Homeland Stupidity http://www.homelandstupidity.us Government is stupid. Discover a better way to organize society. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:34:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Independence Day: 100 Resources for Liberty http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2012/07/04/independence-day-100-resources-for-liberty/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2012/07/04/independence-day-100-resources-for-liberty/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/?p=705 We in the United States are about to receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reclaim our birthright, the liberty which the state has been whittling away day-by-day from the moment the Constitution was written. I am not talking about the presidential election. I’m referring to the impending collapse and dissolution of the United States.

There is no longer any question that the U.S. will collapse; it passed the point of no return some time ago. The question now is what to do about it.

History has shown us that all collapsing governments are eventually replaced with something else. Often the replacement is an even worse government. As people who know that only with true liberty can humanity reach its full potential, it is up to us to ensure that what comes next is a society where individual liberty is respected. (If you don’t yet know this, see “Start Here” below.)

To that end, this year as we watch the United States and other governments around the world blow up like tonight’s fireworks, I present you with 100 resources you can use to advance the cause of freedom both here in the U.S. and around the world. Dark times are ahead, but the light of liberty continues to offer hope for civilization. Help shine that light.

(Note: Listing here does not necessarily imply complete endorsement of every position the listed resource may advocate.)

Start Here

A Beginner’s Guide to Liberty (PDF)
Liberty needs defending. Political leaders have clearly failed to grasp the benefits of allowing us to live our lives as we choose. By releasing our talents and creativity, liberty brings unprecedented wealth, and promises a bright future built on new ideas. It also gives us protection from the abuses that have come too often from over-powerful states.
The Philosophy of Liberty
This simple yet attractive and intelligent introduction to libertarian ideas is an international hit. Tell your non-libertarian friends about it!
World’s Smallest Political Quiz
The World’s Smallest Political Quiz is a fast, fun, and accurate assessment of a person’s overall political views. The Quiz is composed of two parts: a new political map that is far more accurate than the old “Left-Right” line, and ten questions on specific political issues to help a Quiz taker find his place on that new political map.

Activism

Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund
The Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund works to restore freedom and support liberty by acting as a bridge between liberty activists and supporters. We support those activists who disobey bad laws, but only if such acts are done in a peaceful way. We do not support violence of any kind.
Cop Block
We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact.
Democratic Freedom Caucus
The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) is a progressive, pro-freedom caucus in the Democratic Party. The purpose of the DFC is to promote individual liberty, constitutional democracy, and social responsibility.
Fr33 Aid
Fr33 Aid was created to help liberty activists organize projects that educate people about the value of mutual aid and lessen the burdens of government. Our main activity involves providing voluntary medical and educational services at liberty-related events.
Free Keene
Many of us at Free Keene once thought that the system we know of as government was the solution to certain problems. We realized we were wrong when we discovered the inescapable, ugly truth. Government is force. It is the violent monopoly.
Free State Project
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire to exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.
Freedom Activist Network Index
A directory of people, events, organizations, and news media of interest to liberty activists.
Fully Informed Jury Association
The FIJA mission is to educate Americans regarding their full powers as jurors, including their ability to rely on personal conscience, to judge the merit of the law and its application, and to nullify bad law, when necessary for justice, by finding for the defendant.
International Society for Individual Liberty
The International Society for Individual Liberty is an association of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a free and peaceful world, respect for individual rights and liberties, and an open and competitive economic system based on voluntary exchange and free trade.
Libertarian Meetup Groups
Meet Libertarians near you! Come to a local Libertarian Meetup to share your opinions on today’s political climate and issues and learn how you can contribute to America’s political future. Everyone interested in Libertarianism is welcome.
Liberty on the Rocks
Liberty on the Rocks is a non-profit libertarian organization that empowers and assists liberty enthusiasts in becoming better connected, informed, and involved. Through local chapters and events, citizens and activists throughout the country can increase the size of their networks, enhance their understanding of economics and the philosophy of freedom, widen their knowledge of local and national educational outlets, and increase their opportunities for involvement.
New Hampshire Courtroom Legal Opposition Group
The New Hampshire Courtroom Legal Opposition Group (NH-CLOG) is an organization set up by New Hampshire liberty activists in order to aid other activists in their legal defense against the State to the fullest extent possible. We educate activists on the ins and outs of the court system and related byzantia, how to represent someone in court without being an actual attorney-at-law (lawyer), provide easy access to copies of form blanks for activists to use, and sometimes blog about interesting or important cases we’ve fought or helped someone else fight.
New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions and encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement.
Republican Liberty Caucus
Rather than sit back while our liberty is whittled away, we’re working to shift the Republican Party and American politics back to adherence to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. We advocate the principles of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise.
Shire Society
Isn’t a society supposed to be a voluntary association of individuals? If so, then what the government people insist is a society, is in fact, not. It’s only a society if one gives consent. Did you consent to be part of the coercive government’s society? Even if you did consent, whether you were fully informed or not as to the implications of your decision, shouldn’t you be able to peacefully withdraw your consent?
Students For Liberty
Students For Liberty is an organization that supports liberty. SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty. What Students For Liberty endorses are the principles that comprise liberty.
Young Americans for Liberty
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses. With more than 300 chapters and 26,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.

