FCC suspends newsroom monitoring, Commissioner Pai Statement

FCC suspends newsroom monitoring, Commissioner Pai Statement

From the FCC February 21, 2014.

“Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information: (202) 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, DC 20554

TTY: (888) 835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC

, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

February 21, 2014
Matthew Berry, 202-418-2005
Email: Matthew.Berry@fcc.gov

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE CRITICAL INFORMATION NEEDS STUDY

I welcome today’s announcement that the FCC has suspended its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN study. This study would have thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country, somewhere it just doesn’t belong. The Commission has now recognized that no study by the federal government, now or in the future, should involve asking questions to media owners, news directors, or reporters about their practices. This is an
important victory for the First Amendment. And it would not have been possible without the American people making their voices heard. I will remain vigilant that any future initiatives not infringe on our constitutional freedoms.”

http://www.fcc.gov/document/commissioner-pais-statement-suspension-cin-study

 

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88 responses to “FCC suspends newsroom monitoring, Commissioner Pai Statement

  1. 2 + 2 = 4

  2. The FCC was just “testing the waters” to see if the American media was going to tolerate such a move as monitoring and “dictating” what is, and is not, to be the propaganda news fed to the nightly public…..

    Now if the weasels in the main stream media will just start questioning the REAL problem in America, which is…..Barack Hussain Obama (or whatever his real name is).

    Hurry and come March…….

  3. Rcminnc,
    Agree 100 percent. This was a test balloon. They wanted to see if people noticed. Next, they will create a crisis whereupon government oversight if the press is only solution.

  4. Opening World Series Pitch – Just over 12 Years Ago.

    Most people are not aware that a secret service guy dressed as an umpire the night President Bush threw out the first pitch during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Great story. I’m surprised that none of the newspaper guys ever picked up on the “stranger” in the umpire’s uniform.

    Remember this was just after 9/11……………….This is the U.S.A. at one of its best moments….

  5. PETE…

    Bingo !…there’s always a method to their madness…..

  6. Idaho has introduced legislation to nullify ALL of the EPA’s regulations that haven’t been authorized by congress. Please SHARE.

    The nullification movement is exploding, and the media is STILL ignoring it. When the states realize they can essentially delete federal tyranny on their own, everything will change.

    http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/idaho-to-nullify-epa/

  7. bob strauss
    Thanks for that video showing President George Bush throwing that first pitch! It actually brought me to tears. It brought me back when we had a President (whether you voted for him or not) that was a very strong advocate for American exceptionalism. He made up his mind to go after the terrorists on their turf and never deluded ANYONE there was a real war on terror. He united a country and the world in that effort.. Contrast that to the divisive, divided nation we have now. We have no foreign policy, our respect is weakened as well as our military. I yearn for my beloved America.

  8. HonorFirst | February 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm |

    I feel the same way.

  9. Liberals are like mad attack dogs…they don’t give up. They will just find another way to control the news.

  10. Report: We’ve Suffered Massive Obamacare Job Losses

    A new report from a top health care industry trade organization contradicts Kathleen Sebelius’ recent claim that no job loss will occur under Obamacare.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/18/health-industry-group-yes-weve-suffered-massive-obamacare-job-losses/#ixzz2u0cBOxVZ

  11. Another way around things…..continued harassment:

    DOJ Revising Its Rules For Obtaining Records From News Media, In “Most Instances” Will Notify

    “But wait, isn’t their “exception” the same rationale they claimed to grab the news organizations records to begin with?”

    News organizations are to be informed of an impending document demand unless the attorney general determines that notice would pose “a clear and substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation, risk grave harm to national security or present an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm,” the new rule says.

    Ahh! Those exceptions tell the tale.

    http://weaselzippers.us/

  12. Bob,

    President Obama – First Pitch MLB All-Star Game 2009 –

  13. Greta to FCC: It’s none of your business, read Constitution

    ‘Off the Record’, 2/21/14: The FCC has backed off its controversial study of America’s newsrooms, but Greta has ‘agreed’ to answer five of their questions in the spirit of cooperation

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/index.html#/v/3238531772001

  14. John in Illinois

    Ukraine’s opposition has asserted its authority over Kiev and parliament in a day of fast-paced events.

    MPs have replace the parliamentary speaker and attorney general, appointed a new pro-opposition interior minister and voted to free jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

    Police appear to have abandoned their posts across the capital.

    Protesters in Kiev have walked unchallenged into the president’s official and residential buildings.

