Monday, June 25, 2012

SCOTUS rules on Arizona Immigration Law.

I'm going to it's entirety...the piece from SCOTUS Blog...then comment on it after.:

This morning, the Court handed down its decision in Arizona v. United States, the case involving Arizona’s attempt to supplement federal immigration enforcement through several state law measures.  The Court reviewed four provisions of the statute, holding that three are preempted by federal law.  Section 2(B) – which requires the police to check the immigration status of detained individuals before releasing them – is the only provision that potentially survived.
Lyle Denniston wrote extensive pieces before and after the oral argument in the case.  In brief, in 2010 Arizona enacted a law (often referred to as “S.B. 1070,” its bill number) designed to discourage illegal immigration into the state and to facilitate the deportation of illegal immigrants who were already there.  The federal government filed a lawsuit to stop enforcement of many of the provisions of the law, arguing that the Constitution gives the federal government alone the authority to control immigration and that Arizona was treading on that exclusive authority in S.B. 1070.  (Importantly, although many have complained that the law invites racial profiling or violation of individuals’ civil rights, those arguments are not at issue in the case – the only issue is whether the law is invalid because it attempts to exercise a power over immigration that belongs solely to the federal government.)
The Ninth Circuit ordered Arizona not to implement four parts of the statute while the case was litigated.  Arizona asked the Supreme Court to review that decision, which it did, resulting in today’s decision.
Here is a rundown on the Court’s ruling with respect to each relevant challenge:
1.  Police Checks.  Section 2(B) of the law requires the police to check the immigration status of persons whom they detain before releasing them. The Court held that the lower courts were wrong to prevent this provision from going into effect while its lawfulness is being litigated.  It was not sufficiently clear that the provision would be held preempted, the Court held.  The Court took pains to point out that the law, on its face, prohibits stops based on race or national origin and provides that the stops must be conducted consistent with federal immigration and civil rights laws.  However, it held open that the provision could eventually be invalidated after trial.
2.  State Law Crime of Being In The Country Illegally.  Although federal law already makes it illegal for someone to be in the country without proper authorization, Section 3 of the Arizona statute also makes it a state crime, subject to additional fines and possible imprisonment.  The Court held that this provision was preempted and cannot be enforced.  The Court held that Congress has left no room for states to regulate in this field, even to implement the federal prohibition.
3.  Ban on Working In The State.  Section 5(C) of the statute also makes it a state crime for undocumented immigrants from applying for a job or working in the state.   It is also held preempted as imposing an obstacle to the federal regulatory system.  Because Congress obviously chose not make working in the country without proper authorization a federal crime, states cannot enact additional criminal penalties Congress decided not to impose.
4.  Warrantless Arrest Of Individuals Believed To Have Committed A Deportable Crime.  Section 6 of the statute authorizes state law enforcement officials to arrest without a warrant any individual otherwise lawfully in the country, if law enforcement officials have probable cause to believe the individual has committed a deportable offense.   The Court held that this provision is preempted.  Whether and when to arrest someone for being unlawfully in the country is a question solely for the federal government. the court left the Police Checks alone. That's only right and proper.   They should be checking immigration status if they suspect.  You can call that Racist if you want but, before you scream the completely ASININE scream of "Racism"? Go look at the immigration laws of other countries...including Mexico and see what THEY do.  Some are the same as ours basically, some are harsher but they actually ENFORCE their laws. So WHY is it "RACIST" for us to actually enforce ours?    Before you type or open your mouth THINK , actually THINK for fuck sake. Instead of just reacting out of emotion.

Now onto point two...making it a State Crime to be in the "country" illegally..
It's already a FEDERAL crime. All that Arizona is doing is trying to...reinforce it on a state level so if the Feds refuse to act, the State can do so instead.  They are not trying to PREEMPT federal authorities.   Simply trying to protect the citizens of the State and the Country from all the crime that comes with "illegal" immigrants. 

