“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bad Laws. Staying off the Sky Line.


I read a good post recently about all these new laws and dicktats coming out of Washington. Basically, the person was saying that they weren't going to obey political laws that were designed not to protect people, not to maintain civil life, but to control.   I couldn't agree more. I admit to a certain prejudice against the New England states in general, though I know a lot of good folks live there. But I hear a great deal about how in Connecticut people are refusing to comply with registration laws, which are the first step to confiscation. That makes me think better of them.  And in my defense, there's never been a lot of love lost between New England and the South. In the Revolutionary War, my great, great, great,( I think I have that right) grandfather and his son were in the North Carolina Line. Their regiment was used to suppress a mutiny in George Washington's army, largely fomented by New Englanders, so the animus goes back a long way. These days I try to put those old aggravations off, and just consider where a person stands on how the country is going. That's what matters now.



  I get a lot of good pictures and articles from people who read the blog.  They send them to my email address, and I really appreciate it.

   Most of them are a lot better writers than I am. I've urged many of them to write blogs, because they would make a big contribution to putting out "the word", and they would strengthen the network of conservative bloggers. That's important because it lets people know there is still a large portion of the country that is conservative, something you would never imagine from watching the MSM  (main stream media), and that includes Fox these days.

It helps to know you are not alone, because it's easy in American society today to feel that things are hopeless, and that the minority cliques and the white guilt moon bats are having things their own way.

That's not the truth and internet blogs help conservatives keep their faith and their courage up.  They're important. If they weren't, the leftist trolls wouldn't be so enraged and go to so much trouble trying to shut them down.


But there's a down side. I can remember when people would say on their blogs that the government was reading their email, that the government was scanning their posts and comments on blogs, that the government was listening to and capturing cell phone conversations, that the government was capturing facial images off the internet.

This was invariably followed by tinkling laughter and jests about tin foil hats. I used to try to tell people those were just rumors and the spawn of the conspiracy theorists.  I'm embarrassed when I think of some of the things I said to people who argued with me on this.  I know I verged on the condescending.  I knew all about Bill Clinton and Janet Reno and their ilk, but I simply did not believe all these stories. After all, I'm really a product of the 1950's and that kind of totalitarian behavior didn't fit into my scheme of life in this country.




Now we know all that is true.  Say what you will about Snowden, he blew the lid off a lot of government practices that had been emphatically denied, under oath, by important people in the government. The "tin foil hat" people were right on target, and the complacent "it can't happen in America" folks like me could not have been more wrong if our lives depended on it.




So when people tell me they aren't blogging because they are "staying off the skyline", how can I argue with that.

There was a time in America where you could pretty much say what you thought, and the government couldn't arrest you for it. Now people sit in McDonalds, talking politics, and some leftard sitting behind them in the next booth records the conversation. The next thing in the process is the FBI kicking down your door, releasing all kinds of statements about how they have thwarted a " right wing extremist plot", and you're in jail.  Months later they let you go, never having filed charges. But by then you have lost your job, your home, and that was the whole point. That, and boosting the FBI or ATF profile at budget approval time.  There have been many, many examples of this.


How the FBI drums up some face time on the News.

Link above is a classic example.


We know, for a fact, that the government is scanning blogs. CBS recently had a side article on their web page entitled "ten words you shouldn't use on the internet". It was about how NSA uses automated programs to read blogs and look for "potential criminal activites."  No wonder people don't want to blog anymore, or if they do, they stick to neutral things and never discuss political matters.



So now I don't try to talk people into blogging. I'm not quitting myself. It would be pointless. For one thing, I've been doing it a long time and if there is a government "s**t list", I'm sure to be on it.  I'm probably in their "harmless crank" category, because before there were personal computers and the internet, I was writing people like Ted Kennedy and expressing my views. Letters that politicians got which are strongly worded and uncomplimentary were routinely reported to the FBI then and I suspect still are. You notice when they do arrest somebody for some trumped up thing there's always the choice tidbit in the news that he or she "had a long history of sending threatening letters to Senator So and So." Threatening includes things like "only an idiot would vote for a mentally incapacitated individual like you." It's all in your perspective, and the government has a very strange perspective on such matters.

Once you get on such a list, you don't get off. So there's no point in panicking or trying to go underground now.

I'm on the hook anyway, because I've had a federal firearms license, in the form of a C&R,  "forever", and those people are viewed with distaste, suspicion and intense dislike by outfits like BATF. I can remember when there were hundreds of "kitchen table"FFL holders, but they have largely been suppressed. Like the dinosaurs, they outlived their time. At least as far as the Justice Department sees it.






   So,  if people choose to keep off the skyline, so be it. Maybe they are entirely correct.

   I know some good people who won't even open a google account, and always comment anonymously. I'm not sure that will keep the feds from tracking you, but who can blame these people for using an "abundance of caution."

   In a way, it's a shame because it means the government is being partially successful in suppressing freedom of speech.  If they can put so much pressure on an individual they can silence him, they win.

