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“Behind the Smoke” Legendary Rock Guitarist Steve Hackett formerly of Genesis on ‘I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee’

Saturday, March 11, 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of...

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Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to FBI as Mandated

In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to...

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Tennessee Passes on Chanc...

Tennessee Passes on Chance to OK Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana won’t be legal in Tennessee anytime soon after a House Representative’s bill, which aimed...

Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate ...

In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit...

Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to FBI as Mandated
posted on: Jun 25, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Racial Imbalance in Louisiana Murder ...

Black homicide defendants in Louisiana are more likely than whites to face charges making them eligible for the death...

Racial Imbalance in Louisiana Murder Charges is ‘Systemic’
posted on: Jun 24, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Honoring Paris Accord Governors and M...

WASHINGTON — President Trump may be quitting the Paris accord on climate change — but forcing the rest of the nation...

Honoring Paris Accord Governors and Mayors Come Together in a Backlash to Trump’s Announcement
posted on: Jun 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

If We Step Up the Drug War, You’...

What word best describes the War on Drugs? Inane? Lunacy? Indecent? Harmful? Thuggery? The right answer is All of the...

If We Step Up the Drug War, You’ll Be a Victim
posted on: May 24, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo
A Confederate Statue Surrenders after 133 Year

A Confederate Statue Surrenders after 133 Y...

posted on: May 20, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

ATLANTA — Gen. Robert E. Lee stood erect, arms crossed over his chest, as workers in masks and protective vests gathered with power tools Friday to...

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out Ahead of Release from Prison

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out Ahead of Release f...

posted on: May 14, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier has issued her first statement since former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year prison sentence for...

Americans Work Almost 4 Months Just to Pay Taxes

Americans Work Almost 4 Months Just to Pay Ta...

posted on: May 8, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Tax Day 2017 has passed for individual taxpayers, but America’s tax bill is still due, and it’s a big one. Americans will collectively pay close to...

The Elites in Washington, DC are Thriving

The Elites in Washington, DC are Thriving

posted on: May 8, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Every so often, I share an image that is unambiguously depressing. Usually, because it suggests that freedom is slowly eroding. A chart showing that...

Conservatives Wants Law School’s Civil Rights’ Center to Stop Filing Civil Rights’ Lawsuits

Conservatives Wants Law School’s Civil ...

posted on: May 7, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina’s law school will be barred from filing lawsuits if conservatives on the...

Trump’s Troubling Pick to Head Mental Health

Trump’s Troubling Pick to Head Mental Health...

posted on: May 6, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

So far, Donald Trump’s appointments have been a mixed bag. From Jeff Sessions, who wants to ramp up the misguided and counterproductive war on...

Georgia Lawmaker Gives Away Cannabis Oil on the Edge of the Law

Georgia Lawmaker Gives Away Cannabis Oil on t...

posted on: May 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Georgia State representative Allen Peake has been fighting for medical marijuana in his state for some time now, being instrumental in a recent...

Flint puts 8,000 people on notice for tax liens for unpaid water bills

Flint puts 8,000 people on notice for tax lie...

posted on: May 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

FLINT, Mich. — Thousands of people in Flint are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure if they don’t pay up on their water bills. After...

Sessions’ Dream of Resurrecting Reefer Madness Foiled by Congress

Sessions’ Dream of Resurrecting Reefer Madnes...

posted on: May 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

If ever one feels the need to dole out criticisms, Congress is reliably low-hanging fruit. But just as a broken clock is right twice a day, once in...

Sotomayor sees ‘disturbing trend’ of failing to intervene on behalf of victims of police shootings

Sotomayor sees ‘disturbing trend’...

posted on: May 1, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday complained about a “disturbing trend” in which the U.S. Supreme Court appears more likely to intervene on behalf...

How Polish Zookeepers Defied German Occupation and Saved 500 Jewish Lives

How Polish Zookeepers Defied German Occupatio...

posted on: May 1, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

One possible gift to come from the mass bloodshed of 20th century totalitarianism: perhaps the history will serve as a lesson for the future. If...

Police Racism, Even on the Autopsy Table.

Police Racism, Even on the Autopsy Table.

posted on: May 1, 2017 | author: Carlos Avalos

Twenty-three years after the fact, incontrovertible evidence that officers at both the street and command levels allowed their professionalism to be...

