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    Paul 36 weeks 2 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I don't fly any more, for exactly this reason. I have an anecdote I wrote down earlier though: -------------------- Back in 1980, I was working for the French office of an American computer company, and this office covered not only France but also much of Europe and the Middle East. At the time I was in “customer service”, not only installing machines but often fixing them on the spot by troubleshooting them down to the component level with an oscilloscope or logic analyzer - no board swapping for us. One time I had to fly to Tel Aviv to install a machine. El Al flew out of Orly Airport which was near where I was living, south of Paris. When I got there I found that check-in was in the basement; if any Palestinian wanted to blow himself up along with some El Al passengers, he didn’t need to be on a plane to do it, so the airport manager put them downstairs to minimize the damage if that happened. Of course such considerations remain beyond the ken of our stalwart TSA “protectors”. Part of the boarding procedure was a pat-down, my first ever. I went inside a curtained-off area and some Israeli Army private did the deed. It never occurred to me to protest or to be annoyed about it, not only because it seemed a reasonable precaution, given the times; but also because she was an absolute knockout, one of those black-haired, olive-skinned Sephardic beauties. In fact, by the time I left the curtains, I was smiling. No, no, she was quite proper about it; the smile was my imagination at work! Unlike what the TSA does today, I never got the impression that there was some hidden agenda behind the whole thing. It was just what it appeared to be, and I actually did feel safer because of the El Al and Orly Airport procedures. I didn’t get the feeling that the procedures were done for pointless political considerations, nor that it was done for the financial benefit of some ruling class crony, nor that the idea was to create yet another constituency of loyal feeders at the government trough, or make-work for mental defectives and perverts. I didn’t get the impression the whole exercise was an example of animal training, whereby the rulers train the peons to let their minions lay hands on them for no good reason at all - in fact in Israeli society the very last thing they want is a passive populace, and it is commonplace there to see reservists walking around with M16‘s on their back, waiting for a bus, for example.
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    Paul 36 weeks 2 days ago Web link Westernerd
    Excellent! We need more shunning of brutal thugs.
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    Paul 36 weeks 2 days ago Web link Westernerd
    I have submitted a critique of this article to STR.
  • Lawrence M. Ludlow's picture
    Lawrence M. Ludlow 36 weeks 2 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Jim, I like the fact that you like to have a good time over this stuff. A good sense of humor is going to help us get through this.
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    Jim Davies 36 weeks 3 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    “dang it, your right, I quit.”   Marvelous! That's actual progress.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 36 weeks 3 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I was happy to receive the following two posts from readers who emailed me personally. I thought their experiences were well worth sharing!   WRITER #1 Dear Lawrence: Thank you for your suggestions for dealing with the TSA.  If people weren't such sheep, if they opted out in large numbers, this nonsense would stop.   Anyway, being a clergyman, I always travel in my clerical black attire with a collar.  I like wearing dress shoes and a jacket.  They always looked so stunned when I opt out.   When they ask me if there are any parts of my body that are senstive, I always replay in a deadpan: my testicles.  That's not what they expect the priest to say.  What I would really like to do on those occasions when I can't get out of flying would be to memorize a litany of biological terms for every part of the genital/rectal anatomy and rattle it off in reply. The last time I was gate-raped, I took the opportunity to give a mini-lecture on the 4th Amendment.  I engaged my molester with a lot of questions about the 4th.  He didn't know much about it.  I also told him this was security theater as the last time I flew, the TSA had no trouble finding my testicles but missed the Swiss Army knife in my carry on.     On one occasion, when the blue-glove had me in the crucified position, I saw many people looking on in disgust to see a cruciform clergyman being felt up.  This was during the election campaign, so I mouthed "Vote For Ron Paul" as people looked on in disgust.  When the ordeal was over, my wife could still see me from the other side, and I gave a fist pump in defiance.  I kind of thought I was in for more attention, but I wasn't.   On one occasion, they tried very hard to convince me to walk through the porno scanner, kind of a hard-sell.  I called them on it and asked them why they were trying so hard to make me change my mind, as though they were trying to intimidate me, and asked them whether or not it was my right to opt out.  