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06/22/10

Defeat the DISCLOSE Act

Quote of the Day: "As we noted in our amicus brief supporting Citizens United, the FEC now has regulations for 33 types of contributions and speech, and 71 different types of speakers. Regardless of the abstract merit of the various arguments for and against limits on political contributions and spending, this very complexity raises serious concerns about whether the law can be enforced consistent with the First Amendment." -- 8 former Commissioners of the Federal Election Commission, writing in the Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2010

The word "disclose," as used in the title of the DISCLOSE Act, is a silly acronym that stands for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections."

We couldn't disagree more.

The provisions of this bill (H.R. 5175 and S. 3295) would actually...

* Protect incumbents from competition by other candidates, and from criticism by citizens' groups.
* Violate your First Amendment rights to free speech, free press, and assembly.
* Harm your First Amendment right to petition Congress for a redress of grievances.
* Crush your Ninth Amendment right to associate with others for peaceful purposes, such as defeating incumbent office holders and electing new representatives.

It's important to understand that . . .

* Incumbent politicians support campaign finance laws, like the DISCLOSE Act, because these laws kill your ability to fire and replace them.
* Media companies also love these laws because they cripple your ability to be your own media, by joining with others to fund political advertising campaigns.

Unlike you, and the political organizations you support, media companies enjoy completely unrestricted freedoms of speech, press, and association. They can raise and spend unlimited amounts . . .

* to tell you what you should believe,
* and which candidates are worth considering,
* while completely ignoring or ridiculing those candidates who don't support the Establishment Ideology of Crony Capitalism and Welfare-Warfare Statism.

Specifically, in this case, the DISCLOSE Act would harm DownsizeDC.org, Inc, and other organizations like it. This harm would come in many ways, including the following . . .

If we spend more than $10,000 on political communications during a calendar year we would have to report to the government, and to the general public, ALL donors who have given between $600 or $1,000, depending on the type of political communications we wanted to express.

This may sound trivial, but it's actually ominous . . .

* Instead of simply exercising our rights to free expression we would have to start thinking about whether or not something we wanted to say would trigger the requirements of this law.
* We would also have to start spending money that our donors gave for one purpose, such as educating the public, to comply with this law.
* These reporting requirements will also have a chilling effect on donations. Those who fear potential retaliation from Congress, or who simply value their privacy, may decide to cease making donations.

And that's exactly what the DISCLOSE proponents want -- they want to reduce political expression by groups that represent your anti-Statist ideals. They want to silence DC Downsizers and other groups that oppose the imposition of new burdens on the American people.

This danger is especially severe with larger donors who may have business interests that could be harmed by incumbent politicians. Business leaders know that politicians routinely use their power to reward friends and punish enemies. That's why the DISCLOSE Act also requires that . . .

Both the head of an organization, AND the top contributor to any broadcast ad, must both include recorded statements that they approve the message. Television ads and political mailings, must also list the top five contributors to the organization.

* Once again, this will have a chilling effect on contributions, and once again, this is what incumbent politicians want, because it will reduce the amount of criticism and competition directed at them.
* This requirement will also create administrative headaches. Fundraising materials will have to contain disclosure requirements, and database software will have to be re-programmed to account for these requirements.
* The cost of making ads will also increase, because top donors will have to travel to record their endorsements.
* The broadcast time required to say "this message was funded by... and I approve this message" will also eat into the educational portion of every ad.

According to eight former members of the Federal Election Commission, writing in the Wall Street Journal . . .

In many 30-second ads, DISCLOSE would require no fewer than six statements as to who is paying for the ad (the current law already requires one such statement). These disclaimers would take up as much as half of every ad.

The DISCLOSE Act will also prohibit communications that could be interpreted as advocating a candidate's election or defeat, even if the communication doesn't specifically use those words. This is potentially the most dangerous provision of this legislation given that it is COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE.

No one will be able to know for sure if they are violating this law when they prepare an ad or other communication, so it will be safer to simply remain silent. Or, they could choose to divert even more of their donor's money hiring lawyers before making each and every move.

Please use DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System to tell your elected Representatives to oppose the DISCLOSE Act.

We urge you to spread the word about this important issue. Forward this to friends and share on Facebook.

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer!

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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06/17/10

Threat to Free Speech Lights a Fire in the Grassroots

Threat to Free Speech Lights a Fire in the Grassroots

-- Vote has been temporarily postponed; keep up the heat!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
www.gunowners.org

[T]he NRA -- on whose board of directors I serve -- rather than holding steadfastly to its historic principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for ‘neutrality’ from the legislation's requirements.

