Archive | April, 2012

EPA Official Al Armendariz Likens Philosophy to Romans Pillaging Turkish Villages, Crucifying People To “Make Examples Out of Them”

28 Apr

In this video, you will see Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, make some bold admissions about EPA’s tactics that more resemble those of bullies than caretakers.    In 2010 he said,

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.

“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

“It’s a deterrent factor”























YMF

Controversy over Undercover TSA on Houston Buses, Video and Links

27 Apr

METRO’s official website stated after the exercise that “Law officials performed random bag checks”

A Press release before the exercise  stated bag checks would take place,yet  METRO officials continued to deny that any bag searches had occurred besides those where the passenger had been pressured into giving permission.

“On April 13, the METRO Police Department invited TSA to be a part of its bus-safe exercise.   METRO said then and repeated for days afterwards there would be random searches of bus and train passengers’ bags,” reports ABC 13.

“METRO and TSA were going onto the buses and questioning people about their normal routes and their normal behavior, and it just kind of creates an atmosphere of fear,” said METRO rider Derrick Broze.

“I don’t feel like by purchasing a ticket or riding a bus that I have to forfeit my Constitutional rights and my protections and be subject to search or seizure,” Broze told METRO board members. “We don’t plan on letting this issue die if the TSA stays in our city.”

The Chief of Police, Victor, Rodriguez, has already confirmed the unconstitutional searches and ID-ing will continue to take place and quite possibly become routine.   METRO President and Chairman George Grenias promised that warrantless bag searches would not occur, even though Rodriguez told ABC 13 last week that “he does have the right to search your bag and may tell his officers to do it.”

In the 2011 congressional report trashing the TSA, the purpose of the agency is stated:

TSA‘s mission is to establish screening security standards for all modes of transportation When originally established in the Department of Transportation, TSA was given the broad leeway to complete that mission. In March of 2003, TSA was integrated, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS)”

Don’t think it won’t happen in your city.  There were more than 9,300 TSA/VIPR checkpoints conducted in the USA,000 checkpoints last year alone

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

TSA: Showing The American People What Freedom Feels Like

27 Apr

Dedicated to a fellow freedom lover, D.G., who came up with the caption,  “I don’t like the way freedom feels anymore.”

~SG

CISPA Internet Bill Destroys 4th Amenmdment,Passes House of Representatives. Call your Senators!

27 Apr

CISPA Internet Bill Destroys 4th Amendment and Passes House of Representatives

If you’re not familiar with this bill, get familiar.  We’re all at risk, and if this passes, we’ll never get our Fourth Amendment back.

CISPA is SOPA on steroids: How It Effects You

CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Full Text.

CALL YOUR SENATORS.  It’s only 2 phone calls.  Call now and leave a message.  With two clicks, you can find their phone numbers at  www.contactingthecongress.org

If you’re not sure what to say, just summarize what is said here: Congress Set to Invade Your Privacy – Again

Continue reading 

TSA Defends Pat-Down Of Crying 4-Year-Old Girl At Kansas Airport

27 Apr

TSA Defends Pat-Down of Crying 4-Year Old Girl at Kansas Airport

WICHITA, Kan. — The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.

The child’s grandmother, Lori Croft, told The Associated Press that Brademeyer and her daughter, Isabella, initially passed through security at the Wichita airport without incident.  The girl then ran over to briefly hug Croft, who was awaiting a pat-down after tripping the alarm, and that’s when TSA agents insisted the girl undergo a physical pat-down.

Isabella had just learned about “stranger danger” at school, her grandmother said, adding that the girl was afraid and unsure about what was going on.

“She started to cry, saying `No I don’t want to,’ and when we tried talking to her she ran,” Croft said. “They yelled, `We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.’”

But she said the family’s main concern was the lack of understanding from TSA agents that they were dealing with a 4-year-old child, not a terror suspect.

There was no common sense and there was no compassion,” Croft said. “That was our biggest fault with the whole thing – not that they are following security procedures, because I understand that they have to do that.”

Brademeyer, of Missoula, Mont., wrote a public Facebook post last week about the April 15 incident, claiming TSA treated her daughter “no better than if she had been a terrorist.”   The posting was taken down Wednesday.   Another post said the family had filed formal complaints with the TSA and the airport.

he TSA released a statement Tuesday saying it explained to the family why additional security procedures were necessary and that agents didn’t suspect or suggest the child was carrying a firearm.

“TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child,” the agency said.

The statement noted that the agency recently implemented modified screening procedures for children age 12 and younger to further reduce the need for pat-downs of children, such as multiple passes through a metal detector and advanced imaging technology.

