Posts Tagged ‘security’

Adding insult to injury (costing them the 2016 election), Russian hackers still seem to be targeting leftist groups, hacking their data and then extorting money out of them to not release said data. The Russians generally demand “small sums” of around $30K to $150K in untraceable bitcoins.

See Here: Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups

I think this is hilarious, but then my ox isn’t being gored here. Unlike the left, I don’t equate attacks on non-government political organizations as attacks our government or our election. Also, it would be easy for the left to thwart these attacks by following two simple steps.

  1. Don’t be hypocrites. Have your internal emails/data match your public face. Hackers don’t blackmail you because of your “Creamy Risotto” recipe.
  2. Be competent in protecting your data (obviously more competent than you are at doing just about anything else).

Of course, we are talking about leftist here. Those two things (authenticity and competence) are by definition, exclusive.

We know it’s the Russians because of the tools they use to access the data. In a TexasLynn exclusive, I’ve duplicated the means by which these insidious hackers have acquired their ill-gotten data.

WARNING: Liberals read no further!!! (If John Podesta fell for this what chance do you have?)

Please reply to: HelloThisIsPeggy@NoRussia.ru


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Politicians and especially presidents are always sending messages. Some are mean to mislead, a few are meant to inform. Some are meant for American consumption, some are meant for foreign nationals. And often the messages being sent to various groups contradict each other. Obama (as are most successful Democrats) are masters of this art. (*See pissing on your leg and telling you it’s raining.)

Unfortunately for the practitioners of this art (and fortunately for their marks), when abused, the ability to have one message completely ignored or both contradicting messages simultaneously believed is compromised.

Thus Obama’s messages on amnesty directed to illegal immigrants and future democratic voters and Obama’s messages directed at American serfs…

Political Cartoon - 2014 07 - Message from the White House

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Immigration - Melting Pot

“We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” — President Teddy Roosevelt

And that’s the problem we now face with immigration in the United States. We are no longer concerned with creating citizens out of immigrants. Other agendas have destroyed the notion of how important that is to the American dream. Some would say that the fire of the great American melting pot has gone out, but it hasn’t… it was extinguished… a long time ago.

So I ask (rhetorically), by Whom and Why?

Mainly by the left. (Big surprise coming from me.) They have little or no interest in people who share a traditional common American identity. It’s something they largely despise themselves. I specify “American” identity because the left does desire A “common” identity, it’s just not the same one envisioned and set forth by our founders. Instead they wish a common identity of dependence on them, on government. And unfortunately for the future, they are achieving that more and more every day.

As a result, when it comes to immigration, the left only cares about numbers and political disposition. When it comes to illegal immigration, the left would grant citizenship to every illegal immigrant in the nation with the stroke of a pen. All of the left’s immigration policy can be justified by increasing the number people available and inclined towards being indentured.

The political right is by no means off the hook either. The establishment wants the cheap labor and they are willing to cast aside the good of the nation to get it.

Political - Race CardThe few lone voices seeking reason when it comes to immigration have little chance to be heard. More likely they will be labeled as racist by the illegals themselves and those who wish to enslave them.

So what we have is both sides of the equation working against the crucible, against the melting pot; and we have a larger and larger number of dwellers in the polyglot boarding house we call America. Many think this is just an unfortunate side-effect of the times we live in. It’s not… it is by design.

And the designs are producing the desired ends of its creators; votes and cheaper labor at the expense of assimilated citizens. It’s hard to say if the designers see the secondary consequences of their schemes or if they would even care. Those consequences are that eventually a nation requires a population of people who will come together for the greater good or for protection from threats (external and/or internal). That requires citizens with a common American nationality… dwellers don’t do that, it’s not in their nature.

We have created an environment where when the barbarians arrive at the gate we will discover that we have million already on the inside. If it’s not too late already; we need to sort them all out. And before you leftist throw a hissy fit. I’m not saying all immigrants (or even 12 million illegal immigrants) are barbarians. A small percentage of the whole mean our destruction. We just need to identify them, sort them out, and prevent more from coming and gumming up the works. And here’s how…

Get the Crucible Working Again:
Fire - Strike MatchFire it up. What that entails is identifying who we want to immigrate and why; then codifying that in our immigration law.

