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An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Time to Panic!

October 1st, 2013

The federal government has partially shut down. All “non-essential” personnel have been granted a vacation. Should we panic, should we riot?

It’s a perfect opportunity to ask yourself what impact the shutdown has on you personally. What activity of the federal government were you benefiting from before the shutdown that you now miss? What if those “non-essential” federal employees were laid off rather than furloughed? It might save you some taxes and some aggravation.

What it really proves is that most of what the federal government does is useless, expensive and wasteful. We’d be much better off if the government was reduced in size and mission by at lease 75%. Maybe more. These “non-essential” employees are, indeed, non-essential if not wasteful burdens on the country.

Dog-Shit Kerry — Again

April 22nd, 2013

Read how that reeking pile of dog-shit, John Kerry, compares families of Boston bombing victims to families of Islamists Killed By Israel During Raid On Gaza Flotilla.

This mess needs to be scraped off of the sidewalk.

N. Korea Do’es and Don’ts

April 15th, 2013

There has been enough experience to show that N. Korea’s communist government can not be negotiated with — it doesn’t work. Offers of aid or trade have been tried and have not, and will not benefit us in any way. Negotiation with these people is futile and perhaps worse, it gives them a reason to continue their bad behavior. So the biggest DON’t is DON’t negotiate with N. Korea.

What then should be done?

1. Announce that we will use any and all missile launches from N. Korea as an opportunity to test and hopefully perfect our missile interception capabilities.
2. Equip S. Korea and Japan with nuclear missiles capable to striking N. Korea. Do it now.
3. The Chinese communists will be pissed. Tell them to get on board with a program to overthrow the Kim regime in N. Korea.
4. Make every effort to communicate directly with the N. Korean people and encourage them to overthrow the Kim regime.

Direct threats of nuclear attack, whether from N. Korea or Iran or elsewhere should be dealt with directly and strongly, not timidly. To give a nuclear adversary even the slightest hint of weakness might encourage an unwise and reckless action by the threatening party.

Obama’s Idol Dies

March 5th, 2013

China – a Den of Communist Thieves

February 19th, 2013

The Wall Street Journal article referenced here lays out in plain language the intellectual property thievery the Chinese Communist government is perpetrating against the U.S. and other western countries. This does serious damage to our society and our prosperity. Also see Fox News clip below:

It deserves severe counter-measures. How about a cruise missile down the chimney of that Red Army facility from which these attacks emanate? Maybe not that, but I’m pissed. You should be too.

See also: China Disintegrating.

Obama Continues Destruction of America

November 13th, 2012

Speculation has Obama appointing that stinking pile of dog-shit , that traitor John Kerry as Secretary of State. As a combat veteran who served in the same area, the Mekong Delta and at the same time-frame as Kerry, who accused U.S. forces of committing war crimes, I take this as a personal insult from our so-called president. Would the Senate really confirm this liar? I suppose so, given that he’s one of their own and most of them have not served in the military.

What’s next? The appointment of Hanoi Jane Fonda as Secretary of Defense?That would be entirely in character.

China Disintegrating

August 23rd, 2012

In several prior posts I’ve predicted that China will eventually come apart at the seams. This is a country ruled by a brutal, corrupt dictatorship, with a banking system based on lies, and a real-estate situation more volatile even than that of the U.S. in 2008, growing discontent and a culture that permits poisonous baby formula and other toxic products to be produced and sold. A small minority of its vast population has achieved a western level of prosperity, while a majority still plows fields bare-footed behind oxen.

Now the evidence of decay and impending collapse is beginning to leak out. A recent article in WorldAffairsJournal.org describes declining economic performance and rising popular unrest and concludes as follows:

China is perhaps the most volatile society on earth, where even traffic accidents, like the one in Xian on Friday, cause rampages and riots with unmistakable political overtones. Therefore, top leaders, such as the hated Zhou Yongkang, know what is at stake now that the economy has begun to stumble. The Communist Party is at greater risk as each new indicator points to harder times—which is when people get desperate and stop fearing the government.

We Americans and Europeans are fools if we believe that China is the future of the world economy. It is a toxic dump based on lies, deceipt, and corruption. The sooner we remove our manufacturing base from China the safer we’ll be from the economic collapse and bloody revolution that is certain to come. Maybe soon.

