The Shill Report Page 2: Episode 4 Additional Content

Episode 4 of The Shill Report focused on the a terrorist making the cover of Rolling Stone, George Zimmerman’s attorney – Mark O’Mara – lashing out at the media, the possible long-term consequence of the Bradley Manning trial, and Jay Carney’s “intern-gate” fiasco. You can find the latest episode of The Shill Report on iTunes, […]

Ripley: All Eyes on Amash

This piece is the first of a weekly series in which WAL Contributor Ryan Ripley will follow the moves of libertarian Republican Justin Amash. After Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) retired it was unclear who would take up the mantle of liberty and assume the role of the defender of the Constitution in the House of […]

Ripley: Open Letter to Senator Dan Coats

Senator Coats, In your June 18th op-ed in the Wall Street Journal you urged your fellow congressmen to stop politicizing the NSA surveillance leaks – at least until they have all of the facts. You also spoke of the “trust deficit” that is growing and sought to correct the narrative surrounding the intelligence scandal. “For […]

Ripley: Senator Coats & The Trust Deficit

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal urging his fellow congressmen to stop politicizing the NSA surveillance leaks – at least until they have all of the facts. Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emphasized the strict oversight that the programs are subject to and the overall […]

Ripley: Secret Government Programs Are NEVER Transparent

“Transparent” is the word President Obama used to defend the NSA surveillance programs that allow the federal government to spy on American citizens. The President insists that the massive data collection is being done with “checks and balances” and that Congress has been briefed every step of the way. “It is transparent,” President Obama told […]

Ripley: A Hangout with Gary Johnson

Last week, 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson spent an hour fielding questions from fans online in a Google Hangout. The former two-term New Mexico governor was asked about a wide range of issues including the NSA and education. Following the 2012 campaign, Johnson told Forbes that “he would engage, with increased intensity, the social […]

Ripley: The Government Moves Too Slow to Save Lives

10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is in a precarious situation. She has battled cystic fibrosis since she was born and is now in the end-stage of this terminal disease. Sarah is next in line for pediatric lungs that become available within her region, however that does not happen often. Her 18 month wait has not led to a donor […]

Ripley: Scalia Blows a Gasket Over DNA Decision

During a recent Supreme Court ruling Justice Antonin Scalia opinioned, “As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.” Who knew a Q-tip could cause so much trouble? Twenty eight states currently […]

Ripley: A Different Opinion on Rand Paul (Sorry Creighton)

The biggest challenge facing Senator Rand Paul is whether or not he can win over the GOP establishment without leaving behind his Tea Party and Libertarian supporters. In a recent interview with the Courier-Journal, New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition founder Jane Aitken made it clear that changes in Senator Paul’s messaging are important to conservative […]