Shades of Gray

Posted in Constitution, General, United States of America by Wayland Abernathy III on March 2, 2012

Big Brother is watching. George Orwell says "Hi."

America is supposedly the “land of the free and home of the brave.” What happens when the land of the free isn’t so free anymore? The government is swiping our freedoms right from under our feet and we are oblivious to it. Everyone deserves the right to privacy. We cannot continue to let our country suffer like this.

The recently introduced Stop All Piracy Acts bill (SOPA) is one of the many ways the government is attempting to constrain our nation. The legislation, set aside by President Barack Obama and the Congress, was a thinly veiled attempt to censor everything we do on the Internet. The Protect IP Act (PIPA), a Senate companion bill, also set aside for now, was the first attempt at censorship. If you’re not concerned yet, how about being constantly watched and recorded? Yes, “Big Brother” is watching. A new street light currently in testing is equipped with surveillance cameras, government broadcasting, and it is interactive. For example, if you litter, the street light will bark at you. There are no private conversations – the government is always watching.

Even with all of these crackdowns, you would expect to have your body to yourself, right? Think again. The government wants to see you naked. If you have been to the airport lately, the “backscatter” scanners have been installed in dozens of  airports around the country. These scanners capture pictures of you as you innocuously walk through. These pictures are so revealing – see naked – many news stations would not air the photos.

Government agents can attach GPS trackers to your car without you even knowing about it. The Government can listen to anything you say, and hold it against you as well. (Remind you of any Socialist or Communist regimes? Just spreading the fun around to everyone, aren’t they?) Anything you say, can and will be held against you. There are many more examples I could give of our freedoms being taken. I just don’t want to get that depressed at the moment. Check out just a little bit for yourself.

Do you feel safe in this country anymore? Do you feel free? I believe that the government should not have this much power and control over us. I also believe the Founders fought to prohibit just this type of government over-reach into the lives of United States citizens. Do you really believe that the government knows best? Is trying to censor us, really letting us be free? Current policies that infringe and outright destroy civil liberties provide all of us with a chilling vision of what a communist country looks like from the inside.

SOTU – The “post-rally” review

Posted in Barack Obama, Budget, D.C., Economy, SOTU, United States of America, White House by Wayland Abernathy III on January 29, 2010

I consider myself an educated man. I like to read. I can speak and write fairly well. I can usually tell within 2-3 minutes of meeting a person if there will be a need for a second meeting. I keep telling the folks that I manage that knowledge is a good thing. I seek out new knowledge every day. I recently learned that I need to look for employment elsewhere, since my current employer is not a good fit. That is good knowledge to have, right?

I only have about 45 hours of coursework (I think, I haven’t checked my transcripts in at least 5 years) towards an AA degree in Business Administration, however, I believe that a diploma is only worth the paper it is written on.  We all know college graduates that can’t think their way through the $1 menu at Wendy’s. Anyway, in my mind knowledge is king. The more knowledge you have, the better. If you are not receiving the knowledge you want, then it is up to you to make a change, not someone else. A caveat that I must include here is that how you use the knowledge you have gained speaks to your moral character, and to a large degree, the way that knowledge was presented to you. Now that I have said my piece about knowledge and the inherent good and bad that comes with it, I will continue on to the subject of this post.

To be honest, I missed the first 15 minutes of the SOTU Rally because my 3-year-old daughter decided to find out just how loud (and long) she could scream “nobody will help me get to bed” before my wife or I gave in and went back into her room and “helped” her (after she was already tucked in, along with her horse, elephant, giraffe, frog and dog.) I lost after 45 minutes, but only by default. My wife had a headache and said she couldn’t handle it at the moment. I am still positive that I am smarter than a 3-year-old, even though she did break her record by 10 minutes.

I was actually anticipating this speech. Can you believe that? I don’t know why I keep thinking, “This guy (and the people who pump him his information) can’t be THAT bad. He must sincerely be trying to do what he thinks is right for the country.” After listening and watching the jack-in-the-box show by Nancy Pelosi (even VP Biden was giving her sideways looks) and the right (ironic, isn’t it?) side of the chamber, I can comfortably say that President Obama (and by association, his staff) is pissed off at the people of the United States. Either that, or he is so ensconced in his cocoon of non-stop campaigning and speeches and photo ops (160+ flights on Air Force 1 in a single year? Really?) that he cannot remotely understand what the hub-bub is about. You know what I think? I think he is stunned that his popularity has fallen – even a little. At the beginning of his Presidency, he was confident in his speeches, with no idea how to lead this Country. Now? He still is confident in his speeches, with no idea how to lead this Country.

Did he really say he would not “give up” onUniversal Health Care? Even after the majority of polls ( I cannot read them all) tell him that the folks he is trying to help would rather he give up on Universal Health Care?

Did he really ask anyone with a better plan to “let him know” when the GOP has a website (http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare) with just what he is looking for? 

Did he really, in all honesty, tell the SCOTUS that they f’ed up on Campaign Finance Reform? And not know that he was so badly mistaken in his understanding and subsequent representation of the decision? He is a constitutional lawyer, right? I wonder who vetted that part of the teleprompter…

Did he really say he was proposing a spending freeze (on a small portion of the budget) and then go on to say he was pushing forward with Cap & Trade (more spending), Universal Health Care (lots more spending) and taking $33 billion of “recovered money from the banks” and spending it on other stuff? Seriously?

As I typed earlier, I consider myself an educated man. It does not take a college degree to ponder what President Obama said and not wonder what in the hell he was thinking. Do you think he even bothered to scan the speech before it was loaded into the teleprompter? I see contempt for the workings of our government (even as politically damaged as they are), contempt for the people of the United States (even as economically damaged as they are) and a serious case of weknowitis. Simply put, he thinks the system sucks, he thinks the people denouncing his policies suck and he wants everyone to get out of the way and let him and his people handle it, because they know what is best for us.

I have never met this man and I know I do not want a first meeting let alone a second. He scares me.

Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

Posted in General, Homeland Security, Revolution, United States of America by Wayland Abernathy III on March 22, 2009

How does this 130 year old piece of legislation have bearing on our current political situation? I’m glad you asked.

I found a great posting about the subject here, by one Tom King, at his blog – Just One Man’s Opinion. This Act supposedly prevents the U.S. Military from being involved in homeland law enforcement.

Read more and you will learn more…