Homeland Boyz in Da ‘Hood

Osama bin Doggy DoggVia Cryptogon comes word that Homeland Security is doing a wonderful job of protecting us from gangstas (Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; Sure Inos; the 18th Street Gang; Latin Kings; the Mexican Mafia; Border Brothers; Brown Pride and numerous others) who planned to crash their pimped out rides into prized national landmarks such as Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles:

Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period, officials said Monday, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called the gangs “a threat to our homeland security and … a very urgent law enforcement priority.”

Which all goes to prove that while Al Qaida may try to act all hard and shit by crashing their ghetto asses into some towers, they ain’t got nothin’ on the real homies unless they be hookin’ themselves up with some tats and gang signs and dope sound systems in their whips.

Word up, my Homelandies.


Ohio Blogger Arrested; Told to Stop Blogging

Newer: Elsebeth Baumgartner Arrested

How many tyrannnical sparks does it take to ignite a revolution? Do we cower as the government suspends our rights, forcefully stripping us of our heritage one by one and turning us into children to be protected by the all-powerful state? How long does it take until people will stand up against a system turning sour?

James in Atlanta tipped me off to the story of ErieVoices.com blogger Bryan DuBois being arrested last week and I wish I had blogged it then, but I’ll do it now because this is truly the scariest shit I’ve ever blogged about (and that’s saying a lot considering how much I like to dance on the fine line of free speech). You see, I’m in close enough proximity of this case to possibly jeopardize my own liberty by even blogging about it, and I very well may end up joining this blogger for what I support.

So be it, these fuckers don’t scare me.

I’m still trying to fully digest all the twists and turns of this amazingly huge scandal taking place right here in my corner of the U.S., but suffice to say, this is a spark, and with enough sparks thrown at a combustive vapor of government tyranny, we’ll have revolution. Everyone I’ve spoken to has that same gut feeling: maybe not today, maybe not next week or next year, but eventually… we’re going to have to fix our government the hard way.

Here’s the backstory from an Empire Journal writeup to better inform yourself (you could also see the indictment, if the thing wasn’t so top secret):

Former Ohio attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner, 50, and the editor of a news blog, Bryan DuBois, 28, of Sandusky, Ohio, have been charged with intimidation and retaliation because a judge filed a complaint against them, claiming that he was intimidated by them and their charges of judicial corruption.

[…]Baumgartner faces 10 counts of intimidation and three counts of retaliation, third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. She is being held in the Cuyahoga County Detention Facility on a $360,000 bond. DuBois faces one count of extortion, two counts of intimidation, one count of retaliation, all third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. The tool? A computer.

DuBois, a former Marine who has no previous convictions, is being held on bonds totaling $190,000 His charges purportedly relate to a note he allegedly handed former School Superintendent Charles Burns after Burns testified against Baumgartner during a libel trial last year in which Burns had sued Baumgartner. DuBois maintains he can prove that Burns allegedly committed perjury.

It is alleged that the pair used emails to intimidate and threaten visiting judge Richard Markus, a judge who had presided in cases involving Baumgartner. In fact, it is alleged that one “threatening email” to Markus was sent in November, 2004, prior to him presiding over that same libel trial. Kasaris said that some of the charges against DuBois stemmed from an email that he allegedly sent to Markus before the libel trial began against Baumgartner. Kasaris labeled the email threatening and said that while it didn’t threaten bodily harm, it threatened the judge’s reputation and on the basis of that, he lodged a charge of extortion against DuBois.

[…]At the hearing for DuBois earlier this week, Kasaris reportedly said that he would be willing to drop the charges against the editor to misdemeanor level if DuBois would agree to three things:

1) Stop writing on www.Erievoices.com, because it “has obviously been taken over by Elsebeth Baumgartner”

2) Not associate with Elsebeth Baumgartner for the duration of his probation, which could be up to five years.

3) Make a statement regarding Elsebeth Baumgartner’s influence in his writing of the email to Judge Markus on 11/29/2004.

Kasaris needs to go to the public library and read the Bill of Rights—freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of expression, freedom of association.

Essentially, what should have at most been a libel case in a civil court, has been transmogrified into a scene right out of the Sedition Act and landed critics of the government in jail for using their inalienable right to call attention to government corruption, scandal and abuse. And to top things off, they want to strong-arm him into abridging his own rights, or face serious felony charges.

This isn’t my America, this isn’t even their America: this is bullshit.

These judges and prosecutors in this case are the vilest abomination our country has ever seen since we used to tar and feather the corrupt fuckers operating under the authority of King George. If we have no recourse to peacefully petition our government officials for accountability, then we eventually have no choice but to take to the street.

This may not be the ignition of the revolution, but anyone with eyes can see it’s a spark.

