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Monday, July 22, 2013

Moving...

Over the weekend and into this week, I've been in the process of moving. I won't have Internet again 'til tomorrow (writing this on the fly in a public wifi spot. When the dust settles, content will flow again.

In the meantime, this short story by Philip K. Dick was the basis for the Total Recall Films in 1990 and 2012. Enjoy: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Drone That Killed My Grandson

By NASSER al-AWLAKI
The New York Times

SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.

The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed. It was not until May of this year that the Obama administration, in a supposed effort to be more transparent, publicly acknowledged what the world already knew — that it was responsible for his death.

The attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., said only that Abdulrahman was not “specifically targeted,” raising more questions than he answered.

My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable. On Friday, I will petition a federal court in Washington to require the government to do just that.

Abdulrahman was born in Denver. He lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched “The Simpsons,” listened to Snoop Dogg, read “Harry Potter” and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.

In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.

Read the rest at The New York Times.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Facts About George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin: A Libertarian Perspective

An important video to watch:

The Truth About George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin



Give Snowden The Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden was nominated by a Swedish sociology professor for the Nobel Peace Prize:

Russia Today - A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. He says the NSA whistleblower could help “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama.

In his letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Stefan Svallfors praised Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.” He stated that by revealing the existence and the scale of the US surveillance programs, Snowden showed “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

...

But Kristian Berg Harpviken, senior researcher and deputy director at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), told Interfax news agency that it is very unlikely that Snowden will become a Nobel Prize laureate.

Harpviken said that all major deadlines have passed, meaning that Snowden will have very little chance of making the shortlist.

When asked whether Snowden deserves the award, Harpviken replied with a “careful yes.”

The Nobel Prize is for those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Do you think Edward Snowden deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Help Ben Swann Win The Battle! #LibertyIsRising

Here's a video I made:



The battle for the mind of North America is being fought in the video arena. Help Ben Swann win that battle!

Invest in Ben's Kickstarter here:
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Voice-over:
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...no, I'm not saying 9-11 wasn't real. I'm saying the impact it had on most of you wasn't. I know you probably don't like that either.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Washington Free Beacon Writer, Alana Goodman, Favorably Quoted Radical Racist and Terrorist Leader in 2008 Article

Alana Goodman, the author of the Washington Free Beacon's hit piece against Rand Paul earlier this week (my thoughts on it here), favorably quoted a radical racist and terrorist leader in a 2008 article for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

The piece, entitled "Bye George W. Bush, it's been Israel," was a letter of gushing praise for the outgoing Republican president. With the USA's own interests thrown in as an afterthought, Goodman clearly assesses George W. Bush's presidency as a glowing success for one reason:

"In the past 60 years, no U.S. president has been a better friend to Israel. And for a country so desperately in need of friends, his assistance has been invaluable."

Goodman's single most important criterion for the success of a US presidency is... how good it is for a single other country, not for the US. Not for the entire world.

But the strangest part of a very strange article was near the end, where Goodman favorably quotes one Rabbi Meir Kahane:

'The world has negotiated, denounced and condemned for too long. After a while, words lose their meaning unless they are backed up with swift and decisive action.

To borrow a phrase from Rabbi Meir Kahane, “One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.”

I’m grateful to have a leader who understands this. Bush will be truly missed.'

Get 'em Kahane! I'm grateful to have a leader who understands where Kahane was coming from!

Who's Meir Kahane?

That's what I wanted to know. Turns out, not someone I would ever choose to represent my point of view, especially not when it comes to Israel and Palestine, and especially not after writing an emotionally charged article heavy on calls for swift and decisive action! without ever naming exactly the kind of action I'm calling for.

Meir Kahane was the founder of the Jewish Defense League.

The FBI classified the JDL as a "right wing terrorist group" in 2001.

The Anti-Defamation League says that Meir Kahane "preached a radical form of Jewish nationalism which reflected racism, violence, and political extremism."

On their website, the ADL has a detailed chronology of the acts of violence and terror carried out by Kahane's group from 1969 - 1995.

In 2002, the Southern Poverty Law Center added the Jewish Defense League to its list of watched hate groups for the JDL's "long history of bombing, assaulting and threatening its perceived enemies" such as "the Soviet Union, neo-Nazi activists, Palestinian leaders, prominent black Americans and even Jewish moderates" as well as other Jewish radicals.

