Jon McNaughton: Wake Up America!

Jon McNaughton:

Every man, woman and child in America is enslaved to the national debt. As an artist, I have painted my vision of the dire circumstances that surround us. Now, more than ever, each American must make a choice: we must unlock the shackles that enslave us, or will we lose our freedom. It is my hope and prayer that America will “wake up” before it is too late.

Those who are familiar with my work know that I like to use symbolism and metaphor to engage the viewer. See if you can find and decipher the many symbols in this image by visiting http://www.jonmcnaughton.com

In the painting I have intentionally hidden six keys that represent solutions that will release us from the chains of economic and political bondage. Find these keys and share them with as many Americans as you can. If we don’t “wake up” future generations may not know what it means to be free.

Iran Claims to Have Produced Its First Nuclear Fuel Rod

Fox News:

TEHRAN, Iran –  Iranian scientists have produced the nation’s first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable of, the country’s nuclear agency said Sunday.

The announcement marks another step in Tehran’s efforts to achieve proficiency in the entire nuclear fuel cycle — from exploring uranium ore to producing nuclear fuel — despite U.N. sanctions and measures by the U.S. and others to get it to halt aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to weapons production.

Tehran has long said it is forced to seek a way to manufacture the fuel rods on its own, since the sanctions ban it from buying them on foreign markets. Nuclear fuel rods are tubes containing pellets of enriched uranium that provide fuel for nuclear reactors.

Iran’s atomic energy agency’s website said the first domestically made rod has already been inserted into the core of Tehran’s research nuclear reactor. But it was unclear if the rod contained pellets or was inserted empty, as part of a test.

“Scientists and researchers at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran have succeeded in producing and testing the first sample of a nuclear fuel rod,” said the announcement.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/01/iran-claims-to-have-produced-its-first-nuclear-fuel-rod/#ixzz1iG0FQgQj

Eighth Circuit Court: No Political Discrimination in Faculty Hiring

And university deans can be found personally liable…

 

Adam Kissel:

Because the University of Iowa law faculty may well have unlawfully discriminated against a professor because of her conservative views, the Eighth Circuit is letting this case through.

FedSoc Blog:

In a decision just issued today, the Eighth Circuit has held that a district court erred in granting summary judgment, based on qualified immunity, to a public law school dean in a lawsuit brought by an applicant for a legal writing or adjunct legal writing position.  The suit claims  the applicant, in violation of Section 1983 of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, was discriminated against  on account of her political views, which are protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The Eighth Circuit found that the “First Amendment prohibits a state from basing hiring decisions on political beliefs or associations with limited exceptions for policymaking and confidential positions. . . . If a state actor refuses to hire an individual because of her political associations, then the individual has suffered an adverse employment action. . . . Thus, [the applicant] suffered an adverse employment action.”  The appellate court also found that “the district court erred in finding that qualified immunity protects [the dean] from liability in her individual capacity.