The Illusion of China’s Future… and Ours

June 15th, 2011

From “The Australian” newspaper we have a
report of multiple protest demonstrations, some of them violent in China.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone who is monitoring Chinese affairs. The country is an overheated boiler waiting to blow. The people of China are increasingly aware of their suppression and brutal treatment by the corrupt communist government. The banking system is teetering on the verge of collapse. Inflation is kicking in with a vengeance. The housing bubble is as volatile as that in the U.S.A. Central planning has wasted vast sums of money on infrastructure that nobody has any use for. Huge “ghost cities” have been built that nobody occupies. Urban, coastal Chinese grow rich by exploiting slave labor from the agricultural interior, where hoards of people still go barefoot. And construction companies fail to pay their workers. When these workers object they are suppressed by corrupt local bureaucrats. People are being poisoned by air and water pollution, tainted food and counterfeit medications.

Meanwhile, U.S. and European companies have moved manufacturing to China to take advantage of low paid, essentially slave labor. What will these companies do when the boiler explodes? What will happen when Chinese currency kicks into hyper-inflation? How should the financial world react when China becomes so preoccupied with suppressing the discontent of its population, maybe even revolution or civil war, that it loses interest in buying U.S. government debt? Will the communist government launch an attack on Taiwan as a distraction from its internal problems?

There has been a parade of commentary in the past couple of years to the tune of “China will overtake the U.S. economically, if not also militarily.” Or “China is doing all the modern things, such as high-speed rail, modern airports, high-tech manufacturing, etc.” “The West needs to learn from China.” Nonsense. This is the same kind of hand wringing we heard in the 1970’s about “Japan Inc”. The Japanese supposedly had all the answers, the better formula, the best economics, the best education, they were destined to overtake the U.S. economically and buy up all of our most valuable assets, and on and on. Then, in the 80’s and 90’s the American entrepreneurial economy kicked in, Japan swooned, and the silly notions were proved wrong. And Japan wasn’t even our enemy.

Today communist China is not our friend and is far from a model for our future. It is a dangerous illusion waiting to collapse, perhaps violently, with uncertain consequences for our well-being.

Gmail Hack Attack: Chicom Govt. Responsible

June 1st, 2011

It is quite obvious that the Chinese government is responsible for the recent attack that compromised email accounts on Gmail. According to reports, the attack was directed at:

The company [Google] believes the phishing attack emanated from Jinan, China. In addition to the U.S. government personnel, other targets included South Korean government officials and federal workers of several other Asian countries, Chinese political activists, military personnel and journalists.

Only the Chicom government would have the resources to selectively target these officials by name.

Don’t be fooled. The Chinese government is a criminal enterprise that is no friend of the U.S.A.

John Kerry’s Poisonous Opinions

March 28th, 2011

In a March 26, 2011 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry wrote:

On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would really be there when it counted. I was proud that our answer came this week in Libya.

Everything I believe about the proper use of American force and the ability of the community of nations to speak with one voice was reaffirmed when the world refused to stand by and accept a bloody final chapter of the uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. With a mandate from the Arab League and the Gulf states, the United Nations Security Council approved a limited military intervention to avoid a massacre. Multilateralism may be messy, but it’s powerful when diplomacy pays off.

Note that this is written by the same vile hypocrite who:

a) Served a truncated military tour in Vietnam, bugging out early on the strength of three purple hearts, none of which resulted in any hospital time or permanent scars.

b) On returning to the U.S. he teamed up with Hanoi Jane Fonda and other anti-American leftists participating in anti-war demonstrations. In congressional testimony he accused the American forces, of which he was a part, of war crimes. Either he lied, or he, himself is a war criminal, by his own accounting.

c) Threw his military medals onto the capitol steps in protest to the war. Some doubt they were actually his medals. But the implied contempt was there.

But in spite of this the voters of Massachusetts elected him to the U.S. Senate. So let’s compare Senator Kerry’s editorial position, above, with the situation in Vietnam which he characterized as a “war crime.” I know these facts because I was present as a combatant in Vietnam in the same area of the country, the Mekong Delta, and at the same time that John Kerry was pretending to be a soldier in furtherance of his political ambitions.

Senator Kerry crows about how proud he is to send American military to Libya to prevent “a bloody final chapter of the uprisings” and to “avoid a massacre.” During his tour in Vietnam the Communist Viet Cong were methodically murdering mayors, doctors, nurses, shop owners, teachers, and anyone else who had an education — all of them civilians. They detonated bombs in restaurants then gunned down any victims who managed to flee the premises. They planted mines in the roads and detonated them under bus loads of people in order to assassinate critics. These are events that occurred during our (his and my) time in country. I know of these things from personal experience, and there were more and worse over the years. Kerry seems to have missed these documented, bloody violations of human rights inflicted on civilians. Or maybe he didn’t care due to his leftist ideological proclivities.

But now in Libya Kerry’s bleeding heart has sympathy for the people, who only want to get on with a normal life.

