Of Drones and Children

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Apr 102013

The main rational given  for having Unmanned Drones flying over our heads is “Surveillance”. But since when has it been decided by our federal government that fully grown, intelligent  adults are to be treated like three year old children that need constant 24 hour surveillance by these experimental  unmanned Drones?

I am a 64 year old grandfather who has worked in a major utility department for 37 years, my wife and myself maintain our own home, cook for ourselves, arrange for our own health care and the care of our grandchildren,  and we do it very nicely. If  indeed I somehow run into a problem, I have a cell phone that I carry around everywhere with me.  If I do run into some kind of problem, I can call 911 or anybody else in the world to help me out. I do not need a stupid Drone to do this for me, causing billions of  my tax money being spent, when a cheap cell phone can take of it  instead.

If the rational for surveillance Drones is crime prevention; then I say, do not take our guns away from us. The reaction time for the police, is about twenty minutes. Most crimes are over in one minute, so would it not be better if I had a gun to hold a criminal at bay until the police arrive nineteen minutes later? 

We do not need “surveillance” by a federal government that has spending out of control, has borders that are being overrun, our cities are rotting, roads and bridges are in disrepair, entitlement spending is out of control, our Space Program is going nowhere, our allies are alienated; so what makes them think they are so suddenly so smart and wise that they have the moral  authority to treat me like a child that needs 24 hour surveillance?

It has been said that a person who walks the width of Manhattan has been video taped about fifty to sixty times.  Again, like a three year old kid who does not know how to take care of themselves, and so needs constant surveillance.

Even way back in the day when I was in fact a kid, my own parents did not keep me under constant surveillance. I used to jump on my bike and disappear for hours on the roads of Manhattan, as long as I showed up for dinner, there were no questions.

Admittedly, there are some fully grown up adults that need constant surveillance, they are called patients in mental hospitals or convicts in prison. They are watched 24/7 by guards and all sorts of cameras. But I must admit this is for good reason. But then again, I am not a patient in a mental hospital nor am I a convict in a prison, but apparently the federal government seems to think I have to be treated the same way. Why? They are not saying.

 Is it to create jobs for the surveillance industry? Well, if the federal government did not send millions of factory jobs to foreign countries, then the federal government would not have to create artificial jobs with my tax money! Every fool knows that if the situation is so desperate that the government has to create jobs like this, then we have more serious problems, and  the federal government  can’t realize the seriousness of this problem, and this is a problem that unmanned Drones can not solve.

This whole program of testing experimental  Drones is wrong on the face of it. It is also wrong in the way it is being carried out. The federal government admits that it is an experimental program, but yet it is being carried out in populated areas, like my neighborhood that has schools, hospitals, churches and all sorts of housing. Why fly experimental Drones in these areas when there are deserted areas in the South West?  Surely the federal government has to think this over some more, since the needs of special interest groups seems to be more important to them.

To get down to basics here; drones were created to fly in hostile combat zones where there is a very high probability of military aircraft being shot down by enemy ground fire. This way if an aircraft is shot down, you will lose the aircraft, but not the human pilot, because there is no pilot in these unmanned drones. But I have to emphasize, America is not a combat zone. There is little to no chance of a military aircraft being shot down. So, there is no need to fly an unmanned aircraft for pilot safety reasons. Current aircraft with human pilots can do any job an unmanned drone can do, and current technology aircraft can do these jobs better and safer, because if an aircraft with a pilot has a problem, the pilot can fix it or glide it to a safe place to land it, away from houses or other sensitive areas; a pilotless drone can not do this, it will just fly off in any crazy direction. A real hazard.

If somehow we become a nation that needs constant surveillance, then we are no longer a nation of adults, we will be a nation of child prisoners. And to that I say, no thank you, I do not need you Mr. federal government, nor do I need your insults, like this insult of needing Drones to keep an eye on me.

 Maybe the federal government is so paranoid about their own inept performance that they fear the people may want to get somebody else to do their job? Sorry, but I see nothing wrong with getting somebody else to do a job that this federal government obviously can not do.

Are the anarchists right, is no government better, than having a government?

Is no government better than a federal government of fools.