Books

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey
The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out to sea in a storm. Having previously lived in a relatively free society, in this new strange land he experiences culture shock as he learns learns of bewildering laws and traditions of the islands inhabitants. The story highlights the absurdities of the laws, the controls imposed on people’s lives, and the economic drawbacks of these laws. The laws highlighted are recognizable as common to many countries throughout the world.
Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice
Contemporary history has shown that limited government is untenable, as it is inherently unstable and prone to corruption, being dependent on the interest-group politics of the state’s current leadership. Anarchy and the Law presents the most important essays explaining, debating, and examining historical examples of stateless orders.
The Art of Being Free: Politics versus Everyman and Woman
This is a book on the current state of freedom, by one of the great thinkers and essayists of our time: Wendy McElroy. But it is unlike any you have ever read. It deals with the current crisis in a way that no one else does. It has deep and fascinating research on all the main issues we face: the loss of security in the name of security, the state’s role in strangling economic opportunity, the petty central-planning that has regimented every aspect of life, the loss of basic civil liberties.
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
If economics makes absolutely no sense to you, like many people, this is the book for you. Clear and concise with compelling examples, once you finish reading it, talking heads like Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke will never be able to fool you.
The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State
In the minds of many, the provision of justice and security has long been linked to the state. The book argues not only that the state is unnecessary for the establishment and enforcement of law, but also that non-state institutions would fight crime, resolve disputes, and render justice more effectively than the state, based on their stronger incentives.
Healing Our World: In an Age of Aggression
Through its win-win approach, Healing Our World illustrates how the rules of social interaction which we learned as children hold the secret to universal harmony and abundance. Lauded as “the most important book of the decade.”
Human Action
Human Action is the most important book on political economy you will ever own. It was (and remains) the most comprehensive, systematic, forthright, and powerful defense of the economics of liberty ever written. This is the Scholars Edition: accept no substitute. You will treasure this volume. The Scholars Edition is the original, unaltered treatise (originally published in 1949) that shaped a generation of Austrians and made possible the intellectual movement that is leading the global charge for free markets.
Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
Dr. Ron Paul writes that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. It is the seed of America.
The Market for Liberty
If you’re like most people, your government high school history classes probably taught you that slavery was abolished years ago. Government people wouldn’t lie to you, would they?
No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” — Lysander Spooner
One Nation Under Surveillance: Privacy From the Watchful Eye
You — no matter how innocent you think you are — need to protect yourself now, before the state comes calling. Three times the size and 12 years in the making, this is the long-awaited sequel to and replacement of the popular 1997 Bulletproof Privacy by Boston T. Party. (Read our review.)
The Online Library of Liberty
The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats — facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use.
Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis
In the groundbreaking book Priceless, renowned healthcare economist John Goodman reveals how patients, healthcare providers, employers, and employees are all trapped in a dysfunctional, bureaucratic, healthcare system fraught with perverse incentives that raise costs, reduce quality, and make care less accessible. Unless changed, these incentives will only worsen the problems in the coming months and years.
The Road to Serfdom
Originally published in 1944 — when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program — The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
America is on the brink of financial collapse. Decades of political overpromising and underfunding have created a wave of debt that could swamp our already feeble economy. And the politicians’ favorite tricks—raising taxes, borrowing from foreign governments, and printing more money—will only make it worse. Only one thing might save us: Roll back the government.
Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused
Dr. Sharon Presley offers a how-to toolkit that provides specific techniques to help people stand up to and deal effectively with experts in a wide range of contexts. This book looks at specific settings in which authorities or experts can bamboozle people, including institutions, the workplace, media, and services.
To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice
In contrast to government’s predominant role in criminal justice today, for many centuries crime control was almost entirely private and community-based. Government police forces, prosecutors, courts, and prisons are all recent historical developments-results of a political and bureaucratic social experiment which, Bruce Benson argues, neither protects the innocent nor dispenses justice.
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
John Taylor Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances, and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence.
ZeroGov: Limited Government, Unicorns and Other Mythological Creatures
Here is the dirty little secret. There is no such thing as limited government. Nowhere in recorded human history has a government been born or deliberately erected that did not expand over time. Expand in a fashion that always does at the expense of human liberty and freedom and to the advantage of the political elements and their inevitable clients. We are ultimately left to our own devices to make the world as we wish it be. I envision a world without limits and without slavery. A world where a human volition is never stymied by the cowed and collaborationist spirit that haunts the soul and being of most humans on Earth.

Events

FreedomFest
FreedomFest is an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank. FreedomFest invites the “best and the brightest” from around the world to talk, strategize, socialize, and celebrate liberty. FreedomFest is open to all and is purely egalitarian, where speakers, attendees, and exhibitors are treated as equals.
Libertopia
It is a unique experience…a 3 day celebration of our individuality and diversity packed with renowned speakers, workshops, panels, parties, banquets, music, film, art, literature, commerce, exhibitors, themed camps, performers, social networking and much more!
New Hampshire Liberty Forum
Liberty Forum is New Hampshire’s premier liberty-oriented conference. It has developed a reputation for drawing together people of diverse backgrounds from across the Northeast and beyond for the purpose of discussing strategies to reduce government interference in our lives and build a better society through business, the arts, volunteer work, etc. It is also an opportunity to introduce attendees to New Hampshire and give them a taste of the many benefits of socializing, networking, and organizing with a large group of like-minded people.
Porcupine Freedom Festival
Celebrate liberty and learn about the Free State Project at the Porcupine Freedom Festival (aka PorcFest). This amazing week of education, speakers, forums, family events, music, live entertainment and camaraderie is held in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Organizations