I further explained that I found their behavior very odd, that they would try to make me surrender my rights.  They backpedaled in a hurry.  On that occasion, they were keeping a log of the number of "opt outs."  There were only like three all day.  Sad. Anyway, just a few thoughts.  I really appreciate your suggestions, especially keeping a few Becky Akers articles at the ready!  Great idea!   For liberty, Reverend X from Lousiana   ------------------------ WRITER #2   One commenter tried to capitalize on a presumed homophobia among TSA cultists:   Some of my favorite moments:   One of my co-workers at Indianapolis Airport when asked if he any questions before his molestation said – “yes, are you gay?”  TSA “I don’t have to answer that” My Friend “Well, I am noticing, women are patting down women, men are patting down men, so there must be a prurient interest in this, so I think I have the right to ask if you are gay.”  He told us to just leave.    New Hampshire – Before I was to be molested TSA asked “how are you today” ME:  “Oh it’s another great day in the land of the free, pretending that the fourth Amendment doesn’t exist” – I’ll be damned, TSA boy guy freezes, and says “dang it, your right, I quit.”  He left, I got my stuff, America got freer.   But my proudest moment was flying out of Spokane, a priest in an ephod went through the scanner, but they still put him in the molestation line, and I’m in line behind him.  This poor young priest is getting felt up by TSA idiot – and I said in my just loud enough to be over heard voice “You know, when you are done with this, you should go to Mexico, become a male prostitute and perform fellatio 5 or 6 times a day.  After about a year, possibly your self-esteem will be high enough for you to work at Wal-Mart as a greeter.”  TSA genius looks at me and asks “what’s fellatio”  the whole room laughed their asses off.    The concluding remark? "No, government groping does not make me feel safer.  Armed pilots on the other hand…”  
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    Emmett Harris 36 weeks 3 days ago Web link Emmett Harris
    Exactly.
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    rita 36 weeks 4 days ago Web link Emmett Harris
    Because people who have lived outside the law most of their adult lives are going to line up, hats in hands, and ask "pretty please" to get the drugs they want. And we all KNOW there's no black market in prescription drugs, right? Oh, wait -- here's an idea -- why not let GROWN-UPS decide for THEMSELVES what substances to put into their own bodies?
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    Thunderbolt 36 weeks 5 days ago
    A Threat to the Dollar
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Amen, Jim. Also, what fun it would be if Amerikans also substituted Bitcoin for the dollar in both domestic and international trade!
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    Glock27 36 weeks 5 days ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Sorry but I believe this is all a conspiracy whose effect will collapse the U.S. thrusting this Nation into a broken down 3rd world country and Russia will dominate the world as the U.S. once did. The crux is "Why should any one nation rule over the rest of the world?"
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 36 weeks 6 days ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Hello, Bradley. Thank you for explaining. Yes, I can now see that I misinterpreted you. I apologize. I think that's my problem is that whenever I turn on the radio to get a weather report, I hear all of this talk about the poor underpaid heroes military, and whenever I see that word I immediately fill in the blanks If there is any other word located next to it that seems to indicate that train of thought. Again, my apologies.
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    ReverendDraco 37 weeks 13 hours ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    "If all of these news source have the story completely wrong it's scary to think about how much else we read is wrong." It would only be scary if it were a novel idea. . . but it's so ubiquitous as to be more pathetic than scary.
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    Glock27 37 weeks 14 hours ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    How new is that?
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    Bradley Keyes 37 weeks 21 hours ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    I believe you've misinterpreted the posting. The majority of it is simply recent history which few seem to know about but certainly is important I trying to understand the situation. My observation at the end was intended to point out  that they gave up almost all options for self defense in return for promises from the US and Russia to respect their borders. They have now become a pawn with limited options for any hope of self determination. Sorry I was not clearer.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 37 weeks 1 day ago
    A Threat to the Dollar
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    What fun it would be if Russia substituted Bitcoin for the Dollar in international trade.
