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Kenny Bob Tapp for House District 61 at Texas County Fair in Guymon!

Kenny Bob Tapp for House District 61 at Texas County Fair in Guymon!

Kenny Bob Tapps Booth at the Texas County Fair in GuymonKenny Bob Tapp at Texas County Fair in Guymon says “I have greatly enjoyed visiting with folks and meeting new friends at the Texas County Fair in Guymon! If you haven’t come by for a visit, we hope to see you tomorrow and Saturday!” more

Carnegie Mellon research shows cellphone use may not cause more car crashes

Carnegie Mellon research shows cellphone use may not cause more car crashes

“For almost 20 years, it has been a wide-held belief that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and leads to more accidents. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that talking on a cellphone while driving does not increase crash risk. Additionally, the researchers analyzed the effects of legislation banning cellphone use, enacted in several states, and similarly found that the legislation had no effect on the crash rate.” Continue reading

Driver’s License Renewal Gets Complicated

Driver’s License Renewal Gets Complicated

“From what I can tell, many of these problems trace back to the National Drivers Registry (NDR) Every state submits information to the NDR about drivers who have had the driver’s license suspended, revoked or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations. When a person applies for a driver’s license or renewal at the DMV, the person’s name and other identifying information such as date of birth, license number or social security number, is checked to see if they show up on the National Drivers Registry. If there is a match, he or she has to clear the problem up before a driver’s license can be issued.” Continue reading

A Radical Constitutional Amendment to Protect Whistleblowers

A Radical Constitutional Amendment to Protect Whistleblowers

“The Constitution’s failure to protect free speech at a seemingly basic level points to a major defect in its design. While it may be praiseworthy in forcefully demanding that the government it authorizes respect the rights of its citizens, it has not provided the real structural support to ensure that those demands are met. Anyone seriously interested in protecting free speech must push for a very radical ‘constitutional amendment.’ We should work not just to change the words of the document we call ‘the Constitution,’ but instead amend our legal system by completely changing the way it’s constituted.” Continue reading

Massive jump in people who renounced US citizenship last quarter

Massive jump in people who renounced US citizenship last quarter

“We come to view our nationalities rather ironically as a big piece of our core individuality. I am an American. I am a Canadian. I am an Austrian. Instead of– I am a human being. It has taken decades… centuries even… to reach this point. So the fact that more and more people are making the gut-wrenching decision to ditch their US passports is truly a powerful trend. So what’s driving it? Taxes… and the search for liberty. For many, their tax bills constitute a financial breaking point. Particularly for people who spend most of their time outside of the United States and are constantly hamstrung by worldwide taxation and information disclosures.” Continue reading

Rep. Alan Grayson on NSA spying: What if ‘Dictator Palin’ gets elected?

Rep. Alan Grayson on NSA spying: What if ‘Dictator Palin’ gets elected?

“‘I heard Rush Limbaugh ranting almost incoherently about this just a few days ago on the radio,’ the congressman said. ‘He is very concerned about the fact that ‘Dictator Obama’ can get this information. I’m more concerned about the possibility that Dictator Palin can get this information, but regardless of who we are concerned about, the fact is we are both concerned.’ Grayson has introduced legislation that would prohibit the Department of Defense from collecting Internet, telephone and other personal information generated by U.S. citizens without probable cause of a terrorism or criminal offense.” Continue reading

Criminal defense lawyers demand access to secret DEA evidence

Criminal defense lawyers demand access to secret DEA evidence

“Criminal defense lawyers are challenging a U.S. government practice of hiding the tips that led to some drug investigations, information that the lawyers say is essential to fair trials in U.S. courts. The practice of creating an alternate investigative trail to hide how a case began – what federal agents call ‘parallel construction’ – has never been thoroughly tested in court. Defense lawyers said that by hiding the existence of the information, the government is violating a defendant’s constitutional right to view potentially exculpatory evidence that suggests witness bias, entrapment or innocence.” Continue reading

SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

“Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies won a two-flight contract to launch a radar satellite network for Germany, the company announced on Thursday. SpaceX will launch a trio of spacecraft that comprise a radar reconnaissance network for Germany’s defense department. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket so far has flown five times – all successfully – including three missions to launch cargo capsules to the International Space Station for NASA. The privately owned firm, founded and operated by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, also is competing to provide flight services for NASA astronauts to and from the station.” Continue reading