Advocates for Self-Government
The Advocates for Self-Government works to bring about a free society by empowering those who love liberty to become highly successful at taking the ideas of individual freedom and responsibility, free markets, and peace to the world.
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
Campaign for Liberty
Our mission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization.
Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. (En Español)
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Our mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish.
Downsize DC
We believe the federal government has grown too centralized, too intrusive, and too expensive. We believe in constitutional limits, smaller government, civil liberties, federalism, and low taxes. We want to end laws and programs that don’t work, cause harm, and violate the Constitution. We want to restore the full force of the 9th and 10th amendments, which reserve most social functions to the people and the states.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people’s radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today.
Foundation for Economic Education
FEE’s mission is to offer the most consistent case for the “first principles” of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion.
The Independent Institute
The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly research and educational organization that sponsors in-depth studies of critical social and economic issues. The mission of the Independent Institute is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity.
Institute for Human Studies
The Institute for Humane Studies advances a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty. Each year IHS awards over $750,000 in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance.
Institute for Justice
As our nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, we engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government — like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, and the right to free speech, especially in the areas of commercial and Internet speech. As Wired magazine said, the Institute for Justice “helps individuals subject to wacky government regulations.”
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.
Ludwig von Mises Institute
It is the mission of the Mises Institute to place human choice at the center of economic theory, to encourage a revival of critical historical research, and to advance the Misesian tradition of thought through the defense of the market economy, private property, sound money, and peaceful international relations, while opposing government intervention as economically and socially destructive.
The Prometheus Institute
The Prometheus Institute is the first public policy organization dedicated to utilizing the power of mobile technology to empower the citizenry with the tools and knowledge to advocate for policy change. Through mobile applications, social networking innovation, and creative branding, the Institute is constantly pursuing the cutting edge in public policy advocacy.

Print Media

Freedom Communications
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a national privately-owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses. The company’s portfolio includes information and entertainment websites, mobile applications, daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and other specialty publications.
Reason Magazine
Reason is the monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity.

Radio and Podcasts

Free Talk Live
Three hour nightly call-in radio show with no set topic and no callers turned away. Airs on 100+ AM/FM radio stations and SiriusXM satellite radio as well as online.
Freedomain Radio
Topics range from politics to philosophy to science to economics to relationships to atheism – and how to achieve real freedom in your life today.
Liberty Conspiracy
Because freedom is no longer in vogue. We believe in the power of the Invisible Hand, the parable of the Broken Window, and more… Our goal is to spread Liberty and Freedom ideas widely around the world.
Liberty Radio Network
LRN.FM is your source for the best liberty-oriented audio content on the internet, 24/7. You’ll hear live shows as well as the latest episodes of podcasts from around the world.
No State Project
When it comes right down to it, unless you’re just being a jerk who doesn’t want to admit the obvious, we’re all anarchists. Because what it comes down to is each us personally does not want to be forced to pay for services. We each want the freedom to choose, we don’t want to be slaves or thrown into a cage for no other reason than we didn’t want to pay someone’s salary.
School Sucks
When taken literally, “school sucks” is perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I’ve ever heard. Here’s why…
The Scott Horton Show
Formerly known as Antiwar Radio, Scott Horton’s independent show is available on the Liberty Radio Network.

Television

Stossel
Stossel is a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint. The Dallas Morning News named John Stossel the “the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time” and the Orlando Sentinel said he “has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound.”

Web Sites and Blogs

The Agitator
The blog of Radley Balko, a senior writer for Huffington Post, who focuses on investigative reporting on civil liberties and the criminal justice system.
Agorism
As the state is banditry, revolution culminates in the suppression of the criminal state by market providers of security and law. Market demand for such service providers is what will lead to their emergence. Development of that demand will come from economic growth in the sector of the economy that explicitly shuns state involvement (and thus cannot turn to the state in its role as monopoly provider of security and law). That sector of the economy is the counter-economy — black and grey markets.
Antiwar.com
An online magazine and research tool designed to keep the American people and the world informed about the overseas plans of the American government.
Center for a Stateless Society
The Center for a Stateless Society is an anarchist think-tank and media center. Its mission is to explain and defend the idea of vibrant social cooperation without aggression or centralized authority. It seeks to enlarge public understanding and transform public perceptions of anarchism, while reshaping academic and movement debate, through the production and distribution of media content, the organization of events, and the development of networks and communities.
End of the American Dream
Waking people up and getting them to realize that the American dream is quickly becoming the American nightmare.
Free World Order
One of the basic ideas of Free World Order is that certain freedom information is powerful and can be profitably applied. A person who knows such information has competitive advantages in the marketplace. In fact, I contend that practically anyone can make a fortune applying such freedom information.
Freedom’s Phoenix
We recognize that Freedom was taken from us the moment the ink was drying on the Constitution. Today’s governmental structure is imploding under its own weight, and its death rattles aren’t going to be pretty. At Freedom’s Phoenix we observe, comment and try to stay out of the way. We know freedom will rise from the ashes, and we want to make sure that everyone’s freedom is never signed away again by those who believe they have the power to do so.
Homeland Stupidity (You Are Here)
When the government does something stupid — which is all the time, since government is stupid — read about it here. Focusing primarily on the United States, with a special focus on “homeland security” idiocy.
The Humble Libertarian
Our purpose is to demonstrate to the people of the world how little the statists really know about what they imagine they can design, that is: to correct the fatal conceit that a benevolent state can forge a better society by decrees backed with force.
ifeminists
Individualist feminism and libertarianism are similar in that both philosophies uphold individual freedom and personal responsibility as core values. It is natural that libertarians interested in issues that affect women are drawn to ifeminism.
Lew Rockwell
The daily news and opinion site LewRockwell.com was founded in 1999 by anarcho-capitalists Lew Rockwell and Burt Blumert to help carry on the anti-war, anti-state, pro-market work of Murray N. Rothbard. Lew strives to present a diverse daily selection of interesting articles from our writers and other sites, but he does not necessarily endorse every view expressed. He does, however, believe that each piece will repay your reading.
Reboot the Republic
The primary mission of RTR is to disseminate important information that isn’t being reported by the propagandist main stream media or our overlords in Washington and their owners. Digest the information and decide for yourself what to believe.
Strike the Root
The mission of STR is to advance the cause of liberty, primarily by de-mystifying and de-legitimizing the State. STR seeks a world where people are free to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they don’t use force or fraud against peaceful people.
Voluntaryist.com
Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political, non-violent strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntaryists seek instead to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends.
Wealth.net: Rebooting Capitalism
Since the global financial crisis there is much distortion in the public discourse about what exactly was to blame. In its wake I predicted and feared a backlash swing toward socalism and collectivism, and that phrases like “capitalism,” “free enterprise” and “free markets” would become reviled and unusable.
What the Hell is Praxeology?
Praxeology is the study of those aspects of human action that can be grasped a priori; in other words, it is concerned with the conceptual analysis and logical implications of preference, choice, means-end schemes, and so forth.