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    newjerusalemtimes 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Yes, of course Crimean Jews don't want to be ruled over by a Ukrainian Neo Nazi regime. And if Crimea does rejoin Russia, the Crimean Peninsula and it's people will undoubtedly fare better with the Russian form of statism than the bankrupt and energy-poor regime of the new Ukrainian form of statism. Some Crimea Jews Express Support For Russian Military Incursion in Crimea 10,000 Jews Live Among Ethnic Russians in Enclave "Many Ukrainian Jews took part in the opposition movement centered in Kiev’s Maidan, or Independence Square. Jews participated despite the fact that the protests included far-right activists and some political figures who have been known to espouse anti-Semitic views. But support for the revolution is hardly unanimous among the country’s Jews. "Rabbi Misha Kapustin, whose Reform synagogue in the Crimean capital of Simferopol was recently vandalized with swastikas, acknowledged that some Jews support Russian involvement in the crisis. “In this area there is considerable support for the Russian invasion, and the local [Crimean Jewish] community is very assimilated here,” Kapustin told JTA. “You should take into account the effect of Russian propaganda: the television they watch, what papers they read.” http://forward.com/articles/193832/some-crimea-jews-express-support-for-...?
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    newjerusalemtimes 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    And this one too. I was wondering how long it would take, especially with Washington DC threatening Russia with economic sanctions. So, it didn't take long at all. And I wouldn't be surprised if Russian Natural Gas prices get bumped up for the EU countries too, as China will undoubtedly take any Russian energy export surplus: Russia cancels Ukraine's gas discount and demands $1.5bn "Russian energy giant Gazprom has increased the price of gas supplies to Ukraine, sending a chilling reminder of the power Russia holds over European energy markets. "The price rise comes as escalating unrest in Ukraine threatens to boil over into war – a situation that has already stoked fears of disruption to energy supplies from Russia to other parts of the world. "Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said his company would raise prices next month because Ukraine was not able to pay its debts in full, and would owe the company around $2bn if it did not meet its bill for February. "In the past, Russian president Vladimir Putin has granted Ukraine a discount on its gas supplies. However, the deal, which has to be renegotiated every three months, has not been renewed and has handed Russia a mechanism with which to ratchet up pressure on Kiev. "Mr Putin insisted that Gazprom’s decision was unrelated to political tensions. “This makes perfect commercial sense. This has nothing to do with situation in Ukraine. We gave them money, they failed to deliver," he said in a televised conference. “They failed to pay off the debt, I think it’s $1.5bn as of today, and if they don’t pay for February it’s going to be $2bn. So if you don’t pay, then let’s go back to regular prices.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/1067622...
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    newjerusalemtimes 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Here's another development, as the West seems to approve of the Neo-Nazi regime that violently overthrew the elected Ukrainian president, the Autonomous Crimean Republic legislators seems to want no part of that, especially the Russian Jewish sector there. Ha, ha, ha, Putin wins again! SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - "Lawmakers in Crimea declared their intention Thursday to split from Ukraine and join Russia instead, and scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters to decide the fate of the disputed peninsula. Russia's parliament, clearly savoring the action, introduced a bill intended to make this happen. "The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions against pro-Russian opponents to the new Ukraine government in Kiev, and cleared the way for upcoming financial sanctions, as the West began punishing Moscow for refusing to withdraw its troops from the strategic region that also houses Russia's Black Sea fleet..." http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140306/DACC8FP80.html
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    newjerusalemtimes 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Yeah, I just posted an article to my FB page from news.antiwar.com, that seems to make it clear now, that the Ukraine developments are apparently a page taken from Obama's attempted regime change in Syria not long ago, which Putin thwarted: Ukraine Protest Leaders Hired Kiev Snipers Snipers Fired on Both Police and Other Protesters "Western officials repeatedly condemned the ousted Yanukovych government for snipers who fired on protesters in Kiev, but it turns out those snipers were actually hired by the protest leaders themselves and told to kill people on both sides to drum up more unrest. "That was revealed by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet in a leaked conversation with European Union foreign policy head Catherine Ashton. Estonia confirmed the authenticity of the leaked conversation. "Paet was recently in Kiev, and was shown strong evidence to that effect by the main doctor at the protesters’ mobile camp. Dr. Olga Bogomolets reportedly turned down an offer to be Vice Premier of the new regime. "Ashton expressed considerable surprise at the revelation, saying that she hadn’t heard that before. It is unclear from Paet’s investigation who among the protest leaders may have hired the snipers, but the safe bet is probably the neo-Nazi-styled Right Sector, which has since been courting terrorist leaders for attacks on Russia." http://news.antiwar.com/2014/03/05/ukraine-protest-leaders-hired-kiev-sn...
