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      Today's News:

      1) Iraq: Eight killed in Baghdad bombing
      2) CA: Supporters flock as Kubby appears in court
      3) Transcript: State of the Union
      4) Transcript: Democratic response to State of the Union
      5) Iran condemns nuclear "bullying"
      6) Democrats tout Senate fundraising advantage
      7) Courts uphold challenge to abortion limit
      8) Activist Cindy Sheehan arrested at Capitol
      9) Saddam's lawyers want new judge taken off case
      10) Fed hikes rates again as Greenspan wraps term
      11) Alito wins Supreme Court confirmation
      12) Leaders pledge Afghan support
      13) OH: Peace activists stage "spy-in"
      14) Google won't talk to Congress about China
      15) CA: Technology not effective at finding border tunnels
      16) OH: Sheriff bills US government for jailed illegals
      17) Hamas won't be blackmailed, leader says
      18) DNA tests gain ground as legal defense
      19) Librarian refuses to let FBI seize computers without warrant
      20) AT&T sued over NSA eavesdropping
      21) UK "dog sh*t" ham
      22) UK: Hate bill protesters rally at Commons
      23) Old computers rich pickings for crooks
      24) WI: Pols warn citizens of "hidden gun threat"
      25) CA: Prosecutor: Shooting was self-defense

      Today's Commentary:

      26) His cup runneth over with annoyance
      27) Only 98% left behind
      28) The evil war on drugs
      29) What are op-eds for?
      30) Time to oppose the phony opposition
      31) Consumer-driven health care
      32) Why We Fight
      33) Same old song
      34) Right Brain + Left Brain = No Brain
      35) Whose addiction?
      36) Libertarian proposals for the Constitution, part two
      37) Best and worst of SOTU '06
      38) Dead man talking
      39) The libertarian's legitimate litmus lessons
      40) President Bush: Power is diminishing
      41) Is America actually in a state of war?
      42) Public servants live better than the public itself
      43) Praise be to tax competition!
      44) When will US women demand peace?
      45) The America we believe in
      46) Global warmingerers
      47) Podcasts, blogs and Dave Barry
      48) Regaining energy leverage
      49) The farcical definition at the heart of the war on terrorism
      50) Boosted by Abramoff scandal, Democrats still need plan
      51) Give Washington a civilian review board
      52) The impossible task of the Fed
      53) Gutting Kyoto
      54) AK vs AR, the REAL data speaks
      55) Calling for privacy
      56) Real ID Act faces real challenges
      57) The closing of the Bushite mind
      58) The State of the Union
      59) The Democrats' Alito debacle
      60) Revolutionary for the hell of it

      Today's Movement News and Events:

      61) Sign the "No-Spy" list
      62) Keep Kubby Kicking!
      63) Liberty 2006
      64) Petition: Mary Ruwart for President
      65) The Drug Czar's coming to a town near you
      66) Austrian Scholars Conference 2006

      Today in Political History:

      67) "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ..."


      News

      1) Iraq: Eight killed in Baghdad bombing
      Frankfort Times

      "A bomb exploded alongside a group of Iraqi men waiting for work in
      eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least eight and wounding more
      than 50, as a key Sunni Arab leader threatened to call for a
      nationwide 'uprising' unless the Shiite interior minister is replaced.
      The blast occurred hours before the trial of Saddam Hussein and at
      least seven co-defendants resumed on charges of involvement in the
      1982 killings of more than 140 people. It was unclear if the two
      events were linked." (02/01/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/cujl9

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      2) CA: Supporters flock as Kubby appears in court
      Auburn Journal

      "Incarcerated medical-marijuana activist Steve Kubby slowly entered an
      Auburn courtroom Tuesday afternoon and took his seat next to other
      inmates as he smiled to a crowd of supporters in the audience. Kubby,
      58, was in court with his attorney Bill McPike for arraignment on a
      charge of violation of probation after his arrest Thursday in San
      Francisco. Kubby's attorney entered a plea of 'not guilty' on behalf
      of his client. He said outside the courtroom that he will ask the
      court for alternative sentencing. ... At this point it is not clear if
      additional charges will be brought against Kubby, who began serving
      his 120-day sentence Friday. Although he appeared to weigh less than
      he did when his booking photo was taken, Kubby looked pleased that the
      courtroom was nearly filled to capacity with those wanting to wish him
      well, many who had never met the former gubernatorial candidate and
      co-author of Prop. 215, California's Compassionate Use Act." (02/01/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/bzx4q

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      3) Transcript: State of the Union
      WLTX 19 News

      Full text of George W. Bush's "State of the Union" address. (01/31/06)

      http://www.wltx.com/news/news19.aspx?storyid=34711

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      4) Transcript: Democratic response to State of the Union
      MSNBC

      Full text of Virginia governor Tim Kaine's response to George W.
      Bush's "State of the Union" address. (01/31/06)

      http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11119802/

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      5) Iran condemns nuclear "bullying"
      BBC News [UK]

      "Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country will not
      submit to 'bullying' over its nuclear programme. ... Mr Ahmadinejad
      was speaking a day after the five permanent members of the UN Security
      Council -- the UK, France, the US, China and Russia -- plus Germany,
      agreed to ask the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report
      Iran to the council over its nuclear ambitions." (02/01/06)

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4668792.stm

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      6) Democrats tout Senate fundraising advantage
      United Press International

      "Democratic Party Senate campaign officials say they raised about $8.5
      million more than their Republican counterparts for use in U.S. Senate
      races this year. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, led by
      Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday it collected some $44
      million in 2005, The Washington Post reported. The similar Republican
      committee, behind Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., pulled in $35.5 million
      last year. The Post said the Democrats also had a sizeable edge --
      about $14.5 million -- in cash on hand. ... Republicans enjoy a
      sizeable fundraising edge in both the national committees and House of
      Representatives. In the House, donations to Republicans topped those
      to Democrats by $65 million to $42.7 million." (02/01/06)

      http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060201-070754-9056r

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      7) Courts uphold challenge to abortion limit
      USA Today

      "Two federal appeals courts on opposite sides of the country declared
      the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying
      the measure lacks an exception for cases in which a woman's health is
      at stake. The first ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 9th
      U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hours later, a three-judge panel of the
      2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a similar
      decision in a 2-1 ruling." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/c5r5a

