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Mercenarius de facto; the hounds leashed by the machine

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What is missing is that puff of fresh, oxygenated air to permeate the mass

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

***This information was not penned by myself. I received a request from a reader to consider placing this viewpoint as another approach in analyzing the OWS Movement. As one can see, this is more than a comment and poses serious analytical consideration.***

I’ve noticed a very worrisome trend in the ongoing “Occupy <X>” movement taking place in the major metropolitan centers. I’m not the first to point out the participation of military veterans such as Veterans for Peace, Oath Keepers, and Iraq Veterans Against the War in the various protests. For the right side of the political spectrum, it is easy to dismiss them as seditious turncoats. Given what passes for the current state of lawful authority, such an opinion may not be unreasonable in the eyes of the right wingers. Meanwhile the left side of the political spectrum continues to eye such participation warily since the veterans represent mercenarius de facto; the hounds leashed by the machine. Again, such an observation may not be without merit. It is not for these reasons, however valid they may be, that I believe such participation by veterans are harbingers of a political paradigm shift. More

When Did This Happen? What Can We Do? (Update: Video)

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I’ve referred to the “slippery slope”, “Perilous Path To Proper Patriotism” , and various cutsie terms to describe the downfall of the relationship between Americans and The United States Government.

In short – unless Americans wake up – we are screwed. Yes. This is a strong statement. Maybe even one that will get me landed on some Department of Homeland Security list (which will later be publicly retracted but never erased) always pulled out of line to get the old “blue gloved” treatment if I should ever choose to fly, ride the rails, or perhaps walk down the street with my cell phone turned off from the Big O’s announcements. After all – I’m fairly dangerous as a Veteran and thinking person.

When did I become dangerous? When did we allow our children to be trained up to accept this loss of liberty lasse faire attitude?

When I grew up the biggest concern in High School concerning the Prom was ensuring that what I wore was “close enough to cool” to keep me out of the misfit category. Now, thanks to a Federal Judge and the inability of reason to prevail, Santa Fe Prom goers have the additional pleasure of allowing Professional Gropers to ensure they are “clean before entry”. (Video Link)  Yeah – read some double entendre in that if you feel like it.

Saturday night, a certified TSA official will be at the Santa Fe High School prom to oversee student searches.

This all comes after two Capital High School students, sisters, filed a lawsuit saying they were groped by a security agent at Capital High School’s prom last month. On Friday, the court ordered Santa Fe Public Schools and the security company ASI to provide at least one TSA certified person at the Santa Fe High School prom and the Capital High School graduation. More

Letting Homes Burn In Tennessee – An Ongoing Problem.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Apparently “letting homes burn”is “old news” in Obion as the Fire Department stood by in ’08 and let another families life be destroyed.  Thankfully neighbors on either side sprayed the mafia-style “fee protected” homes with garden hoses while they waited 40 minutes for the Department to show up: More

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