How to Get a Copy of Your FBI The Freedom of Information Act is a powerful thing. If you've ever wanted to know just what those guvmint bastards have on you, anyway, here's your chance. Just fill in the italics in this form letter with the appropriate information, get your signature notarized, send it off, and you're in business! This should be free, though if your search returns reams of information, you may be charged 5 cents per page in duplication fees. The law says that your request must be responded to within 10 days, but you can expect something closer to 2 or 3 months for a definitive answer with the current backlog of paperwork. Your Name Today's Date Your Address Line 2 of Your Address Federal Bureau of Investigation Records Resources Division - Attn.: FOIA/PA Office J. This is a request for records under both the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act. My full name is: Your Name. I hereby agree to pay reasonable costs associated with this request up to a maximum of $30. Sincerely,Your Signature
Why I Parted Ways With The Right 1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.) 2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.) 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. And much, much more. I won’t be going over the cliff with them.
ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud - News Story KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Four people have been indicted on charges of voter fraud in Kansas City, officials said Wednesday. Investigators said questionable registration forms for new voters were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that works to improve minority and low-income communities. The four indicted -- Kwaim A. Stenson, Dale D. Federal indictments allege the four turned in false voter registration applications. ACORN and Project Vote recruit and assign workers to low-income and minority neighborhoods to register people to vote. The Kansas City Election Board told KMBC they found suspicious forms, such as seven applications from one person and an application for a dead man. "There is some motive behind it -- this is not accidental," said Ray James with the Kansas City Election Board. Election officials said some of the application cards had false addresses, signatures and phone numbers. ACORN officials said the four indicted have been fired.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Article 1. Article 2. Article 3.
Warranted Wiretaps: Twitter Users Punk Teabaggers: Teaparty Activist Organizing Call 2009.11.17 (Updated three times.) On Tuesday evening, several organizers of the Teaparty Movement and of the ultraconservative website 73wire.com, including healthcare executive and conservative activist Michael Johns and Eric Odom, founder of the American Liberty Alliance, hosted a telephone conference call for Teaparty activists. Twitter user @Strwbrry_Blonde learned of the call and enlisted Twitter-based community organizer @Shoq to disseminate the dial-in number. During the call, the organizers urged listeners to start their own blogs on the 73wire.com website to avoid what they claimed was routine censorship of conservative views by Typepad and other mainstream blog hosts. The best parts, in terms of voyeuristic entertainment value, came after the 14:30 mark, during questioning from participants. At one point, a caller who identified herself as "Marge in Minnesota" -- actually, Winstead -- asked what issues she should care about.
Anti-government protests around the world (big photo gallery) A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square. Egyptians held a nationwide "Victory March" on Friday to celebrate the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule one week ago, to protect the revolution and to remind new military rulers of the power of the street. Hundreds of thousands joined the rallies, which are also a memorial to the 365 people who died in the 18-day uprising, with many Egyptians expressing their intention to guard their newly-won prospect of democracy. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem) A demonstrator shows his T-shirt that features the star and crescent symbol and reads "Yes We Can" during a protest against the regime of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin, February 21, 2011. More photos follow, from Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, and other nations throughout Africa and the Middle East where the "revolution virus" is spreading. A boy watches as pro-democracy supporters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 18, 2011.
Don't Let The Deathers Ask Stupid Questions At Townhalls! We need you guys to keep showing up in force at these Democratic townhalls to ask real questions of our elected Democratic representatives, especially those who signed H.R. 676, and those who are currently on the fence about the public option. You've got to ask real questions that the news media doesn't ask of these Democratic officials about why they say they support the public option, but are ready to jettison it in the final legislation for so-called "bipartisanship," when research and studies have shown that a majority of Americans want the public option, and that the public option is cost-effective. Here are steps that you can take in being the best advocate for the public option at these Democratic townhall events: Read ShadowSD's diary for his excellent defense of the public option, and the rebuttals to the most common conservative talking points. Please bring a copy of his diary with you and your friends when you go to a townhall event.
Top 10 Logical Fallacies in Politics - E. Magill The human brain is wired all wrong. Those not versed in logic are blissfully unaware of how much our brain messes up the most basic of arguments, leading to the mess of random thoughts, non-sequiturs, cognitive dissonance, white lies, misinformation, and syntax errors that we call consciousness. Luckily, there is one place where all of these logical misteps can be exemplified: politics. What follows is a crash course in some of the most prevelant fallacies we all make, as they appear in modern American politics. And though I consider these the "top 10" logical fallacies in politics, they are not in order, for reasons that should become clear rather quickly. President Bush and Senator Kerry, congratulations on making it through an entire televised debate without answering a single question! The man who invented Western philosophy, Aristotle, considered ignoratio elenchi, which roughly translates to "irrelevant thesis," an umbrella term that covered all other logical fallacies.
Anarchy In Your Head » Archive » Listen To Your Heart August 8th, 2009 I co-host Free Talk Live every Thursday night from 7pm to 10pm, a nationally syndicated talk radio show. Last Thursday, an anarchist called in to talk about how he attended a meeting about a local smoking ban to speak out against it. There was some discussion about whether such an act is part of working within their system and I’m known for not being a big fan of that game, to put it lightly. Mark is equating this act with voting based on the notion that you’re just voting by proxy, i.e. trying to persuade council members to vote a certain way. I wouldn’t go in there telling them to vote a certain way. You have to understand that the vote is not the act of violence. I do feel that politics follows culture overwhelmingly more so than the other way around. I can’t definitively argue that there is more harm done in the long run by playing their game than not. That’s why I tell people to do what in their hearts feels right.
Recovery.org – Tracking Economic Recovery Spending Why the Free Market Doesn't Work: Consumption vs. Conservation by Mike Adams the Health Ranger (NaturalNews) I'm a big free market proponent. I love the "freedom" in it... the individual decisions of hundreds of millions of people coalescing into an "invisible hand" of efficiency improvements, quality of life enhancements and unlimited abundance. That's the Alice-in-Wonderland version of the free market economy, anyway. How, you ask? Examine the interaction between Big Pharma and consumers, for example: Drug companies use campaigns of disinformation, deception, exaggeration and scientific fraud to convince consumers they suffer from various "diseases" requiring chemical intervention. It isn't. The consumption of pharmaceuticals makes all this as plain as day, and yet pharmaceuticals are just the beginning of this story. Consumers in America have also been convinced to purchase useless (but highly profitable) home cleaning products like Swiffer devices, which are branded, disposable home cleaning products that have no real purpose for existing other than being sold to people.
Coalition Building: Making Friends, not Enemies This post was written by Steve Heidenreich, but honestly, if he hadn't written it, I would have done it myself. CPAC was awesome, and the strong presence of liberty supporters made a huge statement at an event that would otherwise have been dominated by warmongering and neoconservatism. I can personally attest that the vast majority of YAL and C4L people were courteous and took the opportunity to build on agreements with others in the conservative movement. However, some Ron Paul supporters engaged in incredibly inappropriate heckling and rudeness. Our numbers may be growing, but we'll never win friends by screaming at them. Think about it: Did you become a libertarian because someone yelled during a speech you wanted to hear? CPAC '11, like CPAC '10, was a wild success for libertarians. However, that is no excuse for the type of behavior some of our number engaged in at CPAC. Our movement has spread due to libertarianism's inherent logic and reason behind it.