Have you noticed the trend toward more and more ways in which government is allowing itself to snoop on ordinary citizens? As always, there is a plausible reason that at least sounds good on the surface and can be hard to argue against, but in the end it doesn't really accomplish much more than to insure that yet another aspect of our lives are under the watchful eye of Big Brother.
With each step down this path we're coming closer and closer to the governmental machine that will be in place as a tool of the Beast. The worst part is that when it all hits the fan, most people won't realize the impact of some of the things they've ignored until it's too late.
Bush Signing May Change Mail Laws
Jan 4, 4:57 PM (ET)
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
WASHINGTON (AP) - A signing statement attached to postal legislation by President Bush last month may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant.
The White House denies any change in policy.
The law requires government agents to get warrants to open first-class letters.
But when he signed the postal reform act, Bush added a statement saying that his administration would construe that provision "in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances."
"The signing statement raises serious questions whether he is authorizing opening of mail contrary to the Constitution and to laws enacted by Congress," said Ann Beeson, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. "What is the purpose of the signing statement if it isn't that?"
Another in a long string of ominous tendencies, School shootings are actually becomming commonplace. Before the shootings at Columbine in Littleton Colorado and West Side in Jonesboro Ar., things like this were absolutely unheard of. Now in the beginning of 2007 it seems like we can't even go six months without people getting shot in school.
1 Dead in Tacoma, Wash., School Shooting
Jan 3, 12:49 PM (ET)
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A student was shot to death at his high school as classes about to start Wednesday morning, and police were searching for the gunman, officials said.
The student's age and details of the 7:30 a.m. shooting at Foss High School were not immediately released, but police spokesman Mark Fulghum said no one else was believed to be injured. He said police were trying to determine what prompted the attack.
The suspect was believed to be another student, and school district spokeswoman Peggy Holmgren said there were witnesses to the attack.
Once again people are doing something monumentally stupid while telling themselves (and us) that there is no danger.
What ARE they thinking? Or are they? Genetics is a VERY complicated matter and tampering can be extrememly dangerous. Not only that, but no process invented and managed by humans is error free. If for no other reason the errors possible in cloning are a very good argument against ever eating something that came from a cloned animal.
FDA OKs Food From Cloned Animals
Federal Government Approval of Cloned Animals for Food May Prompt 'Clone-Free' Labels
By LIBBY QUAID
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don't be surprised if "clone-free" labels appear sooner.
Ben & Jerry's, for one, wants consumers to know that its ice cream comes from regular cows and not clones. The Ben & Jerry's label already says its farmers don't use bovine growth hormone.
"We want to make sure people are confident with what's in our pints," company spokesman Rob Michalak said. "We haven't yet landed on exactly how we want to express that publicly."
For food that does come from clones, the Food and Drug Administration is unlikely to require labels, officials said.
Over the last six months or so, theres been several states that have passed laws banning abortion. Now it seems that Texas is looking to be the latest to make a statement against Roe vs Wade.
Bills would make abortion illegal
By JOHN MORITZ
STAR-TELEGRAM AUSTIN BUREAU
AUSTIN -- Two bills awaiting action in the Texas Legislature would make abortions illegal in Texas if the Supreme Court allows states to reinstate bans abolished by the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.
"I want to have a law on the books that clearly says if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, there will be no abortions in Texas," Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, told reporters shortly before filing Senate Bill 168 on Wednesday.
Patrick, who hosts a conservative-leaning radio show that airs in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth markets, said he offered the measure to fulfill his campaign promise to end legal abortions. His measure would make it the policy of the state that life begins at conception and would allow exceptions to the ban on abortions only to prevent the death of a pregnant woman.