Archive for the ‘Civil Liberties’ Category

Sen. Brown (D-OH): Confused About his Job

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

The other night I listened to Senator Sherrod Brown’s “E-Town Hall on Health Insurance Reform”.  I posted earlier about Sen. Brown’s excuse that he’s “clearly not a Constitutional expert” as his reason for thinking that the legislature has authority to force an expanded government controlled healthcare system upon us. Something else caught my attention during […]

Sen. Brown (D-OH): “I’m certainly not a Constitutional expert”

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

The other night I listened to Senator Sherrod Brown’s “E-Town Hall on Health Insurance Reform”. Sen. Brown didn’t answer any of the 7 questions I submitted he took a question from “Mike” who asked “Where in the Constitution does it give the Federal government permission to be involved in healthcare, please cite article and section.” […]

“Death Proof” Quote

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Finally got around to seeing the film “Death Proof” by Quentin Tarantino this evening.  Great piece of work with great atmosphere.  I think it also has one of my favorite in-movie conversations.  It goes something like this: Lee: You carry a gun? Kim: Uh-Huh. Lee: Do you have a license to carry it? Kim: Yeah, […]

Stupid to throw around “Socialist!”?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Today Jill Miller Zimon ranted about “throwing around” the terms “Socialist!” and “Communist!”. Her reasoning seemed to be that Bush also advances socialist policies, therefore it’s “stupid” to call a spade a spade. Since Jill included a definition of “stupid”, I was hoping she’d include a definition for socialism too so we can make a […]

Does America Want a Climate Action Mandate?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Dennis Spisak and Progress Ohio want you to think that a clear majority of Americans want a “Climate Action Mandate”.  People actually said they want a mandate?!?  Well, not really. According to a poll sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund (sponsor of the DDT genocide), Americans believe that we should address climate change now in a […]

Give? Take? What’s the Difference?

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The Houston Chronicle today has the headline U.S. gives $40 billion to save AIG, gets ownership stake – shouldn’t that read “U.S. takes $40 billion to save AIG, gets ownership stake”? After all, the US can only “give” what it steals first. Technorati Tags: us,give,take,bailout,aig,steal,theft

"What works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne,"

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

…but Barack Obama seems poised to give it a whirl.  Citing support for "common-sense" gun control, Change.gov, the official website of the office of the president-elect lists the following approach: Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important […]

Campus Area Shooting After Man Stabs Officer

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Problem is widespread as evidenced by 7 violent attacks in 7 Days at The Ohio State University campus Often when the issue of safety on campus arises – typically due to news of a violent attack on or near campus like this one, the media and educators assert that they are shocked because “campus is […]

Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Candidates and The Law

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

It dawned on me today that I hadn’t checked the criminal records search for the candidates in the OH-15 Congressional race.  I’m sure the Republicans and Democrats vetted their candidates to ensure that there are no felonies or anything really embarrassing, but it never hurts to check – and sometimes you can gain insight into […]

Christian Concerns with the Libertarian Party?

Monday, March 10th, 2008

A friend of mine pointed out a post on a political forum, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to clarify a few points that the original author seemed to overlook: However, the core problem with libertarianism is that the philosophy refuses to acknowledge that our rights come God (like the Declaration of Independence states). […]

N.Y. governor reportedly in prostitution ring – Politics- msnbc.com

Monday, March 10th, 2008

It should be interesting to hear how this plays out.  Note the careful choice of words – he wasn’t caught in a “sting”, the media says he was part of a “ring”. Federal prosecutors last week arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation, the Times reported. A person with knowledge of the […]

A Look Ahead

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Ohio has been seeing it’s share of presidential campaign ads on TV.  Mostly from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in my market.  I’ve found a few of the ads to contain troubling authoritarian messages. Take for example Obama’s “Choices” ad with footage of him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: [applause] It is that fundamental […]

Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

My brother sent me a link to The Consumerist which had some interesting articles on individuals being assertive about their liberties.  I found one story to be especially interesting for a number of reasons such as the customer’s attitude toward an ignorant police force who needlessly harassed him, and the way the media portrayed this […]

Dick on Hillary

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

A neighbor sent an email supposedly from Dick Morris with the following assertion about Hillary Clinton: 3. She wants to grant constitutional rights to enemy combatants captured on the battlefield. Hillary may “want to grant constitutional rights”. Unfortunately, she can’t – nor does the Constitution “grant” rights. If a person takes the time to read […]

Collective Right?

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I recently came across a Letter To the Editor (LTE) in the Toledo Blade, here it is: 2nd Amendment is about collective right In The Blade’s Dec. 27 Readers’ Forum there was a letter headlined “Other amendments suffer in 1939 ruling.” The letter writer questioned if the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a […]

Bush Administration "Pretending" to be Anti-Gun?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

When the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was due to sunset, Bush explained that he was in favor of the ban and that if the Congress passed a renewal of the bill, he would sign it. I asked my pro-Gun Republican friends what they thought about that, and the consensus was that – for political reasons […]

Back Doors?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Of course we can’t eliminate the possibility of an elaborate government disinformation plot, but stories like this seem to indicate that encrypted data security is alive and well.  Here’s the meat: For more than a year, the government has been unable to view drive Z. A government computer forensics expert testified that it is “nearly […]

Free Speech Zone

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Today I was out volunteering my time canvassing for a presidential candidate.  I was delivering fliers to people on a list of reliable party voters in my neighborhood and it had been relatively uneventful aside from the occasional “Good afternoon” exchanged with passing neighbors out for walks.  As I was climbing the mile-long hill out of […]