Archive for the ‘civil liberties’ Category

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In Honor of the Dearly Departed

July 8, 2008

Sen. Jesse Helmsfuneral is today.

To honor this great man’s passing, I offer you a touching serenade to his steadfast and tireless devotion to bigotry and oppression.

(grainy Jesse Helms sample)
“Unless and until the American people demand the restoration of both moral and spiritual priorities, I simply do not believe that we’re going to solve any other problems as well.”

Big fat fuck from North Carolina state,
he’s a worthless piece of shit, he’s a paragon of hate,
he’s a redneck, fuck-face, brain-dead waste of space,
two-bit, two-timing, motherfucking pool of slime.
Against gay rights, and funding for the arts,
tried to cancel PBS and tear Big Bird apart.
Cut AIDS funding, corporate welfare for the rich,
he’s a shameless money grubber, he’s a two dollar bitch.

Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?

Fundamentalist, fuckwad, dickless prick,
he’s ugly as a morlock, dumb as a brick.
He’s a sack of shit, hypocrite, single-minded, fat bigot,
punk bitch, ignorant, ass-munch sycophant.
Life long friend of the deadly cancer sticks,
thinks AIDS is the fault of the people it afflicts.
Racist fuck who supports segregation,
foe of the people friend of the corporation.

Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?

Uh!
Damn.
Get up, get up!

Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Hurry up and die!

Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?
Why won’t Jesse Helms just hurry up and die?

Yo Jesse, you dumb-ass, racist, cracker motherfucker!
Why the fuck won’t you just hurry up and die?
And take that punk-bitch Strom Thurmond with you!

“Why Won’t Jesse Helms Just Hurry Up and Die?” by MC Hawking

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Smells Like Liberty

April 7, 2008

I sure do love living in the Land of the Free. It’s so great when people of differing views can come together in respectful dialog:

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, “What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

“This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God,” Davis said. “Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”

THIS is why atheists care about religion polluting government.

EDIT: Audio can be found here. I just LOVE that smarmy, condescending tone.

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Spoiler Alert!

February 27, 2008

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

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Jack Thompson All But Admits A Personal Dislike of Gamers in General

December 31, 2007

EDIT: Jesus, I’m a fucking idiot. This all happened two years ago.

Every gamer’s favorite dickhole is up to his old tricks again. Come on and all to be amazed at Jack’s witheringly condescending dismissal of a polite British gamer’s helpful words of advice. See how his ugly and crude correspondence reveals the truth we’ve suspected all along:

Jack Thompson hates gamers.

It’s not violent games being inappropreately sold to minors that gets his goat, no, it’s the actual gamers he wants to demean and vilify. He hates all of us. He hates us on a visceral, unreasoning level.

According to Jack, if you play games, you don’t have ideas; it’s a contradiction in terms. The only people who think about games, apparently, are the people who only think bad things about games.

Now I think I disagree with the polite British gentleman (who goes by the name Plagiarize of all things) who posted this exchange. I am staunchly against any kind of legislation relating to the content of video games whatsoever. I’m all in favor of a voluntary ratings system combined with strong parental education efforts, perhaps even with an industry-generated code of conduct requiring stores to pledge not to sell M-rated games to minors if they want to be allowed to stock any ESRB-rated games at all, but no government.

But you see, it’s okay for me and him to disagree on this. In fact, it’s probably healthy that gamers have such a wide spread of opinions. And if there really was a healthy exchange of debate on this topic within the gamer community, then gamers like Plagiarize would have a valuable contribution to make. But there is no such healthy debate in gamerland, and much of the blame for that rightly lands at Jack Thompson’s feet.

Because he doesn’t want a debate. He wants a pogrom.

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Another Triumph for Civil Rights

November 5, 2007

Two cops break into a man’s house and then taser him while he is asleep. The man wakes up, and they taser him again. Luckily, no charges were filed as a result of this incident, so the man has escaped being sent to prison.

