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Big Brother in the workplace
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A growing number of corporations are turning to Internet-control software as worries mount about a dark side of the technology. It turns out that the worker productivity revolution it triggered is all the more amazing because employees who are supposed to be working too often are using company computers to surf for porn, dally at online shopping sites or seek jackpots with Internet gambling." ...

"More than three-fourths of the nation's major companies monitor employee e-mails, Internet connections and computer files, a figure that has doubled since 1997"

In our company our email gets read all the time. I have to make sure that my opinions about Gun Control do not go through the corporate server.
 

GA: Red light cameras may be clicking soon
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Police will ask county commissioners today to consider trying out 'photographic red light enforcement' for 30 to 60 days to see whether it can get people to slow down, stop blocking intersections and stop running red lights."

"But the idea is not popular with some civil libertarians, who view overhead cameras as raising the specter of Big Brother."
 

NJ: Tracking sales to help track diseases, bio-terrorism
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The next time you go to the drug store to buy a bottle of Pepto-Bismol for relief just remember: Big brother may know what ails you."

"Atlantic County health officials are using a new disease-tracking system that can help them more rapidly spot possible disease outbreaks or symptoms of bioterrorism."

"The system uses Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance, or RODS, technology."
 

Hatch Takes Aim at Illegal Downloading
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet."

"The surprise remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a hearing on copyright abuses represent a dramatic escalation in the frustrating battle by industry executives and lawmakers in Washington against illegal music downloads."
 

MD: Promoter given time to enlist center in suit
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Silverado has been hosting gun shows at the center's fairgrounds in Gaithersburg since 1990. It sued the county after the County Council passed a law in May 2001 that sought to restrict gun shows by cutting off county aid to any agency that hosts the sale and display of firearms. The Agricultural Center, which receives a county grant, was affected."
 

WA: Make Their Day
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In recent years, police around the country have turned to the AR-15 family of semiautomatic assault rifles, largely as a reaction to an infamous North Hollywood, Calif., bank robbery, when the would-be robbers used assault weapons to pin down cops who were armed with little more than handguns and shotguns. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the military's fully automatic M-16. It's an accurate, reliable weapon, with a much greater range than service pistols, which lose much of their accuracy beyond 25 yards. Seattle police have about 100 AR-15s and issue them to officers with special training; the weapons were first deployed in 1998."
 

WA: Washington man will not be charged for shooting his neighbor
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Prosecutors will not be pressing charges against Steve Paullin for killing his neighbor Robert Danjanic. The dispute between the two lead to Danjanic's death last month. According to the Paullin family, Danjanic came outside with several weapons and began firing his shotgun for no reason.

In response, Steve Paullin went inside, got his gun and fired one fatal shot. The Yakima Prosecuters Office says since the Paullin family's lives were in jeopardy under federal statute the shooting is determined justifiable homicide.
 

Looking for more freedom
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"As of June 12, 4,087 people had signed up for the Free State Project; Sorens predicted a vote to choose the project's state in September or October and a move to the chosen state by 20,000 Free Staters possibly by 2005, although he calls pulling off the whole idea a 50-50 probability."
 

Taxpayer, Beware! (the tax cut that isn't)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"For millions of Americans, Uncle Sam is doing a head fake: Washington fully intends to take back a large chunk of that tax cut."

"No, we're not talking about the much-discussed 'sunset' provisions whereby Congress met its budget targets by passing cuts that phase out in a few years. We're talking about something sneakier and much nastier: the Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT."

"The AMT isn't new. It's been around for decades and often gets a passing nod in newspaper and magazine articles about tax policy. It was hardly mentioned at all during the debates leading up to the latest tax cut, however, and that's a shame. If there were ever a part of the tax code that could use some serious public discussion, this is it."
 

Welcome to United States’ new Taliban — Wal-Mart
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Last month, in response to complaints from religious conservative customers, Wal-Mart pulled from its shelves three men's magazines — Maxim, Stuff and FHM. This week, after more complaints, it announced it would shield the covers of four women's magazines sold in checkout counters."

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First they cave in to anti-gun pressure. Now it's anti-skin pressure. What's next?
 

PA: Insurance for crimes that really scare you
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ever feel as if you're being watched? Worried that you might see your child's face on a milk carton? When things go bump in the night, do you wish you kept a gun under the pillow?"

