Thursday, May 12, 2016

One of the Ways America Went Wrong

I'm sure there are many factors you could point to that put our nation on the wrong path, but today I'd like to focus specifically on the judicial system. 

Policing for profit is probably the biggest issue I have with law enforcement.  This practice comes from a ridiculous law called civil asset forfeiture.  This unconstitutional law allows police to seize assets without any due process, all they need to do is claim they feel the assets are being used for illegal activity.  Your property can be indefinitely seized for nothing more than vague suspicions.  Even worse, the department that seizes the assets keeps them for itself, providing even more motivation to seize people's property without cause. 

Now, departments depend on this shady practice to fund their departments.  Some counties in Texas have 40% of their law enforcement funding coming from asset forfeiture.  This makes this bogus law hard to repeal, as many municipalities have become dependent on this ill gotten booty.

Asset forfeiture isn't the only way cops police for profit, although it's the most blatant.  They also serve citations for victimless crimes:

  • Prostitution
  • Drug use
  • Traffic citations
  • Public drunkenness
  • Gambling

  • These are just some examples.  The cities and municipalities that rely on cops to generate revenue are the real problem.  Sure, a cop may be a complacent participant in this scheme, but our own elected officials allowed this to happen in the first place.  I'd rather our communities would employ peace officers instead of revenue rangers.  A cop with a radar gun on the side of the road might generate revenue, but he's not helping anyone with a real emergency.  We've basically turned LEOs into an extortion arm of whatever city or municipality employs them, and it's a damn shame.

    Let's not forget the other extortion racket we call courts.  There are usually no constitutional judges presiding over these courts, but rather executive administrators, which can't possibly give you a fair trial, because guess where their money comes from.  How can we have an honest and fair court when the "judge" and prosecutor (and even your public defender) all eat their slop from the same trough?

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    EU Requirements

    "European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent."

    Fuck the EU, they aren't in charge of the internet outside of their shitty union.  What are they gonna do if I don't comply?  Not a damn thing because I'm not one of their subjects, and never will be. 

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Desecration of Old Glory is Ironic

    I've found myself at odds with friends over this issue.  I see many memes and other declarations on Facebook claiming that, "If you disrespect the flag in front of me, you'll get your ass beat."  That is what prompted this long overdue post.

    So, in the United States, you have the 1st Amendment protected right to freedom of speech.  This speech includes desecration and burning of the American Flag.  For many, the flag is a representation of the ideals our nation was founded on.  The Bill of Rights is sort of this country's sacred 10 commandments.  That being said, the top of the list is freedom of speech. 

    So, it appears exercising your freedom of speech to desecrate the symbol of that freedom is self-defeating.  The problem is, symbols are interpreted differently by different people.  The Stars & Stripes are a symbol of imperialism and oppression to foreigners around the world.  It's the symbol of corporate greed, and American hypocrisy of bombing foreign countries into democracy.  It's even a symbol of the Great Satan to certain religious zealots.  Perhaps this is the reason the Supreme Court decided that desecrating the flag should be considered free speech.

    No matter the reasoning behind the SCOTUS ruling, they've held (quite consistently) that the offensive act of desecration of the flag is a protected right.  Yet, there are many "patriots" who suspend logic and succumb to the emotional response of someone destroying "their" symbol.  Silly slogans spill from their mouths, such as, "You don't like USA, get out!" 

    The truth is, flag burners, and the people that threaten violence to stop them are both misguided.  They've both put this symbol above logic and reason.  Flag burners are desecrating a symbol of the freedom that allows them to burn the flag, while "patriots" attempt to oppress the flag-burners' freedom of speech, because it offends them.

    This obviously hypocritical action by "patriots" is also self-defeating.  How can you defend freedom when you attack anyone exercising it?  This emotional reaction is most likely a symptom of nationalism. 

    Nationalism is a horrible way of thinking.  To paraphrase Doug Stanhope, it causes you to hate people you've never met (foreigners), and to take credit for accomplishments you had nothing to do with (we saved the French's ass in WWII).

    The 1st Amendment is there to protect offensive speech, because un-offensive speech doesn't need protecting.  Being able to hear offensive and new ideas will do nothing to hold a society back.  Conversely, if we squelch new and scary ideas, and imprison people for thinking, we will have a very hard time advancing as a society/species. 

    We've made mistakes in history that reflect this.  The most famous is the imprisonment of Galileo Galilei for his now proven theory of heliocentrism.  The man had a new idea about the universe that the political and scientific establishment disagreed with, and was locked away for it.  The 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution is a safeguard against such injustices, but as long as there are "patriots" out there willing to threaten violence against people they disagree with, we still have work to do as a society.

