Time to check in on just a tiny sampling of how your government of, for and by the People is serving you. You may wish to grab your vomit bag at this point.
William Randolf Hurst was recently caught building an escape ladder from Hell, such is his jealously of our modern mainstream media and the power they wield via new technology he could never have dreamed of. We've all seen how our modern pillars of journalistic integrity have come to regard "investigation" of news stories to mean regurgitating White House press releases verbatim, presenting editorials of their personal opinions as news, creating news, skewing, omitting, twisting, spinning...you get the idea. Hell, they can even get an unqualified boob elected to the presidency.
Journalists of all people should be wary of giving too much power even to a regime that they worship and indeed helped create. But, as with so many others in our modern society, they don't know history, and thus it is bound to repeat itself once more. Journalists who helped put the likes of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin and Mao-Tse Tung in power all rued they day they did so when those regimes turned on them. When they support over-reaching, unrestrained unconstitutional powers being given to their current darling, they should stop and think, "What would happen if my worst enemy were in charge of such powers?" But they won't. Not until it's too late.
Whoops, looks like they already missed the bus.
Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.
Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.
Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and it Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”
We hate to say I told you so but...we told you so.
WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.
But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
Those damn mean greedy oil companies are screwing us again!
When it comes to the Men in Black, the judges of our beloved Federal court system, neither the Constitution, the laws of the land nor the will of the People are apparently any justification for, say, upholding the law of the land. I know "Separation of Church and State" is one of the classic Big Lies...we'll award $500 and a new car to anyone who can find that phrases in the Bill of Rights...but by that argument, how can Sharia law trump United States and State criminal and civil law? That's easy. Find yourself a Federal judge (I can't bring myself to call them "justices").
"DENVER (Reuters) - A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against a voter-approved ban on Islamic law in Oklahoma on Tuesday, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against religion...The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations welcomed the ruling, calling it, "A victory for the Constitution..."
If that's a victory for the Constitution, I'd hate to see a defeat.
Let me see if I have this right. Ben and I can form our own religion, like Scientology or the Acolytes of Al Gore, and our holy scripture says we can go around kicking Federal judges in the nuts whenever we want, would that then be OK? If so, we need to get cracking on Benandbawbism. May the Great & Powerful 7.62x51mm NATO watch over you and give you peace.
So why is Bawb off again on the whole Sharia law thing? This piece from the American Thinker, with plenty of links, says it better than I can.
10. Islam commands that drinkers and gamblers should be whipped.
9. Islam allows husbands to hit their wives even if the husbands merely fear highhandedness in their wives.
8. Islam allows an injured plaintiff to exact legal revenge—physical eye for physical eye.
7. Islam commands that a male and female thief must have a hand cut off.
6. Islam commands that highway robbers should be crucified or mutilated.
5. Islam commands that homosexuals must be executed.
4. Islam orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adulterers to be stoned to death.
[BTW ladies, you're guilty of adultery if you get raped.]
3. Islam orders death for Muslim and possible death for non—Muslim critics of Muhammad and the Quran and even sharia itself.
2. Islam orders apostates to be killed.
1. Islam commands offensive and aggressive and unjust jihad.Hell, that's no reason not to give it precedence over the laws of the land.
But there still flickers an ember of hope, probably too little too late, but warming to us anyways...the County Sheriff.
"The Bureau of Land Management is taking onto themselves law enforcement authority that Congress never gave them. In the Federal Land Policy and Management Act that was passed in the early 1970s it made it clear that Congress said that, first, you must go to your local county sheriff for law enforcement activities.”
“In the BLM proposed rules and regulations, you can’t remove any plants or soil or pick up any rocks or minerals. You can’t drive on any vegetation or soil. You can’t disturb soil at all. Now you can’t set a foot on soil without disturbing it. You can’t set a foot on a ground plant without disturbing it.”
For the sheriff in Nye County, Nevada, BLM abridgments of liberty had gone too far. When BLM threatened to arrest the sheriff if he refused to go along with BLM’s illegal searches and seizures against Nye County citizens, Sheriff Tony DeMeo countered by telling BLM in no uncertain terms that should any agent attempt to enforce BLM’s unconstitutional policies, he would have his deputies arrest them. DeMeo even had his SWAT teams standing by to enforce the law AGAINST THE OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL AGENCY. To put it in Sheriff DeMeo’s words, “We’d be standing between them [BLM] and my constituents [county residents].” At the last minute, BLM backed off and the confrontation between the Nye County sheriff’s office and the federal agency was averted.
Check out and support Sheriff Mack, one of the brave few Peace Officers (not a Law Enforcement Officer!) still wearing a white hat.