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      8) Activist Cindy Sheehan arrested at Capitol
      Indianapolis Star

      "Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who
      reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the
      House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the
      Union address, a police spokeswoman said. Sheehan, who was invited to
      attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with
      demonstrating in the Capitol building, said Capitol Police Sgt.
      Kimberly Schneider. The charge was later changed to unlawful conduct,
      Schneider said. Both charges are misdemeanors." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/7eeox

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      9) Saddam's lawyers want new judge taken off case
      Houston Chronicle

      "Saddam Hussein's defense lawyers are demanding that the new chief
      judge be removed before they will end their boycott of the trial,
      which resumes Wednesday after a stormy session where the former
      president was tossed out. Khalil al-Dulaimi and Khamis al-Obeidi said
      they have written to the Iraqi High Tribunal to demand that Raouf
      Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, who was named chief judge last week, be removed
      from the current trial and any other legal proceedings against
      Saddam." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/ab65r

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      10) Fed hikes rates again as Greenspan wraps term
      MSNBC

      "Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan wrapped up an eventful
      18-year career Tuesday with a final interest rate hike and cleared the
      way for his successor Ben Bernanke to bring the long credit-tightening
      campaign to a close. Acting on Greenspan's final day in office, Fed
      policy-makers raised the benchmark overnight lending rate another
      quarter-percentage point to 4.5 percent, pushing up borrowing costs
      for consumers and businesses in their ongoing bid to keep a lid on
      growth and inflation." (01/31/06)

      http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11104282/

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      11) Alito wins Supreme Court confirmation
      Detroit Free Press

      "Samuel Alito took his place on the Supreme Court Tuesday after
      winning Senate confirmation, a personal triumph for the son of an
      Italian immigrant and a political milestone in President Bush's
      campaign to give the judiciary a more conservative cast. The 58-42
      Senate vote was largely along party lines as Democrats registered
      overwhelming opposition to Bush's choice to replace Justice Sandra Day
      O'Connor, whose rulings have helped uphold abortion rights,
      affirmative action and other legal precedents of the past 50 years."
      (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/dhctz

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      12) Leaders pledge Afghan support
      CNN

      "Afghanistan set out a plan Tuesday to tackle problems from opium
      production to corruption and terrorism, as envoys from more than 60
      nations pledged they would help the shattered nation along the road to
      peace and self-sufficiency. Dignitaries at the opening of a two-day
      conference on Afghanistan's future spoke proudly of the country's
      achievements since a U.S.-led coalition toppled the hard-line Taliban
      regime in 2001." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/bwz9l

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      13) OH: Peace activists stage "spy-in"
      Cleveland Plain Dealer

      "The watched became the watchers Monday. Trench coats and shades. The
      surreptitious passing of a mysterious black briefcase. Cameras and
      binoculars focusing on -- none of your business. Someone singing the
      refrain to 'Secret Agent Man.' It was guerrilla theater staged outside
      the Celebrezze Federal Building about 7:30 a.m. by the Northeast Ohio
      Anti-War Coalition (NOAC). Some two dozen members of NOAC and other
      groups affiliated with the coalition dressed in exaggerated spy gear
      to protest government surveillance of a NOAC meeting in Cleveland last
      November, and similar monitoring of other peace groups, including the
      Quakers. Hence, 'Operation Turn the Tables,' as one sign read near the
      man wearing a CIA -- 'Citizens Intelligence Agency' -- jacket." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/cx59y

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      14) Google won't talk to Congress about China
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "Google Inc. has declined to appear before the Congressional Human
      Rights Caucus on Wednesday to answer questions about its business in
      China, including the company's recent decision to censor search
      results that the Beijing government considers subversive. The Mountain
      View search-engine company declined the request to send a speaker to
      the briefing, which will probe the pressures China puts on U.S.
      Internet companies that operate there, according to Ryan Keating, a
      spokesman for Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who plans to chair the meeting. A
      spokeswoman for Google did not return a telephone call seeking
      comment." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/c3hn4

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      15) CA: Technology not effective at finding border tunnels
      Arizona Republic

      "A U.S. government effort to find drug-smuggling tunnels underneath
      the Mexican border with ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech
      gear has had little success. Human intelligence has proved the most
      effective method of finding the passageways. A case in point: The
      longest tunnel ever found along the border was discovered last week
      after a tip. The Homeland Security Department said Monday that a
      Mexican man, Carlos Cardenas Calvillo, was arrested in connection with
      the 2,400-foot tunnel, which went as deep as 90 feet and was about 5
      feet high and 5 feet wide. He appeared in federal court Monday on
      charges of conspiracy to import more than a ton of marijuana. A bail
      hearing was set for Wednesday. 'The problem is the technology picks up
      some kind of anomaly or variation of soil,' said Lauren Mack, a
      spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/av7ud

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      16) OH: Sheriff bills US government for jailed illegals
      Washington Times

      "An Ohio sheriff has billed the Department of Homeland Security
      $125,000 for the cost of jailing illegal aliens arrested on criminal
      charges in his county, saying he's angry that the federal government
      has failed in its responsibility to keep them out of the United
      States. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones yesterday said that
      although the government may not be legally obligated to pay the three
      bills he has sent since November, he intends to send similar ones
      every month until the federal government gains control of the border.
      He said 900 foreign-born inmates have been booked into the crowded
      Butler County jail in the past year. 'Why should Butler County
      taxpayers have to pay for jail costs associated with people we don't
      believe should ever have been in this country, let alone this state or
      county, to begin with?' Sheriff Jones said. 'They are in my jail
      because they have committed crimes here. It's time the federal
      government should at least pay for the criminals they let stay here,'
      he said. 'If they don't want to pay for them, then they can deport
      them.'" (01/31/06)

      http://www.washtimes.com/national/20060131-121506-7419r.htm

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      17) Hamas won't be blackmailed, leader says
      Fox News

      "A top Hamas official said Tuesday the Islamic militant group will not
      be 'blackmailed' by international threats to cut off aid to the
      Palestinians and is searching for new sources of funding. Osama
      Hamdan, a member of the group's exiled leadership, spoke a day after
      international donors that support the Palestinian government said
      millions of dollars of aid could be in jeopardy if Hamas does not
      change its violent ways. Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis
      in suicide attacks, is poised to lead the next Palestinian government
      after winning legislative elections." (01/31/06)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183278,00.html

