Ma'am...you are an inspiration to all America.
The Leopard turns 50
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It looks like that PCIP bill is making progress through the House right now.[LINK]
I posted a few weeks ago about the “Protect Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.” They called it that because they know that politicians can’t afford to be seen as being supportive of child pornography. But this bill requires Internet Service Providers to log all of their customer’s internet browsing habits and keep those records for 12 months so that law enforcement officials can browse them whenever they want. We are to be treated as criminals by default. Any private information you send over the internet such as emails and medical information would be stored by third parties. The cops need warrants to search your house for physical records, they should need a warrant to order ISPs to log your digital records for them as well.
You know the drill, write and call your Congress people, tell everyone you know about this, etc. I hope the internet has another major protest in it or we’ll probably lose this fight. And while you’re at it, look in to ACTA. It’s just as bad if not worse than SOPA.
It is by no accident that the Tea Party was demonized as it was. They fear it. They fear anyone who intends to bring one major question into play: "If the Constitution is an out-dated document that is a living document and subject to constant interpretation, then by what authority do you claim power?"Emphasis mine.
Yes, of course, conservative/libertarian America, I fully understand how desperate you are to rid yourself of the POTUS from hell. But what you need to ask yourselves – and I don't believe many of you are: you're a bit like an hysterical woman who's just had a tarantula drop on top of her in the bath, you just want to GET RID OF IT NOW! – is what ultimately you're trying to achieve.RTWT. Well played, sir. Well played, indeed.
I'm presuming what you really want is stuff like: smaller government; a genuine – as opposed to an illusory, QE-driven – economic recovery; sensible environmentalism (ie conservation but not eco-fascism); liberty; an end of crony capitalism; a diminution of the power of Wall Street; a resurgence of American greatness; a renewed sense of confidence and purpose.
You're not going to get any of that from a Romney administration.
No one wakes up in the morning one day and decides to become an armed robber. It is a gradual process that requires some experience and desensitizing. Before a man will pick up a gun and threaten to kill people who have done him no harm in order to get their usually meager possessions he has to get comfortable with some things.
He has to get used to seeing others as objects for him to exploit. He has to accept he may be killed while robbing. He has to accept the felony conviction for Robbery will haunt him all his life. He has to accept he may need to kill a completely innocent person to get away with his crime.
Keep in mind many petty thieves, auto burglars, residential and commercial burglars, paper thieves, and hustlers will get to that point and decide not to become armed robbers. Most will. It is a special group of outliers who decide threatening to kill people for a few dollars is the way to go.
Once a man starts armed robbing he has crossed a line most won't. Don't forget that when you are looking these bastards in the eye. Their decision to kill you is already made. Your life means nothing to him. Only his does. His sole motivation for not killing you is he doesn't want a murder case. He has already accepted he may pick one up though.
That thing is they WILL kill someone if they keep robbing. That is why the city is willing to pay all the overtime. They don't want the murders. Think about that when you see Junior coming. The more robberies he does the closer he is to killing someone. Maybe you.
The guys who hit you on the street are gang members. They are Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Crips, Sureonos, many others. They do not see themselves as part of society. The street is all they know. They don't expect to live long or stay out of prison. They take a delight in your fear and suffering. They are warped individuals for the most part. They can be extremely dangerous.
I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow
themselves up in search of Nirvana, care about the
innocent children within range of their suicide Bombs.
I'll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that
their freedom of Speech on stories, is more important than
the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting
at home, to hear about them when something happens.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a
CANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgent
terrorist to obtain information, know this:
I don't care.
Yes, Starbucks coffee is more expensive than 7-11. That’s for a reason. See, if a part time worker averages over 40 hours per pay period, they are eligible for the Starbucks Health Insurance. (In fact, this is why I went to work for them once my treatment was finished). As you might imagine, this costs money, and that money has to come from somewhere. In addition, Starbucks has committed to paying their farmers and other people in the supply chain at least the minimum wage for their country, if not higher. In addition, in the past, Starbucks has invested in medical clinics, hospitals, clean water, and schools for the villages in which the coffee farmers live, as well as lines of credit and loans for farmers to smooth out the financing before and after harvest. This costs money, and it has to come from somewhere. Starbucks invests in these efforts because healthy farmers with stable finances and hope for the future of their children are less likely to get involved with business-destroying ventures like revolutions, thus keeping the supply lines open, and helping to ensure ongoing quality of product into the future.Lots more at the link, including Starbucks' common-sense gun policy. This is part of why the folks at the local 'bux know me by name. :)
So, every time you pay more for that cup of coffee at Starbucks, it’s because you’re paying for more. You’re paying for the healthcare for the part time workers, for the medical clinics and clean water projects and schools for the villages. Certainly, if you don’t wish to contribute to those efforts, no one is forcing you. Go ahead and get your coffee from 7-11. That’s the nice thing about a free market– you can choose who gets your hard earned money.
