Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation
From the Fox News Story:
"Authorities arrested and charged Friday a Virginia man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation's most symbolic landmarks....When he was arrested Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest that he had been led to believe was packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told."
So, the FBI -- AGAIN --seeks out a potential, ramps him up, suggests why don't we... sets him up with what he thinks is the stuff and sends him out to do the task. This shit never gets old, does it?
There oughta be a law -- oh, wait, there is, isn't there? Something to do with entrapment? Of course, we know how far that goes when there's public policies to be justified, agendas to be achieved, and wow, an election year, too.
Well, bad on him for being stupid enough to let the FBI draw him in like that. And, shame on the government for creating the 'terrorists' they need to justify their shameful, traitorous anti-freedom goals.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
What could a Disney princess story possibly have on that of the princess who would become queen Elizabeth? Daughter of Henry VIII, born to the mistress who inspired the king to make the break from the Catholic Church because the pope would not allow him to annul his marriage to the Spanish and very Catholic Catherine of Aragon, nor divorce her. Born to the mistress he would marry, make queen, and then behead. And, Anne wasn't the last of his queens that Henry VIII would execute.
Elizabeth, as one could imagine, had a difficult and lonely childhood. She was not quite 3 when her mother was executed and certainly had little favor with the crown when emotions still ran hot relating to the events leading up to the execution and its aftermath. Betrayal at every turn, nobody to trust, not really. Molested as a child by a family friend, imprisoned for years by her older half-sister Mary, who came to be known as Bloody Mary due to her violent attempt to regain England from Protestant control, returning it to the Catholic Church.
Mary had a rough life, too, being publicly demoted to bastard of the King after the public relations finagling that finally got her mother set aside so that the King could marry Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother, and it certainly affected her temperament, as well as her mental stability. The Tudors were one seriously dysfunctional family.
And, as one could also imagine, this type of book is ripe with discussion points and teaching moments. We talked about so much. Was it a coincidence that the age that Henry VIII was finally able to set aside Katharine in favor of Anne coincided with her menopause, when all hopes of providing her husband with a legitimate male heir were lost? We discussed the role of women in that era and particular social/class setting, their realm of power, and the potential for her waning fertility, along with her difficult and unsuccessful pregnancies, to have played a role in her being unable to hold on to her position as queen.
We discussed the biology of it, the number of fertile days a woman has a month, how to determine when those days are, and how likely it was that Henry, having other women besides his wife, was visiting his wife sufficiently and at the right times to create the heir that he, the queen, and the country wanted so much.
We spoke of the hierarchical, competitive nature of life at court, and how much survival during that era depended upon that type of success. We talked about the traits that would get a person ahead in that type of setting, and the sorts of people it produced, the kind of people most likely to make it to the top tiers. We talked about life in general during that era, for people outside of court.
In the introduction to the book Mumby wrote a very interesting section about how to assess the accuracy and meaning of the letters included in the book. He wrote of things such as what type of knowledge or information the writer had available, and the writer's perspective or particular interest in events discussed in the letters. He wrote about considering the intent of the letter, citing such things as was the letter written in an effort to deceive, lull suspicion, etc. In other words, he gave a detailed explanation of the need for and methods of critical thinking.
One of the examples he cited was to think about why agents from Spain in England would be interested in scandals related to Anne Boleyn. That will be one of the essay questions on the quiz the girls will have on the introduction. Anyway, we had an excellent conversation on that as we talked about how that approach should be employed when thinking about the validity of any information, not just history, but right now, today.
I talked to them about when my mother taught me to question, telling me that just because a teacher or a textbook or an official said it was true didn't make it so. It was a lesson in school on the Civil War that inspired my mother to discuss writers' perspectives, and the need to consider people's motivations in presenting information in a particular way, and that I should always question, consider multiple viewpoints and information sources, never just accepting and believing. I was 10 years old, and I remember that conversation word for word. It was one of the most important, far-reaching things she ever taught me. I'm so grateful that she thought it was important for her to do so. It shaped my life.
It was a great day for learning in my house today and I hope my girls remember thinking with Queen Elizabeth and their mother the way that I remember thinking with mine. Thanks, Mom... I miss you with all my heart. (It's been 5 years since she passed.)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
However, this particular video is so cool, with such a stinging commentary on the aims and results of the public school system and it's -- in my opinion, entirely accurate -- relationship to the political situation Americans find themselves in today, I couldn't resist. Furthermore, I support fully the concept of total and complete noncompliance by the individual on every level possible. I support the concept of full out revolt.
I welcome revolution, though I do have concerns about the direction that revolution will take. I don't have a problem with the concept of collectivism, as long as it is VOLUNTARY. It makes no sense to replace one oppressive structure with another, and as much as I despise our current government, I would never support a meet the new boss, same as the old boss sort of revolution. You know, we live in interesting times, an era of great possibility and potential, a period in which careful thought must precede principled action. After all, we hold the future in our hands.
Here's the video. Enjoy.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Your headline the other day -- White Supremacists Love Ron Paul – fills me with contempt for your pseudo-journalism. How dare you call yourself a news organization, when clearly, you are not a source of legitimate news. Legitimate journalists don't need smear, because they operate with facts and logic. Your e-mail headline from today, a million readers and 883 donations, begging for funds... Good. 883 donations too many as far as I'm concerned.
