A Roundup of Liberty-Related Stuff

Here’s a collection of information (on the TSA, Iraq, Jon Stewart, Barry Goldwater, and Ron Paul) I’ve been accumulating over the last few days which you  might find interesting:

  • An eight-year-old on the no-fly list?  Well, technically no, but his name is — he shares it with a suspicious person.  As a result, Mikey Hicks of New Jersey has been getting “random” pat downs at the airport since he was two.  Because clearly we couldn’t involve common sense and let the kid get on a plane without a hassle (eye roll).
  • Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?”  Well, for a lot of reasons, apparently.  Here’s just a taste:

    Q:Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
    A:Because they had weapons of mass destruction.
    Q:But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.
    A:That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them.

    Q:Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
    A:To use them in a war, silly.
    Q:I’m confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn’t they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
    A:Well, obviously they didn’t want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.

  • Here’s a new video from Jon Stewart on the continued failure of the economy and new Wall Street bonuses.  I don’t agree with many of Stewart’s opinions, of course, especially where economics are concerned.  Nonetheless, his suspicion of government and corporatism  is always appreciated.  I especially enjoy: “No, don’t look the bank in the eye!  It will fail!  What, are our banks made of balsa wood held together by baby tears?”  Well yes, actually, they are.  That’s called fractional reserve banking, Mr. Stewart.  Also known as fraud.
  • But here is a classier view of the role of government from 56 years ago, courtesy of Barry Goldwater.  He had his policy failings, but this is much preferable to most modern campaign ads, no?
  • And last but certainly not least, Ron Paul was named the 41st most influential conservative in America by the UK’s Telegraph.  It’s not number one, sure.  But it’s a heck of a lot better than the 96th place he got three years ago.  And he’s on the top of the page.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  He’s catching on, I’m telling ya!
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