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I’m really sick today.. You see, when I was growing up, I was a history buff. I read childhood biographies of famous people, usually with the book behind the textbook while the teachers droned on and on, but once as a tyke, who upon seeing the obligatory National Park Film in the Williamsburg Visitors Center, after Patrick Henry sat down, I swore, I would always fight to protect the Constitution…. At that moment, even little as I was, I think I understood that I was temporary… But the Constitution like God, needed to be around forever…

With childish enthusiasm I imagined myself at times on the bridges of Lexington and Concord, roaming the swamps of South Carolina, and firing my muskets at King’s Mountain, and most importantly, crossing that line in the dirt on December 31, 1776 when no one else wanted to, to enlist till the end of the war.. . When it made the real difference, I said, I would step up at my own peril..

Today, I feel as George Washington must have, perched upon his horse on the New Jersey banks of the Hudson, watching the British inhabit New York and knowing there was nothing he or anyone else could do about it… Overmatched, the cause of freedom had taken a body slam.

Perhaps it is more like going back 2000 some years though. And being full of great optimism and hope for a burgeoning empire, a group of city states destined to prosper and rise, one whose morals would be impeccable, and suddenly without warning, ones best friend pulls out a knife and shoves it into your flesh and others pull out theirs, opening wounds where they can.

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution states that …. oh damn, here it is in it’s entirety.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Granted there have been times, particularly at war, when protecting Americans meant going against the grain of this… If someone is about to shoot you, I mean, it certainly would help if you know about it first…..

The problem with too much accumulation of information, is that once you have it, it can be used. Assurances along the lines of “I’ll never do that”… always down the line get replace with platitudes of…. ” I did it because I could…” or… ” I needed to.”

So having every thing you’ve ever done electronically in a file instantly accessed by simply typing in your name, can be a bit disconcerting… It’s a catch 22. If you have not a single demerit because you lead such a bland life, you get castigated for being a wallflower and uninteresting. On the other hand, if you take risks to live life fully, you get castigated for the errors you made… Either way, those with the power will use it to castigate you for something…. And though disguised as their trying to put you in your place, it is really their effective attempt to prove to others they wield power…

Today’s Senate voted overwhelmingly to continue the FISA Admendments Act. Like ACTA or CISPA or any other internet freedom restricting acts, had opposition been organized, it may have demanded another outcome. But today’s bill arose out of nowhere, and leadership demanded it pass, and pass it did….

Numb today, I understand the implications. It is like we chose to keep Japanese interned in concentration camps after the war was over. It is that bad.. If we are doing it for the Japanese, eventually someone argues, why not anyone else? And really, how else can one answer such an argument except to expand the offense to a greater scale?

I didn’t find about the attempted coup until waking up 3 am today. I did see outrage that Zuckerman’s picture was Twittered off a private feed! The silence over government taking our freedom, and the outrage over the release of privacy, is a stunning comparison. It begs the question: what is wrong with all of us? Shouldn’t the outrage be the other way around?

For the first time that I can find, we as a nation, have chosen to continue a war-powers act, on into peace-time. 9/11 is gone. Bin Laden is dead. We’ve preditor’d out Al Qaieda’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, in command. We are out of Iraq. We will soon be out of Afghanistan. We are not in a war for our nation’s survival. So why does the government need access into every American’s email, facebook account, twitter, photo’s? Why does the FBI need to show up at your facebook friends home, with a letter stating that you are under surveillance and then asking questions of their relationship with you, then forcing their silence by telling them that they can be prosecuted themselves if they even reveal to you that they’d had contact with government officials? Gee, did you ever had a friend get weird on you suddenly, like for no reason?

Should our government be allowed to do that?

According to the text of the Fourth Amendment listed above…. Absolutely Not.

And it was over before the child in me could even get his powder cartridge out of his gunnysack…

$1.6 Trillion was put on the table and the Republicans nixed it. They probably did it for the wrong reasons. Because truth is, that amount should be raised. $1.6 Trillion in new revenue is too low!

First when one sees a figure like this, one must understand that this figure is spread over 10 years. (The nice part of choosing ten years as the time frame, is that it makes the math easier for most American’s to understand.) Therefore we are talking about acquiring a measly $160 billion per year. That may seem like a lot to someone who won that much in a powerball drawing, but, in the global economy, that is a drop in the bucket.

Here are some facts to put this much into perspective…

$160 Billion is the amount Federal Revenue dropped when the Bush Tax Cuts were inaugurated. It is also the amount of these , revenue increases from 2004-2005, 2005-2006. 2006-2007…… So such gains obviously don’t dent the economy.

2003-2004; this amount was was the sum of three supplemental bills for the Iraq War that passed Congress. Republicans had no problem borrowing $160 billion then.

2005-2006: same thing, supplemental bills passed to fund Iraq War. $204 Billion, borrowed.

2007 Supplemental bills passed totaling $170 Billion.

2008 Proposed budget for Mideast wars $190 billion.

2009 Proposed budget for Mideast wars: $130 billion.

2011 Proposed budget for Mideast wars: $160 billion.

One can see that we’ve indulged ourselves of thie $160 billion for ten years… All we are doing is simply taking the same amount of time to quietly pay it back.

