Happy Bill of Rights Day! Not!

Apparently, it is not enough that Americans are now subjected to molestation and groping in the name of security of air travel, but now the Bill of Rights is null and void. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act with language that allows American citizens on American soil to be detained indefinitely without due process, without probable cause, without legal representation simply for suspicion of terrorism.

You can read the story for yourself here. http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/9200-white-house-backs-off-ndaa-veto-threats

Wake up America! I was raised to believe that I live in the best country in the world. A country that people literally would risk everything they have including their lives to have the freedoms we have here. This bill essentially nullifies the Bill of Rights on Bill of Rights Day. Where’s the media? Where is the ACLU? Where are the American citizens? Are we really willing to sacrifice everything for perceived security????

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Compromised WordPress Sites Redirecting to Black Hole Exploit Kit Servers

The Black Hole exploit kit is really becoming a serious pain in the neck for people trying to use the Internet. At some point, it may become easier to start a list of the URLs that aren’t hosting the exploit kit, rather than the ones that are. For the time being, the latest entry in the latter category is a group of thousands of WordPress blogs that have been compromised and are now redirecting visitors to sites serving the Black Hole exploit kit.

The ongoing attack is using a combination of tactics to compromise the WordPress blogs. Researchers at Avast found that attackers have been using stolen or guessed FTP credentials on the servers that host the blogs in order upload a malicious PHP file. That file will download other malicious code. The attackers also are exploiting a known vulnerability in the TimThumb image resizing utility used on many blogs to upload the malicious code.

Once the code is on a compromised site, as visitors hit the site the code will generate iframes that will redirect users to a remote site that is hosting the Black Hole kit.

E-Secure-IT
https://www.e-secure-it.com

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September 11th Remembered

I claim no credit for this post, but the author was spot on so I am reposting.

Dear President Obama,

Part of my life I spent as a photographer. One of the subjects I photographed was the World Trade Center. I loved that place. Every chance I got I wanted to get up to the top of the world and shoot photos and cavort with my friends. I can’t describe what it is, was, like to view the world from that high up, feel the wind, the crisp air, peer into an azure blue and endless sky, and have so much of the this great nation in ones view. I was so nuts about the place I photographed the lobby. Who takes pictures of a lobby? With no one in it? I do. What caught my eye was the flags of all the countries along the walls, and those massive arcing windows just below them. I did it all in black and white, and when I look at those photos now I see a ghost of myself, and this nation. I see what this nation once was, and will be again. Bigger and better than before. As Americans we have earned the right to dream bigger, and build better, than any nation on the planet, it never ceases to amaze me what a free people can accomplish on a voluntary basis. We did not build one of the tallest buildings – we built two of ‘em!

Shortly we will honor those souls who were lost on September 11, 2001. We do this to commemorate the countryman and women we lost, and to thank those who gave their last breath, and their lives, to save people they have never met. Some succeeded, others died as heros to forever rest on Gods’ shoulders; for who would God want more to keep him company for eternity then a few NYPD firefighters and cops! There’s no more pleasant a sound then to listen to a cop and a firefighter yak about absolutely nothing. On that day, Islamic Militants boarded planes, and made a conscious and calculated decision to kill my fellow Americans, and the day after, America, dusted herself off, and went to work facing an enemy that we had pointed lawyers and judges at, and not bullets and bombs, that failure and miscalculation caused that day, President Clinton cashing the peace dividend on the backs of our national defense, and our intelligence efforts caused that day, failing to pull the trigger on Osama caused that day, weakness in the face of evil caused that day . . . but on September 12, 2001 we didn’t care the cause, we all wanted to go to war to keep that day from happening again. Then, President Bush climbed onto hollowed ground and validated our desire and need to kick some tail. When a foreign enemy hits us, we hit ‘em back and when they fall we get the next guy, and the next guy, until the rest of ‘em decide to quit. We know that day has arrived when the next guy decides to pick a plow share, and not a suicide belt – that day, unfortunately, is not today.

At some point something went awry. I’m betting that the notion of proportional response crawled into our leaders minds, and the geopolitical ramifications of this or that counter-attack on what ever country that gave rise to this brand of evil, and then we committed the greatest sin of listening to those voices – even giving them merit. Some of the purveyors of those voices are now leading this nation, in fighting for the enemy politically, they won, and now they are giving those same men and women fighting for this nation their orders – ponder that for a moment. That occurred because the purveyors of those voices had a more than willing far left wing media to amplify them, and tell us that our rage was nothing more than “islamophobia.” Sound familiar? As I write these words islamic militants are planning their next attack, while our President blindly seeks peace with those same people. Do you trust a person who says one thing to one person, and something else to another? Why should we as a nation do that?

On November 6, 2012 we will be asked to render a judgment, and select a new leader who is willing to make tough economic calls based on common sense that we all know in our hearts to be true, and make difficult choices, rapidly, under immense political and emotional strain. While simultaneously resisting the strong desire to prosecute President Obama and his administration for their failures – I think we have had enough of that. Our failed spend first borrow more and open hand foreign policy is a sign of weakness, and stupidity, that our enemies are relying on, and our friends now use as a basis for their mistrust – I don’t blame them. If a murderer came into my home and I gave them access to my bedroom and my children, I have only myself to blame for not being prepared to meet that challenge. Well, ladies and gentleman, we have challenges ahead, we need politicians who will meet them, head on, with enough force to not only check, and reverse the spread of socialism, if not communism, but to have the stomach to fight evil without remorse so the next guy decides that it is not worth the trouble.

