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Today I found someone arguing that the Muslim who went batshit at Fort Hood was suffering from PTSD induced by "workplace bullying." This is completely correct; note that female Soldiers, who face intense workplace bullying in the Army, also massacre their coworkers on a regular basis.

And the mayor of Chicago thinks "guns" are responsible for the attack. This is also completely correct; witnesses all agree that two guns just meandered into an officially disarmed zone where absolutely nobody was armed (we're still not sure how that one happened, though leading rocket scientists hypothesize that guns are illiterate), and just shot forty people. It's a miracle that he allows his personal bodyguards to have those things at all, really.

no really

Nov. 8th, 2009 07:04 am
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Libertarianism is trusting people to make their own decisions. Tolerance is the word practitioners of ritualistic self-affirmation use to describe how awesome they are for not hating people who agree with them.


Aug. 16th, 2009 04:42 pm
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The idea that there's a "relationship" between a government and its subjects--what's next, "We don't need to outlaw marital rape because it's unthinkable a man could rape his wife"?! The power imbalance alone--of course, if you don't do anything wrong, he won't hurt you! Just trust him, okay? (And when you still won't listen, Nancy Pelosi will tell you that you should be obeying him anyway.)

Even in a democracy (and we don't even have that), the people are the ruled and the government is distinct from them. The government isn't "society" or "the people" represented; it is a bunch of bureaucrats with too much power headed by a bunch of casually corrupt classists with too many guns at their disposal.

Think "abusive" and not "a deep and abiding connection based on mutual love trust and understanding" for your relationship model.
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Everybody touts Caligula having appointed a horse to the senate as proof of insanity, but I've always thought it showed a keen grasp of political reality, a sly sense of humor, and an underlying respect for human liberty. The basic function of government is to steal (whether lives, liberty, property, money, or human dignity varies), and a horse, lacking what scientists in the field of primate studies refer to as "opposable thumbs," can do that far less effectively than a human can. Hooray for Caligula!

Imagine: "Sir, one of the senators just ate your judicial nominee's wig." "Sir, you can't sign any bills into law because the Senate is only passing manure." "Sir, the Senate won't verify the treaty you just signed because the French delegation just killed and ate a senator from Ohio."

An improvement all round, I think.

[okay, okay. going to go rearrange furniture now.]
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I'm posting this here because it took me a goddamn HOUR to find who voted for the 1994 "assault" weapons ban and I refuse to let this information go to waste (Y HALO THAR JOHN MCCAIN).

Someone accused "female politicians" of emasculating healthy red-blooded American men making some guns illegal because they look all scary and Gawd knows that sort of thing turns ickle girls' heads.

Now, even though I'm the sort of girl whose father says, "Honey, where did the 30 round magazines all over your bathroom sink come from?" and who is keenly aware of the fact that female gun ownership is increasing at such a rate that the male Brady Campaign activists are pissing themselves, I have to admit that this is true.

Women like

Alan Simpson, Malcolm Wallop, Herbert Kohl, Robert Byrd, John Rockefeller, Slade Gordon, Charles Robb, John warner, James Jeffords, Patrick Leahy, Robert Bennett, Orrin hatch, Phil Gramm, Harlan Matthews, James Sasser, Thomas Daschle, Larry Pressler, Arlen Specter, Harris Wofford, John Chafee, Clairborne Pell, Ernest Hollings, Strom Thurmond, Thomas Daschle, Larry Pressler, John Glenn, Howard Metzenbaum, David Boren, Don Nickles, Robert Packwood, Richard Bryan, Harry Reid, Judd Gregg, Bob Smith, William Bradley, Frank Lautenberg, Jeff Bingaman, Pete Domenici, Alfonse D'Amato, Daniel Moynihan, Duncan Faircloth, Jesse Helms, Kent Conrad, Robert Kerrey, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott, Christopher Bond, John Danforth, MAx Baucus, Conrad Burns, Paul Sarbanes, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Carl Levin, Donald Riegle, Paul Wellstone, Wendell Ford, Mitch McConnell, John Breaux, John Johnston, William Cohen, George Mitchell, Daniel Caots, Richard Lugar, Charles Grassley, Thomas Harkin, Robert Dole, Paul Coverdell, Samuel Nunn, Daniel Akaka, Daniel Inouye, Larry Craig, Dirk Kempthorne, George Brown, Ben Campbell, Christopher Dodd, Joseph Lieberman, Joseph Biden, William Roth, Bob Graham, Connie Mack, Howell Heflin, Richard Shelby, Frank Murkowski, Ted Stevens, Dennis DeConcini, John McCain, Dale Bumpers, and David Pryor

simply can't be trusted in office.

