FEBRUARY 29, 2008

"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest.  The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of a higher obligation....  To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence  to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to J. B. Colvin, September 20, 1780

"Though a few individuals may perceive the approaches of arbitrary power, and may truly publish their perceptions to the people, yet it is well known, the people are not persuaded without the utmost difficulty to attend to facts and evidence. Those who covet such power, always have recourse to secrecy and the blackness of darkness to cover their wicked views, and have always their parties and instruments and minions at hand, to disguise their first approaches, and to vilify and abuse, as turbulent destroyers of the public peace, as factious, envious, malicious pretenders to patriotism, as sowers and stirrers of sedition, all those who perceive such approaches, and endeavor to inform and undeceive their neighbors. Liberty, instead of resting within the entrenchment of any free constitution of government ever yet invented and reduced to practice, has always been surrounded with dangers, exposed to perils by water and by fire. The world, the flesh, and the devil, have always maintained a confederacy against her, from the fall of Adam to this hour, and will, probably, continue so till the fall of Antichrist." -- John Adams, The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams

(seems that not much has changed in the last 200 years, does it? - GB)


A web site devoted to liberty:  http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=149

Pelosi proposes establishing a Congressional Ethics Office.  Pelosi???  No kidding:  http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pelosi-stands-by-idea-of-independent-ethics-entity-2008-02-28.html

But there have already been programs to address each of these issues:  http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/28/clinton.children.ap/index.html?eref=rss_politics

San Francisco to use tax money to "recruit" illegal aliens:  http://www.examiner.com/a-1247329~The_City_to_publicize_its_status_as_sanctuary_for_illegal_immigrants.html

Planned Parenthood agrees to accept donations earmarked solely for aborting black babies:  http://rosemarysthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/02/racism-alive-and-well-at-planned.html

16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in China (including #1):  http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-02-29-voa22.cfm

Last year we had global COOLING all over the earth:  http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Worldwide+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm

Heparin recalled:  http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/51b5a704d9408656d7ac7cf8b45b174b.htm

Virtual fence not working:  http://thevirtuousrepublic.com/?p=338

Change?  Nope!  New ideas?  Nope!  Just the same old thing.  Note that every proposal can be described in just two words, "more taxes:"  http://www.examiner.com/a-1240202~Melanie_Scarborough__Obama_on_Obama_is_scary_truth.html

Gun control does NOT reduce crime and usually allows it to increase:  http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/parks_60808___article.html/guns_people.html

In 1996 Australia banned private ownership of certain firearms.  Here's what has happened since then:  http://www.haciendapub.com/comm8.html

Florida web site offers encryption tool for al-Qaeda backers:  http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9058619&source=NLT_SEC&nlid=38

Weathermen bomber not sorry; has ties to Obama; is now a college professor (why am I not surprised?):  http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02E1DE1438F932A2575AC0A9679C8B63

The Clintons:  getting rich in a hurry:  http://newmediajournal.us/staff/dicintio/2008/02042008.htm

What you get when you don't teach history:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2008/02/04/noindex/nhistory104.xml

After failing again, and again, and again, and again, Reid is at it again:  http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002678813

ACLU suit challenging wire tapping of Al Qaeda fails:  http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/02/19/court_rejects_nsa_wiretapping_challenge/1744