     

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Equality Does Not Equal Liberty

    Is polygamy worse than homosexuality? Must be, it's still illegal in the "land of the free." I'm glad people were happy yesterday, but we've got 200+ years of government overreach. The fact that government is involved in the religious institution of marriage is unconstitutional, and frankly establishes theocracy, not democracy. 

    We've foolishly given up so much of our freedom, people rot in jail for victimless crimes. We face the threat of fines and imprisonment for exercising our natural rights without the government's permission. This means we don't have rights, merely privileges the government could take away. 

    Worse still, we have a legal system with a built in conflict of interest. Can we really expect fairness at trial when the police, prosecutors, and judges all feed from the same trough?

    We are merely livestock to the super elite, and we prove them right every day by continuing to accept their dominance over us. We ask permission to get married, hunt, fish, travel, build a home, and even participate in commerce. 

    What happened yesterday was a tiny victory for equality, but did nothing at all for the cause of true liberty.

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Martial law is already here, and has been since 1933

    In March 1933, President Roosevelt invoked Emergency War Powers under Public Law 1,suspending the constitution and effectively implementing Executive Branch control of the entire country. Since the Constitution is a limitation on the federal government, all such limitations have been suspended for over 68 years, we have been operating under limited martial law for that entire period.


    http://web.archive.org/web/20031206124322/http://user.icx.net/~drherb/name.html

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    100 Years of Economic Enslavement - Woodrow Wilson's Treason

    Edward Mandell House had this to say in a private meeting with President Woodrow Wilson:

    “[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will effect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer being unable to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions.

    “Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges. They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud which we will call ‘Social Insurance.’

    “Without realizing it, every American will insure us for any loss we may incur and in this manner, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and, we will employ the high office of the President of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America.”

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Global Warming Solutions

    Okay folks, I'm still hearing about the global warming. These fools  are not going to let it go. They've never made one accurate prediction, and they insist we're the idiots for not believing them. So just for fun, I'm going to play devil's advocate. I'm going to make believe that global warming is real, and instead of non solutions like higher taxes and government bullshit, I'm actually going to give you real solutions.

    1 - Use  outer space as a refrigerator. All we have to do is run a refrigeration circuit to a geosynchronous satellite that acts as a condenser coil. There will probably be an argument about where the thermostat goes.

    2 - Transport huge amounts of ocean water to outer space via rockets to combat global flooding.

    3 - Develop the technology to colonize another planet, before we destroy this one.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Why the American Dream has 1 Foot in the Grave

    This may be the turning point in our country, where we will be forever judged, as the generation that failed to protect freedom, individualism, and prosperity as a nation.  I personally believe our Constitution could save us, but no one in our Federal Government seems to intend to honor and obey our most sacred document as a nation.  Here we are, in the final hour of a deadline which is completely fabricated by our own fiscal irresponsibility.  Now, we can choose the easy path, or the hard.  The problem is, our leaders see the easy path as the hard one, and vice-versa.  This is because of the short-sighted nature of our political leaders.  They would rather serve themselves than the American People.

    I myself am a Libertarian, but I always held out hope the Republicans would someday stand on their hind legs, and fight for what's right, even if it meant political suicide.  That kind of bravery is apparently gone. That bravery was in abundance at Normandy, and Iwo Jima, but alas, that generation is fading into the sunset.  We dishonor their memory by capitulating to the socialist agenda of the Democratic Party, which brought an end to the Socialist Party by adopting their platform.

    Democrats have believed in slavery since their conception, but losing the Civil War forced them to adopt a new kind of enslavement, economic.  Economic enslavement is easily accomplished through the IRS, which was used by Democrats to target the few enemies they had in the TEA Party.  Now we will be subjects of our government from cradle to grave, depending on them for our food, healthcare, welfare, and never shall we stand up and bite the hand that feeds.

    Well, as dire as the last senctence I wrote was, I can't, and won't believe in it.  My father was wounded twice fighting communism, and I refuse to let the tyranny of a ruling class destroy the legacy of freedom he fought for.  I refuse to be treated as a slave, a vassal, a serf.  I stand and fight, with my words, and if that fails, my actions.  I will not stand by and be subjugated by a totalitarian regime intent on destroying my freedom, and my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I won't go quietly, I will fight to the bitter end for what I think is right.  After all, that's what being an American is supposed to be.  That's what being a Texan is supposed to be.  Texas didn't gain independence from religious oppression and taxation without representation from Mexico by laying down and taking it.