“These changes in protocol will ultimately reduce – though not eliminate – pat-downs of children,” the statement said. “In this case, however, the child had completed screening but had contact with another member of her family who had not completed the screening process.”

Why did they need to modify their procedures of molesting every child that wanted to fly?  Because they know these sick “modified” pat-downs, which have proven time and time again NOT to be any different than the molestation those 12 and over endure, are WRONG, INVASIVE, AND HARMFUL

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, pressed the TSA for more information Wednesday.   Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said he was concerned the TSA went too far.

“I am a staunch advocate for effective transportation security, but I’m also a strong advocate for common sense and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” Tester wrote to TSA Administrator John Pistole. “Any report of abuse of the power entrusted to officers of the TSA is especially concerning – especially if it involves children.”

In a phone interview from her home in Fountain Valley, Calif., Croft said Brademeyer tried to no avail to get TSA agents to use a wand on the frightened girl or allow her to walk through the metal detector again.   She also said TSA agents wanted to screen her granddaughter alone in a separate room.

“She was kicking and screaming and fighting and in hysterics,” Croft said. “  At that point my daughter ran up to her against TSA’s orders because she said, `My daughter is terrified, I can’t leave her.’”

The incident went on for maybe 10 minutes, until a manager came in and allowed agents to pat the girl down while she was screaming but being held by her mother.  The family was then allowed to go to their next gate with a TSA agent following them.

Croft said that for the first few nights after coming home, Isabelle had nightmares and talked about kidnappers.   She said TSA agents had shouted at the girl, telling her to calm down and saying the suspect wasn’t cooperating.

“To a 4-year-old’s perspective that’s what it was to her because they didn’t explain anything and she did not know what was going on,” Croft said. “She saw people grabbing at her and raising their voices.   To her, someone was trying to kidnap her or harm her in some way.”

That last sentence is so powerful.  Even a four year old knows this is wrong and harmful.  Call your representatives and demand these abuses and violations of our civil liberties  stop immediately.  Please.  Drop some of this knowledge on them:  How Scared of Terrorism Should You Be?

” a rough calculation suggests that in the last five years, your chances of being killed by a terrorist are about one in 20 million.  This compares annual risk of dying in a car accident of 1 in 19,000; drowning in a bathtub at 1 in 800,000; dying in a building fire at 1 in 99,000; or being struck by lightning at 1 in 5,500,000.   In other words, in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist.”

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

Don’t Lick Government Boot, Use Startpage.com

27 Apr

http://Startpage.com

Stop feeding the machine all your personal information, and stop using a DOD-supported company name as a verb.  Search for the truth on Startpage, a search engine with a privacy policy that actually protects you.

Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills on U.S. Soil in May. No Big Deal.

27 Apr

Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-Terror Drills on U.S. Soil in May

This could be very innocent.  America could simply be sharing its military expertise with its pal, Russia, but how often does America do something for others without gaining something in return?  What has prompted Russia to join the club of  foreign troops who have trained on US soil?   Are they still trying to sell us on terrorist drills, and what percentage of Americans are still buying it?  I’m curious to hear how people will downplay this, if it ever gets mentioned.  I can just see those opposed to the drill being accused of being redneck nationalists who need to get trendy, step into the global present, and embrace the training of foreign soldiers on our soil.

Regardless of how you feel about foreign soldiers in America, the very idea that we could see war in our country is frightening.  I think sometimes we forget that war doesn’t just destroy infrastructure, inflict debilitating injuries, cause mass deaths of soldiers and civilians, bring famine, disease,  and looting, but also brutal, widespread rape of women and children by soldiers and criminals.  It has occurred in every single war and the centuries old practice shows no signs of changing.  Rape is in fact  considered a crime of war.

Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in War and Its Aftermath:  Realities, Responses, and Required Resource (pdf),                                             briefing paper for UNFPA

Maybe we should have a look back in history and see how the Soviet troops “helped” the women and girls they liberated in Germany during and after WWII:

Rape During the Occupation of Germany

“As Allied troops entered and occupied German territory during the later stages of World War II, mass rapes took place, both in connection to combat operations and during the subsequent occupation that was to last many years. Most published and most numerous are the rapes committed by Soviet servicemen, for which estimates range from tens of thousands to two million.

A book by Svetlana Aleksievich provides memories by Soviet military personnel about their experience in Germany. According to an officer,

“We were young, strong, and four years without women. So we tried to catch German women and … Ten men raped one girl. There were not enough women; the entire population ran from the Soviet Army. So we had to take young, twelve or thirteen year-old. If she cried, we put something into her mouth. We thought it was fun. Now I cannot understand how I did it. A boy from a good family… But that was me.”