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Yes, I agree. This post was really very disappointing. It could have been posted by a neocon. Whenever I read something by someone who seems worried about military cuts, eyes glaze over
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    newjerusalemtimes 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Gee, I don't think this is an accurate narrative, according to the rules of statist international law or treaty. I mean, I'm not endorsing Russian statism, or any other form, as all heads of State are thugs in a monopoly extortion scheme. But, I believe that the supposedly Autonomous Crimean Republic parliament did invite the Russia State to shore up security there, which it did without any bloodshed, before pulling out. Interestingly too, Vladimir Putin sent in Russian troops that wore no military insignias and no national flags on any of their vehicles, which made their presence immune from the Geneva Conventions and other international treaties. So, compared to the Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas, Putin is a clever and lawful statist thug. Take a look at the photos of the Russian forces that were temporarily posted around a few Crimean cities: no insignias, no flags. https://www.google.com/search?q=Russian+incursion+in+Crimea&client=safar...
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    Thunderbolt 37 weeks 1 day ago Page Paul Hein
    Please make it 4.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 1 day ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Yes, I almost forgot about the British controlling the cable communication. The episode with the Lusitania of course was very twisted. I believe that Wilson arranged for an advertisement placed by the Germans not to appear in the newspapers of New York. It would have warned passengers about the horrible cargo in that chip, which made it a viable target. Thanks for reminding me about that cable control.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 37 weeks 1 day ago
    Invisible Growth
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Not just possible, but inevitable.   The process began based on several assumptions, nearly all of which have since proven sound. It now continues based on one key one which, by design, neither I nor anyone else can verify: that graduates of the Academy will (a) recruit one friend per year to take the course and do likewise, and (b) resign any government job they may hold, after learning their employer's true nature.   That assumption or premise looks very simple to me. Easier than anything I've seen Libertarians doing in three decades of observation. Time alone, of course, will tell; but the front cover of my Transition to Liberty shows a picture of an avalanche and its contents justify the illustration.
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Pretty darn good! And quite a mouthful, for our French friend to chew over during his flight.   Possibly, it's even better than you suggested; I refer to the timing in WW-I. As soon as it began the Brits lobbied strongly for US help, with a ceaseless campaign that took advantage of the fact that the only transatlantic cable came from the English coast - so the Germans were unable to match the pleading. By 1915 when the Lusitania was sunk - possibly with compiicity by Churchill - it was only a matter of time before the doughboys landed. This strong hope kept Britain in the war. But for that, the stalemate would have been formalized in 1916, before Wilson even got Congressional agreement to enter; millions of lives would have been saved and no German humiliation would have later propelled Hitler to power.   More yet: with a peace agreement in 1916, Tsarist Russia would not have collapsed in chaos in 1917, opening the door to the Bolsheviks; so Lenin's trip across Germany and Scandinavia might have taken place but would have had no particular effect. Hence, no Ukrainian (or German/Jewish) holocaust, no cold war, no Korea, no Vietnam.        
  • Lawrence M. Ludlow's picture
    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 2 days ago
    Invisible Growth
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Is it possible?
  • Glen Allport's picture
    Glen Allport 37 weeks 2 days ago
    The Meaning of War
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    Wow, Jim: thanks for unearthing this "blog post" by Dr. Rush. It has real impact.
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    Glen Allport 37 weeks 2 days ago
    Invisible Growth
    Blog entry Jim Davies
    I saw Gary's column too and thought the same thing you did, apparently: that churches aren't the only thing that could grow this way. I've always appreciated your efforts with TOLFA, although I'm very pessimistic about individuals understanding (or even being willing to learn about) freedom without twenty years of exposure to the ideas first. But Gary's column is working on that prejudice for me, and I'll keep TOLFA a bit higher in my mind regarding pointing others to your cleverly low-profile Academy. 
