When Muslims want to engage in an activity which is insulting to non-Muslims, the left calls opposition to such activity as racist or bigoted or Islamophobic.
After all, Muslims have a Constitutional right to build where they want regardless of whom it may offend.But when that wacko from Florida wanted to burn a Quran, did the left support him? Did they call the President a racist for criticizing what the preacher wanted to do? Did they call General Petraeus a bigot for asking the preacher not to do what he wanted because it might offend some group?Doesn’t an American citizen have the right to do any lawful act even if the act is insulting, disrespectful, offensive? Liberals say,
“No.” Only a Muslim has the right to be insulting, disrespectful, offensive.Why the double-standard?Don’t bother answering, I know why: because any enemy of America is a friend to the left. If the dominant religion of our country were Muslim and our society Capitalist I ask for your willing suspension of disbelief at the oxymoron and Christians wanted to build a church near a site that showed disrespect for the memory of those who died there, the left would be supporting Christians and they would be calling Muslims bigots and racists.If the presence of Christians would help bring the downfall of our Capitalist society, then the left would be supporting them with all their heart and all their might.
What we have witnessed is not a fight for religious freedom, that’s nonsense. What the left is fighting for is the overthrow of our system of government, our Capitalist way of life, of our property rights and our individual freedom.That is why Obama took the side of the Muslims and against the side of the Christian pastor. Not because he favors Muslims, although he does, but because he desires the destruction of Capitalism.
So far he’s doing a good job.
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7:35:12 PM by nickcarraway
Elvia Martinez-Montez always sensed there was something fishy about her father’s death. Sixty years and an exhumation later, she and her son are sure of it. And while they can’t name a suspect, they think it has something to do with a hidden cache of Nazi gold.
It helps that both of them happen to be paranormal investigators. They live in San Antonio but on a visit to the Rio Grande Valley, the two unveiled their theory Tuesday and shared a forensic examiner’s report on the dug-up remains of Adam G. Martinez.
He had returned from World War II with a spring in his step; he’d been part of Patton’s Third Army and found himself something of a war hero. He ran a bar-café and started up a taxi company, one of the first in the Valley. At 35, some six years after his return, he was prosperous enough to sport a new car — a 1950 Dodge sedan in a handsome shade of blue.
It was beside that car (or under it, depending on the news account) that his body was found on the morning of Dec. 18, 1950. That the car was unscathed seemed a little odd to Benito Garza, who was 17 when it happened and still lives in the home with the circular driveway where the car and body were found.
He offered a written statement to that effect a few weeks ago when the ghost hunters approached him. But it wasn’t just Garza.
“I was constantly being told that my father died under mysterious circumstances and that when I grew up I should look into it,” Martinez-Montez said.Now 64, she poked around in the 1980s but gave up after too many doors slammed in her face and she began to feel threatened.
A plastic bag of her father’s belongings discovered during a 2007 family reunion gave her a jump start. It contained war maps, marked up in her father’s distinctive handwriting.
The maps took on significance following a 2008 visit to her father’s grave. On a whim, her son Rocky Montez had set down a small audio recorder.
When he listened to it weeks later, he heard what ghost hunters call “electronic voice phenomenon.”
“Go back to the grave,” the voice said. “It’s in France, Mitz-Metz. Gold in it.”
Montez replayed the recording Tuesday, mouthing the words as he picked them out through the scratchy garble of wind and road sounds.
Thirteen words, the two said, is a heck of a feat for a spirit, especially in the crowded soul-sphere of a cemetery.
States across the country want Washington to stop meddling in their affairs when it comes to the environment, health care and guns, and it’s not just right-wingers leading the charge.
Last week, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal fired a shot at the Environmental Protection Agency for its attempt to coerce the state into regulating carbon dioxide as if this naturally occurring gas were a pollutant.In a letter to the EPA, Mr. Freudenthal cited a 1999 act of the legislature that prohibited him from taking any action to implement the Kyoto Protocol regarding reductions in so-called greenhouse gases.
