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THANKS, CHRISTIAN WHITE MEN!
I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth.
You know, so many things have gone wrong in our country recently — like the Obama administration and… the second Obama administration… that we sometimes forget the freedom, equal treatment and toleration most Americans have enjoyed from the very founding of this country until the Obama administration.
So today we at the Revolting Truth would like to pause a moment and express our heartfelt gratitude to the source of these blessings. Thank you, Christian white men!
You see, as everyone knows except knuckleheads and leftists — but I repeat myself — history doesn’t happen all at once. The ancient Egyptians had all the raw materials they needed to make an electric light bulb or write the U.S. Constitution but it took millennia for mankind to come up with those ideas. And so often, when good ideas have been discovered, it was Christian white men who led the way.
Take the abolition of slavery for instance. Owning people was once a universal practice among humans of every color and creed. It was Christian white men who first banned the evil permanently throughout their domain and, in America, fought and died in their hundreds of thousands to bring the institution to an end. Thanks, Christian white men!
Or take equal rights for women. From the middle ages on, women received better treatment in Christendom than anywhere else. Christianity forbid polygamy and concubinage, which devalue women wherever they exist, and Christian marriage laws now thought restrictive were designed in their time to protect the rights of wives. Today, if you’re looking for anything resembling gender equality in law, to whose countries do you turn? That’s right! Thanks, Christian white men.
And what about toleration for difference? Whether it was their separation of church and state, their retreat from empire or their expansion of civil rights at home, Christian white men may be the only group of people on the face of the planet who ever surrendered their monopoly on power largely because they deemed it just to do so. And when we look back in time and accuse Christian white men of treating others unfairly, we’re holding them to standards they propagated and which we participate in because they thought it right to include us.
So once more, thanks, Christian white men for all the blessings you’ve bestowed on the rest of us. Normally, I’d also say thanks to God but… I don’t want to offend anybody.
I’m Andrew Klavan with the Revolting Truth.
What's the translation of Heimat Sicherheitsdienst (German) to English?
Heimat (pronounced [ˈhaɪmat]) is a German word with no English equivalent that denotes the relationship of a human being towards a certain spatial social unit. The term forms a contrast to social alienation and usually carries positive connotations. It is often expressed with terms such as home or homeland.
Sicherheitsdienst (English: Security Service), full title Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS, or SD, was the intelligence agency of the SS and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany.
So have you figured out the English translation, if not I will make it easy, it is "Homeland Security"
More Than Just Your Papers, Please . . .
Do we live in a police state?
What other state forces non-criminals to submit to fingerprinting in order to obtain permission to drive?
Or merely to exist?
The state of Texas does. So do the states of California, Georgia and Colorado. Soon, the entire UnitedState (singular usage, in the interests of editorial accuracy) is likely to require it. Indeed, already does – under the auspices of the REAL ID Act, passed back in ’05 by the Heimatsicherheitsdeinst.
That’s Homeland Security, in English.
But it amounts to the same thing.
Like Clover overtaking a garden, this business is spreading across the land. It’s been pruned here and there – for the moment – but the general trend is depressingly clear. Within a decade, at most, it will probably be impossible – legally – for any person in this country to avoid being fingerprinted. Perhaps also retina scanned and DNA swabbed, for good measure.
Under the USA Patriot Act (gag me - and hopefully gag you, too) the state of Michigan (and other states) requires over-the-road truckers not merely to be fingerprinted but also that they submit to a background check once every four years, if they wish to be able to transport “hazardous” materials. That is, to be able to work. See here.
How does all this make you feel?
The state will – does – claim that forcing people to queue up like cons and submit to being “inked” is merely (here it comes) for their own good. To protectthem against identity fraud and so on. But what has this to do with driving?
Oh. I forget. We do not have a right to drive. That is, to freely travel. We are allowed the conditional privilege to operate motor vehicles which we’re similarly allowed to possess – for awhile – providedwe abide by various conditions (and continue to pay the requisite fees). If we wish to travel by motor vehicle, we must accept the state’s terms and conditions. That is the reasoning.
It’s silly reasoning, of course. As well as vicious reasoning.
Vicious, because being (legally) unable to travel freely is a denial of a very basic human right. How is it possible that anyone not entirely asleep at the switch can entertain the idea that he’s a free man if he’s not free to come and go as he pleases, without the state’s permission?
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No one should lose their property without being convicted of a crime.
So why is it happening all across America every day?
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The director of the CIA, in a rare apology, has acknowledged an internal probe's findings that CIA employees in the Executive Branch improperly spied on the Legislative Branch by searching Senate computers earlier this year.
According to an agency spokesman, Director John Brennan apologized to the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee over the incident. Brennan also has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.
But the admission already has led to fierce recriminations from Senate lawmakers.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said he has "lost confidence" in Brennan, and urged the administration to appoint an independent counsel to investigate.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called for a "public apology" from Brennan.
"The CIA Inspector General has confirmed what Senators have been saying all along: The CIA conducted an unauthorized search of Senate files, and attempted to have Senate staff prosecuted for doing their jobs," Wyden said. "Director Brennan's claims to the contrary were simply not true."
The findings that prompted the apology were included in a forthcoming CIA inspector general report, examining conflicting allegations that CIA personnel and Senate intelligence committee staff each improperly accessed documents.
The agency spokesman said the report concluded "that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between" the committee and the CIA in 2009 regarding access to a shared classified computer network.
The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.
The development was the subject of wildly different characterizations by sources on either side of the dispute.
Senate aides familiar with the matter say the CIA used classified "hacking tools" and created a fake user account in an effort to retrieve documents the CIA believed the Senate staffers had improperly accessed.
A U.S. official familiar with the inspector general report disputed that hacking tools were used, and said that there was no malicious intent behind the CIA actions, but simply an effort to account for documents believed to have been improperly accessed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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