-- NRA Director Cleta Mitchell, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The above quote -- part of an editorial authored by NRA Director Cleta Mitchell -- ran in The Washington Post today.

Like Mitchell, bloggers and editorial writers around the country have lit up the Internet with the story that we have been alerting you to over the past 48 hours. Here are just some of the headlines:

* “The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment,” The Wall Street Journal

* “Conservatives take on the NRA over deal on disclosure bill,” The Washington Post

* “The National Rifle Association’s Excuse Holds No Water,” RedState.org

The conservative movement (and to be honest, many liberal organizations as well) are coming together to loudly protest the DISCLOSE Act -- legislation that threatens to gag our ability to effectively hold individual congressmen accountable in the days and weeks leading up to an election.

It is imperative that we continue hammering the Congress. But rather than cry “uncle,” liberal Democrats are now trying to buy off more groups with an exemption for those that have at least 500,000 members (rather than the higher threshold of one million, which would have applied to few groups other than the NRA).

Of course, how is the government going to know how many members an organization has? According to the legislation, each organization will have to certify to a government commission how many members they have. But what if the commission wants documentation; will the organization have to “disclose” the names of their members?

GOA, of course, will never do this. Furthermore, you should know that your Gun Owners of America can NOT be bought off. We will continue opposing this bill on principle, urging all gun groups to stick together in this fight. As we stated yesterday, we realize that: “We must all hang together, or we will all hang separately.”

GOA applauds NRA Director Cleta Mitchell for the courageous stand she took today. (You can read her editorial here.) We hope that the NRA leadership will heed her wisdom and take a stand against this bill. If they don’t, we wouldn’t be surprised if NRA members start demanding a change in their leadership. After all, the NRA has engaged in many good fights over the years, and it would be a shame to lose this VERY IMPORTANT battle because high-ranking staff led the NRA down the wrong path.

ACTION:

1. Please call your congressman today and urge him or her to oppose HR 5175. We’ve asked you to send emails before, but now on the eve before the vote, it is crucial that the phones ring off the hook. If they’re not ringing, they won’t be worried.

You can use the Talking Points below to call your Representative toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.

2. If you haven’t yet urged the NRA staff to change its position on HR 5175 and stand with Gun Owners of America, please do so. NRA Director Cleta Mitchell was absolutely correct, and the NRA leadership should heed her wisdom. You can call the NRA at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

3. Please help Gun Owners of America to continue fighting for your rights. You can go to http://gunowners.org/contribute-to-goa.htm to help us alert as many people as possible to the DISCLOSE Act threat.

----- Talking Points for contacting your Representative -----

1. I stand with Gun Owners of America in opposing the DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175).

2. The Bill of Rights is clear in saying that Congress has no authority to pass legislation like this. Just like the Second Amendment says our gun rights “shall not be infringed,” the First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

3. The Supreme Court was right earlier this year in the Citizens United case. Sen. John McCain -- the author of the Campaign Finance Reform law (otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act) -- was wrong. Americans, and the groups they choose to associate with, should be able to criticize Congress in the days and weeks leading up to an election WITHOUT BEING GAGGED OR FORCED TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS that are mandated by Congress.

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06/16/10

Free Speech Gag Bill Moving in House

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The ability of American citizens to communicate with their elected officials is one of the most important rights that help preserve our freedoms. In fact, of all the forms of speech protected by the First Amendment, political speech is at the top of the list.

This is exactly what the Supreme Court said earlier this year, in Citizens United v. FEC, when it ruled unconstitutional huge portions of the McCain-Feingold law, otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act.

Now, in an effort to undo the victory at the Supreme Court, liberals in Congress are attempting to pass the so-called DISCLOSE Act, which would severely limit the ability of GOA to communicate to our members and the general public.

This unconstitutional bill could come to the floor of the House as early as Thursday.

Sadly, as we reported yesterday, some in the pro-gun community have abandoned the principle of protecting the free speech rights of all Americans, so long as their ox is not being gored in this instance.

The NRA, which had previously opposed the DISCLOSE Act, has now accepted a deal to exempt that organization from the bill.

This is a startling about-face by the association.

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of political speech in Citizens United, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre praised the decision, saying, "This ruling is a victory for anyone who believes that the First Amendment applies to each and every one of us.... This is a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us." (Emphasis added.)

