Saturday, December 31, 2005

"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

For me the one line says so much about the political nature of gun control. My allegience is to the ideas the constitution was supposed to protect.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Cannot think of a title worthy of this post

In an recent audit the government has come to a conclusion.
Homeland Security poorly managed: audit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly three years after President George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security after the September 11 attacks, the sprawling agency still faces management problems that were partly to blame for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina, an internal audit showed.

In a report issued on Wednesday, the inspector general outlined a series of problems with the agency that was created in early 2003 in the largest reorganization of the federal government in 50 years.
Other government audits found that water is wet, the sun rises in the East, and that money should always be wasted to prove the obvious.

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Send in the defense.

Manassas is kicking into damage control after the article about their attempts to redefine the family has been splashed across the net.
The city of Manassas yesterday defended a new zoning ordinance that restricts households to immediate relatives, saying that the city acted within its limited right to control residential occupancy and that the new rule defining "family" was adopted in response to "broad-based community concerns about overcrowding."

"The City views residential zoning regulations as a covenant with citizens who purchase property in the community, and our actions honor this commitment," city officials said in a written statement. "The suggestion that changes in the zoning ordinance reflect any other intent on the part of City government are absolutely false."
The problem for some is the words the city used to describe their ability to define you.
According to an official statement, "The City views residential zoning regulations as a covenant with citizens who purchase property in the community, and our actions honor this commitment. The suggestion that changes in the zoning ordinance reflect any other intent on the part of City government are absolutely false."

It seems strange to describe zoning regulations as a "covenant," since one party is free to change the terms of the arrangement at will, while the other has no choice but to obey its requirements.
I'm going to say this plainly. The city does not give a rat's ass about a covenant. It is about their desire to keep a pearly white city and those strange "browns" out. They stepped over the line and now they are getting their butts spanked for it.

I just know that right now if I were living in Manassas my household would be considered illegal. That's good enough reason for me to call foul on this law.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what have for dinner. — JAMES BOVARD (1994)

Colt solved the Sheep's problem
Defining the family, government style

It seems that Manassus has a brown problem. Too many of them funny speaking foreigners are moving in and scaring the pearly white folks(PWF). Well over the horizon comes regulation man. Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound, able to define what is a family in one swipe of the regulatory pen.

The PWF are up in arms so they get the government to pass a law regulating who can live in a house. Standard action by the government. I remember as a kid when the city I grew up in decided to deal with their "yellow problem". The city was getting a number of Vietnamese refugees and they were renting and buying houses and then packing them. Whole extended families of 15 or more would move into a 2-3 bedroom house. This "overcrowding" was the reason to create laws that houses could only have so many per bedroom. When I went once to visit a friend's house I was surprised. I had never seen a livingroom with a twin bed behind the couch for the kids to sleep on at night. That "packed" house was clean and friendly.

While the regulations are bullshit they go and do things that blow my mind away. They regulate who is a legal family. Honest!
There had been a complaint, he said. The city needed to know not just how many people lived there but how they were related. He handed Leyla Chavez a form and explained that she could be prosecuted for lying.

"Okay," she said and, in a mild state of shock, began filling it out.

There was Chavez and her husband. Their two sons. A nephew. The man who rented downstairs. His girlfriend.

"Your nephew, under our law, is considered unrelated," Purchase said, then delivered the verdict: Two people had to go.
Her nephew is "not" related!?!?

Now I am wondering what bullshit rules does this city have. As I said a few days ago my niece moved in. Is she considered an "illegal" resident?

This is what the city calls a family.
A new Manassas ordinance narrows, for zoning, what the city considers a family:

A. An individual;

B. Two or more persons related to the second degree of collateral consanguinity by blood, marriage, adoption or guardianship, or otherwise duly authorized custodial relationship, as verified by official public records such as driver's licenses, birth or marriage certificates, court orders or notarized affidavits, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit, exclusive of not more than one additional unrelated person;

C. A number of persons, not exceeding three, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit though not related by blood, marriage, adoption or guardianship; or

D. Not more than two unrelated persons and their dependent children living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit.

SOURCE: City of Manassas
The city of Manassas seems to have "fixed" that family good. Here they come to America looking for the American dream and they end with something else.
But Chavez and her husband, Juan, are U.S. citizens. They came from Honduras in the 1980s, worked more than one job -- she at two laundromats, he as a cook -- and eventually saved enough to buy the house on Liberia Avenue in 2003 for $270,000
Read that again. It's their damn house! They bust their ass and we regulate their dream to death.

The city has won.
Now, faced with the loss of rental income and with a $3,500 monthly mortgage to pay, Chavez said, they are going to sell. The family will never buy a house again, she said.
Good job Manassas.

I wonder if three or four collage students who share a house are now criminals?

My family is what I define it and the state and all of the PWF can go jump in a lake.

I do like what the PWF use as excuses as to why they need these regulations.
Over on Gloxinia Way, however, Marta Horlick, a substitute teacher and translator originally from Puerto Rico, said she has had parking problems and garbage issues and has witnessed some odd scenes: In the garage of a neighbor's house one weekend, a line of men was waiting for a woman to give haircuts, for instance
She is concerned that the city is missing out on tax dollars. She is worried about school budgets being consumed by English language programs. Really, she said, the problem is bigger than the city has the wherewithal to handle.
It's all about the sacred dollars.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property . . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. — Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).
Poor Alice

Have we gone through the looking glass? A slightly different view of what is happening to our country through the eyes of Alice.
When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
-- Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass


Poor Alice. Trying to navigate in a world where words have come unmoored from their traditional meanings is a harrowing experience. In such a world reality becomes elusive, shifting in and out of focus, making rational judgments difficult. For example, "We do not torture." The statement is definitive and straightforward. No ambiguity there. Yet, this bold assertion by Bush, Rice, and Rumsfeld flies in the face of all the evidence that has accumulated over a period of months, even years. Are we supposed to forget those searing images of Abu Ghraib prisoners enduring fake executions, pyramids of naked bodies, cattle prods, attacking dogs? Are we supposed to ignore the reports on the public record that catalog numerous other instances of prisoner abuse, including water boarding? With such obvious contradictions, how can we not conclude that various government officials are lying to us? Ah, well, it all depends on how you define "torture." While most of us have a clear idea of the definition, to Bush and his minions torture is only torture when the abuse involves "organ failure and death."
I don't recognize my country anymore. Saddened by the actions, performed in our name.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

My wife's 25 cents

A small story about why progressive taxes hurt. My wife was working for Sprint in Kansas and she received what can best be called a "cost of living" increase. Most years it was a small amount, and we were not surprised it was just like normal one year. A quarter increase an hour. Yep! That was going to let us buy that Lexus.

But the small amount is not what this is about.

