Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
by Kahentinetha Horn
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
MNN. Mar. 25, 2008. Was the Mohawk-Oka Crisis of 1990 a dry run for overseas terror? On July 11, 1990, the Quebec Police paramilitary forces opened fire on a group of peaceful demonstrators in the early hours of the morning. We were resisting the nearby town of Oka from illegally building a golf course on top of our burial and ceremonial site. The attack on us escalated after Prime Minister Brian Mulroney met with President George Bush. 4000 heavily armed soldiers surrounded three of our communities, Kanehsatake, Kahnawake and Akwesasne. They wanted us to fire a shot so they would have an excuse to kill us. We were on to them.
Col. Musgrave of the British Secret Service was brought over by a Canadian think tank to put a plan in motion to break us down. He was going to use tactics the Brits used against the Irish. He vowed to accomplish this in three weeks.
The corporate press stepped up its habitual demonization of us. The soldiers shouted and threatened us. The media "spinners" portrayed our men, women and children as the nasty enemy and we were less than human. This created the conditions required to get the public to accept mistreatment and violations of our rights. We were subjected to sleep deprivation by flying choppers over us all night long. Even jets were flown close over our heads. Bright lights were shone on us and into our windows. Food was cut off or left to rot or spat upon and peed into by the soldiers before it was turned over to us. Water and hydro were turned off and on. Incendiary devices were blown up around us. Snipers were everywhere.
When we finally walked out September 26th 1990, the soldiers and cops attacked, beat and threw us into buses and took us to prisons at Farnham army base. We were left on the tarmac all night long. They would not let us go to the bathroom or get medical attention for our injured. The soldiers beat their guns on the sides of the bus to stop us from sleeping, swore and shouted racial slurs at us and took out their penises and urinated at us...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Two, actually. Both involve police intercepts of packages using the DHL delivery service on the campus at Duke University.
In the latest, police intercepted a package of marijuana bound for a fraternity house, then raided the place in full SWAT attire when one of the fraternity members signed for it. One of the residents describes the raid:
I am writing to share both my relief over the dropped charges against my housemate, senior Eric Halperin, as well as my continued anger at the blatant abuse of power by the Durham Police Department. On the morning of Feb. 27, our home off East Campus was raided by a team of State Bureau of Investigation agents and members of DPD. Without warning, our front door was knocked down and a handful of fully armed officers entered our home. Subsequently, we were ordered to the ground at the behest of assault rifles, dragged across the floor, hand-cuffed and forced to strip naked. In carrying out their search warrant, police officers destroyed hundreds of dollars of our personal property. Upon failing to find anything incriminating, my friend, Halperin, was falsely charged with drug trafficking without any investigation or evidence, except his signing for a DHL package not addressed to him.
It took a month, but police have now dropped all charges against Halperin. The earlier incident followed almost the same formula, except it took place in a dorm room. In that case too, the charges against the Duke student were dropped.
Even assuming it’s appropriate to arrest a college student who signs for a package of marijuana addressed to someone else, why the SWAT tactics? Did the police department really think the fraternity was going to put up a fight? (Note: It was also the Durham police department that gave us this photo—discussion on that here.) Last month, there was a similar incident at LSU, in which a SWAT team raided a college student’s home based on an anonymous tip that there might be some pot inside. They found nothing.
For some righteous outrage on the case, check out the "Liestoppers Board," a site set up by the parents of the wrongly accused Duke lacrosse team.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Abortion - Individual Choice
Abortion - State Control
Help the poor
Help the rich
Freedom from Religion
Law and Order
Rock & Roll
Can you say "my country right or wrong" no matter what? Yes No
Are you more or less intolerant than you think you are? More Less
How much do you hate sharing your stuff? A lot Very much
Do you whine about taxes every: 15 seconds 30 seconds 2 minutes
Check number of stocks owned: 10 or more 20 or more Lost count
How many people would you enjoy putting in prison? 5 20 more than 20
Who do you hate most? Blacks Communists Gays Liberals Libertarians Democrats
Hours a day spent hating above choice? 8 hrs 12 hrs 24 hrs
Would you kill anyone speaking ill of your mother? Yes No
Are you an Aggie? (If not sure check Yes) Yes No
What upsets you more? Nuclear-warfare Genocide Affirmative Action?
Check machinery you can operate: Electronic vote machine, Pickup truck, can opener
What organizations are you a member of? VFW, KKK, NRA, CFR, TC, Bilderburger
What sports do you participate in? Stock Market, Commodities Market, FOREX
Put these words in the correct order. God Race Country Family
Can you quote Readers Digest without feeling like an idiot? Yes No
Hours a day do you listen to Rush Limbaugh? 1 hr 2 hrs 3 hrs
Does this questionnaire piss you off? Yes No
Circle each answer and send a copy to:
310 First Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Please include copy of picture ID (you know why!)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
A California jury awarded a 72-year-old man $90,000 after California Highway Patrol officers entered his house and roughed him up while looking for a stolen motorcycle. They had the wrong house. Which would probably explain why he was described in the police report as “agitated” after they improperly and forcibly entered his home. Here’s the infuriating part: After the jury award, the judge cut the award to around $13,000, just enough to cover medical expenses related to the incident, which included two surgeries. The judge tossed out all punitive damages.
