Just after midnight on Saturday, July 24, at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern — “Where everyone is treated like a regular” — a very irregular event occurred. After 13 years of routinely doing their Friday night fire-breathing tricks at the Herndon, Virginia, establishment, bartenders Tegee Rogers, 33, and Justin Fedorchak, 39, were hauled out in handcuffs.

In the face of the growing behemoth known as the American federal government, states and individual citizens are rediscovering the Tenth Amendment as a defense against tyrannical and unconstitutional measures taken by the fed. Recalling the power assigned to the states by the Founding Fathers, the term “state nullification” has begun to creep back into the American vocabulary as a defense mechanism against this growing Leviathan, even featured as a topic of discussion on Judge Napolitano’s new show Freedom Watch, which aired on August 7 on the Fox Business Network.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has long been known as the most left-wing federal court in America, its decisions descending into legal insanity. Now, the Court has delivered itself of its latest left-wing legal legerdemain: Americans have a First Amendment right to lie about whether they have earned the Medal of Honor.

On November 21, 2006, 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston of Atlanta suddenly found herself the victim of a home invasion. When several armed men burst into her home with no warning, she did the only sensible thing: She pulled a gun on them.

The natural yen of our government to collect information on its citizens and to create command centers to review that information has continued to grow since September 11, 2001. Some of these efforts focus purely on terrorism, but others extend broadly into every area of American life, and seldom are they efficacious.