The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity | Mandatory Depression Screening is A Depressing Thought


If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day.

As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error.

Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.

Source: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Mandatory Depression Screening is A Depressing Thought

America’s SBDC | America’s #SBDC Congressional Showcase – Helios Remote Sensing Systems


In 2007, Walter Szczepanski was ready to start his technology company after a career with GE Aerospace in Utica, NY and Lockheed Martin in Syracuse, NY, working on airborne sensors.

Helios initially employed just Szczepanski and his business-savvy daughter, Janine, but then quickly grew to include more employees in the following years. Walter and Janine turned to business advisor David Lerman at the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for help with a business plan to launch Helios Remote Sensing Systems. Janine worked with Roxanne Mutchler, the statewide SBDC government contracting expert, to access BIDLinx, a free SBDC program which sends customized listings of contracting opportunities right to her email address.

Source: America’s SBDC | America’s #SBDC Congressional Showcase – Helios Remote Sensing Systems

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 2/8/16


WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8TH

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 2/8/16

McConnell: Increasing concern on Zika virus | Richmond Register


The outbreak of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, began in Brazil last May and has now spread to more than 20 countries in Latin America.

WHO’s announcement Monday (Feb 1) comes after a meeting of independent experts examined a link between the arrival of the Zika virus in Brazil and a significant increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads.

Source: McConnell: Increasing concern on Zika virus – Richmond Register: News

Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives | Energy & Commerce Committee


The mission of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is to gather information and get the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts.

Source: Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives | Energy & Commerce Committee

Blackburn Joins Rural Broadband Caucus | U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn


“Over half of all rural Americans lack access to broadband, many of whom live in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. This deficiency affects our rural communities’ ability to meet public safety needs, deliver top-notch education and grow businesses that thrive. Reliable, high-speed internet service is vital to Tennessee’s economy and we must find solutions to ensure our communities receive this critical service.”

Source: Blackburn Joins Rural Broadband Caucus | U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

A dangerous partnership with Russia | Washington Times


.. Republican Sen. Richard Shelby snuck an amendment into the year-end omnibus spending bill directing the Air Force to resume the purchase of Russian engines.

The senator from Alabama then had the audacity to vote against that bill and let others pass his gift to the Putin regime.

Source: GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia – Washington Times

Bill would cut lawmaker pay until Congress eliminates the deficit | TheHill


A House bill introduced this week would cut lawmakers’ salaries each year until they find a way to eliminate the federal budget deficit.

Under freshman Rep. Rod Blum’s (R-Iowa) measure, lawmaker pay would go down by 5 percent for the first year and an additional 10 percent each successive year.

Source: Bill would cut lawmaker pay until Congress eliminates the deficit | TheHill

Political Cartoons – Enough screaming about politics! | Washington Times


Illustration by Dana Summers of the Tribune Media Services

Source: Political Cartoons – Campaigns and Elections – Enough screaming about politics! – Washington Times

Here’s the Latest on Penguins | Smithsonian


To get a better sense of what makes chicks snuggle up, researchers used time-lapse cameras. They discovered that the aggregations help baby penguins save energy and stay warm in antarctic conditions.

Source: Here’s the Latest on Penguins | Smart News | Smithsonian