    At the Alamo William Barrett Travis drew a line in the sand, and all but one pledge to defend the Alamo to their last breath.  Without the Alamo, there could be no San Jacinto.  The Republicans may have missed their Alamo moment, but Americans have not.  There is still time to stand up and fight, and I hope there are enough people that have the conviction to do what's right, even in the face of defeat.  That's how Texas won, that's how America won, and that's how we'll win again.

    As I finish this post, I watch on C-SPAN as our elected senators laugh and joke, while they vote to end the shutdown.  They think we serve them, but we must show them that they serve us.

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Satanic Rants of Democrats Against Abortion Bill in Texas

    The Democrats in Texas have stepped in it big time.  While they were protesting an abortion bill in the Texas State Legislature, a pro life group got together to sing "Amazing Grace."  the pro abortion crowd (some of them at least) started chanting "Hail Satan!"  Now, I'm agnostic, but you'd have to be a complete idiot to start yelling hail Satan at an abortion protest whether you were for or against this bill. 

    I understand why these misguided youngsters did what they did.  They wanted to intimidate and offend the pro life crowd as much as possible.  While doing so however, they've proven themselves to be on the wrong side of every moral issue.  This was unprecedented.  I always knew there was evil in the far left, but overt Satanic chants are a new one for me.  Texas is a conservative state, and a very pro life state.  This bill will pass.  The republicans dropped the ball in the first special session, and allowed Wendy Davis to filibuster the bill and run out the clock on the special session.  Another mistake they made was amending the bill so it would have to go back to the other house of state congress to be voted on again. 

    The democrats have once again attempted to stall and delay the bill in the second special session, but republicans have learned from their mistakes.  Democrats are proposing amendments that would boost funding to foster care in Texas, which is noble, but if the amendment is accepted the bill will have to go through parliamentary procedure all over again.  The democrats and complacent media cheerleaders will use the rejection of the amendment to paint the republicans as uncaring toward orphans.

    Most of the pro abortion protesters probably have no idea what's in this bill, don't be a slave to ignorance as so many people in this country are, read the actual bill.  It's pretty straight forward, and it's not full of legalese nonsense like most of our federal bills.  Most people with a grasp on the English language should be able to understand it.  The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks.  FYI, this is what a baby looks like after 20 weeks in the womb:



    It's very hard to change people's hearts on both sides of this issue, so naturally my opinion has not been changed.  I am and have been for a long time pro life.  Unflinchingly, uncompromisingly pro life.  The pro abortion crowd refers to themselves as pro choice, which sounds a lot better than pro abortion, but that's what they are.  If you're not against abortions, you're for them.  Sorry, that's the way this issue works.  They'll claim they're fighting for the rights of women, which sounds noble.  I argue that while fighting the rights of women, they neglect and destroy the right to life of the unborn. 

    My position is simple:  Human life starts at conception.  Gametes containing half the chromosomes of each parent combine to create a complete genetic blueprint for life.  The resulting cell is called a zygote, and since that zygote is human life, it's important that we value its importance, and we protect it.  I'm much more concerned about the rights of an innocent unborn child, than of a woman who has become pregnant.  It's not a war on women, it's a protection of the unborn.  There are those that would grant exceptions to this belief, saying that in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger we should allow her to abort the pregnancy.  I strongly disagree.  Abortion itself is killing an innocent unborn child, no matter what the circumstances are.  The mother was raped, not the baby's fault.  Mother was involved in incest, still not the baby's fault.  The mother might die in child-birth, definitely not the baby's fault. 

    Now these cases are very sad, and I'm not heartless to the plight of rape victims.  I believe rapists or any other sex offender should face at minimum life in prison, castration, or both.  I don't wish death on anyone, especially a mother.  We all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (as long as we all respect everyone else's rights).  A mother dying during child birth is very sad, but not as sad as a child being sacrificed for a mother whose very instincts should make her willing to give her life for her child. 

    Basically, I don't believe that innocent unborn children should have to pay for the mistakes of adults.  Unfortunately, some children, like those afflicted with FAS still pay for the mistakes of the mother, but at least they're alive, and get to experience this beautiful thing anyone reading this has had the privilege to experience:  Human life.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Gun Grabbers

    "When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred."- Niccolo  Machiavelli

    The so called "liberals" are still trying to subvert your second amendment rights, and they're in the same camp with some of the worst tyrants in human history.