Kach, the far-right political party that Kahane founded in Israel in the 1970s was actually banned from elections by the Israeli government for incitement to racism. Kahane's racist legislative proposals included revoking Israeli citizenship for non-Jews and banning marriage and sexual relations between Jews and non-Jews. To this day, the remnants of Kach are considered terrorist organizations by the governments of Israel, Canada, the European Union, and the US.

Now at this point, I'd have a lot of questions to ask Alana Goodman, but I'll leave it at this: Should you be judged by the same journalistic standards you've used to impugn the character of others?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How You Know Rand Paul Is Winning The Argument

Yes, wolves exist, but we shouldn't trust the boy who cries wolf with the responsibility of alerting us to the real ones.

Yes, racists exist, but a racist these days is all too often really just a conservative winning an argument with a liberal.

You've seen big government propagandists do it again and again. They will bend over backwards to assail defenders of liberty as racists on the basis of flimsy circumstantial evidence and rationally deficient arguments used to smear their targets by insinuation, false association, and outright fabrication.

When the Tea Party was in full swing waving a million anti-tax signs across the nation, all too many of its critics jumped on any opportunity, no matter how ridiculous or outright fabricated, to cast the fiscal policy movement as a sinister bastion of racism. The NAACP passed a resolution in 2010 calling on the Tea Party to purge its ranks of racists or accept responsibility for them.

The NAACP and its cheerleaders were heavy on condemnation, but light on actually making a case that the Tea Parties were in fact rife with racism. It was just a smear campaign.

Enough Americans went to Tea Party protests to know they had nothing to do with race. I went to several big Tea Party events and if I didn't have the cry wolf media to tell me otherwise, I could have sworn that it was all about balanced budgets, term limits, and trying to figure out how to make legislators actually read bills before deciding to turn them into laws that have real consequences for the rest of us. I didn't feel like it was too much to ask. And I certainly didn't see what it had to do with race.

So if the Tea Party's ideals stirred a little something in you, if you believe the Washington regime is out of control and exploits its power over us for its own interests instead of to make our lives better, but if you aren't sure which politicians are simply talking the Tea Party talk and which ones really mean it, then pay attention to which politicians the defenders of the status quo are trying to smear as racist without making a very convincing case.

One of the Tea Party's leading figures, Rand Paul, was the victim of just such a smear this week, a piece published in the Washington Free Beacon with the title, "Rebel Yell," and the subtitle, "Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements."

Here's what it all looks like to me: Jack Hunter, the Rand Paul aide at the center of this smear attack, as a young radio shock jock bristling at the overreach of the federal government, spent some time captivated by a romanticized notion of the Confederacy because it once stood up to the government that he wanted to stand up to. Being from the south himself and having pride in his culture made it easier for Jack to relate.

Hey, I'm with you-- the young Jack's interest in the Confederacy wasn't very critical or well thought out. He's said himself that he's embarrassed by some of the things he said in his youth. Since then, he's dropped his interest in it because he's been transformed by a much more inspiring and inclusive vision, Ron Paul's message of peaceful co-existence, constitutional rule of law, and individual liberty for all. Those are the things he's talking about and seriously advocates for now (which is what his critics actually have a problem with), and all this time he's been perfectly forthcoming and public about his past as he transitioned from shock jock entertainer to serious political activist.

The idea that any of this has implications about Senator Rand Paul's worthiness as a 2016 presidential candidate is suspicious.

The late Senator Robert Byrd didn't merely have an aide that wore a Confederate wrestling mask in his youth as a bad joke; Byrd himself was an active leader for years in the KKK. His title was "Exalted Cyclops," and he organized a "klavern" of 150 members. He's the man who said this:

"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

Now I read all of Hunter's past incriminating quotes (and several that I wouldn't consider incriminating at all) published by the Washington Free Beacon, and none of them hold a candle to the unrestrained hatred and actual racism of Robert Byrd on full display in the quote above. Regardless of this, Byrd would spend decades as a powerful US Senator, and when he died in office of old age, the New York Times gave him a shining tribute entitled, "Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92."

The Times obituary apologized aggressively for Byrd's racist past. Readers didn't even see a word about it until suffering through fifteen belabored paragraphs of gushing praise for the man, and then finally, the Times columnist's lead-in to the difficult subject matter was as merciful as he could have possibly mustered, "Mr. Byrd's perspective on the world changed over the years..."

