Saturday, June 30, 2007

Border fence accidentally built on Mexican soil

Yes, that's right - part of a fence between the U.S. and Mexico in 2000, designed to stop cars from driving into the U.S., and built by U.S. border officials, is actually in Mexico by some 2 meters (about 6 feet).  Doesn't seem like much, but ask yourself: what you would do if your neighbor put up a fence six feet onto your property?  How about six inches?  That's what Mexico is doing - asking for the fence to come down.

I saw an episode of Bullshit, a Showtime series hosted by Penn and Teller, where they talked about immigration, and the new fence the U.S. plans to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.  They hired some day laborers, headed out to the desert, and had them build a portion of the fence to spec.  That evening, when they were done building the fence, the day laborers were asked to get past the fence as if they were illegally trying to enter the U.S., which they did.  In a few minutes (something like three, if I remember correctly).  To state it slightly differently:

The fence the U.S. plans to build to stop illegal Mexican immigration will slow down illegal immigration by roughly three minutes.

Hardly worth the billions we're going to spend, is it?

CANOE -- CNEWS - World: Border fence accidentally built on Mexican soil

Friday, June 29, 2007

How to kill Capitalism, Step One

Threaten fines on kids selling water on the street.

Yes, that's right - kids acting as entrepreneurs are being threatened with fines for selling water to passing motorists.

Milwaukee officials claim they're concerned about the kids' safety, but I'm thinking that's the concern of the parents, not the government.  One parent in the story actually acted responsibly, keeping his kid safe - good for him.  The rest of the parents should take a lesson here.

And remember folks - you get the government you deserve.

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City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography - New York Times

Yes, that's an actual headline - New York City is considering making it mandatory to get a city license and carry $1 million in insurance if you're a party of two or more taking pictures or filming in one public location for more than 30 minutes, or using a tripod for more than 10 minutes.  They say it won't be used to harass tourists or families, but the language of the regulation is broad enough that it may.  The NY ACLU chapter is fighting it - good for them.

City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography - New York Times

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Virginia Introduces $3550 Speeding Ticket

Don't speed in Virginia.  At least, not if your a Virginia resident - not sure how the state will tax out of state offenders, but I doubt lawmakers thought that far ahead... 

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Government figures 'missing' two million violent crimes - Independent Online Edition > Crime

And what have we learned?   First, the government is not to be trusted.  Second, when you're in close with someone you don't trust, make sure you're as well armed as they are.  Too bad the U.K. banned all guns a few years ago - maybe those violent crime numbers wouldn't be off by a factor of 82%.

Government figures 'missing' two million violent crimes - Independent Online Edition > Crime

Denver - News - Ladies’ Nights, RIP

Wow, this is a real problem - apparently, having solved all other problems, the Denver City Council decided to do away with Ladies Nights.  In other words, if you want to increase the folks who come to your establishment by letting ladies get in free, or offering them free drinks, you're now breaking the law.

The one thing that was never stated is why Steve Horner, the man who started all this, actually started it all.  They've got some quote from him equating feminism to Marxism, but no real explanation why he would take this as his pet project.  I'd personally like to here that.

Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with him at all - a business can use whatever means necessary to attract customers (short of actual assault and murder, of course).  Happy hours, ladies nights, wet t-shirt contests, etc - it's all good, and if customers don't like it, then they can vote with their pocketbooks.

Still, I want to know what makes Horner think he's the moral and ethical champion for Denver.  Sun Tzu and all that, you know.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

What a brilliant concept!

It's not exactly liberty related, but this is number two on my list of pet peeves while driving (for the record, number one is failing to use your turn signal).

The only problem?  Flashing your bright lights at people is, at least to me, the universally recognized sign for move right.  Too bad we need to spell it out for some folks.

One man's message to left-lane slow pokes | More Washington News | | News for Seattle, Washington tags: ,

New respect for MSNBC anchor

Check out this MSNBC video.  I have never seen this show, never heard of Mika Brzezinski, but I have respect for her as a journalist.

Note, this respect begins and ends at Mika.  I see MSNBC website still shows Paris Hilton as their lead story - too bad there are more Mika's at MSNBC.

The good news?  MSNBC is now one journalist better than CNN. tags: , ,

Monday, June 25, 2007

Execution of convicted killer being investigated - Crime & Punishment -

On the other hand, I know exactly how I feel about this:

Killing another human being is wrong.  Period.

No, I don't care that you've killed another human being because he killed another human being, because killing another human being is wrong.