It won’t hurt anybody.

How does this stack up to our GDP? Current estimates rank our GDP at number one with $17 Trillion dollars… So how much does $160 billion dollars suck out as a percentage of our GDP? That is the surest method to determine if any economic effect derives from those top earners paying more.

$160 Billion divided by $17 trillion … equals a percentage of…. 9 tenths of a single percent… That would be the equivalent of a sealing and coating charge of $282 added to your $30,000 brand new vehicle you bought… Does that little bit, cause YOU NOT TO switch out your clunker for a fine set of wheels? Don’t expect the wealthy to feel the hit either.

Remember again, we are not taking this from poor people. We are taking it only from those who have so much money, they loose hair follicles trying to figure where to invest it… Furthermore, each of those billionaires, will most likely make double that amount in new profits as the economy takes off and profits soar. Simply put, arguing over this paltry amount is silly. The only reason it is getting done at all, is because they (Republicans) think you are too dumb to know better…..

That is the only reason it is in the news today at all. Let’s try to make that number bigger. We know that the effect of siphoning 160 Billion a year is minimal, let us see how that affects only the wealthy?

The top 1% owns 40% of the wealth… 1/40. Total net worth of America was $55 Trillion in 2009. That was a sharp reduction from the all time high in 2007 at $66 Trillion. But at $55 trillion the amount of that being owned by the top 1% as we saw at the rate of 40%….. is…. $21.6 trillion. (the 99% own the other $34 Trillion)… So as a yearly assessment off their wealth, this $160 billion is one third of one penny on the dollar… In layman’s terms that mean one penny on every $3 dollars earned…. That is not going to kill anybody….

Granted, when you own $21 Trillion, writing a check for an extra $160 billion dollars is a shock, but to pay only a penny increase on every three dollars earned? Wow, if only the rest of us could be so lucky….

This is why we should not wait. We can make greater improvement and set our financial house in order by tripling that amount, quadrupling that amount, quintupling that amount…. or even times it by a power of ten….

When someone has a surplus of money they can never spend, 3 cents on every additional dollar owned is nothing. Especially, when the lower 80% is being asked to pay ten cents more of every dollar to their pensions, their insurance funds, and bank fees, just so those at the top can make even MORE money…..

Our nation’s economy can even afford a $10 trillion tax hike, (3 cents on the dollar)and do so with all the burden coming from only the top 1% of wealth holders… This tiny amount is nothing to them…

For Republicans to gnash their teeth over our President’s paltry $1.6 Trillion revenue jump, is demeaning, cowardly, and actually makes them look like silly, pompous old men, when a $10 Trillion tax increase is so easily doable.

And if anyone were to ever believe them, and back down from the $160 billion a year, their simply saying such,… may cause irreparable damage to our country…

Sher’s new mailing piece is effective. It actually tugged at my heartstrings. If you never see it, it has ten of Delaware state government’s officials, all men, whose headshots are in that grainy black and white only see on political hit pieces, and offset by a color picture of her.

“None of the top political leaders in Delaware today speak for women. They’re all men.”

“Cheryl Anne “Sher” Valenzuela: A voice for women and expanded opportunity for all.”

This caused me for a minute to doubt myself. Wow, it’s true. There are no women controlling the Senate or the House, even though there are many women in the Senate and House itself. There are no women in any state elected offices… So, wow. it’s true…

For a second I had a tug, that said, well maybe I’ll break will and put just one vote to a Republican. That feeling lasted for about one second….

My next thought, was who would I be taking out. It was Matt Denn. Matt is the kind of person that whenever a woman approaches him with an proposition, Matt will say “ok, let me see what I can do.” Matt is pro choice. pro kids. pro family. and especially where it counts: pro woman.”

Sher is a Republican.

The official Republican platform is this: no abortion even if you get raped, even if you get incested by your Daddy, even if your life will expire, (oh, That’s ok as long as that rape-child is kept alive until we can be cut open and extract it. After all, it was God who put that rape child in there.)

That is the “official Republican” position: Romney supported it. Ryan created it. And sometimes Republicans occasionally mess up and forget their instructions are to stay mum, and they it slips out how they “really” feel….

Oh, that is silly, you say? You tell me Sher is not the national Party; she is my next door neighbor?

So then, please tell me: what is her position on abortion? Aye, she’s against it.

Rest my case.

Very often proponents of “the other party” (it doesn’t matter which one it is), bring up this notion. “Well, one should elect a good person irregardless of party; that is how you get good government, by making it full of only good people…”

Problem with that statement, is that though it may seem like common sense, it is not true. Things in reality don’t work that way.

Let us imagine that the college National Football Championship was still decided by a committee. Your cross-town rival was up for a vote. You know if your rival is chosen, he is able to recruit better players in the future, and you will have even a tougher time going against him… Therefore you will do everything in your power to make that choice not happen.