    Drudge has the BBC story….. May 16 Operation American Spring?
    Is Washington preparing for something like this?

  15. John in Illinois

    http://www.drudgereport.com is the ONLY media that is reporting this at 8:14 am

  16. HOPE n’ CHANGE

    OBAMA STYLE

  17. More HOPE n’ CHANGE

  18. John in Illinois……
    Like the alleged president of the Ukraine,where else have we looked upon such a person?Now all we need is for the exact same action to happen HERE. Sadly a number of people lost their lives in taking out Yanukovich,but I will bet that they will never be forgotten for their sacrifice. Yanukovich also thought he could change the constitution of his country,and just like Honduras the people REMOVED HIM,which is what should have happened here soon after 2008. I salute all of the PROTESTORS in the Ukraine,and I again salute the Honduras military..I seriously doubt if we will ever see the BASTARD removed……the alleged AMERICAN PUBLIC doesn’t seem to have the golf balls…..they would rather lllie around ,do their drugs,watch their porn,and stay unwashed,,rape at will,play stupid games ,rob, and kill for sport. Many of them don’t have more than two words in their vocabulary (EXPLETIVE)…..and the US has become the LAUGHING STOCK of the world…….some are calling the US the ANUS of the world

  19. GO GET EM NUGENT, SIC EM! AT LEAST YOU HAVE YOUR CRAP TOGETHER!

  20. Admiral Lyons is the latest upper echelon figure to get on board with all the others. He was on Megyn Kelly’s show and he openly stated that his counterparts at the Pentagon have become POLITICISED. Thank you sir for confirming what many folks already knew. But you did make a small step in the right direction,now keep on doing it ………….One at a time we are seeing the migration of a hell of a lot of the upper echelon figures to the truthful side,but it is painfully slow,and not in anywhere near the quantity who need to DEFECT. if they want the sympathy of the American people when PUSH COMES TO SHOVE.

  21. ….in addition I salute Mr.Abbott for his candor!. It is clear that both Nugent and Abbott have struck LIBERAL MORON nerves, just as have a couple of Hollywood’s elite. Keep it up guys! Then lets pray that there are massive defections in Americas school systems as well…..and they will immediately return to 2+2 instead of 2+x, or (10 sticks) math that creates MORONS.

  22. February 21, 2014

    Colin Flaherty:

    “Knockout Game invades ‘Beat Whitey’ territory”

    “People used to be surprised at racial violence in Iowa. Not any more. Not since Beat Whitey Night at the Iowa State Fair. Not since last September when a black mob murdered a white father of six. Not since subsequent reports of several occasions of large scale black mob violence in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

    And now the Knockout Game. Police this week received two reports of assaults near Iowa State University in Ames. Both on the same night. Police are looking for a car full of black people as their prime suspects. Police are calling it the Knockout Game.

    Ames is not the kind of place where people look over their shoulders. Or even lock their doors. So when Tony Behnke noticed a car following him last Sunday morning, he thought nothing of it, at first.

    Then he realized it wasn’t just a car, but a also black man with dreadlocks walking in step very close behind him.

    Then he punched Behnke in the face.

    But by far, the most notorious case of racial violence in recent Iowa history took place three summers ago at the State Fair: Beat Whitey Night. That is what a police officer wrote in his report about what black people were chanting that night when they rampaged through the fair grounds, beating up fair goers and attacking police.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/knockout-game-invades-beat-whitey-territory/?cat_orig=us

  23. Boston Child protection services have taken custody of a young teen ager,who has been diagnosed by some of the best doctors as having a rare disease and they temporarily put her on a medication. So enter stage left CPS of Boston who used a different hospital,who stated that she does not have the diagnosed disease. Now the youngster is going downhill fast,and the EVER SO GOOD do gooders who took custody of her will end up with child endangerment charges brought against them, via CIVIL action. The judge sided with the CPS even though they were WRONG.,then the judge compounded his/her offens by placing a GAG order against the girl’s FATHER,her natural parent.. This is a product of people with severly twisted minset themselves who have gotten into positions of authority. These are the same sort of people who give kindergarteners condoms to play with.

  24. ………but the father could stand watching his daughter deteriorate no longer and finally came to the Megyn Kelly show. I really wish that Piro would have jumped in on the fracas, I think what Piro has to say will carry a hell of a lot more weight in the Northeast. Piro sees through the UP is DOWN bullshi#.