That you don't support Ron Paul isn't the problem. I could respect your position if you backed it with facts and demonstrated a logical progression to your point of view. But, no. That is not what you did. Whether it is through intellectual ineptness or laziness, or a more malevolent, deliberate attempt to associate Ron Paul's name with what most people regard as hate groups, you should be ashamed of that headline. Indeed, if I weren't feeling so contemptuous at this moment, I might even feel a bit embarrassed for you concerning your very public lack of professionalism.
White Supremacists love Ron Paul? So what. White Supremacists love ice cream, too. And hamburgers, football, and indeed a few of those misguided souls could conceivably like Reader Supported News. Is that a factual reflection of the quality or lack thereof of ice cream, hamburgers, football or RSN? I think not and it is a shame that you descend to this level. And, I hope your funding descends just as low. Your propaganda and smear tactics are a disgrace.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I thought about that this morning as I enjoyed my morning coffee ritual... Set the kettle on to heat while I grind the coffee beans for the French press, get the sugar bowl and little cream pitcher ready, set it all nicely on a tray with a cup and spoon. Head to my bedroom/office for a bit of morning contemplation and journaling, read a chapter of the Bhagavad Gita and a chapter of the Bible.
And then... ready to start the day.
Monday, June 13, 2011
From: Sharon Secor
Cc: JAMES.BJORUM@dfps.state.tx.us LETICIA.GARCIA@dfps.state.tx.us CONSUELO.HERNANDEZ@dfps.state.tx.us firstname.lastname@example.org
Date:Mon, Jun 13, 2011 10:03 am
Good Morning Sir:
I am respectfully requesting that you e-mail me a copy of your allegations. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Sharon Secor, Freelance Writer
His supervisor, Leticia Garcia responded:
Date:Mon, Jun 13, 2011 5:27 pm
Ms. Secor, Mr. Ramos is out today. This serves as a response to your request. I am unable to provide you with the written allegations either by e-mail or regular mail. The investigator, Mr. Ramos will need to meet with you personally to provide you with this information. Please let him or I know as soon as possible when you can meet with him to discuss the reported allegations. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.
Unit QO Supervisor
My response to her, which I also forwarded to their legal department:
From: Sharon Secor
Cc: CONSUELO.HERNANDEZ@dfps.state.tx.us ANTHONY.RAMOS@dfps.state.tx.us JAMES.BJORUM@dfps.state.tx. email@example.com
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 8:40 pm
Let us not be disingenuous here. You and I both know that under Texas law, it is my right to have a copy of your allegations. A right stands on its own. It is not a privilege to be denied.
In addition, a right is not a bargaining chip. I have a right to a copy of those allegations, meeting or not. Those are two separate issues.
Perhaps you are not responding with a lack of candor. Perhaps your response stems from a lack of knowledge, rather than a deliberate effort to deny me my rights under Texas law.
Because I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt on this point, I've done you the favor of forwarding our conversation on the matter to your legal department so that they may enlighten you on the subject.
I shall look forward to seeing your spurious allegations against me.
Sharon Secor, Freelance Writer
Friends and Readers, Readers and Friends... Please feel free to use the above contact information to remind these people that they are bound by law to respect the rights of my family and myself. It has been my experience that these sorts of people are more inclined to do so when they know that others are watching.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Why TSA, Wars, State Defined Diets, Seat-Belt Laws, the War On Drugs, Police Brutality, and Efforts to Control the Internet, Are Essential to the State
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Barbara H. Peterson wrote:
"Henry David Thoreau’s essay “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” written in 1849 is as relevant to the times now as it was then. We have a right to stand up and question any institution or individual that claims authority over us, just as he did then. In fact, it is our duty as citizens to do so. Thoreau decided that he could not be associated with the government of his day without disgrace. How about our government today? Can we associate with it without disgrace?"
Read the rest here.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I cannot tell you how sick I am of having to deal with this type of harassment. In what has apparently become an annual event for whatever reason, I am having to defend the fundamental rights -- rights, not privleges -- of myself and my family, as well as aid each of my children in the assertion and protection of the rights they were born with. That's right, CPS for the third time in as many years.
Here is an excerpt from my recent letter to Governor Perry. It explains the situation, a bit of background (which can also be found by scrolling through the blog for anyone interested), and my position on the matter:
"My family has had to contact your office regarding Brewster County DFPS caseworker Anthony Ramos twice before and due to his continued harassment of my family, today I am forced to contact you again, requesting any assistance you may be able to provide in aiding me to protect my children from this man. As I have discussed with your office before, Ramos has had numerous complaints against him for multiple instances of abuse of power and intimidation.
Last year, I successfully resisted his unconstitutional demand that I present my children for inspection with the help of your office and other concerned parties. During that incident, you requested that Anne Heiligenstein, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, look into the matter. On Friday June 3, 2011, Anthony Ramos contacted me again, demanding a meeting, claiming a report was made. However, last year he contacted my brother, David Secor, stating the same thing, despite the fact that his partner, Azucena Carrasco, said specifically there was no new report or complaint, but that they were hoping to wrap up loose ends in the prior year’s investigation, which was unfounded and closed 4/17/2009.
