Friday, December 31, 2010

RIP Rosie

December 31, 2010
Colorado, USA

Woman who inspired iconic US WWII poster dies.

Rosie the RiveterGeraldine Doyle "We Can Do It!"

Doyle was photographed wearing a red and white polka-dot bandana at a metal factory in Michigan at the age of 17.


Source: BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12100238

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Power is not a means; it is an end.

December 30, 2010
Colorado USA

I usually have to search my archives for the best article of the year. Not so, for 2010 because this one knocked my socks off. Both of them. Agree or not, it is a well conceived commentary, scary, apocolyptic and dead-on.

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

Dec 27, 2010
By Chris Hedges

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.” The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear. Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure. Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information. Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement. Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew, that unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake,” Orwell wrote in “1984.” “We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term “inverted totalitarianism” in his book “Democracy Incorporated” to describe our political system. It is a term that would make sense to Huxley. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise and abundance of a consumer society. Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. The corporation state, hiding behind the smokescreen of the public relations industry, the entertainment industry and the tawdry materialism of a consumer society, devours us from the inside out. It owes no allegiance to us or the nation. It feasts upon our carcass.

The corporate state does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader. It is defined by the anonymity and facelessness of the corporation. Corporations, who hire attractive spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education and mass communication. They control the messages in movies and television. And, as in “Brave New World,” they use these tools of communication to bolster tyranny. Our systems of mass communication, as Wolin writes, “block out, eliminate whatever might introduce qualification, ambiguity, or dialogue, anything that might weaken or complicate the holistic force of their creation, to its total impression.”

The result is a monochromatic system of information. Celebrity courtiers, masquerading as journalists, experts and specialists, identify our problems and patiently explain the parameters. All those who argue outside the imposed parameters are dismissed as irrelevant cranks, extremists or members of a radical left. Prescient social critics, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, are banished. Acceptable opinions have a range of A to B. The culture, under the tutelage of these corporate courtiers, becomes, as Huxley noted, a world of cheerful conformity, as well as an endless and finally fatal optimism. We busy ourselves buying products that promise to change our lives, make us more beautiful, confident or successful as we are steadily stripped of rights, money and influence. All messages we receive through these systems of communication, whether on the nightly news or talk shows like “Oprah,” promise a brighter, happier tomorrow. And this, as Wolin points out, is “the same ideology that invites corporate executives to exaggerate profits and conceal losses, but always with a sunny face.” We have been entranced, as Wolin writes, by “continuous technological advances” that “encourage elaborate fantasies of individual prowess, eternal youthfulness, beauty through surgery, actions measured in nanoseconds: a dream-laden culture of ever-expanding control and possibility, whose denizens are prone to fantasies because the vast majority have imagination but little scientific knowledge.”

Our manufacturing base has been dismantled. Speculators and swindlers have looted the U.S. Treasury and stolen billions from small shareholders who had set aside money for retirement or college. Civil liberties, including habeas corpus and protection from warrantless wiretapping, have been taken away. Basic services, including public education and health care, have been handed over to the corporations to exploit for profit. The few who raise voices of dissent, who refuse to engage in the corporate happy talk, are derided by the corporate establishment as freaks.

Attitudes and temperament have been cleverly engineered by the corporate state, as with Huxley’s pliant characters in “Brave New World.” The book’s protagonist, Bernard Marx, turns in frustration to his girlfriend Lenina:

“Don’t you wish you were free, Lenina?” he asks.

“I don’t know that you mean. I am free, free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody’s happy nowadays.”

He laughed, “Yes, ‘Everybody’s happy nowadays.’ We have been giving the children that at five. But wouldn’t you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else’s way.”

“I don’t know what you mean,” she repeated.

The fa├žade is crumbling. And as more and more people realize that they have been used and robbed, we will move swiftly from Huxley’s “Brave New World” to Orwell’s “1984.” The public, at some point, will have to face some very unpleasant truths. The good-paying jobs are not coming back. The largest deficits in human history mean that we are trapped in a debt peonage system that will be used by the corporate state to eradicate the last vestiges of social protection for citizens, including Social Security. The state has devolved from a capitalist democracy to neo-feudalism. And when these truths become apparent, anger will replace the corporate-imposed cheerful conformity. The bleakness of our post-industrial pockets, where some 40 million Americans live in a state of poverty and tens of millions in a category called “near poverty,” coupled with the lack of credit to save families from foreclosures, bank repossessions and bankruptcy from medical bills, means that inverted totalitarianism will no longer work.

We increasingly live in Orwell’s Oceania, not Huxley’s The World State. Osama bin Laden plays the role assumed by Emmanuel Goldstein in “1984.” Goldstein, in the novel, is the public face of terror. His evil machinations and clandestine acts of violence dominate the nightly news. Goldstein’s image appears each day on Oceania’s television screens as part of the nation’s “Two Minutes of Hate” daily ritual. And without the intervention of the state, Goldstein, like bin Laden, will kill you. All excesses are justified in the titanic fight against evil personified.

The psychological torture of Pvt. Bradley Manning—who has now been imprisoned for seven months without being convicted of any crime—mirrors the breaking of the dissident Winston Smith at the end of “1984.” Manning is being held as a “maximum custody detainee” in the brig at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia. He spends 23 of every 24 hours alone. He is denied exercise. He cannot have a pillow or sheets for his bed. Army doctors have been plying him with antidepressants. The cruder forms of torture of the Gestapo have been replaced with refined Orwellian techniques, largely developed by government psychologists, to turn dissidents like Manning into vegetables. We break souls as well as bodies. It is more effective. Now we can all be taken to Orwell’s dreaded Room 101 to become compliant and harmless. These “special administrative measures” are regularly imposed on our dissidents, including Syed Fahad Hashmi, who was imprisoned under similar conditions for three years before going to trial. The techniques have psychologically maimed thousands of detainees in our black sites around the globe. They are the staple form of control in our maximum security prisons where the corporate state makes war on our most politically astute underclass—African-Americans. It all presages the shift from Huxley to Orwell.

“Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling,” Winston Smith’s torturer tells him in “1984.” “Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”

The noose is tightening. The era of amusement is being replaced by the era of repression. Tens of millions of citizens have had their e-mails and phone records turned over to the government. We are the most monitored and spied-on citizenry in human history. Many of us have our daily routine caught on dozens of security cameras. Our proclivities and habits are recorded on the Internet. Our profiles are electronically generated. Our bodies are patted down at airports and filmed by scanners. And public service announcements, car inspection stickers, and public transportation posters constantly urge us to report suspicious activity. The enemy is everywhere.

