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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The Flame of Freedom is the only Ride Sanctioned by Rolling Thunder Inc. as a cross country Ride to the worlds largest motorcycle demonstration. Each year over 900,000 people attend the spectacular POW/MIA cause event held in Washington, DC, Memorial Day Weekend.

The Rolling Thunder Inc. Flame of Freedom announces it course and destination media stops for 2014. The event is enhanced in scope from the past several years, as the Iceman Productions and The Stars Foundation partnership brings not only media generated stops along the route, but also a 13 episode Made for Television series called AMERICA RISING, featuring Rolling Thunder Inc. and its Flame of Freedom Ride. The series, honoring our troops and veterans, is scheduled for broadcast in first quarter of 2015, and over 210 television stations have been cleared to air the series.

Rolling Thunder, Inc.s mission is to publicize the POW-MIA issue: To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect the future Veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a non-profit organization totally supported by volunteers Iceman Productions is known to deliver sports television programming to 46 countries through a group of independent networks. Over 550 episodes of Offshore Powerboat and International Long Drive Golf Championships programs are currently in global distribution. Taking high impact programming to a new level with celebrities engaged by partner The Stars Foundation of Nashville, along with dignitaries for a dynamic philanthropic overtone to the television content, provides AMERICA RISING and The Rolling Thunder Inc. Flame of Freedom Ride the platform for a message of reverence and honor for our American heroes. Roger J. Piggott and Cheryl Robeson Piggott are the executive team at Iceman Productions executing the media events and television production.

The cross-country motorcycle journey will run from May 11 to Sunday, May 25 with riding clubs at media stops supporting the core group of Rolling Thunder Inc. riders . The Flame of Freedom Ride was founded by John McKendree and has generated great interest with the media this year. McKendree said, We are thrilled to have a strong team joining this year on the road, bringing participating motorcycle shops and small town America joining us in this celebration of our veterans and troops. Im looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fellow patriots and supporters along the way.

We are delighted to announce that we have Grand Marshall Geoff Bodine accompanying us for a majority of the route this year and experiencing Rolling Thunder Inc. with us in Washington, DC. Bodine, former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder, is traveling on this Patriotic ride as an avid supporter of our Armed Forces and was in the National Guard. From The Stars Foundation, Cheryl Robeson Piggott confirmed that the following celebrities and town governments are participating: Geoff Bodine, include Jeff Bates, Rockie Lynne, Ms North American Globe, Dave Bray of Madison Rising, and Tammie Davis, along with America Super Groups Daniel Epperson, a new and upcoming country artist. A delegation from Rolling Thunder Inc. Flame of Freedom will meet with the Lt Governor of NC, Dan Forest at the Governors Mansion in route to Washington. Mayor David Wear and Tourism Director Leon Downey of Pigeon Forge as well as City of Spencer City officials are all part of the welcoming ceremonies being held in cities along the route to Washington, DC. Rockie Lynne, a favorite performer among the military and veteran groups, performs at both Tilleys Harley Davidson in Salisbury, and the National Mall Awards Ceremony. We are so encourage that communities such as Pigeon Forge, TN, and City of Spencer of North Carolina are putting forth great effort to welcome our Flame of Freedom campaign. Harley Davidson Dealerships are valuable community supporters as well. We appreciate government officials and local bike clubs and supporters coming out to welcome us in every media stop. It will only grow in future years, said Cheryl Piggott, the Rolling Thunder Inc. Flame of Freedom Production Coordinator and Founder of partnering The Stars Foundation.

The Stars Foundation and its America Rising television series, expresses thanks to the Following event sponsors as well as Gordon Law Group, Rodan & Fields, Bell Helmets, Hyatt Place, Holiday Inn Express Newport, Travelink American Express, Hampton Inn Manassas, Garmin, Tucker Rocky and Sportsbikes4Hire.com.

Communities that are along the route are encouraged to show support for the riders, meet with Bodine and support Rolling Thunder Charities Inc. a 501C(3) dedicated to helping all American Veterans and their families. Proceeds generated will go to Rolling Thunder Charities Inc. and Rolling Thunder Inc. through its national office.