      -----

      18) DNA tests gain ground as legal defense
      Christian Science Monitor

      "When Alan Crotzer emerged from a Tampa courthouse last week a free
      man, he became the fifth person in Florida and the 173rd nationwide to
      be cleared from a wrongful conviction by DNA testing. But his
      exoneration after serving 24 years of a 130-year sentence for a crime
      he didn't commit is significant for another reason. It marks a
      possible turning point in how Florida prosecutors and lawmakers
      approach DNA testing. Prosecutors had fought earlier attempts to use
      DNA to prove someone's innocence, keeping one man behind bars three
      years after tests proved he couldn't have committed the crime that
      sent him to prison on a life sentence. In Mr. Crotzer's case, by
      contrast, they ultimately filed the legal motion that set him free,
      once defense lawyers convinced them he was innocent." (01/31/06)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0131/p03s03-usju.html

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      19) Librarian refuses to let FBI seize computers without warrant
      The Chronicle

      "An e-mail threat that prompted the evacuation of more than a dozen
      Brandeis University buildings on January 18 led to an unusual standoff
      in a public library in Newton, Mass., a few miles from the Brandeis
      campus. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tried to seize 30 of
      the library's computers without a warrant, saying someone had used the
      library's Internet connection to send the threat to Brandeis. But the
      library director, Kathy Glick-Weil, told the agents they could not
      take the machines unless they got a warrant first. Newton's mayor,
      David Cohen, backed Ms. Glick-Weil up. After a brief standoff, FBI
      officials relented and sought a warrant from a judge. Meanwhile, Ms.
      Glick-Weil allowed an FBI computer-forensics examiner to work with
      information-technology specialists at the library to narrow down which
      computers might have been used to send the threatening message. They
      determined that three computers were implicated in the alleged crime.
      Late that evening, the FBI received a warrant to cart away the three
      computers. According to Mayor Cohen, the warrant allows the FBI to
      view only the threatening e-mail message and the messages sent
      immediately before and after that message. " [editor's note: Three
      cheers for this "radical militant librarian!" - MLS] (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/b3kst

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      20) AT&T sued over NSA eavesdropping
      Wired News

      "The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a class-action lawsuit
      against AT&T on Tuesday, accusing the telecom company of violating
      federal laws by collaborating with the government's secret,
      warrantless wiretapping of American citizens' phone and internet
      usage. The suit, filed by the civil liberties group in federal court
      in San Francisco, alleges AT&T secretly gave the National Security
      Agency access to two massive databases that included both the contents
      of its subscribers' communications and detailed transaction records,
      such as numbers dialed and internet addresses visited." (01/31/06)

      http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70126-0.html

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      21) UK "dog sh*t" ham
      Ananova [UK]

      "A Wakefield man lost his appetite when he found 'dog sh*t' listed
      among the ingredients on a packet of ham. Mick Woods, 34, examined
      another of the 300g containers and saw the same 'additive' listed on
      the label. And he admitted: 'Obviously I haven't eaten it. It sort of
      puts you off.' His partner Tracey, 28, bought the 99p packs of cooked,
      sliced ham from a store near their home. The dad-of-three added: 'We
      spent 40 minutes laughing. But we haven't put any in the kids'
      sandwiches and we had something else for our tea.' Manufacturer H R
      Hargreaves & Son said it axed an employee over the labeling prank and
      was trying to recall the ham. A spokesman for the Manchester firm
      said: 'We can't have people fooling about with food products. A number
      of packs are affected. We're trying to find out what shops they're
      in.'" (01/31/06)

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1704736.html

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      22) UK: Hate bill protesters rally at Commons
      Independent [UK]

      "Thousands of protesters were expected to demonstrate outside
      Parliament today as MPs debate controversial religious hatred
      legislation. Opponents of the Government's Racial and Religious Hatred
      Bill, which faces its final Commons hurdle today, say the proposed
      legislation attacks the principle of freedom of expression. A broad
      coalition of politicians, religious groups and secularists yesterday
      joined forces to oppose the plans to ban incitement to religious
      hatred. " (01/31/06)

      http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article342219.ece

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      23) Old computers rich pickings for crooks
      New Zealand Herald

      "People who sell their old computers put themselves at risk of being
      defrauded or having their identities stolen because many terminals are
      not properly wiped of data, according to a British study. Second-hand
      computers, which account for one in 12 computers in use worldwide, are
      a potential treasure trove of personal information that can be
      exploited to devastating effect, the study Second-Hand Computers and
      Identity Fraud said." (02/01/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/bqgx6

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      24) WI: Pols warn citizens of "hidden gun threat"
      Wisconsin State Democrat Party

      "With the concealed carry vote looming, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
      and Assembly Assistant Minority Leader Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee)
      issued a warning to the public regarding the potential threat of
      hidden weapons at Summerfest, State Fair Park and other outdoor venues
      under SB 403, the concealed carry legislation for Wisconsin. In the
      bill's current form, Summerfest, State Fair Park, and other outdoor
      venues would not be allowed to protect its thousands of visitors from
      the danger of hidden weapons. 'When people come to our city to enjoy
      Summerfest, the State Fair, or other outdoor events they want to do so
      in a fun and safe environment,' said Mayor Barrett. 'Concealed carry
      is an irresponsible and costly bill that will force these venues to
      create a dangerous situation for the million or so people who attend
      the festival each year, and for the larger public.'" [editor's note:
      Oh yes, let's keep it SAFE by only allowing criminals to be armed -
      MLS] (01/31/06)

      http://www.wisdems.org/ht/display/ReleaseDetails/i/732322

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      25) CA: Prosecutor: Shooting was self-defense
      Inside Bay Area

      "An ex-convict will not be charged with murder for a Jan. 18 killing
      police believe sparked a retaliatory attack last week that left two
      people dead and three wounded, authorities said Monday. Police said
      prosecutors have determined Derrick 'Dirty D' Knockum, 39, acted in
      self-defense when he fatally shot Purnell Brewer, 26, of Berkeley in
      the 2000 block of East 26th Street. Knockum was charged with being a
      convicted felon in possession of a gun and violating parole.On Monday,
      witnesses to the shooting confirmed that both Knockum and Brewer, who
      were longtime friends, had guns, homicide Sgt. Ersie Joyner III said.
      Joyner said Knockum 'had a legitimate fear he might be shot' and
      defended himself. " [editor's note: So, let's punish him anyway for
      managing to defend himself successfully - MLS] (01/31/06)

      http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_3460626?source=rss

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      Commentary

      26) His cup runneth over with annoyance
      Los Angeles Times
      by Matt Welch

