Archive for March 2005

Anarchist Bookfair

I only have one comment on the Ward Churchill at Anarchist Bookfair photo essay:

Am I the only one that thinks the scrotal inflation guy looks like Mr. Garrison? And that this sounds like something Mr. Garrison would do? (Or I guess it is Ms. Garrison now.)

iPods Listening to iPods

From Business 2.0: What’s Next for Apple?

The patent filing also suggests capabilities beyond tapping into a network. For example, it covers a method for one handheld player to send content “wirelessly to the selected remote recipients.” In other words, one iPod could play music from another.

I told you so. I just jumped the gun.

Setting the Agenda

Scott Chaffin has been remarkably serious lately, and I just wanted to bring him back home.

This banana pudding flavor ice cream is good enough to curl your toes. Seriously. I’m going to be going through about a half gallon a week by myself until they yank of off the shelves. Just damn.

And I would be more worried about the fuzz stealing siezing the money than a gun charge. Cuz you know everyone that has “too much” cash on them is a drug dealer.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

The military recruitment budget is $3 billion annually; 90 percent of the people killed in war are civilian noncombatants; 91 percent of Berkeley High students believe the war in Iraq is wrong and illegal; 65 percent of veterans never get their education benefits; 33 percent of homeless men are veterans…

Okay, here’s the breakdown:

  • The recruitment budget is $3BB? BFD. The budget is $4BB for housing. The military is huge. Numbers that seem huge at first aren’t when you look at the big picture.
  • 90% of the people killed in war are civilians? Is that this war, or war over the last 100 years (counting the Total War of WWII) or over all of humanity? And no matter what the measurement here is, doesn’t that make the lesson of this stat become “be a combatant, not a civilian?”
  • 91 percent of Berkeley High School students thought the war was wrong and illegal? Does that mean I can conduct a pop quiz? I would ask questions like, “Do you believe that the Congress authorized war just to go look for WMDs” and “What year did this war occur in” and “How is war legally declared” and “Where is Iraq on a globe?” I bet 90% of the students would get those questions wrong, too.
  • 65% of Veterans never get their education benefits? If the numbers are correct on this, it should read “65% of veterans never seek their education benefits; 100% of veterans who properly apply for benefits receive them.” This is like saying “25% of people who go to McDonalds don’t receive Ketchup” and insinuating that McDonalds is shorting people Ketchup.

    The simple matter is, most soldiers join because they think it is the right thing to do, not because it is the only way to pay for college.

  • 33% of homeless men are veterans? That one is just plain bullshit, and I’m not afraid to call them on it. Specifically of the Vietnam era, Jug Burkett thoroughly discredited this lie in Stolen Valor.

The idea of the anti-war teach-in — four different presentations given to four groups of about 300 students — was hatched by students studying social justice and social action in CAS, Berkeley High’s Communication Arts and Sciences school. The project was guided by CAS teacher Joanna Sapir.

Oh, I bet the plan was hatched by “four students”. I bet they are all Joanna’s pets.

Delgado was 19, just a bit older than the students he was addressing, when he signed the Army Reserve contract that changed his life. The son of a diplomat who grew up in Egypt and other countries abroad, he said he did not go into the service for college money — his family was paying his way — but because he wanted a change in his life. He thought he’d join the reserves and put on a uniform a couple of days each month.

In other words, he wanted to play soldier, not be a soldier.

Soon after the war began in March 2003, Delgado’s unit was deployed to Iraq. “I got to Iraq and felt totally unprepared,” he said.

He told the students that he had always been opposed to war intellectually, but in Iraq he began to understand the meaning of pacifism and began studying Buddhism. After three months, he told his commanding officer that he wanted to apply for conscientious objector status. The process took two years and he was honorably discharged in January.

So… he thought he was going to play soldier, and then when he actually had to be a soldier, he found Buddha. The only saving grace I have for him is that he properly sought conscientious objector status and served out his enlistment and earned his honorable discharge. I’m disappointed that he joined on disingenuous terms, but I’m heartened by him finishing his commitment. Finally:

As panelists took audience questions, the students who spoke seemed generally against war and against serving in the military. However, student Mateo Guttierez challenged the panel, asking, “Do you think it’s immoral or unpatriotic to use tax-payer time during school to give information on draft resistance?”

Bravo, Mateo. You’re on the right track, but you are missing the big picture — it is immoral and unpatriotic to force tax-payers to fund government schools. Public schools today are indoctrination centers, no matter where you go: pro-US, anti-US, pro-government, etc. — and it is immoral to take money at with a gun to fund that.

(Via Classical Values)

Unenforcable Regulations

Utah has passed a completely unenforcable regulation.

Blogs hosted in Utah are to face strict legal regulation due to new laws signed by the Utah State Governor that are designed to protect children from Internet pornography.

The most immediate effect of the law is a requirement that will make it compulsory for bloggers who host their blogs in Utah to provide content rating for their sites.

Two things will happen from this:

  1. Utah will lose virtually all of its hosting service business, as local companies and consumers flee to neighboring states for hosting, and ISPs dive out of the state (leaving a precious few who will charge much, much higher rates), and;
  2. None of this will matter for the average user in Utah, because the Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and simply routes around it. Anyone in Utah who wants to see anything that is blocked will simply use anonymizer, or any of the plethora of internet proxies and relays out there.


(Via AV)


At first, when I read this story, I took it as a sign of sanity from Canada. Then, I thought aboot it a little bit, and realized that it illustrated perfectly the insanity of Canada.

An American serviceman who has refused to serve in the war in Iraq was denied a bid for asylum in Canada Thursday. The Canadian refugee board ruled that 26-year-old Jeremy Hinzman would not face unfair persecution if he returned to the U.S. because he refused to fight in what he is calling an illegal war.

Then I realized what the problem is here. Canada does offer refugee status to terrorists. Think about that for a second. If you are part of Al Queda, you are welcome in Canada as long as you haven’t bombed any Canadians lately. How do you get the point where you pick terrorists over American soldiers?

“What do you do for a living?”

“I kill people.”

“And where are you from…?”


“You may pass. Welcome to Canada.”

“What do you do for a living?”

“I kill people.”

“And where are you from…?”


“You may pass. Welcome to Canada.”

“What do you do for a living?”

“I kill people.”

“And where are you from…?”


Get out of here, you lazy bum!

What a country.


LGF has carried this from Drudge: HBO Exposes Air America. I have the Tivo Link for Left of the Dial for those who want it.

I’ll be watching.