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Bob Barr recants position on Wiccans in the military

In Big Brother, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, First Amendment, Law, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Military, Minorities, Nanny State, Politics on July 30, 2008 at 1:41 am

From Nate Uncensored (excerpt):

Apparently someone did get around to asking Bob Barr some substantive questions when he made an appearance at Netroots Nation. Ed Brayton (Dispatches from the Culture Wars) asked Barr if he would now, as Libertarian candidate, repudiate his 1999 attempt to prohibit the practice of Wicca, a neo-Pagan religion, on military bases. Barr said that he has changed his mind, citing “reports” that the practice of Wicca was causing problems that are apparently not an issue now. Brayton writes:

I did ask him for any specific problems that were reported to him back in 1999 by these military leaders, but he said he didn’t want to get into specifics. I’m sure that’s because there are no specific incidents and those military leaders who complained to him did so out of bigotry, or because the problems it caused were really caused by bigotry against Wiccans. He likened it to his stance on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for gays, which he previously supported but now that it’s clear that allowing gays to serve doesn’t really cause any problems with unit cohesion and good order, he thinks it should be repealed and they should be allowed to serve openly.

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What is the government’s proper function in child death caused by religious belief?

In Constitutional Rights, Courts and Justice System, Crime, First Amendment, Health, Law, Obituaries, People in the news, Personal Responsibility, Science on April 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Madeline Kara Neumann, Leilani and Dale NeumannOn Sunday, 11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann, known as “Kara”, died due to diabetic ketoacidosis. While diabetes is a treatable disease, the girl had not seen a doctor, so she had not been diagnosed with diabetes.

Her parents, Leilani and Dale Neumann of Wisconsin, believe that healing is received only through faith, and not through medicine. They therefore did not take Kara to a doctor even though she had been severely ill for days, possibly a week. Instead, they prayed for her.

Authorities were first contacted by the child’s aunt in California, who had asked them to check on the child. From ABC News:

“My sister-in-law is, her daughter’s severely, severely sick and she believes her daughter is in a coma,” [Ariel] Gomez is heard telling the dispatcher in one of the 911 calls released by the sheriff’s office. “And, she’s very religious, so she’s refusing to take [Kara] to the hospital, so I was hoping maybe somebody could go over there.”

Gomez asks authorities to send an ambulance, and warns the dispatcher that Leilani Neumann will fight attempts to intervene. “We’ve been trying to get her to take [Kara] to the hospital for a week, a few days now,” Gomez tells the dispatcher.

Before police got to the house, they received a medical emergency call from the Neumanns.

The parents post on the website of a congregation which refuses medical treatment, but the minister said they are not members of that congregation. The parents seem to have their own prayer group, comprised of about eight people. Authorities believe the girl, who was being homeschooled at the time of her death, had been very ill for several days, possibly a week, before her death; and the mother had reported to family members that the girl had slipped into a coma, but they were still refusing to take her to a hospital, believing prayer would heal her.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the girl’s parents confirmed that they believe healing comes from God, but said they did not want their child to die, they are not zealots and they do not have anything against doctors.

Dale Neumann, a former police officer, told the AP that he started to perform CPR on his daughter “as soon as the breath of life left.”

In the interview, Leilani Neumann said that she is not worried about the police investigation because her family’s lives are “in God’s hands” and they know that they did the best thing for their daughter that they knew how to do.

You can read the entire ABC News article here.

Carl and Raylene WorthingtonA similar case occurred earlier this month, when 15-month-old baby Ava Worthington died of bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection, after Carl and Raylene Worthington, her faith healing parents, failed to obtain any medical care for the infant; the illness was exacerbated by a benign cyst on the child’s neck which had never been medically treated. The state medical examiner said the infant could have been saved with a simple prescription for antibiotics. The Worthingtons have been criminally charged with manslaughter and criminal mistreatment.

You can read the entire ABC News article here.

Should parents who believe in faith healing be charged criminally in the death of their child, or should they be protected by the First Amendment? Should the government intervene and take away their other children in such situations, for their safety and protection? Or are these parents within their First Amendment rights to not seek medical care for their children, relying instead on prayer alone, even if their child is obviously dying?

