Not Your Uncle Any More

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 22 Nov 2002 13:00:00 GMT
John de Rosier at the Albany (NY) Times Union - John Ashcroft is coming to town - sung to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Hehe.

Ye Li - We Didn't Start the Fire - A flash animation containing 120 images of the nouns in Billy Joel's song displayed in sync with the song. Well done.

From smith2004. There's a half-size version here and a double-size version there. Big Brother: not your uncle any more.

Uncle Sam Suspects You!

You can show this on your web site with the following HTML:
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<b>Uncle Sam Suspects <i>You</i>!</b>

Sunni Maravillosa at The Laissez Faire Electronic Times - Where Are the Sons of Boromir? - where indeed. [grabbe]

Boromir's heroism is ultimately much more simple, and noble to my mind, than that. He is human. It's no small part of his heroism that he rises above his human flaws in the last battle of his life. Rather than sitting and thinking, or whining and playing the victim, he battles bravely in part to counter his perceived failing of the Fellowship and his comrades.

How many libertarians would follow in his steps? I can think of a few men whom I can envision doing so, and maybe one woman ... but sadly, I see no more than that in my fairly wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The freedom movement seems to spawn individuals of talk and analysis rather than action. But there comes a time when talking, philosophizing, and analyzing are for naught; there comes a time when the only thing that will make a difference is taking up one's sword, and making the best stand one can in defense of one's principles. Many seem to pine for a John Galt to appear among us -- but there are no, and never will be, such individuals. We are human, with frailties, flaws, foibles, and fears. That isn't to be denied, nor to become an excuse or copout. We can choose a nobler course.

Doug Thompson at Capitol Hill Blue - Welcome to the American Gestapo - Heil Bushnev! Sieg Heil! [grabbe]

Wonder if any of the vast sums of money approved Tuesday for the new Department of Homeland Security are set aside for black uniforms with knee-length boots and black leather trench coats?

Should be. Since we've gone to all this trouble to create the new American Gestapo we might as well let them look the part.

Excuse me if I don't join in all the senseless celebration over creation of yet another mammoth bureaucracy of the federal government. Pardon me if I don't go ga-ga over a federal agency that has been given unlimited powers to spy on Americans, trample all over the First and Fourth Amendments, ignore the privacy of anyone it chooses and violate the rights of every man, woman and child who used to live in the Land of the Free.


"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation," the leader of another country once wrote. "We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."

That was Adoph Hitler, writing about creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

Bill Bridgewater at SKS Parts - Armed Revolution Possible and Not So Difficult - I don't know if the recent experience in Afghanistan invalidates this thesis, but somehow I doubt it. Guerilla tactics, especially if done by extremely well-armed American patriots, could win a new American Revolution. [birdman]

One of these days a truly charismatic individual is going to walk out of the heartland of America and point out that the Declaration of Independence has never been repealed and that it *requires* all citizens to rise up against an oppressive government. With the current attitude toward our government and the people who populate it, a massive groundswell of support for throwing the current crop to the dogs and starting over again might not be so difficult.

As for the *ability* of the American citizens to successfully wage a guerrilla war on their own government, the likes of which this world has never seen nor contemplated before, I am absolutely convinced that it could be done, and a lot more swiftly than many might believe possible. How many highly-capable long-range snipers can your county put together?

Libertarian Party Press Releases - Advice for Bush on NATO: End it, don't extend it - US out of UN and NATO.

Instead of welcoming several new countries into NATO at the summit that begins today in Prague, President Bush should pull the United States out of the unnecessary alliance and save taxpayers billions of dollars in "military welfare" costs, Libertarians say.

"NATO might as well stand for Never-ending American Taxpayer Obligation," said Geoff Neale, the national chair of the Libertarian Party. "There's no reason that the United States should keep paying to defend rich European nations like France, England and Germany against a Soviet threat that no longer exists."

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