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How The EU’s Data Grab Could Affect You

The EU is poised to grab personal data in a way that could impact people around the globe. Information is power; it is power over your life and almost always includes a raid upon your wealth. The control of information is particularly important to cryptocurrencies because, unlike cash, they leave a transaction trail that makes privacy more difficult and imperative. Without privacy, it is not clear how liberating bitcoin can be for the individual.

A headline in New Europe (June 12) captures the purpose of the upcoming data grab in the EU: “The office of the European Public Prosecutor [EPPO] promises a new era has dawned in the EU for fighting financial crime.” Financial crime refers to the movement of wealth upon which a government frowns. It includes wealth rescued from confiscatory areas like Greece and the purchase of ‘unapproved’ services like sex. Financial crimes that do not involve theft or fraud are simply people who take control of their own financial choices.

The New Europe article further explains, “Every year, at least 50 billion euros of revenues from VAT are lost for national budgets all over Europe through cross-border fraud.” Taxes. The article could not be clearer about the EPPO being a tax grab. The word “terrorism” may be thrown into every second sentence but, in this content, it is a synonym of “tax collection.” The EU states do not want money to flow over borders and away from their reach. And, since nothing flows quite so smoothly as cryptocurrency, it will be targeted.
     — Wendy McElroy

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“Unsustainable Whiteness”

Sierra Club: The Big Problem With Environmentalism Is ‘Unsustainable Whiteness’

Claims that environmentalism is racist and needs to embrace social justice by appointing “people of color” as leaders have become increasingly common in the modern green movement.

“Simply put, NGOs [non-government organization] and foundations in the green space are still overwhelmingly white at all levels, especially top leadership — and that’s limiting their effectiveness, especially in addressing issues that affect frontline communities,” Swaminathan wrote. “Still, nearly three-quarters of staffers are white. And the numbers indicate less inclusiveness as you move to higher rungs in those outfits: Only 15 percent of the leaders are people of color.”

“White privilege and racism within the broader environmental movement is existent and pervasive,” Aaron Mair, the Sierra Club’s first black president, told Grist. “The current is not maintainable — we’re becoming a brown nation. It’s not about a one-off. It’s about sustainability.”

“That’s where the internalized racism and oppression is, and if I can help shift that Mount Everest and change its direction,” Mair said. “It becomes harder for other environmental organizations to maintain their way.”
     — Andrew Follet

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Thank the CIA for your drugs

How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs

"The CIA literally sent over two guys to Sandoz Laboratories where LSD had first been synthesized and bought up the world's supply of LSD and brought it back," Lappé tells Nick Gillespie in a wide-ranging conversation about the longest war the U.S. government has fought. "With that supply they began a [secret mind-control] program called MK Ultra which had all sorts of other drugs involved."

The different episodes cover the history of drug prohibition, the rise of the '60s drug counterculture; heroin epidemics past and present; how drug policy has warped U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia, Central America, Afghanistan, and beyond; the bipartisan politics of prohibition; and much more. America's War on Drugs features exclusive and rarely seen footage and documents how, time and time again, the government was often facilitating trade and use in the very drugs it was trying to stamp out. The show's website adds articles, short videos, and more information in an attempt to produce an "immersive experience" that will change how viewers think and feel about prohibition.
     — Nick Gillespie

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Getting away from the bankers and Feds

How I missed the point of bitcoin

No, the key thing about bitcoin is its censorship-resistance — something that I only obliquely touched on in my original post, when I mentioned that the currency could be used to purchase drugs on the dark web or send donations to WikiLeaks, which was then operating under a blockade by the major payment networks.

Censorship-resistance solves a real problem, and not just for drug dealers or ransomware attackers. Centralization may offer certain efficiencies, but it also creates single points of failure that are vulnerable to political or social pressure.
     — Marc Hochstein



Congress considers bill greatly expanding feds’ power to seize your money, Bitcoin, and property

Four U.S. senators have proposed legislation that would significantly expand the power of the federal government to seize citizens’ money when traveling in or out of the United States.

