As a librarian, I have always been concerned about the fragility of our First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I have written numerous blogs re the attempts of people to either force their religious beliefs upon the state or on other citizens. The First amendment prohibits the creation of laws that would prevent people from criticizing the government. People have taken that and have assumed that the first amendment allows them to criticize anything they wish.
With the right to speak one’s mind, also comes the responsibility to be forthright in what they say. And now I come to my blogs. I write about what I perceive to be injustices or solutions to grave problems that the citizens of our country face daily. The government does not guarantee everyone the right to criticize my estimation of what is required to solve the problems I address. Our constitution certainly does not guarantee the right to “heckle” me as I am not the “government.”. However, I am published in instrument that seeks to right the wrongs of “censorship.” This certainly flavors the above discussion.
Normally it is assumed that people have a right to read whatever they want and use their common sense and intelligence to determine whether what is being put out there is nonsense or not. Unfortunately, with Fox News, I am not sure whether that is always true. And then I heard a young, black woman on NPR tell an announcer that “Congress is full of old white guys” and she just can’t see how they relate to her so why should she vote? Nevertheless, people need to be trusted.
Along with the people who send their kudos, there are people who disagree with what I have to say. Mostly these are people who want to tear the establishment down or they represent the segment of our society that I feel are a real threat to the country I have come to love. I removed their “contributions” because they do not identify who they really are, they use phony names and invalids email addresses. They spout the very rhetoric that can be heard on Fox news. I do not dispute their right to say what they say, I simply resent their co-opting my blog to spout their lies and half truths. I tried initially to filter out some of their comments just because they offered nothing or were just nasty. I was flattered, though, that they see my blogs as a threat that they must try to erase. But, “censoring “ them for whatever reason is a slippery slope and it has long bothered me.
There is much at stake in the upcoming election. One can tell by the tremendous amount of money that is being spent to influence it. I need to trust that people, for the most part, will see that the Republicans have nothing new to offer and the reinstatement of the failed policies that got us into this mess is not the answer. Regardless, I have to trust that the average person has the ability to see through the crap that got us to this point.
In light of that, here are the comments that have been deleted. I have tried to keep them. Here they are
“Ken, it’s amazing what a moron you are. In addition to having nothing constructive to add to a debate, you are generating disagreement from those on the right as well as those on the left (c.f. Mergatroid, above). Even better, you are now CENSORING discussion from commentators on every side of the issue (such as Bell, who is a pure anti-American communist if you took the time to read any of his other posts.”
“I received this email as well and in the copy I received it went on to list all of the Muslim Nobel prize winners (of which by comparison there are few) and all of the Jewish Nobel prize winners. I am a Christian and have the right to believe as I do just as all of you out there have the right to believe as you do, I have stated this because my response (found below) is from a Christian point of view and An American’s point of view that believes support of Israel at all costs is foolish. Note* the links I put in may not work as I simply copied and pasted from the email I sent.
I have thought long and hard about how to or indeed if to respond to this email. As I am responding, I guess you can figure out which won. I would encourage you to research everything I am putting in this email as you will find some of the information “disturbing” to say the least. As you read this I would ask you to keep one of the chief principles of war in your mind, one used since the first wars in history to conquer peoples of the entire world, that principle is “Divide and Conquer”.