Without U.S. Senate ratification, Kyoto never became the law of the land, and congressional Democrats have failed to enact the restrictions through a cap-and-trade law. That has left the Obama administration with no choice but to turn to the unelected bureaucracy to implement its agenda.That doesn’t sit well with Mr. Freudenthal, a Democrat and a 2008 convention superdelegate for Mr. Obama.
Mr. Freudenthal hasn’t been in any rush to call a special session to ask the legislature to modify state law. “He’s very troubled by the administration’s policies toward coal and other natural resources,” governor’s office spokesman Leigh Anne G. Manlove told The Washington Times. “He has some serious concerns about how they impact Wyoming.”~snip~This is the silver lining to Mr. Obama’s legislative excess.
Even members of his own party can see that it’s time to restore respect for the Ninth and 10th amendments to the Constitution by limiting federal power.
In 1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, a novel about the rise of tyranny in America, whose message was that it indeed can happen here.
Just to remind us that in fact it “can happen here”, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used the occasion of his appearance on noted legal forum, Good Morning America, to suggest that there may not be any First Amendment protection for burning the Koran.
“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told me. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?”Breyer’s statement was every bit as flippant and ignorant of the Constitution and even previous Supreme Court decisions as you would expect from a Clinton appointee.
To begin with, Breyer misstated what Holmes had said and what he had meant. In Schenk vs United States, Holmes wrote, “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.” The key word here is “falsely”. Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater when there really is a fire, is a warning. Shouting it when there is no fire, is a malicious attempt to start a panic.
Holmes used the metaphor to argue that freedom of speech was contextual, so that some speech which presented a clear and present danger in a time of war could be banned. An Anti-War argument during peacetime might be legal, but illegal in wartime.Breyer is relying on a widely discredited decision from almost a century ago, and taking it completely out of context.
t’s as if Breyer had decided to pluck Dred Scott vs Sanford,
According to recently leaked documents, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings — including a public screening of the film “Gasland,” a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling.
The office has included the information in its weekly intelligence bulletins sent to law enforcement agencies.The bulletins are also sent to gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.Activists and environmental groups have responded with outrage and some alarm.
“There’s something dead-fishy here. … Something is rotten,” activist Gene Stilp said. He has called for a formal House and Senate inquiry into the activities of the Homeland Security Office.State Homeland Security Director James Powers explained that he has been including anti-gas drilling activist information in his triweekly intelligence briefings for about a month because there have been “five to 10” incidents of vandalism around the state related to the natural gas industry, which is one of the sectors he is charged with monitoring.
One of those incidents, he said, involved someone shooting a natural gas container tank with a shotgun in Venango County.Powers said the briefings are sent to local law enforcement and the owners and operators of “critical infrastructure.”Comparing himself to Tommy Lee Jones’ character in the film “The Fugitive,” Powers said, “I don’t care” which side of the issue someone is on — or if he or she is innocent. “My concern is public safety.”
However, the “intelligence” in the briefings includes lists of public meetings the state has determined anti-drilling activists plan to attend.
Recently, I picked up a copy of She’s The Boss – The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi by Rochelle Schweizer.
This is a riveting expose on one the most power hungry, brutal female politicians of all time and as you will see after reading the book, it runs in her family.
The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is no retiring, kind and meek grandmother. She is made of Baltimore steel and she has been forged in the boiling corrupt vat of politics in a never-ending quest for power and status that she feels is her birthright.Pelosi came from a family that bears a striking resemblance to organized crime. She will ruthlessly use and discard any one in her way or who will forward her agenda. She rules the House with an iron grip and she is simultaneously feared and hated by most politicians. Those who claim to support and adore her are sycophants that are in the DC game for money, power and prestige.
Her minions are made all the more dangerous due to Pelosi’s powerful reach and thuggish policies. No radical agenda is too outrageous if she deems it worthy. Pelosi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds and she feels no shame.An elitist’s elitist, Pelosi is cunning in the extreme. Her entire political career has been virtually choreographed and painstakingly planned. You won’t hear apologies from her and most likely, you’ll never see the attack coming if you are in her sites.
