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Waco, R.I.P.

Today is the 14th anniversary of the FBI’s finale at Waco. This was the day that 80 civilians died as a result of a tank-and-toxic gas assault.   I thought Waco might be the most important public education lesson of the 1990s, but it seems to have  had scant impact. Most Americans forgot or never undertstood Waco, paving […]

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The 1995 Playboy article on Ruby Ridge

Here’s the piece on Ruby Ridge mentioned in the prior post. The article had magnificent artwork.  Unfortunately, I’m not adept at scanning and inserting the images into a blog. The article closes with the following questions:  “If Congress is not willing to look into such misconduct, who will protect the Constitution? Will Congress let the […]

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Happy Dictatorship Day

The prize for the headline of the year goes to today’s Washington Post for the following gem: “Many Rights in U.S. Legal System Absent in New Bill” The Post article on the military tribunal bill the Senates passed yesterday  details some of the legal and procedural rights that people seized as “enemy combatants” will not […]

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How to Pry the Truth out of Congressmen

The Los Angeles Times ran a piece of mine today on fair play for our elected representatives.  Online here (registration required?) and following: Modest Proposal: Waterboard Congress Maybe White House-favored interrogation techniques would coax lawmakers to tell the truth about U.S. anti-terror policies. By James Bovard JAMES BOVARD is the author, most recently, of “Attention […]

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A Bootlicker Bites the Dust

… at least temporarily. The defeat of Joe Lieberman in the Democratic senate primary in Connecticut is good news for anyone who dislikes pious warmongers.  Lieberman deserved to lose for many reasons – not the least of which was his assertion that Democrats are obliged to swallow Bush’s lies in the name of national security.  […]

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The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections

The Future of Freedom Foundation today posted online my Freedom Daily article on “The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections.” Here’s the start & finish – “Politicians strive to make Americans view elections as sacrosanct. Challenges to election results are portrayed as heresies that threaten to destroy the entire republic. After the 2004 presidential election, many Democrats […]

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1979 New York Times Satire on the All-Volunteer Congress

Twenty-seven years ago (or as they say in West Virginia, “years and years and years ago”), the New York Times printed my satire on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress. This article was written at a time when criticism of the All-Volunteer military was at its height. Nixon had abolished conscription in 1973 and many […]

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