ACTION ALERT: U.S. Government is moving to make pocket knives illegal!


Sounds like the fascists1 are at it again!

Judging from the buzz in the online knife owners community, the U.S. Government and Border Patrol want to redefine the term "switchblade" so loosely that it will include virtually all folding knives. So it looks like it's time to fight for your right to own pocket knives (as if they didn't already fall under the protection of the 2nd Amendment). Witness the following videos:

URGENT News for Knife Owners!!! - YouTube video by

Fight for your [knife] rights - YouTube video by Ironic Surrealism v3.0

I learned about this urgent situation in a "tweet" (a micro-blog post on the Twitter social network site) from VelvetHammer on Twitter. (You can see why Twitter has become my #1 source for news in real time, and main supplement to Drudge (who is also on Twitter).

Please go to the website immediately and learn what political action you can (and should) take. There is not much time. The people have posted the following notice on their website: "Breaking News: We have received word that U.S. Customs & Border Protection has DENIED the numerous requests for extension that it had received and is planning to stick with the June 21 deadline for comments."

If you have a website or blog, please help spread the alarm just like the fabled Paul Revere!

The full text of "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:


Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, -- "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light, --
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."

Then he said good-night, and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somersett, British man-of-war:
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon, like a prison-bar,
And a huge, black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street
Wanders and watches with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack-door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed to the tower of the church,
Up the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry-chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade, --
Up the light ladder, slender and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town,
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead
In their night-encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still,
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay, --
A line of black, that bends and floats
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride,
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now gazed on the landscape far and near,
Then impetuous stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle-girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry-tower of the old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely, and spectral, and sombre, and still.

And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height,
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!

A hurry of hoofs in a village-street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet:
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.

It was twelve by the village-clock,
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river-fog,
That rises when the sun goes down.

It was one by the village-clock,
When he rode into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village-clock,
When be came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning-breeze
Blowing over the meadows brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket-ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British regulars fired and fled, --
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard-wall,
Chasing the red-coats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm, --
A cry of defiance, and not of fear, --
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beat of that steed,
And the midnight-message of Paul Revere.

The Atlantic Monthly; January 1861; "Paul Revere's Ride," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

DISCLAIMER: Of course, you do realize that according to today's crop of illiterate scumbags2, fascists1, redistributionists, race husters, feminazis, and "gay marriage" language manipulators, such luminaries and patriots as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Samuel Adams, Henry David Thoreau et al, were all guilty of "hate speech"!

You might be amazed to see the 1st-Amendment-protected pamphlet titled "Assert Your Rights!" which poor Charles Schenck was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing. I sure was! If the speech Nazis could have their way, they would throw us all in prison merely for wanting to keep our pocket knives! Yeh, this control-freak tyranny crap has been around for a LONG time. That's why it's necessarily a never-ending battle. So do your part to help us all stay free, won't you? Go to and join the action!

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Gore: U.S. Climate Bill Will Help Bring About 'Global Governance', by Marc Morano – Climate Depot - As if we didn't already know in what direction neo-feudalistic fascists like Gore are headed! - JRW

How to install Chromium on Ubuntu - Always Right (Stefano Forenza's personal blog - I got this URL from a Rick Castellini tweet - JRW

Google to Challenge Microsoft With Operating System -

Google entering the Operating System world with Chrome OS -

Google vs Microsoft: A Guide to the Battle -

Adobe Flash Uninstaller - Repair Tool of the Week -

Copyright laws threaten our online freedom - Financial Times - "Copyright was meant to encourage culture, not restrict it. This is reason enough for reform. But the current regime has even more damaging effects. In order to uphold copyright laws, governments are beginning to restrict our right to communicate with each other in private, without being monitored." ¶ "The world is at a crossroads. The internet and new information technologies are so powerful that no matter what we do, society will change. But the direction has not been decided." ¶ "The technology could be used to create a Big Brother society beyond our nightmares, where governments and corporations monitor every detail of our lives. In the former East Germany, the government needed tens of thousands of employees to keep track of the citizens using typewriters, pencils and index cards. Today a computer can do the same thing a million times faster, at the push of a button. There are many politicians who want to push that button." ¶ "The same technology could instead be used to create a society that embraces spontaneity, collaboration and diversity. Where the citizens are no longer passive consumers being fed information and culture through one-way media, but are instead active participants collaborating on a journey into the future."

