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October 31, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 31, 2014

On this day in prior years there have been horrifically deadly cyclones, propane tanks have exploded in the midst of a crowded fairground, and of course we have killed each other for various reasons and in a variety of ways.

It is also Halloween which is a curious — and an increasingly commercial — custom organized around otherness and fear and death.  In my tradition it is also known as All Hallows Eve when the community honors its dead.

Three years ago Chris Bellavita suggested I read Mary Ruefle’s essay on fear.  I did not entirely agree with her, but being in conversation with Ruefle may well have changed my life.  I have only realized the full impact rather recently.  You can also read her essay courtesy of the Poetry magazine website.

Ruefle ends her piece with a paragraph that strikes me as especially appropriate for those of us involved in homeland security:

What has life taught me? I am much less afraid than I ever was in my youth—of everything. That is a fact. At the same time, I feel more afraid than ever. And the two, I can assure you, are not opposed but inextricably linked. I am more or less the same age Emily Dickinson was when she died. Here is what she thought: “Had we the first intimation of the Definition of Life, the calmest of us would be Lunatics!” The calm lunatic—now that is something to aspire to.

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 31, 2014 @ 6:09 am

Mr. Palin, When considering “fear” on this last day in October ’14 – Halloween – and a day when Halloween shows us how fear can truly affect our stability….

As Plato discusses fear, the following:

“Emotions, desires, or affections like fear can prevent one from accepting the results of rational argument is the soul’s partitioning which Plato develops in the Republic. This partitioning of the soul explains why reason sometimes is overcome by emotion against its will” –

….and on this Halloween Mr. Palin, we should have more fear than many in the past as the lack in any real leadership led by the United States, our beloved Republic and this perverse and biased WH administration and a Senate in paralysis as a result of self-serving politicians, with Mr. Putin et al and his KGB comrades on the verge of making a move against NATO possibly in Estonia my bet and no one responsible should underestimate Putin with his shirt on or off as he holds NATO responsible for the past and the former Soviet Union’s demise….

….so on this Halloween ’14 and an America and its failed Congressional leadership and its willingness to frown and look the other way as laws are unenforced, borders are porous and the Constitution trampled upon despite our individual and collective obligation to stand forthright in protection of our Judeo-Christian values and our core and such inability so, so embarrassing and which has enabled this corrupt and tainted “Chicago-Washington-Hollywood charade” to abuse our country and because of its apathetic populace, indifferent and often ignorant, again so selfish and taking for granted, freedom which has been passed from one generation to another in this great Republic w/much cost and we see young and old merely walking on the street or engaged with another only to be so immersed and looking down at their often worthless texts to one another while Russian bombers w/WMD attached to the belly of the long range configuration being refueled just outside NATO airspace, yet sending a clear message to everyone enlightened enough and certainly including those in the Balkans who understand fear —

We are in much danger from within and because of ourselves and if a US government of strength and conviction does not step up shortly and take its leadership role at the helm of all nations and hoping, no praying to God that those responsible for our nation, you and I will indeed awake from this coma, War as no generation has seen yet looms dead head and without question….

..and such War will strike the Homeland without question and fear will prevail and then those with I-ph in hand will unfortunately realize far too late that having knowledge and the willingness to address the brutes, those who seek to perpetrate beastly acts, dastardly deeds, the soldiers of Lucifer such as Tehran which this administration chooses to talk with and pals up to such brutes as the Muslim Brotherhood and the likes with the release of known terrorists back to strategic planning against us, now some 180 as an estimate who at one time or another have been held and detained by this nation and again, released by this warped White Administration and eight year resident of the White House who was not vetted appropriately and the simplicity of voting the pigment of skin rather than competency or values has now placed our nation and so many good people at far distant shore – who have always looked to America as the Beacon of Hope to help overcome their outright fear – well, the failed enforcement of immigration laws and the allowance of children to overburden our schools and to the detriment of our own children and their education….