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Hein
    I'll make it 3.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    I would role play this: Yes, the American government should never have intervened under Wilson. If the government of the United States had minded its own business in WW1, the following benefits would have followed:   1. The Germans would not have shipped Lenin to Russia by way of Finland, taking one spark away from the Bolshevik phase of the revolution.   2. The United States government would not have bribed the Russian duma (parliament) with $26 million to remain in WW1 -- a war that the Russian people hated and were dying from (men sent into battle without weapons), dead relatives, no farm workers, etc. Again, this may have taken the heat away from the Bolsheviks -- ultimately saving as many as 50 million Russian souls under Lenin and Stalin.   3. The communist revolution in China may never have occured.   4. The Versailled treaty imposed by your nation of France (points to  man in airport) on the German as well as the ridiculous reparations and other vindictive measures would never have happened.   5. The U.K. and France would have had no decisive victory over Prussia and Austria.   6. The stalemate situation of WW1 would have petered out into a settlement with a few boundaries shifted, but no further conflict since both sides were exhausted and stalemated.   7. There would have been no Hitler, no Nazis, no WW2 -- and we wouldn't be having this conversation, and your boyhood would have been much happier, and the Zionists would not now be persecuting the Palestinians with their apartheid state of Israel -- a tinderbox of conflict in the Middle East. The wars in Central America, Iraq (both), Afghanistan, Libya, etc. would never have happened.   8. My country, the United States, would never have become a captive of the military-industrial-congressional-comples, the cold war would never have manifested, tens of millions of war victims would not have been lost, and the United States would not have become transformed into an Evil Empire bent on world domination.   9. Boeing and the other aerospace companies would still be able to build good passenger planes instead of living on government welfare and building wasteful, failing products because they were spoiled with cost-plus government contracts.   10. Millions of people in the United States would earn a living in productive occupation instead of "supporting the troops" with every silly breath!   11. France would still be a socialist nightmare...some things cannot be changed!   How's that Jim? That was a bit of fun!
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Seconded.
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    ReverendDraco 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Paul Hein
    What a wonderful example of "reductionem in salsus!" I hereby nominate you for the position of Honorary Professor of Sarcasm, PhDuh.
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 3 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Hmm. Perhaps we're the only two round here who fly. Okay, what say we role play?   You saw I was elderly, but now in my further reply you detect a French accent. It happens, in airports. I say...   "When I was a boy, my country was occupied by les boches - Germans. My father and his friends were able to help several English and Americain airmen across the Swiss border, and sometimes even I would assist, conveying messages and so on. So we French have good reason to be grateful to our liberators. What is this you are saying about 'statist interventionism'? I do not comprehend you."
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 4 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    As one root striker, I would simply say let's go to the root of the terrorism issue. Let's eliminate statist interventionism, and then terrorism would take care of itself. And finally, let each airliner compete with the other airliners to determine what produces the best safety record. In other words, let the free market work.
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 4 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Fellow travelers usually agree that it's demeaning and undignified to undergo TSA scrutiny, but say it's better than being killed by a suicide bomber.   Given that time may limit one to a few sentences, how do Root Strikers respond to that?    
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 37 weeks 6 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Hi, Jim. Thanks for the tip. & I agree with you about confronting the TSA. It is not a good idea in many cases. And thanks for the suggestion about your friend. 1 reader has also suggested a South Park episode that I missed: the Toilet Safety Administration. Very funny. Here's the link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu6KXj-vtl8
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 6 days ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Tour de force, Lawrence! A splendid technique for undermining TSA morale. Excellent idea to leave copies of Becky's blogs for other passengers to read.   Another idea (which I've never tried, yet) is to print out copies of this page - with its URL - and when the molesting is over, ask nicely if you may give one to him/her to read later.   Generally, I avoid aggravating government thugs when they have immediate power to do me harm. Better, IMO, to let them think I'm complying normally, while in fact I'm taking action to pull the whole rug of government out from under them. One can do both, of course, but to me, that's striking the root more than trimming the branches.   Over at the Daily Anarchist, Davi Barker relates his recent experience with the TSA, and he's probably more in-their-face. He's detected two different classes of groper.
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    Jim Davies 38 weeks 22 hours ago
    Ice Cube is a Fan!
    Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    Cool!