Ban on working in the state.  Again...just common sense. If you make it a crime to work in the state since you aren't here legally, all your doing is making it harder for the "illegals" to stay when they can't find a job. It allows the state to hammer the living shit out of any employers who knowingly or even unknowingly employ illegals.  I WANT those employers hammered to shit. Why? because they're not just breaking the law, by hiring illegals...they are also taking advantage of those illegals.  What do you mean their taking advantage? attention bird brain.  Illegals are in the country illegally.  They find a job, either by working under the table or using a dead persons Social Security # or stealing a live persons #.  So in the case of the former...they are being paid the books.  Which is the Employer knowingly hiring an illegal, paying them cash off the books, that's insurance the company doesn't have to pay, benefits the company doesn't have to pay and TAXES that neither the company NOR the illegal have to pay. As a consequence the EMPLOYER can PAY the illegals less, treat them even worse than they might already be treating their employees who are already citizens, which puts the illegals at the complete mercy of the employer.   Does that seem right to you?  The blindingly obvious answer is no. I suspect MOST people would answer NO. 
 Now in the latter case the illegals have broken at LEAST 2 laws both of them federal cases.  What's worse, is they actually probably broke 3 laws because many illegal immigrants act as one time mules for the cartels.  Carrying drugs over the border, with a cartel gun bunny as a guide. Who will after delivery go back over the border to home, orr they might already live here, and get well paid for meeting the illegals at the border and guiding them in to the drug drop off point and then cutting them loose to go where they will.   To me the criminals that come over...don't pertain much to this point of law because by definition they are career criminals who make all their money off of drugs, guns, extortion, intimidation and prostitution by and large anyway.  That being said..THOSE fuckers don't belong here either.

Point 4- Warrantless Arrest of  individuals sustpected of committing a deportable crime. -  Nope that one I agree with being struck down. We have ENTIRELY too many local, state and federal law enforcement agencies doing warrantless and no knock door kicks and doing them in the wrong goddamn locations, on a regular basis.  I'm GLAD this one got struck down. If you suspect someone of committing a "deportable" crime then GET A GODDAMN WARRANT YOU ASSHOLES!  The Feds aren't really enforcing the laws like they should so really,  can you REALLY blame Arizona and it's citizens for wanting to protect themselves.  Go look at stats of people killed on their own goddamn property, farmland mostly, by illegal immigrants.  Go talk to people who actually live and work their entire lives, land that's been in their family for generations about the damage the illegals can do as they pass through.  Ask them if they feel SAFE.  The answer to the latter boys and girls is invariably...NO.    I don't blame illegals for wanting to come here and make a better life for themselves and their families.  But they ARE breaking the LAW , and violating our borders to do so.  The other thing I object to in regards to illegals is them sending most of the money they do make, some of them, not all of them, back across the borders to Mexico...where it does the US economy no good whatsoever.   So we've established this is not in fact a "Racist" law.  Racism is the last ditch cry of a person with no logical, rational reasoning, or facts behind their argument; attempting to shut you up and intimidate you.  Go through the "process" and come in the legal way to become a citizen, like my forebearers. My family on BOTH sides came in through Ellis Island.  Now the feds in general and OBama in particular have said they basically refuse to enforce the law. Hell OBAMA just signed an executive order that grants amnesty, or rather infinite, non ending deferred adjudication, which amounts to amnesty, to illegal immigrants.  By doing so he and the other federal agencies responsible have basically ABDICATED their "exclusive Constitutional" authority to ENFORCE those laws. By DOING so it defers back down to the STATES, and gives THEM the constitutional authority to do it. He's basically making it a State's Right, not a Constitutionally Mandated FEDERAL one.   So the Argument of the constitutionality of the Arizona Law just got tossed right out the window. It no longer holds any water.


