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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Destroying Freedom to Save It

Here's a great article from

A brief excerpt:

Not only is our own government becoming ever more secretive and slip-sliding toward authoritarianism, but the American people, whipsawed by demagogues and fearmongers, are becoming dangerously intolerant of people with different political ideas.

More than one wise person has said that those who are willing to swap freedom for security deserve and will get neither. It is always pointless to fight if in the process we destroy what we think we are defending.

You can view the article in its entirety here.

Friday, July 23, 2004

The man who SHOULD be president

Michael Badnarick


Arianna Huffington: Bush's flaws leave mark on nation | The Arizona Daily Star �

Arianna Huffington: Bush's flaws leave mark on nation | The Arizona Daily Star �

And the Shrub likes to talk about Kerry's Flip-Flop's.

The Ministry of Truth just has to remind that the United States has always been at war with Iraq. - USA: Land of the Free, Home of the Evil? - USA: Land of the Free, Home of the Evil?

Personally, I think this guy is the world's biggest Terrorist:

It's those pesky Electronic Voting Machines

You know, the ones that California Decertified.  The ones without paper-trails.  The ones made by Diebold, who's president promised to deliver Ohio's votes to the Shrub-in-Chief.  The ones which numerous computer security professionals have found flaws in the code. 

Check out these "ads" critical of Diebold.
Here's a sample:

Check out Verified Voting for more info.  Also see Black Box Voting.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Another day, another attempt to make the Constitution even more meaningless.

America is supposed to be the "land of the free, and the home of the brave."

I think it's more the land of the free so long as your not different, and the home of the brave so long as you toe the party line.

Here's Congress' latest attempt to make an end run around the Constitution.

H.R. 3313


This Act may be cited as the `Marriage Protection Act of 2004'.


(a) In General- Chapter 99 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 1632. Limitation on jurisdiction

`No court created by Act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, section 1738C or this section.'.

(b) Amendments to the Table of Sections- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 99 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

`1632. Limitation on jurisdiction.'.
Union Calendar No. 374


2d Session

H. R. 3313

[Report No. 108-614]

To amend title 28, United States Code, to limit Federal court jurisdiction over questions under the Defense of Marriage Act.

July 19, 2004

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed


Of course, this would set a horrible precedent if it passed, and passed through the courts without being struck down.  If one law can be placed outside the court's jurisiction ([sarcasm]Those darn activist judges are "ruining our society" dammint[/sarcasm]), then any law could be.  Too bad for those who are adamant about their "god-given right" to tell other people how to live....The US Constition is pretty explicit....[emphasis mine]

Article. III.
Section. 1.
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

Section. 2.
Clause 1: The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;--between a State and Citizens of another State; (See Note 10)--between Citizens of different States, --between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.


See, a simple act of Legislation cannot take a Constitutional power away from a branch of government. They'd have to have a Consitutional Amendment.  And we've already seen how much support something like that drums up....

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Big Brother is Watching YOU!

Orwell was only about 20 years off....
(No, it's not the official campaign site)
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Live the Life that abideth in Light, yea, the Life that abideth in Light.

Is World Opinion finally beginning to see Arafat for what he truly is?

The largest obstacle to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, that is....
Here's some excepts from Newspaper editorials on the past few days...
Jerusalem Post
Editorial, July 19

"All those with fixed notions concerning the Palestinian cause would do well to follow closely the current Palestinian crisis ... While the Palestinians can be counted on to, yet again, blame it on Israel, those inclined to make such accusations should be aware that they will likely ring hollow, even in Europe ...

"Judging by various Palestinian ... pronouncements in recent days, many are focusing on Mr Arafat's political hygiene rather than the broad direction of his policies. According to this rationale, a post-Arafat leader who would be less corrupt and more democratic would be eligible for the succession. Such a view fails to consider Mr Arafat's central choice, namely to mislead so many to believe that he was out to build a state, while in reality he was out to destroy one."
Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Arab Times, Kuwait, July 19
"The PA under Mr Arafat has started crumbling ... The Palestinians themselves have started questioning the need for its existence. Mr Arafat and other members of the PA are not willing partners in the Middle East peace process. On the contrary, they have become a burden ...

"Mr Arafat should quit his position because he is the head of a corrupt authority. There is no point for him to remain in politics ... He has destroyed Palestine. He has led it to terrorism, death and a hopeless situation. He has also divided the country ... All Arab leaders know this fact. It won't be possible for us to gain from the Middle East road map for peace if this man remains in power."
Daily Telegraph
Editorial, July 19
"This newspaper has long favoured a two-state solution ... It is becoming increasingly clear that, as long as Mr Arafat retains his baleful influence, no such solution is possible. Israel has done everything it can to marginalise the old warhorse ... Now, perhaps, the Palestinians will succeed where the Israelis have failed, and sideline the man who has proved the single greatest obstacle to peace."  

It's something, but it still shouldn't have happened in the first place

The whole COUNTRY is a "Free Speech Zone" or our Constitution is meaningless.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- The Charleston City Council apologized Monday to two protesters who were arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's July 4 rally at the West Virginia Capitol.Nicole and Jeff Rank, of Corpus Christi, Texas, were removed from the event in restraints after revealing T-shirts with President Bush's name crossed out on the front and the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back.Trespassing charges were dismissed last week. On Monday, the city council adopted a resolution to apologize."If Nicole and Jeff Rank did nothing other than peaceably exercise their right of free speech and _expression as guaranteed by our Constitutions, they should not have been arrested or charged with a crime," the resolution states."The City does hereby apologize to Nicole and Jeff Rank."There was no official count for the vote, but it appeared to have bipartisan support.Mayor Danny Jones, a Republican, backed the resolution written by Councilman Harry Deitzler, a Democrat."We support our police department," Jones said. "But we regret this happened, and quite frankly we want to put this behind us."Trespassing charges were dropped Thursday after a judge determined that city ordinances do not apply to Statehouse grounds.Jones had earlier said the city officers who filed the trespassing charges were acting under the direction of the Secret Service, but a spokesman for the Secret Service denied the agency was involved in the arrests.Efforts to reach the Ranks were not immediately successful Monday night.

Great Quote

I found this quote in an interview with Shawn Macomber.
To grant people true freedom, you have to accept that they may get involved in things you do not particularly enjoy. This leads many people to see salvation in government. But when you empower government to mold the culture more to your liking, you must prepare yourself for the day when you are in the minority and a culture you abhor is officially sanctioned and forced upon you. If the official policy of the government is not for everybody to mind their own business, then watch out, because everyone will be minding everyone's business except their own. This is the situation we find ourselves in now: Factions fighting to impose their will on everyone else.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Some articles of interest from around the web

I'm going to try to post a semi-weekly listing of various articles from sources around the web.
Here's a start:
Ten Reasons to Fire George W. Bush
And nine reasons why Kerry won't be much better
The Bland Leading the Blind Into the Abyss
Coming up next -- War on Iran....
In addition to reinstating a military draft (and expanding to women, and increasing the upper age limit to 35)  should we get another 4 years of the Shrub it looks like Iran will be the next target based on the rhetoric coming from our wonderful fascist-wannabe president.
Bush on the Bus 
by Justin Raimondo from
Free the Airwaves!
by Harry Browne
Padilla, Hamdi, and Rasul: Charge Them or Release Them
by Jacob G. Hornberger, July 16, 2004
Why Do We License Marriage in the First Place? 
by Deroy Murdock from Capitol Hill Blue
That's all for now....
In Life, Light, Liberty and Love...