That's a far cry from the NRA statement to Congress this week regarding legislation specifically designed to undo that Supreme Court decision.

"On June 14, 2010, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives pledged that H.R. 5175 [DISCLOSE Act] would be amended to exempt groups like the NRA, that meet certain criteria, from its onerous restrictions on political speech," reads the statement.

"As a result, and as long as that remains the case, the NRA will not be involved in final consideration of the House bill."

Apparently it's ok to "carve out" a little free speech if you're in the role of the "elitists."

But the misguided NRA exemption will leave millions and millions of gun owners and sportsmen belonging to dozens of different organizations out in the cold.

We cannot allow this to happen. An attack on our First Amendment rights is a direct assault on our Second Amendment rights. After all, if GOA can't alert you about legislation affecting your Second Amendment rights, then we cannot protect those rights.

Of course, that's precisely what the politicians in Washington want. Shut out the voices of the "commoners" like gun owners and Tea Party activists who are coming to -- in the words of Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky -- "take our government back!"

There's a reason the Bill of Rights is considered as an entire unit, and an attack on one part of the Constitution poses a threat to the whole document.

In short, if GOA loses this battle, all political organizations -- of any size -- will ultimately lose.

ACTION: Please ask your congressman to vote against the anti-gun DISCLOSE Act. This bill could come to the floor of the House as early as Thursday, June 17, 2010. Here's what you can do:

1. Urge your congressman to oppose HR 5175. You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send a pre-written message to your Representative.

2. Urge the NRA to change its position and stand with Gun Owners of America. You know that GOA is the organization that consistently refuses to compromise on principle. Even still, GOA has fought alongside the NRA many times to fight unconstitutional legislation, and it is imperative that we fight side-by-side on this issue as well. It has often been said that, "We either hang together or we will hang alone." But impress upon the NRA management that being the last one hung doesn't make the situation any better. You can call the NRA at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Representative:

Please oppose the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175).

The manner in which this bill is moving forward is as despicable as the health care bill -- with backroom deals and special favors being doled out in order to ram this down the throats of the American people.

This bill is a threat to the privacy of individuals and, by gagging the voices of groups like Gun Owners of America, it is silencing my voice as well.

My ability to protect my Second Amendment rights relies on the First Amendment's right to freely and openly communicate with government officials, who at one time were called "public servants."

I agree with GOA that this bill is an unconstitutional sham that will have a chilling effect upon my free speech.

Please vote NO on HR 5175.

Sincerely,

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Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 at Yellowstone National Park. On that day, law-abiding citizens will be openly carrying their handguns, rifles or shotguns at the boardwalk around Old Faithful.

The start time is High Noon on July 4, 2010. This is an informal, non-sponsored and no-host celebration of Independence Day on July 4. Each and every person is totally (100%) responsible for themselves including transportation, food, drink, lodging, etc.

The weather can be cold and rainy, even snowy, in Yellowstone National Park on the 4th of July -- so plan accordingly. Wyoming state laws and National Park Service Rules apply at Old Faithful. If you have any questions, please contact your personal attorney, the Attorney General of Wyoming, or the Yellowstone National Park Service.

Point of Contact: Tim Ravndal, PO Box 287, Townsend, Montana 59644, 406-266-5212 or 406-439-5860, thornyacre@dishmail.net

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06/14/10

Remembering a fallen hero

Quote of the Day: The Constitution was based upon the fact the federal government had exceedingly limited powers. It was only allowed to do eighteen very limited things -- the enumerated powers, period. And everything else belonged to the states and the individuals to regulate. - Peter McWilliams

A personal message from Jim Babka . . .

Best-selling author Peter McWilliams died ten years ago today, June 14, 2000.

I remember when I heard the news. I can still feel the sickness and anger that I felt that day.

I didn't know Peter personally, but I admired him. Some of my colleagues were good friends or acquaintances of his.

Peter was an eloquent champion of limited government and personal freedom. But his life was cut short by the War on Drugs. The federal government denied him the medication he needed to live and thrive.

What he went through, I wouldn't wish on anyone, let alone my family and friends. But we have it in our power to prevent similar tragedies from happening to others. Please tell Congress to return to the Constitution, and end the insane War on Drugs.

You may copy or borrow from the following letter . . .

Today marks a cruel anniversary in the barbaric history of the War on Drugs. On this day, ten years ago, the federal government caused the death of the best-selling author Peter McWilliams.

Do you know his story?