But you have to live in the real world.  Like the four old guys in Toccoa, you never know who's listening or what they will do about it.












28 comments:

  1. hi.
    i think the minority cliques do have almost total control.
    the young who join the police and military were 'educated' in the pc sewers of the present system.
    their outlook is nothing like that of our generation. nothing!!!
    these people will shoot you, they want to hang on to their jobs [which are so rare these days], and that feeling of power is addictive and demonic.

    if we were able to fight back physically we still wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the real authors of the evil.
    they pull the strings and the puppets dance.
    the useful idiots shall one day find themselves looking down the barrels of the guns they so gleefully used against their countrymen.
    time for the useful idiots to receive their earned reward, a place in hell, so different from the one they expected.
    i thought for a long time this might be a burp in history, that america would come back- never perfect but a decent place to live- but now i know i was wrong.
    america is gone and the constitution is a piece of moldering manuscript written by dead white men.
    maybe that is where the scorn for white people is coming from, from those invested in denigrating the belief in God given rights.
    they are wiping clean the slate on which are written natural law, Judeo- Christian morality, tradition.
    it is surely winner take all and the winner is evil and its minions.

    Costa Rica is a very nice place.
    so is Parana in Brazil.

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    1. I'm looking at leaving the country because I want to enjoy a few years of tranquility on the beach. Not in some ants nest Condo in Florida, but in a modest little house within walking distance of a secluded beach. I don't think things are going to get better here, though I hope they are. The mindset of the people running the country is very negative from my point of view, and my own belief is that the trend will continue and increase. So the logical thing to do is leave if you can.

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  2. In this America hiding is useless. They have us by the short hairs. Great post.

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    1. There was an interesting give and take on another blog lately. I didn't understand all the technical nuances, but the gest of it seemed to be that your email "name" didn't matter , that "they" could locate and identify you by something to do with your computer. As I say, I didn't understand it but the individuals involved seemed both knowledgeable and certain of what they were saying.

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  3. I've loved (and lived) that Heinlein quote ever since I first saw it. Also thanks for introducing "moon bat" into my vocabulary. I'd never heard that before and just looked it up. I like it and plan to banter it about in casual conversation to ruffle some fur.
    - Unbreakable AZ

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    1. I think I actually first heard the term from Troy, or maybe Michael or Matt. I can't remember but it does seem to be appropriate, doesn't it?

      Heinlein was a great author and a great thinker. We read his work in high school. Now he is considered politically incorrect and "fascist" , and you won't find his books in either our schools here or our public library. I would guess it's the same across the country.

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  4. I think you hit the nail on the head here. Thing is, watching 330 million people consumes a lot of resources...I use my real name, because I am sure they already know it, and I think they should have some idea that the large majority of people in the US oppose their crap. Can they come and "get" me? Sure they can. But there will be more that take my place.
    Someone said in the comments something about the current military being kids educated in today's propaganda system. That is true, but if you HAVE kids, it is up to you to teach them the realities of life. I taught my kid the realities of life, and he seems to do OK. If we all do, it breaks the indoctrination.

    Keep standing strong Harry, and it IS good to be able to stop by and hang with like minded folks.

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    1. My wife and I home schooled our kids at a time when we were both teaching in public schools. Part of the reason was the appalling social engineering going on. I don't use my real name because that would give away my exact physical location and my phone number. Both are bits of information I would not want in troll hands. I'm sure that the government knows who and where I am , but vindictive moon bats can call you up at all hours and threaten your family. So I try to be careful about operational security for that reason.

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    2. I understand your position completely. I am just "sumdood" that strolls in reads and comments occasionally. I have nothing additional to lose by doing that. You have your life invested. Big Honking Difference there. Shame the leftards are so daggone hateful. I predict there will come a reckoning at some point. I just utterly fail to understand why "Leave me the hell alone" is like a dog whistle to some people. I just hope I am outta the DC zone before that reckoning comes. I am outnumbered here, but a much improved situation is on the horizon.

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    3. J, I could spare myself a lot of aggravation if I just quit blogging or went to a restricted access blog. But I have made some really good friends and I don't want to lose them. Ten years ago people got together at blogfests and got to know each other in person. But I haven't heard of one of those in a long time. I think today people are too broke, too tired, and working two jobs.

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  5. I grew up reading Heinlein. Still take his books from off the shelf from time to time.

    The thing about free speach is that if you are afraid to use it, you don't have it. I'll keep on using my rights.

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    1. He had a clear vision of personal responsibility, and of the responsibilities of a citizen. Today he's excoriated as a fascist as a result. When his book"Starship Troopers "was made into a movie, it was well received by the common people but the critics attacked the movie hysterically. I have always admired the man and enjoyed his books.