Please note that in 2009, I was investigated and cleared (Ramos signed the 2009 letter himself, I have it still in its original envelope) in absentia, the fact that I wasn’t even a resident of Brewster County at the time adding a truly surreal element to the situation. I have never seen this man face to face and until our telephone conversation of June 3, 2011, I have never even spoken to him before. This is a very small community and everyone, including our local deputies, knows that I do not neglect or abuse my children. However, due to Ramos’s past and continuing behavior, I cannot trust this man to behave in a professional, fair manner.
Furthermore, as a full-time writer, I am particularly invested in the concept that words mean things. The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and Section 9 of the Texas Bill of Rights state unequivocally that “no warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or thing, shall issue without describing them as near as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.”
The Texas Bill of Rights offers further protection, stating in Section 29 that “PROVISIONS OF BILL OF RIGHTS EXCEPTED FROM POWERS OF GOVERNMENT; TO FOREVER REMAIN INVIOLATE. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein delegated, we declare that everything in this "Bill of Rights" is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.”
The highest courts in the nation have affirmed that the protections of the Fourth Amendment do extend to child abuse investigations, with one notable case being Calabretta vs. Floyd, which also addresses intimidation and coercion techniques as being forbidden and unconstitutional. It has also been established judicially that each of my children has her own Fourth Amendment protections. And, it is very clear what the Fourth demands prior to searching any place or seizing any person (including for involuntary questioning or ‘interviews’) – a warrant based upon probable cause and supported by oath or affirmation.
Ramos is not excepted from this demand and the abridgement of that protection is forbidden in the state of Texas by the simple, direct words of Section 29 of the Texas Bill of Rights. To my mind, the issue here is a simple one – do the federal and state constitutions mean what they say or not? As the highest laws of the land, I believe that they do. And, I hope that you do too."
So, basically here we go again. I am rapidly collecting information and extend my deep gratitude to those who have already been so helpful to me in that arena. As I contemplate my various options, I welcome input in developing my strategy for managing this situation. I shall look forward to hearing from those who choose to share their experience, expertise, ideas, and suggestions.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
What people call poor here... sometimes we just shake our heads in absolute amazement at how Americans define poor. We were also discussing prepping the other day. A lot of people don't because they cannot imagine not being able to hit the grocery store or Walmart and find whatever they need there on the shelves. Just in time delivery, however, is a fragile system to rely on in our uncertain times. There's so much that can disrupt it -- a collapse in short term credit (during which deliveries have to be paid for in cash, instead of put on account), a fuel shortage, etc. and so on.
I've been prowling books from the late 1800's and early 1900's lately. Some fascinating reading, particularly concerning the aims of the compulsory education movement. Eugenicists of the day were quite pleased with its potentials. And, looking around today, I see exactly why.
Listened to some Ron Paul this afternoon. Campaign for Liberty is being targeted by the federal government, because I guess it is now illegal in some way to, during an election year, tell the public how politicians vote on issues and discuss politicians positions on the myriad of issues we face today.
More talk of a civilian force from Obama, supposedly to relieve the burden of the military in our illegal foreign occupations.
No wonder history calls me so strongly lately. The present seems... very ugly indeed.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
“And hence it is, that he who attempts to get another man into his absolute power, does thereby put himself into a state of war with him.” – John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, Chapter 3, Section 17
“If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.” -- Paragraph III Army Code of Conduct
The consent of the governed to be governed relies upon the government upholding its end of the social contract, primarily signaled by respect for the rule of law. The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution offer a clear, detailed set of terms and conditions for this nation being formed and for the continued consent of the governed. Once a government violates those terms and conditions, via the making of laws contrary to the liberty enshrined in those founding documents and the allowing of its agencies to disregard the rights and protections listed in those documents, the social contract is shattered.
When the social contract is shattered in this way, the government using its power to constrain and diminish liberty, rather than to protect and nourish it, or as John Locke explained in his Second Treatise of Government, “whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.”
“Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society,” continued Locke, “and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty.” And, because at this point, the balance of power tips heavily to the side of the government, the people are well within their natural rights to utilize alternative means and theories of conflict resolution.
What greater breach of trust is there than the seizing of a family’s children by a rogue agency acting outside of the rule of law as defined by the founding documents of this nation? What greater betrayal of liberty is there than an agency, funded by tax dollars coerced from the people by threat of incarceration and violence, allowed to harass families and take away their children, all without ever convicting the parents of those children with a crime? It is an affront to freedom and civilization of the highest degree, and families should conduct themselves as such.
Children should be educated about their rights and responsibilities as free individuals. They need to be given the tools and knowledge they need to safely carry out their first duties, if captured within the system of a rogue agency, which are to resist and to escape. That means you must invest your time into raising children that are smart and responsible, with the practical skills they need to act safely outside of your supervision. In discussing plans and options with your children, you must, in the interest of safety, make an accurate assessment of their abilities and their maturity levels.
First, they should have absolute confidence that you will -- no matter what, no matter how long it takes, and by any means necessary – retrieve them. That way, you reduce their anxiety and fear, and help them be able to more in control of their actions, which will enhance their abilities to resist and escape. Discuss in age appropriate terms, taking care not to suggest methods and means that are not safe for an individual child’s maturity and skill level.
