Texas Congressman Ron Paul delivered his impassioned CPAC address today to an energetic crowd of Republicans, Constitutionalists, and Libertarians. Paul’s speech stayed true to his Libertarian, non-interventionist, pro-Constitution beliefs, drawing applause from paleo-conservatives and ire from some neoconservatives.
About mid-January, plastic signs with the number 5320 on them (similar to those pesky political signs) began appearing across Oklahoma. They were mostly on public rights-of-way or in front of vacant businesses. Soon "5320" was seen on electronic as well as traditional billboards, splashed across the sides of public transit buses, and even on placemats in restaurants and coasters in wine bars.
When a police SWAT team and an FBI anti-terrorism squad arrive in force at a local church, people might understandably be alarmed. They might reasonably suspect it is in response to some imminent and mortal danger — a bomb threat, perhaps, or an international terrorist with an automatic weapon, holding a prayer meeting hostage.
The trial of Muzzammil Hassan for the 2009 murder of his wife, Aasiya, has ended with his conviction. Hassan — who fired three attorneys and finally ended up defending himself — was convicted by a jury that required only a hour’s deliberation to find the former television executive from upstate New York guilty of murder in the second degree.
The House of Representatives will once again take up a vote on the PATRIOT Act next week, and is expected to vote for extension in their second vote on the legislation within just a few days. Next week's expected vote will differ from last Tuesday's in that it purposefully curbs Tea Party clout on the issue, and instead, will be undertaken under conditions more conducive to its passage.