Due to that quarter a problem arose. Her next paycheck. It seems that small 25 cent increase slid her into a higher tax bracket. That supposed 10 dollar a week increase cost her about 30 dollars a paycheck. It would be an understatement to say that my wife was pissed.

Then something odd happened. The next paycheck was back to where it used to be. Just a few seconds of investigating found out the reason why. That "bigger" paycheck was short about two hours. They had over staffed a couple of nights so my wife had left early when they asked for volunteers. That "lost" pay dropped her back into the lower bracket.

Well our problem was "solved", or at least worked around. Each pay period my wife arranged to be a "volunteer" whenever they over staffed. Thankfully it was a common occurrence.

So the tax bracket system did a few things. The first is obvious as it made Sprint pay my wife about the same money for less work. The second is lost production as she did 2-3 hours less work each week. If you can call a call center work production. The third is that the tax bracket failed in everything it was supposed to do. It did not bring in more money for the government to blow on bridges to nowhere(or whatever the pork project back then was). Since she earned less she stayed in the old bracket.

My wife is the prime reason I am against a progressive tax system.
Interesting quotes.

Normally I do quotes based on the ideas of freedom and liberty. This is a quote from our last president. Mr Blue dress.
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.."--USA Today 3/11/93

"If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees." --August 12, 1993
To think he was this countries president.
Interesting spin on the whole NSA screwup

Bush is stating for the camera that they had the legal right to do all of the bugging. If that is so then why were the courts challenging him?
U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate.

A review of Justice Department reports to Congress by Hearst newspapers shows the 26-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court modified more wiretap requests from the Bush administration than the four previous presidential administrations combined.
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But since 2001, the judges have modified 179 of the 5,645 requests for surveillance by the Bush administration, the report said. A total of 173 of those court-ordered "substantive modifications" took place in 2003 and 2004. And, the judges also rejected or deferred at least six requests for warrants during those two years -- the first outright rejection of a wiretap request in the court's history.
I guess that means when Bush is troubled by the courts he pulls legal interpretations out of his ass. The new modern war on terror legal system.

[Police State USA]
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Ohio's Mini-me patriot act update

Wow! A small bit of that patriot act wannabe has an interesting twist according to UnknownNews.
Also, "terrorism" is defined in ambiguous terms "intimidate or coerce." I'm sure lots of governments would feel intimidation by Viet Nam-era size peace marches, so bada-bing, bada-boom, the leaders of those marches can be arrested (or shot on sight, haha, like at Kent State!)

The real sick thing is their declaration form about material support of outlawed groups--the new loyalty oath. It is based on the Federal list of outlawed people and organizations, which can be changed at any time without court order or mechanism for contesting what/who is on the list.

Let's say you donate $5 to Greenpeace in 2005. Then in 2010 Greenpeace is added to the list. Bada-bing, bada-boom, everyone who donated money loses their jobs, licenses, contract, etc. Not so much over the act of giving the money but because they signed the declaration under penalty of perjury -- a new grade 5 felony. Ergo, any group the Feds don't like can be blacklisted, basically in advance; you'll think twice about donating to any anti-police state group if you know what's good for you.
Your donation today may be a illegal support of terrorism tomorrow. Thanks a hell of a lot Ohio.

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Fear won

After 9/11 I remember a commercial that aired for s hort time. It had people standing there saying such mundane things as "today i will get married", and "today I will go to work". The premiss of the commercial is that the terrorist would have succeeded on 9/11 if they changed our way of life. I thought out of all of the retoric in the time afterwords that said the most that is the good of this country.

Regretfully the politicians did not watch it.
If, back in 2001, anyone had told me that four years after bin Laden's attack our president would admit that he broke U.S. law against domestic spying and ignored the Constitution -- and then expect the American people to congratulate him for it -- I would have presumed the girders of our very Republic had crumbled.

Had anyone said our president would invade a country and kill 30,000 of its people claiming a threat that never, in fact, existed, then admit he would have invaded even if he had known there was no threat -- and expect America to be pleased by this -- I would have thought our nation's sensibilities and honor had been eviscerated.

If I had been informed that our nation's leaders would embrace torture as a legitimate tool of warfare, hold prisoners for years without charges and operate secret prisons overseas -- and call such procedures necessary for the nation's security -- I would have laughed at the folly of protecting human rights by destroying them.
The terrorist won that day. We have turned on ourselves and it can only get worse.

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I'm a daddy sort of.

I just became the daddy to a bouncing 18 year old girl.

With family the way it is in life sometimes acting the part of neutral Switzerland is needed to help defuse a situation. So with that said my wife and I have decided to turn our food storage room over to our niece.

Now I say food storage and not a pantry because a pantry does not hold what we have in there. What we have is crap loads of food. At the last counting we have food for a solid 6 months of good eating, and a year of frugal eating. Three heavy industrial shelves and three smaller utility shelves full of canned vegetables, meats, oils, powders, peanut butters, pastas, and even home canned goods. This is not counting the canned items we have in a storage locker elsewhere. I would figure another 2-3 months there alone.

Using three other nieces and nephews we spent a good two hours moving it all from one room to the bedroom. Yes, bedroom. One end of our bedroom now looks like a grocery store. Now all I need is a Pakistani and a counter and I will open my own convenience store and sell frozen burritos 2 for a dollar.

So today I now live in a grocery store aisle and a niece has a place to crash.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Rules for thee, not for me

Another politician shows how there are two way to look at laws. One for you, with the force of the government as the threat to follow, and one for him, that he ignores at will.
As attorney general, Charlie Crist rails against spam e-mails.

"Spam is an annoying, intrusive form of e-mail that almost all of us receive but few of us want. Much of it is just clutter, but some of it can be downright offensive," the attorney general declared in a May press release heralding his efforts to fight unwanted e-mail.

But as a Republican candidate for governor, Crist is annoying Floridians himself by obtaining people's addresses and sending them unsolicited e-mails touting his gubernatorial candidacy and asking for campaign donations.

"It's not spam," insisted Arlene DiBenigno, Crist's political director. "It's political speech. We're not selling anything, we're not being deceptive. We love the First Amendment, and there's nothing more powerful than political speech."
Some politicians make it to easy to show their hypocrisy.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

1984 for the politicians.

The sad fact is that my copy of 1984 is in storage, otherwise I would mail it off in a heart beat. If you have a copy please help deliver a message to the politicians in Washington.

Found on BoingBoing, the post refers to something a local paper, The Oakland Tribune, in California plans to do.
Bush is unapologetic. The president believes he has the legal authority to spy on American citizens without a warrant, and he plans to continue to reauthorize the program "for so long as the nation faces the continuing threat of an enemy that wants to kill American citizens." But when the enemy is poorly defined, who determines when the threat is over? In this case, the same government that secretly taps our phones.