That is how every Republican works. They do not believe that a person goes into government, states ones position, listens to the other side, then votes the best choice for their constituents. They believe their role is to make sure nothing beneficial at all, can come from their competitor, the Democratic Party…. Even if their constituents will benefit economically from a Democrat’s upcoming legislation, they work diligently to make sure that can never happen, or at least it won’t happen until THEY can be in the majority and get the “full” credit for it.

Perfect example? Obamacare. ORIGINALLY THAT WAS THE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE PLAN PUSHED THROUGH BY THE

    REPUBLICAN PARTY,

DURING THE YEARS OF BUSH …

But ONCE the exact same plan became Obamacare, the meme came to “defeat it at every turn.” Fortunately a form of it passed and across the board, consumers now are paying less for coverage and getting a lot more benefit from the little they do pay.. It was a win, win, for everyone, except for Republicans who have it on their record as a black mark because “they” didn’t pass it and Democrats did…

Ok, so that’s the background… now here is the argument. Transport yourself back 80 years to Nazi Germany. You are in the middle of a national election. You have a candidate who earlier said some horrible things, and now, is coming across as a super nice guy who will make change happen. The other side is telling you “what’s wrong with you, are you stupid, here it is in Mein Kampf. HE WANTS TO EXTERMINATE EVERYONE BUT ARYANS.

You can’t believe something so horrible could come from such a nice man. And, you do think it is time for change, because progress HAS been too slow. So you vote for Hitler….

Two years later you have a Jewish friend who you grew up with. He is deep into the same change, and he has embraced the Nazi Party. You think that putting him in will somehow modify those stringent voices you have indeed heard deep within the Nazi’s calling for complete Jewish extinction. But at this point two years after Hitler’s election, you have a choice of electing his opponent, a person from a party who is anti- Nazi or your friend, who is Jewish and yet pro-Nazi…

If you elect your friend, the Nazi’s just swallow him up.(Sooner or later he winds up in a camp). But if you elect the opposite, then you have some chance at mitigating their destructive path… they don’t have quite all the votes they will need to grant themselves dictatorial powers.

In this allegory, Sher is that Jewish friend. She is one of you who is pretending to be one of them… In this allegory, Hitler represents today’s party platform; one that is solidly against women… “you will have no rights over your body” is their official platform.

We are being asked by Sher to dismiss that. “Oh no,” she says. “Look at me, I’m woman. I’ll never let “that” happen to you.”

All I’m saying here is consider what happen to the Jews of Europe after the election of 1933…. Growing up we always learned Hitler was a horrible monster. What I’m just learning now, is that it took an awful lot of little horrible monsters to vote him into power. Im sure in God’s eyes, every single voter who put Hitler into power, is as guilty of the exterminations as is he….

Therefore, even if Sher was a raging femme-nazi (she isn’t), the fact that putting anyone from her party regardless of character into an office, would cause irreparable harm to women…

Just curious. How many Jews in the Nazi Party (there were many in the beginning) were able to persuade Hitler away from his core belief of what he had once written?

It is what it is. Any Republican, no matter who, keeps our current equivalent of the Nazi Party’s hopes alive… Just imagine the difference, if Germany had chosen to elect someone else, and Hitler became the equivalent of Sarah Palin?

We are at that exact point this year. We know Republicans fail women. Any republican that gets elected, even if they are just looking over Wills, supports the party that makes our lives harder, tougher, and more insecure. A lesson needs be taught: we do not want Republicans anywhere near our bodies… period…

You can’t stop it from the inside: we are going to stop it from the outside…

That lesson applies to Sher.

With Sandy’s approach, words of warning went out to all campaigns.. Get your big signs down for the storm.  Feel free to put them up after the storm blows by.  Everyone got an email.

Democrats were in full force, and in New Castle County, not one Democratic sign was left standing…  By noon all  were stored for safe keeping…

There were no libertarian candidate’s signs.  As dedicated citizens, the libertarian team scoured the county and by noon, their signs were all stored for save keeping.

The one Jill Stein sign I’d seen, was gone.  Secured by the Green Party….

In fact the only signs up as darkness approached,  were those of Alex Pires, which is understandable,  it being a one man operation, and those of the Republican line up, which apparently has even fewer supporters.

It looks like Kansas,  at intersections now, with only Republicans contesting a one man operation….

If the Green Party and Libertarian party can mobilize faster than the Republican, it is time to stop calling the Republican Party a “major” party.

Even the Wizard of Oz had more going for it than today’s Delaware Republicans, who with their daily bumbles are rapidly creating a new definition of the English word pathetic.

Yawn.  We are so used to it by now.

Always near the last week of September before an election cycle, Republican State Auditor Thomas Wagner, releases some audit that  somehow gets stretched to cover something both corrupt and Democratic, and Republican Greg LaVelle jumps all over it like a ho on coke to prove he is Delaware’s champion for righteousness and might. It’s like we get nothing of value for two years solid years, then right before an election,  bam, we have a grave crisis, handcrafted for one politician:  Greg LaVelle. Republican for Senate.

They tried to waltz in on the Work Release program.  That fizzled.  Isn’t it ironical that it was only those two Republicans who were redistricted into contentious races who were being  the ones who creating the crisis, fanning the flames, leading the charge, and advertise that it was they  who are calling on the US Attorney’s office to investigate what turns out to be  a petty and extremely minor occurrence….  They were fortunate they had Rick Jensen to give them one day of airplay, otherwise it would have flopped dreadfully.  Rick Jensen failed.  It flopped dreadfully anyways.

