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This article was forwarded by carolync under the subject line, "AhA! More evidence for your position of no mix-gender at the workplace!! Buh-ha-ha-hahaha (giggle snort)". I don't know the original source of the article.
A separatist group operating in north-eastern India has decided to no longer accept women into their ranks. The organization gives a very simple explanation: there have been too many instances when male terrorists fell in love with female members and gave up the armed struggle.
The Tripura National Liberation Front, which is fighting for separation from India, admitted about 70 young members last year to create a special unit consisting of women only, the Indian police informs. However, the action produced quite the opposite effect: male terrorists
|established contacts with female terrorists.
Chief of the Tripura police Agartali Jaidev Dass says the presence of women
caused a lack of discipline in the organization. Some of the terrorists
even abandoned the organization, which weakened its strength. Some
of them surrendered to security services, while others went into hiding,
afraid of revenge from the rest of the group.
Former member of the separatist group Makai Debarma, 25, and his 20-year-old wife Sharmil Debarma surrendered to the Indian police at the end of the last week. "Terrorist life completely emptied me. When I met Sharmil in the training camp, I fell in love with her; after several months, we escaped and got married," Makai says.
The next article was also forwarded by carolync. I don't know the source of the article, but there's a URL for additional information at the end of the article. Maybe the article came from that location. I don't know.
Hey! On the California Appeals Court ruling on the Second Amendment:
The three judges, who draw their salaries from a government afraid of an armed citizenry, has greatly erred in claiming that the Second Amendment is not an individual right to bear arms. No court has ever challenged the concept that the other rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights confer individual, not collective rights. INDIVIDUALS have the right to worship as they choose. INDIVIDUALS have a right to freedom of speech. INDIVIDUALS have a protection against self-incrimination. INDIVIDUALS have a right not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure. INDIVIDUALS have a right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. In taking the position that the Second Amendment confers only a collective right to gun ownership within the context of a state-organized body, the court has set a precedent that only within such state-organized bodies may the other rights be granted, i.e. only in a state-organized group may there be freedom of speech. ...................
More on the right to keep and bear arms HERE
the article Title
of Nobility, last month] The premise does not hold water,
ie a drivers license is available to anyone that can demonstrate knowledge
of the DMV rules, ability to safely operate a vehicle, and pay the fees.
There is no implication of exclusivity that is implied by nobility.
Despite this, I am sure that none of your readers will realize it and mention
it to you. Thus, I would not suggest any conceptual changes.
Sir James the Bold
Regarding the title of nobility article, you're wrong about the driver's license. There are many forms of privileged behavior that are permitted to someone who has a driver's license and prohibited to someone who doesn't. Your fallacy is in believing that the definition of a title of nobility has anything to do with how it is obtained. How a title of nobility is obtained is irrelevant. Whether it is hereditary, granted as a reward for valor, purchased, or obtained in any other way, the definition of a title of nobility is in its effect, in its consequences, not in its origin. A driver's license entitles its holder to participation in restricted, privileged activities. Those people are members of an aristocracy. Commoners, those of us who don't have the grant of privilege, are punished if we try to participate in the privileged activities. Poaching on the king's land and driving without a license are exactly the same, in principle.
I wasn't aware that voting was mandatory in Australia but it isn't surprising. Don't be surprised when it happens here.
Since the dumbing down of our schools, this statement is more accurate than ever... Ask the average person ANYTHING about our Constitution or how our government (is suppose) to work and they do not have a clue. The sad truth is that not only don't they know any thing, they don't want to know anything. Just watch Jay Leno when he has his "JayWalking" segment airing.
well, now that the police state is here under a GOP president, I wonder
what will happen to the anti-big government, anti-tax, isolationist wing
Joseph; Burbank, California
Was reading a recent Frontiersman wherein it is asked how long will Americans sit by passively while the government steals their rights? Good point and what do you think the answer is?
I ask this because every activist I know, rightwing or leftwing, asks the same question: why are Americans so passive?
Joseph; Burbank, California
Consider the Declaration of Independence.
Also consider the miniseries Amerika.
Also, consider the power of human stupidity. I had hoped for better than that from Americans but, after more than 30 years of trying to educate them and motivate them, I don't seem to have accomplished much. Maybe an understanding of liberty is just one of those things that cannot be taught, but only learned. Maybe it must be learned the hard way. I expect that the Jews had acquired a very thorough understanding of liberty by the time the Nazis turned on the gas. Americans are headed for a tough lesson.