California’s Nightmare Will Kill Obamanomics, by Kevin Hassett -

Biden: We 'Misread the Economy' - ABC News

America's Cult of Celebrity, by Ken Connor - - "While the deaths of two pop-culture icons are certainly newsworthy [I disagree - JRW], the amount of news coverage devoted to America's celebrity obsession is grossly out of proportion in light of the weighty issues confronting our country at this hour. Have we become so shallow, so superficial, SO celebrity-obsessed that Michael Jackson's death is more upsetting, more real to us, than images of democratic protesters bleeding in the streets—that participating in the shameful exploitation of Jon and Kate Gosselin's crumbling marriage on TLC is more important than watching congressional debates about the future of our health care system on C-SPAN?" ¶ "This misdirection of energy and attention cannot be without negative consequences for the future of American society. Much as Rome's rejection of the fundamental social, spiritual, and cultural components that made her a mighty empire precipitated her downfall, America's preoccupation with 'bread and circuses' to the exclusion of more important matters portends a bleak future for our republic."

The US Collapse Of 2009 - This Will Blow Your Mind! -

The TRUTH Behind the Total Collapse of the U.S. Economy

"The Federal Reserve is no more 'federal' than Federal Express. But yet it has the power to determine the direction and use [and amount - JRW] of money in our economy. If we could take that power back the put the Federal Reserve under [the Department of] Treasury, we start to be in a position of being able to control monetary policy on behalf of United States people." - Rep. Dennis Kucinich - D - Ohio, 10th District

2009 will be the year of Total decline for US - Jim Rogers

Payrolls Fall More Than Forecast, Unemployment Rises - - "Employers in the U.S. cut 467,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate rose and hourly earnings stagnated, offering little evidence the Obama administration’s stimulus package is shoring up the labor market." ¶ "Unemployment is projected to keep rising for the rest of the year just as the income boost from the stimulus package fades, undermining prospects for a sustained rebound in household purchases, analysts said. As companies from General Motors Corp. to Kimberly-Clark Corp. cut costs, the lack of jobs will restrain growth."

Congress's Travel Tab Swells - Wall Street Journal - "Spending on Taxpayer-Funded Trips Rises Tenfold; From Italy to the Galápagos."

'We're in the Middle of a Crash': Black Swan - this video is also at, and on YouTube in 2 parts, (CLICK HERE for Part 1). (CLICK HERE for Part 2).

Economic Analysis with Rick Santelli, Larry Levin (of, and Steve Liesman

Market Check with Rick Santelli, Jeff Carter (independent trader), and Steve Liesman

Authorities 'Will Fail Us Again': Black Swan - "The Obama administration's attempts to fight the financial crisis with more cash is like treating a bad tooth with Novocain instead of a root canal, Nassim Taleb, author of 'The Black Swan,' told CNBC Wednesday."

Is Tougher Airport Screening Going Too Far? - Wall Street Journal - "A federal judge in June threw out seizure of three fake passports from a traveler, saying that TSA screeners violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Congress authorizes TSA to search travelers for weapons and explosives; beyond that, the agency is overstepping its bounds, U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley said." ¶ "'The extent of the search went beyond the permissible purpose of detecting weapons and explosives and was instead motivated by a desire to uncover contraband evidencing ordinary criminal wrongdoing,' Judge Marbley wrote."

