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Journal: What A Year 1

Journal by vague_ascetic

This year has come and is almost gone. I was unable to complete any of my goals for the year. Something unexpected came up, and yes, it was significant enough to throw me off course. I started this year with about 50k in the bank. I am effectively broke now.

Last January, my lower back started hurting. Late in January, the pain escalated for several days, and was so extreme, that I could only lie in bed. Over the next many months, this was repeated multiple times, yet I did not seek medical help, and instead kept telling myself that it would get better, and all would be fine. Comme the end of August and my condition had deteriorated to the point that I was unable to even get out of bed and go to the bathroom.

It turns out that I have contracted Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. It caused at least three separate lumbar vertebra fractures. I also managed to fracture my ribs before I went into the hospital. I was very close to dying. I have now spent 80 days straight in the hospital, and presently, it looks like I'll be discharged next Tuesday. I am ready to go home. This is the reason I've been a stranger round these here parts for a long spell now.

There is no cure for Multiple Myeloma, but it can be pushed into remission for a very long time. I am presently receiving chemotherapy, and have been exercising as hard as my body allows. The pain has at times been overwhelming. I am able to walk short distances using a walker, but must face the reality of needing a wheelchair for any significant distances for the foreseeable future. That's ok, at least I'm still kicking.

This is why I have been scarce around Slashdot, and why this year seems like it has simply gone up in smoke.

Music

Journal: Jackson Browne sues RNC and McCain 5

Journal by vague_ascetic

Jackson Browne has sued the Republican National Committee, the Ohio Republican Party, and John McCain for unlawful use of his song and recording, "Running On Empty" in an Ohio ad criticizing Barrack Obama's energy policy.

Jackson Browne is a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party, as well as an activist for liberal causes, and is claiming trademark infringement under the The Lanham Act, because it infers a false association to the McCain campaign. He is also suing under California's Right of Publicity Law.

The McCain campaign claims they are being improperly targeted, because they were completely unaware that the Ohio Republican party was making the ad. The Washinton Post reports that Browne's attorney, Lawrence Y. Iser, said, "we have been informed and believe that McCain and his campaign were well aware of the ad".

Not a proper target, just because the McCain campaign was ignorant that the song would be used in an advertisement for it? It seems that Senator McCain is getting introduced to the DMCA, up close and personal.

United States

Journal: Military Advisory Board Issues Climate Change Warning

Journal by vague_ascetic
The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has released a study titled National Security and The Threat of Climate Change. (1.1mb pdf)-(Press Release) The CNA Corporation's self-description states:

The CNA Corporation (CNAC) is a non-profit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research.

The Center for Naval Analyses is a Federally funded Research Center (FFRC).

The Military Advisory Board members for this study were:

  • General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), Chairman, Military Advisory Board, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • Admiral Frank "Skip" Bowman, USN (Ret.), Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program; Former Deputy Administrator-Naval Reactors, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Lieutenant General Lawrence P. Farrell Jr., USAF (Ret.), Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
  • Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, USN (Ret.), Former President, National Defense University; Former Chief of Naval Research and Commander, Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • General Paul J. Kern, USA (Ret.), Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and of Allied Forces, Southern Europe
  • Admiral Donald L. "Don" Pilling, USN (Ret.), Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and Former U.S. Ambassador to China
  • Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.), Former NASA Administrator, Shuttle Astronaut and the first Commander of the Naval Space Command
  • General Charles F. "Chuck" Wald, USAF (Ret.), Former Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command (USEUCOM)
  • General Anthony C. "Tony" Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

Synopsis of Study's Findings:

  • Projected climate change poses a serious threat to America's national security.
  • Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.
  • Projected climate change will add to tensions even in stable regions of the world.
  • Climate change, national security, and energy dependence are a related set of global challenges.

