The third "Freedom Index" for the 112th Congress is now available to download.

 A Phoenix pastor who was fined over $12,000 and sentenced to 60 day in jail after he refused to close down a Bible study at his home began his incarceration July 9.  The Rev. Michael Salman's conflict with the city of Phoenix began in 2008 when he was ordered to comply with code requirements for a church after his neighbors began complaining about a weekly Bible study he held on his property. According to the Phoenix New Times, up to 50 people would gather at a gazebo in Salman’s backyard, which prompted the city to call the gathering a church and cite him for several zoning and fire-code violations, ultimately slapping him with the fine and jail time. Additionally, he was told he could have not more than a dozen people on his property at one time.

 In another example of how leftist dogma is undermining America, the Department of Justice is forcing New York City to hire, and pay damages to, unqualified firefighters — all in the name of equality.

 Anyone who wants to study the tricks of propaganda rhetoric has a rich source of examples in the statements of President Barack Obama. On Monday, July 9th, for example, he said that Republicans "believe that prosperity comes from the top down, so that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, that that will somehow unleash jobs and economic growth."

Ahead of its state convention to be held Saturday in Grand Forks, the Nebraska GOP is ramping up security in order to prevent mayhem it believes could be caused by rowdy Ron Paul supporters.  Jordan McGrain, the executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party, informed the Nebraska Watchdog that party leaders have contracted with a private security company to keep a check on any attempt by Paul backers to disrupt the selection of delegates to the national convention.

Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has ties to the Spanish company that manufactured the voting machines that will be used across the country in November.  Scytl is a Spanish tabulation company that has entered into contracts with several American states and municipalities in recent years to handle the counting of votes in local and national elections.

Railing against Texas’ contentious new voter ID law, Attorney General Eric Holder likened Gov. Rick Perry’s effort to curb voter fraud to a “poll tax” — a post-slavery effort to prevent blacks from voting.

 

On Friday, July 6, President Barack Obama continued his quest to codify his own dictatorship with the issuing of a new executive order granting himself yet another expansive, unconstitutional power. The power afforded to the President in this latest executive order is so frighteningly expansive that it exceeds the scope of the authority acceded to the president in all his previous edicts.

 

Cellphone carriers report an increase in the number of law enforcement requests for user information. The Air Force is training drone pilots by having them follow civilian cars.

The Wall Street Journal lit into the Mitt Romney and his campaign on its editorial page last week, describing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as timid and overly cautious, and his campaign as looking "confused in addition to being politically dumb."

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