Collect This!

Do I think the NSA is actively spying on every American? No, I don’t. What I do think can happen is this. A person is making reservations for a flight on their computer, and a few days later that persons kid is looking up stories on terrorist bombings from the same computer, ie.. IP address. Now you have “plane reservations” and “bombings” from the same IP address, which could be caught in an NSA filter, and the systems or people begin to drill down, looking a little closer…at nothing.

The government and politicians toss the word “security” around to get what they want just like ballot issues for education spending toss the word “children” around. Or how they use children, puppies and kittens to sell a product. Who can say “no” to our security. It’s just harmless data, if you aren’t doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about. In that case I think everyone should just give out their email passwords to everyone they know, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then what do you have to worry about, or hide?

It boils down to this very simple thing, the 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“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 probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”.

“Metadata” is being seized from and stored on ALL Americans. How does this not violate the 4th amendment? If we are going to be so cavalier with our rights at this level, in the name of security, then when will it reach the point where law enforcement can just pull you over for no reason and search your car? Or decide they are going to perform random household searches for nor reason. Or how about install cameras in every TV made so they can watch inside your house…sound like something that was in the book 1984?

Here are a few other bill of rights amendments being trampled upon.
1st – Campaign finance reform.
2nd – Cities banning the ownership of guns. When did a city ordinance trump the U.S. Constitution?
4th – You just read about it.
10th – Common Core. A federal takeover of education.

There are probably many others I’ve missed here, but you get the point.

Folks, if you believe it’s fine and dandy for them to collect and store your data, then you have fallen far from the tree of freedom the Founding Fathers planted.

Thanks for reading!

Sgt. Hug

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Real “Grassroots”

The Republican convention last week got me thinking.   There were many excellent speeches by young and diverse people, then there were the ones from the old guard.  What I took from this was a passing of the torch from the old guard to the new guard.  In 2010 there was a huge turnover of old timers and ineffective representatives and senators, that was motivating, but I think 2012 will be more of the same, though I’m hoping for a big turnover in the senate from liberal to conservative.

It got me thinking how I came about to be a conservative, which for one misstep, I’ve been the entire time.  When I was young, living in NY, me and my best friend loved to see movies, and we saw a lot of them.  We did not have enough money for my folks to just hand out weekly ticket prices, so me and my buddy worked.  We both had paper routes, we mowed lawns, raked leaves, and shoveled snow.  We didn’t ask for money, we took it upon ourselves to work for our money, which bought movie tickets.  We knew at a young age you had to earn, not just receive a handout.

When I was a young teenager I got in lot of trouble with the law, and I remember very clearly my mother telling me, you screwed up and “you will have to pay for what you did”.  She wasn’t meaning money wise, she was meaning whatever punishment was coming to me.  This was the first real test in accepting responsibility for my actions…and boy was I headed for deep water, but I took it, and persevered.

Later in my teen years my sister and I wanted to wear the nice Polo shirts and Levi 501 jeans…but they cost a bit of money.  My dad said he was our father, that he would buy our cloths as long as they were JC Penny Plain Pocket jeans, or Fox shirts.  Here’s the hook, he siad we could get the Polo and Levi’s, but we had to pay for half the cost…that meant we had to go to work to have the nicer things.  Similar to the movie story, we had to work for the non essentials, they weren’t going to be handed to us.

The fun biggie was when I graduated from high school.  I didn’t have a desire to go to college at the time (I wasn’t a good student), so I wanted to go to work for the same company where my dad worked.  But did I just get handed a job, no, he set it up where I would have to go through the interview process, there was no guarantee of my getting the job, if I had blown the interview it would have been no dice.  Well, I got the job, and one of the first things my dad told me was this, “you are making enough money now to live on your own, starting now you will pay $50.00 a month rent, which will pay for your food.  Your rent will increase $50.00 a month every year until you move out”.    Right out of the gate my dad was making learn the responsibility of paying bills, because in addition to the rent, I also started a car payment at the same time.

