Slow Down, You Move Too Fast, Gotta Make the Morning Last

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 30 Apr 2003 12:00:00 GMT
Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,"hi"

You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

-- Author Unknown [birdman]

Nicki Fellenzer at Armed Females of America - Most Gun Owners Disgust Me! - if we gun owners don't collectively get off our butts and start giving our time and money to the defense of our right to keep and bear arms, we'll lose it. It can happen here. [smith2004]

Sarah Thompson, the Executive Director of the Utah Gun Owners Alliance (UTGOA) called it quits last month. And just last week Citizens of America -- a national no-compromise gun rights campaign -- announced it was ceasing operations.

JPFO Alert - JPFO and "Assault Weapons" Legislation - in keeping with 501(c)(3) status, JPFO has no official stand on any political issue. They are an educational institution, teaching us why any gun laws whatsoever are a really bad idea. [jpfo]

So no, we aren't going to join our good friends at, Gun Owners of America, and other gun-rights groups in their valiant lobbying coalition against the "assault weapons" ban--although we wish them well and thank them for their work.

We aren't going to stand at the side of the NRA as it pleads with Congress, once again. Frankly, if the NRA had listened to us nine years ago and quit compromising (, this battle wouldn't even have to be fought now.

There's a valuable role for people who fight bad legislation. But JPFO's unique job is to make the activists' jobs easier in the long run. If we can get out the word that "gun control" is nothing but a tool of tyranny and a boon to criminals, then our friends can fight more effectively and with greater chance of success.

J Day is the first Saturday in May. That's 3 days from now, May 3. Click the "J Day" link for a Million Marijuana March city near you. [cures-not-wars]

Lew Rockwell at The Ludwig von Mises Institute - Carving Up the Homeland Security Pie - the new Department of Homeland Security is already as corrupt as the rest of the federal government. And it can't be fixed. The only solution is to shut down the government. All of it. ASAP. [lew]

Only to the most naive did the Department of Homeland Security sound promising. To seasoned observers of government, the idea of a new $40 billion DC bureaucracy means only one thing: billions for those who somehow manage to get their hands on the cash. Who are these people? Those who build the building, the bureaucrats who work there, the politicians who allocate the money, the outside companies who get the contracts, and the lobbyists who make the whole system of legal graft work.

In fact, this is the essence and history of all large-scale government reform plans. What begins with promising slogans degenerates rapidly into a cash cow for interest groups who knowhow to play the game. This was true during the Civil War and the Progressive Era and the New Deal--when government similarly promised great gains through sweeping reforms that ended up benefiting corporate special interests--and it is true of the Bush-backed, post-9-11 push for homeland protection.

Here is the plot of the latest caper. After 9-11, Bush had the idea that the government ought to make some effort to protect American shores from attack--a notable change of priorities for a government that manages to spend $2 trillion a year not doing the only major thing the US Constitution says it ought to do. In any case, Bush proposed reorganizing a whole host of agencies into one mega-bureaucracy--and this despite the enormous failure that 9-11 represented for precisely this bureaucratic approach. We were told that what dozens of agencies and billions couldn't do--namely stop angry extremists armed with box cutters--another agency and billions more could do.

The Liberty Committee - Nice kitchen & TV appearance - $600,000 of your stolen tax money will be used to renovate the kitchen at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Ron Paul is planning a 5 minute special order speech about the commU.N.ists in the House. Watch C-SPAN tonight around 7pm. I'll link to it tomorrow or Friday if I can find it in the Congressional Record. You can sign a petition at asking Tom DeLay to bring H.R. 1146 to the House floor. I did. [libertycommittee]

Kim du Toit's Gratuitous Gun Pic - Liberator FP-45 - the Liberator is a single-shot .45 ACP pistol stamped from sheet metal by the Guide Lamp Division of General Motors and shipped to Europe during WWII for the purpose of killing German soldiers and taking their weapons. Most of them were destroyed after the war. They cost $2.10 apiece to make and currently sell for $450 to $1000.

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