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It certainly appears as if the scumbags in the House didn’t want us to know who committed this outrage.

An extension of the Patriot Act with no reforms of its abusive powers of unreasonable search and seizure against American citizens has passed the House of Representatives. The vote was 315 in favor of extending the Patriot Act without reform, 97 against, and 20 not voting.

Search for information about the roll call of this vote online tonight, and you’ll just find this nameless tally of numbers. You won’t find the names. Why?

The reason is that the House Democratic leadership voted on the renewal of the Patriot Act in such a way as to hide the vote from the American people. Go to the web site of the Clerk of the House, and you’ll see no vote from today about the Patriot Act at all. What you will see is Roll Call 67, “On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments” for H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act.

That’s the vote on whether to extend the Patriot Act without any reforms of its abusive spying programs. It doesn’t look like it, of course, but the Patriot Act extension is what’s referred to by “Senate Amendments”. The Senate Democrats sneaked the Patriot Act extension into a Medicare reform bill, and then voted by voice vote to approve the amendment so that no politician would have to have their name attached to this shameless abandonment of liberty. The House Democrats benefited from the maneuver as well, being able to vote on unnamed amendments related to Medicare reform, rather than having it on the record for everyone to see that they voted to renew the worst abuses of the Patriot Act without any effort to protect Americans from their spying powers at all.

We here at Irregular Times refuse to go along with this underhanded political charade. We’re naming names. Let’s start with those members of the House of Representatives who got it right:

Read more at Irregular Times.

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Isn’t it interesting how the global warming cultists cling to their faith in the face of revelations like this?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25After examining climate data extending back nearly 100 years, a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperatures or rainfall in the United States over that entire period.

While the nation’s weather in individual years or even for periods of years has been hotter or cooler and drier or wetter than in other periods, the new study shows that over the last century there has been no trend in one direction or another.

The study, made by scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was published in the current issue of Geophysical Research Letters. It is based on temperature and precipitation readings taken at weather stations around the country from 1895 to 1987.

Read more at The New York Times.

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Global warming cultists like to say that there’s a consensus among scientists that human activity is causing the earth to warm. There quite simply is no such consensus. The global warming cultists use the word “consensus” as a quasi-religious mantra, along with the phrase “peer-reviewed.” They also like to say that the science is “settled,” when true science is about being open to data that might challenge one’s hypothesis. When these things are pointed out, they like to bicker over the meaning of the word “consensus” [see comments].

FOR years the media have told us that there is a “scientific consensus” on catastrophic, man-made global warming with anything up to 99.9pc of scientists supporting it.

I decided to carry out a survey to see if this claim had any merit, and asked journalists, politicians and alarmist lobbyists to name two prominent scientists not funded by government or an alarmist lobby group who have said we are seeing a catastrophic degree of warming. As yet, none have been able to do so. Scientists who are seeking government funds have been understandably reluctant to speak.

With more than 31,000 scientists having signed the Oregon petition saying that man-made global warming is bunkum, if there were anything like a consensus to the contrary it would be easy to find a similar number of independent scientists saying so.

Read more at The Independent.

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In a way, it’s refreshing for a parasite to be so open in his contempt for the people. There’s no duplicity here, no attempt at deception or hiding behind good intentions.

Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber – but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”

In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning – without the support of GOP leadership – has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage.

And that has led to a furious exchange on the floor, with Democrats attacking the senator, who has refused to relent on his objection, in unusually harsh terms.

In a colloquy with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley, a freshman Democrat from Oregon, was pleading for Bunning to drop his objection, when the Kentucky Republican got fed up.

“Tough s—t,” Bunning said as he was seated in the back row, overheard by the floor staff and others in attendance.

Read more at Politico.

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Well, lo and behold: Maybe people are waking up to the truth.

Washington (CNN) — A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

Read more at CNN.

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In January I summarized on my blog the various ways in which the U.S. Federal government had abused the people during that month alone. I did so for the convenience of my U.S. representative and my state’s senators, who are so busy contriving new ways to rob us of liberty and wealth that they may not be able to keep up with their “progress.” So, for them and for anyone else interested in keeping track, I present this month’s installment of “The Month in Federal Abuse.”