The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition

The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition

posted on: Apr 15, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The history of marijuana (or cannabis/THC) stems back over 10,000 years and is widely recognized as one of the most useful plants on the planet. Yet...

Fontana, California is Sending out an SOS

Fontana, California is Sending out an SOS

posted on: Apr 13, 2017 | author: Carlos Avalos

                 What started out as an undergraduate paper at my alma mater Cal State San Bernardino has turned into an obsession and quest for the...

Flint mayor signed $67K PR contract to promote pipe replacement program

Flint mayor signed $67K PR contract to promot...

posted on: Apr 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

  FLINT, MI — The City of Flint has agreed to spend $67,500 on a Lansing-based public relations firm to promote the FAST Start pipe...

More DEA Hypocrisy: Anti-Legalization Pharmaceutical Company Gets Schedule II Clearance for its Synthetic THC Drug

More DEA Hypocrisy: Anti-Legalization Pharmac...

posted on: Apr 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Last week, the pharmaceutical giant Insys Therapeutics scored a major victory when it was announced that their new synthetic THC drug – Syndros –...

14 Year Old Livestreams Rape of 15 Year Old Girl and 40 People Watch it

14 Year Old Livestreams Rape of 15 Year Old G...

posted on: Apr 2, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Chicago Police announced on Twitter Sunday that they had arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that...

3 Common Immigration Myths Debunked

3 Common Immigration Myths Debunked

posted on: Mar 30, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

In this past election, Trump’s supporters embraced his calls for increasing immigration restrictions in a country that already has restrictive...

Heritage Foundation Alum Critical of Transgender Rights to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

Heritage Foundation Alum Critical of Transgen...

posted on: Mar 25, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The Trump administration has quietly appointed a Heritage Foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender...

Tennessee Passes on Chance to OK Medical Marijuana

Tennessee Passes on Chance to OK Medical Mari...

posted on: Mar 25, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Medical marijuana won’t be legal in Tennessee anytime soon after a House Representative’s bill, which aimed to legalize cannabis use for people...

How Spontaneous Order Keeps Houston Affordable

How Spontaneous Order Keeps Houston Affordabl...

posted on: Mar 21, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

A metropolitan economy, if it is working well, is constantly transforming many poor people into middle-class people, many illiterates into skilled...

It’s Official: You’re Paying for Trump’s Wall, Twice

It’s Official: You’re Paying for Trump’s Wall...

posted on: Mar 20, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

“We’re going to build a big, beautiful wall—and Mexico is gonna pay for it,” was one of Donald Trump’s campaign mantras. However, as Americans who...

Legal Services Corp. Eliminated by Trump Budget

Legal Services Corp. Eliminated by Trump Budg...

posted on: Mar 17, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corp. In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is...

Here Comes the Fed! Texas Land Owners to Lose Property for Trump’s Border Wall

Here Comes the Fed! Texas Land Owners to Lose...

posted on: Mar 15, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The government offered $2,900 for 1.2 acres near the Rio Grande. If Flores chooses not to accept the offer, the land could be seized through eminent...

Trillions in Debt and We’re Just Scratching the Surface

Trillions in Debt and We’re Just Scratc...

posted on: Mar 13, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

As the federal debt has gone from astounding to unbelievable to incomprehensible, a new problem has emerged: The US government is actually running...

“Behind the Smoke” Legendary Rock Guitarist Steve Hackett formerly of Genesis on ‘I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee’

“Behind the Smoke” Legendary Rock...

posted on: Mar 10, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Saturday, March 11, 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), joins me on “I Take LIBERTY...

Indiana Used Stolen Funds to Pay Law Enforcement

Indiana Used Stolen Funds to Pay Law Enforcem...

posted on: Mar 8, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

There is a very clear reason as to why law enforcement has so diligently defended the routine use of civil asset forfeiture: it’s extremely...

Ali vs Trump: Muhammed’s Son Launches Religious Freedom Campaign to End Travel Ban

Ali vs Trump: Muhammed’s Son Launches R...

posted on: Mar 7, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Muhammad Ali’s son and ex-wife declared a “showdown” over religious freedom against President Donald Trump a month after they were...

Arizona Wants Protesters Prosecuted as Organized Criminals

Arizona Wants Protesters Prosecuted as Organi...

posted on: Mar 7, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Thanks to Republican state legislators, organizing protests in Arizona might soon be enough to land residents in jail. Under the recently proposed...

