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The Sexual Hypocrisy of the Democratic Party

Mayoral candidate Bob Filner addresses supporters at Golden Hall.

Democratic men, male feminists to the bone, are at it again with their enlightened approach towards women.  In San Diego, Democratic mayor Bob Filner stands accused of sexual harassment after he ordered his former spokeswoman to work without her panties on, while still other women on his staff allege groping, forcible kissing, and other forms of harassment.

Gloria Allred, who somehow manages to insert herself into every sexual harassment case, is representing the former spokeswoman, Irene McCormack Jackson. At a Monday press conference, Allred detailed a pattern of behavior that included placing McCormack Jackson in a headlock and telling her he wanted to have sex, in addition to the request that she work without her panties. McCormack Johnson resigned with Filner’s deputy chief of staff Allen Jones, who allegedly told Filner that what he was doing to women “may even be illegal.”  Allred says that she has witnesses for some of the allegations.

Disgraced Former New York Gov. Patterson Considers Run for Congress…

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if disgraceful incumbent Charlie Rangel decides to finally call it a career (I wouldn’t bet on it).
This should be fun to watch.

Apparently New York City doesn’t have enough wannabe rehabilitated politicians attempting a comeback.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Gets a Tea Party Primary

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Good start.

Freedomworks President and CEO Matt Kibbe is known for saying “sometimes you have to beat the republicans before you beat the democrats.” Truer words have never been spoken.

Since John Boehner’s close call, nearly losing his speakership after a revolt by a number of Tea Party affiliated Congressmen, I’ve been hoping that Liberty minded grassroots challengers would emerge for key Republican “leaders”.

Today Mitch McConnell got just such a challenge from Matt Bevin, a self-made multimillionaire businessman and Tea Party Activist.

While The World Focuses on Martin and Zimmerman, the Supreme Court Did This

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A month ago, when the nation’s attention was affixed on the Trayvon Martin case, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a little noticed case.  Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Karen L. Bartlett came and went without much notice in the background of a national debate about race, replete with hyperbole on both sides.  It shouldn’t have been that way, because the case is ultimately more important than any shooting in Florida.  It holds implications for the safety of every generic drug consumed in the United States.

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In 2004, Karen L. Bartlett, a New Hampshire resident, was dealing with shoulder pain.  Her doctor prescribed Clinoril, and her pharmacist dispensed the generic version of Clinoril (sulindac) manufactured by Mutual Pharmaceutical. Bartlett developed toxic epidermal necrosis, a flesh-eating condition, and she was left permanently disabled, disfigured, and blind.  Bartlett did what most people would do: she sued Mutual Pharmaceutical.  Mutual successfully petitioned to remove the case from New Hampshire state court to federal court.  In federal court, a jury found Mutual liable, and awarded Bartlett over $21 million.

Harry Reid Joins With MoveOn.org in Stoking Racial Flames, Encouraging Riots

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Oh-so-moderate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Socialist-NV) is singing the same tune as MoveOn.org as they attempt to get George Zimmerman killed in the wake of his acquittal by a jury of his peers.

Reid is pledging to encourage the Justice Department to look at the Zimmerman case and pursue civil rights charges against him for acting in self-defense.

Meanwhile in the real world…

They Know You’re Reading This!

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“I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you, or even your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President if I had a personal e-mail,” Snowden said, revealing himself to be the source of recent leaks exposing the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

Snowden has been employed by the NSA and the CIA. More recently, as an employee of a corporation that contracted with the CIA, he has had “privileged access” to information that these law enforcement agencies have culled from e-mails, mobile phones, and other technologies. During his career, he found that the NSA’s mission was to gather any information – including domestic communications – that it could.

Snowden proved what many believers in liberty already knew: that if government is unchecked, it will continue to grab more and more power for itself. Knowledge, after all, is power. That includes the knowledge of which websites you have visited, who you call regularly, and what you told your friends in an e-mail. The NSA “is focused on getting intelligence wherever it can by any means possible,” said Snowden; and while that used to be “narrowly tailored as foreign intelligence gathered overseas,” that has changed.