"Call it prudence or call it paranoia, many Americans are concerned about becoming victims of crime. And now for the first time, Pennsylvanians can buy insurance -- whether they need it or not -- to indemnify themselves from four frightening crimes: home invasion, stalking, carjacking and kidnapping."

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And enemies of self-defense call gun rights advocates paranoid? How will insurance restore your dignity after being raped or your life after an armed criminal relieves you of it?
 

MD: Annapolis lawmaker puts toy guns in cross hairs
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"An Annapolis lawmaker wants to enact a law that would ban most toy guns in the city and fine parents whose children are caught playing with the toys outdoors." ...

"An Annapolis lawmaker wants to enact a law that would ban most toy guns in the city and fine parents whose children are caught playing with the toys outdoors.
Alderwoman Cynthia A. Carter, Democrat, said the law would ban all toy guns except for clear, brightly colored plastic guns. Mrs. Carter said the law also would give prosecutors more leverage against defendants who use toy guns to hold up banks or other establishments.

" 'If someone commits a felony with one, they will not only be charged with the crime but also with using a toy gun,' said Mrs. Carter, who has been a member on the Annapolis City Council since 1997."
 

IN: Winfield council airs firearms concerns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Guns, ammo and alcohol were the topics addressed at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. "

"David Lasco, developer of Doubletree Lake Estates West, has been selling guns from the subdivision’s clubhouse. Councilwoman Joyce Furto said the issue is of concern because the establishment also serves alcohol."
 

OH: Taft concealed carry plan deems children unworth of self-defense
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has informed the Senate of its formal opposition to amended HB12, as passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Criminal Justice. In it’s current form, the bill is no longer recognizable as concealed carry reform legislation." ...

"We are extremely disappointed that the Senate Criminal Justice Committee would vote to prevent parents from protecting the lives of their children. We are extremely disappointed that, in spite of newly released FBI data showing Ohio’s violent crime rate has increased while the rest of the nation is decreasing, these senators would choose to bow to political pressure from Governor Taft by adopting language that would result in increased and specifically targeted attacks on Ohio’s most defenseless citizens."
 

MI: Riots rock Michigan town for 2nd night
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"As many as 300 officers from the Michigan State Police and surrounding jurisdictions moved into this small town Wednesday, hoping to prevent more violence after two nights of rioting triggered by the death of a black motorcyclist fleeing white officers in a high-speed chase."

"The city has declared a state of emergency and imposed a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for children under the age of 16. Adults going to and from work are not affected by the curfew."
 

CO: Shot forced on newborn over parents' objections
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"What was supposed to be a joyous occasion – the birth of their first child – turned out to be an Orwellian nightmare for a young Colorado couple whose newborn was vaccinated for hepatitis B over their religious and philosophical objections, while armed guards stood by to prevent them from intervening."

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Apparently you are now government property, and your life, your health and your values are no longer your own. Welcome to Oceania.
 

WA: ATF raids warehouse full of ammo
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"Federal agents raided a Redmond ammunition business Tuesday but refused to say what they were looking for."

"Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents filled several truck trailers with items from the warehouse, one witness said."

"Fire department records reportedly indicate the building contained 490,000 rounds of 50-caliber ammunition -- the heavy ammo used for military machine guns."
 

CT: Swansea police ordered to pay $250,000 in shooting
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A Connecticut man shot six times by Swansea police during a traffic stop was awarded $250,000 by a federal jury."

"Richard Parker, of New London, was driving on Route 88 near Westport in February 1998 when police said they saw his car weaving. He did not immediately pull over, but when he did, police claimed he came out of his car assuming a 'combat-type stance.' "

"Police fired a total of 49 shots at Parker, hitting him at least six times in the legs and torso."
 

CA: Family's ordeal finally is over
Submitted by: Tom Allison
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"For six weeks, Debra Foreman and her four children lived in terror of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound unwelcomed house guest.
Foreman had just been introduced to Mark Lavea by a neighbor when the 29-year-old man she barely knew entered her home with a shotgun and pronounced: 'I'm living here now.' "

"Terrified, she didn't call the police because Lavea threatened to kill her and her family if anyone did, said Foreman in an interview Tuesday." ...

"Calling the police seemed futile, Foreman said, because she had called for officers before and they were slow to respond to incidents in her Highway Village neighborhood off Sisk Road."

