Buzz Cut

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 13 Mar 2003 13:00:00 GMT
I got sick of wearing the same hairdo for 30 years (modulo length), so I asked Christopher to give me a buzz cut last night. Am I an ugly bastard, or what?

Carl Bussjaeger - February 2003, Jackbooted Thug of the Month: Homeland Security Kommisar Tom Ridge - somehow I missed this earlier.

As the stock market plummeted, and panic-stricken citizens fought over scraps of defensive plastic film, Mr. Ridge and his cohorts in media screw-ups sat in a bemused daze wondering why vague warnings of terrorist attacks coupled with Fuhrer Dubya's invasion of Iraq had frightened anyone.

KABC-TV Los Angeles - Gibson Family Under Fire for Anti-Semitism - "curiouser and curiouser," said Alice. [birdman]

Mel Gibson and his parents are under fire today from a leading Jewish group for reportedly anti-semitic impulses in the former's new film and the latter's denial that Al Qaeda executed the Sept. 11 attacks.

The actor's father, Hutton Gibson, told The New York Times he flatly rejected that the terrorist group led by Usama bin Laden had any role in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Sept. 11.

"Anybody can put out a passenger list," the elder Gibson told The Times.

"So what happened? They were crashed by remote control."

Andy Stow at - Stiff the Taxman, Not Your Waiter - put a miniscule tip on the credit card slip and the rest in cash. That way the IRS tip "estimate" will be lower than the actual tip income, and the waiter can easily pocket the lion's share of the real tips tax-free. [anti-state]

Alexander Daube at The Libertarian Enterprise - Juries Have The Power To Rein In Government - concerning the criminal tyranny that has overtaken our courts. [tle]

America is at war. Our nation is locked in a war for ideas that will end with either a return to true freedom and limited government, or rule by despots. While most Americans have their heads in the sand, our government is progressively reducing our rights to mere privileges and our constitutional guarantees to confetti, with no end in sight.

One crucial battlefront is our right to a fair trial by jury, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. Our Founding Fathers knew that one of the main purposes of jury trials was to protect people's rights from infringement by the government. To quote Thomas Jefferson: "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution." That means it is a jury's duty to hold government power in check and insure that it doesn't overstep its constitutional limits and violate the God- given rights of citizens. How? Jurors can "just say no" to bad laws by refusing to convict people accused of violating them. Lysander Spooner said, "It is also their [the jurors'] right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge of the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive." That power is called jury nullification or jury veto-power and it is foundational to our freedom as Americans.

Java 1.4.1 is available for Macintosh (24.7 megs). You need Mac OS v.10.2.3 (the latest Jaguar release) or later. [wes]

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