Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 01 Jan 2004 13:00:00 GMT
Happy New 2004! Well, the new year has begun with no new terrorist attacks on U.S. soil except for however many people were arrested yesterday for breaking one of the thousands of unconstitutional federal laws. I'm still coughing my brains out, but managed to remain vertical at the office so far this week.

bob lonsberry - Smoking Ban Snuffs Out Liberty's Torch - Why government has no authority to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. I submitted the following comment: [trt-ny]

Spot on, Bob! Smoking in bars and restaurants is a property rights issue, and only the property owner has the authority to decide whether it will be allowed.

But let's see if you're willing to stretch that a little. Why does the government have the authority to tell me I can't smoke marijuana in my home? Or shoot heroin? Or sell them in my supermarket?

Why does the government have the authority to tell me I can't play high-stakes poker in my home? Or hire a hooker? As long as its between consenting adults, why is it anybody's business?

Now I don't want to do any of those things. Been there. Done that. But I'll defend your right to do so, just as I'll defend your right to decide whether smoking is allowed on your property.

John Dear at The Toronto Star via Liberty Forum - Soldiers at my front door - an outspoken anti-war priest tells how the local reserve forces got back at him for being against the war. But he held his own. [libertyforum]

Suddenly, at 7 a.m., the shouting got dramatically louder. I looked out the front window of the house where I live, next door to the church, and there they were, all 75 of them, standing yards away from my front door, in the street right in front of my house and our church, shouting and screaming to the top of their lungs, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" Their commanders had planted them there and were egging them on.

I was astonished and appalled. I suddenly realized that I do not need to go to Iraq; the war had come to my front door. Later, I heard that they had deliberately decided to do their exercises in front of my house and our church because of my outspoken opposition to the war. They wanted to put me in my place.

This, I think, is a new tactic. Over the years, I have been arrested some 75 times in demonstrations, been imprisoned for a disarmament action, been bugged, tapped, and harassed, searched at airports, and monitored by police. But this time, the soldiers who will soon march through Baghdad and attack desert homes in Iraq, practised on me. They confronted me personally, just as the death squad militaries did in Guatemala and El Salvador in the 1980s, which I witnessed there on several occasions.

I decided I had to do something. I put on my winter coat and walked out the front door right into the middle of the street. They stopped shouting and looked at me, so I said loudly, publicly for all to hear, "In the name of God, I order all of you to stop this nonsense, and not to go to Iraq. I want all of you to quit the military, disobey your orders to kill, and not to kill anyone. I do not want you to get killed. I want you to practice the love and non-violence of Jesus. God does not bless war. God does not want you to kill so Bush and Cheney can get more oil. God does not support war. Stop all this and go home. God bless you."

Their jaws dropped, their eyeballs popped and they stood in shock and silence, looking steadily at me. Then they burst out laughing.

Finally, the commander dismissed them and they left.

What Really Happened - 2004 -- Year of the Slave - if you are like the majority of Americans, you are a slave, to your own government. [whatreallyhappened]

When you are forced to surrender half your life's work to the government in ever-increasing taxes, then you are a slave. Throughout history, slaves were expected to perform the work needed for their own upkeep, then perform additional work for the rulers. For Roman slaves, the ratio of work-for-self versus work-for-rulers was about 50-50. The same ratio applied to Medieval Serfs, and even to the slaves of the American south. And, when you add up all the overt taxes, covert fees, tariffs, excises, plus the increased price you pay for products to pay the taxes of the companies that make those products, you will find that Americans are at that same "half-for-self" versus "half-for-rulers" ratio! Can you say "no" to the confiscation of half of your life? Can you even get the masters to maybe reduce the burden by a significant amount? No? Congratulations. You are a slave.


The government has borrowed so much money that it has long ago run out of gold to pledge as collateral on the debts. Starting in Nixon's administration, natural resources were used as collateral for the mounting debts. Borrow more money, promise a chunk of public lands as collateral. These land pledges were concealed behind "Environmentalism" to disguise the real purpose. Numerous names such as "Wilderness Reserve", "Wetland", "Heritage River", and so forth were used to conceal the true scale of the confiscations. But the end result was the same. Huge tracts of public land containing natural resources were walled away from the public that owned them, mortgaged to the holders of the US Government debt. We are well on our way from being citizens, to being mere tenants. Were you able to refuse having your public lands placed at risk by the US Government to cover loans you never authorized the government to make? No? Congratulations. You are a slave.

KeepAndBearArms.com - What If.? - a teaser for David Codrea's article of this title in the February/March 2004 issue of Handguns magazine. [kaba]

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