The average American is more likely to die in his bathtub than be killed by an Islamic terrorist. That is but one of many fascinating statistics presented by Charles Kenny (no relations to this writer) in his article on Businessweek.com,"Airport Security Is Making Americans Less Safe."
Since Senator Saxby Chambliss' defection on Thursday from his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, two other senators and a member of the House have also bailed, claiming now that tax increases must be "on the table" to solve the fiscal cliff crisis.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to hear an appeal the lower court had previously rejected in a suit filed by Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia against the health insurance mandate on employers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly referred to as ObamaCare.
President Barack Obama prepared for a potential Election Night defeat by working on a death-by-drone rulebook, reports the New York Times.
According to the article, the book would provide guidelines for the targeting of “terrorists” by the White House aimed at justifying the summary execution of those identified as threats to national security.
“There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,” said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity and quoted in the New York Times story.
City planners in Atlanta, undeterred by the failure of bike-sharing schemes elsewhere, are moving ahead with their plans to install another one there, no doubt with taxpayer funds.
A newsecretive effort by the Department of Homeland Security entitled the Buffer Zone Protection Program will combine the department with local law enforcement agencies to keep citizens under constant surveillance.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has proposed an amendment to this year’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It is said that the amendment would curtail the president’s power to indefinitely detain American citizens granted under provisions of last year’s law.
But for all the good it does, the proposal by Sen. Paul doesn’t go far enough. There is not one word in the amendment of repeal or abolition or revocation of the indefinite detention of Americans from the NDAA.
Jesse Jackson Jr., Democratic congressman from Illinois and son of the “civil rights” agitator, has resigned his House seat, citing ill health and an ongoing federal investigation for what Jackson referred to as “my share of mistakes.” While the investigation reportedly involves the misuse of campaign funds, “Jackson was also under a House Ethics Committee investigation over dealings with imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich,” reported the Associated Press. Although the committee could still release a report into its findings, Jackson's resignation will prevent Congress from taking any action against him should it be revealed that he committed any wrongdoing.