Category Archives: Neighbor Checking Government

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Big Brother From The Ground Up? -- Bruce, GayPatriot

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Iranian activists release free Persian “Little Brother” -- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

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Sweet Seventeen — Ari, The Edge of the American West

“On this day in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, providing for the direct election of Senators…”

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Cyber-Rebels in Cuba Defy State’s Limits — James C. McKinley Jr., New York Times

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Era Of Open Government Commencing — Ed Morrissey, Captain’s Quarters

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Bush orders new crackdown on U.S. border
— Mike Allen,

It’s about freakin’ time. There is a lot of broken trust to be recovered in these matters. Example: The new Bush immigration enforcement plan: Color me underwhelmed — Michelle Malkin

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The Earmark Reform Index — Porkbusters

“Is your senator a friend or foe of earmark reform? Lots of Washington politicians talk a good case about eliminating wasteful federal spending but how many of them actually vote for needed reforms? The Examiner Newspapers/ Earmark Reform Index shows who in the U.S. Senate is walking the talk and who’s blowing smoke hoping voters [...]

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.2

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such [...]

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.3

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.4

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 5

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 31.4

We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

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A Techno-Populist Victory on Immigration
Rich Lowry,

“In the end, support for the bill literally collapsed. Even theimperious Voinovich voted against cloture. Now, there is really no suchthing as an “inside game” anymore, since bloggers make sure it gets”outside.” Both the right and the left will take advantage of this, forgood and ill policy ends. But it’s clearly an enhancement of democracy.Senators [...]

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[New York] City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography
Ray Rivera, New York Times

“Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks. New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any [...]

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Readings of founding American documents on MP3
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Declaration of Independence Articles of Confederation Federalist Papers United States Constitution The existence of these files makes me very happy indeed. I’m going through the Federalist Papers, and am currently on #13. Before I finish them, though, I may go back and pick up the Articles of Confederation.

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Belarusian bloggers free political prisoner
Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

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A Civic Action: How to fight city hall, and win
Brendan Miniter, OpinionJournal

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U.S. Constitution,
Article 1, Section 2, Graph 3.1

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all [...]

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OpenCongress: ripping open the doors to Congress with Web 2.0 — Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

See Also: Ripping (off) the Congressional video record — Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

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Net Internal Migration — Michael Barone, USNews