Huffington Post commenters are painfully ignorant: criticize Ron Paul on secession statements

Posted on April 20th, 2009 by bile
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The article itself is fine but the comments are beyond ignorant. Rather than looking into the historical facts which Paul spoke of or attempting to argue political theory, philosophy, or the language of the US Consitution these Huffington Post’ers just blather on.

  • The war against the CSA did not answer the question of secession. It answered the question of who was more powerful / had more people to send to their death.
  • The Constitution makes no mention of secession. In the early years of the country there was no question that if a group could voluntarily enter into a governing agreement that they could not back out of it. The Declaration of Independence points this out clearly.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political 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 entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, 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 usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • Ron Paul has not all of a sudden, due to a black (he’s not “black” but born of  “white” and “black” parents, what is this the slavery “one drop” days?) president, start supporting the concept of secession. It’s an ignorant and likely bigotted statement to claim such a thing.
  • Ron Paul does advocate removing at least the property rights infringement aspects of the Civil Rights Act. The federal government has no authority to make such a law and it’s a gross infringement to one’s right to property.
  • FACT: The Pledge of Allegiance was created by Francis Bellamy in the late 1800′s to get people to more or less worship the state given he was a a state socialist and a flag salesman who would gain from such a pledge becoming popular.
  • IMO it helps to make actual arguments based on logic and facts rather than mud throwing and ad hominems.

Verizon Wireless Arena sucks

Posted on November 9th, 2008 by bile
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I’m up in Manchester, NH this weekend with laur to see Nine Inch Nails and have a weekend getaway of sorts. Tonight was the show at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Never have I had such a poor experience at a concert. They refused to allow me to enter with a chained wallet. I return it to the car. My next attempt to enter I am again stopped for having a chain attached to my keys which was not commented on prior. This chain is barely larger then a necklace. I return it to the car. My next attempt I’m stopped for having a clip for my keys “that could be used as a weapon.” Again the prior agent to pat me down made no comment about. Laur at this point yells to just throw the thing in the discard bucket. I’m quite fed up, throw the clasp into the 30 gallon bucket and tell them to “let me the fuck in.” While inside I notice plenty of people with key clasps and chains as large or larger then the one I had. Men with full sets of large rings. One guy who had his wallet semi permanently connected to a chain was asked to toss his wallet.

I’ve gone to lots of shows in NYC and NJ without ever having such a ridiculous pat down policy. The women were required to open any loose clothing and were patted down about as much as men. It was hardly consistent however. As I mentioned chains, which are not good weapons in the least (especially at 1 foot in length), which were supposedly unable to be trashed were allowed. So as long as someone had to tear their clothing to use the gimpy chain as a weapon it was okay.

There was, as always, a no filming policy. Well the security at the arena took this to mean just about everything. The security spent the entire show hunting down people who held cell phones or cameras up too long. There was one narc in particular standing next to me, speaking plenty loud to distract me from the music, who was ratting out people not even in her general area. Telling other security agents to get them. Teams of agents would approach people and tell them to turn off their camera. They’d walk up behind people on the floor while they were lining up a shot or maybe taking some high quality QVGA footage of the show and just watch their viewfinder for a few seconds then lean in over their shoulder and tell them to stop. After the show a guard told me it was requested by the band. I’ve been to a few NIN shows including one on this tour and never had I seen what I saw tonight.

They said nothing about the lighters or the loud drunks pushing people around to get up front or banging on things. It’s okay to possess the means to burn down the place but not protect your keys from being jacked and it’s okay to be ingesting a drug that often makes people more aggressive.

The security was so distracting I was completely unable to enjoy the show. After the show laur approached a security guard to ask how to submit a complaint. We were directed to the agent responsible for the overseeing of the pat downs. She issued her complaint of having to show more of herself then she’d like in a public setting in particular. We plan to contact Verizon Wireless Arena to further express our displessure with their draconian security. I will also attempt to contact Nine Inch Nails.

At this point we plan to never attend another event at the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena.

Another TSA horror story

Posted on July 24th, 2008 by bile
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Such quality customer service. If only they had split the people into 3 lines this never would have happened I’m sure. Or maybe it’s the old white uniforms they may have been wearing. They need the darker blue ones with badges to feel the confidence not to harass the fliers.

Want some torture with your peanuts?

Posted on July 8th, 2008 by beetlbumjl
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Scary news from the Washington Times:

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.

This bracelet would:

• take the place of an airline boarding pass

• contain personal information about the traveler

• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”  Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?

What a wonderful idea.  Why not just implant us all with lo-jack chips and be done with it?