Just Say No to One-Sided Visa Waiver Programs

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President Thomas Jefferson, in his inaugural address, famously called for “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” Today, Jefferson is likely rolling in his grave. This time, the problem is Barbara Boxer, a liberal Senator from California. And while conservatives love to promote themselves as the only defenders of Israel, Boxer is busy promoting the good of the State of Israel even at the detriment of citizens of the United States. The United States currently participates in a visa waiver program with 37 countries that are deemed to be friendly with the United States. The visa waiver program allows citizens of signatory nations enter the United States without visas. This makes it easier for citizens of those nations to enter the United States, for business or pleasure, and thereby participate in our economy. In exchange, signatory nations offer the same favorable treatment to Americans.

It’s a win-win scenario. But Boxer wants Israel to be different. You see, there are American citizens who Israel thinks may be security risks. And Israel does not want to allow those citizens to be able to waive in so easily. Instead, Israel wants to be given a special visa waiver deal: they want it to go only one way. While all Israelis would be able to waive into the United States under the Boxer bill, not all Americans would be given the same treatment.

Don’t Ignore the Root Causes of Terror.

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On September 14, 2001, Ron Paul took to the House floor and offered a summary of the American position that, over a decade later, has proven to be almost prophetic. He stated that “for the critics of our policy of interventionism in the affairs of others, the attack on New York and Washington was not a surprise. Many have warned of its inevitability.”

He continued by warning that “for us to pursue a war against our enemies, its crucial to understand why we were attacked,” for “without this knowledge, striking out at six or eight, or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part.” Those words should give pause to a nation that has spent the last decade mired in Iraq, after having disposed of a dictator who posed no threat to the United States, and who acted as a buffer against Shiite Iran. Iraq is a majority Shiite nation that had been led by a Sunni leader. Today, it is a majority Shiite nation with a Shiite leadership that, not surprisingly, is friendly with our newest enemies, the Shiite Iranians. The death toll for US soldiers in Iraq beats the death toll for 9/11 by close to 1500 people. But that is nothing compared to the over 100,000 Iraqis who lost their lives as a result of the United States’ foreign policy.

Those words should give pause to a nation that has spent a decade in Afghanistan, and sacrificed 2000 brave members of our armed services there. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tearfully pleaded with the US to stop killing civilian citizens of his beleaguered nation.
Those words should be meaningful to a nation that has been responsible for over 350 drone strikes in Pakistan, amounting to anywhere between 2000 and 3300 deaths. Of those, America estimates that as many as 884 of them were civilians, and 197 of them were children! These are the US’s numbers. Who wants to bet Pakistan has different numbers?

Those words should resonate with the nation that rid the world of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, an early supporter of the US in the “War on Terror,” so that he could be replaced by rogue elements that may have ties to Al Qaeda. By the way, we are on the verge of assisting Al Qaeda in removing the Alawite Shia leader of the largely Sunni nation of Syria. What a victory that will be for the American foreign policy, and for Al Qaeda leaders in Syria!

Those words should especially cause us to ask our leaders whether they really want to start a conflict either with Syria, or with Iran. The US and Israel have been saber-rattling with Iran’s democratically elected leader for years now. Zionist leaders in both nations have compared him repeatedly with Hitler. Neoconservatives have charged that the US needs to take military action before Iran obtains even the capability of building a nuclear weapon. Senator Lindsay Graham stated that Iran is looking at a “massive attack” that it “could not survive” if it continues its nuclear program (says a Senator from the only nation to ever use a nuclear weapon in combat). The US-led sanctions against Iran have had a crippling effect on Iran’s economy. That means that the people who are hurt the most by the US’s anti-Iranian policies are the innocent Iranians who wake up every day, and go to work in order to provide for their families – and those who, due to the US, do not have jobs, and are therefore unable to provide for their families.

But attempts at finding the root cause of terror are typically rebuffed as anti-American – as if the decision to acquire knowledge is the opposite of patriotic. When Ron Paul opined, during the 2008 Fox Republican Presidential Debates, that “they attack us because we’ve been over there,” and that we ought to “listen to the people who attacked us, and the reasons they did it,” Rudy Giuliani (whose foreign policy experience is likely limited to riding the New York subway on occasion) called it an “extraordinary statement,” and accused Paul of claiming that the US was “inviting the attack.”

