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Interesting conversation between presidential candidate Ron Paul and a self-proclaimed recovering-ex-Republican (who still maintains far-right conservative views, at least in my opinion). I walk away from this with the realization that Christians do not feel they need to follow the laws of the land if they contradict the laws of God. Of note, John Lofton remarks that those who don’t believe in Jesus are of the Devil. I had trouble taking him seriously about his insistence that the military should only accept citizens of “good moral character” to serve… you know, because God will not bless a military full of gays, fornicators and adulterers. Also of note, Ron Paul believes the composers of the Constitution were divinely inspired. I wish he wasn’t so conservative. I really like his libertarian views on limited government and drug-law reform.

The American View – Ron Paul Interview

“In this program I interview Texas Republican Congressman and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul. We discuss, of course, his campaign and his beliefs about: God, the Bible and government; abortion, does he think it’s murder?; homosexuality and homosexuals in our military; why he stays in the Republican Party; and much more” – John Lofton, The American View

Further ref: VoteSmart – Ron Paul’s voting record

Bet ya’ll didn’t know that Native Americans weren’t given the right to religious freedom until the year 1978.

You heard that right. 19frakin78.

This excerpt was taken from Blood Quantum: Native America’s Dirty Little Secret provided by the Manataka American Indian Council:

“Freedom of expression is undeniably guaranteed both as a First Amendment issue and under specific federal statutes, regulations and executive orders. Many Americans don’t realize this was not always the case. Until 1978, American Indians on reservations had no religious rights and were specifically barred from practicing traditional ceremonies. These efforts were driven by fear of uprisings by Native populations, most notably epitomized by the massacre at Wounded Knee, Dec. 29, 1890, when Lakota men, women and children were gunned down while gathering for a Ghost Dance, a spiritual practice.
Historically, the federal government sought to eradicate all forms of traditional spiritual practice and belief on reservations through use of boarding schools (separating children from parents), prohibiting use of Native languages, and making gatherings for ceremonial purposes illegal. The expressed intent was to “civilize” Native peoples; a policy begun under treaties well before The Trail of Tears forced removal marches in the 1830s with Cherokee and other Eastern tribes. The result was a sustained federal policy of social and cultural annihilation.
The justification for this denial of religious freedom, inexplicably enough, was that Native peoples were sovereign nations by treaty and not granted the freedoms that American “citizens” claimed as fundamental rights. Under “sovereignty,” the U.S. government occupied the reservations, kept control of the populations through military might, imposed arbitrary civil orders and prevented them from exercising freedoms guaranteed Americans under the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment freedom of religion that is bedrock to the Bill of Rights.
This changed in 1978 with The American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and subsequent amendment. It states, that, by act of Congress, Aug. 11, 1978 (U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 21, Subchapter I, 1996) it is “the policy of the United States to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise {their} traditional religions . . . . including but not limited to . . . . use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.””

via ThinkProgress

Want my opinion? They should consider fining people for non-violent crimes rather than incarcerate them. Decriminalizing domestic violence? I’m outraged! Over the last 20 years, 77% of the prison population were non-violent offenders with no history of violence, according to the United States Justice Department. One-third are first-time, non-violent offenders.

If this doesn’t scream drug law reform, I don’t know what does. “They’re trying to build a prison for you and me…”

http://rickyftw.tumblr.com/post/11089944115/westboro-is-going-to-picket-the-funeral-for-steve

Westboro has announced that they will picket Steve Jobs’ funeral. I wish I could say I was surprised by this. I’m saddened that their insane view of the world will be forcefully imposed upon the grieving. They revel in the public’s disdain for them, so any attempt society makes to shame them into acting humanely is a lost cause.

http://www.theworldsbestever.com/2011/09/21/drug-wars-mexico

Barbaric.

“A banner roughly reading “This will happen to all the Zeta shit that stay in Veracruz, the plaza has a new owner…G.N. (Gente Nueva). Here is el ferras and his royal court” was hung above the executed bodies of 23 males and 12 females that were dumped from the back of two flatbed pickup trucks yesterday during rush hour in Boca del Rio, a suburb of Veracruz Mexico.”

 

http://www.cio.com.au/article/400113/michael_hart_1947-2011_founder_project_gutenberg?fp=16&fpid=1

‎”For the first time in the entire history of the Earth, we have the ability for EVERYONE to get copies of EVERYTHING as long as it can be digitized and communicated to all of the people on the Earth, via computers [and the devices a person might need to make a PHYSICAL, rather than VIRTUAL copy of whatever it might be. . .

Think about what you have just read for a moment, please, EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. . . ” Michael S. Hart – Founder of Project Gutenberg (1947-2011)

http://www3.tucows.com/article/2457

Ting is a new way of doing business in the mobile space. The newest division of Tucows aims to simplify mobile. Basically, Ting users pay for what they use. They aren’t penalized for going over, their plan just makes the jump to the next service level without any overage charges. The kicker is this: If a Ting user uses less than they anticipated, they automatically receive a credit on their next bill.