  25. Today is George Washington’s birthday…and mine…

    Feb 12 was Abe Lincoln’s birthday…and my mother’s…

    Happy Birthday George ! … Happy Birthday Abe !

  26. CW ……
    Isn’t it amazing how quickly the alleged NEWSROOM study came to a halt after the Commissioner of the FCC spoke out regarding the Constitutionality of such a study? har har Says a lot! Had it been allowed to happen I believe it would have turned the media COMPLETELY against Soetoro,and perhaps one or two of them might just have ratted him out, and backed their claims with DOCUMENTATION.

  27. This is special for William…….
    The UNION GOONS in Tennesee have filed a complaint with NLRB, because they think there was OUTSIDE interference in the voting process at VW. Well if they think that 700 EMPLOYEES at VW are “outside interference”, then they are even more stupid than I even thought. This was CLOSED VOTING where was there any potential for a rigged vote which they allege to have occurred. This notion smacks of people who just can’t stand being somewhere without RAMMING THEIR MANURE down other people’s throats, because they think that they are SOOOOOO superior to all other people. which tells on them.

  28. …… according to one of the people( whose mouth was still ringed by foam) told Fox that THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY! What do you want to bet that VW WILL go away,and 1400 workers will be looking for another job. Union people simply can’t face reality. They live in FANTASY LAND, wherein ALL union members get the same pay as the CEO. So the guy who stands and shoves a color coded bolt into a color coded hole ,puts a color coded nut on it and tightens it with a color coded impact wrench, ..whos intelligence might be in question as well,should be paid the same wage as the CEO.

  29. The union morons at Hostess Baking thought that they were in control of the company also…….suddenly they all discovered what BRICKS LOOK LIKE. They openly stated that they would rather be without a job than work for a little less. Voila…..they GOT THEIR “DRUTHER”. har har

  30. Thornton Parsons

    Happy Birthday, RMinNC!

  31. Thanks Thornton….

  32. “DHS Cancels Plan For National License Plate Tracking System”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-22/dhs-cancels-plan-national-license-plate-tracking-system

  33. Knock out game reminds me of former KKK efforts in Jim Crow land.

  34. Jonah | February 22, 2014 at 12:20 am |

    Bob,

    President Obama – First Pitch MLB All-Star Game 2009 –
    ********************************
    Jonah,
    Nice comparison. Nice “BOUNCE”! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  35. Happy Birthday RMinNC.

  36. Thanks BOB……

  37. citizenwells | February 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm |

    “DHS Cancels Plan For National License Plate Tracking System”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-22/dhs-cancels-plan-national-license-plate-tracking-system
    *******************
    CW,
    I’ve seen stories about the license plate readers being used at the local government levels, supposedly checking for stolen cars, and capable of checking thousands of plates per day. This information will be mined by a tyrannical government, like the one we have.

  38. First of all, I think this is illegal, no? The taking of any names should be those of any teacher, this so called company, and any other persons involved in this and begin the class action lawsuits….not against institutions as a whole, but the individuals involved by name.

    New York state authorities are planning to step-up surveillance – this time, on little kids.
    “The program, which will be launched state-wide, is supposed to gather information on students starting from the age of five. The system contains names, attendance records, disciplinary histories, addresses, test scores and learning disabilities.”

    The New York Daily News reported:

    In an unprecedented move, education officials will hand over personal student data to a new private company to create a national database for businesses that contract with public schools.

    Working with the city, state education officials are already uploading private information about students — their names, addresses, test scores, learning disabilities, attendance and disciplinary records — into a $100 million database called inBloom.

    Parents are furious that New York is joining eight other states in adopting the model without giving families a chance to opt out of sharing delicate information.

    “I’m outraged,” said Karen Sprowal, 52, a stay-at-home mom. Her 9-year-old son is a fourth-grader at Public School 75 in Manhattan.

    “I send my child to school to be educated. I never agreed to have his information shared with private companies or stored in a database.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

  39. THERE’S NO RIGHT WAY TO DO A WRONG THING…think about it …

  40. Happy Birthday RMinNC from your neighboring state of SC. Hope all your wishes came true – oops, the administration is still there so I know that one didn’t happen 🙂

  41. RMinNC,
    Happy Birthday, too, from the great state of AZ! May you have many more.

  42. Happy birthday RMinNC, and from Arizona as well. Out on family business, so can’t say from Florida.

  43. RMINNC………
    I would suspect that once again firing a battlefield weapon would be a really satisfying thing for an old soldier to which I would agree. In addition I would at this point say Happy Birthday sir.