Other dictators would have seen the world’s failure to challenge Gadhafi as a license to act with impunity against their own people. The vast majority of the protesters in these countries are crying out for the opportunity to live a decent life, get a real job, and provide for a family. Abandoning them would have betrayed not only the people seeking democratic freedoms but the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations. It would have reinforced the all-too-common misperception on the Arab street that America says one thing and does another.

In Kerry’s mind Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator? He didn’t murder and torture his own people? The Viet Cong could be forgiven for crushing those “seeking democratic freedoms” and “the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations” were not at stake in Vietnam as they are in Libya?

Then Kerry says the that by letting the French and the British take command that we relieve ourselves of any responsibility. Besides, Barack the community organizer cringes at the prospect of actually being commander in chief. So Senator Kerry wants to throw U.S. troops into a conflict under the command of … the FRENCH? Oh, I forgot, Sen. Kerry speaks French at his dinner table and engages in the French ‘penchant’ for tax cheating. He writes:

We must not get involved in another lengthy conflict in a Muslim country. With French and British willingness to lead, we do not need to take on the primary ownership of this conflict—and the Obama administration has made clear we will not. (With the burden we are already carrying in Afghanistan and across the globe, no one can legitimately doubt America’s sacrifice.) So the risks are manageable and, in my view, the rewards are potentially enormous.

Senator Kerry’s dishonesty about Vietnam and his treasonous activities afterward make his bloviations about “avoiding a massacre” all the more insincere. A horrific massacre occurred after Mr. Kerry and his fellow leftists caused the U.S. to abandon its rescue of the Vietnamese people from North Vietnam’s vicious communist aggressors. And in this case the U.S. did have major responsibility and the consequences were bloody. Of course the Senator won’t take any responsibility for that.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields

All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

The obvious conclusion from this is that Senator Kerry is a person without moral character, a liar and a traitor. But then he moves in those same circles in Washington D.C.

Chaos Without Leadership

March 24th, 2011

In the Libyan matter.

Without leadership the “coalition” turns into a brawl.

The U.S. is doing all the work while the Europeans squabble in the absence of U.S. leadership.

While the Beanie In Chief Puts a Spin on it.

It is a disgrace to our country and an insult to our armed forces to have our troops committed to a campaign that we don’t intend to lead and hence cannot win. Of all the myriad illustrations that the Sun God Obama is completely unqualified for office by virtue of character and experience, this is the most egregious of all.

We must not let this clown have another term in office. He’s done too much damage already.

Two Newspapers, Two Muqtadas

January 8th, 2011

Do the news sources report the news faithfully? Read the two versions of the same event, below. Are the reporters talking about the same Muqtada alSadr giving the same speech? (They don’t even use the same spelling for his name.)

New York Times Version: (The peace lover returns from exile.)

Iraqi Cleric Embraces State in Comeback Speech

Max Becherer for The New York Times

Moktada al-Sadr spoke to thousands of supporters on Saturday, stating conditional support for the Iraqi government.

Published: January 8, 2011

NAJAF, Iraq — To a rapturous welcome that conflated the religious and political, the populist Iraqi cleric Moktada al-Sadr delivered his support on Saturday for an Iraqi government that he had once derided as a traitorous tool of the United States and that his followers had battled in the streets of Iraq’s most important cities only a few years before.

CBC Version: (The blood thirsty cleric up to his old tricks.)

Iraqi cleric urges supporters to resist
Muqtada al-Sadr ends nearly 4 years in exile

CBC News

A famous Iraqi cleric is urging his followers to resist all “occupiers” in the country, singling out the United States, Israel and Britain as “enemies.”
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks Saturday in Najaf, south of Baghdad, during his first public appearance since returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

Muqtada al-Sadr delivered the message Saturday in his first public address in Iraq after nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran.

Addressing a rally of thousands of supporters in the holy city of Najaf, the Shia cleric, 37, led chanting and urged followers to continue resisting the “occupation” of Iraq.

“We have not forgotten the occupier. We’re still resisting,” he said. ” We’re still resisting the occupier through military and cultural resistance and all other forms of resistance. Repeat after me: ‘No, no to the occupiers.'”

Odd Citizen Version:

This guy should have been shot dead years ago.

Border Truth Vs. Vicious Propaganda

October 8th, 2010

After Sheriff’s Deputy Louie Puroll was shot by Mexican drug smugglers in the desert of Pinal County, Arizona the story went nationwide. But then an unknown, obviously leftist element began spreading stories that accused Deputy Puroll of shooting himself to publicize S.B. 1070, the controversial Arizona illegal immigration enforcement bill. Puroll was accused of racism and worse. It was ugly. Some claimed that Puroll’s shirt had powder marks, proving a self inflicted wound.