Ty was angrier about this, even, than I was. "Why is it," she demanded a few steps down the path, stomping her feet and swinging her little arms as she said it, "that the police won't ever believe you're my Grandpa?" (Our earlier run in had clearly made an impression, though she hadn't mentioned it in ages.) "Why do you think it is?," I asked, hoping to fend her off with the Socratic method. She paused, then said sheepishly, "Because you're white?" I grinned at her and said, "That's part of it, for sure. But we don't care about that, do we?" "No," she said sternly as we walked across the bridge spanning Boggy Creek just south of 12th Street, "but the police should leave you alone. It's not right that they want to arrest you for being my Grandpa." More prescient words were never spoken.Nine squads to handle an old man and a five-year-old? Really?
Just as Ty uttered those words, I made her hold my hand so we could trot across 12th Street amidst the sporadic, Friday night traffic, waiting for a police car to pass before heading across just west of the railroad tracks. Literally my intentions were - the moment we made it safely across the street - to resume our conversation to explain to Ty that nobody wanted to arrest me for being her Grandpa, that that wasn't against the law, and that the deputy had only stopped us to make sure Ty was safe. But we never got a chance to have that conversation.
As soon as we crossed the street, just two blocks from my house as the crow flies, the police car that just passed us hit its lights and wheeled around, with five others appearing almost immediately, all with lights flashing. The officers got out with tasers drawn demanding I raise my hands and step away from the child. I complied, and they roughly cuffed me, jerking my arms up behind me needlessly. Meanwhile, Ty edged up the hill away from the officers, crying. One of them called out in a comforting tone that they weren't there to hurt her, but another officer blew up any good will that might have garnered by brusquely snatching her up and scuttling her off to the back seat of one of the police cars. (By this time more cars had joined them; they maxxed out at 9 or 10 police vehicles.)
After the cuffs were off, I said nothing to the APD cops as I carried the child away toward home. But I did pause when I passed the deputy constable - who still could barely look me in the eye - to say aloud to her, "You knew better. This is on you."
Ty was understandably shaken by the incident, and as we walked home she told me all about her interactions with the officers and peppered me with questions about why this, that, everything happened. She said she tried to be brave because she knew I'd get into trouble if the police didn't believe her (she was right about that!) and she was especially scared when she thought they weren't going to accept her word for it. Poor kid.
As we turned onto the last block home, two of the police cars that had detained us passed by and Ty visibly winced with fear, lunging toward me and wrapping her arms around my leg. I petted and tried to comfort her, but she was pretty disturbed and confused by the whole episode. Luckily, it also left her exhausted so she was out like a light soon after we got home, half an hour past her bedtime. This morning she stated bluntly that she had decided not to think about it - a practice my wife encourages when bad things happen - and it seems to be working. She's her normal happy self, though at the park this afternoon she wanted to pretend we were hiding from kidnappers. But I hated for a five-year old to be subjected to such an experience. I'd like her to view police as people she can trust instead of threats to her and her family, but it's possible I live in the wrong neighborhood for that.
...[O]nce the shock of acid blood and brain eating wear off, the whole business becomes a rather numb affair of whirling claws, improbable drug cocktails and ichor stained sodomy.Yeah, it's pretty much like that when all is said and done. Been there, done that.
A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger. Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a speech or take a test, a phobia is long-lasting, causes intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or in social settings.Emphases mine. Now, let's take a look at this new concept of "Anti-Government-Phobia," invented out of whole cloth by people who have obviously been educated far beyond their intelligence.
One tactic that big governments utilize to deflate the legitimacy of its opposition is the political use of mental health. A pioneer of this technique was the German National Socialist Workers’ Party. Over 300,000 “mental defectives” were sterilized, and over 100,000 executed in Germany alone. Dr. Joseph Mengele, who actually managed to escape justice, carried out cruel psychiatric experiments on Jewish people, including children. There was definitely something mentally dysfunctional with the Nazi Party elite, which executed over seven millions Jews, Roma, and Slavs for “racial purity” reasons; but there also had to be something wrong with a people that allowed it to come to power. Germany, lest people forget, was considered to be a highly civilized society; that is, before such schemes as socialized medicine began distorting people’s views of the value of human life.The government IS force. They have more guns than you, and, generally, the support of the masses. They can take your property, incarcerate you, or beat you up or kill you without consequence...and they've been shown to do just that, all over the world, in every different culture and climate. On any pretext. On no pretext at all. And our current regime has made it clear that America's rule of law, meant to restrain government, means not one damn thing to them.
The abuse of psychiatry to discredit dissidents in society was notorious in the Soviet Union. As a 2011 Moscow Times article put it, “In the Soviet Union, dissidents were labeled schizophrenics, thrown into psychiatric hospitals and drugged just for questioning the government. It wasn’t until the Soviet demise that officials grasped the difference between criticism and mental illness.” Indeed, we should take such warnings seriously in the present; the article goes on to explain how the practice is making a comeback in Russia.
One prominent Soviet dissident, Vladimir Bukovsky, who has published previously classified documents on the political abuse of psychiatry, wrote, [Soviet premier Nikita] Khrushchev reckoned that it was impossible for people in a socialist society to have anti-socialist consciousness, and whenever manifestations of dissidence could not be justified as a provocation of world imperialism or a legacy of the past, they were merely the product of mental disease...
