WikiLeaks symbolU.S. and British government officials have begun a global crackdown against pro-WikiLeaks "hacktivists" who briefly shut down Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon.com December 9. The loose group of hacktivists began a global cyber-attack called "Operation Payback" against the companies that earlier had caved-in to what was likely a U.S. federal government pressure campaign and similar electronic attack against the WikiLeaks website earlier in the year.

free speechIt took only a matter of hours after the Arizona shooting — amidst the leftist media war cry for government controls against animated political speech — for those calls to be translated into federal legislation. CNN reported January 9 that “Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.”

gavelAn Akron, Ohio, woman was released from jail on Wednesday after serving 9 days of a 10-day sentence for enrolling her children in a neighboring school district. Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, was convicted of two felony counts of tampering with records by providing false information on sworn registration forms, applications for free or reduced-price school lunches, and other forms she submitted to the Copley-Fairlawn School District, where she enrolled her two daughters. She was found guilty after a four-day jury trail and was sentenced to five years on each count, with all but 10 days suspended. Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia Cosgrove credited the defendant with one-day served for the day she was arrested and jailed on the felony charges in November of 2009. The judge also sentenced Williams-Bolar to two years probation and 80 days of community service.

On Wednesday morning, January 26, around 11:30, 59-year-old Nancy Davis, an American missionary, was shot by armed gunmen firing from a pick-up truck in a cutthroat region of northern Mexico near the Texas border. Borderland Beat, Jan. 26 is asking that anyone having information about this murder to contact the Pharr (Texas) Crimestoppers. Pharr police have been in contact with Mexican authorities.

Americans have reached yet another cultural milestone. Having absorbed tens of millions of illegal Mexican aliens, whose political leaders seek to detach the Southwest in their reconquista of what they believe to be stolen land, they now witness, as VDare.com reports, two murder trials for what are likely Islamic honor killings.