Yesterday, after an investigation, including a forensic examination of the shirt, Deputy Puroll and Sheriff Babeau appeared on local television to answer the press. The investigation completely supported Puroll’s report that he had been shot by Mexican drug smugglers. The interview was very pithy and direct.

“What did [Puroll] think about SB-1070, after all” demanded a crazed reporter. Paraphrasing Puroll’s answer:

I don’t care about it and didn’t back then. I don’t watch television news or read newspapers. When I want to read fiction, I go to the public library for a novel.

I’m quite disappointed, but not surprised, that the interview hasn’t made the national news and YouTube, although I admit that, like Puroll I find little of value in national network TV news. So maybe I missed it.

Big Government Leads to Desperate Mobs

September 7th, 2010

Here’s what happens when citizens allow government to take over their lives, making decisions for them that in a free country they can and should make on their own. When citizens become dissatisfied with the way they’re being treated, then it becomes a political matter. There are no individual solutions. In modern Europe this applies, among other things to medicine and retirement. Here we have the French people facing the menace of an increase in the retirement age (specified by government) from 60 to 62. It isn’t an individual matter. It’s a political matter. There’s nothing to do but demonstrate.

This is an object lesson for why the Obamacare socialized medicine law must be repealed. Democracy by mob isn’t and should not become part of our American tradition.

Hillary’s Puppy in Pakistan, a Climate Expert

August 20th, 2010

Once again, the Obama political regime spares no opportunity to use a crisis for its political mileage.

In an interview with PBS’s Jim Lehrer yesterday, which focused mainly on the humanitarian and political dimensions of the Pakistan floods, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke made the spontaneous claim that Pakistan’s floods and Russia’s fires were caused by global warming. Here’s a quote from the transcript:

So, I need to underscore that, today, we’re doing what we’re doing for Pakistan out of pure humanitarian need. There’s one other point I would like to make which is extremely important, and it was made today by both the foreign minister, Qureshi, and Dr. Rajiv Shah, the head of AID, USAID, at the Asia Society Conference this morning of NGOs.

They both said that this was a manifestation of global warming, that the melt off the Himalayan glaciers they both thought it was possibly linked to the fires outside Moscow. And Dr. Shah said very clearly that he thinks the world should expect more of this kind of event.

I know that sounds almost like a science fiction movie, but I think it’s worth your viewers recognizing that we’re at the we’re we may be in the process of seeing a dangerous new trend. I’m not sure about that. Our focus tonight is emergency rescue and relief, but I thought that’s important to mention.

So what’s wrong with that? Why does he consider it “important to mention”?

First, these claims are made without any scientific backing whatsoever. Secondly, the IPCC claim that the Himalayan glaciers are rapidly melting has been proved to be absolutely fraudulent bunk. The IPCC admitted that error and apologized for including it in its reports. Holbrooke repeats the fallacy with a straight face. As to the Russian fires, that’s just plain fear mongering. Either he’s ignorant of the facts or he believes that those listening to the interview are ignorant fools. More charitably, he’s probably just saturated with the inane chatter of the Washington crowd to which he belongs.

More important is the fact that he volunteers a “global warming” cause for these catastrophes. This is proof of the Obama administration’s fixation on passing climate legislation such as Cap and Trade and defending the EPA’s new “carbon dioxide as a pollutant” regulations regardless of the truth, regardless of the science, regardless of devastating economic consequences. What’s the benefit then? It’s obvious that this gives government direct control over major sectors of the U.S. economy. Now who could be against that?

OOPS! Mexican Border Too Dangerous for Border Patrol

August 14th, 2010

WeaselZippers.com published this piece in which Sheriff Dever of Cochise County Arizona describes how the U.S. Border Patrol is pulling back their efforts from proximity to the Mexican border on orders from their higher-ups. See:

Arizona Sheriff: Border Patrol Forced to Retreat From Parts of Border Because it’s “Too Dangerous,” Upper Management Afraid of “International Incident” if Shooting Breaks out…

What kind of unconditional surrender is this? What kind of cowards are we?

What do we have here? Have we ceded border territory to become a Cambodian sanctuary for the Viet Cong? Are we becoming a Waziristan sanctuary for the Taliban? No, we’re becoming a border sanctuary for the Mexican drug cartels! THAT’S COMPLETELY INSANE!

