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"If you think individual liberty is paramount, you do not justify Castro's human rights violations on the grounds that U.S. foreign policy against Havana is unjust, and you do not justify Pinochet's elimination of 3,000 Chileans on the grounds that his free market policies were ultimately beneficial for the country."
"Sheehan's challenge to Clinton and Schumer not to take their heavily antiwar base in New York for granted echoed a scathing message she posted Saturday on Michael Moore's website, in which she termed Clinton a 'political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys.' Saying she 'will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again,' Sheehan warned Clinton she would 'resist your candidacy with every bit of my power and strength unless you show us the wisdom it takes to be a truly great leader."
"Joe Chilton filed a defamation lawsuit against the center in January 2004, contending the stretch of sand depicted in photo No. 18 had been the site of a big May Day weekend campout involving several hundred people only two weeks before the center's posted photo had been taken. And he produced a photo of the campout. Under oath at the two-week trial, CBD member A.J. Schneller admitted that he had attended the camporee on the Forest Service site, and knew darned well what had trampled down the land."
"Enacted during Reconstruction, the purpose of the Posse Comitatus Act was to severely limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for local law enforcement. Would Americans tolerate such a gigantic leap in the federalization of law enforcement? I'm guessing the answer is yes. In the name of safety, we've undergone decades of softening up to accept just about any government edict that our predecessors would have found offensive."
"McClellan took the President by his hand. His skin was soft and supple, not the skin one would find on an experienced farmhand. 'Sir, no one believes a word you say anymore. The least we could do is make your staged public appearances as staged as possible. We'll get in a few "stay the course" mission statements, congratulate the kids on not dying over in the Middle East and promote our rigged Iraqi elections'."
"If the president can order the military to lock up one citizen without an arrest warrant or without justifying the arrest, after the fact, to an impartial federal judge, the president can rely upon that precedent to imprison others next week. Bush often speaks about his desire to bring freedom to the people of Iraq, but some of his policies are undermining freedom here at home."
"Everywhere the State chokes off life and opportunities, like some sort of gigantic death machine. By constraining resistance to the State within the tame channels of political reformism, so-called mainstream libertarians buttress rather than combat the State. ... Because counter-economics focuses on making peoples lives better here and now, it's something useful that people can incorporate into their lives, yet it lays the groundwork for eventually laying the state low."
"Under the State, security falls. We're not ready for bird flu because there are only four companies to make flu vaccine, down from 26 in 1957. We can make vaccines, but we don't. The Food and Drug Administration has seen to that. To get a vaccine approved by these foot-dragging safety hawks runs the costs up too high. The State's idea of safety is disconnected from our ideas of safety."
"It was said that even if I think the war on Iraq is unjust and unconstitutional, I have a duty to back my country in a time of war. History will judge whether the President's actions were right or wrong. What can one say to that? How evil or insane can one's own government become before one is morally justified in resisting it?"
"Vicki, the northern Illinois direct-entry midwife who is working with the Levertons (and who asked that her last name not be used in this story) attends between 10 and 20 births each year. She said her relationship with families is based on trust, and the idea that birth is a normal part of life - a philosophy she sums up with a note on her office wall: 'The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal and leaves it alone unless there is trouble'."
"Eugene McCarthy once joked that there's hardly a problem in the world that can't be blamed on British mapmakers, and the persistent divisions within Iraq--a deeply unnatural conglomeration carelessly carved from the colonies--is an obvious case in point. Saddam Hussein managed to hold his Kurdish, Shi'ite, and Sunni subjects together, but who wants to emulate the methods of Saddam Hussein?"
"When Vermont did join the union in 1791, many Vermonters protested, saying it would ruin the smooth social system they had going. Were they right? I don't know. ... But it's not so much that the Second Vermont Republic thinks what's good and right about our state is in jeopardy. It's more like, things have gotten so bad, so horribly corrupt and irreversibly rotten in the United States, that breaking ties with the country is the only solution."
"Indeed, how many of the troops resigned in protest at the president's orders to set up a prisoner camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, knowing that the reason he and the Pentagon chose Cuba, rather than the United States, was precisely to avoid the constraints of the Constitution? If the troops didn't protest with respect to Iraq or Padilla or Gitmo, what is the likelihood they would protest when their commander in chief ordered them to arrest 100 other Americans 'terrorists,' or 1,000?"
"As the Bush attacks continue, the hatred felt by millions of Muslims for America is multiplied by news and pictures the US public is prevented from reading, hearing or seeing. The images are of hideous destruction, wailing orphans and blood-soaked widows, and blind havoc on a scale that would excite the admiration of the shade of Genghis Khan."
"The situation in Iraq has so deteriorated that a civil war is now the most likely outcome. Ironically, a rejection of the constitution might possibly have diminished the chances of such an all-out internecine bloodbath. In sharp contrast to the president's 'happy talk to victory' strategy, a constitutional defeat could have compelled a start for genuine Iraqi self-determination."