And I'm not making this up, the NAACP even released a statement praising Robert Byrd after he died, and saying that his life "reflects the transformative power of this nation."

If the man deserved his senate seat, a glowing endorsement from the NAACP, and the newspaper of record's lavish praise with a history like that, surely Rand Paul might just merit the presidency since this story isn't even about him though the Beacon is trying to make it about him, and since it's about an aide being remorseful and embarrassed about an insensitive radio persona in his youth that does not come any where close to the same ballpark of the kind of genuine racial terrorism that the senator with a "D" next to his name participated in.

See, the media outlets that feign indignation at trumped up charges of racism are worse than the boy who cried wolf. At least when a real wolf came the boy cried wolf again. The moral of the story is no one believed him even when he was warning of a real threat because he had destroyed his credibility. But imagine what we would think of the boy if he cried wolf when there was no wolf, and remained silent when a real wolf approached. That's your status quo media. Phony exaggerated outrage for the merely uncouth; mercy and forgiveness for undeniable, flagrant racism.

On that note, I don't see any articles on The Washington Free Beacon condemning the daily, racist stop and frisks in New York City or the racist War on Drugs. If any of the cry wolfs had any sense of perspective and any real concern about the destruction of racism in our country when it's real, undeniable, and relevant, maybe every time Mayor Bloomberg's name gets floated for the presidency, you'd hear someone disqualify him as a serious candidate.

Clearly, Rand Paul's critics want to condemn him for some racism that they fantasize he would be guilty of in the 19- or 1860s, but the only people who I ever seem to hear consistently taking a serious stand against actual racist policies happening right now are libertarians like Rand Paul. It's obviously not about fighting racism for the cry wolfs; it's about defending the establishment's grip on power.

The real problem Rand Paul's critics have with him is that he is winning the argument about freedom. He is winning the argument that Washington has become a machinery of exploitation, corruption, secrecy, and abuse.

With this latest distraction out of the way, let's keep having that real argument. Because we're winning it.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Murfreesboro Checkpoint Video

I recently saw a Facebook conversation about the July 4th video of the kid in Murfreesboro who was stopped by strangers with uniforms on. To my understanding, he was just peacefully going about his business, not acting suspicious, not causing a problem for anyone, but just lucklessly happened upon a checkpoint at which armed men in uniforms were canvassing anyone passing by.

You can review the video here:



Here's what I wrote in response to the conversation:

I just read this entire thread. My thoughts might be a little different from everyone's thus far:

I have 100% empathy for the kid being bullied in that video and 0% empathy for the bully. Though I do have to say I would recommend to anybody to be as deferential as possible in any police encounter for your own physical and legal protection.

Not just to be nice as has been suggested above though. And not because it's no big deal to roll down your window because someone's a bully. I think bullying is a very big deal, and bullying by people with the kind of legally and socially privileged status that police have is especially egregious and socially destructive, indeed even (and all too often) deadly.

On that note, I've got to say I think media portrayals of cops are actually overwhelmingly and unrealistically positive, not the other way around. Multiple times a day, every day in the US, police armed to the teeth break down peaceful people's front doors, shoot their dog, and kidnap them to lock in a cage for owning a plant. I mean, come on. What more do you need? Police are dangerous bullies. It's inherent in what they do.

I feel a kind of deep burning shame and desperation when I watch interactions like the one in discussion between someone who is powerless and a bully. Even with the caveat that the cop messed up and should be punished, I can't cut him a little bit of slack and empathize that he's tired and overworked. I wouldn't cut a husband a little bit of slack and empathize that he's tired and overworked if he comes home from work and bullies his wife by snapping at her and bossing her around. I'd judge him pretty harshly in my mind.

And I'd say the power disparity between a normal person and a cop is much greater in society today than the power disparity between a woman and her husband. So the cop has to be held to an even higher standard of behavior. At least the wife can get up and leave the house if her husband bullies her and society won't judge her and she won't get in trouble with the law. The interaction is voluntary. If this kid had left the scene, things could have escalated even more. He was totally powerless. At the mercy of self-righteous brutes. It turns my stomach.