Those who do not comply with the dictates of the war on terror, a war which, as Orwell noted, is endless, are brutally silenced. The draconian security measures used to cripple protests at the G-20 gatherings in Pittsburgh and Toronto were wildly disproportionate for the level of street activity. But they sent a clear message—DO NOT TRY THIS. The FBI’s targeting of antiwar and Palestinian activists, which in late September saw agents raid homes in Minneapolis and Chicago, is a harbinger of what is to come for all who dare defy the state’s official Newspeak. The agents—our Thought Police—seized phones, computers, documents and other personal belongings. Subpoenas to appear before a grand jury have since been served on 26 people. The subpoenas cite federal law prohibiting “providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations.” Terror, even for those who have nothing to do with terror, becomes the blunt instrument used by Big Brother to protect us from ourselves.

“Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?” Orwell wrote. “It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.”

Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. His newest book is “Death of the Liberal Class.”


Source: Truthdig.com, 2011 - A Brave New Dystopia

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If Seniors are Greedy... then SENATORS are GLUTTONS

December 29, 2010
Colorado, USA

I received the following via email and verified (see links below) that the senator actually made the alleged quote.

Every year about this time we start hearing about how much congress members are paid and how much they are really worth in the people's estimation... I think it would be rare to find a taxpayer who actually believes anyone in congress or other seats of government deserve the pay they receive.

This is a fact. They are overpaid. Another fact. If they worked where real people work, they would have already been handed their walking papers. Last November, a few of them discovered the hard way that positive and productive job performance is a requirement in the real world.

The problem is: even when they are out - they are not really out. This senator (ex-senator) has long been representative of what is "wrong" in government... He is retired. He should not be in a position to continue dictating policy nor should he continue to milk the "tit" of the people for doing so.

IF SENIORS ARE GREEDY THEN IT FOLLOWS THAT SENATORS ARE GLUTTONS.

This man's audacity is mild compared to some who still serve in Congress and lurk upon the fringes of DC - can anyone spell CZAR? Is it any wonder the majority of Americans (at least, the ones paying attention as well as taxes) hold nothing but contempt in their minds for our government officials? I am talking from the top down or the bottom up - they are nothing but political parasites - always operating just beyond the light of truth and honor - cockroaches one and all.
-- DD

Subject: EX-Senator Alan Simpson Calls Seniors 'Greediest Generation'...

"We had the greatest generation; I think this is the greediest generation." "Social security is a cow with 310 million teats (he actually said tits)."

Retired Senator, Presidential Deficit Reduction Commission Co-chairman, Alan Simpson.
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RE: the email

Excellent! This should be sent to every career politician in office!

This person is PISSED!!!! Wish I were the one that sent this to the beloved Senator!!!! There isn't a word that is false and I am believing that many Americans are beginning to think along these same lines...

From a man in Montana....who - like the rest of us - has just about had enough

Hey Alan,

Let’s get a few things straight…

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS…
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63)…
3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud…
4. Recently, just like Lucy and Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN…
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills…
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay of YOUR debt…

To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU…

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators who are “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

Always say what you mean!!
always mean what you say!!
NEVER COMPROMISE .........
End of email

Some facts:
The current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

House Leadership:
Speaker of the House - $223,500
Majority Leader - $193,400
Minority Leader - $193,400

A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.

Prior to 1984, neither Members of Congress nor any other federal civil service employee paid Social Security taxes. Of course, they were also not eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.

As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through TAXES and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.

Please note: Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to receive a pension.

The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.

Source:
About.com, http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

Talking Points memo.com, http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/alan-simpson-greedy-generation-wont-leave-me-alone-after-debt-commission-leak.php

The Nation.com, http://www.thenation.com/article/154187/alan-simpson-senator-guttermouth-spews-again

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010
Colorado, USA

Thanksgiving rant

November 25, 2010
Colorado, USA

Thanksgiving... there is much for which to be thankful in the United States of America. We gather every last Thursday in November (since 1621) to celebrate our good fortune. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday.

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.


Well, that's how it started out anyway. Families and friends gathered across this nation to celebrate the bounty of life and liberty and the benevolence of an Almighty hand.

Nowadays... many of us still gather, some putting family first, but increasingly the day has evolved into a celebration of excess, football and shopping - not family, not friends and other than a few words, hastily uttered before a feast (good God - let's eat) certainly no one is paying more than a token homage to that Almighty hand.

At the risk of politicizing this statement (no apologies, this blog is about dissent)... we hear much in these troubled times about other peoples in this land - the hyphenated and often illegal parts of the population... we are advised to treat them as equals. OK - they are equal in that - they are human. They are not equal as regards their citizenship. If they can stand on our soil and demand the same rights as me - what does that say about my birthright? Does that diminish my birthright? I think it does. How about I mosey on up to Canada, or down to Mexico or over to Britain, or France or Germany and proclaim myself a citizen merely by right of my presence and while we're at it how about I demand more rights than the indigenous population - how do you think that will work out for me?

Whatever they are, let's call them illegal-aliens (these people are not Americans, not immigrants -- they have no country and no I don't feel sorry for them - they left the country of their birth and they are trying to hi-jack my country - not only that, they are aided and abetted by those we placed in a position of power and trust). Here's my thinking on the matter: When I see evidence of illegals and hyphenated Americans of all ethnic backgrounds (who demand my respect for their customs but do not respect mine) start marching in the streets carrying the American flag (and only the American flag) high and proud, when they know and understand and say with pride the Pledge of Allegiance, when they speak the language of the land, when they start giving of themselves and their wealth, when they donate food, clothing, toys, when they help build homes for the homeless, when they give up a percentage of their income to taxes, when they give up their personal liberty at the airport, when they take responsibility of their own persons and property, when they exhibit signs of tolerance for American custom, American beliefs, American law, instead of standing with their hands out or looking for political favor and exemptions, when they realize that it is the hard-working legal people of this nation who provide them with the fruit of their unreasonable demands (not some stuffed shirt in DC), when they lay down their life to defend what is right and just and true, when they realize there is more to American "rights" than simply standing on free soil and demanding it... when they realize what an American is and want to become a real American, first and foremost - well then, we'll talk.

Hyphenated-Americanism is a fiction. Sort of like the tooth-fairy. And actually the result is about the same... you get something for nothing or at least nothing of value. Not only that - I consider it an insult to apply your ethnicity before the word American - just like it is an insult to see your flag flying over Ol' Glory... or instead of Ol' Glory... I was born in Texas and you can bet your boots I am proud of it. However, you will not hear me call myself a Tex-American. I am an American who happens to also be a Texan. Get it? I am an American first.

