Margaret Schaut

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Summer, Security and Changing Travel

Like you, I’ve received some invitations to pick up and go travel to visit some family and friends this summer, and like you, the stresses of life and a difficult economy have made me NEED a vacation more than ever.

Traveling, and the security issues have changed so much since the Patriot Act and ensuing directives that security issues are a hurdle to consider all by themselves.

America is getting more like Europe every day, where the people have compromised with their governments to have a ‘friendly fascism’ and agree to any and every security measure that the government can dream up. While I was there, it always astonished me how many details I had to remember, how many security gauntlets I had to go through, how uncomfortably INTRUSIVE it all was.

Now, we have all this and more in America. It is a true change. One big difference is that here, these measures are not so ‘friendly.’

In spite of all these fascistic measures, used by the government to ‘protect’ the people, it still did nothing to protect the people from a very serious scourge- pickpocketing!

I thought I was well-prepared for this well-known problem in Paris, I had travelers checks, duplicates of my passport and ID, credit cards. I had a bag that seemed to me to be difficult to get into, I kept my bag where I could see it, kept my attention on it.

On the bus from La Defense on the way to the Louvre, though, just before an interim stop, a young man, preparing to get off the bus came close to me. I felt NOTHING, my bag seemed alright, but I JUST KNEW. I looked at him with… an intense look and he was SHOCKED. He zipped out that door as soon as it slid open and ran so fast….

I got situated and looked into my bag and, yes! Everything was gone. Money, ID, credit cards, traveler’s checks. Bureaucracy of ANY kind in Europe is simply torturous. It took ALL DAY to deal with what I lost. I’m STILL waiting for my traveler’s checks to be reimbursed. Talk about a blot on a trip to the City of Lights! It ruined more than one day, I can tell you!

As that European Spirit of ‘friendly fascism’ descends on America, and rumors of pickpocketing and other crimes in America grow, like purses snatched from church pews and restaurant seats; identity theft, and so on, traveling now takes on a whole new character.

Traveling comfortably, lightly, with easily manageable things are important skills to hone. Now, though, to ignore your personal security is to leave yourself wide open for crime.

I’ve looked long and hard for a purse/ travel bag that would really take care of the security problem. This may or may not be important to you, but it has become increasingly so for me. I’ve looked and looked for good travel accessories- a purse, a backpack, an overnight bag, etc. that really did address my security concerns. I found onesecurity features of my bag that I want to share with you.

pacsafe has made these bags, lightweight, with certain security features that are really useful. My pickpocket managed to get the top of my bag open without even letting me know something was wrong- these bags have secured zippers and clasps that are IMPOSSIBLE to open without notice.

So many times I heard other tourists complaining that someone just used a razor knife to cut their strap and BANG, the bag was GONE. pacsafe has put cabling in their bag’s straps- TWO cables- which means someone would actually have to have large wire cutters to get through both, spaced as they are. The body of the bag cannot be slashed to create an opening, either, because there is an ‘exomesh’ that cannot be cut but that moves and shifts with your bag and protects your contents. It has anchor clips, and you can use your cable straps and anchor clips to secure your bag to your restaurant chair, your belt, or someplace sturdy in the event you will be distracted for a few minutes.

By the way, I earn no money for this. Many of my readers seem to be on the ‘same page’ as I am on so many things, I thought I would share this important preparation for my summer with you.

The bag I have is attractive enough- not a designer ‘to die for’ bag, but it is presentable, if you’re not wearing pearls, but for a more casual look it is just fine. It is light to carry, (my coach bags weigh a ton), and it has all the organizing bells and whistles that are standard fare in any bag.

One thing that it seems to me is missing, though, and that is an RFID cloaking pocket for passports and identification cards. Now with the new chips going into the passports and the driver’s licenses, no matter what the RFID manufacturer’s say, criminals like those pickpockets, who make it their career to find ways to steal from people, will be concentrating very heavily on getting RFID readers and they will be USING them. They may already have them. This is a NEW vulnerability that is being completely ignored or denied, but I say it is an even greater danger than a pickpocket getting a few hundred bucks.

This is the trouble with travel now. The government fears what WE will do to IT, and it cares nothing for what it does to us, how miserable travel has become, how humiliating to go through a search that only convicted felons have had to undergo in previous years, or how vulnerable it makes us.

Fascism for Dummies, Dummy!

First Black President a Return to Slavery?


Slavery is primarily an economic policy, and the evidently necessary reminder of what slavery was originally about in America.

Among the many hypocrisies of our Rock Star candidate Barak Obama, a return to economic slavery in America is one of the most evident results of his economic policies and his very own submitted budget.

Obama’s platform outlines new spending of $287 Billion at a time when our country is so bankrupt we MUST borrow EVERY DAY from our ENEMIES. At a time where the working Americans that remain employed give over 50% of their income to taxes. His platform cannot be supported in any conceivable way other than RAISING taxes and further enslaving ALL Americans to the government bureaucracy.

Recall history, if you know any, Mr. Obama, and remember the suffering that American’s ended based upon the Constitution and a willingness to shed the blood and spend the wealth of those who did NOT engage in slavery and opposed it. Remember that it was the Constitution of the United States that provided the VERY BASIS for such an end to a heinous crime against humanity, and ask yourself- what are my policies that will BRING THAT BACK???

A second feature of slavery that exposes Obama’s hypocrisy is the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act silences American dissent under the most flimsy of circumstances, allows Americans to be incarcerated and imprisoned without Habeus Corpus or even without contacting family. The government is allowed free reign to ‘pressure’ and ‘torture’ American citizens without ANY Constitutional protections as the Constitution itself has been overturned, during Obama’s watch, without even so much as a peep of complaint about it, let alone the outspoken voice one would expect.

Recall, Mr. Obama, the lynch mobs and those who would murder slaves, murder protesters all by avoiding the law of the Constitution and the corrupted officials that turned away from the inherent rights of those people. Recall how blacks were SILENCED by government, by the media, by the affluent. Re-examine your own corruption and willingness to sell out the Constitution two years running, and ask yourself, am I willing to take the heat and restore the Constitution to its rightful place? Am I willing to do whatever it takes, for the protection of ALL my American PEOPLE, to UPHOLD THE VOW that my soul will surely be held to before God?

While Obama is personable and very attractive, he simply isn’t a man of proper conviction. He has no interest in the Constitution and is perfectly willing to return America to a slave state for no other reason than to be a sugar-daddy for all those who prefer a nanny state to freedom; who prefer to spend other people’s money than earn and keep their own.

Recall that we are all created EQUAL, that ALL are entitled to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and ask yourself why you don’t believe that? Why should some be enslaved in order that others can have a better, government provided living? Why should the unborn, who automatically have the right to LIVE be considered less than human as your black ancestors were?

That the Constitution and Bill of Rights PREVAILED with bloodshed and money that was NOT YOUR OWN is the ONLY REASON that your candidacy is possible in the first place. Need you be reminded that there have been NO black Prime Ministers or Presidents in other Western Nations as of yet?

We need Ron Paul who not only understand the critical economic issues of our time, but understands what canceling the Constitution actually means and will bring about for all of us- including the former slaves and oppressed people of our nation’s history. They must be spinning in their graves!

It really is way past time that Atlas shrugs…

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