None of this has anything to do with preventing terrorism. As one other person commented earlier, if you were trying to take photos for a sneak attack, you'd be doing it as discreetly as possible. What this has to do with is getting citizens used to obeying arbitrary commands. Did you happen to read about the woman who was detained by TSA because her nipple rings were setting off the alarm? (Google it if you hadn't). She was forced to remove them, humiliated, and for what... NIPPLE RINGS. I have never, ever, ever even concieved of a way that nipple rings could be used to set off bombs, release toxins, or whatever. The most dangerous thing a nipple ever did was titillate a bunch of conservatives during the Super Bowl..yet TSA had forced her to remove them. Do you see what is happening here? More and more arbitrary standards are being laid down - not as law, but as you're expected to behave. People don't know what is and is not legal anymore, and so they assume that because of terrorism, they are allowed to be harassed. All of these are steps toward a police state. We are being trained to jump when authority tells us to. Take a look at this page. Print it out and carry it with you whenever you plan to go take pictures. http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm - It's a printable PDF file written by an attorney, explaining the rights citizens have to take photos.
Why I'm glad these politicians are talking about religion is so I know who is for a Christian Theocracy in America, and who isn't. As someone who is not a Christian, I am glad that candidates are identifying themselves as who will continue to push towards a culture where people who are not Christian or follow a certain set of values will be ostracized. This way, I can know not to vote for them. After all, everyone is free to believe as they wish at the moment. Certain candidates and political movements want to take that choice away from you, too.
Way to go on disrupting these kids' communities and lives. I was bussed as a child (in another part of the country), and as a result, I didn't spend two consecutive years in the same school. I couldn't keep any friends because I was constantly being shuffled all over the county. What you find are kids who are resentful over this, parents who are extremely inconvenienced, and a system that makes it difficult for students to get socially adjusted. Thanks to bussing, I was halfway across the county, so doing any after-school activities was nearly impossible because my mother would have to drive 40 miles round trip to get me.
By Toby Sells
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