In a surprising turn of events on Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to extend a number of provisions to the PATRIOT Act as a result of dissonance within the Republican Party. Unfortunately for constitutionalists, the victory was short-lived as the House has now changed the rules for passage, opting instead for a simple majority instead of the original two-thirds majority that was required.
CBSChicago.com reported on Feb. 8 that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is defending the city’s use of surveillance cameras. On Tuesday, the Mayor rejected the demands of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had called for the city to stop adding cameras to its network.
The criminalization of ordinary life has become a sad reality in our statist society. Dena Long-Christensen should know. The 44-year-old Utah woman was arrested last month, fined and put in jail. Her crime? Selling flowers out of her home without a proper permit, in violation of the rules of the West Jordan Planning and Zoning Board of Salt Lake City. The process of arrest and conviction began when an enforcement bureaucrat observed her selling flowers in her home, and executed an affidavit to that effect.
“If you’re like me,” wrote Thomas Woods, tongue planted firmly in cheek, “you spend a lot of time concerned — weeping, even — that one of the great men ever to serve in American government, Donald Rumsfeld, continues to go unrecognized. At last this injustice is being rectified.”