IRS Mistakenly Exposes Thousands of Social Security Numbers...
Drudge Report - Another day, another slipup by the Internal Revenue Service. 
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:57     950 Views
The Speech of Silence
WSJ Opinion Journal - It's hard to read Gertrud Kolmar's poetry without thinking of her disappearance in Nazi Germany, along with millions of other Jews. Micah Mattix reviews Dieter Kühn's "Gertrude Kolmar: A Literary Life."
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:54     972 Views
Chicago Murders Soar: 67 Shot, 11 Killed over July 4 Weekend--So Far
Big Government - 

There were 67 people shot and 11 killed over the long Independence Day weekend in Chicago. Of the 67, eight were shot, with one killed, in a single Saturday evening attack in the West Side neighborhood of Lawndale.

The Chicago Tribune lists the details of the some of the gruesome shootings:

At Stroger [Cook County Hospital] were: a woman, 72, with a wound to an ankle; a woman, 41, with a wound to her right thigh; a man, 43, with gunshot wounds to the leg and back; a man, 45, shot in the penis and right thigh; and a man, 48, shot in the leg and buttocks. At Mount Sinai were: a man, 31, shot in the wrist, and a woman, 20, shot in the right leg. Police described all the victims as having had their conditions stabilized.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a press release in June boasting of the more than 2900 firearm seizures the department had made in 2013:

“We continue to achieve significant decreases in murders, shootings, and overall crime this year, yet there are too many illegal guns on our streets,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “The passage of significant legislation in Springfield last week requiring reporting the loss and theft of guns is an important step forward and there’s more work to be done to keep illegal weapons off our streets.”

Despite the seizures, and technically lower overall crime statistics for the year, of which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy consistently remind Chicagoans, the murder rate since early May is rivaling the same period for 2012’s year-long bloodbath in the city of Chicago.

For the 28 days leading up to this past Father’s Day weekend--another bloodbath itself, in which 46 were shot and 8 were killed, including one shot by a police officer--murder numbers matched 2012 exactly with 41. Chicago Police data show that in the two weeks following, another 27 were gunned down and killed. 


Monday, July 08, 2013  10:53     982 Views
Hope fading for 40 missing in Quebec train disaster, officials confirm five dead
Free Republic - LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — About 40 people are considered missing after the spectacular blaze and explosions that razed much of Lac-Megantic, increasing the likelihood that the number of fatalities could soar from the current official death toll of five. “I can tell you that we have met a lot of people….and what I can tell you is that about 40 people are considered missing,” Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet told a news conference. “We have to be careful with that number because it could go up or down.” It is the first time police have gone public with an estimate...
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:52     919 Views
To cut STD rate, Calif. considers condoms in prison - Associated Press, by Don Thompson Posted By: BaseballFan- Sun, 07 54 2013 11:54:50 GMT SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled. Setting up a difficult conversation, one state lawmaker says it´s time to give inmates a way to practice safe sex behind bars to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population. The proposal from Oakland Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta comes despite a law prohibiting any sex between inmates, ...
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:49     903 Views
Gallup breaks down how a failed president can maintain high(ish) job approval
Ace of Spades HQ - Interesting stuff. For the most part, anything related to actually doing the job effectively has very little impact on job approval What matters most? "Shares your values" correlates to approval at a 5.96 level. What matters least? "Puts country's interests...
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:47     1249 Views
Rare Black Jellyfish Wash Ashore On CA Beaches, Cling To Swimmers...
Drudge Report - A rare jellyfish may have made a stinging debut at a Southern California beach.
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:46     1122 Views
If All You See.
Pirate's Cove - 

…is a world turned into a desert because Someone Else refused to take public transit, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Capitalist Preservation, with a post on getting over this “democratically elected” claptrap.

Monday, July 08, 2013  10:46     1024 Views
ObamaCare's 'Liar' Subsidies
WSJ Opinion Journal - The White House says you can sign up 'without further verification.'
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:46     1079 Views
Swastikas visible in forest's fall foliage
World Net Daily - 

(SPIEGEL ONLINE) Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other forest swastikas have been found in Germany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.