No, my parents started teaching me the basics of responsiblity at an early age, which I thank them.  Anyway, that is my story of  becoming a conservative, I didn’t know it at the time, but it was being instilled in me at a young age.

After I got bored working in the factory, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and that was icing on the cake of my youthful lessons.

I have said for years that democrats/liberals don’t belive in taking responsiblity, blame someone else for your shortcomings or problems, it is very evident in their basic policy attitudes.  At the same time I’ve always said I thought republicans/conservatives were more apt to take responsiblity.  This was very evident to me while listening to the motivating, take action and responsibility speeches from some of the bright young conservative stars out there.  I was very motivated to see the younger guard taking a big, much-needed step forward.  Clearly there are exceptions in both parties, but the rule of thumb stands.

One thing I can say for sure, I have started teaching my kids responsibility, respect, and individualism at their young ages.  Sure, a lot of it will need to be repeated over and over and over again…but it will eventually sink in, and when they are grown I hope they can look back at the same kind of moments I have.

Sgt. Hug

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Todd Aching

A person can have any belief or opinion they want, it’s a free country (for now anyway).  Todd Akin doesn’t agree with abortion, fine, a lot of people don’t.  But when a public official says something as ignorant as he did about how a womans body can defend against becoming pregnant during a “legitimate rape”, was completely idiotic and ill-informed.  I’m not going to get into the technical aspects of what he said, but about him saying those words at all.

Akin has been in public office for 24 years, 12 in the Missouri House and 12 in the U.S. House, he has been in many campaigns and is not an amateur at interviews.  When people in his position “misspeak” it’s one of two things, they are either an idiot, or they are voicing their true opinion/belief.  To me, Akin was expressing both.  His statement on abortion is what he believes, the fact that he said it two weeks after winning the republican primary for a run at the U.S. Senate currently held by Claire McCaskill, makes him a complete idiot.  Now I’ve heard democrats took up republican ballots and voted for Akin because they figured he would be the easiest for Claire to beat…and it turns out they might be correct, but that’s another story.

Republicans in force came out against Akin, asked him to withdraw from the election, it wasn’t a few people, it was nearly everyone.  What does Akin do, he sends out an apology and doubles down by staying in the race.  He actually tried to blame the liberal media for the outrage, which means he is blind, because it was conservatives who were pissed.  A week after his comments in that ill-fated interview, he is still being talked about, and now the liberal media are actually the ones keeping it alive, along with Obama surrogates, by trying to tie Paul Ryan to Akins beliefs.  By staying in the race the guy proved to everyone he is self-serving and thinks his ambition to get to the senate is more important to what Missourians and the country think.  He played right into the hands of the lefties who try to claim conservatives have a “war against women”.  There is a good chance he just handed the election to the person holding the most vulnerable seat in the Senate, Claire, and if she wins, he will deservedly get the blame.

I did not vote for Akin in the primary, the fact that Mike Huckabee was a huge supporter of his, and endorsed him, was enough for me not to vote for him…I am a zero fan of Huckabee.   But since he was the nominee, I was going to vote for him to help get rid of McCaskill, now I will not vote for him under any circumstance.  I have held my nose and voted for people because “this election is so important”, but I will not do that anymore.  I will not sell my soul down the river again.  I sure as Hell won’t vote for Claire, I’ll write someone in, probably John Brunner (who I voted for in the primary), or I’ll check out the libertarian candidate.

Yeah, Todd Akin is sorry excuse for a representative and candidate.  I’m glad I don’t live in his district.

Sgt. Hug

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Honkyazation

I have come to the conclusion, well one that I concluded a long time ago, the main street media can’t be trusted. They go put of their way to paint conservatives in whatever bad light they can.

The most recent was this knucklehead from MSNBC, Toure’, who actually said Mott Romney was demonizing by “niggerazation” of Obama, simply because Romney said Obama’s campaign was angry. S.E. Cupp want going to let that crap pass, but the host kept trying to speak for Toure’ in defense. This guy is given a pass, Joe Biden is given a pass when he says “they are going to put y’all back in chains” to a crowd that was half black. BUT NO, Romney says Obama is angry and he called out for using racial coding.

