Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2007

Yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for. We are still, in spite of all, among the most free people of the world. We can engage in enterprise or lazyness at our own discretion. We can still speak — if we ignore the PC crowd — freely about whatever concerns us. Our prosperity is the envy of the world — and it should be something we, ourselves are rightly proud of. So this is a good day to just contemplate our good fortune and for a while, at least, ignore the aggravations and annoyances.

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who reads this.

Department of Homeland Insanity

November 5th, 2007

My thanks to my friend George Elliott for bringing this to my attention. Refer to
Thomas — Search for Bill Number HR 1955

A new Thought Police Bureaucracy

“Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)[H.R.1955.EH]” introduced by Rep. Jane Harmon (D) of California, creates a new bureaucracy dedicated to figuring out who among us American citizens is a terrorist or potential terrorist — ignoring, of course, any Islamic connections to terrorism. If you don’t believe this, read the bill and the comments by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D) of Texas (senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure), who says, commenting on the bill (see Congressional Record):

“Many years of civil rights jurisprudence and law have been ignored and thrown out the window when the racial profiling, harassment, and discrimination of Muslim and Arab Americans is permitted to occur with impunity. These practices show a reckless and utter disregard for the fundamental values on which our country is founded: namely, due process, the presumption of innocence, nondiscrimination, individualized rather than group suspicion, and equitable application of the law. We cannot allow xenophobia, prejudice, and bigotry to prevail, and eviscerate the Constitution we are bound to protect.
The securing of our homeland and protection of our national security is on the forefront of my agenda. However, using 9/11 as an impetus to engage in racial profiling, harassment, and discrimination of Muslim and Arab Americans is not only deplorable, it undermines our civil liberties and impedes our success in the global war on terror. We must fight our war on terror without compromising our freedoms and liberties.”

This is insanity – squared! Ignore the Islamic fundamentalist hate-mongers and study the American public to seek out subversive, terrorist influences and ideas. Maybe more on this later.

Illegal Immigration: Too much noise, too little thinking

November 2nd, 2007

Read the blogs concerned with illegal immigration. You won’t find solutions there, just mud slinging. One side yells at the other. Refresh yourself with: A solution everyone can agree upon