Why Carrying a Gun is a Civilized Act.

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by 3wire on 5/27/2010 @ 2:44 pm

From: Warrior Times

I have seen this circulate many times and have tried to find the original post. All I can determine is that is appeared around 2007, is attributed to Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret) and a lot of bloggers didn’t attribute it to anyone. It is such a sweet and cogent piece that it must be brought out and revisited periodically. Thank you Major Caudill, where ever you are.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

Read the whole thing.

Facebook Responds to Privacy Criticism

Filed under:Technology — posted by 3wire on 5/26/2010 @ 5:34 pm

WSJ

After fierce criticism, Facebook is announcing changes to the site’s privacy controls. Liveblog: http://on.wsj.com/aKtEdA

Militirization of Police

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by Maverick on 5/18/2010 @ 7:23 pm

More than a  year ago, then Senator Barack Obama called for a “civilian security force” that is just as powerful and well-funded as the military.

Video (the comment is made at approximately the 16-minute mark.)

The war on drugs, however, has already created a military police force that, in many cases, has well overstepped its boundaries. The recent video out of Columbia, MO isn’t a lone incident, it has been the norm in many cities for decades.

I bring these two points together to say that if we continue on our current path, it would not take much time to redirect many police forces, which have already become militarized, from the war on drugs to a war on those inciting sedition (read: Tea Partiers).

I don’t exactly have a solution or comment to make other than to say that when the change comes, there will be little time to react before all those not willing to go along lock-step are silenced.

Browsers May Reveal Online Activities

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology — posted by 3wire on 5/17/2010 @ 5:38 pm

From: EFF

EFF UNVEILED RESULTS FROM THE “PANOPTICLICK” BROWSER PRIVACY PROJECT, which demonstrated that more than 8 in 10 people use browsers with unique, trackable signatures. Having a distinct browser signature means your individual movements on the web may be easier to track, and several companies are already selling products that claim to use browser fingerprinting to help websites identify users and their online activities.

For the full white paper “How Unique Is Your Web Browser?”:

https://panopticlick.eff.org/browser-uniqueness.pdf

For more about Panopticlick:

http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/05/13

Citizenship

Filed under:Culture War,Our Money,War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on 5/11/2010 @ 3:27 pm

Gabrielle Anwar is a British actress who failed to tell the truth in order to become an American citizen for the sole purpose of voting for Barack Obama. I discoved this when she was a guest on the “Late Late Show” hosted by Craig Ferguson. She stated very plainly that she became an American because she had “hope” which she emphasizes during the interview. Her interview is incredibly telling once the subject of being an American is reached. Craig Ferguson, who is a naturalized American citizen, begins discussing his experience and she tells him that she thought the experience was odd. One particular objection she had was a question on the application that asked if the United States went to war with England would she support the U.S.. She all but said she would not and used the excuse of “I have family in Engalnd”. This woman’s only reason for becoming an Amercian citizen I believe, was that she could vote for the president. Grabreille Anwar has abused our laws and our system of governmet. She doesn’t want to be a citizen of the United States anymore than I want to be a citizen of England, which is nil. I hereby call on any senators or congressmen to start an investigation to determine whether she lied on her application and to revoke her citizenship.
This interview happend months ago, but I decided to write about it now in light of the attempted bombing in New York City. The terrorist who tried to set off a bomb in Times Square was a natualized citizen from Pakistan. This country needs a serious overhall of the guidelines that allow these people to become citizens while people who truly love this country and have businesses here wait for years, to no avail. I personally know a British ex-pat who falls in to this category. He has been here for over 10 years and has done everything required of him yet he is not a citizen. I already consider him a citizen for all that he has contributed to the local community and the country at large. What has Gabreille Anwar done? She cheated to get into this country so she could affect the outcome of our election. I find what she did deplorable.

If you want to see the interview for yourself, here is a video from YouTube

Liberty

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by Q Ball on @ 3:12 pm

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion:
the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases,
while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage
of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
Ayn Rand

The Worst Tyranny

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Our Money — posted by 3wire on 5/6/2010 @ 8:56 am

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”

– Robert Heinlein “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress



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