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We found the WMDs!

Who says there are no chemical or biological weapons in Iraq? There appears to be plenty:

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

If you need visual evidence, go here.

Update: Meanwhile, the Bush regime has declared Antarctica the next target of it’s war on terrorism:

President Bush has listed the motives for such a surprising decision: “First of all, penguins have still not declared their support for USA, which means they support the international terrorism. Secondly, we have reliable information that penguins possess weapons of mass destruction or WMD’s, hided in giant glaciers. The US Government has made repeated inquires to penguins to send in Antarctica the commissions of international experts for investigation, but they gave no response. So we cannot longer tolerate such state of things.”

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Sign of the times

A high school mock election of the New Jersey Governor’s race resulted in a win for the Socialist Party:

Socialist Party candidate Tino Rozzo, at 21.6 percent, narrowly edged Corzine and three other contenders in a survey of 270 freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors last week.

Rozzo, whose platform includes a $12-per-hour minimum wage and a “socialized healthcare system under workers and community control,” would seem an unlikely favorite at a high school in relatively wealthy, Republican-dominated Morris County.

Still, he had some proud backers among students attending today’s 1 p.m. debate in the high school’s auditorium, with students standing in for five of the candidates running for governor.

“I believe we need to get rid of these capitalist ways,” said Steven Honickel, 14.

Public education at it’s best.

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Pro-terrorist Church

The IRS wants to punish a church for not spreading pro-government propoganda:

The IRS cited The Times story’s description of the sermon as a “searing indictment of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq” and noted that the sermon described “tax cuts as inimical to the values of Jesus.”

One subject of the church sums it up interestingly:

“In a government that leans so heavily on religious values, that they would pull a stunt like this, it makes me heartsick.”

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libertarianism?

The terms “liberal” and “conservative” seem to have evolved to mean socialism and fascism, respectively. Liberals tend to promote a highly regulated economy that re-distributes wealth to “benefit” the lazy or incompetent at the expense of property rights. On the other hand, conservatives prefer to legislate morality because of some sort of misguided superiority complex telling them that they know how to live your life better than you do, also at the expense of property rights. Combine the ingredients and viola! You have totalitarianism, or at least a nicely paved road towards that end. A steady progression towards the ultimate goal of communism. Karl Marx would be proud.

Which leads me to ponder what exactly the term “libertarianism” really means and what it’s purpose is. Depending on how far back you go, liberalism in the classic sense is almost identical to libertarianism. The same applies to conservatism, again depending on which part of history you are referring to. So what are we doing calling ourselves libertarians when we are truely the principled liberals and conservatives? Are we compelled to distinguish ourselves as a fringe group?

Update: The Register-Guard has a nice piece about this subject from a university education perspective.

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Army “recruits”

Molesting alter boys from work didn’t pan out very well, so I guess Catholic priests are targeting the Army now. It appears they aren’t having much luck there either.

The irony…

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Police Murder Man for Unpaid Seat Belt Ticket

Keep this in mind the next time you forget to buckle up

Vera died on Aug. 19 in an intensive care unit at Medical Center of McKinney after almost two weeks in a coma. He was doused with oleoresin capsicum “pepper” spray by two Allen police officers during his Aug. 4 arrest for an unpaid seat belt ticket out of Irving.

Apparently police can murder someone and get away with it.

The grand jury report stated, “No probable cause exists to believe that any criminal offense was committed in connection with these events, other than Mr. Vera’s refusal to submit to the lawful authority of the police officers who attempted to effect his arrest.”

Collin County Medical Examiner Dr. William Rohr reported Vera’s death was a homicide, adding his death resulted from a struggle with officers. But “that does not “necessarily mean there was any criminal activity involved in Mr. Vera’s death,” Rohr said in his report.

Rohr stated cause of death as a lack of oxygen to the brain, which had occurred while Vera was face down, with pressure on his back.

I guess a homicide isn’t a criminal offense for police. Especially if they didn’t use pepper spray.

Rohr’s report also stated that use of pepper spray, as well as water near the scene and the intramural coronary artery, did not contribute to Vera’s death.

Good thing the judge was looking out for the interests of the victim

According to court documents, the court issued the order to prevent “extensive media coverage” from harming the judicial process.

And finally, you can all rest assured that these fine officers will be back on the street in no time.

Felty added the officers will be reinstated following the debriefing portion of the department’s internal investigation.

Overall, Felty said the department was pleased with the grand jury’s announcement and believe they are participating in “full, fair and impartial investigations.”

“The most important thing here is the Allen citizens know there’s no wrongdoing on the part of their police officers,” he said.

Update: Feel free to let the Allen police know what you think: police@cityofallen.org or their boss: pvargas@cityofallen.org

Another Update: Cool site dedicated to police accountability.

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Forget legislation, we have the FCC

In October 1994, President Clinton signed the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) into law forcing telephone companies to re-design their networks to better accomodate the government’s ability to spy on you. This legislation did not apply to the internet.

If you wanted this legislation to extend to data communications, what would you do? Lobby congress to change the law, perhaps? Not if you are the FBI, DEA and DOJ. Why bother with a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo when all you have to do is petition the FCC to take care of it?

The petition requested that CALEA’s reach be expanded to cover communications that travel over the Internet. Thus, Broadband providers would be required to rebuild their networks to make it easier for law enforcement to tap Internet “phone calls” that use Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications such as Vonage, as well as online “conversations” using various kinds of instant messaging (IM) programs like AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).

Who do you think is going to end up picking up the tab for the $7 billion in changes?

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