Other

Bitcoin
Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency.
Doug Stanhope
Doug Stanhope is a stand-up comic. Has been since 1990. His material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody. He is a libertarian who has endorsed Ron Paul and the Free State Project.
Penn Jillette
Penn Jillette is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free market capitalism.

Worldwide

Centre for Civil Society (India)
We believe in the individuality and dignity of all persons, and their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. We trust their judgement when they cast their vote in a ballot box and when they spend their money in a marketplace. We are driven by the dream of a free society, where political, social, and economic freedom reigns. We are soldiers for a Second Freedom Movement.
European Students for Liberty
ESFL supports pro-liberty student groups by helping to provide resources, advizing students on effective leadership strategies, and connecting students from across Europe with both like-minded peers and important leaders and organizations in the pro-liberty movement. ESFL’s activities help students generate the skills, momentum, and connections necessary to effectively advance the pro-liberty movement within Europe and abroad.
The Israeli Freedom Movement (Hebrew)
The aim of the Freedom Movement is to promote personal and economic freedom in Israel.
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies
The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) is an independent, nonprofit economic policy think tank whose mission is to promote social progress in Israel through economic freedom and individual liberty.
Libertarian Alliance (UK)
The Libertarian Alliance is the largest and most active libertarian organisation outside North America. We are not against any transient set of politicians, or their policies, or their parties. We are against the State itself – the State and all the other structures of oppression that it creates or enables. When we talk about freedom, we don’t set or imply limits.
Libertarian Party of Canada
The mission of the Libertarian Party of Canada is to reduce the responsibilities and expense of government. This, so that we may each manage our lives to mutually fulfill our needs by the free and voluntary exchange of our efforts and property for the value that best realizes our happiness.
Libertarian South Africa
South African Libertarian Society
Libertarianism @ Japan
リバタリアンは平和と物質的豊かさを備えた世界を欲している。また、それを勝ち取るための唯一の方法は、自己統治によるものであり、他者による統治ではないと考える。
Libertarianz
Libertarianz is the first and only political party in New Zealand committed to the concept of a free society with a free market economy. We are committed to shrinking the power and influence of government in every area of our lives. We will put paid to bloated government bureaucracy and its authoritarian inclinations.
Liberty Australia
Frustrated by the lack of substance in the mainstream media and so-called “free market” think tanks, we have created a framework capable of undercutting the mainstream, getting the right information out there and harnessing grassroots activism. Our goal is a free and prosperous Australia.
Liberty League (UK)
The Liberty League exists for students and professionals committed to the defence of freedom. The Liberty League acts as an organisation and a network for societies across the intellectual and political spectrum, helping to inform, recruit and develop supporters of Liberty.
Partido de Libertad (Spain)
Para nosotros la libertad de la persona es el valor supremo, y pensamos que el orden espontáneo de la sociedad y de la economía es superior a cualquier forma de organización y planificación estatal. Creemos en una sociedad de hombres y mujeres soberanos de sus vidas y conscientes de su unicidad, de sus derechos, de sus responsabilidades y de la extraordinaria importancia de su propia libertad.
Le Québécois Libre
Le QL défend la philosophie libertarienne et libérale classique, c’est-à-dire la liberté individuelle, l’économie de marché et la coopération volontaire comme fondement des relations sociales. Il s’oppose à l’interventionnisme étatique et aux mouvements collectivistes, de gauche comme de droite, qui visent à enrégimenter les individus.
The UK Libertarian
This is one of the most basic fallacies I hear and it’s usually one of the first things somebody says before they’ve got a bit deeper and realised that yes, we have actually thought about these things, and we’re not just heartless bastards who want a cold dog-eat-dog world where the poor are eaten by cannibals and the rich sell us all into slavery blah blah blah.

There is certainly much more out there. Do you know of something I missed? Leave a link in the comments.

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“This sucker WILL go down’ fumes President Bush as he yanks the zipper on John Q’s paycheck.

“Further than your approval ratings?’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quick with the chicken.

Bap! The right hits back with a ref to the toilet numbers of Democrat-controlled Congress.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson needs that toilet. In exchange for Dem support for the bailout flush, Nancy-with-the-laughing-face and Rep Barney Frank demanded, among other things, an affordable housing slush fund. Frank was ready to cram the cash into the baggy pants of assorted “non-profit’ clowns. The Volkswagen headed for Mortgage Fraud City is already packed. HUD has made a mega taxpayer contribution* via billions in emergency Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that local pols and players can use to buy foreclosed properties. Slum fun will be had by all. Except the poor. Who luckily, are always with us. Dumb luck? Or systemic corruption and chuckle headed housing policy?