“Oh, it’s terrible, it’s typical. It is a sacrilege”…  anytime one hears that in politics it immediately sends up a red flag that someone is in trouble, that a) it is not terrible unless one has a very low threshold of what  “terrible” is;  b) it is not typical, unless one has no idea of what is typical and what is not;  c) it is not a sacrilege;  unless something like breaking a fingernail is also considered to be a sacrilege….

And so Rick Jensen wastes an hour, the News Journal wastes a page of print, and we all waste an awful lot of time…. which could be spent doing something far better…..

You see, the Democratic Governor, the Democratic Senate, and the Democratic House have done such an exemplary job of running this state, that there are no crises to divert voters attention away from the fact that Republicans have really done nothing since being elected into their seats.  Nada……

They NEED a crises to appear important…. And so they called their buddy, Tom Wagner,  the only Republican in a statewide office.

“Tom, Tom, save us, save us.  You gotta help us old buddy. Do something.  Do something”

Instead of doing the right thing and saying….” I stick my neck out for nobody,” …. Tom says “ok, let me see what I can dust off in my files…..”

“Oh, here is one… Let’s give this a shot…  (dials number)… “hello?  Hello?  Oh, yes.  Say, is this Doug?  Which Doug?  Uhh,  this is the News Journal, isn’t it?  Doug …. Denison. Heh, heh… Yeah, I remembered his last name finally.  Tell you, old age doesn’t make one as sharp as he use to be… heh, heh, heh….  Hi, Doug… this is Tom Wagner, state auditor.  Hey I got something you might be interested in…..  We need some help here if you could do us a favor….”

And so the story comes out….  Political Hands in Pact With Non-Profit.  ” An ‘ongoing’ investigation by the state auditor questions why a Wilmington nonprofit received more than $880,000 in contracts after an earlier review determined there was no way of proving the state money was used properly and salaries paid were justified. ”

Greg calls up Tom Wagner…. ” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

But, soon the other side begins to come out.  Apparently this was a secret audit done which non of the perpetrators even knew existed. Apparently no collaboration of the actual charges were ever made.  Apparently this was created mysteriously in the dark of night,  and none of the responsible parties were asked to provide any documentation…  Apparently there was a good reason for that.  If they had been asked to provide documentation and did, then there would not be a crises.

They only mileage that can be ginned from this, is simply saying “there’s trouble in River City.”  When poking around, one finds there really is no trouble at all…..

If you look at the report,  simplified, it states that this nonprofit was audited before, and holy crap, we are still giving money to it.

Is that bad?  You tell me.  If a nonprofit corrects its deficiencies and functions as it is supposed to, shouldn’t it be allowed to continue?  Of course.  But Republicans can’t win if that’s the case.  They have no positives and can only win by saying Democrats are corrupt, and are equivalent to that abysmal boil on the underside of your rump.   But, when evidence proves otherwise, that Democrats are pretty cool and certainly more trustworthy,  Republicans lose big.

So Doug Denison gets slammed for faulty journalism, and so goes poking around to vindicate his name…   Here is what he finds.

A)  The State Auditor Tom Wagner was not comprehensive or thorough in his review.  (How much are we paying him?)

B)   Concerns addressed in the previous audit were fixed in 2009.

C)   Tom’s report inaccurately states that the contract was terminated and reinstated.  It never was terminated.

D)  The services provided by this organization are vital (life and death) and abruptly terminating this contract would have a life or death impact upon the elderly clients this non profit serves.

E)  Considering the gravity of such termination, Tom’s report deems the decision to continue using this service as “inappropriate”.  (WTF? Inappropriate  based on whose standards, Greg Lavelle’s?)

F) The auditor was unaware that a team had audited the facility and found no wrong doing.  The DHSS was never asked.  The evidence from that internal audit would have eliminate this issue completely..  (But… that wouldn’t have given Greg Lavelle a platform to scream from).

G) After the 2009 issue, a system was put in place of which the auditor (who simply dusted off an old report) was completely unaware, which monitored and assisted the organization in keeping their finances in good standing and compliant.  It’s like if your daughter bounces a check in her first checking account, you the parent, periodically look over it, teaching her how to balance it correctly.  It never happens again.

H) The report implies that the only reason this nonprofit received any funding at all,  is because Tony DeLuca, Patty Blevins, and Bob Gilligan, (all Democrats) overruled official policy and said…  “they’re with me… just give them ‘da’ money…”  Tom states:  “the agency had learned that a few phone calls would absolve their responsibility to comply with the state contract..”  The DHSS, was dumbfounded.  “There were no threats, intimidation, suggestions of reprisals or anything that equates to “political pressure”, as the report mistakenly concludes.

I)  Auditors did not interview anyone from the non profit agency about allegations of political pressure.  It made them all up.

J) The head of the organization told Doug Denison, the News Journal reporter, that since 2009 the organization has never failed to meet the expectations of the DHSS.  “They always say they have everything they’ve asked for.”

