16 February 2006

Homeland Stupidity

This is the web site/blog of one of my cyber-pals. Like me, he's kind of a technologist. He's intelligent, witty, on-point, and thought-provoking. A champion of personal liberty and exposer of governmental fraud. He's well-researched (but then, what geek isn't?) And, he's not conceited; in fact, he's probably humble (he describes himself as a "royal pain in the ass").

I bow to his royalty (being royal myself, that's probably one of the best compliments I can muster forth). We disagree at times but, on most of the important issues, we pretty much agree, especially with regards to personal freedom and civil liberties. He is a patriot who loves his country, and freely exercises his right to criticize the stupidity that exists at all levels of our government.

He is IO Error.

Here's a sampling:

If it hasn’t happened to you already, it will soon. Police will knock on your door, tell you they’re looking for a criminal who may be in the neighborhood, and ask you to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. If you hesitate even for a moment, they’ll become quite, er, persuasive. “You don’t have anything to hide, do you? You aren’t the person we’re looking for, are you? What’s the problem? It’s just a cotton swab from the inside of your cheek. It’ll prove your innocence.” Read more.

(Of course, he could have provided a link to the ACLU's take on the erosion of privacy, for greater effect.)

That’s an incredible amount of paperwork, expense and bureaucratic garbage to go through, at least for most Americans, just to go hunting. And when the Vice President’s staff can’t even keep up with all the requirements, one might start to think we have too many regulations. Read more.
Well, I think you get the picture....