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New Bill In Congress Seeks To Tax Gun Sales Extra 20% And Ammo Sales Extra 50% « The Burning Truth

Yeah, because the black market charges sales tax idiots, but don’t let a little thing like facts stand in your way.

The great Minnesota tobacco exodus « Hot Air

If you’re a smoker living in Minnesota near the North Dakota border, you’ve undoubtedly discovered that you can save a lot by driving a little. Since Minnesota’s cigarette tax jumped by around $1.50 a pack on July 1st, tobacco wholesalers have noticed a dramatic drop in sales.

Electronic Cigarettes Harm The Lungs

Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from the University of Athens, Greece, explained at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress 2012, Vienna, on Sunday. Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes have also been marketed as effective smoking cessation devices.

‘Extremely Distressing’: Black High Schooler Running for Student Gov’t Sent Racist Texts to Himself, School Says | TheBlaze.com

A black high school student in New Jersey who claimed he received racist text messages demanding him to drop out of a student government election sent the messages to himself, a school official confirmed to TheBlaze Tuesday.

Senators Demand Holder Detail DEA’s Use of Secret Data

Eight Democratic U.S. senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration with intelligence information used to make non-terrorism cases against American citizens.

Shocking Report: NSA Even Spied on Their Own Loved Ones, Girlfriends, Neighbors | Wizbang

New reports have emerged showing that employees of the National Security Agency have misused their power to spy on American’s communication by keeping tabs on their own girlfriends, boyfriends, family members and neighbors, snooping into what they were doing in their daily lives

UN: You bet we’ll be in touch with US over NSA spying « Hot Air

The United Nations said on Monday it plans to contact the United States over a report that the U.S. National Security Agency bugged its New York headquarters and warned that countries are expected to respect the world body’s diplomatic inviolability.

Facebook: Governments demanded information on 38K users, among them protesters and political activists — RT USA

Facebook received about 26,000 government requests for information about 38,000 users in the first six months of 2013, with half of the orders coming from the United States government.

NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover surveillance program costs — RT USA

Top-secret national security documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper reveal that the United States government compensated the tech companies that signed on to participate in the controversial NSA spy program known as Prism.

Sales Of Public Data To Marketers Can Mean Big $ For Governments « CBS Denver

A CBS4 Investigation has uncovered that government agencies at all levels are selling personal information to marketing companies.

Wait, What? Beck Says He’ll Gladly Run Al Jazeera Ads — Here’s Why | TheBlaze.com

Should American radio and TV stations accept advertising from the newly-launched Al Jazeera America? That’s the question broadcasters, many of them in the conservative category, are wrestling with. In fact, it’s a question many conservatives are asking after Al Jazeera commercials have popped up during some unlikely programs.

‘A Piece of America is Lost’: Marine Corps Vet Loses Battle to Display Two Flags Outside of His Retirement Home | Video | TheBlaze.com

A Marine Corps veteran’s battle with a retirement community over his quest to fly two flags outside of his home has come to a close.

DHS employee behind website promoting race war on paid leave | Fox News

The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that an employee who runs a racist website predicting and advocating a race war has been put on paid administrative leave.

Racist DHS Employee Ayo Kimathi Doubles Down After Put On Administrative Leave—The ‘War Is On’ | The Gateway Pundit

It might be easier if Kimathi’s listed his ”BFF’s” rather than his “Hate” list. Just a thought. Recall Kimathi’s most famous Obama rant below (WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE):

Ross Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million For Selling Drawstring Clothes | The Gateway Pundit

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a “message” by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to “report immediately” to the federal government that they were selling children’s clothing with drawstrings.