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Best to call police to investigate 6-foot-4, 250-pound, bullet riddled corpse on floor.
 

NY: New York taxes Net cigarette sales
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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New York State smokers soon will find it much harder to duck paying the $1.50 state tax per pack of cigarettes because shippers, including United Parcel Service, no longer will be able to deliver orders placed over the Internet or by telephone to their homes.

After three years of legal wrangles, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has told in-state and out-of-state vendors that on Wednesday it will start enforcing a new law making it a Class A misdemeanor to ship cigarettes to anyone but a licensed dealer, a warehouse or a government official. For New York City smokers, many of whom already feel oppressed by a tough new local law banning smoking in bars and restaurants, the price of a pack will shoot up $3.00 because the city has its own $1.50 per pack tax.
 

OK: Robber killed in gunfight at jewelry store
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"So, police weren't surprised when they were summoned to R & R Jewelry Tuesday night. Police swarmed the business when they got the call the store had been robbed and someone had been shot."

"This time, though, the owner said, 'Enough is enough.' "
 

OH: Appeal of weapon ruling heard
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.ohioccw.org

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"When he rose in opposition to Sub. HB12 on the floor of the Senate today, Sen. Eric Fingerhut (D, Cleveland) told Senators that 'no one has, in all these debates, shown me a case where the [existing law concerning] affirmative defenses present a problem.' "

"Apparently Fingerhut doesn't read the papers much." ...

"LIMA, Ohio - Seneca County’s prosecutor argued in the 3rd District Court of Appeals yesterday that a county judge failed to follow judicial precedent this year when he declared Ohio’s concealed-weapon law unconstitutional."
 

First Amendment: Void Where Prohibited by Federal Court
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ain’t that First Amendment great?"

"The court required Schiff, Neun, and Cohen to provide a copy of its order to each of their customers and to post it on their websites within ten days. After noting that the government provided evidence showing that the stated purpose of Schiff’s scheme 'was, in part, to assist in the commission of a crime,' the court rejected Schiff’s contention, also asserted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a “friend of the court” brief, that the First Amendment prohibits any injunction against the sale of Schiff’s book The Federal Mafia. The Justice Department’s press release kept referring to Schiff’s actions as a ‘scheme’."
 

Register for MoveOn's Democratic Presidential Primary
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
Website: http://profiles.yahoo.com/skypod

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Have a voice in the Democratic presidential primary process by registering to vote in the MoveOn primary.

Compare the candidates at MoveOn.org/pac/cands/ - choices are: Carol Moseley Braun, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Bob Graham, John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Lieberman, or Al Sharpton.

I note that the site, in typically politically correct fashion, does not mention anything about GUNS, although several of the candidates support "anti-crime measures."
 

OH: Amended Substitute HB12 passes Senate, moves to conference committee
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.ohioccw.org

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"The Ohio Senate followed up yesterday's surprise committee passage of Sub. HB12 with a floor vote today."

"House Bill 12 passed with a 22-10 Senate vote." ...

"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has informed the Senate of its formal opposition to amended Sub. HB12. In its current form, the bill is no longer recognizable as concealed carry reform legislation."

"What will happen now remains to be seen."
 

Canada: Minister names 13 to gun committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An advisory committee drawn from police groups, academics and gun users has been appointed to offer suggestions to improve the federal government's controversial and costly firearms registry."

"In announcing the appointment today of the 13-member committee, Solicitor General Wayne Easter said it will provide advice on quality of service, and a continuous improvement plan for the troubled registry." ...

"Easter said his new panel will help streamline the registry process."

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Here's a novel idea: SCRAP IT!
 

OH: Senate Passes Bill Allowing Hidden Guns (Alternate Story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed the latest version of a bill allowing citizens to carry hidden guns, sending it to an uncertain future in the House."

"Gov. Bob Taft, who long has opposed bills that permit concealed weapons, said this week that he would sign the Senate version."

"The vote was 22-10, with mostly rural and suburban senators in support and urban senators opposed."
 

What to do About Terrorism
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"No wonder the Israeli government is passing out so many new permits lately. They are not stupid. They have realized what President Bush and his administration have yet to learn - they need all the help they can get. The Israelis know that government cannot possibly protect all 6 million of its citizens from insane acts of extreme violence. How can Bush, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft delude themselves into believing they can protect 270 million Americans from the terrorists of the world? Bush and Congress should be looking at ways to get more guns into the hands of more civilians, instead of enacting unconstitutional legislation and encouraging sovereign individuals to sacrifice those sacred American siblings, Liberty and Freedom, upon the altar of that false prophet Promised Security."
 

