I've been expecting that the American public was going to be led down the garden path with all the assurances being given after the Patriot Act went into use and more electronic surveillance was being done. Everyone kept hearing how the average person WASN'T the target of the surveillance and need not fear that their conversations and e-mails would be "stolen" and potentially passed on to others. Well, now comes the first "official" to take the next step and say that the citizens need to accept a NEW definition of privacy which doesn't presume that the gov't won't listen in or otherwise "steal" your communications. All the rhetoric and assurances from right and left since 911 have been just more big piles of BULL s***...but I expected that. I also expect that if the focus ever shifts off of the "war on terror" and other foreign intanglements, we can expect that some of our home boys might be looked at a little closer since the FBI, Homeland Security, ad nauseum will be looking for suspicious behavior and possible perps to roust.
Read what's chapped my lower fleshy parts this time:
Intel Official: Expect Less Privacy
I can't believe that it has been over 3 months since I posted to the blog...so here are a few links for anyone interested:
Best Movie Blunders
Deaths by unusual means
Openly gay celebs
100 Best Movies of all time (the AFI list). Note: the page has links to two other pages of "good movies too".
All these are slideshows on WCBS.com for anyone who has time to kill on the internet.
My employer has decided that TIWWA should be an off-limits web site on the internet at work so now it's blocked. Of course, the silly sites that a lot of the women like such as recipes, crafts, etc. are still ok. It might have been different if I used work hours to access the web for personal reasons, but I never went anywhere during work that didn't have some connection to work.
May put a dent in my posting of unusual internet news and jokes since I may not have time to do all that on dial-up from home (too many other interferences).
Now I'm going to go to grumble to myself awhile...
Charley Reese in Lew Rockwell's internet publication.
"Uncle" Ted Nugent opines on CNN. http://www.millennium-thisiswhoweare.net/tiwwa/uploads/emoticons/TIWWA_kicking.gif' alt=':kickin:'> Way to go Uncle Ted!
Once again a tragedy of record-setting proportions has been inflicted on innocents within our country. And just like clockwork, the liberal media decries the event and hurriedly offers that increased control of firearms is the preventive for future events. I personally find most of the media reporting just 24 hours after the event to be sadly lacking in facts and heavy on the finger-pointing which, at this early hour, is a totally useless exercise.
Already the media in Europe are giving all sorts of opinion on how Americans run America with one news outlet even blaming Charlton Heston, past NRA president, as though he had an active role in bringing about this tragedy. (I'm not going to busy this up giving specific references; if you want to know what I refer to, do a Google search on the internet.)
So what do I think at this early hour? Well, most of my advice and observations involve the media at this point:
Give the authorities time to figure out just what happened, when it happened, and why it happened insofar as that can be determined. Stop using the accusatory rhetoric that makes the authorities appear unconcerned, slow, inept, or uses any other epithet making them appear less than capable.
Stop putting words in the mouths of the people who are trying to give you factual information on what happened. If they're still gathering facts, they obviously can't interpret aspects on which investigation is incomplete.
Stop quoting those that weren't hurt, weren't in the areas where the events took place and can't possibly have any more factual take on the events than anyone else. Just because they were close by and got scared when they found out they hadn't been warned of the danger doesn't make their opinion of things more important or better than anyone else's.
If you're not an American, stop trying to analyze US law and the Constitution. Obviously if you're comfortable with whatever form of government your country operates under, you will probably be able to find things about ours that you don't like. To paraphrase a famous movie character: "Frankly, I don't give a damn!" (about your opinion).
Stop recycling the same original news items. If you don't have something new to report, leave it alone.
One other point of wonder that I have is why so many victims in the second location allowed themselves to be shot and didn't organize some sort of retaliation? Obviously the first victims there wouldn't have known what was coming but the last ones he fired on should have figured out what was happening so, if they couldn't escape the building, why didn't they turn and assault the shooter?
This is a question I hope is asked along the way to final analysis of the event. It may not be possible to determine the answer but I'm curious because I have a great fear that I already know why. I fear that all of the people in the second building had never been given the incentive to "go down fighting" and probably none of them, save the shooter, thought that they'd be killed before the authorities showed up to save them. Unfortunately they learned a bitter lesson the hardest way possible.
On the internet:American radio icon Don Imus disgraced, fired after threat to reveal 9/11 secrets
Now, does Pravda think that every American news service got the wrong impression of why Imus was fired? Note that the whole 'blow-up' over his on-air comment isn't even mentioned in the Pravda article. I noticed before that Pravda seems to have switched to tabloid journalism since they lost their stature as a news organ for USSR propaganda. They've been going for the celebrity news and the real odd stuff for awhile. Now I guess they're going to add conspiracy theory coverage to their list of journalistic endeavors.
A metaphorical headline for articles on this might ought to be "Tony Blair Seeks More Nails for His Political Coffin".
Considering that the UK politicos' concept of social consciousness is even more PC than that in the US, I wonder if Tony Blair knew the possible outcome of his comments.
Blair blames spate of murders on black culture
Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming
"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about," Dr. William Gray said ... (about Al Gore).
Well said, Dr. Gray. I've been pitching this for a couple of years now. Why should any rational human being take what Al Gore says as scientific truth when he has no credentials to support how he arrived at his opinion and has no response except personal insults to direct at those who doubt his "science."
I also note from this article that the news media simply can't let an opinion different from their own editorial position go unanswered. Since Gore was unavailable for comment, the reporter sought out another like-minded "authority" to criticize Dr. Gray with a disparaging comment.
Ever notice that when an article is citing the "doomsday" believers, the news seldom asks for opinions from the other camp.
There seem to be more people willing to buck the current trend toward celebrity-inspired panic over "global warming" and willing to at least question the science behind the claims. See these:
Global Warming is Not a Crisis
Sun Blamed for Warming of Earth and Other Worlds
Scientists threatened for 'climate denial'
Read the following article:
Gang crackdown raises touchy issue
Can someone please explain to me why a person's immigration status wouldn't be a factor to be considered by the police in the investigation of criminal activity or arrest for crimes? I can see that a local police authority may not be able to charge someone with a violation of federal law, but why would they be barred legally from knowing about such violations? Local and state police agencies provide information and evidence all the time to federal authorities when other federal laws are violated so why is illegal immigration off-limits?
Happy 200th General Lee!
"Remember that Lee was dignity, grace and courtesy personified without a touch of surliness." -- Lee biographer, Douglas Southall Freeman
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." -- Quote attributed to Robert E. Lee upon observing carnage in a battle.
Check these out:
ABC weatherman says he doesn't know any in his profession that believe the global warming hype pushed by the politicians.
Disagreement between Weather Channel "expert" and other meteroologists.
Plan to do some music at a meeting I'm attending tonight. Going to try to do an acceptably on-key rendering of "For the Sake of Our Brother" from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's album, The Lost Christmas Eve.
Edited for updating: Well, 'the best laid plans...' don't always work out. Couldn't do the song, did do a couple of other, non-seasonal tunes. The meeting/Christmas party was a bit of a bust with only about half the expected attendance. Did meet a friend's son-in-law, who hails from Manchester UK, for the first time.
Speaking of TSB, visit the link below to view the big Christmas video hit from last year, 'Lights,' where Christmas decoration lights on a house were switched on/off in time with TSB's "Wizards in Winter."
Special Christmas link
It has been so warm and sultry here for the last week that it just doesn't seem like the beginning of winter or the Christmas season. Of course, between the reruns of near-ancient Christmas specials on TV and the flood of sales flyers from every store in town, one can't not know it's Christmas.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!