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Moms’ pleas highlight home-school dilemma

http://www.journalgazette.net

The two women believed they were adequately home-schooling their children – using age-appropriate books and a computer with Internet access.

But according to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, Lila M. Ferguson, 38, and Molly M. Williams, 42, committed a crime – neglect of a dependent – by depriving the children of an education. According to court records, the offense was largely characterized by a failure to provide records on the children’s educational progress as they claimed to home-school their children.

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US Senators enjoy "abnormally" high rate of return on the Stock Market

http://insidertrading.procon.org

What a surprise! US Senators outperform the average investor by almost 100 basis points, and Corporate Insiders.

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Lansing passes smoking ban, residents continue to exit Michigan

http://www.withoutadjectives.com

As the legislative year ended in Michigan, the new reported that "Gov. Jennifer Granholm has gone to a Lansing brew pub to sign a law banning smoking."

Michigan lost 89,844 residents from 2005 to 2008, according to a new MSU report released today. … MSU Land Policy Institute Director Soji Adelaja said the decline was largely attributable to people who moved to other states seeking job opportunities and "better quality of life." I would say that "better quality of life" is a place where the ruling class doesn't think that passing more laws will make people want to live there.

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Washington-Tear Down Your Wall Against Currency Competition

http://www.midasresources.com

On December 9, 2009, Congressman Ron Paul introduced the Free Competition in Currency Act before the US House. The need for this legislation is a clear indication of how far our financial rights and freedoms have fallen in the United States as much of the world outside Washington�s financial iron curtain already have free competition in currencies.

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Free market driving reputation websites

http://www.newsweek.com

www.platewire.com
www.steerstraight.com
Here's some ideas that I've come across that are a reputation based system for reporting driving habits. I hope ideas like this can eventually be part of the insurance business. It can also show that traffic tickets are only for revenue, not improving driving behavior.

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Security Expert Bruce Schneier responds to TSA Security Theater

http://www.cnn.com

Famous security expert Bruce Schneier responds to the TSA's recently-implemented security theater measures. Bruce knows real security comes from openness and freedom - not privacy invasion and cameras. From the article:
"A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we're doing the terrorists' job for them."

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Native tribes buy their land back

http://news.yahoo.com

Native American tribes decide it's faster to buy their land back than to get their treaties honored by the US government. States and counties opposed because they'll lose tax revenue and the land won't be subject to local law.

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School so bad it is shut down.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com

School is so bad that it will be shut down and restarted "from scratch". Here's an opportunity to see what government can do by trying the same thing again. Maybe they'll get it right this time?

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Neighbors legalize pot for themselves

http://theskunk.org

On a quiet cul-de-sac in this sleepy Los Angeles suburb, neighbors have voted to legalize marijuana for their own personal use .

“This is true democracy in action,” said Ned Sarmond, who organized the election and encouraged his fellow residents to cast a “Yes” vote. “We’re law-abiding citizens here, who were tired of feeling like criminals every time we lighted up.”

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Hackers Brew Self-Destruct Code to Counter Police Forensics

http://www.wired.com

Hackers have released an application designed to thwart a Microsoft-packaged forensic toolkit used by law enforcement agencies to examine a suspect’s hard drive during a raid.

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Federal workers owe Uncle Sam $3B in unpaid taxes

http://voices.washingtonpost.com

Federal workers owed more than $3 billion in income taxes in 2008, according to the Internal Revenue Service, a figure down slightly from the year before.

The agency reported that 276,300 current and retired federal employees owed $3,042,200,000 in 2008, down from $3,586,784,725 in unpaid taxes in 2007. The list includes White House and Congressional staffers and current and former active-duty and reserve members of the military.

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Indiana: City Threatens $2500 Fines for Challenging Traffic Tickets

http://www.thenewspaper.com

Motorists who receive minor parking or traffic tickets in Indianapolis, Indiana are being threatened with fines of up to $2500 if they attempt to take the ticket to court. A local attorney with the firm Roberts and Bishop was so outraged by what he saw in Marion County traffic court that he filed a class action suit yesterday seeking to have the practice banned as unconstitutional.

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Prisoner dupes guards, grows pot in cell

http://www.upi.com

Mohamed Jalloh, 28, of Brent, North London, grew his pot plants at Verne Prison in Portland, Dorset, in southern England, and for five months, guards admired his gardening, The Sun reported Saturday.

But after another inmate told guards what the plants really were, they checked out photos of marijuana plants on the Internet, and the jig was up.

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Texas accidentally bans all marriages

http://www.miamiherald.com

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state.

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AMA Advocates Change in Marijuana Classification

http://scienceblogs.com

Yesterday, the influential AMA (American Medical Association) announced that it would cease its opposition to the concept of medical marijuana and instead advocate for a change in federal classification of the drug.

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Eighth Person Charged With Passport Snooping

http://www.pcworld.com

An eighth person who has worked for the U.S. Department of State has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing numerous electronic passport files that are supposed to be confidential, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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Farmers Arrested Planting Hemp On DEA HQ

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

A group of civilly-disobedient hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested Tuesday morning while digging up the lawn to plant industrial hemp seeds at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Phoenix Cops Caught On Tape After Murdering Home Owner

http://www.courthousenews.com

PHOENIX (CN) - A homeowner says a Phoenix police officer shot him six times in the back during a 911 home-invasion call, and the 911 tape recorded the officer's partner saying, "That's all right. Don't worry about it. I got your back. ... We clear?" The family says the officers were not aware that the 911 call was still recording as they spoke about covering up the shooting.

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State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' kids

http://news.yahoo.com

Mom who watched kids waiting for the school bus is being warned by the state that she's operating an illegal daycare center.

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Stop the swing completely before getting off

http://freerangekids.wordpress.com

Being a child has always been associated with having huge amounts of fun, developing motor skills, learning the facts of life and gravity by playing. This unsafe process, that has been part of life and growing up since the dawn of time, needs to be extinguished. This is why The National Program for Playground Safety has devised a helpful list of playground tips. After all, your children deserves the most boringly safe childhood imaginable.

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