IN: Councilman shoots down gun sales ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"One town councilman Tuesday said he would sue the town himself if a proposed ordinance banning the sale of guns within town limits were passed."

"Councilman Bill Brown called the proposed ordinance, presented at the Town Council meeting, 'a joke.' "

" 'You'll have so many lawsuits, the National Rifle Association will be here and you'll be in court for a hundred years,' Brown said. 'This has got to be so unconstitutional it's ridiculous.' "

"Brown's broadside came after Town Attorney George Patrick read the proposed ordinance, which would have banned not only the sale of firearms and ammunition by anyone, but also transferring ownership by gifting or any other manner."
 

Japan: 2 cops shot after family fights over TV show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Two Tokyo police officers were seriously hurt Wednesday by a man armed with a shotgun who had locked himself in his apartment in Itabashi Ward after fighting with his wife over which television show to watch."

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In a country that has essentially outlawed private firearms ownership, people still get shot. Go figure!
 

UT: Salt Lake City Must Pay $50,000 to Settle Civil Rights Suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"When a Salt Lake City homeowner playing loud music in the middle of the night did not open his door to police in January 2001, perturbed officers broke into the home without a search warrant."

"That action cost the city $50,000 Monday as it settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by David Andrew Callaway. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled in December that police should have had a warrant before they kicked in a door and arrested Callaway, 30, for disturbing the peace."
 

CA: Port anti-war protest: police might vs. civil rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"When police opened fire on a peaceful anti-war protest at the Port of Oakland, many demonstrators and nine longshore workers were injured." ...

"In the post-9/11 world every event is measured in 'national security' parameters. Last June, in an unprecedented act of government intimidation of unions, Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made phone calls to ILWU President Spinosa warning that dock actions during longshore contract negotiations would threaten 'national security.' "

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How many rights have already been violated in the name of "national security?"
 

OH: Cashless Victim Shot At Gas Station
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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A man is recovering after being shot in the leg Wednesday morning because he didn't have any money, NewsChannel 4 reported.

The man told Columbus police that he stopped at a gas station on East 5th Avenue on his way to work. He was pumping gas when a man approached him with a gun and demanded money. After the victim showed the man that he didn't have money, the robber shot him in the leg.

The man was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Police have no suspects in the shooting.

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Just another reason why Ohioans need their rights restored.
 

'Little Brother' Could Be Watching You, Too
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"These days, miniature spycams are so small and inexpensive that they could be anywhere: someone pointing a cell phone or a pen at you might have one; the devices can even be hidden in sunglasses. Tiny cameras can be purchased in stores or over the Internet for as little as $100 and easily hidden in boom boxes, Kleenex boxes and other items." ...

"Security cameras also are becoming ubiquitous." ...

"Privacy experts are still more concerned about government surveillance, but Big Brother can get hold of private images, too." ...
 

Patriot Games
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Many Americans are suggesting that the Patriot Act (and its proposed 'improvements' in Patriot II) is totally new in the experience of America and may spell the end of both democracy and the Bill of Rights. History, however, shows another view, which offers us both warnings and hope."

"Although you won't learn much about it from reading the 'Republican histories' of the Founders being published and promoted in the corporate media these days, the most notorious stain on the presidency of John Adams began in 1798 with the passage of a series of laws startlingly similar to the Patriot Act."
 

Pistol peril - Gun-polluted America
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"This is what life is like when nearly everyone carries a pistol. Inner cities are swamps of drugs, poverty, teen gangs and other evils. When hundreds of jobless youths have guns hidden in their pockets, fearful people feel they must likewise carry pistols for self-defense. It’s a nightmare and a tragedy."

"America’s politicians, terrified of the right-to-bear-arms lobby, won’t do anything to reduce the pistol danger. Even if they passed tougher gun-control laws, it might take a century for police to corral the millions of illegal pistols that pollute the streets."

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No, this is what it's like when the streets are made safe for armed criminals and America's politicians are too stupid or impotent to allow law-abiding citizens to take responsibility for their own safety.
 

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