      "The newspaper you are reading has been lovingly compiled by hundreds
      of humans who urinated into plastic measuring cups for the privilege
      of bringing it to you. I gather this is not widely known among
      readers, judging by the reaction from those I've told. 'Why would the
      L.A. Times care whether you've smoked pot?' goes the typical response.
      .... I'm generally the kind of smart-ass who bristles at being told
      what to do (like registering for the 'Selective' Service at 18, which
      I selected not to); and for the last few years I've worked at the
      libertarian Reason magazine, the kind of place where senior editors
      write books called 'Saying Yes.' Yet there I was two weeks ago,
      handing my warm yellow beaker to the urine analyst ('Your temperature
      is nice,' she said, clearly trying to soften the blow). So, presented
      with the lure of an interesting job, did I abandon my libertarian
      principles even faster than the Gingrich revolution? ... A real punk
      rocker, or at least a dedicated fan of Mojo Nixon (he of 'I Ain't
      Gonna Piss in No Jar' fame from the mid-1980s, when drug testing was
      still controversial among newspaper employees), would have played
      chicken with the human resources department to see who blinked first.
      Instead, I folded like a cheap tent." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/d2e4q

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      27) Only 98% left behind
      No Force, No Fraud
      by Bob Smith

      "For those of you who believe that the poor would suffer from
      elimination of 'public' education ... do some study of the history of
      learning among blacks and other immigrant peoples in America BEFORE
      the idea of government-controlled schools was introduced. Back then,
      poor people didn't allow their children to suffer in violent,
      drug-ridden, depressing inner-city schools ... they organized their
      own schools, and literacy, even among the poorest, was higher than it
      is now." (02/01/06)

      http://libertyed.org/noforce/2006/02/only-98-left-behind.html

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      28) The evil war on drugs
      LewRockwell.Com
      by Anthony Gregory

      "The ideology of the war on drugs is the ideology of totalitarianism,
      of communism, of fascism and of slavery. In practice, it has made an
      utter mockery of the rule of law and the often-spouted idea that
      America is the freest country on earth. The United States has one of
      the highest per capita prison populations in the world, second only to
      Rwanda, thanks largely to the drug war, all while its federal
      government imposes its drug policies on other countries by methods
      ranging from mere diplomatic bullying to spraying foreign crops with
      lethal poison, from bribing foreign heads of state to bankrolling and
      whitewashing acts of mass murder conducted by despots in the name of
      fighting drugs." (02/01/06)

      http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory106.html

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      29) What are op-eds for?
      The American Spectator
      by Iain Murray

      "An opinion piece -- whether an individual op-ed or a column -- exists
      to promote a point of view by argument. It does not seek to establish
      a fact, but to win people over to a particular viewpoint or opinion.
      Therefore, the strength of the argument is the key factor in
      determining the effectiveness of the piece. A sloppily constructed,
      poorly thought-out argument will convince no one -- while a tightly
      constructed, coherent, and well-written argument can sway minds. That
      is why opinion pieces are considered intellectual ammunition in the
      war of ideas. The only valid response to a persuasive argument is an
      equally persuasive argument towards a different conclusion. Yet the
      witch hunters' central argument has nothing to do with the virtues of
      the arguments presented by Bandow and others. Their argument is,
      essentially, that because the writer has not disclosed information
      about his income, he is essentially untrustworthy and his opinions
      should not be given the time of day. This argument is flawed enough to
      make it invalid. In logic, that's called a fallacy." (02/01/06)

      http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=9355

      -----

      30) Time to oppose the phony opposition
      Unknown News
      by Helen & Harry Highwater

      "If you know anything about Samuel Alito, the notion that even one
      Democrat could support him ought to make you barf breakfast. I'm tired
      of such useless Democrats, politicians who vanish when the going gets
      tough. Half-Democrats can go to hell. There are too many Republicans
      holding office as Democrats, and their campaigns are funded through
      the Democratic Party. ... So tell me: Is there a political
      organization that my wife and I can give our meager donations to,
      without worrying that the funds will support half-assed phony
      Democrats? Is there a group we can encourage others to give to, that
      supports real live, left-leaning, peace and freedom and civil rights
      Democrats, and gives zip zilch zero to the fake opposition?" [editor's
      note: And on the other side, there are a lot of Republicans who've
      finally given up on reforming the RP back to its conservative roots
      .... I personally gave up on both boots of the BOYN Party long ago -
      MLS] (01/31/06)

      http://www.unknownnews.org/060131a-hh.html

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      31) Consumer-driven health care
      Reason
      by Ronald Bailey

      "[T]he main idea behind consumer-driven health care is a proposal to
      expand the use of high-deductible health insurance policies combined
      with health savings accounts (HSAs). With HSAs, consumers can put
      pre-tax money to pay for routine medical expenses into IRA-like
      accounts. Insurance policies qualify beginning with a deductible at
      $1,050 for an individual and $2,100 for a family. Individuals may
      annually salt away in HSAs any amount below or matching their
      deductible up to a maximum of $2,700. For families the limit is
      $5,450. This encourages Americans to invest in high-deductible
      policies, which typically cost about 40 percent less than traditional
      indemnity insurance policies." (01/31/06)

      http://www.reason.com/links/links013106.shtml

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      32) Why We Fight
      AntiWar.Com
      by Justin Raimondo

      "Why We Fight is not a film in the Michael Moore mode of in-your-face
      propaganda, but is all the more effective in that it lets all these
      voices speak for themselves. Juxtaposed next to Professor Johnson's
      thoughtful analyses, Bill Kristol comes off as rather facile, and the
      snickering Perle, one of those historical actors who seems typecast in
      his role, comes across as frankly villainous. ... [Perle,] at one
      point in the movie, snarks: 'One of the sillier ideas is that American
      policy has been hijacked and once they're out of there we can go back
      to the way it was before. It's not going to happen because we've
      changed -- as a people.' If I were Perle, I wouldn't count my chickens
      before they hatch. What is increasingly clear to many Americans is (1)
      our foreign policy has been hijacked, and (2) that the hijackers are
      on their way out of power, and, perhaps, on their way to a jail cell
      (at least in Scooter Libby's case)." (02/01/06)

      http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8484

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      33) Same old song
      Salon
      by Michael Scherer

