Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Saturday August 2nd 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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US Embassy Warns of Terror Threat in Bangkok

WAR ON TERROR, DENNIS BEHREANDT

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is warning American citizens and other tourists visiting the city to be aware that foreign terrorists may be planning attacks there.

An alert posted to the Embassy’s Website warns:

“This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.”

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the world’s major cities with a population of approximately 12 million people.

Just hours after the warning was issued, Thai authorities arrested one man with suspected ties to Hezbollah.

“A lebanese suspect from the Hizbollah group has been taken into custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further,” Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Charlem Yumbumrung said.

Yumbumrung said that the arrest comes after months of work, following a tip from Israel that Lebanese terrorist might be planning an operation in Bangkok.

“Following concern raised by the Israeli embassy about a possible attack by a group of Lebanese terrorists in Bangkok, Thai police officials had been coordinating with Israeli officials since before the new year,” he said according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

According to the BBC, Thai authorities have said that a general alert warning of the possibility of terrorist attacks in the city is not necessary because it would “cause panic and affect our tourism.”

Despite Thai reticence, the U.S. is not the only country warning of potential threats in the Thai capital. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also warning visitors to Thailand to “Exercise a high degree of caution.”

In its summary of the terror threat in Thailand, the Australian government warns: “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to the threat of terrorist attack, particularly in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, where we advise you not to travel.”

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The Moral Liberal associate editor, Dennis Behreandt, is the Founder and Editor In Chief of the American Daily Herald. Mr. Behreandt has written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from natural theology to history and from science and technology to philosophy. His  research interests include the period of late antiquity in European history as well as Medieval and Renaissance history.