Why Water Boarding Makes Sense

Why Does Water Boarding Make Sense?

The issue of water boarding has been turned into a political football. The liberals are using it as political fodder against anything the conservatives would want to accomplish. Many half truths and down right lies are being perpetrated by them to discredit anything the right would want to do, all the while jeopardizing our national security .

They keep saying it is torture, the only torture I see is trying to listen to these people and hoping that eventually they would say something that makes sense. They are the same people who would want to try enemy combatants in civilian courts.Have they ever heard of someone being acquitted because of an error made by law enforcement, am enemy combatant isn’t read his rights, (and shouldn’t be), when captured on the battlefield, that fact alone would be cause for acquittal. I move that any enemy combatant who is acquitted in a civilian court be given a house to live in next to one of these jokers, let’s see how long it takes for them to change their minds .

The argument is made that people will say anything under duress to stop the punishment, there is a certain element of truth in this, however, when these techniques are used , the information  taken from several captives is corroborated and  then it is determined which information is true, much like when an individual is trying to make a decision in some aspect of his or her life. One seeks advice from many people, determines which advice applies to them and would be the most beneficial, then a decision is made as to the proper course of action to take. It is the same way with interrogating prisoners, when  several combatants come up with the same story, than that is most likely the truth.

I suppose one could define water boarding as torture much in the same way that listening to loud music to be torture. If that is the case than any one with teen age kids in the home is being subjected to torture as well. It is just a matter of what each individual would determine to constitute mistreatment.

If we are to survive as a free society and not succumb to terrorism, then our government needs to find a way to extract vital information from our would be enemies before they can harm us. Sitting down with them for a cup of tea ain’t gonna make it. They know exactly what they are doing, they know how to work our system and play on our sympathies. We need to find a way to figuratively clean their clock.

Many are highly educated rich ,spoiled, Arabs who have lead a life of abundance. The rest are uneducated and have been taught from birth on to hate our western culture and everything it stands for. No amount of  hot tea and cookies is going to change their minds. Regretfully the only thing they know is violence and many are beyond rehabilitation.

The only way to deal with these people is through fear, many talk a good line , but like most bullies, they are cowards. They may say they want to die for Allah, but when the rubber hits the road, they want to live just as much as we do. It seems to me pouring a little water over their nose and making it seem like they re going to suffer some extreme punishment, while doing no actual harm to them is a perfect way to extract the information needed to keep us safe. We have to remember, America  was just minding it’s own business on September 11th when these savages attacked us and killed over 3000 dads and moms who were just trying to earn a living for their families. Now we have  thousands of kids without a mom or dad, wouldn’t it be worth it to protect them by pouring a little water over someone’s head?

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He maintains a website featuring some of his travel photos and markets a line of products featuring many of his photos.

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The Beliefs of our Founding Fathers

 The Beliefs of our Founding Fathers

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself areputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeatingthe very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle forindependence.

To contemplate the above statement leads one to understand how much things have changed over the last 200 years, more especially the last 40 years. The values and principles this country was founded on are slowly disappearing and being replaced with principles that won’t stand the test of time.

The first lessons our ancestors were taught took place in Plymouth Colony, when Governor Bradford thought a form of socialism would be a wonderful idea. He soon learned the folly of that adventure,  soon many people no longer wanted to work , why should they, someone else would provide for them, everything was to be shared equally. There being no incentive for any one to work hard to provide a better life for themselves and their family, people naturally became lazy and assumed they were entitled to a free ride,sound familiar?

Capitalism and free enterprise were two of the main tenants of our country, established so one could accomplish as much as they desired or were capable of attaining, not relying on someone else to carry the load. People looked after one another and helped the downtrodden until they were capable of making it on their own again,people who relied on the government for help were looked down upon.

As can be discovered by anyone who reads anything of the founding of our country, God had a very important role. Many came here so they could practice the belief of their choice without the fear of prosecution.Try to state your beliefs today and see what happens, especially if your beliefs are something that would be considered normal and mainstream.