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
    Josef Stalin, the sole leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, said:
    “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Mao Tze Tung, communist dictator of China said:
    “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Idi Amin, president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, said:
    “I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me.”

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Pol Pot, who created in Cambodia one of the 20th century’s most brutal and radical regimes, was responsible for killing one million of his own ‘educated,’ yet unarmed citizens.


    Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/01/gun-control-dictator-style-tyrants-who-banned-firearms-before-slaughtering-the-people/#ixzz2WcnVnrzl

    Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good............Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good

    What happens when you put the pigs in charge?  You're about to find out.  Yes, the greedy little piggies can't get enough of your money, and now they can't get enough of your personal information.  There are those who say, "I don't have anything to hide, so I don't mind my own government using my tax dollars to spy on me."  My answer to that silly statement:  I don't share my personal life with every Tom Dick and Harry for a reason.  I choose what I share and with who, and that's part of being free.

    "They  who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve  neither liberty nor safety."-Benjamin Franklin

    We created our government to protect us from people or countries that want to violate our rights.  Now it seems the government we pay so much to support with our taxes now sees law abiding citizens as a threat, unworthy of privacy.  The pigs are at the trough, and they'll keep eating until we stop feeding them.





    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Letter

    Dear Barack Obama and/or his puppeteer(s):

    I would greatly appreciate if you could cease your attack on the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and please stop usurping powers reserved for the states and people.  As a matter of fact, if you could just stop doing everything you're doing, that would really help this wonderful country survive your reign.

    Sincerely,

    United States Citizen who loves this country and the freedoms so many fought and died for

    The Change You Hoped For

    So, is this the change you hoped for?  It certainly isn't the change you were promised.  You were promised a transparent administration, what you got was a secretive one.  You were promised an administration that respected civil liberties, you've got one that stomps all over the constitution and your rights in the name of "preventing terrorism" which they can't seem to stop, ever. 

    You were even fed a bunch of promises that were impossible.  For example, the ObamaCare that was supposed to lower costs for everyone while insuring people who currently didn't have insurance.  That's not possible.  Insurance is basically risk sharing, so when you allow people with preexisting conditions to join a risk pool, the cost will go up for everyone, that's how it works.  You were also promised you could keep your current insurance if you liked it.  Well, if you're insurance isn't good enough by government standards, you will be forced to buy additional insurance or change plans.  Also, let's not forget that special groups were exempted from ObamaCare:  Muslims, Amish, and of course, Congress (the geniuses who voted for this without reading it).

    I'm no expert, but it seems to me the Obama administration has lied, lied, and lied some more.  They've deceived and betrayed the 'American People at every turn.  Using the IRS against their political opponents, leaving brave soldiers and an ambassador to die in Benghazi, and attacking the press when it's obvious the only crimes committed are by their own employees leaking sensitive information to the press. 

    I have a reading assignment for all federal employees:  Read The Constitution of the United States of America.  It's a document of pure genius that made this country incredibly powerful until the dickheads in charge started circumventing it and blatantly violating it.  It'd be nice if the Supreme Court justices could take a few minutes to read through it, and realize that ObamaCare is a violation of the Constitution's 10th Amendment.  They must have some serious dirt on John Roberts to get him to BS us on that "ObamaCare is a tax, so it's constitutional" garbage he laid on us.

    How long can this great nation endure the corruption, oppression and downright evil befalling us?  Hopefully long enough for us to have leaders who care more about everyone's rights, than their own quest for power.  Let's hope we come to our senses and start electing qualified leaders before Orwell's 1984 becomes reality.  So far all 1984 got wrong was the year it was set in.

    Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Misguided Marriage Debate

    Most people seem to want a debate on legalizing gay marriage, while I would rather argue that none of this is important.  Here's why:

    Marriage is a religious institution.  Religion invented it, religious figures perform the ceremony, and religions view it as a way to stabilize their "flock."  Somehow, the government, which is supposed to follow the 1st amendment:  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." created a federal tax code discriminates against people based on whether they're married and even how many living offspring they produce.  That is a law that respects an establishment of religion by offering different tax statuses based on participation in a religious institution. 

    The marriage debate is a moral issue, but not the moral issue being focused on.  I personally don't give a warm fart what people do in the privacy of their own homes, and I don't think the government should either.  The moral issue I see at stake here is equality under the law.  Not equality for homosexuals, but equality for people whether they're married or not, or whether they've popped out a baby or two. 

    The IRS is mostly unnecessary.  Our "progressive" income tax is also unfair, and punishes success and hard work.  I would prefer that the federal government abolish the income tax altogether, and adopt a national sales tax. 

