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September 2012

NDAA sections on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens struck down

Judge Katherine Forrest released  on the National Defense Authorization Act today, permanently striking down sections 1021 and 1022. These sections allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial. In her earlier ruling, Judge Katherine Forrest said this measure has a "chilling effect on first amendment rights."

Based on her earlier temporary injunction, this ruling was expected. However, it is not time to celebrate. Based on the Obama Administration's  an Appeal or a Motion for Reconsideration will likely be filed. The administration has also not said whether or not it is enforcing the NDAA, according to a  from lawsuit organizer Tangerine Bolen. The case will then go to an appeals court.

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American parents losing the right to raise their kids

Several news stories seem to indicate that America’s moms and dads are losing ground in the effort to raise their children as they see fit. To wit:

In Rhode Island, the Cranston school district announced it was banning father-daughter and mother-son events because a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union indicated they violate state law. The civil rights group filed on behalf of a single mother who said her daughter suffered discrimination because she doesn’t have a daddy with whom she can attend the daddy-daughter dance.

“This is 2012 and [public schools] should not be in the business of fostering blatant gender stereotypes,” Steven Brown of the Rhode Island ACLU was reported to have said.

Which blatant gender stereotype is that? While single parent families are unfortunate in a lot of cases, it happens. I don't see the reason to cancel dances. How about adding a father/son or mother/daughter social that celebrates those relationships as well?

Small government and free-market capitalism trials in Honduras

sounds like an interesting experiment.  I am curious to see how it turns out.

 is very appealing to me. It almost sounds like Galt's Gulch:

Small government and free-market capitalism are about to get put to the test in Honduras, where the government has agreed to let an investment group build an experimental city with no taxes on income, capital gains or sales.

Proponents say the tiny, as-yet unnamed town will become a Central American beacon of job creation and investment, by combining secure property rights with minimal government interference.

“Once we provide a sound legal system within which to do business, the whole job creation machine – the miracle of capitalism – will get going,” Michael Strong, CEO of the MKG Group, which will build the city and set its laws, told

Strong said that the agreement with the Honduran government states that the only tax will be on property.

“Our goal is to be the most economically free entity on Earth,” Strong said.

The laws in the city will be separate from those in the rest of Honduras. Strong said that the default law that will be enforced in the city will actually be based on Texas state law, which has relatively few regulations.

Nutrition bill results in 20% increase of wasted food that school kids won't eat

When I was a kid, I brought a lunch with me almost every day, except on occasion when they served pizza for hot lunch.  My kids do the same, except on occasion when the school has lasagne.  Even making lunches doesn't guarantee that the kid is going to eat what you give them, but it helps avoid situations where government mandated menu items go .

Parents should be aware of what is served and make the decision whether to let their kids have it, or send them with a bag lunch.  Same with the fundraisers.  If they want to sell candy and someone wants to buy it, go for it!  Make options, not regulations.

In 2010, Michelle Obama went to a lame-duck session of Congress with a request: pass a nutrition bill giving the United States Department of Agriculture broad new  to regulate school lunches. That bill was passed in late December of that year, and the new regulations have started to go into effect, with the predictable results of wasted food and angry, hungry children.

The cinnamon rolls and chili everyone loved from their childhood are now gone. Bands and other school groups can no longer sell candy bars as a fundraiser. The government is mandating everything from portion size to how many tomatoes have to be on a salad.

U.N. Small Arms Treaty passes in second session

This one snuck in with very little .  I'm guessing the MSM didn't want to bring attention to it.  Here's a repost from , where they comment on the important bits.

The United Nations Small Arms Treaty passed in its second session. The Media was silent over its passage.

Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.

The document’s adoption represented a major achievement for delegations, who had failed to agree on a final outcome at the first review conference, held in 2006. “We accomplished something great today,” said U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria), President of the Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.

Romney campaign: QE3 is 'confirmation Obama's policies have not worked'

Gee, I wonder if the jump in gold and silver has anyting to do with the Fed's decision to further devalue the dollar?   from the Romney campaign on the announcement of QE3.

relays a statement from Romney campaign policy director Lanhee Chen, in response to Thursday's announcement that the Federal Reserve will launch another round of quantitative easing:

"The Federal Reserve's announcement of a third round of quantitative easing is further confirmation that President Obama's policies have not worked.  After four years of stagnant growth, falling incomes, rising costs, and persistently high unemployment, the American economy doesn't need more artificial and ineffective measures.  We should be creating wealth, not printing dollars.  As president, Mitt Romney will enact bold, pro-growth policies that lead to robust job creation, higher take-home pay, and a true economic recovery."  (Emphasis mine.)

As Business Insider notes, Romney has previously said he didn't think "a massive new QE3 will help the economy," and believes QE2 did not have "the impact that they were hoping for."

Dianne Feinstein to reintroduce "assault weapon" ban

Expect this if Obama is elected for a second term.  :

Gun Control: because it’s never worked, so let’s do again only harder.  from Sen. Feinstein’s keynote speech to the California delegates from the currently running Democrat National Convention.

She promised California delegates she’d return to Congress to reintroduce “an updated assault weapons bill.”

At the delegates’ breakfast, she said that, “Weapons of war do not belong on our streets, in our classrooms, in our schools or in our movie theatres.”

I’m actually glad she came out and said it, because nothing loses elections for Democrats faster than talking up gun control. You want to get out the vote? Tell us you’re going to ban guns and you’ll see some pretty significant results. Now, Sen. Feinstein will probably never lose an election in California, but she wants to reinstate a piece of legislation that was at the same time completely useless and also very restrictive. I don’t think for a minute that a new assault weapons ban from Sen. Feinstein wouldn’t have the same sort of loopholes as the original.

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