And THAT boys and girls is my take on this subject.  Now wanna know something REALLY SCARY?  In 2011 10's of thousands (30,000 or more) of new laws were passed by the Obama Administration and the agencies of the federal fucking government.  It's estimated with all the laws that have been passes in  2011 and before...your average American Citizen breaks at least 3 laws, many of them felonies, a day. All without knowing about it because so many laws and regulations are passed  and not known about in general, by most citizens.  Which isn't surprising really..because most people only pay attention the "Big Scandal of the Day" like this Arizona Immigration law brouhaha was made out to be. 
Once again children I remind you of TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

I now return you to your regular inanity and insanity.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

Hello lads and lasses. The following is a recent article/post to facebook by one of my favorite authors in the world.  Actually If I had to be VERY favorite. His name is John Ringo.  So if this gives you nightmares? Don't blame me, HE wrote it.   What the hell do you think it's doing for MY peace of mind?  Giving me warm fuzzy feelings?  Not frickin hardly.  Some of the stuff that ends up in his books tech wise or even political and social wise tends towards the prophetic.  What that means boys and girls is thinking about this one may keep me up most of the night.......*shudder*

The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

The general teaching on writing an essay or doing a speech is that you should open with a joke. Fortunately, the title has that covered for the words 'Inevitable' and 'Zombies' are automatically considered humor. It has to be, right?

Wrong. While there will be humor in this article, there is an inevitability to there being a zombie apocalypse (or at least something resembling it) and it is going to happen in our lifetimes. If worse does not occur first.

"Seriously, dude?" Yes, seriously. "WTF? You kiddin, right?" Nope.

The Zombie Apocalypse. Is. Inevitable. If you don't think so, you don't understand Moore's Law and nerds.

Moore's Law (if you really don't know what it is, look it up)  in some variance applies to all emerging technology. In Untold Histories Field Marshall William Slim noted that he liked to gauge the state of industrial technology's advancement between WWI and WWII by the increase in size and power of London City busses. Milling, steam, internal combustion, while they did not precisely 'double in power every eighteen months" all folllowed a fairly set trend of improvement and thus reduction in cost and difficulty of manufacture. Building an original Apple computer took the genius of the Great and Powerful Woz. Building one, now, is literaly child's play. (For values of children.)

The same can be said of biotechnology. I recall a friend who worked in the Tropical and Emerging Diseases Lab, a Class Four Facility (highest contagion) located on the UGA campus and associated with the CDC who's team was attempting in the early Millenia to build a virus following the prescription of the first person to do so from scratch. They tried time and time again to replicate it and were unable.

In 2005, five years later, a Newsweek reporter, buying materials from EBAy, did the same thing, literally, in his kitchen. (With Spanish Flu no less. He was later fired as was the editor who approved the story since they LAID OUT THE ENTIRE RECIPE!)

That is how fast biotech advances. Moore's Law, to some extent or another, applies to all emerging technologies. One day it takes a genius, the next day anybody with the right IQ and background finds it to be child's play.

Second point: A few years ago, at a bio conference in London, a researcher proudly stood up and showed that his lab had proven they could create an infection that would infect a vast swath of population (choose species, genus, phylum or family) but only kill ONE INDIVIDUAL based upon that individual's DNA.

When he asked for questions one member of the audience stood up and proclaimed:

"We've known that in (university research center) for the last five years but we were never STUPID enough to speak about it in PUBLIC!" At which point things became shouty.

By the same token, one can create a pathogen that will infect a vast population, but only target certain races. And, yes, there are clear markers to target race for values of race. It's a term of art in biology, not a term of politics. Westphailians, for example, have distinct genetic markers. Now, Westphalians are MOSTLY still found in Westphalia but the markers are found in a huge population elsewhere (especially the US.) But Negroid? Easy. Han Chinese. Very easy. Jewish. (Racially.) Blonde. (See Live Free Or Die) Etc. 'Northern European' (white) is just as easy.  Choose your target or immune population. But be careful. You may not understand your population a well as you think. (The 'crazy' president of Iran is genetically turk but most of his supporters are fars which is a variant of Northern European.)

