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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
In the wake of the most expensive natural disaster, and the most expensive rebuilding effort, check out
Pork Busters. Why spend millions of federal tax dollars on Minnesota bike paths when entire cities have been destroyed? Let your reps know that you expect sanity when they're spending OUR money.

posted by Rachel 10/05/2005
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Dear god. Piglet is offensive to muslims? Pictures of pigs are offensive to muslims? Ice cream cones are offensive to muslims? When the hell is the western world going to get over this utterly suicidal nihilism?

Never has this seemed more apt:
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines....

We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are so confused by the Bill of Rights that they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

posted by Rachel 10/05/2005
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Suicide bombers here in the US. Ramadan started on Tuesday. There's been a lot of chatter about a Ramadan offensive.

Keep your eyes peeled folks.

Read this book. I strongly disagree with the author about guns, but I think it's one of the most worthwhile investments in your personal safety that you could make. Read it.

This is another very worthwhile system to internalize. It was initially aimed at people carying guns, but it's entirely applicable to everyday life. Read it, read it again, practice it, internalize it.

Listen to your inner voice. If someone attracts your attention as seeming weird or off, PAY ATTENTION. Move away from the area. It's much better to be alive and feel foolish if nothing happens than to be a victim saying, "I knew something was off, but..."

posted by Rachel 10/05/2005
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