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President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings Worldwide Riots

President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings Worldwide Riots

King Abdullah and the President

According to many religious leaders, drawing a picture of the prophet Mohammad is against Islamic law.  Others have claimed it is not.  Back in December, Denis Schulz wrote in a Best Syndication column that one of Denmark’s largest newspapers, Jyllands Posten, asked 40 cartoonists to submit a likeness of Mohammed.  Only 12 of them responded.  According to Schulz, any image of the prophet is “blasphemous”.

Riots have spread throughout the world pitting the West against the Muslim world.  Abigail R. Esman wrote in the World Defense Review that this proves once again that the “pen can be as mighty as the sword”.  Danish products have been boycotted and Britain’s The Independent reports “At the Omari mosque in Gaza City, 9,000 worshippers were told those behind the cartoons should have their heads cut off."

In defense of freedom of the press other papers and internet sites have chosen to republish the cartoon.  This has led to even more violence, according to Esman.  Syrians have torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies.  There have been bomb threats against the Jyllands Postnen newspaper.  President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings Worldwide Riots


The Protocols of the Elders of Hollyweird

The Protocols of the Elders of Hollyweird

Milhous Nixon

(Written, directed, produced, authorized, authenticated, evaluated, comprised, inspected and denied by maxflackreport)

Less than a week after the election of George W. Bush in 2000 AD, the Elders of Hollyweird met at an undisclosed location to discuss what they considered to be a political catastrophe. They had met before—when Ronnie Reagan was elected and when the notorious Mr. Milhous had seized the Presidency in 1968. Those had been stirring times—calling for extreme measures—but now the cause of humanity was in jeopardy as never before. Capitalism was running amok; the religious right was threatening to tear down the wall between Jerry Falwell and the people’s government; the neocons were acting so much like liberals that Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean were looking and sounding more like George Wallace standing in the door of the schoolhouse than FDR; and the Iraq War was stripping them of what little was left of their progressive pretensions. Something had to be done.  The Protocols of the Elders of Hollyweird

 

The Bush Administration Realizes the War in Iraq will not Prevent Another Attack Against the US

The Bush Administration Realizes the War in Iraq will not Prevent Another Attack Against the US

Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden threatens new attacks against the US but is also willing to negotiate, according to audiotape aired on Al-Jazeera today. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said "We do not negotiate with terrorists."   McClellan went on to say that Bin Laden "was clearly on the run."

The White House has not said whether the voice on the tape is Osama Bin Laden, but Associated Press is reporting that the CIA has determined that the voice was that of that of the fugitive terrorist.  The administration is evaluating whether to increase the national threat level.

Will the war in Iraq prevent a further attack against the US?  Vice President Dick Cheney in a CNBC interview on Kudlow and Company admits it may not.  He said that this tape is a reminder that a “serious threat“ to the United States remained.  The Bush Administration Realizes the War in Iraq will not Prevent Another Attack Against the US


Florida Libertarians Act Against Internet ID Bill

Florida Libertarians Act Against Internet ID Bill

Don't forget your ID

St Petersburg, FL--Did you recently post a message to a friend's blog denouncing government policies--and that  could conceivably annoy the President or the Governor--using an alias or username?
 
An estimated 400,000 Americans do something like this  every day, often because websites recommend an alias or username. But under a new measure, they've not only possibly committed a Federal Crime, but may have to register as felony sex offenders because it would be a crime under a Violence Against Women clause, say opponents of the measure.
 
"This is another example of extremists of the right and left joining forces to shut the rest of us up through bizarre stealth legislation," said Libertarian Party leader Michael Gilson-De Lemos at a meeting of activists in St Petersburg, Florida. The meeting and follow-up web brainstorm,  chaired by the Libertarians and which  included Libertarian, Independent, Republican and Democratic activists, convened recently to discuss community issues. "If Benjamin Franklin, who signed many of his political opinions anonymously, had used the internet today, he would be a sex offender under this strange proposal," he said.  Florida Libertarians Act Against Internet ID Bill

The California Governor is Out of Control Raising the Minimum Wage

The California Governor is Out of Control Raising the Minimum Wage

The Governor

The minimum wage law should be abolished.  Raising the minimum wage always hurts poor people and those on a fixed income the most. Wealthy and minimum class citizens are not affected by a raise in the minimum wage.

The minimum wage raises the cost of everything, even though few people receive it.  It hurts small businesses more than big businesses.  Many of the smaller restaurants and retail stores pay their employees minimum wage, while the larger unionized stores pay their employees more. 

Labor unions also hurt poor people and people on fixed incomes.  These unions also hurt the US economy and help put Americans out of work. The unions make American products less competitive in the world market, and I believe is the primary factor for Americans losing manufacturing jobs to overseas competitors.  The California Governor is Out of Control Raising the Minimum Wage


Something is Rotten in Denmark (Part two) - To Draw or Not to Draw

Something is Rotten in Denmark (Part two) - To Draw or Not to Draw

Creature of Black Lagoon

Opie Taylor drew a picture of George Washington for his 5th grade art class. It didn’t look much like the first George W or any known entity living or dead. Opie copied the presidential phiz from a one-dollar bill five minutes before the assignment was due. Miss Wormwood was not fooled and Opie got an F. Sheriff Andy Taylor was not pleased. “That doesn’t look much like George Washington, Opie,” he said. “It looks like Quick Draw McGraw. And why did you draw the mouth so large?” “Because George Washington had wood teeth,” explained Opie. Andy was not pleased but he couldn’t afford to send Opie to an all-night art school and seeing as neither Miss Wormwood nor the original George W declared a fatwa or sent out hit squads the incident faded quickly from the national consciousness.