      "In his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Bush
      delivered a bold statement to the nation: He had nothing new left to
      say. The hourlong speech he delivered was cut almost entirely from his
      past congressional and policy addresses. His proposals had already
      been proposed. His defenses had already been offered. His visionary
      statements were visionary months or years ago. Rather than the live
      feed, the networks could have just simulcast tape from 2004 or 2005:
      With the exception of Bush's opening homage to Coretta Scott King and
      his defense of warrantless wiretaps, America might not have noticed
      the difference." [subscription or ad view required] (02/01/06)

      http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/02/01/sotu/

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      34) Right Brain + Left Brain = No Brain
      The Free Liberal
      by Jonathan David Morris

      "Last week, Drew Westen of Emory University announced the results of a
      study conducted before the 2004 election, which examined the brains of
      George Bush and John Kerry supporters. The results of this study
      suggested that partisan thinking derives not from reason but pure
      emotion. When faced with favorable facts about their candidates, the
      men's brains lit up like junkies getting their fix on. When presented
      with negative facts, their brains simply refused to consider what they
      heard. This, of course, comes as no surprise to me. I've always
      wondered why the things I say to most liberals and conservatives go in
      one ear and out the other. Now I know: Scientifically speaking, these
      people have no brains." (02/01/03)

      http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/001852.html

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      35) Whose addiction?
      Slate
      by John Dickerson

      "George Bush didn't go through a recovery program when he quit
      drinking, but surely he knows that the first step to shucking any
      dependency is admitting the problem. In his big speech, he attempted
      to do just that when he delivered the evening's most memorable line,
      'America is addicted to oil.' This was a switch from May of 2001 when
      Ari Fleischer, the president's spokesman, said that the right to
      consume massive energy resources was 'an American way of life.' I
      wasn't expecting any great departure after hearing Bush advisers and
      allies talk all day about 'security' and 'optimism' and about how the
      president was going to 'change the tone' (again). But Bush did change
      the subject, at least a bit. Tomorrow we're all going to be talking
      about the 'cellulosic ethanol' from corn stalks and 'switch grass.'"
      (01/31/06)

      http://www.slate.com/id/2135163/

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      36) Libertarian proposals for the Constitution, part two
      The Price of Liberty
      by Nathan A. Barton

      "We might, for the first time, have a truly-representative democracy
      in our republic -- a scary thought. The benefits of such a change are
      many and obvious: election costs just dropped by two or three orders
      of magnitude, even if there is a need to go nationwide to get voters
      signed up: you are not having to go head to head against someone: and
      the campaign will concentrate on why the candidate is a good one --
      and NOT why the opponent is a bad one. In many cases, I expect strong
      slightly larger districts to be created, in which both a liberal and a
      conservative will serve effectively the same geographic area, but
      where ALL of the voters in that area will have the services of a
      representative whom they chose. At the same time, the pressure of
      pork-barrel politics will be greatly reduced, with the elimination of
      traditional congressional districts: there will be much less incentive
      to fund massive public works projects in specific areas." (01/06)

      http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/06/01/30/nathan.htm

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      37) Best and worst of SOTU '06
      The Weekly Standard
      by Jonathan V. Last

      "Let us first praise Hilary Clinton. Whatever her other faults may be,
      she always shows up to the State of the Union dressed like a
      professional. She's wearing a stylish gray suit tonight. Most of our
      devoted congresswomen look like they got lost on the way to a Texas
      Tech rally." [editor's note: And not just congresswomen. The men, of
      course, were dressed for success -- if, by success you mean junior
      sales positions in telemarketing boiler rooms and used car
      dealerships; and whatever the hell that thing was that Condoleezza
      Rice wore was a clear signal that her future interests run more to
      Orange Julius than to the Oval Office - TLK] (02/01/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/d9oqj

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      38) Dead man talking
      AlterNet
      by Joshua Holland

      "George Bush is hanging by a thread. As he gamed his way through his
      fifth State of the Union Speech last night, it was clear that his is a
      presidency laying in ruin. Except for a reactionary judiciary that
      will be his continuing legacy -- pushed passed the too-little,
      too-late efforts of a limp Democratic Party -- Bush has no
      accomplishments he can look forward to in the next three years. George
      is dead, spun-out of spin, yet like his zombie followers he just keeps
      on talking." (02/01/06)

      http://www.alternet.org/story/31639/

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      39) The libertarian's legitimate litmus lessons
      Free Market News Network
      by Garry Reed

      "Renaming The Libertarian Party -- A one-semester overview of the
      ongoing efforts by timid Libertarian Party members to find a
      non-threatening appellation for their political organization.
      Suggestions include such hopeful banalities as The Freedom Party, The
      Freedom and Responsibility Party, The Free Will Party (not to be
      confused with The Free Willy Party), The Liberty Party, The Liberty
      Penguin Party, and The Softsoap Party, the latter name designed to
      smuggle such scary concepts as personal sovereignty into the minds of
      the general populace in the hope that they will adopt the ideas
      without even knowing it. Prerequisites: Renaming Liberal to Classical
      Liberal; Renaming Socialist to Progressive to Mainstream; Renaming
      Imperialism to Republican Party." (01/31/06)

      http://www.fmnn.com/Analysis/47/3600/2006-01-31.asp?nid=3600&wid=47

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      40) President Bush: Power is diminishing
      Human Events
      by Bruce Bartlett

      "Already we are seeing Republicans beginning to distance themselves
      from Bush in ways they would not have done two or three years ago.
      Then, they would have been fearful of his retaliation. They might have
      faced his opposition to their own initiatives or feared that he might
      not invite them to a White House event or appear at a fund-raising
      function. Now, they have less to lose if they incur his wrath.
      Moreover, members of Congress have to start preparing for the
      inevitable post-Bush era. As a consequence, Bush is slowly, inexorably
      losing power. His promises and threats both have less potency, and
      therefore, he has less ability to set the agenda and move the policy
      debate where he wants it to go. By this time next year, Bush
      effectively will be impotent." (01/31/06)

      http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=12017

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      41) Is America actually in a state of war?
      Mother Jones
      by James Carroll