Was Obama Really the “Deporter in Chief?” Not Even Close

Was Obama Really the “Deporter in Chief...

posted on: Mar 7, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Immigration activists repeated named Obama the “Deporter in Chief.”  Were they right?  Strictly speaking, yes: More human beings were...

Republicans Reach Out to Sessions in Support of Cannabis

Republicans Reach Out to Sessions in Support ...

posted on: Mar 6, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions put recreational cannabis states on edge with his recent comments on the Schedule 1 substance, spurring Republican...

Federal Judge Blocks City Ban on Topless Women Due to Discrimination

Federal Judge Blocks City Ban on Topless Wome...

posted on: Mar 6, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

A federal judge in Denver has blocked enforcement of a Fort Collins ordinance that bars women, but not men, from exposing their breasts in public....

Betrayal: Hundreds of Marines Investigated for Sharing Nude Photos of Women Soldiers on FB

Betrayal: Hundreds of Marines Investigated fo...

posted on: Mar 5, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Hundreds of US Marines are being investigated by the US Defense Department for sharing naked photos of their female colleagues and other women in a...

Man Shoots Sikh Man in Kent, Washington. “Get out of my country!”

Man Shoots Sikh Man in Kent, Washington. R...

posted on: Mar 5, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Police in a Seattle suburb are investigating a possible hate crime after a masked gunman shot a Sikh man after telling him to get out of the...

Price of insulin skyrockets, leaving diabetics with no recourse

Price of insulin skyrockets, leaving diabetic...

posted on: Mar 5, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Drug spending in the U.S. increased by 20 percent from 2013 to 2015, according to a study published by the American Medical Association. Last year,...

VETERAN FIGHTING DEPORTATION AFTER 2 TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN

VETERAN FIGHTING DEPORTATION AFTER 2 TOURS IN...

posted on: Mar 4, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

A group of soldiers, family, and community members came together Saturday to fight a deportation order for a former U.S. soldier. Army Private 1st...

Trump says ‘Sessions is an honest man’ after AG Recuses Himself from Russian Probe

Trump says ‘Sessions is an honest man&#...

posted on: Mar 3, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will recuse himself from any investigations involving the presidential campaign, a vow...

The Last Thing America Needs Is a Reignited War on Weed

The Last Thing America Needs Is a Reignited W...

posted on: Mar 1, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The marijuana legalization movement has been holding its breath, waiting to see how President Donald Trump will address the issue. Public opinion...

9th Circuit Refuses to Issue Stay on Immigration Travel Ban Restraining Order

9th Circuit Refuses to Issue Stay on Immigrat...

posted on: Feb 27, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

The court case over the travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries won’t be dropped, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a...

Oregon’s Governor and Attorney General took Campaign Money from Companies with Billions in State Contracts

Oregon’s Governor and Attorney General ...

posted on: Feb 27, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon’s corporate entities lined their pockets with taxpayer money. In 2016, as politicians...

Immigrants Probably Built Your Home

Immigrants Probably Built Your Home

posted on: Feb 26, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Drive by any housing project, notice who’s working, and one realizes home construction depends heavily on immigrant labor. Yahoo’s Melody Hahm...

Welcome Aboard, But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina

Welcome Aboard, But First US Marshals Will Sc...

posted on: Feb 26, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make...

Beauty and Truth: A Conversation on Liberty

Beauty and Truth: A Conversation on Liberty

posted on: Feb 24, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

A few months after my original article on “libertarian brutalism,” published by the Foundation for Economic Education, a very smart thinker named...

‘Monster’ ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault nine girls

‘Monster’ ex-USA Gymnastics docto...

posted on: Feb 23, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too...

Steve Bannon Believes Winter Is Coming

Steve Bannon Believes Winter Is Coming

posted on: Feb 19, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

“History is seasonal and winter is coming.” No, that’s not a Game of Thrones quote. It’s the last line of a 2010 documentary called Generation...

Supreme Court to Decide whether Constitution Grants Protections to Mexican Boy Killed by U.S. Patrol

Supreme Court to Decide whether Constitution ...

posted on: Feb 18, 2017 | author: Bobby Rodrigo

Two very different factual scenarios surround the June 7, 2010, death of a 15-year-old Mexican boy at the border where Juarez, Mexico, meets El...

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