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Friday, February 20, 2004day link 

 Thanks for the memories
picture Via Sounding Circle, an excellent and scarey Flash Presentation by Eric Blumrich about the 40 year collaboration between the United States and Saddam Hussein, set to the nostalgic music of Bing Crosby. From his careful installation by the CIA, the ongoing military support, to the later clever set-ups for war, and his final "capture". Yeah, we (the U.S.) have always had him.
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 Funding tax cuts
picture Via Seeing the Forrest, from an AP News Story:
"Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that Congress should make President Bush's tax cuts permanent and cover the $1 trillion price by trimming future benefits in Social Security and other entitlement programs."
What a great idea. Particularly since the social security funds have long since been lent to the U.S. government and only exist in the form of bonds, and thus there would be less reason to ever pay them back.
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 Liberty
picture Via Lisa Williams who's reading John Stuart Mill's essay "On Liberty", which is good stuff:
"The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can rightfully be exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant."
In brief, you should be free to live your life as you choose, as long as you don't harm others. And government has no right to use its power against you, other than to prevent you from doing harm to others.

Now, wouldn't that be nice. If it were impossible for greedy individuals to manipulate themselves into positions of power where they can force everybody else to adhere to their twisted morals and self-serving business interests. What if government were an agency to ensure such fundamental individual liberty, rather than a primary vehicle for subverting it.
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 Choices

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise."

- Robert Fritz

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