On the other hand, say: Blonde, female between the biological periods of menarch (puberty) to beginning senescence (generally around 25-27) with big boobs (genetic propensity for high production of specific hormones.) You can either choose to kill them or, and this is a more important point, make them immune. If you're someone who hates that type and can buid the pathogen... That spells and end to the Big Boob Babes of the world. (Hereafter B3 or B4 'Blonde Big Boob Babes.')

Third point: Neurology is advancing as fast as immunology. We're finding out more and more about what makes the brain tick. (And, btw, finding out that most psychology is various forms of superstitious incantations. It's all about the brain chemistry.) We're finding out how to make people think certain ways and react certain ways based purely on their brain chemistry. We're approaching the point we an make people do stuff even they think is crazy. If you can do a little rewrite...

So now we talk about a little thing I like to call "Junior's Home RNA Kit."

Junior's Home RNA kit is not a device or a kit. Junior's Home RNA Kit (Hereafter JHRK or Jerk) is when some little snowflake with WAAAAY too much intelligence, boredom and lack of parental involvement, can build their very own custom virus in their bedroom or mom's basement. They can and do currently do so with computer viruses at present. When the technology and knowledge becomes possible to do so with BIOLOGICAL viruses we have an issue.

The general trend will go like this. Professor Doktor Herr Apocalyptica will invent a virus that can do something to humans. (Well, in fact, it does it to rats. But humans just happen to have the same brain chemistry.) Not just kill them, do something to them. It may, for example, combining the fields of neurology, psychology and virology, cure depression. No more need for Aderol or NoDepressol or whatever. Your neurology is now reset to perfect normal. There will be others that can do other things. Make you smarter, more socially able, less nervous, shy, crowd phobic, what have you. Make you need almost no sleep. (I'd love that one.)

Then some grad student trying to get their masters or doctorate will create a new virus (as many will be created because when you have a breakthrough like that it creates all sorts of easy, for values of easy, graduate projects) that, just for a laugh, makes any girl who is infected fall in love (or at least lust although love is possible as well.) with him. If you DON'T think a biology geek won't write that one, you don't understand male bio geeks.

How does that work? you ask, sceptically.

One proven aspect of male/female sexual interaction, especially (at least so far) for women, is pheromones. All people emit them and they have various effects most of which researchers are still trying to sort out. The geek identifies his specific suite of 'love' (lust because they are alot more about reproduction than permanence) pheromones. Then writes a virus that does a series of actions. First it only affects women. (He can, of course, narrow this down if he's good enough. Only 'hot' babes for values of 'hot.' And I'm assuming, possibly a bad assumption, that the grad student is a he.) Second it does a series of things. It rewrites them to 'like' his pheromones. When sensing his pheromones their libido is enhanced. If he's smart, their capacity for long-term critical decisionmaking is degraded (as it is in males by sexual cues.) If he really wants to fuck with them (not just...) it triggers massive release of oxytocin and vassopressin (look them up.)

So when a woman gets a whiff of the guy, they can't get enough. They act like twilight fans seeing a sparkly vampire. Sex must occur and they must have him FOR ALL TIME.

(In fact, if you WORK in the field of neurology, an interesting study would be to find out what neurotransmitters are, in fact, released when middle aged female twilight fans see a sparkly vampire because it makes NO FUCKING SENSE to the rest of the world. And science is about making sense of the world.)

If, God help him, this actually is released... He'll have to go into hiding and wash with bleach the rest of his life. That or be torn apart by legions of love-struck maenads. If we're talking about a virus there are no indications of the miraculous 'cure' for any virus on the horizon. Anti-virals are relatively ineffective compared to anti-biotics and a vaccine just won't work once the changes have been wrought. Like LFoD it would take doing intense retroviral therapy on each affected patient. Basically, rewriting all the stuff that the virus wrote. Which for legal reasons is never going to be something that some legitimate group will just 'release.'

Okay, so, we're up to the REALLOVEBUGVIRUS.GRN. The REAL lovebug virus that makes all women go gaga for that one scared, humiliated, hiding former PhD candidate with no job prospects and probably a very short, if intense, lifespan.