Digression: Yeah, Native-American is another argument - their ancestors were here first -- but, America as we know it today was not that America. Right, wrong, fair, unfair - they were conquered. I am not saying it was right. I am simply stating a fact. The United States of America as we know it today was born later - and they stayed and they continue to stay. Myself, I am glad of it because the heritage and history they bring to the table is phenomenal - but, I still don't buy into hyphenated Americanism - nor selective law enforcement or taxation... not even for Native-Americans.

Here's some good advice for anyone crossing our borders and demanding American rights and justice. If you don't plan on staying in this country and you do not intend to apply for citizenship (meaning, you plan to return to your own country eventually) then plan on respecting real Americans, our country, our symbols and our laws. Here's a thought to ponder... A southern rule of hospitality is: leftovers and company should be thrown out after three days. The immigrants who crossed the oceans and eventually became Americans not some hyphenated blowback - embraced the ideal - they helped make it a reality.

Thanksgiving - after we get through appreciating our good fortune, and we shake the Almighty hand while saying how fortunate we are to have food, clothing, health, a roof over our heads, cars, boats, airplanes and yes - a Harley... after all that... what we really need to be grateful for is each other... in America - other Americans.

The rights in this country are earned and have been purchased at great cost... by the many have fought and died to preserve them... by those who worked to build this country... by those who crafted the language that guarantees freedom.

We, each and every one of us born in the USA should indeed thank Providence who showered us with good fortune the day we arrived, bare-ass and screaming in a land where an individual has rights and liberties. It is our duty to remind those who would usurp those rights and liberties where to get in line.

Being human comes with certain inalienable rights, being American is not an inalienable right - it is a privilege.

May we preserve its principles for posterity.

Be thankful you live in a free land.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sometimes you actually get what you ask for...

November 18, 2010
Colorado USA

4th AmendmentSometimes you actually get what you ask for... We live in a society who screams at the government every time some little something goes wrong in our lives. We have granted bureaucrats more power than they deserve or respect because we don't want to deal with our own problems. So... if you are one of those people who expects the government to do everything for you, including frisk your Grandma and Sister Teresa so you can sleep well on your next flight... and you expect that same government to respect Muslims more than your next door neighbor... then get in line, get groped or nuked and shut up. And while you're at it... you might as well chew on what's left of the Bill of Rights before that disappears along with your dignity.

If you are not one of those people... maybe you should have a talk with the whiny butts of your acquaintance who believe more government interference in our lives is better. Maybe you should give them a copy of the 4th Amendment. And, maybe you should argue against selective law enforcement... or the next time you walk into the football stadium... or a concert... or stroll the streets of New York or DC... get ready to suffer the loss of yet another liberty... or you could just start wearing a hijab or burqa.


Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin --

Monday, November 15, 2010

Flag boy gets motorcycle escort, apology and more!

November 15, 2010
Colorado, USA

A wrong righted...




Cody Alicea says it's exciting Monday morning to be joined by dozens waving American flags at Denair Middle School.

Dozens stood near the Denair Middle School flag Monday morning and recited the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

Cody Alicea was escorted on his usual ride to school by motorcyclists and patriotic supporters carrying American flags. Once the group reached the school they gathered with other students and parents, and reflected.

One week ago Officials at Denair told Cody he had to remove his American flag that flew on the back of his bike. Cody has a flag to recognize his Grandfather's military service. FOX40 reported his story later last week, and by Friday the story had been picked up by several national news outlets. The school's website crashed from the increase in traffic from people wondering about the story, and their phone lines were swamped with calls from people across the country who were upset that Cody was asked to remove an American Flag.

The school administration says they have a policy not allowing flags on school campus because of recent issues of violence and tension. They admit they went too far in asking Cody to remove his flag, and have apologized to him.


Source: Fox 40, Cody Joined by Dozens for Patriotic Ride to School

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hooray for a Young American!

November 13, 2010
Colorado, USA

Here's a story that made my blood boil:

School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike
Officials Later Backtrack; Allow Boy to Fly Flag on Bike
Elissa Harrington
FOX40 News
November 12, 2010

Cody - Proud american Boy - Flies Falg from Bike 13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was told to take it down.

A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.

"In this country we're supposed to be free," said Cody. "And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they're telling me I can't." Cody had to take the flag off his bike and put it in his backpack, where he kept it all week.

Cody's grandfather says the school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag. He feels if there was really a problem it should have been brought up two months ago, not during Veterans week. And if it was an issue of safety, parents should have been contacted.

No action should be taken. We don't want any repercussion," said Roger Alicea. "We just want Cody to be proud of what he's doing." Roger says the family is not planning to take any legal action, but they do want to meet with school staff.

Cody says he wants to serve in the military some day, and is raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C. in the Spring.

After being contacted by FOX40 Friday morning, Denair's Superintendent says Cody will be allowed to keep the flag on his bike. He told FOX40 he and the school are patriotic, but their main priority is keeping students safe; the school will focus on the students who are causing uprisings. Riding a bike is still not allowed on school campus, but when Cody rides his bike to school he can now fly the flag.

Video Clip including statements from Jody and his Grandfather


There are far too many instances of anti-patriotism going on in the USA and when it happens, we need to put the nimrods who make arbitrary decisions like this one on notice - it will not be tolerated. What follows is commentary from a post at American Thinker - I couldn't have said it any better myself although I might have used fewer words. USA! Love it or leave it.

Congratulations to Cody and the community who was set to rally behind his cause!



The case of Cody Alicea: Ordered to remove American flag from his bike
Monte Kuligowski

Have you heard of 13-year-old Cody Alicea? He rides his bicycle to middle school in Denair, California. He flies the flag of the United States from the rear fender of his bike. He flies the flag to express patriotism and to honor his grandfather and other veterans.

Well, a few days before Veteran's Day he was told by officials at Denair Middle School that he had to remove the flag. The reason: the school superintendent, Edward Parraz, explained to a local news station that certain students were complaining. Parraz said the United States flag was causing "racial tensions" and school officials were concerned for Cody's safety. They didn't want Cody to "get jumped or hurt."

The American flag causes "racial tensions" in America? How far have we fallen as a country?

Inasmuch as the story is out of California, I could assume the race of the students causing the tension. But I had to look outside the news report to confirm that certain Hispanic students were offended by the United States flag.

If Cody's safety was the issue, it seems to me that school officials should have removed the bullies, not the flag. If the school would not remove the thugs, the security and police presence in the school could have been focused on protecting Cody and his right to ride with the flag.

If these non-assimilated thugs are "anchor babies" they are making a strong case for the deportation of all illegals and their kids. If they are not anchor babies they are revealing a serious problem with California's transmission of American civics and patriotism.