On May 25, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced in Congress the Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017, legislation that makes it much easier for the federal government to seize assets transported overseas or into the United States.

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The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act would expand “monetary instruments” covered under current law to include “prepaid access devices, stored value cards, digital currencies, and other similar instruments.” This is particularly problematic because digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, are theoretically always transported by the owner of the digital currency account wherever he or she goes, which means digital currency owners with accounts valued at $10,000 or more must always report their funds or risk having them seized.

Even more troubling is the law treats all blank checks as though they are financial instruments valued in excess of $10,000 if the checking account contains at least $10,000, which means if a traveler accidently fails to report a blank check floating around in his or her luggage, the account holder could face stiff penalties — even if there is no suspicion of criminal activity.
     — Justin Haskins

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Not for thee

Nothing To Be Proud Of

Yesterday was Seattle’s observance of Pride, the annual celebration of the Stonewall riots of June 28th, 1969, in which queer people said “no more” to police violence against them. But though the riots were started by black trans sex workers & drag sex workers, one wouldn’t know it from the modern celebrations which commemorate their struggle. In nearly every US city, the celebrations are run and dominated by white, vanilla cisgender people who not only have never done sex work, but in many cases actively work to throw sex workers under the bus. They seem to care so little for the “T” in “LGBT” that in many cases trans people have established separate (though chronologically adjacent) celebrations, and are so embarrassingly tone-deaf to the continuing struggle of black people that they eagerly invite cops and politicians to participate in the Pride events which purport to honor queer people’s struggle against the very institutions those “authorities” represent.
     — Maggie McNeill

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Selective

I want to talk about the curious restrictions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Nullify this!

“Juries Can Acquit the Guilty, 9th Circuit Says, but 'There Is No Right to Nullification'”

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John and Cindy McCain's shaky foundation

“Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute”


“Cindy McCain: Crony Philanthropist”

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FINALLY!!   It's about damn time!

“Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

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“How to save the USA in six words”

Stop making everything a moral issue.
     — Don Surber, How to save the USA in six words

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Just a bit biased

“Before Lois Lerner Targeted The Tea Party, She Helped The Clinton Foundation”

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Fake news from the Washington Post

”Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump”

“Trump: I had ‘absolute right’ to share ‘facts’ with Russia”

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❝Shut up. You have no rights.❞

“Detroit Cops Raid an Innocent Family's Home at Gunpoint on Bogus Sex-Trafficking Tip”

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Innocent but imprisioned

“Jury renders not guilty verdict in gun crime, but defendant still imprisoned”

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Columnist criticized for climate dissent

“Times columnist blasted by ‘nasty left’ for climate change piece”

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Certainty

“Climate of Complete Certainty”

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Silence

“The Bad Manners of the Campus Left”

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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What a liberal university used to mean

“In defense of the offensive“ & “A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college”

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Somebody KNEW

“Feds knew of 700 Wells Fargo whistleblower cases in 2010”

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Secret demands

“Court Rules Facebook Can’t Challenge Demands for User Data (and Can’t Tell Users)”

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DEA pushing drugs

“DEA Just Admitted It Lets Drugs Into Communities & Pushes Them on Citizens”

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Yeah, he kinda does

It gets lost in the noise.

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All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is wrong

“Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By ‘Climate Deniers’”

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I agree

Anything government touches turns to crap. Good thing government won't touch liberty with a 10-foot pole!
     — Kent McManigal, "Diversity"

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Theft by any other name

IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture”

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Illegal spying on legal phone calls

“Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump”

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Follow that trail

There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump.

But plenty of evidence points to Barack Obama's abuse of power. Let us follow that trail.
     — Don Suber, Investigate Obamagate
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Susan Rice unmasked

“CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story”

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I've nothing more to add to this headline

Black Lives Matter Philly Bans White People From Its Meetings

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Professor says studies don't use science

“J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method”

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

“There's No Other Way to Say It: Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist"

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Secret group creates blacklist

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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Soros manipulating media

“Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections”

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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More back down

“Sorry America, we're not leaving!”