That said, the reason to be as deferential as possible to a cop is for your protection. Don't escalate a police encounter. Take off your sunglasses and hat, roll your window all the way down, say yes sir / no sir, don't get smart or sassy. Don't give a bully any reason to single you out for punishment. Just reinforce their feeling of power with some deference. I subscribe to the "Flex Your Rights" method for dealing with police that says you do have rights, but the time to flex them is not during a police encounter, but in court afterward if the cop encounter goes wrong despite your best efforts to keep it cool.

There's a great 38 minute video on this called 10 Rules For Dealing With Police:



Friday, July 5, 2013

PSA: If You See Something, *Do* Something

Like these folks. This is terrific:



"It Wasn't Rape. Look What They Were Wearing!"

No, not the victims, the rapists.

Let's back up a second:

"We're going to get familiar with your womanly parts."

That's what Brandy Hamilton says Nathaniel Turner, a male police officer told her last year during a traffic stop when she and her friend were driving home from the beach. The officer found a small amount of marijuana in their car after stopping them for speeding and made them wait on the side of the road in their bikinis, without allowing them to put on their clothes, so Jennie Bui, a female officer could show up and perform a roadside cavity search. The traffic stop and the vaginal search were caught on the police cruiser's cameras.

"She pretty much forced my legs open because I wouldn't even open my legs," Hamilton said.

Her friend, Alexandria Ramble told her local news station, KXAN, "We were just assaulted in the worst way possible. We weren't asked could we be touched. It was just done to us. I'm just embarrassed."

The two women announced this week that they are bringing a lawsuit against the police officers and I covered the story here this week.

The police officer that raped these two women was fired. The officer that stood by while it happened has been suspended pending investigation.

They got off easy. If they have to pay civil damages to these women, they will have got off easy.

This wasn't just an extremely unreasonable search. This was sexual assault, rape plain and simple.

Strangers stopped these women and then one of them forcibly inserted her fingers into the vaginas of these helpless, disarmed humans against their will and without their consent. That's not a search that went too far. That's a rape. They shouldn't be fired. They should go to jail.

If anyone else did this, it would be considered rape. There's no difference between you and a police officer. You're both human beings. You're both members of the same species. Different moral rules do not apply to you. The only difference between you and a police officer is the police officer is wearing a uniform and a badge.

Kudos to different media sources for calling attention to this disgusting injustice, but why isn't anyone calling this rape?

Good God, I've heard of people trying to justify rape based off of what the victim was wearing, but this might be the first time I've ever heard of anyone missing the clear and undeniable proof that a rape has occurred based on what the rapist was wearing!

And why isn't this trending on Twitter yet??

The cops raped two women on camera and this isn't a national issue? Daniel Tosh makes a freaking rape joke and it's a national crisis, but an actual rape happens on the side of the highway in broad daylight and on camera, the perpetrators are armed and among the most powerful and least accountable class of human beings in the country, the victims are arguably among the most disenfranchised and marginalized class of human beings in the country, black women who smoke marijuana-- and why the hell am I not hearing about this on every news source and social media channel?

This happened in the not very great state of Texas, the same place women are gathering in droves and yelling Hail Satan for a woman's right to an abortion, but no one is yelling Hail Satan for a woman's right not to get raped by the cops.

It's been over 48 hours now since I first saw this story. Let's check Huffington Post Women to see if there's anything about it. Not a peep. Though if you want to know what to do after you've been stood up for a date, what might make your sex life less satisfying, or how misogynistic stock photos of patriotic women are-- HuffPoWo is for feminists like you. Gotta keep those stock photos in check.

They've also got a list of 8 things you should know about your reproductive system, and none of them are, "No one has the right to touch your reproductive system without your consent. No, not even if they're wearing a blue costume with a badge, and no, not even if you like to smoke marijuana."

Is Feministing going to back up these rape victims? Let's see. Nope. Nothing. Though there is a post on "getting guys to take feminism seriously." How about take yourself seriously? Okay, what about Bitch Magazine? Silence. Jezebel? Nothing. They do have an article on "How to be good at math as a woman."

I'm sorry movement feminism, but Daniel Tosh's jokes aren't rape culture. You are. I seriously hope you prove me wrong.

As long as we're blinded by this cult of costume worship, this irrational belief that people with uniforms and badges are in a different moral category from the rest of us, violence, abuse, sexism, racism, rape and every other ugly human characteristic will not go away, and as history bears witness, will only get worse.

The fact that the media headlines about this story, the few that there are, are about unconstitutional body cavity searches, and not especially brazen rapes shows us just how far we have to go as a society.

