sure it's scratched deeply enough that stuff like this can't be recovered. No wonder she wanted to take a closer look at tea-party nonprofits. They're run by terrorists 'n stuff.

salon.com

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

July 30, 2014

Why are parents being punished for giving children independence?

"I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation," says Nicole Gainey. She's not the only one. The Port St. Lucie, Florida, mom was arrested on Saturday for letting her 7-year-old son, Dominic, walk alone - in the daytime, with a cellphone - a half-mile to a local park. "I honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong," she says. "I was letting him go play." During his approximately 10-minute walk, the boy passed by a public pool, where a patron asked him where his mother was and other questions. As he told a local news station, "I got scared and ran off to the park, and that's when they called the cops." Police picked up the boy at the park, brought him home and arrested his mother for felony child neglect.

reason.com

by Peter Suderman

July 30, 2014

Recall, for a moment, how health insurers were treated by Democrats in the Obamacare debate. They were the bad guys, in no uncertain terms.

"They've been immoral all along," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then the House Majority Leader said in July 2009, as the debate over the government-run public option raged. "They [insurers] are the villains in this. They have been part of the problem in a major way." Democrats found some success in casting insurers as the antagonists, and made a show of targeting health insurers. "It is well known to the public that the health insurance companies are the problem," as she warned insurers how much the health law would cost them.

rare.us

by Bonnie Kristian

July 29, 2014

Suppose you decide to buy a used car from a guy on Craigslist. You've found the car you want, and you're going to buy it outright. It's only $4,000, and you decide to pay cash because it will be more convenient for both of you.

So, on the day of the sale, you get the money and go to purchase the car. On the way there, you roll through a stop sign. Bad luck-a cop saw you. He pulls you over, and while he's writing up a ticket, catches a glimpse of your bank envelope in the passenger seat. Suddenly, he asks to search your car. You don't have anything to hide, so what's the harm, right? The next thing you know, the officer is thumbing through your twenties. He grills you on why you're carrying this much cash. It's suspicious, he says. A check would have been easier if you're really just buying a car. "I'm going to have to confiscate this," he finally concludes. You immediately protest: "On what charge? Am I being arrested? Can I call my lawyer?"

reason.com

by Jim Epstein

July 29, 2014

The nonprofit advocacy group, Partnership for Education Justice (PEJ), just filed a lawsuit with the goal of making it easier to remove lousy teachers in New York.

he filing comes on the heels of last month's landmark Vergara decision, in which the California Superior Court struck down five statutues that protect teachers in the Golden State from being fired. The New York lawsuit seeks to overturn several local rules, such as a requirement that teacher layoffs be carried out in order of seniority, and a mandate that schools have to decide whether or not to grant teachers tenure within their first three years on the job. It's also aimed at simplifying the process of firing a teacher, which can take up to 18 months and cost Campbell Brown |||taxpayers $250,000, according to the group.

Common Sense with Paul Jacob

by Paul Jacob

July 29, 2014

Sometimes the Internet makes a mistake.

The other day, one of my favorite websites embedded a Fox News video about NSA spying. Fox News entitles their video "Citizens Treated As Suspects." At the site showcasing Fox's story, though, the headline reads: "The NSA Grabs Information from Non-Suspects; Ninety percent of those spied upon are under no suspicion." Can this be right? When you're treated as a suspect, you are a suspect, aren't you? You're being suspected of ... something. At least of being somebody who might be up to something worth snagging in an all-embracing fishing expedition. If you're not guilty, somebody else leaving comparable data traces is, surely.

aclu.org

July 28, 2014

Because freedom can't protect itself Government Spying Undermines Media Freedom and Right to Counsel, ACLU- Human Rights Watch Shows

Large-scale U.S. surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people's ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. The 120-page report, "With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale U.S. Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy," is based on extensive interviews with dozens of journalists, lawyers, and senior U.S. government officials. It documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented U.S. government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions. The report finds that government surveillance and secrecy are undermining press freedom, the public's right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy.

      

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