Pelosi’s vision for this country is horrific. Instilling Marxism and power for the elite, she envisions an America under her gavel and powerful oversight. Americans will be condemned to poverty and slavery to the state if she has her way. She will not be stopped unless Americans stop her tyrannical rule and the hideous progressive policies she pushes forward.
She has risen to the most powerful position held by a woman ever, simply by scaling the political ladder and she is far from finished.I am currently doing thorough research on Pelosi and this book is a wonder – it will be added as a listed documented tool that has added incredibly to our piles of information on Nancy Pelosi. I would recommend every American read She’s The Boss. Then go over to KeyWiki and read our research on Nancy Pelosi. It is my opinion, that next to Cass Sunstein, she is one of the most dangerous idealogues in our government and evil as a descriptive term, just doesn’t do justice to Pelosi’s agenda.
From Andrew Breitbart:Rochelle Schweizer presents compelling evidence that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a political boss operating on overdrive and has turned her House into a corrupt institution by pulling the levers of political power for her benefit as well as that of her allies.
Citing the arrests of 35 illegal aliens this week for allegedly being involved in human smuggling, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday he will soon implement his plan for a volunteer armed posse to help with enforcement of illegal immigration and human smuggling laws.
The sheriff said the posse members will be outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear.Arpaio’s announcement came as he reported his deputies arrested 23 illegal aliens who were being smuggled through Maricopa County on Tuesday night, bringing the week’s total to 35.
Tuesday night’s arrests were the result of two traffic stops in the north Valley involving two separate vehicles, the sehriff said. One vehicle contained 13 occupants and the other 12. Two suspects fled on foot into the desert.
“Even though the media hype surrounding SB1070 has worn off for now, illegal aliens continue to sneak into the United States through Maricopa County and my deputies continue to pursue them as they have for the past three years,” Arpaio said.
The provision, known as the DREAM Act, would allow those who can “prove’ they illegally broke into this country as children the right to full American citizenship if they attend college or join the military.
By hitching this ridiculous measure to a military spending bill, Reid single-handedly proved his subservience to the Open Borders Lobby and held up critical funding for our troops, currently fighting one declared war and one war the president pretends has come to an end.
Obama regularly makes the military pay the price for his domestic policy agenda, whether cutting their budget and theirs alone, or throwing the government‘s case against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Our troops deserve better. But this is simply the first move in his full court press for amnesty.
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 5:19:52 PM by La LydiaVideo at link. McQueeg goes back to his old, nasty, open borders habits.
“O’Donnell suggested during an interview on Fox News that then-presidential candidate Obama was “anti-American,” and attempted to explain why.”I would prefer Barack Obama because he is so liberal, that — he’s anti-American,” O’Donnell said when asked if Republicans would prefer to face Obama or his then-primary opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“Let me explain why. He’s beating the change drum, but let’s look at the change. He did not vote for English as the official language. What does that say?” O’Donnell added.
IS THE DEMISE OF AMERICA INEVITABLE?
by Sher Zieve, ©2010Sept. 15, 2010 —
Maintaining his corrupt policy of “say one thing to the American people and then do the opposite,” Dictator-in-Chief Obama remains true to his primary mission–collapse and destroy the USA and her people.
Applying the directives of Saul Alinsky, the Cloward-Piven Strategy and–of course–Karl Marx, Obama and his merry band of demolishers are working feverishly to destroy the USA before a potentially new and more conservative-run House of Representatives takes the majority.As a review of the anti-American people programs
The Obama has already implemented, we have:
1. ObamaCare that collapses the US healthcare system. Despite the majority of the American people’s protests against it, Obama smiled and said he and his Marxist Dems don’t care what We-the-People think–as we are no longer important or necessary to their arrogant and increasingly demonic purpose. While laughing at us, Obama signed his suppressive anti-human bill.
Note: After well over a year of lying about its reducing healthcare costs, ObamaCare is already forcing them to go up. And they will go up exponentially, as Obama & Co implements its plan for government to completely take over from private insurers; effectively forcing them out of the marketplace–entirely.
