I am a straight scoutmaster with a wife, two children and a golden retriever so it does not impact me other than the loss to our troop of some great volunteers to the program. What we did was carry the American flag proudly at the front of the parade; and having scouts in color guards in parades is as American as apple pie.Peter Brownstein, Salt Lake City BSA volunteer • Commenting on a reprimand that he and fellow Salt Lake City resident Neil Whitaker received from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America after participating in the Utah Pride Parade on June 2. The two men have apparently been told they could be kicked out of the BSA, for violating rules which bar leaders from using the BSA to advance political positions, if they don’t apologize to local organization officials for participating in the parade. Both men have indicated they have no plans to apologize. source
Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are.Edward Snowden • Offering his thoughts on the opinions of politicians like former Vice President Dick Cheney and Speaker Boehner who have criticized the man responsible for leaking information on the National Security Agency’s classified PRISM program. Snowden made the comments during a Q&A session moderated by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald on Monday, and also discussed a myriad of other issues surrounding his decision to leak the PRISM information, including claims that he might be a Chinese spy. source
swagandpassion asks: Hello SFB. Given the rough last weeks Obama has endured, the steadfast obstruction policy of the GOP, and especially the NSA leak, do you feel any sense 3rd party/Libertarian agendas moving to forefront as privacy grows a bigger concern?
» SFB says: I think libertarianism has long been on an upswing—at least since the rise of the Tea Party, and arguably during the 2008 Ron Paul campaign. The current issues with the NSA leak and the Obama administration don’t change that and may in fact energize it. That’s why Rand Paul is feeling an upswing. Stuff like his filibuster earlier this year resonates with a certain audience. It’s not clear whether third parties can totally break through, but a lot of the question is whether the negative momentum against the NSA stuff and the IRS thing, issues which riled up both sides of the aisle, can stick around for a while. We have a way of forgetting about this kind of thing these days, frustratingly, and that could prove the biggest hurdle for this having a lasting effect—an effect which could help raise nontraditional voices like Paul’s. — Ernie @ SFB
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Thankfully, the passenger has been restrained and there don’t appear to be any signs that he successfully poisoned anyone.
from ABC News:
A Newark-bound United Airlines flight is carrying a passenger who reportedly informed the crew that he “poisoned everyone on board.”
United Flight 116, from Hong Kong, is set to land at 1:30 p.m.
The passenger is being restrained by other passengers.
Law enforcement officials in New York and Washington, D.C., are aware of the incident and are responding.
There is no evidence that passengers have been poisoned, and officials believe the man who made the claim is emotionally disturbed.
I will update this story with any new developments.
Crazy stuff right there. Definitely not something you’d want to deal with on a flight.
While other governors and spouses may have had bacon and eggs, or cereal, or etc for breakfast, Governor McDonnell drinks Boost every morning, and the First Lady has a 5-Hour energy and/or a Boost. That is their breakfast. And that is why those items are covered, just like breakfast is covered for EVERY Governor and First Lady.A spokesman for Virginia governor Robert McDonnell explains why the governor has been using taxpayer money for certain personal purchases. (via washingtonpoststyle)