K) Non profits undergo a yearly audit by outside auditors, and not one of those accountants raised any concern. Neither has anyone from the DHSS.

Overall this claim by Lavelle and Tom Wagner and all other Republicans, is outrageous. That this is even an issue, and especially that it conveniently  gets trotted out to help Greg Lavelle who is already predicted to lose, and now must rely on some type of “hail mary” or something if he is to win his seat.

Now we all know that this is politics.  But here is the apparent tragedy.  WE, THE PEOPLE of the state of Deloaware, pay $101,600 to our State Auditor, who over two years, earns a combined total of $203,200 and issues one report or two just before election time to save one or two Republican’s seat.

That money one should think,  could be better utilized.  If the Republican Party wants to do a “hit” audit, they can use Party funds for it.  Not the hard earned tax payer dollars just to help keep Greg Lavelle from losing so embarrassingly.

The audit appears to never have been updated.  It appears that all evidence comes from the previous 2009 audit.  It appears that when the Correctional Work Force didn’t generate outrage, something else had to be created quick.  This was the something else.  It appears that all areas are compliant with all laws….

And this is exactly why we cannot have any Republicans in office.  Ever.  They do absolutely nothing except cry wolf.  They did in 1992. They did in 1996. They did in 2000.  They did in 2004. They did in 2006. They did in 2008. They did in 2010… And yep… here we go again.  It is time to throw all these imposters out of office.  These people, who earn our money just being lazy, watching tv, socializing, drinking expensive scotch, and don’t do a damn productive thing for society, think they are entitled to their office….   Except at election time of course, that is when they finally stand up and point their finger and shriek at the top of their lungs…. “You, you, Monster”…

Get rid of Greg Lavelle and all Republicans.  This state is too good to have even just one of them stinking up the works… They have done nothing but push us backwards.  They have done not one decent thing for this state.  They have stalled all progress and cost Delaware thousands of jobs.  All they do is scream…  it is time to vote either Democrat or third party… Someone who will actually do work for us….  Republicans?  Screw them…

I’ll change my tune if anyone, anyone, anyone, can name just one thing, one thing positive, that any Republican has done that no Democrat can do better!!!!!  I’ve been searching Republican blogs for years as well as listen to Rick Jensen over the same time period.  And I can attest that there  IS  NOT  ONE   SINGLE  BENEFIT  THAT  ANY  REPUBLICAN  HAS  DONE   FOR  THIS  STATE  THAT  IS  DOCUMENTED  ANYWHERE .

But there IS a lot of screaming. An… awful… lot… of… screaming….

From a womans perspective, it would be horrible.

Personhood would begin at conceptions… “Personhood” would outlaw all abortions, even in the cases of rape, incest and threats to a woman’s health. “Personhood” also criminalizes many forms of birth control, including the pill (which is the most popular form of birth control). It also threatens couples going through in vitro fertilization with criminal charges should something happen to the resulting embryos – or as Ryan would say, the resulting people.

That controversial law would be passed that would force women seeking an abortion (before it was made illegal) to go through a medical procedure, a forced ultrasound,

Ryan voted for the “let women die” bill which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it.

Planned Parenthood would disappear. Medicaid would disappear. 21 million women would suddenly have NO HEALTH CARE. Republicans say they will pass a national law allowing emergency rooms to turn away those who cannot pay. Obamacare would disappear on day one. In the meantime while Congress struggled to decide which pieces of Obamacare to keep and which to toss, insurance prices triple, and covered items dwindle to minimum cost items only.

Preventive services like mammograms, cancer screenings, and birth control, with no co-pays would be a thing of the past. Most people could not afford the $500+ charge these screenings would cost coming out of their own pocket.

Medicare would be replaced with Coupon Care. If your coupon was for $500, the medical office could charge you $700 and you would be responsible for the $200 dollars… You know, like when you go to the grocery store and have always paid two dollars for a bag of chips, and you get a coupon that says, special this week 2 for $5 dollars… Yeah, coupon care to benefit the medical businesses. Not patients or doctors.

Life will be hell.. Your net worth will drop. You will soon be on 11th and and Pine selling yourself to keep your house payment…

THAT is Romney/Ryan’s vision of America…. They are so Christian-like. I just love them…
A Full Fledged Citizen of the United States of America
^A FULL FLEDGED CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA^
An Entitlement Undeserving of Any Medical Attention
^AN ENTITLEMENT: PAY US CASH ONLY? RIGHT NOW! OR IT DIES^

America gets up in arms when it’s privacy issues are at stake. How dare you know that about me! However when someone slips through our net and blows up a building or car, they exclaim, how did you not catch him in time?

Soon to be announced if not already out there, is our nation’s now no longer classified Trap Wire System. In the reports of its inception this package was held up as the ultimate surveillance tool. Cameras across the country would capture data from cities, highways, tolls, parks, public arenas, and everywhere else there is a camera, encrypt the data, then send it to a central point where it gets incorporated with all other data already compiled on every citizen. That data including public on line events such as dating services, chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, as well as corporate files, employee rosters, and the vast cesspool of corporate data gleaned each and every time you use your credit card.

