The Naked Emperor and Gangland

It would seem to me that the smaller government is better then large uneffective government, that since I must live within a budget so should the government, reasonable people can through diplomacy settle their differences though since some people will not listen to reason a military capable of responding to real threats is obvious, all of us have inherited and are guardians of the land and air for the next generation, and some of what consenting adults do behind closed doors may be personally disturbing to me, but hypocrisy and oppression is the only result of letting the people use governemnt to dictate morality to the Nth degree. So I became a real conservative, I became a liberal. Modern conservatism doesn’t really exists, its an ad campaign aimed at Joe Sixpack and Jane Judgemental. Joe and Jane’s rush to pass quick and hypocritical judgement buttons are not much different from anyone else’s, they’re just easier to push and easier to manipulate, and if all else fails they can always be manipulated with fear. via the newly redesigned The Heretik THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES and here

President Bush is a bundle of paradoxes. He thinks the scope of the federal government should be limited but the powers of the president should not. He wants judges to interpret the Constitution as the framers did, but doesn’t think he should be constrained by their intentions.

He attacked Al Gore for trusting government instead of the people, but he insists anyone who wants to defeat terrorism must put absolute faith in the man at the helm of government.

His conservative allies say Bush is acting to uphold the essential prerogatives of his office. Vice President Cheney says the administration’s secret eavesdropping program is justified because “I believe in a strong, robust executive authority, and I think that the world we live in demands it.”

But the theory boils down to a consistent and self-serving formula: What’s good for George W. Bush is good for America, and anything that weakens his power weakens the nation. To call this an imperial presidency is unfair to emperors.

from skippy christmas in iraq and here

At least five Iraqis and a U.S. soldier were killed in violence in Iraq on Sunday as fresh street protests over election results kept up tension that has soured the mood after a peaceful ballot 10 days ago.

In the turbulent northern city of Mosul, the killing of a Sunni Arab student leader abducted after heading a demonstration against the election results prompted accusations by mourners at his funeral against militias loyal to the victorious Shi’ite Islamists and their Kurdish allies in the interim government.

ARFT or The Armed Forces Relief Fund

many of the men and women serving our country are facing personal and financial hardships. Family budgets are strained and those who remain at home face a mounting workload. The large activation of Reserve and National Guard personnel has further strained the resources needed to take care of our troops and their families.

If there is such a thing as Islamic-fascism as a real movement in the mold of German, Italian, or Spanish fascism and it is a threat to our freedom; should we be abandoning the constitution and the rule of law in order to win or will we have in fact done the Islamic radicals work for them by ending the democracy that they see as a threat to their delusional dreams of some pan-arabian theocracy. Since Stalin and Hitler all totalitarian movements have had one thing in common, they’ve declared that liberalism is their worst enemy. The Agency That Could Be Big Brother

Originally created to spy on foreign adversaries, the N.S.A. was never supposed to be turned inward. Thirty years ago, Senator Frank Church, the Idaho Democrat who was then chairman of the select committee on intelligence, investigated the agency and came away stunned.

“That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people,” he said in 1975, “and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.”

He added that if a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. “could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”

There were many of the “wise ones” who believed that Eddie Fogarty had reached the limit of his power. The life span of a gang chief is never very long and Spend-A-Thousand Eddie had already ruled his mob for eight hard and bloody years.– from Guns of Gangland By FREDERICK BORDEN