The 2014 Rolling Thunder Inc. Flame of Freedom Ride Schedule: Day 1 Sunday May 11 Springfield, Missouri. Bass Pro Shops Headquarters Day 2 Monday, May 12 Conway, Arkansas Day 3 Tuesday May 13 Southhaven, Mississippi Day 4 Wednesday, May 14 – Franklin, TN Harley Davidson Cool Springs Day 5 Thursday, May 15 – Knoxville, TN.Pigeon Forge, Tennessee- The Island & Newport, TN Day 6: Friday May 16 – NC Statesville &Salisbury- Tilleys Harley Davidson Day 7 Saturday May 17 – City of Spencer Parade Day 8 Sunday May 18 – Raleigh, NC The Capitol Day 9 – Monday May 19 Raleigh, NC Governors Mansion Day 10 – Tuesday May 20 Prince George, Va Day 11 – Wednesday May 21 Quantico, Va Day 12 – Thursday May 22 Washington, DC Day 13 – Friday May 23 Dublin Va, UAW Office at Volvo and Manassas, Va Day 14 – Saturday May 24 Washington, DC Day 15 – Sunday May 25 National Mall, Washington, D.C.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Second Amendment rights advocates in Connecticut are mobilizing to influence this weekends state Republican convention, as they seek changes to Connecticuts sweeping gun-control law passed last year in the wake of the Newtown school massacre.

In recent months, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a statewide gun rights organization, has instructed its members on how to become one of the 1,255 delegates to the two-day GOP convention. The group hopes to have a strong delegate presence and ultimately a say in who the party endorses to challenge Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, an outspoken supporter of the gun law.

While some gun rights advocates would like to see the next governor push to repeal the law, others realize that would be a challenge given the strong support for the legislation in the General Assembly. Theyre banking instead on the law being overturned someday by the courts, but hoping in the meantime to help elect a new governor they believe will be more sympathetic their concerns.

Greenwich businessman and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, the front-runner for the partys endorsement Saturday, is a favorite among many of gun rights advocates, even though he doesnt talk publicly about the issue as much as other lesser-known candidates, such as West Hartford contractor Joe Visconti and Avon attorney Martha Dean, who recently dropped out of the race. Instead, Foley has concentrated on criticizing Malloys economic record.

I am comfortable with the conversations I have had with Tom Foley. I believe he is pro-2nd Amendment, said Scott Wilson, president of the CCDL, adding how Visconti also a strong supporter. I think he is probably doing the right thing keeping things focused on the economy at this point.

Besides Foley and Visconti, three others are seeking the Republican endorsement: Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. But Wilson doesnt expect they will receive much support from gun rights delegates this weekend. McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, faces opposition for helping to craft the gun control legislation. Lauretti has little name recognition and Boughton has been criticized for his affiliation with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergs Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, even though he recently ended his involvement.

Foley has had a nuanced approach to the gun issue. While saying he supports the 2nd Amendment, Foley said he also understands a legislative response was necessary following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Yet he criticizes the final bill for not doing enough to address mental health issues and for including gun control measures that wouldnt have made a difference in what happened in Newtown.

For Joe (Visconti), this is his priority issue, Foley said. For me, I think its an important issue, but there are a lot of other issues that are important in getting Connecticut turned around.

Foley needs to tread lightly on the gun issue if he hopes to eventually win over the broader electorate in Novembers general election. A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows a total of 56 percent of registered voters in Connecticut either strongly or somewhat support the gun law.

Public opinion is on the side of the new gun control laws, said Quinnipiac Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. And when you break it down further, and you look at the strong support, the intensity level, it would appear that again the pro-gun control folks have the advantage on intensity. In that sense, it does appear to be an issue that would favor Governor Malloy.

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Ukraine Crisis Indiana Governor Mike Pence Calls For NATO

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May 072014



Feds Plan To Ban Ammunition
Feds Declare War On Affordable and Plentiful Imported Ammunition IR. Nevada Governor Blasts Feds' 'First Amendment Area' in Bundy Dispute INFOWARS Nightly News: with Jakari Jackson Wednesday…

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David Samson, former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, refused to hand over more documents to state lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closings, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

Lawyers for Samson, an ally of Governor Chris Christie, questioned the fairness and legitimacy of the inquiry. They asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege amid investigations by U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman and others. Lawmakers want to know which of Christies allies shut access lanes last September to the bridge, which the Port Authority runs.

