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November 1, 2013

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 1, 2013


On this day in 1570 the All Saints Flood swept over the Dutch coast killing many thousands and leaving many more homeless.  It is still considered the worst storm and flooding in Dutch history.

On this day in 1665 the celebration of All Saints Day in London was postponed due to the prevalence of the Bubonic Plague which killed about 15 percent of the city’s population.

On this day in 1755 an estimated 8.5-to-9.0 earthquake devastated Lisbon killing up to 100,000 and having considerable cultural and intellectual implications across Europe.

On this day in 1941 Ansel Adams captures Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (above), one of the most influential compositions in modern photography.  It is referenced here to highlight what seems to me a persistent paralleling of the worst and the best.  From each of the horrific events noted above also arose much that is good.

Beauty  may abide with the beastly. Evil and Good are sometimes neighbors, even siblings, in rare cases identical twins.  How do we meaningfully engage the paradox?

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Government confiscation

November 1, 2013 @ 3:52 am

On this Friday free forum and issues related to Homeland Security, from the internet:

The government’s latest antics threaten the very idea of what it means to be an American. Even now, FEMA is preparing for a mass gun confiscation effort. Not only is our Second Amendment right to bear arms being threatened, but also the Alamo as an American icon, and even our right to free speech through media. Other media outlets are simply glossing over these glaring threats to our liberties. Take a look at the articles below to find out more.


Regardless of whether or not you like Alex Jones, the footage he has of a training class of military police officers is extremely compelling. In the footage we see military personnel given new/upcoming rules on gun confiscation if/when FEMA calls upon the action to take place. Click here to watch the shocking video.


Remember the Alamo… remember when it was an American icon? That may soon change and the United Nations may be the new manager if San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gets his way. Go here to read the mayor’s plans.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 1, 2013 @ 9:49 am

Many readers of this blog know I believe the combination of events in Japan in March 2011 IMO may be the disaster of the Century!


Nuclear Expert: Fuel rods in Fukushima Unit 4 not in original positon? — Concern about “way spent fuel is sitting in pool currently” (AUDIO)
US Energy Secretary: Tragic Fukushima event had “global consequences” — Report: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant “is world’s worst nuclear disaster”
Celebrated Physician: Fukushima has humanity “on brink of a possible worldwide nuclear holocaust” — “The world as we know it has changed” — “Effects on our health are incomprehensible”
Anonymous Fukushima Workers: We dumped untested water last typhoon, could be criminal — ‘Landmines’ of extremely high radiation at many locations — Very worrying that I’m getting sick more now — “Site full of yakuza & rank amateurs”

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 1, 2013 @ 9:54 am

The prior comment on FEMA and guns and disasters is not
accurate! But the underlying issues of security arrangements in dissters should be explored by Congress.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 1, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

Almost all of the military deployments in federally declared disasters are labeled humanitarian assistance but in fact most are actually support to STATE and Local law enforcement. FEMA always picks up the tab. IMO the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act [Public 100-707] revoked in part, amended in part, and supplemented in part the Disaster Relief Act of 1954 [Public Law 93-288] should never cover law enforcement emergencies.

Oddly this is the formal position of DoJ [see 28 CFR Part 65] but ignored since the position of obeying the when it precludes FEMA discretion not always the case.

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