Thursday, September 27, 2007
1. Create a new file folder on your computer.
2. Name it 'Hillary Rodham Clinton'.
3. Drag it to the recycle bin.
4. Empty the recycle bin.
5. Your PC will ask you, 'Do you really want to get
rid of 'Hillary Rodham Clinton?'
6. Firmly Click 'Yes.'
7. Feel better instantly.
Next week, we'll do Nancy Pelosi.
Mr. Mayfield was wrongfully imprisoned for 19 days, secretly held at a location unknown to his family, as a material witness under the "Patriot" (police-state) Act after FBI agents filed false affidavits and even listed the fact that he was a Muslim as a reason for obtaining broad search warrants, performing "sneak-and-peak" searches and subjecting the Mayfield family to electronic eavesdropping and other surveillance.
If you would like, you can read the entire copy of Mr. Mayfield's Civil Rights complaint here: http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/09/26/mayfield.patriotact.complaint.pdf
I would recommend you read at least the introduction and the Factual Allegations section. I'm pretty sure it will leave you furious. This is exactly what is wrong with the "Patriot" Act. Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, worked very hard to limit the powers of government to keep just this kind of thing from happening. And we allow one tragedy to decide that it was time to remove one of our most important protections from the government: The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees an individual the right to their personal safety from the government and prevents the government from performing illegal searches or seizures of a person's property. For instance, it should be against our Constitution to seize someone from one's home, interrogate them at a secret location and hold them indefinitely.
What would Justice Brennan, formerly of the Supreme Court, say about something like this? "It is monstrous that courts should aid or abet the lawbreaking police officer. It is abiding truth that '[n]othing can destroy a government more quickly than its own failure to observe its own laws or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.'" Justice Brennan quoting Mapp v. Ohio, 367 US 643, 659 (1961) in Harris v. New York, 401 US 222, 232. (1971)
If you believe that the government is all about looking out for the little guy, you are either horribly naive, or possibly a democrat. The government, my friend, is a machine. A machine that was once sleek, nimble and high-speed--but now has had extra arms bolted on, extra passengers have hopped in for a free ride, and someone has spray painted its windshield black. In its thrashing about, its as likely to trample you as help you out.
Our Constitution is a very carefully written document, that was intended, if followed, to limit the power of government. Why would we want to do that? Let's ask Patrick Henry what he thinks:
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Apparently, the people who were running around at the start of our country knew something about oppressive governments.
And that is why I am pleased to tell you that a Federal Judge, at least for now, has found certain portions of the "Patriot" Act to be unconstitutional. (see link)
MustangBobby at Bark Bark Woof Woof has some more info about it, though I don't agree with most of his politics, I do on this subject.
We cannot afford to become less American--less free--as we fight this war against terror and the wacko's that want to end our way of life. Is it more risky? Of course. But I would rather have the inconveniences of too much liberty than the inconveniences of too little. (props to my man T.J.)
Be sure to write you Senator and Representative to tell them about how the "Patriot" Act is putting at risk critical liberties of Americans.
"The main body of our citizens... remain true to their republican principles; the whole landed interest is republican, and so is a great mass of talents. Against us are... all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty... We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils. But we shall preserve it, and our mass of weight and wealth on the good side is so great as to leave no danger that force will ever be attempted against us." --Thomas Jefferson
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
"Columbia University gave a public forum today to a tyrant to spread his lies and deceit. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a mockery of free speech by standing in front of an auditorium of academicians and students and denying the existence of the Holocaust and his deadly intentions toward Israel.
I find it ironic that Iran’s president accepted an invitation to speak at Columbia University, since students who dissent on Iranian campuses are not met with debate, they are met by a gun and imprisonment. A few months ago, eight college students were imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for publishing articles and cartoons critical of Iran’s government in a student-run newspaper. The Evin facility has been described as Iran’s ‘most feared prison’ and is known to stone women to death. We need to do our best to empower freedom-loving people throughout Iran."
Now, its no secret that I'm a Fred Thompson fan. So, it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I agree whole-heartedly with what Mr. Thompson said. But I would like to add this:Unless our country takes the hard line against evil dictators and petty tyrants across the board, we do not have the moral high ground. We cannot morally support one evil man but condemn the actions of another. What I am specifically thinking, here, is Kim "Awec Bawdwin" Jong Il, but of course this should apply to all of our foreign policy. If we simply avoided propping up banana republic dictators and madmen simply to make short term gains in foreign policy, we wouldn't be in the position of having to rebuild Iraq--though heaven knows most of those countries over there can use some more McDonalds--and a place to get a good pork chop.
So, extend integrity into our dealings with other countries. This is what I would like to see change. Evil bad? Then all evil is bad. Not just the inconvenient evil. Lets start with Iran, and keep rolling. It is inconceivable that we should allow governments like Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran, three countries that combined have fewer people than Nigeria to influence the world with their vileness.
I was pleased, at least that Columbia University President Mr. Lee Bollinger, atypically for academic America, was not fooled by Iwantajihad's visit, and went so far as to pull no punches during his opening remarks during the Iranian leader's visit to his university:
"We at this university have not been shy to protest and challenge the failures of our own government to live by our values, and we won't be shy about criticizing yours. Let's then be clear at the beginning: Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator."
And he went on to say, regarding Wannabeatadog's denial of the Holocaust:
"[He is] either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated"
So, I will leave you with this remark to the Iranian President: You want to utilize America's free speech Mr. Ahmadinejad, tell your story to Mr. Paveway and his buddies Mr. MOAB and Mr. Tom A. Hawk.
And you can quote me on that.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I had asked her for a contribution to our 9-11 segment. I had not really expected a reply, particularly not a personalized one, as I was sure that radio celebrities had way too much fan mail to actually answer all of fans. I was surprised at the letter I received. She apologized that she wasn't able to contribute, and instead gave us permission to publish this piece that she wrote for their website: (note the date of authorship... written so recently after 9-11 it should remind us all what we were feeling at the time, just in case our determination flags)
by Rose, November 2001
I had just walked out my front door to make the short trip across the street to the bus stop to wait for my son. It was one of those perfect fall days; not at all cold, a little warm, in fact, for November. There was just a hint of a breeze bringing with it the familiar scents of the season. I decided to sit down on the edge of my porch and watch for the bus from there.
As I sat, I saw my neighbor on my left, Jan, raking leaves and looking as she always does; like one who is at one with nature, dressed in her usual flannel shirt over jeans and a tee shirt. I could hear the rake as it met with leaves and then scraped over her driveway. On my other side there is a dog, Nickie, who at this time every day takes her post to guard her family's turf from the gathering moms at the bus stop, barking if someone comes a little too close.
My own dog, Jessie, has come over to curl up in my lap, uncharacteristically content to be there rather than engage in a barking match with Nickie, or chase leaves as they dance across the lawn. Mary, across the street, pulls out of her driveway in her SUV and we wave. And I think about how much I like her - how much I like all of my neighbors and their children. I think about how lovely fall is and how anxious I am to see my son again.
And, just for a moment, I forgot. I forgot that we were on high alert. I forgot about my fears for my son and for his future. I forgot that sometimes I'm afraid to get up in the morning and go to work in the city.
For just a moment life is good again. It is beautiful, and lovely, and hopeful. And I want to say for just a moment, life was much like it was before September 11th. Before "high alerts" had become common-place, before an airplane flying overhead was cause for me to hold my breath until it passed.
Thank you Rose. I would like to urge our readers to check them out on their local news-talk stations. Their affiliates list can be found here: http://www.warroom.com/affiliates.php