  44. RMINNC…..
    We were all born on earth to be terminal. Of late I have not been feeling too great. It comes and goes. Which is one reason why you will notice the time of day that I am posting.

  45. RMINNC…….
    In the Navy it is taught that there is a WRONG way,the RIGHT way,and the Navy way. Where it concerns me,I use the Wright way. Really tough being Wright 24 hours a day! A friend once asked me how it felt to be Wright 100% of the time. I replied ,”I am compelled to be Wright 100% of the time,and have no control over it.”

  46. Wouldn’t it be great if this was a story about our usurper?
    ************************************
    Truly dramatic developments in Ukraine, as the president has fled the capitol…

    Breaking: Ukraine President Ousted, Flees Capital; Opposition Leader Released From Prison

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/117007-ukraine-president-ousted-flees-capital/

  47. Thanks to everyone for your comments on my birthday…..I really don’t feel a year older….maybe a year wiser, and a year more dedicated to restoring our Constitution to it’s rightful place…

    I am reading a book now that I find very hard to put down…the title is a ‘Self Portrait of a Scoundrel”…it’s the life story of Chauncey Holt, a Mafia and CIA asset…..who has seen almost every thing and done most.In this book, he shows how the CIA and Mafia are intertwined in their activities…one supporting the other….

    Chauncey was the “hobo” seem in pictures of the Dallas slaying of JFK and had some very important dealing in that….he admits ( or says he does not know) he does not know who fired the fatal shots that killed Kennedy, but he says it sure wasn’t Oswald…he knows that with certainty..

    Chauncey was the main “bookkeeper” for Myer Lanskey’s Mafia operations…Lanskey was the Mafia chief who later in life loaned Chauncey out to the CIA to become a spook….

    I have read a lot of books here lately, but not any as entertaining as this one. For an “insiders” look at how our corrupt government works and the connection between big crime and the CIA, …I highly recommend this book…..

    Being a “bean counter”, Chauncey kept copious notes on everything ….he did not release this information until one week before his death….the book is written by a Dutchman by the name of Wim Dankbaar and published in 2013……

    I also find it with irony that it takes a foreign writer to discover the ills of America…perhaps they are the only ones willing to write about America’s corruption….anyway, it’s a great eye opening read…..and you will turn the last page with almost certainty of who was responsible for the coup of 1963 that set the stage for our present situation in America…and it wasn’t Oswald….like Jake Ruby said, “it lay with the man who was in office at that time”…..he was referring to Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    I was taken back by one sentence in his book which read, “After all, a slave will not revolt as long as he does not realize he is a slave”.

    And isn’t that our problem in America today…”We are all slaves and do not know it”?.

    Well I’m off to church…this old war horse needs all the help he can get….Have a good day my friends.

  48. Good morning CW, et. al,

  49. My wife’s little kitty of 15 years passed away this morning at 8 am…..her name was “Missy” and the most loving little kitty I have ever seen…..she was a little black rescue cat that my wife got when she moved to this area and has been her constant companion …

    Today, we came downstairs just in time to see her take her last breath….our other boy cat who’s name is “Winston” was standing guard over poor little Missy and most likely had been all night….

    Missy has been a part of my wife’s life for 15 years and it’s hard for her to let go now……but we have been expecting this for a few weeks now, so it didn’t come as a complete surprise….

    Missy is better off now in Kitty Heaven..

  50. Condolences to RMinNC, wife & Winston.

  51. MESSAGES FROM THE UKRAIN…..

    The forced Parliamentary impeachment of Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych just cancelled out President Barack Obama’s puny pen and telephone.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was Yankovych’s pen and telephone, but with the entire world watching, the prime minister, who only three months ago made a deal in favor of the Russians over the European Union, has hightailed it for safer ground by abandoning the battle field.

    Parliament on Feb. 22 voted overwhelmingly to impeach embattled Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych. Lawmakers applauded as the votes came in—328 in all—to oust the president.

    Following the vote, parliamentarian(s) stood and sang the Ukrainian national anthem.” (Kyiv Post, Feb. 22, 2014)

    How many victims of ongoing Obama tyranny in the U.S. are now beginning to hear the strains of The Stars and Stripes?

    In America, the voice of “We the People” has been ignored for more than five years while the current administration is doing everything possible to curtail ‘dissidents’ now under constant threat by the IRS, NSA, and an FCC that just backed off on sending monitors into America’s news rooms—until they can come up with a more malleable way.

