Another great one from Flickr
It's not like I needed another reason _not_ to go to Alabama....but on their official State of Alabama website, listed under "Domestic Terrorists" Sub-Header: "Anti-Government Groups?" I found this little gem:
Anti-government groups usually believe:
Gun Control = Enslavement
Constitution has been subverted
The U.S. has lost its sovereignty
In general, these terrorists claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government's policies are criminal and immoral. Such groups may hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution and that a new world order is attempting to enslave humanity.
Sure, that makes sense! Those who think the fedral government is out of control....those who think we as citizens have a responsibilty to check those who would abuse their power...must very well be terrorists. Watch out for those folks, they're scary.... This might be funny or amuzing if the President didn't believe he could detain any US citizen without due-process just by declaring him/her an "enemy combatant"
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." Patrick Henry, Anti-Federalist and now, apparently, a terrorist (1788)AL Homeland Security TAP Course via ChrisBrunner.com
Great review of the movie 300. Snippit:
My final analysis is 300 the most ass-ruling movie I’ve seen this year, and will probably be the King of 2007 unless someone makes a movie where a pair of sentient boobs fights a werewolf.
It's amazing. Check it out.
Sadly, this guy doesn't really know the half of it. His 11 reasons do hold some weight (despite being written in a somewhat bitter tone) but he forgets the magic of the carriers. Carriers (Verizon, Sprint ATT) in the mobile world control everything. They're the FCC on PCP. I also think he may understate just how hard it is to get things working on all phone platforms. They have different screen sizes, and different button configurations. Each one has their own quirks that must be accounted for. It's a complicated business....and it's one that, despite all the troubling qualities about it, I love.
Since September of 2001 the secret "FISA" courts have rejected a total of 4 warrants. This court is set up for the special purpose of issuing warrants for top secret searches and covert, in country, recon. So, one has to ask, is this a rubber stamp court? Do they simply accept everything that comes through the door? Or have they made it know to those asking that bad warrants will not be accepted? Seeing that this is a "Secret" court....(the thought of which makes my inner patriot shiver) we'll probably never know. But if we look at the behavior of the security branches of the Government we _do_ know about...things to NOT look good.
"Checks, here's 20$, the big kids need to talk, why don't you and balances go see wild hogs" -John Oliver, The Dail show.