Sunday, March 30, 2014

Voter Fraud and American Politics

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Listen! Politics aside, but anything that threatens liberty and justice in this nation threatens our national security. YOU need to take heed. It's not just the far left that you need to worry about, but the far right as well.

The bottom line is, far left, far right, far wrong. It's the middle road that we need to look for, which represents our Constitution and the values upon which this nation was founded. DO NOT think political, think CONSTITUTIONAL!

"No one can collect "free" ObamaCare services from any doctor without showing ID. And since everyone is now required to have health insurance (or is given free insurance), the government is requiring that everyone have a photo ID. Don't look now, but ObamaCare just opened the door for voter ID" (read it here!)

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

US to Pull Out of ICANN

Recent news reports concerning ICANN has
caused concerns among Internet-free activists.

According to Wall Street Journal technology reporter Gauthem Nagesh, the Obama administration’s move to divorce the United States from ICAN oversight is, in part, related to the damning revelations resulting from the Edward Snowden NSA disclosures.

“The U.S. position and that of its allies is that the Internet should be free and open and the government shouldn't interfere with it. That position has been undermined by the wrath of disclosures regarding surveillance from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. And China and Russia, who have always pushed for a more hands-on, top-down approach to the Internet that some people would label as censorship. Well, that approach has gained traction because while the U.S. has been loudly decrying this, they've also been doing a lot of stuff that people don't feel corresponds with the idea of Internet freedom,” says Nagesh (http://n.pr/1gJ3Y4N).

In an editorial penned 28 DEC 2003 (http://bit.ly/1mmEoe0), I voiced concern at that time regarding the issue of Internet freedom. The recent move by the Obama administration to divorce the US from their current oversight role should give us all concern, especially now.

Why is it so important for the Internet to remain truly free? Because there are governments, organizations, and Elitists who want to regulate it in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes, none of which are good. Although at some point in our nation’s history I would argue that the withdrawal of our government oversight is bad for a free and independent Internet, I’m not so sure that this applies today. This is because there are those in our own government who would have more regulation and government control.

Some of the ways that more control can harm us includes:

  • Censorship of the press
  • Intelligence gathering programs on individuals and organizations
  • Elimination of domain name use by individuals and organizations who dare to speak out against certain individuals in government and elsewhere in society
  • Harassment by government hacks
  • and others

One of the fears that this writer has, with regards to the withdrawal of U.S. oversight, is that socialistic and communistic nations, such as Russia and China, will eventually wrangle control of ICANN. There are many news accounts over the past few years regarding China’s effort to censor what the Chinese people read on the Internet.

One of the foremost examples involves Google Search. “Every big American Internet company is angling for the same thing, more or less: global domination. But the one country where they have the most potential for growth also has some of the most entrenched competition and thorniest human rights issues. The battle for China’s 618 million Internet users is fraught with moral and logistical problems that have sent Twitter, Facebook and Google all packing in recent years. Now LinkedIn is making an aggressive play to enter the People’s Republic, but questions remain about just what kind of sacrifices the company will have to make to please the country’s government,” says Victor Luckerson (@VLuck, http://ti.me/Q0NVdy).

There is no crystal ball that will allow us to peer into the future-a future without the U.S. in a watchdog position in ICANN. But if the United Nations can be held up as an example of what can and will happen once this divorce is final, then we already know the answer to our concerns. -30-

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ukranian Situation: Possibly a Cover for Something Far More Important

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Everywhere you look, it appears as though the world is embraced in discontent, violence, and argument. Wars and threats of wars continue to appear in popular news media almost every day of the week. You should ask yourself, "What do all these various situations have in common with one another?"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the crisis in Ukraine was "created artificially for purely geopolitical reasons".

Ukraine crisis 'created artificially' - Russian FM Sergei Lavrov

The foreign ministry gave no details but said the talks on Saturday between deputy minister Grigory Karasin and ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko were held in an "open atmosphere".

Earlier, Ukraine's interim Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said he saw hopeful signs Russia might engage in talks. (click)

My take... it may have been "artificially" created to deflect attention from what's going on in Cuba. Here are a few headlines that you need to read:

Why Is Heavily Armed Vessel Docked In Cuba?

A Russian warship, armed with anti-aircraft missiles and heavy guns, quietly pulled into a Havana port Thursday, about 200 miles from Miami. While Russian ships visit Cuba with some regularity, their arrivals are usually major events in Cuba with wide coverage in the state media there and even tours offered to Cuban citizens.

But this time, the Russian warship seems to have arrived in secret. Why it is there remains a total mystery. (click)

And here's another news report.

