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Text of Ron Paul Speech Against the Patriot Act, February 8 2011

Republican Representative Ron Paul took to the floor of the House of Representatives today to declare his opposition to H.R. 514, a bill to renew three key provisions of the Patriot Act. The following is a full transcription of his remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill. I was opposed to the […]

#24 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Manufacture an Unreal Speech to Maintain Unreality

This list of 365 ways to exasperate a liberal is in some ways a response to a book released this year by James Delingpole, 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy. As I review Delingpole’s list, I can’t help but be astonished at his audacity — and this is not the audacity of hope I’m […]

Peter Ackerman Speaks Briefly at Gala about Americans Elect 2012 Presidential Plans

On October 22, 2010, Peter Ackerman received an award at a gala fundraiser in New York City for Breakthrough TV, a human rights media non-profit. These were the ticket prices:

Admission: $50,000.00 Visionary Table $25,000.00 Luminary Table $15,000.00 Icon Table $10,000.00 Pathfinder $1,500.00 Individual Ticket – Priority Seating $1,000.00 Individual Ticket – Preferred Seating $500.00 […]

President Truman Put Racial Segregation up for Popular Vote by Soldiers

I was reading an interesting piece of history today when I was scanning back through old copies of the Congressional Record. In a 1948 volume I found a speech by President Harry S. Truman to a joint session of Congress:

The Defense authorization bill is coming to the Senate floor tomorrow, and we have a […]

White House: We’ll Respond to Threats of Violence, but not Threats of Speech

Let me get this straight:

After some people threatened to fly off the handle and kill people if a pastor in Florida engaged in constitutionally-protected free speech, various Obama Administration officials (from David Petraeus to Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama himself) acquiesced to the death threats, pushing the pastor to refrain from expressing himself.

But […]

Petraeus Remark on Florida Church Religious Activity Sends a Message

The International Security Assistance Force commander released comments today by David Petraeus, speaking in his capacity as a U.S. General and head of ISAF in Afghanistan. Asked a question about the plans of a church in Florida to burn a Quran in a few days, Petraeus responded with the following:

It could endanger troops and […]

Fact Check: Did Obama Say of Muslims “I am One of Them”?

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another act in the ongoing production of the Editing Quotes Out of Context Theatre.

A new alleged quotation of President Barack Obama is making the rounds at right-wing websites and in Republican e-mail circles, a quotation being used to “prove” Barack Obama is a Muslim:

“I have lived in a […]

Hutaree Speech: is this Terrorist Talk or Just Someone With a Mouth?

There is no public source that contains the full speech made by Hutaree leader David Brian Stone in February 2010 to his assembled followers as they turned around to go home. The Christian militia that was allegedly to bring “war” to the U.S. government was prevented by a bit of winter weather from making it […]

White House Shoves Obama’s Patriot Act Signature Under the Carpet

Barack Obama’s signature on the Patriot Act reauthorization bill? Not talked about in his weekly address. Not featured in his remarks of the day. Not worthy of a post on the official White House blog. Not occasioned by a White House statement. There was an official statement to declare the release of the president’s medical […]

Barack Obama on the Patriot Act: 2005 and 2010

December 15, 2005 Senator Barack Obama

Speech on the floor of the Senate,

Opposing a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act,

Opposing “tossing aside” a bipartisan compromise worked out in the Judiciary Committee by Senate leadership.

Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, 4 years ago, following the most devastating attack in our history, this […]

Republican Steve King: Only Christians Don’t Like Killing Dogs

Yesterday, Truman identified a particularly yummy bit of babble by Representative Steve King of Iowa in which he asserts that America is a Christian nation because we speak English and derive our cherished values from the ancient Greeks. Roll that thought around your brain a little bit. It’s just so savory.

As with all yummy, […]