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You can now be laser-scanned for stress, drugs, guns, and explosives from 160 feet away

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

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From smartphones to iPad’s — technology is great, as most of us use it throughout our day as a way of life in the year 2012.

However, now private security firms such as the , Q-Tel, and other governmental agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) see that it is in the general public’s best interest if they can secretively scan the populace while raking in vast financial gains to boot.

Within the next few years DHS plans to scan you secretively from various locations including at airports with laser-based molecular scanners from distances of up to 164 feet away.

In fact, the machine is so advanced that it can sense traces of drugs, weapons, explosives, and even your adrenaline level, without ever touching you — delivering the information directly to agents through an interface.

If you support personal liberty, you may be a terrorist

Ironic and sad how the very notions that started this country will now get you on a watch-list. Worried

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Happy 4th of July

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Obamacare upheld by SCOTUS, moves from Commerce to Taxing and Spending Clause

There are a ton of stories out there on the ruling.  Judge Roberts was the , sliding his bench a little to the left.  My own opinion is that it was upheld not because it was legal, but because it would be a catastrophe to try to undo at this point.

Since it would not have been Constitutional under the Commerce Clause, it now falls under Congress' power to tax.  When passed, it was denounced as a huge new tax, but that is exactly what it has been confirmed to be.  And that is .  However, non-compliance with the mandate cannot be enforced under tax code, so if you don't feel like paying there won't be jail time, nor liens, nor seizures of property.  I'm pretty sure tax-evaders face all of those things so is this really a tax or was it just cleverly moved under the clause to avoid overturning it?

Bill Whittle discusses the difference between a right and a commodity, and what it means when the latter becomes the former:

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Seven months pregnant, Chinese government forces woman to have abortion

Disgusting.  A woman seven months pregnant with her second child was told she either had to pay a 40,000 yuan fine or abort the baby.  They couldn't afford it or raise the money so she was hauled down to the hospital by officials, held down, and injected with chemicals that killed her baby.

There are pictures but I can't bring myself to post them here.  Head over to  if you really want to get upset.

In a rare move, China has apologized to a woman who  at seven months of pregnancy and has suspended three family planning officials after gruesome photos of the mother and her dead unborn baby went viral on the Internet.

Chinese and American human rights groups exposed how the woman, Feng Jianmei, was beaten and dragged into a vehicle by a group of family planning officials while her husband, Deng Jiyuan, was out working. The officials asked for RMB 40,000 in fines from Feng Jianmei’s family and, when they did not receive the money, they forcibly aborted Feng at seven months, laying the body of her aborted baby next to her in the bed (pictured right).

Hanging the American flag from your balcony? You could be a Nazi or something!

has this story from New Jersey, where a woman is facing eviction because she wants to fly her flag. Surprise

An elderly woman in New Jersey faces eviction for refusing to remove American flags from her balcony.

Dawn Paulus of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, has three small American flags on the balcony of her apartment, and was ordered to take them down.

The Phillipsburg Housing Authority told Paulus that hanging the flags is a violation of her lease.

Paulus, 75, left the flags up anyway, Fox News Radio , and she has no intention of complying.

Residents of the apartment complex are not officially permitted to hang anything from balconies, but tenants frequently hang laundry.

An official from the housing authority told Paulus that her American flags must be removed “because of the Nazi flags,” she told Fox News Radio. “If I hung the American flag up and someone hung a Nazi flag up they couldn’t tell them to take the Nazi flag down and still let me fly the American flag.”

Paul Rummerfield, executive director at the Phillipsburg Housing Authority, told Fox that under the Fair Housing Act, the housing authority cannot discriminate against any particular kind of flag.

Take a peek behind the curtain of the United Nations

Trailer for Ami Horowitz's flick, "."  How much cash do we shovel into this again?  Oh, right,  per year.

In a film that exposes the incompetence and corruption at the heart of the United Nations, filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a harrowing, yet often hilarious, trip through the farcical world of the United Nations.

Horowitz exposes how an organization created to ennoble mankind actually enables chaos and global discord. As disturbing as the picture painted by U.N. Me may be, Horowitz manages to keep us laughing throughout the film. And just when you’re left shaking your head at one outrage or another exposed in U.N. Me, Horowitz reliably enters with comic relief.

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by Dr. Radut