Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 30 Nov 2004 13:00:00 GMT
From The Federalist:
"Take a look around you, America. Our nation is becoming less efficient, less productive, less secure and less educated than any time in our history. What is the common denominator in this equation? Government has gotten involved in more and more of our everyday routines. Government cannot protect you from every danger. It cannot efficiently run airlines. It cannot create meaningful, productive jobs in the private sector. It cannot run efficient, affordable healthcare. It cannot effectively protect the environment. It cannot provide a quality food supply. It cannot adequately provide for you in your old age. It cannot create energy. It cannot provide a quality lifestyle. And it cannot stop the threat of terrorism by putting you in a government data bank and tracking your every move. It can and will smother you with rules and regulations designed to perpetuate the growing power of government. That is what government does. Americans must learn that lesson or suffocate. Your papers, please." -- Tom DeWeese
"Marxism is an emotional disorder, not a political philosophy. Wealthy people sometimes accept Marxism, not because it has ever worked, but because they feel guilty about having more than other people. But, more often, it is accepted by those with less who are angry, usually because they lack the talent and drive to succeed in a capitalist society. This realization often occurs at a ten-year high school reunion after they see people with less schooling and fewer degrees but with more money than they have. They don't want to compete with these people. They just want the IRS take their wealth and 'redistribute' it against their will under the threat of incarceration. They also like to call conservatives 'fascists'." -- Mike Adams

# Michael Gaddy at Sierra Times - Gun Owners Relinquish Their Constitutional Rights - I am occasionally tempted to join many folks I know in obtaining a New York state pistol permit, so that I can legally possess a handgun here in King Pataki's empire. Mr. Gaddy reminds me why I continue to refuse to do so. [sierra]

In ever increasing numbers, gun owners in this country have, by their actions, said to the State: You are my master, all rights flow from you, I bow down before you and will beg, no, even pay for your permission to have my firearms. I have watched this occur here in my home state of New Mexico since the legislature approved a "concealed carry" law in January, although it has been happening in many other states over the past decade or so.


"An ordinance which... makes the peaceful enjoyment of freedoms which the Constitution guarantees contingent upon the uncontrolled will of an official -- as by requiring a permit or license which may be granted or withheld in the discretion of such official -- is an unconstitutional censorship or prior restraint upon the enjoyment of those freedoms. And our decisions have made clear that a person faced with such an unconstitutional licensing law may ignore it and engage with impunity in the exercise of the right of free expression for which the law purports to require a license. " SHUTTLESWORTH v. BIRMINGHAM, 394 U.S. 147 (1969) 394 U.S. 147 U.S. Supreme Court SHUTTLESWORTH v. CITY OF BIRMINGHAM. CERTIORARI TO THE SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA. No. 42. Argued November 18, 1968. Decided March 10, 1969.

# Charley Reese at LewRockwell.com - Use It or Lose It - your liberty and free speech means nothing if you don't excercise it, especially when doing so is difficult. [stanleyscoop]

When Lithuania was still part of the Soviet Union, a little girl came home crying. She told her mother that her teacher had stood her up in front of the class and ridiculed her Christian beliefs. Now, this mother was in a totally powerless position. She lived in a dictatorship. The government could do anything it wanted to do with her, and she would be defenseless.

Nevertheless, this brave lady marched down to the local Communist Party headquarters and gave the people there verbal hell. Many, many men and women who live under tyranny nevertheless demonstrate great courage.

Some Russians believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn did as much as anyone to bring down the Soviet Union. His books about the gulag ripped the façe;ade off the Soviet Union so that not even American liberals could deny anymore what an evil tyranny it was.

After being released from prison, Solzhenitsyn was ordered not to attend the funeral of another Soviet dissident. The great man not only attended the funeral, but he marched up to the casket and kissed the forehead of the dead man. Even though he lived in the one of the world's worst tyrannies, Solzhenitsyn always acted like a free man.

# Bryan E. Sampieri .htaccess - a pretty good tutorial of what you can do with Apache .htaccess files. I've done tiny bits of playing with these, but I'm glad to see a description of how to set up directories with passwords. [google]

# Michael Amstadt - x-friend is an open source, pure Java desktop search system, using Apache Lucene as the search engine. It doesn't update instantly like Google Desktop, but it appears to work, and it works on Linux, Macintosh, and various Unices, not just Windoze. [javalobby]

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