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Grist For The Paranoia Mill

September 18, 2007

One of the real problems with struggling against our steady decline into a police state is that periodically those of us who support not being oppressed have to rush to the defense of idiots like this one:

Now the way the police treated him is unforgiveable and should cost them all their badges. He was doing nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong. He wasn’t being disruptive to the point where he should have been evicted, and even if he had been, that does not justify the use of a taser, which is not meant to enforce simple compliance but rather is designed to be an alternative to killing people.

But I have to say, this guy showed an incredible degree of self-righteous idiocy. He didn’t actually seem to want to hear answers from Kerry, but rather just rant at him. Dear God, man, have some dignity! If the people of this country are ever going to be united against a power-drunk government, we will need orators who inspire and enlighten people, not students who damage the legitimacy of their own cause with self-absorbed “gotcha” theatrics. What was the point of that Skull & Bones question? Was this guy trying to imply that Kerry threw the election? By bringing that line of questioning up in that context, this student helps reinforce a media-driven narrative that anyone who questions the legitimacy of the 2004 election is a crazy conspiracy theorist.

Oh, and Mr. Kerry, the way you continued answering this question without making any suggestion to the cops about how they might want to stop urinating all over the Constitution? Real classy.

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Six Minutes to Midnight

September 17, 2007

I wish I’d thought of suggesting this, because in retrospect it seems obvious. The ACLU has started a Surveillance Society Clock, similar to the Doomsday Clock of nuclear war fame. Happily, it starts us off with a whole six minutes to spare, so we don’t have to worry about sanding off our Land of the Free bumper stickers anytime soon. Whew!

From the ACLU’s page:

The reality is we are fast approaching a genuine surveillance society in the United States – a dark future where our every move, our every transaction, our every communication is recorded, compiled, and stored away, ready to be examined and used against us by the authorities whenever they want. The ACLU has created this Surveillance Clock to symbolize just how close we are to a “midnight” of a genuine surveillance society. But it’s not too late – there is still time to save our privacy.

I often hear the argument “if you didn’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear.” Well what about if you did something stupid? Or embarrassing? Or something that could be construed into a socially damaging allegation? Yeah, it might not be used against you in a court of law, but the threat of disclosure sure would come in handy as leverage if Big Brother ever wants you to do something you don’t want to. More pointedly, a full surveillance state would enable the government to suppress dissenting political (or even revolutionary) organization efforts. It wouldn’t even require a blatantly unconstitutional use of the police to keep people away from attending the wrong sort of meetings. It could be done with much more subtlety and finesse, allowing those in power to maintain a charade of constitutionality that they could use to justify their rule and paint those who oppose them as being “criminal” and those they suppress as merely experiencing the allegedly-justified consequences of their actions. After all, it’s not the government’s job to protect people from their own bad judgment, though being the caring and benevolent organization that it is, it would be more than happy to let them go with a simple slap on the wrist if they agree to straighten up and fly right.

For example:

“Well Mr. Smith, I’d love to recommend you for that promotion, but we’ve been getting some disturbing reports about your, shall we say, extravocational activities. Now I don’t want to imply that you have done anything…illegal as such, but we have evidence of you attending some rather questionable meetings. I’m sure you have nothing to do with any wrongdoing, but I say, it does seem to signify a lapse of judgment on your part to be seen associating with these people, doesn’t it? Now, Mr. Smith you have done a lot of good work for this firm, and I know you’re a decent man. If you could prove to the higher-ups that you realize your mistake and want no more to do with them, well then I don’t see why this little incident should harm your career at all.”

You see how easy I was able to dream that up? And I’ve never even been in power!

Similarly, those who refuse to be cowed by such tactics could/will be labeled as “trouble-makers” who want to “disturb the peace” and thus deserve whatever social repercussions land on them.

This danger is very real and needs to be addressed. And if Congress won’t do anything about it, we may have to find some way to force them to.