Source: American Thinker.com, The case of Cody Alicea: Ordered to remove American flag from his bike

Source: Fox40.com, School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike

Community Organizes March to School that Told Student to Remove Flag
and...
Denair Middle School - Denair, CA

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day 2010

November 11, 2010
Colorado, USA




It is Veterans Day - do you know where your President is?

President Obama marked Veterans Day on Thursday at a U.S. military base outside Seoul, North Korea.

Quote: Your country will be there for you, he said in a speech at Yongsan Garrison, the Washington Post reports. That is the commitment I make as your commander-in-chief. That is the sacred trust between the United States of America and all who defend its ideals.

Just a thought: The sentiment in the quote is a good one. BUT I cannot help believing it was mostly a vainglorious photo op and an unnecessary reminder that he is commander-in-chief. Sigh!

Veterans Day Salute

November 11, 2010
Colorado USA

Veterans Day Salute

Friday, November 5, 2010

Never Forget

November 5, 2010
Colorado, USA

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Fort Hood massacre.

Never Forget

1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.

2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.

3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.

4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.

5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.

6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.

7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.

8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.

9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah

10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.

11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.

12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.

13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]


Thirteen men and women, plus the unborn child of Pvt Francheska Velez died at the hands of jihadist soldier Nidal Hasan.

Never forget.



Fort Hood Attack Still Unresolved One Year Later
11/05/10

(FORT HOOD, TEXAS) – America should pause to remember those killed and wounded one year ago in the terror attack on Fort Hood, and recognize that sacrifice with a renewed commitment to assist and honor the casualties and their families, and to prevent similar future attacks, according to Congressman John Carter, who represents the Fort Hood area in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Carter, who is also Co-Chairman of the House Army Caucus and Secretary of the House Republican Conference, says the ongoing trial of Major Nidal Hasan for the Fort Hood shootings one year ago is just one of many issues still not resolved. The victims have still not received the treatment and status they deserve, the military has not acknowledged the nature and causes of the attack, and there is numerous security improvements still needed to prevent future attacks.

Carter says radical Islamic terrorism has still not been acknowledged as the cause of the Fort Hood shootings which left 14 Americans dead, and the Department of Defense must not allow political correctness to continue to skew its policies on force protection.

“It has been a year since the terror attack on Fort Hood, and DOD still refuses to even use the words ‘radical Islam’ in their report on the attack or recommendations on how to prevent future attacks,” says Carter. “That does not instill confidence in Congress that DOD is taking the necessary steps to protect our troops.”

Carter, a former Texas judge, has introduced legislation authorizing the same status for Fort Hood victims as that awarded casualties of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, and granting whistleblower protections to military and civilian personnel who report potential threats from radical Islamic sympathizers.

“The families of the 13 adults and one unborn child who died, along with the wounded, deserve the same treatment as we provided the Pentagon casualties,” says Carter. “Congress must not rest until these families receive what they deserve.”

Carter also introduced legislation providing “active shooter” training for all military and civilian law enforcement protecting military installations. Fort Hood officers credit the training with their success in stopping the Fort Hood shooter in an open gunfight.

Carter succeeded in passing a resolution in the House and Senate recognizing the good response of Fort Hood law enforcement and base command in responding to the attack. The rest of the Carter bills await passage as part of the pending National Defense Authorization Act.


Source: Congressman John Carter, Fort Hood Attack Unresolved One Year Later

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Good riddance

November 4, 2010
Colorado, USA

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
I have to allow myself a tiny celebration - just can't help it...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Read it now: What illegal aliens are not

October 20, 2010
Colorado, USA

Those illegally in a country are not immigrants. Technically, there is no such thing as an "illegal immigrant". An immigrant is involved with an established and orderly procedure of immigration (entering a country to which one is not native in order to settle there by legal process).

Source: American Thinker.com, What illegal aliens are not

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GOP - Pledge to America

September 23, 2010
Colorado USA

House Republicans will unveil their "Pledge to America" tomorrow morning. The unveiling (makes it sound like art - doesn't it?) will be at a hardware store in Sterling, Virginia. The GOP frames the document as a series of ideals, programs and policy blueprints it would uphold and pursue if restored to power in November.

Hardware Store in Virgina? Good grief! What? We are supposed to believe they rolled up their sleeves and "hammered" 21 pages out by the sweat of their brow? I expect next they will announce they are arriving on tractors! This is a photo op political stunt folks. Why not just print a copy of the Constitution which all of the GOP swore an oath to protect the day they took office. So far, the Republicrats have not lived up to that pledge - why should we trust them with one of their own design?

We need more than a passing nod to the founding principles and lest we forget, in DC a promise is a promise and a pledge is a pledge until it isn't anymore. I'm thinking I need more than a pledge - I need a guarantee.

Congressional Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.


CBS News has allegedly obtained the final draft of the pledge:
See: "Pledge to America": The New Republican Agenda
Below are some of the highlights as described in this article which includes full text:

Jobs:
- Stop job-killing tax hikes
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:
- Repeal and Replace health care
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

Defense:
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran



A link to the full text of the new PLEDGE TO AMERICA, you cannot complain about THEM not reading things if YOU do not read things... it is 21 pages... grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

Friday, September 17, 2010

We the People: Honoring Constitution Day

September 17, 2010
Colorado USA


Read the following post from the Heritage Foundation.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It is Patriot Day - Remember...

September 11, 2010
Colorado, USA

Remember 09-11-2001
Remember September 11, 2001 with respect for those we lost that tragic day. Remember too, how the people of this nation showed strength of character and courage in the face of that senseless act of violence and terrorism. Remember who THEY were. Remember who WE are. Americans one and all. Teach the children why this day is important to all Americans. And, remember the face we put on today should be one of unity and honor and pride.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

They just do not get it...

August 6, 2010
Colorado, USA

Robert Gibbs: We are not at war with a religion but an idea which has corrupted a religion.

WE ARE AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM!

Radical Islam is a set of ideologies holding that Islam is not only a religion but also a political system; that modern Muslims must return to their roots of their religion, and unite politically.

Radical Islam vs. Islam
Editorial, September 2001
by: David Forte

Islamic radicals hijacked airplanes to attack and undermine the West. They killed thousands of innocents without a single moral qualm. But their enmity is not just directed against us. They also mean to hijack Islam itself and to destroy 13 centuries of Islamic civilization. We are not in a war between two civilizations. We are fighting an enemy of two civilizations.

Osama bin Laden has a strikingly simple and violent conception of the world. It is bipolar. Taking his lead from ancient Islamic legalists who wrote when the world knew nothing but empires, bin Laden divides the earth into the dar al-Islam (the realm of Islam) and the dar al-harb (the realm of war). Between the two there is unceasing conflict.