Turns out the truth is no stranger than fiction. We think it's time for Congress to heed the warning of George Orwell. To that end, we're asking for your help: Mail us or drop off your tattered copies of "1984." When we get 537 of them, we'll send them to every member of the House of Representatives and Senate and to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Feel free to inscribe the book with a note, reminding these fine people that we Americans take the threat to our liberties seriously. Remind Congress that it makes no sense to fight a war for democracy in a foreign land while allowing our democratic principles to erode at home.

Remind President Bush that ours is a country of checks and balances, not unbridled power. Perhaps our nation's leaders can find some truth in this fiction and more carefully ponder the road we're traveling.
So pull out your old high school copy and mail it(almost typed "email it") to The Oakland Tribune.

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When government official say what they really mean.

Yes a rare and hard to find deed, but sometimes politician and government officials say what they really think.
(New York Attorney general)Mr. Spitzer tried to phone me. I was traveling in Texas but he reached me early in the afternoon. After asking me one or two questions about where I got my facts, he came right to the point. I was so shocked that I wrote it all down right away so I would be sure to remember it exactly as he said it. This is what he said:

"Mr. Whitehead, it's now a war between us and you've fired the first shot. I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done. You will wish you had never written that letter."
To think this guy holds office is damn worrisome. I will admit that his words fit nicely into what I feel the future will end up as under the current administration.

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Secrets

Secret courts, secret judges, secret laws, secret jails, and secret prisoners.
The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases is arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges to address their concerns about the legality of President Bush's domestic spying program, according to several intelligence and government sources.
Feeling a lack of pride in my country the country I live in.

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Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, and politicians. All three need supervision. —DICK ARMEY

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Mini-Me Patriot act

While my wife thought the Austin Powers movies were lowbrow and horrible I found them great. Hell. I was raised on Monty Python and Benny Hill so suggestive humor is my cup of tea.

So when I first read about Ohio's new little little Patriot act the word "Mini-Me" jumped to the front of my thoughts.

After the feds have beaten your rights down in the name of safety it now seems that Ohio wants their pound of flesh also.
One state representative said it resembles Gestapo-style tactics of government, and there could be changes coming on the streets of Ohio's small towns and big cities.

The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft's desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.

WEWS reported it would also pave the way for everyone entering critical transportation sites such as, train stations, airports and bus stations to show ID.
In a manger in Ohio a tyrant is born.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

*$%@$*^# and the horse you rode in on Bush!

Seems the only time the two parties can agree on something is when it comes to our rights. Once again what they decided was that we had to many.
U.S. Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on Wednesday to extend for six months key provisions of the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act set to expire in 10 days.
Words cannot describe my anger.
The accord, to be voted on later on Wednesday, would provide time for Congress to try to resolve differences over safeguards for civil liberties before making most of the provisions the Bush administration deems necessary for its war on terror permanent.
Oh yes! The differences is that one wants "few" protections of our liberties and the other wants "damn few" protections of our liberties.

It is getting harder and harder not to hear those black helicopters flying overhead.

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Big Brother IS watching you.

Damn! I knew that England was becoming a nation living under the eyes of the government. I knew they had the highest closed circuit cameras per person then any nation did. What I did not know was how intrusive it was getting.
Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.

Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.

The network will incorporate thousands of existing CCTV cameras which are being converted to read number plates automatically night and day to provide 24/7 coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns, cities, ports and petrol-station forecourts.
It also is not just the government cameras that watch you. Private cameras will also watch you for "the man".
Chief constables are also on the verge of brokering agreements with the Highways Agency, supermarkets and petrol station owners to incorporate their own CCTV cameras into the network.
Damn!

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INFANT DISCOVERED IN BARN, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAUNCH PROBE
Nazareth Carpenter Being Held On Charges Involving Underage Mother

BETHLEHEM, JUDEA - Authorities were today alerted by a concerned citizen who noticed a family living in a barn. Upon arrival, Family Protective Service personnel, accompanied by police, took into protective care an infant child, who had been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a feeding trough by his 14-year old mother, Mary of Nazareth.

During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph, also of Nazareth, attempted to stop the social workers. Joseph, aided by several local shepherds and some unidentified foreigners, tried to forestall efforts to take the child, but were restrained by the police.

Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who allege to be wise men from an eastern country. The INS and Homeland Security officials are seeking information about these wise guys who may be in the country illegally. A source with the INS states that they had no passports, but were in possession of gold and other possibly illegal substances. They resisted arrest saying that they had been warned by God to avoid officials in Jerusalem and to return quickly to their own country. The chemical substances in their possession will be tested.

The owner of the barn is also being held for questioning. The manager of Bethlehem Inn faces possible revocation of his license for violating health and safety regulations by allowing people to stay in the stable. Civil authorities are also investigating the zoning violations involved in maintaining livestock in a commercially-zoned district.

The location of the minor child will not be released, and the prospect for a quick resolution to this case is doubtful. Asked about when the child would be returned to his mother, a Child Protective Service spokesperson said, "The father is middle-aged and the mother definitely underage. We are checking with officials in Nazareth to determine what their legal relationship is."

Joseph has admitted taking Mary from her home in Nazareth because of a census requirement. However, because she was obviously pregnant when they left, investigators are looking into other reasons for their departure. Joseph is being held without bond on charges of molestation, kidnapping, child endangerment, and statutory rape.

Mary was taken to the Bethlehem General Hospital where she is being examined by doctors. Charges may also be filed against her for endangerment. She will also undergo psychiatric evaluation because of her claim that she is a virgin and that the child is from God.

The director of the psychiatric wing said, "I don't profess to have the right to tell people what to believe, but when their beliefs adversely affect the safety and well-being of others - in this case her child - we must consider her a danger to others. The unidentified drugs at the scene didn't help her case, but I'm confidant that with the proper therapy regimen we can get her back on her feet."

A spokesperson for the governor's office said, "Who knows what was going through their heads? But regardless, their treatment of the child was inexcusable, and the involvement of these others frightening. There is much we don't know about this case, but for the sake of the child and the public, you can be assured that we will pursue this matter to the end."
Specter takes the wrong approach

Arlan Specter has decided to step into the issue of protestors and free speech. Now remember when a politician tries to fix a problem the answer is normally not to your liking. This is one of those times.
The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

But Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who sponsored the provisions, and his aides said the concerns are misguided. The changes are meant to clear up legal confusion about the Secret Service's role at major events and to ensure that venues are fully secure before the president or other top officials arrive, they said.
This is the same secret service that has arrested people for disruption for walking OUT of a free speech zone. Most of the time the charges are dropped. Well since the government is always right Specter steps in to make legal their actions.

Thanks Specter! You TWIT!

