Denmark Tightens Immigration Rules .
May 31st, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Denmark Tightens Immigration Rules. Parliament voted Friday to adopt a law to tightened Denmark's immigration and asylum rules, making it harder for foreigners to seek asylum, get residence permits and welfare benefits. [AP World News]

This is interesting to read, because I have several relatives in Denmark--most of whom immigrated there from the US and Chile. I wonder if they would have been allowed in under this new law?

3 teens killed at Itamar yeshiva .
May 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

3 teens killed at Itamar yeshiva. The yeshiva security guard Arieh Kleiman succeeded in shooting the terrorist and one of the student's teachers Rabbi Nitzan Yamin shot and killed the infiltrator as members of the community's response team arrived. [Jerusalem Post]

The terrorist was stopped by two civilians, particularly by the teacher. This is much better than what would have happened in America--here the terrorist would probably have been able to kill dozens before the police finally showed up and stopped him.

FBI objects to the Constitution .
May 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

FBI objects to the Con­sti­tu­tion. Boul­der Week­ly -

FBI objects to the Con­sti­tu­tion
— When a jury asked for copies of
the first and fourth amend­ments, the f.b.i.‘s att­tor­neys object­ed. The
judge over­ruled their objec­tion and read the text to the jury, but
would not give them a print­ed copy. [kaba]
“Their agents obvi­ous­ly haven’t read the Con­sti­tu­tion, so why would
they want any­one else look­ing at it?” said Dar­ryl Cher­ney,
co-plaintiff in the civ­il rights law­suit, now in its sixth week.
[End the War on Free­dom]

The only sur­pris­ing part of this sto­ry is that the judge over­ruled the objec­tion. The courts gen­er­al­ly do their best to ensure that the Con­sti­tu­tion has no place in them.

Editorial: Are we too PC to live? .
May 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Edi­to­r­i­al: Are we too PC to live?. At one time, polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness was annoy­ing. Then it became a threat to our cul­ture. And now, it has become flat-out self-destructive insan­i­ty. Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has become an actu­al men­tal ill­ness, caus­ing peo­ple to refuse to acknowl­edge the world around them, even if they risk dan­ger or death from their denial. And we can­not mount an effec­tive defense against the ter­ror­ist attack while deny­ing real­i­ty.

Is the Amer­i­can soci­ety now actu­al­ly too PC to live?

I’m afraid we might well find out. []

Echelon’s Architect .
May 23rd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Echelon’s Archi­tect. Meet Bruce McIn­doe. He has infor­ma­tion that the Dan­ish gov­ern­ment and sev­er­al oth­ers around the globe, con­tin­u­ous­ly pre­tends isn’t there. McIn­doe knows that Ech­e­lon is real. Because he helped to build it. “Yes, that’s right”, McIn­doe con­firms to the Dan­ish paper Ekstra Bladet today Bruce McIn­doe ded­i­cat­ed more than ten years of his life to Ech­e­lon. He helped to final­ize the orig­i­nal Ech­e­lon sys­tem start­ing in 1987. After that, he start­ed to design Ech­e­lon II, an enlarge­ment of the orig­i­nal sys­tem. [Cryp­tome]

An inter­view by two Dan­ish jour­nal­ists with one of the archi­tects of the Ech­e­lon sys­tem.

Act Would OK Snail Mail Searches .
May 23rd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Act Would OK Snail Mail Search­es. The House over­whelm­ing­ly approves the Cus­toms Bor­der Secu­ri­ty Act, which says mail can be searched at the bor­der ‘with­out a search war­rant.’ Declan McCul­lagh reports from Wash­ing­ton. [Wired News]

This Act is a bla­tant vio­la­tion of the Fourth Amend­ment, but that’s nev­er stopped Con­gress before. I rather doubt it will stop them now. Note that this Act refers to the US Postal Ser­vice, and doesn’t say any­thing about FedEx.

GM mosquitoes offer malaria hope .
May 23rd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

GM mos­qui­toes offer malar­ia hope. Genet­ic engi­neers take the first step towards dis­arm­ing mos­qui­toes
that car­ry malar­ia. [BBC News: sci/tech]

The arti­cle ends with the sen­tence, “Such moves may well be opposed by envi­ron­men­tal­ists.” In fact, the use of these mos­qui­toes would cer­tain­ly be opposed by ecof­reaks, just as they oppose the use of DDT. Ecof­reaks don’t mind at all if two mil­lion chil­dren die each year of malar­ia, so long as the genet­ic puri­ty of insects is pre­served.

Bill of Rights — Security Edition .
May 23rd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Bill of Rights — Secu­ri­ty Edi­tion.
Bill of Rights — Secu­ri­ty Edi­tion
— a great idea for air­plane
trav­el­ers. $4, 3 for $9.99, 5 for $15 post­paid. [smith2004]
The First Ten Amend­ments to the con­sti­tu­tion of the Unit­ed States
print­ed on stur­dy, pocket-sized, pieces of met­al.

The next time you trav­el by air, take the Secu­ri­ty Edi­tion of the Bill
of Rights along with you. When asked to emp­ty your pock­ets, proud­ly
toss the Bill of Rights in the plas­tic bin.

You need to get used to offer­ing up the bill of rights for inspec­tion
and gov­ern­ment work­ers need to get used to decid­ing if you’ll be
allowed to keep the Bill of Rights with you when you trav­el.
[End the War on Free­dom]

I don’t think this is such a great idea unless you have lots of free time, although it is pret­ty amus­ing. How­ev­er, the FBI issued an advi­so­ry years ago that car­ry­ing a copy of the US Con­sti­tu­tion was a sign of a “domes­tic ter­ror­ist.” Expect to spend lots of time hav­ing your cav­i­ties if you actu­al­ly try this.

Just for the record, define ‘refugee camp’ .
May 22nd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Just for the record, define ‘refugee camp’. Are these Pales­tini­ans con­sid­ered to be refugees from Jor­dan — which expelled them in 1972, killing 20,000 in the process? Are they refugees from Kuwait, which expelled all the Pales­tini­ans there after 1991, for tak­ing the wrong side in the Gulf War? And if so, why aren’t they blow­ing up bus­es — and demand­ing a “right of return” — in Jor­dan and Kuwait? [The Lib­er­tar­i­an]

Some good com­ments on the Jenin “refugee camp.” This col­umn was writ­ten over a month ago, but I only just found it.

Forget Arafat.
May 22nd, 2002 by Ken Hagler

For­get Arafat. The Pales­tini­ans deserve democ­ra­cy. [Opin­ion­Jour­nal]

Sounds of dis­con­tent are being heard from the sane Pales­tini­ans. I’ve been read­ing some edi­to­ri­als sug­gest­ing that Arafat will lose pow­er, but I don’t think that will hap­pen. More like­ly if he believes he may lose pow­er, he’ll sud­den­ly end his ter­ror­ist attacks on Israel. The Israelis will then have no choice but to agree to peace, and Arafat will then be free to once again plant his boot firm­ly on the neck of the Pales­tini­ans.

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