That would not have been the case if Opie had been living in Denmark and had drawn a picture of Mohammed—he would be hiding out with Salmon Rushdie. They take art seriously along the Skagerrak—especially the new wave critics who have only recently emerged from the Black Lagoon Something is Rotten in Denmark (Part two) - To Draw or Not to Draw


Zogby and affirmative action for dhimmis

Zogby and affirmative action for dhimmis

Zogby website

Islam's abysmal treatment of minorities continues.  Can anything stop the rapes and killings of Christians in the Middle East and Indonesia?  Is there no alternative to conversion, slavery, or death?  Would an affirmative action program work?

Joseph Zogby was an aide to Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk during the Clinton administration. He was part of Slick Willie’s most disastrous outreach program—bringing in friends of the PLO and Hamas to get their insights into the Middle East. Zogby had frequently condemned his own country for its “genocidal treatment of Native Americans” and for “the willful ineffectuality of the Americans” in dealing with Israel. Zogby and affirmative action for dhimmis


Does Christian support for the GOP erode Christian influence over the culture?

Does Christian support for the GOP erode Christian influence over the culture?

President Bush

Republican election candidates have won positions of political power due largely to almost monolithic support from Christian voters.

The GOP has not had to work hard to attract these voters. Its only viable political opposition, the Democrat Party, has embraced causes that defy almost every moral tradition that once defined Western Civilization. Consequently, Republican candidates only have to question such phrases as abortion on demand, same sex marriage, and social liberalism to appeal to the sizable Christian voting block.

A strange political contradictions has emerged during the ascendancy of the GOP and its socially conservative Christian supporters; while those who stand to defend America's moral traditions have gained institutional political power, individual immoral behavior has become acceptable on a social level.  Does Christian support for the GOP erode Christian influence over the culture?


The Book of Jack Daniels

The Book of Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

From The Book of Daniel: “In the third year of the reign of Jehoi’akim king of Judah came Nebuchadnez’zar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoi’akim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god: and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.”

Jehoi’kim? Nebuchadnez’zar? Shinar? Are they sure?

Once upon a war a long time ago a friend listened quietly while two Japanese gentlemen discussed politics in a language he thought might be Martian. They could have been quoting from The Book of Daniel as far as he could tell. When they had finished he shook his head in agreement. “I’ve always said that,” he said.  The Book of Jack Daniels


Whether a tiny fascist or benevolent dictator, South America needs something Evo Morales

Whether a tiny fascist or benevolent dictator, South America needs something

Evo Morales

When I was about 7 or 8, I’d have these sprawling, epic fantasies of being a worshipped leader of a nation. It was never the U.S., though. It would always be some undefined nation of non-English speakers. I’d be at the podium in front of millions of my admirers, shouting gibberish and accepting adulation from the awestruck populace.

Looking back, it seems kind of weird, but one must admit that being a 7-year-old, beloved fascist dictator must be a real hoot.

I never truly built on my fascist fantasies and really am not much of an ideologue of any type at this point. Which is likely why the trend of South American nations veering sharply to the left hasn’t filled me with any good, old-fashioned American hatred and fear.  Whether a tiny fascist or benevolent dictator, South America needs something Evo Morales


The Art of Noblesse Oblige - Saudi Barbarian Style 

The Art of Noblesse Oblige - Saudi Barbarian Style 

Saudi Arabia

When Jed Clampett heard that Arnold Ziffle needed a life-saving operation he wrote out a check for $100; when Elvernie Bradshaw needed a breast reduction he chipped in ten bucks even though the very idea had him shaking his head; and when floodwaters threatened the folks on Coonskin Creek, Jed hustled down there, filled hundreds—if not thousands—of sand bags and got wet to the bone. But it one measures Jed by the standards set by Saudi Barbaria’s Royal Family for mastering the art of Noblesse Oblige Jed rates somewhere between skinflint and piker. Sure, he’s ahead of Jack Benny and Ebenezer Scrooge but he’s light years behind Islamo-fascist Royal Prince Al-Walid bin Talal. Now there’s a man who knows how to throw money around!

When the World Trade Center came crashing down, Al-Walid hastened to New York City to offer Mayor Rudy Giuliani $10 million to help the survivors of the massacre put their lives back together. (Al-Walid is worth $23 billion. Forbes magazine rates him the sixth richest person in the world.  The Art of Noblesse Oblige - Saudi Barbarian Style 


How Mohammed Turned Jews Into Apes and Pigs!

How Mohammed Turned Jews Into Apes and Pigs!

Al Capp Cartoon

Draw Mohammed and win a scholarship to the art college of your choice! 

Al Capp was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th Century—perhaps the greatest. There was Walt Kelly and Bill Watterson and not much else. Who can forget the Yokums and Marrying Sam and Senator Jack S. Fogbound? And Daisy Mae Scraggs did more for ragged short shorts than Marilyn Monroe did for hot air vents. Capp’s hillbillies were so rude and ignorant they made The Three Stooges seem almost as erudite as Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill and Frank Rich, and, of course, better plumbers. Yet no hillbillies, from Granny Clampett to Grandpa McCoy, ever pursued Al Capp through the streets with a hickory switch.