2. Knowing that his planned-to-collapse-energy-in-the-USA via Cap & Trade aka Cap & Tax or “The American Clean Energy and Security Act” or “the pollution reduction bill” is extremely unpopular with the American people, the tyrant Obama has already hedged his bets by giving power to his EPA to control companies carbon emissions. Note: One way or another, Obama plans to win his war against We-the-People of the United States of America.
3. Although not yet an absolute reality, the Obama’s plan to collapse the US Constitution’s First Amendment is well on its way to being approved by the currently almost completely corrupt US Congress. The “Internet kill switch” bill is designed to provide Dictator-in-Chief Obama with total control of the USA’s Internet and will allow him total censorship of opposition viewpoints.
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to read about the incredible recent exploits of The Political Cesspool!
What began as a minor insurgency featuring protesters waving signs of dubious syntax, followed by racially tinged conspiracies about President Obama’s lineage and religion and ostentatiously displayed firearms – and cheered on by some conservative commentators and bloggers – is now winning elections that could determine the balance of power in the US Congress.
There is no such thing as the “tea party.” It is not organized as such, and in fact the movement in some sense is antiparty – even though most of its political pot-stirring has been within the GOP……
WASHINGTON MarketWatch —
Tuesday’s stunning primary results made it official: The tea-party movement has captured the Republican Party.The so-called establishment in the GOP is now at the mercy of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and other self-appointed prophets of the conservative movement that have succeeded in channeling the recession-fueled anger of a good chunk of the voting public.
The unlikely victory of Christine O’Donnell against Republican stalwart Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary showed that Sharron Angle’s primary victory in Nevada and Joe Miller’s in Alaska were not aberrations, but harbingers of a new conservative order.Tea Party claims big primary winsLong-shot candidates Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Carl Paladino of New York upset established rivals in Republican primaries.
Peter Wallsten discusses the implications for November.While the conventional wisdom is that O’Donnell’s win secures the Delaware Senate seat for Democrats in November, she has demonstrated that the tea-party movement can upend conventional wisdom, which until very recently saw Castle as a shoo-in.The tea party’s successful conquest of the GOP means that the Republican label has shifted even further right, and raises the question of what happens to moderate Republicans and independents in the November election.
The Democrats, for their part, always have been more fractious than the Republicans. The party is riven by the tension between progressives and “moderates” such as the Blue Dogs, who carry the same party label but share fewer and fewer policies.In short, the ultrapolarization that characterizes the political debate in this election year is opening a yawning gap in the center.
Acting Police Chief Tracy Vitale has been placed on administrative leave amid questions over her citizenship.snipVitale’s attorney, Chuck LoPresti, said the acting chief was adopted in Germany by her American parents, and brought to the U.S. at age 3.
She has always felt that her parents completed all of the paperwork needed to insure her citizenship.When she applied for any police job, she has answered “yes” to the question of whether she is a citizen because she has always believed that’s the case.But in this case, someone has asked the borough to question Vitale.LoPresti said a team of attorneys is working with the federal government to prove Vitale’s citizenship.
A number of cases show how police continue to misunderstand citizens’ rights to record their behavior, and they’re now neatly compiled into a video from the Cato Institute.Police Continue to Harass Citizens Who Record Them 140410banner4Prison Planet.tv Members Can Watch Don’t Tread On Me Right Now Online
Koran burning may not be protected free speech, indicates Supreme Court AssociateundefinedPaul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet.comWednesday, September 15, 2010Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer was indecisive when answering a question about whether or not Pastor Terry Jones’ proposed Koran burning was protected by free speech, suggesting that “globalization” now trumps the First Amendment in the eyes of lawmakers.
During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote his book, Breyer was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if Jones’ ability to broadcast his actions in an age of global media poses “a challenge” to the First Amendment.