Phillies speaks out against potential Barr presidential campaign

In Corruption, Courts and Justice System, Crime, George Phillies, Law, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Libertarian Politics 2008, Politics, Presidential Candidates on March 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm

An excerpt of the statement by George Phillies, from Miller Politics:

[Bob] Barr’s real positions may also be seen from the candidates his PAC supports. In 2007, Barr’s PAC supported conservatives Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and John Sununu (R-NH). This Fall, those men both have Libertarian opponents. Libertarians must ask: Whose side is Barr on? Suppose Barr were given our nomination and campaigned in Georgia or New Hampshire. Will he campaign with the candidate who carries our party’s banner, or the candidate who cashed Barr’s check?

In December, 2007, the Libertarian National Committee voted without objection to support Ron Paul with the National Committee’s ‘Ballot Base’ software program. In my opinion, using Libertarian party resources to help a Republican, in a race in which there will surely be a Libertarian opponent, was a gross breach of fiduciary responsibility by the Libertarian National Committee. Among those not objecting was Barr.

Phillies also points out that some candidates declare at the last minute, to avoid having their weaknesses exposed.  He went on to say that last year, Barr attacked Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Anne Northrup, because she did not support prayer in  schools; and instead campaigned for her opponent, Ernie Fletcher.  Phillies correctly notes that no libertarian would ever take the stance that a Christian prayer should be forced upon children legally required to attend school.

I would additionally note that Fletcher was criminally charged in 2006 with illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs.  A grand jury report found that Fletcher had approved a “widespread and coordinated plan” to skirt hiring laws, and in response Fletcher granted a blanket pardon for everyone involved.  Barr thus showed extremely poor judgment, at best, in supporting Fletcher.

Therefore, I agree with Phillies.  It would indeed be “totally inappropriate” for Bob Barr to represent the LP as its presidential nominee.

If Bob Barr wants Libertarian support, he needs to leave the Republican Party behind, and fully embrace the Libertarian Party.  Otherwise, there is no reason for Libertarians to embrace him at all.

American death toll in Iraq reaches 4000

In Activism, Children, Congress, Corruption, George Bush, History, Human Rights Abuses, Iraq War, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Middle East, Military, Music, Obituaries, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Protest, Republican, US Government, War on March 24, 2008 at 6:17 am

Today, the official death toll for American soldiers in Iraq hit 4000. The actual number is undoubtedly higher.

4000+ Americans are dead, because Bush lied about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction.

4000+ Americans are dead, because Bush claimed that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Iraq.

4000+ Americans are dead, because Congress blindly accepted Bush’s lies.

4000+ American are dead, because Americans reelected Bush for a second term

4000+ Americans are dead, because the American people elected a Democratic Congress to put an end to the killing, and they failed us miserably.

There are far more Iraqis dead, though. Just today, soldiers killed a 10-year-old Iraqi girl. They claim they didn’t do it on purpose, but who knows the truth of that situation. When you put soldiers in a country where their lives are constantly at risk, and you arm them with automatic weapons, it is inevitable that many innocents will be killed. Some will be killed accidentally. Some will be killed due to mistaken identity. And some will be killed because the armed soldiers snap under the pressure, and just start killing people.

Unlike many in the antiwar movement, I don’t blame the soldiers. After all, they are doing what they were trained to do, under circumstances that no human was ever intended to experience; and the vast majority of soldiers became soldiers to protect us, and not to kill innocent civilians. So no, I don’t blame our soldiers when the inevitable happens. I blame Bush and Congress for putting our soldiers in that situation.

Of course, our tax dollars will be spent for the foreseeable future treating the injuries, physical and mental, those soldiers received while fighting in the war that should never have been fought. Some of them will recover from their wounds, but many won’t. I don’t complain about spending our tax dollars on the soldiers in need of medical and psychiatric care; we owe them that. I do complain that they should never have been sent to Iraq and injured in the first place.

Let us all look forward to the day when the killing stops, and our soldiers are brought home from the Middle East once and for all. When will that happen? It’s up to the American voters. If Americans put another warmonger in the White House, the blood will be on their hands. It is already on the hands of those who voted Bush for a second term, knowing full well he was a warmonger.

When considering candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination, especially given that there are so many candidates brand-new to libertarianism, ask them whether they voted for Bush. If they did, they have blood on their hands, and therefore can never truly represent the Libertarian Party.