Capp portrayed Joan Baez as Joannie the Phoney and his campus S.W.I.N.E. (Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything) were forever stuffing flowers down National Guard gun barrels—flowers which “…naturally, somebody else growed,” said Li’l Abner. The radical left hated his guts. What he would have done with Michael Moore and Howard Dean can only be imagined. How Mohammed Turned Jews Into Apes and Pigs!


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Iran's Leader can't Make up His Mind

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Iran's Precious Little Rat-Bag

Ahmadinejad

Iran’s little corporal just can’t make up his mind. One day, he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the map; the next, he wants to send the Israelis to the Arctic Circle to manage reindeer herds. Then he changes his mind again. No, the entire country, lock-stock-and-barrel, should be moved to Europe. He hasn’t designated any particular area in Eurabia—it’s nice at all times of the year and with an increasing Muslim population, pogroms may soon be back in style. How about Buchenwald or Dachau? The grandsons and granddaughters of Ilse Koch are unemployed and it would give them something to do.

They could go back to making lampshades. Even in dreary Sachsenhausen the Israelis would be safe from suicide bombers and they could spend their spare time listening to Barbara Streisand sing Second-hand Rose and opening C.A.I.R. packages hand-addressed by Ibrahim Hoopercrit and Nihad Awad who surpass even Herr Hitler in their compassion for International Jewry. Isn’t that little rat-bag precious?  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Iran's Leader can't Make up His Mind


The American People are the Enemy in the War in Iraq

The American People are the Enemy in the War in Iraq

Enemy America

A propaganda operation at the hands of the Bush Administration and its supporters is underway as I write this. The intention is to manufacture consent in the continuance of a great national purpose*. To do this, the propaganda must manipulate, confuse and ultimately assist in the defeat of the great enemy. The enemy is all around you. It looks like you. It IS you. That's right, the American people are the enemy.

The propaganda is aimed at you and it is about you. This propaganda effort is about smearing the opinion of the majority of Americans as mere politics and "defeatism".

The Drudge Report reports that, according to a "top GOP operative", "the Republican National Committee will provide state parties with a web video prior to release [Friday, December 9] that shows a white flag waving over images of Democrat leaders making anti-war remarks." It’s hard to believe this is the first time the Republicans have heard of such an idea. The American People are the Enemy in the War in Iraq


President Bush's utopianism is a betrayal of Biblical doctrine

President Bush's utopianism is a betrayal of Biblical doctrine

The Bible

Christianity is not, nor can it be, utopian. This is due simply to the fact that Christianity is a belief that humans, both as individuals and a species, are separated from God through a sinful nature. According to holy writ the wages of sin is death and, in their mortal state, humans require salvation from eternal judgment through blood sacrifice. That blood sacrifice was paid once and for all by Jesus' death on the cross.

Not only was the mission of Christ offered by God as a remedy from the blight of human nature, but the entire Bible is a record of failure brought by human works. This flawed record begins in Eden. It was amplified in the flood of Noah and continued into Babel. It followed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as they attempted to put their stamp on God's plan for establishing his own chosen race. President Bush's utopianism is a betrayal of Biblical doctrine


Australian Riots - Cronulla Beach Boys Rumble in Sydney!

Australian Riots - Cronulla Beach Boys Rumble in Sydney!

Cronulla Beach

Neo-Nazis, that’s what they were—brutal neo-Nazis! Cronulla’s beach boys; suicide surfers! Hooligans! Thugs! Fascists! Vigilantes! The descendants of apes and pigs! Brown-shirts—though many of them were bare-chested. (It’s warm in Sydney this time of year) Racists! Bigots! That and more!

Among the names the press did not use to describe the rioters at Cronulla Beach were rebels, freedom fighters, insurgents, members of a ruthlessly exploited sub-culture. And no one referred to them as working stiffs

Ply as Aussie beach bum with a few tankards of ale, point him in the direction of some poor wretch who looks like he might be from the Middle East, whisper ‘Bali’ in his hear, and then get out of the way. It’s a recipe for a riot—a day of sheer nastiness. Nathan Bedford Forrest would have been ashamed of these fellows. The Ku Klux Klan had class; they worked in the dread of night their terrors to perform. There was no excuse for what the Aussie beach bums did—Sydney, Australia, will never be the same.  Australian Riots - Cronulla Beach Boys Rumble in Sydney!


If Abortion is Murder then Should the Women be Executed

If Abortion is Murder then Should the Women be Executed

Abortion = Murder?

For decades pro-life advocates have said that abortion is the equivalent of murder.  They did not call it manslaughter or an infraction.  They called it murder, a felony.  In fact murder is the most egregious felony there is and is punishable by death in many states.

Now it looks like the Pro-life crowd is getting their way and the pro-choice crowd will lose their right to abortion (or to kill their baby according to the Pro-lifers).  What does this mean? 