      "Here is the embarrassing question: Is America actually at war? We
      have a war president, war hawks, war planes, war correspondents, war
      cries, even war crimes -- but do we have war? We have war dead, but
      the question remains. With young US soldiers being blown up almost
      daily, it can seem an absurd question, an offensive one. With
      thousands of Iraqis killed by American firepower, it can seem a
      heartless question, as if the dead care whether strict definitions of
      'war' are fulfilled. There can be no question that Iraq is in a state
      of war, and that, whatever its elements of post-Saddam sectarian
      conflict, the warfare is being driven from the Pentagon. But,
      regarding the Iraq conflict as it involves the United States,
      something essential is lacking that would make it a war -- and that is
      an enemy." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/89vcv

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      42) Public servants live better than the public itself
      Heartland Institute
      by Steven Malanga

      "For 50 years, public-sector unions, health care lobbyists, and social
      services advocacy groups have doggedly been amassing power in state
      capitols and city halls, using their influence to inflate pay and
      benefits for their workers and to boost government spending. The bill
      for that influence is now coming due, and it is overwhelming state and
      local budgets." (02/01/06)

      http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=18406

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      43) Praise be to tax competition!
      Ludwig von Mises Institute
      by Richard Teather

      "Tax competition occurs when a government uses its tax system to try
      to attract capital, business activity, or wealthy individuals from
      other countries. At its most obvious this could be a 'tax haven' with
      very low (or even zero) tax rates, but it could include more subtle
      provisions such as tax breaks for specific businesses relocating into
      a country. Game theory suggests that if the low-tax countries
      successfully attract international investment then other governments
      will respond, leading to a competitive spiral of tax reductions as
      they all compete for mobile capital." (01/31/06)

      http://www.mises.org/story/2022

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      44) When will US women demand peace?
      The Nation
      by Medea Benjamin

      "Whenever I travel to international gatherings to talk about the war
      in Iraq, economic development and women's rights, the question I get
      asked most frequently is: 'Where are the women in the United States?
      Why aren't they rising up?' I hear it from women in Africa, who have
      lost funding for their health clinics because of the Bush
      Administration's ban on even talking about abortion; from Iraqi women,
      who are suffering the double oppression of occupation and rising
      fundamentalism; from European women, who wonder how we can tolerate
      the crumbling of our meager social services; and from Latina women
      opposed to unresponsive governments that represent a tiny elite. The
      question is variously posed with anger, contempt, curiosity or
      sympathy. But always, there is a sense of disappointment. What
      happened to the proud suffragettes who chained themselves to the White
      House fence for the right to vote?" (01/26/06)

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/benjamin

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      45) The America we believe in
      Tom Paine
      by John Edwards

      "America is losing the most important element of our national
      character: We are no longer the land of opportunity for all.
      Generations before us came to America for one reason. This is the land
      where everyone who worked hard would be rewarded, could raise a family
      and could make a better life for their children. But America has
      changed. Now, hard work does not guarantee a decent standard of
      living, and our children do not believe they can achieve the successes
      of their parents. It should not be that way. Hurricane Katrina brought
      the issue of poverty to the forefront for the first time in decades.
      But the reality is that the people of the Gulf Coast -- the vast
      majority of them working -- were living in crisis for years before the
      hurricane hit and put them on the news. They were living without good
      schools, adequate health care, safe housing and without hope -- just
      like millions of other families across this country." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/c4trj

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      46) Global warmingerers
      Frontiers of Freedom
      by John Hutsebaut

      "If global warming was real, it makes sense that there would be
      winners and losers. If the earth warms up, places like Canada and
      Siberia would be more temperate. There would be more moisture in the
      air, so deserts would get more rainfall. This presented a real problem
      to Global Warming's True Believers, so they began torturing the weak
      'science' behind global warming to make it seem bad for everybody.
      Live in a cold climate? Global warming will make it colder. Live in a
      dry climate? Global warming will make it drier. Live in an area with
      lots of mosquitos? Global warming will breed more mosquitos! At some
      point, intelligent people will roll their eyes and realize they are
      simply listening to propaganda." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/d38dm

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      47) Podcasts, blogs and Dave Barry
      San Francisco Chronicle
      by C.W. Nevius

      "Dave Barry is one funny guy. His column, which has run in the Miami
      Herald for more than 20 years, has appeared in more than 500
      newspapers. He's written more than 20 books, all of them big sellers.
      So when he came to town last Friday to promote his latest effort,
      'Dave Barry's Money Secrets -- Like: Why is There a Giant Eyeball on
      the Dollar?', and to speak at the Commonwealth Club, I made an
      appointment to chat with him at his downtown hotel. I figured I'd
      write down his clever quips, repeat them in a column and make it
      appear that I am witty. Barry, who is 58, could not have been nicer
      and was happy to talk. 'Newspapers,' he said right off the bat, 'are
      dead.' Uh, to be honest, I was hoping for something a little funnier.
      But, the more he talked about it, the clearer it became that it is a
      worthwhile topic for discussion. And Barry may even be right." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/ddcun

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      48) Regaining energy leverage
      Washington Times
      by Michael O'Hanlon & David Sandalow

      "As Iran marches forward in an apparent attempt to develop nuclear
      weapons, the world faces a dilemma. Absent military strikes, which
      could help entrench a radical regime in power and might only delay an
      Iranian bomb, sweeping sanctions offer the best chance of changing
      Iran's behavior. Such sanctions -- to be serious -- must involve not
      only pistachios, rugs and travel by Iranian leaders happy to stay
      home, but the oil exports on which Iran's economy depends. Yet far
      from being a sword the world community can brandish against a
      recalcitrant Iran, oil is a shield Iran can use to protect itself."
      (01/31/06)

      http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20060130-093109-4384r.htm

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      49) The farcical definition at the heart of the war on terrorism
      Future of Freedom Foundation
      by James Bovard

      "A recent denunciation of U.S. government foreign policy offers
      insights into a paradox of the war of terrorism. On January 24, 2006,
      the East Timor Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation
      denounced the U.S. government for backing the 1975 Indonesian invasion
      of East Timor. In the following decades, a quarter million East
      Timorese residents died as a result of this incursion." (01/30/06)

      http://www.fff.org/comment/com0601j.asp

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      50) Boosted by Abramoff scandal, Democrats still need plan
      Fox News
      by Martin Frost