Never never forget that HUD spelled backwards is DUH.

Thuk! Another rubber chicken comes down. Republican clowns in Congress kill the Big Bailout slush fund, fearing non-profits would use it to get out the Dem vote by any means necessary. The cut is part of the Republican’s price for agreeing to indenture U.S. taxpayers to global markets.

Honk-a-dollar! The team of Mac N’ Cheese, aka John McCain and Barack Obama, tumbles into the ring. Each carries a comic valentine for Average Americans. Sometimes called “Folks.’ Both guys do a killer routine of cautious caution re the Big Bailout. Both tinker toy with the master plan, albeit in different ways. (Though both agree on the big easy — sock greedy CEOs.) Neither presidential candidate sez dump it Dano, let’s start from scratch. Profiles in courage are so yesterday. Another yesterday thing: Dubya beating the imminent disaster drum. By the time the ballyhooed profits for taxpayers from the bailout prove as imaginary as WMD, Dubya will be back at the ranch. Rounding up memorabilia for yet another presidential museum.

Big Bailout urgency is also drum boogied by the majority of the mainstream press. Dubya is dirt in the eye of most media beholders but taxpayer revolts (except when directed at military spending) are a beam. A nip and tuck of the Bailout is acceptable if done by the same crew who didn’t flag the housing bubble or its derivative trash and who’ve been consistently wrong about how to fix the aftermath. But please, no meddling by the peanut gallery. Or for that matter, by the myriad economists and financial experts who spotted the bad moon rising years ago and issued countless warnings. Few of which got much coverage. Though predictions of non-stop home value appreciation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) got the gospel choir. Vested interest, much? Speaking of the NAR -

In September, Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, addressed a gaggle of regional Realtors in Saratoga Springs, New York. Whee! Yun thinks the federal read taxpayer takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make it easier for prospective homebuyers to get mortgages. (Fannie and Freddie incidentally, are currently under investigation for fraud by the FBI.) But Yun is ticked off at the NAR’s former news media pals — and at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Yun sez both have been spreading “negativity’** about the housing market and scaring off buyers. Yun even bapped Ben with a letter saying Ben’s bad mouth was “inappropriate.’ Cause people “react to that.’ He’d also like to make Alan Greenspan stick to housing happy talk. Alas. Not much can be done on that front. The X Fed head is beyond the reach of Yun’s rubber chicken. Though Greenspan hasn’t escaped seeing his rep go down in flames. Immolated by exploding ARMs.

Meanwhile, back at the Big Bailout Circus, the audience is getting restless. Feet are being stamped and popcorn boxes thrown. Pow! Wham! How long before the amazingly bi-partisan rage of Average Americans (sometimes called “Folks’) erupts into the ring?

Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
Mondo QT

*Help is on the Way, Center for American Progress, 07/21/08

**Realtors given some reason for optimisim, Chris Churchill, Albany Times Union, 09/16/08

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Hillary Clinton, The Shadow Party and Me http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/31/hillary-clinton-the-shadow-party-and-me/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/31/hillary-clinton-the-shadow-party-and-me/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2007 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/31/hillary-clinton-the-shadow-party-and-me/ ]]> Halloween 2009. A big night at Castle Clinton. Aka the White House. Even though Bill Clinton is the first black ex-president, his face glows phosphorescent. Bill is thrilled. President Hillary has raised him from the international dead zone to serve as co-host of her first Halloween bash. “The Shadow Party” has Washington abuzz. Anybody who is anybody is coming to the costume ball. Bill is in Dracula drag, sporting a cape given him by an actual descendant of Vlad the Impaler. Transylvania being one of the stops on Bill’s International Listening Tour.

Boom boom goes the knocker. The guests are arriving. Bill swings wide the door. First on the scene are lesser lights, eager to speak truck to power. A couple of robot reps from machine districts. A county exec wrapped like a mummy in indictments. A mayor from some mosh pit dressed as a HUD buck. She crinkles enticingly as she walks. Bill makes a mental note and steers her to the free booze and noshes.

Round midnight the party is popping. Global financier George Soros holds court in a corner. The crowd hangs on his every word about transcending the limitations of national governments and buying local elections. When a drunk slurs something about “power hungry prog elitists” a hefty babe dressed like an ACORN punches out his lights. A few guys in mole costumes from the Working Families Party Store step forward to heave ho the body. Soros doesn’t notice: his King Kong mask lacks eye holes.

When the clock strikes twelve the music stops. The crowd falls silent. President Hillary is at the top of the stairs, looking as splendiferous as Vincent Price in a Roger Corman flick. In her glass, a bleeding man.

Bill gives a shout out “Throw your hands up for the Commander-In-Chief!” The crowd roars “Here’s to the Mideast Wars!”

Smiling graciously President Hillary descends. Her train held by her handmaidens. When she spots favored courtiers in the crowd, she throws them a finger point, eye pop, and full tombstone flash. Her choppers dazzle even her critics. Not many are present; the handmaidens have been busy bees.

Foreign guests include contributors and fund-raisers. One clever bundler is dressed as a teapot, with a cozy draped over his face. Vlad the Impaler’s descendant is present, with his extended family. Bill gives them a Transylvanian high five. Demonstrating, yet again, his ability to connect with all kinds of folks.

Hillary zeros in on Xi Jinping, of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China. Top dogs of the People’s Republic. Word has it that when the next Communist Party Congress meets in 2012, Xi Jinping will step into the shoes of President Hu. While carefully avoiding his toes.

