Friday, September 30, 2005

This is simply sad

George Orwell wrote so many books to warn us about the evil of dictatorial societies that his name has become synonymous with them. I just read a story that the time spent right before his death he was busy trying to protect his family from the government. Not a physical threat to their life's, but the threat that the government would take all in the form of taxes and leave his wife and children penniless.
George Orwell, author and lifelong socialist, entered into a tax avoidance scheme on his deathbed as money began to flood in from the success of his final two books, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

He was seeking to escape the full weight of the Labour government's punishing surtax regime as all his royalties arrived in a short period and he feared leaving his widow and six-year-old son with a gigantic bill for death duties.

After Orwell died, his accountants underplayed the copyright value of those two great works, which between them have sold millions of copies in dozens of languages, by telling the Inland Revenue they were mere "topical bestsellers" with short sales lives.

They also diminished the taxman's expectations of the Orwell estate benefiting from the sale of film rights to both books with the bizarre reasoning that Hollywood might find them too anti-communist in tone and not want to offend the Soviet Union.

Papers relating to Orwell's tax records have only now come to light with the release at the National Archives in Kew of the Inland Revenue file for Eric Arthur Blair, the author's real name.
So he paid himself a small income from the books to lower his surtax. England likely views their social system as fair and equal. Not so when people have to hide and cheat to provide for their families. In a socialist nation, success is a punishable offense.

So the last victim of his books was almost the man's family.
Thank you Brady center

With a humble thanks I offer up a post to the fact that the Brady Center has unwittingly proven a point on self protection.

Florida has a self defense law that has placed the Brady campaign into fits of anger. So in a childish act the plan to throw fear into all traveler's to that fine state. Only problem is the fear they want to install is the truth know by gun-owners around the world.

Here is the sign they want to plaster all over.

THANK YOU GUN GRABBERS

Frightening isn't it. Only one problem. Read what they are saying.
"A new law in the sunshine state authorizes nervous or frightened residents to use deadly force."
Translation. If you do something dumb to make people frightened you may be hurting. So be polite.
"In Florida, avoid disputes. Use special caution in arguing with motorists on Florida roads."
Translation. Be polite and avoid fights. You might be outgunned.
"Police and prosecutors are concerned about the potential for unnecessary violence."
Translation. The powers that be hate paperwork so don't do dumb things.

So unknowingly they have put out posters that support the old saying
An armed society is a polite society
A broken two party system

Some like to say that we live and enjoy a two party system. I look at it as we suffer under two crime syndicates and they do not like to share their cut of the loot.
North Carolina
Adam Weinberg is a man without a party.

State election officials decertified the Libertarian Party on Aug. 22. So Weinberg, who still is a Libertarian at heart, was expecting to run into some problems Tuesday as a voter in the primary election for the Winston-Salem City Council.

But he wasn't expecting to be turned away from the polls.
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The Libertarian Party failed to receive at least 10 percent of the vote in last November's general election, so the party is no longer recognized in North Carolina, according to state law.

Anyone registered as a Libertarian must file as a Democrat, Republican or "unaffiliated" voter by Oct. 17 or his designation automatically will be changed to unaffiliated.
How nice of them.
New York
Brooklyn, NY 9/29/05-- NYC Board of Elections tried to keep Gary Popkin off the ballot as the Libertarian Party"s candidate for Brooklyn Borough President. He would not give in, and triumphed in court. The retired computer science professor needed 4000 signatures from Brooklyn voters to qualify. The NYC Libertarians presented a consolidated multi-candidate petition with the mayoral candidate Audrey Silk, the other citywide candidates and candidates for Brooklyn and Queens Borough president. The Board of Elections not only deemed Popkin"s signature total insufficient but his petitions fraudulent. Judge Joseph S. Levine agreed that Popkin had earned a place on the Libertarian line in November with 6083 signatures, rejecting the Board of Elections claim that Popkin"s petitions were fraudulent.

Former Libertarian Party of New York State Chair Richard Cooper discovered the Election Law's explicit provisions for multi-candidate petitions making it easier for the group to run more candidates. Cooper said "Popkin struck a blow for all New Yorkers dissatisfied with the Republicans and Democrats who have ruined New York by making it easier for independent candidates to get on the ballot, thus giving the voters a choice."
The democrats sure do like to scream against big business and their" evil monopolies" that take people's right of choice away, but have no trouble when they get a political monopoly in certain areas.

We are living under a two party monopoly. simply look at the last several presidential elections we have suffered under. The one thing they cannot stand is third party options.

The lessor of two evils is the one that gets the most votes.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

LEONARD COHEN
"Democracy"

It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that this ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
It's coming through a crack in the wall;
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don't pretend to understand at all.
It's coming from the silence
on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered
heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin'
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It's coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It's here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst.
It's here the family's broken
and it's here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we'll be making love again.
We'll be going down so deep
the river's going to weep,
and the mountain's going to shout Amen!
It's coming like the tidal flood
beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious,
in amorous array:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on ...

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can't stand the scene.
And I'm neither left or right
I'm just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
Maybe it is time for democracy in the USA
Self Defense

People look at the debate on guns as a fight over the physical ownership of them. A good article I just read looks at it from the self defense side of the argument.
Seven years ago, I came face to face with a masked man in an alley as I left work. He had a gun and a desire to do me no good! What if the gun control advocates had their way? How would I have fared that night? Considering that, I was cornered and unable to flee, or face my assailant on equal terms I might not be writing this at all. I might very well be a statistic.

Fortunately, for me the laws in Texas DO allow its residents to be armed. I was able, although cornered to have an equal footing. Because I was armed, and prepared, my attacker decided that his intentions were not worth dealing with my Colt.45. One criminal running away and one innocent, law-abiding citizen safe seems like a pretty good end does it not.

Not according to gun control advocates. According to their desires, I should have been forced to run instead of facing down the miscreant criminal. Got that? If you are minding your own business and are assaulted or threatened by a violent criminal the gin control crowd wants the onus to be on you to flee, or retreat, or do anything EXCEPT stand your ground with a firearm.

How morally and intellectually backwards can these folks be to adopt such an indefensible position? The duty and perfect right of a law-abiding citizen is to defend themselves with deadly force if need be against criminals. That is the essence of the disagreement between the opposing sides on gun control.
A good reason to not only carry, but carry without having to ask the governments permission to carry.

I will not run.
Terroristic "Nonsense"?

Seems that free speech and terror goes hand in hand..At least in England.
The Labour Party was forced to make a humiliating apology to an 82-year-old party member last night after he was thrown out of the conference for heckling Jack Straw.

Walter Wolfgang, a party member for 57 years, was bundled out of the conference hall by stewards after shouting "nonsense" as Mr Straw, the Foreign Secretary, defended Britain's role in Iraq. He was later stopped under anti-terrorist powers as he tried to re-enter the hall.

The heavy-handed treatment of Mr Wolfgang revived criticism of the " control freakery" associated with New Labour and even drew comparisons with the way the Communist leaders in Russia and China stifled dissent.

Mr Wolfgang fled Nazi Germany as a teenager for the freedom of Britain. He said: "I shouted out 'nonsense'. That's all I said. Then these two toughies came round and wanted to manhandle me out. 'I said: 'Do you want me to leave? I will leave, you don't need to manhandle me.'

"Physically, I am not too well, so I said I would follow them."
Then stopped and almost arrested under anti-terrorist powers.

How did the government reply to this?
But Mr Blair indicated he was unlikely to give Mr Wolfgang a personal apology.

"I'm sure I'm not going to meet Walter. There's no need to. I can just offer him my apology."
"No need to". Bull!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Needs?

This is rather ominous sounding. The thing that bothers me is that I am not surprised that this happened.
The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure "policy" document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today's Internet, "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement." Read the last seven words again.
The document is here(pdf). The war on freedom run along smoothly with only a few bumps when activists get in the way.

Freedom is suffering Death by a thousand cuts. This was just one of many.
What if the government says "No"?

When most people get married the couple purchases a marriage license and then normally ends up in front of a member of the clergy or a justice of the peace. On the surface a simple act, but only if you look at the surface.