Now when it comes to polling, and news surveys, I don’t trust any of them. They will do anything they can to make it look like BO is doing a good job. Funny part is, most of the commie loving left wingers probably think he is doing a good job. Liberals hate Fox News because they actually present both sides, and the interviewers or hosts (of news shows) don’t try to twist things in the favor of right wingers.

Look at the tax form nonsense, I could care less if he, or any presidential candidate shows tax returns…it is not a requirement. But the media keeps hammering away at it, because it deflects from the horrible job BO has done, and that he has nothing to run on but hate and anger…oops, that must mean I am attempting niggerazation of Obama. The part that really cracks me up, is the moron is half white! Maybe the right should try the honkyazation of Obama.

So, to say again, I don’t trust any of the media, or anything that comes out of their mouths. They live in a bubble of delusions.

Sgt. Hug

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Give Me Some R&R

I think Mitt Romney made a very wise choice for his running mate. In an online survey a month ago, it asked who you thought he should choose…I answered Paul Ryan.

The other options are excellent, and they all have their strong suits, but here is why it couldn’t be any of them.

Rob Portman – From Ohio, clearly would have pandering to a swing state.

Bob McDonnell – From Virginia, home of the first president. No need to have that come up.

Marco Rubio – From Florida, clearly would have pandering to another swing state, and Latinos.

Condoleezza Rice – Clearly pandering to women and blacks.

David Petraeus – Great general, but he took a job working for Obama.

Chris Christie – I think he is too much of a showboat.

Other primary candidates – pandering to another’s fan base.

So, the choice he made was the person I would have picked, Paul Ryan. PR has been in the House for 14 years, he knows how to represent people, he knows the economy, and he is a middle guy who can appeal to the older republicans, and the new generation of conservatives. Mitt Romney was able to keep this very secret, he used his brain in the vetting process, and he didn’t cave to the popular stars, or who the masses thought it should be. No, by picking Ryan, Romney doubled down on the economy, because in this case “It’s the economy, stupid (Obama)”, is a line that really tells it all.

This first big decision for Romney was a very well thought out good one, and to me it is a sign for future decisions should he become our next president…and boy do I hope he does.

Sgt. Hug

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Best of the Best

Once upon a time the thought of our professional athletes competing in the amateur Olympics didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Yeah, I know it was done so our teams would stand a chance against the old Soviet block countries, who’s athletes we 100% state sponsored. For all practical purposes the rest of the world was competing against professional Soviet block athletes.

Then, the other day when Serena Williams was playing for the gold, my first thought was no true amateur would stand a chance against her. Suddenly (maybe late to the game) it came to me…at Olympic level every athlete, from every country is a professional athlete. The only reason we don’t think of gymnasts, swimmers, or a variety of others as pros, is because they don’t earn a living off their sport. Now, if there was a swimming, biking, or a gymnast season, where teams played other cities or states competitively, and we all sat in front of the TV having a beer and cheering on on, and they earned millions, we would think of them as pros. Bottom line, most people only care about most of the Olympic sports once every four years (separating summer and winter). We won’t pack a stadium or an arena to watch water polo, or curling, so there is no money to be earned. But make no mistake, they are all the absolute best at their sports in the world.

So, I have changed my mind, bring on the pros. Besides, what person from Lithuania wouldn’t love the opportunity to play basketball against Lebron James…even knowing they will be severely beaten. This make me wonder why basketball is even in the summer games, I mean their U.S. season is played indoors…during the winter! Must be because they wear shorts and tank tops.

All of this being said, I think I have watched maybe an hour of Olympics this time around. Regardless…GO USA!