Also, per the link above, note that the man was initially arrested for “obstruction,” even though police had the wrong house, and he wasn’t suspected of any crime.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
We Have a Vision
By Tim Wingate
"Where there is no vision, the people perish"
- Based upon, modernizing, paraphrasing and quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a Dream Speech.”
232 years ago when the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all people, yes all people of all the races, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of every color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the American people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have come to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of liberty. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of fear mongering to the sunlit path of equal liberty, equal opportunity, equal justice for ALL Americans. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial division, the tar pits of class division, from the encumbering weight of being divided against ourselves to the solid rock of brotherhood, people hood, human hood. This is our hood! Our country! The blood, sweat and tears of the people have poured out to care for, protect, and enrich all of us not just a few who profit at the expense of the sacrifice of the many. Not the elites who divide to conquer! Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. To make alive the promise of individuality, life, liberty, property with a government that secures those promises, not one that infringes on those rights by fear and intimidation.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This coming sweltering summer of American's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand eight is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Americans who embraced the message of liberty by Dr. Paul needed to blow off steam and will now be content, will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to political business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until American rights are recognized as unalienable, unchangeable, unlimited. The whirlwinds of this freedom revolution will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my brothers who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into the initiation of physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. If the time comes that we must protect life, liberty, property it will be with the philosophical integrity that our cause is as the founding father's cause was. That our cause also has the moral supremacy because we did all that we could do to entreat, implore, and petition for redress in the most humblest terms and that our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. If then, this government, shows its character by every act which defines Tyranny, is therefore unfit to govern a free people.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the American community must not lead us to a distrust of each other's ethnicity. For we are as Russell Means, the Chief Facilitator of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Lakotah says, “ Mitaku Oyasin! We are all related.” Those who would rule consider all of us lesser mortals to be their slaves on what they believe is their planet-ation. This is not a race issue this is a people issue. Our destinies are tied up together. Our freedoms are inextricably bound together. We cannot walk alone.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking, "When will you be satisfied?"
We can never be satisfied as long as the American is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality, tazing of children, the elderly, and those merely asking a question of police.
We can never be satisfied as long as the American's basic economic mobility is stifled by inflation brought on by the elites to keep Americans down.
We can never be satisfied while they turn America into a prison ghetto where you are either an inmate or a guard.
We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by schools that don't educate and treat them with the moral vacuum of zero tolerance police statism.
We can never be satisfied as long as Americans in all of our states can not know that their votes are counted truthfully, openly and not in secret by compromised patronage workers or electronic fraud.
We can never be satisfied as long as the American government in ALL the branches refuses to answer our petitions of grievances.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of statist persecution, betrayal by fellow countrymen and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You are the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair but overcome evil with goodness.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a vision. It is a vision deeply rooted in the American vision.
We have a vision that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
We have a vision that one day the children of former slaves, the children of former slave owners, the children of former indentured servants, the children of abusive business owners, the children a great indigenous people brought nigh unto genocide, the children of those who came after the atrocities of classism, racism, and authoritarianism will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
We have a vision that one day even Washington D.C. sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, sweltering with the heat of tyranny will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
We have a vision that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, the amount of money in their pocket, what vocation they live but by the content of their character.
We have a vision that one day in America our children and their children will be able to join hands as sisters and brothers united in liberty in this nation.
We have a vision that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go on with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. Because we ARE FREE TODAY! And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.
So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the waters of the states of the great Lakes!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi!
Let freedom ring from the reclaimed lands of New Orleans!
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to 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 of every hue of humankind, theists and non-theists, will be able to join hands and sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring, Let Freedom Ring!”
So to accomplish this vision let us go on! Go on to greatness. Go on to prosperity! Go on to liberty!Before we can go on, before we can build together we must agree on the foundation. We must agree what to build this house of freedom upon. Fortunately for us we don't have to “recreate the wheel.” We don't have to “lay again” a foundation to anchor our building upon. We already have an anchoring foundation. What anchors us together in this task? Our belief in and our living of our common creed! We are to be doers and not hearers only! Not as those who see their faces in a mirror and then forget who we are. Its not the knowing of what is right to do that makes you good. It is the good of doing what you know that makes you right.
As the angel to the church of Sardis proclaimed:
“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”
And in Psalms 11, “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?"
What can the righteous do? I'll tell you what the righteous will do!!
The righteous will strengthen what remains and is about to die!