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  6. I'm sure you're on their "Watch List". My husband has talked about them knowing our every move. He freaked out once when he searched for something, closed the tab, and saw an ad for that same something on a new site. I said, "Yep Google has been doing that for awhile now." He's like, "They have? I thought it was just me." I said, "Actually the government is watching you!"

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    1. You're right. Google routinely tracks your web surfing, stores the information and uses it to target adds. The government certainly tracks the web sites a person visits. I think anyone who visits conservative sites is on a list. The FBI is making a list, they're checking it twice, they're gonna find out whose naughty and nice!

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  7. Heinlein is one for the ages, isn't he ?
    Have you looked at near waterfront properties along the Gulf Coast or NC, SC, GA, and FL ? There are plenty of smaller towns with places that are maybe 4 or 5 blocks from the beach or intracoastal waterway, and the price falls off rapidly if you're more than a few blocks away from the water.
    I'd hate to see a stand-up guy like you seem to be go into self-exile in a Central American country. Every one I've been to has been, except for the sterile gringo enclaves, pretty much ghetto compared to here. Inexpensive, though, so there is that.
    I also used to post anonymously, and then under a "handle", and finally decided to just use my own name and let the chips fall where they may. If they force me to skulk around, then they win. Anyway, if they were interested in me, they already knew everything about me, or could easily find out (ISP, IP addresses, MAC address, etc.). Everything on the internet leaves a trail.

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  8. Charlie, I lived overseas for about ten years, and I would kind of like to do it again once more time. I want to live free of the insults and the people who make them. I really want to be free of the frustrations of living here, seeing what's happening and not being able to do anything to arrest the rot.

    I agree with you, the feds know about everything there is to know about people who use the internet, who use social media, etc. I take precautions about exposing my actual name because someone who has that can find my location and phone number. That happened to me with my first blog and it was a highly unpleasant experience.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Way I figured it, as long as someone only bitches, moans and complains. There is nothing big brother can do.
    When they start up with crazy threatening talk, that's the stuff that fly's up on the radar.

    I would say that they are overloaded as it is with all the crazy camel jockeys watching Isis idiot video's. There are soo many whack jobs in this country, the best thing to do is move all for foreign nuts out and all the domestic freedom nuts can be dumped in Texas and big brother build a giant wall around Texas and that would be alright by me.

    If I recall in the book 'Brave New World' the wilds of New Mexico was the only un-tamed area left with 'backwards people" that did not take soma.

    That should be Texas.

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    1. Today the government picks people up for "thought" crimes. Before, they didn't arrest and imprison individuals until they were sure they could make a case in court. Today the preference is to arrest people even when they know full well they will have to be released uncharged. This intimidates their potential adversaries, discourages others from being vocal about their discontent, and enables them to favorably distort their arrest statistics.

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  10. Harry. this is a very disturbing video of hperinflation in action. Thoought it was worht passing along. Video included

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-29/meanwhile-venezuela-socialist-paradise-has-arrived

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    1. Matt, I was listening to a discussion on the radio today. The guest said that he felt there would be no interest rate increase by the Fed in September because the current inflation rate is only two percent. He said the low inflation rate was a sign of a weak economy and the economic gurus did not favor an interest rate increase until the inflation rate was at least six percent. The logic eludes me but then I am no economist.

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  11. Harry,

    There are still plenty of good reasons to stay on US soil,but of course they are becoming less and less. Having spent many years living in Latin America, I could give you plenty of reasons why it is not all it's cracked up to be. Even in a Costa Rican expat gringoland. And if I know you, some of the frustrations that come with living there would probably drive you bonkers. I could be wrong though. You may be used to inconveniences living where you do so it may not be that big of an adjustment.

    If anything, i'm sure your blog would have some crazy stories from down there.
    --Troy

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    1. Troy, no where is perfect. I'm the sort who will always be aggravated about something. But the prospects here for the future appear to me to be very grim. Also. I want to live near the beach in semi seclusion and I can do that down there if I make some lifestyle concessions which I am prepared to do.

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  12. I love Heinlein's work, and have read a lot of it. I need time to read more (enough to both read other stuff and write my own would be nice).

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    1. One nice thing about retirement, there's time for everything.

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    2. I only work part time for pay. I work more than full time otherwise: taking care of two small children, a husband, and a house take up almost all of my spare time. ;)

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    3. I've always felt that when a woman stays home to be a mom and a wife, she is accepting the most difficult, demanding, time consuming and unforgiving "job" there is.

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  13. Harry, I so agree about blogging to encourage one another. As far as who's reading, something like Statcounter can be very revealing. Awhile back I got a slew of hits from every government agency imaginable. Some of them visit more than once. Got a contact from one who assured me he was only reading on his breaks for personal interest.

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    1. Leigh,

      That's one set of readers I would be glad to do without. The government can flag you not only for what you write, but for who you read. You have an eclectic bunch of readers, and I'm sure some are government types who are actually good people. I know one person like that, but most of the government people I've had anything to do with have been remarkably unimpressive individuals. I hope you don't have any trouble with any of them.

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