Sgt. Hug

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Liberal Tolerance

This whole Chick-fil-A nonsense is jut that, nonsense. So the CEO is a religious man to the point his restaurants are not open on Sundays, and that’s fine. He also happened to have made a statement saying he didn’t believe in gay marriage…and that brought the wrath of many liberals. First their vocal disagreement with him was expressed, fine, people have the freedom of speech.
But that wasn’t good enough, the liberals were so pissed someone vocally expressed a differing view, that Boston and Chicago, and I imagine others, wanted to ban permits on opening up anymore Chick-fil-A in their cities. Well, that wasn’t enough for many liberals, wanting to boycott them was the next idea. Was there some case of hiring discrimination of gays? Did they refuse to serve gays? Both of these actions were based solely on a persons opinion that countered theirs.

Let’s break it down. A permit ban is a government entity taking action against a company because of a personal opinion. In a sense this is restricting the companies potential revenues in that city, or as I see it economic warfare. As soon as the government starts down that road, where does it end? What would you think if you wanted to build a house and you were denied a building permit because the city found out you disagreed with gay marriage.

Boycotts, a lot of people seem to like them, I don’t happen to be one of those people. But I’ve heard several people talk about wanting to boycott Chick-fil-A. This is what I see, more economic warfare. As I see it a boycott is an attempt by a collective group of people saying they won’t patronize a business or buy a product, they have that right. But let’s not sugarcoat it, it is an attempt to get a person to acquiesce and say they are sorry, change their stance or belief…if they don’t, then they will lose potential revenue. Hence economic warfare. If you as a person don’t like the CEO’s opinion, then don’t eat there, because if he was a vocal anti 1st or 2nd amendment person, then I wouldn’t eat there.

It cracks me up when liberals try to convince people they are the tolerant ones, and conservatives are intolerant. This Chick-fil-A situation is proof, which I have always known, that liberals can be just as intolerant as anyone…if not more. Liberals are only open minded and tolerant if you agree with them, if you don’t, watch out, because they will come after you relentlessly and try to shut you up, or shut you down.

I’m not a religious man, and I could care less what gay people do in their personal lives. But in this instance I’m standing with Chick-fil-A, because their CEO is entitled to his opinion. Now to see if there is one close by where I live.

Sgt. Hug

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Red Scare?

I have never seen the big appeal to communism. So many radicals of the 1960s loved communism, I know a person who’s mother said she was a member of the communist party in the 60s. Let’s just look at some of the things to admire about life under communist rule.

China – Under Mao, around 45,000,000 Chinese people were killed.

Soviet Union – Under Stalin, around 20,000,000 Russians were killed, 800,000 were straight up executions and 1,700,000 died in gulags.

Cuba – 2,000,000 to 7,000,000 were killed.

Cambodia – Under Pol Pot, round 1,000,000 were killed.

Ethiopia – 500,000 killed.

Vietnam – 200,000 to 900,000 killed.

Romania – 60,000 to 300,000 killed.

East Germany – 80,000 to 100,000 were killed.

Bulgaria – 50,000 to 100,000 were killed.

The left loves guys like Che Guevara, a murderous criminal who helped Castro. Obama’s former White House communications director said Mao was one of her favorite philosophers.

But my favorite of all is this, Frank Marshall Davis. Who you may ask is Frank Marshall Davis? Well Frank Marshall Davis was Barack Obama’s mentor, and he is talked about, though not by full name, 22 times in Barack’s book, Dreams from My Father. Frank wasn’t just some guy, but Barack’s mentor. It also happens that Frank Marshall Davis was a card carrying member of the Communist Party USA, and an America hater. So, how do you ask, does a man who’s mother, father, and mentor were straight up communists, become president of the USA? It’s simple, he was not vetted, and the main street media gave him a complete pass…maybe the MSM are a bunch of communist lovers at heart.

Not saying what happened in those other countries, and others, 85,000,000 to 100,000,000 total deaths, will happen here, but communist takeovers have a rock solid history of mass murder. And people wonder why we have a 2nd amendment.

Sgt. Hug

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Just Ban Them

The mass shooting at the Colorado movie theater is absolutely horrible. There is no other way to look at it.

I’m not going to even make any guesses why this guy did what he did, at this point no one knows but him.