You may ask, “What is about to die that needs to be strengthened?”
The foundations of this country!
What are the foundations of this city upon a hill that has proclaimed the way of liberty to all the nations of the earth?
It really is very simple. As David knelt down to that babbling brook and brought out five smooth stones. The founders established five stone hard principles that felled the giant of tyranny. Five truths that set out to set men free from the lie of divine right to rule by kings, queens, emperors and despots of every kindred, tribe and tongue.
In 1776, fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence declaring that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” What truths were “these truths”?
Truth 1. All people are created equal by “Nature's God.”
Truth 2. All created equal people are endowed with certain unalienable rights.
Truth 3. By the consent of the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights, governments are formed to secure those endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people.
Truth 4. When any form of government becomes destructive of those endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people, it is the right of the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights to replace that government with one that will secure those, endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people.
Truth 5. Changes of government should not be for casual and changing reasons. However, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, shows a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
That is it. Five foundational truths that form a rock solid foundation that the house of liberty was to be built upon. Five footings that would send the word of freedom to other lands. Five footings that would exhort, build up and comfort those in oppression. Five footings that would excite so that the good news of freedom is spread across our land. Five footings that would care for and guide us in pastures of uncertainty. Five footings that would teach the truths of liberty to us so we can teach our children how to live in and maintain freedom. Five footings that when all working together would equip us for the work of liberty. For the pulling down of the strongholds of tyranny.
Even today, with so much talk about fighting to defend freedom, who can stand up and define what that means? Who can look you in the eye and say: "This I believe, and I believe it for these reasons." The world is dying for something to believe in, a statement of principles that leaves no room for misunderstanding; a creed that everyone of good faith toward their fellow human beings can accept with clarity of mind and strength of resolve. The following creed written by G. Edward Griffin of Freedom Force International, is based upon those five “truths” of the Declaration of Independence.
THE CREED OF FREEDOM
I Believe in the INTRINSIC NATURE OF RIGHTS
I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group; that these rights are intrinsic to each individual, not granted by the state; for if the state has the power to grant them, it also has the power to deny them, and that is incompatible with personal liberty.
I believe that a just government derives its power solely from the governed. Therefore, the state must never presume to do anything beyond what individual citizens also have the right to do. Otherwise, the state is a power unto itself and becomes the master instead of the servant of society.
I Believe in the SUPREMACY OF THE INDIVIDUAL
I believe that one of the greatest threats to freedom is to allow any group, no matter its numeric superiority, to deny the rights of the minority; and that one of the primary functions of just government is to protect each individual from the greed and passion of the majority.
I Believe in the FREEDOM OF CHOICE
I believe that desirable social and economic objectives are better achieved by voluntary action than by coercion of law. I believe that social tranquility and brotherhood are better achieved by tolerance, persuasion, and the power of good example than by coercion of law. I believe that those in need are better served by charity, which is the giving of one's own money, than by welfare, which is the giving of other people's money through coercion of law.
I Believe in EQUALITY UNDER LAW
I believe that all citizens should be equal under law, regardless of their national origin, race, religion, gender, education, economic status, life style, or political opinion. Likewise, no class should be given preferential treatment, regardless of the merit or popularity of its cause. To favor one class over another is not equality under law.
I Believe in the PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
I believe that the proper role of government is negative, not positive; defensive, not aggressive. It is to protect, not to provide; for if the state is granted the power to provide for some, it must also be able to take from others, and once that power is granted, there are those who will seek it for their advantage. It always leads to legalized plunder and loss of freedom. If government is powerful enough to give us everything we want, it is also powerful enough to take from us everything we have. Therefore, the proper function of government is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens; nothing more. That government is best which governs least.
The Creed of Freedom is based on five principles that we know and believe are truth, justice and the American way. However, knowing is NOT doing so, how do you apply them to your everyday life? By following THE THREE COMMANDMENTS OF FREEDOM in everything you do. These three things contain the five foundations of freedom.
Thou shalt protect INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS and not sacrifice the rights of any individual or minority for the assumed rights of the group.
Thou shalt protect EQUALITY UNDER LAW and not endorse any law that does not apply to all citizens equally.
Thou shalt protect FREEDOM OF CHOICE and not use coercion for any purpose except to protect human life, liberty, or property.
These are the immutable footings that support the truth of individualism, and individualism is the indispensable foundation of freedom.
Remember what the angel to the church of Sardis proclaimed. “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die,”
Here is THE REST of that verse, “ for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”
Not complete? IT IS NOT COMPLETE! The founders fell short in the completion of the vision. Tricksters, liars, thieves, murderers, hypocrites whispered in the ears of those that followed after them and tempted them away with riches borne on the backs of their fellow countrymen. While they made a show of patriotism in the sanctuaries of the house of liberty, they whitewashed their hypocrisy and ignored justice, mercy and broke faith with we the people. They kept the best wine for themselves and gave the people a watered down version of freedom. A liberty lite.