OBAMA’S SAFE SCHOOL CZAR ADMITS GAY CURRICULUM IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL
The Blaze ^Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:54:22 PM by TruthHoundVideo @ linkTOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Click to Add TopicKEYWORDS: Click to Add Keyword[ Report Abuse | Bookmark ]
This man is at the top of U.S. School Policies. His goal: In no more than 2 generations, heterosexuality will be as frowned upon by society as homosexuality was 2 generations ago.1 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:54:26 PM by TruthHound[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies | Report Abuse]To: TruthHoundImagine that.The stated goal of the 0bummer administration’s “Education Czar” is promotion of the Sodomite Agenda.What a shock./sarc just in case …2 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:56:26 PM by Westbrook Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.[
Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]To: TruthHoundNot Found – 404How does he expect the third generation to get here?3 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:56:40 PM by fml[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]To: TruthHoundI suppose this goes along with a “humans bad, planet good” green philosophy. Because something this radical will be a Darwin award for the society that embraces it.4 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:57:31 PM by HiTech
RedNeck I am in America but not of America per bible: am in the world but not of it[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]To: TruthHoundThey already killed your link. Damage control.No surprise there. Promoting homosexuality is another way to destroy a society, which is what libs want.5 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:57:59 PM by TigerClaws[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.Free RepublicBrowse · Search Pings · Mail News/ActivismTopics · Post ArticleFreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson
“Is the Tea Party More Conservative or Libertarian to You?”
There is no tea Party.
The worse thing could be that we start making it a party.
It IS no more or less than the remaining remnant of real Americans. The lastsupport for the old USA!The best that could happens is that it does in its success destroy the Republican Party—the GOP id the other side of the two-party system; the lesser of evils; the mostly unrecognized other evil.
The “other” party is the poor that will always be with us, regardless of the name it is known by: democrats, libs, progressives, commies, marxists, whatever.
The so-called tea party, the remnant, represent the remaining real Americans as opposed to AINOs,the fed-up, the p!$$ed off, the had -it-up-2-here folks who are mad as hell and aren’t gonna take any more o’ this crap!
47 posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:58:17 PM
WE ARE BEHIND “ENEMY WITHIN” LINES, SURROUNDED, Our ‘Novembers’ Are Gone,,,So Few Can “grok” It.
Chicago is dying and its illness will spread to every corner of America unless something is done to address and reverse its problems.Richard Daley’s administration has done a skillful job of hiding it, but America’s second city, Chicago a town totally ruled by Democrats for eighty years is nearly dead.
The city has chased out numerous wealthy and successful corporations, the kind that feed the life blood of any municipality trying to play in the big leagues.
Chicago’s insane liberal politics have driven away: Amoco, Waste Management, Quaker Oats, and even First Chicago among many other top tier corporations.Starting last year city workers including cops and firemen were suffering unpaid involuntary furloughs of first fifteen days then twenty four days this year.
Emblematic of the City’s “lifeboat ethic” is the penny wise and pound foolish sale of its parking meter system. The short term “gain” was a drop in Chicago’s budget shortfall but that revenue has been taken away forever as a source of income.The head Rat jumps ship because the problems are manyChicago’s Mayor For Life Richard Daley has announced he would not be running for reelection next February.
He didn’t elaborate beyond saying it was time to go, but who would know better how sick his city is than Richard Daley?The institutionalized problems that now preclude a reversal of Chicago’s fortunes are many and serious….
Most folks have caught on to beck—he is for all the things that his masters at FauxNoose wants him to be for, but against all the establishment wants him to be against—for instance, the 9/11 controversy, the FEMA camps, the birthers, etc, etc.
But even now he’s all for lincoln and his war of aggression against felloe Americans the south, etc.Why does he speak out against those who are aware of the truth fthese things?
And many writers have gone far further into detail on all of the above and more.In fact I have posted links to the above mentioned writers here many times only to have URLs deleted by moderators, and usually due to the urging of offended beckers here on fr.
The people have always, from the start, wanted their king, and now they have their kings and pseudo-heroes.The best thing that could now happen is that the people now pissed and finally ready to vote the bums out are successful—and that they destroy both parties not just one.
The rats will always be around in one form or the other—no matter what they call themselves democrats,liberals, progressives, marxists, commies, whatever.
The poor will ever be with us.
But it would be a mistake to leave the pubs behind intact—those who represent only the other side of the two-headed coin of the two-party system—the lesser of the two evils. Not only the RHINOs but the AINOs—American In Name Only!
The so-called t-party is nothing more than the last remnant of Americanism left in what’s left of our old USA—it’s now or never. They are p!ssed and ready. The enemy knows this and scared sh!tless and more dangerous than ever.