It's especially interesting that these rapes took place over marijuana. Brandy and Alexandria were not allowed to make a choice about their own bodies when it came to marijuana, and that's the police officers' justification for why they weren't allowed to make a choice about their own bodies when it came to which people are allowed to put fingers inside their vaginas. Pro choice feminists, where the hell are you? Can any of you back these victims up?


University of Wisconsin Students Grill NSA Recruiters [Audio]

This is an absolutely phenomenal interview between some sharp students at the University of Wisconsin and some pretty dim-witted NSA recruiters. Do yourself a favor and listen to this while following along on the written transcript at one of the students' blogs under the blog title, "The NSA Comes Recruiting."



Can someone please fire David Gregory and give his job to Madiha Tahir, the journalism student that asked many of the questions and published the recording and transcript above?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

From Wolfgang Gartner, Illmerica...

Warning - graphic cartoon violence:



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Police Raped These Two Women

Two Brazoria County, TX women were pulled over for speeding. The cop did not give the women, who were in bikinis, a chance to put some clothes on before making them wait on the side of the highway for a female cop to show up and give them a body cavity search in the police cruiser on the side of the highway- because a small amount of marijuana was found in the car.

Warning - graphic rape footage:



He Didn't Mean It



He doesn't mean any of it.

Am I a "Full Out Anarchist?"

In response to this recent post and this recent comment, both regarding the state's role in protecting fetal humans (short version: the only thing I want the Washington regime to do to make the world a better place is go to hell), I've received the following comments asking me if I am an anarchist:

Paul: Does this mean you've become a full out anarchist?

March Hare: W. E. You have completely lost the plot here - unless you're going anarchist on us.

There have been over 1 million abortions per year since 1973, if the role of government is to enforce the rights of people, and foetuses count as people, then it would be right and proper for the government to get seriously involved in [stopping] abortion. And, yes, forcing the rest of us to pay for said enforcement.

Fortunately my own thoughts on the subject are not subject to anger with the current government and don't fall into the slippery slope fallacy (which isn't a fallacy!) that yours does about the proper role of government.

If you want to abandon the idea of government/state as the monopoly on force (anarchy) that's fine, I look forward to an article on the outsourcing of force or security to a body voluntarily, but that's not what I've seen in your writing thus far.

Answer:

No, I'm not a full out anarchist. Barack Obama is.

an·ar·chy

1. absence of government

2. a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

I believe in government. I govern myself and my actions every day. As part of that government, I associate with people who govern themselves in an orderly and lawful manner. I do not associate with lawless, disordered individuals. At least not unless they force me to.

I would say the one lawless interaction I am forced to engage in which really sticks out in my mind is the payment of my federal income taxes, which I do only because I'm afraid. I'm afraid that if I don't, the lawless crime syndicate known as the Washington regime will begin to harass me, then intimidate me, then harass and intimidate the financial institutions I do business with into freezing my accounts, and may eventually send an armed gang whose salary I pay only because I'm afraid to kidnap me and lock me in a cage.

My other interactions, however, are orderly and motivated not by fear and threats, but by love and enticements. When I give my money to a grocery store, it's because I love the quality, diversity, and price of their products. I love how those products support and enhance my life.

Reread that second definition of anarchy. Fast and Furious? Summary execution by drone? Warrantless spying? Warrantless searches in airports? Taking money by force from frightened Americans to give to foreign governments that sponsor terrorism and to foreign rebels supported by known terrorists? Lawlessness and political disorder due to the absense of governmental authority, all of it.

Obama and his supporters are the ones who don't believe in law, order, or government. They believe in power and the projection and consolidation of power in the hands of an elite few, the world's most prolific anarchists.

Me? I'm just a humble libertarian.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tell Uncle Sam What You Want For Independence Day!

My mom was waiting on the other side of the TSA line with her camera ready, all excited about taking my picture on Uncle Sam's lap. Stupid. Sometimes she is so embarrassing.

She made me step out of line and give her the jolly ranchers that fell out when the TSA officer made me empty my pockets. Those were my jolly ranchers. My friend Evan gave them to me at school. And I even traded him something that took me a whole hour to make with my other friends that we learned at camp. Then I had to go back through the security line twice! Like I'm a criminal or something.

