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I usually pick on the feds…and I will late in this video, but first, let’s visit a county in Virginia…

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Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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Folks who know me know that I am a very retro type guy.  My tastes run retro in music, in politics, in lifestyle…in almost every aspect of my life.

I love to cook…and don’t own…or want…a microwave oven, even to boil water or melt butter for a recipe or to reheat leftovers.

I love to fish, but I’d rather do it with a cane pole or cheap spinning rod/reel combo from a creekbank or the banks of a farm pond than with a lot of high tech fishing equipment from a 60 MPH bass boat.  Folks sometimes think I’m so retro that the term “luddite” is a fitting description for me, but I’d like to dispel that notion and tell y’all that I’m retro because I’m so dumb.

Yep…I’m dumb, and my retroness comes from that.

My overall retroness is an outward display of a desire for “the way things were” socially and an acknowledgement that I’m not smart enough to re-invent the wheel, instead looking to the past to find what has worked before and a desire to “fix things” by a return to those times.

A few examples would be:

Today’s youth’s disrespect for rules and authority.

When I was a kid if I screwed up 2 blocks down the street from my house while out playing, the neighbor (stay at home) mom gave me a swat on the ass and sent me home, where my mom’s reaction was to send me to my room until my father got home when my butt got rally blistered.  Now, the neighbor mom isn’t home, and if she were and even looked crosseyed at Little Johnny his parents lawyer up.

The other side…authority…has done it’s share to cause it’s own downfall too.  When I was a kid my parents taught me to “look for the cop on the corner when you have a problem.  He is your friend.”

No more.  Law enforcement has become, in large part, jackbooted Gestapo-like thugs.  If two kids hav a schoolyard fight, rather than being sent home with a note for the parents the kids leave school handcuffd in the back of a police car.  Hey…authorities…listen up!  Every rule infraction doesn’t require criminal charges!

In the 50’s and 60’s the family unit included a father and a mother.

Single family households were rare.  Also in the 50’s and 60’s dropout rates were much lower, drug useage was not as bad, teen pregnancy was an anomaly rather than something normal…

…can you imagine an out-of-wedlock birth in the 50’s being cause for celebration, complete with baby shower and proud grandparents?

So…I’m retro…because I’m too dumb to come up with new ideas to fix societies ills…but I see solutions in the past.  I’m a big believer in “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.  I’d kinda like to return to societal mores that weren’t broke.

Bob@HayleStorm Interactive

Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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Folks…I try to make the “Tinfoil Hat Club” videos look as spontaneous as possible, but the fact is they are usually scripted. Not this time. This time I just got mad and did the video totally off the cuff…I apologize for it not being very “polished”.Rules for Radicals

Barack Obama proved he is a Saul Alinsky believer…you know, the author of “Rules for Radicals”… and that he (Obama) believes “the end justifies the means”…even if the means include intentionally inviting a terrorist attack ON PURPOSE for political gain…to promote his communist…yes, I said communist, not just socialist…agenda.

I know this show is called “The Tinfoil Hat Club”, but there are no tinfoil hat similarities here…just hard, straightforward facts that cannot be denied. My interpretation of those facts? Well…you’ll have to decide that for yourself. Continue reading »

Bob@HayleStorm Interactive

Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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Last week , when I wrote here about new TSA groping frisking procedures I had no idea the issue would flame up as it has.  Now, it seems, the whole country is up in arms (or has their arms up, ready to be felt up frisked) over the TSA’s intrusiveness.  “Don’t touch my junk!” has gone viral.  Folks, this is just the most recent, most visible, and most outrageous of the government’s ignoring of basic constitutional limits.

Here are a few things you thought you could do…that you should be able to do constitutionally…that you can’t do.  Some laws ignore rights at the federal level, some at the state level, and some at the local level.  Some are serious rights violations, some are silly, and some are downright stupid…but all are a bit more of a slide down a slippery slope:

1.       Grow wheat in your backyard.  Really…according to US law, and backed up by a 1932 Supreme Court decision, it is illegal to grow wheat in your yard for your personal consumption.  Why?  It might destroy the wheat market, thus interfering in interstate commerce.  Details?  Google it…don’t take my word for it…anything you read here needs Ronald Reagan’s admonition to “trust but verify”.

