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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In Honor of My Dad, Ken Minor

Dear friends,

My name is Bryan Minor, I am the youngest of my fathers two sons. It is with a great deal of sadness and regret that I have found my way onto my fathers blog to post what will be "One Conservative Estimates" final post.

Today, 11-30-2010 at around 12pm my father passed away. He left behind his beautiful wife of 42 years, two sons, two daughter-in-laws, 5 grandchildren and more memories than can be imagined.

Dad is a wonderful man. Strong, courageous and full of love. He served his country in the US Navy, honored God with his life and lips, and loved his family both in word and deed. He was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Though I will always remember him as Dad and am so proud of who he was/and is now with God in Heaven.

Dad always fought for what he believed in. He'd ask you to do the same.

God bless you all.


Bryan Minor, the proudest son to ever live.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

America is Dying. Won't Someone Save Her? Please!

According to the TSA, Obama, and Big Sis there isn’t any better way to handle airport security than the current methods employed. Sadly many Americans have come to agree with them. Statements of “They have to scan us and pat us down to keep us safe are common”. It amazes me how quickly and easily a people will give up their freedoms and liberties. If I would have told any of you 10 years ago that strangers would fondle your genitalia looking for “whatever” you’d have said I was insane. If they would have told me how easily Americans would submit I would have called them insane. Now, because I think they have gone to fare there are those that think that I am insane. Well let me remain insane but let me do so without the government seeing me naked or touching my junk.

How is it that a people who can find their way to the moon and back, who can find cures for all sorts of ailments cannot find a way to sort out evil entering our country? Well we can. We have been told that it must be done under the TSA or Napolitano’s rules. It must be politically correct and offend no foreigner. It can offend and degrade every American just no foreigners. Excuse me. This is my country and I will fight for my liberty as long as I am able. The 4th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees me:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

My government doesn’t currently think much of my rights. One might argue that this government is not really my government, not the one that bids loyalty to the Constitution of These United States. I propose that they are but a shadow of the real thing with intent and purpose to subordinate me to comply with their wishes. Not as long as I breathe. I am not alone in this nor do I see this deceptive ploy of “protecting me” as legitimate. Will it be legitimate when they employ these same rules on shoppers in a mall or those strolling down the streets? Is it such a far leap to go from groping granny in the airport to scanning children entering schools? Surely there is danger in the schools, and in the streets and everywhere. Will you think it okay when they call you from your home or job and ask you to comply with their harmless scans? What will you say when they determine that these scanners will make subways safer? Will you still see nothing wrong with their intentions?

America I implore you to realize that in just a few weeks the government went from having their hands in your pockets to in your pants. There is little that can stop them but you. I do not have all of the ways that they could prevent terror to arrive on our shores. I do know a ruse when I see it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Slippery Slope or Who the Hell Greased the Slide?

When airport screening for terrorists offends and alienates American citizens it is time to rethink procedures. I surely agree that we need security. What the government is doing now is not giving us that security. Yes they are groping nuns and little children. What will be next: cavity searches? Notice what happens if you refuse to be groped or scanned; you are subject to civil prosecution and fines up to $10,000.00 dollars. Excuse me? Big Sis says it’s okay though and that the body scans are safe. Thank you big sis.

Meanwhile, millions of illegals from every nation on earth are streaming across our borders. Some carry weapons, drugs, water, or clothing. Regardless they all pass unchecked. These people are not all Mexicans. They come from every nation under heaven and include some of the most violent people on earth. We know that Muslim extremists congregate at our southern border but your granny is in her stocking feet in the airport. The government that is restricting you freedoms in airports is granting them to those who sneak into our country illegally; even with their blessing it would appear. For some reason this just doesn’t seem about safety anymore.

Something else that bothers me is the slippery slope that our liberties are undergoing. Right now body scanners and pat downs are in airports. How long before they decide they belong elsewhere: train stations, bus stations, and random stops and anywhere else they think they need to put them. Who is to stop them? You? I don’t think so. As it is now they do as they wish no matter what you think. As I understand it, TSA has portable scanning equipment ready to deploy at will.

While there is no question that we all desire airport security; it seems that this may not be about security. Surely there are many things that can be done that don’t involve invading our personal space. I realize for every argument against these tactics can bring an equally strong argument in favor of them. As for me, my flying days are over until this issue gets resolved. I don’t think I am alone in that. And yes I do have something to hide: my naked body. I wear clothes for a reason and my modesty is not false. I would just as soon strip naked in the line and lift up my own junk as to have someone staring at me through some machine or touching me.

Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to speculate what might be next: body cavity searches. Logically it follows. Soon we will all be like prisoners in our own country, subject to random searches and scans because a government bureaucracy thinks it has the right to. When I think back of government absurdities throughout history they always started within reasonableness and became progressively extreme as the people became tolerant.

This issue will not be resolved here and maybe not even soon. I guess the good news is that the program must be working as we have not found explosive on a single person using our current strategies.