Xi Jinping joined the Politboro pack in October, 2007. Xi is a “princeling.” Not in costume, but social position. According to Forbes (China’s Communists Revamp Politburo, 10/22/07) the epithet refers to “the offspring of the Communist Party’s political family dynasties . . . the princeling clique, while widely resented by the Chinese public, commands top posts in Beijing and in China’s largest companies.”

“Xi!” Hillary is on him like white on rice. Mentioning their mutual background as lawyers. Calling the 2008 Beijing Olympics “absolutely fabulous.” Keeping it lite re the government crackdowns that preceded The Games, chuckling how mosquitoes are the only thing more aggravating than journalists and dissidents. Oh — except for bloggers. Waxing serious, Hillary references Xi’s interest in educational ideology* and expresses concern that Our Children are being harmed by an Internet full of bad people who undermine faith in government and torpedo economic growth. As she speaks, her accent turns ersatz Chinese. Xi seems puzzled by her Charlie Chan chat, but nods and smiles. Xi is nothing if not politic.

The Me

Seriously folks, there’s a book titled The Shadow Party. Written by David Horowitz and Richard Poe. Published in 2006 by Nelson Current. Richard Poe recently sent me a copy. He and I were ships that passed in the night of NYC’s Punk scene in the 1980’s. We were both involved (at different times and in different ways) with the East Village Eye, a culture rag that covered the scene like warm leatherette. While not on an identical political wave length circa 2007, we agree on some things. Including gun control. We’re against it. We also agree Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president. Though our reasons differ. Horowitz and Poe are Dubya lovin’ hawks who believe Hillary won’t do the do in the Mideast. Whereas I believe Hillary will do plenty. And IMHO, America shouldn’t be ruled by political family dynasties. Be they Bush or Clinton.

The Shadow Party is subtitled “How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party.” A finger in the eye and a damn fine cup of polemic. Whether writing from the left (Ramparts in the 60’s) or the right, David Horowitz has always been a talented polemicist. Richard Poe is his match. The Shadow Party is well researched and does what a good polemic should; make you look sharp at power. Some of the philanthropic activities of international financier George Soros may be admirable. But his meddling in our local governments and elections, via groups empowered with his soft money, is deeply creepy. As is the related trend of moguls buying political office. IMHO, America shouldn’t be ruled by princelings. No matter their ideology.

One last thing. Each chapter of Party kicks off with a pic of shadow figures that look like the demons who haul souls down to hell in the movie “Ghost.” How Halloween Ball is that?

Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
Mondo QT

*Xi Jinping, Who’s Who in China’s Leadership, China Internet Information Center

Sources include but are not limited to:

To Lead China, Hu’s Next?,” Asia Editor Clay Chandler, Fortune, 10/22/07

China: Media Freedom Attacks Continue Despite Pledges, 11 Months Ahead of Beijing Olympics, Journalist Harassment Ongoing,” Human Rights Watch, 09/11/07

The Shadow Party, David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Nelson Current, subsidiary of Thomas Nelson Inc., 2006

Bio of George Soros, Open Society Institute

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Poisoned jawbreakers: the next terrorist attack? http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/12/poisoned-jawbreakers-the-next-terrorist-attack/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/12/poisoned-jawbreakers-the-next-terrorist-attack/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2007/10/12/poisoned-jawbreakers-the-next-terrorist-attack/ ]]> Town aldermen in Dover, N.J., worried that terrorists could attack the town’s children by poisoning gumballs in coin-operated gumball machines, have launched an inspection of every machine they can find.

Aldermen Frank Poolas, Jack Delaney and Michael Picciallo, six months into a planned nine-month investigation, so far have found 100 unlicensed machines filled with gumballs, jawbreakers and other candies commonly enjoyed by children with a few coins in their pockets. They say that the issue is a “high priority” and plan to report their findings to the mayor by Jan. 1.

But the police chief says there’s nothing to worry about and that terrorists aren’t targeting gumball machines. “The gumballs are safe,” says Harold “Butch” Valentine.

The odds are remote that candy machines would be targeted by terrorists, he added. “You’d probably win the lottery first,” Valentine said.

Thomas Zellman, director of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, agreed that gumball machines are “certainly not” a threat to homeland security. . . .

William Shuler Jr., a Republican running for a seat on the board of aldermen, thought gumballs are a problem, but only after they’ve been chewed.

“If I had it my way,” Shuler said, “I would probably remove all gumball machines and get the gum off the sidewalks and make less work for sidewalk sweepers.” — Newark Star-Ledger

But the aldermen are convinced they have to register every gumball machine in town, and set up a candy tracking system, “for the children.” Meanwhile, poor children live in overcrowded housing projects, families are losing the homes they’ve lived in for generations for “redevelopment,” and parents have now been given something else to worry about.

It seems to me that creating fear where there was no need or justification for it is a common tactic used by petty tyrants to increase their control over ordinary people’s lives.

Security expert Bruce Schneier calls the idea “too stupid for words.” Gumball registration isn’t going to make anybody safer, but it will make gumballs more expensive and it will grow government into yet another aspect of our children’s lives where it doesn’t belong.

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The Dog Dialed 911 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2006/11/11/the-dog-dialed-911/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2006/11/11/the-dog-dialed-911/#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2006 20:53:33 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/the-dog-dialed-911/ ]]> When the police arrived, they arrested the dog’s owner — not for allowing his dog to dial 911 on his cell phone, but for the 150 marijuana plants he had growing in the house.

Despite the fact that he was doing absolutely nothing wrong by growing marijuana, that isn’t what this post is about. Instead, it’s about the extent of human stupidity.