Pharmaceutical or chemical restraint is rampant within the CPS system, well documented and receiving attention throughout the nation. Teach them to smartly resist attempts to medicate by palming or cheeking pills and disposing of them without swallowing them. If physically forced to ingest, teach them how to make themselves vomit it up. They need to keep their minds clear and sharp.
Resisting is important, but it must be done smartly. For example, going to public school will offer greater contact and escape opportunities. Therefore, a child should make sure to comply enough to be able to attend school. Then, via the school library’s computer or those used in computer class, an e-mail or instant message can be sent to family and trusted family friends with specific information on location. Many schools have payphones and an observant child may be able to take advantage of an unattended desk phone to call home. Caller ID is cheap, and even if the child can only let the phone ring a few times to ensure the number shows up on the Caller ID, the parent can reverse look-up the number and get a location.
In addition to basic computer and telephone skills, which include memorizing important telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, children should from the time they are conscious of travel, be encouraged to learn how to get around their region. Maps make great posters, helping them to visualize their location in relation to other places, as well as teaching them how to use maps to get from one place to another. When my son was 4 years old, he could recite the route from Disney, in Orlando, Florida, to our suburban upstate New York home. He could list the roads and turns for everyplace we regularly went, from the grocery store 45 minutes away to my sister’s house an hour away to our usual restaurants and such. He could tell us how to get home from almost anywhere we typically went.
Actively teaching your children to be street smart can go a long way towards keeping children safe. Say, for example, because you don’t have $30,000 to drop on a lawyer and you don’t win the public defender lottery and get a lawyer interested in helping you, you are forced to use an alternative approach to rescuing your child. An arrangement is made for the child to slip out of school and meet a family friend a short distance away. You want to know that your child can get out of the school successfully and get to the meeting place safely.
They should know how to walk and talk with confidence, even if they don’t feel it. They need to know, when out in the street, who to make eye contact with, who not to, and why. For example, it is better not to make eye contact with the obviously mentally ill homeless, because you cannot predict the outcome of interaction. In other situations, brief eye contact and a nod is better, as it demonstrates a lack of fear and doesn’t suggest you would be a good victim. They should know countless examples of how people will try to get them into cars (I lost my puppy, can you help? Your mother sent me to pick you up. Can you give me directions to…).
They should know about safe body space and safe distance, to stay out of arm reach of strangers. They should know to be always aware of their location and surroundings, how not to be herded by a predator into an alley or some enclosed area. They should have concrete, step-by-step strategies of what to do if they feel threatened or followed. Make noise, kick parked cars to set off car alarms, ring door bells, and if the situation is desperate (in some neighborhoods, people just don’t want to get involved and won’t help), break a window in a place where you see people, so that they call the police, get into a store or public place and ask for help or call somebody and stay inside until help arrives. And, they should know how to defend themselves, with specific moves and strategies. They shouldn’t be afraid to pick up anything to protect themselves with -- a broken bottle, a garbage can lid, anything at all -- and should understand that at their size and age, the strategy is to fight to get free and then run away.
Older children, those that have demonstrated their maturity and life skill mastery, may be able to be trusted to escape and then contact a family adult or trusted family friend. However, they must be able to make solid assessments of their situation. In some cases, a dangerous situation may arise, and they should be willing to abort the escape plan. Their physical safety has to take priority. However, for a kid armed with knowledge, there are many ways to handle a given situation, and it is possible to construct a plan that will achieve both ends, safety and escape.
For example, say a teen escapes from a foster or a group home, slipping out at night and finds a highway heading towards home and walks it, staying off the road, down in the bush. The teen stops at a rest area and a predator aggressively starts harassing and following, to a degree that the teen doesn’t feel safe to leave. A cop notices the teen loitering. Instead of taking off and chancing that the predator is going to get the teen when the teen is back on the road, it is better to tell a portion of the truth to the cop. But, do not give the cop a real name or birth date. The end result is that, after hanging around the police station for a while, the police will probably deliver the teen to an emergency children’s shelter, from which the teen can contact family via an unattended computer or telephone or escape again. Physical safety was secured and the escape is still in progress.
A sense of personal responsibility for their own liberty and confidence in their natural right to engage in responsible, thoughtful direct action to secure it are among the greatest gifts one can give a child. That confidence should be built on real knowledge and practical skills, not the empty, spell it like it sounds honey sort of false self-esteem and near blind obedience to authority found in the public school systems. An educated child understands his or her natural rights, the terms and conditions of the social contract, and his obligations to himself and his family.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Ah, ‘tis a fine state of affairs we find today in the land of the formerly free. Here, in a nation created through revolution, by revolt against what was then the most powerful empire in the world, we have agencies and organizations that routinely operate with a palpable contempt for the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the rule of law. We have a veritable army of government workers and parasitic industries whose salaries, benefits, retirement, and job security rely on intimidating, persecuting, and destroying families.
Under the auspices of “protecting” children – never mind that by the government’s own numbers, far more children are beaten, starved, raped, and killed in state care than in the general population – agencies under the child protective services umbrella seize children and threaten families, without even a criminal conviction of a crime. Organizations, like the DARE program, encourage children to snoop and turn in their parents for suspected wrong doing. In today’s socio-political climate, in the same way that a responsible parent teaches a child not to touch the stove, not to take candy from strangers, and the difference between ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’, the wise parent must also teach their children how to resist interrogation.
