Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 18 Oct 2004 12:00:00 GMT
From smith2004:
"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." -- Jonathan Swift

# The Countertop Chronicles - cBS - an entertaining animated GIF about the inventors of America's news. Hehe. [publicola]

# Endervidual at Sunni and the Conspirators - Team America, World Police - it appears the the makers of South Park have hit one out of the park with their new movie. Guess I'll have to see this next weekend. In case you hadn't noticed, I love to laugh. [sunni]

# Lex Concord at The Libertarian Enteprise - Just This Once - if just this once, people would follow Mr. Concord's advice, we could kick the Boot on Your Neck Party out of Washington. [tle]

Just this once, what if all the anarchists who don't vote because they don't want to participate in a system they consider immoral took the advice of noted anarchist Lysander Spooner, who saw using a ballot in self-defense against those who would take your property or your liberty as no worse than using a bullet in self-defense against those who would take your property or your life?

# James J Odle at The Libertarian Enterprise - Toward a 'practical, real-world, hard-nosed, get-your-hands-dirty' political education: Part 1 - the first of six parts, this part contains "Authors notes". [tle]

In my unhumble opinion, all properly politically educated people should be able to do at least two of the following,

1. Work up an FBI-type psychological profile on the institution of government, any government under any administration;
2. Recognize propaganda when we see it;
3. Distill from the mass of mostly useless historical and political information some universal principles of government. Basically, here I'm looking for something along the lines of,

Lord Acton: Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
H.L. Mencken: Taxation is not for the benefit of the taxed!
Me: Across every Voters Guide the following should be printed in the boldest possible letters:
Warning! Politicians and their bureaucracies are hazardous to your health, wealth, freedom and sanity!
Me: If doing the right thing will cost a politician his power, then you can depend on him to do the wrong thing! You can depend on this the way you can depend on the sun to rise in the morning! (If I ran a casino I would take bets on it.)

I submit that anyone who can't do this and who has a Bachelor's degree or better in Political Science, Economics, or Journalism with an emphasis in politics doesn't really understand the subject matter.

# Lady Liberty at The Libertarian Enterprise - More Than Words - Lady Liberty visits the District of Columbia. [tle]

Yes, the IRS is still housed not far from the National Archives, and yes, I was still disgusted. But what apparently didn't sink in the last time I was there is any consideration of which government entity resides in a building even closer to the Archives. And that, my friends, is the US Department of Justice. I stopped dead on the sidewalk and stared at the signage. The current Department of Justice--the one with so little apparent respect for the Constitution and Bill of Rights--is barely a hop, skip, and a jump from the building housing the originals of those admirable documents! I was stunned at the obvious implications.

I walked the next half block in a fit of pique. And then I stopped walking again because another revelation occurred to me. Just a short distance away on the other side of the National Archives is the US Capitol building. You know, the place where most of the rest of the people in Washington who have no respect for the Constitution spend much of their time. And I was appalled. In fact, I was so unhappy about it that I resolved to ask a few questions of Archive employees once I got inside.

# Ron Beatty at The Libertarian Enterprise - What is a Libertarian? - commentary on the Zero Aggression Priciple and the Covenant of Unanimous Consent. [tle]

I could actually make a pretty good case here that the ZAP/NAP, the Golden Rule of modern Christianity and the Wiccan Rede, when combined together make an almost perfect moral code, but would probably get burned at the stake by all three camps, plus the atheists!

# AP via CNN - Terror fears don't trump Constitution, court rules - some good news from the 11th Circuit court. They have ruled that protesters at next month's rally outside the School of the Americas (newspeak: Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) cannot be required to pass through a metal detector before assembling outside the school's fence. There's a little more here at School of the Americas Watch (, the folks who organize the yearly rally) The full text of the court's ruling is here (PDF). [geekwitha.45]

"We cannot simply suspend or restrict civil liberties until the War of Terror is over, because the War on Terror is unlikely ever to be truly over," Judge Gerald Tjoflat wrote for the three-member court. "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country."


"In the absence of some reason to believe that international terrorists would target or infiltrate this protest, there is no basis for using September 11 as an excuse for searching the protesters," the court said.

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