“Libertarian” the In Vogue Adjective

On the radio, the TV and throughout the blogosphere I have noticed an increase in the use of the word “Libertarian.” But, it seems that whenever the word is used it is to associate the political philosphy with some other THING. On the radio I heard someone being referred to as a “CIVIL Libertarian.” On TV a few days ago someone pointed out that the perspective of one commentator was “Libertarian THINKING.” I read articles about Scalito’s “Libertarian STREAK” and then there is the “Libertarian WING” of conservatism.

I find it curious that media personalities toss around the “L” word to describe characteristics of conversation or to label specific aspects of their idealogy and not as a reference to the philsophy as a whole.

When and why did “Libertarian” become such a popular adjective?! Does this use of “Libertarian” hurt or help the party’s constant effort to “get the word out?”

I do find some satisfaction when the politicking pundits use my party’s label as a reference to behavior or actions that reflect the Constitution. Then again (putting on foil cap) the conspiracist in me feels that the Democrats and Republicans are slinging the “L” word around to suade anyone considering the Libertarian party that they share the same political beliefs… maybe that’s just me.

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Marijuana Deranged Pit Bulls Injure Six

Note: this article contains dead links, the url is still in the hover/alt text. Keep the web working, curate content well!

This is not a joke. From the Chicago Tribune:

Toxicology tests are being done on the bodies of three pit bulls shot after they mauled two children and four adults to determine if the dogs ingested marijuana found inside their owner’s home, authorities said Tuesday.

The dogs’ owner, Scott Sword, 41, of the 6600 block of Hawthorne Drive near Cary, has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor production of marijuana plants, said McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.

On Nov. 5 police handling the dog attack found five harvested marijuana plants growing in Sword’s back-yard garden and more than 30 grams of marijuana in his home,Nygren said.

The dogs, which were killed by police, were sent to a veterinary laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they are being tested for drugs, specifically marijuana, said Edin Mehanovic, the county’s animal control administrator.

If the dogs ate marijuana, police want to know if it may have contributed to their vicious behavior.

The only joke is that the Reefer Madness Syndrome is still alive and well in the United States. That is unless “killer weed” caused the dogs to get the munchies and chase after a bag of human Fritos.


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Litigious Society: Not so Fast Mr. Balko

Radley Balko of The Agitator has an otherwise good post up detailing the scandal of how a couple was raided by SWAT after being tipped off by an feuding family member. It’s pretty screwed up how the police warrant-shopped around until they could get the raid approval. On that, Balko is — as usual — on top of his game. What’s problematic is his litigious solution:

Here’s hoping the Davises get at least the $12.5 million the Gallardos got. Perhaps a bankruptcy will convince North Richland Hills’ inept public officials to a) exercise some oversight over its jacked-up police department, b) rethink the policy of sending the SWAT team after nonviolent offenders, and c) put some accountability mechanisms in place when things go wrong in the future.

No Treason chimes in by noting the money isn’t free:

Why would that work? The money won’t be coming out of the pockets of these people, it will of course be paid out of tax revenues. And a public bankruptcy won’t show up on their individual credit reports.

I was instantly reminded of a recent South Park episode on litigation (sexual harassment lawsuits), but the moment of clarity sums it up nicely (and humorously):

[The courthouse. Closing arguments begin.] […]
Petey, the Sexual Harassment Panda: Listen to me: when you sue somebody, it hurts everyone. You sue for money, but where do you think that money comes from? From the schools, from taxes, from the state. From you. [The courtroom is silent, listening] There’s no such thing as free money. When you sue somebody, you take money away from parks and schools and charities, and put it in your own pocket. And that makes me a sa-a-a-a-ad panda. [reactions are seen in the faces of various people in the courtroom, even in Gerald’s face.]

Bearded man: I’m a sad panda, too.

Man 1: I’m a really sad panda. I didn’t know we were doing all that damage. This is all that damn lawyer’s fault! [people get angry at Gerald Broflovski, Kyle’s dad]

Man 2: [rises] Yeah! Let’s sue the lawyer!

All: [rising] Yeah!