My hands, I’m happy to say, are clean in this situation (though I am not running for any political office). I didn’t vote for Bush the first time, and I actively worked against his candidacy the second time. Many may think my efforts were for naught, but I disagree. The message of true freedom is spread one person at a time.

I’ve asked this before, and I’ll ask it again. Where is Osama bin Laden? We can see a dime on the sidewalk from outer space, but we can’t seem to find a strange-looking human giant hiding in the desert. I find that extremely hard to believe. I also won’t be the least bit surprised if we suddenly “find” him just in time for the presidential election. Younger readers may not be cynical enough to believe our country would play us for fools like that. To them I would simply say, history has been my lesson; let it be yours as well.

To that end, I offer the song “End of the Innocence”, which was a hit song when many of our readers were but infants. It applies more today than ever.

Candidates Gone Wild: Presidential Wackjob Edition

In Barack Obama, Children, Congress, Crazy Claims, Daniel Imperato, George Bush, Humor, Immigration, Iraq War, Libertarian, Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Shine on you crazy diamond, US Government, War on March 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm

We’re all familiar with John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. However, have you ever wondered what other presidential candidates are out there? Are you longing for a presidential candidate who is really and truly different? If so, one of these guys just might be your man.

Michael Jesus ArchangelUnlike most mainstream presidential candidates, God The Great Holy Spirit Saint Michael Jesus The Archangel doesn’t think he is God. He knows he is. This also ends the debate about the true name of God, since he quite clearly denotes his name as “Mike”. That’s a much easier name to spell and remember than “Yahweh”, for sure.

Apparently God/Mike runs a “modeling agency”, and if his website claims are to be believed, it’s quite successful as models literally flock to him. I’m not sure how lucrative that endeavor has become for him, but that’s okay because he also makes his own money. By that, I don’t mean that he works and makes money. No, I mean that he quite literally makes money, which he calls “Heavenly Banknotes”. Are you against the Federal Reserve? He’ll take care of that problem too, and replace it with his own “Cosmic Reserve Bank”.

Apparently God/Mike is an Old Testament kind of Creator, because he wants to arrest abortion doctors, judges who ruled abortions legal, and women who have had abortions, and execute them all within a year. He also thinks that smokers are both suicidal and homicidal, and he plans to arrest and execute, without representation or trial, all of the “tobacco lords”. He also has a problem with gay marriage, because the Bible (which he refers to as “My Holy Word”) speaks against it; for that reason, he plans to execute all gays and lesbians. On the other hand Mike/God is not quite so completely violent as it would appear, since he also thinks that nations should settle conflicts with a paintball war.

If you’re interested in contacting God/Mike, you can do so by telephone or email, since both are listed on his website. However, you can’t send him a fax, since his fax is listed as “CIA Top Secret Ultra-Grade.”

Like any other non-mainstream candidate, God/Mike has run into some difficulties during his campaign. Most notably, he was charged with attempted murder, undoubtedly while “at war with the homosexual Satan and his leftist queer devils and demons”. That’s okay, though, because since he’s God, he has the power of prophesy. To that end he says, “I prophesy that I will win by a crushing landslide.”

Jonathan The Impaler SharkeyOn the other end of the spectrum Jonathan “The Impaler” Sharkey may not be a Papal Knight, a Knight of Malta, or a Knight of the Orden Bonaria like Daniel Imperato; or God, Jesus, or the Holy Ghost like Mike, but he is an ordained Satanic Priest. Not only is he a Satanic Priest, but a quiz on his MySpace profile declared that he is Satan, so it must be true. He also promises to murder (by impalement, of course) certain people with his own hands as soon as he takes office; that list includes Osama bin Laden, George Bush, O.J. Simpson, and even Mike Tyson.

Jonathan is also a “Satanic Vampyre” as well as a “Hecate Witch”, and has some very serious military experience as a “Commanding General” of a vampire regiment known as the “Death Dealers”. He also has a great deal of previous political experience, having run for Congress in multiple states, for President during the last election as well as the present one, and he once also ran for Governor (of Minnesota). His campaigns have been unsuccessful, undoubtedly due to the media’s bias against third party candidates.