      "There is a temptation for Congressional Democrats to become a
      one-trick pony in 2006 -- that is, they will try to ride the Jack
      Abramoff scandal all the way to Election Day as a strategy to regain
      control of the House and Senate. That would be a mistake. Certainly,
      the Abramoff- lobbying-influence scandal should be a part of the
      Democrats' message, but it can't be their only message. It is clear
      that 'Abramoff' is a Republican scandal. The vast majority of
      Congressmen and staffers who ultimately will face criminal charges
      will be Republicans. In fact, there may be no Democrats indicted for
      dealings with Abramoff -- a longtime Republican Party operative.
      However, at least one Democrat, Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana,
      may face criminal charges in the months ahead for matters involving
      official misconduct." (01/31/06)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183261,00.html

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      51) Give Washington a civilian review board
      Christian Science Monitor
      by Amitai Etzioni

      "Trust in the Bush administration has fallen to such a low point that
      in order to restore at least some of it, we need a national civilian
      review board. The board will be composed of eminent Americans of both
      parties, similar if not the same people who served so well on the 9/11
      Commission. Equipped with security clearance, the board would
      determine whether our intelligence services are being used in line
      with the Constitution and our international obligations. It would
      issue a series of reports about the ways that the government is using
      the vast arsenal of special powers it amassed since 9/11 without
      disclosing details about sources and methods. Thus, such a committee
      would act much like local civilian review boards that have formed in
      some 60 percent of our nation's largest cities where the public has
      lost trust in police departments after revelations of widespread
      corruption and abuse." (01/31/06)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0131/p09s01-coop.html

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      52) The impossible task of the Fed
      Foundation for Economic Education
      by Ernest G. Ross

      "The Federal Reserve has an impossible task? Of course it does. But
      it's seldom mentioned. Most everyone just assumes that this autonomous
      government agency 'on line' since 1914 has a job to do and should,
      well, simply do it. It's not that easy. The Fed does indeed have a job
      which it is expected to do. In fact, given modern politics, it has
      several. However, there is a profound difference between being
      expected to do a job and being able to." (written 02/81; posted 01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/76yb2

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      53) Gutting Kyoto
      Competitive Enterprise Institute
      by Christopher C. Horner

      "The worldwide press hailed the December negotiations in Montreal over
      the Kyoto Protocol for producing an 'historic climate agreement.' As
      the London Independent put it, 'The fight against catastrophic global
      warming scored its greatest success to date yesterday, when
      negotiators from more than 180 nations unexpectedly agreed to develop
      far-reaching measures.' The agreement truly was historic as the
      greatest modification of Kyoto's terms since its inception in 1997 --
      although not for the reasons The Independent and other hailers
      proclaimed. The agreement effectively guts Kyoto's claim to being
      'legally binding' and its potentially onerous provisions." (01/30/06)

      http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,05115.cfm

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      54) AK vs AR, the REAL data speaks
      Head's Bunker
      by "Head"

      "There's been the ever present, unending debate over which is best,
      ARs or AKs. This debate rages on across the internet and in gun shops
      every day sending bile and bitter insults spewing both ways. Thise
      debate has turned fathers against sons, best friends against one
      another, and, well you get the point. Your host is of the opinion that
      there are of course pros and cons of each family of rifle, and I
      refuse to engage in what is 'best.' As one who loves them all,
      especially the AK and AR series, I thought I'd pass on some of the
      knowledge I have gained over the years concerning these wildly
      different weapons. As a bonus, I'll toss in my knowledge of the third
      favorite family of weapons at the Bunker, just because they are very
      popular these days and I often ramble about them. So, here, for the
      aid of those hammering one another with debate, some unbiased,
      non-slanted, untainted raw knowledge about the Ak, the AR and the
      Mosin Nagant." (01/26/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/8e9az

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      55) Calling for privacy
      Scripps Howard News Service
      by Patricia Sabatini

      "The government may not think you're important enough to eavesdrop on
      your telephone conversations, but did you know that anyone with a
      passing interest and a few bucks can go online and buy a record of
      your phone calls? Don't care? Privacy experts say you should. Suppose
      your phone logs were used by a stalker or abusive spouse to locate you
      or your friends or children? Perhaps a dangerous criminal discovers
      you've been helping the police by snooping into officers' telephone
      records. Or maybe your unscrupulous boss just wants to find out what
      you do after work as ammunition to demote or fire you. 'Stealing a
      person's phone log can lead to serious personal, financial and safety
      issues for just about any American,' Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,
      said last week after introducing federal legislation that would make
      the unauthorized sale of private cell, land-line or Internet phone
      records a felony. So-called data brokers have been selling personal
      phone records for years, but privacy concerns over the practice have
      been growing as Web sites offering the service have proliferated."
      (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/984mg

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      56) Real ID Act faces real challenges
      Contactless News
      by Andy Williams

      "Opposition is building against the Real ID Act requirement that,
      among other things, forces states to standardize driver licenses. Many
      at the state level fear that the under-funded, aggressive mandate will
      be overly burdensome and difficult to meet. At least one coalition of
      privacy-concerned groups fear the new rules, in development now, could
      force states to include RFID chips on their driver licenses. Though
      the Real ID Act in its current form does not specify RFID or any other
      specific technology, a coalition consisting of groups spanning the
      political playing field has submitted a letter to DHS opposing the
      inclusion of RFID." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/dddh3

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      57) The closing of the Bushite mind
      Common Dreams
      by Andrew Bard Schmookler

      "The forces now ruling America have already taught their followers to
      discredit all the possible alternative sources of thought. Not only
      have 'liberals' been demonized (liberals have become the new
      'communists'), but also discredited are all media that are not
      propaganda mouthpieces of the regime (there is no notion of journalism
      as a noble, truth-seeking profession). And likewise they've cast
      science as an enemy, and with it all other forms of expertise-based
      knowledge. ... Nowadays, it seems, there is a new, Bushite orthodoxy
      whose dogmas include the assertions that George W. Bush is a good man,
      that he can be trusted, that he is protecting us from people who would
      hurt us if they could, and that anyone who questions any of these
      notions is the enemy." (01/31/06)

      http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0131-29.htm

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      58) The State of the Union
      Truthout
      by William Rivers Pitt