Once upon a time, I ran a web site called Make Stupidity History. Unfortunately, time constraints have forced me to stop updating it, but while it was in operation I would go through the day’s news reports (okay, actually I went through TotalFark; tell Drew I sent you) looking for the dumbest person I could find, who then became the Stupid Person of the Day.

But The Smoking Gun has been doing it a lot longer. And they include documents: police reports, court filings, photographs, trial transcripts and much more.

So I was quite surprised when a book publisher contacted me through Make Stupidity History, told me about The Dog Dialed 911 and then sent me a copy. And while that site isn’t really in operation anymore, I figured the least I could do would be to read the book and say a few words about it.

The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun

The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun is what it says: a book of lists — of stupidity. It’s divided into several themes, such as Adult Entertainment, about the things adults do inappropriately; Boldface Names, about celebrities, who else; Under the Influence, of alcohol and other things; Image Bank, the photo gallery from Hell; Class Clowns, about stupidity in school; Government Affairs, which I thoroughly enjoyed; Animal Planet, where the people are dumber than the animals; Law & Order, or things you should never say to police; Freak Show and We the People, which defy description; and Bill O’Reilly. Yes, he got his own chapter.

The plot is simple but compelling: People are dumb, and we need to be reminded of exactly how dumb they can be.

I don’t want to give away the ending or spoil too many surprises, but I will share a couple of my favorite parts with you.

First, there are glimpses into the illustrious military careers of Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and John Kerry. Not to mention George W. Bush’s military dental records.

Then there’s the document where Jessica Simpson repeatedly confesses to being “stupid” but not as dumb as she looks. And the documents which prove Paris Hilton is an idiot, even if she doesn’t admit it.

There are teachers having sex with students, students having sex with each other, a man having sex with his neighbor Goats’ sheep, and a lot more sex.

There’s the drug dealer who inexplicably walked right up to a marked police car and asked the uniformed officer inside if he wanted to buy some cocaine.

Bill Gates and John Gotti appear on the same page, and not by accident.

A police sting operation goes awry when the cops decide to sample the illicit goods for themselves.

And the ending is unforgettable. But please don’t skip to the end; save it for last.

VidLit has a video preview of some of the hilarious and disturbing lists that will leave you shaking your head wondering how anyone could be so stupid. But the truth is, as I’ve seen time and time again, anyone could be so stupid.

Drawn from the extensive, 10 year archives of The Smoking Gun, The Dog Dialed 911 reminds all of us that stupidity isn’t confined to the government, it lurks within all of us.

(Oh, and to Hachette Book Group USA: Thanks for the free copy.)

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The TSA Follies http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2006/11/07/the-tsa-follies-2/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2006/11/07/the-tsa-follies-2/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2006 18:52:33 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/the-tsa-follies/ ]]> Airport security is in good hands with the Transportation Security Administration . . . and monkeys might fly out of my butt.

The TSA’s new motto is “Vigilant, Effective, Efficient.’ Let’s see about that. Here are four examples of how the TSA seems to be, well, a bad joke.

Vigilant:

WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., did an undercover investigation at Orlando International Airport to see just how vigilant TSA employees were, by leaving bags unattended at various locations around the airport and filming the results. Not surprisingly, nobody seemed to notice, not even the bag left unattended right outside the Aviation Authority offices. Airport officials admitted their mistake and vowed to improve their training and vigilance. But the reaction of Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the House aviation subcommittee, was sad. “Does that really pose a risk?’ Mica asked. “What kind of damage is that going to do?’

In Portland, Ore., an unencrypted USB flash drive containing the personal information of 500 current and former TSA employees is missing. Nobody knows what happened to it, but they think it wound up in the trash. PDX federal security director Mike Irwin said the information wouldn’t be useful to terrorists, but failed to mention that it would be very useful to identity thieves.

Effective:

Last week the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger revealed that tests at Newark Liberty International Airport showed that TSA screeners missed 20 of 22 test items, including guns and bomb-making components, in a “Red Team’ test of security. Instead of improving security, however, TSA officials have concerned themselves with finding out who leaked the information to the press. A TSA spokeswoman said that the leak “could compromise the integrity of the screening process and offer the terrorists an undue advantage.’ As if the screening process weren’t already compromised and the terrorists didn’t already have an undue advantage. Stop pretending the security problems don’t exist!

Efficient:

The Federal Air Marshal Service had much more than a booth at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention in Boston last month. They had a complete cutout of an airplane cabin, complete with individual seats with video screens at each seat, playing videos about how FAMS defends America in the skies. But these seats were different: They gave massages. It’s not known how much this extravagant display cost Americans, but you can be sure we didn’t get a massage before or after getting screwed.

If you enjoyed this post, please visit TSA-Screeners.com, the completely unofficial site for TSA employees, which provided all of the above links in its mailing list yesterday.

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Elusive Peace: God told Bush to invade Iraq, Afghanistan http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/elusive-peace-god-told-bush-to-invade-iraq-afghanistan/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/elusive-peace-god-told-bush-to-invade-iraq-afghanistan/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:09:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/elusive-peace-god-told-bush-to-invade-iraq-afghanistan/ A new BBC television series reveals that God spoke to President George W. Bush and told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. The three part television series, Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, will air on BBC Two on the 10th, 17th, and 24th October from 21.00 to 22.00. In it, Palestinian Authority leaders

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A new BBC television series reveals that God spoke to President George W. Bush and told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.

The three part television series, Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, will air on BBC Two on the 10th, 17th, and 24th October from 21.00 to 22.00. In it, Palestinian Authority leaders describe their first meeting with Bush in June 2003.

