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Author: Raine    Date: 02/25/2008 13:27:47

Last night, CBS's 60 Minutes reported the story of the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. The show featured comments by Republican insiders about what they allege to be politically motivated prosecutions against Democratic officials. It was pretty damning stuff. In case you were not aware, the Governor is in jail for corruption. He took money for his campaign in return for favours to supporters.

It was pretty much summed up this way:
"They targeted Don Siegelman because they could not beat him fair and square. This was a Republican state and he was the one Democrat they could never get rid of."
Former Alabama AG, Grant Woods

The prosecution was led by a U.S. Attorney in Alabama who happened to be married to the campaign manager of Siegelman's Republican gubernatorial opponent. The story also weaved its way into the entire US attorney firing scandal. Karl Rove was named as conspirator in this case as well.
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145 comments (Latest Comment: 02/26/2008 04:27:18 by livingonli)

Root this here blog!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 02/24/2008 12:02:39

How do? Listen up. Miss Velveeta has gone and got herself a job, a real one too, not one o’ them lay about “jobs” she’s always claiming t’ have, like "filmmaker" or "artist" or whatever. So, as she is off working at her job which is where she should be, she has asked me, her ex-husband, to write this here blog thing. Course we was only married for a short while, then she started wanting to all this fancy stuff and stopped even cleaning the house! No doing my laundry, NOTHING! So, as you can imagine: right out she goes. And good riddance far as I'm concerned. But eventually we start being neighborly again. She's nice enough to help get me back into the house after I plowed my car through the porch one morning. And she does look prettier than a glob of butter melting on a stack of pancakes, so its hard to resist when she asks. Also, she pays me in Bud.

But now, I haven’t rightly introduced myself. Though yawl may have heard o’ me, I’m sure she talks me up all the time, right? She does don’t she? For those t’aint heard a me my formal name is Clemet Franklin Robert “Lee” Davis, Jr. Course my friends call me "Root", and that’s what yawl can call me.

First off, I sure am glad that Miss Velveeta got herself one of these computoor talky things so’s I don't have to type, otherwise this blog thingy would never get to written, fer sure! Hell, I’d spill my beer typin’. Its kinda spooky to see the words that I'm saying comin' cross the screen as I am sayin' them. Weird stuff! Pussy! Haahahahhahahahaha! Buttfucker!! Wooooooooo!

Now then, off to the stories. The note under my six-pack says I'm supposed to talk about Bill O'Reilly and his lynching comment and then segoo into talkin' bout animals and how man is the cruelest animal of all and talk about this here book. Pffffffth. Yawn. I'm gonna need more beer
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 02/25/2008 05:16:20 by Mondobubba)

Musings on the Constitution
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/23/2008 13:13:20

Morning folks. Instead of the usual Libertarian Saturday, I've got some disjointed thoughts to share about something we all hold dear to our hearts.

I've been reading "The Patriot's Handbook", a terrific collection of important American documents from the Mayflower Compact all the way up to some George Bush speeches given after 9/11. It's not Liberal, or Conservative, or Red, or Blue...but American. It's a fascinating read, and some of the documents of the Founding Fathers have been truly eye-opening. I heartily recommend it.

Among the things I've read recently is the United States Constitution. Sure, we all aver that we know and love it, and will fight to the death to defend it...but what's in it that's so important? Have we all really read it? I was really struck by the juxtaposition of the Presidential Oath of Office and all those things that the President is supposed to "Preserve, Protect, and defend." I'm not going to lecture everyone on it, but I'll skim along and add some things that I think are relevant, and some of my comments.

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12 comments (Latest Comment: 02/24/2008 04:36:42 by Mondobubba)

What a Wonderful World
Author: BobR    Date: 02/22/2008 13:25:35

It seems that life is so hectic these days, full of work and presidential campaigns and running errands. How often do we stop and take notice of all the tiny miracles that we take for granted so often that they become just part of the wallpaper on the walls that we build around ourselves? Sometimes nature stretches and tosses us something we can't ignore and forces us to look.

The night before last was the full lunar eclipse. In our little corner of this little blue marble hurtling through the cosmos it started out a little cloudy, and we were disappointed that we'd miss it. As the night slowly ate the green cheese, nibble by nibble, the clouds gradually demurred until the moon in all its orange glory remained alone.
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196 comments (Latest Comment: 02/23/2008 15:40:57 by m-hadley)

Is this McCain's blowjob?
Author: Raine    Date: 02/21/2008 13:42:27

By now you have all heard the big news. Did he or didn't he? Does it matter?
We have eaten bigger scandals than this for lunch. But this really is not about us, it is about John McCain, the Republicans, Ethics, and Hypocrisy. And even more important: why was this story published now?

McCain does have a history with ethics, there is no doubt about that. He was a member of the Keating Five, and received a large sum of money in donations from Charles Keating himself. That was back in 1989.

Now we see that he did it again. The NYT article reports
...a partner at the firm Alcalde & Fay, represented telecommunications companies for whom Mr. McCain’s commerce committee was pivotal. Her clients contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his campaigns.
This happened before the McCain-Feingold Act was passed in 2002 and after the savings and loan scandal of the eighties.
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191 comments (Latest Comment: 02/22/2008 04:39:58 by Mondobubba)

Another Tale of Two Cities
Author: BobR    Date: 02/20/2008 13:05:00

Perusing some headlines about Iraq and the deplorable conditions there, I was becoming more and more disgusted. We have turned a once modern city (and country) into a 3rd world cesspool. What lack of vision and leadership allowed this to happen?