So who do we want? First off we want the educated. Almost every foreign national who gets an education in the United States should have an application for citizenship stapled to their diploma. I say almost. Let’s face it some degrees are worth more than others. Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, Technology Specialists? We want them. Liberal Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, Twelfth Century Elbonian Literature? Not so much.

But even more important than that we need to identify immigrants (individually and as groups of peoples) that are interested and likely to actually attempt the process of integration. Some of those requirements include learning English right off the bat; knowledge and admiration of our history, our culture, and our system of governance. Immigrants should understand and embrace the Bill of Rights and we’re not just talking about rote memorization. All this means is that the immigrants should want to come to America for the right reasons. Lacking that, they don’t come.

Side Note: With that in mind, guess what culture is the antithesis of democracy and freedom? What culture is destroying those very fabrics in other democratic nations? Our immigration policy should exclude those with no interest in becoming one of us… and it should dam sure exclude those who want to destroy us.

Reform the Immigration Bureaucracy:
Bureaucracy - ImmigrationOur current system to process and bring in new immigrants is broken. It must be reformed. And by reform, I mean destroyed and rebuilt; because the current system is not salvageable. Old engrained bureaucracies seldom are…

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has evolved into what most federal bureaucracies become over time; an organization whose sole purpose is to perpetuate itself and grow in size and authority. There is little or no emphasis on actually providing a service or doing the job it was created for.

Even worse, the corruption within the system is epidemic. The foreign rich can simply buy citizenship from former federal bureaucrats who have the knowledge and contacts within the system. The going rate is about 200K. These parasites should be exposed and prosecuted if possible.

A “NEW” system is sorely needed. One that is fair, objective, and efficient.

Stop Illegal Immigration:
The current porous borders must be plugged (by which I mean slow illegal crossing to a trickle). Yes, I know it’s hard. Yes, I know it’s expensive but not beyond our means if done properly. Control of our borders is possible if we use all means at our disposal; including technology, barriers (where effective), and the military.

Protecting our borders isn’t some off-hand thing we should think about. It is one of the few actual responsibilities of the Federal Government; as opposed to the thousands of things the Feds are doing that aren’t its responsibility.

Deal with the Illegal Immigrants Present:
Immigration - Illegal Crossing SignWe have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. today. I wish it weren’t true. I wish the borders had been secured when we last dealt with this problem. But all that is water under the bridge. We have got to deal with it again and the only thing we should look to the past for is not to make the same mistakes.

To the problem at hand. We need to deal with the 12 million illegal immigrants; and we need to do it legally, fairly, and humanely. To the left I say, No! You’re not getting all those votes… at least not immediately. And to the right I say don’t be a dumbass, logistically we are not deporting 12 million people… especially when Obama isn’t enforcing the law or securing the border. And to both I say we can solve this problem (and that of the insecure border) piecemeal. So forget the “comprehensive” billsh$t! We’re not falling for that again…

OK… how to start… Criminals? Gone! Welfare Abusers? Gone! How hard is that? (Actually pretty hard… they vote. 🙂 )

OK… Now move forward with documentation and then legalization. That means no vote (yet) but legal status to work and pay taxes. The process should be fair, but tough. If ten to twenty percent of those eligible don’t balk and self-deport… it’s not tough enough.

OK… Finally provide a means for now legalized immigrants to become citizens if they wish. They would do this through the normal channels behind those who did it right in the first place. Hopefully by this time we’ve “reformed” the immigration bureaucracy.

And, yes, all this is tied to progress of objectively securing the border so we don’t have to deal with this again on down the road.

Remove the Beam from Our Own Eye:
Education - Civics 101So I described above that we only want immigrants that have a basic understanding of who we are as a nation; what the founding fathers tried to set up. Yet not even a simple majority within this nation have that basic knowledge. Which makes me ask, “Is civics even taught in public schools anymore.”

