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Well, that didn't take long.

President Obama has publicly sided with the Bush administration on the question of whether the President should be allowed to establish warrantless wiretapping programs designed to monitor US citizens.

The fourth amendment is very clear on this. Obama should be very clear on this, as he has claimed the hat of a constitutional law professor.

So here we go, sliding yet further downhill, and it only took two days.

Sigh.

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Finally.

Bush is finally gone.

It’s like having one of those embedded, infected splinters that was just too tiny to grab finally pulled out of your flesh.

I can’t really express how grateful I am not to have to wake up in the morning and face the Next Stupid Thing he had said or done.

Further, Obama has already pretty much put his foot down on the discrimination faced by the gay and transgender communities, including speaking directly against the absurd “don’t ask, don’t tell” military cowardice.

His inauguration speech contained solid declarations against much of what the Bush administration stood for; and he has put a halt to all pending regulations until they can be reviewed by his administration.

It’s as if we have an actual leader.

I still have little faith in congress or the courts, but Obama… as far as I’m concerned right now, he is “the man.”

Welcome, Mr. President. Welcome.

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…and so it goes

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson, 1802

(portion of a letter to Albert Gallatin, who held the post of Secretary of the Treasury at the time.)

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How 'Bout them Border Laptop Seizures?

In my coursing about the net, I ran into a networking site post that summed up the issues as:

“…the issue is what the definition of ‘unreasonable’ is ”

Ahem. No. It isn’t.

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Old Soldier

Old Soldier - Great Northern

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Enjoy the Fireworks

Upon exiting the constitutional convention, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a lady who asked “What kind of government have you given us?” Franklin answered “A republic, madam… if you can keep it.”

Considering the feeble effective remnants of the constitution today, I’m afraid that Franklin’s cautionary remark has come home to roost.

When you see those fireworks today, consider what we could have had, were it not for sophists, powermongers, and politicians “interpreting” the constitution until much of it became meaningless.

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Why the Heller 2nd amendment decision should scare you

The USSC did the right thing. Just barely. Mostly by accident. I say this because while it is clear that the four judges (of nine total) who dissented haven’t even got a ghost of a clue as to what the constitution is, much less what it says, there is more here to astonish and perturb those who actually read the decision of the majority of five. They don’t know what they’re doing either; that, or they are involved in a conspiracy against the citizens of the United States.

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Orwell was an Optimist

Here is a quote from 1984:

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

Now let me point out a few interesting facts.

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