The first thing that always happens though, people on the left, and maybe some on the right, immediately start talking gun control. I’ve heard people talk “no automatic weapons”, well, they weren’t auto, they were semi auto, the comeback was “there shouldn’t be semi either”. That my friends is a way of saying all guns should be taken away, or no longer be sold…except maybe flintlock or single action pistols.

Tighter gun restrictions won’t do anything but prevent law abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd amendment right. What if the guy had walked behind the last row with a straight razor and started slicing throats, he could have killed a half dozen before he was stopped. What if he had walked into an ice cream shop with an ax and started hacking people up, probably would have been able to kill several. How about all of the murders committed by stabbing? Are we to ban or restrict everything that could be used to kill a person…or a half a dozen at one time? No. There are crazies out there, and where there’s a will there’s a way. This maniac in Colorado just happened to load up with guns and bullets.

Anyway, I’ll be curious to see the forthcoming information about this guy, because by initial reports he only has a speeding ticket on his record, and is really freaking intelligent (education wise). Wait, sort of like Ted Bundy, who killed a LOT of women…though without a gun.

Sgt. Hug

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Mitt, Go for a KO!

OK.  Romney is by all accounts a good guy, good family man, good church going man, but he better put on gloves, and keep them on until November 7th (yes, the day after).  Now when I say gloves, I’m not talking about the gloves you would hit the bag with, or the gloves for light sparing.  No, I’m talking about taping the hands tight and putting them in the pair of gloves you are ready to knock someones head off with.

Barack Obama is not going to play footsie, the man hasn’t done enough damage to the country yet, he needs another term to really screw things up beyond repair.  Normally it is the surrogates who do all of the mud-slinging, but BO himself has already said “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this add”, to complete falsehoods.  The man will be in massive attack mode from here on out.

Now, Mitt Romney needs to do something…STOP asking for apologies from the Liar in Chief.  BO won’t apologize now, and he won’t do it at all.   Mitt needs to stop waiting for some nonsense from the BO group, then respond, it looks weak.  MR didn’t have any problem tearing his competition apart in the primaries, he had better do himself a favor and start tearing Obama apart.  Every time BO opens his mouth with trash talk, Romney needs to jam it right back down his throat.  Now, the personal  attacks, which there are plenty of against BO, leave those to the surrogates, but anything policy related, MR hammer him relentlessly.

Look, I’m just a no name who likes to rant and go off on a blog that is hardly read, but I can list off a huge list of bad stuff BO has done. MR needs to go all the way back to ’08 and start pulling some of BO statements made then and bring them back to light.  McCain was too much of a wimp, as were his surrogates, to say anything bad about BO (I really love the initials…reminds me of stench), and he paid dearly for it.

Here is one very simple thing that say it all, “fundamentally change”.  He is doing a great job when it comes to that.  He has made this country more divided that it’s probably been since the 50’s civil rights mayhem, if not the Civil War.  He is doing everything he can to pit one group of people against another by race, gender, financial means, nationality, etc..  So, BO never really said what the “fundamentally change” did he, everyone just took that to mean he wanted to change Washington…HA!!  He sure fooled you!

I’m not even going to get into the list, there will many more rants ahead.  I believe Mitt Romney is a solid candidate, business wise, managerial wise, and cool-headed.  But he had better treat this like the fight of his life, because I truly believe the future of our country is at stake here.

I have not found any democrat politicians appealing, I may not like their ideas, or paths they want to take, but they don’t disgust every fiber of my being.  Barack Obama is something else entirely, he makes the worst democrat look like an angel.  To the bone, I think the man has evil intentions for this country.  I really dread what his October surprise will be.  Someone I know said they thought he would try to create a national emergency, so he could suspend the election…well, with this guy, I wouldn’t put it past him.

I want BO out so bad, I did something I have not done before…I sent a candidate some money, that being Mitt Romney, and I may send more.  Mitt, do me and the rest of the country a HUGE favor…fight with every ounce of energy you have to unseat Oblamer.

Sgt. Hug

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