Deja vu as Russian ship docks at Havana Harbor, while the West talks de-escalation

In 1962, an average of 14 Soviet dry-cargo ships per month docked at Cuban ports, and it appears President Vladimir Putin is taking a page out of former Premier Nikita Khruschev's playbook as an intelligence ship is docked in Havana Harbor in addition to two ships strategically positioned in the Black Sea.

Two Russian Navy vessels passed through the Turkey Strait of Bosphorus to position themselves in the Black Sea as the political crisis in Crimea threatens, according to Turkish Navy Net. The ships were returning from Syrian deployment to be ready if needed to protect Russian interests in Crimea. (click here)

How important is it that Russia successfully move missiles and ships into Cuba without fan fair and public disclosure? Very!

The last time that Russia tried this was in 1962. President John F. Kennedy, later assassinated, had the courage and stamina to order the U.S.S.R. out of the region in what was later called the Bay of Pigs.

Khruschev eventually complied and America dodged a major bullet. It worked then, but we had a president that had the courage to stand up for this nation, which is something this one does not appear to have.

To exasperate the problem, we have a Republican Congress that does not appear to stand for Republican values. So much like the Left have they become that it's sometimes impossible to tell the difference between them and their Democrat counterparts.


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Friday, February 21, 2014

State Government's Begin to Protect Our Religious Rights

"When will heterosexuals come out of the closet and support wholesome, family values in a public venue?"

If you recall the case of the bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for two homosexual women, the state ruled that it violated the couple's own rights. Well, there's a backlash coming and it's easy to see.

Front and center here is a story about a bill designed to protect a business' right to refuse to participate in a homosexual situation like the bakery faced. I'm including other links to other stories where other states have passed or will soon pass legislation to do that same thing.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday evening to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.

The 33-27 vote by the House sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at the forefront of a polarizing piece of legislation four years after the state enacted an immigration crackdown that caused a national furor (click here).

Hey, if the Federal Gov't will not protect our religious freedoms, State Gov't must do so.

Additional titles:

Kansas ponders Jim Crow laws: http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20140220/OPINION/302200014/Kirsten-Powers-Kansas-ponders-Jim-Crow-laws

You can’t make me sell a cake: http://ndsmcobserver.com/2014/02/cant-make-sell-cake/

House panel keeps religious freedom bill alive: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/house-panel-keeps-religious-freedom-bill-alive/article_6c2fe6ee-8f15-11e3-978c-001a4bcf887a.html

SD bills allow refusal to take part in gay wedding: http://www.bhpioneer.com/news/article_bc834012-8779-11e3-83b8-001a4bcf887a.html

Religious Liberty and the "Culture War": http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/february/religious-liberty.html

We must take a stand. The question before us is this, "When will heterosexuals come out of the closet and support wholesome, family values in a public venue?" --Al Colombo


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Power Companies Vs. Big Government

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The electric infrastructure in the United States is an important part of society's daily lives, not only in our homes and where we shop, but also where we work. In April of last year, snipers successfully shot 17 power transformers at a Silicon Valley power plant. Uncle Sam is about to take measures that will help to better secure these plants, or so we're told.

In this news story, you will learn how Senator Chuck Schumer wants the regulatory commission to force electric power plants to adopt more stringent security measures. Evidently, historically speaking, these facilities have had the right to say NO when gov't sought to improve their security apparatus and procedures.

NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer warns that an attack last year on a California power plant proves that terrorists could take down whole stretches of the U.S. power grid.

But the New York Democrat said on Sunday that power companies now have the right to veto proposed security requirements.

Source: click here

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue of forced improvements. Please take a few minutes to read this story and post a comment or two here on What On Earth Are We Doing Here (below).

Thank you.
Al Colombo


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Safety & Security on Facebook

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For those who are interested in everything safety and security, Nick Markowitz and I have teamed up on Facebook to bring you the Safety & Security Page (click here).

Nick and I have worked together for many years starting with ideas, drawings, and equipment when I went to Security Distributing & Marketing as a trade journalist. Our relationship has grown as well as our commitment to helping our fellow-man to stay safe and secure.

Mission statement: Safety & Security Page offers interesting news and helpful information on how to secure your home or business without spending a million dollars doing it.

Come and take a look. If you are a Facebook user, please LIKE our new page. If you are incline, please post your own news and ideas on ways to stay safe and secure in this ever increasingly dangerous world we live in (click here).


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Friday, January 10, 2014

Privacy Vs. Networking

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Is it possible to network while maintaining your personal privacy? Those of us who seek to make a difference in people's lives by communicating ideas know that there is a definite choice to be made.

I have friends of the old school who are not on Facebook or any other social networking solution because they wish to maintain their personal privacy.

One in particular will go to great lengths in emailing news items to a limited audience of email recipients. We've discussed at great length the trade-offs related to reaching the highest number of readers vs. a simple, limited emailing list.