On the downside, he must be one of those shapeshifters David Icke warns us about because, while in Florida, he assumed the name “Kathleen Sharkey” and claimed that he is is his own half-sister, and also his own pagan wife. He sent a notice to the FEC under the Kathleen persona, implying that Jonathan is dead.

Not surprisingly, The Impaler does have an arrest record, including a record for stalking a former girlfriend, but for those who wish to support The Impaler, that could be easily spun into his being far more loyal than most people will ever be. He was also ordered to undergo psychiatric care since he believes himself to be a vampire, and of course that could be spun as his having had his right to practice his religion denied by the government. Despite The impaler’s shortcomings, there is always a way for a politician to spin anything into something positive.

John Taylor BowlesThen again, if God and Satan aren’t quite down-to-earth enough for you, there is also John Taylor Bowles. Bowles claims to be “the White People’s Candidate”. Dressed like a Neo-Nazi storm trooper, Bowles claims that it is “time for the white people to put a real white man in the White House”; apparently he believes that previous presidents weren’t really white.

Bowles wants to give us lower taxes, lower food prices, free health care, zero unemployment, no outsourcing of jobs, forgiveness of all credit card debt so all white people start with a fresh slate, a 5% flat tax on income with all other taxes abolished, no more foreclosures, and interest-free mortgages (though together those last two items are equivalent to free housing on a first-come first-serve basis) ….. but only after he has deported all non-whites in a “humanitarian” manner. He plans to give all non-whites a one-time stipend of $30,000 to make their involuntary move more palatable.

Bowles also wants to bring the white soldiers home, at which time he will position them at the southern border to help “stop the invasion”. He also believes that birth control is an invention of those who wish to destroy the white race, and to that end he suggests that whites take over the country by having as many children as possible (though if he deports all non-whites, we would have no need to out-breed anyone to maintain control). White families who produce four or more children will have their mortgage debt forgiven, though again, it doesn’t matter if the debt is forgiven, if there are no more foreclosures.

I’ve heard this particular line of thinking before. Former wacky Libertarian candidate Gene Chapman suggested that libertarians out-breed the non-libertarians, and even offered to store his sperm for any women interested in bearing his children. He also mentioned that both he and his webmaster Doug Kenline were single. Big surprise there.

So who gets to stay in the United States, and who will be forced to leave? According to Bowles, a white person (which he refers to as “Aryan”) is defined as “wholly of non-Jewish, non-Asiatic European ancestry, descendants of the autochthonous Peoples of the contemporary states of Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Many persons of Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portugese, Romanian, Serbian, and Spanish heritage also qualify as Aryan, their ancestors being pioneers of Aryan communities in those lands.”

Now that we’ve reviewed the candidates, here is the interesting question. Given that the mainstream parties limit our choices to only three candidates at this point, soon to be only two candidates; and given that many Americans do not agree with any of the mainstream candidates on the issues …. if these were the only candidates from which you could choose, who would you choose, and why?

Pope speaks out against the war

In George Bush, Human Rights Abuses, Iraq War, People in the news, Personal Responsibility, Politics, War on March 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI has issued the following statement on Iraq:

“Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!”

This proclamation came after a Catholic Cardinal was found murdered, after having been abducted February 29th.

The Pope has called the Cardinal’s death an “inhuman act of violence”, and he praised the priest for his refusal to abandon the Catholic faithful in Iraq despite the many dangers of remaining there.

The Pope has also called upon the Iraqi people to make peace among themselves.

At the same time, I make an appeal to the Iraqi people, who for the past five years have borne the consequences of a war that provoked the breakup of their civil and social life.

He urged the Iraqi people to raise their heads and reconstruct their life through “reconciliation, forgiveness, justice and coexistence among tribal, ethnic and religious groups.”

The Vatican strongly opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq, so it is unlikely that the Pope’s newest statements against the war will have any effect on Bush Administration policy.

Scary shit

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour from huffpost and Vimeo.

Latest Gallup Poll Says Nearly Half of Americans Are Blathering Idiots

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Found on Stupid Evil Bastard:

The results from the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll on Evolution continue the trend of idiocy in this country on the topic of Evolution.

  • “Evolution, that is, the idea that human beings developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life” is probably or definitely false”: 44%
  • “Creationism, that is, the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years” is probably or definitely true”: 66%
  • 15% said that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate that did not believe in evolution.