Gerald: [approaches Petey and the boys] No! Don’t you see? Th-the panda’s right. Boy, what a great message he has! When you sue people, you just end up causing a lot of problems for society. Uhwell, I’ve really learned something today. All I could see was the millions of dollars coming to me and I didn’t care about where the money came from. Well, I’m no longer doing sexual harassment lawsuits in schools! They’re too vague and two easily corruptible. Thank you, Sexual Harassment Panda!

Petey: “Don’t Sue People” Panda.

Gerald: Yeah, well, whatever, sooo let’s sue anyone again. Okay, come on, guys. Let’s go get some ice cream!

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West Virginia: Drunk with Power

West Virginia grain alcohol banWest Virginia banned high-proof grain alcohol sales this week, citing bogus concerns by college officials that can be summed up by simply saying they don’t think people should be able to get drunk on the cheap (“you’ll notice that people don’t drink grain at a cocktail party”). Forget that college is where most people learned the Zen of Ramen noodles and note that they didn’t cite any actual cases of abuse.

Rogier van Bakel of Nobody’s Business retorts on the ban:

I’m sure it’ll be a terrible blow to college bars and frathouses everywhere, because now the kids have nothing to get drunk on. Except gin, vodka, bourbon, Jaegermeister, and about ten thousand other widely available alcoholic beverages.

Yeah, but now they’ll have to actually go buy a cleaning agent to remove the permanent marker scribbilings off their buddy in the morning.

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Who Really Owns the Internet?

It is almost as if recent headlines are holding a conversation. PCWorld asks, “Who’s Running the Internet?”

“US Retains Control of Internet – for Now” is the answer provided by CNSNews.

The immediate issue at stake was whether the United Nations should wrest control of Internet domain names from ICANN, but seriously deeper issues were being debated, too. From CNSNews:

In an outcome that has drawn mixed reactions, more than 170 governments at a U.N. summit in Tunisia have agreed to leave the U.S. effectively in control of managing the Internet, while also setting up a new Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to enable governments, businesses and other “stakeholders” to discuss public policy issues.

In response to the control issue, the LA Times is not in total agreement:

Not that the federal government wields much power over the Net. Its influence is essentially confined to the mundane but important issue of how domain names are assigned.

The BBC sees it differently, though:

In the days leading up to the Tunis summit, the US had loudly indicated that it was not prepared to make concessions.

Indeed, it adopted a very hard line by even questioning its commitment to independence for country-code domains such as Britain’s .uk domain.

Without a credible threat, the US was able to maintain its position and ultimately force everyone else to deal.

To be quite clear, any government (or private entity for that matter) has the ability to establish its own “Internet”, either by using the current technical protocols or by establishing new ones. There are no technological or significant economic constraints prohibiting any country or transnational group of people from seceding from the ICANNet. The obvious downside to such a secession would be the loss of benefits derived from association with the larger body — but that is always the price to be paid with any secession attempt, be it interpersonal, technical or governmental.

While I’ve certainly had some problems with ICANN over the years, the surrender of Internet name and numbering control to the United Nations is indeed scary. They managed to sneak in a new bureaucracy at this summit. As with all Leviathans, one can expect the IGF not only to discuss, but also to eventually regulate public policy issues. Any such regulation will necessarily mean a loss of freedom on the Internet. The BBC column clearly indicates one dismal future view of international Internet regulation:

Not only does the Tunis agreement address many global concerns, but it also points to the future of the internet governance debate.

Armed with these provisions, countries will look to the newly established governance forum as the venue to raise grievances and pursue continued reform.

Although the US suggests that the governance forum is non-binding and relatively powerless, it actually appears to look much like WSIS itself.

Both are multilateral, multi-stakeholder, non-binding, UN created, and able to address a wide range of internet and technology policy issues.

Notwithstanding its limitations, WSIS succeeded in putting internet governance squarely on the map.

As its obvious successor, the governance forum has the potential to emerge as the platform to allow for a continued emphasis on internet regulation concerns.

Delegates may have resolved the issue for now, but the debate appears to be far from over.

The implications are Orwellian, at best. Little Brother is already burdensome with respect to Internet regulation, and the global community wants place all the power in the benevolent hands of Big Brother. To turn even a miniscule amount of control over to the UN is tantamount to allowing Kofi Annan to take just a little bit of one’s virginity.

While ICANN may have a limited amount of control over how we arrive at our favorite Internet destinations, we go there voluntarily and they have no control over the content once we get there. To conclude the conversation between headlines, the LA Times could not have stated it better when it said, “Hands off the Net”!