Nabil Shaath, Palestinian foreign minister, said, “President Bush said to all of us, ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.’ And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …’ And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.’ And by God I’m gonna do it.'”

Prime minister Abu Nazen said he was at the same meeting, and that Bush said to him, “I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state.”

White House press secretary Scott McClellan denied the accuracy of the statements, calling them absurd. “He’s never made such comments,” McClellan said.

The sequel to Norma Percy’s The 50 Years War (1998) follows the fraught history of the Arab-Israeli peace process from 1999-2005.

The film includes interviews with insiders from Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat to Bill Clinton and Colin Powell, behind-the-scenes footage of tense peace negotiations, and snapshots of the violence that has enveloped the region in recent years.

Programme One examines how Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak tries to negotiate peace with Syria and then — at Camp David, under President Clinton’s eye — with Yasser Arafat.

Programme Two investigates Ariel Sharon’s response to a Passover suicide bombing, launching Operation Defensive Shield against the Palestinians and bombs Arafat’s compound to rubble. And how subsequently President Bush and Prime Minister Blair intervene to save him.

The final programme will tell the inside story of the birth — and death — of President Bush’s Road Map to peace. And how Sharon managed to persuade President Bush to abandon the Palestinians and back his ‘unilateral withdrawal’ from Gaza. But Arafat’s death changed everything. — Ten Alps Plc

The contents of Part 1 according to the BBC:

The story of how Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak persuaded President Clinton to devote his last 18 months in office to helping make peace with Yasser Arafat. But Barak got cold feet twice. Then Ariel Sharon took a walk around Jerusalem’s holiest mosques, and peace making was over.

In the first programme in a major three-part documentary series, the world leaders, generals, ministers and advisers involved in the peace process reveal what happened behind closed doors, as the peace process failed and the violence of the intifada exploded. Includes contributions from Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, Yasser Arafat, Madeleine Albright and Bouthaina Shaaban.

Oh, I can’t wait to see this. And of course they leave the good stuff to the last part.

Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs will air on the PBS network in the United States. Air times vary; check your local PBS listings.

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Meet the fuckers? Not on Southwest Airlines http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/meet-the-fuckers-not-on-southwest-airlines/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/meet-the-fuckers-not-on-southwest-airlines/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2005 11:38:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/10/06/meet-the-fuckers-not-on-southwest-airlines/ ]]> Lorrie Heasley, of Portland, Ore., was thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight in Reno when she refused to cover or remove the shirt she was wearing.

Heasley was wearing a shirt which says “Meet the Fuckers” surrounded by pictures of President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff and former FEMA head Michael Brown.

Heasley boarded her flight Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, headed for Portland, Oregon with a stopover in Reno. But when Southwest Airlines employees asked her to cover her shirt, her stop over became a stop off her flight.

“I was told that basically that I had to cover my shirt, or I was told if I cover the shirt I can basically stay on the plane.”

So she covered the shirt, but during a nap while passengers were boarding in Reno the cover came off. And Southwest employees insisted, change the shirt, or change flights. “I didn’t feel that I should have to change my shirt, because we live in the United States, and it’s freedom of speech and it was based on the movie ‘The Fockers,’ and I didn’t think it should have offended anyone.”

But it did. . . .

It was enough to cause complaints from other passengers and it’s a problem the airline has had to deal with before.

Beth Harbin, Southwest Airlines, [said] “We do get it occasionally. What someone is wearing, what someone is reading, what someone might be saying and it’s very much a judgment call. But when other customers become concerned we do have to become involved in that and see what we can do to make everyone as comfortable as we can.” — KRNV

One thing most Americans don’t seem to realize is that the First Amendment prohibition on infringement of freedom of speech applies to the government. It does not apply to private corporations or individuals. If I don’t like what you say in my house, I can most certainly ask you to leave.

The same applies to Southwest Airlines.

Heasley added Southwest Airlines to her list of fuckers, rented a car and drove back to Portland. “I most likely won’t be flying Southwest Airlines again after this,” she said.

The T-shirt is really funny, though. I think I will have to get me one. You can also get it on boxers, buttons, calendars, thongs, the whole lineup.

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Bush disaster image from the UK http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/09/10/bush-disaster-image-from-the-uk/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/09/10/bush-disaster-image-from-the-uk/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2005 14:54:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/09/10/bush-disaster-image-from-the-uk/ The Register on Friday published this entirely hilarious image from Sky News. Read the caption.

Bush: One Of The Worst Disasters To Hit The U.S.

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Court: Bowling for Columbine “factual and substantially true’ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/07/15/court-bowling-for-columbine-factual-and-substantially-true/ http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/07/15/court-bowling-for-columbine-factual-and-substantially-true/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2005 16:41:00 +0000 http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2005/07/15/court-bowling-for-columbine-factual-and-substantially-true/ ]]> A federal judge has dismissed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Michael Moore filed by James Nichols, brother of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.

James Nichols said statements in Moore’s Oscar-winning film Bowling for Columbine could be misinterpreted to inaccurately link him to the bombing. He also said the film intentionally inflicted emotional distress on him. — BBC

Among the statements Nichols objected to in the film was, “Terry Nichols was arrested and received a life sentence. Timothy McVeigh was executed. But the feds didn’t have the goods on James, so the charges were dropped.’

U.S. District Court judge Paul Borman threw out the lawsuit, stating in his opinion that “defendant’s statements were factual and substantially true statements.’ In the U.S. a finding of libel is barred if the statements at issue are true.

Borman ruled the statement “was literally true and accurately reported the government’s dismissal of the charges’ against Nichols. — Washington Post

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