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No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. — James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].
Welcome to the real world

A cop writes a letter to the editor full of shame at the governments actions....against him.
Let me get this right: I was a Chicago Police officer who retired as a detective after 32 years of service to the city. Congress passed a law in 2004 that gives retired officers throughout the United States the right to carry concealed weapons. Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation in July 2005 saying retired police officers in Illinois can carry concealed weapons. But Mayor Daley, who has a security detail of 30 active Chicago Police officers protecting him and his family 24 hours a day, refuses to let me carry a weapon.

The gang-bangers who prowl my neighborhood can carry a weapon, an alderman can carry a concealed weapon, a retired police officer from any place other than Chicago who visits or lives here can carry a weapon, but I am not qualified to carry a weapon?

Name removed because he should be embarrassed at this letter
So his complaint is that criminals carry, political elites carry, but now that he is a retired cop(translated best as a common person) he is left disarmed.

Welcome to the real world!

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It's the add-ons that kill us

The latest government act is a broad $453 billion defense budget bill. Sounds good I guess. More trucks, bullets and other items needed for the governments war on everything.

The problem is that the bill has had a lot of crap added on to it.
A Senate vote expected this week could bring unprecedented government aid to Gulf Coast residents who did not purchase flood insurance because they lived outside high-risk areas, but whose homes were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina
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People living outside those zones were not required to purchase flood insurance, but could have done so if they had wished.
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The vote, which may come as early as Wednesday, could bring as much as $11.5 billion to these uninsured flood victims in Mississippi and Louisiana.
So these people live near the coast, a coast that HURRICANES hit. They decided not to buy insurance so the government will now reward their them for saving money by giving them our money.

But hey! It's only our tax money. Right?

Another add-on is oil.
But with lawmakers increasingly eager to adjourn for the holidays, another bill funding the Pentagon and rushing new relief to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast faced a less certain future Wednesday because of a plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
So they are all in turmoil because not one of them has the balls to demand one subject bills. Oil does not go on defense, and Hurricane does not go on medicare. This is the game they play well to get what they want, and we pay for it.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Testing positive

Is that cheese or are you just really happy? Seems a common test for drugs may be rather error prone.
AN INTERNATIONALLY recognised test for cocaine is flawed - and can throw up positive results from powdered milk and parmesan cheese, say scientists. Laboratory research shows that the "Scott test" can fail to detect the drug in some samples and can wrongly identify it in some substances where no cocaine is present.

The test, introduced in 1973, is used by many police forces as a preliminary check on substances they suspect to be cocaine. A positive result is not enough to secure a conviction, but can lead to suspects being detained until a forensic laboratory completes a detailed analysis using mass spectrometry.
Does anyone know how long it takes for an item to be sent off and tests for drugs under a mass spectrometry machine performed? I guess sitting in jail until the test is done is your own fault for eating that cheese.

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How many Degrees of separation?

A nice way of saying everyone. The story of the NSA spying on the "bad" guys has grown and spread it's tentacles into many offices of Washington and beyond. In a well written article by Defense Tech they interviewed "spooks" and got their opinion on what is occurring.

Some were rather blunt in what they said
"It's drilled into you from minute one that you should not ever, ever, ever, under any fucking circumstances turn this massive apparatus on an American citizen," one source says. "You do a lot of weird shit. But at least you don't fuck with your own people."
One person interviewed used a phrase I had never heard of before. A "call chain" is where A leads to B and then to C and so forth. The only problem is degrees of separation.
But this call chain could very well have grown out of control, the source admits. Suddenly, people ten and twelve degrees of separation away from Osama may have been targeted.
Ten to twelve degrees of separation! Damn. Has the government never heard of "Six Degrees of Bacon"?

Everyone is connected somehow. Through my wife I am connected within 3 degrees to President Kennedy(JFK). Through my mom I'm connected to the hospital they took Kennedy's body when he was shot by 3 degrees. I owned a 6.5 carcano rifle just like the one supposedly use to shot him when I was younger. I am so screwed here people. Is Warren after me now?

You hit ten to twelve degrees that is pretty much the entire damn country.

I say this openly. If Bush is not impeached for the crap he pulls then there is no hope for reform. The only options will be continual oppression or revolt.

So when you see that damn commercial of the geek walking around saying "Can you hear me now? Good!". Know that he is testing NSA bugs. Kill him.

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Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
Snoopgate gets bigger

Newsweek has come out with an editorial that deals solely with the NSA and it's ILLEGAL wiretapping under Bush's orders.

When I started reading it I immediately became disappointed at their first paragraph.
Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power.
"Finally" a scandal that deals with liberty verses security? The scandal of why Bush has not been impeached for the patriot act and his other War against everything laws. I read this and damn near quit.

Thankfully I did not because they did pull their heads out and the editorial got better.
President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate he made it seem as if those who didn't agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda but it will not work. We're seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Well said. As I pointed out in my Attack attack attack post, Bush has gone on the warpath.

In reality I should have gone on record as throwing in a few more attacks. Bush did not just attack the messenger, he called the editors in to kill the story.
I learned this week that on December 6, Bush summoned Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office in a futile attempt to talk them out of running the story. The Times will not comment on the meeting
I do have a few questions of the press on this story. Why did they wait? It has come out in the last several days that this story was "old" in many ways
Bush was desperate to keep the Times from running this important story which the paper had already inexplicably held for a year because he knew that it would reveal him as a law-breaker.
Why did they wait? A story this big may have changed the election. While Kerry is a posturing idiot, at east he is not posturing to become Generalisimo Bush.

In a "whatcha' talking about willas" moment the democrats are saying they never approved the wiretaps.
Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted in a series of congressional briefings. "I feel unable to fully evaluate, much less endorse, these activities," West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said in a handwritten letter to Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003. "As you know, I am neither a technician nor an attorney."
Rockefeller is among a small group of congressional leaders who have received briefings on the administration's four-year-old program to eavesdrop _ without warrants _ on international calls and e-mails of Americans and others inside the United States with suspected ties to al-Qaida
Did Jay Rockefeller, a Harvard graduate, say he was to dumb to make an informed decision? A whole office full of staff and he needs help to cover his own rear. A man who has been a career politician longer then I have been alive does not know the law? Sir I say quit!

At least his letter to Cheney shows that the democrats running for cover KNEW of the wiretaps even if they did not approve them. So why did they not come forth and inform the nation the president is a criminal? Claiming after the fact ignorance is shameful on their part.

This may be the biggest story of the year. From the material it is obvious that it is real big. Yet the paper sat on it. That may end up being a nice side show for the whole NSA story.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Attack, attack, attack

The government has gone into full attack mode after the report of them breaking the law came out.

Attack the leaker
"My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war," Bush told a news conference at which he was questioned repeatedly about the controversial operation disclosed on Friday by The new York Times.