It is not complete until there is equal freedom for all in this country. Not complete until the state has been rolled back to where it is servant and not the master. Not complete until those who have hijacked this country are removed from authority. Not complete until our money, our lives, our children and their futures are NO LONGER being squandered by the elite few for their own benefit and leaving we the people holding a bag of pain, debt and sorrow.
We are the wealthiest nation on this planet because we are many made into one. The talents, abilities, inspirations, art, knowledge of many kinds of people from near and from far have come together to become one NEW person. A person of liberty. A mature person who has learned from the mistakes of the past. A mature person who knows that to deny liberty to one because of difference is the denial of liberty to all. A mature person who knows that it is liberty for all and all for liberty.
We must acknowledge our common creed. The creed that the founders proclaimed and fell short of. The creed that Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed 100 years after slavery was abolished but still was fallen short of. The creed that people have thought they died for but, in our day is suppressed and denied by those in our government who terrorize us with fear. The creed that can embolden us to love liberty. The creed that can move us to action to protect our freedoms. The creed that embraces our hopes and dreams. The creed that casts out fear with faith in the love of truth and righteousness.
The Creed of Freedom is the fleshing out, the living, the reality of the Foundations of Freedom that must be embraced before we move forward to take this nation back from the rebellious servants who have taken this vineyard of prosperity and raped it for their own pleasures.
If we stand together on this foundation and build, it matters not what shape the building is, what its decorations are, or what color it is. Whatever is built on this firm foundation of freedom will be for the good of all.
The world groans under the weight of petty tyrants and would be emperors and waits in eager expectation for the the Sons of Liberty to be manifest. The spirit of Liberty is calling out today for her sons to come forward.
The Freedom Revolution is the coming together of the lovers of liberty to celebrate our brotherhood in ways that encourage, inspire and invite others to shrug off statism, authoritarianism and collectivism. We reject the negative dystopian future that some among us say is inevitable. We know that it may be possible, but only if we give in to that fear and not fight against the night that would steal our light.
There are many opportunities or mission fields to work in. From inner city to rural. Reaching people has always been through music and the spoken word. From the times of the prophets on a hill to a brush arbor meeting, to a union hall, to revival tent, to rented storefront, to coffeehouse, to a modern stadium. Music to lift the soul and words to inspire hope and action have kindled the flame of individualism and participation for a greater good.
The time is now. Never before have WE had this opportunity with the glaring contrast between what is good and evil that has affected so many in this country. The young are ready for a message of hope and freedom. The message is that you are born free, and you are free so be free now!
It doesn't matter what project one works on. There are many areas that people are working in. Its like the body and all of its parts. Urban youth outreach, different musical genres, performance art, writing, speaking, legal studies, litigation, running for political office, rallies, concerts, TV programs, Internet videos, seminars, local video showings, discussion groups, coffeehouses etc. There are many groups already established that are on the cutting edge of pushing the beast of statism into the corner to force it to either capitulate to its masters or bare fang and claw exposing its true nature for all to see. Whether it is We The People Congress, Freedom Force International, International Society for Individual Liberty, The Freedom Fellowship, The Hip Hope Project, Freedom Revolution Tour, Save Kenneth Hall Hospital, etc., the foundational issue IS the foundation.
If we revive the foundations, embrace our common Creed of Freedom thereby strengthening that what remains, not just having a reputation of being alive to liberty but actually living liberty to the fullness of freedom and thereby passing on to our posterity the full equal blessings of liberty, then we will have completed the great deeds that were set before us in our time, in our place, for our people, for We the People!
Will you join with us today to be a son or daughter of Liberty? Will you set your feet upon the solid ground and stand? Choose you today who you will serve, Liberty and Freedom or Statist Authoritarianism?
Carpe Libertas! Seize Liberty!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Obama's Minister Committed "Treason" But When My Father Said the Same Thing He Was a Republican Hero
Every Sunday thousands of right wing white preachers (following in my father's footsteps) rail against America's sins from tens of thousands of pulpits. They tell us that America is complicit in the "murder of the unborn," has become "Sodom" by coddling gays, and that our public schools are sinful places full of evolutionists and sex educators hell-bent on corrupting children. They say, as my dad often did, that we are, "under the judgment of God." They call America evil and warn of immanent destruction. By comparison Obama's minister's shouted "controversial" comments were mild. All he said was that God should damn America for our racism and violence and that no one had ever used the N-word about Hillary Clinton.
Dad and I were amongst the founders of the Religious right. In the 1970s and 1980s, while Dad and I crisscrossed America denouncing our nation's sins instead of getting in trouble we became darlings of the Republican Party. (This was while I was my father's sidekick before I dropped out of the evangelical movement altogether.) We were rewarded for our "stand" by people such as Congressman Jack Kemp, the Fords, Reagan and the Bush family. The top Republican leadership depended on preachers and agitators like us to energize their rank and file. No one called us un-American.