On every adult citizen, a computer can spit out a file of facts that even that citizen doesn’t know… The computing power is unparalleled. You are sitting at the stoplight, and for no reason a camera goes off, you think weird, no one tripped it. and instantly your face has been identified, your file pulled, and a program knows you buy Colgate toothpaste 39% of the time. And it knows you are on Zoloft. Your credit score is 593. And you are cheating on your spouse of 27 years with a 19 year old who gets something from Victoria Secret every month…..

A song comes on the radio and your mind jumps to it and you go on never thinking of that random event again…….

Of course there is the other side of the story. You pull up to the light right beside the dufus mentioned above. The same thing happens. You wonder too. Your picture triggers an alarm because your image was last seen in the lower Philippines having been traced there from Manila before paying for the boarding of a private boat off Gov. Lim Ave, then going dark 18 months ago. The alarm is because you were once an acquaintance on the third level of a Detroit sheik who propagated militancy. The file shows you worked with explosives on construction sites, you were terminated at one time being blamed for some missing C4. You denied you had anything to do with it. The camera notes that your car is low in back, and alerts other cameras on the route your are traveling that you will soon be entering their view. Your facebook page shows you liked Iran and support Assad of Syria. Your high school psychological profile says you were quiet and brooding. Your license plate is registered to a car reportedly at the gas station on Rt.273 undergoing lengthy repairs. You are unmarried. You don’t date, and your credit card has a large cash balance, yet you spend very little and that is only on food, gas, and a furnished apartment in Christiana Meadows. As you drive by a transponder, your new phone signal gets captured, and all your calls are now being pulled up. You spoke with a person of high interest, 2 times this morning, for a length of one minute each. Your visage is updated to all local cameras and all transportation portals, and put at the top of each face recognition program. Someone is dispatched to scout your apartment.

You see. That is the dilemma. We enjoy our safety, and abhor our loss of privacy.

If you haven’t noticed already, on your emails sometimes you have these buried within the routing: Abraxas and the others you see will say, Stratfor…. Bloggers are very used to seeing these on a rather regular basis. They are everywhere across the net.

One thing noticeable during the Olympics was that the Brits live this way all the time. They are used to it and prefer the cameras and intrusive software over a coordinated attack on their trains. And no one can blame them. But what the Brits have, and we don’t, is a set of rules regarding this capturing of information. If someone violates this code as did Murdoch, then the ramifications are severe; perhaps bringing down an entire corporate empire. The CEO, Vice President, and quite a few others all charged with illegal actions.

And that is the lesson we need to take. Accept the surveillance but know that if anyone, anyone breaks the code of privacy… you are going to be filthy rich for the rest of your entire life at their or their employer’s expense…. For if that is truly the case, going back to the original story up top, if you got busted for your too hot to fail 19 year old lover, and lost your spouse, for $83 million, you really wouldn’t mind too much… My bet? You would see it as a blessing in disguise. And if you still loved your spouse, don’t worry. When you are worth $83 million, she won’t go far.

This has to become the future of surveillance. Here is why.

I’ll use Facebook as an example. I can always tell when one a friend has to hand over their password to their employer. Whereas they used to be so lively, responsive, and fun, they suddenly stop posting anything showing their personality. Their presence on line becomes reduced to “look at my kid”; “here is my dog”. Whereas you used to be able to talk to them about their spouse, their parents, how they were feeling, how they liked their job, how they were doing in the lover department, how their head was, what hopes and dreams they possessed, how drunk they got, suddenly their presence is as chilled as someone passing Checkpoint Charlie in the 60’s. There is a rigidity that they must conform to. There is a corporate mentality that they must express, and most deal with it by staying silent.

That is not what America is about. America is about freedom, about life…. about liberty….. and about the pursuit of happiness…… What once was open air on the internet is now poisoned with carbon particles, so much so that it is hard to breathe.

We can’t lose our nation’s fun-loving identity. And we can’t stop protecting ourselves by our newer and newer technology. So, what we can do (and we can easily do this), is not to constrain the surveillance, but penalize any misuse of the data that gets captured.

And make the punitive damages so huge, so grand, so big, that American citizens will actually enjoy having their privacy breached when it comes time for the judge to make the monetary judgment. Which means we need to rethink all things private, and that includes the intrusiveness of the press into private lives…

I’m always saddened when someone suffers because of something got out of control on their social media, and everyone gangs up on line, saying, “well, you shouldn’t have put it on the internet.”

Really? REALLY? A person should never have a light moment with an acquaintance, one of those few joyous moments we as people treasure forever, because someone they don’t know, someone they never met, might hack into their account, and spread it across the world?

That is ridiculous. The internet IS us. If we want a fun moment, we have the right to exercise it.. Back when I was growing up, laws were passed and on the books to control the positions that went on within the bedroom. That has fortunately faded away into being ridiculous. The same needs to happen on the internet. And the easiest way, the simplest way, is to have huge, gigantic fines, ones that are so big they will bankrupt anyone, and everyone who breaches another’s privacy.