"There's a process that goes on inside the Justice Department about leaks. I presume that process is moving forward," Bush added.
Attack the law
Hayden and Gonzales suggested the government felt constrained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The 1978 law gives the government _ with approval from a secretive U.S. court _ the authority to conduct covert wiretaps and surveillance of suspected terrorists and spies. Hayden said FISA requires a process of "marshaling arguments" and "looping paperwork around."
Attack the messanger
A Republican senator on Saturday accused The New York Times of endangering American security to sell a book by waiting until the day of the terror-fighting Patriot Act reauthorization to report that the government has eavesdropped on people without court-approved warrants.
Attack the timing
"At least two senators that I heard with my own ears cited this as a reason why they decided to vote to not allow a bipartisan majority to reauthorize the Patriot Act," said Republican Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record) of Texas. "Well, as it turns out the author of this article turned in a book three months ago and the paper, The New York Times, failed to reveal that the urgent story was tied to a book release and its sale by its author."
Full blown attack mode to cover their asses.

Bush said the leak was shameful. I agree. It is a shame that there was something to leak in the first place.
My conscience is clean....on this issue.

My wife and I were at our favorite Gyro place yesterday. As always I grabbed the little free newspaper they offer to read to pass the time till the gyro was ready. Full of time killing stuff and fluff I came across one part that raised my eyebrows and got me to laughing.
Giving it back
Taxpayers who think they've cheated the US government have a place they can send their money anonymously. It's known as "The Conscience Fund" and the government uses it for miscellaneous expenses.
Well I called bull on this story. No way! The government takes more money and in ways that the constitution never gave the government and you feel bad when you keep a little. I wanted to check this out.

The earliest reference I could find online was from 1811.
Did you know that ever since 1811 (when someone who had defrauded the government anonymously sent $5 to Washington D.C.) the U.S. Treasury has operated a Conscience Fund? Since that time almost $3.5 million has been received from guilt-ridden citizens.

Swindoll, The Quest For Character, Multnomah, p. 70.
Ah! Since 1811 the government has robbed you.

The government is big on the whole "Take one for the team" patriotism. "Do your duty" and other such lines reminding me of WW2 propaganda fill the airs in a war frenzy against terror/drugs/etc. So taking money from the government must install a lot of fear and mental anguish in people. They must give crap loads of money.

Nope!
The Conscience Fund, set up for people who have cheated on taxes or stolen from the government, brought in $12,252.55 last year.

One person gave $5,370. One gave $7.65.

Who knows, Cooper said of the smaller gift. Maybe the person became Christian and had to make things right. That happens a lot. We get letters from people all the time saying they stole a stapler or something in 1965.

One note read, Dear Internal Revenue Service, I have not been able to sleep at night because I cheated on last years income tax. Enclosed find a cashiers check for $1,000. If I still cant sleep, Ill send you the balance.

For every person who fesses up, more stay mum. The tax gap, which measures how much people pay in income taxes versus what the law says they should pay, has been growing for years even as U.S. flag bumper stickers and public displays of patriotism have risen.
I think this is a bigger statement then the government wants to admit.
People on the whole are generous, he said. Individuals in the United States donate to various causes to the tune of about $180 billion a year.
12 thousand to the government verses 180 billion to private groups. looks like a statement of trust was delivered and Uncle Sam lost.

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The story writes itself

No rant needed and no long explanation required. If this story does not say enough to worry you then please never come back to my blog.
A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book."
Two history professors at UMass Dartmouth, Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand, said the student told them he requested the book through the UMass Dartmouth library's interlibrary loan program.
The student, who was completing a research paper on Communism for Professor Pontbriand's class on fascism and totalitarianism, filled out a form for the request, leaving his name, address, phone number and Social Security number. He was later visited at his parents' home in New Bedford by two agents of the Department of Homeland Security, the professors said.
The professors said the student was told by the agents that the book is on a "watch list," and that his background, which included significant time abroad, triggered them to investigate the student further.
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"My instinct is that there is a lot more monitoring than we think," he said.
Dr. Williams said he had been planning to offer a course on terrorism next semester, but is reconsidering, because it might put his students at risk.
"I shudder to think of all the students I've had monitoring al-Qaeda Web sites, what the government must think of that," he said. "Mao Tse-Tung is completely harmless."
America. Land of the free watched, home of the brave worried

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Friday, December 16, 2005

The terrorist suspect "sat there and gurgled"

With the news as it is you might think that the terrorist is being tortured or choked. Nope. This suspect is only 9 months old and that's what 9 month old terror suspects do. They gurgle. They also spit out strained peas, but that's a whole other subject.

Seems a mother found that her 9 month old child was a suspect and under a travel ban worthy of the old Soviet bloc.
Sarah Zapolsky was checking in for a flight to Italy when she discovered that her 9-month-old son's name was on the United States' "no fly" list of suspected terrorists.

"We pointed down to the stroller, and he sat there and gurgled," Zapolsky said, recalling the July incident at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. "The desk agent started laughing...She couldn't print us out a boarding pass because he's on the no-fly list."

Zapolsky, who did not want her son's name made public, said she was initially amused by the mix-up. "But when I found out you can't actually get off the list, I started to get a bit annoyed."

She isn't alone.
Note that even when it was obvious the suspect was 9 months old the person could not print out the boarding pass. Obediance to the law is the final submission of will.

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Most reporters are very sympathetic to gun-control agendas and will skew or lie outright about facts to promote them. — DENNIS CAUCHON, USA TODAY

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The more the merrier

With news that the pentagon is taking up domestic spying it turns out others are joining the club.
Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.
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The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval represents a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.


"This is really a sea change," said a former senior official who specializes in national security law. "It's almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches."
Not much else to say, but I can say I'm not surprised.

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Round all those gun owning bastards up.

That's darn near what a politician in Massachusets said openly on the radio.
Miller: I gotta back up to something you just said, though. Are you saying that anyone...who possesses a gun in Boston should be...should be locked up?

Feeney: Yes. I am.
At least with the big mouth's on some you can tell whom the enemy is.
[mASS BACKWARDS]


Blog news

If you notice on the last few posts there are some random looking links at the end of each one. Those links are called technorati tags.
What's a tag?
Think of a tag as a simple category name. People can categorize their posts, photos, and links with any tag that makes sense.
Some sits have a tag system built in, but alas blogger does not. So I'll be using technorati tags for the near future before I see if they are worth the effort.

Thanks.


Does Frosty seem "happy"

I love government doublespeak and a finer example cannot be found that relates to snow penises.
New Windsor - What, some might ask Jessica Sherer, is with the giant snow penis she built on her boyfriend's lawn this week?
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"We got some calls that people thought it was offensive," said New Windsor police Chief Michael Biasotti. "We assumed it was some kids who did it."

Officers found no one home. Assuming the snow sculpture was more prank than nod to Christmas' pagan roots, the police knocked it down. Beat it down with shovels, actually.

