Goodbye to 2005

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 31 Dec 2005 13:00:00 GMT
From jomama:
"The next revolution will take place between the ears." -- jomama

# - Cop Killer Video - 5.1 MB Windows Media video. Why cops want you to stay in your vehicle and will shoot or taser you if you do not comply. There's a Macon Telegraph story about it here. Crazy Vietnam vet fires 30 rounds from an M1 Carbine (a "high-powered military weapon" to this clueless writer), 10 of which hit the deputy that pulled him over. The shooter was sentenced to death. No blood in the video, but the audio is pretty graphic. [clairefiles]

# The Onion - Top Stories of 2005 - satire. 1. Bush Elected President of Iraq, ..., 8. Theory Of Intelligent School-Board Design Disproven, 9. White House Celebrates Fifth Straight Year Without Oral Sex. [root]

BAGHDAD--In a vast outpouring of gratitude to the man they call "Our Great Savior From The West," the people of Iraq flooded the polls during yesterday's first free elections, voting overwhelmingly for President George W. Bush as their first democratically elected leader.

Bush, who spent nearly half a trillion dollars of U.S. taxpayer money on his campaign, received a concession call from Abu Musaiya at 11:30 EST last night.

# Warner Brothers - V for Vendetta - Flash site. Movie opens on March 17, 2006. A second trailer is now available (QuickTime). Apple has another copy of the trailer here. From the makers of The Matrix trilogy. [clairefiles]

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
From the Synopsis:
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (NATALIE PORTMAN) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (HUGO WEAVING) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself -- and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

# Paul Craig Roberts at - Three Books To Wake You Up - Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values: [lew]

Carter reports that the deception, naked aggression, and torture that define the Bush administration have caused a tremendous setback for human rights throughout the world. At an international human rights conference in June 2005, "Participants explained that oppressive leaders had been emboldened to persecute and silence outspoken citizens under the guise of fighting terrorism . . . The consequence is that many lawyers, professors, doctors, and journalists had been labeled terrorists, often for merely criticizing a particular policy or for carrying out their daily work. We heard about many cases involving human rights attorneys being charged with abetting terrorists simply for defending accused persons." Carter is especially disturbed that the Bush administration is encouraging these abusive policies in the name of "fighting terrorism."
Nikolaus Wachsmann's Hitler's Prisons:
The precedent for Alberto Gonzales' declaration that Bush is the law was Reich Minister of Justice Franz Gurtner, who agreed in a cabinet meeting on 3 July 1934 that "Hitler was the law." Bush's claim that extraordinary powers are necessary for him to be able to defend our country under extraordinary circumstances is identical to Hitler's claim that he was entitled to ignore the rule of law because he was "responsible for the fate of the German nation and thereby the supreme judge of the German people." What is the difference between Hitler's claim and the US Department of Defense's claim that President Bush has the right to violate domestic and international laws?
Robert Higgs' Resurgence of the Warfare State:
With ruthless logic Higgs shreds every claim of the Bush administration and its apologists. Reading Higgs leaves no doubt that the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq was an illegal act based in deception. Under the Nuremberg standard established by the US itself, Bush's invasion is a war crime. Widespread slaughter of the civilian Iraqi population and torture of detainees are also war crimes. In one of his best chapters Higgs destroys the claim that US "smart weapons" are expressions of our morality in warfare because they target only enemy combatants.

Higgs explains that the accuracy within a few yards of smart weapons is meaningless. The blast, heat, and pressures from the weapons destroys everything within 120 yards of the hit. No one within 365 yards can expect to remain unharmed. Injuries can extend to persons 1000 yards away from the blast. The odds are zero, Higgs writes, that the use of such weapons on towns and cities will not kill and maim large numbers of civilians.

# Jim Davies at Strike the Root - Brits in Revolt - Mr. Davies is happy to hear that six hundred Gatsos, roadside speed cameras, have been destroyed in Great Britain. Unfortunately, the group taking resposibility for much of the destruction isn't operating from the root principle that government has no proper and rational business to exist. [root]

# KIFI TV - Potential Legislation on Wyoming Gun Laws - Vermont Carry and "no retreat" may be coming to my home state. Wyoming just keeps looking better. [codrea]

Representative Becket Hinckley of Cheyenne is planning to sponsor a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without going through the application process.

Two other legislators are sponsoring a measure that would make Wyoming a "no retreat" state.

# MCA Sports makes and sells chamber adapters, rifle and shotgun barrel inserts, and cast lead bullets. Shoot .45-70 in your break-open shotgun. Shoot 7.62x39 in your .308 or .30-06 bolt gun. Hundreds of different calibers. Added to my Arms Manufacturers page. [clairefiles]

# Polywad Shotgun Shells sells shot rounds that expand more quickly and uniformly than usual and slugs that break into three parts on impact. Added to my Arms Manufacturers page.

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