What if the Supreme Court rules that human life begins at conception?  Well first off the abortion clinics will close down.  I am sure many pro-lifers will welcome that.  That will not be the end of abortions though.  The abortion pill RU-486 will likely be used as an alternative to surgery and has already become commonplace. If Abortion is Murder then Should the Women be Executed

Jewish Cookies and Muslim Indigestion

Jewish Cookies and Muslim Indigestion

Jewish Cookies

Scene: A restaurant in Copenhagen, 2007.  “I’ll have a prune Danish…No—make that an elephant ear. I’ve always been partial to elephant ears…and go easy on the cinnamon…No, wait! I’ll have a Jewish cookie. In fact, make it three Jewish cookies. We’ll all have Jewish cookies. How’s that boys? Are you with me? I guess…what’s that? You don’t have Jewish cookies? They are haram—forbidden?

What kind of place is this? You’ve got a license to sell food, haven’t you…and no Jewish cookies? I thought there was something funny about this place. Where are the topless waitresses? Next thing I know you will tell me you don’t server Mohammed burgers…A-hah! You don’t, ‘ey? I thought so…come on, Larry, come on Curley…Let’s go down to the Dirty Dog Wagon and get some real food.”

Moe Howard loved his Jewish cookies and if he didn’t he should have though Jewish cookies are not necessarily Jewish. In fact, in Denmark Jewish cookies have less to do with Judaism than Karl Marx had to do with crumpets, crullers and Christianity. Jewish Cookies and Muslim Indigestion


JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! FRANCE’S ROAD TO MECCA!

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! FRANCE’S ROAD TO MECCA!

French Wine

Brother, can you spare a dime? How about a franc…a shilling…a raspbucknik? Got a wooden nickel or a bus token? We’ll take anything. We’re too proud to ride the rails…live is some hobo jungle; pick grapes so some capitalist winemaker can buy a house on the Riviera. That kind of life might have been good enough for Erich Hoffer, the famous dhimmi philosopher of the late 1930s, but he was an unbeliever; he never frequented anything but libraries, cheap gin mills and houses of ill repute. He wouldn’t have known a mosque from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion.

How about a peso? You got a peso? There is no work for us in our homeland, the Dar al-Harb, yet we are citizens of France—born citizens; not wetbacks with the waters of the Rio Grande still dripping from our fevered brows. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! FRANCE’S ROAD TO MECCA!


 

Ramsey Clark is one Tough Dude

Ramsey Clark is one Tough Dude

Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark is one tough dude—ain’t no flies on him. When the going gets tough, when justice hangs in the balance, when the schoolmarm is about to lose her house to the crooked banker, when somebody says something nasty about Ho Chi Minh or Pol Pot, Ramsey hitches up his pants, checks to see if his Blackstones are loaded, tucks his autographed picture of William S. Kunstler into his portmanteau, saddles up Old Paint and gallops off to Kafkaland to rescue the oppressed, the persecuted, and the maligned.

There is no distance Ramsey will not travel; no inconvenience he will not suffer; no sacrifice he will not make to aid the victims of the capitalist boogerman. He has brought balm to Ho Chi Minh, encouragement to Fidel Castro, hope to Solbodan Milosevich.  Mumia Abu Jamal smiles when he thinks of Ramsey Clark; Stanley “Tookie’ Williams chuckles; Susan Sarandon gets weak in the knees—some say it is the result of too much belly dancing; and Jane Fonda has flashbacks, harkening back to the glory years before Ted Turner when everything was simple and the cold seat of an ack-ack gun felt so comforting against the soft, hot flesh of her buttocks.  Ramsey Clark is one Tough Dude


Slaughterhouse 9-11

Slaughterhouse 9-11

September 11th 2001

If David Nason, New York correspondent for The Weekend Australian, had wanted to interview a philosopher he would have picked somebody like Jed Clampett or Barney Miller. Jed was Clarence Darrow, Judge Roy Bean and Abe Lincoln all rolled into one. Nothing ever fazed him—not double-naught spies, Ellie’s critters, or Granny’s tonic; he had an answer for everything.

Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) has patterned himself after Jed. Barney Miller was more like Erich Fromme with a little Aristotle thrown in. He once said a good suit should last ten years. Anyone who could handle Wojo and Inspector Luger on a daily basis would be more than a match for such pseudo-philosophers as Noam Chomsky or Robert Jensen. With their feet planted firmly on the ground, Jed and Barney would never have praised or made excuses for suicide bombers.

If Nason had been looking for an old curmudgeon he couldn’t have gone wrong with Andy Rooney. If he had wanted a radical leftwing firebrand there was Michael Moore and Howard Dean. Unfortunately, what Nason got was Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions. Nason was on assignment and Vonnegut was promoting his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of anti-Bush essays.  Slaughterhouse 9-11


On Social Class, Power, Property, Reification, and Poverty

On Social Class, Power, Property, Reification, and Poverty

Karl Marx

The ideas of social class, power, property, reification and poverty are inextricably linked by the factor of oppression. All of these things are seen or attained through the oppression and exploitation of one class by another. Social class is a socially constructed idea, usually defined by the strata of income in which one is a part of. Power is gained usually by being in the upper social classes, and also exhibits the exploitationist traits through the method of keeping power.

Property is another social construction made to prevent certain individuals from becoming equally as powerful as another by way of preventing them from having the most valuable non-essential commodity. Reification is that which makes the individual part of the collective whole and denies them the ability to be one amongst many rather than one as a part of many. Poverty is the result of the oppressive ruling classes using the other traits in a combination of sorts and then finally ruling the proletariat. On Social Class, Power, Property, Reification, and Poverty


John Daly Resigns

John Daly Resigns

John Daly Resigns

GOODBYE, COMRADE CHIPS

“I have never been a quitter…But as President I must put the interests of America first…Therefore I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow”—Richard Nixon.

