Friday, December 30, 2005

What Does Your Birthdate Mean???

Your Birthdate: January ??

You have an extraordinary character - moral, responsible, and disciplined.
Your sincerity and honesty shine through in almost every situation.
Driven and focused, you rarely let your emotions get the better of you.
You're level headed and rational. People count on your to look at things objectively.

Your strength: Your unwavering loyalty and ethics

Your weakness: Your rock solid stubbornness

Your power color: Navy blue

Your power symbol: Shield

Your power month: April
What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

Proverbs 17:28:

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Friday, December 23, 2005

On the Brink of Destruction...

The Free Market News Network has a well rounded group of contributors. You can find views from almost every politcal perspective on their site. Mostly you will find libertarian/austrian thought to be the mainstream, but you will also find socialist commnetary and pro-state comentary. I believe they do this to promote discussion and debate. This is the way a healthy country resolves ideological differences.

In a recent commentary Noel Gibeson asks: "As a people concerned with civil liberties we may want to ask ourselves one important question. In the real world and not the theoretical world, are we willing to sacrifice our family members in the next terrorist attack for our desire to have greater freedom and liberty during the rest of the year?"

Tom Knapp responds :

The terrorists are thriving on America's sacrifice of liberty -- and every such sacrifice makes it easier for them to up the ante and profit a little more.

"I have concluded," writes Gibeson, "that some security is necessary even if it involves giving up a little liberty, at least until terrorism and the underlying reasons that prompt terrorism have been successfully dealt with."

Wrong question ... wrong answer. There is no "balance" between liberty and security. The latter is impossible without the former. Every sacrifice of liberty makes the next attack more desirable, more practical and more productive for its would-be perpetrators.

1, 2, 3...WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!

More here...

Devvy Kidd covers the unconstitutional act of paying for poor people to heat their homes...

Congress continues to steal from the public treasury for votes with the full support of President Bush. Earlier this month, Bush said he fully supports a House plan for an extra $1 billion to help poor families pay heating bills this winter, an amount Democrats – surprise, surprise – say isn't enough. Our "compassionate conservative" president also said he supports $2.2 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, which spent the same amount to help poor and elderly Americans pay their heating bills.

Recently, I watched a segment on the tube showcasing a family in Indiana. The husband works at an auto plant and makes roughly $50,000 per year. The mother stays home with three children. Their predicted heating bills this winter will run so high, they say they need federal assistance to pay them. This family's problem isn't unique. However, the federal government has no constitutional authority to pay their heating bills, either in full or in part. So what can be done to assist those in need?
The answer here...

Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. — St. George Tucker, in his edition of 'Blackstone's Commentaries,' 1:300 (1803).

Monday, December 19, 2005

No truer words were ever spoken...

"How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Escape From New York...

...if you can!!!

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Friday that police had a constitutional right to randomly search passengers' bags on the New York City subway to deter terrorist attacks.

Uh...right. I can't find police powers discussed anywhere in the constitution. And the police, being an organization, have no rights, only individuals have rights (that is correct kiddies, there are no such thing as state rights, either).

Don't 'cha just love federal judges making decisions on constitutionality when they haven't even read the thing!

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Anybody see any exceptions for New York City?

And don't give me that "We live in different times today" crap. Hell, the people who started this country would be called terrorists today. Principles don't change...unless you are unprincipled...then the sky is the limit.

"That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
-- George Mason, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776

"Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
-- Thomas Jefferson, Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, ME 17:380