Other bloggers that should be arrested for criticizing the government:

If we turn on the light… [Knappster]
U.S. Blogger Arrested [OpenTorrent.org]
A Few Things You Should Know [GuvWorld]
Sunday, July 31, 2005 [Liberty Activist Blog]
Does The 1st Amendment Not Apply In Ohio? [Common Sense Junction]
If the Press is the 4th estate, does that make bloggers and online publishers the 5th Estate? [Freedom’s Gate]
Ohio Blogger Indicted & Jailed over Postings [Judgement Proof]


LP Billboard: Back Problems?

Rob D over at That’s Ridonkulous has given us a second submission:

Rob says: I’m just throwing this out there for all to get a peak [sic] at what I was trying to accomplish. It needs work I know.

I think it’s a great submission, and with some minor editing is a major contender. Which reminds me… today is July 29th.

Yes, that’s right, today is the last day of the contest, but in order to get the late stragglers who still want to throw their creative hat in the ring, I’m allowing submissions through the weekend and starting voting on Tuesday. Send them in by posting in the comments or emailing us.

Previous entries: Domestic Terrorists, Not For Sale, Starve the Beast, Heads or Tails, All for the Public Good?, Original Patriot Act, Fire the Government, again, Definition of insanity.


Big Brother’s Kickass Ford F250

DHS surveillance truckThe normally tight-lipped Department of Homeland Security recently had these photos of a tricked out surveillance truck leak onto the Internet (via Boing Boing). I give it a week before the slapdown comes in the form of a national security knock at the ISP’s door.

I’m all for using these kinds of techniques to catch the “bad guy” so to speak, but when it comes to enforcing the PATRIOT Act, they’ve created a loose interpretation of who fits the mould and are using it to go after drug dealers when they need to be focusing on what they were created to combat: the terrorist organization operating in the U.S. named Al Qaida.

But in all honesty, the truck is actually pretty damn cool looking, from a technological standpoint. And when did they stop using the standard white van with the non-existent plumbing company applique on the side? This actually looks like something straight out of Pimp My Ride, minus the 20-inch dub spinners and neon lights. Though I would bet there’s an X-Box tucked away somewhere in there for when the snoops get bored late night on a stake-out.

Of course if you see this truck in your neighborhood (Florida plates A38 BEG), then you might want to hold off on smoking that doob for a while… mkay?


Tunes for the [Upcoming] Weekend

Tunes for the Upcoming Weekend

Yes, I realize Friday is still three whole days away. But I wanted to let everyone know they MUST download the two latest awesome SIXX MIXX’s from Party Ben (these actually play every Friday on Live105 in SFO and can usually be downloaded the following Monday).

I realize I haven’t done a Tunes for the Weekend (T4dW) post in… ages. It’s hard being the judge of music that other people will like; DJing, even virtually, isn’t easy. Regardless, here’s two that should definitely make up for that drought (I’ve kept downloading myself, just not sharing… suckers):

SIXX MIXX 95 – 07/22/05
128kbps 28MB mp3

1. Eagles vs. Daft Punk — Victim of Da Funk (DJ John mashup)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers — Suck My Kiss
3. Tears for Fears — Shout (a capella)
4. The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent — Shake That Ass (Lovemakers mashup)
5. Stevie Wonder — Superstition
6. Stevie Wonder vs. Franz Ferdinand vs SOS Band — Franzie Wonder (DJ Nite mashup)
7. Black Eyed Peas vs. Beatles vs. Ludacris vs. TheClipse — Black Beatles (Loo & Placido mashup)
8. Gorillaz — Dirty Harry
9. MIA / Diplo vs. The Bangles — Fire Fire (off Piracy Funds Terrorism)
10. Beck — Black Tamborine (South Rakkas Crew remix)
11. Front 242 vs. Gwen Stefani — Hollaback Headhunter (A+D mashup)
12. Yes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot — Owner of a Lovely Butt (Lionel Vinyl mashup)
13. Arcade Fire vs. Max Graham vs. Yes — Lonely Rebellion (Party Ben mashup)
14. Mint Royale vs. U2 — Waiting for New Year’s Day (Phil & Dog mashup)
15. U2 vs. Whitney Houston — Dance with Bono (Go Home Productions mashup)
17. Corey Hart vs. Killers — Somebody’s Sunglasses (Team9 mashup)
18. Nine Inch Queens — Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)

SIXX MIXX 94 – 07/15/05
128kbps 28MB mp3 (10/10/05 MIRROR)