That last line is the only bright spot to be found in the poll as the majority don’t think a candidate’s acceptance, or lack thereof, of evolution is relevant on how qualified a person is to be President. Though, in its own way, that’s sort of depressing as well.

Sometimes it’s amazing to me that half our population manages to avoid having their heads implode from the vacuum within.

As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free.

In Celebrities, Civil Liberties, Politics, Republican on May 15, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Jerry Falwell is dead.

I feel sorry for his family, of course, and on a non-political and non-theological level I’m sad to see a fellow human being die.

Not to be a dick, though, but this is some of the greatest news that the social and civil libertarian crowd could possibly hear. A man who stood against equal rights for women, gays, and immigrants can no longer influence our political system. Furthermore, this seems to be the starkest demonstration God could have possibly given us that the social conservative branch of the Republican Party is dead, leaving only fiscal conservatives and neocons, with the neocons about to die off as well.

Our future may be cloudy in the short term, but twenty years from now we will look back on these days like people today look back on the Vietnam War, draft and stagflation and wonder what the hell they must have been thinking.

Wealthy Convicted Felon Fugitives Given Special Treatment

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crime, Law Enforcement, Personal Responsibility, Taxation, Terrorism on April 26, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Ed and Elaine BrownEd and Elaine Brown have been holed up in their Plainfield, NH house for months, daring federal law enforcement to bother them. While normally that’s not a problem, since I don’t want federal law enforcement to bother me at home either, Ed and Elaine Brown have been not only convicted of federal crimes, but also sentenced to prison for those crimes. They have also repeatedly referred to the outcome of any attempt to take them into custody as another “Waco”, and have openly stated that they will kill anyone who tries to take them into lawful custody. Now, that’s a problem.

Elaine is a very successful dentist (or at least she was, until all this happened). Ed is usually described as a “retired exterminator”. Basically, he lives off his wealthy wife, which I guess is nice work if you can get it. However, if Ed and Elaine Brown were young financially disadvantaged African-Americans, they’d have been toast long ago. See, my problem with this situation has nothing to do with the Browns’ convictions per se – and in fact, the nature of their conviction is irrelevant to me – but rather my concern is that everyone is supposed to be equal under the law. Obviously, though, that is not the case.

This whole mess started years ago, when Ed and Elaine decided there was no law which requires them to pay federal income taxes. So, they didn’t, and quite predictably the IRS came a-knockin’. They had failed to file or pay taxes on over $1.3 million in income, and refused to pay or even discuss payment when the government demanded its money, so they were criminally prosecuted. They then tried to buy their way out of trouble by offering to pay the back taxes, but it was too late. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas wants to teach you about marriage

In Constitutional Rights, Democracy, Republican, Science on April 12, 2007 at 11:53 am

That, or you can pay them $100, an increase from the previous $30 marriage license fee. From the Dallas Morning News:

A bill by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, raises the cost of marriage licenses from $30 to $100 and requires engaged couples to take an eight-hour class on marriage if they don’t want to pay the fee. Poor couples can apply for a scholarship to the class.

Now, I’m sure the State would prefer the $70, but if not, you can take this nice class, which also isn’t free.

While Googling Rep. Chisum to see if he had any connections with the proprietors of this class, I found this memo, which he sent out on February 9th. I wish I was making this up:

Indisputable evidence – long hidden but now available to everyone – demonstrates conclusively that so-called “secular evolution science” is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternative “creation scenario” of the Pharisee religion. This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic “holy book” Kabbala dating back at least two millennia. (emphasis his)

So since evolution is a Jewish conspiracy, it clearly violates the Establishment Clause to teach it in public schools. The evidence for this is contained in links to fixedearth.com In other words, CRAZYTIME.

I’ve already emailed the Gray County, Texas LP about this memo, so that they can use it against Chisum in 2008.

Gene Chapman: Is The End Near?

In Communism, Economics, Law Enforcement, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Obituaries, Personal Responsibility, Police State, Politics, Taxation on February 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Via ElfNinosMom today comes
the sad news that one of our
favorite Presidential candidates
may have to drop out of the race due to government persecution.

Gene Dropping Out of Presidential Race?