A female telephone operator from the Soviet Army recalled that,

“When we occupied every town, we had first three days for looting and … [rapes]. That was unofficial of course. But after three days one could be court martialed for doing this. … I remember one raped German woman laying naked, with hand grenade between her legs. Now I feel shame, but I did not feel shame back then… Do you think it was easy to forgive [the Germans]? We hated to see their clean undamaged white houses. With roses. I wanted them to suffer. I wanted to see their tears. … Decades had to pass until I started feeling pity for them.”

Of course, U.S. troops were not innocent either.

In Taken by Force, J. Robert Lilly estimates the number of rapes committed by U.S. servicemen in Germany to be 11,040. As in the case of the American occupation of France after the D-Day invasion, many of the American rapes in Germany in 1945 were gang rapes committed by armed soldiers at gunpoint.

Although non-fraternization policies were instituted for the Americans in Germany, the phrase “copulation without conversation is not fraternization” was used as a motto by United States Army troops.  The journalist Osmar White, a war correspondent from Australia who served with the American troops during the war, wrote that

After the fighting moved on to German soil, there was a good deal of rape by combat troops and those immediately following them. The incidence varied between unit and unit according to the attitude of the commanding officer. In some cases offenders were identified, tried by court martial, and punished. The army legal branch was reticent, but admitted that for brutal or perverted sexual offences against German women, some soldiers had been shot – particularly if they happened to be Negroes. Yet I know for a fact that many women were raped by white Americans. No action was taken against the culprits. In one sector a report went round that a certain very distinguished army commander made the wisecrack, ‘Copulation without conversation does not constitute fraternisation.’

I’m very grateful that our government has been preparing for disaster, but the thought of Americans being okay with foreign troops on our soil seems like a joke, but perhaps I am still just a redneck nationalist not hip to the global jive.

I don’t like to make a habit out of using Infowars or other such sensationalist websites as a source, but this is organized, legitimate footage containing interviews with military personnel.   If this isn’t convincing, there is other, less in depth footage of these types of drills on youtube.

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There was a book I loved as a kid that I cannot find because I don’t remember the exact title.  I was always sad when I had to return it to the library.  I would sing the words aloud, and I can still hear the innocent, hopeful tune.

“One world, one heart, one heart loving everyone.

One world, one love, one world loving everyone. “

I write this with complete honesty, although I know it sounds dramatic, but after reading the article I heard new lyrics echoing in my head…

“One world, one war, one war killing everyone”

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

Now is The Time. The Time is Now.

27 Apr

The Time Times is an informal blog that will be addressing the infuriating injustices plaguing our country and the rest of the world.  We at The Time Times believe we are living in a period of great change, possibly for the better and very possibly for the worse.  We can no longer sit around and merely complain,  our grievances falling upon deaf ears, our frustrations ignored by blind eyes,  and our grim reality dismissed by censored minds.   We believe we can fight this revolution with knowledge, passion, tenacity, legal direct action, open hearts and compassion.  Our purpose is to create awareness and encourage active involvement in the issues that are important to you.  Please join us.  We must set aside our differences.  Politics are a distraction, bearing no fruit for the people because it is all a lie, a sick soap opera put on by crooks, thieves, liars, manipulators, bigots, womanizers, and the heartless.  Right and left is merely an illusion of choice.    It is US against THEM.  Here at The Time Times, we loathe all politicians equally.

Allow yourself to read and hear things that you will not like, things that are incredible and insane and awful and unbelievable.  We have been programmed to be skeptical, a useful trait, but when the skepticism becomes so extreme that it leads to an unwillingness to look at truth, and a vile disdain for, and ridiculing of,  those who dare to bring such issues to attention, it is a problem, a perversion of the healthy idea of skepticism.

We will never attempt to deceive you.  Life is crazy enough; we do not need to twist the truth to create sensational blog posts.  We will do our best to report only truth.  If we are exploring scenarios or possible future events that cannot be proven as fact, we will always make it clear that it is personal opinion and musings.  However, all such musings will be influenced by facts we have learned, and not just exciting conspiracy theories.

I remember last year having a moment of clarity, something I had realized in the past but forgotten:  Those who are ‘insane” enough to question the narrative we are fed, to face the mind-blowing, often unpleasant realities of our current and future existence, are really the sane ones, the realists, the bold and courageous, the wise.

Once I had a little game
I liked to crawl back in my brain
I think you know the game I mean
I mean the game called ‘go insane’
Now you should try this little game
Just close your eyes forget your name
Forget the world, forget the people
And we’ll erect a different steeple.

