This morning I was watching the National Debt clock on my desk top rush by and saw it is at $19.4 Trillion dollars. Hard to imagine that in 2000 when the debt reached $5 trillion we all thought tha…
Source: USE IT OR LOOSE IT AMERICA
This morning I was watching the National Debt clock on my desk top rush by and saw it is at $19.4 Trillion dollars. Hard to imagine that in 2000 when the debt reached $5 trillion we all thought tha…
Source: USE IT OR LOOSE IT AMERICA
This morning I was watching the National Debt clock on my desk top rush by and saw it is at $19.4 Trillion dollars. Hard to imagine that in 2000 when the debt reached $5 trillion we all thought that would be the highest it could get and everyone pledged to cut spending and lower the debt. Instead of doing anything at all about spending or cutting the debt we have gone on a spending spree that has not ended. Maybe it is time for the US to do what any reasonable company or person would do and either cut up the credit cards or declare bankruptcy. I know how dare I say the US can’t pay it’s debt, but in all reality we can’t and never will. We are at a point in our nations history where we can either get ahold of this runaway train of spending or call it quits and say we will never have it paid off, and beg for mercy from our debtors. Sad isn’t it hao the biggest econemy in the world is in all reality bankrupt. Really we are we just don’t have the common sence to quit. If every tax payer paid $162,500.00 right now we would pay off the debt. I don’t know about you but if I was handed a bill for that I couldn’t pay it and would declare bankrupcy.
I work in the construction industry as an Estimator and one of the things I have noticed in all of the years I have worked with Federal, State and Local contracts is that everyone has the use it or lose it mentality when it comes to their budgets and spending. I have not run into one single person who is looking worried about how anything is going to be paid for. They have the mentality that if at the end of the year they have not spent all of their budget then they will get less money the next year.
What this leads to is at the end of each year there is a spending spree in all of these departments so they can show they need a bigger budget for the next year. So in effect they are all buying useless shit just to spend money. Wait it gets better, I have personally offered cost saving ideas on contracts that would provide a comparable or better product with significant savings to the government and they were rejected. Why so their budgets would be safe. In one instance there was a $60,000.00 water heater where I offered a $14,000.00 deduct for a similar product. This was declined because that would show they didn’t spend their allotted monies for this project.
Think if all departments were offered incentives for reducing spending and finding ways they could cut costs. Oh but we can’t do that it would mean cutting federal jobs then what would those people do. Well the world needs more plumbers, electricians, carpenters, people who build things or make things. Guess they could learn a trade and be productive for a change instead of wasting time and money.
When me and my wife sat down and looked at our credit card debt we finally said enough and we saved and cut what we spent for a year. By doing this we were able to pay off that debt and cut up all those cards. It wasn’t easy and it took a lot to get it done but we had reached that enough is enough point. I think it’s time for the Fed. to do the same. It wont be easy it will mean sacrifice, but in the end it will be worth it. For us as a family it has meant extra money we have in our budget every mth as we are not having to pay those stupid credit card bills. This in its self was like getting a raise not to mention the interest we saved. As the bible says “The borrower is a slave to the lender” so the US is a slave to those who lend us money. I know there he goes talking the bible again.. Can’t help it.
I think we have all heard that if you put a frog in boiling water it will jump out but if you put it in a pot of water and slowly heat it up the frog will stay there until it boils to death. I look at the changes in the world and in our country and the more I look at where we are now as a people I am seeing that the water we are in is boiling. I don’t think that any of us would have chosen to jump off the diving board of life into the waters we are in now from say 15 yrs ago. But we did jump in a while ago when the water was nice and cool. Now however little by little things have changed, and with each tiny change the water has gotten a little bit hotter. Now the question is can we turn off the heat, or get out of the water in time?
To many things have changed in the course of my life to address them all but I will talk about a few that I am passionate about. One being the fact that God is being erased from our society, and being a Christian is now looked down upon by many. The other is how divided we have become as a society and a country.
For as long as I can remember God has had a part in not only our country, but the core values in America. From in God we trust to God Bless America. Now both of these things are being blotted out of existence. The more that talking about God is removed from society and politics it seems the more screwed up our nation gets. National day of prayer can’t do that. Prayer in schools, nope that can’t happen. The separation of church and state is being warped into an all out battle against God and those who believe in God. Now in a lot of places if you exercise your right to free speech and talk about God you will be harassed or persecuted for it.