Remembering Our Communist Enemies

July 31st, 2010

Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal (July 27th) reminded us of some statistics that should be kept at hand next time someone uses the U.S. experience in Vietnam as an example of an unjust or unjustified war.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields

All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

We should remember that this butchery was committed by our communist enemies against their own people. And we should remember that this occurred after the U.S. hastily retreated from a war it was reluctant to actually win.

Mexican Border Violence

July 2nd, 2010

Today’s Headlines: 21 killed in Mexican gang shootout near Arizona border and Gunfire hitting City Hall prompts Texas AG to ask for more troops on border

For anyone who considers Mexican border enforcement to be a minor concern and Arizonans to be racial alarmists, the above headlines speak for themselves. We citizens of Arizona, and by inference of the United States of America, are entitled to protection from this growing violence on the Mexican side of the border.

Although Mr. Obama cites evidence that crime on the U.S. side of the border decreased from 2008 to 2009, it is plain to see that on the Mexican side, right up against the border, thousands of people are being killed in gun battles between police and army fighting drug gangs and between drug gangs fighting one another.

These gangs are involved in trafficing drugs across the border into the U.S. That is the reason the drug gangs exist. To think that these beasts will suddenly acquire good manners when operating on our side of the border is patent nonsense. In fact, due to the drug trade, Phoenix has become the kidnapping capital of the U.S. Tucson, my home, by hosting numerous drug warehouses, has become one of the major hubs for drug distribution throughout the U.S. The people running these criminal enterprises are not nice people, and they are not welcome here.

I admit that even the most competent border security won’t completely shut down the drug smuggling operations. But it may make life safer for those of us living very close to the border.

Maybe it’s time to consider Odd Citizen’s solution to the drug problem: Winning the Drug War in 2 Years or Less

We can also solve the problem of border crossing for the non-criminal element, so they can enter the country legally and won’t have to cross the hazardous desert on foot. See: Illegal Immigration — A Sensible, Workable Solution

Gutless, Toothlesss and Stupid

May 27th, 2010

Now we hear that “US troops won’t be used to stop illegal immigration”:

US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.

So how are they going to do that? Ineffective and annoying checkpoints going south added to the annoying and ineffective checkpoints going north? The last time the national guard was deployed on the border they were not issued ammunition for their weapons. Now that’s really smart — armed forces without bullets. Only the Obama crowd could think of something more stupid than that — stopping the arms traffic southbound! “Hey! The other guys have guns! Those are the guys you’re being sent out to stop?”

I live just about 35 miles north of the border, so I’m intimately aware of the problems. We have traffic through my property all the time. In the past it had been friendly farm laborers looking for honest work. But lately the traffic has turned ugly — drugs and gangs. Where I used to greet and chat with the visitors, I now go out armed to confront them and send them on their way. The border patrol sometimes comes out, but never quickly enough to apprehend anyone.

From what I’ve heard so far this is just another example of the gutless, toothless and stupid Obama crew posing as fixers for everything from banks, to auto companies, to health care, to oil wells.

Global Warming In the Land of the Undead

March 31st, 2010

From Michelle Malkin comes this news:

Eight Democratic senators from industrial states are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming.

In a letter written by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the lawmakers said the agency lacks the power to restrict greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and mines. The lawmakers said Congress – not the EPA – should address an issue with big implications for thousands of U.S. jobs and businesses.

Although the news outlets and I suspect a majority of Americans are oblivious to the discreditation of the global warming religion, it does begin to have practical consequences.

And yet the Sun God continues to preach cap and trade. He releases some offshore areas for oil drilling while retracting existing lease areas in Alaska. Auto mileage regulations threaten to make automobiles more expensive, and if Obama and his gang get their way gasoline will cost a lot more — real soon now.

Meanwhile, Sen. Inhofe is releasing a report on Climategate, the IPCC fraud and the EPA’s “endangerment” finding leading to regulation of nearly everything.

For those of you who would like some additional background, here’s an interview with Senator Inhofe (again courtesy of Malkin).

So the struggle continues as long as some people continue to be blind to reality.

It may take a wooden stake through the heart to kill this vampire after all.

Google & The Internet Sewer

January 13th, 2010

Today we have news that Google is threatening to end its internet operations in China. The reason given is that the company has experienced a high level of cyber-attacks against its headquarters operations, such attacks originating in China. Google says that some of these attacks succeeded in stealing valuable information from the company’s computers. And reading between the lines, Google has been justifiably criticized for going along with the Chinese government’s censorship regime, which is undoubtedly a constant administrative pain in the butt as well.

Let’s face it. The internet is a sewer, and the fact that we can get anything useful from this sewer is something of a miracle. Over 90% of all email traffic is spam. The vast majority of non-email traffic is criminal activity designed to steal software, music, and personal data, or alternatively, to destroy the ability of servers to provide web sites and other services.