What does this have to do with my utter fucking hatred dislike of government intrusion into our lives?

Why do people have to get the license? Honest question. Why? It doesn't mean they love each other more. It doesn't mean they will stay married forever. What it means is you get the governments permission to marry.

For me it is simple. The news is full of news of the hatred and anger about gay marriage and their "rights". Somehow I do not think marriage is a right. The modern system of marriage is not a right, it is a privilege, and now the gay community wants the privilege.

Why not get the government out of the love game?

You want to marry then you and your other, guy or gal, goes and gets it notarized by a notary public and that's it. WHAM! You're a couple.

I don't like the fact that the gov "ALLOWS" us to marry at their whim. Get the government out of the marriage game.
"But those bad bad gays will destroy the family"
How? Seems the society at large is doing that job very well without any help.

Solve the whole marriage issue in one swipe. Unregulate marriage.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

proud citizen of fantasy land

What fantasy land does he live in?
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau Director Carl Truscott said his department is a major reason behind the all-time lows in the nation's crime rate, a factor he attributes in part to successful relationship-building.
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"The mission of the ATF is to prevent terrorism, reduce violent crime and protect the public," he said.

Truscott firmly believes that the organization has played a crucial role in firearm regulation, which he said has put gun violence and homicide rates at a 30-year low.
This is the type of guy who feels he is the knight on the white horse riding over the hill to rescue all of us dumb serfs from ourselves. Does he even know how much the ATF is hated?
“Bollocks to Blair”

"Bollocks" is a slang term meaning testicles in British English, but more often used figuratively. It is rarely used in the singular. It has come to mean rubbish or 'Crap' or even used in a similar way to Bullshit, and this usage is international. One of its singular forms is used to describe the malfunction of an operation, or messing up something "Dropping a Bollock".

While it is slang, and not that bad of a word, it will get you threatened by the authorities in England if they don't like what you're saying "bollocks" to.
A girl was arrested for wearing her “Bollocks to Blair” T-shirt at the Midlands Game Fair last weekend. Charlotte Denis, 20, a gamekeeper from Gloucestershire, was stopped by police as she left the Countryside Alliance stand because of the “offensive” slogan.

Shocked and dismayed to be made a public spectacle, Denis tried to reason with the officers: “What do you want me to do? Take my top off and wear my bra?”

At this point, two officers marched Denis towards a police car. “They grabbed me as if I was a football hooligan,” she says.

Although the “Bollocks to Blair” slogan was in evidence all round the Game Fair, police maintained it was the first time they had seen it.
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A tearful Denis was driven to a mobile police unit. “I asked the officers how they could arrest someone for wearing a T-shirt and they told me it was because it would offend a 70-80-year-old woman,” she said.
And we all know you shouldn't offend 70-80 year old woman. What idiots.

BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK
BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK
BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK
BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK
BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK BOLLOCK


I'm just in one of my moods today. Got a sacred calf you need slaughtered?
We have met the enemy and he looks like our government.

People lament life behind the bamboo curtain with all of it's limits on freedoms and expression.

Today I came across two stories that made me think that we have become the enemy.
China
China said Sunday it is imposing new regulations to control content on its news Web sites and will allow the posting of only "healthy and civilized" news.

The move is part of China's ongoing efforts to police the country's 100-million Internet population. Only the United States, with 135 million users, has more.
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While the communist government encourages Internet use for education and business, it also blocks material it deems subversive or pornographic. Online dissidents who post items critical of the government, or those expressing opinions in chatrooms, are regularly arrested and charged under vaguely worded state security laws.
Then the news that our government is going to crack down on what it considers not "healthy and civilized"
The FBI is joining the Bush administration's War on Porn. And it's looking for a few good agents.

Early last month, the bureau's Washington Field Office began recruiting for a new anti-obscenity squad. Attached to the job posting was a July 29 Electronic Communication from FBI headquarters to all 56 field offices, describing the initiative as "one of the top priorities" of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and, by extension, of "the Director." That would be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.
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Public corruption, officially, is fourth on the FBI's priority list, after protecting the United States from terrorist attack, foreign espionage and cyber-based attacks. Just below those priorities are civil rights, organized crime, white-collar crime and "significant violent crime." The guidance from headquarters does not mention where pornography fits in.
So here in America civil rights and crimes are less important then obsenity.

The effects of this is already being felt with sites for consenting adults changing their websites.
Hello,

I just wanted to let you know that, thanks to the "War on Porn," SG will be taking down a bunch of photosets and individual photos today.

Even the FBI agents paid to surf for porn find this ridiculous, but apparently sending people to jail for pictures of two consenting adults enjoying a little rope bondage is more fucking important than.... I dunno, pick any one of the million of better causes out there that the government could be focusing on.

So, I apologise heartily for having to do this, both to the SuicideGirls whose art is being fucked over and the members who are being treated like babies, but we really don't want to get shut down and sent to jail. As soon as legally possible, the photosets and pictures about to be taken down will come back. Until then, bid a fond farewell to your favourite blood-bathing beauties, rope-bound babes, and handcuffed honeys. Apparently they've no place in today's society.

If you want to help stop this stupidity, feel free join SG in donating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Free Speech Coalition. If you live in the US, you can also send a letter to your representative in Congress.
How does it feel to have the government do your thinking for you?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Who gets arrested first?
Shooters or leakers?


In London police went and executed a young man on his way to work. They held him down and fired up to 8 rounds into his head.

Then the gun happy police found they killed in cold blood an innocent man. That's the point that they kicked into bureaucracy overdrive. In this overdrive they tried to lay ALL of the blame of the death on the victim. Lies upon lies were released as truth and the press ate it up. After all the state would not lie, would they?

One small problem arose for them. The truth.

Someone who thought maybe the truth was worth knowing started to release information to the press of what really happened. To say the police and British government were not happy would be an understatement. Day after day their lies were exposed and splashed on the front pages across the world.

Now we come to the main issue here. You have a group of police who executed a man and names ARE KNOWN to their superiors, and in the other corner an UNKNOWN person letting the truth out.

The question is this. Who was arrested first?
A woman has been arrested over the leak of findings about the fatal police shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes on the Tube, it has emerged.
The 43-year-old was arrested at one of a number of London addresses searched.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) leak prompted claims police had covered up details of the shooting at Stockwell station in July.

No details were given on the grounds for Wednesday's arrest. The woman was later released on police bail.
So the state has shown who their loyalty resides with. Killers. As long as you work for the government you will not be punished.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I like this guy

A lot
Sri Lankan election chief's heart not in it

Sri Lankan election chief Dayananda Dissanayake will be running November presidential elections but will not be voting - he does not trust politicians.

Mr Dissanayake, 64, is Sri Lanka's most reluctant election commissar.

He wants to retire but a constitutional quirk is forcing him, against his will, to lead a team of 100,00 officials in staging the November 17 vote.

"I have never voted at an election since 1963," Mr Dissanayake said.

"I voted at a village council election because I did not know much about politicians at the time.

"But, since I got to know politicians, I decided never to vote again."

He says one of his main concerns is to ensure no one impersonates him at the November vote.

In a country where the vote of the main Opposition presidential candidate Hector Kobbekaduwa was cast by another pretending to be him in 1982, impersonations are not uncommon.
Someone voted for him! Is Sri Lanka near Chicago? Ha!

Sri Lanka was the country that their government demanded money after the Tsunami or else they would not let Red Cross trucks in to deliver help and save people. The government has to get their cut of the pie I guess.

What is worse is they refuse to let him retire.
Dear Customers
HA! You're screwed!
Signed Credit card companies


That seems to be the message they are sending out with this ruling.
A California judge ruled Friday that Visa USA Inc. and MasterCard International Inc. don't have to send individual warnings to thousands of consumers whose personal account information was stolen during a high-tech heist uncovered earlier this year.

"I don't see the emergency," San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said in rejecting a request for an order against the nation's two largest credit card associations. "I don't think there is an immediate threat of irreparable injury" to consumers.
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Both Visa and MasterCard argued they shouldn't be obligated to send the notices because they don't have direct relationships with the accountholders, whose cards were issued by thousands of banks that belong to the associations.
How hard would it have been to send a letter out saying this occured and you need to be on guard?