2.       You cannot sell milk from your cow to your neighbor.  In most states, the sale of unpasteurized milk for human consumption is illegal, as it the transportation of such milk across state lines.  Let’s think about this for a second.  A naturally produced product, raw milk, is not safe or legal for human consumption in the form that God made it, but it CAN be sold it once corporate America is allowed to make it an adulterated product through pasteurization.  In other words, the USDA, FDA, and CDC, along with various state level agencies, are smarter than and know more than God.

Can you spell arrogance?

3.       You and your Boy Scout troop cannot, in a burst of patriotism, spontaneously break out singing the Star Spangled Banner while visiting the Lincoln Memorial (or other Washington monuments).  It is considered a demonstration and you must get a permit first.

4.       In Roselle Park, New Jersey you cannot sleep in public, so if you are drowsy while waiting at a bus stop for the bus, don’t doze off.  You might find yourself as a visitor at the local Graybar Hotel.

5.       You know those cakes and pastries you bake that your church sells at church fundraisers?  In more and more states you can’t do that anymore.  You can’t sell foods that aren’t prepared in state approved and inspected kitchens…and your granny’s kitchen doesn’t count.

6. You can’t dye your white poodle’s paws pink for Halloween, even when you use an animal-safe dye.  A Jacksonville, Florida woman was fined $255 for doing so, with the judge calling it animal abuse.  There aren’t any murders, rapes, or robberies in Jacksonville for the cops to deal with?

7.       In many towns…towns, not subdivisions with Homeowners’ Associations…you can’t groom your yard according to your standards.  The local government has passed laws governing how tall your grass can be.  Then they hire an Ordinance Enforcement Officer using YOUR tax money, to run around with a badge, a ticket book, and a tape measure looking for yards that aren’t cut to their standards.

Yet you think the constitution assures you of property owner’s rights, right?

8.       In Atlanta, Georgia you can’t legally walk down the street on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your back pocket.  Really.  I swear.

9.       In California you can’t build a deck on your house if the shadow of the deck, not the deck itself, falls on a spot in your yard that holds standing water more than 10 days a year.  According to California environmental protection rules, upheld by the state court, such a spot, regardless how small, qualifies as a protected wetland, and it cannot be affected in any way by a manmade influence…including the shade of a deck…so call your architect and have your deck plan redesigned, after getting the environmental impact assessment done first.  Loving those constitutionally protected property owner’s rights more and more…

10.   In Gainesville, Georgia you cannot eat fried chicken with a fork.  Silly?  Yes.  A PR stunt for the country’s chicken capital?  Yes again…but also indicative of government’s attitude about them ruling us.

Some of these seem trivial…not eating fried chicken with a fork comes to mind…and some seem serious, like your group not being allowed a spontaneous display of patriotism at a national monument, but all show a creeping trend of the government taking away rights, “…all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…” that they have no legal power to take away.

We have awakened over the last two years, and now we face a choice, a decision.

We can figure that we did our job, that the recent election sent a message our politicians heard and will heed without further action from us.  We can fall back asleep on the couch, watching American Idol or Dancing With the Stars and guzzling a beer, or…

We can realize that it is not just our armed forces who must take to heart the saying “Freedom isn’t free”…we must do our part.  Write our congressman, write letters to the editor of our local papers, show up at meetings our elected officials…local, state, and federal…will attend.  Praise them when they act in a manner that shows they know that they work for us, we don’t work for them, and call them out, loudly, bluntly, and often, when they don’t.

I know my choice…I actually enjoy pulling politicians’ chains…what’s yours?  Stay awake, or go back to sleep?

Bob@HayleStorm Interactive

Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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Folks…it is hard to believe how dumb many a DA can be…all over the country. Last week in Georgia, this week in Pennsylvania…the DA DA’s seem to be running amok.

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Bob comes to us with a skeptical attitude and a full cup of Cantankerousness. He also writes about homesteading and yurts over at JuicyMaters.com and rants about politics at Common-Sense-Conversation.com Most of the time, though, you'll find him at HayleStorm.net, cranking out great websites for clients OR writing tutorials teaching them to build their own sites.

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