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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Constitution Radio: Natural Born Citizen, Vice President's Role in the Senate, Doug and JASmius Battles Over Romney and Santorum

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Loki joins me for a discussion about a possible discrepancy between Vatell's Law of Nations and the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1790; also we will discuss the Vice President's role in the Senate, and the historical instances where the Vice President voted to break a tie in the Senate. . .

Call in to join the discussion at 888-909-1050 after 2pm Pacific on AM 1050 KCAA or at KCAAradio.com.

Then, after the Book of the Week by Prying1Books, JASmius will join us to discuss the 5 Big Stories of the Week, March 24, 2012

Honorable Mention: Los Angeles to Crack Down on Talk Radio

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/city-council-warns-crack-ho-comments-intolerable-calls-for-diversity-in-talk-radio/

5a. Romney Staff: Mitt can “reset” his positions after Primary

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/03/21/romney-advisor-he-can-reset-his-positions-after-the-primary-to-appeal-to-centrists/comment-page-1/

5b. Santorum: Might as well have Obama over Romney

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120323/D9TLRTMG2.html

4. French Killer Muhammad Merah Dead After Shoot Out

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2118052/Toulouse-shooting-First-picture-Al-Qaeda-fanatic-Mohammed-Merah-suspected-killing-7.html#ixzz1pqa666SI

3. Obama Takes Over Natural Resources by Executive Order

http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/president-obama-signs-executive-order-allowing-for-control-over-all-us-resources#ixzz1pXK6nv7k

2. CIA to Spy on you through your Household Appliances

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2012/03/patraeus-cia-to-spy-on-you-through.html

1. Florida Teen Shot Fatally, Jesse Jackson: Blacks Are Under Attack

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-jesse-jackson-20120323,0,2131299.story

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/us-florida-shooting-obama-idUSBRE82M0QF20120323


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Nuts and Nuggets

Nut: Most universities will have to cover birth control in their students’ health plans, the Obama administration said Friday.

The Health and Human Services Department said student health plans will be treated like employees’ plans, meaning they will have to comply with new requirements under healthcare reform — including the requirement to provide contraception without charging a copay.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/216485-white-house-says-colleges-must-cover-birth-control-for-students

Nugget: Hunters fire back at environmental group’s effort to ban ‘toxic’ lead bullets

Hunters are up in arms over an Arizona-based conservation group latest bid to get the federal government to ban lead bullets, which the environmentalists claim contaminates the food chain.

The Center for Biological Diversity, which claims 220,000 members, has sent a petition  to the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of nearly 100 groups in 35 states asking the agency to regulate lead right out of ammunition. It's the second time the group has attempted to get the EPA to take up the cause, and the group is currently suing the federal agency for rejecting the previous bid.

The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a petition to the EPA asking for stricter regulations on the use of lead for hunting ammunition, claiming that the spent casings are a toxic hazard for wildlife.

Hunting groups scoff at the Center's claims that lead left in the carcasses of animals they shoot but don't collect harms the food chain and that spent casings can contaminate groundwater. They say the group has long sought to curb their rights to hunt and own firearms.

“They are like a woodpecker without any wood. They just keep pecking away,” Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation told FoxNews.com. “It’s clear that their motivation is to end hunting in the United States.”

The environmental group claims the EPA has jurisdiction over bullets through the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. But an EPA spokesman told FoxNews.com the agency denied the previous petition because the agency does not share the opinion it has legal authority over bullets and shotgun pellets.

Keane, who noted that the environmental group's original petition did not exempt police officers or military personnel from using lead bullets, applauded the EPA for understanding its role.

“Regulating ammunition for hunting is simply not in the EPA’s sandbox,” said Keane
Officials at the Center for Biological Diversity, a 501(c)3 organization that took in just under $8 million in 2010, declined to comment to FoxNews.com. But earlier this week, spokesman Jeff Miller released a statement outlining the group's case.

“The unnecessary poisoning of eagles, condors and other wildlife is a national tragedy that the EPA can easily put an end to," Miller said. "There are safe, available alternatives to lead ammo for all hunting and shooting sports, so there’s no reason for this poisoning to go on.

“This isn’t about hunting — it’s about switching to nontoxic materials to stop preventable lead poisoning,” Miller said.

Keane disputed the claim that lead bullets are a threat to anything other than what they are fired at.

"There's no sound science that show lead ammunition having an impact on wildlife population," said Keane, adding that the firearms industry pays a federal excise tax of 11 percent on ammunition, which goes to wildlife conservation programs.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/16/hunting-industry-fires-back-at-environmental-groups-effort-to-ban-toxic-lead/?test=latestnews#ixzz1q3SIg6Fg

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