Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Little Bird Told Me

When I was a kid, and was off participating in some nefarious deed which I was certain was taking place under the utmost secrecy, I would occasionally return home only to find out that my mother had somehow ferretted out the information regarding said nefarious deed which had taken place in utmost secrecy.  When I would demand to know how she had found out, she would say to me “A little bird told me.”  Mum’s “little birds” were friends, neighbors and acquaintances, who may not have necessarily been ratting me out, but, who when asked by Mum, could supply some piece of information in regards to my goings and comings which she then could puzzle together into a fuller picture of my nefarious doings.

It appears that the National Security Agency (NSA) is utilizing my Mum’s “a little bird told me” approach to spy on Americans, parsed though the words may be that the NSA utilizes to confess this fact.

While I can accept my mother’s spying on me; my fourth amendment rights ended at my parents’ property line; I cannot accept the NSA spying on me, nor their prevarications in regards to the fact that they do.

Search this, NSA birdies.

NSA Chief Denies Domestic Spying But Whistleblowers Say Otherwise

Posted by John Venlet on 03/22 at 02:13 PM
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Bold - Reprimand


Boldly make a desperate push, man, as the saying is, for prosperity, for freedom, for magnanimity.  Lift up your head at last, as from from slavery.  Dare to look up to God and say: “Make use of me for the future as thou wilt.  I am of the same mind; I am one with thee.  I refuse nothing which seems good to thee.  Clothe me in whatever dress thou wilt.  Is it thy will that I should hold a public or private station, dwell here or be banished, be poor or rich?  Under all these circumstances I will defend thee before men.  I will show what the nature of each condition is.”


You will not.  You would rather sit down in some comfortable place and wait till your mama comes to feed you.

Epictetus, again.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/22 at 01:16 PM
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Three Reads of Interest

Here are three reads of interest, with a short quote from each read.

Charles Simic’s essay, in The New York Review of Books, titled Age of Ignorance.  From Simic’s essay.

The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

America has an overabundance of such “ideal citizens.”

A CNN story on slavery in Mauritania titled Slavery’s last stronghold, relates the tale of a former woman slave named Moulkheir Mint Yarba, from whom all individuals can learn an important lesson regarding freedom.

...the first step toward freedom is realizing you’re enslaved.

Unfortunately, the “ideal citizens” described in the above quote may be incapable of the realization they are enslaved due to their gullibility.

And last, but not least, an essay written by former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith, titled

“Cold Civil War, but for how long?”  From Smith’s essay.

But we cannot stand down. We cannot be silent. We MUST stand together as one…WITHOUT VIOLENCE, for there is no going back from that; we MUST speak out with the conviction and the authority granted by our unalienable rights and the United States Constitution!

I must point out, that the rights Smith refers to as “unalienable” cannot be granted, and any individual who states differently is a liar and pretender to power.  The United States Constitution does not grant you any right, and it is wholly incapable of doing so.  The United States Constitution was written by the founding fathers to protect your inalienable rights.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/22 at 12:41 PM
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