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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-10-04 21:00
  Subject:   [Digg] Let's make it official, shall we?
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  Music:Consolidated - Friendly Fascism

My fellow Americans, it’s official now: We live in a fascist nation.

Now, the term "fascist" has been thrown around over the last fifty years in a loose way that has drained it of much of its meaning. If someone wanted to cut 5% off of a leftist professor's favourite welfare programme, the professor would call his opponent a "fascist." I’m not using the word like that. I mean the old-fashioned, original, 1930s style fascism, featuring such old favourites as:

* Secret prisons – they’re back!
* Torture – we’re doing it.
* Spying on all citizens, and forget the warrant!
* Arrests and indefinite imprisonment without trial (or even charge).
* Denial and restriction of habeas corpus.
* Blatantly unjust trial procedures.

(This list was compiled partially based on the work of Amnesty International, available here.)

An absolutely mind-numbing response to complaints that our traditional legal system is being torn apart is the question, "So, you want to protect the rights of terrorists?"

Um, no, I want to protect the rights of non-terrorists who might be falsely accused of terrorism! That was sort of, you know, the whole idea of our legal system. I’m sure there was some neo-con around in the 1700s saying to Jefferson or Madison, "So, you want to protect the rights of murderers and robbers?" but luckily they ignored him.


http://www.lewrockwell.com/callahan/callahan160.html

It starts by hating other people's freedom.Collapse )
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-10-04 21:52
  Subject:   Hello Kitty explosive napalm edition!
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  Music:"Where are we going? Why am I in this handbasket?"


Although a Hello Kitty toy might not seem quite as dangerous (read: life threatening) as the notebooks and cellphones we're toting these days, the explosive tendencies have somehow veered from batteries to stuffed animals. In the latest episode of spontaneous combustion, Takara is being forced to recall specific Hello Kitty dolls which featured a heatable disc that could be warmed and stuffed within the lining to keep kids toasty while resting. Apparently the microwavable pad housed a chemical substance (manufactured by ADEKA) not quite stable enough to handle the heat, sparking a lengthy list of of cases where the liquid erupted from its container and provided an uncomfortable surprise to the poor soul embracing the creature's volcanic warmth.

http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/03/exploding-hello-kitty-toys-recalled/

I'm hoping Disney will see this valuable marketing opportunity and release a "Special Suicide Bomber edition Mickey Mouse", complete with cute little dynamite belt and autographed photo of Osama bin Laden...
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-10-04 23:38
  Subject:   Wil Wheaton says it well...
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Way to fucking write, man! I'm a political gasbag of massive proportions, but you said it better than I ever could.

I hope you get that part you just auditioned for. Sounds like just the break you need. The role sounds like great fun. Did you look like this? That is *bad ass*. You're pulling an Affleck!

I also hope someday, all those people who give you shit about being the face of the fictional character Wesley Crusher, will admit that they bash Wesley because they're jealous that he was out having adventures and saving the galaxy while they were stewing in their parent's basement. I'm not trekkie-bashing, that would be bashing myself. But I am bashing the subset of trekkies who are haters.

And I still want an Ernest Borg-9 t-shirt if there are any left.
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