To those who have been reading this blog on a regular basis I want to say thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. You will notice I have been absent of late. I have been busy with work and have had some technical difficulties with a post I have been working on titled “Prohibition 101 part II”. I must say I am proud of this piece of work but have not been able to post it yet. If anyone can help me insert a graph into a word document please email me. I also want to thank those who have linked my blog to their own or to their web site. I will return the favor when I have some time to give my blog a makeover. I did not plan for this site to be birthed till the end of this month and my day job has slowed that process down a bit please bear with me.
This post is to let you know that I am not dead yet and just to ramble for a while. I was watching 60 Minutes last night and there were two stories that struck me as rather curious. The first was a story on a gun smuggler who was shipping 50-caliber rifles out of the US to fighters in Serbia or somewhere. Everything he was doing was apparently legal under US law. I guess the premise of the story was that there are bad people in the world and there are plenty of channels to get weapons to them. I don’t know, I was somewhat confused by the story. Ed Bradley is interviewing this two-bit arms smuggler and the story takes this detour into 50-caliber sniper rifles. A round fired from this gun can pierce 1/2-inch steel without blinking. I suppose there is concern that a terrorist with a 50-caliber sniper rifle equipped with a good scope and amour-piercing rounds might in some remote way pose a threat to a commercial airliner. Less attention is paid to the fact that someone who is on a terrorist watch-list can buy a gun here in the US no questions asked. The Illuminati has an agenda, which is furthered by both the left and right. The assault from the left side comes in the form of gun control. I personally have no use for a 50-caliber rifle but I would be quick to buy one (if I could afford to) should the day come that it would be illegal for a law abiding citizen to own one. Think about this for a second, I don’t care about some gun nut who likes to touch off a few rounds once and a while if he/she so chooses. Weather he is shooting a BB-Gun or a 50-caliber sniper rifle makes no difference to me and neither should it make a difference to you. The only time it should be of concern to us is when some nutcase does something wrong with a weapon. Banning the weapon does nothing to keep it out of the hands of a determined nutcase and the so called left-who should be concerned about an emerging totalitarian state-ought to let go of their attachment to gun control.
Ask yourself this, who needs to worry about a legal owner of a rifle that can penetrate armor? The obvious answer to that question would be the illegal operator of a totalitarian police state who felt it necessary to ride around in an armored personnel carrier. I would bet you that if the day ever came when martial law was declared you would see the so-called Left drop their objections to armor-piercing rounds in a New York minute.
Back to the second paragraph for a moment, Mr. Bradley could have asked some more appropriate questions-for example “forget 50-caliber rifles being a threat to commercial airliners, how are we doing in terms of controlling weapons like the Stinger anti-aircraft missile?” a weapon that was distributed far and wide throughout Afghanistan by the CIA so that the Mujahideen could take out Soviet helicopters. Another good question Mr. Ed could have asked someone, anyone, would be how can taking guns away from registered gun owners put a dent in the proliferation of weapons worldwide to militants which has happened at the behest of the US government?
What disturbed me was the contrived concern displayed by Mr. Bradley. He seemed less interested in examining the real issues about gun control and more concerned with steering the conversation towards the need to outlaw 50-caliber rifles and to play to the general public’s fear. I would say a more appropriate story to show concern would be the horrible mismanagement of the war in Iraq. What about the soldiers fighting in Iraq who would like to see Rumsfeld resign? Are there any?
Another story where Mr. Bradley should show some genuine concern are the many unanswered questions surrounding the “terrorist” attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon but you won’t get to see Ed’s concern about that because 60-minutes wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. Besides the fact that these unanswered questions pose serious concerns for our national security the folks at 60-minutes should be personally concerned as most of those people live in New York. I feel the following are newsworthy questions that should be asked about 911. Why won’t the FAA release the conversations between the hijacked planes and the flight controllers? Where are the black boxes? Why can a golfers private plane stray off course and within fifteen minutes be flanked by F-15 fighters but the hijacked planes can’t be intercepted in forty or more minutes? Why did agents of the FBI retrieve the videotapes from hotels and gas stations (within minutes of the attacks) that would have shown the actual object that hit the Pentagon? Why was the hole in the Pentagon only fourteen feet in diameter while the alleged plane that hit the pentagon had a wingspan over 140 feet and why were the windows adjacent to the hole intact? Why was there no scar in the ground in front of the Pentagon? Why was NORAD told to “stand down” that it was part of an “exercise”? Why did world trade number 7 collapse in such a perfectly symmetrical fashion as if it were imploded? What are the explosive puffs of gas coming out the side of the World Trade towers several floors below the area of collapse? These are clear to anyone who watches the archival news footage. What about all the witnesses (including firefighters and police) who stated that there were “explosions” before the buildings came down? My guess is the reason they can’t be bothered to investigate these very consequential questions is that it would take more then 60 minutes to adequately cover. Perhaps we need a new investigative journalism show titled 360 Minutes.
The other story on 60 Minutes that I paid some attention to was the one about a tribe of people living on a remote island in the South Pacific that escaped the recent tsunami by paying attention to the obvious warning signs. I took note of the fact that in the wake of the tsunami the only large mammals who died as evidenced by corpses were humans. Kind of busts the myth that humans are the most advanced species on the planet.
After a disaster like the tsunami or a major earthquake invariably some news show will have an expert in geology to inform us of the state of the art in earthquake prediction. The unstated conclusion is that we could spend millions over the next several years and still not be able to accurately predict the next “big one”. I have a novel idea, how about hiring someone to pay attention to the behavior of horses or other animals that could more accurately predict the coming catastrophe? I would put more stock in a news broadcast saying that observers have noticed a recent upsurge in worried behavior on the part of the equine community. I doubt that such an idea would last five minutes without being laughed out of the court of public opinion because it would make a mockery of the concept that humans are the most advanced species on the planet. I suppose if one defines advanced as “being the most prone towards defecating in one’s kitchen” then I could agree that we are the most advanced species on the planet.
That is all for now. As Rush Limbaugh said of the soldiers involved in the sexual humiliation of prisoners at Abu Graib prison I needed to “blow off some steam”. I promise to have some more researched posts in the near future and to install some hyperlinks into this post where you can see the evidence for yourself regarding 911. I can’t do that as of yet from my own computer as I still have some software issues to resolve. Thanks again for reading-P.