By the time the Reign of Terror ended, France had grown so used to an iron hand and a secretive, militaristic government that Napolean could easily pick up the pieces and impose another dictatorship. People had forgotten what freedom was. Patriotism had become a tool for social control, rather than social justice, and civil liberties were a thing of the past.
So how different are we today? The issue isn’t Iraq, the Patriot Act, or Bush. The issue is freedom: if we want it, we’d better let go of fear, the ultimate Weapon of Mass Distraction. We’d better confront the hysteria-inducing tactics asking us to equate freedom with corporate pork for defense contractors. We’d better think twice about tossing aside fundamental constitutional rights in the so-called pursuit of liberty. Because if we don’t, what’s coming next could be even worse.
This is so stupid that my circuits overloaded when I went to comment. Fill in your own.
“Conservative” Bill O’Reilly makes me want to beat my head against a wall. I hate it when I screw up and get caught up in one of his tirades while I am channel surfing. Tonight, he argued with a fellow from the CATO Institute about S.U.V.’s. O’Reilly doesn’t want them, and he was trumpeting Arianna Huffington’s terrorism campaign.
Fine. Don’t buy one, Bill. It really is that simple. I don’t really care for SUV’s either, but I am not arrogant enough to tell people what to buy. If they want one or need one, let ’em have it.
And the quotes-o-sarcasm around conservative are a reaction to the idiot leftists who keep calling O’Reilly a conservative. He isn’t- he ia faux-populist. But libs name anything they don’t like conservatives, so that is the label he gets. Put is this way- O’Reilly is conservative like Farrakhan is liberal.
I’m wrong to feel this way, and I know it. But I can’t help myself — no way do I want to see the United States succeed in this “war” with Iraq. This may sound traitorous to some. And I’ll understand your flames.
It might sound traitorous because it is, you dolt. At least she understands she is a moron. Big of her, no?
Idiots. There is nothing unpatriotic about principled opposition to the war. Nothing whatsoever. I will never flame anyone for making a principled stand on war- hell, I come from Quaker ancestry- they know something about opposition to war. Actively rooting for us to lose a war, however immoral you may believe it is, crosses a line.
I am glad that the tragic story of the police in Tennesee shooting a family pet in a routine traffic stop is getting a lot of air time, and I hope everyone views it. There is a policing problem in this country. It starts with the police. If the police can say that shooting a family pet in front of children is the appropriate response and according to department policy, let me suggest it is time to re-work the policies of the department. This is also not the first time this department has been involved in wrong-doings. The word fascist is thrown out a lot by Democrats when talking about conservatives. I don’t know the political affiliation of these guys, but fascist sounds about right.
I read this editorial in the NY Times, and I was shocked. You mean to tell me, that in 2003, we don’t videotape confessions? It should be mandatory. If anyone can come up with a reason why it shouldn’t be, I am all ears.
From the Cannabis News, this dandy little description of Arianna Huffington’s latest anti-SUV ad campaign.
Patterned after the commercials that try to discourage drug use by suggesting that profits from illegal drugs go to terrorists, the new commercials say that money for gas needed for S.U.V.’s goes to terrorists.
“This is George,” a girl’s voice says of an oblivious man at a gas station. “This is the gas that George bought for his S.U.V.” The screen then shows a map of the Middle East. “These are the countries where the executives bought the oil that made the gas that George bought for his S.U.V.” The picture switches to a scene of armed terrorists in a desert. “And these are the terrorists who get money from those countries every time George fills up his S.U.V.”
A second commercial depicts a series of ordinary Americans saying things like: “I helped hijack an airplane”; “I gave money to a terrorist training camp in a foreign country”; “What if I need to go off-road?”
At the close, the screen is filled with the words: “What is your S.U.V. doing to our national security?”
Hey Arianna? What are your thoughts on drilling in ANWR? Oh, against it.
Look- Oil is an issue that needs to be treated seriously. I do not like our dependence on foreign oil for a number of reasons. I wish there was another way to heat my house, get to the grocery store, etc. But until there is a real renewable resource that works, oil is here to stay. Deal with it. And quit carping on people for their choice in vehicle. IF you were really serious about saving oil, you would quit trying to guilt people who drive their SUV’s with stupid campaigns invoking terrorism and Jesus. This creates nothing but enemies. Domestic ones.
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I took my son to see Michael Moore live at the Roundhouse, in north London, before Christmas. The US radical and author of the best-selling book Stupid White Men was (mostly) clever, funny, angry, sharp, iconoclastic and sceptical about the lies and humbug processed by the US government and big business. Sure there were some flunked bits
Which, given the U.N.’s record in Rwanda, means that the estimate is about 400,000 fatalities short of the threshold to REALLY DO NOTHING.
Seriously, though- Isn’t this the same analysis that got released a couple of months ago and was ignored/debunked?