Gene posted the following on his blog today:

IRS Finds Chapman

Well, the IRS has sent a letter to my employer to take my checks, down to $168 per week, so I’m off to new adventures. I’m praying about a walk in the desert to visit with God on the matter. Being a homeless man is attractive to me in the world we live in. Lots of homeless people come from IRS issues, I’ve found.

I’ll attend LP and CP events, as I can, but God has clearly opened up a new direction for me, and His priorities are gonna be #1.

Gene Chapman
Libertarian Man
ChapmanForPresident08.com

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The rise of Christian fascism

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Libertarian, Nanny State, Politics, Republican, War on February 9, 2007 at 2:46 am

There was a really good article on Alternet about the return of fascism, as predicted by a man who lived through the Nazi regime and smuggled documents from the Confessing Church (which stood up to the Nazis) out of Germany. That guy saw this fascism coming twenty-five years ago. Anyway, the leading snippet:

Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, told his students that when we were his age — he was then close to 80 — we would all be fighting the “Christian fascists.”

The warning, given 25 years ago, came at the moment Pat Robertson and other radio and television evangelists began speaking about a new political religion that would direct its efforts toward taking control of all institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government. Its stated goal was to use the United States to create a global Christian empire. This call for fundamentalists and evangelicals to take political power was a radical and ominous mutation of traditional Christianity. It was hard, at the time, to take such fantastic rhetoric seriously, especially given the buffoonish quality of those who expounded it. But Adams warned us against the blindness caused by intellectual snobbery. The Nazis, he said, were not going to return with swastikas and brown shirts. Their ideological inheritors had found a mask for fascism in the pages of the Bible.

It’s got a lot of thoughtful things to say, comparisons to make. It’s a liberal writer doing this article, so of course the obvious answer involves cash handouts to the poor and banning religious schools and other such crap. Read the rest of this entry »

God bless public schools.

In Humor, Politics, Science on February 7, 2007 at 2:48 am

This is called “I’m too lazy to surf CNN to find something to get pissed about so help yourselves to my porn stash My Pictures folder instead.”

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Sweetass video.

In Constitutional Rights, Media, Middle East, Politics, War on February 2, 2007 at 5:45 am

Kinda on the conspiracy theorist fringe, which isn’t really my scene, but done really well nonetheless. What really sold me was two things: GreginOz’ recommendation (seriously, if you ever want anything posted on here, your best bet is to be GreginOz); and the fact that it mentioned Project MKULTRA, the CIA program that invented LSD and the only time in history to my knowledge that anyone in the CIA was ever convicted of human rights violations. (C.E. Oberg and I are writing a script about it, actually.) But yeah… with no further ado, the video.

Blair impedes religious rights

In Civil Liberties, Libertarian, Politics on January 31, 2007 at 3:46 am

This comes by way of everyone’s favorite Aussie Libertarian, GreginOz. He linked me to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald describing how the UK is set to force religious adoption agencies to help gay couples adopt children.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for gay marriage, adoption, etc. But for the government to step in and force a religious organization to do something that violates their beliefs? That’s wrong. I’ll let GreginOz have his say here, since I essentially agree wholeheartedly.

Cutnpaste the above link and one finds a story on how The Church will not be able to discriminate against gay couples seeking to adopt children. It seems innocuous and I can imagine many wise (sic) liberals nodding into their latte,
double non-sugar, tiny, elegant cafe cups at the logicality. And yet…and yet…although I am basically a Militant Secularist this makes me very uncomfortable. The Libertarian in me will recognize anyone’s right to worship and I don’t care if you pray to Allah, Elvis Presley or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Here we have The State, in the form of the E.C. and U.K. governments, imposing their own morality on an institution with it’s own, carefully articulated, 2000 year old morality.

If someone thinks it crazy to let a couple of sodomites: high on amyl nitrate, viagra and E (“…oh what a night, late December back in ’63…) , with pink butt plugs waving from their ritually scarred, taut and stretched anuses, actually bring up children, does that mean they are prejudiced? What does ‘prejudice’ mean? Does it mean not having a State sanctioned opinion? The State
DOES attempt Social Engineering but then, so do families. Can one legislate opinion? Or manufacture it, perhaps? I think I have a reasonable grasp of what the Catholic Church is about, there IS the odd book about it out there. What do I know of the officials that crafted these anti-discrimination laws? What are THEIR values? What agenda? Quo bono? Do anti-hate laws simply disempower every single, straight, western, white, (nominally) christian male? Or is that me, droppin’ acid and turning into an even more paranoid Alex Jonesesque parody?

