For the rest of you, I want you to try something: Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it. My only defense is that this is what I wish somebody had said to me around 1995 or so.
Ademo has requested a few books be sent to him to ease his time in Valley Street Jail (and for him to share with his "roommates" there. An Amazon wish list has been created to make this process as smooth as possible.
Dear Liberty Community / Activists, I'd like/need your help. I recently wrote a letter about America being a police state which got good play on Northern California's #1 radio show. I've been contacted by them and told that if I can come up with a much larger list, they will "...post it and promote the hell out of it!"
So, I'd like to make a 101 list in the style of my original letter.
"Would America be a police state if, Government agents could write their own search warrants? They do.
The New York Times reports that President Obama has created an official “kill list” that he uses to personally order the assassination of American citizens. Considering that the government already has a “Do Not Call” list and a “No Fly” list, we hereby request that the White House create a “Do Not Kill” list in which American citizens can sign up to avoid being put on the president’s “kill list” and therefore avoid being executed without indictment, judge, jury, trial or due process of law.
Matt Welch has a nice post over at Reason, highlighting numerous editorials from some big time newspapers mocking people who are concerned about the TSA's naked scans and/or groping procedures, beginning with the LA Times' perfectly obnoxious shut up and be scanned. Most of the editorials take on the typical apologists' line that "this is what we need to do to be secure." This can be summarized by the claim in the Spokesman-Review, entitled "Discomfort a small price for security on airplanes."
"We've all looked longingly and lovingly at the auto shows in Europe and Japan and wondered how we might drive some of the awesome cars that don't make it to the states. Turns out, a passport, plane ticket and rental agreement might be the only way. Sure, some lustworthy Euro-spec cars can make it in. Witness the list of Show and Display cars the overlords at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration OK'd despite the fact that not one of them meets government safety standards."
n light of new reports alleging that the TSA is creating a watch list of individuals who criticized the agency as a form of collective punishment, it’s revealing to note that CNN journalist Drew Griffin was also put on a TSA watch list immediately after he filed reports critical of the organization back in 2008.
The TSA is keeping a mini “watch list” of its own. It’s not a watch list of potential terrorists. It’s a watch list of peeved travelers who since 2007 have scared TSA workers by showing anger such as punching walls or kicking equipment. It makes their workplace uncomfortable, don’t you know.
I have always had strange apocalyptic dreams, usually involving invasions of either zombie hordes or cyborg armies. Luckily, last night my subconscious provided me with a weapon exquisitely suited to fend off both, and it was so awesome I just felt I had to share. It’s called the Cyclical Inversion Galvanizer from Averroes Industries, or the “CIG Cannon” for short. Believe me, the weapon’s resemblance to a common cigarette is not lost on me. The subconscious never fails to produce unusual innovations. But I’d like to tell you about it.