Lawmakers in California are advancing a number of controversial bills through the Senate and Assembly, including legislation that would provide financial aid to undocumented university students. Another prevents “Bell-style” financial scandals, pension “spiking,” and disruptive picketing at military funerals. Other measures include provisions that permit local police to closely monitor social networking sites, and would end the necessitated fingerprinting of food stamp recipients. In total, 200 bills were passed in the Senate or Assembly and moved to the other house for a vote.

Freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stepped into a First Amendment controversy on the Sean Hannity radio show May 27 with remarks that some have interpreted as meaning Paul favors imprisoning people who attend controversial speeches.

SolesbeeFor the families, friends, and comrades in arms who have lost loved ones in our nation's wars, Memorial Day is never just an excuse for a three-day vacation or a camping excursion. It's a time of pain and loss, and remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in service to their country. Our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are depersonalized and far removed from most of our lives; the life-and-death reality of those theaters of operation is only brought home to us periodically by the headlines about a local boy whose life was ended by an IED explosion, a sniper attack, or a convoy ambush.

The illegal alien drunk driver who struck and killed a police officer in Houston had not only been twice deported but also twice released from police custody after he was apprehended.

A Christian pastor who ministers to Muslims has ended the latest attempt of officials to outlaw free speech in "Dearbornistan," as Dearborn, Michigan, has been labeled because of its high Muslim population. George Saieg took the city and its police chief to court after they told him he could not pass out leaflets on city streets during the annual Arab-American Festival. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled in the pastor's favor. The city may not, it said, prohibit Saieg from attempting to proselytize among "Dearbornistan's" Muslims.

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