I think it would be an interesting study to see since God was forced out of schools how far academics in schools has dropped, as well as how much violence has grown in those schools. I would bet that even atheists would see a comparison with these statistics. I will leave that to others to study though. Same thing can be done with our government. It seems the more as a society we drive out God the more that space gets replaced with evil things. The farther away from God our country gets the worse off everything gets. Just take a look for yourself and you can see we are a society driven by greed and corruption. Not one motivated by helping others and pushing for peace. Don’t get me wrong this is not just an American thing this is a human thing.
As we forced God out little bit by little bit no one said a thing. We all stood in the water thinking it’s not that bad as it slowly got hotter. Had this anti God movement happened all at once it would have been stopped dead in its tracks. I don’t think any of us would have jumped into the boiling water. Now we are at a place and time where even the mention or religion is taboo and will get you scolded, or if you exercise (or voice) your beliefs and someone is offended you are labeled a bigot, homophobe, or sued.. How do we go back to a time when we could pray in school if we want, or at work? Or I could say because of my religion I don’t think that is right. Honestly I don’t think we can get back to where we were. With enough prayer and unity maybe we can turn the heat down enough so we don’t boil to death. Or we can stay silent and in 5 yrs Christmas will no longer exist at all, and churches will all have to be hidden. That might be a bit extreme but look around the world Christians are being killed at an alarming rate simply because they are Christians. Is this the world we want for our kids and grand kids?
This same thing can be said for us as Americans giving up our rights. Little by little tiny step by tiny step we have given up our rights to the government. Either in the name of National Security, or the common good we have given up little rights. If you lumped them all together into one law to be passed we as a nation would have said hell no you can’t do that. However as one little at a time sure you can take that that’s not really a big deal and it will make us safer. See there I go chasing a squirrel…
Lets also look at the Us VS Them mentality that has swept the country. I know I am to blame for thinking this way to. I am part of the problem, but maybe by talking about it I can be part of the solution as well. I will say this I am a white christian heterosexual male. There I have just put myself into 4 distinct categories. Almost immediately most people have in their minds the fact that I am privileged, racist, close minded, homophobic, islamiphobic, NRA member and a Republican. Comon I know all of you thought at least one of those. If not you must have been living in a cave for the last 10 yrs or just don’t watch the news. You can not turn on the TV or listen to the news without seeing the racial and religious tension spreading like wild-fire in the world these days. It has gotten slowly worse and worse and instead of people (black and white or muslim and anyone) getting together and working to make things better we have divided into groups to fight against each other. I am white and I don’t want there to be any racial tension in the US. I will bet that if I sat down with a black man in my town he would want the same thing. So why are we killing people over this? Is that what God wants? Oh there he went with the God thing again, but think about it. The more we have taken God out of our culture this racial division has gotten worse. If we all followed Gods teachings guess what we would love our neighbor, not hate them because of the color of their skin. Love is blind this is what I am trying to teach my kids. Love others no matter their race or color. We are all the same inside and God made us all. A house divided can not stand. This is true for a nation and right now we are divided and leaning way over.
The same could be said for the religious tension and division. I don’t know much of the Muslim religion except what I hear on the news. I think most Muslims don’t really know much about the Christian religion except what they hear. So there are the beliefs that all Muslims are Terrorists and all Christians are Islamaphobes. I have not done anything to help in this category myself, probably due to fear and not knowing any Muslims myself. Perhaps If I got to know some Muslim groups and families there would be less of an unknown. I know some of the Radical Islamic groups are not capable of acceptance or change and I would not sit down with someone who openly wanted to kill me or my family. There are peaceful members of both religions and those are the ones I would like to get to know and meet with. In unity there is strength.
Basically these problems will not be solved in one big step. It took thousands of little steps to get to where we are now. The only way out of the boiling water is to little by little turn the heat back down. You can not erase hate over night, only by consistent small acts of kindness, forgiveness, and love over time. Maybe for me that means to get together a group of like-minded Christians and go meet a group of Muslims. Get to know them as people, make friends. Maybe I go to a BLM rally ans talk to the protesters there as people show them understanding and acceptance. Maybe if we start seeing each other as people not as labels little by little we can change the way society acts. I am not saying all people or groups can or will change. There will be those that have so much hate ingrained in them they will never change. Jesus says to love everyone as he loved us (I think Gandhi, Mohamed also said this or if they didn’t they should have). This means our enemies and those who want to kill us as well. Hard to do I know but ultimately if we all lived that way I think this world would be a better, safer place.
