Quote of the week....

I'm blogging a blog of a post from another site, too many degrees of separation? From the cool guy at Alphecca.com comes the quote of the week, at the end.
Maybe that's why "Stand Your Ground" bills are becoming popular in various state houses here in the U.S. Last week I reported on one introduced in Alaska that is under consideration. Naturally there is opposition to it including (besides the usual Brady Bunch) trial lawyers. From the Fairbanks News-Miner:

The senator said the law would act as a deterrent to criminals. Melissa
Fouse, executive director of the Alaska Association of Trial Lawyers, disagreed.

"Nobody has ever proven that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime," Fouse said.

She describes the bill as a "boutique immunity bill" designed to deprive people of their right to sue over wrongdoing.

"We don't think that's right," Fouse said. "Besides, why would you shoot somebody over a car?"
Well, as one commenter to my post said, "Because it's my car!"


Bitter rant...part 2?

An update from Wired about Google being the only company so far to fight the search engine subpoena.

I never understand people who say "if you have nothing to hide, what's the problem?" Well, my personal privacy for one, which I value above almost every other inalienable right that I have as a human being in this world. I am not a terrorist, dammit. I will not let my privacy be violated without due cause. This is exactly what "unreasonable searches and seizure" is.

So...since other search engines have already bowed to the subpoena, I respectfully ask that you and everyone you know stop using any web search engines except for Google, who is the only one I know so far to fight back. That means no MSN search, Yahoo, AOL. Hell, Microsoft is in the government's pocket anyway.

As a free citizen, what you search for on the web is NOT the government's business. Guard your privacy....it's another part of your personal liberty they are trying to take.

Your resident libertarian,


Bitter rant....strangely involving porn.

Need I say anything about invasion of privacy on this one, that hasn't already been said about the current Bush administration?
The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on
what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.

Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period

Given the most recent (blatant) abuse of executive power, I'm surprised they even BOTHERED to ask a court for the subpoena. And just watch the Democraps whine ineffectively from the sidelines. Our 2 parties are a shambles...corruption and endless bickering everywhere, while a third of your paycheck is squandered away.

TAKE IT BACK. If you don't help break the political stranglehold on this country by voting for a Big Change, then you deserve the crap country we are turning into. Don't come running to my house when they start tagging your kids with chips to track them and tax you into poverty so you can wait in line for more "entitlement" programs from your OH-SO-LOVING GOVERNMENT.

Hey, it worked SO well in Soviet Russia, right? Apathy leads to liberty for none.