Laying a good foundation is the best way to start, and that foundation is truth, told in age appropriate terms. The fact is, policemen are not always our friends, so don’t teach them that they are. They should be taught from the very start about privacy, what is for public knowledge and what is to be kept within the family. Children should be taught a healthy caution of any outsider, and to be careful of what they say. And, in the same way that one is truthful in telling a child what the potential outcome could be of falling for the “Can you help me find my puppy?” line and getting into a car with a stranger, one must be truthful in explaining the potential results of speaking to government agents, such as police, CPS workers, etc.
Establish simple, easy to follow rules of engagement right from the start. That will help to make smart behavior habitual. My children have always been taught that, other than their mother’s name, address, and telephone number, or those of an uncle or aunt, they are not to speak to a police officer, CPS worker, or any other governmental agent about anything at all without an adult of our family present. To any question outside of the norm or any question regarding family matters, their answer is to politely tell the questioner that he will have to ask their mom about that.
Define family matters for your children, with specific examples, as well as interrogation methods. This is best accomplished via role playing and by offering specific explanations for why somebody would be asking that particular question, what type of information they are hoping to elicit. Demonstrate the difference between a family friend, for example, asking what the child had for dinner last night and a CPS worker asking the same question. A family friend is making conversation, the CPS worker is trying to find out whether or not there are grounds for a neglect charge.
That is why it is best to simply teach children not to speak to them at all without a family adult present. It is too much pressure on a child to have to try to determine whether a question is innocuous and safe to answer or whether answering that question could result in separation from their family. A mistake in judgment on the part of the child that results in innocent words being twisted and the family torn apart could result in guilt that could damage the psyche for years to come.
Detail interrogation methods. These are professional manipulators and children need the tools with which to resist. Again, tell the truth, in age appropriate terms and be direct. Explain the specific lies they will tell the children. “If you just tell me about – fill in blank – you can go home.” During a recent refresher course on this matter, my 8-year-old chimed in with “and, they will pretend to be your friend.” Frequent discussions with increasingly in-depth explanations and examples are an essential part of enhancing your children’s success in resisting questioning and interrogation. Children old enough to read should be familiar with the Bill of Rights and how it applies to them.
In an absolutely bizarre situation that arose a few months ago (you can read about it here, if you like), my refresher courses took on a bit more urgency. Keeping things simple is best. As much as I would have liked my children to be cool and collected enough to state, if need be, “you are in direct violation of my Fourth Amendment protections,” my middle child expressed concern that if nervous she may not be able to remember to say that. So, we decided on a simple phrase that even my 3-year-old could say with gusto – “I have nothing to say to you.”
It is absolutely essential that children understand that you recognize that they are children facing down professionally trained adults, that you only expect them to do their best, and that if a mistake happens, you are not going to be upset with them at all. If something bad happens, they need to know that it is not their fault, but rather the fault of the agency itself and its illicit means and methods. Make sure you do not make your older children feel as though they have to be anxious or responsible for younger children’s answers. Such a situation is stressful enough, without adding undue psychological/emotional pressures.
Encourage their confidence in themselves with children’s literature featuring strong child characters standing up for what is right, even against adults and even when it is difficult and scary. And, always remind them, that no matter what happens, no matter what they are told, no matter how long it takes, if a family separation occurs, you will spare no effort, no expense in their rescue. They should have complete confidence that you will retrieve them by any means necessary. Teach them that you will never surrender, and neither should they.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Oh, how I hate these Nazi, Fascist bastards. Yet another reason I will never fly again. I hope these airlines all go bankrupt. I wish people would force it with their dollars, refusing to fly until the airlines either submit to having to treat people civilly and decently or completely fail, allowing the market to provide airlines that treat people properly. I pray for revolution, for revolt, for a civil uprising strong enough to wash this fascist filth from our nation.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wow! A seriously deep article. Maybe it is just my reading of it, filtered through a bit of historical knowledge, such as the roots of the social service industry in the Progressive Era and the propensity of the State for murder on a grand scale, the indepth research I've done revealing zealous, patronizing, child protection professionals who so often mask their almost innate sense of superiority, their cruelty and contempt with pseudo-humanitarianism... A chilling article. Well done and worth the time to read it and think about it.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Once again I find myself in a position that, I must admit, feels a bit awkward to me... That of agreeing with Pat Buchanan.
Alas, if real history were taught, then people would understand what the first Civil War was about. It was a power struggle between the states and the federal government. The United States of America. States came together voluntarily, and the war was about whether or not those states had the right to withdraw from this voluntarily entered union.
The war was not about slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation only 'freed' slaves in the south, not in the north. Lincoln himself didn't believe in the equality of blacks. His ideal soultion was to ship them back to where they came from. Furthermore, the other major nations didn't have to resort to war to end slavery in their countries and neither did the United States. The Abolition Movement was working, and the abomination of slavery would have ended without the war because right is right and wrong is wrong.
The supremacy of the federal government ushered in by Lincoln was a betrayal. The real issues of War of Northern Aggression, the war to prevent states from voluntarily withdrawing from a union they voluntarily joined, are rarely discussed. Everyone grows up with the propaganda and outright lies that describe the war as one to free the slaves and portray Lincoln as a saint that made huge sacrifices to free the slaves, and the south and those that fought against that unjust federal power grab continue to be villified.