 All endeavors were undertaken with the blessing of Deity. Contrary to popular belief, Our country was founded on the principle of Freedom of Religion, not freedom FROM religion. We should keep God in our government, but allowing politics in a place of worship can only be detrimental to everyone.

Our Founding Fathers set up a form of government whereby the majority of the governing would be on the state or local level, the only duties of the federal government would be issues too large for the local governments, such as printing money and national defense. My, how that has changed!

Government was to stay out of the way, the individual was thought to be intelligent enough to make the decisions necessary to ensure his own well being and prosperity.

Congressmen were supposed to be citizen legislatures, serving for a few years , then returning to their private lives, it was never thought there should be such a thing as a career politician.

Sometimes things have to get really bad before it can get better, if anything good can come out of the election of 2008 it would be if voters finally decide our thinking has to change and elect responsible leaders who have the best interest of the country and the people at heart, and not elect people who only think of themselves and how wealthy and important they can become. If the elected politicians become corrupt,we have term limits, there is an election every four years, vote for somebody else, getting re-elected should be a reward for a job well done, not a guarantee of a lifetime job or a popularity contest.

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He maintains a website featuring some of his travel photos and markets a line of products featuring many of his photos.

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The Best Way to Save Social Security

The Best Way to Save Social Security

I remember way  back in 2004, when George W. Bush wanted to reform social security. All the democrats practically swore on a bible that social security was sound and it was having no financial problems. Any moron should have known they were lying.
Now these same people are now saying that social security is insolvent, what happened in just five or six short years to change things?

Nothing happened , except business as usual in Washington. Social Security was in trouble then as much as it is now, it’s just the democrats don’t understand economics and they didn’t want to give G.W. Bush credit for anything. They have been stealing money from us , the taxpayers for years, money that was supposed to be rat holed for our retirement was placed in the general fund and spent, thus making the deficit seem less than it actually was.

It was bad enough before the sixties when money was actually kept in reserve for future retirees, Lyndon Johnson and his merry band of socialists passed laws whereby the money didn’t have to be saved, it could go into the general fund and thus finance his “Great Society”.

George W. Bush wanted to privatize the system by putting a small portion of the payroll taxes deducted from an employee’s check into an investment fund where it would collect interest and grow, regardless of what social security did.The democrats would have no part of it .They don’t want to lose the Golden Goose and the ability to spend money that isn’t theirs.

The only way to save the social security system is to raise the retirement age,exempt current retirees from any changes, and give anyone under 50 the ability to invest their money into a secure conservative retirement fund where it can earn compound interest and grow over the years.

For anyone over 50, the government will just have to take their losses, and plan for the future when the people who have invested in private fund’s and the losses from social security begin to diminish , as the older citizens pass away.We can’t cut them off with nothing , their money was invested in good faith and that should be honored.

At this time and place, this is the only way to save the program, I wonder if congress will wake up and do the right thing, or will it be business as usual in this time of change and hope.

The definition of stupidity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He maintains a website featuring some of his travel photos and markets a line of products featuring many of his photos.

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Chinese Proverb

Ancient Chinese Proverb

If you give a man a fish , he will have a meal.

If you teach him to fish, he will have  living.

If you are thinking of a year ahead, sow a seed.

If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree.

If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people,

By sowing seed once, you will harvest once.

By planting a tree, you will harvest tenfold.

By educating the people, you will harvest one hundred fold.

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Freedom from Fear

Freedom of Fear

Germany, where there’s always a whiff of totalitarianism in the air

I thought this was an interesting article,  sounds like what’s happening in America.

Why is this family smiling?

They just received political asylum.

From Germany.

No, it isn’t 1933.

Meet Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children. They are evangelical Christians and they did not like the cultural lessons being taught in public schools in Germany (::shudder).

The parents identify themselves as evangelicalChristians and say religion was the primary reason why they chose to home school their children. Hannelore Romeike said public education cannever be neutral.

“During the last 10-20 years the curriculum in public schools has been more and more against Christian values,” she told the Associated Press. “We communicate our values, the teachers communicate theirs, andif the kids are at school, we cannot have an influence on what they learn.”