    Is the situation in UKRAIN a message to the rest of the world….telling the world that as human beings, we do not have to accept things as they are, but they can be changed?…

    if, and when the people are ready to sacrifice to obtain that precious commodity we call freedom….

  52. sorry I left the E off of UKRAINE…..sorry bout that patriots.

  53. IS ANYONE WATCHING?
    IS ANYONE LISTENING?
    DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE?

    The socialist cities of Venezuela are rioting and out of control. So much for socialism/communism. The freedom loving city of Kiev is ablaze. So much for power of the people. Bloody Syria is still a killing field. And will continue to be.

    The Iranian mullahs aren’t giving up their nuclear weapons capability as they promised, and John Kerry is out preaching about Obama’s “Climate Change” policy. The lessor regimes in the Middle East are preparing to acquire their own nukes and Israel is on pins and needles.

    Radical Islam and Al Qaeda is on the rise and making gains and is probably stronger than ever., and Afghanistan is now producing 95% od the worlds opium products…thanks to America’s protection.

    China and Russia are throwing their weight around like “school yard bullies” and all Obama did was to “tell Vlaid that I will have more flexibility after the next election”, And our NATO allies are whinning, shuddering, and squabbling over petty their differences.

    Our world is sitting on a “primed powder keg” ready to explode into a worldwide conflict from all the local brushfires which are being ignored and left unabated.

    Why is this happening? and why now?…is it part of a bigger plan that the average citizen is not privy too?

    There is one reason for this… and one reason alone.

    Because the “light of worlds freedom” the United States of America is in a full force “advance to the rear”.

    And what is the Obama administration’s response to these events?

    Get a bigger white flag… and further retreat to the rear.

    This is what happens when the worlds leading nation on the principles of freedom turns into a third class Banana Republic ( I really hare to use that word here)…

    This is what happens when collectively a nation of citizens (sheep) go to sleep and cannot hear, see, or act on the dangers that approach them…

    We are now like that well known “train going though a long tunnel and see a bright light at the other end of the tunnel”…

    We think we are safe and all is well… but we are only viewing another train coming full speed at us from the opposite end of the tunnel.

    This is just my view of “AS THE WORLD TURNS” today…others may see it differently.

  54. thanks CW…..

    the wife is set back by her lose….I’m kind of leaving her to her grief for the day….

  55. RMinNC,
    So sorry to hear about Missy’s departure! It is very hard to lose one of our fur babies, and you, your wife, and Winston all have my sympathy. Fifteen years is a long time to have a pet – lots of good years, but so sad when they leave us.

    I certainly share your sentiments about what has happened in the Ukraine. It was crazy to hear a Repub senator say today something to the effect that our pResident will have to send a statement of warning to Putin. Hahahaha! O’s word means absolutely nothing around the world. Look at Syria and the attempt that Putin made there. It has all been a failure and and anything O touches has been a disaster.

  56. RMinNC :- So sorry about Missy! Your wife will see her again, on “The Rainbow Bridge.” This comforted me when Aloysius ( my beautiful “Black cat Extraordinaire” passed on. I had had him ( since his babyhood) for nearly 18 and a half years. I cried for days! CW :- Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! I come by every day – several times.

  57. RMINNC…….
    I think that we are given our little furry friends by God,for whatever reason. They quickly steal your heart, and losing them is exactly the same as losing a human family member. I sympathise with you folks on your loss. I too have such a tiny friend, and I do not know what I would do without her.

  58. When we lose a loved pet,it is simply a part of the natural process,but it is always painful nonetheless. Somehow we are NEVER ready for such an event,and it hurts bigtime when God calls them home.

  59. thanks OLDSAILOR81….CABBYAZ…and MADELEINE7….I appreciate your words, I will pass them on to the wife.

    But there is light in our family now….We now have a feisty little Powder-Puff Chinese Crested dog by the name of “RASCAL”.. and he tries very hard to live up to his name….he’s so cute, he should be in the movies..

    He is also full of life and such a pleasure to have around…at night, he likes to sniggle and “hog” the bed…..he thinks at time that he’s a big bad bulldog or something like that…..I think he’s been watching too much television and Animal World……

    Anyway, it looks like Rascal will be with us for a long time…..

    p.s. …He loves to go bird hunting in the afternoon and rabbit hunting in the early evening…..he never catches anything… but makes a hell of a lot of noise and racket when he sees something that doesn’t look like him !
    .