Watching the federal government, bloated and fat on our tax dollars, continue to take as much power (and money) from the states and the people as possible, it certainly doesn't surprise me that they hope to keep the hatred of those that would deny their right to power burning hot. With the number of states taking steps to assert their states' rights and the number that are flirting more seriously with the notion of escaping the union and the federal government's ever more onerous demands, it doesn't surprise me at all.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Some of my favorite economy watchers.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"The Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republican did."
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Calif. Police Dodge Bullet in Booby Trap Attacks - ABC News
This is an interesting story, stimulates the imagination it does. Here are some excerpts:
"First, a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit's headquarters. The building filled with flammable vapor but an officer smelled the danger before anyone was hurt.
"It would have taken out half a city block," Capt. Tony Marghis said.
Then, a ballistic contraption was attached to a sliding security fence around the building. An officer opening the black steel gate triggered the mechanism, which sent a bullet within eight inches of his face.
In another attempted booby trap attack, some kind of explosive device was attached to a police officer's unmarked car while he went into a convenience store.
"There's a person or people out there, a bunch of idiots, trying to do damage to us," Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana said. "We can't expect our luck to hold up, we need help."
I thought carefully about what I wanted to say, at least in this public manner, about this matter. Did I snicker at their boldness in private? Did I grin at their creativity in privacy? Did I feel a thrill rush through me at the thought that the constant governmental assault on our rights and freedoms may not go unanswered now that the political system is hopelessly broken and ineffectual? I'll keep the answers to those questions to myself, I guess. After all, we do live in interesting times.
Here, however, is what I'll say in public. Politicians would do well to take heed. They ram things down our throats that they clearly know we don't want. When they forced us to bail out the banks, indebting us for generations, they knew the American public did not support that act. They know fully that the American people are not in support of Obama care, yet they are doing their best to force it down our throats. Never mind the states acting to try to protect their citizens from this legislative obscenity, never mind public opinion. Rather than regulate the parasites sucking money and pushing up the prices for medical care, they choose to regulate the people and force them to give money to the inurance corporations and other parasitical industries associated with the health care industry.
Politicians would do well to read history. They would do well to remember that the Revolutionary War was fought over far less tax abuse. They would do well to remember that the Revolutionary War was, at its heart, guerrilla warfare. They would do well to note that each and every day the number of American people that are sick of their shit grows expodentially.
And, that's all I'm going to say on the matter. Publically, at least.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Take a quick peek at these 14 quick facts about the deficit. If you see another way this can end, please tell me. I'm very interested. Recovery? HA! They didn't get where they are by being stupid. So, when they say it, it is a straight up lie. A complete, total, bald-faced lie.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I hope all my friends who snicker at my idealistic anarchism without giving real thought to how it could be, all my friends who shudder at the thought of the State no longer being there to care for/rule them, and all my friends who misunderstand the term anarchist as meaning one who believes in violent, out-of-control, chaos take the time to read this well written description of the real potentials of state-free living.
I expect many of these things to come to pass as our overall economic circumstances deteriorate. I already see many of these things happening. I've been living some of these ideals for a while now, and I see more and more people moving towards my point of view. It is heartening, really. I feel good. And, I don't fear the crash that is sure to come -- look at what's going on politically and economically. If anyone sees a way it can be resolved without a crash, please tell me, because I've been thinking seriously about it for a long time now and cannot see a way the government can pull out of this situation. Not in a way that leaves we the people as our founding fathers intended our nation to be. Not in a way that doesn't enslave the people with the debts of government and their corporate owners/handlers.
Government debt is at insane levels, personal debt touched record heights. Commercial real estate is crashing, and will rock the banking and lending industries. How willing will the people be to bail them out again? How much further can taxes go up before people refuse to pay? Tax collection on all levels -- federal, state, and local -- have reached record lows. The states are starving for money. Cities are shutting down schools and laying off teachers. What way out is there other than mad inflation, perhaps after a period of deflation. (Asset deflation -- do we not see that in the falling values of real estate? I'm betting that's not the only assets we'll see taking remarkable plunges in worth). Talk of recovery -- pure propaganda, outright lies. Look at the real numbers, read a little economic history. This is an economic depression. Don't trust anybody that tells you different.
Another aspect of falling tax revenues... they can make all the laws and rules they want. What I've learned is this -- enforcement is the key. Cash starved law enforcement agencies and other officials, such as the IRS (as also pointed out in the Time article), are not going to be able to afford to enforce nonsense laws, etc. Sure, there will be a lot of fee harvesting in areas ripe for it, speed traps and the like, but hopefully, people will move away from such places. Out here where I live, police officers don't want to make a 200 mile round trip to lock somebody up for some bullshit infraction, nor do they want the hassle of paperwork and repeated court appearances. Out here, the police stick to what is important and decide situations on their merits and their knowledge of the people involved, as it should be. Out here, we have old fashioned police officers that we can respect and trust. Not like the militaristic, revenue quota driven urban police forces, in which a cop is just as dangerous as a common street criminal, if not moreso, because he has the power of the badge. Hopefully, once the money drains out, and priorities must be made, the rest of the nation can have what we enjoy here in my part of the world.
