But kind of…
There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.
Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.
I don’t like government officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected. I don’t like having representatives incapable of and unwilling to represent me. I don’t like taxation without representation. (THIS is the statement that wins the Internets! – Guffaw)
I remember walking home about a mile-and-a-half (in the Summer heat, in Tempe, Arizona) the day of the Moon landing, with friends Jim and John, after bowling a few lines @ Tempe Bowl. The RED CARPET Lounge, in the bowling alley, had an exterior sign missing some letters. As we were irreverent high-schoolers, it was always the Ed Carp Lounge to us!
We came home to watch the history on our televisions.
Interesting that there is a direct line from JFK asking we land on the Moon ‘in this decade’ (certainly as a technology/arms race with the Soviet Union), to the Moon landing, to further development of solid-state technologies leading us to personal computers, the Internet and cellular telephones.
We didn’t know the half of it watching Neil and Buzz!
But we were proud.
h/t Theo Spark
State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan
July 16, 2014 by Franklin CenterTHINKSTOCK
This story by Jon Cassidy originally appeared at Watchdog.org.
HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.
Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.
h/t Facebook, personalliberty.com
“Project”. What a benign word describing such activity.
Akin to the NSA “project”, listening to every telephone call, both foreign and domestic, land-line and cellular.
I believed once-upon-a-time that agents of government may have done their jobs as ordered, but at least they had taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. Between these kind of actions, and legislators taking a similar oath and then passing blatantly unconstitutional laws, that perjuring oneself during one’s oath is simply pro-forma for government service.
Because all government is backed by some kind of force.
And all these intrusions at all levels of government need to stop.
AND, be reversed!
“a world where law-abiding American citizens are huddled together in camps. NOT for the acquisition of merit badges.” - Guffaw (with apologies to the late, great Rod Serling)
There’s a lot of information available on the Internet – free for the reading. Much of it is unadulterated crapola! Of course, some of it holds a kernel of truth. And some, parroting Goebbels, is an oft repeated lie, until the great unwashed believe it to BE true.
For example, I keep seeing stuff about this…
My question to you, dear reader (as I doff my tin-foil chapeau once again), is how much of this is crapola, and how much is true?
We keep hearing about
anthropogenic global warming climate change climate disruption (or whatever they are calling it this week) even though much of the ‘evidence’ has been tainted by obvious fraud and bribery of the ‘scientists’ involved, along with a specific political agenda tied to a pre-arranged outcome.
But they keep beating the drum so that the lie becomes truth.
Does this also apply to these FEMA camp stories? Is it misdirection lest we look at some other heinous act(s)?
(If I’m getting locked up, I want to take my woolies – and my tin foil hat!)
h/t Paul Lemmen
Of course they do, you nit, it’s just not INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Here, we celebrate our freedom from government-imposed tyranny!
…or perhaps not.
(In addition to the constant video and audio surveillance, warrantless searches, police overreaching, Internet spying, illegal detentions, eminent domain theft, inability to defend ourselves, welfare statism, forced unionization, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.)
REGARDLESS, HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY! I plan to read the Declaration of Independence aloud today, in it’s entirety, before doing so is also banned! – Guffaw
And some days just seems replete with events – births, deaths, famous stuff.
A few select examples…
1883 Franz Kafka Czech, author (Metamorphosis, Trial, Amerika)
1913 Dorothy Kilgallen Chic Ill, columnist (What’s My Line?)
1941 Gloria Allred feminist attorney
1943 Geraldo Rivera aka Gerry Rivers, nosey newsman (Geraldo)
1962 Tom Cruise Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Color of Money, Rainman)
1969 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones drowns to death at 25
1971 Jim Morrison rocker (Doors), dies of heart failure in Paris
1981 Ross Martin actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
1989 Jim Backus actor (Magoo, Gilligan’s Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia
1841 John Couch Adams decides to determine the position of an unknown
planet by irregularities it causes in the motion of Uranus (insert joke here)
1861 Pony Express arrives in SF with overland letters from NY
1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of Black Peter” (BG) (insert joke here – I know, I’m a sick puppy!)
