In this podcast, Darrell Castle discusses the government’s real attitude about jobs.
My business requires me to fly a lot and since I live in Memphis, Tennessee, I usually fly from the Memphis International Airport. I passed through the Memphis Airport without incident the first week in October, but between that trip and my flight on October 13, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines currently being deployed across the nation. AIT is a high sounding name for something that amounts to a virtual strip search.
My wife and I started through the security line together but became separated at the carry-on baggage x-ray machine. I ran my bag down the conveyor and into the machine and stepped up to the line as always. The agent told me to take off my belt, which was unusual, but still I’ve seen particularly obsessive agents do it before.
When I stepped through the screening machine I was immediately in the virtual strip search machine before I knew it. The agent commanded me to put my hands over my head so he could see my naked 62-year-old body. When the scan was finished he commanded me to take the non-metallic things from my pockets for his viewing.
This whole process filled me with a rage that is hard to describe. Think of your wife and young daughters being virtually strip searched by a bunch of federal “agents.” Images of Nazi thugs with their police dogs leaping at frightened Jewish women and children came to mind, but then I regained control and thought, no this doesn’t compare to Nazi Germany, not yet.
I stood and watched the process for a while. My wife and I were the only ones who seemed to be alarmed by it. Lines of people – old women, young women, young girls, and boys – all stood naked in front of the “agents” without a word of complaint. Later in the Delta lounge, people drank their coffee as usual and passed their wait in silence.
A pilot for ExpressJet Airlines named Michael Roberts went through the process the day after I did and wrote a nice article about his experience for LewRockwell.com. Mr. Roberts was a little more aware than I and he noticed the machines and refused screening. His experience and TSA’s refusal to let him go about his work are definitely worth reading. Here’s an excerpt from his article:
“Do you want them to board your plane?” he asked. “No, but I understand there are other, better ways to keep them off. Besides, at this point I’m more concerned with the greater threat to our rights and liberties as a free society.” “Yeah, I know,” he said. And then to my amazement, he continued, “but somebody’s already taken those away.”
Mr. Roberts found that refusing the scan caused him much trouble and perhaps will even cost him his job.
You may say that it doesn’t affect you because you don’t fly, and that’s fine unless living in a thug-run police state is a concern. Now even that is problematic because the various urban police departments are being supplied with mobile units that can do drive-by virtual strip searches of cars and yes, of people. The images taken by the AIT scanners are permanently stored in a database for future federal use, as are images taken by the mobile scanners for tracking movement.
What does all this mean for America?
It means that this is no longer a free country. It means that the Constitution and Bill of Rights no longer even receive lip service. It means that our bodies are wholly owned commodities of the federal government.
How much will we as Americans be willing to take? Apparently quite a lot. How much further will the federal government be willing to go? As far as we are willing to let it go. I hate to paraphrase Howard Stern, but his advice is still pretty good: Just put your bodies in boxes and mail them to the federal government. It owns you now.
- Darrell Castle
A recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal entitled “MCS Sets Stage for Test-Results Shock” tells us that the Memphis City School system is failing to educate the children of Memphis, and since it is failing in such spectacular fashion, it is entitled to more money.
We learn from the article that Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash predicts that city math scores could be in the low teens – at least 30 points into the new “fail zone” – as a result of higher grading standards and more difficult tests.
You may recall that due to a recent court decision, $57 million has to come from the city budget for the schools system, and Mayor Wharton has ordered across the board cuts to comply with the court’s order.
In addition to that, under the guidelines in Tennessee’s application for federal funding in the state’s Race To The Top program, Tennessee was one of two states awarded more than $500 million, with Memphis City Schools due to receive $68.5 million.
Despite this funding, in July of this year Governor Bredesen said Tennessee was seeking a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements, including academic progress. Superintendent Cash said the waiver is unlikely.
Why can’t we educate our children despite all the funding? Perhaps it is because the goal of education is no longer helping children use their minds better for critical thinking and individual responsibility. Instead it is to control their conduct and thinking and direct those things toward a set of federally-approved objectives.
That is what the No Child Left Behind program is about: the sacrifice of individuality for the advancement of the group as a whole.
Cooperative non-learning promotes a lowest common denominator, group consensus approach to problem solving. Since there are no absolute values or standards held by the group, we develop a valueless, morally bankrupt society.
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What are the results of all this education for our children and for our society?
We have a bunch of sick children on our hands and a society with extremely high social costs that we just can’t seem to find an answer for. Each year American children lag behind their peers in the developed world in math and the natural sciences. Reading skills continue to decline year after year due to whole language non-reading programs that destroy children’s reading ability, thus crippling them for life.
Rampant sexual promiscuity at ever-earlier grades leads to pregnancies at ever-earlier grades. Since we have no values, we have no answers, and as a result we just teach them how to do it better and safer.
Rampant drug and alcohol abuse are the norm. Discipline is forbidden, so children are drugged into compliance, and when that doesn’t work they are arrested.
What then is the solution? Homeschooling, religious schools, other private schools and schools controlled and funded locally if local communities want publicly-funded education. Return to basics, especially in reading, math, and the sciences.
The Ron Ramsey for Governor campaign comes to Shelby County this Thursday and Friday, July 22nd and 23rd. This is an opportunity for those of you who support Ron Ramsey’s campaign to meet him and participate in his volunteer tour of Shelby County.
Those who wish to participate are urged to be at the Memphis Headquarters of the Ramsey campaign, located at 925 Yates near Poplar, at 4:00pm on Thursday and/or Friday.
More information on the tour is available at the campaign’s website.
Ramsey is a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights, as we all should be. He has also said that as governor, he will veto any legislation that Memphis may get passed allowing it to incorporate itself and Shelby County.
I don’t mean to put words in his mouth, but that could mean that he understands the significance of the movement toward consolidation and he supports the rights of individuals over those of the collective. If so, he finds himself in the company of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Darrell L. Castle