The mall Uncle Sam looked really fake this year. Half of his fake bushy eyebrow was coming off. I keep trying to tell everybody I'm too old for this, but I don't have the heart to tell my mom that I don't believe in Uncle Sam anymore. Plus I want the presents. My dad even told me if you don't believe in Uncle Sam, he won't visit and leave presents. I saw them wrapping one of the presents last year before Independence Day.

"Thump, thump, thump! Every heart beats true! Happy Independence Day! Thump, thump, thump! Well hi there little buddy! Why don't you sit on Uncle Sam's lap and tell him what you want for Independence Day this year!"

I obeyed. His lap and hands was so hot and sweaty. I could see beads of sweat all over his face. No wonder the eyebrow was peeling off.

"Have you been a good little American this year?"

"Yeah I guess."

I always feel bad about Independence Day because they say if you're a bad American, you won't get presents, and even though I know I'm bad a lot, I always get them. And somehow, I feel like it doesn't matter if my parents are bad or good either because they got me presents. Like I can't be mad at them when they're being stupid and just treating me like a kid all the time. I guess they really love me. And even though I'm too old for this, I really like getting presents. I just hate all the carols and dumb stuff about it.

"Well nobody's perfect, but you've done your best, right? You love America, right?"

"Yeah, I love America."

"That's a good little American. What would you like for Independence Day this year?"

"Umm... I want... could I please get a bb gun."

Uncle Sam raised a eyebrow, the one that was peeling off.

"Well Uncle Sam can't promise you a bb gun. Those are dangerous for little boys and girls to have. How about a nice GI Joe so you can pretend he's shooting his toy gun at bad guys?"

Look, I'm old enough to know how it works. My parents already know I want a bb gun and this guy in a mall costume isn't going to make a difference. I shrug my shoulders and try to ignore my mom's iPhone picture taking bonanza. God I have to be the oldest kid in this whole line.

"Sure."

"What else do you want for Independence Day?"

I pretend how uncomfortable he would be if I told him I want my parents to stop fighting. Which I really do want them to do that. But there's no way I'm going to say that for real. Do you think I'm crazy?

"Star Wars Legos."

"Thump, thump, thump! Uncle Sam would be happy to have his little helpers in Washington whip you up some Star Wars Legos in time for Independence Day! Well it's time for me to talk to the next little American. Be a good patriot and Uncle Sam will see you next year!"

I climb off his lap. I know Independence Day isn't about presents and fireworks. It's about how great America is, but I can't wait until it's all over and I have my bb gun.

CA Police Shoot Dog For Defending His Owner As They Arrest Him *For Filming Them*

Warning: this video is *extremely* graphic and disturbing.

Hawthorne, CA Police Officer Shoots Dog:



InfoWars reports: "The 130-pound, 3-year-old Rottweiler named Max was shot to death after he escaped through a window in a parked car and ran over to his master, Leon Rosby, who was being arrested for filming the scene on his phone."

Hat tip: Daily Paul.

The comments on the YouTube page were overwhelmingly critical of the police overreaction. Here are some examples:

for the last time since so many dummies seem to exist here: ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS TELL THE OWNER TO TAKE CARE OF IT. he wasn't resisting, he would have wanted his dog safe, so all they could have done is stopped cuffing him for 15 seconds, let him secure his dog and calm it down... and then they could have continued their pointless arrest. easy. nobody hurt. isn't that the logical normal thing to do if a dog is "threatening" you? to tell it's owner to take care of it?

I hope all those motherfucker cops get killed in their next raid... Fucking cowards...

Hawthorne city hall # 310 349 2960 (Maxine Waters office will direct you there).

that is absolutely fucking wrong. arresting him for nothing. and then the cop goes and SHOOTS the dog? he couldnt use a tazer? cop deserves to be fired. pure and simple.

Omg! That's really messed up! T.T

He did not try to restrain the dog at all, he shot him and let him die slowly in the street. This is in no way "justified", if a normal citizen did this everyone would call for his arrest, cops don't get special privileges.

Please can someone tell this f**cking dumbass cop to take notes from the other officers!!! Notice that they put the owner if front of them to allow the owner calm the dog down, the dog does for a second and then Mr. Dumbass Cop tries grab the collar of a big ass dog that isn't yours? WTF are you thinking? Where was your training again? Because you need to go back!!!.