    Our current system reminds me of Animal Farm.  All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

    The Twisted Logic of the Left

    "Anyone that owns a gun wants to kill someone."

    That's a quote from a conversation I had with a liberal a few months back.  Somehow him and his girlfriend turned the conversation into an interrogation.  They kept asking how I felt on hot button issues like abortion, gun control, gay marriage, taxation, and war.

    Now, anyone who reads this blog knows I'm no liberal, but my libertarian streak throws them off every time.  I have a coworker who loves to talk politics, and he knows how I stand on many issues, but he nearly shat himself when I told him that I'm an agnostic.  That really threw him off.

    Unlike most people I've met, I don't fall into any category I suppose.  I look at each issue independently, and decide my personal opinions based on cold logic and facts.  Liberals can't seem to argue any of their positions this way, because their strategy has always been to manipulate opinions through emotion. 

    Don't get me wrong, I believe the average liberal has their heart in the right place.  Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    Plausible Deniability

    Unless you've been living in a cave with your ears plugged and your eyes sewn shut, you've probably noticed the government has been caught practicing more tyranny than usual.  The corruption level has always been high, but now that the press has discovered they're subject to oppression, they've decided to actually report on it.  It's about damn time!

    I've not posted on this blog in quite a while.  Unfortunately, I don't really have a lot of spare time to bitch about the government these days, I'm too busy working so the government can take 20% of my income and give it to failing solar companies. 

    Let's start with Benghazi, the scandal that just won't go away.  Hillary really screwed herself on this one.  It's going to be hard to become president when you're acting like such a cold uncaring bitch when it comes to four Americans dying at our embassy in Libya.   If there is a hell, I'm sure Hillary's eternal soul will have the devil explain that it does matter why these attacks on our embassy occurred. 

    Meanwhile, our dear leader President "I didn't knowbama" is letting every one of his little political soldiers to take the blame.  It's clear that they're going to have to dump Obama's favorite disciple, Eric Holder.  Maybe we should start electing adults instead of mental midgets like Obama and his cronies. 

    The most idiotic defense of the administration came from our favorite wicked witch of the west, Nancy Pelosi.  She tried to compare Obama's ignorance on the IRS scandal (which I'm sure he not only knew about, but conceived) to Speaker of the House Boehner not knowing about the oppression happening in the district adjacent to the one he represents.  For some reason I feel like I have to explain the obvious on this one.  Barack Hussein Obama is President, making him the head of the executive branch of our government.  The Internal Revenue Service is a part of that executive branch.  John Boehner (who I'm not a fan of personally) is part of the legislative branch, and has no responsibility to keep tabs on the IRS (until the scandal of course). 

    The IRS has been targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny, and even Christian charities (I assume it's because of their position on gay marriage).  This makes my argument of abolishing much of the IRS stronger than ever.

    When you have a complex tax code like ours, we're going to have bureaucrats picking winners and losers.  This endangers all of us of losing our rights.  People were intimidated for having an opinion about their government, or even for having religious beliefs.  I guess these dickheads don't like the 1st amendment.

    Their disrespect of the 1st amendment is completed by their attacks on AP and Fox News.  I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that reporting the news isn't a crime.  If someone leaked government secrets or endangered national security, it was a government official, not a reporter.  If this was about catching the person responsible for the leak, there wouldn't be any need to try to intimidate the press.  Here's how I'd investigate and find the leak, and it's a lot simpler and actually respects the constitution.  First, every single administration employee that had knowledge of the information leaked to the press would be asked to take a polygraph.  Anyone who exercised their right to refuse the polygraph would be investigated further.  See how I've already narrowed the list of suspects without intimidating the press? 

    ENOUGH BITCHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM, WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

    I personally think the TEA Parties are on the right track, but they're still putting too much trust in the republican party.  The republicans have failed to prove themselves worthy time and again, and voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil.  It's time for the Libertarians to take the power our federal government holds, and return it to the states and the people.  They are currently the only political party that believes in the freedom so many brave men and women fought and died for.  It's time to elect a party that will have fiscal responsibility, respect our freedoms, and won't punish the makers to take care of the takers.

    So what's your solution?  I created this blog not only to get my opinions out there, but to hear the opinions of others.  I will post any comment now matter how much I disagree with it, because that's how much I believe in free speech.  Comments are moderated only to prevent spammers from defiling my corner of the world wide web.  I want to hear from you, especially since you had enough attention span to read this far down.