Fewer than half (much fewer in fact) of American citizens can name more than one guaranteed freedoms protected by the First Amendment. (Hint: religion, speech, press, assembly, and… petition). And that is just one example of the rampant ignorance we face. No wonder this nation is falling apart. It’s a national tragedy! Any school system that doesn’t produce 90+ percent of graduates who can’t name all five should be shut down! Fix this crap already!

Yes, I know… I’ve said it’s likely too late to save the Republic… and it is. But I can’t help but point out the obvious decay and cure until the columns finally come tumbling down as our dear leader takes another selfie.

Immigration is part of that decay as we invite the very people who will destroy us into our mist. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Immigration has been a boon to the nation for centuries and it could be again… if done right. So can we at least agree to stop that aspect of our self-destruction!? Probably not…

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Homeland Security - Threat Level - MuppetsThe English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

TexasLynn… This is one of those emails that makes the rounds ever now and then when it becomes relevant. Syria being the latest trigger.

See it’s history here at Snopes.com.

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Let me first say that I don’t know as much as I would like about the immigration bill currently being pushed by the “Gang of Eight” in the Senate. I’ve heard both sides go back and forth trying to counter each other. It’s hard to tell what’s in the bill and what isn’t.

So with that said I’ve recently decided I’m against it. Why? Because it’s hard to tell what’s in the bill and what isn’t.

The dam thing approaches 1000 pages in length. Even that is debated but the lowest number I’ve heard is the upper 800s. I’ve decided the length of this bill is by design; to be sure no one (legislators of us) can really know what’s in there. I’ve also decided that if I hear the word “comprehensive” I’m against it. “Comprehensive” has come to mean so large you’ll never find all the crap we’ve put in this thing.

Comprehensive - Immigration Reform B

Sound familiar? Obamacare was in the thousands of pages. Nancy Pelosi actually said the words “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” concerning that piece of … legislation. We tried that and NOW we still don’t know… I do think Nancy was right, but she didn’t mention how slow that finding out would be.

I can give at least one example of what I’m talking about in respects to the immigration bill. Satellite phones. Opposition says the immigration bill has a provision to provide fee satellite phones to illegal immigrants. Support (Rubio) says that provision of the bill “was actually meant” for people who live in remote regions on the border who don’t have a cell phone signal and cannot notify authorities about illegal crossings.

So I did a little bit of research and this is what I’ve come up with. The bill does not specifically say satellite phones for illegals. It doesn’t not say it either. And that’s the problem. The bill just says it will subsidize (free phones) within 100 miles of the border where there is no cell signal. It’s doesn’t say which side of the border, who, why, or much of anything else. Just free phones…

And Rubio uses weasel words in his defense of the provision; “was actually meant”. What the hell is that? If it was actually meant to be specific, then be specific. If you leave a loophole that big in the law; Obama and Napolitano will drive a Mac truck though that loophole and proceed 100 miles into Mexico and distribute free “Obama phones” along with voter registration cards.

But finally, what the %$#$ is the phone thing doing in the immigration bill in the first place. It shouldn’t even be there. It was probably placed there by some Senator who was paid off by a phone company with an inside track to provide the “free” phones at inflated government prices. I have no problem with the Senate debating and voting on a (stupid, yes stupid) idea/bill concerning providing satellite phones within 100 miles of the border meant for blah, blah, blah. But it should be a separate bill. It should be a short bill. It should be an understandable bill. It should NOT be hidden in 900 page “comprehensive” behemoth that no one really understands.

I really don’t know the number of pages a bill should be. But I do know it’s a fraction of what this bill is. Let’s say a hundred pages. Our legislature should adopt rules that no bill will be over 100 pages. And I guess since common sense and decency are dead with these guys, you would also have to agree on fonts, spacing, margins, paper size, etc…

Bills should be straight forward so that even a hick like me can understand what’s in there. If you want to be “comprehensive” then break up the ideas of what you want to accomplish into smaller pieces in separate bills. You can even add provisions that laws won’t go into effect unless/until certain objective goals are met. But no more of this passing it to find out what’s in it crap!