At the same time, I was getting this creeping feeling of familiarity. All at once it struck me - Atlanta is creeping towards a microcosm of the situation in Iraq! Allow me to explain:
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228 comments (Latest Comment: 02/21/2008 04:33:25 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/19/2008 11:31:20

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,798th day in Iraq.

We'll start today as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the Warron Terra, courtesy of AntiWar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3963
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3824
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3502
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3105
Since Election (1/31/05): 2525

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 483

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through $495, 687, 000, 000.00. If I read that right, the next milestone is going to be 500 billion dollars...

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223 comments (Latest Comment: 02/20/2008 05:00:10 by livingonli)

Today is Election Day
Author: Raine    Date: 02/18/2008 13:32:06

Big election today. It may have been easy to forget about it. It hasn't really been on the news, at least not in America. Approximately a thousand people are in Pakistan to monitor the elections. Europe has sent 112 Union obseververs to monitor the elections. America is being represented as well, by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Sen. Joseph Biden, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Chuck Hagel. Sadly, one would think that after sending more than 10 billion dollars in Aid to fight the Waronterra™, we would have more than 4 representatives from America. Even that almost did not happen.
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189 comments (Latest Comment: 02/19/2008 04:04:29 by Mondobubba)

Crazy Mother F*ckers.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 02/17/2008 15:01:11

Today Velveeta will spoil this lovely Sunday that God has blessed us with, to remind you of the many crazy zombies out there, bent on destroying you. Its always good to remember that they are out there, waiting. And we all know that zombies do two things: move slow and eat brains. These particular zombies attempt to brainwash our more gullible citizens by appearing to know what they’re talking about. If a person has a radio or TV show on a major network, they must be smart, right? If someone gets paid to speak in front of large crowds of people, certainly, they must be an expert in their field?

Nope. Sorry. There are many crazy zombies out there - they spew the hateful words written in front of them, pander to other evil zombies, and make it seem as if everything they say is true.

So, I thought I’d take a moment to remind ya’ll of some of them. To be honest, its also a way to cut and paste my way through the blog this morning as Velveeta fights the flu/fever that is desperately trying to keep her down. But she will fight on! FIGHT! FIGHT! Fight (cough) ……….

So here are my awards to a few of the crazy mother fuckers who are trying to turn our brains into mush, attempting to zombie-fy us, so that we will end up spewing right-wing nonsense, walking slowly and trying to eat our friends and families brains infecting them as well.

I’m sorry there is no actual awards to give out, nor do we have the fabulous red carpet, Klieg lights, jazzy dance numbers or hot buxom blondes leading the winners off stage right - unless Raine volunteers.
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38 comments (Latest Comment: 02/18/2008 04:40:15 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/16/2008 13:48:09

Good Morning!

It's Saturday of a long weekend (for some), so don't forget to get out there and celebrate Washington and Lincoln if you can...

There's been an awful lot of rhetoric kicked around the campaign recently about "change"...every candidate is trying to cast themselves as the one to make things different in Washington. But one candidate is doing thing differently. You've no doubt heard about Mr. Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope"?

Hope can be a powerful tool...and depending on who is wielding it, it can lead to great futures or total ruin. But Mr. Obama isn't the only one looking at this as a way to inspire the masses. Some in the libertarian movement see hope as a way to energize the movement.
I am currently reading a book entitled The True Believers written by Eric Hoffer in 1951. It is a fascinating study on the rise of what he calls “mass movements” over the last 5,000 years and some of the characteristics common to all mass movements. Whether a mass movement is religious, political, or national they use similar techniques to grow their movements and win converts.

On page 19, Hoffer makes an interesting comment: “If the Communists win in Europe…it will not be because they know how to stir up discontent…,but because they know how to preach hope.”

How often do we in the Liberty Movement preach hope? What do we offer potential converts? Think about the Muslim suicide bomber or the Japanese Kamikaze. They were both offered hope. You and I can agree that is not a reasonable hope, but hope does not have to be rational.

We know that Liberty like Communism was an outgrowth of the Enlightenment. We know that Democratic Socialism (communism’s close cousin) is the dominate political theory in the world today. What does it offer? Hope with a vote. The politicians can say, “vote for me and I will give you ‘free’ healthcare, ‘free’ education, ‘free’ whatever. The voters will buy it. Does the Green Party offer hope? Sure.

Hoffer goes on to say that one of the main reasons people join mass movements is to relieve themselves of personal responsibility.

On the back page of the LP’s new 24-page flyer, it lists our 3 pillar arguments as: “limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility.” How do we, as a movement, preach hope to a population that is desperately seeking to avoid personal responsibility?

I have also said for the last couple of years that we should sell the benefits and the features of Liberty. This is sales 101 to any of you who are sales people. For those of you who are not, it is simple. People buy benefits not features. For example, no one goes to a store to buy a washing machine with a permanent press cycle (feature); they want to buy clean clothes (benefit).

Look at our 3 “pillar” arguments/sound bites:

1. Limited government (feature)
2. Individual freedom (benefit of limited government)
3. Personal responsibility (feature)

So, from a potential convert’s point of view, our key Libertarian sound bite offers one benefit and feature, and a feature that they are seeking to avoid when they join mass movements.

As I see it, we have a 6-fold challenge to turn this thing we call the Liberty Movement into a Mass Movement:

A ) Preach hope
B ) Preach the benefits and the features
C ) Preach the message in 30 seconds
D ) Relieve converts of personal responsibility
E ) Be honest and non-hypocritical
F) Have a Libertarian solution

Is it possible to succeed given these parameters? How would we rate ourselves?


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14 comments (Latest Comment: 02/17/2008 02:43:40 by livingonli)

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