“The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in order to keep the government from invading the right to be left alone–today known as the right to privacy. The Framers who wrote the Constitution, and Jefferson and his colleagues who insisted on the Fourth amendment among others, had suffered grievously at the hands of the British king and his soldiers.
When King George III and Parliament were looking for new ways to extract revenue from the colonists, they devised the Stamp Act. This legislation required that on every piece of paper in the homes of every colonist there must appear a stamp issued by and purchased from the British government. This applied to all books, letters, financial and legal documents, even to pamphlets to be distributed and posters to be nailed to trees.
Question: How did the king and the Parliament who were 3,000 miles away and across the sea, know if colonists had the stamps on the papers in their homes?
Answer: Parliament enacted the Writs of Assistance Act. This legislation permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants in which they authorized themselves to enter the homes of the colonists ostensibly to look for the stamps.”
Via Fox News
“There are many alleged Christians who treat the 10 Commandments as the “10 Suggestions”, and as such it should not surprise anyone that the Constitution’s 10 original Amendments, otherwise known as The Bill of Rights, is also treated as “10 Suggestions.”
But they’re not.
I, for one, am putting a stake in the ground — over this line thou shalt not pass if any politician, political group or party wishes me to support, endorse, work for, contribute money to or otherwise be involved with them.
That’s the issue of marriage.
The US Supreme Court is likely to issue some sort of ruling on DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, just another in a long line of unconstitutional laws.”
“The larger issue is that the Federal Government lacks the authority to define marriage. It’s not in the Constitution as a delegated federal power. Period.
I have repeatedly argued exactly this point, but it seems that everyone loves their wedge issues. So be it — but I won’t support it, and that’s a non-negotiable position. No, I will not “go along to get along”, I will instead erect my middle finger in the direction of those who demand that I surrender principle and accede to racism and other forms of institutionalized discrimination.
The incessant pandering on the left, right, and so-called Libertarians (who are lying through their teeth — anyone claiming they are Libertarian when they simultaneously demand to be able to initiate force against those who disagree with them on what “marriage” is declares their claim of being “Libertarian” as an outrageous perversion and abject fraud) is disgusting and un-American.
These people — all of them — use our Constitution as toilet paper, just as surely as do those who abuse the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments.“
Via Market Ticker
“The U.S. government — and likely your own government, for that matter — is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary — sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without.”
“Forget ECHELON, or signals intelligence, or the interception of communications by black boxes installed covertly in data centers. Intelligence agencies and law enforcement bodies can access — thanks to the shift towards Web-based email services in the cloud — but it’s not as exciting or as Jack Bauer-esque as one may think or hope for.
The easiest way to access almost anybody’s email nowadays is still through the courts. (Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s true.)”