You numb nuts in Washington DC may own the clocks, but we’ve got the time, and on November 6, 2012 – times up baby.

Joe Doakes

September 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

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UBL is Finally Dead

I have been frustrated by UBL’s existence for 13 years (yes, 13 years). I am glad he will not be alive to cause terror and death to anyone else. I pray for the families of his victims and to his family members as well. I only wish we had gotten the OK to get him in 1998 before his terrorist organization became more organized and more resolved to kill. May his victims finally rest in peace.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you have a wonderful time with family but most importantly, I hope you remember the reason for the season. God sent His Son to be born of a virgin so that this child, who was fully God and fully man, could later die for our sins.  God gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could know Him and spend eternity with Him. There has never been nor will there ever be a greater gift!

As you spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with your family, maybe you could pull out your family Bible and read Luke 2.

No matter what you believe…no matter what you have going on in your life…miracles do happen around Christams time. I pray that you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas with your family and all  your hopes and dreams come true. Most importantly, I pray that you KNOW in your HEART the one and only TRUE meaning of Christmas.

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I’m still alive…

Just a quick post to anyone who cares…

I’m still alive and will post something new someday soon! Til then Muuuahh!!!

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Surprise!

I came home from work yesterday and hubby told me he had a surprise. Handcuffs, legcuffs, blindfold and something else that he did not reveal until after we had already begun playing with the other items. Let’s just say OH MY …..!!!

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1st & 4th Ammendment + Flying

The 4th ammendment to the US Constitution states:

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

I cannot understand how randomly selecting airline passengers to either be virtually stripped or molested for our perceived security is not a violation of our 4th ammendment rights and in some cases our 1st ammendment rights. I for one believe that no one should know the shape of my body but my husband, least of all a complete stranger.

As someone who works in the risk management field, I can tell you this control does little to deter a terrorist. A control is only as good as your ability to enforce it which is why the TSA “enhanced” their pat downs to include groping, molesting and even sticking their hands in people’s pants. This is government bullying plain and simple. They enhanced the pat downs and made them more intrusive in order to force people to prefer to go through the stripping machines.

First of all a terrorist with an underwear bomb would have to be selected in order to go through the extra screening in the first place. Secondly, if he were selected for extra screening, he would just decline both the body scan and the “enhanced pat down” just like that John Tyner guy did. Do you really think a threat of a $10,000 fine would be a deterrent for a terroist? No, it would not. And so far in this country you cannot be illegally detained. Not wanting to be virtually stripped or molested is not probable cause to detain someone so they have to let them go.

 I would like to see the stats on your chances of being a victim of a terrorist attack compared to being struck by lightening. If your chances of being struck by lightening is higher should you dress in all rubber every time you leave your house? I would also like to compare the stats of being a victim of a terrorist attack to the chances of being a victim of sexual assualt.  I guarantee your chances of being sexually assualted is higher if you are a frequent flyer.

There is no way I am going to let a stranger feel me up, stick their hands in my pants OR see me naked. It is not going to happen and it shouldn’t. If you have to question whether an activity is appropriate for a child, then it probably is not appropriate for anyone! Buying a plane ticket is not reasonable cause to violate your 4th ammendment rights.

When innocent Americans are being stripped and molested in the name of security, the terrorists have won!  What amazes me most about this is that some people are ok with waiving their right to privacy and modesty. To those people, I ask you this: If you are willing to give up privacy and modesty for perceived security, what do you have left?

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

I’ve been having trouble with a certain boy and truthfulness.  I think I will require him to memorize this poem as I did when I was a child.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

An Aesop fable adapted by Louis Untermeyer

A boy employed to guard the sheep
Despised his work. He liked to sleep.
And when a lamb was lost he’d shout
“Wolf! Wolf! The wolves are all about.”

The neighbors searched from noon ‘til nine
But of the beast there was no sign
Yet “Wolf!” cried the boy the next morning when
The villagers came out again.

One Evening around 6 o’ clock,
A real wolf fell upon the flock.
“Wolf!” cried the boy.” A wolf indeed.”
But no one paid him any heed.

Although he screamed to wake the dead,
“He’s fooled us every time.” They said.
And let the hungry wolf enjoy
His feast of mutton, lamb and boy.

The moral is this:
A man who is wise,
Does not defend himself with lies.
Liars are not believed forsooth,
Even when liars tell the truth.

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Education in America

A friend sent me a link to this speech and I think this young lady expresses with great wisdom in her Valedictorian speech, what we all feel about the education system in America.

Here I Stand
Erica Goldson

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years . .” 
The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” 
Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.”

This is the dilemma I’ve faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.

Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn’t you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.

John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, “We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don’t do that.” Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.

H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the aim of public education is not

    • to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. … Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim … is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States. (Gatto)

To illustrate this idea, doesn’t it perturb you to learn about the idea of “critical thinking.” Is there really such a thing as “uncritically thinking?” To think is to process information in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting other opinions as truth?

This was happening to me, and if it wasn’t for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how insane this ostensibly sane place really is.

And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us.

We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren’t we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job, so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There is more, and more still.

The saddest part is that the majority of students don’t have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can’t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.

For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened. You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand that the excuse, “You have to learn this for the test” is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.

For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will demand truth.

So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here watching me. I couldn’t have accomplished this without all of you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way, we are all valedictorians.

I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell is more of a “see you later” when we are all working together to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let’s go get those pieces of paper that tell us that we’re smart enough to do so!

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