The Senate quietly and without debate voted this past week to renew the perversely named Patriot Act without a set of safeguards that had previously been considered. Predictably, they blamed “partisanship” for failing to include these safeguards.

Project Censored announced the top censored story of 2009: An estimated one million Iraqis were killed as a result of the U.S. invasion that began in 2003. That number exceeds the number of people killed in the Rawanda genocide and approaches the 1.7 million killed in Cambodia’s infamous killing fields. Meanwhile, an estimated 140 Americans have been killed by terrorists since Sept. 1, 2001—slightly more than the number of Americans killed in auto accidents each day. These numbers raise a compelling question: Which is the more lethal threat to life and limb, the high-tech killing machine known as the U.S. Federal government, or some shadowy network of men hiding in caves?

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that “Whatever may have been left of the Fourth Amendment after [United States v. Black] is now gone. The evisceration of this crucial constitutional protector of the sanctity and privacy of what Americans consider their castles is pretty much complete. Welcome to the fish bowl.” Yes, we don’t have a Fourth Amendment anymore.

John Yoo, the former Bush legal adviser, told a radio audience that the massacre of an entire village of civilians would be acceptable “if I thought it was militarily necessary.”

Newsweek reported Feb. 19 that for years, federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking U.S. citizens’ cell phones in real time and without warrants. That is to say, illegally. Where are the people sworn to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States on this issue? Silent, as usual. And who can blame them? All members of Congress are under active surveillance and some are being blackmailed, as chronicled by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds.

Janet Napolitano, head of the Ministry of Homeland Security, said Feb. 21 that domestic “extremism” is now as great a threat to “security” as the traditional terrorist. The lethal force of the Federal anti-terror apparatus is poised to be used against U.S. citizens. Criticism of the government is to be viewed with suspicion, and the Patriot Act stands ready, locked, and loaded.

President Obama acknowledged Feb. 11 that there’s a slight drawback to the jobs bill then emerging from the Senate: It’s unlikely to create many jobs. The only new jobs being created these days are Federal jobs, and many of these have to do with the rapidly expanding surveillance, capital-confiscation, imprisonment, and civil-liberties-violation industries.

The Utah House of Representatives voted Feb. 20 not to comply with the Federal Real ID Act, thus joining the ranks of states asserting their sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. A rare glimmer of hope.

The Washington Times reported earlier this month that the underground economy is growing as more and more Americans attempt to protect their wealth against brazen Federal seizure.

Sen. Lindsay Graham said Feb. 15 that he is working with the White House to craft legislation that would introduce “indefinite detention.” Thus empowered, the Federal government would be able to abduct anyone it pleased, including U.S. citizens, and imprison them for life without due process of law.

The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association reported Feb. 15 that agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had raided the farm of an Amish man in Kinzers, Pa., on suspicion of his having sold milk without Federal authorization.

Twelve more Afghan civilians were killed by U.S.-made rockets Feb. 14. (Happy Valentine’s Day!) General Stanley McChrystal said he was really, really sorry about the incident. Massacres of Afghan civilians are becoming rather routine and boring. Americans, meanwhile, continue to wonder why we’re universally hated, as Washington continues to confiscate our wealth to build more weapons to kill more brown people and enrich the defense contractors whose lobbyists wine and dine members of Congress. Ain’t government grand?

On Feb. 11, Federal agents raided a legal medical-marijuana operation in Denver. The business’s owner, Chris Bartkowicz, was hauled away and jailed.

A New York Post reporter attempting to learn about the Plunge Protection Team, formally known as President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, was stonewalled Feb. 13 with bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and his rights under the Freedom of Information Act denied. [Cached story here.]

Yahoo Finance reported Feb. 11 that bank lending to consumers has “fallen off a cliff” since the passage of last year’s stimulus bill. Lending to the Federal government, meanwhile, has increased to an average of $1 trillion per year. Those missiles used to kill brown people and the naked body scanners at airports don’t come cheaply!