The question is, can you network and still remain private in your personal life?

I'd like to hear your thoughts? Please email them to me at blogger@tpromo.com.


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Connecticut Gun Owners Rush to Register Certain Firearms and Ammunition

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Second Amendment

"A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The following picture, taken by George Roelofson/WTNH, shows a long line of Connecticut citizens waiting to register their guns and ammunition. Yes, our right to possess and carry firearms is protected, but the conditions under which you can keep them is rapidly changing.

I received this picture from a friend. Here is the content of the email to help clarify the situation:

Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year.

Under a wide-ranging gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, they have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

“Holy crap. Looks like Weimar Germany,” Twitter user @votermom said of the photo.

“Another disgusting picture from Connecticut . . .men waiting in line to register guns with the government,” user @chipwoods commented.

“First, they came for the guns,” @PaulRReyes added.

“Life is too short to live in a state that does this to its residents,” Twitter user @lancemfisher declared.

And there are plenty more comments where that came from.

State police say they’ve had people lining up early in the morning to turn in applications to keep high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and guns considered assault weapons under the new law.

While the Connecticut Citizens Defense League believes the law is unconstitutional, it has been reminding gun owners of the deadline to make sure they don’t become felons on Jan. 1.

It's my humble opinion that anyone who registers their firearms is not worthy of owning any.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Prominent Forbes Writer Warns of Economic Collapse--Says to Buy Firearms and Ammunition

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There is talk of an upcoming "economic collapse." We've been hearing rumbles of it for months now, but most of the writers who are sounding the alarm have simply stuck to the issue of economics.

Now, word comes to us in a prominent publication, Forbes, that not only must you and I prepare for an economic collapse--due to this current president's failed economic policies, specifically Obamacare--but that we need also to be concerned for our lives and those of our families.

In so many ways this is reminiscent of the Y2K computer failure that was predicted with the oncoming date of January 1st, 2000.

In the 1990's, as creator and publisher of the Giant Killers Organization (GKO) website, we spoke off and on regarding the Y2K. In our minds, at least in my own, I saw the potential for anarchy in the streets and a total break down of civil society.

Here are some of the headlines featured on GKO during our preparedness efforts during the late 1990s:

>> Y2K, Fact or Fiction?
>> FEMA Urges Local Communities, Emergency Services Sector & Public to Get Ready Now for Y2K
>> Free-Net: A Victim Of The Nonexistent Y2K Crisis
>> Miller's Intelligence Update

During that time frame I suggested that people obtain firearms and plenty of ammunition. Now, over the past few days, a prominent writer has given the same advice in his own writings:

A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a "bug-out bag" that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, "Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms." (click here)

I know that some of you will not be able to fathom what all of this means. I'm aware of just how hard it is to wrap your mind around the potential disaster if such a total economic collapse should occur. But, you must, or you will be left as a leaf in the wind, blowing here and there without any control over your own survival or that of those you love.

The rules and the suggestions for survival are identical to those we once gave during the Y2K period. Here are just a few of the links that come up with a common search:

>>Y2K - It's Not Too Late: Complete Preparedness Guide
>>Y2K Preparedness Plan
>>Y2K medical disaster preparedness in New York City
>>Y2K supplies: A preparedness checklist
>>Leaders on Y2K Preparedness Gloomy Over Drop in Public Interest
>>Emergency Preparedness for Celiacs
>>Y2K Community Action, Preparedness and Resilience
>>Y2K Web Links
>>Fight or Flight?: Assessing Your Y2K Travel Risks
>>A Suggested Food List for Personal Preparedness

No one can say with total certainty what will happen if such a financial failure occurs. But it's reasonable to assume that you will not be able to go down to your corner grocery store and purchase food. In fact, unless you have six months worth of food in reserve, it's doubtful you'll make it. And then, if you do have such a stash of food, without the means to protect it, you may as well not have it at all.

We must continue to pray to God in Heaven for mercy. We must continue to pray for His help now and in the future. Pray about it and if you believe he's speaking to your heart, act on whatever He tells you. Your life may well depend on it if such an event occurs.


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Al Colombo is a former trade journalist in the physical security and life safety markets. His 28-year career includes the title of Associate Editor with Security Distributing & Marketing Magazine and Technical Editor with Security Sales & Integration. His freelance work has also appeared in Security Dealer & Integrator, Locksmith Ledger, National Locksmith, Security & Life Safety, Alarm Installing Dealer, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and The Electrical Distributor, in addition to writing promotional copy for Honeywell Life Safety, Digital Monitoring Products, Home Automation Inc., Camden Door Controls, and numerous websites throughout cyberspace. To contact Al Colombo, click here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

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