As you may have heard, an as-of-yet unnamed rodeo clown thought he would have a little fun at our illustrious leader’s expense and wear an Obama mask during a performance at the Missouri State fair. Now everyone from the fair’s officials, the governor, the lieutenant governor, to a U.S. Senator have all condemned the act and the rodeo clown was permanently banned from participating at the venue in the future. There are even reports that a Civil Rights / DOJ investigation is being called for. What bull$hit. For what? Exercising his constitutional right to wear an Obama mask? Friends, it does not matter what he said or did while he was wearing that mask. If that were true, every late night talk-show host would be facing similar accusations. VooDoo friend Glenn Beck responded to those in “positions of power” who expressed outrage over an Obama mask at a Missouri rodeo, saying President Obama is not God or the prophet Mohammed, and the people have a right to mock him. Well said. I’ve got my Obama mask on right now!
Trouble a’ brew’n in the City of New Rochelle, NY. Looks like a federal lawsuit was filed last week against the City, its Mayor and five members of the City Council for confiscating the “Don’t Tread on Me” Flag (known as the Gadsden Flag) from a flagpole at the local Armory. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle (UVMPA-NR) and its president, Peter Parente, a Marine Corps veteran. The story goes that City Manager Chuck Strome ordered Peter Parente to remove the Gadsden Flag because it was a Tea Party symbol. Strome later changed his mind after Parente provided him with information describing the historical significance of the flag. However, less than 3 hours later, Parente was informed that the New Rochelle City Council ordered removal of the flag. It was later discovered that the Council’s meeting violated New York’s open meeting laws and neither the public nor the two Republican council members were notified. The Gadsden Flag was retired by the Veterans and confiscated by the Public Works Department. Friends, I don’t know about you, but I’m fighting mad right now. Please take some time to tell these idiots that they have confiscated a piece of American history infringing on individual and organizational rights of the UVMPA-NR; That they have no honor, or values; and like most of our leaders need the $hit slapped out of them. Semper Fi, Marines…
UPDATE – 08/19/13 – I just ran across a nice editorial discussing the historical significance of the Gadsden Flag. Nice piece.
UPDATE – 02/26/14 – New Rochelle Council Member Filed Hate Crime Complaint with Police After Receiving Racially-Charged Phone Calls Amidst Gadsden Flag Controversy.
UPDATE – 12/27/14 – New Rochelle veterans lose Gadsden flag case
Looks like Edward Snowden has leaked another little tidbit about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs. According to The Guardian, the NSA taps all you do online and XKeyscore is the program they use to do it. This program essentially makes available everything you’ve ever done on the Internet – browsing history, searches, content of your emails, online chats, even your metadata – available without any prior authorization — no warrant, no court clearance, no signature on a dotted line. Some NSA flunky simply plugs in a private email address, and seconds later, your online history is no longer private. That is more power than government should have over its own people. XKeyscore is the second black mark on the NSA’s record in the past few weeks. The Guardian’s first story uncovered PRISM, a highly controversial surveillance program that reportedly allows the security agency to access the servers of major Internet organizations including Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, YouTube and Skype, among others. As I mentioned on a previous post, you should have no expectation of privacy when communicating digitally. There are however, steps you can take to limit what is collected about you. I’ve started using the Startpage search engine rather than Google. StartPage combines the powerful search results of Google with the strong privacy features of Ixquick, the world’s most private search engine. No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is gathered or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed on your browser. Startpage also offers secure SSL encryption, a proxy option that allows anonymous web surfing, full third-party certification, and numerous other privacy features. I recommend switching to Startpage immediately. FYI, work continues on the Villainous VooDoo data encryption solution; stay tuned…
UPDATE – 08/21/13 – A new report by the Wall Street Journal says the NSA “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic.” And while the NSA is only supposed to “target” foreigners, the NSA sometimes “retains the written content of e-mails sent between citizens within the U.S.”
The DOJ is considering Federal Civil Rights Violation charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Can’t say I’m surprised; this administration will do anything to grab some headlines. My issue is that Attorney General Eric Holder is promising ‘compassion’ and ‘truth’ in the DOJ’s investigation of the matter. Truth?! I don’t believe that for one second. Where is the ‘truth’ about the ‘fast-and-furious’ guns in Mexico scandal? Where is the ‘truth’ about the Benghazi cover up? Where is the ‘truth’ about the IRS scandal? Where is the ‘truth’ about the NSA surveillance programs? This administration is using Holder as it’s puppet to drive a media campaign designed to appease those who disagree with the verdict. What about double-jeopardy? Zimmerman was found not guilty! Move on! If the DOJ charges Zimmerman with civil rights violations, it will be because people like Al Sharpton stirred up enough racists in the streets for Obama to put down his 9 iron long enough to get his Holder puppet out. I don’t know about you, but I would expect some civil rights violations getting filed against OJ Simpson… Here we go… Complete Bull$hit.
UPDATE – 08/29/13 – In a speech at the social action luncheon of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Holder pledged that the Justice Department would “continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law” and would work to “alleviate tensions, address community concerns and promote healing” in response to the case. People! Zimmerman was found not guilty. Get over it!
UPDATE – 09/16/13 – Civil Rights Cases: A Look At The Federal Government’s Role
UPDATE – 10/06/13 – Holder: Trayvon charges still possible – ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
UPDATE – 03/21/14 – Holder: Decision coming soon…
UPDATE – 02/24/15 – DOJ announces there will be no charges against Zimmerman