“I shall not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president”—Lyndon Johnson. “Like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away”—General Douglas McArthur. “Sorry, Jerry. It’s my way or the highway. The Rat-pack calls”—Dean Martin.  ”You dirty rats…” James Cagney.

So John Daly, adjunct professor of English at Warren Community College, Washington, N.J., is gone…done, finished…resigned, kaput. A quitter. He didn’t go out like Nixon or Johnson—can’t accomplish much in one year as an adjunct professor at a community college. John Daly Resigns


The Bush Administration faces the integrity of independent free thinkers in red states

The Bush Administration faces the integrity of independent free thinkers in red states

Red States By County

"Islamic nations have a proven inability to organize and develop technologies and machinery to defend themselves in a traditional war against Western powers. While we hear much of, 'weapons of mass destruction,' it is highly doubtful that Iraq can develop the capability to successfully deliver such through missile launch without the aid of another nuclear power--like China, our modern profitable trading partner, which has been known to support terrorist nations with munitions and training.  The Bush Administration faces the integrity of independent free thinkers in red states

Who should Own Nuclear Weapons

Libertarian Position - Who should Own Nuclear Weapons

Mike Gilson-De Lemos

There is presently no law against private ownership of nuclear weapons. What does exist is a crazy quilt of government regulations, such as prohibitions on owning certain materials. There is certainly no Constitutional authority on the subject, except that States may not own such weapons without Federal permission.

Libertarianism implies simply that nuclear weapons, along with all weapons, should be privately owned, and kept in a safe place according to common practice (set by the consensus of juries, not legislatures, whose job in common law is to set guidelines) , actual possession likely being in e.g. community armories. Such ownership serves as a valuable check against central ownership by tyrants and all that implies e.g. Chernobyl.

Some communities have acted to limit private ownership of nuclear weapons: in California, several cities have set a fine of $500 for exploding atom bombs in city limits. The Federal government, in contrast, limits liability for nuclear explosions caused by private entities such as power plants, which last I looked was capped at $10- million.
Who should Own Nuclear Weapons


Libertarians Offer Complaint Forums and Candidate Training

Libertarians Offer Complaint Forums and Candidate Training

Political Forum

Orlando, Florida--Interested in serving on a local advisory board? Ever wanted to be a political candidate? Or just want to share what's on your mind?

Affiliates of the Libertarian Party of Florida and several independent Libertarian Clubs are hosting their annual and other activism meetings across the state in the next 3 months to listen to the public, discuss local problems, and help people interested in serving their communities get oriented. All are invited. The state party is also organizing a conference in Palm Beach in the spring with nationally known and top local speakers.
Libertarians Offer Complaint Forums and Candidate Training


Islamikazi Pledge of Allegiance

Islamikazi Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge

“As an American Muslim, I pledge allegiance to God and his prophet. I respect and love my family and my community, and I dedicate my life to serving the cause of truth and justice. As an American citizen with rights and responsibilities, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

This is the pledge of allegiance recited by children attending the New Horizons Elementary School in Pasadena, California. It’s not something one would hear in a Catholic or Christian school. The closest thing to it would be a diehard Red Sox fan keeping a picture of A-Rod on his dresser. And it’s not a benign pledge. There is nothing benign about pledging oneself to Islam, the prophet, and Islamic Law.  Islamikazi Pledge of Allegiance


Christians aren't perfect, just easily kept on the political plantation

Christians aren't perfect, just easily kept on the political plantation

Christian Plantation

Organized and aggressive Christian involvement in American politics over the last 30 years has resulted in more centralized power, elected officials that are more opened to "support" from corporate business entities, powerful individuals who rely on deceit and vindictiveness as political strategies, election campaigns that focus on little more than personal attacks, fiscal profligacy, and a foreign policy that has earned an international reputation for arrogance and warmongering.

One wonders to what amoral depths American government would have sunk if candidates Christians had supported were not in power.  Christians aren't perfect, just easily kept on the political plantation


The Root Problems with the French Economy and Rioting

The Root Problems with the French Economy and Rioting

France in Crisis

Northwest Paris has been the scene of continued violence and rioting.  Many immigrants live in this section of Paris, but the violence has spread throughout the country including Normandy and along the Mediterranean.

At least 607 vehicles have been burned according to Canada’s CTV.  Patrick Hamon of the French national police said the figure will likely rise. 

France has a problem with simmering anger in the suburbs by African and Arab immigrants.  Many immigrants are complaining about unemployment and poor housing along with being discriminated against.  The Root Problems with the French Economy and Rioting


Problems with Health Care and Insurance and the Canadian System

Problems with Health Care and Insurance and the Canadian System

Can the US System be Fixed

I've looked at the Canadian "healthcare" system pretty regularly over the past few years, and they really are not all that happy with it. Canadians who can afford it, and cannot (or think they cannot) afford to wait, cross the border for their healthcare procedures, particularly if it involves a large machine like an MRI or a CAT scan (or similar).