An honor killing is the killing of a person by other members of her/his family or community, due to the belief by the perpetrators that the victim (or an act the victim is perceived to have committed) has brought dishonor upon the family or community. Honor killings are seen across religious communities and are not limited to one group. Honor killings are directed primarily against women and girls and are most often premeditated murders intended to restore the family’s social position and ‘honor’ through ‘cleansing the shame’ which the woman or girl is said to have brought, by erasing her very existence."Not limited to one group?" Perhaps. But, of the three major religions in the world, I've only heard of one doing it. Even here in the USA. Even in Arizona. (Which begs the question, if you don't want your kids to be "Westernized," why did you move to America? You came here voluntarily, we do things differently here, and we will not conform our laws to the standards of 7th-century cavemen. Get with the program or get the hell out.)
These killings occur in societies where the men’s status is judged by their ability to control women’s behaviour, and by the level of which women are conforming to social norms. Expressions of independence by a member, particularly in seeking to make decisions around relationships and sexuality is perceived as effecting the family’s reputation becoming tarnished within the community. Women can become targets of honor based violence for choosing their own life partner, spending time without family supervision, leaving a marriage, for becoming the subject of gossip, becoming ‘Westernized’ and many other reasons.
The UN conservatively estimates that 5,000 women and girls are killed each year globally by members of their own family, often by fathers, brothers, uncles and male cousins – and also mothers and other female relatives. The primary purpose of ‘honour crimes’ is to maintain men’s power in families and communities by denying women basic fundamental rights to make their own decisions about their own lives.
Our rule of law is no more. Our Constitution is no more. Obama, Soros, state media, activist judges and all the ‘powers that be’ of a New World Order sealed our fate. The United States is a land of liberty no more.
When Georgia State Judge Michael M. Malihi released his shocking ruling we were stunned. This couldn’t possibly be true. On the eve of the hearing Obama’s lawyers had written a thinly- veiled threat letter to Brian Kemp, GA Secretary of State, demanding that Kemp stop Judge Malahi from moving forward with the three lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility to be on the state ballot. This letter followed another sent days earlier by Obama’s Atlanta attorney Michael Jablonski to Judge Malihi demanding he stop the January 26th hearing and advised the GA judge that Obama would not be attending anyway citing it would interfere with the president’s duties. Malihi replied quickly to the first letter: the hearing would go on. SOS Kemp responded within 2 hours of receiving his letter stating, “…if you and your client choose to suspend your participation in the OSAH proceedings, please understand that you do so at your own peril.”
At the very least when Obama or his lawyers failed to show up in court a default judgement, earlier considered by the judge, should have denied Obama’s placement on the ballot. Not only did Malihi rule in favor of Obama he completely destroyed the credibility of the plaintiffs, their lawyers, witnesses and evidence that the judge found “unpersuasive.”
Like many women of her era, Sarah experienced hair loss. Because most Americans lacked indoor plumbing, central heating and electricity, they bathed and washed their hair infrequently. The result was scalp disease. Sarah experimented with home remedies and products already on the market until she finally developed her own shampoo and an ointment that contained sulfur to make her scalp healthier for hair growth.As the child of former slaves, Madame Walker had the right to complain about slavery. As a Black person in that era, Madame Walker had the right to complain about racism. Dying before women even had the right to vote, Madame Walker had the right to complain about "the Patriarchy."
Soon Sarah, now known as Madam C. J. Walker, was selling her products throughout the United States. While her daughter Lelia (later known as A'Lelia Walker) ran a mail order business from Denver, Madam Walker and her husband traveled throughout the southern and eastern states. They settled in Pittsburgh in 1908 and opened Lelia College to train "hair culturists." In 1910 Walker moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she established her headquarters and built a factory.
She began to teach and train other black women in order to help them build their own businesses. She also gave other lectures on political, economic and social issues at conventions sponsored by powerful black institutions. After the East St. Louis Race Riot, she joined leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in their efforts to support legislation to make lynching a federal crime. In 1918 at the biennial convention of the National Association Of Colored Woman (NACW) she was acknowledged for making the largest contribution to save the Anacostia (Washington, DC) house of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. She continued to donate money throughout her career to the NAACP, the YMCA, and to black schools, organizations, individuals, orphanages, and retirement homes.
The fact that the media and popular culture and academia have veered from one panic-inducing disaster scenario to another one which completely contradicts the first one is funny enough in its own right. But reading The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age opened my eyes to an even more significant aspect of this serial crisis-mongering:"The Earth is becoming
The “solutions” prescribed to solve both Global Warming and the looming Ice Age are exactly the same.In both cases, proponents of the theory-du-jour say that in order to stave off disaster, we must reverse the march of civilization, stop our profligate use of carbon-based fuels, cede power and money from the First World to the Third World, and wherever possible revert to a Luddite pre-industrial lifestyle.
Here’s my question: If the guy is so freakin’ dangerous, why does Congress continue to let him do exactly as he pleases?Why, indeed. Anyone have an answer?