1898 US Navy defeats Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor, Cuba
1911 Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day
1915 US military forces occupy Haiti, remain until 1934
1939 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes “luckiest man” speech
1950 1st time US & North Korean forces clash in the Korean War
1976 Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew & passengers being
held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers
1988 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
Other days, not so much.
No Show Trials, No Mass Graves
This hadn’t occurred to me before, the part I bolded below, I mean:
I was always struck by Alexis de Tocqueville’s comment that Americans were on the way to being a democratic people long before establishing a democratic government. We served on colonial juries where we listened to both sides before we rendered judgment on our fellow citizens. We had professional, civic, and social institutions that taught us how to work together. We fought the Revolutionary War against the British Crown, a war in which perhaps a third of our citizens were on the British side and yet after the war there were no show trials, no recriminations, no mass graves. To do it the other way around—to begin with a democratic government and hope for a people with a democratic outlook and habits to grow as a result—is more often than not a fool’s errand…. Don’t all people yearn for freedom?” we have asked. And we assume the answer is yes. But the answer is no. Some people, perhaps most people, prefer other goods. Indeed, some people would rather be holy than free, or safe than free, or be instructed in how they should lead their lives rather than be free. Many prefer the comfort of strong answers already given rather than the openness and hazards of freedom. There are those who would never dream of substituting their will for the imam’s or pushing their desires over the customs and traditions of their families. Some men kiss their chains.
I wonder how rare this is in the history of revolutions? - Guffaw
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.
As Trait Thompson of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission told CNN last December, “Individuals and groups are free to apply to place a monument or statue or artwork.” The applications are then approved or rejected by the Commission. Unfortunately, the state has placed a halt on issuing permits for any other monuments until a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against Ritze’s Commandments monument is settled.
Now I’m all about freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion, when it comes to State entities. But, paradoxically I do support the notice that the Judeo-Christian ethic helped found this great nation. I’ve no problem with the Ten Commandments being posted proudly in the Supreme Court chamber, for example.
But, I don’t remember any Satanists (not to be confused with Wiccans or practitioners of Santaria) being involved in the crucible of the United States.
h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog, vice.com
Should we be concerned about the Arabic one? You know, where they keep on trying to pass Sharia law? Otherwise, an interesting take on the evolution of language in the U.S.
Last I knew, California has their ballots in 13 different languages! Now, I’m not for an ‘official’ language, but I strongly support the use of English as a common one.
Just for simplicity, cost, and melting pot sake…
h/t Free North Carolina
(OKAY, the election AFTER that!)
Now that we’re focused on BENGHAZI, and keeping (the do-nothing and dangerous)
Senator Secretary of State Bill Clinton’s wife-in-name-only from becoming President, remember…
No one fired over Fast and Furious
An Inspector General investigating the matter also found that allowing one employee to take accumulated leave prior to retirement while working full time for private company violated ATF policy… but no mention was made of any punishment for the violation.
The Justice Department is still withholding documents:
Though the failed operation has been out of the news for some time, Congress is still pressing the Justice Department to release documents on the matter. In a bipartisan vote in 2012, 17 Democrats joined House Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. President Barack Obama even invoked executive privilege in the course of the investigation. The matter is being fought in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Take a close look at that. The House held Holder, still the sitting Attorney General, in contempt of Congress in 2012. The matter was taken to court around the same time. It is now 2014, two years later. Holder has announced retirement plans. An election approaches. And the Justice Department is still withholding documents.
I have no doubt that Obama will manage to destroy anything incriminating on his way out of office, and none of the criminals in his administration will be brought to justice.
Dave Hardy has a transcript of selected remarks, and points us to a summary of actions taken to silence whistleblowers. (c/o Say Uncle)
And, of course, there’s what’s-her-name having been FIRED from the Watergate Committee due to being self-serving and lacking ethics. And Whitewater, Vince Foster, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
But it’s important to elect a WOMAN because they all think alike and…George Bush!
Remember, they are all part of the same team whose goal it is to fundamentally transform the United States into something NOT Constitutional. And they have had successes.
I know, I’m largely preaching to the choir, here.