The Internet is one of the last pitchforks we have and they know it—they are scared sh!tless of it—they want that pitchfork—they want it bad!
Beware all who call themselves Patriots, Conservatives, real Americns are not so, nor do they have our best interests at heart.
Many are now awake, but THINK also!
Don’t let the bigmouths do your thinking for you and/or for others.
Will Barack Obama feel the temptation to enhance his claim to presidential greatness by transforming himself into an aggressive war leader? Could this desire lead to an “October Surprise”- like a military strike on Iran- that could radically alter the dynamics of the upcoming Congressional elections?These questions connect to the recent publication of Tony Blair’s fascinating memoir, A Journey, which places special emphasis on his controversial role as Britain’s leader in the Iraq War.
This ferociously formidable politician served as Prime Minister for ten full years only the last four of which overlapped with military operations in Iraq, permanently transformed his Labour Party, won three landslide victories and made fateful decisions that impacted every aspect of British life. Nevertheless, the world sees Blair and the former PM clearly sees himself above all as the charismatic, energetic commander who teamed with George W. Bush to rid the world of Saddam Hussein.The only other Prime Minister since World War II with a reasonable claim on greatness was also associated with decisive military leadership.
Margaret Thatcher, “The Iron Lady,” sent a major task force halfway around the world in 1982 for an amphibious assault on the Argentine invaders who had seized remote British settlements on the Falklands Islands. In the one-sided 74 day conflict, British forces killed 649 Argentines and took 11,300 prisoners; for the rest of her career, “The Falklands Factor” added to Thatcher’s stature and popularity.
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Iconoclast Publisher Assassination Target!
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By Captain Eric H. May
The Lone Star Iconoclast
HOUSTON, 9/14/10 — With Mr. Smith’s permission, I present his reply to my Sunday article about the strange circumstances of his suspicious stroke. It hit him like a bolt as he was preparing the most explosive issue of The Iconoclast in its decade of Alamo-like audacity against the Establishment’s post-9/11 international war crimes and domestic dictatorship.
During that time the paper garnered international acclaim as an outpost of dissent a few dusty miles away from the Bush Western White House. During the Camp Casey days of August 2005, The Iconoclast was behind the scenes as it covered the story. By the next August and Camp Casey II, The Iconoclast had become the vanguard of the patriotic alternative media effort to analyze, anticipate and advertise what the editors called “red zones” during which another 9/11 was threatening.
Mr. Smith’s email is below, with a link to the new evidence. I urge all dissenters — and nowadays that’s most of us — to examine and discuss the evidence. Spread the word that the assassin nation created by King George Bush, then confirmed by Black Bush Obama, is a threat to us all that we must all fight to the finish.
Melted rubber stamp:
Why Libertarians Oppose War
Recently by J. H. Huebert: Vouchers Are Not Libertarian
This article is excerpted from Libertarianism Today, by Jacob H. Huebert.
Libertarianism and war are not compatible. One reason why should be obvious: In war, governments commit legalized mass-murder. In modern warfare especially, war is not just waged among voluntary combatants, but kills, maims, and otherwise harms innocent people. Then, of course, wars must be funded through taxes, which are extracted from U.S. citizens by force – a form of legalized theft, as far as libertarians are concerned. And, historically, the U.S. has used conscription – legalized slavery – to force people to fight and die. In addition, an interventionist foreign policy makes civilians targets for retaliation, so governments indirectly cause more violence against their own people when they become involved in other countries’ affairs. Plus, war is always accompanied by many other new restrictions on liberty, many of which are sold as supposedly temporary wartime measures but then never go away.
War Involves Mass Murder
Today, people mostly accept that innocent civilians die in wars, and it doesn’t seem to bother them too much as long as it’s happening to other people on the other side of the world. The military calls this “collateral damage,” and the American media mostly ignores it, but libertarians call attention to it and call it what it is: mass murder.