Federal agents hunt for guns, one house at a time - Houston Chronicle

Iranian cleric urges executing some protesters - AP - "A senior cleric on Friday urged Iran's protest leaders to be punished "without mercy" and said some should face execution — harsh calls that signal a nasty new turn in the regime's crackdown on demonstrators two weeks after its disputed election. ¶ Hard-liners have ordered long sentences and hangings before, and some fear those awaiting trial by a judiciary whose verdicts reflect the will of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could face the most severe punishments the Islamic system can dish out. ¶ 'Anyone who takes up arms to fight with the people, they are worthy of execution,' Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami, a ranking cleric, said in a nationally broadcast sermon at Tehran University." - Tyrant-minded control freaks like Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami and his ilk should be killed! - JRW

Radio House Passes 'Global Warming' Legislation (219-212) . . . 'Bill Of The Century' Voted On Unread . . . - - Any politician who would vote for such a taxpayer-unfriendly bill without reading it first is scum2 by definition! - JRW

Radio Host/Blogger Hal Turner Charged With Threatening Chicago-Area Judges - Hartford Courant - "On his Turner Radio Network blog, Turner allegedly wrote, 'It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die. ... If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too.'"

Unlocked: the secrets of schizophrenia - The Independent - "Scientific breakthrough offers hope of new treatments for mental condition."

Supremes say (8-1) strip search of Ariz. teenager illegal - Washington Post - "'What was missing from the suspected facts that pointed to Savana was any indication of danger to the students from the power of the drugs or their quantity, and any reason to suppose that Savana was carrying pills in her underwear,' Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion. 'We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable.'" ¶ "In a dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas found the search legal and said the court previously had given school officials "considerable leeway" under the Fourth Amendment in school settings." ¶ "Thomas warned that the majority's decision could backfire. 'Redding would not have been the first person to conceal pills in her undergarments,' he said. 'Nor will she be the last after today's decision, which announces the safest place to secrete contraband in school.'" ¶ The case is Safford Unified School District v. Redding

Warren Buffett: U.S. Economy In "Shambles" .. No Signs of Recovery Yet - CNBC Interview with Becky Quick of Squawk Box - Read full transcript of interview

Becky Quick interviewing Warren Buffett

The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online - WIRED

Robert Bork's views on the Sonia Sotomayor selection - Newsweek - "Decrying judicial activism, Robert Bork says choosing Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court was 'a bad mistake.'"

Suit accuses TSA of unreasonable airport detention - AP - "TSA spokesman Greg Soule said the agency would not comment on pending litigation." ¶ "Soule said while there is no limit to the amount of cash a person can travel with domestically, travelers must cooperate with the TSA screening process. ¶ 'Cooperation may involve answering questions about their property, Soule said. 'A passenger who refuses to answer questions may be referred to appropriate authorities for further inquiry.' ¶ Bierfeldt's attorney, Ben Wizner, said the lawsuit does not challenge TSA's authority to search and detain those suspected of taking weapons, explosives or other dangerous objects onto planes. ¶ 'That's the whole purpose of airport searches,' Wizner said. 'These are not, however, open-ended criminal searches.'" - Notice how TSA spokesman Greg Soule first says he's not going to comment, then he comments. Typical Big Brother propaganda strategy or manipulation! Just like when judges, as a matter of standard procedure, seal warrants to save the government's public relations bacon because they know full there is no probable cause. - JRW

Foreclosures heading through the roof . . . as Obama's plan to help troubled homeowners is plagued by delays - USA Today - It's amazing to me that in the print version of the article the title is as I have presented it here, and the story was the headline story on page 1, yet in the online version, the title was "Foreclosures grind on as lenders fail to modify loans", and the story was in the "Money" section. What gives? - JRW

Court: Prisoners don't have right to [DNA] evidence - USA Today - "Roberts emphasized that Osborne had been convicted and said he 'does not have the same liberty interests as a free man.' He was joined by Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. ¶ Justice John Paul Stevens said the court was wrongly favoring 'finality' of a conviction over the truth of Osborne's case. Also dissenting were Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and David Souter." - Pardon me for being "nitpicky", Mr. Roberts, but if a man were actually innocent and wrongly convicted, logic would seem to indicate that he would in fact have the "same liberty interests" as any other person who had not been convicted in accordance with due process of law. This is merely the latest example of why we need serious and substantive judicial reform in America! - JRW