Blame it on the larches. Brandenburg native Günter Reschke was the first one to notice their unique formation, according to a 2002 article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. To be more precise, however, it was the new intern at Reschke’s landscaping company, Ökoland Dederow, who discovered the trees in 1992 as he was completing a typically thankless intern task: searching aerial photographs for irrigation lines.

Instead, he found a small group of 140 larches standing in the middle of dense forest, surrounded by hundreds of other trees. But there was a crucial difference: all the others were pine trees. The larches, unlike the pines, changed color in the fall, first to yellow, then brown. And when they were seen from a certain height, it wasn’t difficult to recognize the pattern they formed. It was quite striking, in fact.

Monday, July 08, 2013  10:46     1089 Views
Former MSNBC producer slams network for playing lapdog to Obama
Daily Caller - A former MSNBC producer slammed the network for deference to Obama admin: The 'official network of the Obama White House'
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:42     1053 Views
O'Grady: Why Venezuela Offers Asylum to Snowden
WSJ Opinion Journal - President Nicólas Maduro sends a message of his loyalty to Iran.
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:36     1055 Views
BBC Commentator Apologizes for Comments on Wimbledon Champ's Looks
Big Government - 

Shortly before Marion Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in the women's Wimbledon draw Saturday, BBC commentator John Inverdale wondered aloud on-air about Bartoli's looks. Inverdale asked, "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'You're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?'"

Viewers and other outraged fans took to Twitter voicing their concerns and demanding BBC remove Inverdale from coverage of the men's final and take some action against the longtime BBC presenter. However, when BBC's Sunday coverage of the men's final opened, Inverdale was there.  

Inverdale opened with an apology, calling his comments "ham-fisted" and "clumsy." He told viewers he had apologized by letter to Bartoli and hoped that the audience could leave the matter there.

The BBC said in a release they accepted Inverdale's remark was insensitive and for that they apologized.

The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, have combined to win 10 of the past 14 women's Wimbledon titles. The Williams sisters have dominated women's tennis for more than a decade, while also gracing the front of both mainstream and sports magazines and running a personality empire that includes tennis, clothing lines, and other businesses.

Sharapova, specifically mentioned by Inverdale, won the 2004 Wimbledon title and is a holder of the coveted career Grand Slam, having won all four Grand Slam events in her career. She has been featured as a model and commercial actress.


Monday, July 08, 2013  10:35     966 Views
PERFECT: IVF baby born using revolutionary genetic-screening process...
Drudge Report - Next-generation sequencing could enable IVF clinics to determine the chances of children developing diseases
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:34     1055 Views
Homeowners Sue Police for Violating the Little-Known Third Amendment
Big Government - 

Police arrested the Mitchell family in Nevada when the family refused to let the police take over their houses to observe the Mitchells’ neighbors. The Mitchells have sued the City of Henderson and various police officials, claiming among other things that the police violated their rights under the Third Amendment to the Constitution.

Anthony Mitchell lives on the same street as his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell in a suburb of Las Vegas. On July 10, 2011, police contacted Anthony to say they were investigating his neighbors for domestic violence. The police said they required stationing officers in Anthony’s house to gain a tactical advantage. Anthony refused, saying he did not want to get involved.

According to a disturbing news report, officers later arrived at Mitchell’s house demanding entry. When he did not open the door, this report cites court documents as saying that the police broke through the door and treated Mitchell in a threatening and abusive manner, ordering him to the ground at gunpoint and using non-lethal force on Anthony and his pet dog. The report says police also forced themselves upon Mitchell’s parents, and that they took control of both houses for most of the day, during which time they consumed food and drink and treated both houses as their residences.  

If the facts in this news story are true, then the police committed a host of clear violations of the Mitchells’ civil rights. One fascinating claim is that the police violated the least-invoked provision of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, the Third Amendment.