Jose Lugo, editor ddtv



Environmentalism Run Amuck

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Apr 022013

Environmentalism Run Amuck

For those of you who do not know about Agenda 21 (Google it at agenda21.com), it is bringing  the good cause of taking care of the environment to dangerous extremes. It is in fact so damaging, that it puts people out of work and sometimes out of their homes. It is the placing of the environment above everything else, to the point that it threatens the financial well being of the entire nation and is a main contributor to the threatened bankruptcy of America itself.

The latest chapter of this coming environmental disaster happened in Hernando County, Florida at a County Commissioners hearing, where Agenda 21 came up for discussion. It was presented as the “Environmentally Sensitive Lands Project”. This was done because a lot of people now know about Agenda 21, and they were trying to hide this while continuing to implement this harmful program.

It should first be pointed out that Diane Rowden (a well know tax and spend “Socialist”-Democrat who doubled the budget last time she was on the Commission) tried to block the discussion of certain topics by bringing up other issues. But the other Commissioners stopped this gross violation of parliamentary rules of debate. Diane Rowden is, in fact, a strong supporter of Agenda 21, as well as having unmanned flying Drones spying on Americans, plus she also supports computers, not people driving around in cars.

When Agenda 21 came up, Ronald Pianta was the spokesman for this group. He talked about how this project is using Florida State money, which is a cover-up for the fact that tax paying people of America are paying for this program, then he went on to say that this program is “Ongoing” as if it can not be stopped. He went on to describe how private land is being taken over by the government, but he did not say when this buying up of land will stop or how much land will be taken over by the government. It now stands at about 30% of the land in Florida, but how much more land is to be taken out of public ownership, will it 50%, 70%, or 99%. Who knows, it was not mentioned.

He talked only about how the birds and bees will be happy, but did not talk about how citizens will be squeezed into smaller and smaller living spaces that will finally look like the Soviet government building projects that most people agree are ugly and not safe to live in. These same type buildings were also built in New York City and other cities that also are called ugly, drab and crime ridden. It seems to be a trend about how the government builds housing that only the American people have to live in, not the politicians!

To sum this up; the tax payers are going to have to pay for this privately owned land to be taken over by the government, where only the government will decide how this land is used, not the public. In addition to having the tax payers pay for this with their hard earned money, the tax payers will also have to pay for the maintenance of this land they no longer own. The effects of this (that were not mentioned at this meeting) was that property taxes will no longer come from this government land and will have to be made up from other land that is still privately owned by higher property taxes from the public.This shows the method used here– force people out of their homes with higher taxes and fees, while lowering the cost of living in cities with, again, tax payer funded subsidies for people living in the cities.

It must be noted, that the public is already having a very hard  time economically, with too many American jobs having been sent to foreign countries, people are loosing their homes,  which causes families to break down. Agenda 21 will do much more damage to the American economy.

While Agenda 21 squeezes people into smaller and smaller parcels of land, it sort of “Stacks and Packs” them all into congested big city living conditions that are often crime ridden, with street gangs, prostitution, sticky stuff on subway seats, graffiti, illegal drugs and just plain dirty living conditions. Sure some energy will be saved by people not being able to own personal cars for transportation, and only be able to either walk or take trains and buses; but shouldn’t the people decide if they want to live like this, not the politicians?

But clearly, the most troubling aspect of this Florida County Commissioners meeting is the fact that the public that was present at this meeting was not given the chance to make comments or offer counter proposals to this agenda that was being shoved down their throats. This clearly was done in an undemocratic, unAmerican way, which proves that the government does not care about what the American people need for their well being.

During a recess in the meeting, Commissioner Wayne Dukes said that there were no plans to purchase any more land in Florida; but since Ronald Pianta said this program is State controlled and is ongoing; can the people of Florida really stop this program by not allowing any more land to be purchased in the future by the government?

Agenda 21 must be stopped and a County Commissioners meeting that does not  allow the public to comment and/or vote on such a topic that so seriously affects their lives, and the future of their children, should not take place. Americans have the right to decide what kind of lifestyle they want to live, not the government; and since Agenda 21 has such a servere potential to lower their quality of  life, surely the American people must have the deciding vote on such an issue. This can not be decided by politicians, who would not listen to the protest being made by the citizens of America.

This is not what America is about.

Jose Lugo, editor ddtv.org