But... Wow! It sounds so COOL to the nerds who still (despite nerddom being cool) can't get a date with the head of the cheerleading team.

So someone else either gets the formula for LOVEBUG or reverse engineers it and slips their own pheromone DNA into it... Then someone figures out how to just create the base template and slip ANY pheromone cocktail in... (All this requires is the swab of a cheek or possibly underarm plus tech unobtainium here.) And then that gets out to the legions of Scrip Kiddies and...

Women and girls throughout the San Fernando Mall (Or Schezuan or Moscow, scrip kiddies are everywhere and none of them can get dates) are torn and twisted not just by desire but by WHICH of the pimply nerds in the food court they're going to rape right on one of the tables...

Very... Zombielike...

(Frankly, there's a story there about the one kid who DOESN'T do this but women are getting so reprogrammed to go after kids wearing Birth Control Glasses that he just can't even get to the fucking GAP without women hitting on him...)

And if you think bionerd scrip kiddies AREN'T going to spread this all over their school (thus infecting the girls, the boys, their mothers and, OH NO, GRANDMOTHERS for the ones that aren't smart enough to include the 'biological age' controls...) you don't know nerds.

So at a certain point it becomes 'What virus 'best' (note the quotes) serves the nerd community?' Well, what do nerds like? (Male nerds.)

Shouting epithets that make sailors (who aren't nerds) blush with shame while playing match on online games. Not really relevant.

Cheerleaders/schoolgirls. No way to select for cheerleaders or girls that wear short dresses that comes to mind. (But don't bet that some researcher at some point won't find something that tends to select for it. And I suppose you CAN select for really big eyes.)

Boobs. Easy to select for. At least the tendency.

Zombies. Let's face it. The real 'draw' of zombie stuff is the survivor is ALWAYS  a nerd. Because we're smart, right? There are nerds, such as myself and my many friends and fans, who just might survive a zombie apocalypse (absent the plague I'm about to describe) but that's because at a certain level we've always been COMBAT NERDS. When the rest were playing with chemistry sets, we were blowing them up. While we can and do play various 'indoor' games, (WoW by preferencewe but sex will suffice) also played 'outdoor' games like 'Who can hit that squirrel with a rock/axe/spear/.22?' (And 'Want to go skinny dipping?') We can, in fact, shoot an adequately slowly moving zombie in the head with no more than three rounds. (Yes, I know, you can all do it with one. Sue me. I'm actually not that good of a shot.) Given reasonable age and condition (I'm pretty well screwed) we're much more likely to survive a Romero 'mystical' ZA than your average jock, cheerleader or, frankly, scrip kiddy who has never gone outside if he can possibly help it and while he's the world class with Modern Combat has never held a gun in his life.

But that won't deter the scrip kiddy from writing the B3 'Virus'.

B3 pathogen. Def: The pathogen (may be a virii or coronavirii or something we created in a lab that's worse)  is set to infect the entire human population. It terminates all members of the target population except Big Boob Babes (probably between the ages of about 13 and 27) and the scrip kiddy. And all remaining female members of the human race are massively attracted to the scrip kiddy...

At which point the few immunes  beat him to death with baseball bats.

I've ideated a short story in the aftermath about the battle between the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Alliance for the End of Humanity and the Breeders for Freedom over the last functioning sperm bank titled "Every Sperm is Sacred."

See. Humor. Black humor but humor.

Do you begin to see why a zombie apocalypse is inevitable?

Because assuming some little hitler (who is probably closer to 27, has some family wealth, was raised as 'a little snowflake' who was just 'misunderstood' when he looked up girls dresses and killed animals, did poorly in college but managed to get into grad school (possibly due to family influence) but didn't get his masters, no social skills and has some specific obsession that drives him to hate the rest of humanity, pick one, bullying, environment, gays, Jews, Christians, Islamics, Democrats, Republicans...) with lots of IQ and no real morality (even though he CARES about his obsession) gets around to it.