Sam - Your newsletter always has great information, but sometimes your views surprise me. In the December issue, you suggest we abolish driver's licenses. I believe doing so would result in a lot more terrible traffic accidents and problems. Sure, it costs a lot to administer licensing, but just think of all the lives that might be adversely affected (e.g., deaths, injuries) without control. Don't you think it's really worth keeping? As a driver, I believe the DMV fees I pay are well worth the benefits received.
Tom; Redwood City, California
I don't believe that a driver's license makes someone a better driver. Even if it does, that still doesn't justify making it mandatory. If you really believe that people should be required to have certification to drive (I don't), then why does that certification have to be issued by the government? Why can't driving schools issue certificates of competence to their graduates? Why can't that be sufficient when a traffic cop wants to know if somebody can drive? If somebody passes "Driver's Ed" in high school, then why isn't his high school diploma sufficient as a driver's license?
You think that lives will be "adversely affected (e.g., deaths, injuries) without control"? The control that you advocate doesn't promote better driving. It promotes repressive government. Many lives have been "adversely affected" (e.g., repression, imprisonment) by such control. I'd rather have my liberty and just acknowledge that the roads are dangerous, and take my chances.
No, I don't think driver's licenses are worth keeping.
You think that the DMV fees are worth the "benefits received"? You don't receive any benefits from the DMV, unless you think being compelled to surrender your rights is a benefit.
Now, I have a couple of questions for you. How many times in your life while you were out on the road driving has a traffic cop asked you to show a driver's license to assure him that you know how to drive? The answer is probably "never". How many time when you were not out on the road driving has someone who wasn't a traffic cop asked you to show a driver's license to verify your permission to engage in some privileged activity? The answer is probably "thousands of times". The conclusion should be obvious. You don't show it to prove that you can drive. You show it to verify your permission to engage in privileged activities. How simple does it have to get? It isn't a driver's license. It's a title of nobility.
For what it's worth, I do hope you can/will continue your paper, as so few among us today can express the needed material you do. I am truly distraught over your circumstances of poverty; reminiscent of many in history who had the greatest of minds and value to give, but the wicked beasts kept them in the most wretched of conditions & rewards ....
I'm literally astonished that people who have shown some intelligence in the past in your paper, (Tom, Redwood City), can't see as plain as the shoes on his feet that govt have always been the terrorists; or if one would separate the term from govt, that the latter has always been far more dangerous than any (other) "terrorists." Politicians "created" the "terrorist" concept to cover their own terror against people who just want to be left alone and live their lives. Other than that, I dont think there are any "terrorists." At most, there are those people who are fighting in self defense against the true politician terrorists. Guerrilla warfare is the closest one could say war comes to being "terrorism", but that is still a mere form of war, usually an act of self-defense against so called govt./politicians....
I pray that you will be treated rightly by having someone sponsor you/your work, where you can have the fine environment you deserve. I pray for your good welfare, and will continue.
How to Sing the Blues
Source Unknown. Forwarded by carolync.
1. Most Blues begin with: "Woke up this morning ...."
2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."
3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pounds."
4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, ain't no way out.
5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.
6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.
7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.
8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg 'cause you were skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chomping on it is.
9. You can't have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
10. Good places for the Blues:
b. jail house
c. empty bed
d. bottom of a whiskey glass
Bad places for the Blues:
b. gallery openings
c. Ivy League institutions
d. golf courses
11. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old ethnic
|person, and you slept in it.
12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if:
a. you older than dirt
b. you blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
d. you can't be satisfied
a. you have all your teeth
b. you were once blind but now can see
c. the man in Memphis lived
d. you have a 401K or trust fund
13. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.
14. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
a. cheap wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. nasty black coffee
The following are NOT Blues beverages:
d. Slim Fast
e. Diet Coke
15. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So are the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broken-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.
16. Some Blues names for women:
b. Big Mama
d. Fat River Dumpling
17. Some Blues names for men:
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie
18. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Jennifer, Tiffany, Brooke, Brittany and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
19. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit:
a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Deaf, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. plus last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)
For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.
20. Oh, by the way. I don't care how tragic your life: if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues.
Credibility Gap, Gullibility
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
Dear Can't Remember
Best Laid Plans
Source Unknown. Forwarded by Warren, of Pocatello, Idaho.
A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe leaving her mentally retarded.
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.
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