      "It shall be quite a thing to see, a show worth watching if only to
      observe exactly how many lies, distortions, threats, taunts and smirks
      can be crammed into a single speech. This will be Mr. Bush speaking,
      after all, and the truth is not in him. It will be in every pertinent
      sense a mere commercial, a television advertisement from a failing
      company, a whitewashing of ugly truths by a staggering CEO whose sole
      desire is to keep the stockholders in line for another quarter. In the
      interests of truth, the actual state of this union deserves to be
      displayed for all to see. This is the deal. This is how it is." (01/31/06)

      http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106Y.shtml

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      59) The Democrats' Alito debacle
      CounterPunch
      by Dave Lindorff

      "The pathetic failure of Democrats in the Senate to stick together and
      block the appointment of Sam Alito to the Supreme Court -- a man
      committed to the idea of a president with unchecked, dictatatorial
      powers, and who favors corporations and the state over the individual
      -- shows that it won't just do to have Democrats take over Congress in
      November. The Democrats who are still in Congress -- especially the
      leadership, but even the rank-and-file members -- are so spineless and
      habituated to caving in to Republican threats that they don't even
      know how to stand on principle. ... Impeachment of the criminal and
      power-mad President Bush will not even be possible as long as these
      frauds continue to dominate the Democratic Party. Only a grass-roots
      revolt among progressives during the primaries in support of
      candidates like Cindy Sheehan, who has announced plans to challenge
      Feinstein, will produce the kind of political shift that could turn
      around the country's slide into authoritarianism." (01/31/06)

      http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff01312006.html

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      60) Revolutionary for the hell of it
      CounterPunch
      by Jeffrey St. Clair

      "As one of the creative directors of the Yippies, Stew Albert helped
      to script the 60s. Stew's life is a joyous rebuttal to the slurs of
      mean-spirited bigots such as David Horowitz and Newt Gingrich that the
      60s counterculture unleashed a moral rot at core of American society.
      Of course, Stew was the true moralist. And the prime moral virtue was
      to live honestly. ... The Yippies thrived on the exposure of moral
      hypocrisy. Their creative mischief made radical politics fun. The
      Yippies proved to be more effective than the dour pronouncements of
      Tom Hayden or the trustfund bombers in the Weather Underground. The
      Yippies didn't need George Lakoff to tell them how to 'reframe' an
      issue. They learned from the Situationists as well as vaudeville acts
      and Borscht Belt comedy routines, from the Marx cousins, Karl and
      Groucho. And because of that their legacy lives in Earth First and
      Greenpeace." (01/31/06)

      http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair01312006.html


      Movement News and Events

      61) Sign the "No-Spy" list
      Progress Now
      ongoing

      "If you have found little to laugh about over President Bush's
      domestic spying program, well, it's your lucky day. We here at
      ProgressTV decided to have some fun. So, we produced a little video
      for your enjoyment. However, illegal spying on U.S. citizens is not
      funny. That is why we are asking everyone across the nation to sign
      the 'No-Spy' list. If you don't want the government eavesdropping on
      your phone calls, emails, and internet searches, Sign the No-Spy
      List." (01/31/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/dmwf9

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      62) Keep Kubby Kicking!
      The Libertarian Enterprise
      ongoing

      "Steve will die without his medicine -- and odds are he isn't going to
      get it in jail. Time is of the essence. What I'm about to propose may
      not seem like much, but it's better than sitting around feeling
      powerless and it may do some good. It's time to create some buzz about
      Steve outside the libertarian and the medical marijuana activist
      communities. You can help do that at no financial cost ... just a few
      minutes of your time ..."

      http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle352-20060129-01.html

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      63) Liberty 2006
      Libertarian International
      02/25/06-02/26/06

      Libertarian International's Spring, 2006 convention at Universite
      Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Speakers include Eline van den
      Broek, Antoine Clarke, Mark Cools, Dr. Sean Gabb, Edgar Gaertner,
      Daniel Mitchell, Andreas W. Tauber, and Stephan Wyckaert.

      http://tinyurl.com/dt539

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      64) Petition: Mary Ruwart for President
      Petition Online
      ongoing

      Online petition asking Dr. Mary Ruwart to seek the Libertarian Party's
      2008 presidential nomination.

      http://www.petitiononline.com/ruwart08/petition.html

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      65) The Drug Czar's coming to a town near you
      Students for Sensible Drug Policy
      01/19/06-04/25/06

      "The Drug Czar is going on the road to convince schools to take
      advantage of millions of dollars in federal grant money made available
      for the express purpose of testing teens' urine. Parents everywhere
      should be 'pissed off' that their hard-earned tax dollars are being
      flushed down the toilet -- literally -- on programs that usurp family
      decision making and do nothing to stop young people from using drugs.
      .... If you live in or around any of these cities, please get in touch
      with SSDP as soon as possible to find out how you can counteract the
      Drug Czar's propaganda machine when it comes to town. Students,
      parents, and activists had a great time raining on the Drug Czar's
      parade last year. Let's make sure he and his cronies know that we'll
      continue to be there providing the truth wherever and whenever they
      proliferate lies." [editor's note: The cities are Orlando, San Diego,
      Falls Church, VA and Milwaukee, WI., the first stop is Orlando Jan.19
      - MLS] (01/11/06)

      http://tinyurl.com/dorh2

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      66) Austrian Scholars Conference 2006
      Ludwig von Mises Institute
      03/16/06-03/18/06

      "The Austrian Scholars Conference is the international,
      interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School, and for scholars
      interested or working in this intellectual tradition, it is the event
      of the year. Over the course of three full days, the Austrian Scholars
      Conference offers eighty plus presentations on economics, history,
      philosophy, and the humanities, in addition to named lectures by the
      leaders in the field." Mises Institute campus, Auburn, AL. Free for
      students (application required), $200 for others. Online registration
      available. Group rate available at local hotel.

      http://www.mises.org/upcomingstory.aspx?control=77

      Today in Political History

      67) "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ..."

      Details, and the "quote of the day," from Leon's Political Almanac at:

      http://perspicuity.net/cgi/hypercal.cgi

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