  60. snuggle….sorry

  61. OLDSALIOR81….
    you said…it “hurts big time” when God calls them home….

    YES it does,… but I am of the belief that “All of GOD’s Children Got a Place in the Choir”…that’s an old Irish funny song sung quit well by Tommy Makin.

    “Some sing lower, and some sing higher, and some just clap their hands and such, or anything they got” !

    I hope there is room in that Choir for you, and I, and all our other friends…now that would be a great sounding “Off Key” group because I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket !

  62. RMinNC | February 23, 2014 at 11:28 am |

    MESSAGES FROM THE UKRAIN…..

    The forced Parliamentary impeachment of Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych just cancelled out President Barack Obama’s puny pen and telephone.
    ****************************
    I hope our usurper is taking notes, so he’ll know how to make his exit, when the time comes.

  63. RMinNC,
    Sorry to hear about your kee cat. I have one that’s going on 19… bless her heart. She sleeps on the heat register, and I think she’s partialy blind and deaf. Yet when she comes out into the living area, she lets out a ferosious ROAR that even scares my German Sheperd. He always backs up to let the “queen” pass through.

  64. Hi CW,
    My comment is awaitng moderation. Probably because I logged in from a different computer. Can you free me?

  65. Dog is God spelled Backwards.

  66. VERY INTERESTING….


    Comrade Obama…if this is true, and it most likely is…you are guilty of treason….what say you?

  67. September 28, 2012 …I lost my Ginger of 13 years! Her ashes are in my cureo with her pictures, tags, etc. I still miss her so much.

  68. Former Supreme Court Justice Wants To Add Five Words To Second Amendment

    “Stevens was appointed by a Republican (Ford) but was a liberal on the Court for 35 years. A little frightening that after 35 years, he has so little understanding of the Constitution…”

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens would like to see five words added to Constitution’s Second Amendment, the result of which would be to destroy its intent, and turn the “right to bear arms” into a mere catchphrase lacking meaning.

    ……In his yet-to-be released book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” Stevens suggests that the Second Amendment’s sole purpose was protection against an oppressive standing army — not self-protection in the ordinary sense.

    He suggested the inclusion of five words for clarification, with the “new and improved” Second Amendment reading, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms….. when serving in the militia…… shall not be infringed.”

    By adding those five words — when serving in the militia — Stevens would remove the teeth from the Second Amendment, rendering it impotent.

    http://weaselzippers.us/176014-former-supreme-court-justice-wants-to-add-five-words-to-second-amendment/

  69. I guess the usurpers BS doesn’t work in India.
    ***********************************************************

    India’s gay community scrambling after court decision recriminalizes homosexuality…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indias-gay-community-scrambling-after-court-decision-recriminalises-homosexuality-9146244.html

  70. BOB STRAUSS…

    Obama’s MoJo only works with the Idiots here in America…..

    SUEQ….

    thanks for your comments

  71. When a trash man was captured on camera running across an American flag, he did a great thing…
    This Humble Trash Collector Did Something to an American Flag That Made Him a Hero

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/117181-humble-trash-collector-something-american-flag-made-hero/

  72. Common Sense tells me that Putin cannot and will not tolerate Freedom on his border in the Ukraine …..

    With the Olympics now over and Russia a clear winner of medals…I predict the following :

    1. Putin will move, with force, within 2 weeks to restore his dictator to power in Kiev….

    2. That Obama will blame the violence and unrest on a non-existent video about Islamic extremist and may address the UN with that… Susan Rice will be instructed to go on national television explaining how this hateful DVD started all this unrest in the Ukraine in the first place…..

    3. I also predict John Kerry will fly to the Ukraine, after Putin has restored his puppet to power. Kerry will tell the good Ukrainians how “Global Warming” has added to the unrest there and will pitch Obama’s program for a more “peaceful Sun” in the future .

    Of course all of this, except number 1, is pun intended to show America’s weak knee-jerking reaction to a serious situation that could easily start WWIII.

    I hope I am wrong about # 1….but Putin’s actions so far have demonstrated otherwise. His iron grip hold on the other former countries of the old USSR is dependent upon how he handles this matter in the Ukraine…..

    God Bless the people of the Ukraine for the courage they have displayed. May He give them the courage to continue their resistance alone for they can expect no help from the rest of the world in this matter.