"We came back around 11 in the morning, and it was just a pile of snow," recalled Sherer, 19. "Just some shovel marks."
Now a snarky remark about cops beating a penis in public will not come from me..even if deserved.

What I like about the whole story is the politician's words.
"We probably weren't 100 percent correct in going on the property and knocking it down," New Windsor Town Supervisor George Meyers said. "But our intentions were pure. Some people were offended. There are school buses going by there all day."
"Weren't 100 percent correct" translates as "we destroyed her property with no due process. "But our intentions were pure" translates as "but since we feel good about it, then it is alright". They say good intension, I say government abuse of the penis.

The home owner plans on rebuilding the penis statue when weather permits. Government reaction to this news.
"I'd want the police to talk to the property owner if we got complaints, ask them to take it down" Meyers said. "But after that, I don't think there's too much we can do."
There is a lot you can do. Trespass, destruction of private penises, and a whole slew of "feel good" actions.

Here is a google link(adult) to some nice Snow penis statues for your viewing enjoyment



It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error. — Justice Robert H. Jackson
He was a bad man, witnesses be damned

That seems to be the thread of thought brought forth by this reason article.
Two air marshals gunned down an American citizen last week in Miami, and most of the establishment media seemingly couldn't care less. Immediately after 44-year-old Rigoberto Alpizar died on December 7 in a hail of bullets from two air marshals, Dave Adams, a spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service told CNN that Alpizar had shouted "I have a bomb in my bag" while running up and down the aisle of an American Airlines plane as it sat on the runway. This was the version of events that the vast majority of the media repeated unquestioningly in the first days after the killing.

However, online articles on December 8 by Time.com and CNN.com contained quotes from passengers debunking the feds' story. The Orlando Sentinel reported on December 9, "Seven passengers interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel—seated in both the front and rear of the main passenger cabin—said Alpizar was silent as he ran past them on his way to the exit." No passenger the Sentinel spoke to offered any account akin to what the feds claimed.
The article then goes to point out the stories printed in more conservative press sites and how they laud the governments actions


A threat list is made by the military

Now I would expect that list to be maybe supply issues, base security, or even IED's. Nope! Not even close. An example of what the military considers a threat happened in a quaker meeting house.
A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.
"Suspicious". A meeting of people against war happening when our nation is at WAR. How suspicious.

He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa claus Uncle Sam is comin’ to town



Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Investigating Un-crimes

When is not a crime treated like a crime?
AN AUTHOR has defended her right to free speech after expressing her views on gay adoption.

Lynette Burrows, of Hills Road, Cambridge, was shocked when she was told her opinion could have been homophobic. She spoke to the police on Friday and said the call was "sinister" and as if Britain was a police state.

The author of Fight for the Family was discussing civil partnerships for gay couples on Radio Five Live. Regarding gay adoption, she said a girl would not be placed for adoption with two heterosexual men.
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After the broadcast, police in London received a complaint from a member of the public, and a policewoman contacted Mrs Burrows.
Not sure of the laws in England. I think they never have really had free speech, but a facsimile of it. Thus I am not surprised at the police action. Then the police open their mouths.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said homophobic, racist and domestic incidents were "priority crimes".

He said: "It is standard practice for all parties to be spoken to, even if the incident is not strictly seen as a crime. "
So the non-crime is treated as a "priority crime" even if not strictly seen as a crime and isn't.

They say "investigation", I say "intimidation".
Does not sound absurd to me at all.

First the courts say the taxes are illegal
Phone customers are due $9 billion in tax refunds and a 3% cut in wireless phone and long-distance bills, according to a series of federal court decisions. But the federal government continues to collect the tax and requires so much paperwork for refunds that only big corporations are likely to benefit.

On Friday, a court in Washington, D.C., became the third federal appeals court since May to void the tax. Two other federal appeals courts, covering seven states, have ruled the tax unlawful, and cases are pending elsewhere in the nation's 13 appeals courts. In all, nine federal courts have ruled that a 3% federal tax doesn't apply to phone calls that are priced only by how long a person talks — not by how far the call travels.
so the idea that since it is illegal they will stop collecting the tax...right?

Wrong!
"It sounds absurd, but the law is written so that the government can keep collecting a tax even though it's been ruled unlawful," says Hank Levine, a lawyer representing businesses that challenged the tax. Federal law makes it nearly impossible to get an injunction to stop the government from collecting a tax, he says.
Right now I have a few emails sent off to try to find who wrote the bill that created the tax. Credit should duly de noted I feel.
My book is online for sale

Well enjoy the holiday roll out of my first childrens book.

I have been writing on this for a couple of years and have now put it online for holiday orders. It is a small book and still rough in places but I figure I might as well go public.
Monsa Hand
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself living with a little monster? You raise it as best you can. Gunner and Elizabeth are just two ordinary people living an ordinary life, but life is never going to be the same for them when they meet their first monster, hiding in Gunner’s shoe. Monsa Hand is a small monster with an insatiable appetite for chocolate and mischief. Follow his adventures with life, teething, squirrels, growing up and his search for true love or at least someone to play with.
I used an online publisher because trying to even contact larger publishers is futile in todays market.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

This turns my stomach

This product, make because of a desperate situation, simply disturbs me. A product being sold by James McAdams of England is so wrong on so many levels.

What criminals want to see
It is reported that 50% of people in London are worried about security and sleep with some form of self-defence to hand, for use against intruders.

The 'Safe Bedside Table' has a removable leg that acts as a club and a top that doubles as a shield for self-defence. This is for people who are willing to take on an intruder, providing an extra sense of security whilst in bed.
This is what a criminal wants to see. While a club is better then nothing, it is sad they cannot meet the criminal with a nice .357 magnum.

So club and shield against yobs armed with a gun. GUESS WHO WINS?
[Boing Boing]
Sometimes a person has to exercise personal judgement and take the chance of being mistaken, or stop calling himself or herself free.

POUL ANDERSON

Monday, December 12, 2005

I got "Seven" meme all over me from Freedom Sight

So might as well remove it.
Seven things to do before I die
Learn how to make mead or wine from scratch(not beer)
Learn Latin
Get my books published(one and a half written)
Own enough guns to feel comfortable
Visit Masada
Finish my bachelors degree
Fire a Lahti(or Soluthurn) 20mm anti-Tank gun a whole lot.

Seven Things I Cannot Do
Dance(Imagine a walrus on land)
forgive.
climb tall ladders
shoot well(bad eyes)
Feel good about society
Find God
understand why the second revolution has not started.

Seven things that attract me to… (foreign bodies)
A smile
legs
The smooth lines of a Jaguar
movie trailers
sound(music)
scent(clean soap)
family

Seven things I say most often
Fuck em'
I don't give a flying damn
Sorry
Why!?!?
Elizabeth
This G-Damn computer is acting up again
Is the net down?