But for bin Laden, the dar al-Islam is no longer the realm of Islam, or as is sometimes translated, the realm of peace. In common with many Islamic radicals, bin Laden believes that the Islamic world has fallen into perfidy and apostasy. He makes civil war on Islam as much as he makes international conflict with the United States.

He targets moderate Islamic leaders like Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, former Pakistani President Benizir Bhutto, and Jordan King (then Prince) Abdullah. He has no respect for the Saudi government because it permits the stationing of Western troops, contrary to his view of the ancient Shari’a’s prohibition of non-Muslims living on the holy soil of Arabia.

Bin Laden and other Islamic radicals claim they represent ancient Islam. It is true that they do represent one tradition in Islam, but it is a tradition that Islam early on rejected as opposed to the universal message of its Prophet. In the earliest centuries of Islam, a great civil war was fought over who should be the successor to Muhammad. The battle was between the partisans of the assassinated third Caliph, Uthmann, and those who supported the fourth Caliph, ’Ali. This was the conflict that ultimately led to the division between Sunni and Shi’a Islam. But there was a moment when a truce and an arbitration promised a possible peaceful resolution to the conflict.

One group was adamantly opposed to any arbitration and any compromise. Later called the Kharajites, this sect believed that only God could determine who should be the proper successor, and God would let his will be known in battle. The Kharajites withdrew and made war on both factions. They held that any person who strayed from the perfect practice of Islam was ipso facto an apostate and could be killed. And they believed that only they had the true notion of what Islam required. They applied their doctrine with a ferocity against both the developing Sunni and Shi’a traditions of Islam, even assassinating ’Ali. Their tactics were frightfully violent, and it took centuries before they were put down.

Today, radicals like bin Laden replicate that ancient sect that threatened to destroy Islamic civilization at its inception. They copy that sect that stood against what came to be a civilization known in its time for its learning, science, openness and toleration. They engage in tactics that are far beyond what is acceptable in the Islamic moral tradition. They insult the vast multitudes of Muslims who abhor such actions.

Partly because of the timidity of the West, these radicals have gained influence. Some regimes protect them. Some apparently even sponsor them. . Many leaders in the West, bereft of and often hostile to their own Christian roots, have patronizingly assumed that radical violence was an essential part of the Islamic faith. Our own weak responses have helped to legitimate those whom Islam fought so earnestly to rid itself of at its beginning. If we have respect for ourselves, if we have respect for Islam, we can no longer tolerate the evil they represent. Two civilizations hang in the balance.

Source: Ashbrook Center.org, Radical Islam vs. Islam

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Presidential Lifestyle... who is he trying to impress?

July 31, 2010
Colorado, USA

Here's a novel idea, friends: Rather than bludgeon "rich" folks over the head with a pipe, liberals should celebrate their job creation. Please point me to the poor person who provided you with a job. You know it's those evil "rich" dudes who have the money, acumen, and risk temperament to create employment for the rest of us. Liberals endlessly excoriate the idea of "trickle-down" economics, blasting it as some scheme that just gets the very top wealthy while no one else prospers. The Left's idea is trickle-down, too, though. It just uses the brute force of government to command where the trickling down is going to occur. There's no such thing as bottom up prosperity. If you think there is, go to the very bottom of the bottom—your local smelly bum—and see how many jobs he can provide you and your family.
— Jason Mattera


Tax the Rich Cartoon

Friday, July 30, 2010

Enough is enough

July 30, 2010
Colorado, USA

Pat Condell on Ground Zero mosque: "Is it possible to be astonished, but not surprised?"

Pat Condell ably articulates everything that's wrong about the mosque at Ground Zero.

It makes no sense

July 30, 2010
Colorado, USA

"Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular." --Thomas Jefferson

Cartoon

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrate Independence Day like you were born on the 4th of July

July 4, 2010
Colorado, USA

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
-- Charles Caleb Colton

Some say this country was born on the 4th of July... but it was born long before that, in the hearts and minds of visionary men who would be free or die...

Some say Independence Day is just another gaudy American holiday... but it is also a celebration of respectful remembrance for those engineers of freedom who created our Republic and still others who defended and purchased that freedom with their precious lives...

Some say the Spirit of Liberty is waning in the USA... but I see Ol' Glory waving proudly in the hands of patriots on street corners, flying from front porches and fence posts, business fronts and vehicles, pinned to lapels and parading on the backs of real Americans...

Some say our children care nothing for our proud history... but I say they learn what they live and they will live what they know - if you teach them American values so they know with certainty what is real and true and honorable...

Some say our days of excellence and distinction in the USA are done and we need something new... even though that something new is something less... but do not believe it... vainglorious words and hollow promises that drip from the mouths of corrupt men and women temporarily in seats of power should fall on deaf ears... they will, in time be silenced for their traitorous insolence...

Some say it is time for a change... but it is the American way to reject those who seek to enslave the citizenry with sly rhetoric and pretentious policy in the name of a brand of politics that conflicts with the tried and true law of the land and does not represent the core values and morals of the American PEOPLE...

I was raised to believe in the power and strength of the USA. I learned that the might that built this country came from sweat and strong backs, blood and determination, energy and innovation and finally, courage and conviction.

The United States of America was not born in a single day, or over the term of a single president.

The United States of America will not die in a single day, or over the term of a single president.

The land and the people are one. This country is THE PEOPLE. The people are THE COUNTRY. No politician or bureaucrat can undermine that which belongs inherently to the people - unless - the people allow it.

The Constitutional construct of One Nation - United - By the People - For the People - Liberty - Justice - Equality - Faith has seen us through many tough times in our nation's history. There is no reason to believe it will serve otherwise at this juncture. Our current challenges are no different than those of the past - tougher and grander in scale maybe - but not insurmountable.

I carry with me an ingrained sense of liberty and justice. In my head swim the words of our founding fathers ringing with integrity and honor. In my heart an unwavering pride beats for love of country. I have a deep and abiding reverence for veterans who served this country with honor earning little appreciation. My soul prays for the lives of young patriots who spill their blood and innocence so that we may live freely, speak freely, dissent freely, even die freely.

As flags flutter in the breeze and fireworks light the night skies... every citizen should examine why they call themselves a Proud American on Independence Day. Every citizen should share why they feel that way today with a young person, your child, your grandchildren, the neighbor kids and so on... Every proud-for-a-day American should ask themselves, why is this not so every other day?

I think today - every citizen - every man, woman, child should celebrate the 4th of July like they were born on the 4th of July. I think every citizen should vow to be the best American they can be from this day forward... I think every citizen should take a moment to be grateful they stand on free soil... more importantly, one should acknowledge with high regard the people, the laws, the liberties -- all American principles that make possible their ability to do that very thing... stand on free soil. And remind the children why this is so.

