The Price of Freedom


I recently read a righty editorial that suggested the notion that the massacre at Sandy Hook was the "price of freedom" -- that the right of all American adults to own firearms is inherently going to make such massacres possible, even regular. And you know what? I totally get that. I agree. Problem is, I said the exact same thing about 9-11, in the context of the impending PATRIOT Act that was being rammed through Congress, which has stripped Americans of their right to privacy in the name of national security. I still believe that another major terrorist attack on our soil is the price of freedom. (And besides, even without the PATRIOT Act, Cheney -- excuse me, Bush --…

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That Awful Day


In memoriam, I'm reposting my September Eleventh Account. I'll save my Armory story for the decade anniversary, a story I have never actually gotten out of my head, but should; but I would like to say something here: The flags and ribbons are showing up again, along with imaginary controversy, xenophobia and hatred, much of it for political gain. Once again, the annual reminder of how we have lost our way. I remember the day after the day after The Day (September 13, 2001), because that was the day we all went back to work in Manhattan, a day when people were all "oh no, after you, go ahead" in the coffee line at the corner deli; there were no…

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Wikigagged


An editorial in today's Daily Camera mentions a recent judge's recent order to "disable" the domain name of wikileaks.org, a site that purportedly offers up Standard Operating Procedures for American troops in Iraq, Gitmo, and other evidence of corporate wrongdoing. Potentially interesting reading, and protected under the First Amendment for chrissakes. Luckily the judge is an idiot, and does not understand the domain naming system too well. Here's the IP address: http://88.80.13.160. As the editorial says, visit the site today. Do it to honor the First Amendment.…

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Liberal Stupidity


See the thing is, you can question government. That's a good thing. And blindly trusting government is generally a bad idea, yes. But in this day and age, especially in this day and age, cooking up idiotic theories about 9/11, and even worse, allowing some fucking nutjob moron -- who already was stupid enough to work for the bush administration (in a capacity that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with national security, aviation, architecture, structural engineering, physics...) in the first place -- to get some airtime in a local Boulder paper, to basically assert that what I fucking saw with my own eyes did not happen, is bad for the liberal cause. People like this give liberals the…

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In praise of follow-up questions


<p>In honor of the one reporter present at the Presidential press conference last night with the balls to try and get a straight answer out of our fearless leader, I offer this extended dance mix version of Question Number Thirteen:</p> <p>REPORTER: Mr. President, why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 commission?</p> <p>BUSH: ...because the 9/11 commission wants to ask us questions, that&#8217;s why we&#8217;re meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.</p> <p>REPORTER: I was asking why you&…

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misleader


Robert L. Borosage said: ”...Instead the president chose not to lead but to mislead. And in doing so, he squandered the trust of a nation that came together as one after the horrors of September 11.” Uhm, yeah, that about sums it up quite nicely, I believe. This quote is from the newly-launched misleader.org website, which will attempt to chronicle the lies & deceit spewing from the Bush Administration. Go have a look.…

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two years


About nine months ago, my old web host (who, by the way, I heartily recommend you stay away from) crashed and burned when they destroyed their server (yes, as in the singular) doing a disk upgrade. I hastily moved to a new web host, and have been quite happy. In my haste, I simply got the blog back up and said I’d get all the static content back online “soon”. Soon, in this case, meant nine months apparently. I have finally gotten around to reformatting the old static content from my old website and added a menu (in the upper right there, see it?) to access it. I haven’t had time to tweak the…

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Now, where’d I put that stuff…


<p>You know, I try to keep politics out of this thing. I have enough to complain about, and piss off enough people just talking about everyday life. But I am really saddened and disgusted by what is going on around here. </p> <p>Bush, Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney, they took us for a ride. </p> <p>Please tell me how Powell can show detailed pictures of &#8220;known chemical munitions factories&#8221;, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/02/05/sprj.irq.powell.transcript.03/index.html">scaring the world</a> (well the gullible US citizenry, apparently) with visions of truckloads of…

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DHS redux


Some enterprising souls have done some creative (and hysterical) re-writes of the ever-helpful info at the Department of Homeland Security’s website: Have a look at this, this, and this. When you’re done, snag yourself a pair of snazzy Tom Ridge underpants here.…

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Home Protection Kit


<p>Worried about that maximum tonnage of missing Anthrax? DHS threat levels got you down? Not to worry. The good folks at MG Packaging have assembled <a href="http://www.mgpackaging.com/mgprodsite/">everything you need</a>, and it&#8217;s ready to ship!</p> <p>Yes, for thirty five bucks (plus shipping) you get one roll of plastic sheeting, and two (not one, but two) rolls of duct tape!! WOW!</p> <p>Act now, as this sick exploitation of the fears of American citizens for cash money probably won&#8217;t last. And you really want to see this, because the illustration on…

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Hmmm…


<p>OK, let&#8217;s see. There are missile launchers on the streets of Washington, bellicose rumblings from North Korea in response to our assertion that they can reach the west coast of the US with nukes, and we&#8217;re at &#8220;Threat Condition High&#8221;. The troops are massed (over 150,000), and Dubya gave a pep rally, during which he no-doubt uttered the following: &#8220;eye-rack&#8221; (Iraq), and &#8220;nook-you-lur&#8221; (nuclear), several times.</p> <p>Man, I&#8217;d say things are pretty screwed up right about now. </p> <p>This is not a political forum,…

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Utah honors the 9-11 victims


<p>Howdy folks, have a look at <a href="http://199.26.153.84/911/3031_Flags.html">this</a>. Hard to believe this got no local media attention. This memorial really makes quite an impact. If the link fails to load (as it did for me), try this <a href="http://xcski.com/~ptomblin/3031_Flags.html">mirror site</a> . Thanks to Paul Tomblin for making this memorial more acccessible. </p>…

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Flag Day


Today, a park dedication took place in Hoboken, NJ, USA. The Debbie Williams Memorial Playground was dedicated today, in honor of one of the many Hoboken residents who fell victim to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9-11-01. Some very special people were there, and it was a moving and important event for many. Many family and friends of Mrs. Williams were in atendance, from all over the world. They came to see a playground enter service, in her honor. This was a park that Mrs. Williams took her child to many times, located in a city that she had adopted from her native Canada. Plenty of children were on hand, and seconds after the ribbon was…

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