I Am Woman. Hear My .45 Roar

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 16 Apr 2004 12:00:00 GMT
# Claire Wolfe at Backwoods Home Magazine - Miss Fitz' Guide to Guns, Part IV: Learning to save your life - Now that you've chosen a gun and gotten some ammo, you need training to learn how to effectively use it to protect yourself. Also has a few paragraphs about holsters.
Seriously, ladies. Every woman who buys a handgun should get some form of formal training. This means you -- and means soon.

But don't think of it as a chore. Or as something petrifying. Even if you start out scared witless of firearms, even if you start out fumbling and embarrassed at your gun handling ... trust me, you are going to enjoy this once you begin to get the hang of it. And you are going to grow.

"I am woman. Hear my .45 roar."

# Don "Lobo" Tiggre at The Price of Liberty - Freedom, the Future, and YOU - remember, nobody can make you do anything. They can stop you from doing things, and they can threaten you in such a way that you decide to do what they want in order to avoid those evil consequences, but they can't make you do anything, except fall down.

# Lew Rockwell at LewRockwell.com - The Madness of President George - if you didn't know that Bushnev is as crazy as a loon, this week's press conference should have made it crystal clear.

George isn't the first and certainly won't be the last crazy president. Power tends to do this to people. The sin of mass murder also does it. It makes them callous, nuts, dangerous. The answer is not to replace him with Kerry, or Clinton, or Carter, or some other person who seems more peaceful in some way. Bush also seemed rather peaceful during the election.

The urgent moral priority of our time is to dismantle the warfare state, disarm the nukes, roll back the empire from every corner of the globe. We want to live in a country even a crazy man can head and not have it be dangerous for us or the world. If George or his successors want to play violent games, someone could just bring them a set of plastic army men and they could have at it all day in the West Wing. Let them live out their fantasies of death and dominion with toys rather than the real world.

# Bruce Schneier - Crypto-Gram Newsletter: April 15, 2004 - ID cards, TSA-Approved Locks, Stealing an Election, the Man-in-the-Middle Attack, Beepcard, Bluesnarfing. [picks]

The potential privacy encroachments of an ID card system are far from minor. And the interruptions and delays caused by incessant ID checks could easily proliferate into a persistent traffic jam in office lobbies and airports and hospital waiting rooms and shopping malls.

But my primary objection isn't the totalitarian potential of national IDs, nor the likelihood that they'll create a whole immense new class of social and economic dislocations. Nor is it the opportunities they will create for colossal boondoggles by government contractors. My objection to the national ID card, at least for the purposes of this essay, is much simpler.

It won't work. It won't make us more secure.

In fact, everything I've learned about security over the last 20 years tells me that once it is put in place, a national ID card program will actually make us less secure.


But the main problem with any ID system is that it requires the existence of a database. In this case it would have to be an immense database of private and sensitive information on every American -- one widely and instantaneously accessible from airline check-in stations, police cars, schools, and so on.

The security risks are enormous. Such a database would be a kludge of existing databases; databases that are incompatible, full of erroneous data, and unreliable. As computer scientists, we do not know how to keep a database of this magnitude secure, whether from outside hackers or the thousands of insiders authorized to access it.

# Garry Reed, The Loose Cannon Libertarian - Why I Love the IRS - a slightly different take on the organization that makes big government possible.

The IRS is the root of all political evil. The federal income tax makes unconstitutional government possible. The reason I love the IRS is the knowledge that once we abolish it -- and everything else that threatens to merely replace it, like a "fair" tax or flat tax or national sales tax -- we will have solved 90 percent of this nation's politically transmitted diseases. And that makes it easier to train our Eternal Vigilance on the remaining ten percent of government waste.

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