But, I digress, I guess. Excited by reading something in Time that does speak positively of a more anarchist way of thought and living, happy that concepts of voluntary association and the ideal that people are capable of organizing themselves into cohesive, working communities without a governmental overlord parasite threatening and thieving, using coersion and violence, even killing if need be. Thrilled to find those thoughts expressed in a main-stream, middle-class, white bread (squishy, factory made and packaged Wonder Bread) sort of publication. So, read the Time piece. I hope it makes you feel as happy and hopeful as it did me.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Search the PopSci Archives | Popular Science
Thanks to Freedoms Phoenix for the head's up on this ultimate cool bit of news.
From the Popular Science Website:
"We've partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates our ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. "
Oh, the incredible discipline it will take for me to meet my deadlines... I can hardly wait to delve into 100 years ago in Popular Science. I am a social history junkie. I already see how's its gonna be... just one more minute and I'll get back to my article... 2 hours later I look up in a daze at the clock... Oh, this is just too cool. I'm going to have to write these guys a big, fat thank you note!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Raw Story with yet another stellar story. Here's some excerpts:
"According to Turner's lawyer, the shock jock was specially trained to incite fringe individuals. "His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest," attorney Michael Orozco said.
Turner's famously vile broadcasts began in 2002, though the one-time Pat Buchanan campaign coordinator did not begin his relationship with the FBI until 2003. Before Turner began his work in radio, he was a frequent guest on the Sean Hannity radio show in New Jersey."
Pretty much business as usual... just another incident on a long, long, list. Adding insult to injury, we pay for this harassment via our tax dollars.
Be sure to take the time to read the comments that follow, really fascinating discussion about the rights of the individual vs. federal and state government, as well as a discussion concerning the balance of power between the federal government and the governments of the states.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here's a campaign/petition in support of The Stop Outsourcing Security Act. Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, it would disallow the hiring of such firms as Blackwater to handle tasks that typically fall into the military realm of activity. Contractors would no longer be allowed to engage in military, security, law enforcement, and armed rescue tasks.
Blackwater, it seems, is in line to get a $1 billion contract from the Department of Defense. It is worth considering, as was recently pointed out to me by a military man how using these contractors masks the real number of people involved in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without these contractors, the US would have to send a lot more American soldiers to these places, a policy sure to be politically problamatic for the commander in chief and a source of unwanted negative press.
Monday, March 1, 2010
A fascinating story, a glimmer of good news about direct action.
"As Newton resident Lisa Dodson, a Boston College sociology professor in the thick of a research project, was interviewing a grocery story manager in the Midwest about the difficulties of the low-income workers he supervised, he asked her a curious question: “Don’t you want to know what this does to me too?’’
She did. And so the manager talked about the sense of unfairness he felt as a supervisor, making enough to live comfortably while overseeing workers who couldn’t feed their families on the money they earned. That inequality, he told her, tainted his job, making him feel complicit in an unfair system that paid hard workers too little to cover basic needs.
The interview changed the way Dodson talked with other supervisors and managers of low-income workers, and she began to find that many of them felt the same discomfort as the grocery store manager. And many went a step further, finding ways to undermine the system and slip their workers extra money, food, or time needed to care for sick children. She was surprised how widespread these acts were. In her new book, “The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy,’’ she called such behavior “economic disobedience.’’
Be sure to take the time to read the rest of the article...
Friday, February 26, 2010
The facts are there for anyone who cares to view them. By the government’s own numbers, the rate of child assault, rape, starvation, and murder is far higher among children in state “care” than it is in the general population. The exposés done by respected newspapers about the predatory and corrupt CPS system have been numerous and well documented. Troy Anderson, then of the LA Daily News, did an amazing series of articles a few years ago that affected me deeply and proved an invaluable resource for an essay I did on the subject for the book Under The Influence: The Disinformation Guide To Drugs.
It was journalists that broke the story of foster children being used in medical experiments, with those from the New York Post, the Associated Press, the Village Voice and several more dragging this story out of the secrecy and corruption in which child protective services operates and into the light of international attention, no doubt saving lives. The Miami Herald and the Denver Post join the ranks of media outlets to devote investigative journalism to the rampant corruption and abuses of power in the CPS system and the parasitic industries that profit from its captive ‘clients’.
These captive ‘clients’ typically come from an all too predictable source – those that are poor and without the resources to fight a system that is terrifying and powerful, one that finds it all too easy to ignore and hide their pleas against the injustice of taking away the only thing of real value and joy that they have, their children. Single mothers, the poor, families of color – these are the favored targets. Certainly there are terrible cases of child abuse and neglect, nobody could deny that. However, a peek into the government’s own numbers shows clearly that the vast majority of children are removed from their parents due to poverty-based neglect. Less than 20 percent of children removed from their parents are taken away due to physical violence or sexual abuse.
We’ve all heard the CPS horror stories of Gestapo-esque persecution of innocent families. How do such things occur in a nation such as our own, in which our founding documents express the deepest respect for liberty? They continue to happen because we now tolerate a system in which we receive the best justice money can buy. A poor person can’t, unless they are very fortunately blessed with quality pro bono, fight a constitutional issue. Most public defenders are overworked and exhausted, a poor compromise is the best a poor person can hope for. At worst, they lose their child to the system, something the wealthy almost never face. However, if we all stand up and demand justice, that our basic rights be respected, we can change this. We should change this, because it can happen to anybody. In fact, it is happening to me right now.
