Saturday, September 11, 2004

A One Way Society

The agency that owns the W.T.C. site is suing the government of Saudi Arabia. Somehow, we as a society, feel that we can sue whomever we please for whatever reason we can dream up. Were the terrorists responsible sanctioned by the Saudi government? Other people and organizations have sued, or are in the process of suing, them also. As well as other government bodies that were, at the most, remotely involved by allowing others to travel through their country etc.

Let's get real here people, if that's the case then why aren't the Canadian and U.S. governments being sued as well. After all to get on an airplane in the United States, a government employee would have to allow you access into the country. Next thing you know, the government will be getting sued for someone getting accidentally run over by an illegal Mexican because the government failed to stop him/her at the border. No offense intended towards Mexican people, open the fuckin' border.

If we're going to be so adamant about suing others, maybe we should clear our own conscience first. To the innocent civilians and their families in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can offer compensation that is proportional to what their value is to their family and society, instead of the paltry sum that we offer now. The people of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos should be offered something more than the total disregard for their suffering, that the United States of America has bestowed upon them so far, for the dumping of tons of Agent Orange on the people and the environment of their countries. No, we say. Instead they have spent the last thirty years fighting a system that they don't understand, and would rather of not met in the first place.

In most small towns, and all cities, there are street signs that say "One Way". That sign pretty much says it all when it comes to American society. We want people to show us compassion and empathy, yet we refuse as a nation to do the same to others.

Peace Out

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Eyes Have It

America, the new surveillance society. Why do third rate politicians feel the need to spy on their fellow citizens. They say the installation of surveillance cameras is to reduce crime, or to respond faster when a crime does occur.

Hogwash!! Security cameras have been used in Great Britain for years, to no known beneficial effect to the populace at large. Criminals see the cameras and just move their drug dealings and muggings around the corner. Is crime reduced? NO! Is crime moved? Yes, but what good does that do.

The powers that be used facial recognition cameras at the Super Bowl and in the city of Tampa Bay, Florida. Did any criminals get caught? NO! Did everyday citizens get harassed by law enforcement due to false positives? YES.

The current administration wanted to set up a network where utility employees would notify the government of any questionable doings by customers on their routes. Am I to have faith in a system that would have me questioned by authorities just because the meter reader reports me for bogus questionable activities because my son got his daughter (the town slut) pregnant and wants nothing to do with her now.

The surveillance society doesn't work. Look at the problems created in East Germany during, and after, the cold war. When government spies on the people, the people will eventually revolt. When the government keeps too many items secret, the people will find out.

The money being spent, on moving crime around the corner, would be put to better use for taking care of the poor, the homeless, the sick and infirmed. A better cause would be job training for those willing to work, rehabilitation for the moderately disabled, childcare for single mothers. The list once again goes on and on.

America has enough challenges to overcome without wasting millions (billions?) of taxpayer dollars on inefficient pseudo-security systems that do nothing more than give the citizens a false sense of security. The answer isn't in fighting crime, or even terrorism, but in removing the root causes of them. Mainly poverty and a lack of trust in higher authority.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Biblethumpers Suck !!!

I thought I'd seen, or at least heard, everything about religious nutcases. The teachings in the Christian bible have been used to keep people enslaved, start wars, murder others, and condemn acts that can save a womans life. The list goes on and on, probably into infinity. I'm not sure that the things that have been done in the name of Jesus Christ or god are what the writers of the bible intended. I tend to believe that the teachings are of love, peace, mutual respect, and common sense.

The hatred I see in the eyes and voices of a lot of Christian zealots (the president included) leads me to believe that some of them don't exactly get the message. Be like us or you'll be damned to hell. Sorry folks, but listening to your propaganda bullshit IS hell. That leaves out the love.

Our country (supposedly Christian) is at war. We as a people are killing people and having our own sons and daughters killed in a far off land that was no threat to us. We were led to this by so called Christians, for the good of the world. Sounds like a crusade to me, was called one by G.W., that takes away the peace.

The country is split in half (almost evenly) between the main political parties. For the most part, they show no respect for each other. Maybe I'm confused though and the V.P. of this fine Christian country telling an elected official to fuck off is a sign of respect.

That leaves us with common sense. Follow the link to 'Wired News' and read the 'Parents, Don't Try This At Home' article. I don't know how much longer it will be up. I guess that just because someone can read, it doesn't mean that they have any intelligence.

Who really gives a damn??

The world is at war. There are people starving on every continent. The poor can't get the medical attention they need in the richest country on earth. Yet a dippy, big titted blonde is on billboards because she's boycotting KFC. Who cares if she boycotts or not.....SHE DOESN'T EAT THERE. The bitch is rich. Why in gods name would she boycott KFC?
I'm not saying that KFC is the friendliest place for a chicken to grow up. Far from it in fact. I just don't understand why these rich people feel the need to put there face on everything that crosses there path. I'd be much more impressed with PETA if they got twenty people, that eat at KFC on a weekly basis, to boycott the place.
I further don't understand why PETA would want to put a rich bitch on it's billboards. Does the billboard get attention? Sure it does, she's got big tits. Does it get the message across? NO.....She's got BIG TITS. Damn wake up America.

America...Love it or move to a free country

I saw that several days ago and would of never thought of it myself. At first I was really pissed about it, then it started to make sense. I'm not sure which pissed me off more.
During the cold war, we used to say 'America, love it or leave it'. That was in a different age though. Back then we were confronting the spread of communism. Up against the soviet empire and the Chinese communists. 'Better dead than red', 'kill a commie for mommy' come to mind. We were, to an extent, a free country. The opposition had secret laws, secret warrants, secret courts, secret arrests, secret trials, secret imprisonments. People there could be on the street one day, and locked up forever the next. We had freedom, they had secrets.
Today the cold war is over. The Berlin wall has come down. Russia is trying to change into a free society. Today we have the secrets. Today we are photographed and filmed as we go about our normal daily business. We are the ones who are questioned and searched prior to boarding an airplane. We are the ones who aren't allowed to meet in large groups on the street corners of our inner cities. We're the ones who aren't allowed to form groups to hang out in the parking lot in small towns without questioning or arrest. We are the people who have to show a state issued identification paper at the request of authorities.
I wouldn't under any circumstances give away my freedoms. I get pissed when the government takes them away. Especially when it's for some ideological bullshit such as making you FEEL safer. You never feared me before, so why do you now? I'm nothing but a normal citizen. A veteran who's done his time in the war zone. I've killed and seen people killed, like a lot of veterans. I fought for those freedoms that the complacent assholes of today are so willing to give up for pseudo-security. Why do you fear each other? I'm disabled, like a lot of Americans, veteran or not. Does this mean that you should fear my boarding an airplane without being searched? I don't think so.
What made this country great was the ability to be able to do your own thing, as long as it didn't harm anyone else. I used to believe that crap. Today, I just believe that this country is going downhill faster than it knows. My significant other tells me I should move back to England if that's the way I feel. That's where I was born. I'm an Air Force brat, that later joined the Navy. If England was more free than the United States, I probably would. The trouble is that in London, the average person is photographed over three hundred times a day, while going about their daily business. America is heading down the same path. I'm sickened by it. How about you?