INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL UNDER ATTACK
November 30, 2010
Aldous Huxley in his 1932 Brave New World said a really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers (czars) control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude which brings us to the airport gropings, cancer causing cumulative radiation scanners and dirty gloves.
Are today’s leaders, who have been dreaming for decades for more control over our business, economy and personal lives, about to slam shut the communist gate? Its younger sister, socialism has been putting regulatory and entitlement posts in the ground since President Wilson with the unconstitutional Federal Reserve followed by the FDR era with Social Security, Johnson with Medicare and Medicaid and not wanting to be outdone by the Democrats, Republican president George W. Bush with his prescription drug boondoggle causing the U.S. to become insolvent. We were allowed to walk back and forth between the posts and then we had 9/11 and George W. Bush’s Patriot Act when the barbwire fence was strung on the posts but the gate remained open but with more and more restrictions on freedom to travel. Will we wake up one of these mornings to find the gate closed but the borders still open? Those who wanted “safety” over “liberty” may end up with neither.
Are President Barack Obama and his administration trying to break the airlines by scaring and inconveniencing riders and jeopardizing our economy? Why would I say that? Didn’t he take over the auto industry? The banks? And more recently Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has mentioned buses, cruise ships and the railroad for additional gropings and nude photos.
Napolitano said if the public does not like it, too bad. They should not fly. Frankly, I think this is simply another Testing 1-2-3 to see how long Americans will tolerate these dictatorial excesses. It is also being exposed that President George Bush’s first Director of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff may now be profiting from those clothes-penetrating scanners at airports. Follow the money! His consulting firm represents companies who make the scanners.
The Islamic would-be terrorists must be laughing at the absurdity of America continually playing defense! Five years ago under President George W. Bush liberal Portland was the only city to turn down the FBI’s offer of a Joint Terrorism Task Force. On Thanksgiving at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, age 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia living in Corvallis and an engineering student at Oregon State University, was arrested for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb parked near the tree lighting ceremony. Now Portland’s Progressive leaders are rethinking the Joint Terrorism Task Force after the FBI saved lives of Portlanders and pulled off the arrest without local police being involved.
The arrest was a culmination of a long-term FBI undercover operation during which Mohamud was being closely monitored as his alleged bomb plot developed. Following his arrest, it was reported his Mosque located near the campus suffered severe fire damage and the FBI is investigating a possible “hate” crime. The Portland Somali community in a downtown rally denounced the teenager’s bomb attempt; however, U.S. security and law enforcement experts in January 2010 said the Somali-based Muslim terrorist group Al-Shabaab announced that its fighters are aligned with Al-Qaeda’s global terrorism campaign.
A cynical source says he smells a stink bomb. He reminds me that in the 1960s the Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant to Oregon State University to devise a system for monitoring behavior. The residents in the target area (2 million+) are wired into a central mainframe computer that monitors household spending, sampling surveys, TV programs, etc. Portland is the birthplace for product introduction and research so he wonders because of all the criticism levied at Homeland Security prior to the bombing attempt, did the administration establish a behavior baseline for research purposes and then assist a fanatic bomber who could have been arrested without all the fanfare of placing the bomb in a van at the crowded Portland Pioneer Court House Square? He suspects that following the baseline research prior to the bombing versus the measured results after the bombing rendered some useful public relations findings that are designed to improve the image of Homeland Security as they continue to rape freedom in America. You be the judge.
The most recent test before the TSA privacy pat down searches was how the Cruise Ship Carnival Splendor’s motor room was crippled by an electromagnetic (EMP) allegedly by the Chinese. It took 11 hours between the EMP attack and the response and then the ship was adrift for several days before supplies for the passengers began arriving. Was this a test of the response time for American retaliatory measures against any Chinese warship or other enemy attacking the U.S. and its interests in the Pacific Ocean? And wasn’t it interesting it happened while our Commander- in- Chief of all U.S. military forces was out of the country again in India?
In 1993 the Environmental Protection Agency had a campaign to curtail private automobile use in the U.S. It was about that time that parking space was set aside around my neck of the woods encouraging people to car pool. The environmental watermelons, who are green on the outside and red on the inside, have long dreamed about the end of the auto age that provide the sort of individual mobility and privacy that statists deplore so should it be a surprise that automobiles have been targeted for massive environmental regulations?
Can the electric car be compared to the Amish horse (less the manure)? How far can they rapidly travel from home without switching to petro? The 9/23/2010 AP article said Portland, Corvallis, Eugene and Salem, Oregon not surprisingly have been selected as host sites for electric vehicle charging stations.
