Friday, January 18, 2013

Totalitarianism Just A GPS Away

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GPS: Another Blow To Freedom

Exactly what type of action from government will make the majority of Americans sit up straight and actually listen, digest, and pull a Howard Beale, screaming at the top of their lungs, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore"? 


This latest report is about states such as Vermont and Oregon (to name two) looking into taxing drivers for the miles they drive using GPS systems installed in vehicles. This would help offset "lost" revenue due to higher MPG ratings in vehicles, and the fewer miles being driven overall, thus reducing the number of gallons of gas sold each year to consumers.  Read the story here.

So we want to save money with better MPG vehicles, we want to help the environment in the process, we want to keep more of our hard earned dollars, and government officials think up new ways to rape, pillage and plunder the citizens of their respective states and these United States.  

Our hard earned dollars are getting harder and harder to earn, and keep. 

When will Americans get enough of this thievery?

In my opinion, all government officials, whether elected, appointed, or hired who make these kinds of recommendations should be hauled into court and charged with grand larceny and extortion. Upon conviction:  Life without parole.  

Anyone who thinks this mileage tax using GPS is a good idea is either a raging ultra-leftwingnut communist, a rabid ultra-rightwingnut fascist, or both!  

Seriously, people!  Get your heads out of each other's butts and start making noise about all of these seemingly insignificant measures that run out of our statehouses like salts through a widow woman.  

There is nothing insignificant about a new tax or fee here, or that new law or regulation there.  This is yet another link in the chain of bondage that pulls tighter around our freedom loving bodies every day, week, month and year.  

I would implore the citizens of Vermont to take a stand, but they are probably too enchanted with their socialist representative Bernie Sanders.  And the state of Oregon seems to be competing with California for Left Coast bragging rights.  

As for GPS, it is expected that most, if not all, vehicles built after 2015 will have the systems built in.  What a wonderful gizmo to increase highway revenue, as well as track your every movement and help eliminate privacy completely.  

GPS may very well be the one techno-gizmo that crosses the "T" in Totalitarianism.  

And the mute dummies in Vermont and Oregon are helping to make that happen!

I don't understand when or why Americans became so complacent that they will just sit around with their thumbs up their butts and allow this kind of thievery and enslavement to take place.  

Anyone have any answers? 

Or is everyone just into whips and chains these days? 

Turn off your GPS and WTFU! 

Rick B. Baker
Rochester, NY 
January 18, 2013 

©2012 R. Burnett Baker 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Suicide: Serene and Beautiful

Suicide: Serene and beautiful. 

Let's not elevate this to "issue" status, but a cause we've heard described in the past here in the US as "doctor assisted suicide", or as in Belgium and a few other places, "euthanasia" made the international news today. 

It is the story about how two 45 year old twins in Belgium who were deaf and found out they were going blind, made the decision to die. Or as the various stories put it, be euthanized. 

They opted to kill themselves, or have themselves killed legally. 

I can't help but think that there is so much more to this story that isn't being told, but it is a sickening one, if true. 

There are a couple of questions raised in this particular link that I believe deserve attention, thought, and introspection. The main one I find troubling is the proposal from the ruling Socialists in the Belgium Parliament to allow this form of killing to apply to "adults suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's and to children 17 and younger."

With family permission, of course. 

Ah, killing in Europe is so very civilized. And so very socialist! 

No, doctor assisted suicide is not an issue. It is, as I've written many time previously, a cause. 

But it is an extremely disturbing cause, especially in the context of this particular case. 

This Belgium case is not euthanasia. It's suicide. Murder, actually, since the victims didn't actually do it themselves. 

The words serene and beautiful have never been used in a more twisted way as they were by the doctor quoted in this story. 

Horrifying would be a better description. 


Rick Baker 
Rochester, NY 

©2013 R. Burnett Baker