I’m hoping that you will read the letter below, which I am sending to every local, state, and federal official that may be able to assist me. Some, such as Governor Perry’s office did assist in part one of this story. I have included the e-mail addresses of the people involved in this situation. I hope that you will take a couple minutes of your time to respectfully request that they adhere to the highest laws of the land and respect the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution as they are directed to do by the highest courts of the nation.
This is the letter, regarding a situation that was set in motion by a malicious reporter making a deliberately false report, which, if you have the money to pay a lawyer to handle the court process required for CPS to release the information, is a felony offence in my state:
First, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read and consider my e-mail, as well as thank you in advance for any assistance you may be willing to provide in this matter.
My name is Sharon Secor. I am a single parent of three girls and a full-time freelance writer, working from home. I am a homeschooling mother, living in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas, the high plains of the Chihuahuan Desert, located in Brewster County, in the Big Bend region.
I write to you today regarding what I consider to be a serious problem with the local child protection division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and I do so in all confidence that I can count on your assistance, recognizing that the state of Texas is among the foremost in the nation when it comes to respecting the principles, rights, and laws this nation was founded upon.
I realize that you hear from many people, so I don’t expect that you would recall that my sister, Melinda Secor, contacted you last year in regard to this matter. Thanks, in part, to the inquiries and other assistance provided by your office, the false allegations against myself and my sister regarding our children were quickly laid to rest. I have a letter, in its original envelope, dated 4/17/2009, and signed by DFPS caseworker Anthony Ramos indicating that their investigation was over and that there was no finding of abuse or neglect.
However, despite the letter, it seems as though Anthony Ramos, currently named in a class action law suit on behalf of Terlingua Ranch residents for multiple instances of abuse of power and intimidation, and case worker Azucena Carrasco, are unwilling to accept the determination made by their agency. They are currently demanding that I present my children for their inspection.
The two caseworkers mentioned, Carrasco and Ramos, although they travel to my area together in one vehicle, cannot seem to agree on exactly why it is that I should present my children for inspection. Carrasco has told my sister, Melinda Secor, on two separate occasions that there is no new investigation and that this is merely a formality as they have never seen or interviewed myself or my children. I was not living in Brewster County when this in absentia investigation took place, which makes the whole matter, to my mind, even more bizarre. Ramos has told my brother, David Secor, that there are new allegations and a new investigation, but has yet to provide any formal documentation or statement whatsoever.
The highest courts in the nation have affirmed that the protections of the Fourth Amendment do extend to child abuse investigations, with one notable case being Calabretta vs. Floyd. Furthermore, that each of my children has her own Fourth Amendment protections has been affirmed. I find it completely unreasonable that, if the story Carrasco tells is true, nearly a year after their agency has stated that their investigation is over and no finding of neglect or abuse was made, I am ordered to allow the inspection of my children. If the story Ramos is telling is the true position of DFPS, then why have Carrasco engage in deceptive practices, rather than offer formal documentation of any allegations? Such behavior fails to demonstrate good faith and it does not foster the belief that matters will be handled in a forthright and fair manner by these caseworkers.
Because of such cases as Calabretta vs. Floyd, and the myriad of other cases that have helped to establish a firm foundation of legal precedent, those supervising child protective caseworkers are obligated to ensure that these workers understand the Fourth Amendment and how it applies to child neglect and abuse investigations. In fact, the Texas Department of Family Protective Services Child Protective Services Handbook – their own guidelines – address this topic in Section 1200, Legal Base For Child Protective Services, sub-section 1230, titled Constitutional Protections.
However, Section 2200, Investigation and Assessment, sub-section 2224.32 lists the factors to be used in finding a family uncooperative, with almost each and every one of those factors relating to a family asserting its Fourth Amendment protections, including, according to the document, “refusing to give the worker access to the home, the alleged victim, or the siblings; refusing to give the worker an interview with the alleged victim or the victim’s siblings, or concealing the alleged victim.” That is distinctly in contradiction to what has been established as binding legal precedent by the highest courts in the nation. The penalty for such action is being charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
It defies logic that one is threatened with criminal prosecution for exercising the rights – rights, not privileges – affirmed by our highest courts and guaranteed by the United States Constitution, as well as by the Constitution of Texas. In fact, the same protections clearly stated by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution are present in Section 9 of the Texas Bill of Rights, preventing “all unreasonable seizures or searches, and no warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or thing, shall issue without describing them as near as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.”
Furthermore, according to Section 29 of the Texas Bill of Rights, “PROVISIONS OF BILL OF RIGHTS EXCEPTED FROM POWERS OF GOVERNMENT; TO FOREVER REMAIN INVIOLATE. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein delegated, we declare that everything in this "Bill of Rights" is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.”
It seems to be a simple and clear cut matter to me. I firmly believe that our local DFPS case workers, Anthony Ramos and Azucena Carrasco are routinely ignoring their legally codified obligations to respect the Fourth Amendment protections detailed in the US Constitution and similar protections specified in the Texas Bill of Rights. I also firmly believe that, as a citizen, it is my duty and obligation to insist that these essential protections are respected, not just for myself and my children, but for all of us. I hope that I can count on your assistance and shall look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.
Here are the e-mail addresses, in case you, too, would like to remind them of their obligation to the Fourth Amendment: