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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    That map link is something else.
    White powder in an envelope, Craigslist sex, strange object behind pharmacy. Hmmm.
    I wonder if the US invading a foreign country on
    false pretense (and killing hundreds of thousands of people) makes it to a list like that.

    I’m thinking of creating a real-time google map deatiling locations
    where bureaucrats use taxpayer money to create google maps.

  2. #2 |  Marty | 

    I can see where a bunch of people who lack respect for the ACLU would call them ‘terrorists’. It seems to me that the ACLU should wear it as a badge of honor… To have a repressive government call you a terrorist means you’re probably doing something right.

    Since this is in Tennessee, Radley, have you confirmed whether or not you’re on the list?

  3. #3 |  bob42 | 

    Where else but Texas would they execute Santa Claus.

  4. #4 |  Collin | 

    In the article about the Grateful Dead earmark is this gem:”$200,000 to study “ambiguous” comments by politicians.”

  5. #5 |  Elliot | 

    This just goes to show how these “fusion centers” are retasked away from usefully protecting Americans into petty political vendettas and disingenuous displays of force (which serve only to make them appear to be doing something, without actually fighting real threats).

    I’m an atheist, but I think the ACLU people who sent letters to schools are assholes. They’re not terrorists, though, and the TFC is just ridiculous.

    Yes, I read Radley’s piece on how the ACLU gets an unfair shake from conservatives at times. Maybe so, but a google search of Brian Aitken or David Olofson at aclu.org yields nothing for me. I consider the NRA a bunch of sellouts, so I think even less of an organization which does even less than them to protect the right of all human beings to self defense.

  6. #6 |  Joe | 

    If you want to get originalist on constitutional and civil liberty issues, let’s remember the founders hated, hated, hated forfietures of property.

    As for the ACLU and the NRA, they are both flawed organizations, but they generally do more good than harm. I wish they did more good. And if I was running the ACLU, I would recognize it does get a bad perception by conservatives and I would be working to change that perception. And if I was running the NRA, I would be focused on spreading its message on why people in states like New York, New Jersey and California should not be treated as criminals for merely owning a firearm.

    I think both organizations would find they would gain more membership and more support.

  7. #7 |  dsmallwood | 

    Great lines from the Net Neutrality read:

    Back in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson noted:
    “If the government is to tell big business men how
    to run their business, then don’t you see that big
    business men have to get closer to the government …
    that they must capture the government, in order
    not to be restrained too much by it?”

    followed by:

    Some will argue that things have changed and that
    a better breed of bureaucrat and legislator now is
    in charge, immune from such influence.

    Wonderful! the “New Professionalism” has now reached all levels of code enforcement.

  8. #8 |  OBTC | 

    Threadjack:

    Does anyone know anything about this guy? He’s going to jail for 33 months for “threatening” 3 judges. It appears from the article that prosecutors tried him 3 times to get a conviction for basically stating what will naturally occur to these judges out some point: “they must die.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/21/hal-turner-rightwing-blog_n_799845.html

    “The case stemmed from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2009 by three judges that upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that challenged handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill.

    Turner protested the decision with inflammatory remarks posted online. Prosecutors say he crossed the line by declaring, “These judges must die.”

    Turner had claimed his tirades were protected by the constitutional right to free speech.”

  9. #9 |  dsmallwood | 

    on the ACLU / Tennessee / Terrorism thing

    #2 | Marty |

    I think you’re right … Radley recently moved to TN and since he’s been there he has been photographing local landmarks. that reeks of terrorism.

  10. #10 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    As long as I have been paying any attention to politics (since about 1972), wise old ‘statesmen’ of both parties have responded to accusations of waste by saying words to the effect “That’s only a few hundred thousand dollars. It isn’t worth Congress’s valuable time to clean that up’. As somebody who would be delighted to have an extra hundred thousand or so kicking around, this has always infuriated me.

    We the People need to send – and to keep sending – the message that we will not countenance any further tax increases until this kind of pork stops and all the government agencies can account for their budgets to AT LEAST (or would that be at most?) the nearest million.

