Category Archives: Liberty News

We Must Bomb Syria To Save Syria! (Podcast)

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This is the podcast of the September 8, 2013, Monica Perez Show offering a libertarian perspective on the Administration’s push to attack Syria…What are the facts? What’s the big picture?

For updates on this and other libertarian topics check me out on facebook or at monicaperezshow.com or follow me on twitter @monicaperezshow.

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The Monica Perez Show is a call-in radio show about current events, politics, economics and life in general from a libertarian perspective. The show is broadcast every Sunday 1-3pm on News/Talk WSB 750AM and 95.5FM. You can also listen live online streaming right here and on your mobile device with the app iheartradio

The Constitution is Toilet Paper: Asset Forfeiture Edition!

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Yes,the Constitution is toilet paper, and you have only to look at the way government behaves to understand why this is the case.  Today’s edition highlights a growing practice of state and local governments, civil asset forfeiture.  Civil asset forfeiture enables the government to seize your property without charging or convicting you of any crime.  That’s because you aren’t on trial; instead, your property is on trial.

In the United States, your property has no presumption of innocence, right to counsel, or any of the other myriad individual rights you have as an actual person.  Civil asset forfeiture is a way of holding your property liable for the crime you are suspected of committing.  Even though the police cannot convict you of any crime, they can still hold your property accountable for the crime they think you committed.

The NSA hates the Constitution; the Media Hates Actual Reporting

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The New York Times is doing some actual reporting of late, and its wordsmiths are striving mightily to construct sentences that are in dire need of an editor’s tender attentions:

“Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule concerning collection “about” a person targeted for surveillance rather than directed at that person had provoked significant internal discussion.”

Perhaps the following would be in order, given that the rule is discussed at length in preceding paragraphs:

“Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule had provoked significant internal discussion.”

Rand Paul: ‘All I can see is the Billions of Dollars Obama sends overseas as Detroit Decays’

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During this speech offering an amendment to stop aid to Egypt, Rand Paul goes after the Obama Administration for aiding a country that had a military coup.

‘Let’s take the billions of dollars illegally giving to Egypt and spend it at home’ said the Senator from Kentucky.

Below is the video of his speech.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment to a transportation bill to cut off aid to Egypt until it holds democratic elections.*The measure would redirect $1.5 billion to bridge construction and repair in the U.S.
Armed Services Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) and Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke in opposition to the amendment.

Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent Riles Up Anti Gun Crowd

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Charlie Dent is MY Congressman. It’s pretty well-known that I’m not his biggest fan. Personally he’s a nice guy but politically, he’s about as Conservative as, well, Chris Christie.

He is taking a firm stand for the Second Amendment and the anti-gun crowd is raking him over the coals for it. This particular piece of propaganda showed up on Facebook.

In response, Conservatives and Libertarians should give his office a call and congratulate him on a job well done on the 2nd Amendment issue.

His office number is (610) 770-3490

If you prefer, just use the contact form on his website.

I’m glad to see that even moderate GOP Congressmen (Dent’s Heritage Action scorecard grade is a dismal 37%) aren’t caving to the Soros funded left’s attempted gun grab.

Being suspected of a crime is not a reason to give up your Constitutionally guaranteed right to own a firearm. Heck, the Obama White House considers Tea Party members to be suspected terrorists.

Lindsey Graham ♥’s Justin Amash

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Every libertarian and blogger’s favorite Senator, Lindsey Graham, is back with another memorable tweet that should be chronicled the annals of his greatest misses.  Graham, who isn’t sure bloggers have First Amendment protection, and who thinks free speech is a great idea, except that we’re in a war and you can’t have free speech in war, tweeted the following about the Amash Amendment:

Good read in today’s WSJ Editorial about problems with the Smith-Amash NDAA Amendment in the House of Reps. http://t.co/4dbSTQNz

The Wall Street Journal, standing as it does for unrestrained liberty for big banks, takes issue with the Tea Party Terror Flakeout (that’s the actual title of the editorial), arguing that it gives political cover to the ACLU.  Well, it also stands for a reinvigorated and meaningful Fourth Amendment limitation on government power.  The Journal, and its sycophant Senator Lindsey Graham, seek to undermine any notion that the NSA’s spying was illegal, unconstitutional, or unnecessary.  No, no, no…our Founders would have chosen security over liberty, which is why they didn’t revolt against the Crown…oh, wait.

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.

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.

A Case Against CISPA and for the Internet

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Chicago April 18, 2013 – The story to come out of Boston is still in flux, and we are only now putting together the pieces of what happened in the aftermath of that terrible event. It will take much longer to piece together what preceded it. But we now know that within several hours of the attack, law enforcement had named a “person of interest” (an amorphous word that allows media and law enforcement alike to get around calling someone a “suspect” when there is a dearth of evidence against him): a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student who was here on a student visa. Lest anyone think he was merely profiled for being Saudi Arabian, he was behaving suspiciously, according to witnesses: when the bomb went off, he ran away from it. It did not take long to clear him of any wrongdoing. But first, law enforcement had to ransack his apartment in Revere, Mass., and interrogate his roommate for several hours.

Within 48 hours of the Boston Marathon bombing, two other communities of laymen were conducting their own investigations. The first, Reddit.com, produced 14 threads (each with thousands of comments) over the course of two days. Many of those threads were dedicated to disseminating information about the bombing, and about relief efforts. But some of the comments were directed towards aggregating information, any information, that would become useful in identifying the perpetrator. Soon, the site was inundated with videos and photographs of the scene in the lead-up to the bombing, and in the moments thereafter. When law enforcement revealed that the bomb was likely transported in a black backpack, with silver reflective strips, the pictures were combed for information, in a project dubbed “Where’s Waldo?” by reddit moderators.

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