While Samson has done nothing wrong and has violated no laws, the Fifth Amendment protects innocent men who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances, his lawyers wrote yesterday to the counsel for a legislative committee that subpoenaed documents from him.

The legislative committee is engaged in a political exercise, not an objective fact-finding mission, Samson attorney Michael Chertoff said in a statement. Samson cannot and will not participate in a process that fundamentally jeopardizes his constitutional rights and which stands to wrongly besmirch his reputation for honesty and public service.

Two other figures in the center of the scandal — Bridget Anne Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie, and David Wildstein, once a high-ranking official at the Port Authority — also invoked their right against self incrimination in response to subpoenas for documents. A state judge refused to enforce their subpoenas, saying they were overbroad and amounted to a fishing expedition.

Samson, who initially turned over some documents, will not hand over any more because the committee has repeatedly disregarded its own procedures, wrote Chertoff and his co-counsel Angelo Genova. Fishmans office also has subpoenaed material from the committee, effectively treating the committee as a conduit for its own investigation, they said.

Samson resigned on March 28, a day after a law firms report commissioned by Christie absolved the Republican governor in the lane closings. The report blamed Kelly and Wildstein for traffic tie-ups that crippled Fort Lee, New Jersey, where the Democratic mayor didnt back Christies re-election last fall.

The committee has subpoenaed documents from 28 people and organizations, and will take testimony this month from several witnesses. The Democratic co-chairmen, Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, said in a statement that they were disappointed by Samsons decision.

The best way to get to the root of this abuse of government power is full cooperation by everyone, they said. We will obviously continue forward with this bipartisan inquiry until the people of New Jersey get the answers they deserve.

-With assistance by Terrence Dopp in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Firearms In Public Places – Andrew Napolitano – Stuart Varney
Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Firearms In Public Places – Judge Andrew Napolitano – Stuart Varney Second Amendment (Constitutional Amendment) Georgia Gets Gun Access =========================…

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Arizona lawmakers just gave approval for four major pro-guns laws in the state senate. The state house of representatives approved Second Amendment related bills which allow concealed carry permit holders to take their firearms into government buildings which do not have security measures.

HB 22339, the gun bill which would allow concealed carry permit holders to ignore the no weapons signs posted on public buildings, was reportedly premised on the fact that permit holders are law-abiding citizens which have undergone state training.

Steve Gallardo, a Democratic Arizona State Senator from Phoenix, opposed the concealed carry permit exception for public buildings. Gallardo feels that the bill is based on a faulty premise. According to the Yuma Sun, the state lawmaker does not necessarily feel that permit holders have gone through extensive training on either weapons handling or how to determine when it is appropriate to use deadly force.

State Senator Gallardo had this to say about his opposition to the proposed concealed carry provisions:

I would not have such a big argument on this bill if we had a strict [concealed carry permit] requirement where folks are required to have proper training. Not only do we have a bill that allows pretty much anyone to obtain a CCW permit, we now have a bill thats really costly to government.

Arizonas concealed carry permit process appears to be at least as comprehensive as similar programs in a host of other states. Gun rights supporters feel that if trained law-abiding citizens are armed in public buildings, they are better able to protect themselves and others should another mass shooting tragedy or other criminal incident occur.

One of the Arizona pro-gun bills mandates fines on both municipalities and officials who enforce gun laws which are stricter than those passed by the state. HB 2517 would allow a court to administer a fine of up to $5,000 against elected and appointed officials, as well as the heads of administrative agencies, if a gun control law is knowingly and willfully enacted that exceeds weapons restrictions permitted under state law. The pro-Second Amendment legislation also makes it illegal to use taxpayer funds to defend or reimburse any government official found guilty of violating the statute.

Arizona HB 2517 also grants permission for gun rights groups and individuals to sue local lawmakers and agency officials for attempting to approve or enact a local gun law which exceeds limitations imposed by the state. If successful in such a legal endeavor, the injured gun rights group or individual can be reimbursed for actual damages up to the tune of $100,000.

Another of the Arizona gun laws would allow law enforcement officers to charge an individual who wrestles a gun away from another person with aggravated assault doing so is already a felony offense. Nothing in the law appears to inflict such a penalty on an individual who is defending themselves or others from an active shooting.