Seven books (or series) that I love
The moon is a harsh mistress
Patriots
Atlas shrugged
Hieland
Island in the sea of time(series)
Mission Earth
Red storm rising

Seven movies I watch over and over again
The General(buster keaton)
The Seven Samurai
Strickly Ballroom
Till the End of the World
THX 1138
Blazing Saddles
The Wall
So I got most of the Seven off of me, but will infect Harelipfrog with it next.

Update:
She did her Seven here.
He would fit in nicely in Washington

Although a "humble" mayor of a Brazilian town his view on government control would fit in nicely in any statehouse, or White House*.
The mayor of a Brazilian town is trying to bring in a law making it illegal for residents to die.

Mayor Roberto Pereira da Silva, of Biritiba-Mirim, came up with the idea because the town's only cemetery is full.

He wants to bring in a law that would see relatives of people who die before their time face fines or even jail.

The law would make it an offence for the town's 28,000 citizens to not look after their health properly.
If anything this says so much
The state government had promised to help build a new vertical cemetery - but nothing had been done.
Ah! The old "We will fix it, and if not you suffer" tactic of most governments.

*On the blogger spell check the first option they gave me for Whitehouse was whitewash. How ironic.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Police at it again

If you thought my token police story was bad then this one will fit into that category perfectly.
Let's do it this way. I will tell you this story a few times from different people's points of view, and you can make up your own mind. This is about a guy who wound up spending 11 days in jail on what started out as a jaywalking charge in downtown Dallas.
As always there is the police story and how bad this guy was, and then the story from ALL bystanders that agree in details of police abuse.

"To serve and protect" has mutated into "To serve up an ass kicking and protect their own ass"

A smaller telling part of the story was just getting information from the transit thugs police
Here's part of the problem with DART, as opposed to a city or a county or a normal political entity run by people who have to stand for re-election. DART is a stonewall fortress. They do not care. Their lawyer wouldn't talk to me. I called every DART board member from Dallas, and they either didn't return my calls or refused to talk to me. Mark Enoch, chairman of the DART board, was polite enough to leave me a phone message saying he wouldn't talk to me. Just getting their phone numbers was an entire afternoon's chore.

Morgan Lyons, the spokesman for DART, was very helpful and provided me with the agency's official response. My point is that when a person has an issue with a city of Dallas police incident, sooner or later that person can get to an elected official at least long enough to state a case. But DART is a regional agency with an appointed board, and the people on that board are completely insulated from public pressure or concerns. That's what's wrong with allowing all these funky arm's-length agencies to have their own mini-gestapos.
Public servants have a whole new meaning.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Rather-gate moment

When I read this article, short of details but believable, I flashed to Dan Rather.
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.”
You see the whole article is to pat. Bush is evil and such.

The problem is my Dan Rather and his memo's mentality when it comes to Bush. This story to me is best described as “Fake but Accurate.”. I believe it in it's entirety. Even if it is false.
Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. — St. George Tucker, in his edition of 'Blackstone's Commentaries,' 1:300 (1803).
poking it with a stick

I wish her luck. Deborah Davis did not win as much as the government retreated from the court case. She was the lady that refused to show her ID on demand. So after the "win" she has decided to keep poking the government with a stick.
Today federal authorities turned back a bus carrying protesters who were making a highly publicized effort to gain entry to the Denver Federal Center without showing identification.

In an effort to avoid a showdown, they had arranged for an auxiliary RTD bus to carry passengers who presented identification through the compound as scheduled.

The event was part of a protest ride staged by supporters of Deborah Davis, an Arvada woman who was arrested in September after she refused to show ID as the public bus she was riding in prepared to drive its regular route through the Federal Center.
I wish her luck.

Friday, December 09, 2005

To easy.

Sometimes I rant on the fact that everything is illegal in one way or the other. Somedays the story tells that without any real commentary from me.
Transit police handcuffed and cited a man who sold a $1.75 subway token to another rider who was having trouble with a token vending machine. Transit authority spokeswoman Jocelyn Baker said Friday that the officer "acted within the law" after he spotted Donald Pirone, 42, selling the token Nov. 30 inside the West End subway station

Instead of giving Pirone a warning, the officer decided to handcuff him and give him the misdemeanor citation under a 1992 state law that bars passengers from selling Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority tokens, she said.

"What you've got to keep in mind is that fare abuse is a chronic problem," Baker said. "It costs MARTA millions of dollars every year."

Baker acknowledged that Pirone sold the token at face value and did not make a profit. But the law is the law, she said.
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As for the handcuffs, Baker said the officer felt they were necessary.

"Our officers do that for their own safety," Baker said.
(((walks away shaking head sadly)))
I hate cute stupidity

For once I'm not talking politics or religion. Worse! Cute politically correct ignorance of a word.
JOIN US in a GIRLCOTT of Abercrombie & Fitch
Why you ask? Because lately their attitude tees have a bit TOO much anti-girl attitude for our tastes.

Here are some lines from recent A&F tees...

"With These Who Needs Brains..."

"I hope you can make more then I can spend..."

"Last night I had a nightmare I was a brunette.."

We would never let anyone exploit us, so why are we exploiting ourselves? They'll stop making these t-shirts if we stop buying them.

We, as young women and girls, do not need to create extra division and competition between our ranks. By girlcotting these shirts, we not only create unity for a single project or battle, we create unity within the female community as a whole,

As girls, we can spend our dollars on more empowering, less racist and less sexist street ware.

So join us in our national girlcott effort to encourage A&F to stop selling these rags and instead start selling some more girl empowering wear
So darn much ignorance and lack of respect for history is shown by their changing of the word "Boycott" to girlcott.

I wonder if they even took a moment to open a book and find what Boycott means or did they just see the word "boy" in it and knew it was a phallic oppressive word against girls?

The history of the word "Boycott is from an Irish resistance to being treated like crap.
Charles C. Boycott seems to have become a household word because of his strong sense of duty to his employer. An Englishman and former British soldier, Boycott was the estate agent of the Earl of Erne in County Mayo, Ireland. The earl was one of the absentee landowners who as a group held most of the land in Ireland. Boycott was chosen in the fall of 1880 to be the test case for a new policy advocated by Charles Parnell, an Irish politician who wanted land reform. Any landlord who would not charge lower rents or any tenant who took over the farm of an evicted tenant would be given the complete cold shoulder by Parnell's supporters. Boycott refused to charge lower rents and ejected his tenants. At this point members of Parnell's Irish Land League stepped in, and Boycott and his family found themselves isolated without servants, farmhands, service in stores, or mail delivery. Boycott's name was quickly adopted as the term for this treatment, not just in English but in other languages such as French, Dutch, German, and Russian.
"But it's a bad MAN's name so we have to change it to keep from being oppressed by the evil phallis".

