Archive for November, 2010

A Timely Insight Into Thanksgiving…

I found this article to be very interesting.  I hope you enjoy it too:

The Lost Lesson of Thanksgiving.

Although this article speaks to the need for individual responsibility and action; it must be stated that regardless of how hard some try, individual circumstances can at times can be extremely difficult. We’re so very blessed in so many ways in the United States. God has blessed us tremendously and even a great deal of the least of us in this country have far more than billions of other people from around the world. It’s because of our free market economy in the United States–not in spite of it–that makes it possible for us to give to those who are less fortunate.

If you are reading this, you’re certainly not among the poorest of Americans and definitely not among the poorest of the world. Please think of those who are less fortunate than you this Thanksgiving and Christmas season and give to a local mission to help the homeless or the Salvation Army. They’ll be ever so grateful and so will the people ministered to by your generous gift.

Happy Thanksgiving! Praise God for His wonderful and abundant blessings!

–the civil commentator



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Flying Soon? Prepare to Surrender Your Fourth Amendment Rights

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last several weeks, you’re probably aware of the new airport security measures being used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States government.

Beginning in November of this year (2010), the TSA requires that each passenger on an aircraft be subjected to either a full-body pat-down by a TSA agent of the passenger’s own gender or that the passenger undergo a full-body backscatter X-ray screening. As you can imagine, either of these two requirements carries with it inherent privacy, safety, and civil rights issues.

While the attempts to keep passengers on airlines safe, it’s incredibly disingenuous of the TSA to give the American public the impression that these new measures will make them safer when they fly.

Far more disconcerting than the privacy or safety issues that result from these new screening measures are the surrendering of Constitutional rights that the TSA and the United States government are requiring in order to board an airplane. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states the following:

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.

Each and every time that an American citizen attempting to board an airline is subjected to a full-body scan or full-body pat down, their Constitutional rights are being violated. The reason that the police are not permitted to enter your house and look through your belongings is because the Founders of our country had been subjected to that treatment by the British government prior to and up until the end of our war for Independence.

The questions that you need to ask yourself are these:

Why am I being suspected of attempting to commit a criminal act against the United States of America?

Have my past and present actions given the United States government a reasonable suspicion that I may be attempting to commit a criminal act?

For the overwhelming majority of Americans, these questions have simple answers. I’ve not personally looked into the statistics for this statement and therefore the evidence is only anecdotal in nature, but fewer than 1% of those who have flown have ever attempted to hijack, commandeer, or purposely crash an airplane. That means that the TSA is screening the over 99% of the population who have never, nor will ever engage in an act of terror on an airline.

If the percentage is so small, how does the TSA’s screening of every single individual who flies on an airplane rise to the level of a reasonable suspicion?

The attacks of September 11, 2001 have changed the world in which we as Americans live in; but should each American be suspected of being a terrorist? Terrorists continue to innovate and will always strive to kill Americans. They hate our free speech. They hate the democratic process. They hate our freedom of religion. They hate our way of life.

Should our way of life be changed so drastically that terrorists win their battle against the free world by default, because of our reluctance to identify and single out only those who wish to hurt us from being able to board an aircraft?

There is what I feel, a better way. For your consideration I submit the following: Former Israeli Airline Security Chief: U.S. Needs to Profile Air Passengers.

In the quest to protect ourselves from terror, shouldn’t tried and true methods of detection be attempted first before we submit ourselves to more intrusive and uncomfortable methods of screening?

I ask you, would you rather be briefly questioned about your travel or scanned by a x-ray machine or patted down underneath your clothes over very private areas of your body by a complete stranger?






That’s what I thought.

–the civil commentator


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Don’t touch my junk!

The time for half-measures designed to give the appearance of enhanced security need to end. In his commentary, Charles Krauthammer adeptly assesses the morass before us with the ‘security measures’ in airports in the United States and around the world.

Charles Krauthammer – Don’t touch my junk.

This sums things up quite well:

We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to ensure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.

The junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? Okay. We will swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are randomly distributed in the population.

But now you insist on a full-body scan, a fairly accurate representation of my naked image to be viewed by a total stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body pat-down, which, as the junk man correctly noted, would be sexual assault if performed by anyone else?

This time you have gone too far, Big Bro’. The sleeping giant awakes. Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don’t touch my junk.

This nonsense doesn’t end at the airport security line. This line of thinking only finds its end when the American public stands up for itself. As seen in the recent elections, when people are motivated by government incompetence, arrogance, and ignorance to make their voice heard–their voice is heard.

–the civil commentator


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Holiday Plans?

As we enter into the holiday season celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year; many people have a great deal of time off. If you’re looking for a little something to do to keep you occupied, I submit the following, courtesy of Geeky Gadgets:

Millennium Falcon Blueprints.

Shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to put together, right?

–the civil commentator


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The George W. Bush I Thought I Knew…

Given most people’s personal distance from one of the most powerful leaders in the world, it’s impossible for the average person to know the person behind the office of the President of the United States. I have my own opinions as to who George W. Bush really is, but in this commentary, Mark McKinnon, a campaign strategist for the former President sheds some light on who the former president really is in his piece: The George Bush I Know.

I’m certain that each of you reading this has a different opinion about the presidency of George W. Bush, as well as about the man himself.

President Bush made his share of mistakes as President, but some comments by Mr. McKinnon summed up for me why I admire Mr. Bush so greatly:

Bush never complains. He never blames others. He takes full responsibility for his campaigns, his administration, his life. He accepts the cards he’s dealt. That’s the George Bush I know.

When we were up to our knees in the snows of New Hampshire and got whipped by John McCain by 19 points, my advertising colleague Stuart Stevens started packing his bags. I asked what he was doing. “We’re going to be fired,” he said speaking from the experience of someone who had been in previous presidential campaigns when things went south. But Bush called us all into his room, looked us all in the eye, and said, “When we walk out of here and the defeat we’ve just been dealt, I want all your heads high. This is not your fault. It’s mine alone. I let you down, and I apologize.”

May America always be blessed with leaders humble enough to accept responsibility for their decisions and take the blame for their consequences.

–the civil commentator

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Two Men to Pattern a Life After…

For Gill, Brown, their friendship transcends football.

For followers of Christ, Turner Gill and Ron Brown are two men to pattern a life after. Gill and Brown are celebrities in the state of Nebraska because of their ties to the Cornhusker football program, and because of this ‘celebrity’ their lives are on display for all to see.

I certainly haven’t attained the level of faith in action that these two men have, but when I think of modern day models of faithfulness, both of these men come to mind.

May God continue to bless them in their ministry to young men looking for strong, faithful, genuine, Godly role models; and may He continue to strengthen them in their walks with Christ.

–the civil commentator

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At least common sense isn’t dead…yet

HUD Dismisses Complaint Against Woman for Ad Seeking ‘Christian Roommate’.

This case from the very outset was beyond ridiculous. The woman cited in the complaint wasn’t a landlord. She didn’t own the property, and not only that, she was going to be a common tenant in the dwelling for which a roommate request was being made.

The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan is not a government agency, but rather a private ‘watchdog’ group that is obviously more interested in headlines than actually trying to find true violations of the federal Fair Housing Act.

Thankfully for all members of our society, unlike the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hasn’t lost its collective mind. Let’s hope for members of the faith community and those outside of it that it never does.

–the civil commentator


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