Saturday, September 24, 2005

What a grand idea people.

Example

I'll even pay for the first one. Project Darwin. I like the sound of that.
cafepress site here.
[End the War on Freedom]
TANSTAAFL*

A few days ago I was rather happy when I heard the news that TownHall.com was giving away early screen passes to see the movie Serenity. As I, like so many other, have been waiting for this movie the idea of seeing it early, and free was to good to pass up. So I signed up and today I received an email from Grace Hill Media. They seem to be the ones who were the sponsors or organizers of the early screening.

Their email brought to mind the old saying of TANSTAAFL. Why? Because right after saying "Congratulations!" and the other polite introductory lines they seemed to hedge their giveaway with a bold type "MUST".
To significantly increase your chances of getting into the screening, you MUST do the following:

You MUST include the film's synopsis on your blog (synopsis below) and you MUST link your blog to the SERENITY website (which has the trailer and production notes) http://www.serenitymovie.com and featured artwork. After you have screened the film, please discuss it on your blog. Please provide us the links to all of your blog posts on SERENITY at *******@*********.com
Now I was set back a little at first. That's a big "MUST" in my opinion. This is my blog. I say what goes on it. Then it hit me. TANSTAAFL! I want something, the free passes for my wife and myself, and they want something, free publicity in the new media called blogs. So instead of contacting blogs one at a time they made us come to them. Guerilla advertising at it's best.

Impressive, and in my case it works.

So here goes
Serenity

Joss Whedon, the Oscar - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal
Now my 2 cents on the movie

I purchased the video collection from WalMart several months ago and have enjoyed the heck out of it. The core libertarian viewpoint put forth has created a strong loyal following. Plus the gunplay is fun to watch also. Right now my wife and I are watching it so she can get into the storyline before the movie sjowing.

The movie opens on September 30th and if it is as good, as the series was creative, then they are going to have a hit.

The series is running on the Sci-Fi channel if you want to catch up on the story before you delve into the movie. I would recommend it.

*There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
Update to last post.

I asked this question about the press release of the NRA in relationship to the New Orleans gun thefts.
Why did the NRA press release not mention the SAF(Second Amendment Foundation)?
So today I come across the SAF press release and this is how they address it.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana this afternoon issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association (NRA), bringing an end to firearm seizures from citizens living in and around New Orleans.
Seems the SAF is not to high and mighty to share the glory of this win.

The NRA needs to learn how to share. I learned that when I was a kid.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Victory for Gun Owners.

A win for self defense.
Major Victory For Firearms Owners And Freedom In Louisiana

Friday, September 23, 2005


(Fairfax, VA) -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

“This is a significant victory for freedom and for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The court’s ruling is instant relief for the victims who now have an effective means of defending themselves from the robbers and rapists that seek to further exploit the remnants of their shattered lives,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

Joining LaPierre in hailing the U.S. District Court decision was NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. “This is an important victory. But the battle is not over. The NRA will remedy state emergency statutes in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that this injustice does not happen again."

The controversy erupted when The New York Times reported, the New Orleans superintendent of police directed that no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to have guns and that “only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.” ABC News quoted New Orleans’ deputy police chief, saying, “No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.”

The NRA also pledged that it will continue its work to ensure that every single firearm arbitrarily and unlawfully seized under this directive is returned to the rightful law-abiding owner.
I hope the word gets back to the people taking the guns.

Why did the NRA press release not mention the SAF(Second Amendment Foundation)?
Two blondes are reading their daily newspapers and one of them sees a
headline that says:

"TWO BRAZILIAN SOLDIERS TRAGICALLY KILLED"

She thinks for a moment, and then whispers to her friend,

"Psssst.....how many is a brazilian?"
A Pilot who is on the no-fly list

And you thought you had a bad day year. This Irish guy who loves America, loves one of our women, and simply wants the American dream ends up being shafted by the current American Nightmare.
Cape Air pilot Robert Gray said he feels like he's living a nightmare. Two months after he sued the federal government for refusing to let him take flight training courses so he could fly larger planes, he said yesterday, his situation has only worsened.

Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts When Gray showed up for work a couple of weeks ago, he said Cape Air told him the government had placed him on its no-fly list, making it impossible for him to do his job. Gray, a Belfast native and British citizen, said the government still won't tell him why it thinks he's a threat.

''I haven't been involved in any kind of terrorism, and I never committed any crime," said Gray, 35, of West Yarmouth. He said he has never been arrested and can't imagine what kind of secret information the government is relying on to destroy his life.

''Ever since I came here I've loved this country for what it stands for, and this goes against everything that I've ever learned about this country and how it treats people," he said.''This is the kind of nightmarish situation you think happened in Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany, but not in America."

Holding back tears yesterday, his fiancee, Joy Valante, said the couple is getting married next month and has had to cancel plans to visit Gray's ailing mother in Ireland and honeymoon in Tuscany.
Now our government doing all it can to protect us from evil people seems to have one problem. They cannot figure who the bad guy is.
The agency denied an administrative appeal by Gray and refused to disclose what information it had, but it provided Gray's lawyers with a computer printout that indicated it was about a Robert Gray who is Hispanic. The Cape Air pilot is white.
The American dream is rather tarnished today.

So all appeals seem to have been used and his career is over. Thanks Uncle Sam.

Can we start hanging politicians now?
What is a Homeland Security Detective?

An interesting story was brought to my attention. It involves the police and a "Homeland Security Detective" and their harassing Ham protestors. Yes I said HAM PROTESTORS. Not terrorists or even funny looking foreigners. This is all about people protesting at a Honey Baked Ham store. Vegans. Just short of Al Qaida in the eyes of the government I guess.

I do understand the vital national interest that ham has during the month of December when this happened. If I do not get my Christmas ham I riot and loot all of the Wonder bread and Barry Manilow tapes I can get my hands on. A man's got to provide I say.

So these Vegans noticed the pair and went and things got interesting.
After the protest, the duo noticed they were being watched and photographed by a man in an unmarked car. They approached the car and wrote down the make, model, color and license plate number on a piece of paper. They then noticed the unmarked car was following them.

According to the ACLU suit, the car contained both a uniformed police officer and an undercover detective, later identified as Homeland Security Detective D.A. Gorman. The two pulled in behind Childs and Freeman and ordered them to exit their car.

Gorman then demanded that she turn over the piece of paper on which she had copied his license tag number. Childs refused to hand the paper over, and was handcuffed.

She was searched a male officer, despite her request to be searched only by a female officer, the ACLU says.

Both Childs and Freeman were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Police confiscated the piece of paper and Childs' house keys. Both were released from custody, but neither the piece of paper nor the keys were returned. The county has not pursued a criminal case.
That piece of paper is rather ironic if it is the crux of the problem. One thing I have always heard from the police is this. If you see a strange vehicle and worry about what it is doing then to take down the license plate number. Unless they're cops. Then you are charged with disorderly conduct.

But my question is this. What is a Homeland Security Detective? I know we already have federal marshals with trans state powers. I guess we have another level of police over us to keep an eye on.

Homeland Security Detectives. Protecting our vital ham supply one glazed slice at a time.
No human rights can exist without property rights. Since material goods are produced by the mind and effort of individual men, and are needed to sustain their lives, if the producer does not own the result of his effort, he does not own his life. -- Ayn Rand
100$ to fill up my truck

I did not believe it when my wife told me. Take a 79 Chevy Suburban with a 35plus gallon tank, add gas at 2.80$ a gallon and you get a refill that costs over 100$. Damn!.

So I may end up with the worlds ugliest lawn ornament.
SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT THE HELL UP!

The Red Cross has opened two shelters in Tennessee for Katrina refugees*. Now since most of the refugees are black you would think that the local black churches would support and be happy at the community effort to help them.

Nope.

The problem is that the volunteers are way to white. I kid you not.
The Red Cross has been praised for its tireless efforts assisting storm victims in Middle Tennessee. But there are concerns in the black community that the organization lacks diversity, especially in an effort helping mostly black evacuees.