The University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism has conducted studies suggesting that 95% of suicide terrorism, like 9/11, is in response to foreign occupation. It is not surprising, then, that since 9/11, and since the massive uptick in the US’s occupation of, and involvement in, the affairs of Middle Eastern and Muslim countries, there has been a correspondingly massive uptick in anti-American suicide attacks. The vast majority of suicide terrorists come from exactly those regions threatened by foreign troops. And if that’s true, then our increased involvement in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and other nations will have one predictable result: more blowback from these nations!

Ron Paul preemptively criticized a policy of getting involved in conflicts with anywhere between 6 and 10 nations, without having a grasp on why anyone would want to hurt innocent Americans. Over a decade later, and the US is involved in armed conflicts with a host of nations. We are creating generations of people who will likely hate the US, who would have had no reason to do so but for the pain we have caused them by our military incursions, including drones, and through our occupations. Paul stated that he could not claim to be shocked at the terrible destruction that took place on September 11, 2001. “Many have warned of [the attack’s] inevitability.” Are we creating an inevitable blowback as we speak? If so, we ought to change course. That sure is the right thing to do; but more importantly, it would make us safer. There’s nothing unpatriotic about a foreign policy that promotes peace and security for all Americans. And there’s nothing admirable about our current trajectory.

jonathanlubinJonathan Lubin is a civil litigator in Chicago, Illinois, concentrating in Constitutional law and civil rights. Jonathan has studied at BrandeisUniversity, the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ, and at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He writes about politics, the law, and current events, at ReasonableInference.blogspot.com.

What Really Happened in Watertown? What if….

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The official narrative of the events of Thursday, April 18, 2013, that led to the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the grave injury of Boston Transit Officer Richard Donohue and the wounding and ultimate capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raises many questions that remain unanswered.

This is the official story…

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lured MIT Officer Sean Collier onto campus and shot him five times execution style in his car to take his gun (which ultimately they were unable to remove from his holster) because they only had one hand gun and one pellet gun. This story, however, conflicts with the very clear account by the Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau that both brothers came out shooting, indicating that they had at least two guns when the firefight in Watertown commenced a short time later. Now, the official story is that only one gun was found at the scene in Watertown, but that new information itself raises a host of questions about the real nature of the “shoot-out,” and of the credibility of Chief Deveau.

After the killing of Officer Collier, the official account continues, Tamerlan Tsarnaev jumped out of an “old sedan,” which was originally reported as a Honda Civic, to hijack a black Mercedes SUV in order to get cash from its driver. The original report of the gas station clerk who gave refuge to the carjacking victim had described him as Caucasian, and as having claimed to be pushed out of his car by hijackers. Later, the carjacking victim was described as Chinese, and claimed he escaped from the two brothers, narrowly dodging one of the brother’s grasping hands.

FOX Deliberately Went Easy On Obama

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In August 2011, when I first read The Washington Times article, “Was CIA behind Operation Fast & Furious?,” by Robert Farago and Ralph Dixon, I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the scandal to ignite in the media, at least on the right. From arming the Sinaloa drug cartel, to laundering money for them and allowing their drugs in the country, to attempting a cover-up, the Obama administration was overseeing nefarious activity with all the makings of an Iran-Contra and Watergate combined. When the scandal failed to explode, I started to smell a rat. At first I figured the Republicans were neutered because the roots of the overarching Project Gunrunner reached back into the Bush Administration, but when the media, particularly The Wall Street Journal and FOX News, failed adequately to elucidate the clear distinctions between Bush’s operations and Obama’s and failed to expose Operation Fast & Furious for all that it was, I started to believe the fix was in.

As I saw Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder lie to the Senate then lie about lying then get caught in both lies, I waited avidly for The Journal to show up at my doorstep so I could see the in-your-face lambasting Holder so richly deserved. I would rip open the paper and turn page after page looking for The Big Story only to find a single paragraph buried deep or, more often, nothing at all. Likewise my daily searches of FOX.com resulted in nothing, or very little, on Operation Fast & Furious.

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