This little game is fun to do.
Just close your eyes, i’m going too.
And I’m right here, no way to lose
Release control, we’re breaking through

Go Insane, The Doors

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“Let people tell you what you’re gonna do.
Let people push you around.
How long do you think its gonna last?
How long are you gonna let it go on?
How long are you gonna let them push you around.
Maybe you love it.
Maybe you like being pushed around.
Maybe you love getting your face stuck in the shit…..
You’re all a bunch of slaves.
Bunch of slaves.
Letting everybody push you around.
What are you gonna do about it?
What are you gonna do about it…
What are you gonna do?!”

~Rantings of a drunk but wise Jim Morrison

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

Fukushima, US Senator Comes Home With Disturbing Report

27 Apr

One must wonder why the media isn’t covering such a very serious, imminent threat.   Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,  recently paid Japan a visit to inspect Fukushima and did not come back with a good report.  In a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Senator Wyden said:

“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”

I think we might want to pay more attention to this and start taking it more seriously.

April 22, 2012  Ron Wyden’s Nuclear Field Trip

April 21, 2012 Petrochemical Complex Containing Nuclear Fuel on Fire After Explosion

April 21, 2012 Chemical Complex is on fire with nuclear fuel in Yamaguchi

April 23, 2012    Second Explosion At Plant Containing Depleted Uranium and 3,400 Drums of Radioactive Materials

March 7, 2012  Highest Radiation in LA Air Yet

June 22, 2011  CNN: “They lied to us” Fukushima Radiation Release Comparable To Chernobyl, 100% Meltdown In 3 Reactors

May 24, 2011  Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

Destroying American Farming Traditions; Law Would Prevent Children From Doing Farm Chores

26 Apr

Bill to Block Overreaching Department of Labor Farm Rule


It’s not enough to throw people in jail for selling raw milk or fined for growing food in their own garden,  or under threat of arrest, force people to execute their pigs because they don’t have curly tails or have the wrong color of fur, now they are trying to (fundamentally?) change the farming lifestyle.   Hey government, PLEASE STOP TRYING TO PROTECT US WHEN WE HAVEN’T ASKED FOR ANY PROTECTION.  The Constitution does not guarantee, nor require, the government to keep us safe from every hazard in life.

“Last year, DOL Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being NEAR CERTAIN ANIMALS without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as VACCINATING AND HOOF TRIMMING, and HANDLING MOST ANIMALS more than six months old, which would severely LIMIT PARTICIPATION in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower; completing tasks at ELEVATIONS OVER SIX FEET HIGH; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities.  The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a BATTERY POWERED SCREWDRIVER or a PRESSURIZED GARDEN HOSE.”

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

The following freedom-killing rules have been made JUST to keep us helpless folk safe, even though we have somehow managed to survive all these years:

* Arrests and strip searches for non-criminal offenses, like not having a dog on a leash.

* Molestation and irradiation before flying  (Search: TSA)

* Unannounced check points, molestation and illegal searches by TSA on highways, at bus stops, train stations, ferry terminals, high school proms and football games .

* TSA both in uniform and in plain clothes, on buses conducting illegal, unconstitutional bag checks, even though they are not trained or under any oath.

* Not allowing bake sales to protect us from becoming obese or keep us from being poisoned.

* Giving large fines for lemonade stands for fear of food contamination (Yea, I remember all those times I NEVER got sick or made anyone else sick from lemonade sold at lemonade stands. And I remember all the kids who NEVER got sick, let alone died, from bake sale food poisoning.)

(Although not related to safety, let’s take a moment to remember some other ridiculous overreaches by the government into American traditions, like the Girl Scouts banned from selling cookies on their own property  and others  banned from selling cookies on the sidewalk.)
Now we’re presented with these ridiculous child labor laws keeping kids from doing what their families have done for generations.

What else will we ban to protect minors?  Riding on mopeds, four wheelers, modified lawn mowers, go carts, bicycles?  Driving cars?  When will it stop?

“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
- Alexis de Tocqueville

“Do we desire to be cradled, and then carried throughout life to our graves by this partisan propelled bureaucratic monstrosity? …as individuals of sovereign dignity, are we now so terrified, bewildered, and impotent that our main purpose is to seek asylum from the potential hazards of freedom? Have we no faith in our natural strengths and abilities?”
- Sergei Hoff

“To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint.  They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility.”
-Eric Hoffer

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, (A)nd if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
- Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Yvonne Mae Friedembeck

 

Edited May 9, 2012 5:24 am for spelling error.

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