A number of minority churches and groups are offering to help, but say they've been left out.

The Red Cross Shelter in Franklin opened its doors to storm victims last week. It’s only one of two shelters in Middle Tennessee. The other is in Nashville.

Both shelters are in suburban areas, and the volunteers are predominately white, while the evacuees are almost all black.

Some members of the African-American community say that’s not good enough.
What part of the word VOLUNTEER do you not understand. We can't make you work. The last time we tried to make you work it was called slavery and that did not work out very well now did it? I'm so damn sick of some of the local Jesse Jackson/Al "super size me" Sharpton wannabes.

So you sat on your ass and did not volunteer and now you're upset that they won't bend over for your emotional needs to do something after the fact? Piss up a rope.
Searcy adds, “You know that big headline that we were gonna have six thousand evacuees and the list of shelters in the newspaper were in the suburbs and so the question is: why aren't these in our community?”

The Red Cross says it’s because the other groups were already on a pre-approved list. Their facilities had already been checked out, and the volunteers, already trained.
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The Red Cross acknowledges most of it’s volunteers are white, but says training is open to anyone. Since then, Joyce Searcy went through training, and is signing up others.
You do not "pre-approve", "checked out" or "trained" over a weekend. This is something that you do before hand.

So unless you plan to get off your ass, get pre-approved, checked out, and get the needed training please SHUT THE HELL UP!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A chicken bomb in every pot

Wonder no more about what are government is doing to protect you from the evils of terrorism.

The government established groups to think outside of the box.
DHS likes to say that it is thinking out of the box in getting inside the minds of terrorists. Its main vehicle to do so is its so called "Red Cell," a group of consultants established "to complement traditional intelligence-based threat projections by taking an 'out of the box' approach that is achieved by drawing on the talents of a broad range of individuals, such as best-selling authors, academics, the military, and pop musicians."

A year ago, the Red Cell published a "For Official Use Only" report How Terrorists Might Exploit a Hurricane and published here for the first time, to respond to a DHS request "to speculate on possible terrorist exploitation of a high category hurricane."
While good in theory as some of those musicians have performed some real bombs in the past. The reports they create are nice, if you cook.
And my favorite: The "For Official Use Only" report about Potential Terrorist Use of Pressure Cookers. I always suspected that my mother was up to no good.(pdf)
Pressure cookers. I have three so I must be on some list somehwere.

Terrorists. Beware the pressure cooker brigade of death.
Dear New Jersey republicans.
DIE! DIE! DIE!
Signed Democratic state administration.


People are all up in arms at how badly the situation in New Orleans is. Some are even asking questions openly about how the money was spent on homeland defense and other first responders in that state.

Some say the money was mismanaged or even grafted off. Maybe this will give you an idea of how a Democratic party controlled state runs its homeland defense money.
Assemblymen Sean T. Kean and Steve Corodemus, both R-Monmouth, are upset that the state awards homeland security grants almost exclusively to municipalities in legislative districts represented by Democrats. And they're trying to change that.
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Kean said $22 million of the $23 million the state has doled out in the past three years in homeland security grants to municipalities has gone to Democratic districts.

"That's just unacceptable," he said.

Kean said none of the 25 towns in his district — which includes Asbury Park, Neptune and Wall — received any money for homeland security, while largely Democratic towns like Marlboro and Manalapan did
So this may give you an idea on how bad New Orleans was likely run. Party politics defines who lives and who dies.

With my view of politicians I say this is just one low life demanding his cut of the govenrment pie.
What?

Congress is sitting around talking about how they plan to get around to possibly deciding on what they may try to do to stop the massive abuse of eminent domain laws.

SOP in another words. Lots of talk and no action.

Also there were representatives of the National League of Cities and they threw in their own two cents, although it made no sense.
Mr. Perez said that if Congress went too far in curbing eminent domain, "in some of our poorest communities, I believe that we would have fewer people becoming homeowners, which means fewer participants in the administration's concept of an ownership society."
So unless there is a chance your home may be stolen for a WalMart you will not buy it. WHAT!

What he is saying is that if you're poor, and you bust your ass saving enough money to buy a home and renovate it with blood sweat and tears, you will then decide to get it in a city that is known for taking poor peoples houses and tearing them down.

The guy needs to stay off the shrooms in my opinion.

Our government in action. representatives of cities believing their own warped lies, and congress talking about all of the good things they will do...tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Secrets revealed.

The UK government had a secret study done, and when the results were not to their liking they tried to bury it deep. Thanks to a freedom of information act request the government cannot keep denying that speed cameras cause MORE accidents.
Secret UK Study: Speed Cameras Increase Injury Accidents
Full text of suppressed UK government study shows speed cameras increase accidents 31 percent on freeways, 55 percent in work zones.

The UK Department for Transport funded, then suppressed, a study that shows a 55 percent increase in injury accidents when speed cameras are used on highway work zones and a 31 percent increase when used on freeways without construction projects. According to the Transport Research Laboratory, the "non-works [personal injury accident] rate is significantly higher for the sites with speed cameras than the rate for sites without."

Although the Department for Transport's Highways Agency funded the study, no information regarding these results was ever made public until a Freedom of Information Act request was honored earlier this month. The Transport Research Laboratory attempted to suppress the UK taxpayer-funded study further by charging £40 (US $72) for access to the results. Moreover, the study's executive summary calculates only the aggregate accident rate including the benefit of manned police patrol cars in the work zones. The significant decrease in accidents from a human police presence was used to offset the increase in camera accidents.
Will thedeadlyy cameras come down? Not likely. First they have to find another way to get money from you without using the word "Taxes".

Cameras are all about money, and your life. The money comes first.
The police are there to protect you their income

Seems some cops have no problems breaking the law when they want to. Say things the cops don't like and you might just get targeted in Canada.
New details emerged Tuesday in a Royal Canadian Mounted Police inquiry into an Edmonton Police Service attempt to arrest a newspaper columnist over articles that criticized the police. On November 18, 2004, several officers were involved in a stake-out of the Overtime Bar in a failed attempt to arrest Edmonton Sun writer Kerry Diotte and police oversight commission chairman Martin Ignasiak.
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Two days later, Newton ordered Sergeant Randy Schreiner to access confidential police databases to gather information on Diotte. The database produced a descriptions and details of Diotte's automobile and home. Diotte has no history of drunk-driving.

Using the database information, Newton ordered officers to be on the lookout for Diotte's BMW convertible during a "Target All Drunk Drivers" operation meeting on November 18. Sergeant Glen Hayden then informed Newton that he had seen Diotte at the Overtime Bar on two occasions. Around 6pm that evening, Hayden went to the Overtime, saw Diotte's BMW and called in undercover surveillance from two officers who were part of a squad designed to target a list of 100 "aggressive drivers."
Of course charges against one cop have already been dropped. Nice of them.
[BoingBoing]
My own carnival?

Once again I hear a cop muttering the same crap when someone stops a crime.
"[Capt. Mike Martin] said police don't recommend that homeowners confront intruders."
or
Sgt. Woods said, "I wouldn't advise anyone to confront a would-be assailant. Property can be replaced, but lives can't."
I'm thinking of starting my own carnival.

Carnival of the "good sheep"

Where I will try to find the weeks lamest police quote when they say "roll over and do nothing you sheep"* to the reporter.

*my interpretation.
Their "crisis mode" is our regulatory strangle hold

A city in crisis. A town council in turmoil. Doom, despair, and agony on them.

Why?

Because their regulations are not being followed to the letter and that will not be allowed.
Montgomery County planning officials yesterday said they do not know the full extent of building problems in Clarksburg, after recently discovering that some housing lots are too small by as many as 800 square feet.
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Several single-family homes have been built on lots that are as many as 800 square feet smaller than the 4,000 square feet required by site plans, said Rose Krasnow, chief of the Department of Park and Planning's development review division.
In addition, some plat records, which are detailed drawings of 10 to 30 home blocks, do not match the site plan that they are supposed to be drawn from, Mrs. Krasnow said. The type and number of homes specified on the plats differ from what is shown on the site plans, which are legally binding documents.
Now the problem for me in this article is what it does not address. The people living on those criminally small lots.