Synopsis of Study's Recommendations:

  1. The national security consequences of climate change should be fully integrated into national security and national defense strategies.
  2. The U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate change at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability.
  3. The U.S. should commit to global partnerships that help less developed nations build the capacity and resiliency to better manage climate impacts.
  4. The Department of Defense should enhance its operational capability by accelerating the adoption of improved business processes and innovative technologies that result in improved U.S. combat power through energy efficiency.
  5. The Department of Defense should conduct an assessment of the impact on U.S. military installations worldwide of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other projected climate change impacts over the next 30 to 40 years.
Privacy

Journal: TSA Follies

Journal by vague_ascetic

Making a List, Checking it Twice; Going to Find Out Who's Naughty and Nice...

January 17, 2007, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducted a hearing: Aviation Security - Reviewing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. At the hearing, Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley, Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) testified. From Hawley's prepared statement:

"TSA is firmly committed to protecting the privacy and civil liberties of travelers. After completing a vulnerability assessment of the Secure Flight program and after considering feedback from the Congress and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as DHS evaluations of the program, I announced to this Committee that TSA was re- baselining the program. At that time, we undertook this effort to assure privacy and information security in Secure Flight by making sure the foundation of the program was strong and that it will be successful upon implementation. That work has now been completed.

I am pleased to update you that we are currently working with the DHS Screening Coordination Office (SCO) toward achieving DHS certification and demonstrating satisfaction of the ten areas of Congressional direction to GAO. We are working closely with GAO to facilitate their review of the program's development. In addition, through regularly scheduled meetings with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), we are coordinating airline industry needs with CBP and the airlines with the intent of providing a single DHS system interface to the industry. Key to our efforts in improving passenger pre-screening has been the tremendous undertaking to systematically review names on the No Fly List. The purpose of the review is to remove, or downgrade to the Selectee List, individuals that do not meet the established criteria for the No Fly List. The review implements new guidance for the No Fly and Selectee Lists ratified in July 2006 by the Terrorist Screening Center's (TSC) Governance Board. Just as the threat environment is fluid, so must the No Fly List be maintained as a true list of individuals who currently pose a threat, rather than maintaining on the list those who were feared to have presented a threat in the past, but no longer do. TSA and the TSC, in collaboration with all the nominating agencies responsible for compiling the No Fly List, are in the process of a thorough, name-by- name review of that list. We expect that by the time the review is completed in mid- February, the No Fly List should be reduced by approximately 50%. A similar review will be undertaken with respect to the Selectee List.

"Integral to the successful execution of our passenger pre-screening efforts is our redress system, by which travelers who either previously have been misidentified or believe they are on the No Fly or Selectee List in error may apply to have that error corrected. We have significantly modified the process in response to customer feedback that the process was too cumbersome and expensive. Now an applicant need submit only a single document--a United States Passport--to verify his or her identity. Approximately 70% of applicants have this document and are therefore able to apply for relief without submitting other documentation. We have also eliminated the requirement that identity documents be notarized and we allow electronic submission of the application and supporting documentation. Finally, TSA introduced an automated Redress Management System (RMS). After assuring the privacy of users and the security of the system, RMS was launched on October 6, 2006, enabling travelers to submit and check the status of their applications electronically via the internet.

I'm Being Followed by a BuShadow...

This should come as good news to the Committee's co-Chairman, Senator Ted 'internets tubes' Stevens (R-Alaska):

"At a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Hawley ran into inquiries from lawmakers with family members or friends who had encountered problems at airport checkpoints.

Among them was Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who complained that his wife, Catherine, was being identified as "Cat" Stevens and frequently stopped due to confusion with the former name of the folk singer now known as Yusuf Islam, whose name is on the list. In 2004 he was denied entry into the U.S., but officials declined to explain why."

Beverley Lumpkin-AP, "No-Fly List Checked for Accuracy, Cut", PhillyBurbs, January 18, 2007

The real news is that the head of the TSA admitted that the No Fly List had a 50% false positive rate. Does anyone believe that there is not a commensurable false negative rate too?

