Columbus Day 2004

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 12 Oct 2004 12:00:00 GMT
Columbus Day was celebrated yesterday, but those of us who grew up before the Monday holiday thang remember that today is the real Columbus day. Oops. I'm showing my age...

I rented a DVD of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and watched it on Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed it. Good light entertainment. Fine music. At least as accurate as anything that comes out of the mouth of Kush or Berry.

From clairefiles:

"I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces." -- Étienne de La Boétie, The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, ca. 1553

# David Goodman at Mother Jones - Breaking Ranks - stories of a number of military enlistees who oppose the American government's war on Iraq. [whatreallyhappened]

When he returned home and got his honorable discharge in August 2003, Hoffman says, he knew what he had to do next. "After being in Iraq and seeing what this war is, I realized that the only way to support our troops is to demand the withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq." He cofounded a group called Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and soon found himself emerging as one of the most visible members of a small but growing movement of soldiers who openly oppose the war in Iraq.

# Vin Suprynowicz at The Las Vegas Review-Journal - Problems insoluble only if you're stupid - solving the problem of Afghan poppies funding terrorism is easy: legalize opium. Anyone who can't figure that out with half an hour's thought is evil, insane, or stupid.

# John M. Leone at The Silverback Standard - Why George W. Bush Frightens Me - a true conservative recognizes Bushnev for what he is. [scopeny]

One night in early 2003, I was listening to Hannity's radio show. A man called in and began to rattle off facts, figures, and moral positions that clearly identified him as a "conservative." Judging by what the man was saying, I guessed that he would be well received by Hannity and that the call would go well. Then the man began to say that there was no real difference between the two political parties and that Bush, by his actions, had proven that he was every bit as "liberal" as those who Hannity regularly bashed on his show every day. Just as the man began to talk about the "socialists" who run our government, Hannity shut him down by yelling at him, then terminated the phone call while the man was in mid-sentence. Hannity called the man a lunatic, or something similar, and quickly went to another caller without addressing even one of the points raised by the man who had been hung-up on.

I remember thinking to myself, "What in the world was that caller thinking? Bush is a conservative." But this radio incident tickled my brain for weeks and months as I began to seriously doubt, by observing his behavior, that Bush was a conservative. I wondered why Hannity, who by his own admission prides himself on "intellectual honesty," would argue day and night with ultra-left wing extremists, but when a right-winger calls the show with legitimate gripes about the Republican Party, he is yelled at and hung-up on.

I finally realized what it was that Hannity felt so threatened by during that phone call. The caller was exposing the neo-conservatives for the frauds that they really are, and Hannity could not and would not allow that to happen. Could you imagine conservatives around our nation coming to their senses and realizing that they were being represented by a bunch of warfare-welfare socialists? The only real threat to the neo-conservative movement is traditional conservatives. And these people must be silenced at any cost by men like Rush and Hannity.

# Andrew Young at the Silverback Standard - Uncle Sam' s Shrine to Lincoln - nice to see a writer in a "conservative" rag who recognizes Lincoln's tyranny.

The State insists on deifying Lincoln because his War to Prevent Southern Independence destroyed the concept of limited government in America. Many of Lincoln's successors have utilized his actions as precedents for their own warmongering and unconstitutional seizures of power, George W. Bush being a prime example, with his crackdown on civil liberties and wars of "liberation." Franklin Roosevelt followed Lincoln's example by placing thousands of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps during World War II. In short, Lincoln's actions provide power-hungry presidents with a "noble" precedent for starting wars and aggrandizing State power. Therefore, the State must uphold Lincoln's reputation as a liberator and great leader, lest Americans realize that the current Imperial Presidency lacks a constitutional basis.

# unstructuredreality - Ideas for Liberty is an online freedom community. If you join, you can post news articles, participate in forums, and post in the Liberty Gallery. [clairefiles]

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# Al Doyle at - Time To Go Shopping - for ammo. Would be funny if it weren't so likely true. [lew]

# Eric Raymond - The Terror War Comes Home - Mr. Raymond has been so scared by a few Democrat terrorists that he's decided to vote for Bushnev. I posted the following comment:

I could be a republican too, if there were any republicans left in the Republican Party any more. It's been overrun by evangelicals and neocons, who have chosen a soul-less idiot as their presidential candidate. The Libertarian Party is as close as you can get to real republicanism today.

Certainly don't vote for Kerry. His communist philosophy has killed hundreds of millions, and will kill hundreds of millions more if allowed to continue to exist.

And if you enjoy the U.S.A. T.R.A.I.T.O.R. Act, the Taking Away Scissors goons at the airport, the Gestapo, er... Department of Homeland Sekurity, and H.R. 10, Son of the Traitor Act, and if you look forward to a string of future siblings, including roadside "papieren bitte" stops, by all means, vote for Bush.

If you're worried about "throwing away" your vote by choosing someone, e.g. Michael Badnarik, who might actually have a chance of cleaning up some of the organized criminal gang that Washington has become, I recommend that you vote from the rooftops this November. That would be much more productive than electing Kush or Berry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 @ 06:22:14

# Henrietta Bowman at Sierra Times - Industrial Hemp - commentary, link, and excerpt from a Liberty for All article by Michael Badnarik. It was industrial hemp, not psychoactive marijuana, that was the real target of Hearst and du Pont back in the thirties, but they did their fear-mongering about hemp's smokable cousin. And it has worked like a charm for almost 70 years. Don't miss Shadow of the Swastika: The Real Reason the Government Won't Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization by R. William Davis. [sierra]

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