Starting immigration reform is pretty dam simple. There is no need to do anything unless you secure the border. So do that. Write a bill specifying how, where, when, and objective measures to determine success or failure. Pass it and then move on to the next step. The next step/bill/law may include a provision that it is not implemented until the objective measures from the first bill are met. When you finish that… move on to the next step; each bill less than 100 pages; each bill humanly readable and understandable before a vote is called.

I’m a conservative. I support immigration reform. It’s badly needed. I even support a path to citizenship (not residence, citizenship) for most of those here illegally. I think that path should behind those who have gone through the legal process. I think that path should be through the newly reformed and efficient process everyone will go through (not a special process). And that path should only be for those who have avoided criminal records and welfare… Am I being unreasonable here?

I still believe that immigration is a key part of our national heritage and our future; but we need to be smart about it. One thing is for sure through. What we have doesn’t work; not the illegal system; not even the legal (massively bureaucratic) system. Unfortunately the fix being proposed is just more of the same old bullshit. Doing nothing would be better than that.

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It doesn’t matter what their initial “intentions” are. The emblems on the uniform eventually become interchangeable… a rising sun, a hammer & cycle, a equilateral cross, or maybe a crescent moon and star. Tyranny is tyranny and often begins with disarming citizens in the name of safety.

In 2008 candidate Obama referred to his dream to establish a Civilian National Security Force “that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded (as the U.S. Military).”

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 made domestic drone flyovers a reality. The Constitution? It’s a “living” document that should adapt to the times (and obviously the ambitions of those in power).

But I’m just being hateful and paranoid… Move along, nothing to see here…

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Ben Franklin

Daletoons - Soldier of Hope

[Source and Hat Tip: Daletoons: Out of Order]

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stopped and harassed a 17 year old girl because she had a gum emblem on her purse. The ordeal caused the girl to miss her flight and go through all kinds of bureaucratic hell at the airport. Yes the emblem merited a cursory glance, but anything beyond that was either complete stupidity or an abusive power trip by the agent.

The agent actually told the young lady that she was committing a federal offense by carrying the purse on the plane; stating that it was a “replica weapon” banned since 2002. I love the way they try to scare and intimidate people by implying federal crime. We see this in just about every instance of TSA abuse. It must be part of their training.

You would think that common sense would eventually prevail up the TSA chain of command. Nope.

A TSA official at JIA said it’s not that uncommon for passengers to wear something that could be considered a gun replica, but the official encourages everyone to check the prohibited items list, which can be found online or at the airport before going through security. — News 4 in Jacksonville

TSA says the most common infraction of this rule is men with belt buckles that have gun designs on them.

So what TSA is saying is that it’s not their fault that the rule is stupid, or that they might be misinterpreting the rule and/or the definition of “replica”. It’s our fault for not checking their stupid list of prohibited items even though their interpretation of the list is so broad and illogical that no rational human being would find it useful. By their “logic” you could be committing a “federal offense” if you had in your possession a picture of a gun, or even a Western novel with an armed cowboy on the cover.

Does this crap make you feel safer? Do these bullies, picking on a 17 year old girl do anything to prevent Middle Eastern Muslim terrorist between the ages of 17 and 42 from boarding a plane? Tests have proven these guys can’t find their asses with both hands. Agents have slipped weapons and materials past them again and again. Do you think it might have something to do with them wasting time and resources on young ladies with gun “replicas”.

This story didn’t have to be one depicting the TSA as stupid, incompetent and ineffective. It could have ended on a happy note. Something like this:

The agent who proved herself too stupid to perform her duties was immediately removed and let go. A TSA representative apologized to the young lady and assured the public that the TSA does have minimum standards of common sense but every now and then a complete idiot slips through the cracks.

But the TSA is a federal bureaucracy. Competency and common sense need not apply.

The "weaon replica" in question.

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