The primary objective of those that wish to create a “New World Order” is to destroy Christianity. They have tried to do this for centuries. The first attempt was by crucifying Jesus Christ (this was done by the Jews). This was the end of God’s covenant with the Jewish people, a covenant not broken by God but by the Jews. Before I continue let me explain what I mean by Jews, I am speaking of the Pharisees and Sadducees (the Pharisees were the “Common People” <masterminds of the crucifixion of Christ> and the fathers of modern Judaism and the Sadducees were the “Elitists” the ruling class made up of the priests and the wealthy) the Sadducees were pretty much gone by 70 A.D. according to the virtual Jewish library and other Jewish scholars when in fact they were just absorbed by the Pharisees as most wealthy people are unable to give up power so they changed their belief of conservatism (written <the books of moses and the torah> word of God as opposed to Oral tradition) to the liberal oral tradition to remain in power. The oral traditions were later written down in the Talmud (approx. 300 A.D.). If you would like to read the Talmud the most complete copy I have found is here. The Talmud is an evil book that among other things condones marriage of girls at the age of three years and one day (found here) there are other evil atrocities found throughout the Talmud. Having said all of that, through my research I have come to the conclusion that once again, as many times found throughout the old testament the children of Abraham have turned against God, but this time it has lasted for over twenty centuries. Most Jewish people are simply Jewish by birth and not by practicing the religion in the strictest sense. However, there are those, the Zionists, who practice Judaism that is so corrupted by another “holy” text called the Zohar that they believe it is their right to world domination. These Zionists are the most evil of men almost all of whom possess tremendous power and wealth. They control almost all that we see and hear about almost everything as they control the media in this country and have put forth an unholy alliance between Christians and Jews with our (Americas) support of Israel at all costs. Some of the more prevalent organizations are to name a few the ADL, the ACLU, People for the American Way as well as the Illuminati, the latter has been bent on destroying Christianity at every turn for centuries once just a “myth” or “conspiracy theory” now proven to be one of the higher of the “secret societies”. These Zionist Jews as mentioned earlier control almost everything we see and hear by owning almost all of the media in America including controlling interest in ABC, NBC and CBS as well as controlling interest in Time Warner and Viacom thus controlling cable television as well as the mainstream broadcasting. This leaves FOX giving us “fair and balanced” news right? Well not so fast… FOX is owned by Rupert Murdoch while not Jewish he is extremely liberal and more pro Israel than most Jews. The result of this? Everywhere we look we see and hear how Israel is the “victim” in the middle east and we never hear anything about the violation of basic human rights by the Jews perpetrated on the Palestinian people, many that rival the most hideous abuses of power and war perpetrated throughout history.
Now let’s take a look at the Muslims specifically those mentioned in the email that you sent me I will respond to those I have researched only.
1. Sirhan Sirhan - CIA connections at the very least, trained or controlled by the CIA at the worst.
11. Osama Bin Laden - CIA asset gone bad or controlled to perpetrate a “false flag” terror attack to exert more control of the American people (the patriot act) the fact is he was trained by the CIA, and was treated in an American military hospital in Dubai in July 2001 ( I can give you tons more on 9/11 if you are interested I have done literally thousands of hours of research on the subject).
12. Afghanistan war - who invaded who? with what proof?
13. Daniel Pearl - all I really know about this is that it was during a war so is it really terrorism? He was Jewish.
14. Fort Hood shooting - It was known that Nidal Malik Hasan was a Muslim with strong ties to organizations known to be loyal to the Taliban whom we are at war with. Again a terrorist attack or an act of war through a well placed agent? We knew about his ties a long time before he did what he did why was he allowed to remain in his position?
How come when we perpetrate acts of war they are acts of war and when others perpetrate against us it is terrorism?
It is put in our faces daily that the Muslims hate us and want to kill us. Why wouldn’t they? We meddle in their politics for decades (whether their countries governments are just or unjust isn’t the point). We invade their countries with faulty intelligence at the very least or at worst unprovoked. Are they truly our enemies or are some of them desperate men that are doing the only thing that they can think of to make a war distasteful to Americans in hope of ending it? I don’t have concrete answers to these questions I wish I did.
But, this I do believe, Muslims have been crafted as our enemies by our interference in their politics, culture and homelands. Do a bit of research on the CIA and you will find we started playing in their sandbox long before they started playing in ours!
And I believe that Zionist Jews and Elitists furthering a “New World Order” are behind it, at the root of it is destroying Christianity and eradicating the name and teachings of Jesus Christ.
And it is the very teachings of Jesus Christ that say Love thy Neighbor as thyself. If we did that as a nation would we be at odds with a large portion of the world? That is why it is so important for them to erase Christ, his teachings doesn’t further their plans.
I could go on for another 1 or 2 hundred pages but I am tired. It is my hope I have given you food for thought. I truly Love this country and it pains me daily to see what is happening to it. I have been broken of the left right paradigm and know that both sides Republican and Democrat alike have one goal and one goal only.. to remain in power long enough to give our country over to the “New World Order” not all of each party know what they are doing but those that do exert a tremendous amount of power and influence over those honest politicians that they will get their goal if we stand by and let them.
“We need to educate as many people as possible to look VERY CAREFULLY at who is REALLY FUNDING the Dirty Energy Polluters, the Oil Profits, Tea Party, Republicans, and your elections. The Koch brothers and others big money IS THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY.
1. Koch-Funded Organizations Launch New Campaign To Protect Big Oil Profits
<a href=” http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/09/01/koch-funded-organizations-launch-new-campaign-to-protect-big-oil-profits/
2. Topic: Corporate Billionaire Koch Brothers Fund Tea Party and Right Wing War on Government, Obama, Progressives
Article: Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama. The New Yorker, August 30, 2010.