Several years ago, after I had invested over a year of effort and thousands of dollars of my personal capital in a software venture, the software’s keys were quickly cracked by numerous Chinese-based software piracy web sites. The web site marketing my software got lots of business, nearly all of it from people using the pirated keys. This traffic was 100% theft, generating no revenue for me. Most of this traffic was Chinese.

Then, just about a year ago, my server was experiencing a large increase in traffic designed to bring down the server, a large number of so-called “denial of service” attacks. It was large scale and ugly. Analysis of the traffic indicated that it originated in China. So now my server blocks all Chinese originated traffic. This has left me with a much quieter, more peaceful environment, though the denial of service attacks continue intermittently from other sources — probably bot-nets.

Parenthetically, many of the latest probes originate in the Amazon “clouds” located in both the U.S. and Europe. I wonder if the Chinese are renting “cloud-time” for their attacks? Oh well.

The lesson here is that the internet sewer is receiving a lot of its pollution from China. The Chinese people care nothing for intellectual property and apparently consider theft to be an honorable occupation. The Chinese government cares a lot about controlling information and from many reports engages in cyber-thuggery, theft and attack as a matter of policy.

Google would be right to pull the plug on China. The internet would be a cleaner sewer without any Chinese participation.

Big Brother Comes to New Zealand

January 4th, 2010

Big Brother comes to New Zealand in government requirements for all providers of communications, telephone, internet, web surfing, etc. to install taps that will be accessible to the government.

The measures are the largest expansion of police and SIS surveillance capabilities for decades, and mean that all mobile calls and texts, email, internet surfing and online shopping, chatting and social networking can be monitored anywhere in New Zealand.

In preparation, technicians have been installing specialist spying devices and software inside all telephone exchanges, internet companies and even fibre-optic data networks between cities and towns, providing police and spy agencies with the capability to monitor almost all communications

It is reported that a warrent is needed for police or others to tap into this system.

What is particularly chilling about this report is the following:

Official papers obtained by the Star-Times show that, despite government claims that it was done for domestic reasons, the new New Zealand spying capabilities are part of a push by United States agencies to have standardised surveillance capabilities available for their use from governments worldwide.

While US civil liberties groups unsuccessfully fought these surveillance capabilities being used on US citizens, the FBI was lobbying other governments to adopt them. FBI Director Robert Mueller III told a senate committee in March last year that the FBI needs “global reach” to fight cyber-crime and terrorism and that co-operation with “law enforcement partners” gives it “the means to leverage the collective resources of many countries”.

Emphasis added.

The English speaking countries seem to be heading down an Orwellian path of surveillance, government monitoring and control. How could the countries of the Magna Carta be the ones doing this? It wouldn’t be too surprising in Russia, North Korea or Vietnam. But New Zealand?

Are these facilities already installed and operational in the U.S.A.? Are you listening in Janet?

The argument is being made by New Zealand officials that non-criminals have nothing to fear from this. Maybe so, for a while, but the potential for misuse by a tyrannical government is breathtaking. Suppose the Irish start using this kind of system to monitor for violations of their new Blasphemy laws.

I’d much rather have all government telephones and electronic communications monitored 24/7 by a committee of citizens. Now that might make some sense.

Blasphemy Now Illegal In Ireland

January 3rd, 2010

Ireland has passed a blasphemy law. The majority Green party of Ireland, under Fianna Fail, confirms the saw that greens are stop lights, too yellow to admit they’re reds. Blasphemy? Holy shit! The Dark Ages commeth.

The new law imposes a penalty of up to 25,000 Euros for publishing or uttering anything that any religion may find offensive. Pakistan is reportedly working in the United Nations for this type of law to become universal.

Of course, there is some push-back in Ireland and elsewhere. So maybe it’s just another of those silly green things that can be stomped out by enough ridicule. Or maybe it will take a few stonings or burning of heretics at the stake to turn people’s stomachs. Who knows?

Brutal Communists All

January 2nd, 2010

Amidst the dismal background of hypocrisy about Islamic savagery we’re subject to amnesia about another brutal force in the world — the remaining Communist states.

We’ve been lulled into thinking that China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba are really just harmless “socialist” relics. In the case of China and Vietnam our government and industry regard these outwardly benign countries as potential markets and low cost manufacturing sites. Unless we’re paying attention, unless we’re sensitive to the reality of these Communist regimes, we don’t realize what callous, evil, brutal regimes we’re dealing with.