Well, fear grips those of us on this Halloween ’14 as no other and We here on “Main Street USA” who have only read of previous wars which have cost millions and millions in precious lives lost and so much anguish and suffering… it is clear that without a strong arsenal in Democracy, War is closer on this Halloween ’14 than one realizes….

….It has only been 100 years from World War I and less since Wold War II so We must be attentive to history and those incompetent and leading this nation which has such influence globally, well, soon many will truly understand fear far greater than Halloween…wake up and begin to retake and reshape America to withstand the onslaught of those who seek our demise from within and from distant shore and hold your 300 millions legal guns high and loaded and for all lawful purpose for fear shall truly grip our nation and when we cannot even see our own federal government prepared to deal with ebola, then just what we will see in fear and panic when we encounter a dirty bomb….vote and vote again next week not for late term abortions or to kill babies already born, but rather a nation who understands it must repent for its pornography and an obvious generation of ADHD parents who have far too much time to send needless texts to others when their children need parents and a loving embrace as well as discipline!

God Bless these United States for it is quite clear that the arduous road dead ahead will not bode well for many unless we adhere to the laws God has asked us to follow and we address as well the corruption of those we “entrust” by precious vote –

By the way when talking of fear and darkness which seems to prevail, it is time we end this fooling with our clocks in the Fall and Spring which originated by the Germans in WWI and then adopted later in WWII and there is no reason for anyone in this nation to be turning our clocks back and forth and the darkness I believe you would concur, does indeed invoke fear not only on the night of Halloween so let’s get together as a nation and put an end to playing with our time zones and attempting to recall when it is when we must turn all our clocks and watches back and forth…how ridiculous in the 21st century!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
Po Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by Philip J. Palin

October 31, 2014 @ 6:42 am

Mr. Tingus: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you…” (Isaiah 41:10). Ayah Asher Ayah, the great I AM that is and becomes and will be what it will be invites us to ride the rapids of reality. Have we not each enjoyed the ride? Usually? Even with our wounds? The more joyously we ride, the more fully we engage reality, the more our soul is integrated, the more we find reasoning works?

Comment by Sally Chapman

October 31, 2014 @ 11:56 am

Speaking of fear, my collegues and I are having a discussion about serial killers. Would you consider serial killers a homeland security issue?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

October 31, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

Sally, I would usually categorize serial killers as a law enforcement issue. I have not — yet? — been persuaded that serial killers are other than a random expression of human behavior. If I was persuaded that the risk of serial killers could be substantially reduced by some of sort of interdisciplinary strategy I might see potential for a homeland security value-add. If I was persuaded there was some sort of dependency between serial killers and other risks that I already categorize as HS or engage because they contribute to previously adopted HS problem-sets, I would be ready to adjust. But all of this is a personal, even eccentric take. I don’t think these sorts of include/exclude criteria are widely accepted. Will be interesting to see how others respond.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 31, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

Sally and Phil! Is there a commonly accepted definition of a SERIAL KILLER?

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 31, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

SEE MY LAST COMMENT AT END OF YESTERDAY’S “follow the money” post and thread!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 pm


Breaking News:

Mexican judge frees jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi, family says

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 31, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

….and while we await Karl-Theordor zu Guttenberg to take the baton from Merkel and substantially increase the reach of Germany’s well trained fast deployment forces and billions in arms sales throughout the Middle East in nurturing a new Confederate of Middle East States in ally to Germany and much in opposition to the “Brutes of Tehran” with objective to encircle the Iranian regime – here arrives Senator Richard Burr who will take the reigns and assure us that Putin and his KGB cronies no longer will receive mixed messages in any way at least behind the scenes in the intel global community.

This nation has long needed a strict hand and with confidence in Burr’s competencies, a timely entrance and our intelligence committee finally in the hands of an individual who understands the ever present dangers to Americans and American interests given this perverse WH and its leanings in support of such as the Muslim Brotherhood and even Tehran doing little to thwart Tehran’s ongoing efforts to finally have multiple WMD’s in hand….also, Korea, a far greater threat than many suspect….