Consider a few passages from my father's immensely influential America-bashing book A Christian Manifesto. It sailed under the radar of the major media who, back when it was published in 1980, were not paying particular attention to best-selling religious books. Nevertheless it sold more than a million copies.
Here's Dad writing in his chapter on civil disobedience:
If there is a legitimate reason for the use of force [against the US government]... then at a certain point force is justifiable.And this:
In the United States the materialistic, humanistic world view is being taught exclusively in most state schools... There is an obvious parallel between this and the situation in Russia [the USSR]. And we really must not be blind to the fact that indeed in the public schools in the United States all religious influence is as forcibly forbidden as in the Soviet Union....
There does come a time when force, even physical force, is appropriate... A true Christian in Hitler's Germany and in the occupied countries should have defied the false and counterfeit state. This brings us to a current issue that is crucial for the future of the church in the United States, the issue of abortion... It is time we consciously realize that when any office commands what is contrary to God's law it abrogates it's authority. And our loyalty to the God who gave this law then requires that we make the appropriate response in that situation...
Was any conservative political leader associated with Dad running for cover? Far from it. Dad was a frequent guest of the Kemps, had lunch with the Fords, stayed in the White House as their guest, he met with Reagan, helped Dr. C. Everett Koop become Surgeon General. (I went on the 700 Club several times to generate support for Koop).
Dad became a hero to the evangelical community and a leading political instigator. When Dad died in 1984 everyone from Reagan to Kemp to Billy Graham lamented his passing publicly as the loss of a great American. Not one Republican leader was ever asked to denounce my dad or distanced himself from Dad's statements.
Take Dad's words and put them in the mouth of Obama's preacher (or in the mouth of any black American preacher) and people would be accusing that preacher of treason. Yet when we of the white Religious Right denounced America white conservative Americans and top political leaders, called our words "godly" and "prophetic" and a "call to repentance."MORE HERE
Friday, March 14, 2008
FREEDOM has only just started!
The Revolution Tour is an exciting America-wide tour comprising inspiring freedom-loving individuals in the arts. Musicians, poets, painters, speakers, all coming together to proclaim water in a dry and thirsty land.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Copy & Continue The Work of The Billboard Liberation Front
Billboard Liberation Front Strikes Again
by jmacphee at:
I've long thought that the Billboard Liberation Front, beyond being one of the longest running billboard alteration groups, is also one of the smartest. Rather than simply playing off corporate logos, they often are able to use billboards to create a critique that cuts a little deeper, and yesterday they put up a good one in San Francisco. Here is an extended excerpt from their press release:
The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency. Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants.
“This campaign is an extraordinary rendition of a public-private partnership,” observed BLF spokesperson Blank DeCoverly. “These two titans of telecom have a long and intimate relationship, dating back to the age of the telegraph. In these dark days of Terrorism, that should be a comfort to every law-abiding citizen with nothing to hide.”
AT&T initially downplayed its heroic efforts in the War on Terror, preferring to serve in silence behind the scenes. “But then we realized we had a PR win on our hands,” noted AT&T V.P. of Homeland Security James Croppy. “Not only were we helping NSA cut through the cumbersome red tape of the FISA system, we were also helping our customers by handing over their e-mails and phone records to the government. Modern life is so hectic – who has time to cc the feds on every message? It’s a great example of how we anticipate our customers’ needs and act on them. And, it should be pointed out, we offered this service free of charge.”
Commenting on the action, and responding to questions about pending privacy litigation and the stalled Congressional effort to shield the telecoms from these lawsuits, NSA spokesperson [REDACTED] remarked: “[REDACTED] we [REDACTED] condone [REDACTED] warrantless [REDACTED], [REDACTED] SIGINT intercepts, [REDACTED] torture [REDACTED] information retrieval by [REDACTED] means necessary.”
“It’s a win-win-win situation,” noted the BLF’s DeCoverly. “NSA gets the data it needs to keep America safe, telecom customers get free services, and AT&T makes a fortune. That kind of cooperation between the public and private sectors should serve as a model to all of us, and a harbinger of things to come.”
Monday, March 10, 2008
May your fall be steep and severe, governor.
Sweet, sweet karmic justice. Now, let’s all watch as a man who rose to power and fame by railroading people on ridiculous charges himself get tripped up by a dumb, unjust law.
I’ll get the popcorn. This one is going to be fun.
Learn Home Made Gun Smithing
This is from a British citizen where they have even more oppressive gun laws than we do yet. Wake up you lazy sheeple! Your false shepherds don't want to just sheer you, they want to barbecue you as well!