They applied to homeschool their children and were threatened with fines and jail and losing custody of their children. In response, in June 2008 they moved to Tennessee and applied for political asylum on the grounds of a well founded fear of persecution. Last Tuesday Immigration Judge Lawrence Burman agreed and granted the Romeike’s political asylum.

Burman opined:

“We can’t expect every country to follow our constitution,” said Judge Burman. “The world might be a better place if it did. However, the rights being violated here are basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.”

Burman added, “Homeschoolers are a particular social group that theGerman government is trying to suppress. This family has a well-founded fear of persecution…therefore, they are eligible for asylum…and the court will grant asylum.”

In his ruling, Burman said that the scariest thing about this case was the motivation of the government. He noted it appeared that rather than being concerned about the welfare of the children, the government was trying to stamp out parallel societies—something the judge called“odd” and just plain “silly.” In his order the judge expressed concern that while Germany is a democratic country and is an ally, he noted that this particular policy of persecuting homeschoolers is “repellent to everything we believe as Americans.”

Lest one think this is a judge run amok, let’s turn to the coverage given the case by Deutsche Welle.

The German laws mandating public-school attendance dateback to Germany’s first experiment with democracy in 1919, according to Hans Bruegelmann, an education professor at the University of Siegen.

Bruegelmann said previously private education was only available to the elite, and that the public-school mandate was a clear political choice.

“The school is an embryonic democracy and will help to integratechildren and young people coming from different backgrounds into the democratic culture,” he said.

Integration into democracy and learning to get along with those who hold opposing opinions are important skills that children cannot learn when homeschooled, Bruegelmann said, and that is especially true with highly religious parents.

“They should not have the right to indoctrinate their children,” he said. “It’s important for children, besides the experience they make at home, which is respected, to have access to other sources of understanding the world.”

I would hasten to point out to Dr. Bruegelmann that drawing upon legislation derived in Weimar Germany to defend anything is not exactly a killer argument and as German experience with democracy really begins in 1955 they are hardly in the position of having the knowledge necessary to know what contributes to a successful democracy much less develop laws to that end. But the argument made by Bruegelmann that rationalizes the state seizing children because the parents object to what their children are being taught is eerily similar made by large numbers of so-called educators in America today. The purpose of public education is no longer to provide education but rather to indoctrinate children with cultural values because there are, to reiterateBruegelmann’s argument

skills that children cannot learn when homeschooled, Bruegelmann said, and that is especially true with highly religious parents [my ephasis]

Lest we feel too smug, one only has to read the files of the Home School Legal Defense Fund to realize how perilously close we all are to being just like the Romeikes.

This lesson is not lost on many Europeans. Gerald Warner writing in the Telegraph observes:

[Judge Burman’s remarks] offers a useful insight into how Americans, living in a free country, view the creeping totalitarianism that has engulfed Europe. For this is not just a German issue: we are all helots under state control. Why did the German homeschoolers not seek political asylum in Britain? Because our rulers subscribe to the same tyrannical statist philosophy, is the answer .Every possible obstacle is put in the way of homeschooling parents in Britain.

The mentality is that the state – not parents – is the natural controller and shaper of children’s lives and beliefs. When a school girl can be given an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, we know that, while public utilities may have been privatised, children have been nationalised. The Romeikes who fled from Germany objected to their children being forced to follow a curriculum that they believed was anti-Christian. The same would apply in British state schools,where pornographic sex education is increasingly being made compulsory.

Is that a new idea? Not at all. It was first implemented as government policy in 1919, during the short-lived communist dictatorship of Bela Kun in Hungary, when Georg Lukacs, as deputy commissar for “culture”, enforced his system of Cultural Terrorism,force-feeding children pornographic sex education, teaching them to laugh at their parents and at monogamy and to reject the family and religion. Lukacs was a founder of the Frankfurt School of Marxism,later popularised by Herbert Marcuse, whose demented notions are today called Political Correctness and, as such, have colonised Western governments.

It takes the forthright remarks of an American judge, in a country where the culture war has not yet been lost, to bring home to us in Europe that we already inhabit the Gulag. The Berlin Wall did not“fall” – it was just moved further west.

.Reprinted from www.Red State.com

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