Justices Reject Inmate Right to DNA Tests, by Adam Liptak - NYTimes - "Justice Stevens said no prisoner had ever obtained DNA evidence for testing in Alaska. He said Mr. Osborne 'was rebuffed at every turn' by the state, creating 'grave doubts about the adequacy of the procedural protections' in state law. ¶ Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer joined all of Justice Stevens’s opinion and Justice David H. Souter part of it. ¶ Justice Souter issued a dissent saying that officials in Alaska had 'demonstrated a combination of inattentiveness and intransigence' that add up to 'procedural unfairness that violates the due process clause.' ¶ But Chief Justice Roberts concluded that the issue of when to allow DNA testing was best handled by the states. ¶ 'The question,' he wrote, 'is whether further change will primarily be made by legislative revision and judicial interpretation of the existing system, or whether the federal judiciary must leap ahead — revising (or even discarding) the system by creating a new constitutional right and taking over responsibility for refining it.'"

District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne (08-6) - Analysis, Cornell University Law School

Dissecting the Kennedy Health Bill: No, you won't be able to keep your insurance if you like it - "Members of Congress 'enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country,' according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They 'can choose from among consumer-driven and high deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health saving/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or fee-for-service (FFS) plans, and their preferred provider organizations (PPO), or health maintenance organizations (HMO).' These choices would be nice for all of us, but they're not in the offing. Instead, if you don't enroll in a 'qualified' health plan and submit proof of enrollment to the federal government, you'll be tracked down and fined (sections 3101 and 6055)."

60 years after Orwell wrote 1984 and was destroyed by the book, a chilling reminder that his sinister vision is almost reality - Orwell wrote some of the most chilling words I've ever read. In 1984 he wrote these words describing the perpetual boot heel of the sadistic tyrant being endlessly ground into the bloodied and broken face of the slave: "O’Brien was standing at his side, looking down at him intently. At the other side of him stood a man in a white coat, holding a hypodermic syringe....Did I not tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors of the past? We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When you finally surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be." Now, if those scary words don't motivate you to fight tooth and claw for your own survival and freedom, maybe you're destined to be a mindless slave of fascist1 government! - JRW

Congressman Ron Paul on Healthcare - Remember, Ron Paul is a doctor!

The fascist1 government is taking over programming at ABC News! - DrudgeReport - "On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!"

Medvedev calls for new reserve currencies - Drudge's headline is "Russian Challenges Dollar." - JRW

Attempted Iran media clampdown meets Internet age - AP - "Iran clamped down Tuesday on independent media in an attempt to control images of election protests, but pictures and videos leaked out anyway — showing how difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet age. ¶ The restrictions imposed by the government made such social-networking sites as Twitter and Flickr more prominent — with even the U.S. State Department calling on Twitter to put off a scheduled shutdown for maintenance."

Twitter streams break Iran news dam - Now you can start to see why Twitter has become my #1 source for real-time news. Even Drudge posts on Twitter. - JRW

Edwin Vieira interviewed by Gary Franchi on the Reality Report

Professor Edwin Vieira is correct in his legal assessments, but I am much more appreciative of the Heller decision than he appears to be. I think "the people" are now CERTAIN that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right. I believe that even if the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court were to change and the Heller decision be reversed tomorrow, the average grassroot "little guy" would say to himself, "to hell with the Supremes, they're lying! I'm going to keep my guns!" I believe the Heller decision was a LOT more helpful politically than Vieira seems to believe. Cool as he is (I buy his books), he's still a professionally trained lawyer!

Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan - Cool! More excuses for full-blown police-state fascism1 and the systematic "camel's nose under the tent" reduction, and eventual elimination, of individual rights and freedoms! - JRW

Inside USA- Jesse Ventura- 01 Aug 08- Part 1 - YouTube video - " . . . last week, the Democrats who are supposedly the opposite of Republicans . . . I don't believe that. I think it's like pro wrestling. I think that in front of the public, they make us think they're all angry at each other, but the reality is behind the scenes they're all in rooms cutting deals and they're all the best of buddies." "In my opinion, we have to destroy these two political parties that are destroying our country, and I'm not alone in that thinking. If you back to our founding fathers, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, they all stated clearly that the downfall of the United States wouldn't come at the hands of an outside entity, that it would come from within. And they said it would come when political parties took over the government." - Jesse Ventura (ex-SEAL, ex-pro wrestler, ex-Governor of Minnesota, author, patriot, braveheart, all-around good guy)

Jesse Ventura,Willie Nelson,Alex Jones"The Gathering"1/2 - YouTube video

Jesse Ventura,Willie Nelson,Alex Jones"The Gathering"2/2 - YouTube video

Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura"Ask Questions Damn It!!"1/2 - YouTube video

Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura"Ask Questions Damn It!!"2/2 - YouTube video

Willie Nelson: You're Either In Luck Or You Ain't P1 - YouTube video

Willie Nelson: You're Either In Luck Or You Ain't P2 - YouTube video


1. Fascism = private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control. — Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition. I would expand that definition: fascism = private economic enterprise under centralized governmental control, in which “government” is used as a “business” tool by private interests. Another way of articulating the same idea is: fascism = private ownership of government.

John Flynn defined the word thusly: “Fascism is a system of social organization in which the political state is a dictatorship supported by a political elite and in which the economic society is an autarchial capitalism, enclosed and planned, in which the government assumes responsibility for creating adequate purchasing power through the instrumentality of national debt and in which militarism is adopted as a great economic project for creating work as well as a great romantic project in the service of the imperialist state.” [As We Go Marching, p. 161, 2nd ed.] — John T. Flynn (1882-1964) American Journalist and Author

"Fascist" = scumbag2 "businessman" who uses the police powers of government (via bribes, special-interest legislation, holding office himself, etc) to corruptly increase profits and eliminate or reduce competition for his (or her) business/es beyond what they would be in a genuinely fair and free marketplace comprised of willing sellers and willing buyers.

MANY Democrats and Republicans are fascists, especially the ones in Congress. To paraphrase Jesse Ventura in a conversation with Willie Nelson and Alex Jones, the DEMS and GOP are like professional wrestling: they pretend to be adversaries in public. But behind closed doors, they're good buddies, hanging out with each other, making business deals and having dinner together at fancy restaurants and at each other homes and mansions.

2. As I said in the "Welcome" section of this website, (it bears constant repetition): Regarding the words "scum" and "scumbag" as an epithet used in self-defensive demonization against select individuals. Hey, what can I say? It is a long-proven statistical fact that negative political ads work. And since the so-called "left" uses lies, half-truths, demonization and the politics of personal destruction as standard political strategies, failure to engage in a little "turn about is fair play" merely makes it easier for the various assortments of disordered illiterate fascist control freaks to destroy individual freedom. As I said on my blog homepage, "Some folks just think they're smarter than everybody else, a higher form of life than everybody else. So, instead of engaging in good faith discussions about specific ideas, they simply resort to deception, sophistry, unspecificity, undefined terms, manipulation, demonization and the politics of personal destruction AS A MATTER OF PREFERRED STRATEGY to get their little spoiled-brat control-freak way. Such behavior is anathema to intellectual honesty, an open mind, a kind heart, free inquiry, the freedoms of thought and speech, and the free flow of information. It MUST be eternally warred against if humankind is to entertain a realistic hope of ever reaching its full spiritual and intellectual potential." To avoid the violence which is directly related to repression of free speech and the crushing of polite and civil discourse, I believe it is essential to engage in strategic tit-for-tat with wannabe-clever manipulative demonizers by openly calling them what they are: the anti-freedom, anti-Golden-Rule scum of the earth (aka "scumbags"). Accordingly, it doesn't bother me in the least to do so. No less brilliant a person than Jesus of Nazareth himself referred to the scumbags of his day as "hypocrites", "blind guides", "vipers" and "whitewashed sepulchres". To paraphrase Ann Coulter, Jesus was not some moron driving around in a Volvo with a "be nice to people" bumper sticker on it. So, having read The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits by David Horowitz, I don't have any problem with calling reprobate "scum" what it is.