Flag Day, 2003

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 14 Jun 2003 12:00:00 GMT
From kaba:
"The freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility." -- L. Neil Smith

From unknown:

"Hey, here in Canada we have this goofy way of voting. We mark our choice on a paper ballot, the votes are counted, and by that night we get to know who got elected. Crazy, huh?" -- Jart

Mark Fiore at The Village Voice - The WMD Finder: Patience is a Virtue! - Flash video. Hehe. [villagechoice]

I'm gonna take a Father's Day break from blogging tomorrow. See you Monday, in sha' allah.

JAH: The long-awaited truth of all things on planet earth - hey. You never know... [stanleyscoop]

Kim du Toit - Flag Day - Nice painting of America's first flag and Kim's favorite flag quote. [kimdutoit]

Secret Squirrel - Freedom on a Leash - a good reminder of the difference between freedom and rights. You are free. The only thing anyone can force you to do is fall down. But you do not necessarily have the liberty to do all the things your freedom would otherwise allow you to do. The concept of rights is just a way to try to convince those who would restrict your liberty not to do so. If you ever allow yourself to be convinced that your rights are granted by the government or by your peers or by God Himself, you have given away your freedom. Don't do it. [David Crookes]

Kim du Toit - Here We Go Again - practical advice for the ladies on what to get your hubby for Father's Day, tomorrow's Hallmark holiday. [kimdutoit]

Tom Buckham at The Buffalo News - NRA chief at book signing vows to try and ease gun control in state - Wayne LaPierre signed copies of his new book, Guns, Freedom, and Terrorism, at a bookstore in Cheektowaga. I wish him luck in convincing the downstaters (Big Apple communists democrats) to loosen New York's draconian gun control laws. [kaba]

Jonathan Wilde at Catallarchy.net - Legislation vs. common law - a Spooner fan on the absurdity of creating law via legislation. Why common law is better.

If law is thought of as a spectrum, at one end is legislation. Legislation is law that is made by a few men for the many. It is harsh and scabrous and screams with the capriciousness of youth. Unrefined in its manner and fickle in its affectations, it caters to the select few who are powerful enough to whisper in its ear. It is enacted by decree and imposed on society without any principles as its foundation.

Ted Rall at Information Clearing House - They Impeach Murderers, Don't They? - and the Busheviks are responsible for the murders of thousands. Hang 'em high. But Bush doesn't deserve the title for the greatest mass murderer in American History. That would be Abe Lincoln Lenon. [unknown]

Nixon and Clinton escaped criminal prosecution for burglary, perjury and obstruction of justice. George W. Bush, however, stands accused as the greatest mass murderer in American history. The Lexington Institute estimates that the U.S. killed between 15,000 and 20,000 Iraqi troops during the fraudulently justified invasion of Iraq, plus 10,000 to 15,000 wounded. More than 150 U.S. soldiers were killed, plus more than 500 injured. A new Associated Press study of Iraqi civilian casualties confirms at least 3,240 deaths. Although Bush, Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice denied such legal niceties to the concentration-camp inmates captured in their illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, these high-ranking Administration henchmen should be quickly turned over--after impeachment proceedings for what might properly be called Slaughtergate--to an international tribunal for prosecution of war crimes.

DrugSense - DEA Uses Rave Act Threats to Block Montana NORML/SSDP Benefit - so now we know why the Rave Act was created. So that concert promoters can be coerced into cancelling politically incorrect events. It's a direct first amendment violation, for which everyone involved should be jailed under 18 USA 242. [drugsense]

Charley Hardman at LewRockwell.com - Stand and Fight - with all the pressure on our liberty, it's tempting to leave, but Mr. Hardman has discovered that we must stand and fight, though the real fight is for hearts and minds, not dead tyrants. [lew]

Paul Hein at LewRockwell.com - No Tough Questions Allowed - the Florida Muslim lady who fought removing her veil for a driver's license ID missed the boat. She should have fought the state's requirement for any license whatsoever for anything. [lew]

Sam Barros - PowerLabs High Speed CD-Rom Experiments - Mr. Barros used a Dremel tool to discover why we're nearly at the limit of CD-ROM speed. At speeds that high, they self-destruct. Hehe. [picks]

Mrs. du Toit - Minding One's Own - business, that is. Nice story.

This trend in micro-managing everything people do is really ghastly. Yeah, some people are worthless scoundrels, but there is a huge difference between a scoundrel and someone who is treated like one. Treat someone like dirt and they'll respond in kind.

Perry was just one example of how a formerly worthless employee could become valuable, just by giving them some breathing room, respect, and most importantly, trust.

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