1. QOTSA vs. NIN – Insane, Medicated Hand (Party Ben mashup)
2. OutKast – Bombs over Baghdad
3. Cyndi Lauper – She-Bop
4. Beck – Girl
5. The Go-Gos – We Got the Beat
6. Soulwax – Any Minute Now (Whitey remix)
7. The White Stripes vs. Tony Basil vs. Gwen Stefani – Mickey’s Orchid (Fidelski mashup)
8. The Kinks – You Really Got Me (DJ Zebra remix)
9. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun (a capella)
10. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (a capella)
11. Gorilla Cake – Never Feel Good (Party Ben mashup)
12. Stevie Wonder vs. Rolling Stones vs. Killers – Uptight Killer (Go Home Productions mashup)
13. The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
14. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Crystal Method remix)
15. The Lovemakers – Prepare for the Fight (Josh Harris remix)
16. The Eagles vs. Green Day vs Depeche Mode vs. The Beatles – Greenday Massacre (Team9 mashup)

If you aren’t aware of my auditory fetish for bootleg mashups (one or more acapellas mixed with one or more instrumentals, usually pop, but tend to be eclectic), you can check out major sites dedicated to it, like the GYBO forums, Boomselection and Culture Deluxe. I always get people dancing and shaking at parties, and this is my secret weapon.

Now, on a more philosophical and political note, I have a question: Are bootleg mashups a distinctly libertine musical ideal: the remixing of mutiple or single songs to create new compositions that please the listener… or are they truly a threat to the music industry: an underground, unlicensed theft of intellectual property?


War on Terror as a series of Unix shell interactions

Great post via Boing Boing:

$ cd /middle_east
$ ls
Afghanistan Iraq Libya Saudi_Arabia UAE
Algeria Israel Morrocco Sudan Yemen
Bahrain Jordan Oman Syria
Egypt Kuwait Palestine Tunisia
Iran Lebanon Qatar Turkey

$ cd Afghanistan
$ ls
bin Taliban
$ rm Taliban
rm: Taliban is a directory
$ cd Taliban
$ ls
$ rm soldiers
$ cd ..
$ rmdir Taliban
rmdir: directory "Taliban": Directory not empty
$ cd Taliban
$ ls -a
. .. .insurgents
$ chown -R USA .*
chown: .insurgents: Not owner
$ cd ..
$ su
Password: *******
# mv Taliban /tmp
# exit

Full Link (via Making Light)


LP Billboard: Domestic Terrorists

The Brain Spur sends in this thought-provoking billboard submission:

Domestic Terrorists

[click to view full size]

You just know there’d be a few jaws dropping in the editorial newsrooms if we ran that. Which is probably why I like it so much. Of course, there’s no mention of LP.org or the Libertarian Party, so that would have to be fixed.

Deadline for the contest is this Friday, July 29th… keep submitting.

Previous entries: Not For Sale, Starve the Beast, Heads or Tails, All for the Public Good?, Original Patriot Act, Fire the Government, again, Definition of insanity.


LP Billboard: Not For Sale

Somehow I missed this entry by Tim West over at Liberty for Sale.

Constitution: not for sale

I also want to remind everyone that this Friday, July 29th is the deadline for submissions to the unofficial LP Billboard contest (send them via email or posting links in any of these posts). The billboard contest is unsanctioned by the LP but runs in tandem with their t-shirt design contest. So if you haven’t already sent something in to either, do it now. And if you’ve already sent something and have another idea… send that too.

And to get an idea of what you’re up against, here’s a quick list of previous entries: Starve the Beast, Heads or Tails, All for the Public Good?, Original Patriot Act, Fire the Government, again, Definition of insanity.

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Exploiting the Dem/Rep Rift

I’ve been critical of the national LP and the LNC in the past, but it seems whatever Shane Cory is doing is working pretty well (kudos, I am far more impressed with his efforts than I was with George “bloggers aren’t media” Getz). Though I have my doubts as to him beating his own self-imposed deadline for 5000 new members, it seems the number of actual interested people is beginning to grow in leaps in bounds (via Liberty for Sale).

LP.org traffic growth on Alexa
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Obsessed With Animated Porn

First grand theft auto now the sims causes weird obsession with animated porn.

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Clean Your Yard

You see what happens when you don’t clean your yard, our government throws 88 year old men in jail.

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It Is That Time

“House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement that could have us springing forward earlier and falling back later.”

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Police Attack London

“British police now believe a man shot and killed on a London subway car Friday had nothing to do with the investigation into Thursday’s attempted bombings.”

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Patriot Act Extended

“The House voted Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, the nation’s main anti-terrorism tool, just hours after televisions in the Capitol beamed images of a new attack in London.”

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Grand Theft Porno

Murder, theft, gangs its all ok but pornography. We can’t let that happen in a video game for children now can we.

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Michael The Sky Is Falling Bloomberg

“NEW YORK – Police will begin random searches of bags and packages carried by people entering city subways, officials announced Thursday after a new series of bomb attacks in London”

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LP.org Sponsors T-Shirt Contest

So the LP is having a libertarian t-shirt design contest. They are using the over-priced, under-quality Cafe Press, but I can’t really knock them for that because it’s convenient for them to pursue that avenue.