The problem with Healthcare Insurance in the United States is pretty complex: First, you have too many people getting something for nothing; that overburdens the doctors, who have to make a profit, too, and the hospitals, who have to make a profit ... and at who's expense do you suppose they are going to exact that profit? So they drive up the cost of caring for people.
Problems with Health Care and Insurance and the Canadian System


Pledge of Allegiance Case Exposes New Discoveries

Pledge of Allegiance Case Exposes New Discoveries

History Behind the Pledge

Shocking facts were exposed by me (Rex Curry) during research for court litigation against the Pledge of Allegiance. Court litigation about the Pledge of Allegiance exposed frightening discoveries about the Pledge's past.

The new Pledge case (9/14/05) from Elk Grove, California, virtually guarantees the high court again will consider the constitutionality of the Pledge, and I will be there to tell the whole truth, (including the parts that are hidden by the courts and media). As a libertarian lawyer, I provide pro bono services in schools nationwide (and via this letter) to educate the public about the news:

1)  The USA’s first Pledge used a straight-arm salute and it was the origin of the salute of the monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis). It was not an ancient Roman salute. 
Pledge of Allegiance Case Exposes New Discoveries


Democrat and Libertarians election voting reform moves forward in Florida

Democrat and Libertarians voting reform moves forward in Florida

Florida Election Reform

St Petersburg, Florida-- An unusual non-partisan coalition of 14 community organizations led by Democrats and Libertarians has begun to score victories after shaking up Florida politics with a path breaking coalition report last spring.

The report, 'Pinellas Elections-Continual Improvement' reflects testimony of hundreds of unhappy voters and a consensus on a problem solving agenda by the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas. The report may be read at http://www.ERCPinellas.org

Among the recommendations were an Election Advisory Board welcoming all parties, paper trails, ballot requirement reductions, and a more open process.
Democrat and Libertarians election voting reform moves forward in Florida


No Child Left Behind Act is Misguided Education

No Child Left Behind Act is Misguided Education

No Child Left Behind

We get what we deserve when we knowingly accept a false promise. No Child Left Behind is merely an insincere catch phrase. Problems go from bad to worse when misdirected by phony objectives. Schools have 2 vital purposes: babysitting and preparing young people for the adult world. Imagine a world without schools. The most important thing is to keep those little hands and minds busy in ways that build self-confidence and an appreciation of constructive activities and others.

The “carrot and stick” approach to teaching and learning in school has led to teachers in grammar schools pushing students more and more simply to show progress in measurable areas. Funds will be withheld if each year they do not show improved school performance.  No Child Left Behind Act is Misguided Education


Florida City A Laboratory for Multi-Party Politics

Florida City A Laboratory for Multi-Party Politics?

Florida Politics

St. Petersburg, Florida--Nationwide, political experts--and not just Hurricanes--are turning their eye to Florida to understand the future of growing US Multi-party Politics.

It's one where voters don't seem to be moving to different parties but looking to elect someone able to work with their views with all parties. In St Petersburg, Florida, in particular, expectations are being quietly changed in an unusual mayoral race, despite claims by media such as MSNBC that its a sleepy race.  Florida City A Laboratory for Multi-Party Politics


Gay Marriage Debate

Gay Marriage Debate

Gay Marriage Debate

Unless you’ve spent the last couple years in a cave, you’ve probably heard of gay marriage, and I’m not talking about Liza’s wedding.  That’s right.  There’s another minority that has the gall to want the same legal standing and benefits that the majority now has.  Now I’ve heard a bunch of arguments on why this is a bad bad thing, and while I don’t agree with any of the arguments against, I thought I’d list them anyway. 

1)  Gay marriage isn’t necessary;   these couples can do everything through an attorney without the need for marriage.  Gay marriage Debate


Conservatives and Christians in power find liberal tactics appealing

Conservatives and Christians in power find liberal tactics appealing

Nativity

Someone should let Christian conservatives know they are being cajoled into accepting a paradigm shift.

The "Religious Right" came into politics to restore constitutional limits to the federal government and encourage voters to exercise moral evaluations when choosing candidates for public office. They were motivated largely by the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that declared laws restricting abortion in 37 states to be an infringement on, what has been called, the constitutional penumbra right to privacy.

Roe provided a convenient target for the emerging political movement that criticized federal judges with a penchant for "legislating from the bench." Such judges were accused of being allies of liberal social engineers who could not achieve their agendas through elected legislatures. The Republican Party capitalized on such accusations to rally voters in support of their candidacies in ever increasing numbers that the party now seems to have a safe hold on legislative majorities in the nation’s capital and throughout most of the state legislatures.  Conservatives and Christians in power find liberal tactics appealing


Florida Libertarians Help Stop Eminent Domain

Florida Libertarians Help Stop Eminent Domain

Florida Liberty News

Libertarian-led coalition ridicules, defeats "stealth bill" that avoids mentioning eminent domain

St Petersburg, FL--As the new legislative session opens in Florida, some legislators increasingly ask, "What do the Libertarians think?" The reason is the question was on the mind of many legislators when they closed up, say some staffers.