(Here is the house record. Similar stuff; every woman votes for it! All, like, three of them.)

It is true, by the way, that "assault" weapons are an arbitrarily defined category made up of weapons with accessories that someone decided are scary--30 round magazines included. It is also true that there is a Vagina Conspiracy devoted to destroying all men. But, as a card-carrying member of the conspiracy (it comes at birth: the card is embedded in the left ovary), I can certify that making up random categories of rifles so you can ban them is not part of it.
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I understand that I only have the right to a black-powder musket from the 1770s.

I also understand that:

- The only political opinions that are protected from suppression and censorship are those printed on one of these things or written with a quill pen and gooseberry ink. The only religions that are protected are conservative sects of Christianity and Judaism (perhaps a moderate sort of free-thinking/Deism, but only if you keep quiet and attend church anyway).

- The only troops that can't be lodged in your home are British reenactors.

- The cops only need a search warrant in order to look for products made in the 1790s.

- You can only invoke the right against self-incrimination only if you are suspected of saying subversive things about President Adams (the first one).

- Your twelve peers are going to be corpses dug up from new england cemeteries.

- The standard of cruel and unusual punishments is that of 18th century Britain, were hanging was the norm. The standards of counsel and due process also are from that time.

- You have no right to privacy, abortion, unsegregated schools, or anything else decided after 1800.

- The only states that have any jurisdiction over their populations are the original thirteen colonies.
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One of my primary political positions is that the federal government should primarily devote itself to stopping the zombie apocalypse. The sad part is that this is rational, sane, and measured compared to what the federal government actually does.

"But the federal government SHOULD give out aid!" "People need it!" "But the government should DO something." What. Ever. The government can't even spork your sorry ass properly; you honestly think it might help?
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this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow


Sea, I command you to come no further! Waves, stop your rolling! Surf, stop your pounding! Do not dare touch my feet! Ocean, turn back now! I have ordered you to retreat before me, and now you must obey! Go back! ohsoditI'mwet

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When I was doing research on what police might have to say if a zeppelin randomly showed up in Manhattan, I came across this, which is about an NYPD helicopter that cost the city $10 million to make.

Police insist that law-abiding New Yorkers have nothing to fear.

"Obviously, we're not looking into apartments," Diaz said during a recent flight. "We don't invade the privacy of individuals. We only want to observe anything that's going on in public."

The helicopter's powers of observation come from a high-powered robotic camera mounted on a turret projecting from its nose like a periscope. The camera has infrared night-vision capabilities and a satellite navigation system that allows police to automatically zoom in on a location by typing in the address on a computer keyboard.

Which reminded me of this from China:

Over the past two years, some 200,000 surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the city. Many are in public spaces, disguised as lampposts. The closed-circuit TV cameras will soon be connected to a single, nationwide network, an all-seeing system that will be capable of tracking and identifying anyone who comes within its range — a project driven in part by U.S. technology and investment. Over the next three years, Chinese security executives predict they will install as many as 2 million CCTVs in Shenzhen, which would make it the most watched city in the world. (Security-crazy London boasts only half a million surveillance cameras.)

The security cameras are just one part of a much broader high-tech surveillance and censorship program known in China as "Golden Shield." The end goal is to use the latest people-tracking technology — thoughtfully supplied by American giants like IBM, Honeywell and General Electric — to create an airtight consumer cocoon: a place where Visa cards, Adidas sneakers, China Mobile cellphones, McDonald's Happy Meals, Tsingtao beer and UPS delivery (to name just a few of the official sponsors of the Beijing Olympics) can be enjoyed under the unblinking eye of the state, without the threat of democracy breaking out. With political unrest on the rise across China, the government hopes to use the surveillance shield to identify and counteract dissent before it explodes into a mass movement like the one that grabbed the world's attention at Tiananmen Square.

Cool! Only, you know, not...
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I will set up a new agency patterned after the erstwhile Office of Strategic Services. A modern-day OSS could draw together specialists in unconventional warfare, civil affairs, and psychological warfare; covert-action operators; and experts in anthropology, advertising, and other relevant disciplines from inside and outside government.

Cool! We could call it something like the "Central Intelligence Agency."


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