The fourth Arizona pro-gun bill would prohibit municipalities from restricting the shooting of guns on private property. Currently more than 200,000 Arizona residents possess concealed carry permits. All four of the Arizona gun rights laws must now be approved by the full governing body before being placed on Governor Jan Brewers desk for signature.

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By Abigail Field, attorney. Cross posted from Benzinga

While Congress cowers before multinationals lobbyists and moves to re-enact loopholes that let corporations like GE and Apple hide their income from the IRS, the Maine Legislature decided it had had enough. On Friday, April 4,Maine passed legislation that will end some of the games.

I would like the Governor to sign the bill, said Rep. Adam Goode, the sponsor of the legislation. The bill is about huge multinational corporations that hide their income in off shore tax havens. Small businesses in Maine dont use these tricks. That puts Maines small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

Governor LePage has ten days to sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. According to Maine Revenue Services, closing the Waters Edge loophole will raise $10 million for every two year budget cycle.

In Maine $10 million is a lot of money, said Rep. Goode. If the Governor vetoes the bill, were sending a message that were prioritizing multinational corporations access to tax havens over kids access to head start or seniors access to prescription drugs. Those programs are routinely on the chopping block.

Companies can dodge taxes by shifting income to low-tax jurisdictions. Not only do they send the money to tax havens off shore, but they also set up companies to hide income in low tax states, such as Nevada and Delaware. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia countered stateside tax avoidance by combined reporting.

Combined reporting requires companies to report their income in all states; then the combined income is taxed in proportion to the businesss activity in their state. That way, if large amounts of income that were produced by business activity in, say Maine, but were reported for tax purposes as belonging to Delaware, it would be included in the total income pie that Maine would proportionately tax.

But if combined reporting stops at the Waters Edge, it only includes income reported within the United States. To get at offshore tax havens, the states can require worldwide combined reporting, or Waters Edge plus a list of known tax havens.

Maine, like Montana and Oregon, has taken the latter approach. Rep. Goodes bill includes a list of 38 known tax havens. Goode noted that Maine already uses combined reporting to stop corporations from hiding their money in low tax states like Delaware or Nevada. If we wont let corporations hide their money in Delaware, why would we let them hide it in the Cayman Islands or Bermuda?

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Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Creating 'Second Amendment Weekend' With State-Subsidized Gun Sales
Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Creating 'Second Amendment Weekend' With State-Subsidized Gun Sales.

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts. This celebrated line of the late, great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan has become a political football, hurled first by Senate Majority Leader at the Koch Brothers in a speech on the Senate floor and then hurled back at Reid by the Charles Koch in an op-ed in yesterdays Wall Street Journal. Alas, poor epistemology. No one studies it anymore.

The Koch op-ed was remarkable in every way but most obviously because it was so juvenile. How dare anyone question their motives? Did they think no one would respond when they are spending millions of dollars in attack ads against politicians? I confess I was surprised to find out Charles Koch was, apparently, so thin-skinned.

But, it was the repetition of the epithet collectivist that best exhibited the sophomoric thinking of this scourge on our body politic. Stalin was a collectivist. Mao was a collectivist. Obama? Cmon. To note only one example, despite the fact that the entire culture now refers to the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare, what happened the past few months is the seven million people signed up for private insurance. They did not sign up for Obamacare, they signed up with Aetna or Blue Cross or Kaiser. How is that evidence of collectivism?

I also think it is at least histrionic to say that freedom must be restored in our society. There are many things that ail American society to my mind, but a lack of freedom is not one of them. I cant think of something I have intended to do in recent months but for the fact that the government was impeding me. Oh, I stop at red traffic signals, but not because the government tells me to do so, but because I dont want to be in a traffic accident. If you want a glimpse of the libertarian vision the Koch Brothers champion, I suggest you go to a major intersection one day when the traffic signals are not working. That is freedom, to be sure, but is it what we want?

Libertarianism is one of the leading heresies of our day. The definition of heresy as truth run amok fits perfectly. Libertarianism is a heresy of liberalism, not the modern, Obama kind but the classic, Lockean and Madisonian kind. Any thoughtful Catholic has sufficient difficulties with liberalism, all of which tend to wish it were less individualistic, less focused on human autonomy, less redolent of rights apart from correlative responsibilities. Libertarianism wants to pull liberalism in the opposite direction, removing even the few checks on unfettered license that liberalism supplies.