"The administration continues to speak about staying the course in Iraq with the apparent end goal being elimination of the current insurgency and establishment of a peaceful democratic state. And, obviously, that is a laudable ambition, but it is not and it cannot be the basis for our foreign policy or national security strategy."
"Perhaps it's a mistake to try to glean political messages from prime-time television, but Geena Davis's turn as a distaff Richard Nixon suggests that if there's anything the left and the right can agree on, it's the glory of the Imperial Presidency."
"So why should it surprise anyone that the Democrat members of Congress would buy into Bush's welfare-state rationale for invading Iraq? In the minds of the Democrats, Bush's invasion reflects our federal daddy-god's compassionate and caring love for the Iraqi people. "
"Given the inevitability of private interests, how do we want these forces to interact with each other? The most ethical and practical answer is the free market, anchored in private property and voluntary exchange. Only in the free market are private actions rewarded for how much they serve the private interests of others, and dissuaded to the extent that they do nothing of value for anyone willing to give something in return."
"How do we spur the invention of a 200-mpg car or promote genome sequencing for $1000 or less? ... Those 'radical breakthroughs' Diamandis hopes to incite may come from a new generation of X-Prizes Diamandis' organization is now putting together. 'The X-Prize worked, and it worked so well that we have decided to build the X-Prize Foundation beyond space into other prize areas,' he said."
"Clearly, human beings want clean water and air, scenic views and their own space. As incomes rise, the demand for these environmental amenities also rises. Our experience with CIDs shows that developers, by owning or controlling tracks of land that make up the community, are able to package environmental amenities along with other location assets and recover their costs through higher lot prices. Property buyers and sellers engage voluntarily in transactions that provide for environmental goods such as flood control, green space, and wide beaches."
"Sativex is the kind of thing I was concerned about when I first spoke of the concept of pharmaceuticalization in 1985 to describe Marinol. … I have yet to have a patient or to hear from a patient who thinks Marinol is as good as whole smoked herbal marijuana."
"Jason McBride is a gasoline dealer from Aliceville, Alabama, who had the gall to charge $3.69 a gallon for regular grade gasoline at his gas station while his competitors were charging $2.49 to $2.79. Who did he think he was, anyway? I don't know, but we do know what he is now. A criminal."
"President Bush likes to portray himself as a fan of the free market, but talk and pandering are cheap. The test of a free-market advocate is how he reacts during a sudden fall in supply of a widely used product. The phony is easily spotted. He's the one urging conservation and, perhaps, positive government measures to increase supply."
"[T]here are people and conditions in our world that can harm us, but we need to confront such dangers with intelligence, not with a herd-driven frenzy. We need to understand our fears, not repress them or allow them to be exaggerated into collective energies by which political engineers despoil and destroy us in their lusts for power."
"Shays's Rebellion, then, went from a problem to an opportunity. It was used by certain elites to pry Washington from retirement and send him to Philadelphia, where his status as America's foremost icon bestowed a noble splendor on their power grab. Staunch opponents forced them to compromise, and the document they created would soon be graced with a set of amendments that initially limited their power. Nevertheless, the new constitution was a big step forward for conservatives, who now had a government strong enough to protect them from troublemakers like Daniel Shays and his gang. The bad guys lost, the good guys won, so we have been told."
"Yet political leaders can exploit emotions for their own ends, so as a society, we must recognize the havoc that emotions can play on public policy, and government should adopt legal safeguards that slow the pace of decision-making so that lawmakers have time to weigh the consequences of their choices."
"Here's a word I bet you didn't realize had been appropriated by the state, its meaning changed so radically that it has almost reversed itself: 'COIN'. A coin is a type of packaging for valuable metal. What we now call coins aren't really coins -- not by the original meaning. They're actually tokens. A token is a representative of something else -- not money, but a money substitute."
"In the 1930's only 5% of retail food sales were through supermarket chains. State-induced suburban sprawl destroyed the market gardens that used to surround every city. Thus the sale of produce was taken over by the supermarkets, who in turn pushed for corporate farming."
"His popularity was for his novels, in particular his trilogy Torrent written between 1931 and 1940. This includes 'Family'' These works attacked the evils of feudal China. Ba Jin had been part of the pre-revolution intellectual movement that attacked 'traditional' China (May 4th Movement) and looked to the revolutionary movements of the west for alternatives."
"It is important to note that launching negotiations on peace terms would in no way have committed the Allies to allowing the Japanese war government to retain power. In fact, it seems likely that the sole guarantee that the Japanese sought was that their Emperor could keep his throne. But the US insisted on an unconditional surrender, a demand whose refusal could only be met by the invasion of or a nuclear attack on mainland Japan. And yet when, after experiencing the horror of the A-bombs, Japan finally did surrender unconditionally, the Allies did not remove the Emperor after all, rendering the slaughter not only inhuman but also pointless."