Historically, war didn’t necessarily involve killing innocents on a large scale. War was always terrible and undesirable, but by the eighteenth century, Europe had developed rules of “civilized warfare,” and wars were generally fought only between armies, with civilians off-limits. From the libertarian perspective, this type of war is not so much of a problem; if people choose to engage in mortal combat with each other, that may be foolish, self-destructive, and even immoral, but it’s not aggression in the libertarian sense. (Of course, those wars still have objectionable ends – generally, the right to dominate a particular territory – but at least the means aren’t so offensive.)
Modern warfare is another story. Modern governments, including but not limited to democracies, claim to represent “the people,” so modern wars are seen as being fought, not just between rulers, but between whole peoples. By this way of thinking, it’s not two governments fighting; it’s “all of us versus all of them.” This is how politicians and some conservative pundits talk: either you are rooting “for America” or you “want America to lose” – they don’t distinguish between the country’s government and its citizens. If their view is correct – if governments really do represent the people – then it follows (more easily) that the people are fair game in war.
Beware of Videotaping Cop Abuse
The police state can make you the criminal, says Mark Nestmann.
When Cameras Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Cameras!
by Mark Nestmann
Recently by Mark Nestmann: What Your PC Knows About You
In recent years, dozens of videos documenting police misconduct have been posted on YouTube. But prosecutors haven’t generally punished the offending cops. Increasingly, they’re arresting the individuals who posted the videos.
At least two states – Massachusetts and Illinois – make it illegal to record any on-duty police officer in any situation. It doesn’t matter if the officer is in the process of beating someone to death. It doesn’t matter if the recording is in your own home, and the police have just busted down your door in an illegal search. If you record the interaction, you can go to prison.
In ten other states, “all parties” must consent in order for a private person to make a recording of a conversation or personal encounter. Since a police officer acting abusively isn’t likely to give you permission to record the event, if you do so, you could be violating the wiretap statute – and be subject to a long prison sentence.
In Illinois, for instance, a street artist recorded his own arrest for selling artwork without a peddler’s license. He now faces up to 15 years in prison.
Arresting police whistleblowers is a nationwide trend. And the courts approve. For instance, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man arrested for recording a police encounter. Defendant Michael Hyde used the recording to file a harassment complaint against police. Instead, he was convicted of illegal wiretapping. While he was sentenced to only six months of probation, he could have faced a much longer prison term.
IMF Fears ‘Social Explosion’ From World Jobs Crisis
(US Faces ‘Explosion of Social Unrest’
UK too. Article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.)
Recently by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Société Générale Tells Clients How to Prepare for Potential ‘Global Collapse’
“The labour market is in dire straits. The Great Recession has left behind a waste land of unemployment,” said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF’s chief, at an Oslo jobs summit with the International Labour Federation (ILO).
He said a double-dip recession remains unlikely but stressed that the world has not yet escaped a deeper social crisis. He called it a grave error to think the West was safe again after teetering so close to the abyss last year. “We are not safe,” he said.
A joint IMF-ILO report said 30m jobs had been lost since the crisis, three quarters in richer economies. Global unemployment has reached 210m. “The Great Recession has left gaping wounds. High and long-lasting unemployment represents a risk to the stability of existing democracies,” it said…
Why Carry a Gun
Well, if you think that law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns for self-defense, you’re essentially in favor of pushing all those folks into that ring with the heavyweight, because that’s the power balance on the street. There are no weight classes, no referees, and no fair fights.
Carry a Gun? – by John Farnum
“Police Protection” is a contradiction of terms! Police rarely stop crimes from taking place. Rather, we spend most of our time investigating offences, after the damage has been done, and after innocent victims have been permanently disabled/deformed or murdered.
Accordingly, I carry a gun, because I’m too young to be murdered, and too old to suffer crippling injury at the hands of violent criminals.
I don’t carry a gun, so that I can scare people. I carry a gun, because the world is a scary place!
I don’t carry a gun as a delusional response to imaginary threats. I carry a gun, so that I can deal effectively with real threats!
I don’t carry a gun, because I’m evil. I carry a gun, because I’ve already seen more evil than I ever wanted to!
I don’t carry a gun, because I hate government. I carry a gun, because I’ve seen how woefully limited and impotent all governments are!…