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the video that youtube, the Olympic Committee, and Chinese Govt. doesn’t want you to see

Posted in Blogroll, free tibet, freedom, help this brother out, liberty, olympics, political, spiritual, the insanity of war, things that piss me off on August 12, 2008 by fresnel

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fear and loathing at the border – or – how the terrorists have won.

Posted in family, freedom, liberty, political, the insanity of war, things that piss me off, total bat shit crazy, Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 by fresnel

the fam and I made our yearly pilgrimage to the land of molson, time horton’s, and fabulous maple in order to watch large projectiles explode over the river. we always go over to windsor, for several reasons.

#1. big clean park – we usually go to riverside park and make a day of it. there is a great playground, clean restrooms(not port-a-potty’s) and tons of kids… they have a blast. this year, our second daughter’s best friend invited her to her birthday party at her parents second house in Windsor. we went to Dieppe park after a nice BBQ… birthday cake afterword. it was a great time.

#2. Kate’s entire family on her mothers side is Canadian.

#3. I like watching the fireworks with Detroit’s skyline as the backdrop… instead of the rather drab Windsor skyline (who REEEEALLY wants their eyes to be abused by the large neon “ceasars” sign ?).

the crossing from the U.S. to Canada was great. the border guard was polite, and even funny. a FABULOUS experience.

on the way back it was a different story.

we were at the party til a bit after 12, so traffic was no issue. the line in the tunnel was minimal and all was good. got waved into the outside lane by the guy directing the traffic, and the line was moving pretty good. we get up to the post 911 technofest that is now the fotomat booth that the homeland security folk call an office. now, I have been going back and forth between detroit and windsor since I was 19 and used to go there to drink. it has always been the same conversation on the way back. usually a pretty dapper and well together suburban looking lady/gentleman asking – proof of citizenship?anything to declare? reason for visit? and have a good day. not this time.

first, the bag of douche that was in the booth had a thick european accent…. germanic … did he ask for proof of citizenship? nope. there was no greeting (even though I greeted him with a solid “hello!”). just “roll down that rear window”and “may I see your documents ” …. our DOCUMENTS? what the fuck? was I trying to go home to the U.S.A or a day trip into East Germany?

continuing the story….

so, we give him our stuff… and he asks if we have anything to declare, or if we are carrying anything over the border, I tell him “nothing but our personal effects we brought with us” then he asks what the nature of our trip was. I tell him ” to go to a birthday party and watch the fireworks with some friends” he asks “how do you know these “friends” …. I was a bit taken back by this question. first … how the fuck is that his business?  we explain it to this bag of douche that it was the second house of one of our childrens best friends. he then asks again…. “how do you know these people?” I explain to him again that our daughter goes to school with the girl, and that they have 2 homes… also that the daughter in question was also spenfing the night over there.. after some more incredulous words hes states “here are your papers” in his thick german accent, and we drive off with a bit of haste. incredibly bad taste in my mouth.

what the hell has happened to us as a country? didnt we used to condemn eastern block countries for this EXACT behavior? yeah, I believe we did.

game over…. our liberties are all but gone…. terrorists win.

now, here are some pretty pictures of the fireworks.

memorial day

Posted in family, freedom, fun, liberty, music, personal, poetry, political, something to smile about, spiritual, the insanity of war, Uncategorized on May 26, 2008 by fresnel

below is the color guard from todays parade here in Waterford. oddly, again…. no poppies to be seen.

deacon, for you …. and for all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae
on a lighter note… here is my daughters junior high band marching… she plays bass clarinet.

yes, that is the lovely kate in the lower right hand corner taking a picture with her phone….

gotta love the vintage “crossroads BMX” shirt that she found in an old stash of mine… I won it about 25 years ago….

the crossroad between liberty and freedom.

Posted in forums, freedom, liberty, political, the insanity of war, things that piss me off on April 9, 2008 by fresnel

There are frequent discussions through the tubes on any number of chat boards about the war in Iraq, and you will hear the same thing from the pro war crowd… “freedom isn’t free” . same thing goes when people talk about the “war on terror” they keep talking about how the patriot act is not a loss of freedom, the terrorists want to take our freedom, freedom this, freedom that…. everyone focusing on the concept of freedom.

what gets lost in this with me is this… our founding fathers didn’t really talk that much about freedom… but they did talk a whole bunch about LIBERTY.

look at our founding documents. the constitution mentions liberty 3 times all of them referencing the government not encroaching upon a persons liberties, and freedom is only referenced one time… in context of the 1st amendment. also, liberty is a key principle of declaration of independence, yet freedom is never mentioned.

so, what does this mean?and why am I even talking about it?

well,I have been thinking about this a lot lately, as I notice items in the news wherein the government continues to encroach upon our personal liberties, but not necessarily our freedom. we are not being incarsarated, so our freedom is in tact, but we no longer have the LIBERTY to actually pursue what our hearts may desire… I.E.–happiness… under what the fathers of our country envisioned, I should be able to do what ever I want, as long as i am not preventing someone else from doing what they want. THAT, is liberty.

yet, how many prohibitions do we have going on right now? I am not a drug user, frankly not a fan, but I SHOULD have the LIBERTY to do them if I wanted to. there are any number of subjects that have the same issue, and i am leaving the moral arguments out of this. liberty is liberty irregardless of any moral argument. liberty looks at morality and giggles, because it knows that my moral code may differ from yours and vice versa. but our liberty is exactly the same.

and after all —-

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

—– right?

maybe we need to start reading more of that document and look at what exactly is prescribed in such a situation-

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

I am no seditionist, I LOVE my country, I just think that the language has been co-opted, the concepts by which we were established have been destroyed, and we need to start looking toward how we really reach that true American Ideal … it isn’t about freedom. it is about LIBERTY.


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5 years later

Posted in political, the insanity of war, things that piss me off on March 19, 2008 by fresnel


I remember vividly arguing with people that going to war in Iraq would be an unprecidented disaster for our country.

Dammit I hate when I am right.

here are some fine words of advice from VicThrill

To honor those who gave all.

Posted in the insanity of war on November 11, 2007 by fresnel

remember those who gave everything. even in unjust circumstances.

while they do not “give us our freedoms” as many will state. they are their to protect them and insure them.

we must not EVER forget that.