3. The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party – NY Times
The Koch brother’s agenda is morphing into the Republican agenda. “Their program calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical and even egg industries (among others) have been outrageous.”
4. Oil company owned by Tea Party’s billionaire brothers gives $1 million to fight California’s climate change law
5. Koch brothers give $1M to back Proposition 23
<a href=” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39006674/ns/us_news-environment/
6. Koch Industries Funds Attack on Science Linking Formaldehyde and Cancer
7. Voter Beware: Concentrated Corporate Power Is Creating Deceptive Elections
1. Blog about this everywhere! Comment on the stories. Cross-post to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.
2. IMPORTANT: CALL AND WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES. Inform them of the Koch brothers. Send them the link to the articles above. Ask them to take action. You can find your legislators’ contact information here: <a href=” http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml ” rel=”nofollow”> http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml </a>
3. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION EVERYWHERE! It’s not being reported enough in the traditional media. Please cross post on — Facebook, Twitter, blogs, all of your contacts, etc.”
“Ken Sayers, you are the one claiming there is no choice here. I’d rather be thrown to the wolves and continue to fight than to acquiesce to the status quo. Democrats suck every bit as much as Republicans, only they’re more deceptive about creating and implementing policies that keep us all in shackles. You are one deluded dude!”
“When faced with the “lesser of two evils” I usually turn from it, or in this case both evils. “The structure we live in…” Well Ken we live in a broken structure and to say that the Republicans have more bad guys than the Dems is foolish. The practice of Politicians is to simply promise good for the voters and then hold out their hand like panhandler (which outnumber politicians by an astronomical rate) and wait for big business to grease it. The country is not a democracy it is a scrap of land in which Human beings live on, borders are invisible and soon so will it’s inabitants. I never voted until the past election and when I did I voted for the winner, I would like to get my vote back. People used to tell me; “If you don’t vote you can’t bitch” well that is entirely untrue…I can bitch louder than most simply because The Dems and the Reps put whomever they want in front of us like some new snazzy hybrid telling us this model is more “Mavericky” than the last or that this model will pick-up where the Great late Sen. Kennedy left off…With the power of the internet, why would we need politicians, couldn’t we just vote online where the langauge would be understood by all? “Should we pay people to pave the roads?” answer: “Yes this particular patch of road is bad, let’s pave it.” or “No I think we could use the manpower to repair these bridges (of which most in the country are not up to code)… In the end we are at fault for electing ego driven power hungry “soft handed” whiners. But then what do I know, I have only run a campaign or two and worked with the Government so I am not credible.”
“Ken Sayers - shill for more of the same bullshit that is American politics and government and a crybaby about the reality that many of us are well past having any faith whatsoever in American government. What the hell is wrong with this guy that he can’t understand why some of us - who’ve been decrying greed, warfare, injustice, and treason for many decades -have had far more than enough of the status quo. Why in hell’s name would this author or anyone else who can think want this country to survive? It survives only by gorging on the blood of life, and must be destroyed.
Democrats have had every opportunity to correct their grievous errors of the past, and have failed to do so. I will either vote Green or Peace & Freedom, or not at all, and I’ll have to be somewhat crazy to do even that, as it only encourages more of the same lunacy from the denialists. Ultimately, the only response is to destroy the corrupt American system (more of a criminal syndicate) and start a new culture based upon meeting people’s needs through local governance. I honestly believe the only way to progress is to get rid of all the criminals, by whatever means necessary, and voting just encourages them. Voting isn’t remotely revolutionary, but it is acquiescence to servility.”
“There are no good people in any party. Each and every party - be it the two majors, or any past or present minor - has been about FASCISM. That’s what that “free market” drive to privatize everything + conservatism equals. That is the definition of fascism. Sheesh. You’d think soldiers would know that.”
The biggest conspiracy in my life was when your mom said I was the dad, I still think it was one of her other Johns.”
“Let’s go back to 1978. I had left Ken’s Mom because she wouldn’t do it anymore and the propertytaxes on the house got too big so Kena nd Mom had to move out. If only prop13 had existed for them! Ken was a deadbeat so his mom had to sell herself on the streets. Shameful”
As Mom tried to tell you, one ‘s’ in “yes”, not 4. 2 ‘s’ in “asshole” as in “Ken, you are an asshole”
… there were some more, but this is more than enough space to give to old comments. I apologize for deleting the above comments. You see now, what I get. I will, however, delete comments like those that purport to come from my parents as they offer no literary merit.
Good luck in the upcoming election, just “be careful for what you ask.” You might get it.