"It may seem inconceivable that the US government would even be considering using military force against Iran at this point. US troops are already overextended and public opinion about the current war is at an all-time low. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has thus far refused to charge Iran with breaking a single commitment under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, although they have charged Iran with concealing their programs in the past. But this surely can't be the best climate to start another war in the Middle East. Too bad facts don't matter to the neocons."
"I went to the DoD Web site, the one that publishes the list of all the American kids killed for George W. Bush's 'noble cause.' As I was looking at the Web page, I remembered the last time I saw that boy, a charming kid whose family had endured much tragedy and poverty, yet managed to raise a polite, kind child. I remember him hugging my daughter good-bye before being shipped off to the killing streets of Iraq. He was tall and muscular, with dark brown skin and gleaming white teeth. He always called me 'ma'am,' and would do anything for us."
"Working on a nonconfrontational, personal level, he individually convinced many Quaker slaveholders to free their slaves. ... Whenever he received hospitality from a slaveholder, he insisted on paying the slaves for their work in attending him. ... He went from one Friends meeting to another and expressed his concern about slaveholding. One by one the various meetings began to see the evils of slavery and wrote minutes condemning it."
"Sarah Winnemucca was a remarkable woman whose life and works had a direct impact on the course of nineteenth-century Indian affairs. Although her accommodationist positions, and particularly her association with the military, did not make her universally popular among her own people, she nonetheless was dedicated to their welfare. She was an activist who felt strongly that her people could and should run their own lives without the interference of federal authorities."
"Oscar Wilde's rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the Victorian Era that swept through London in the late 19th century. At a time when all citizens of Britain were finally able to embrace literature the wealthy and educated could only once afford, Wilde wrote many short stories, plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world."
"James Earl Jones is magnificent ... More than any other actor this is his movie.... Jack Jefferson was his breakthrough role. Director Martin Ritt also excels with this film, as he often does making movies about outsiders as in Hombre."
"How To Kill the Job Culture Before It Kills You isn't a step-by-step manual to greater economic freedom -- no book can be that to a large number of diverse individuals. It is a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of an aspect of modern Western life that far too many assume is a given, and offers ideas to help any individual who wants to loosen -- or entirely break -- the chains of the job culture from around his life."
"The essays are written by a wide variety of authors, including former cast member Jewel Staite (who played the Serenity's mechanic, Kaylee), philosopher Lyle Zynda, sex therapist Joy Davidson, authors Mercedes Lackey, David Gerrold, Nancy Holder, and Lawrence Watt-Evans, and linguist Kevin Sullivan."
Does anyone have anything to say about Miers' "judginess?" Video with audio
"A zombie-preparedness study, commissioned by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and released Monday, indicates that the city could easily succumb to a devastating zombie attack. Insufficient emergency-management-personnel training and poorly conceived undead-defense measures have left the city at great risk for all-out destruction at the hands of the living dead, according to the Zombie Preparedness Institute."
"This is a tribute to the Civil War officer, author and newsman, Ambrose Bierce, who originally compiled The Devil's Dictionary."
"[T]hroughout their essay, Greene and Cohen emphasize that the 'libertarian' conception of free will which they attack has no connection to the political philosophy. This disclaimer, however, betrays ignorance of the political philosophy. Free will and responsibility provide the necessary foundation of the libertarian political philosophy. Laws protect liberty, and liberty entails responsibility."
"[W]e are in a country and a world increasingly shaped by centralized, authoritarian elements. Individual liberty is giving way to censored political speech, National ID cards, gun confiscations, and greater electronic monitoring. What was once considered local, like education, has come under state and now federal jurisdiction. Crime has also become federalized. Security through armed neutrality has given way to needless military alliances and the United Nations."
"[A]t least as important as the fact that government performs relief work less well than private initiatives, is the message Tocqueville drew from observing our society: voluntary association brings us closer together and keeps us free and “democratic.” By working together in voluntary association to help one another and solve our own problems, we learn that we as individuals are effective and powerful."
"Falling-down drunk is bad. If you aren't falling down you are still drunk. After one drink you are impaired. Therefore if you have a glass of wine at dinner, you should be arrested. This is not opposition to drunken driving. It is prohibition in drag, to be enforced by disguised police."
"Orthomolecular medical researchers say the future of psychiatry is in nutrition because nutrition has such a long, safe and effective history of correcting many mental problems. Nutrients such as the B-vitamins are most successful when taken regularly, taken in relatively high doses, and taken in conjunction with vitamin C, the essential fatty acids (EFAs), and the minerals magnesium and selenium."
"In practice, the term is the new face of political correctness, which is often accompanied by the PC concepts of 'diversity' or 'multiculturalism.' 'Cultural competency' advances the same basic goals as those buzz words. Certain groups (such as minorities) and certain ideas (such as gender feminist interpretations of oppression) are to be promoted by institutionalizing policies that encourage them. Of course, this means that other groups and other ideas are de facto penalized or discouraged."
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