But, when it comes to epistemology, there should be no such thing as a libertarian position. Facts are facts, right? Well, not exactly. Look at the coverage of the Affordable Care Act. My friend E.J. Dionne wrote a splendid column yesterday asking if there was any penalty for untruthfulness in politics anymore when politicians and faux journalists routinely claim on thing, their claims are subsequently disproven, and they just look for different facts the sustain the same claim.

The fight over the ACA is only part of the problem. If you watched only MSNBC the past few weeks, you would be convinced that the most important story in the country was the investigation of Governor Chris Christie regarding the closure of lanes onto the George Washington Bridge. If you watched nothing but Fox News, you would be sure that the most important national story was either the utter failure of the ACA or Benghazi or, maybe, the so-called IRS scandal. If you watched CNN the past few weeks, it has been all Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 all the time, whether or not any new set of facts warranted such attention and the Breaking News banner. It is pitiful. Our news agencies are either propaganda arms of the political parties or they are ambulance chasers. Thank God for March Madness and Law & Order re-runs.

Facticity has its limits. I have cited before the observation of Leon Wieseltier that there is not a chart in the world that can explain the significance of charts in the world. We humans will always need philosophy, not mere scientism, and philosophy permits disagreement, especially on this tricky issue of epistemology. But, most political discussions are not subverted because of a faulty epistemology. They are subverted because the desire to win trumps the desire to be correct. When that desire to win is aligned with mountains of cash, you get the Koch Brothers. They look at our unruly, chaotic, highly individualized culture and they perceive a need to restore freedom? They see collectivism? Either they are blind, or they know nothing of history and what a real collectivism looks like, or they have drunk too much of their own Kool-Aid and are now incapable of sight and truth. Heresies are like that.

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Green Iguana – Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands – The Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary – watching an Iguana sun bathe at The Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary.

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Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law Senate Bill 2425, giving Mississippi sportsmen an annual tax free holiday in September. The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend holiday will include sales tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies. The annual holiday will occur on the first Friday of each September until midnight on the following Sunday.

During State Fiscal Year 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks sold more than 425,000 resident hunting and fishing licenses.

Many Mississippians share my strong belief in the Second Amendment and love the outdoors, Gov. Bryant said. This tax holiday will help ensure Mississippians continue to enjoy our states great outdoor heritage for years to come. I thank the Mississippi Legislature for their hard work on this bill and for supporting Mississippi sportsmen and sportswomen.

Senate Bill 2425 passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.

The National Rifle Association also supports the measure.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, we want to thank Governor Bryant for supporting this tax holiday for Mississippi’s sportsmen,” noted Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This new law pays tribute to Mississippi’s hunting heritage and our Second Amendment Rights. We look forward to the celebration of these freedoms when Mississippi gun owners and sportsmen visit their local firearms and sporting goods retailers in September, “added Cox.

The law will go into effect July 1, 2014, and the first tax holiday weekend will be September 5-7, 2014.

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Is it an effigy? Is it a “puppet”? Dude, when it’s a likeness of the governor being hoisted by a demonstrator in a minuteman uniform over a crowd of angry gun-toting protesters in the capital, the optics sort of overpower the semantics.

New York NRA-types gathered in Albany today to protestwell, whatever ya got, really. It’s a blanket anti-Andrew Cuomo protest, since the governor has attempted to lead the way in a crackdown on assault weapons (with ample loopholes and dubious results). It was slated to include Donald Trump and Carl Paladino, the conservative dark-horse who got his fanny handed to him by Cuomo in the election lo these many years ago.

But according to photos of the protest from New York Daily News Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett, it also included a hung life-size effigy of Cuomo:

Lovett had written previously about how these semi-regular gun rallies had gotten so ornery that even the head of New York’s big NRA affiliate expressed reservations about attending. But he did end up coming to the hoedown, presumably in the shadow of the Cuomo effigy hung from a crossbar reading “NEW WORLD ORDER” and bearing a “GET OUT!” sign.