Not one quote from someone saying their yard was criminally small, or threateningly close to the road. The people are happy with their houses as no quotes from the owners are included. None seem to care that their lot is 800 square feet smaller then some rules in a book in the courthouse.

All the turmoil is from the paper pushers who feel that every box is not checked and every line is not measured.

The closest they come to a specific issue is this line.
Numerous changes in Clarksburg and other developments across the county have been made by agreement between planning staff and builders' lawyers.
For example, a pedestrian walkway connecting a historic church to the town center was eliminated -- and the church was cut off from the development -- without public notice or input.
Public notice and input means that they have an open meeting, listen to the people, and then do whatever the heck they want to do.

So even that issue is a non complaint issue.

How much money will be spent to justify their "crisis". No houses will be torn down, and not one thing will be done except harsher enforcements of the regulations.

Thanks government.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blame the gun

Somehow in today's modern society it is easy to blame the gun. Why is it that such knowledge and logic as this below has been lost?
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est ("A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands") - Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the younger" ca. (4 BC - 65 AD)
Even then they knew it was the person who was the killer, not the tool. So does that mean anti-gun logic is pre-Christian era?
"Censorship is the strongest drive in human nature; sex is a weak second."

I would like to remind people that Friday starts a yearly occurrence that more people should note. Banned Book Week is sponsored by American Library Association and gives people a reason to remember why they enjoy enough freedom to read what they want.

Example

Banned Books Week 2005 is September 24 - October 1 and I would like you to take a moment and think about the books they do not want you to read and why that is. Why do they think they should make that choicee for you? Why do you let them?

Monday, September 19, 2005

Q. HOW MANY MEMBERS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION does it take to change a light bulb?

A. TEN.

1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed,

2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed,

3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb,

4. One to tell the nations of the world that they are either for changing the light bulb or for eternal darkness,

5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb,

6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner Bulb Accomplished,

7. One administration insider to resign and in detail reveal how Bush was literally in the dark the whole time,

8. One to viciously smear #7,

9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along,

10. And finally, one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

[WOLFESBLOG]
Has gas changed your lifestyle?

Our country is a commuting country. Most people could walk to work or take a bus 50 years ago but not today. Now you hop in your car and drive 20-40 minutes to get there.

The gas prices we are living under is not horrible, but it is not good. I feel sorry for companies that cannot change what they do. Truckers need their trucks so they guzzle gas. But we, the commuters, can change.

We have two vehicles. A 79 Chevy Suburban with it's 10-15mpg and our Geo Metro with its 45-50 mpg. The Chevy right now is sitting idle. We can afford to drive it but there is simply no need. My wife and I are even brain storming the idea of selling the beast. With only 82,000 original miles we expect a good deal.

With the money a nice, more fuel efficient, S10 or like model will grace it's place.

So has the fuel costs of today made you change your lifestyle a little, or change vehicles?
Starting behind in the race of life.

A national debt in the trillions is nothing if not a huge tax imposed on those who can’t vote yet. It has been estimated that a child born today comes into the world owing $100,000 in bills his elders have chosen not to pay.
Joseph Sobran
I disagree with one part of this quote. The "elders" is the government. Our children future is being used to buy the votes and happiness of today's voters.
Better late then never

The NRA is kicking into high gear finally and seems to be doing the right thing.
As was reported last week, in the wake of unspeakable crimes perpetrated by roving, armed gangs and individuals, authorities in New Orleans seized legal firearms from lawful residents, effectively disarming the very citizenry they are sworn to protect.

On Monday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox slammed New Orleans authorities for this incredible action.

“What we’ve seen in Louisiana-the breakdown of law and order in the aftermath of disaster-is exactly the kind of situation where the Second Amendment was intended to allow citizens to protect themselves, ” LaPierre said. “For state, local, or federal government to disarm these good people in their own homes using the threat of imminent deadly force, is unthinkable.”

“The NRA will not stand by while guns are confiscated from law-abiding people who’re trying to defend themselves,” Cox said. “We’re exploring every legal option available to protect the rights of lawful people in New Orleans.”

To that end, NRA has put professional investigators to work on the ground in New Orleans and surrounding areas. News stories and members’ detailed accounts have been followed up on, but we need more information. Some of our best leads have come from rank and file law enforcement, but we need to hear from all directly affected citizens.
While I was bothered that they seemed to wait to see which way the wind was blowing I am happy that they are putting their well oiled legal strength behind this.
I have to share this illogic

I have a deep dislike, if not hatred, of big government and it's oppressive works. So when I read this article from the Cato institute one part really made me open my eyes to how bad the thought patterns are in the big government crowd.
You've got to hand it to the advocates of big government. They're never embarrassed by the failures of government. On the contrary, the state's every malfunction is declared a reason to give government more money and more power.

Take Hurricane Katrina, a colossal failure of government at every level--federal, state, and local. Thirteen days after the hurricane, the Sunday Washington Post blared, "The Steady Buildup to a City's Chaos/Confusion Reigned at Every Level of Government."

And what's the response of the big-government crowd? "The era of small government is over." "It's libertarianism, more than anything else, that has transformed [New Orleans] into an immense morgue." "Americans living along the Gulf Coast have now reaped the consequences of that hostility . . . to the role of government as a force for good."
That's right people. The libertarians are to blame for the flooding of NO.

But take pause people because all quotes can be taken out of context. So I went and found where that comment came from. From a column by Harold Meyerson in the Washington post. In it he laments on what happened and throws darts of blame wildly.
The world looks on in stunned amazement, unable to understand how a once great nation has grown so indifferent not just to its poor and its blacks but even to the most rudimentary self-preservation. Some of it is institutional racism, but the primary culprit is the economic libertarianism that the president still espouses whenever he sells his Social Security snake oil. It's that libertarianism, more than anything else, that has transformed a great city into an immense morgue.
Wow. What a well written piece of crap.
once great nation has grown so indifferent ...to the most rudimentary self-preservation
So if the nation has grown indifferent to self preservation, a hard core libertarian ideal, then how is it the libertarians fault? Libertarians preach self preservation against the government you are forcing down our throats at gun point pushing.
economic libertarianism that the president still espouses
Err? What part of this do I call BS on? How about all of it.

This president throws a lot of money out and is a prime example of big government. To even attempt to connect Bush and libertarianism is futile and a good way to show the world how out of touch some are with reality.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Two faced mayor

The mayor of Chicago is rather upset at some of the big brother laws and rules being forced down peoples throat.
A dress code for cabdrivers. A ban on the sale of foie gras in Chicago restaurants.

To Mayor Daley, it's all part of the same slippery slope: a Big Brother intrusion into the lives of Chicagoans that he wants no part of.

"We're trying to tell people they can't eat certain foods. They can't buy certain foods. They can't ship certain foods in. Pretty soon, you can't drink. Do you really want government to keep telling you every day what to do?" Daley said.

"If we keep moving down this path, we'll have to have everyone have a hand-held computer to figure out whether or not they should do this or do that in Chicago
Maybe it's election time or something because this fool had no trouble using the police and midnight actions in the name of Homeland Security to get his way.
Washington, DC, March 31, 2003 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is outraged by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's closure of Meigs Field (CGX). Shortly after midnight last night, construction equipment with police escort arrived at Chicago's Meigs Field to address "homeland security issues" at the airport by carving "X"-shaped patterns across the runway. The action effectively closed the airport, stranding more than a dozen aircraft on the ramp. An agreement struck in 2001 between the City of Chicago and the former governor of Illinois, George Ryan, committed to keeping the airport open at least until 2006.

"We are shocked that the mayor has taken this unilateral action without apparent coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security and airport users," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "This action is inconsistent with Federal safety requirements and the normal communication process." The city has yet to announce any plan to allow the stranded aircraft to depart.
Maybe he's simply upset that he's not the big brother making the rules in question.
It's like a bad echo.