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Where’s Ross Perot?

We had Michael Badnarik in 2004, but nobody listened. How many more times will you vote for big government before you wake up and say no more.

Walker’s not the only one saying it. As Congress and the White House struggle to trim up to $50 billion from the federal budget over five years – just 3% of the $1.6 trillion in deficits projected for that period – budget experts say the nation soon could face its worst fiscal crisis since at least 1983, when Social Security bordered on bankruptcy.

Without major spending cuts, tax increases or both, the national debt will grow more than $3 trillion through 2010, to $11.2 trillion – nearly $38,000 for every man, woman and child. The interest alone would cost $561 billion in 2010, the same as the
Pentagon.

Read full story.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Shane Cory writes:

I know it’s just a title for your site’s latest entry but Ross Perot has dropped out of politics for good. I spoke with Russ Verney a few weeks ago and Ross has created a private hospital to treat Iraq war veterans that the government was failing to assist.

Here’s a link to an older story about Perot being honored for his assistance of Vietnam Veterans.

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Bipartisan Bickering Leads to More Deaths in Iraq

While Democrats and Republicans continue their petty bickering, Americans continue to die in Iraq. Both sides had the opportunity to vote on a withdrawal resolution offered by Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. Hoping to embarrass the Democrats, Republicans took Murtha’s resolution and basically stripped it down to the following words, “It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.”

The AP reported:

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said the resolution was intended “to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Not to be outdone, Pelosi decided to continue increasing the amount of body bags flown back from Iraq:

For those reasons, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent word to the rank-and-file to vote with the Republicans against immediate withdrawal of American troops.

While the wording of the resolution is in keeping with the views of a majority of Americans, both major parties sent their message loudly and clearly to the American people: We don’t care if your children continue to die in Iraq, so long as we don’t lose any political power.

According to the BBC:

Stephen Hess is another renowned Washington scholar who has served on the White House staffs of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and advised Presidents Ford and Carter.

He says the current level of argument has reached a “miserable point”.

“One side says ‘you are liars’, the other says ‘you are traitors’ – it doesn’t move the debate very far,” he told the BBC.

My observation is that the lines are blurred, and there is no real difference between those called liars and those called traitors.

UPDATE: Sen. John Kerry continues the bipartisan battle of sound-bytes while continuing to support our continued presence in Iraq. ABC News reported just today:

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says U.S. troops do not necessarily need to be pulled out of Iraq right away, as a senior Democrat suggested this week, but they need more leadership from the Bush administration.

“What we need is a little more commander-in-chief, and a little less campaigner-in-chief,” Kerry said in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America Weekend Edition.”

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Rethinking My Views on Intelligent Design

Flying Spaghetti MonsterI’ve already applauded the Kansas Board of Education for their recent decision to teach intelligent design. Thanks to their innovative approach to teaching science, we no longer have to fear that our children will be taught heretical ideas like the earth revolving around the sun or that seafaring dinosaurs weren’t created on the fifth day.

I felt that I was alone in my beliefs until I ran into the website of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster today. Like me, they strongly believe in teaching intelligent design theory. In an open letter to the Kansas School Board, they write:

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

They even provide scientific evidence to back their claims:

What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.

I’ve learned a lot since visiting their website. In addition to finally understanding how the world was really created, I also now know that “global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s.”

I’d like to take this time to thank the brave people in each and every school system which has closed the door to scientific methodology. It is truly refreshing to be free of the burden of free thinking, objective reasoning and empiricism.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: As long as we’re talking about funny creationism being taught, don’t miss out on the Genesis Creation Museum. You’ll learn that the T. Rex chased Adam and Eve out of Eden and see how children naivelly played with dinosaurs under a waterfall (and were quickly eaten, which is why they never made drawings or tools from dino bones).

More recent related article here.

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FEC Affirms First Amendment Rights for Bloggers

Free SpeechIt is not often that you will catch me writing anything positive about the Federal Elections Commission. Today is an exception. The FEC unanimously issued an Advisory Opinion 2005-16 today, opining that blogs have the same rights as other forms of media.