No, I don't care that he went through the system - the system is created by humans, who are fallible.  Therefore, the system is fallible, and mistakes can be made (which is what fallible means).  Death is not undoable, and therefore a mistake leading to death cannot be corrected.  Besides, killing another human being is wrong.

Clear?  Clear.

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New law puts U.S. flag, federal documents on display in every classroom

Wow, I'm not sure how I feel about this.  On one hand, I don't think force or legislation is the answer to any problem, but the cause of more.  On the other hand, how is having the Constitution and Bill of Rights available in a classroom anything but good?  I'm hoping some student will read it and have these same kinds of doubts and thoughts - maybe a classroom discussion will be started and then quickly clamped down by an overzealous teacher, but at least the seed is there.

I'm hoping those of you who homeschool have the Constitution available to your kids - if not, head to the Cato Institute to get a copy sent to you.

New law puts U.S. flag, federal documents on display in every classroom

UK Gov boots intelligent design back into 'religious' margins | The Register

For as much as I hate socialized medicine and cameras on every flipping street corner, the British have it right this time - there is no place in scientific discourse for creationism.  If it can't stand up to the scientific method, it's not science, and I've yet to meet a religion that can.

UK Gov boots intelligent design back into 'religious' margins | The Register tags: , ,

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Just in case I was unclear before...

This is yet another reason to do away with public schools.

In Buffalo, when you, as a parent, are delinquent in paying your child's lunch debt, the school district takes it out on your kid.  All that sins of the father crap, I guess, although they do find it works.  But of course it does - ask any parent who's bought their kid some useless piece of crap hawked on TV how loud and whiny they can get when peer-pressure isolates them as cast-outs.  And then ask them what the problem is, and none of them will say, "the forced socialization of our children into artificially constructed societies administered by government agents."

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Your education dollars at work

Well, if you live in New Jersey, this is what your school dollars buy you - yearbooks filled with pictures of kids kissing, and school administrators deciding which pictures of kids kissing are appropriate or not.

One student bought a page in the yearbook for $150, and filled it with pictures of him and his boyfriend (yes, they're gay).  One of those pictures were of the two of them kissing.  Newark Superintendent of Schools decided it was inappropriate, and had the offending picture (only one) blacked out with magic markers.

Now, a few thoughts.  First, if you don't want your kids being exposed to homosexual lifestyles, why are they still enrolled in New Jersey schools?  Obviously, they support homosexuality - only one kissing picture was blacked out, and the couple was known and open as a homosexual couple.

Second, if you think government has no place in discriminating against homosexual couples (only their picture was blacked out - other heterosexual kissing pics remained intact), why are your kids still in New Jersey schools?  Apparently, they apply capricious and indecipherable criteria when figuring out what goes in and stays out of their yearbooks.

Third, if you think school is the wrong place for kids to be exposed to, supported in, and given a place to explore their sexual natures, why are your kids still in New Jersey schools?  Openly homosexual couples, heterosexual kissing pictures in the yearbook - are your kids learning the
three 'R's, or are they learning how to breed?

Fourth, is anyone disturbed that kids can buy pages in the yearbook for $150?  I was never able to do that - student photographers took candid pictures throughout the year, which were selected and used to fill in the normal club and other pictures.  I can see that offering spaces for sale to students would help defeat the popularity issues that crop up, but I think it just discriminates against both the unpopular and the poor.

I don't care which argument jives with you - pick one, and get your kids out of public schools.

Breaking News From New Jersey:

Great Liberty Posters!

Head over to Darren Worden's web site and check out his Pompous and Powned pages - propagana posters for the police state.  Great stuff, and free to use as you see fit. tags: , , ,

Preaching the Religion of Green via Newsweek

You know, I always had an impression of Newsweek as being slightly less "newsy" than U.S. News and World Report, but better than "Time" at being non-knee jerky.  Apparently I was wrong, and apparently Karen Breslau, a Newsweek reporter, doesn't know how to conduct an unbiased interview.  Her second question turned me off, and I stopped reading the article.

Q&A: SF Mayor's Battle Against Water Bottles - Newsweek: Project Green -

Of course, California is nucking futs, and San Francisco is leading the charge, but it's just too much to see Newsweek coddling to the Religion of Green.

UPDATE: Read the comments about this story on Fark - I love one close to the bottom:

I remember when the plastic bags were the eco choice. Use plastic save a tree! Now its F%ck those carbon whore trees, no blood for petroleum based plastics!

Which is 99.9% of reason why Green isn't a science, it's a religion, no more or less intrusive or overbearing or intolerant or militaristic than Christianity or Islam or Judaism. tags: , , ,