Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Tue, 2008-04-15 11:52.
"As Beardsley Ruml pointed out in the 1930s, with the ability to issue currency, the government has no need to tax. It can print as much money as it would ever need. Therefore, in his view, the function of taxes such as the income tax and the inheritance tax, is not to fund the government or provide for constitutionally mandated functions. Instead, the function of these taxes, he wrote in his article for Foreign Affairs magazine, is the redistribution of wealth. From whom? From those capable of producing wealth"
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Mon, 2008-04-14 07:57.
"SAN ANGELO, Texas — The mothers of children
removed [kidnapped] from a West Texas polygamist sect's ranch after an abuse allegation are appealing to Gov. Rick Perry for help."
And this comment sums the situation up nicely:
Wow. Baptist ministers* rape teen girls too. Let's go take all the Baptist kids and lock them up. Then when their mothers want to come see them, lets tell them no. Then when the mothers that they rounded up too want to call their loved ones to tell them what's happening, lets take away their cell phones.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2008-04-02 14:05.
"All passports issued by the US State Department after January 1 will have always-on radio frequency identification chips, making it easy for officials – and hackers – to grab your personal stats. Getting paranoid about strangers slurping up your identity? Here’s what you can do about it. But be careful ..."
"4) The best approach? Hammer time. Hitting the chip with a blunt, hard object should disable it. A nonworking RFID doesn’t invalidate the passport, so you can still use it."
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2008-04-02 13:27.
“First, Congress banned the use of credit cards ‘and other payment forms’ to settle Internet wagers. Now the San Francisco Chronicle wants to impose a similar ban on the use of credit cards to make purchases from online pharmacies. … Credit cards and other payment systems, once seen as a potential route to financial flexibility, have become tools of political control. There are alternative means of payment, but these have proven vulnerable to government pressure.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2008-03-26 15:23.
"I'd like to offer you a better answer than that.
"I believe in America.
"I believe in the values of individual freedom and unlimited opportunity that made this country great.
"I believe that the Republican and Democratic parties have betrayed those values, and that in so doing they have failed in their duty to the American people and to the American Dream.
"I believe that those values, and that dream, can be restored."
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Sat, 2008-03-15 19:27.
"As a result, government now has so many ways to incarcerate parents that hardly a family in America has not been touched. The criminalization of parents is highly bureaucratic, effected through a bureaucratic judiciary and supported by a vast "social services" machinery that few understand until it strikes them. They then find themselves against a faceless government behemoth from which they are powerless to protect their children or defend themselves.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2008-03-12 16:16.
"That is the all-important context in which the Bill of Rights was created. The Anti-Federalists, men filled to varying degrees with fear, mistrust, and loathing of the new federal government, insisted on a bill of rights as additional shackles imposed on that new government. Knowing that alone, knowing that the famous Bill came into existence only to please those most apprehensive of the new government, definitively ends any confusion or debate surrounding the meaning of the Second Amendment.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2008-03-12 16:07.
"Wisconsin v. Yoder, a 1972 Supreme Court case dealing with an Amish family who wanted to withdraw their children from public school after the eighth grade. [Citation] from the majority opinion written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger:
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Sun, 2008-03-09 14:35.
'In a recent class at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, N.J., business teacher Barbara Govahn distributed glossy classroom materials that invited students to think about what they want to be when they grow up. Eighteen career paths were profiled, including a writer, a magician, a town mayor -- and five employees from accounting giant Deloitte LLP.
'"Consider a career you may never have imagined," the book suggests. "Working as a professional auditor."
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Thu, 2008-03-06 12:00.
"High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God
deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study
published this week. Such mind-altering substances formed an integral
part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny
Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy. 'As far
Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic
event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Tue, 2008-02-26 13:49.
"For the first time I saw some of the candidates seeking the LP nomination. If this is as good as they can do they ought to pack up the tent and go home.
The immediate problem is that Libertarians seems to be losing their uniqueness. They are turning [into] Republicans before our very eyes."
from Classically Liberal: Sorry state of the Libertarian Party
[Nice editorialized review of the Libertarian Party candidates. Hattip RRND. --MJ]
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Sat, 2008-02-16 17:26.
"The one thing I fear if either of these cretins become president is higher taxes because I don't want to give the bums any more than I'm already giving them. They're bleeding me dry. I don't want to give the bums in the street another turkey sandwich. I don't want to give junkies another needle. I am sick and tired of the taxes I pay, and I don't want to pay another dime."
from Trevor Zimmer: Savage claimed Lantos used the Holocaust as "a weapon the rest of his life"
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Mon, 2008-02-11 08:48.
"Wow, I mean if you have been looking for an instance of our civil rights, and/or the first amendment being trampled you hit the jackpot on this one. I mean would the treatment given by the Secret Service of been the same if it was a war supporter?"
from Hyer Standard: Dick Cheneys Dirty Little Secret