Richard Burr
United States Senator

Richard Mauze Burr is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina and has served since 2005.

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 1, 2014 @ 7:42 am

With 53 days and 15 hours and 19 min until Christmas, I remind all in this very dangerous world led by those who seek the demise of our Judeo-Christian melting pot who have embraced all no matter their choice in faith as long as no one impose their beliefs upon another as all have a Right to choice, the following wisdom:

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness” –

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 2, 2014 @ 7:55 am

The WHITE HOUSE AGAIN AWOL AS IN BENGHAZI so in discussing Homeland Security, We here on “Main Street USA” have no trust whatsoever in this eight year White House resident leading this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” which to our chagrin, the silence of our intel community and DoD leadership which has enabled him to embarrass our beloved Republic is no longer acceptable and We the People shall vote and We will demand transparency and accountability from those we now “entrust” to restore American superiority in every way….

Our Constitution and our laws, especially immigration laws are being trampled upon….enough is enough! Hold your 300,000,000 millions guns at home up high for all lawful purpose and to defend our Judeo-Christian values and our nation from those within who are led by this divisive WH who seek to diminish our strong arsenal and Democracy!

As citizens, We are obligated to stand forthright for ‘ol Glory and to demand our borders be closed and if necessary, by our esteemed military forces to be stationed throughout the border and to commence utilizing “aerostats” and other means as well for surveillance as well enforcing our laws as all other sovereign entities do today globally with no one else allowing terrorists and simply thugs such access to borders….

As far as our schools, they, too are already overburdened by kids who have little parental supervision other than apparently texting their kids even when at home and fewer and fewer breakfasts and suppers prepared and kids en route to school with less than desirable nutrition, but heck, let’s take care of someone else’s kids in central and South America anyways while pay wages have not increased and prices soar and politicians could given a damn about keeping the lid on local budgets, increasing fees and taxes whenever the whim….so many living the American dream and now sharing with undocumented and illegal and often convicted felons!

Breaking News:

By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Updated: 4:43 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014

A group of politicians’ efforts to secure the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail paid off Friday night. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says President Obama was “AWOL” throughout the process.

The Republican Congressman told The Washington Times on Saturday that he and California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon took it upon themselves to fight for Mr. Tahmooressi when President Obama did not.

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Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 2, 2014 @ 8:09 am

I wholeheartedly disagree w/the corrupt UN and these perpetrators who make millions of dollars like the illustrious Al Gore and more talking up climate change and global warming when in fact, whatever extremes we may be facing – at the moment – we are a planet and our climactic changes have many such deviations along the way so yes, warmer, however overall, cooler temperatures will eventually prevail!

For the short term, yes the oceans will rise and prime real estate, homes which should never have been built so close to the ocean may succumb to flooding, however over a longer period, keep your hats and gloves for the cold will be far worse than the raw cold being experienced today in New England challenged by the ferocity of an early nor’easter and next weekend, a real possibility for a more energetic nor’easter to blanket the northeast with snow and imagine, just 51 days until Christmas!

New UN Report on Climate Change Warns of Dire Consequences
by recoverydiva

Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report. Some excerpts:

The Earth is locked on an “irreversible” course of climatic disruption from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the impacts will only worsen unless nations agree to dramatic cuts in pollution, an international panel of climate scientists warned Sunday.

The planet faces a future of extreme weather, rising sea levels and melting polar ice from soaring levels of carbon dioxide and other gases, the U.N. panel said. Only an unprecedented global effort to slash emissions within a relatively short time period will prevent temperatures from crossing a threshold that scientists say could trigger far more dangerous disruptions, the panel warned.

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Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 3, 2014 @ 8:59 am

Phil! Suggestion! Not sure if there is an open day for postings other than FFF but would it be possible for ALL to have the same day each week to post brief book reviews of 500 words or less of books THAT THEY HAVE ACTUALLY READ RELATED TO HS?

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