It may have a B3/B4 aspect. It may skip some group or it may not. But some little bastard at some point is going to write the zombie virus. Hell, it may not even be a little bastard. These fucktards not only created a more deadly strain of avian flu they WANT TO TELL EVERY LITTLE SCRIP KIDDY HOW TO MAKE IT!

There is, in other words, a very good chance that at least the basic zombie virus will be created by some professor who thinks its a good way to get grant money.

ZV1 Def: The Zombie Virus (One) Is a dual infection (airborne and blood transfer) pathogen. Iinfects all humans and higher order primates through airborne methods. (Tested on twelve rhesus monkeys at Erasmus MC, Holland.) Under some conditions (blood transfer) may infect other mammals. Effects are primarily neurological. Degrades higher order brain functions. Reduces emotional controls. Increases aggression including desire to rend with teeth. Causes schitzophrenic effects such as the removal of clothing. Neurological effects are permanent.

The Zombie Apocalypse. Is. Inevitable. If you don't think so, you don't understand Moore's Law and nerds. Or, for that matter, doctors desperate for something to put them in the headlines so they can get grant money. And, folks, people may hesitate to release a swine flu but you make a ZOMBIE flu and Katy Bar the Door.

Is there an answer? Yes.

I, with suitable hyperbole, discussed it in LFoD. We don't have nannites but we're getting close to the point we can 'reprogram' the body's immune system. So...

There's a device. A patch. A bot. An unobtainium thingy. Probably located in your left armpit. Every time you pass a WiFi transmitter it updates. What are the updates? Virus definitions. Biological virus definitions. Then it picks a T Cell (or B cell or whatever) and updates it to say 'This virus has already entered your body (false) and you are prepared in the future to release antibodies against it if it shows up again (true)."

There is no 'universal vaccine' but it's close.

Problems? Multitudes. First of all, it's juuuust out of our reach technologically. My fear (and it's a very deep and abiding fear) is that it will still be juuuuust out of our reach about the time that junior get his home RNA kit. Because nobody wants to do it. It's too fraught with peril.

Cost: It would have to be something along the lines of a small chemistry set in your body.

Politics: Not the 'you're not planting that devil thing in my body!' politics the 'It's only going to work for people with access to advanced technology! What about the poor people in developing countries?!' Which, of course, is a reason for the rest of humanity to die.

Hacking. See cost. Small chem set. No reason it couldn't be used to create the conditions it's designed to prevent.

There is no 'universal vaccine' but it's close. And despite the problems, Forget worrying about global warming or global cooling or climate change or deforestation or species die-off or the whales. If somebody doesn't get started on it before Junior Snowflake gets his Home RNA kit off of EBay...

All the guns and food and generators and preparation in the world won't matter. Do you really want the rest of humanity to perish, all the children, all the cheerleaders, all the dogs who get bit and families and veterans and children... so you can scavenge the ruins? Are you really that much of a sociopath?

If so... Please study something other than biotechnology. Or send me your address and I'll send you a nice signed book that when you open it removes you from the world for the good of humanity. You see, I studied chemistry...

John Ringo

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Constitution, The Government and You

Lets talk for a short bit boys and girls.Many of the people have been failing miserably in their duty as citizens to our country.  How?  Why by electing unscrupulous people who tell us exactly what we want to hear, so as to secure our votes and then once in office they turn around and screw us.  The politicians in turn are failing because frankly, I doubt most of them have read the constitution, let alone fully comprehended it since GRADE SCHOOL.  Politicians get ELECTED in their district.  They are then supposed to go to DC and do what's best for the country as a whole.  That's not what they're doing though. What they are doing is going to DC and playing games with everyone elses money to play favorites in their own districts and states to try and secure re election during the following cycle.  It's become a vote buying game. An endless cycle of greed and stupidity that we as a people seem to be trapped in. Understand this...The Constitution is an article of negative liberties in regards to the government. It tells the government what it may and may not do, in regards to the citizens of the states.