I’m thinking this is a really good time to cross-plug the Hammer of Truth billboard design contest too, since the submission deadline is only a week away: Friday, July 29th.

How about submitting to both? Maybe we can get some kickass tees and a really good billboard in downtown DC to converge at the same time?


Dance Dance SCOTUS Nomination

Ok, so we all know conservative John Roberts is Bush’s pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. No big surprise that he’s an anti-abortion/pro-life nominee… frankly that doesn’t concern me as long as his street cred as a state’s rights conservative lives up to the hype.

What does make me pause, is that this guy will be on the panel of the ultimate check and balance on our government and essentially the final authority of our lives. Basically, telling us how to live our lives and handing down decrees and opinions on how we are allowed to raise our families.

And he can’t even control his own fucking kid. I mean shit… I would have flipped out if my kid was doing disco moves in a presidential press conference, and he would have been grounded for at least a year.

Which leads us to the obvious sticking point for a conservative justice… the abortion issue. I have a theory, and it’s this: misery loves company.

Seriously… I’m betting Roberts is bitter about abortion because his own rugrat turned out to be an ADD-riddled monster and wants everyone to suffer with their own hellacious accidental child. Just a theory here.

UPDATE: Knappster has similar sentiment, but more about Roberts being a waste of time to filibuster:

If Senate Democrats are smart, they’ll roll out the red carpet, put on their best smiles, effusively endorse and overwhelmingly vote to confirm Roberts. They should save their ammo for the much more meaningful fights that are probably coming their way.

Frankly, I think this is a dead-end nominee to argue over, but who knows what the Democrats are thinking strategically these days anyways.

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Amtrack Gets Handout

“Senate boosts Amtrak budget, earning veto threat.”

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Kiss My Taxes

“A presidential panel said Wednesday that the alternative minimum tax, designed to snare affluent tax dodgers but now hovering over the middle class, should be abolished.”

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Flip Flops in the White House

White House Flip Flops

Let’s discuss the notion of flip flops in the White House and what they mean to society that demands better government and responsibility.

This isn’t another story about Karl Rove outting CIA Agent Valerie Plame. We find that story so… 2004.

Nay, this is about foot attire, and why we should be snobs about just what those feet are clad in when they cross the threshold into our nation’s most prestigious home. For it is persniferous of our great and vast culture to look past this encroachment upon our civil order with the uncouth exposed toes of the common tramp and tourist.

Holy shit, I think I was channeling Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain! Someone should order His Majesty’s Royal Marines to hurl these hooligans off the property at once.

That would be an indictment of character: George Bush is a fucking snob. The cowboy with a sarcastic smile is showing his roots as a Connecticut priss and elitist schmuck. What a fucking hypocrite: Mah new cowboy boots that I shoveled sheeyit in Texas wit shore duz look good in this here Oval Office, y’all. Hey you… get dem durned flippity floppers outta mah office!

Working three jobs is cleared for take-off as the new “uniquely American,” flashing your tits on camera in the East Room is so… white trash (but thanks for voting for us, you redneck hillbillies who love NASCAR). What the fuck is there to say except… “show us your feet, and fetch me a beer, woman!”

Oops, got a little carried away there, we don’t want to encourage anything like that. Even if you did want to take tourist photos of yourself in the State Dining Room with your dick or nipple hanging out and a shit-eating grin under blanked out faces and send it to us via email, there’s no way we would be able to run it as our headline and send it over to Wonkette…

Because you’d probably forget to use your camera phone…

But hey, we were talking about flip flops in the White House for fuck’s sake, so go ahead and get angry about people who desecrate those hallowed halls in their improperly clad feet. And ignore the Dick and Bush and all the other boobs floating around, because we’re sure you understand that there’s no disconnect between being a snob and a good ole boy at the same time. We know you’d like to drink a beer and hang out with them the same time you’re getting drilled up the ass by big business, because between us… we’ve heard it’s pretty much always free beer wherever you go and sign up to get drilled up the ass.

So please… for the sake of your country, and your love of God, remember this: we attest there are no flip flops in the White House, nor have there ever been; Bush is royalty, and you like drinking beer with Bush and having him drill you up the ass, even though he doesn’t drink beer or buy any for you. And Karl Rove is a figment of your imagination, he is not the droid drudge you seek and exists on a plane of imaginary figures like unicorns and the Easter bunny.

Flip flops, people… what the hell?


Patriots Unwanted

According to a report Ron Paul’s office says the Patriot Act reauthorization is set to pass the House on Thursday or Friday.

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Cat Scratch Governor

Motor City Madman Ted Nugent may decide to run for Governor of Michigan in 2006.

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