I read it so often that it is shameful to believe that cops feel this way.
Frustrated by numerous auto thefts in his neighborhood, a football coach took matters into his own hands when thieves tried to steal his truck, violently ripping one of them from a getaway car before calling police
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The coach grabbed a young man from inside the getaway vehicle as it began to pull away.

"The window was down just a little bit, so I ripped the window out, it shatters all over the ground," Cavallon said. "I try to pull him out of the car and the seat belt gets in the way, so I open up the car door, and as the guy's driving the get away car away, I yank him out of the car, throw him to the ground, pick him up, slam him on the hood of my truck, and just held him there."
Pause for a moment of applause.

The comment is the standard "Don't take the law into your own hands" that pisses me off everytime I read it.
Seattle Police Officer Rich Pruitt gladly took the 20-year-old, but encouraged others not to emulate Cavallon.

"Running outside, and taking on multiple suspects, I would advise against," Pruitt said "In this case, it did work out, and he was able to catch one of the bad guys."
Sheep are not supposed to fight back I guess.
The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it. — Felix Morley

The problem is that when the state gets their dirty little hands on a power only revolution can regain it.
State theft for the masses

I have. like most people forced to in the state of Tennessee, car insurance. I know exactly the type I have. Why do I know? Because I'm not stupid. It is that simple. I buy insurance knowing the threats and odds of certain things happening. I make the decision and I suffer the consequences of my actions.

Most people who have insurance on their house or car know what is covered and what they are paying for. I guess the people in Mississippi are just to dumb to know what they are paying for..according to the government.
Mississippi on Thursday sued insurers to force them to pay billions of dollars in flood damage from Hurricane Katrina, saying standard insurance polices have led homeowners to believe they are covered for all hurricane damage, whether from high winds or storm surges.

To deny coverage to those whose homes were wiped out by the storm surge, but lacked flood insurance, is "taking advantage of people in the most dire straits," said Attorney General Jim Hood, who filed the lawsuit against five major insurers.

"We intend to ... make sure the insurance companies pay all that they owe these people on the coast," he said.
Now there are already laws to cover scams like fake insurance. So this suit is a feel good act.

The line that is so slanted is this one
To deny coverage to those whose homes were wiped out by the storm surge, but lacked flood insurance, is "taking advantage of people in the most dire straits,"
Deny? If you want flood insurance you go pay for it. You don't whine to the government and then get it free. Then also how is it taking advantage of them? The people purchased insurance that did not cover flooding and it is the insurance companies fault.
"We intend to ... make sure the insurance companies pay all that they owe these people on the coast," he said.
If the people had PURCHASED insurance before hand then I have no trouble with the insurance companies paying the people what is owed. If the insurance did not cover flooding them and they are forced to pay it can be called only one thing. State enforced theft.
He asked a Chancery Court to void provisions in the policies that attempt to exclude from coverage losses or damages directly or indirectly caused by water, whether wind-driven or not. He said he would seek a restraining order next week pending a full hearing.
Read that again. They simply want to void sections of the insurance contract that bothers them. This is forcing companies with money to pay for things people did not pay for.

Contracts and the states. Voiding sections and stealing money one suit at a time.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

It never left!

This is likely the dumbest headline I have ever read.
Katrina Ushers in Return of Big Government
It never left you twit.

Then TOM RAUM even gets deaper into the realm of fantasy land.
With estimates of the federal tab ranging up to $200 billion for rebuilding New Orleans and other storm-ravaged Gulf Coast cities, Bush and his Republican allies in Congress are casting aside budget discipline.
Discipline? To easy. Tom you should be ashamed of this, or go cash your bribe you fool.
They're also deferring _ for now _ vows to finish the Reagan revolution against big government
Are there really people who write for a living who feels that this administration honestly was trying to make the government smaller and less intrusive? Because if there are such simple minded people writing for the press please let me have their fantasy drugs.

I almost thought this was a spoof by The Onion.
"We Just Can't Take No for an Answer."

This is a worrisome story from Texas.
To speed up drunken driving-arrests and make convictions stick, Dalworthington Gardens police officers are drawing blood samples themselves from DWI suspects.
And if suspects don't voluntarily submit, officers are getting search warrants to allow them to take a blood sample, in an anti-drunken driving campaign called: "We Just Can't Take No for an Answer."
How do they get a search warrant in the middle of the night? Pre-signed? Small towns likely do not have night courts so I guess they will waken judges throughout the night. They'll like that a lot.

If they don't take "No" as an answer will "screw you" work?

The question I ask is why?
Alpert said that prosecutors routinely prove driving while intoxicated cases without a breath or blood test, basing their evidence on the arresting officer's observations.
So obviously it is not needed to get a conviction. Maybe they just want to show the good citizens of Texas who's boss.
Good read.

Drop by and read this.
If a private-sector employee performed as badly as the federal, state, and local governments performed before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, he would be summarily fired. But the governments will claim their budgets were too small and proceed to extract more money from the taxpayers. That’s how the political world works. And it’s part of the reason that governments perform as miserably as they do.
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A private company that had built those levees and made those assurances would have hell to pay. It would be facing bankruptcy and its officers lawsuits for gross negligence or even criminal indictments. The prospect of such consequences tends to deter private harmful conduct. But government personnel are effectively immune from such consequences. They don’t risk their own capital. Accountability is nonexistent. There are likely to be no dismissals, much less indictments.

The problem is not only the people who run the agencies. It is in the nature of bureaucracy, which gets its money through coercive taxation, does not receive market feedback from consumers and insurance companies, and never faces bankruptcy. Cynics love to denigrate private businesses as putting profits before people, but it was Wal-Mart and Home Depot that were getting the goods to desperate people (when government agents weren’t impeding them) while FEMA was still recovering from the shock that the levees failed.
There's more, but the whole article is best summed up in this line.
With guardians like these, who needs enemies?
Amen!
Once again the police stop the music

Seems some authorities have issues with people enjoying themselves and raising money for Katrina victims.
The concert organizers tried their best to calm everyone down. They seemed very concerned that nothing would get out of hand as the crowd filed out chanting real loud ‘@#%$ the Police’. A few of the Latino homies had enough and let their anger be known. They were heated and ready to do something, and organizers had to calm them down and dissuade them for engaging in a fight where they were out gunned. When folks left the venue and hit the streets, they were met by a huge line of police cars and at several dozen officers dressed in riot gear with bully clubs drawn.

One thing about LAPD for those who don’t know, is that they train all year for this sort of stuff. They have the militarism and intimidation tactics down to a tee. When you left the venue all the chanting stopped because it was clear that LAPD had strategically positioned themselves and had literally surrounded the venue and the people. The whole thing reminded me of gauntlet line with the police on a mission to intimidate. Some had their helmets pulled down and moved alongside of the crowd in a menacing manner. They were like a jarring occupying force-no different then the street gangs they're supposed to regulate. These cats just totally poisoned the air and ruined the spirit of the night. You felt like any moment they were going to attack. They were looking for a reason-any reason to show off and use their fire power and military tactics. At one point everyone braced when a passing car ran over a bottle. Everyone including LAPD thought it was thrown as a phalanx of officers quickly moved from across the street toward the leaving crowd.
Unlike the Utah police rave raid the LAPD does not even have the common respect to give a good lie as to why they broke it up. They just did.

Doing a basic google search there was only ONE return on this police action. I guess unless it bleeds, it won't lead.

"Just because". The only reason force needs to be used today. "Just because"

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I'm a felon.

The strange thing is that I did not even know it. I'm almost positive my mom is a felon. My brothers and maybe my sister is a felon to. I should also remember to throw my wife into the pile of felons that populate my family.

What is stranger then heck is we did not even know it.

We became felons when we drove to work, a friends house, or maybe to the hardware store.

Take a moment right now and visualize the trip you take from your house to anywhere that requires a good 15 minute trip. Now on that trip did you pass a school? Maybe you did not even see the school. Count schools that were within 1000 feet of your route.

Now if you said yes you are on the verge of becoming a felon.

Now redo that trip and have in your trunk a firearm. Lets say you plan to take little Sally/Billy to a quarry and let them shoot a little.

