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NDAA 2013: Indefinite Detention Without Charge...

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

The one thing we need and do not have is a taxpayer-funded propaganda machine that can disseminate government-sponsored disinformation here and abroad in real time. We don’t have one of those because of a 1948 law that our Congress now wants to nullify.

Just when you thought the National Defense Authorization Act couldn’t get any worse, it does. For now, the NDAA is on hold thanks to a Judge Katherine Forrest who is actually concerned about the First Amendment. That doesn’t seem to stop the amendments to NDAA however.

Texas Republican William Thornberry introduced HR 5736 – the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 and the next day Adam Smith (Democrat) of Washington co-sponsored it. It amends the NDAA. It is a bipartisan bill which should enjoy strong bipartisan opposition. It is yet another bill that the ACLU and the Tea Party should both hate.

I don’t think the bill will go anywhere, but the way things are going, who knows. The fact that they would even come up with this is rather alarming. If the other members of Congress have their wits about them, they won’t touch this one.

via HR 5736 – A Bill to Establish An Orwellian Truth Ministry | Independent Sentinel.

 

Debt Ceiling Disaster Ahead

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It is almost impossible to believe, but the hysteria surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” is being overshadowed by an even more pressing problem. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has alerted Congress that the nation will once again hit the debt ceiling on Monday, but that his department can take “extraordinary measures” to keep paying the bills for another few months. For those keeping track, the debt ceiling was raised from $14.294 trillion in August 2011, to its current level of $16.394 trillion. Thus in the span of only sixteen months, an utterly irresponsible Obama administration has added a whopping $2.1 trillion to the national debt.

 

via Debt Ceiling Disaster Ahead.

 

 

 

 

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Abuse of power 101…

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Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American community on how to participate in the presidential election — which the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama’s campaign.

“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.

“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do,” he noted.

Holder to brief black pastors on campaign 2012 | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner.

Liberal theologian William Ellery Channing once observed, “The cry has been that when war is declared,

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all opposition should be hushed. They no longer even try to hide it.The evidence of this calculated assault on free speech is overwhelming, but the most recent and high-profile examples include carefully orchestrated campaigns by three well-funded, interconnected, George Soros-linked organizations: Media Matters for America (MMFA); and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).After years of trying to censor the conservative voice of Rush Limbaugh, for instance, the George Soros-funded Media Matters recently pulled out all the stops to get him booted from the airwaves.The pretext was Limbaugh’s unfortunate word choice in describing Georgetown “reproductive justice” radical Sandra Fluke’s attempt to compel the Jesuit university to violate its own Catholic doctrine.

Left’s Orwellian Censorship Campaign – Matt Barber – Townhall Conservative Columnists – Page 1.

An International Man lives and does business wherever he finds conditions most advantageous, regardless of arbitrary borders. He’s diversified globally, with passports from multiple countries, assets in several jurisdictions and his residence in yet another. He doesn’t depend absolutely on any country and regards all of them as competitors for his capital and expertise.

Living as an international man used to be just an interesting possibility. But few Americans opted for it, since the US used to reward those who settled in and put down roots. In fact, it rewarded them better than any other country in the world, so there was nothing pressing about becoming an international man.

Things change, however, and being rooted like a plant, at least if you have a choice, is a suboptimal strategy for surviving and prospering. Throughout history, almost every place has at some point become dangerous for those who were stuck there. It may be America’s turn.

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