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Rand Paulisms – The Libertarian Mind

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Continuing the not so vaulted tradition of President G.W. Bush.

On June 28, 2012, almost a year ago to the day, Senator Rand Paul said :

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said’.
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And today……

‘Paul wants to lead Supreme Court challenge to fed’s tracking of Americans’ calls, emails’
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You’re going to go to the Supreme Court that just a year ago you said “just because a couple of guys say so doesn’t make it Constitutional’ to challenge the Constitutionaly of a law passed by Congress.


‘US: Secret programs disrupted dozens of attacks’


WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘The director of the National Security Agency told Congress that information collected by once-secret U.S. surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks, while the young man who leaked documents to expose the programs declared while hiding in Hong Kong, “I am not here to hide from justice.”

‘The NSA director, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, was set to address the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session on Thursday’.

“I do think it’s important that we get this right, and I want the American people to know that we’re trying to be transparent here, protect civil liberties and privacy but also the security of this country,” Alexander told a Senate panel’.

‘Half a world away, Edward Snowden, the former contractor who fled to Hong Kong and leaked details of the programs, said he would fight any U.S. attempts to extradite him but he’s not hiding from justice’.

“I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality such as accessing information I wasn’t cleared for and ignoring an oath of non-disclosure.” Snowden who at 29 years of age and after only 3 moths at the security contractor is now the World’s expert on security said in an interview with the local South China Morning Post’.

‘Alexander warned that revelations about the secret programs have eroded agency capabilities and, as a result, the U.S. and its allies won’t be as safe as they were two weeks ago’.

“Some of these are still going to be classified and should be, because if we tell the terrorists every way that we’re going to track them, they will get through and Americans will die,” he said’.

‘Members of the House and Senate Intelligence panels and key leaders have expressed their support for the operations as a valid tool in the terrorism fight. But rank-and-file lawmakers who haven’t been privy to the details expressed concerns and bewilderment’.

‘Sen. Mike Johanns asked the NSA director whether the government could check and see what an individual is searching for through Google, or sending in email’.

‘Alexander said once an individual has been identified, the issue is referred to the FBI’.

“The FBI will then look at that and say what more do we need to now look at that individual themselves. So there are issues and things that they would then look at. It’s passed to them,” Alexander said’.

“So the answer to the question is yes,” Johanns said’.

“Yes, you could. I mean, you can get a court order to do that,” Alexander said’.

Sen. Rand Paul said he plans on Thursday to announce “legal action against government surveillance and the National Security Agency’s overreach of power,” his political office said’.

‘Recent polling on the issue found Americans troubled by the intrusion but perhaps willing to give the government even more room in its efforts to fight terrorism’.

‘A new poll by CBS News and The New York Times found that 58 percent disapprove of the government collecting phone records of all Americans. Yet it also found that 59 percent think the government has struck the right balance or not gone far enough’.
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‘Republican Representative (SC) Jeff Duncan questions IRS rifle usage’

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He was later heard to say ‘They should only be allowed one bullet at a time’.

‘Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles’.

‘As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said’.

“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?”

‘While Duncan acknowledges that the IRS has an enforcement division, he questions if that level of firepower is appropriate when they could coordinate operations with other agencies, like the FBI, especially in a time of austerity’.

“I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’” Duncan said.
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Why it’s called the ‘ Stupid Party’ – ‘Congressman Demands Obama Apologize To Oklahoma For Investing In Climate Change Research’


It should be noted that Rep. Bridenstine voted yes on ‘Amendment 8 to H.R. 152 that will strike funding for enhanced satellite capabilities for the National Weather Service that would provide advanced warning of extreme weather events – saving money and saving lives’.
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‘Just as extreme weather season kicks off, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) demanded that President Obama apologize to Oklahoma for allocating funding to climate change research. Bridenstine, a climate denier who serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, plans to introduce a bill that defunds climate change research’.

“But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”


Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – GOP congressman: Rate of pregnancies from rape is ‘very low’

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‘Another Republican congressman ventured into the realm of rape and pregnancy Wednesday, saying at a committee hearing that incidences of pregnancy from rape are “very low.”

‘Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), whose measure banning abortions after 20 weeks was being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, argued against a Democratic amendment to make exceptions for rape and incest by suggesting that pregnancy from rape is rare’.

“Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said’.
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A Conservative vision for America – ‘Scott Walker Endorses Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds And Shutting Down Abortion Clinics’

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“I don’t have any problem with ultrasound,” Walker told reporters on Tuesday in Milwaukee. “I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

Governor Scott Walker will be running for the Republican Presidential nomination for 2016.

‘Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has thrown his support behind an anti-abortion measure that’s currently moving through the state legislature, saying he will sign the bill into law if it makes it to his desk’.

‘SB 206 would require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion — which would mandate an invasive transvaginal probe for some of the women who seek early abortions in their first trimester — and force one of the state’s last abortion clinics to close its doors’.

“I don’t have any problem with ultrasound,” Walker told reporters on Tuesday in Milwaukee. “I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

‘Forced ultrasound bills mandate a medically unnecessary procedure that would otherwise be left up to the discretion of a woman and her doctor’.

‘And, even though the lawmakers who push for mandatory ultrasound measures sometimes deny it, these laws also require many women to undergo an invasive transvaginal probe. Before 12 weeks of pregnancy, a transvaginal ultrasound is the only way to detect a clear image — and, since the vast majority of women in the United States seek abortion services in their first trimester, those women must submit to an invasive probe in order to comply with these burdensome laws’.

Hey Governor Walker……..YOU wanna be probed??

‘Walker is expected to follow through on his word to sign SB 206. Throughout his time in office, the GOP governor has approved several attacks on women’s health. Last year, Walker signed three different bills into law to limit abortion access and expand abstinence-only education. And his recent budget stripped family planning funding away from Planned Parenthood, forcing the women’s health organization to close force of its clinics in rural Wisconsin’.
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