Traitorous Lying Thieving Bastards

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 17 Nov 2002 13:00:00 GMT
Received via email:
"Due to the Fatherland Security act I will refrain from referring to the 'gooberment' as 'those lying thieving bastards'. I shall now have to refer to them as 'those TRAITOROUS lying thieving bastards'" -- James D. McKee

From survivalarts:

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children of humans as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller

The Awakening is an uplifting tract that I received via email. Author Unknown. Beautiful.

Samizdata Illuminatus - Cut out Statism! - a "meme hack" on the a UK government Cut out Hate Crime poster. Hehe. [samizdata]

Charles Paul Freund at Reason - Secular Martyrdom in Iran - widespread protests in Iran over a death sentence for a speech by a professor. [samizdata]

The case of Iranian academic Hashem Aghajari is a striking example. Dr. Aghajari gave a public lecture in June calling for political reform and "religious renewal," and challenging his fellow Iranians not to "blindly follow religious leaders." The result was that he was charged in Iran's religious courts with apostasy, where he was found guilty Nov. 6 in a closed-door trial. He is to be hanged.

The verdict against Aghajari has thrown Iran into turmoil, with outraged members of the national legislature exchanging bitter accusations with the conservative clerical judiciary (the legislative speaker described his reaction as one of "hatred" and "disgust"), and with street demonstrations in support of Aghajari occurring daily in Teheran. Iran's political stability is actually in question: Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared on national television Monday threatening to use the military. "The day the three branches are unable or unwilling to settle major problems," he told the country, "the leadership will, if it thinks it necessary, use the popular forces to intervene."

Albert Jay Nock - Isaiah's Job - on spreading an unpopular, but correct, idea. And truth is often unpopular. There is a minority who recognize the truth. Even if you aren't aware of them, it is still important to spread your message. [smith2004]

Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job in fact, he had asked for it but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so if the enterprise was to be a failure from the start was there any sense in starting it?

"Ah,'' the Lord said, "you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it''....


What chiefly makes it so, I think, is that in any given society the Remnant are always so largely an unknown quantity. You do not know, and will never know, more than two things about them. You can be sure of those dead sure, as our phrase is -- but you will never be able to make even a respectable guess at anything else. You do not know, and will never know, who the Remnant are, nor where they are, nor how many of them there are, nor what they are doing or will do. Two things you know, and no more: first, that they exist; second, that they will find you. Except for these two certainties, working for the Remnant means working in impenetrable darkness; and this, I should say, is just the condition calculated most effectively to pique the interest of any prophet who is properly gifted with the imagination, insight, and intellectual curiosity necessary to a successful pursuit of his trade.

Correia's Corner - Sunset - Correia thinks that the "assault weapon" ban will indeed sunset in 2004. I hope he's right. I fear that he equates "Republican" with "Second amendment supporter", which, as evidenced by George never-saw-a-gun-ban-I-didn't-like Pataki, the third term Republican-in-name-only governor-elect of New York. [madogre]

I have got to admit, I've really got my hopes up. In 2004 one of the most ill conceived and utterly useless acts of legislative garbage known to man will sunset into history. The "assault weapons" ban. This is the nonsensical law that bans the creation of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and it also bans such super dangerous features as folding stocks. Gasp!

No matter what happens this law will in fact go away. The concern was that our legis-critters would just turn around and write a new one. However now that the democrats are out for 2004, it looks like the AW ban will just quietly die. Good riddance. Even with the anti-gun press pushing for a new ban I do not see how a new law could be put into place.

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