How many people have actually READ the constitution in recent years, recent months, recent weeks, or even the last couple of DAYS?

The 7th Circuit court back in 1982 as part of a decision wrote the following "The constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It tells the state to let the people alone, it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as providing law and order."

What it means to YOU as a human being is this. NO ONE has a right to tell you how to live your life, how, where and what to worship. How to earn your living, where you earn it, how and where to spend it etc etc ad nauseum, so long as you don't bring harm to others.  The problem we've run into is who decides the definition of harm?  Who decides what constitutes harm in other words.  Who decides the "punishment" for inflicting that harm?  For a long time now that power has been vested in a government and a bunch of lawyers cum faceless bureaucrats, whose lot in life they've decided, is to micromanage yours.  A government and bunch of faceless bureaucrats and the several hundred privelaged fuckwits of the United States Congress.  None of whom SEE the people as anything other than votes to keep their OWN asses in the seats of power they've acquired.  None of whom see the people as anything other than a wallet to pilfer for money to do with as THEY wish.  The only time they see the people, is when they look down to see what it is they're stepping on.

Are you really free?  Think about it. For that matter think about what your definition of the word freedom is.
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Freedom isn't really about freedom to eat what you want, fuck who you want, do what you want. Those are just bonuses or rewards of freedom if you will. Hell file them under the "Pursuit of happiness"* in the Constitution and let us move on.

Freedom is not worrying about where your next meal will come from because some bureaucrat/dictator has decided that you have too much and it should be shared equally and fairly among ALL;  and confiscates all your money and goods  to give to people who fucking well haven't earned them.

 Freedom is not wondering if the same faceless fucking bureaucrat/dictator is going to order someone to put a bullet in your brain, or bomb/burn your home out, or otherwise "disappear" you, because you dared to criticize them.

Freedom means not worrying about some faceless bureaucrat/dictator takes a liking to your wife or daughter, then  beating/shooting or having you beaten senseless/shot; then raping  your wife or daughter, then shooting or has shot all of you and leaves you for dead.

THAT is what Freedom is. 

One of my friends made the comment on her FB wall the other day in regards to a political cartoon showing a couple guys hiding giant soda cups behind their backs as a government drone flew by.  This is of course in reference to Mayor Bloomberg of NYC's proposal to pass a law BANNING [dear god how I hate that fucking word] large drinks and confining restaurants to cup sizes of no more than 16oz.  Trying to micromanage your life yet again in NYC. My friend said "yeah never mind the real threats"  To which I pointed out that this WAS a real threat. It is boys and girls. If you give government or allow government to TAKE that much control over your lives through little things like this, then you CEASE to be free.   Every law like the one proposed by Bloomberg is yet one more chain of the governments forging.  A slave chain.  [see the subtitle under the name of my blog boys and girls to see how I feel about that]  So to my friends and other people who think that this is trivial I ask you this. Choose now, are you going to live your life as a free man or women? With all the risks and responsibilities that pertain to that freedom?  Or are you going to live in "comfort" as a slave  Let me put is another way.  The more power over your life you give the government, the less "freedom of choice" you have.  The more power you give over to the government, the more likely it is your children, all, everyone's  children;  will be paying the price for your blind and willful ignorance. Life IS Risk..  You risk death and dismemberment every time you set foot out of your door. Hell you risk it daily in your own fucking house! If you give the government all the power and control over your life trying to control that risk, to get the "government" to provide you safety...*snort* then all you are is a rat in a maze.  running the maze for the cheese reward at the end.

*clap, clap, clap, clap*
Congratulations instead of a free thinking, free living human being,  you're now a lab rat with no rights at all.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.

P.S. for Anonymous, AKA Leaper.  You go right ahead and keep posting my stuff Leaper.. I responded finally to some of your other comments. Sorry it took so long. I did mention I was being a tad sporadic right? :P