The Militant Libertarian

I'm pissed off and I'm a libertarian. What else you wanna know?

Saturday, August 05, 2006


Note to self: when shipping a blanket to your mother-in-law, when the postal worker asks you if the package contains anything "fragile, liquid, perishable," etc., don't answer with "No, it's just a blanket woven from fiber made of weapons grade plutonium." This is not considered funny.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

New Immigrants

Got this in email today and thought it worth passing on.
From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the Orange County Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Dave LaBonte (signed)

Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statute of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer.

Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them.

All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people. When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans.

And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are in 2006 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about.

I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.

I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags. And for that suggestion about taking down the Statute of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

P. S. Pass this on to everyone you know!!! KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING!! I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!

Very well said, Rosemary.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Dumbing Down...

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Obstruction of Justice...

The following is from Montana Code, and provided by Montana Legislative
45-7-302. Obstructing peace officer or other public servant. (1) A person
commits the offense of obstructing a peace officer or public servant if the
person knowingly obstructs, impairs, or hinders the enforcement of the
criminal law, the preservation of the peace, or the performance of a
governmental function, including service of process.
(2) It is no defense to a prosecution under this section that the peace
officer was acting in an illegal manner, provided that the peace officer was
acting under the peace officer's official authority.
(3) A person convicted of the offense of obstructing a peace officer or
other public servant, including a person serving process, shall be fined not
to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed
6 months, or both.
It is no defense to a prosecution if the officer was acting illegally? As
one person threatened for prosecution under this law noted, "I have recently
been threatened with being charged with "Obstructing" for not yielding to a
warrantless search of my property."

see also:

In Philadelphia a 21 year old student was arrested on his property after he
took a photo of the police who were in the process of arresting a drug
dealer down the street."

Last month a man was arrested in New Hampshire after presenting evidence of
a police officer being verbally abusive that he had captured on his home
security camera system.

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