Republicans

Journal: Tom DeLay's Blog

Journal by vague_ascetic

Tom DeLay has entered the blogoshpere...sort of. It seems to be in name only, as Mr. DeLay admitted it is ghost-written during an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball, Dec. 11, 2006:

BARNICLE: Welcome back to HARDBALL. We're with former Texas congressman and House majority leader, Tom DeLay.

TomDeLay.com, right? Is that--is that the blog?

DELAY: That's new today. Yes. That's my blog that we came out with today. And we're very pleased with it. We're getting a lot of comments and a lot of hits on it.

BARNICLE: So, like, do you get up first thing in the morning and start blogging away? Or what do you do?

DELAY: Well, I'm not a very good writer. I have the ideas, and I have somebody else put the words together. But yes, we're going to post a lot during the day. And we're going to respond to questions and comments.

It seems that they were less than web savvy at TomDelay.com, and initially opened for business allowing unmoderated commenting, a fact not missed by Keith Olbermann, also on December 11:

OLBERMANN: The ghost blogger must also be the individual responsible for checking the calendar. Mr. DeLay said on "HARDBALL" the blog started today. Actually it was yesterday. It's that pesky ghost blogger who must have also written DeLay's opening statement about why he started a blog, even though he's not blogging.

Quote, "I did not fully realize the impact or potential of the blogosphere until very recently, when Red State gave me the opportunity to post some of my observations in the wake of the recent midterm elections. The response I received was overwhelming, and I would like to again thank the fine people at that site. This experience brought me to the immediate realization that I needed to become more directly involved in the blogosphere," unquote.

And the so-called blogosphere got directly involved with him, thanks to his great idea to post unscreened comments. That experiment only lasted about 75 minutes before Mr. DeLay, or somebody, took the Web site down and deleted the 100-some comments, but not before one other sharp-eyed blogger saved them. Most are far too blue for us to repeat. We don't mean that in blue-versus-red. But we can quote a few, and now you tell it all (ph).

Quote, "You corrupt hypocrite, crawl back to the hole you came out of." And, "This is a joke, right?" And the winner for cynical wit, "Everyone already assumes bloggers are unemployed losers. Thanks for reinforcing that stereotype."

The "sharp-eyed blogger" is named James J. Risser. Risser archived 111 comments at DeLay's blog before they were taken down, and placed them on a new blog: tomdelaydotcom.blogspot.com.

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Journal: walkabout musing from within The Dreamtime 1

Journal by vague_ascetic

I am walkabout in the Dreamtime America, It is foggy and midnight at the Well of America's soul, and the fount may be dry. I do not wish to fight the demons emerging from inside my present state of mind, and as an effort to avoid slipping into hebephrenic dementia, I engage in free-falling raving to wile away the darkness.

Although it is a predominant factor in the categorisation of the present societal divisive fracturing, conservatism is not the true source of American ills, which is instead subsets within conservatism. Even that is an overly broad definition, exposing too large of a grouping. Luminescence, derivative of cool observation and deduction, provides the diagnosis that Contemporary Conservatism in the US is diseased from infestations of parasitical political theories. Conservatism has become host to a myriad of right-sided extremist thought, which has taken advantage of the RNCC's self-marketed schemingmatrix of itself as The Big Circus Tent of Inclusiveness. Realists, employing Machiavellian machinations jacked conservatism from its righteous practitioners and wrapped themselves in its stolen mantle, a long time ago, and the GOP never looked back. One can find theocons, paleocons, hypocrittercons, moronicons, Imperialcons, imperilingcons, fascistcons geldedcons, derelictcons, impeachacons, and yes, of course, those preponderate renunciators and betrayers of their past claimed political affiliations, the NeoConnivers, who presently still hold an extremely limited ascendancy within the Party. The GOP is chasmaniacally schismatical, approaching critical mass, in danger of becoming a major humpty-dumptied clusterfuck capable of causing mayhem if it blows. Even though Conservatism is fractured and headless, it still continues to grow, and revisionaries within the GOP's Little Shop of Manufactured Terror keep coming up with even more phantasmagorical depictions of the Big Circus Tent of GOP Inclusiveness, as the Republican Party lumbers on as the Party of Nothing for Everybody. It is like the cockroach that has been smashed and bisected into two parts by the bottom of your shoe, which still manages to get both of itselves under the refrigerator before you can grab a paper towel to pick up its guts, and frightfully these brain dead Neoconnivers, running only on instinct, whilst foully oozing a poisonous dark grey/green ichor still seem to be in semiauto control. With lurching jerks, they continue pulling America inexorably into its setting sun.