* In 1996 Peter was diagnosed with cancer and AIDS
* The medications he needed to treat these diseases caused extreme vomiting, and he could not keep them down long enough for them to work
* That same year, Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana in California
* Under the recommendation of four physicians, Peter started using marijuana.
* The marijuana controlled his nausea, restored his appetite, and allowed his medications to work

Marijuana saved Peter's life, for the moment. This led him to fund research into medical marijuana and to start a business supplying it to buyer's cooperatives. The DEA took notice, raided and trashed his home, and even confiscated his computer, which contained the manuscript of his latest book.

Peter was charged with being a "drug kingpin!" And then, he was hamstrung, legally. The federal judge in the case took away his defense, barring any mention of . . .

* California's medical marijuana law
* his terminal illness
* how medical marijuana allowed him to keep down his medication and prolong his life

While the legal process dragged on, the government prevented Peter from using the marijuana that controlled his nausea. Peter was required to pass drug tests. He complied, even though his life was at risk, because . . .

* Peter's mother and brother had to put up their homes as collateral to post his bail
* If he failed the test, their homes would have been seized by the government

Peter's health deteriorated until he died at the age of 50. The vomiting had taken a tremendous toll on his alimentary canal, as well as his heart, and even his teeth. Despite the suffering, he never lost his sense of humor. And the reason I most admired him was that he felt sympathy for his tormentors, rather than rage. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=508

Marijuana saved Peter's life, but the War on Drugs destroyed it.

Peter's most noted book was "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do." It promoted the idea that each person can do whatever they please with their own bodies and property, so long as they don't interfere with the right of others to do the same. So let me ask you:

* What business is it of yours what people choose to do with their bodies and property?
* Where in the Constitution is the federal government empowered to deny people like Peter McWilliams the medicine they need?

Sadly, Peter wasn't the only victim of your War on Drugs. He was just one victim among many. The long list of your victims includes . . .

* terminally ill patients for whom marijuana (or some other illegal drug) could ease pain and nausea
* people with psychological problems for whom now-illegal drugs could help calm them or clear their minds
* young people whose futures are ruined not because of drugs, but because of a "criminal" record
* innocent adults and children on our streets, in Mexico, and across the world caught in drug turf warfare
* innocent victims of no-knock SWAT raids and asset forfeiture
* young people who get hooked on drugs precisely because, unlike legal drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol, they're available to be bought and sold on the streets and school grounds

The United States leads the world in incarceration rates, mostly because of non-violent, consensual crimes like drug possession. Apparently President Obama wants even more people in prison. He wants increased funding for interdiction, law enforcement, and the continuation of bloody drug wars across the border.

I suggest you do something else. Read and learn from Peter's books - especially "Nobody's Business." And then put an end to this stupid, immoral, and unconstitutional War on Drugs.

END LETTER

You may send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate The Powerful System.

And we urge you to spread this message far and wide. Share it on Facebook.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Stand up, Speak up, LIVE FREE

IN THE NEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

Oil Spill May Be Pushing Sharks Toward Fla. Beaches
http://bit.ly/b82sRK

Obama: Gulf seafood is safe to eat
http://bit.ly/c3YNA4

134-year-old oyster company stops shucking
http://bit.ly/aPKmbr

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR
http://bit.ly/dvklPQ

OBAMA NATION

Election official: I'd testify Obama not born in Hawaii
http://bit.ly/decJx3

Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here
http://bit.ly/aLEPin

Vets ask Obama to restore memorial cross
http://bit.ly/cYyJxD

OBAMA CARE

Report: Employers to see 2011 medical costs jump
http://bit.ly/dwo3nw

Bush daughter 'glad' Obama health care passed
http://bit.ly/bNBQhS

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question
http://bit.ly/9HDsq8

POLICE STATE NEWS

German bureaucrats take children from abused U.S. mom
http://bit.ly/dpf6Ap

Government under pressure to open US skies to unmanned drones despite safety concerns
http://bit.ly/9vJxZH

Australia Moves Closer To A Police State With Compulsory Data Retention Proposal
http://bit.ly/9Rpj6A

From Lockdown, With Love
http://bit.ly/cFgKQL

Misrepresenting Scientist Comments and Opposition Arrests--Obama Police State Begins
http://bit.ly/bUgSfd

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Vermont to seniors: Return those $250 checks
http://bit.ly/bQkjB1