Libertarians have a growing reputation as 'go-to' people on human rights and expanded freedoms in Florida. They regularly mount successful and attention getting coalitions, show a knack for zeroing in and highlighting bills for defeat that have escaped detection of most watchdog groups, and field a small but well-respected contingent of local officials. And they're not too happy about the push to expand Eminent Domain supported by many leading Democrats and Republicans.
Florida Libertarians Help Stop Eminent Domain


Empathy in Disasters may be lacking in Evacuation Plans

Empathy in Disasters may have been lacking in Evacuation Plans

First Lady gives comfort

To streamline disaster plans, we needed ex FEMA chief Brown to defend his actions. Full utilization of the powers of our nation seem to have resulted from fuzzy lines of jurisdiction, communication and empathy. After our representatives clarify the rules, someone should address the realm of empathy and its’ nitty gritty of do’s and don’ts.

For most people, nothing is more difficult than putting themselves in “other people’s shoes.” Thoughtless, unconnected officials responsible for decisions that effect the lives of multitudes of people are destined to make disastrous mistakes. The classic example is Marie Antoinette’s solution for the bread shortage in Paris: “Well let them eat cake”. Empathy in Disasters may be lacking in Evacuation Plans


The Problem with the Republican Party and the Religious Right

The Problem with the Republican Party and the Religious Right

Problem with the Party

I haven’t been a liberal my whole life, but I’ve always had liberal tendencies.  When I was old enough to vote for the first time, I voted for Reagan, and then voted again for Bush the First, but during that time I not only became disenchanted with the Republicans but started to see them in an entirely new light.  As someone who isn’t religious and doesn’t believe in censorship, the Moral Majority movement and the increasing influence of the Religious Right within the Republican Party concerned me greatly.  The final straw, however, was when I realized that the main reason that I was a Republican had to do with taxes, and I didn’t make enough income that anything they did would really have a positive effect on my personal finances.  The Problem with the Republican Party and the Religious Right


New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if

New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if

New Orleans Case Study

Gun confiscation in New Orleans . . . gun buying spree in other cities . . . No doubt New Orleans in its aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will be useful as a case study for future management models.

But with another Commission, will they really learn anything? It’s going to be hard to learn anything if people are working to hide the facts and if the Commission ignores the People.

My fear us that the gun confiscation in New Orleans was merely a trial balloon to see how the public would handle a major move in gun control. Gun control isn’t moving fast enough, so with the very next emergency it’ll be tried in order to see the reaction. That emergency came in Katrina. A lot of people believed that an emergency would be cover to confiscate guns. Then it happened. It was a cover to confiscate guns. 
New Orleans As A Case Study ... As if


Why Pay Taxes when User Fees are Better

Why Pay Taxes when User Fees are Better

Replace Taxes with Fees

Libertarians Slash, Replace Taxes with Spending Challenges, User Fees, Trusts, and Permanent Funds

Libertarianism targets tools to enhance individual rights, and their liberty of use, replacing coercive old-fashioned government programs by creative non-government alternatives, fulfilling the Constitution’s ideals.

The myth? Taxes are “the price we pay for civilization.” Textbooks say no system of justice can exist without it; that it’s the first task of public management; and even Franklin said that, like death, you couldn’t avoid them. Overturn that myth: if civilization is less coercion, taxes are the price we pay for incomplete civilization.

The reality? Once enacted taxes not only grow but become the engine for abuses of power needed to enforce their increasing scope. Adults are treated like government slaves—democratically authorized or not—taxed in every area, from the womb to the tomb. Why Pay Taxes when User Fees are Better


Traditional Families will survive America's collapse

Traditional Families will survive America's collapse

The Important Family Unit

Two hurricanes have exposed America to be significantly less stable than befits the image of the world’s sole remaining superpower.

The inflationary cycle that has begun with the reduced supply of oil has exposed the fact that American currency has lost value due to the over abundance of borrowed money saturating the economy. The rampant looting and vandalism that claimed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina exposed a social abandonment of moral restraint. Countless thousands of people who allowed themselves to be herded from their homes by the government showed a lack of common pride and initiative.

The neglect of the government, on all levels, to use public money to serve the American public was demonstrated for all the world to see. Funds intended to maintain and repair levees protecting New Orleans are known to have been diverted to the cause of establishing a "Pax Americana". Local governments along the Mississippi Delta Traditional Families will survive America's collapse
 


Florida Libertarian Group Raise Money for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Florida Libertarian Group Raise Money for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Katrina Relief Effort

ST Petersburg, FL—Libertarians are fans of non-government, voluntary help, so it’s no surprise that Florida Libertarians have been very busy since Katrina. For them, it’s a matter of principle--not just helping others, but using voluntary initiatives in creative ways.

For Florida has been busy. While states like Texas get the headlines, Florida has been bearing a less spectacular but unnervingly steady stream of exhausted and penniless refugees, price hikes, shortages as goods are moved to stricken areas, pleas for help, and other effects of Katrina. These include helping Florida's own casualties of the hurricane, estimated as the worst in US history.  Florida Libertarian Group Raise Money for Hurricane Katrina Relief


Lack of Liberty caused Outsourcing and Loss of Jobs

Lack of Liberty caused Outsourcing and Loss of Jobs

Regulations Costs Jobs

By definition legislation usually removes liberty.  I believe the lack of liberty has cost us more than our freedom but jobs as well.  Lack of liberty has caused American goods to cost more than good manufactured in other countries. 