  73. For fallen soldiers returned home:

    Delta Honor Guard:

    American Airlines:

  74. President George Bush presents Medal of Honor…much different reaction than what is presently in WH:

  75. John in Illinois

    Piers Morgan of CNN is quitting. GOODBYE

  76. Thornton Parsons

    RMinNC, please tell your wife that I am sorry for your loss. It doesn’t take cat (or dogs) very long to become family. And, they’re always there when everyone else has left. That’s why I believe in the credo: Every life should have nine cats. Saki, Twelve, B Six, Paco, Bebe Netanyahu, Ladder, and Spooky. I lost Car 54 and Hawaii 50 last year.

  77. WELL THAT’S IT…..NOW MY DANDER IS UP !!!.

    Dianne Feinstein has just said that I’m “MAD AS A HATTER”.. because I am a Veteran in good standing, fully qualified to use firearms correctly. …

    No Ms know it all…I’m not “MAD AS A HATTER” as you have so suggest…

    Instead, “IM MAD AS HELL” because you have so disrespected the very people who have given you the right to make such stupid accusations and statements without proper justification…….

    You Madame are one ignorant woman, and deserve “No Respect” whatsoever from the veterans you are now attacking…..me being one, and there are millions and millions more just like me, who are also taking offense toward your comments and actions, . and the rest of those lousy democrats who are willing to strip the backbone out of this nation’s defense……that being the living veterans who have been there, given all, and not afraid to go back if necessary….

    Get a Life Feinstein….get lost…better yet, take a long walk off of a short pier somewhere in San Francisco…but don’t bother to call on a Veteran of America’s wars to save your butt any time in the near future.

    For they will not be there. Your whimpering will fall on deaf ears.

  78. Breaking news… Piers Morgan’s far-left show on CNN has finally been cancelled according to the New York Times. Please SHARE.

    http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/piers-morgan-cancelled/

  79. RMINNC……….
    What else would you expect from a halfwit female who dines at the lower abdomen of another female.

  80. ……such people possess sexually deviated mentalities,so if anybody is mentally ill it certainly is MSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. “PIGGYSTINE”.

  81. According to a Tea Party email an informant within DHS has stated that the DHS is GIRDING for a LENGTHY CIVIL WAR. This goes hand and glove with what I already believe. All of the people at the DHS are involved with and have committed treason in supporting a treason perpetrator,and they know that they will HANG if they are prosecuted…so they will elect to GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP…..the COWARDS WAY OUT.

  82. Stay strong and feel better, oldsailor81. Looking forward to another happy return of “602”, my dear Old Salt.

    Happy Birthday, RMinNC. Many happy returns!

    Many Blessings, Gentlemen!

  83. “What we’re seeing now is the usurpation of authority that’s unprecedented in this country … a system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation … is a system that borders on authoritarianism.”

    Of Course He Should Be Impeached

    Do we have a Congress or a coffle of slaves?
    By David Catron

    February 17, 2014
    Last week, Jeffrey Lord asked the following question in this space: “Should Obama be impeached?” I have enormous respect for Lord, and agree with virtually everything he writes, but his column reflects an unsettling trend in the way many view this issue. Most pundits and politicians discuss Obama’s serial violations of the Constitution as if mulling an interesting academic subject.
    They ponder such arcana as the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the number of Senate votes required to convict an impeached President, the effect of the process on the GOP’s electoral prospects in 2016, ad infinitum. Few, however, discuss impeachment as a serious possibility or even a rational course of action.
    In a less complacent nation, Lord’s question would not be rhetorical. It is the duty of the House of Representatives to impeach Obama. Read more:

    http://giveusliberty1776.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-were-seeing-now-is-usurpation-of.html

  84. HOW the USURPER
    ‘USURPED’

    By TPATH Contributor
    RoseAnn Salanitri

    February 22, 2014 ~TPATH~ There were well over 100 lawsuits that challenged Barack Obama’s place on the ballot in 2008 and 2012. These lawsuits contained a plethora of constitutional reasons why the man now occupying the White House should not have been on the ballot. Unfortunately, there were also a plethora of reasons why the lawsuits were dismissed and ignored – most of them revealing more about the judges and their disregard for the Constitution than the Usurper himself.

    Of course we are all familiar with the “birther” allegations that were primarily dismissed through bully tactics rather than honest debate – even claiming men such as Donald Trump as their victims. Upon closer examination, the charges brought against the Imperial President ranged from the birther claims, to his possession of an illicit Social Security number, to a forged birth certificate, and dual citizenship – all of which should have disqualified him from being on the ballot and would have prevented him from usurping our system of government.