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    Glock27 38 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Cops just seem to keep racking them up. The older the better. Some time back I had a knock on my door at about 3:30 a.m. In my underwear I came downstairs with a .357, hollow point rounds in my Ruger GP100, six inch barrel. I turned on the porch light and drew the window curtain window back with the pistol barrel. When I saw who it was I laid my firearm down on the chair and opened the door. Hmm! The Deputy Sheriff didn't seem to be fazed by the fact he was confronted with a firearm. I found that to be rather interesting.
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    Glock27 38 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    How many years will it take till we understand that cops are jack boots, eager to molest, rape, beat, torture and murder innocent, law abiding citizens. Daily cops are in the news over some wrong doing against law abiding citizens. I have often wondered why we never, ever hear about serial cop killers. One would think someone has been mistreated badly enough for their nut to crack and go on a spree. Cop Block.com provides plenty of examples of daily police brutality.
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    Glock27 38 weeks 1 day ago Web link Bradley Keyes
    Scream Rooms: This has to be an idea dreamed up by an administrator. Also, I have no doubt that many teachers found this a token answer to their immediate problem. 1) you cannot diciplien a mentally for physically handicapped individual. They are not equipped with the necessary brain cells to make the reasonable synaptic connection that goes into correcting the behavior Punishment for the behavior only seems to reinforce the response. Here they are asking the least educated to come up with a solution and what senator or representative has any kind of an idea. Good ol Shrub and "No child left behind" policy, but he's not to blame. In my 32 years of teaching in special education I never found a reasonable program that offered any help at all. For me all I had was to return the student to his living unit and let him return the next day and hope for the best. Here's one I would be interested in how home schooling would work out???
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    Jim Davies 38 weeks 2 days ago
    A Friendly Addendum
    Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    Super comment, Alex!
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    Glock27 38 weeks 2 days ago Web link Westernerd
    This merely reflects that there are bad apples in every barrel, but it does not imply that every apple there is bad. Now can these apples be infected, coerced into doing unnatural things in the community. Certainly it does. They have a family to feed, retirement to think of, health benefit needs. But a cop too smart for his own good!! Give me a break. However, in a creative perspective it makes sense to have a moron cop, proven when one tasers himself on a traffic stop. "To Protect and Serve" is a assonym. Am I afraid of cops. You bet. I have no idea what kind of imagination these guys have. How many are thinking of a long paid vacation for killing a citizen--mighty tempting. Are there any good cops? Sure here are, but you can't tell the difference between a good one and a bad one. They all look the same to me.
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    Jim Davies 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    Again, Lawrence, you may be right; but I don't want to debate how this or that government may try to hijack last weekend's revolution. We hope none do; we may be disappointed. I will leave it there.   What I shall long remember is the sheer pleasure of learning that a tyrant had been toppled, and that a government had vanished, along with its uniformed enforcers. It taught me that they are by no means as invulnerable as they pretend. The image I'll also remember is of a family on some street in Kiev, which accompanied the quoted NBC News words; parents and a couple of small kids, who were skipping along the sidewalk as small kids do everywhere. Then there was a lady, walking her dog.   This was close to the central square, and there wasn't a cop in sight, and all was perfectly normal.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    FYI It was Randi Rhodes. http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2008/04/randi-rhodes-suspended-after-...
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    Thunderbolt 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    In the U.S., the number of laws on the books is phenomenal: many thousands of pages. There are cops of various types behind every bush, no matter where you live. That other Bush was correct that the famous document is completely shredded. An avalanche seems likely here. Bring it on!
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    Glock: The only reason that the Fox network appears slightly palatable today is that the Republicans are no longer in office. Don't forget that the liberal Air America was much more tolerable during the Bush administration. Once the Republicans win again, Fox network and its various friends will once again be totally unlistenable warmongers and big government advocates once again. As an example one afternoon talk show host on Air America in 2008 was featuring Ron Paul speeches for 3 hours straight. She was booted off of the air by Air America because she called Hillary Clinton a bitch and whore, which shows that it does not pay to tell the truth.