    Don’t give these biffledinks any more money until they’ve done the budgetary equal of looking in the seat cushions for loose change.

  11. #11 |  Lefty | 

    More war on christmas bs. I’m glad we have the aclu to preemptively slap around school officials so they keep religion out. The religious right would like nothing more than to get into the schools to indoctrinate other peoples kids with their mythology.

    The meaning of christmas
    http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/

  12. #12 |  Andrew S. | 

    @OBTC:

    Hal Turner is a vile human being. The world would be far better off if he were to disappear.

    That being said, the charges are of course bullcrap, especially given precedent. But that, of course, assumes the first amendment is still in effect.

  13. #13 |  TomG | 

    The pictures of a dry Niagara Falls are pretty neat. What I wish I could see are pictures of Niagara Falls before any hydro power development took place, when it was flowing freely. All we have are paintings and woodcuts.

  14. #14 |  Mattocracy | 

    @#11 | Lefty |

    And the lefties aren’t trying to indoctrinate kids with their mythology through public schools?

  15. #15 |  Mattocracy | 

    Doesn’t the first amendment say something about being able to petition the Government for a redress of grievances?

  16. #16 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Without making any pronouncement on the merit. or lack of same, of the war on the war on Christmas, I do wish that retail chains so multiculturally concerned that they avoid direct reference to the Christian holiday would wait to avoid referencing it (so to speak) until after Thanksgiving.

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “War against Christmas”? Does anyone remember the history of Christmas? The Puritans hated it–and they had a little hand in creating the USA. George Washington and his ninjas attacked the Hessians on Christmas day since it wasn’t a big deal for Americans.

    Don’t confuse Christianity with Christmas or some 1,000 year old tradition. As always, the comment section for the ACLU story is a hoot.

  18. #18 |  Lefty | 

    “What part of a story about 3 wise men crossing the desert in the dead of winter to follow a star they had seen in a dream in order to give gifts to a baby god born to a virgin do you regard as myth?”
    -Colbert

    Seriously though, we shouldn’t be telling kids this kind of thing actually happened. Especially not using public money.

  19. #19 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    OT: Pat Buchanan had a beauty of an article on repeal of DADT. If you care to read it, watch how carefully he puts his glorious hate words in others’ mouths so you can’t really claim he said these things. Pretty good, Pat. You are an experienced bigot.

    http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2010/12/20/christian-rout-in-the-culture-war/

    Can anyone believe that mixing small-town and rural 18-, 19- and 20-year-old Christian kids, aspiring Marines, in with men sexually attracted to them is not going to cause hellish problems?
    </blockquote
    Ummm…you know there are already gay men/women in those units today, right?

    Middle America has never signed on and still regards homosexuality as an aberrant lifestyle, both socially and spiritually ruinous.

    Middle America says this, not Pat Buchanan…riiight.

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Damn formatting.

  21. #21 |  André | 

    #18: in that vein, I found a similar comment elsewhere not long ago:

    “…Yet theists will insist that I am somehow un-American because I don’t buy into some mass delusion about some cosmic jewish sky zombie that had to impregnate his own mother with himself and then ritually commit suicide in order to forgive us for some sin that he initially created in us that was the responsibility of some talking snake that convinced some sort of rib woman to eat a magic apple?”

    It seems a lot less ridiculous when you’re indoctrinated with it at a young age, I guess.

  22. #22 |  Joe | 

    The “War on Christmas” is more of PC annoyance than anything else.

    If I know one celebrates the Solitice, I wish them happy Solitice. My Jewish pals and an associates get a Happy Hannakah. My Muslims pals and associates get a Happy Ramadan or Ramadan Kareem when that lunar month roles around, my Hindu friends and coworkers get a happy Sankranti. If you are into Festivus, let the games begin! If you are an athiest into reason, happy Voltaire’s birthday. And for Christians I say Merry Christmas. If I accident get your preferences mistaken, my bad. I wish you to be HAPPY.

    As for public schools, I would do away with public schools. Give every kid a voucher and let them get a private school education (with state government setting minimum standards and attendance requirements). Inner city public schools are a disgrace and that we spend more than $20,000+ a child in Newark and Washington D.C. for a completely substandard education is shameful.