Now you are a felon.
Thanks to the Gun-Free School Zones Act, reports gun control analyst Alan Korwin, "virtually all public travel with firearms is now a violation of law" in Phoenix, Cleveland, and other cities with similar school locations. The act, a slightly modified version of a statute that was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1995 because it exceeded Congress' powers under the Commerce Clause, makes it a federal crime punishable by five years in prison to possess a gun within 1,000 feet of a school.
This web site has two maps that shows you the impact a law like this has on travel.

So the law has won. You are a criminal and did not even know it.

When there are so many laws that everyone is a criminal it is time for action. The problem is most people do not know the "boot on your face" laws that hang over them everyday, ready to be sprung at the states leisure.

Wake up America. You're under arrest
Are you a "good citizen"?

I commented in the past about the Attorney general of Tennessee and his actions against one singer and her crime of holding a skoal can while singing about a skoal can. Shocking right?

As a man with power he wielded it to threaten action against her and she quit using the can during her song. To say that bothered me a lot would be an understatement.

But then the rat bastard attorney general released a press release (pdf) to crow about his victory over one singer and his words showed such a patronizing nature that I have to rant a little.

He wrote in one part.
"..I thank her very much. This quick and positive response speaks well of her as a professional artist, as a good citizen, as a parent and as a role model for youth."
"Good citizen"? Does that little shit AG in Nashville know how much he sounds like a little shit?

I guess that means when the state says "jump", to be a "good citizen" we have to jump and yell "how high"?

The other parts about this showing well on her being a "professional artist" is worrisome also. He censored her act by using the force of law. He feels censorship of free expression a victory. Reminds me of all of those poor singers behind the iron and bamboo curtains who are and were told what to sing to stay on the good side of the state.

Before you ask if she was being paid to hold the can of Skoal
"Wilson's representative confirmed she had no relationship with the United States Smokeless tobacco company, the manufacturers of the Skoal product"
This was her own act. Because of that she was threatened, her being a "good" parent was even questioned. But the state is happy because they publicly trained one more "good citizen".

So in the press release he even states that there was no connection between her and the Skoal company. So without a connection he still influenced her to "edit" her act to be a good "citizen". To even have the man think that he has the right to use his office to change a way a song is performed shows he should not be in that office.

Censoship is something that we have always tried to avoid in this country. It seem regretfully that some can achieve high office and still feel censorship is a good thing..To be a "good citizen" and all.

He questioned her as a parent, and an artist, and a citizen. Yet to me he is the one of questionable character.

The first 5 out of 10 results for "good citizen" in Google are for training dogs.

The state. Training good citizens one person at a time

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's the store's fault

I have been reading the news from New Orleans for many reasons. Some private and some for blogging subjects. The looting that the city experienced has been a major subject, along with who is to blame for the whole fiasco.

I just read an article that made me laugh out loud. The store is not funny. I laugh at the twisted logic used to fall back on an old habit of criminals or their enablers.

Blame the victims.
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.

The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized and the windows at Walgreen's gave way to the looters. There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices, and bottle water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.
It's the stores fault that they were looted. I agree that letting the food go bad and to waste was shameful, but how can a whole neighborhood end up without food in just days? Ill prepared is not a good reason to loot and steal.

It's that woman's fault she was raped because she wore skimpy clothing. It's that black boys fault for walking in an all white neighborhood. It's that kids fault because he should have just given them his wallet.

Blaming the victim is the last resort of the guilty, or the people who support them.

The rest of the story goes into the horrible reaction of almost all of the authorities down there. I can honestly say that the city of New Orleans has just experienced why you should not depend on the state or federal authorities for protection.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Freak of the day

Mary Landrieu

To wild to even comment on it.
NRA = Not Relevent Anymore

Maybe now people will see that the NRA will not be there for them.
So where is the NRA? Authorities are going into private homes in New Orleans and forcibly removing the only real means the last hold-outs have of defending themselves against looters, rapists and murderers. I suppose the reasoning behind this outrageously unconstitutional act is to make the remaining residents feel vulnerable -- and I'm certain it is working. But let me state for the record that if any of those remaining residents come to harm after they've been disarmed, there is going to be Hell to pay. But where is the NRA? Why hasn't the NRA, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, filed papers in federal court to stop this illegal act? Why do you NRA members pay your dues to those dupes if they can't be counted on to even try to stop this action?
They are looking pretty bad right now.
Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com
Do not blame WalMart on this one.

I personally do not like WalMart for a lot of their practices. The problem is people are blaming WalMart for their own screwup and some people may sympathize with them. Don't!

The article is based on the idea that Wal Mart is hurting these poor folks.
As fearful residents rush to stock up on guns, Wal-Mart, one of the region's biggest suppliers, abruptly stopped selling them at 40 stores scattered throughout the Gulf Coast.

The move infuriated some Wal-Mart customers in this fiercely progun region, some of whom said the big chain left them without protection as the violence increased after Hurricane Katrina.

''We had a lot of chaos," said Donald Goff, who was sitting in a white pickup outside a local Wal-Mart store. ''They should be open to sell guns. They should not be doing this to people
The old saying about closing the barn door comes to mind.

Do not blame WalMart for the fact that you did not prepare beforehand. So when some realized that the government failed them they decided after the fact to prepare. TO LATE.

Although some have learned a lesson. This exchange at a local shop is nice to hear.
One mother came in to buy her first gun after she and her two children, ages 9 and 12, witnessed a slaying on the streets of New Orleans, said Scott Roe, Spillway's owner.

''Her comment was, 'I was a card-carrying, antigun liberal -- not anymore,' " Roe said. ''She said, 'I'm going back home, and I am not going back unarmed.' "
hopefully some in the liberal bastion of New Orleans will remember how they feel today, tomorrow. You learn through experience in life, and life just handed them a harsh lesson.(I was going to say that life just handed them a shit sandwich and they all took a big bite..but that seemed rather crude so I will not say it)

Some seem to still look at life through rose colored glasses.
Wal-Mart's decision to stop gun sales also earned it praise from several customers, who said police would protect them from any trouble.

''Why can't we get along? This is a time of crisis," said Mike White of Kenner, La. He said people who need guns for legitimate reasons, such as hunting, would not be buying now.
"Why can't we get long"? Because some animals walk on two legs, go to work, and live right next to you. If you live in this nation and are blind to the issues around you then you deserve to become a unarmed victim.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The day after.

Today is the day that so many people stop and take a reflective moment to remember what happened on 9/11. It is hard not to think about it. Every newspaper, radio, and tv is full of stories and images from that horrible day.

For me the most horrible day was not 9/11. That horror was a physical attack on our nation. The most horrible day for me was 9/12. The day after.

The day after was the moment we, as a nation, started to turn on our own people.

The next morning across Washington word processors were humming with people writing new laws and new interpretations of old laws. The day they sent the legal attack dogs to attack us.

The war on terror is an unwinnable war. I want everyone to say that. The war on terror is unwinnable. Terror has been used by nations and people since time began. So when you hear a politician say these laws are short term to help them fight the war on terror please take a moment and do you civic duty by straggling them.. In front of a camera would be best.

So on 9/12 the real attack started. The attack on our own freedom, by people who I thought enjoyed and understood what freedom meant. I shamefully admit on that point I was so wrong.

The most well know 9/12 attack was in the form of the Patriot act. The one made to help our "fine agents" fight terror with the needed tools. Terror like gangs in NY, or reading the wrong books in a library, or even money laundry activity in vegas. True terror activities seem less important then fighting us the people.

I've made a comment to some in life that I have NO loyalty to the United states. Before you hang me as some freak please listen. The US is simply a physical item. The US was based on IDEALS OF FREEDOM. So should you be loyal to a nation when it is not loyal to the ideas that it was founded on? I'm not. I despise the activities the government is involved in. I call our own administration the enemy.

I used to sit back and laugh at the freaks online who chanted that there would be cams to hold people the government does not like. These camps would be the start of the end. No courts, and no chance of getting out. So I look at Gitmo and for once I am scared of my own government the ruling junta.