Let's face a few facts. The faceless bureaucrats who are determined to disarm law abiding citizens are not doing so because they are "Nice People" concerned about you or I being the victim of a crook with a gun.
Their Friends in the media who miss no opportunity to churn out the lies, myths and misinformation that have, in the eyes of many, demonised gun owners do not do so because they wish to disarm the local 'Drug lord'. They do so because they see the private ownership of firearms as a threat to their own power base and an obstacle in the way of their 'New world order' mentality. An Orwellian society, nanny state, surveillance society, call it what you wish, they are all part of the same despotic ideas that have, in the last century alone, lead Europe twice down the path of dictatorship and destruction. An armed society is the 'safety net', a last wall of defence, the people possess (Possessed?) against the 'Big brother' nightmare many see being created all around us. No wonder those with ill intent would like to see the people disarmed!
Some people may find such rhetoric distasteful but it is a truth some find harder to swallow than the cosy ideas we are brainwashed into thinking make our society safer by those who wish to control what we believe, think and do. Some naive individuals adhere to the view that only the police and army should have access to firearms. I call that a police state mentality and a very dangerous mentality at that. History is littered with examples of regimes around the world that have first disarmed their own citizens, always behind the smoke screen of 'law and order' and then proceeded to commit atrocities or all out genocide against their own unarmed and helpless citizens. In such circumstances, the ability of the private individual to build his own homemade/improvised gun, or perhaps go into full scale underground arms manufacture, maybe of even greater importance.
My own view is that the gun not only belongs in the hands of the agents of the state (they can never be disarmed) but in the hands of the people as a whole. This is the surest way of maintaining the correct balance of power between state and citizen. The mad rush of government to create a 'gun free' Utopia will not, of course, have any effect on the crime rate. The criminal, by definition, does not obey the law and is therefore unaffected by any anti firearms legislation. Gun control will, however, create more and more victims of violent crime as long as we allow ourselves to be disarmed behind the smokescreen of 'Crime control'. This is the unpalatable truth you will never read in the media or hear from any politically correct politician.
Unfortunately, while we continue to allow the media anti gun propaganda mills to churn out their lies, myths and misinformation we will continue to see the destruction of the ancient liberties and freedoms once securely enshrined under the "Common laws of England".
When any government deprives a citizen of his freedom or property, the individual must take action to publicise his grievances. To this end, I hope to illustrate in the following pages, the futility of gun control, and that no amount of arbitrary legislation can ever prevent those wanting firearms from owning them. The individual who has the ability to construct his own homemade gun can never be permanently disarmed by any level of gun control legislation.
So as to allow you to get a 'feel' for the subject of homemade guns, the following pages illustrate how a reasonably light weight and portable homemade Machine gun was assembled from readily available 'Off the shelf' materials and components. No lathe or milling machine was required or used.
The firearm that can truthfully be described as "a homemade gun" should be one built using the type of hand tools and materials that the average individual could easily acquire.
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Saturday, March 08, 2008
Kwitcher snitchin', and your confessin' too: "Programs teach legal rights to elementary school pupils"
By Sarah Viren,
The Southwest Juvenile Defender Center runs a visit-the-schools program called "Why a Lawyer" which is "one of several such programs taught in schools and detention facilities throughout the country by groups worried that children don't know their basic rights -- including the right to remain silent."
At the private Shlenker School in Houston, fourth graders were asked to answer questions from a "police officer" (played by a University of Houston law student) about a prank call to a neighbor's house. The student who said least was then singled out for praise for not "spill[ing] her guts".
When questioned by cops who are responding to reports of mischief, it seems, the recommended approach for preteens is "Give your name, your age and then ask for an attorney and ask for your parent."
Malikah Marrus, a researcher for the U-of-H-based Defender Center, complains that it's an uphill battle getting kids to clam up when questioned by the authorities: "Their impulsive behavior gets them to spill their guts right away."
by Albert J. Nock
An embarrassing question in any case, and doubly so under the circumstances, because my acquaintance is a very learned man, one of the three or four really first-class minds that Europe produced in his generation; and naturally I, as one of the unlearned, was inclined to regard his lightest word with reverence amounting to awe...
I referred him to the story of the prophet Isaiah....I shall paraphrase the story in our common speech since it has to be pieced out from various sources. . .
The prophet's career began at the end of King Uzziah's reign, say about 740 B.C. This reign was uncommonly long, almost half a century, and apparently prosperous. It was one of those prosperous reigns, however like the reign of Marcus Aurelius at Rome, or the administration of Eubulus at Athens, or of Mr. Coolidge at Washington where at the end the prosperity suddenly peters out and things go by the board with a resounding crash.
In the year of Uzziah's death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. ``Tell them what a worthless lot they are,'' He said. ``Tell them what is wrong, and why, and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don't mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,'' He added, ``that it won't do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you, and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.''
Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job in fact, he had asked for it but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so if the enterprise was to be a failure from the start was there any sense in starting it?
``Ah,'' the Lord said, ``you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it''....
What do we mean by the masses, and what by the Remnant?
As the word masses is commonly used, it suggests agglomerations of poor and underprivileged people, laboring people, proletarians. But it means nothing like that; it means simply the majority. The mass-man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct; and because such people make up the great, the overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses. The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either.
The picture which Isaiah presents of the Judean masses is most unfavorable. In his view, the mass-man be he high or be he lowly, rich or poor, prince or pauper-gets off very badly. He appears as not only weak-minded and weak- willed, but as by consequence knavish, arrogant, grasping, dissipated, unprincipled, unscrupulous...
As things now stand, Isaiah's job seems rather to go begging. Everyone with a message nowadays is, like my venerable European friend, eager to take it to the masses. His first, last, and only thought is of mass-acceptance and mass-approval. His great care is to put his doctrine in such shape as will capture the masses' attention and interest....
The main trouble with this [mass-man approach] is its reaction upon the mission itself. It necessitates an opportunist sophistication of one's doctrine, which profoundly alters its character and reduces it to a mere placebo. If, say, you are a preacher, you wish to attract as large a congregation as you can, which means an appeal to the masses; and this, in turn, means adapting the terms of your message to the order of intellect and character that the masses exhibit. If you are an educator, say with a college on your hands, you wish to get as many students as possible, and you whittle down your requirements accordingly. If a writer, you aim at getting many readers; if a publisher, many purchasers; if a philosopher, many disciples; if a reformer, many converts; if a musician, many auditors; and so on. But as we see on all sides, in the realization of these several desires the prophetic message is so heavily adulterated with trivialities, in every instance, that its effect on the masses is merely to harden them in their sins. Meanwhile, the Remnant, aware of this adulteration and of the desires that prompt it, turn their backs on the prophet and will have nothing to do with him or his message.
The Remnant want only the best you have, whatever that may be. Give them that, and they are satisfied; you have nothing more to worry about....
In a sense, nevertheless, as I have said, it is not a rewarding job.... A prophet of the Remnant will not grow purse-proud on the financial returns from his work, nor is it likely that he will get any great renown out of it. Isaiah's case was exceptional to this second rule, and there are others-but not many.
It may be thought, then, that while taking care of the Remnant is no doubt a good job, it is not an especially interesting job because it is as a rule so poorly paid. I have my doubts about this. There are other compensations to be got out of a job besides money and notoriety, and some of them seem substantial enough to be attractive. Many jobs which do not pay well are yet profoundly interesting, as, for instance, the job of the research student in the sciences is said to be; and the job of looking after the Remnant seems to me, as I have surveyed it for many years from my seat in the grandstand, to be as interesting as any that can be found in the world.
What chiefly makes it so, I think, is that in any given society the Remnant are always so largely an unknown quantity. You do not know, and will never know, more than two things about them. You can be sure of those dead sure, as our phrase is-but you will never be able to make even a respectable guess at anything else. You do not know, and will never know, who the Remnant are, nor where they are, nor how many of them there are, nor what they are doing or will do. Two things you know, and no more: first, that they exist; second, that they will find you. Except for these two certainties, working for the Remnant means working in impenetrable darkness; and this, I should say, is just the condition calculated most effectively to pique the interest of any prophet who is properly gifted with the imagination, insight, and intellectual curiosity necessary to a successful pursuit of his trade.
The fascination as well as the despair of the historian, as he looks back upon Isaiah's Jewry, upon Plato's Athens, or upon Rome of the Antonines, is the hope of discovering and laying bare the ``substratum of right-thinking and well-doing'' which he knows must have existed somewhere in those societies because no kind of collective life can possibly go on without it. He finds tantalizing intimations of it here and there in many places, as in the Greek Anthology, in the scrapbook of Aulus Gellius, in the poems of Ausonius, and in the brief and touching tribute, Bene merenti, bestowed upon the unknown occupants of Roman tombs. But these are vague and frag mentary; they lead him nowhere in his search for some kind of measure of this substratum, but merely testify to what he already knew a priori that the substratum did somewhere exist. Where it was, how substantial it was, what its power of self-assertion and resistance was of all this they tell him nothing.
Similarly, when the historian of two thousand years hence, or two hundred years, looks over the available testimony to the quality of our civilization and tries to get any kind of clear, competent evidence concerning the substratum of right-thinking and well-doing which he knows must have been here, he will have a devil of a time finding it. When he has assembled all he can get and has made even a minimum allowance for speciousness, vagueness, and confusion of motive, he will sadly acknowl edge that his net result is simply nothing. A Remnant were here, building a substratum like coral insects; so much he knows, but he will find nothing to put him on the track of who and where and how many they were and what their work was like.