Two factors have caused Americans to lose their jobs.  First is the cost of regulation:  There is a cost to regulation.  American employers (and ultimately the American people in general when they purchase American products) must pay for workmans comp insurance, disability insurance, unemployment insurance and the associated accounting involved in those programs plus the income tax withholding, child support collections, college loan collections, etc.  Lack of Liberty caused Outsourcing and Loss of Jobs


Connecting PNAC, September 11th and Katrina’s New Orleans Damage

Connecting PNAC, September 11th and Katrina’s New Orleans Damage

President Bush in Biloxi MS

Is it absurd to suggest that the political disaster that emerged from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can be blamed on the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991?

That was the moment that the United States suddenly became the world’s "sole remaining superpower", and as such also became, in the minds of many politicos, the "indispensable nation". Those twin titles became a mantra for power hungry individuals who lusted to influence America’s presidency. Connecting PNAC, September 11th and Katrina’s New Orleans Damage



Rebuilding New Orleans and the black family
 

Rebuilding New Orleans and the black family

Rebuilding New Orleans

Of all the horrific pictures of New Orleans, the pictures of African Americans are the most troubling and telling.  I’m speaking of the pictures showing lawless black men looting and shooting, obese black women trying to walk to safety with their children, and thousands of blacks waiting for the government, or “the man,” to rescue them.

 

The pictures show what happens when the government fails to perform its most important role of protecting life and liberty, and what happens when it exceeds the role by doing things for people that they should do for themselves. Rebuilding New Orleans and the black family
 


Libertarians becoming more Popular in Costa Rica Controlling 10% of Congress

Libertarians becoming much more Popular in Costa Rica Controlling 10% of Congress

Costa Rica

San Juan, Costa Rica—Imagine a US Congress with 10% Libertarians. The latest news is how they’ve cut taxes, stamped out incipient terrorism while squashing proposals to military action, and are moving to fight corruption in immigration that no one talked about for years in the other parties. The country’s prestige is at a new high.  New Hampshire has announced it’s studying legislation to enable governmentless Libertarian communities because they’re good for tourism. And even non-Libertarians say they’re doing a good job, offering intriguing less-government alternatives and keeping other parties on their toes. Why, just like Costa Rica, people say.

Oh, and most of the Libertarian leaders are Black or belong to other minorities.

Compare this to today, where the Libertarians in North Carolina struggle to keep their party recognized under that state’s draconian ballot laws. It’s easy to speculate why the other parties are attempting to marginalize them. Libertarians becoming more Popular in Costa Rica


Libertarian Talk Radio Show Explores Controversial Subjects

Libertarian Talk Radio Show Explores Controversial Subjects

Freedomworks! Hosts
Paul Molloy & Eileen Heishman

The show tunes in Tuesdays at 9 PM EST, and is called FreedomWorks! the Libertarian Perspective.

Broadcasting from Clearwater, in Pinellas County Florida on 3 stations--1340, 1350 and 1400 AM--it can be heard simulcast at the website http://www.TheFreedomWorks.org.

The show guests activists, commentators and thinkers using voluntary means to advance their agendas and making a difference. It also has a wide array of unusual takes by national guests, from ABC's John Stossel ruminating on his creative process to Patriot Act reservations by former Republican Congressman Bob Barr.

Officials, authors and local activists from across the spectrum are frequent guests in the call in show. Calls can be made nationwide in the USA at 1-866-TAN-1340 during the show.  Libertarian Talk Radio Show Explores Controversial Subjects


Libertarian Letter writing Kit

Libertarian Letter writing Kit statue of liberty

Libertarian Party of FL

St Petersburg, FL--Want to write a letter to the editor or to Government officals but can't find the time? Libertarians say they can help.

Libertarians in Pinellas County Florida, which includes the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, are offering letter-writing workshops to help part-time activists and concerned citizens. While oriented to Libertarians, the workshops are open to all. Most attendees are not Libertarians Party members, say organizers.

They even have a free web kit for the disabled, busy moms, retirees or others unable to attend the workshops. The website includes sample published letters and tips, on a web page with convenient links to local papers.  Libertarian Letter Writing Kit


NCAA Influence on Sports Culture

NCAA athletics and gambling

NCAA Athletics

Athletics and sporting events are, on their face, frivolous diversions from the drudgery of daily life. They offer us opportunities to debate our friends on subjects that do not cause deep offense or thought. If we actually devote ourselves to participating in various sports, they provide their most significant benefit by helping us organize in activities that help us maintain our physical health.

Athletics and sports in America, however, are fueling destructive obsessions. The inordinate wealth and celebrity garnered by professional athletes is converting many youth sports leagues into training mills that initiate career tracks for aspiring child athletes. Such hopes have helped to birth an industry of training gadgets, sports schools, and instructional books and video tapes. The desire for athletes to cash in on their talents has driven demand for chemicals that supposedly enhance strength and agility. NCAA Influence on Sports Culture
 


Valerie Plame Scandal - Fiasco

CIA logo Valerie Plame scandal Director of Inteligence logo

CIA logo

The Year: 1993. The President: Bill Clinton. The Fantasy-Scenario Crime:
Clinton buddy and advisor Ted Danson leaks private CIA stuff on Oprah, with his comments outing an undercover CIA agent.

The Result: After being briefed for 30 seconds at the Congress snack bar, Newt Gingrich sprints to the White House – shirt off, tie used as a bandana, pants shortened to the ankles and frayed, shoeless – bursts into the Oval Office, grabs Bubba and rips his jugular out with his teeth.
Was a crime committed in the Rove / Plame scandal

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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