    The reasons for dismissing the charges against BO in the early years were based on lack of standing. The judges claimed that damage incurred as a result of an unqualified candidate could only be brought by another candidate. These rulings were as illegitimate as the imposter himself, as we all have standing when the Constitution is being violated – especially when that violation places someone in authority over the entire nation. Given good ole American ingenuity, soon presidential candidates were filing suit. Most noteworthy was Alan Keyes. Afterward, Susan Daniels, a private investigator from Ohio who discovered that Obama’s Social Security number was illegitimate filed her suit as a registered write-in candidate. By the way, the fruits of Ms. Daniel’s investigation were vindicated when the Usurper’s attempt to register for ObamaCare was rejected due to an invalid Social Security number. Of course his Administration swept this under the rug saying his number belonged to a President, which meant that it was protected in some unusual manner. And once again, the Usurper was allowed to continue usurping.

    Ms. Daniel’s case is very interesting because she filed suit against the Ohio Secretary of State. The court ruled that the Secretary of State had no statutory authority to bar the Democratic Party Presidential nominee from appearing on the Ohio ballot. So, who did have the authority? Did the Court assume or presume that the Democrat Party should have policed itself – good luck with that one! The Susan Daniels’ situation is more bizarre, since the Defendants never showed up in Court and the Judge (a Republican) argued the case on their behalf instead of ruling against them on the basis of Default. Then the Judge found in favor or his own legal argument – no surprise there.

    One of New Jersey’s two cases is similar to Ms. Daniels in that the Defendants’ attorney stated that even Mickey Mouse could be on the ballot, to which the Judge agreed. Although testimony was given that the Board of Elections admitted that BO never filed any documentation as required in 2008 or 2012, the Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin stated: “There appears to be no affirmative requirement that a person indorsed in a nominating petition for the Presidency present to the Secretary of State any certification or other proof that he is qualified for the Office.” (sic) Again, whose responsibility is it that the constitutional requirement is observed if not a judge’s?
    Our Constitution that states in Article II, Section 1:
    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
    Apparently no one is enforcing this constitutional requirement – not our judges – not our Secretaries of State – not our Democrat Party – not our Republican Party – and not our electoral college who ultimately casts its votes for the candidate. It seems the Obama attorney was correct – even Mickey Mouse can be on the ballot. And if I had my way, I’d much prefer Disney’s large-eared rodent to be our Commander in Chief than the large-eared rodent presently occupying the White House. It may be easy to blame the Usurper in Chief for this crime against the Constitution, but there is more than enough blame to go around. He couldn’t get away with this by himself. He had quite a bit of help from the Courts and all the other mentioned complicit parties.
    The situation is worse. The Usurper in the White House does what usurpers do. He has seized power that does not rightfully belong to his office in a myriad of ways – fundamentally changing our Constitutional Republic (as he promised). We act surprised. We shouldn’t be. From the time he ran for the Presidency up until now, he has ignored our Constitution whenever it didn’t suit his purposes, and the media, Congress, the Judiciary, and both major political parties have allowed him to do so with only a poor show of objection.
    So, let me ask this: anyone for starting a class action lawsuit against all that have committed crimes against our Constitution? Let’s see, that would be all the men and women in black robes posing as dispensers of justice and protectors of our Constitution; all the Democrats that certified Obama’s candidacy; all the Secretaries of State that allowed him to be placed on the ballot without proper documentation; all the Republicans that went along with the scam without uttering a word; and all those in the electoral colleges that cast their state’s votes for the Usurper. There would be no dearth of defendants; but there does seem to be a dearth of outraged citizens.
    You may crumble under the insults of being called “birthers” or whatever name the cabalists can conjure up, but I can assure you that those who crumble under name-calling will most assuredly crumble under the Usurper’s tyrannical rule. It’s high time We the People do what those we have trusted have failed to do: enforce our Constitution while it is still worth the paper it is written on. Only by declaring his Presidency illegitimate will this country be able to undo all the harm this one Usurper has done, and that will happen only if our true patriots will rise to the call after falling to their knees. It won’t take an army to defeat this despot, but it will take a contingent of committed patriots – thick-skinned and unafraid to face the media’s ridicule and complacent judges. Will someone please say “Amen!”

    http://www.tpath.org/COMMENTARY_2014.php#Usurper_Usurped

  85. Good morning CW, et al,

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