So what if some entity knows you use Colgate 39% of the time. If no one else ever knows that they know it, as far as impacting anything in the real world, their knowledge of that minutia, doesn’t matter.

We need to start the process. We first announce the problem; we offer a solution; we educate the public; we elect responsible legislators, we pressure responsible legislators, we get legislation signed, and then, we relax and really enjoy the rest of our lives.

It is past time that our personal privacy be now given a price tag that is equal to what it is worth. Something in the range of tens of millions comes to mind….. Hell, you can get $90 million for spilling hot coffee in your lap…..

I’m trying to put all your ideas together into one package. So, let me get this right… All you are asking is for, is a country where:

1) There is no universal healthcare.
2) Few entitlement programs.
3) Low Flat Tax System.
4) Faith based Government.
5) A deep reverence for God.
6) Extremely strict rules against abortion.
7) Marriage has already been strictly defined as between man and woman.
8) Homosexuality is a sin, and illegal.
9) Dress Codes are strictly enforced.
10) Tattoos, piercings, baggy pants, are banned.
11) Has the Death Penalty which they aren’t shy about using.
12) Strong private school system with religious focus.
13) Widespread dependency on oil and natural gas drilling.
14) Growing nuclear program
15) Nonexistent environmental nuisances
16) Culture that promotes family and stereotyped roles for men and women.

I’ve endeavored to put all your values on one page. I share your frustration because today, ever since 2008, it seems like America is moving further and further away from these values.

But you don’t have to be frustrated anymore. I have looked far and wide and have discovered a place already in existence that has those values in place, and more. If you sorely long for those values above, it is sincerely a place where you and your family would be very happy.

It is Iran.

You don’t have to pay me. I don’t need any commission. Just glad to help a fellow Delawarean out…. No problem.

“About a year after TARGET created their pregnancy-prediction model, a man walked into a Target outside Minneapolis and demanded to see the manager. He was clutching coupons that had been sent to his daughter, and he was angry, according to an employee who participated in the conversation.

“My daughter got this in the mail!” he said. “She’s still in high school, and you’re sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs? Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?”

The manager didn’t have any idea what the man was talking about. He looked at the mailer. Sure enough, it was addressed to the man’s daughter and contained advertisements for maternity clothing, nursery furniture and pictures of smiling infants. The manager apologized and then called a few days later to apologize again.

On the phone, though, the father was somewhat abashed. “I had a talk with my daughter,” he said. “It turns out there’s been some activities in my house I haven’t been completely aware of. She’s due in August. I owe you an apology.” –Courtesy of New York Times

With computers, our habits can give away our deepest secrets… On one hand this is abominable. Strangers knowing of a teen age pregnancy before anyone else…. On the other hand, it’s nothing new. I remember stories of the old lady in our town who was always right…. “yep, she’s pregnant…”

It comes from knowledge… If someone knows enough about human nature, it is easy to make predictions that come true more often than not.

Sports betters know this. Vast resources at their disposal… With enough knowledge about human nature, it is easy to make predictions that come true more often than not.

What is known about you?

“If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail they’ve sent you or visit their Web site, they’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “They want to know everything they can.”

Linked to your Guest ID is demographic information like your age, whether you are married and have kids, which part of town you live in, how long it takes you to drive to the store, your estimated salary, whether you’ve moved recently, what credit cards you carry in your wallet and what Web sites you visit. They can buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced, the year you bought (or lost) your house, where you went to college, what kinds of topics you talk about online, whether you prefer certain brands of coffee, paper towels, cereal or applesauce, your political leanings, reading habits, charitable giving and the number of cars you own.

Is this advantageous to us?

It can be. Using the pregnancy example, if we get a coupon for calcium, magnesium, and zinc, coupled with a free bottle of unscented lotion, we might purchase those, helping ourselves and our fetus, long before those items would have crossed our paths otherwise…

But it can be a two edge sword. Walgreens could put those offers in our mailbox, and we would capitalize upon them, never realizing Walmart always sold them for less at regular price, just 14 miles up the road….

So, one, we are being manipulated. Two, we always are being manipulated. The only difference is that we are being placed in a controlled environment like rats in a maze, instead of having occurrences that are random be what manipulate us.

This opens the door to two questions. One, is it ethical? And two, what defense do we take when it goes so horribly wrong?

Ethics.

Ethics is a relative term. Things ethical in the frames of past history, are not ethical today. We can turn up our nose and say, that was so not ethical, because we live in an environment where that action is not relevant.

Slavery today is completely unacceptable…. There is no rational that allows for it… That wasn’t always the case. In the frame of their own time, slavery was acceptable. It was always done.. It was condoned by ALL major religions. You could capture someone and make them your slave; that was your right given to you by your God.

Bottom line; ethics IS dependent on majority rule. Is it ethical to drive a gasoline engined car? Of course… today. The time will come when us doing so, will be seen as barbaric, crude, and disgusting…. None of us have those qualms now…. It was the same with slavery.

Ethics, if deemed to be decided by majority rule, seems to smile on marketers …. How many of us have not looked forward to a new release from a major artist, that we just “randomly” got an alert for? ….

