Archive for September, 2012


Running east this morning toward a grinning crescent moon, Venus danced in my eyes as I paced. Rarely do I run in silence. Today was different. My knees lifted a little higher, my breathing more level and rhythmic. I turn off the iPod and listen to the morning.

My eyes delighted by the glorious BeeHive star cluster . I hear the waves of Lake Pontchartrain breaking in the darkness and smell the faint saltness that reminds me that the oceans run in my veins. What a fantastic day to be alive.

Outloud I channel  Hemingway. “Best of all He loved the Fall…..”

Outloud I channel  Todd Beamer ” lets roll…”

Thanks to Jeffery L. Hunt for the photo of this glorious morning

Sunday Haiku

there is suffering.

detach from the pain of want

the suffering ends.

The United States government is using social media and new face recognition software to conduct surveillance on the citizens.  http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-recognition-system-ngi-640/

“FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars”

” Facial recognition “is more accurate with a Google or a Facebook, because they will have anywhere from a half-dozen to a dozen pictures of an individual, whereas I imagine the FBI has one or two mug shots,” he says. When these files are then fed to law enforcement agencies on local, federal and international levels, intelligence databases that include everything from close-ups of eyeballs and irises to online interests could be shared among offices.”

” the FBI said that the technology could be used for “Identifying subjects in public datasets,” as well as “conducting automated surveillance at lookout locations” and “tracking subject movements,” meaning NGI is more than just a database of mug shots mixed up with fingerprints — the FBI has admitted that  their intent with the technology surpasses just searching for criminals but includes spectacular surveillance capabilities. Together, it’s a system unheard of outside of science fiction”.

Additional to  the 4th amendment concerns is the very real (inevitable) possibility of abuse for political purposes. The totalitarian aspect of the current administrations disregard for constitutional restraints can not be overstated. Given this surveillance power, it’s chilling to consider the skullduggery and violations of privacy we are in for.  We know that drones already patrol the United States for various reasons, and we can expect this NGI technology to be onboard as well.

Little by little,  as we surrender our sovereignty to the state, The remorselessly expanding state consumes evermore of our and our children’s birthright of Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by imposing crushing deficits & generational theft and  now systems that monitor our every move.

This is Orwellian, and we’re all Winston Smith.

As O’Brian tells Smith in the Book 1984 ,”If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever”

When will the public demand the end of government waste of the money they confiscate from us ?

Examples like this are rampant

“One Amtrak employee spent much of his time in the office sending  emails to  women he met through a half-dozen online dating sites and  claimed overtime pay  for hours he spent officiating high school sporting  events. Another worker may  have received more than $100,000 in bogus  overtime, records show”

   We pay for that.

Amtrak lost  $85 Million last year on food services alone and Almost A BILLION DOLLARS of TAXPAYERS MONEY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. “Over the last 10 years, these losses have amounted to a staggering $833.8 million,” said Mica. “It costs passengers $9.50 to buy a cheeseburger on Amtrak, but the cost to taxpayers is $16.15. Riders pay $2 for a Pepsi, but each of these sodas costs the U.S. Treasury $3.40.” Thats just on food services. The total cost of the amtrak boondoggle is incalculable.

Obama want to double down on Amtrak. With Amtrak siphoning at least $1.6 billion per year just to provide the current level of mediocre and underutilized service. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/03/president-obama-sees-amtrak-as-key-to-americas-transportation

Thats just amtrak:  There are at Least 50 examples of government waste only a mouse click away.

A couple of my favorites

Lawmakers diverted $13 million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating the Army Corps of Engineers — the agency partially responsible for the failed levees that flooded New Orleans.[43]

Congress appropriated $20 million for “commemoration of success” celebrations related to Iraq and Afghanistan.[37]

The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.[35

Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, “Girls Gone Wild” videos, and at least one sex change operation.[23]

More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for.[22]

And on and on- Yet the new obamacare law will  grant massive new powers to the IRS,  backed up by billions of dollars in additional taxpayer funds for the hiring of  thousands of new IRS agents, examiners, and other personnel  and Hire up to 16000 new IRS thugs to enforce it.

How long will we tolerate this ?

This man is so lazy, he can’t even be bothered to invent new propaganda…

 

Same Old…, Same Old

Lies, false hope, obfuscation and scapegoating.

 

 

It is with great humility and sincere thank yous that I today write to those kind folks from around the world who have send their best wishes and words of inspiration and encouragement this past week. I am very new to blogging and am amazed the reach my little site has achieved. Thank all of you for following this blog and wishing me well.

A category 1 Hurricane is a serious storm. Years ago I learned that nature is much more powerful than man and is not to be trifled with. We survived very well and tolerated the inconvenience of hurricanes as best we could. The electricity was out for 5 days, but we maintained fresh water supply and that is more important than electricity.

We did suffer some property damage. when  a section of our neighbors house

collapsed on top of our house. It took out a portion of the roof. It also killed one of our boats and my motorcycle.

Some inside damage occurred after impact.

Sheetrock fell and the like, but I quickly tarped the damage as the storm would allow, offering some relief from the squalls, so the loss was contained to the falling bricks and not exacerbated by rain damage. It was an exhilarating challenge to tarp that roof during a hurricane but I managed to do just that.                             Good times… Good times….

 

Sunday Haiku

Read By Candlelight

and the light of the blue moon

content  with  silence