The $230 million public-private electrical vehicle charging station initiative is funded with a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The EV Project was selected to play a critical role in developing 15,000 charging stations in 16 states and metropolitan areas in three years but will we see a charge on our local electric bills to help cover the cost?
Both Oregon and California have high unemployment rates caused by voters electing and re-electing Democrats to the legislature and the governor’s office. It was also noted in mid November that Oregon is third in line for people on food stamps. Will these electric charging sites be a pay back for the union support at every election cycle? When it comes to union buggery, the blue states on the Pacific coast run a close second to Chicago who elected the first black mayor and with the machinery in place then elected Kenyan-born Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate and later to the presidency. Captive union members paid prevailing wages on government jobs want employment but have no say how their dues will be spent.
Oregon’s Mass Transit Division was authorized in 1969 by O.R.S. 184.680 as the state-wide coordinating, planning and research agency for systems involving mass transportation of human beings in the State of Oregon to insure the most orderly, efficient and economical development of such systems. Another Rockefeller project perhaps? More poignant, however, they want you to surrender your personal freedom of movement. Your right to go where you want, in the type of car you choose could soon be but a dim memory. It’s ironic, in the world of car-haters, like former V.P. Gore, everyone is suppose to ride public transportation…. except them! He rides in a limousine and travels in a private jet.
People on the east coast are already programmed to use mass transportation so out here on the Pacific Coast it has long been the dream of the socialist planners to have condos built along the tracks from Canada to the Mexican border and along light-rail tracks in Portland, Oregon to stop the suburban sprawl. Highway trust fund money is being used for the operation of mass transit systems which few people ride except in snow or black ice.
Portland, Oregon’s radical former Progressive feminist mayor and former legislator and first woman House Speaker Vera Katz, a transplant from New York, never learned how to drive and she made people believe she rode the bus; however, an article in the local paper noted her bus stop had been closed for weeks and she was unaware of it. Of course, someone picked the hypocrite up in a government car to take her to work. The Clinton administration began it’s war on the family car aiming to put most Americans on bicycles and living up to its reputation in being first to implement these socialist ideas, Portland is now big on bicycles and fatalities. A T.V. story the latter part of November showed the spray painted white “Ghost Bicycles” located along the paths where bicyclists have been injured or killed and parts are now being stolen off the “Ghost” bikes and sometimes the bikes.
It was reported in 1998 that the Los Angeles Transit project was being abandoned after $$$ was wasted but in a 11/23/2010 AP article it said California senators were seeking rail funding from the feds and the state hoped to get high-speed rail money that other states reject. In order to placate unions and get members back to work, the Obama administration has awarded billions of dollars to states to jump-start high-speed rail projects, including $3 billion for California. The rail project would eventually extend some 800 miles linking Sacramento and the Bay Area to San Diego at a time when bankrupt California is watching people leave.
Pres. Reagan said in 1985 it would be cheaper “to pass out free tickets” than continue a $35 per person subsidy for Amtrak passengers or to buy everyone who uses mass transit in Miami a limousine since the taxpayers are subsidizing the system to the tune of $100,000 a passenger. Of course, that was 1985! So if people still aren’t getting on bicycles or moving into mass transit fast enough, the social planners simply nudge us along by encouraging groping passengers at airport terminals making life as miserable as possible for the travelers. And now we hear PSA employees may become unionized assuring more votes for the Democrat party at the 2012 Presidential election. A former PSA employer to a radio talk show said some of these PSA folks enjoy the power they have over the travelers. Disgusted, he quit his well-paying PSA job and now has to work two jobs to support his family.
Compliance was relatively easy when seat belts were recommended for safety reasons. Soon they were mandated – another nudge. Automobiles made it easy for people to move about without surveillance but soon the new cars began to be manufactured with computerized tracking devices built into them linked up with overhead satellite. The November 3, 2010 The Daily Mall (United Kingdom) reports Europe is now testing a brand new traffic camera in Finland.
The camera is so advanced that it can not only check to see if motorists are speeding, but it also knows if the driver has insurance, is wearing a seatbelt or is driving too closely to other vehicles. The camera can take pictures from up to 150 feet away, and it is linked via satellite to police departments so that prosecutions can begin within seconds of a detected violation. Plans are underway to deploy these advanced traffic cameras all over Europe beginning in 2013.
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Our “shadow government” - those in positions of power strongly suspected it would be possible for them to control the whole world with the push of a button. A T.V. news reporter way back in 1991 said the weather was about the only thing man couldn’t control and then we learned about the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska – a joint effort between the Russian and U.S. government. The government’s appetite for control can never be satisfied.
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