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -- William Harvard

Someone did the work of liberty before us... some sacrificed more than their due for the freedoms we enjoy... Who will preserve these things for our children if we do not? Not the greedy government - No. Not the slimy politicians - No. Not the bumptious bureaucrats - No. Not holier-than-thou Hollywood - are you kidding me? - No. Not the mindlessly-maligned-media - No. Not indoctrinated educators - No. Not the radically ridiculous rulers of other countries - NO! This burden is upon the people and the people should be proud to bear that burden. We the People. All of US. Not some of us.

Here's a plan for after the BBQ and the picnics and the fireworks:

We the people need to clean house. Those in power who fail to honor their oath of office or who stand in the way of individual freedom and fail to defend and preserve the Constitutional law of the land should promptly be removed from power - permanently - and good riddance. The only real reform needed in the United States of America is government reform and I say we start with perks and paychecks. The only fundamental change needed in the United States of America should begin and end in DC and I say we start at the voting booth and send most of them packing, those that survive the cut should go home and get in touch with the reality of their constituency.

We the People need to roll up our sleeves and get back to work - the important work of preserving this country for ourselves and future generations. We do not need government assistance or legislation to do what is right by this country and ourselves.

We the People need to teach our children that the United States of America was built by people just like them, not government, not politicians and blow-hard bureaucrats. Perhaps, by teaching them many of us will discover a renewed love and respect for this great nation. When you see a child, hand over heart recite the Pledge of Allegiance that is the picture of real hope.

Fair Warning: Those able citizens not willing to do an honest day of work to provide for themselves and their offspring should find another meal ticket. The free ride is over. If you want more out of your life - get busy and do something about it.

Fair Warning: Those persons of dubious legal character and nationality freeloading on our system of laws and entitlements should go home - wherever that is - the same way they got here. Take your kids, your Grandma and your flag with you. Last I heard - the borders are still open and despite the rumor in DC, the door swings both ways. Watch your disrespectful butt as you exit MY COUNTRY.

Sure we have unemployment. There's a reason we have unemployment. The same people responsible for causing the problem are the same people providing the discouraging figures and telling you they understand your plight while they write policies that kill jobs, while they suck the dollars right out of your pocket and give it to other countries and other peoples and lest we forget, themselves. Do you trust them?

Americans have pulled themselves up by the boot straps during times of crisis before. The indomitable American spirit of individualism has conquered wayward government and righted this country's path before. We have fought wars on our homefront as well as abroad and we have survived. We can do it again. We must do it again. It won't be easy, (where's the fun in easy?), but it is necessary to our survival as a free people and the continuance of all that is worthy of our labor and allegiance.

I am talking about working for the United States of America and individual freedom - the give-me-liberty-or-give-me-death kind of work - at whatever cost... BLOOD... SWEAT... TEARS... SACRIFICE...

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - IT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR.
FREEDOM IS NOT FOR SALE - IT IS PRICELESS.
FREEDOM IS NOT A GIFT - IT IS A REWARD...
FOR HARD WORK, DILIGENCE AND THE HARDCORE
UNIQUELY AMERICAN BELIEF THAT IN THE END
FREEDOM IS ALL THERE IS.




P.S. If you find the American flag offensive... If you find the words to the American National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance repugnant... If you refuse to learn and speak the American (that would be English) language... If out of ignorance or rebellion you disobey the laws of the land... If you disdain the soldiers and civil servants who bravely and willingly serve this country at their own peril... If you snarl with contempt at displays of American Patriotism... If you find yourself at odds with the founding principles of INDIVIDUAL freedom, liberty, equality, and justice for all in America... If you cannot reconcile your supercilious liberalism to coincide with what the United States stands for at home and abroad... If you are a slave to your ethnicity you are hereby advised Hyphenated-Americanism is a thing of the past - you either get all in or get all out... If you want to become an American, fine, come through the front door, get a job, learn the language and start paying taxes... and welcome... If you are not 100% American and proud of it -- Don't apologize... just leave... I don't care what your rank and status is... I don't care what your ethnicity and race is... this 100% American says... If you are not willing to integrate and become a part of the whole... If you are not willing to get your hands dirty preserving American freedom... If you cannot wrap your mind around the Constitution and the Bill of Rights... If you do not like the laws of the United States of America -- TOUGH - find some place else to live - you do not belong here.
 
I'll leave you with the reason we are a bunch of flag wavers today - it is called the Declaration of Independence and it begins with the following words.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


Happy Independence Day Americans! Party On!
-- Dissident Daughter

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Break out the tar and feathers

June 30, 2010
Colorado, USA

This Stark-Raving-Lunatic is why our country is broken and overrun with law-breaking illegals and if any Murdering Minutemen (this is how Stark refers to concerned LEGAL citizens) feel inclined to reduce the political population by at least one - I can make a pretty sure bet who might line up in the cross-hairs at the voting booth - first. How could there be anyone out there insane enough to vote for this arrogant and woefully ignorant bastard. The man uttered fighting words and heaps insult after insult on the citizenry he was addressing... why would any constituency tolerate such blatant disregard and disrespect from a blowhard been-there-one-day-too-long politician?

Oh and one more thing: ANY mealy-mouth politician or bureaucrat that emphatically swears that our borders are secure, that alarmed citizens have no worries for their personal safety, that illegal immigrants and drug cartels pose no threat SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MOVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES TO THE TEXAS ARIZONA BORDER TODAY. Let's see how long your property and your life and your damn ladder business lasts...

Representative Stark (CA-D): Our borders are quite secure.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm shaking in my boots... knee-deep in CS

June 8, 2010
Colorado, USA

Obama on BP: I want to know “whose ass to kick”.

Seriously? I can't stop shaking my head and grinning. I am Texas gal (we know BS) and I know when someone is blowing smoke up my jeans. You know I'd buy that comment if it came from anyone other than our cluckster-in-chief. Bush (either one) and even BC or Pelosi could threaten to kick some ass and pull it off. But Obama? Given that our President is prone to bowing and scraping, boot-licking and other nefarious backside activities with foreign leaders, illegal aliens, and so on - well, no - I just can't take the comment seriously. My 99 year old Grandma would pose a more serious threat.

I can't believe he is trying to sell that particular brand of CS chicken s@#t. ClUcK...ClUcK...ClUcK...ClUcK...ClUcK

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

May 31, 2010
Colorado, USA

FREEDOM'S NOT FREE/MEMORIAL DAY
BY RIVOLI REVUE


RIVOLI REVUE.COM

In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire

May 31, 2010
Colorado, USA

The following is an excerpt from a Memorial Day speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. It was delivered at a Grand Army of the Republic post in Keene, NH on May 30, 1884. Holmes was a Civil War veteran and a Supreme Court Justice. He served three years with the 20th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, going in as a LT, coming out as a brevet Lt. Col. Justice Holmes was wounded several times -- at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and elsewhere. This speech is famous for its "in our youth our hearts were touched with fire" phrase.