In Vietnam the world’s capitalists have found a docile, low cost workforce ready and willing to sew t-shirts and manufacture sneakers. The population is large, but suppressed by its Communist government. Every so often a little of this government’s truly brutal nature peeks out, such as last week when a pro-democracy army officer was put on trial for subversion. “Mr. Kim, a 60 year old former lieutenant colonel, was accused of joining Bloc 8406, an organization that promotes multi-party democracy, an illegal act under Vietnam’s constitution.” After a short trial Kim was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. He could have been sentence to death but the judge was lenient due to Kim’s military record.

Kim and his like are among those who were unable to flee the Communists after the fall of Saigon. Hundreds of thousands did flee in every conceivable craft, from inner tubes to fishing boats. They went out to sea, desperate to escape the vicious Communist government that they knew would be merciless and brutal. They were right, although a large, but unknowable number of them died in the attempt to escape slavery.

Meanwhile, we’re turning a blind eye to the savagery of China’s Communist government. Their vicious repression of Tibetans who protest the Chinese occupation of their country, their brutal treatment of Uigurs, their threatening war with Taiwan, their roundups, executions and jailing of dissidents — all of these are glossed over. The currently fashionable trust in China as a commercial partner is blindness. We cannot and should never trust a Communist government. They need not be shooting enemies, but they are certainly not friends or allies.

Face it. Communists are evil, vile people. North Korea is a death camp, Cuba is a prison, as are Vietnam and China.

No Respect for Muslims

January 2nd, 2010

The Reuters headline says, “PARIS (Reuters) – Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year’s Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.” The perpetrators are described as “youths.” Some youths. Those Frenchie kids are really violent monsters, or maybe they just don’t like cars.

From “Times Online”Why 112 Cars are Burning Every Day one gets the part of the story that Reuters tries to hide.

The figures are stark. An average of 112 cars a day have been torched across France so far this year and there have been 15 attacks a day on police and emergency services. Nearly 3,000 police officers have been injured in clashes this year. Officers have been badly injured in four ambushes in the Paris outskirts since September. Some police talk of open war with youths who are bent on more than vandalism.

“The thing that has changed over the past month is that they now want to kill us,” said Bruno Beschizza, the leader of Synergie, a union to which 40 per cent of officers belong. Action Police, a hardline union, said: “We are in a civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists.”

These are not just “youths.” These are radical Islamists.” why hide the plain truth?

Meanwhile in Denmark there is an attempted murder of the cartoonist who depicted Mohammad in a bomb-turban. Remember this?
These guys just can’t resist an excuse to commit murder and mayhem. The police have refused to release the name of the “foreigner” who they captured in the act.

The Reuters PC approach, “just don’t mention it and it will go away because you don’t want to irritate irritable Muslims” is idiotic. The Muslims will do whatever they want to do. It is only when they realize the harm they’re doing to their own cause and respectability that they might crack down on the bloodthirsty radicals in their midst. For example, if all Muslims were banned from flying on airlines, now that would cause some self examination among the Allah faithful. They don’t have their own airlines, do they? Why let them hide behind a false wall of PC driven “respect?” Muslims will gain real respect only when they force their own to abide by the basic standards of decency, tolerance and humanity that we infidels expect from our own.

We can’t do it for them.

Homeland Security is Hopeless Bureaucracy

December 28th, 2009

Bureaucratic blather about “procedures and protocols that have been in place for years” and “what happened to the screening process.” is all that President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano offered when questioned about the attempted bombing of the Northwest Airlines jet last Friday.

This is the same Janet Napolitano who publishes a booklet warning that U.S. Soldiers returning from wars and members of patriot militias, even bloggers are potential jihadists or maybe dangerous presidential assassins based on their rightest/constitutionalist beliefs. This is the same Janet Napolitano whose Transportation Safety Department (oops!) published its entire operational manual on-line. This is the same Janet Napolitano who can’t bear to utter the words Radical Islamic Terrorism.

First of all: FIRE THIS CLOWN Napolitano. Appoint someone who recognizes that terrorists are waging war. They are not isolated, petty criminals. We need to reach out and touch them — with hellfire missiles and special forces strike teams. If Maj. Hasan and young student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab can find Al Quaeda, so can we.

Second: The mission should be to go after people, not things. The Israeli security people concentrate on profiling and screening people. El Al, their airline, hasn’t had a serious hijack or bombing in years. perhaps they’re doing something right. The absurdity of current airline screening was illustrated by Bruce Schneier in an interview he conducted with Kip Hawley, head of TSA in 2007. Schneier pointed out that the banned liquids, which might contain dangerous explosives, are simply tossed into a bin in the middle of the screening area. Is this dangerous or not? Somebody isn’t thinking clearly. Hawley even joked that “Screening ideas are indeed thought up by the Office for Annoying Air Travelers and vetted through the Directorate for Confusion and Complexity, and then we review them to insure that there are sufficient unintended irritating consequences so that the blogosphere is constantly fueled. ” Can Janet top that one?