Lovett continued to snap photos of the numerous demonstrators:

Even the geographically and metaphorically challenged ones:

But as he did so, he apparently got an earful from protesters on Twitter who wanted it to be known that Dummy Cuomo was being hoisted in the air by the gun ralliers with the noblest, most respectful intentions!

It’s a puppet! See, Cuomo’s hung up on the strings of the New World Order that controls him. That’s totally different from an effigy, and it’s totes not crazy. Now give us our guns!

Hopefully these upright citizens are better shooters than vocabularians, since that is an effigy: The Oxford English Dictionary notes that an effigy is simply “a likeness, portrait or image,” generally of a recognizable person, and that in the modern day it generally connotes a likeness used negatively.

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery.

It’s a big proposal that would cost $10 billion to $12 billion. But it’s also the kind of innovative idea that federal officials requested as they consider how best to protect the heavily populated region from future storms.

“We’ve discussed this with the governor’s office of Recovery and Resiliency and the Department of Environmental Protection, and they all look at me like, ‘Whoa! This is a big deal!” said Alan Blumberg, a professor at New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. “Yes, it is a big deal. It can save lives and protect property.”

The “Blue Dunes” proposal is part of Rebuild By Design, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to come up with novel ways to protect against the next big storm. It is one of 10 projects that will be evaluated and voted on next week, but there’s no guarantee any of them will receive funding. Other ideas include building sea walls around cities, re-establishing oyster colonies in tidal flats to blunt wave action and creating water-absorbent nature and recreational preserves.

The artificial islands plan was created by Stevens Institute, along with the WXY architectural firm and West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. It is designed to blunt the worst effect of Sandy: the storm surge that pounded the coast. From Maryland to New Hampshire, the storm was blamed for 159 deaths, and New Jersey and New York alone claimed a total of nearly $79 billion in damage.

“How do you protect New Jersey and New York at the same time from the storm of the future?” Blumberg asked. “Our idea is to build a chain of islands, like a long slender banana. The wave action and storm surge will reflect off these islands and go back out to sea rather than hitting the coast. Barnegat Bay would not be pounded, nor would lower Manhattan or Hoboken.”

The islands 10 to 12 miles off the coast would be uninhabited, though day trips for surfing or fishing might be allowed, Blumberg said. They would be built by pumping sand atop some hard base made of rock, concrete or other material, he said.

Steve Sandberg, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said funding for at least some of the proposals is already available as part of the $60 billion in Sandy aid that Congress passed last year. Other money could come from disaster recovery grants as well as public and private-sector funding, according to the Rebuild by Design website.

A gap would be left between the New York and New Jersey island groups, mainly to allow water from the Hudson River to flow out into the ocean.

Blumberg also said computer modeling has shown such islands would have produced vastly lesser damage during Sandy, Hurricane Donna in 1962 and the destructive December 1992 nor’easter.

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THE PLACE may be beautiful but it will take a while for tourists and Filipinos to get over the fear of reports on the safety and security of the place. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting, Contributor

The Philippines, due to its archipelagic nature, is full of scenic beaches.

On top of the popular and world-renowned beaches in the country, there are still plenty undiscovered.

We are developing Tenusa Island in Basilan, Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman proudly says.

For travelers looking for beaches that are world-class in terms of crystal sea waters but are not yet crowded with tourists, the stunning beaches of Basilan are definitely the place to go to, Hataman adds.

Basilan is the largest and northernmost of the major islands of the Sulu Archipelago and is located just off the southern coast of the Zamboanga Peninsula. The island is a 30-minute boat ride from Zamboanga City.

Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting, Contributor

The image of Basilan is that of a war-torn place where kidnapping flourishes. Peace and order needs wanting.

What most people dont actually know is that Basilan is a paradise waiting to be revealed for the rest of the world to see and experience, according to its officials.

Basilan boasts of beautiful and unspoiled beaches that both local and foreign travelers should put on the top of their must-go to places this summer.

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Controversial Religious Freedom Bill
Celebrations erupted after Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial Religious Freedom Bill.

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Arizona Governor Vetoes 'Religious Freedom' Bill
The bill would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds.