Cultural Relativism = all things being equal…except all things ARE NOT equal, are they! Unless you swallow my jism, maybe. Regards GreginOz.

Steve Kubby’s MLK day message

In Celebrities, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Crime, Democracy, Drug War, Economics, Libertarian, Media, Personal Responsibility, Politics on January 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm

This is an MLK day Message from Steve Kubby, Libertarian for President with markup links by me, paulie cannoli.

FREE AT LAST?

I wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr., would think of the America we live in — how he’d feel had he and his assassin not met on that fateful April morning and if instead he had awakened this morning to his 78th birthday.

I wonder what he’d have to say about a country that treats one in thirty of its own citizens as criminals.

I wonder how he’d characterize a country that imprisons more of its own people than any other nation on earth.

I wander what he’d call a country that incarcerates one in four of
its young black males
.

I wonder if he could tolerate a country that differentiates between
“white people’s cocaine” and “black people’s cocaine” in its sentencing laws.

I wonder if Dr. King would have the moral strength to stick to his philosophy of non-violence in this era of militarized police, “no-
knock” raids, death sentences for self-defense, and the cold-blooded murder of elderly black women by their alleged protectors.

I wonder if Dr. King would even recognize the America we live in today.

I don’t think he would. I think he’d still be leading marches and working for justice — demanding that America make good on what he called the “architects of our republic[‘s] … promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. … a promise that all men
would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Dr. King is not often described as a “libertarian” when his work for racial equality is remembered — and maybe there are other, better words to describe his ideas. Certainly the movemement he led for so many years has sometimes struck out in directions he’d likely not
have supported. But, just as clearly, he understood the importance of freedom. On this, his birthday, I like to take a few minutes to remember the closing words of his famous 1963 speech in Washington:

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to
join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”

I hope that you’ll spend a few moments pondering those words with me — and the coming years working with me to renew them and to make them real.

Let freedom grow!
Steve Kubby
Libertarian for President

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http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/steve-kubbys-mlk-day-message/

Metablogging ftw!

In Humor on December 26, 2006 at 12:10 am

So we’re apparently the 95th-fastest growing blog on WordPress. Suck it, Tiffin Tin.

What else… in other news, archaeologists found a cuneiform tablet in an excavation of ancient Babylon. Carbon-dating has confirmed it to be the oldest example of writing in the history of the world. The translation reads as follows: “Sorry guys, LibertyMix is gonna be a little late, my bad. –SVD The tablet then goes on to discuss an announcement of the pre-release of Xenosaga III and finishes with a prophecy regarding the Annunaki being slain by a god known only as the “Galactic Emissary,” who then reigns over the moons of Jupiter for ten thousand years.

(Sorry SVD… you know we love you.)

Anyway, this blog is the result of boredom and Christmas. So Merry Christmas, everyone, or whateverthehell you happen to celebrate on or around this day. I just got a metric fuckton of foreign language dictionaries so I’m off to figure out how to say “non-initiation of force” in Sanskrit or some shit, LOL.

Mere Christians take back their faith…

In Civil Liberties, Politics, Republican on December 23, 2006 at 5:03 pm

…and it’s about fucking time.

Andrew Sullivan had this to say, in summation:

That’s what I dissent from, and I dissent from it as a Christian. I dissent from the political pollution of sincere, personal faith. I dissent most strongly from the attempt to argue that one party represents God and that the other doesn’t. I dissent from having my faith co-opted and wielded by people whose politics I do not share and whose intolerance I abhor. The word Christian belongs to no political party. It’s time the quiet majority of believers took it back.

God is not Democratic or Republican… or, let’s be honest, even Libertarian. If one believes that God exists, as I happen to, it’s gotta be pretty obvious that our pathetic human squabbles do not concern him. You are not going to Hell for voting for gay marriage, and Pat Robertson can fuck himself raw if he says otherwise.

That, and the fundies (both Christian and otherwise) have finally been given a bloody nose this year. Good times, good times.