Third: The people that need to be infiltrated, monitored, screened and prevented from doing their ugly jihadist deeds are all Muslims, every one of them. In order to establish some kind of reasonable security it is necessary to monitor radical Muslim activity worldwide. Strip searching grandmothers at airports is an insane waste of energy and a slap in the face for honest travelers.

Political correctness and prissy foreign policy gets people killed.

Monster Stalks Copenhagen

December 17th, 2009

Danish-American (1962) movie, Reptilicus, is ahead of its time. The movie shows a monster loose in the streets of Copenhagen. And where did it come from? It came from an OIL well. So now you know it’s REALLY EVIL.

(Thanks to Breitbart’s Big Government for finding this treasure.)

But don’t worry. Gullible Al is there to defend us! And Nancy Pelosi is on her way with reinforcements.

More Scientists Call for Honest Review of AGW

December 8th, 2009

The American Physical Society is being split by a petition being circulated by some of its prominent members. Please take time to read an article about this here.

To summarize the article, it appears that about half of the members wish to revoke a statement by the society that supports the AGW hypothesis of the UN-IPCC. The society’s president won’t honor the petition or discuss it with its circulators. I’ve read other blogs in which the circulators of the petition are vilified.

It will be most interesting to follow this case and see if science can overcome politics for a thorough, unbiased, honest review of the politicized climatologist’s work.

A Good, Readable Summary of Climate Fraud

December 2nd, 2009

If you really want to learn what all the noise about ClimateGate is all about, I highly recommend Christopher Monckton’s very readable treatment in “Caught Green Handed, Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal” referenced here in pdf format. In this 40 page summary filled with graphs and arguments, Lord Monckton, former science advisor to the British government, lays out what he considers to be the essential lies behind the global warming fraud, as he calls it.

I don’t personally believe that the people involved in this fraud had evil intentions, but were rather caught up in a sort of mass hysteria, group-think, PC movement. They thought of themselves as planet saviors. But the implications of having their U.N. backed fantasies would become world-wide political policy would be stunningly ugly. It would involve human industrial and scientific progress and personal freedom being replaced by a philosophy of penance, penury, servitude and gloom — sort of a new Dark Ages.

So let’s can IPCC. Shelve the whole of climate hype and greenie politically influenced policy. Cancel all funding of global warming centered research. Open up all climate data to independent and objective reconstruction starting with a clean slate. Let this be done by, among others, academics in the comfort of their usual research studies, rather than by lavish government-funded, agenda driven projects. Calm down. Then, if and when the scientists and their critics can objectively and conclusively prove that there is a climate problem, and that we as a society can do anything responsible and effective about it, then we can calmly and jointly discuss mitigation of some sort.

Until then we have much more important things that deserve our attention and resources.

Nut Case Leads U.N. IPCC

November 30th, 2009

The chairman of the U.N. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian guru shaman scientist. But holy cow, whatever he is, he’s a nut case.

(Like Al Gore and Our Sun God, Pachuari is a Nobel Prize (2007) recipient. Picture above)

First, he says that whatever the fudging, lying, hiding, and mugging it took to assemble the IPCC climate change reports, they are completely reliable. Then, based on this sacred reliability he proposes some changes in worldwide behavior to be incorporated into the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit, under the contention that “our lifestyles are unsustainable.”

Pachuari advocates:

1) Metering energy consumption (including lighting, heating, air conditioning, etc.) of hotel guests, then charging them extra for their usage.

2) Increasing taxation on air travel because “…people were still making the ‘irrational’ choice to fly. Taxation should be used to discourage them.”

3) “..advocating, in an interview with the Observer, that people should eat less meat because of the levels of carbon emissions associated with rearing livestock.” (cattle farts)

4) Saying “…car use would have to be ‘curbed’: ‘I think we can certainly use pricing to regulate the use of private vehicles.'”

In other words, make the successful Western countries more like the less successful Asian countries. And that is exactly what the upcoming Copenhagen conference is designed to accomplish.

Our bowing Obama is on his way to that conference to join France’s Sarkozy and Britain’s Gordon Brown, who propose that the developed world pledge at least $10 billion per year (in reparations for past industrialization) to be distributed to the less successful third world countries. Guess where they think that money should come from?

Read the proposed treaty yourself.

What we have here is a case of the crazy leading the blind.

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