Ladies' night not all right, state says
http://bit.ly/b20prn

Vast mineral deposits found in Afghanistan
http://bit.ly/c5vPkb

Video: Rep. Etheridge assaults student on street
http://bit.ly/bimNs8

Kindergarten bill saves money, protects children
http://bit.ly/cWyHvA

Louisiana Senate says no to guns in church
http://bit.ly/cATg65

Dems confused by Greene's victory
http://bit.ly/97EC8d

Berlusconi Wins Confidence Vote on Bill Restricting Wiretaps
http://bit.ly/b0JtSb

New unedited video of attack on former Republican NC Senate candidate
http://bit.ly/9wfTyL

ECONOMIC NEWS

Another power grab by the feds?
http://bit.ly/as7cah

Most Oregon state offices are on furlough Friday, June 18
http://bit.ly/8WX2gQ

N.Y. probes 8 banks on mortgage security ratings
http://bit.ly/csxNHG

Frequent Flyer Miles: How Airlines Are Changing the Game
http://yhoo.it/bemckg

Gas prices drop more than 11 cents in 2 weeks
http://bit.ly/ddX6U2

HEALTH NEWS

Morgellons: The Extent Of The Problem
http://bit.ly/aXIOEC

Americans get most radiation from medical scans
http://yhoo.it/dsedLQ

ARKANSAS FLASH FLOOD

Camper: “All Hell Broke Loose”
http://bit.ly/bMhNNd

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

Nat'l PTA snubs PFOX - again
http://bit.ly/bFRl2Z

Repeal of ban would redefine what's immoral
http://bit.ly/biMgNo

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Arizona restaurant raids target illegal workers
http://bit.ly/apjjEQ

Citizens Speak: Giant Cover-up on Illegal Immigration
http://bit.ly/d3vDrX

Texas GOP gets tougher on immigration
http://bit.ly/azSxKx

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Christian librarian loses case against Ohio State
http://bit.ly/b3q995

MORAL DECLINE

Cannibal sliced off parts of grandmother and ate them.. while she was still alive
http://bit.ly/a2fIep

Man arrested over claim chef was ‘tortured by broccoli’
http://bit.ly/94w1Ae

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

10 Everyday Items Hackers Are Targeting Right Now
http://bit.ly/aUGQ0A

Hackers zoom in on Twitter accounts-Internet-Infotech
http://bit.ly/bYCb4l

Cyber War: Sabotaging the System - 60 Minutes
http://bit.ly/bNtuOM

The "Cyber War Threat" Debate
http://bit.ly/ddhBya

Adult Web Sites Lure Cybercrime Victims
http://bit.ly/9FD6TT

AT&T e-mail apologizes for iPad data breach
http://bit.ly/b9jCNC

AT&T Explains iPad Security Breach
http://nyti.ms/9NiRBw

Hackers Devise More-And-More Sophisticated Attacks
http://bit.ly/duHGRR

Dell Says: "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows"
http://bit.ly/d6grIb

New flaw leaves Windows XP PCs exposed to remote attack
http://bit.ly/a2kaxk

06/11/10

Is There Any Hope Left for America?

I'll make it short and sweet. Yes there is. But do not fool yourselves, there is no man or woman who can give us hope.

We need to think clearly and look at the big picture. Obama didn't turn out to be the great hope that those who supported him hoped for. yes, he brought about change, but it was a change from bad to worse.

Yes, we will get some people in office who will fight to restore our nation to its core values, back to the way the founding fathers intended it to be and they will even have some success at doing it.

However, even those people will let us down, they will fall, they will falter and some may give up.

But you see, even knowing all these things, I still have hope, because, I do not put my faith in man or woman, my faith is in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

He is the one who has given us the ultimate gift of liberty, free from the bondage of sin's stronghold and in him we have hope.

Stand, up, Speak up, Live Free!

IN THE NEWS

MOVIES TO WATCH

New 'Red Dawn' to attack communism again!
http://bit.ly/9bC7oh

OIL SPILL 2010

Boehner: Government "i.e. Taxpayers" Should Help Pay For Oil Spill
http://bit.ly/d5dFBu

The Spill, The Scandal and the President
http://bit.ly/d1aemQ

New BP Corporate Logos
http://bit.ly/99IzPc

Scientists Find Signs of Dead Zones in Sea
http://bit.ly/bhSxel

BP oil spill: Florida hoteliers urged to sue BP
http://bit.ly/9fGhtC

As spill costs mount, BP shares tumble anew
http://bit.ly/cxQAAe

OBAMA NATION

Bachmann: Obama Worst President in United States History
http://bit.ly/a10RAY

POLICE STATE NEWS

Victim of Police Shooting Snaps Picture of Officer Moments Before He Dies
http://bit.ly/bIS8wI