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American Freedom Stories: George Wallace – “Segregation Forever”
When George Wallace first ran for Governor in 1958 he was considered a moderate on the race issue. But after he lost, he ran again in 1962 and won on a platf…

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The Obama Administration has engaged in an unprecedented assault on the First Amendment which is accelerating as he expands the reach of government using regulatory powers well beyond their legal limitations.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall famously wrote in McCulloch v. Maryland, one of our nations foundational legal decisions, that the power to tax is necessarily the power to destroy. Rather than being warded off by this admonition, Obamas IRS is in the process of formalizing regulations that would eliminate the tax exempt status of social welfare groups that engage in political discussion. The net effect is to give the government the power to tax political speech, and destroy this basic right.

The Federal Communications Commission, not to be outdone, proposed to put researchers into newsrooms and editorial offices of media outlets with an agenda of using their coercive power over the broadcasting licenses of radio and television stations to push them toward covering certain content in a way pleasing to the government.

Although the study is now being reviewed after a firestorm of protest, there can be no doubt when its alternative is presented, as it will be, with this Administrations obsession with Rush Limbaugh, and their proven willingness to use government against their political opponents, stations broadcasting Rush may be first in line for special researcher attention.

On the business front, the Securities Exchange Commission, yes the SEC (not the scandal ridden college football conference) is engaged in rulemaking that would require publicly traded corporations to disclose donations to social welfare groups in an attempt to stop them from protecting their corporate interests against an avaricious government that has a constant knife to their throats.

The Labor Department and the National Labor Relations Board are seeking to tilt the scales toward Big Labor by forcing union elections as quickly as ten days after a union calls for them, and effectively denying a company advice on what can be legally said to their employees and how they can say it.

In Wisconsin, conservative supporters of Governor Scott Walker have had their homes raided by a local prosecutor who doubles as an ardent opponent of Walkers in a blatant legal attack on these citizens ability to participate in the political process. The simple fact that this Gestapo-like tactic can occur in a state that was the cradle of the original progressive movement which opened politics to public participation is particularly chilling.

The aforementioned FCC is also actively seeking to control content that Internet Service Providers allow to filter through to Internet users through benign sounding net neutrality rules. This extension of government power over Internet content, no matter the stated purpose, necessitates monitoring and bureaucratic judgment over whether ISP providers are complying effectively giving government veto authority over this democratizing speech vehicle.

We know that Obamas Department of Justice has wiretapped AP reporters phones in an attempt to break constitutionally protected source confidentiality, and FoxNews reporter James Rosen is being prosecuted by this Administration for reporting national security news.

And Obamas Department of Homeland Security conducted an early morning raid of the home of a Washington Times reporter over alleged firearm violations. During the raid, they happened to confiscate the reports notes related to an investigative report dealing with malfeasance at the TSA. These notes included the names of her internal agency whistleblowers ending not only the reporting, but also most likely the careers of the whistleblowers involved.

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The disintegration of the First Amendment

Recently, politicians and others have expressed concern over so-called “paranoid libertarians”…

Look out: The libertarians are coming! The libertarians are coming! Never before have so many been so intimidated by so few, with so little political power.

Salon.com offers near-daily warnings about the libertarian threat:

It’s corrupting progressivism: Don’t ally with libertarians: Ideologues co-opt an anti-NSA rally.

It’s even infecting your iPhone apps: The Secret Libertarianism of Uber and Airbnb.

Beware of Libertarians Bearing Gifts, the Center for American Progress admonishes: a bipartisan move against the NSA could kill the New Deal.

Anti-libertarian paranoia plagues our elected officials too: the anarchists have taken over, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wails. This strain of libertarianism … is a very dangerous thought,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned last summer in the wake of Edward Snowden’s exposure of National Security Agency spying: I want [these critics] to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans (Pro tip: don’t take the George Washington Bridge).

Im very nervous about the direction this is moving in, the governor added.

Recently, three prestigious academics have argued that you should be especially nervous about Paranoid Libertarians. Distinguished historian Sean Wilentz coined the term last month in a New Republic hit piece on Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald. These NSA critics despise the liberal state and want to wound it, he charged.

Picking up Wilentz’s term, Harvard law professor and former Obama administration regulatory czar Cass Sunstein offered tips on How to Spot a Paranoid Libertarian. And, writing at Slate, the University of Chicago’s Eric Posner warned that libertarian paranoia kills: in fact, the fear of government is far more serious than the fear of flying.

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'Libertarian paranoia' is the newest fad in politics



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