I don’t really know the solution this is my option I know there are many more but this is mine (this is my rifle there are many like it but this one is mine). I think next time I will ramble on about something a little bit lighter, and happy. Enjoy your week and be safe. God Bless America! I couldn’t help that one I am a Bible Thumping Gun Toting Republican anyway what would you expect. Actually I am Independent and don’t carry a gun but I will thump a bible if I can.
For centuries we have lived under the belief that justice is blind. Meaning that there is one set of laws and no matter who you are we must all follow the same laws. Today is a huge eye opener (at least to me) that this is a joke. Equal justice does not apply to everyone in the U.S.If you are in a place of power apparently you can pick and choose which laws apply to you. Case in point Hillary Clinton is clearly in violation of 18 US CODE 793 Gathering Transmitting and Loosing Defense Information. FBI Director in his statement on Mrs Clinton’s Email server stated that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.
Interesting that Director Comey choose to change Federal Law here and not press for prosecution. The Law reads below from Cornell Univ Law School.
Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
I have been hearing a lot about celebrations around the country for Pride week parades marches and parties. Everyone celebrating the LGBT community and members Pride in their beliefs. I think this is a great thing to be happening in the light of the Orlando shootings by a person/ group who wants to suppress a group they don’t believe in and in fact believe should pay for their beliefs with their lives. This isn’t right can’t we just get along?
I can say I “personally” don’t agree with the LGBT platform or lifestyle. That’s me, and that’s my belief. I do not however impose my beliefs on others or put down the group simply because I don’t agree with them. I do not agree with anyone enforcing their beliefs on others. Now I in turn do not want to have others views or beliefs imposed on me. I think that is fair.
I recently got into an argument with a person over #heteroprideday. I know here goes the bigot ranting again. the disagreement stemmed from this person telling me that because I was heterosexual I did not deserve a Pride Day. He couldn’t get the concept that I agreed with his right to a gay pride day and in fact supported it, but in turn I was also allowed the same right. I have no problem with Black History Mth, Gay Pride Week, Hispanic Pride but if I suggest a White History Mth or Heterosexual Pride Week I am either a racist, bigot or both.
The door swings both ways here. If you demand recognition of your beliefs and heritage then you in turn must extend the same recognition to other groups. Pride is not only for those who feel oppressed or a minority. If is for everyone. Everyone except those who wish to repress or harm those they disagree with. I do not accept a Radical Islam Pride day, and I will not until they stop executing people they disagree with. When this happens and they as a whole choose to coexist with others I welcome them to the group. I do not recognize a KKK Pride day either until they choose to get along.
God wants for us to love each other as he loves us. I don’t do it every day and I get pissed and don’t say the right thing. However I will admit when wrong and try my best to follow his word. If we all did that we would be in a better place. So bit of advice when your demanding the right to celebrate your beliefs and heritage that means you accept the right of others to do the same. Don’t call me a bigot for celebrating White Heterosexual Man Day. Haa like that would ever happen peoples heads would explode and the PC community would pass out as a whole. But think about it there is no difference in me celebrating pride in who I am as there is in you celebrating who you are.
Well I have decided to write a Blog. For whatever good it is here it goes. The title Behind My Tin Foil Hat came about because well some of the stuff I will babble about can be considered “conspiracy theory” or just make you say hay that guy is nuts.
The First Thought From Behind My Tin Foil Hat
I can’t say what prompted me to write this down, but I read daily about our loss of rights and it frightens me. So here we go, put on your tin foil hat and read my thoughts for a few minutes. I will try and not get into the election at all I think we are all sick of hearing anything about that topic. I can’t promise no jabs though. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” I believe in the world we live in today this has become all too natural for us to do. To say “It’s for the safety of the country”, or “If you’re not doing anything wrong why should you care” has been the common argument when someone talks about the fact that the Bill of Rights is being slowly done away with. I will admit I have said it myself.
Since the attack on 911 we as a nation have given up our rights in the name of national security and the fact that we wanted to catch terrorists. This article (if you call it that) is some of what I have found on what is left of our Bill of Rights. This is just my thoughts and observations, like anything I say take it with a grain “or cup” of salt. Please excuse grammar, spelling, or if I sometimes see a squirrel and loose topic.
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or press or the right of people to PEACEABLY assemble. No people this does not give you the right to riot, attack people, burn police cars, or repress the freedoms of others. I don’t think this right is completely gone yet but we are getting very close. As long as you watch what you say I think you are still OK. In this constantly evolving fight to be politically correct and not offend anyone there is the slippery slope of Hate Speech which is illegal. This would include Homophobia, Islamophobia, Racist Speech, and if I may add a few Christafobia, and Trumpafobia… So would it be a Hate Crime for the protestors who attacked Trump Supporters??? I would think so. Although I may not agree with what a lot of people have to say I do agree that they have the right to say it. Even if I may find it offensive personally.
There is a new law going up for vote in California against Private Schools that if passed would make it so a Christian school could not make it mandatory for students to attend chapel or make prayer mandatory. To me this is infringing on the religious rights of the school and the students. Look you knew this was a Private Christian School if you don’t agree with those views its simple don’t go there, just as I would not attend a Muslim School. Get real people.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This is one of the most argued of the rights. As it was originally written this was not to protect peoples hunting rights or sporting guns. Hard to believe but the men who wrote this did so because they felt that governments and armies would ultimately turn on their own people. They wrote the 2nd amendment because they believed an armed populous was a written guarantee this would never happen. Here is a short list of when gun laws went bad.
This list could go on and on. As of yet we still have our rights to own guns but this may not last long.
The Third Amendment (Amendment III) to the United States Constitution places restrictions on the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner’s consent, forbidding the practice in peacetime. Luckily we have some good news no one is violating this, however look up and read Executive Order 13603 which in times of Martial Law the Federal Government can take control of all housing, industry, transportation, food resources, and energy. One would hope it never gets implemented but the law is there so it can.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “[t]he 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. In today’s age this right is virtually gone. Especially if you live in the 100 mile radius of any of our borders. It was deemed that the government “to protect itself” had the power to stop and search people at or near the border without warrant or suspicion simply by the virtue of where the search takes place. This was originally intended for border crossings but has now extended to a strip 100 miles wide circling the country that includes 2/3rds of the population…
Now onto the digital searches. The DOJ now claims they do not need a warrant just a simple subpoena to get any information about anyone from internet search providers, Facebook or other sources. It’s easy enough to miss the gravity of this in-house interpretation when it comes to the Fourth Amendment. If the FBI today came to your home and demanded access to your emails, it would require a warrant obtained from a court after a show of probable cause to get them. If, however, the Department of Justice can simply issue a subpoena to Google to the same end, they can potentially vacuum up every Gmail message you’ve ever sent without a warrant and it won’t constitute a “search.” The DOJ has continued this practice even though in 2010 a federal appeals court ruled that bulk warrantless access to email violates the Fourth Amendment. So be aware Big Brother is watching. I am not even going to get into biometrics and facial recognition. I think we can basically write off this right…
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” I think it’s safe to say that we still have this right, as evidenced by Hillary Clintons Assistants and the IT guy. Sorry couldn’t help that one.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation. Right to a speedy trial should be pretty simple and up until 2011 it was. With the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act which includes giving the Federal Government the Authority to indefinably detain persons suspected of being terrorists or providing support to terrorists. Again we have signed over one of our rights in the name of National Security. To be held in a military jail without going before a judge is a concept that I cannot fathom.
The 7th amendment Right to trial by jury and the 8th Amendment cruel and unusual punishment (excessive fines) are also affected by this same NDAA. It was ruled that in the path to gathering intelligence the government was allowed to use torture in the cases of suspected terrorists.
The 9th Amendment The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. I won’t try and expand on this one as it confuses me maybe one of the guys who paid attention in Poly. Sci. can help (I napped thru this one). I read it as the rights not expressed in the above are still our rights they were just not spelled out. But I don’t know.
The 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. Yah we can pretty much write this one off. The Government has grown into this huge beast that has taken powers away from states to the extent of telling states what bathroom people have to use. Also with the use of Executive Actions the separation of powers as it is defined by the Constitution is gone. Now The President can simply make their own laws and bypass Congress, because we let them. Obama care was forced on the states weather they wanted it or not.
I guess the point of this huge dissertation is the fact that we have been signing away our rights as written bit by bit. None of this has happened overnight it has been a process that has been slowly evolving for a long time but we are running out of rights to give up. Some of you will write this off and say WOW take off the tinfoil hat dude, but these are facts. We have so few actual rights left we should all think and pray about it before giving up another. Also realize this once we give them up it will be almost impossible to get them back. If you actually made it to the end of this thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts. This country is made up of different people with different views and backgrounds. In order to get it back to where it needs to be we all need to stand up for our rights and the rights of others. Even the ones we don’t agree with. I don’t always do it but I try. I don’t agree with everyone but I try and see their side.
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