So I ask if you know where he got the name? Many names of English background are job related. Smith, Miller, and Weaver are just a few. Some are named after places as is Mr. Boycotts name it seems.
The ancient history of the Boycott name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Boycott, an estate in the county of Salop.

Spelling variations include: Boycott, Boycotte, Boykett, Bowcott and others.

First found in Salop where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke Willian n 1066 A.D.
So when you hear someone say they are involved in a Girlcott. Pitty them and just walk away. Ignorance may be contagious.
Another mom is denial

Will she become a crusader against stupidity?
In this case, mom blames the gun, forgetting all about the fact that being in possession of the firearm while he was drinking is already against the law, proving that no matter how well-intentioned, bans just can't stop drunken stupidity. The sad tragedy of this is young person knowingly put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, not once, but three times, because he was drinking. Yet mom isn't advocating alcohol prohibition now, is she?
A snarky remark about a Darwin winner is way out of place, but what the hell.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. — H.L. MENCKEN

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Open invitation to all bloggers in Tennessee, the RTB and elsewhere.

My wife will be performing in the Messiah choir in middle Tennessee and she posts an open invitation on her blog ( HareLipFrog ).

"In order to have a true insight into how Messiah has evolved through time, one must possess the background and history of the piece. It was truly a favorite of Handel himself. He suggested it was the product of an inspiration of sorts when he said, "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself" (qtd. in Jacobi 7). In 1741, during a low spot in Handel's career in England, a friend, Charles Jennens convinced Handel to compose an oratorio based upon a compilation of Scriptures Jennens had recently arranged. Rather than return to Germany, Handel was convinced and began work on the oratorio (Jacobi 32). The entire work was written in a twenty-four day spurt from August 22 until September 14, in 1741. Messiah was performed for the first time in Dublin, April 13, 1742. "

from "Handel's Messiah Through the Centuries"

I have the oportunity to perform this great work this coming weekend. If you are in town and would like to attend, it will be performed at the Riverside Seventh Day Adventist church in Nashville, TN (follow the link for directions) at 11:00am 12/10/2005. As well as at the Franklin Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (follow that link for directions) at 7:00pm. There is no admission charged for either performance.

I greatly enjoy being a part of the chior that performs this piece of sacred music. It really brings home to me the meaning of Christmas and the spirit of the season. We are not professionals (at least not the chior for the most part) but return year after year (I have participated on and off as I could since 1987) for the opportunity to participate and share our joy in the season.

I hope to see you there.
I also hope to see you there.
My view on the subject

Idiots, idiots, idiots, and more idiots.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.
If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago, and a racist today. —THOMAS SOWELL
Does the government decide evil?

Let's say you go home Friday after a day at work and to relax you have two nice options. You can mix yourself a nice Vodka screwdriver, heavy on the screw, lite on the driver, or light up a joint filled with some skunk your friend grows hydroponically in his basement.

In one you are a shining example of an American consumer, in the other you're an evil criminal who want to piss in the apply pie of this nation.

The bothersome aspect is that the government, not you, has decided what is, and what is not the evil act.
What's the difference between: A drug addict and an alcoholic? A drug dealer and a liquor merchant? An international drug ring and an international alcoholic drink distributor?

Nothing.

The only difference is in legality--not in principle. In our culture, drugs are a "no-no," although it wasn't always so. In other cultures, alcohol is a "no-no." So take your pick.

The fact is, alcohol is responsible for far more deaths and ruined lives than drugs. But don't let facts get in the way of a good policy!
Now before you start on what seems a straight forward answer on what is, and isn't bad about his form of relaxing think of this.
Do you believe you should decide what to put into your body, or would you prefer OTHERS to decide that for you?

Would you like the state to interfere in your choice of food? Would you like the state to make alcohol illegal (like it has done before)? Would you like the state to determine what vitamins you can take? And don't laugh, it may not be that long before you are forbidden to eat a Big Mac!
At this point of the post I'm smiling because I have been a small victim of the government controlling what I eat and drink.

Milk. Raw milk. The pure stuff right from the cows udder. One of the main items needed to make butter, cheese and other items. Earlier this year my wife and I decided there were several things we wanted to learn how to do. A few were simply and easy to learn. Pickling, brining, and canning was now have down mostly. One of the items on the list was cheese and butter. I wanted to make some myself. No real reason and Y2K is long over. It's just something I want to do.

So I started to look for raw milk. In the search I found out several things. In Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky it is illegal to sell Raw milk. In Kentucky if you get a doctors order you can get small amounts. Of course all of it was for my own protection.(look up your state)

So in the fine state of Tennessee if I tried to buy Raw Milk I would become a criminal. Milk!

I would like to say something about the government even controlling how I take a dump, but for people with the smaller water saving tanks on their toilets they already have.

That's why I'm a libertarian. It's my relaxing, my milk, and my dump. None of the three should be considered a crime.
OUCH!

In a violent ending to a crime two burglars were shot..in the face.
Two men remained hospitalized after both were shot in the face, apparently during an attempted burglary of a business.

The two were shot around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at 8027 S. Division Ave., an industrial building that houses an excavating and trucking company. Kent County sheriff's deputies were called to that address on a report of a burglary. By the time they arrived, the two men had been shot.
Shotgun to the face. Ouch. Simply ouch.
3 down, 10,000 more to go
Charges dropped against bus rider Davis

With the added statement that the law still stands.
Prosecutors have decided to drop federal charges against Deborah Davis for refusing to show her ID while riding a public bus that crosses the Denver Federal Center. The Rocky Mountain News reports that "federal officials said the Davis case was closed because of a technicality involving a problem with a sign at the Federal Center at the time Davis was ticketed. The sign was supposed to inform people that their IDs would be checked." But the policy of demanding IDs from passengers, even those who are not getting off within the federal complex, will continue.
Good news but since the law still will be enforced not a win.

Here, from Hit and Run is a little of the back story.
The first time she was asked to show identification while riding the bus to work, Deborah Davis was so startled that she complied without thinking. But the more she thought about it, the less sense it made.

That's how Davis, a 50-year-old Colorado woman with four grown children and five grandchildren, ended up getting dragged off the bus by federal security officers, who handcuffed her, took her to their station, and cited her for two misdemeanors. Davis, who is scheduled to be arraigned on December 9, is risking 60 days in jail to show her fellow Americans that they don't need to blindly obey every dictate imposed in the name of security.
I read of tales like this and worry how long till all of our rights are removed to protect us.
When the nannies attack

In what can best be described as "Attack of the nannies" a write up deals with editing for political correct reasons. I like "K" the best. Nothing says happiness like a good background check.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The queen is dead. Long live the queen

A person who lived by her own laws and rules, and yet was not a hindrance to the community, has died.
"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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 ...