Amtrak Overrun by JBTs

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 08 Aug 2004 12:00:00 GMT - Reporting for Duty - cartoon commentary on John Kerry's "qualifications". Hehe.

Apple - Team America, World Police - QuickTime trailer. "Putting the 'F' back in Freedom". From the creators of South Park. Coming October 2004. The official movie web site is Looks hilarious. [root]

# unstructuredreality at The Claire Files - My Trip On The Train- Amtrack, On the way from Canada - a chilling account of a train trip from Chicago to Seattle and Vancouver. Bottom line: the trains have become unusable by anyone who doesn't enjoy being accosted by jack-booted thugs. Amtrak's Important Notice about sekurity doesn't talk about baggage searches, but does say that you must show ID to purchase tickets and check baggage, and their Baggage page says the following (repeated in the carry-on section): [clairefiles]

Prohibited Items: Dangerous, fragile, and valuable items, as well as animals, household goods, and overweight and oversize items, are prohibited in checked baggage service. In addition, the following items are prohibited:
  • Guns, firearms, ammunition, explosives and weapons of any kind.
  • Incendiaries, including flammable gases, liquids and fuels.
  • Large sharp objects such as axes, ice picks, and swords.
  • Corrosive chemicals or materials, such as liquid bleach, tear gas, and radioactive materials and batteries with acid that can spill (except those used in motorized wheel chairs or similar devices for mobility-impaired passengers).
  • Club-like items, such as billy clubs or nightsticks.
This is not an exclusive list; any item similar to those listed is prohibited from being carried on board or checked in baggage service, even if not specifically mentioned. Some small personal items, such as scissors and pocket knives (which are not allowed on commercial airplanes), are permitted on board trains.
Remember when your driver's license sufficed for traveling to and from Canada? No more. Amtrak's Border Crossing page makes it clear that, though you can get away with a license and a birth certificate, you really should have a passport, and expect your stuff to be searched.

# Ralph Raico at - Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945, Nagasaki three days later. Reflections on these despicable crimes against humanity. [root]

# Wolf DeVoon - Mars Shall Thunder, Book Two: The Virgin of the Hunt - Mr. DeVoon, author of The Freeman's Constitution, has converted his web site into a single page containing this entire 136-page book. 413K. Far out!

# Christopher de Armani at JPFO - Alternate Endings: Recollections of Life Under a Constitutional Government - won an honorable mention in JPFO's Bullets to Save Ballots essay competition. Some ways that America would be different if government feared the people.

Taxes? What taxes? Government only does a few things. Doesn't take much. Most folks just pay the bill once a year. Never amounts to more than a few hundred dollars. Just as it should be. Hell, most folks get resentful at that much. Makes sense, I guess, given we founded the damn country over a tax on tea.

Since then, government on this side of the pond hasn't seen much sense in pissing off the people. Sure, some try now and then. There's always some petty jerk who thinks he can tell someone else what to do. But they never last. Sure, folks put up with them for a while, just like you do with a rash or a runny nose.

But after a little while folks get tired of the whining and crying the petty jerks make when people won't do what he figures they ought to. The petty ones get a little too uppity, and someone smacks him down. Sometimes, it takes only a little slap across the face to bring the petty jerks to their senses.

Sometimes, someone like old Carl [Drega] grabs the rifle off the wall, slaps a full mag in, and says, "Time to teach these bastards a lesson."

Damn, if that doesn't work every time.

# News from Babylon - War Resisters League calls for Mass Civil Disobedience at RNC - non-violence strongly encouraged. The A31 Action Coaltion is organizing other groups who intend to protest on August 31 in NYC. [whatreallyhappened]

We call for people to gather at 3 pm on Aug. 31, near the site of the World Trade Center (exact location to be announced later) for a vigil before beginning to march at 4 PM in a solemn procession north toward the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. By 7 PM we will get as close as we can and, when stopped, we will "die-in" as a way to graphically represent all those who have been killed by the government's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Though this nonviolent die-in may result in our arrest and may block or inconvenience Republican delegates and others, we think this is a small price to pay to dramatize and call attention to the enormous horrors inflicted on the world by the U.S. government. The Bush administration must be held accountable.

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