At issue was whether blogs are to be exempted from campaign finance laws. The FEC Opinion states:

According to the House report on the 1974 amendments to the Act, the press exception made plain Congress’s intent that the Act would not “limit or burden in any way the first amendment freedoms of the press . . .” and would assure “the unfettered right of the newspapers, TV networks, and other media to cover and comment on political campaigns.”

The opinion came as a result of a request for an advisory opinion submitted by FiredUpAmerica.com. The FEC determined that online political commentary is clearly not considered a campaign contribution.

Thus, because Fired Up is a press entity, and neither it nor its websites are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate, the costs Fired Up incurs in covering or carrying a news story, commentary, or editorial on its websites are exempt from the definitions of “contribution” and “expenditure.” The Commission notes that an entity otherwise eligible for the press exception would not lose its eligibility merely because of a lack of objectivity in a news story, commentary, or editorial, even if the news story, commentary, or editorial expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate for Federal office.

William Ernest Hocking perhaps said it best with, “Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure.”

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Senators try to Kill Patriot Act Renewal

Hooray!!!

A bipartisan group of senators told congressional leaders Thursday they will try to block reauthorization of the Patriot Act to protest the elimination Senate-mandated protections against “unnecessary and intrusive government surveillance” in a House-Senate compromise.

“If further changes are not made, we will work to stop this bill from becoming law,” GOP Sens. Larry Craig, John Sununu and Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold and Ken Salazar said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees. [emphasis added]

Score one for rational lawmaking. I’m actually hoping they get the cold-shoulder on this so it will become big news and more senators will back them.

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Poll: Utter Disapproval with Bush/Reps/Dems

A new poll indicates bad news across the board for Bush, Republicans and even Democrats — from Political Wire:

President Bush’s job approval continues to fall, “touching another new low for his presidency,” according to the latest Harris Interactive poll. “Bush’s current job approval rating stands at 34%, compared with a positive rating of 88% soon after 9/11, 50% at this time last year, and 40% in August.”

“Vice President Dick Cheney’s approval ratings slipped to 30% this month from 35% in August.”

However, Democrats also saw “one of the biggest dips in approval” in this poll. “Only a quarter of Americans polled give Democrats a positive rating in the latest poll, compared with 31% in August, while Republicans’ approval ratings fell to 27% from 32%.”

The 34% Libertarians need to win any 3-way elections is looking more feasible with each new poll, now we just need some star candidates and the money machine to back that up.

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Bingo-playing Terrorists

Evidently the Department of Homeland Stupidity Security thinks that “terrorists” are going to infiltrate your local Bingo hall. Kentucky has been awarded a grant to protect it’s vulnerable citizens from this imminent threat.

But to some, the idea of protecting bingo halls from terrorists is nonsensical.

“It’s almost ludicrous,” said Rick Bentley, a Henry Clay High School sports booster as he volunteered last Thursday at a noisy, smoke-filled Lexington bingo parlor. “The thought would never even enter my mind.”

As a side note, the article presents an interesting factoid about Bingo:

With more than 1,300 organizations licensed to raise money through gambling, charitable gaming raised $51 million in 2003.

This could be a good way for your local Libertarian organization to raise some money. Given that being a Libertarian probably makes you an enemy of the state by default, you might as well give the DHS something to do with their free time.

Kudos to TheAgitator.com

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A Freshman’s Perspective on the Pledge.

Larissa came home tonight and told me that they were instructed to recite the Pledge of Allegience today at school. She said they had not been required, before today, to participate. She stood as instructed, but did not hold her hand over her heart or speak out loud. Her reason? “The pledge” means nothing today. She said that she did not feel like the patriotic intent was there. We spent some time discussing whether patriotism was to be loyal to a country, or if it was truly an inclination to be loyal to the individual self while protecting the freedom of another’s inclination. She explained that requiring the pledge has dulled its meaning. She, of course, knows that “under God” was not originally written, and she knows that America is very far from the spirit which inspired the words. She acted, in my opinion, very much as she should. She was contemplative and she dug deep into her own thoughts to determine why she would be required to recite words for good measure. She wondered why her pledge rather than her acts would make her a good person; an American. She questioned authority-respectfully. She questioned her role and she broke from the herd.

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Alaska Bridges Gap to De-funding..