The GOP's dance with the Lady in the red masque began in 1968, when Nixon, who had noticed Goldwater's appeal to southern racists in 1964, parlayed his broken oath from a Checkers Past dog day into the Republican candidate left standing in 1968. Using classic Nixonian darkevil; sectarian politicised tactics, more often recognised as "The Southern Strategy, Tricky Dick transubstantiated crackers disaffected with the Great Society into GOP faithful using his own unique brand of Class Warfare, and ably aided by another of the American 20th century crossdressers of manifest evils, Herbert Hoover. Using hot button terminology that Pavlovian strategists had effectively preprogrammed, Nixon opened up the Party of Lincoln's Ass End wide and bent it over upon the realists' altar of expedience, then allowed it to be ravished in a nonconsensual act of obscenity, as he stood by and pissed on Honest Abe's tombstone by embracing the Southern Racist.

Nixon won, The RNCC learned their lesson, as well as proper placement in power politics' dominmatrix and never looked back as they spun out of control into the event horizon of situationalism into a still continuing beingness of ever always falling...falling in a long-term spiraling declination of moral degradation . This perversion of ideals infected Conservatism with an autoimmune deficiency, that when coupled up with the Big Circus Tent, is multiplied exponentially, and suddenly every hare-brained ideation of right-sided extremism has been given a means to bootstrap itself up and out of the quagmire of the fringe, get sugar-coated, and placed upon America's plate, falsely advertised as a type of warm and fuzzy right-centrist conservatism.

The Republican descent into situationalism occurred just prior to the historical primary purveyors of Americanised Moral Relativism's abrupt 180° polarity shift within the common misConceptualised Linear Political Scale from left to right, and concomitant NeoConnivers' conversion from Trotskyite Hawks and the NewLeft's PolitiqueChic into the Gimper's FauxCon, The Apostolic ReaganComics, who were also multivalent apostates: Stalinists, who had fled the purges into Troskyite Ideologues - into Rabidly AntiNaziLeftists - into CIA paid Stooge Providers of Americanised Individualist ArtForms as a foil to Stalinist Realism in the Post WWII EuroTheatre of Cold War. Their 2nd Gen offspring became foundational NewLeftys, and Graduates Schooled in the Corporation Backed Foreign Policy Educational Institutes. This should not be perceived as obfuscating background noise. It is the signal, and a continuous loud disharmonic thread of semantics gamed as divisive dialectics used as coercive instruments effectuating change can be heard throughout the whole time line. No commonality of a political positional permanence other than chameleon like transitory fluidity, and early entry into strategic associative renunciations to avoid bearing blame's responsibility.

A convergence did began to appear in th early 70's. A shift into strident expressions of US Socialistic Hawkishness, largely viewed as deviant aberrancy by the rest of the then yet to be cowed into acquiescence AntiVietnam empowered American left, and the ensuing reactionary flight in fright to the right. A brief synopsis:

Democratic Senator 'Scoop' Jackson, also known as Senator Boeing by the defense contractor lobbyists because he never saw a defense expenditure worthy of deletion, had the following persons working on his staff during the early 70's;Elliot Abrams, Doug Feith, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz . Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan partnered in their 70s creation of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. It's original and early membership included Elliott Abrams, Stephen Bryen, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Norman Podhoretz. Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz were members of Ford Administration's 'Team B' which vastly overstated Soviet capabilities.