400 drunken-driving convictions in D.C. based on flawed test, official says
http://bit.ly/ajZ2pU

NH Ex-Trooper Sentenced For Falsifying DMV Records
http://bit.ly/9Palai

Airport Screeners Reveal Travelers' Surly Side
http://bit.ly/9fudLh

More Minnesotans are surprised to find themselves being locked up over debts.
http://bit.ly/9Hvg1y

Judge limits DHS laptop border searches
http://bit.ly/bCy38Y

T-Shirt Critical of Hitler and Gun Control Banned by eBay
http://bit.ly/ad9KP9

KGB Successor To Have Powers To Summon People Who "Are About To Commit A Crime"
http://bit.ly/deXEYu

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Greeks Preparing For A New Wave Of Anti-Austerity Riots
http://bit.ly/cToBnI

Japans New PM Warns Country At Risk Of Collapse Under Massive Debt Load
http://bit.ly/b8MKS9

Kingston man dumps concrete on Town Hall lawn
http://bit.ly/dj2Gpa

FTC Backs Off Drudge Tax
http://bit.ly/akE81M

New York State Government Shutdown a Growing Threat
http://bit.ly/aktTid

Wednesday at the NC General Assembly
http://bit.ly/amUW0a

Bilderberg 2010: Out of the darkness, into the light
http://bit.ly/cPwRCS

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Hunted By Pentagon Over Massive Leak
http://bit.ly/9rYQky

ECONOMIC NEWS

Higher education's bubble is about to burst
http://bit.ly/c7sjjR

The Death Of Las Vegas
http://bit.ly/8ohSa1

Financial Crisis Has 'Only Entered Act II:' Soros
http://bit.ly/9hZo61

Retail sales drop is first in 8 months
http://bit.ly/bibdbB

After-Hours Update: DELL, AT&T
http://bit.ly/dAoQgG

HEALTH NEWS

Skinniest People Grocery Shop Here
http://bit.ly/aebVgB

Olbermann Slams Tea Party Senate Candidate For Voting Against Water Fluoridation
http://bit.ly/a0dEa5

Waiter, there's a potential carcinogen in my soup
http://bit.ly/dADeKh

Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres
http://bit.ly/dqX5CJ

EUGENICS AGENDA

Warning to Britain as almost half of Belgium's euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent
http://bit.ly/dx9DqG

Prince of Wales calls for population control in developing world
http://bit.ly/dcf0xW

Yes, The Intellectuals Really Do Want To Kill Millions of Americans
http://bit.ly/9FYZTU

Bill Gates Confronted on Eugenics by We Are Change
http://bit.ly/cSgIko

WICKED WEATHER

20 dead, dozens missing in Ark. floods
http://bit.ly/ayRhFG

NEWS OF THE WEIRD

LA Dodgers owners paid Russian scientist for psychic baseball boost
http://bit.ly/9lZhZC

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Jails for illegals become 'Club Fed' paradise
http://bit.ly/9EK90B

Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law
http://yhoo.it/brvokV

AMERICA'S HISTORY

Rare photo of slave children found in NC attic
http://yhoo.it/bwLLKB

MORE GLOBAL WARMING LIES

Boxer: Carbon is Biggest National Security Threat
http://bit.ly/b0t6hR

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY NEWS

FBI investigating potential cyber threat of Apple iPad hackers
http://bit.ly/bdLs6h

Adobe fixes 'critical' Flash flaw
http://bit.ly/94SnYD

Facebook: What the vocal minority wants users to consider
http://bit.ly/c1SeHn

The next 9/11 could be in cyberspace
http://bit.ly/9kWlwt

S.Korean government website hit by cyber attacks
http://bit.ly/9lBhDr

Hackers: Data Breach Exposed iPad Owners' Personal Info
http://bit.ly/cFOyrp

Mass Web attack hits Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post
http://bit.ly/bw71sF

One Man's Quest To Foil Hackers
http://bit.ly/cwV3vK

New Flash Bug Exploited By Hackers : How to avoid it?
http://bit.ly/93fCa3

Hacker defends going public with AT&T's iPad data breach
http://bit.ly/aUSTYt

Cloud Is Real Culprit In iPad/AT&T Security Hole
http://bit.ly/aBCV0W

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