I don't think i can add a word so succinct...
When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun.
Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all.
-- Tim Freeman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reforms. The whole history
of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august
claims have been born of struggle ... If there is no struggle there
is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate
agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They
want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without
the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it
may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it
must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It
never did and it never will.
-- Frederick Douglass, 1849
... and there a few others worth reading here
There are people who argue that there is a basic goodness in everyone
and that the reason one can't
justify capital punishment because it would be wrong to snuff out that intrinsic human goodness
for the sake of any
offense. I do believe that human life in and of itself has some value, I further believe that quality
of life is at least as important. Rapist, may not kill, but they do
destroy life quality in a way that even surpasses the creation of a vegetative state. Opponents of the death penalty will further contend that having such a sentence risks the lives of innocent people. Possibly yes, but with DNA evidence, and the much
higher level of scrutiny given evidence vs. even fifteen, much less fifty years ago the chances of making that type of mistake are virtually non existent. Further, some criminals are to violent, and or to smart
to allow the opportunities to escape that prison terms allow. The ones that kill
or have shown the potential to kill will
do so to escape. And some have transgressed so frequently and confessed
that there is nothing else sane, rational, and just
to do with them. This
is one of those cases.
I understand that it is possible, and indeed common
to lose a battle and win the war. While I'm not going to make a ridiculous statement about the whole war being lost
when even the U.S. military admits that the Taliban is growing in strength, one has to wonder how effective the War on Terror is in Afghanistan. We've been working in Afghanistan for longer than we have Iraq, and with far less troops. Is it possible with the resources currently
on the ground to win the War on Terror soon enough to keep the situation from devolving further. By this I mean that currently most of the locals understand it to be a Civilization vs. Terrorism
war. If it goes on too long, it will turn into a situation of Locals vs. Outsiders and then, no matter how vile the ideology of the Taliban, they will be offering leadership and the old saw about the known devil didn't become a cliche for no reason.
Much is made of the partisan smearing, back stabbing, chicanery, and out and out treachery
of politics here in he U. S. of A. While it's true that it does get to levels where any thinking person can only block their ears and wait for it to end
as its gotten to the point where neither side
is defendable, I don't recall anything this vile
in recent memory. I can't honestly picture Kerry, Gore, or Clinton inciting the death of Bush, Gingrich, or De Lay, nor the reverse. It's just not done.
So MP Galloway's remarks stating that it would be justifiable
to assassinate Blair is not just shocking, but utterly vile.
They say this fascinating thinker is one of the fathers of Utilitarianism, but might he not equally be considered a father of Libertarianism? This quote seems to embody the fundamental essence of such sentiment.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
I’m not sure, clearly, I’ll have to do some more reading, but this is a wonderful example of convergent independent thought if indeed Mill had no impact on Libertarianism.
Is there any greater burden or greater gift than to be trusted?
I can't think of one.
I say let them
. If they sue
, any reasonable court could be convinced to order a cessation of commerce between the two nations if for other reason to ensure no one is being bribed. While it is true that this could harm the already faltering U.S. economy, the Mexican economy depends
on America for a great deal of its cash flow. An estimated eighty-five percent
of Mexican foreign trade is done with America. There is also an estimated additional nine billion dollars
sent to Mexico via private transfers of workers here in America. So really, let them sue. When
the U.S.A. wins, we can also tack on a legal fees and the cost of patrolling our border with not just our Border Patrol, but members of the National Guard.
Web Braille is a system that allows blind people to more cost effectively, read not just musty old litterary classic, but the latest releases in books and magazines. It has recently been abandoned and has therefore left lots of people bereft of a source of reading having untold educational, psychological and economic impact on those effected and their familes. Here are a few of the comments from the petition
to restore the service:
Please do all possible to once again make the power of the written word available to Braille readers. It is painful to see the national library of the most powerful nations on earth unable to meet the needs of our blind citizens. We are better than this; We can do better and we must do better. Thank you.
Jean A. Walrath
Please restore this wonderful service which permits immediate access to the NLS collection much like the access one can receive at a local public library if one is sighted.
It is very difficult for me to understand how our progressive society continuously denies access to people with disabilities, such as this denial of access to blind people.
I have come to rely on WebBraille from both a personal and vocational standpoint. I encourage you to restore access to WebBraille at the earliest possible time.
I am disappointed to learn of NLS discontinuing WebBraille especially without prior notice or public comment. I have used this service since its inception for personal and professional reading. I have appreciated having instant access to books and magazines. I would think it would be possible to resolve any technical or security issues without removing the service from the NLS website. I urge NLS to communicate its concerns with the public, and restore the WebBraille service as soon as possible.
I can't put it in any better words than these men and women have, sign it
and or send your comments to Director Cylke yourself.
I've said it before; I'll keep repeating it until I die.
No matter how
evil, insane and or vile
the leader, they can not stay in power without the willing assistance of like minded folk, and they can not be removed by external forces until international opinion is fully marshaled against them.
This is why Hitler would
have ruled most of Europe
had he not turned on Russia
. This is why Castro has ruled his nation within spitting distance of the U border for decades, and why he is the boon companion for many of Latin Americas leaders and would be leaders. This is why President Robert Mugabe
is feted by neighboring nations.
And this is why; try as he might, even Kim Jong Il of North Korea
does not exist in a vacuum, the Dear Leader
even has his own international fan club
. A group of slavering fan boys who make most boy band groupies look sensible and well grounded in reality, gathered in Belgium
to engage in what can only be called an intellectual circle jerk
. While there dream of a unified Korea
are at least in part
laudable, they should really ask their neighbors in what was West Germany
what they thought of the economic impact of reunification. I find it appalling, unsurprising, but appalling that this man has people who refer to him in near deific terms and the U as if we wanted
any part of the Korean peninsular. We could have had it decades
ago if we'd been willing to pay the butchers bill. Just as we could have kept the Philipines, Mexico, or Cuba. Hell we could have kept Japan
, we'd already bombed all resistance out of them.
The EU "government" is entertaining plans to possibly
tax SMS and e-mail
. Alain Lamassoure, an EU MP from the governmentally challenged France introduced this spectacularly bad idea. Now, why do I say this is "spectacularly bad"? for several good reasons:
- At least one of the major international carriers, (Deutsche Telekom) is already partially government owned, which means that customers would be charged taxes multiple times for the same message.
- Making each SMS more expensive to use would be bad not just for the consumers, but for businesses as many Europeans use SMS more than they do regular email.
- Wireless carriers earn a significant portion of their revenues from sms, and as some of them also own ISPs many of the would face a two front assault on their revenue as any new tax, especically in addition to the recent regulation driven roaming fee reductions, would certainly reduce revenue in a stagnating industry.
- Taxing something as difficult to manage on an individual basis as SMS and e-mail where spam is prevalent raises the ethical question of how you decide which messages to charge for.
Sad, very, very sad.
No, not this
one. The several days of constant
rain have turned lots of the area into rather severely extended streams, rivers and lakes. Mass
and New Hampshire have both declared a state of emergency. And there are schools already closed for Monday. This is not
an over reaction, I'm actually going to go so far as to say that Mitt the twit Romney has done something right, probably for the last time this year.