Goodbye AWB

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 26 Jul 2004 12:00:00 GMT
The_Macallan - Good-Bye "Assault Weapons" Ban - Flash animation. "Nah nah nah nah. Nah nah nah nah. Hey heyeeyay. Goo-ood Bye." [claire]
We won this battle for today
But the war continues

Day by Day at No Quarters - Funnier Hell - cartoon commentary on the DNC "free speech zone". Very funny, sadly. [noquarters]

# We had a bit of excitement here at dusk yesterday. Skippy, the older dog, was outside, and he started to bark at something. I went to the door with my shotgun in hand, opened it, and saw a bear just entering the bend in the driveway from the west, about 50 feet from the house. Sherry, the other dog, ran past me and started barking at the bear. I thought about going out to shoot it, but decided that I'd rather not unless, since I wasn't in danger, though I didn't know how well the dogs would fare. I went back inside, closing both doors of our mudroom. Sherry came in through the dog flap in the outer door shortly thereafter, but Skippy was no longer barking that I could hear. I got my flashlight and went around inside looking out of the windows, but there was nothing to see or hear. So I went out with the flashlight to look for him. Nothing. I phoned the neighbors, but they hadn't heard anything. Got in the car and had just turned up the road, when Skippy came trotting back. He went up to the house and barked like crazy, as if saying, "This is my house. Stay away!" He panted with his tongue hanging out for a good 10 minutes. Don't know if he outran the bear or chased it away.

# The Libertarian Enterprise has a new web address: It includes my letter concerning the new name for the U.S.A. T.R.A.I.T.O.R. Act. [tle]

# Jonathan David Morris at The Libertarian Enterprise - It Can Happen Here - slightly scattered writing, but a plausible path from here to the Fourth Reich. [tle]

# Jeeni Criscenzo at the boston independent media center - This is What Democracy Looks Like - one man's opinion on visiting the "free speech zone" near the Democrat convention site.

Now I am at the part of this essay that I can't bring myself to write. How do I describe the sense of dread that crawled under my skin as I observed that there were only two entrance/exits to this long narrow cage enclosed with two chain link fences, covered with a mesh net, topped with two rolls of razor wire. Let me tell you what came to my mind the moment I realized where I was standing: If something terrible were to happen while this area was full of demonstrators - something as simple as someone yelling "fire" or something as sinister as the release of a chemical agent - there would be no way to escape. Let me repeat this - there would be no way to escape. No way to escape! This is not an accident.

I cannot describe the physical aspects of this abomination of our democracy without crying. Rather, I've posted the photos on my website for you to see for yourself at After you see these photos, I pose this question to you, my fellow Americans, "Why would anyone agree to voluntarily place themselves in this enclosure?"

Who paid for this? Who approved it? Who imagined that those of us who are smart enough to see through the treachery of our current government, would actually submit to being confined here? Are we criminals for voicing our opinion? That's the not-so-subliminal message being sent here. If the media were to actually film a demonstration in this pen, would we not look like criminals to anyone seeing us on TV? "Beware, this is what will happen to you if you dare to question the system."

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