So on 9/11 the towers fell and we touched the face of evil. On 9/12 the government gathered the tools of evil up and started using them on us. I don't use the word evil easily. But for Germans who fought and died resisting evil in the 30's and 40's I salute you. To the Chinese who rise up and tried to bring freedom while our government sat on it's collective ass I salute you.

Soon after 9/11 there was a commercial that really struck me as true. It showed people just standing there saying things like "Tomorrow I will wed", or "tomorrow I'm going to go to work". Then at the end the message was basically that the terrorist would win if we did not go on living and doing what we always did. They can not change us.. But they did. The terrorist won because we have turned on ourselves. We now cannot fly to that wedding without searches. We cannot check out a "how to" book on getting a job without the possibility of the feds reading our library card.

So on 9/11 the terrorists failed, and yet they won. We changed. We now attack the base ideals of this country.

So should I be loyal to an evil government? Should I own one iota of compassion to the enemies of the ideas this nation was based on?

I say no.

So this year the patriot act was renewed. This year our own land was stolen from us.

So tomorrow I will remember the nation as we once were. Free.

Remember 9/11. Weep for 9/12.

The day after is when the real attack occurred.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Guns, guns, guns, gear, and a pretty lady.

We have a full roundup of sweeps for you this month and shotguns seem in fashion this month.

As normal I like to start off with the Remington gun giveaway. This month the prize is a Model 1100 Classic Field in 12 gauge.

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Now normally I would list off all of the specific numbers of this shotgun but there is a small conflict. The rules list one shotgun as the prize, but the order number in the rules points towards a 16 gauge. In reality any free shotgunis nice, no matter the size of the shell.

Remington requires registration but they are spam friendly. One entry per person per month so good luck.

Next up in the Gallery of Guns contest. This months prize is a Marlin 917M2.

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The Marlin 917M2 is a blued bolt action repeater with our innovative T-900 fire control system. It features a 7-round clip magazine, and has a cut-checkered, walnut-finished hardwood Monte Carlo stock with swivel studs. It has a 22" heavy barrel, is grooved for a tip-off scope mount, and is drilled and tapped for Marlin scope blocks, which are supplied.
It has some nice numbers.
Caliber 17 Mach 2
Capacity 7-shot clip magazine
Action Bolt action; thumb safety; red cocking indicator.
Stock Monte Carlo walnut finished hardwood stock with pistol grip; tough Mar-Shield® finish, swivel studs
Barrel Heavy 22" (4 grooves)
Twist Rate 1:9" r.h.
Sights Receiver is grooved for scope mount; drilled and tapped for Marlin scope blocks (included).
Overall Length 41"
Weight 5.5 lbs.
I'm going to have to borrow one of the new 17 mach 2 and drag my fat arse out to the range. I've been hearing goos stuff about them. While large bullets are nice. I'm particular to the .22lr myself. so something semingly smaller gets my attention.

Gallery of Guns is one entry per person.

Now I am up to my only non-internet sweepstakes. Gun Magazine is offering up a Benelli Cordoba 12 guage valued at 1600$. My first two cars combined was not worth that much!

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Here are the technical details of this over priced behemoth.
Action type: Short recoil, semiautomatic
Gauge: 12, 2-3⁄4" & 3"
Choke: 5 Extended Black Crio Chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F
Capacity: 4+1
Barrel length: 28"
Length of Pull: 14-3⁄8"
Drop at Comb: 1-3⁄8"
Drop at Heel: 2-1⁄4"
Overall length: 49.6"
Weight: 7.2 pounds
Finish: Matte black
Sights: Red bar front, metal mid bead
Stock: Comfortech black synthetic
Value: $1,600
This entry is by postcard and is ONE PER HOUSEHOLD. so no cheating!
TO ENTER CONTEST: Use a postcard (no envelopes, please). Send to GUNS Magazine, GOM AUGUST, P.O. BOX 502795, San Diego, CA 92150-2795. Entries must be received before OCTOBER 1, 2005.
Good luck.

This next contest offered by Savage Arms is a hunt and a chance at a custom rifle.
Register to win a new Savage American Classic and one hunt of your choice with Ron Coburn, Chairman and CEO of Savage, and Buck McNeely host of TV's The Outdoorsman. Entries received without valid AccuTrigger(tm) model serial number will not be eligible to win Build-Your-Own-Gun second prize. Only one (1) online entry per person, household, email or street address will be accepted. Use of multiple email addresses to enter is prohibited. Any additional entries will be void.
The rifle is a Savage 14/114 American Classic in the caliber of your choice.

Here is some Savage Classic eye candy to enjoy until you win.

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Next up is a set of Hogue grips. Hogue has a customer survey going on and the prize is listed as a set of hogue grips. Since they did not specidy I would assume you get to pick what you want.

So here is some Hogue grip eye candy to enjoy.

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There is just something lovely about fine wood on a firearm. So enter once and hopefully win.

Our first gear is a regular. Blue Press is giving away one per month a set of hearing protectors.
Enjoy your own copy of Dillon Precision's "The Blue Press." Just complete our catalog request form and we'll send you a copy with our next mailing. By requesting a copy you will automatically be registered to WIN a HP1 Electronic Hearing Protector!

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Now going high-tech we have Crimson Trace and their monthly sweep of a set of laser grips.
Announcing Crimson Trace’s Ten-Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation monthly drawing for a free set of Lasergrips (your choice, excluding Glock system). By completing the above form, you are automatically entered into this months drawing. You must re-enter each new calendar month in order to become eligible for that month.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and posted on our website (first name, last initial, city and state) the first week of each month. You must have a valid email address to win.
Here is an example of what you could win.

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Now I held off to post this contest last for a couple of reasons. Lightfield shotgun is in it's final month of one heck of a giveaway. Each month a few people are picked to get free T-shirts, hats, and five boxes of shotgun slugs. At the end of this month they will pick from all of the monthly winners for a lifetime supply(one case) of slugs in the type and caliber of your choise.

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Well I finally had a winner come from this site and he has sent a nice picture of the prize for me to share with you. Here is his daughter showing off the winnings he received from Lightfield.

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Brian says the shotgun was a gift from his father. The same type his dad carried in Vietnam. It's the one she hunts with now.

So enter and win. Good luck.
Why is there not shooting in Texas?

I'm not talking about looters or other crimes. I'm talking the "good ol' boys" who promised time after time over a cold beer that if any armed foreign troops entered our country they would meet a wall of lead.

So from this story it has happened...and the silence is deafening.
Two separate credible sources known to Alex Jones have reported that armed combat ready Mexican troops have entered Texas.

The Associated Press reported today that unarmed Mexican troops were being escorted by the US army to help relief efforts for hurricane Katrina.

However, the report was only specific to one convoy. The convoys reported to Alex Jones are said to be fully armed with Heckler & Koch German assault rifles.

The first sighting occurred at 12:30 on Highway 183 traveling towards Austin. The eyewitness described at least ten vehicles, four jeeps (other witnesses described them as Humvees) and six combat trucks brimming with armed Mexican troops wearing body armor, helmets and rifles. The troops riding in the jeeps were wearing holstered hand guns.

The vehicles were not being escorted by the US army or any other government vehicles and the vehicles were festooned with insignia reading 'Mexico MP's' and the Mexican flag.

The second sighting of a similar nature occurred north of Austin on I35 near Georgetown Texas.

Prison Planet contacted Congressman Ron Paul's office whose district is in Texas and the Congressman's response was, "any Mexican troops here period is illegal and unconstitutional."

Another source known to Alex Jones called the Austin Police Department and they said that they knew about the armed troops. The police asked if the troops had threatened the caller. The caller said they threaten the sovereignty of the country and the police laughed and hung up.
Now I'll say this at the git-go. Alex Jones is a self serving blowhard. But the fact that they are here is bothersome.

With all of the power of FEMA(cough cough little tyrants cough) and the national guard the question arises. Why are they needed? The Red Cross is being kept out of NO. Our own fire fighters are being misused. So why are they here?

So what happened to that good ol boy network that would keep them nasty foreigners out? Maybe their beer got warm.

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...