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Land of the Drones? and I don’t mean bees……….

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The United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave. Has it now become the Land of the Drone?

Drones are worker bees, serving their queen until she died and a new queen would begin her reign. And now our ever so clever Congress has decided that America should have drones of another sort serving her.

Drones: unmanned flying machines that are mainly used for military purposes during war to spy on the enemy and/or to carry attack weapons.
And it seems that the American people need to be spied on under the guise of the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, and whatever else they would like to throw into the pot. But the basic premise is to watch the activities of the people of America.

U.S. Skies Could See More Drones discusses the passage of the bill and the response of the pilots and their unions. Can you imagine the possible air collisions due to drones and aircraft?

Do we need more objects flying overhead, especially near busy or congested cities? Is this the next phase in becoming exactly what we despised in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and other communist countries like Cuba, East Germany, etc. We are no longer the Land of the Free—we are the Land of the Watched.

We wouldn’t need drones flying over our borders if we could just hire (what? make jobs available for Americans? wow…that might help the economy, so we can’t have that!) more border patrols. We could actually deport those that arrive illegally.

Why do we need these drones? To check traffic? To give better video to police chases? To be a bigger nuisance in our skies? Perhaps so…but it is still watching Americans. And who will control these flying objects of nuisance? The government.

The same people who are trying to tell us what to eat, what to buy, what to wear, what to drive, what to grow, where to live, how much we should be paid, and run by the very people who put themselves above all of the laws they write. We are forced to be guinea pigs in their social experiments and health advisories, and yet they give themselves the best of the best care while denying it to us. Do you think for one minute that if they or their loved one needed an MRI that they would have to beg the insurance company or the government to let them have one? Hell no!

Do you think that if their child was overweight that that child would be taken away by the courts? Hell no!
Do you think that if they didn’t pay their taxes that they would be fined and penalized? Hell no! (Look at Tim Geitner—he’s in charge and he didn’t pay taxes!)

But I digress. The fact is that Americans are being dumbed down through the school systems and the government is allowing it so that they can continue to take more and more freedoms away from us. We are becoming the socialized societies that control most of Europe and is spreading to other countries around us. Even Canada has socialized medicine.

Drones will be more nanny devices to see who is doing what and where so that laws and information can be formed and gathered to curtail the American people. We the people need to remember to VOTE in and VOTE out those that want to take our liberties away.

One of my biggest questions I had while I read this article was: how much did those Congressmen get in kickbacks for this bill?

I’m beginning to think that when deals like this are made, we the taxpayer should get a portion of that kickback. Instead we just get the bills to pay for it.

I hope the pilots win….afterall they will be the ones blamed when something goes wrong. We already have problems of planes of all shapes and sizes along with helicopters, hot air balloons and other things floating in the air. Not to mention the occasional SkyLab falling or UFO sighting.

I’m all for security….but I do think that drones are not the answer. Too many chances for overstepping personal privacy and spying on innocent Americans.

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SOPA/PIPA…..CENSORSHIP AT ITS BEST

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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are part of the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA’s) ideas of protecting their property by opening the door for Congress to limit who, what, when, why someone can access information and ideas on the internet.

I totally understand that MPAA wants to protect its property—their movies, sounds, ideas, etc.  I understand Piracy is a problem.  BUT….at what cost do we start censoring and limiting something that should be free??

These bills would open the door to censor all sorts of things, just like China, Iran, Cuba, and other countries monitor what their citizens can access on the internet.  It should be the the WIDE WORLD WEB, not the WE’RE WATCHING WEB.  Do we really want to be limited by what only the powers that be allow us to view.

We have given our elected officials so much power and they have taken it and more. They pass laws and fight over more laws that impact our lives everyday….and somehow avoid impacting their own.   They pass health bills, tax bills, import/export bills, security bills, war bills, etc.  Very few of these impact the Senators and so-called Representatives that we elect.  They exempt themselves from all sorts of laws that take our very freedoms away.

If they pass these 2 bills….THEY will still have the access they will say you don’t deserve, don’t need, don’t know how to use, or whatever excuse they come up with.

They are already wanting to keep our personal information for up to 5 years…just in case we do something illegal now or illegal soon.  For an administration that ran on TRANSPARENCY they sure are doing alot of secret deals to take away what little we have.

Perhaps soon we should all be wearing little brown uniforms and reciting the new rhetoric of the government.  The first amendment be damned in their opinion, we need to be kept dumb and mute.

The dumbing down of America continues.  We no longer teach our children the basics of life–reading, writing, arithmetic, critical thinking, and ingenuity.  Instead we teach them to sit and work a computer and let the computer do all of the thinking for them.  This is how the Congress needs the general public to be so that they can continue to do as they want when they want how they want.  They thought this would be one more way to control the populace.

Let us prove them wrong!  Contact your Congressmen today!  Tell them to VOTE NO ON SOPA AND PIPA!!

a few links to read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16628143

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoftpri0/2017272889_anti-sopapipa_efforts_by_the_numbers.html

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

how to contact congress…a few ways:

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+contact+congress+about+sopa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Addendum:

I did write my Congressman, Mike Ross and let him know that I expected him to vote NO…..here is his response:

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you know, H.R. 3261 was introduced on October 26, 2011, as legislation that would combat the theft of U.S. intellectual property and promote creativity and innovation. This legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent foreign illegal internet content; however rest assured that if the bill goes farther in any way to restrict Americans’ access to the internet, I will oppose it. While I support laws that protect and respect the creativity and innovation of hardworking Americans through our long-standing copyright rules, I believe we must be careful that these laws do not infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights of free speech and we absolutely must not limit the ability of people to access lawful Internet content.

Please know that I will continue to monitor this issue and will keep your views in mind should I be called to vote on any related legislative initiatives.

As your Congressman, please know that I will work to ensure that a fair and commonsense solution can be implemented that will not restrict Americans’ right to lawful Internet content.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Sincerely,

Mike Ross

At least it is a response. Now if we can just get a solid NO vote.