He was being unjustly arrested, he did not deliberately leave the windows down. This entire situation would have been avoided if the police did not abuse their power and arrest people who are filming them.

Shut up,people hate you/PIGS because you gave them EVERY REASON under the sun to hate you sicko's;-)..Shocking the same area as Rampart in the same state who builds 21 prisons to one college,ya ok;-

That dog was following his love. What do you say now?!?!


You'll Never Find A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villiany

Not Mos Eisley...



Obama To Africa: We Need You To Stay Poor Or The World Will Boil Over

Because global warming:



Anyone else feel like he's being a jerk?

Monday, July 1, 2013

WikiLeaks Publishes Statement From Edward Snowden in Moscow (July 1st): Obama Uses "Old, Bad Tools of Political Aggresion"


[WIKILEAKS]

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow
Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

A Libertarian Consensus on Abortion

In response to some recent comments on my popular libertarian essay about abortion, it's time for me to mention that my views have shifted. I would argue that for the purpose of discussing law and public policy, the critically relevant issue is not the nature of the fetus as I have argued before, but the nature of the state.

Let's come up with a libertarian consensus on abortion that even if a human fetus is a living human being entitled to self-ownership and non-aggression, and even if to abort a human fetus is to murder a human being, that we still don't want to pass a law against it in a monopoly legislature, appoint a standing army of career policethugs, and try to enforce that law with money we take from people against their will and under threat of violence-- because if all that isn't bad enough to begin with, even if protecting human fetuses was the only thing this government did, before long it would end up doing a hundred other unrelated things that make us less free and probably even get a lot of us killed... while doing a terrible job of protecting the fetuses. The state is a good solution to no problem.

Chilling: This is the view from an NSA spy's desk as they monitor your metadata


To show just how creepy and invasive the NSA's spying is, German Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have a German telecom giant hand over six months of his phone data, which he made available to a German newspaper, Zeit Online. Zeit then put together a presentation showing just what the NSA is watching when it watches your use of your phone.

Hit play on the chilling presentation and you'll see a little target begin to move around a map of Germany as Spitz's GPS data is relayed and stored. You'll see a little phone icon appear next to the target every time he makes a phone call. A little box below the map displays the date and time of day as they tick by. To the right of the map, every time a new day begins, an overview of Spitz's metadata appears with the number of incoming and outgoing phone calls, the total time spent on the phone, the number of incoming and outgoing SMS text messages, and the duration of phone connection to the Internet. It will sometimes also display a link to Spitz's tweets that can be cross-referenced with the rest of the data to help spies build a clearer picture.

You know that uneasy feeling you get when a police car drives by even if you're doing absolutely nothing wrong and breaking no law? That feeling of vulnerability before the awesome might of someone with a gun, a badge, and the power structure behind their every action, whether right or wrong, just or unjust, benevolent or corrupt, even legal or illegal? (and if you don't think police break laws-- lolol)

Yeah, watch this presentation and know that the equivalent of that police car driving by is happening to you all day every day, courtesy of your Washington national security state. And it is illegal, so there's one rule the cops have been breaking on a massive scale (can we all just admit no one takes the Constitution seriously anymore, and it's a real Game of Thrones situation in this country right now? and has been since at least the Whiskey Rebellion?).

And remember this is just what we've caught them doing, which they've been doing in secret for sometime. Who knows what else they're doing or willing to do or going to do once you forget about all this or another freaking terrorist group, encouraged by the massive success they've had in disrupting our life, strikes?

And remember your smart device doesn't just have a GPS and a text messaging app. It's got a microphone, video camera, and a gyroscope that knows when you stand up, or sit down, when you're walking, and when you're jogging.

You better not shout, you better not pout, you better not cry, I'm telling you why-- the NSA is watching you.

Video: The Facts About Spanking, by Stefan Molyneux

The shocking science about the long-term effects of corporal punishment, essential viewing for every parent!

As you watch, remember that the statistical harm that spanking causes children as outlined in this video presentation apply to the kind of spanking that many in our society do not consider problematic: defined as an open-handed striking of a child's butt or extremities that is intended not to cause any physical injury. So this isn't about people beating their kids and leaving welts.

Even pretty light-handed spanking is an extremely risky parenting practice. I'll let the facts speak for themselves:



For further investigation, here is the source material used for the presentation above:

http://board.freedomainradio.com/forums/t/32072.aspx