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    Glock27 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    Lawarence: 1) I don't believe you are skeptical--I think history and current events have proven that The videos having a powerful, professional presentation, much like the commercials we have on the flat screen. Slickifying the media helps sell what most Americans are use to and nothing is lost from crude presentation. Besides the national media has been on the [o]bama side from the beginning. Free press is a joke. The U.S. Media is not in a straight jacketed. If you have debased yourself long enough you notice they leave out piles of information and press their own agenda's. I don't know if FOX is telling the truth but they seem to be doing something causing the Major Media Outlets and other Communist, psychopathic, socialist is trying to break them and get them off the air. I wait for Americans to hate the Federal Government for starving us, depleating our supplies, bowing to other nations. No Lawrence I think you are right on. Maybe you don't give yourself enough for your analytical ability
  • Lawrence M. Ludlow's picture
    Lawrence M. Ludlow 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    Hi, Jim: Like you, I really hope it is a genuine bid for freedom, but I doubt it for several reasons. Maybe I'm just to skeptical, but here is my thinking:   1. That video is too polished, the girl too lovely, the timing too perfect (even though any good advertiser would do the same). I think it is an attempt at information dominance by the powers-that-be.   2. In the straightjacket of US media, there have been no broadcasts aired showing the anti-protester protests by the Russian population. There have been numerous anti-protester demonstrations in favor of the elected government, but they are carefully ignored in Europe and in the USSA. They, too, have a camp near the square.   3. The fact is that the Ukrainians rightfully despise the Russian regimes, if for no other reason than the very good one you just mentioned--the engineered Ukrainian famine that killed them by the millions. Meanwhile, many ethnic Russians "settled" there under various Soviet policy "incentives," and their descendants remain and cannot be blamed since they were not born yet -- primarily in eastern Ukraine. But this mutual conflict seems more tribal than a bid for freedom--my tribe vs. your tribe. Even worse, it may be my collectivist tribe vs. your collectivist tribe.   4. Let's not forget that agreements backed by the USSA and EU are in the nature of a bailout, and they come with long and fetid "strings" attached -- namely mandates to purchase weapons systems from US and EU manufacturers for the military-industrial-congressional complex. Mandated arms sales are part and parcel of these economic arrangements. This is an attempt to bring NATO to the doors of Moscow. It is a continuation of the Cold War under another set of cross-dressing apparel. Look what happened to Poland. After decades of coercion by both Nazis and Soviets (and despite their history as the most tolerant society in Europe for hundreds of years, allowing [comparatively] unmatched freedom and non-persecution of Jews, 80% of whose world population lived in Poland at some time or another), they knuckled under completely to a new dark master: the death-bringing USSA and the vampire Uncle Sam-Dracul. It should not surprise us that Poland is now the site of US kidnap-rendition-and-torture centers worthy of Egypt and Jordan. They have been suborned and corrupted by the promises of bullies. And you won't get a straight story from an immigrant living in the USSA. Most immigrants adopt a bizarre nationalism once they arrive here and want nothing but US warmaking aginst the people they left behind. Look at the native Chaldean population here -- nearly all of them neocons to a man and woman, or at least they were in San Diego. Once the USSA gets its claws into Ukraine, I foresee much of the same thing--a suborning of otherwise wonderful people to the new bully on the block. I wouldn't be surprised if their food becomes adulterated as well -- with GMO potato bread and kasha varnishkes that can be converted into a polyester shirt circa 1973.     I can only hope that a massive wave of indigestion hits the US government before it can gobble up yet another tortured people. As former UN weapons inspector and Marine, Scott Ritter, once said: "All empires die of the same thing: indigestion." I just don't want to be around for the flatulence. The air promises to be unbreatheable.
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    Jim Davies 38 weeks 4 days ago Page Jim Davies
    Update: there's a Daily Coin video out, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkGYl4rPgaA which is well worth watching, even though less polished than the clip whose link I gave. Recorded last Friday. It's an interview with a libertarian Ukrainian American called Roman, now living in Lviv, who has recently been with the Maidan protesters. It's an on-the-ground report. He confirms that FedGov agents are rather blatantly trying to influence them, but that the core motivation is home-grown and genuine. At the end he calls it a struggle between the government and the population. He has a lot to say... great stories of prosecutor's offices being raided and all the files being burned on the street. One fact I'd quite forgotten is that Ukraine continued fighting the Soviets for ten years following WW-II. For good reason (nine million of them were starved to death by Stalin) there is a powerful anti-Russian sentiment.