Welcome to my World of Wonderment

Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Posse Comitatus

Not that I am a conspiracy theory nut or anything, but this seems kind of odd. Starting October 1st the battle hardened 1st Brigade Combat Team of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division is to be deployed WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. Some of their duties as stated in the Army Times are: to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosives.

Now on the surface that all sounds reasonable, but this is our dictator in chief breaking federal law:  The Posse Comitatus Act, and the Insurrection Act.  The Posse Comitatus Act is to "prohibit federal military personnel under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress." And the Isurrection Act sates "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."

The Constitution nor Congress have given the authority for bush to deploy the army within our borders.  After 9/11 the opportunistic republican party scared congress into passing the patriot act which weakened the Posse Camitatus Act and the Isurrection Act, giving bush broad powers to deploy the military however he wished. This year however, Congress wanted to fix some of the problems with the patriot act and passed the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, which repealed some of the patriot acts nastier bits, stripping the president of some of his powers to deploy the army.

I don't think/hope anything will come of this, but it does seem the timing of this is odd.  It's one month before the election, three months before the most evil president we have ever had is to give up power, and right amidst the fall of Wall Street.  But as with any conspiracy theory, coincidences are everywhere.

1 Comment:

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