"Comrades, some of the associations of this day are not only triumphant, but joyful. Not all of those with whom we once stood shoulder to shoulder--not all of those whom we once loved and revered--are gone. On this day we still meet our companions in the freezing winter bivouacs and in those dreadful summer marches where every faculty of the soul seemed to depart one after another, leaving only a dumb animal power to set the teeth and to persist-- a blind belief that somewhere and at last there was bread and water. On this day, at least, we still meet and rejoice in the closest tie which is possible between men-- a tie which suffering has made indissoluble for better, for worse.

When we meet thus, when we do honor to the dead in terms that must sometimes embrace the living, we do not deceive ourselves. We attribute no special merit to a man for having served when all were serving. We know that, if the armies of our war did anything worth remembering, the credit belongs not mainly to the individuals who did it, but to average human nature. We also know very well that we cannot live in associations with the past alone, and we admit that, if we would be worthy of the past, we must find new fields for action or thought, and make for ourselves new careers.

But, nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference, and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition, we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us. But, above all, we have learned that whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade, and will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart.

Such hearts--ah me, how many!--were stilled twenty years ago; and to us who remain behind is left this day of memories. Every year--in the full tide of spring, at the height of the symphony of flowers and love and life--there comes a pause, and through the silence we hear the lonely pipe of death. Year after year lovers wandering under the apple trees and through the clover and deep grass are surprised with sudden tears as they see black veiled figures stealing through the morning to a soldier's grave. Year after year the comrades of the dead follow, with public honor, procession and commemorative flags and funeral march--honor and grief from us who stand almost alone, and have seen the best and noblest of our generation pass away.

But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death--of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen , the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will."

Source: In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire, An address delivered for Memorial Day, May 30, 1884, at Keene, NH, before John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day is tomorrow - remember why we set this day aside

May 30, 2010
Colorado USA

Watch the following video and remember why we are able to celebrate Memorial Day with picnics and lake trips and motorcycle rides across the USA. Remember and find some gratitude in your heart for those who serve our country and the call of freedom. (Yes,it is a Veterans Day speech but the message is the same - remember with respect.)

Friday, May 21, 2010

The President needs to pick a side

May 21, 2010
Colorado, USA

Dissident Daighter May 19, 2010 at the White House our President made a poor showing of leadership by allowing a foreign dignitary to openly trash the policies of one of this country's states and by intentionally misrepresenting the Arizona Illegal Immigration Law again.

It is perfectly clear: THE ARIZONA ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW IS MODELED UPON THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SEVENTY YEAR OLD FEDERAL IMMIGRATION STATUTE which our President even now fails to enforce. RE: The Constitution - he [President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.

Obama, claiming to understand the frustrations of the people of Arizona, while stroking the over-inflated ego of the President of Mexico once again characterized the law as “misdirected”, and outright lied about the law’s intention -- again.

Obama -- We’re examining any implications especially for civil rights because in the United States of America, no law abiding person — be they an American citizen, illegal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico — should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like.

Not only did he disrespect the state of Arizona and its citizenry, our spineless President stood politely by while Mexican President Filipe Calderon demanded that his people (you know those Mexican-Millions who are in the USA ILLEGALLY) not be forced to live in the shadow of American discrimination! No problem -- just take them home with you Filipe.

And get this! Congress gave Calderon a standing ovation! What!

Calderon -- with such laws as the Arizona law, which is forcing our people to face discrimination.

FYI: The Illegal Immigration Law (Federal or State) does not discriminate - it does not matter what ethnicity a person is - if that person (Asian, African, Mexican, Cuban, British, Scottish, Irish, etc...) is in this country without having gone through the proper channels - that person is here ILLEGALLY. If that person is here illegally then that person is intentionally disrespecting this country by disobeying the law of the land. If such is the case - that person should be discriminated against (to the full extent of the law) as well as any legal citizen or business or employer who promotes such unlawfulness.

LEGAL, ILLEGAL - there is no gray area here - it either is or is not. A person either is or is not - here - legally.

First of all, only the most dim-witted of people still believe the Arizona law authorizes racial profiling or targets specifically Hispanics or violates the civil rights of any individual, legal or illegal.

Second, if the President has read the Arizona law and is intentionally misrepresenting it to the people of the United States as well as the leaders of the world - that is a huge problem. I repeat -- the Arizona Law is modeled on Federal Law - does the President believe that Federal Law (a seventy year old statute, mind you) is discriminatory as well?

Third, if the President, like many people in his administration, has not read the ten page law and is engaging in uninformed speculative speech that damages the country in the eyes of its people and the world - that is an even bigger problem.

Either way - it's an out and out falsehood being perpetrated by the President against his own country and his own people.

I really could care less what Mexico, China or any other country thinks about Arizona or Arizona's laws. Qyite frankly, it is none of their business. I resent the President catering to the elitist snobs of other countries by apologizing for our country.

OUR COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A COUNTRY WITH BORDERS AND LAWS AND CITIZENS WHO EXPECT OUR LEADERS TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THEIR OATH OF OFFICE. THIS IS A COUNTRY WHOSE SOUTHERN BORDERS ARE BEING INVADED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALIENS (OH - LET'S CALL THEM THE MEXICAN-MILLIONS) WHILE THE LEADER OF OUR COUNTRY ESSENTIALLY LICKS THE BOOTS OF THE MEXICAN LEADER.

What the hell is going on here?

The President needs to pick a side. He either needs to support and defend this country - all of it - all of the time and the legal people of this country - all of them - all of the time and the laws of the land - all of the laws - all of the time or he needs to pack a bag and exit along with Calderon and his Mexican-Millions.

Yours in truth and light -- DD

WELL SAID! Response to President Calderon - Rep Tom McClintock (CA)

Source: Red State.com, Obama and Calderon Trash Arizona State of Arizona Legislature.gov, Senate Bill 1070 aka Arizona immigration Law

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Armed Forces Day

May 15, 2010
Colorado USA

I received this in an email yesterday and thought it fitting to share on Armed Forces Day. Please take a moment to spare a quiet thought of appreciation for our military and their families and friends. Fly the flag. Wear a flag on your lapel. And if you see a vet or a soldier today - give a nod, tip a hat, shake a hand. And teach your children respect for our armed forces. Explain why this is an important day.