The new Batman movie. Does anyone on the top of their head know it’s release date? As it gets close… you will…. and that is a service that we are grateful for….

Now, the second aspect is far scarier… Let me throw this out…. Imagine how easy rounding up the Jews would be if done today?

“There a girl, under puberty, associated with the owners of this address… who has the track record of purchasing items matching a Jewish profile. Check it out.”

We’re toast.

We have a horrible weapon. A tool… Just like a gun… If it is in the hands of a nice person, there is nothing to fear… If in the hands of a not-so-nice person… we’re toast. We have no defense against that……

Like guns, the constraining method must not be to attack the weapon, but go after those individuals who will misuse and abuse that very privilege a weapon affords them….

If data gets misused, there must be astronomical penalties to punish those who did… Those penalties tend to keep honest people honest…

If I shoot someone, destroy their life, my life as an independent person is over. Likewise, if confidential information is misused against someone, and metaphorically “destroys their life”,…. the life of that entity as an independent functionary….. also needs to be over….

Specifics.

If a company tries to bad-mouth a former employee, and it is false, that employee should be able to accumulate a damage claim that will take all profit out of that company for years.

Bottom line, the company will instill internal controls to prevent such an occurrence.

If a politician is proven to use confidential information to achieve a result that otherwise would not have occurred, his opponent should take over that office.

Bottom line, the entire political organization will be working full tilt to prevent such an occurrence….

With penalties so steep, it naturally occurs to someone who is considering using confidential information in a nefarious way….. to pass.. and not do it…

Life will go on. Perhaps with some abuses (people are still getting shot) but no major loss to the entire structure of society…..

So how did the story end up with that company that sent a pregnancy flier to the pregnant teen age high schooler?

They discovered that if they disguised it in a certain way…

They realized soon after perfecting this model, that they had on their hands, a public-relations disaster. So the question became: how could they get their advertisements into expectant mothers’ hands without making it appear they were spying on them? How do you take advantage of someone’s habits without letting them know you’re studying their lives?

“Then we started mixing in all these ads for things we knew pregnant women would never buy, so the baby ads looked random. We’d put an ad for a lawn mower next to diapers. We’d put a coupon for wineglasses next to infant clothes. That way, it looked like all the products were chosen by chance.

“And we found out that as long as a pregnant woman thinks she hasn’t been spied on, she’ll use the coupons. She just assumes that everyone else on her block got the same mailer for diapers and cribs. As long as we don’t spook her, it works.”

In this case it was the cost of a public relations disaster. Price tag: millions.

Having the threat of legal action along the same price level, should do the trick, and keep honest people honest….

Currently the arsenal is not complete. The Internet has opened a vacuum. Corporate entities are rushing to fill it first; hence the SOPA AND PIPA being stealthed through Congress and ACTA snaking its way through corporate controlled governmental committees….

People need protection too. Start asking your legislators where they stand…. Tell them you want strong laws with strong penalties applied to the misuse of your own personal life history…..

Chris Dodd…

I used to admire him. I used to defend him… When Republicans lashed out at his Wall Street reform bill, I was right there, finger on the trigger, mowing them down……

But, the dude has since had a stroke and has sold out… In fact, quite a few Democrats have sold out…

In case you did not hear, Chris Dodd, who incidentally is now head of the most corrupt institution in America, the MPAA (Movie Pictures Association of America)…. went on Fox News…
(Fox News? ) to blast his fellow Democrats…….

“Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,”

(Dude, Fox News just owned you; do you not know how often Republicans will play that very indicting clip IN EVERY DISTRICT this upcoming election cycle?)

Couple that with the threat made on Wednesday , that if Obama did not throw his full support behind the existing SOPA or PIPA bills currently up for vote, then Hollywood was withholding all their donations this time around…….. we begin to see the big picture…..

Washington is just stupid.

Allow me to qualify that…

Since the “boiling over” of frustration from August’s flub of a standard debt ceiling passage, the overload that gave the Occupy Movement immense credibility and resonance when it began it’s long drawn-out protest, normal everyday Americans are waking up to the notion that their government is totally corrupt, completely bought out, and not one damn bit interested in what they are experiencing or have to say……..

Then, on a day when their most trusted sources of knowledge (Internet) go black, Chris Dodd makes a blundering threat that confirms and amplifies EXACTLY about what Americans are concerned….

Their politicians are bought, sold, and paid for…….

SOPA And PIPA are symbols of a greater evil: The horrific evil that BIG BUSINESS is taking over the world… (That is an exaggeration, but then again, symbols always are) …

If Dodd truly, as he expressed in the NY Times Opinion Piece, wanted to turn things around and come to a more reasonable result, the approach he took is exactly how NOT to do it.

When people are concerned that the laws hurting them, are passed out of intimidation over campaign funding, to threaten politicians publicly with intimidation, is exactly how NOT to go……

So….

If Washington is broken, how do we fight back?

By boycotting Hollywood…. (Forget the distraction of the puppets; aim the snout of your rifle upwards at the hidden puppeteer.)

How is that possible?

Do not pay for movies.
Do not pay for television.
Do not pay for anything but independent artists.

Independent artists…btw, are really cool…..