The Rasmussen Report reported Feb. 8 that 45% of U.S. citizens are “very angry,” a nine-point increase from last September. Some of those angry people are armed. Uh-oh!

The Dept. of Justice posted a job listing on its official Web site saying it was seeking attorneys with various disabilities, including “mental retardation.”

ABC News reported Feb. 9 that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that the U.S. intelligence community has the right to murder U.S. citizens abroad.

John Brennan, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said in an op-ed piece in USA Today Feb. 9 that “Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.” Yes, critics of the government are to be viewed as terrorists. And we know how they may be abused, under the powers granted by the Patriot Act.

The FBI is pressuring Internet service providers to store Internet records for two years.

The U.S. Mint announced Feb. 2 plans to further debase U.S. coins by cheapening the composition of some of them that still contained traces of precious metals. Not that U.S. currency could be much more thoroughly debased than it already is. U.S. coins have contained no precious metals since the mid-1960’s, and the backing of paper currency by gold was removed during the Nixon administration.

Several agents of the Transportation Security Administration were caught engaging in various forms of bizarre or perverse behavior in February. An agent in Los Angeles was accused Feb. 5 of possessing child porn. An agent in south Florida was jailed for groping a 13-year-old girl and asking her to be his “sex slave.” An agent in Philadelphia played a “joke” on a University of Michigan undergraduate by holding up a packet of white power and asking if it was hers. And an agent in Los Angeles was arrested for running around declaring “I am god, I am in charge.”

And finally, the Obama administration reported Feb. 2 that the Federal payroll will soon balloon to 2.15 million parasites—whoops, I mean public servants.

The punchline to all of this? We get to pay for it all, involuntarily!

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Who does this slave think she is, daring to ask an overseer a question?

Four women, two of them well into middle age, were discussing funeral plans for a friend when an Atlanta police officer told them to move.

Three did but one asked “why.” In answer to her question,  Minnie Carey, then 61, was handcuffed, put into a police wagon and taken to jail, where she was held for nine hours.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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They’re talking about men who the state thinks might be violent—a prescription for persecuting people for pre-crime. They also want to punish those who commit “psychological violence”—a blank check for persecuting anyone the state pleases, for any reason whatsoever.

Men seen as likely to be violent towards their wives could be forced to wear an electronic tag under a law being debated by the French parliament.

The tag would have to be worn by men who have received a court order to stay away from their partner.

The proposal is part of a draft law on conjugal violence. It has cross-party support and is expected to pass easily.

According to the government, around 160 women in France are murdered by their husbands or partners every year.

Parliament is also considering outlawing psychological violence in the home, because it is seen by many as a precursor to physical violence.

Read more at the BBC.

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They probably sit around in private, challenging one another to invent ever-more ridiculous claims in order to see how much the global warming cultists will swallow.

CLIMATE scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the ­hottest January the world has ever seen.

The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data, follows Arctic temperatures that brought snow, ice and travel chaos to millions in the UK.

At the height of the big freeze, the entire country was blanketed in snow. But Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, said yesterday: “January, according to satellite data, was the hottest January we’ve ever seen.

Read more at The Express.

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They’re Blackwater. They can do whatever they want, and that includes murdering civilians in cold blood. Do you think the murderers will pay any consequences? Don’t be silly.

Private American security guards working for the US military in Afghanistan removed hundreds of handguns and automatic weapons from stores intended for the exclusive use of the Afghan police and used them on drunken shooting rampages that killed two Afghan civilians and injured at least two more.

The guards included a former US Marine with a criminal record of assault and battery and a former soldier discharged from the US Army after testing positive for cocaine, Congress heard yesterday.

Justin Cannon, Christopher Drotleff and a guard using the name “Eric Cartman” from the cartoon South Park were employees of a subsidiary of the Blackwater Worldwide group, implicated in a litany of extrajudicial shootings since 2003 in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cannon and Drotleff have been charged with killing two Afghans and injuring a third in an incident last May when they opened fire on a car carrying four civilians in Kabul, while under the influence of alcohol. The men, who were hired to train Afghan soldiers, had no permission from US authorities to carry guns.

Read more at The Times Online.

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