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It was a joke?!

WTF? Amy Schumer Backs Out, Now Says Talk of Moving was a Joke?!


One backed down. So much for character. So much for honor. So much for principle.

She’s going to stay where the money is.

Next.

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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Grow a lot faster

“Memo To The Next President: We Can Grow A Lot Faster”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Unlimited immigration redux

“Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx”

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

“Britain's Constitution is famously “unwritten” but can be summarised in three words…”

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“Not Yours to Give” by James J. Bethune

This classic 1867 piece has lessons for today.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

“Who Protects Kids from Predatory Police and Prosecutors?”

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Maybe too windy

“Wind Farms Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Government Review Finds”

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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Unlimted immigration is not a good idea

“German Streets Descend into Lawlessness”

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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Wrong lizard

When both choices are bad…

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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2016 Election

I don't like either candidate. I don't trust either candidate. And I definitely don't trust the two major parties.

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“You Are Not Alone” by Bill Whittle

This essay isn't mine and I do not have permission to quote it, much less post it.

But you should read the whole thing.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Libertarianism for Beginners

John Stossel wrote an excellent review of Seavey's Libertarianism for Beginners.

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     — Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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Holding up prices

This does show a lack of competition.

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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

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The Return of Jim Crow

In the sixty years since the Civil Rights movement, the Left has entirely perverted the whole notion of civil rights. Civil Rights as the Founders intended meant the right of all citizens, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual, gender, etc., to be free of government constraints (although the government’s police powers certainly required the government to protect citizens when others amongst them worked to injure them or constrain their basic freedoms). Civil Rights as the Left demands it has become an all powerful government that is responsible for redistribution wealth, property, access to government and even happiness, from whites to blacks.
     — Bookworm, American Christians are the new blacks; and Leftists own the new Jim Crow movement
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Watching the headlines #2

“CNN ATTACKS Duke basketball coach for NOT speaking out against new Indiana Religious Freedom law

Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom

The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook's business boycott of Indiana

“Sounds like Apple’s CEO needs to disable the ‘hypocrite’ app on his iPhone”

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Dancing grannies demand freedom

The official titles don’t matter, aunts and grandmothers hold a community together.

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We finally hear Moore

You should read it all, it’s very good.

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Victim privilege - updated

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
     — Chris Hernandez, ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma
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That time of year again

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The real reason behind Prohibition

Nothing to do with morality and everything to do with vote pandering

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Bottleneck

America’s internet doesn’t have the problem you think.

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Liberty Beats "Internet Freedom"

Watch this great video

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses


This is awfully familiar. The U.S. has been accused of human rights abuses before

As usual, individuals with no responsibility in the matter, their humanitarian impulses outraged by conditions that were frequently beyond help, began carrying to America tales of indifference, negligence, and callousness on the part of the troops.  Generally these stories were lies.  The thousands of men assigned to the job of rescuing the DPs and organizing relief for them were Americans.  They were given every facility and assistance the Army could provide, and they were genuinely concerned in doing their utmost for these unfortunate of the earth.  But because perfection could not be achieved some so-called investigators saw a golden chance for personal publicity.  They did so at the expense of great numbers of Americans who labored night and day to alleviate the average lot of people who had suffered so much that they seemed at times beyond suffering.
	— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe

Hat tip to William Katz at FrontPageMagazine.com


Posted: Mon - June 13, 2005 at 05:48 AM

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John Kerry on Iraq

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Edward Kennedy on filibusters

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Ferris Bueller on beliefs

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Happy Towel Day!

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Rulers and Masters

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Rulers and Masters

Daniel Webster on those who want to rule

In every generation there are those who want to rule well - but they mean to rule. They promise to be good masters - but they mean to be masters.
     — Daniel Webster

And of course, they only promise to do it for "your own good."


Posted: Mon - May 9, 2005 at 09:15 PM

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