THE ONLY FLAG THAT DOESN'T FLY

Flag of Flowers Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB. Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

FYI: In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. The day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Respect is not an entitlement

May 14, 2010
Colorado, USA

Charlie McMurtry, Archer City TX

Respect should be earned

I feel compelled to respond to Ms. Watson’s article of May 9 regarding the office of the President deserving respect. An implication is that Mr. Obama is also deserving of respect simply because he occupies that office. If I’m correct in that reading, I strongly disagree with her on that point. I argue that the office of the President of the United States warrants respect all right, but I believe that the individual in that office must earn the people’s respect. In my life, I have been in two positions, “offices” if you will, that warranted respect, one as a supervisor of men and the other as an educator. I’m not suggesting either position was nearly as important as the president of our country, because they were not. Even though each position warranted respect, I had to earn my co-workers’ respect in the former and my students’ respect in the latter. That respect was not an entitlement of either position, and I do not believe that Mr. Obama is entitled to our respect just because he is the president.

Ms. Watson asks why don’t the American people demand that everyone support and show respect to Mr. Obama as they have done in the past with some former presidents? I find it difficult to have respect for a man who travels the world apologizing for America’s behavior when we are, and have been, a country of freedoms, a country that time and again comes to the aid of other countries, and a country of opportunities for all our citizens for the duration of our existence. I have difficulty with his administration’s encroachment into the private sector of business against the majority’s desires. I have difficulty with his arrogance, his backroom deals, and this list could go on and on. If I were working for a company run by such a man, he would not have my respect either, and I would quit, so it is not about Obama. It is about people earning other people’s respect or they don’t; respect for the individual is not an entitlement of the position.

Source: Times Record News Letters to the Editor May 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Intellectual freedom - a distraction?

May 13, 2010
Colorado, USA

Dissident Daughter Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment - WHAT!!! (scratching my head, stomping the floor, tempted to throw the remote at the TV where I first heard the "distraction" comment)

I repeat - WHAT!!!

President Obama told graduates at Hampton University recently that in the virtually unlimited access 24/7 multi-media of today's definitely tuned-in environment, information has become a distraction that is putting undue pressure on Americans and the country.

Interjection: Uh - I have to argue that a severe LACK of information (oh let's use the term NON-EXISTENT GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY) is likely the bigger culprit.

Obama said:
[snip] ...you're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; none of which I know how to work, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you; it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.

Interjecting here: Last time I checked, my iPod only gives back what I put into it. I can safely say I am not getting subliminal information from the little stinker that I did not plan on getting from it. Better yet, I am not wearing a tin foil hat. I get mostly Clapton and whatever audio book I recently downloaded. I know XB and PS have lots of new features but are most gamers actually surfing for information via that medium as opposed to using their computers or phones? Nah - I think they are totally engaged in kill and be killed games.

It is rather odd to hear the President who fought so hard for his Blackberry to: 1) feign ignorance of how such things like iPods and iPads work and 2) condemn the plethora of information that may be accessed from multi-media devices and call it unhealthy for America. It is a given though - there is a good bit of "factual" information circulating out there in both audio and video format that politicians, including Obama, would rather not have subjected to the people's "truth meter".

Obama continued:
[snip] It's a period of breathtaking change, like few others in our history. We can't stop these changes, but we can adapt to them.

'Nother interjection: We CAN STOP CHANGE that is not healthy for this country or the freedom of the people - it is called the VOTE.

[snip] With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out who's telling the truth and who's not. Let's face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I've had some experience with that myself.

Interjection: For certain, the President, the Speaker, almost the entire administration, not to mention those rascally purveyors of deceit in Congress have had a little difficulty with the readings on the "truth meter". For clarification see: Conservative Blogs, Fox News and Talk Radio (you know I tune in just to see or hear the liberal reaction when someone utters the four-letter word -- Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck...)

Obama continues:
[snip] What Jefferson recognized, like the rest of that gifted generation, was that in the long run, their improbable experiment - America - wouldn't work if its citizens were uninformed, if its citizens were apathetic, if its citizens checked out, and left democracy to those who didn't have their best interests at heart. It could only work if each of us stayed informed and engaged; if we held our government accountable; if we fulfilled the obligations of citizenship.

The success of their experiment, they understood, depended on the participation of its people - the participation of Americans like all of you. The participation of all those who've ever sought to perfect our union.

Interjection: WOW! Those last two paragraphs had to have hurt to say -- Did you hear that Tea Party Patriots? It is your duty to stay informed, engaged, and to hold the government accountable. The President, surprisingly enough, quoted Thomas Jefferson (who I am certain did a donut in his grave) during the speech: If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, Jefferson wrote, it expects what never was and never will be.

Is it me or are we getting mixed messages here? Are we getting too much information or not enough information or are we not getting the purified, homogenized, white-washed (oops! is that racist?) liberally-filtered information this administration would prefer we have?

All is good... stroke... all is well... stroke... we have everything and everyone under control... don't bother your silly little head with all those tiresome details... stroke... or the truth... stroke... stroke... stroke...

I don't know, it could just be me - but it sounds like the President does not trust college graduates or even regular ol' hard-working, multi-media-loving Americans to disseminate the information we actively pursue and absorb. It sounds like the President does not believe we can tell the difference between truth and fiction. It sounds like the President does not believe that his slyly contrived rhetoric can pass the "truth meter" test unless all other information from specifically targeted sources is called into question. It sounds like the President would like to control access to information (at least some information). Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck, Beck...

It sounds like intellectual freedom is under attack. My personal opinion on the matter is: IT IS. If this administration cannot control what you say, they will control the means and ultimately the venues utilized to say it. If this administration cannot control what you read, watch or listen to, they will seek to banish those sources of information by whatever means necessary.

Again -- If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.
-- Thomas Jefferson


Duly noted Mr President -- knowledge, truth, information -- for all people -- real knowledge, unbridled truth and unlimited access to information and ideas is the path to freedom. Americans should demand nothing less.

Intellectual freedom is: the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular or (and here's the obama-bugga-boo) conspiratorial.

Just for the record: I maintain the right to choose for myself the information that empowers me.

I will leave you with a few wise words:

We must speak and debate openly and independently, without fear of rebuke from the government, if we are to maintain the exchange of ideas that supports intelligent voting, legislation, good government and ultimately, freedom. And the point of this government is in turn to protect our right to those very debates that support such exchange of ideas; they are the essence of liberty and the project of the American democracy. -- Judge Andrew Napolitano, A Nation of Sheep
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Source: Fox News.com, President Obama Bemoans Modern Technology in a Commencement Speech Big Government.com, Obama to Grads: A Little iPod Is a Dangerous Thing Washington Post.com (full text of the speech), Obama to Grads: A Little iPod Is a Dangerous Thing The White House.gov, Remarks by the President at Hampton University Commencement