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Yep.
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Ten Reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free.

The Washington Post this morning has a sobering and courageous story: Ten Reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still-the-land-of-the-free/2012/01/04/gIQAvcD1wP_print.html

"While each new national security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit.

"These countries also have constitutions that purport to guarantee freedoms and rights. But their governments have broad discretion in denying those rights and few real avenues for challenges by citizens — precisely the problem with the new laws in this country.

"The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company."

Here's a list of the issues discussed in the article:

Assassination of U.S. citizens
Indefinite detention
No right to a civilian trial
Warrantless searches
Secret Evidence
US officials have immunity from War Crimes prosecution
Secret courts with secret evidence
Immunity from Judicial review
Continuous monitoring of citizens
Extraordinary rendition

It was easy to blame Bush for introducing these new powers in the anti-terrorist mania after 9/11. What's inexcusable is the way that President Obama's administration has extended these powers. Change indeed. The first politician who really stands for restoring freedom would make me abandon Obama in a heartbeat. Give me a politician of any party who will make a serious commitment to restoring our nation's commitment to freedom, and he or she will have my vote.

The story ends with an appeal to our nation's storied history:

"The framers lived under autocratic rule and understood this danger better than we do. James Madison famously warned that we needed a system that did not depend on the good intentions or motivations of our rulers: 'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.'"

"Benjamin Franklin was more direct. In 1787, a Mrs. Powel confronted Franklin after the signing of the Constitution and asked, 'Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?' His response was a bit chilling: 'A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.'”

"Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely."
10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free. By Jonathan Turley,. Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restricti...
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If you have some misgivings about Ron Paul's social conservatism, give this a listen.
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Perhaps this is why it is important to become educated on some of the mathematics of infinity - or on what infinity is not.
The paradox of rational theology
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Rational theology, as described in this article, seems to be a simple renaming of natural theology (or perhaps theodicy). The study of God by the means of reason and ordinary experience - ordinary as opposed to revelatory experience.
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Good luck, England. May your citizens shortly regain their right to keep and bear arms, and no longer need to resort to sporting equipment when the lawless come to destroy life and land.
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I understand that Great Britain has on her law books no explicit right to bear arms. I do not intend to speak of a legal, state-granted right, but and intrinsic Natural Right, derived from an individuals right to life.
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Sr. Margaret Farley wrote Just Love in 2010, a work purporting to give Christian justifications for immoral practices. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been...
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You know, if Google+ would add events, I would totally be on board with dropping facebook.
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My analysis of the Vatican note on the economic crises.
Recently, the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice released a note on the current financial crisis, which has caused quite a stir in the Catholic community. Father Reese, a Jesuit from Georgeto......
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Yeah. I think the supranational religious authority of the Vatican leads them to assume that it would really be OK for other spheres to have supranational authorities, never mind that Office of Peter bit that makes them unique.

To their credit, they do type the word 'subsidiarity' a lot, but truly following subsidiarity in economic matters should prompt the PCPJ to recommend less international oversight, not more.
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I think this author has hit the nail on the head with respect to energy generation - density matters.
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Testing the multi-site sharing from Google+...
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I tried an extension to Chrome that adds this little "Share on" link to your G+ posts. You can then use that link to post a link to your G+ post on facebook or twitter. It's not quite what I wanted, but it's almost there. I really want the same post to go to facebook, but I get a G+ link there instead, with a message I can add to it.
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