Alaska - bridge to nowhere

The Club for Growth informs us the notorious bridge to nowhere ($223 million in pork) has supposedly gotten the axe, yet the money still goes to Alaska to spend as they see fit:

However, this can only be seen as a small victory. The millions of dollars allocated for this pork project will go to the Alaska state government for them to spend as they see fit — instead of the money going to the Katrina relief effort — or, heaven forbid, back to federal taxpayers.

Radley Balko appropriately calls it “smoke and mirrors” and remains skeptical:

It’s a cheap stunt by the GOP to deflect public criticism that doesn’t really change much of anything. All the conference committee did was remove the earmark for the bridges. Alaska will still be getting the same obscene amount of money from the federal government, it’s just that the state won’t be required to use it to build those two particular bridges. It’ll be up to the executive and the state legislature to decide how to spend it.

He notes that the money could very well still end up funding the bridge (though it’s not unreasonable to suspect the new bureaucratic overhead will have a toll).

Frankly, I think we should take some victory from the buzz it’s generating — enough to get PorkBusters (wikipedia) some well deserved media attention and raise the public consciousness on federal pork handouts.

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GOP Memo: Terrorist Attack Will Save Us!

Words cannot express how unbelievably upsetting this is. I hope and pray this memo is a hoax. But considering that the PNAC paper called for a “New Pearl Harbor“, I won’t put it past them.

This memo scores a hefty 8.5 on the “What the hell were they thinking” meter. The key words are emphasized:

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and “restore his image as a leader of the American people.”

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”

I believe this fits this definition perfectly.

vul·ture
2 A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.

For these guys, another 9/11 is a wet dream. Their constituents will run to them for protection, while simultaneously forgiving them for screwing up the economy, our liberties, and frankly anything they touch.

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American POWs: Still Alive?

POW signThis is not late breaking news, but more of a problem that our elected servants in Washington find kind of embarrassing and of little concern.

It’s been painfully obvious for many years that many of our nation’s soldiers that put their lives on the line, were left in Vietnam and Korea. Family members trying to find real answers are met with nothing but bureaucratic red tape. A concerned relative writes:

Two of the major corrupt politicians he wants to expose as liars and two-faced traitors, in what he calls the “biggest military cover-up in the history of our country,” are former Presidential candidate and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former Vietnam POW declared a national hero.

“He’s no hero,” said Dumas, 74, in an extended conversation this week from his Connecticut home. “He’s anything but a hero. Ask why he had the Senate, through Kerry’s influence, seal all his POW records in Vietnam? He had these records sealed for life and is hiding the true story of how he sided with the North Vietnamese to save his own skin.”

Even Ron Paul is calling for an investigation. I agree, it’s long overdue.

While I’m adamantly opposed to this war in Iraq, I certainly would forgo immediate departure to pick up all the remaining soldiers before leaving. Pretending they don’t exist is sooo dick, particularly when the administration is bemoaning the lack of recruits and the need to invade most of the Middle East.

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Join the Upcoming.org Libertarian Group

libertarian upcomingHey everyone, this is just a quick hit to see how many people we can get to join Upcoming.org (a Yahoo! brand) and become a member of the Libertarian group. Right now, the most popular group — Flickr — has a mere 267 members and I’m betting we could dwarf that in under a month or so.

Basically, Upcoming.org is the free version of the now commercial MeetUp. And even though it’s still not as full featured (it’s simply a scheduling service for groups and localities), you can bet the Yahoo buyout will make it a player over the next year.

And if you’re in Ohio, why not join the Peirce for Ohio group as well?

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Goodbye ICANN, hello UN

UN ScrewThe United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union is hosting a world summit for the purpose of gaining control over the Internet:

The outcome could determine who eventually controls the technical and administrative infrastructure at the root of the Internet, which allows the computer network to function seamlessly worldwide.

Some officials fear the dispute could degenerate and eventually lead to the balkanisation of the Internet, breaking it up into a series of unconnected rival networks.

“The idea that the Internet is an unregulated haven, these days are finished,” a source close to the talks said.

Thank goodness. I was wondering when someone was going to come along and censor regulate the Internet.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Late-breaking news that we can let out a sigh of relief (for now) [via BuzzMachine]:

A U.N. technology summit opened Wednesday after an 11th-hour agreement that leaves the United States with ultimate oversight of the main computers that direct the Internet’s flow of information, commerce and dissent.