The Third Amendment provides, “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

The Third Amendment was adopted by the Framers of the Constitution because the British would often force themselves upon colonial families, claiming rooms for the redcoats to live in even when the colonist owners objected. So the amendment was adopted to say that this could never happen in America during peacetime, and even in the event of war, Congress would have to devise a system for using houses that Congress would be able to sell to the voters.

No Third Amendment case has ever been decided by the Supreme Court, and I am only familiar with one Third Amendment case that has made it to a federal court of appeals. That case is Engblom v. Carey, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1982.

In Engblom, state corrections officers (prison personnel) went on strike. The governor of New York called in New York National Guard personnel to take their places at the prison during the strike. State leaders then evicted the officers from their state-provided living quarters, and put the National Guardsmen in those rooms. The corrections officers sued, saying that this violated their Third Amendment rights.

The interesting discussion is found in the dissenting opinion in Engblom. Judge Irving Kaufman dissented from the majority in this 2-1 decision from the court’s conclusion that these state-owned facilities were a “home” in which the officers had property rights, by which they could refuse to allow the Guardsmen to stay there.

But Kaufman agreed that National Guardsmen were “soldiers” within the meaning the Third Amendment. And he agreed that the Third Amendment applies to states through the Fourteenth Amendment:

With its historical origins in the English Bill of Rights of 1689, the Third Amendment of the United States Constitution embodies a fundamental value the Founders of our Republic sought to insure after casting off the yoke of colonial rule: the sanctity of the home from oppressive governmental intrusion.

Kaufman then went on to correctly apply Supreme Court precedent for determining which rights are “fundamental rights” that also apply to the states. (The Bill of Rights by itself only gives citizens rights against the federal government.) Kaufman elaborated further, in part quoting from an earlier case, saying:

The notion that the home is a privileged place whose privacy may not be disrupted by governmental intrusions is basic in a free and democratic society… a sane, decent, civilized society must provide some such oasis, some shelter from public scrutiny, some insulated enclosure, some enclave, some isolated place ….

It will be fascinating to see how this lawsuit proceeds. The courts could easily agree with the Second Circuit that the Third Amendment applies to state and local governments. And there is no doubt that the Mitchells are homeowners.

There will be two questions on this count.

The first is whether the police are considered “soldiers” under the Third Amendment. On one hand, they are not military personnel of any type. On the other hand, they carry firearms and act with the coercive power of government, including the inherent threat of being able to use deadly force.

The second question will be duration. Officers did not even sleep in the houses overnight.

Does a day-long occupation of a house amount to being “quartered” there?

Regardless of the Third Amendment issue, the police are in real trouble if these facts are true, as they egregiously violated the rights of three American citizens. And it may provide an unusual opportunity to consider one of our original constitutional rights, one that most Americans are probably unaware of, because thankfully even in this modern age of government overreach the government has never literally invaded their homes--at least, not yet.  

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is a fellow at the American Civil Rights Union and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.

Image credit: Tenth Amendment Center


Monday, July 08, 2013  10:34     995 Views
John Kerry's wife ill, rushed to hospital
World Net Daily - 

(CBS NEWS) A hospital spokesman says Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is hospitalized in critical but stable condition in a Nantucket hospital.

Hospital spokesman Noah Brown said Heinz Kerry was admitted into the emergency room of Nantucket Cottage Hospital at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

He says Heinz Kerry came to the facility in critical condition, and remains that way, although she has been stabilized.

Monday, July 08, 2013  10:33     1038 Views
Behzad Yaghmaian: The Price of Terminating Democracy in Egypt
WSJ Opinion Journal - Algeria endured 10 years of civil war after its military blocked an Islamist election victory.
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:33     1051 Views
Crovitz: Horseless Carriages to Driverless Cars
WSJ Opinion Journal - Google co-founder SergeyBrin predicts self-driving cars will be a technical reality within five years.
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:32     1050 Views
Notable & Quotable
WSJ Opinion Journal - Sir Henry Sumner Maine on popular government and economic reality, circa 1885.
Monday, July 08, 2013  10:32     1038 Views