Carter's election in 1976 was a pivotal point for many of the Democratic Hawks. Many of these same previously cited individuals created The Committee for the Present Danger in response to Carter's belief that Palestinians deserved their own state. Ronnie's run for the presidency was fortunately for him, at a time when these pure American relativists were on the move, The Pro-Israeli Hawks, formerly deeply involved in American socialism pressed hard for Reagan's 1980 election, and its members were rewarded with prominent positions within his Administration. Maybe this isn't as great of a strectch as it seems, since both sides seemed desirous of assuaging any guilt of, and deflecting any blame from former associations by expressing AntiSoviet fervency laid out in terms couched in the lingo of radicalised religiosity.

The rabid blind-feith belief in fallacy by the GOP Base of the Rank and Defiled: that Reagan epitomised core conservatism, should be seen as the spin that it is. Trotskyites, and Democratic Scoop Jackson hawks, limp wristed slcialistic libs, the whole lot of them, were appointed to primary positions inside the Asleep at the Wheel Presidency of Reagan, who upon rational reflection, had by this time, transparently begun his long goodbye as a tenacious rogue protein resolutely worked its way up through Reagans' brainstem, into his cerebellum and on through his cerebrum. Too many unseen hands were in actuality working policy within the Reagancomedy. Too few were held accountable for their actions in the ongoing criminal enterprise commonly referred to as "Iran/Contra".

Reagan was certainly no real conservative, but without a doubt was the consummate Post WWII Pitchman for American media. Reagan was capable of walking directly out of a Hollywood TV producer's office onto the sound stage where B-grade cowboy TV shows were being made, and with cum acquired during his previous scheduled appointment still running down his cheeks, pitching the inane product of a soap additive to the public so effectively, its manufacturer became a Corporate powerhouse.

The NeoConnivers just packed up and walked away from Iran/Contra, just as some are doing this very day from bushido imperialism, and will gladly hide under a rock provided by some right-sided policy tank until time and neocon circlejerking self-referencing publications clean their public image into acceptability again.

If you think I rave as a madman here, please patronise me momentarily and read just a little refresher about Iran/Contra. Ledeen and Abrams make an excellent starting point. If you desire more, remembering Ghorbanifar's conning the ReaganCons is amusing. The story of the Indicted CIA agent, Duane Clarridge who was pardoned by the named material witness in the trial and president of the USA, GHW 'loopless' Bush as one of his last official acts, before leaving on the midnight train to the Bush Ancestral Home in Kennwefukdapoor, Maine, offers illumination also.

So the problem should not be viewed as one of true conservatism's.

It should be discerned as partisan flip-flopping relativists' engaging in Conservatism's jacking. Diabolic dialecticians discharging diarrheal diatribes, intending dichotomisation and discordance within society.

No Real Conservative could possibly be still in support of Bush. Search for Andrew Bacevich and Justin Raimondo on the web for good strong Bush dissent from conservatives.

As a reference, Real Conservatives

  • let sleeping dogs lie,
  • never rock the lifeboat,
  • don't poke sticks into hornets nests,
  • are lazy fair adjudicators for honest business ventures,
  • understand that even bad decisions from the past should not be overturned as long as the effect is not a dysfunctional society, because it tends to upset the applecart, and add great uncertainty to future looking decisions.
  • Stare Decisively, while always remembering, that stare decisis remains a priority
  • possess an unyielding faith that within a free-marketplace of ideas, truth will carry the day
  • and Never NEver NEVER! would a real conservative cite as a positivist defense for the tyrannical acts of an over reaching president, the acts, words or deeds of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Divide and Conquer...and feed the snake its own tail. Learn the truth about what a Real Conservative, who many claim is the father of contemporary conservatism said, and toss it into their hypocritical faces:

"Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world." - Barry Goldwater

"I believe Reagan did know of the diversion of Iranian funds to the Contras. He had to know. The White House explanation makes him out to be either a liar or incompetent." - Barry Goldwater

"When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye." - Barry Goldwater

"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny." - Barry Goldwater

"You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight." - Barry Goldwater

"Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." - Barry Goldwater

"However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' " - Barry Goldwater; Congressional Record, September 16, 1981

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Journal: is 'evidence' an obscene word to conservatives? 2

Journal by vague_ascetic

It seems that once again I am given an opportunity to tease right-sided idiotsynchrocies.