Concerning all this, too, the prophet of the present knows precisely as much and as little as the historian of the future; and that, I repeat, is what makes his job seem to me so profoundly interesting. One of the most suggestive episodes recounted in the Bible is that of a prophet's attempt the only attempt of the kind on record, I believe to count up the Remnant. Elijah had fled from persecution into the desert, where the Lord presently overhauled him and asked what he was doing so far away from his job. He said that he was running away, not because be was a coward, but because all the Remnant had been killed off except himself. He had got away only by the skin of his teeth, and, he being now all the Remnant there was, if he were killed the True Faith would go flat. The Lord replied that he need not worry about that, for even without him the True Faith could probably manage to squeeze along somehow if it had to; ``and as for your figures on the Remnant,'' He said, ``I don't mind telling you that there are seven thousand of them back there in Israel whom it seems you have not heard of, but you may take My word for it that there they are.''
At that time, probably the population of Israel could not have run to much more than a million or so; and a Remnant of seven thousand out a million is a highly encouraging percentage for any prophet. With seven thousand of the boys on his side, there was no great reason for Elijah to feel lonesome; and incidentally, that would be something for the modern prophet of the Remnant to think of when he has a touch of the blues. But the main point is that if Elijah the Prophet could not make a closer guess on the number of the Remnant than he made when he missed it by seven thousand, anyone else who tackled the problem would only waste his time.
The other certainty which the prophet of the Remnant may always have is that the Remnant will find him. He may rely on that with absolute assurance. They will find him without his doing anything about it; in fact, if he tries to do anything about it, he is pretty sure to put them off. He does not need to advertise for them nor resort to any schemes of publicity to get their attention. If he is a preacher or a public speaker, for example, he may be quite indifferent to going on show at receptions, getting his picture printed in the newspapers, or furnishing autobiographical material for publication on the side of ``human interest.'' If a writer, he need not make a point of attending any pink teas, autographing books at wholesale, nor entering into any specious freemasonry with reviewers.
All this and much more of the same order lies in the regular and necessary routine laid down for the prophet of the masses. It is, and must be, part of the great general technique of getting the mass-man's ear-or as our vigorous and excellent publicist, Mr. H. L. Mencken, puts it, the technique of boob-bumping. The prophet of the Remnant is not bound to this technique. He may be quite sure that the Remnant will make their own way to him without any adventitious aids; and not only so, but if they find him employing such aids, as I said, it is ten to one that they will smell a rat in them and will sheer off.
The certainty that the Remnant will find him, however, leaves the prophet as much in the dark as ever, as helpless as ever in the matter of putting any estimate of any kind upon the Remnant; for, as appears in the case of Elijah, he remains ignorant of who they are that have found him or where they are or how many. They do not write in and tell him about it, after the manner of those who admire the vedettes of Hollywood, nor yet do they seek him out and attach themselves to his person. They are not that kind. They take his message much as drivers take the directions on a roadside signboard-that is, with very little thought about the signboard, beyond being gratefully glad that it happened to be there, but with very serious thought about the directions.
This impersonal attitude of the Remnant wonderfully enhances the interest of the imaginative prophet's job. Once in a while, just about often enough to keep his intellectual curiosity in good working order, he will quite accidentally come upon some distinct reflection of his own message in an unsuspected quarter. This enables him to entertain himself in his leisure moments with agreeable speculations about the course his message may have taken in reaching that particular quarter, and about what came of it after it got there. Most interesting of all are those instances, if one could only run them down (but one may always speculate about them) where the recipient himself no longer knows where nor when, nor from whom he got the message or even where, as sometimes happens, he has forgotten that he got it anywhere and imagines that it is all a self- starting idea of his own.
Such instances as these are probably not infrequent, for, without presuming to enroll ourselves among the Remnant, we can all no doubt remember having found ourselves suddenly under the influence of an idea, the source of which we cannot possibly identify. ``It came to us afterward,'' as we say; that is, we are aware of it only after it has shot up full- grown in our minds, leaving us quite ignorant of how and when and by what agency it was planted there and left to germinate. It seems highly probable that the prophet's message often takes some such course with the Remnant.
If, for example, you are a writer or a speaker or a preacher, you put forth an idea which lodges in the Unbewusstsein of a casual member of the Remnant and sticks fast there. For some time it is inert; then it begins to fret and fester until presently it invades the man's conscious mind and, as one might say, corrupts it. Meanwhile, he has quite forgotten how be came by the idea in the first instance, and even perhaps thinks he has invented it; and in those circumstances, the most interesting thing of all is that you never know what the pressure of that idea will make him do.
Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) was Editor of the Freeman (1920-1924) and author of Jefferson, Our Enemy The State, and many other books and articles on the philosophy of government and human freedom. Isaiah's Job is extracted from Chapter 13 of his book, Free Speech and Plain Language, copyright 1937 by Albert Jay Nock.