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

Wow, this takes the cake. A script has to be rewritten because a crazed member of the audience did not like a cigarette lighted as a play prop?

Arghhhh, I cannot think clearly enough to post — I am still regurgitating this tripe. I am truly sorry to Italy, a country that serves delicious tripe. (A Tuscan delight.)

If the intent of one especially law abiding member of the audience becomes the norm, we will no longer see a sword in The Count of Monte Christo. Tripe, has lost its appeal.

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Neither Republican nor Democrat

A recent Rosner Interactive Services poll shows that a large percentage of people are either becoming apolitical or they have recently discovered third parties:

In general, do you find yourself leaning more to the Democratic or Republican party these days?

38% – Democratic
32% – Republican
27% – Neither party
3% – I’m not sure

Let’s hope they discovered libertarianism.

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Move over Vonage?

I just installed a new Voice-Over-IP product today. And it wasn’t from Vonage.

MyPeople has a competitive product to Vonage; it it was the simplest technical installation I have ever been involved with. Turn the router off, plug the phone cord in the phone jack, plug the ethernet cable into the enternet jack, plug it in, and viola. The prices are competitive, and the service is superior.

On top of being extremely user friendly, the instructions are friendly and inviting. Their website is, too. Even after logging in and playing with the technical issues involved with the service, it was still friendly and inviting. The most complicated part was setting up the voice mail, but that was easier than T-Mobile’s latest voice mail system.

For those of you looking for new VOIP service, I’d suggest checking out MyPeople. And be sure to tell them I sent you (they track referrals by phone number or name). I’d like the free months of service for the referrals that you all are eligible to receive, too.

Give them a call at 1-866-5-mypeople and a real person (who actually knows what he or she is talking about) will answer right away. Or you can find out more online right here.

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Nader: NFL Suspension is Consumer Fraud

Nader file photoI feel kinda bad for Ralph Nader, the poor guy has become so irrelevant in politics that he has to dive into the niche market of frivolous sports litigation. Overlawyered gives us the low-down on Nader’s new career [via Independent Sources]:

Ralph Nader is arguing that the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to suspend star wide receiver Terrell Owens (for, inter alia, publicly criticizing the team and quarterback, shouting at coaches, a physical altercation with a teammate, and then failing to apologize) is consumer fraud because season-ticket holders had an expectation that Owens would play for the team, which barely lost the Super Bowl last year, and was an early favorite this year.

Ok Nader, you wanna know where you went all stupid with this? You pointed your finger at the Eagles for the suspension instead of holding Terrell Owens responsible for his actions that got him suspended. Simple enough.

Update: Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson chimes in (because you know… nothing says “I’m serious about politics” than taking cues from Nader). However, I have to somewhat agree with the rev (noted in the comments by kit) on this suprisingly libertarian point:

[…The NFL Players Association] wants the Eagles to cut T.O. if they are not going to reinstate him. I agree. T.O. has publicly apologized. His heart is contrite. If the Philadelphia Eagles’ owners do not find his apology acceptable and no longer aim to maintain an association with him, they should release him to the open market or free agency […]

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Cheney Heckled Once Again

CheneyVice president Dick Cheney is something of a lightning rod for this administration, considering his ill-tempered demeanor towards detractors (and detracting senators). So it’s no surprise that his appearance — at an event honoring former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker’s 80th birthday coinciding with the groundbreaking for the Baker Center — spurred some protestors to infiltrate the gathering:

During Cheney’s brief remarks, about a half-dozen people protesting the war in Iraq yelled, “War, what is it good for?” and held up a large banner saying, “Peace Now.”

Cheney continued speaking and didn’t acknowledge the protesters, who were escorted from the ceremony inside the University of Tennessee’s basketball arena.

About 50 protesters, most of them appearing to be college age, demonstrated outside the arena. Several carried signs, including one that read “Honor Baker, Impeach Cheney.”

The first slogans mentioned are a tad cliche if you ask me (and there’s no word if anyone told Cheney to go “F” himself). Something tells me we’ll be hearing even more Cheney heckling in the future.

Previously: Gulfport Residents to Cheney: “Go F&%k Yourself — We’re Libertarian Now” video, Cheney Booed at Yankee Stadium, Cheney to Sen. Leahy: “Go Fu*k Yourself”

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