A post of mine was modded as flamebait, that just asked for citations to back up the parent's claims. Admittedly, it was a harsh request, but anyone can see that citations were not proffered in response.

Why has "evidence" become an obscence concept to the right-side of America's political bipolarity?

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Journal: The Brutal Irony of Two Georges

Journal by vague_ascetic

When Within the Coursing Stream of Current Events, it becomes necessary for Many to dissolve the Traditional bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitles humanity, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to active protestations.

We posit the following as preeminent and preexistent axioms

That All Humans are created equal, and are endowed by what they perceive as their Creator with a plethora of Unassailable Rights, that amongst these many rights, three here enumerated are:

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among humans, deriving their Legitimacy only from the consent of the governed, and Empowered only with what has been Expressly given by the governed to them.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to stand in opposition decrying its illegitimate usurptations; it is the duty of the people to call for an end to the coercive acts of Imperial Overreach by Actors Whose Claim of Authorisation is coloured with the imprimature from a Government of, by, and for the will of its People.

Prudence, and Indeed, Inertia, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and trespasses are issued against a Foreign Nation Without cause, by one invariably pursuing, with unrestrained Oeidpal Vengeance, the same Object as his Father before him, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, and thereby exposing our countrymen to their wrathful response to these indignities, it is our right, it is our duty, to oppose said Government Acts and Actors, and provide progressive alternatives for our future security.

Such has been our patient contemplation of the paradox which confronts us; and such is now the necessity to speak of the irony which pervades it.

The history of a past George, King of Great Britain and the actions of a Current George, President of the United States incessantly begs This Comparison, willfully offering up transparent examples.

To prove this, let the Analogies be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Recognised Laws and Established Treaties.
  • He has appointed judges of his Will alone, ignnoring the lawful and traditional practise of advise and consent.
  • He has erected a New Office of Homeland Defense, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, Supported by crony corporate parasites who eat away their pensions.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws;
    • For protecting his cronies and officials, through uneeded processes of bureaucratic secrecy, from Punishment for any high crimes which they should commit on the Inhabitants of this World.
    • For curtailing Free Trade with parts of the world though Ill-Advised and Unjustifed tariffs:
    • For depriving humans, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    • For transporting humans beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
    • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Island Naval Base, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these United States:
  • He has plundered seas, ravaged Coasts, burnt towns, and destroyed the lives of people he was subsequently unable to prove, using due procees of law, guilty of the alleged offenses to our nation.
  • He is at this time transporting large armies of our Country's Soldiery and profiteering corporates' mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Great Obfuscation & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has conscripted honourable fellow Citizens, whose voluntary service in Defense of our Nation had ended, forcing them to again bear Arms, to become the executioners of an unproven enemy.
  • He has excited religious zealotry amongst the world, and through his waging of indefensible war, has greatly increased the probability that our inhabitants will once again have to face merciless terrorists, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
  • In every stage of these Oppressions He has been Petitioned by Allied Leaders from abroad, and citizenry from within. The repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated tergiversations.
  • A President, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.

We, therefore,
The Legion Antithetical to Bush Bellicosity,
appeal to the Supreme Judge of the World
for the rectitude of our intentions,
do, in the Name, and with the Authority invested by
Freepersons Still Willfully Possessing Honour,
solemnly publish and declare,
That these United States,
ought to be Free and Independent from;
and Absolved of all Allegiance to
George Walker Bush, the Forty-Third President
of the United States of America.

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.

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