    Worrying about Christmas concerts to the point we can’t even use the word is just a stupid distraction. It is a non issue, unless your school is actually trying to convert your kid (personnally I have to fight to keep my kids heads free of lefty BS and big government indoctrination which is far more persuasive). For Christians, let me suggest that Nativity plays are best left for Church or religious schools. Most Christians I know totally get this. A few don’t and you know something, they are assholes. For non Christians, a concert of Christmas songs (especially the secular ones) should not offend you in the least (and most non-Christians I know do not get offended over stuff like that). Some religious themed music is actually quite good and is worth playing just because it is good. But I know a few who do get offended over the least reference to Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc. And you know something, they are assholes too.

  23. #23 |  Joe | 

    I had to pee until I looked at those photographs of Niagra Falls sans water. Now I do not have to go.

  24. #24 |  Toastrider | 

    Well, most ACLU flunkies don’t actually have the balls to speak out against real injustices and actual infringements against the First Amendment (not to mention the Second), so they have to chase things like local Christmas trees and school choirs.

    But hey, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night :)

  25. #25 |  croaker | 

    Poetic justice for Tanya Treadway would be for her to contract a debilitating, painful, and long-term disease for which she would be forced to buy pain medications from a street dealer. No ethical doctor should be willing to take her as a patient and no pharmacist should honor any prescriptions from her hand. I wouldn’t piss on her is she were found ablaze.

  26. #26 |  Juice | 

    To Tom Coulter: Is $5 really so objectionable? Gimme a break.

    I’m not sure what to make of the whole story. Knowing most town councils, they probably had it coming in one way or another, but what did that whole saga accomplish?

    It seems to me, the only thing it proved was that everyone involved is an asshole and the only people who gained from it were the lawyers.

  27. #27 |  Elliot | 

    Lefty (#18):Seriously though, we shouldn’t be telling kids this kind of thing actually happened. Especially not using public money.

    You shouldn’t decide what “we” should or should not do. Each individual should decide for himself or herself what to teach children. Hopefully, it will be something rational.

    As for the “public money”–that’s a crock. Just call it what it is: stolen loot. There would be absolutely no need for the ACLU assholes to send preemptive letters to schools if the schools weren’t paid for by stolen loot.

  28. #28 |  Joe | 

    War on Christmas? Merry Christmas! Eat your nativity!

  29. #29 |  Lefty | 

    Whether or not we should have public schools is another discussion. We have public schools so we have to decide what is taught. The 1st amendment says to keep religion out. Unfortunately we still have wingnuts like Josh Brecheen in Oklahoma trying to get creationism into public schools so we do need a watchdog to slap them down.

    If you want to hobble your kids by teaching them fairy tales at home or at sunday school you’re free to do so.

  30. #30 |  Elliot | 

    Lefty (#29): Whether or not we should have public schools is another discussion.

    The issue of government funding of schools is at the core of the ethics involved. You’ve dismissed the best solution outright.

    We have public schools so we have to decide what is taught.

    There is no “we” involved here. You’re engaging in the Ambiguous Collective Fallacy.

    I have no interest in making decisions about what my neighbor’s children’s teachers teach them or don’t teach them. I respect my neighbor’s right to be the sole arbiter on that.

    When you don’t put all the money into one big pot, then there is no justification to make decisions for your neighbor, or for your neighbor to make decisions for you. That’s why leaving government funding to “another discussion” means you’re not solving the problem.

    Unfortunately we still have wingnuts like Josh Brecheen in Oklahoma trying to get creationism into public schools so we do need a watchdog to slap them down.

    Without government schools, then the school you send your kids to could tell Josh Brecheen to go screw himself and that would be the end of it.

    If you want to hobble your kids by teaching them fairy tales at home or at sunday school you’re free to do so.

    And, if you want to hobble your kids by sending them to a school which teaches fairy tales, but you don’t require me to pay for it, then you’re also free to do that.

    See how a truly free society would be much better than this mess? Stop putting the tax funding off for “another discussion” and there won’t be these problems.

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