On March 8 the state Senate of Virginia passed HB 1160, the bill that would prevent the use of any state agency or member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force to participate in the unlawful detention of a citizen of Virginia by the U.S. government in violation of the state and federal constitution as set forth in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate vote completed legislative action on the bill, which had already been approved by Virginia's House of Delegates where it was introduced by Delegate Bob Marshall (left). However, Governor Bob McDonnell has yet to act on this bill that has languished on his desk for a month.
The Federal Reserve System investigated itself and determined that concerns about undue political influence surrounding its alleged role in the Nixon Watergate scandal and a subsequent cover up, as well as allegations that the Fed facilitated a massive weapons loan to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, were unfounded. Analysts and critics of the central bank, however, were not entirely convinced.
Marine Sergeant and Armed Forces Tea Party founder Gary Stein (left) could face an “other than honorable” discharge from the service for criticizing and ridiculing President Obama on Facebook — at least if a General agrees with the military board’s controversial recommendation. Stein’s enlistment was set to end in just a few months.
Free-speech advocates from across the political spectrum rallied to the embattled Marine’s defense, saying the military was trampling on his rights and that dismissal from the armed forces would have a chilling effect on soldiers’ ability to speak freely. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the conservative-leaning United States Justice Foundation both worked on Stein’s behalf.
Back in February when the Congress voted to extend the payroll tax “holiday” to the end of the year, the Washington Post was the first to notice the tsunami of tax increases coming next year. But then Lori Montgomery began to add up all the other taxes that will increase on January 1, 2013, and called it “Taxmageddon.”
The Office of the Inspector General has been investigating a meeting hosted by the Public Buildings Service, a subgroup of the General Services Administration, that was held near Las Vegas in 2010. The meeting cost taxpayers approximately $835,000, and the report released by the Office of the Inspector General reveals that officials at the Public Buildings Service not only knew about the expense of the trip beforehand, but joked about it as well.
When President Obama signs the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Start-up Act) bill into law today it will reflect the first sign in a long time that some in Congress are waking up to reality: government regulations stifle business growth. The bill passed the House 390-23 in March and then passed the Senate 73-26 last week but not without much weeping and gnashing of teeth from regulationists decrying the bill’s alleged resurrection of “deregulation.”
A team of United Nations-sponsored scientists is pushing for global government through a short film they released. The promo for the film, Welcome to the Anthropocene, contends it is “the story of how one species changed a planet.” The website promoting it indicates that it was set up by “researchers and communicators from some of the leading scientific research institutions on global sustainability.”
The film introduces nothing new in the area of science, prattling on with the same agenda with which the American people have become familiar: the Earth is overpopulated, the ice caps are melting, the sea level is rising, etc.
Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, defied the hopes of homosexual activists and the predictions of political pundits, voting down a proposal that would have added sexual orientation and “transgender identity” to anti-discrimination language in the city’s municipal code. While polls had suggested that the measure, known as Proposition 5, had plenty of voter support to win handily, at the end of the day the controversial proposal failed by a decisive 58 to 42 percent margin.
Without a concrete plan for funding, proponents of a California high-speed rail project began pitching their plan this week to legislators and the general public. Updated from a previous proposal, the new plan narrows the scope of the project and intends to speed up construction to save money. However, despite the spending reductions, the rail still leans on shaky funding sources that might never materialize.
A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in five states where marijuana is legal for medicinal use sent a scathing open letter to President Obama demanding that he uphold his campaign promise to end the federal government’s war on patients. Shortly thereafter, an alliance of non-profit drug law-reform groups sent a similar letter.
Sixteen states and Washington D.C. have nullified unconstitutional federal drug statutes and currently allow sick people to lawfully purchase medical marijuana for a range of conditions including cancer, severe pain, and more. The U.S. government, however, still considers cannabis use to be illegal for any purpose, sparking frequent clashes between state and federal authorities over the years.
Because April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia, the deadline for filing federal income-tax returns this year falls on April 17. Coincidentally, that is also Tax Freedom Day for 2012: the day on which the average American will have worked long enough to pay his share of all the taxes government will extract from the populace this year.