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May 6, 2013

To the editor: Recently I attended Eggs and Issues hosted by Iowa Central Community College where I expressed my concerns about the erosion of our constitutional rights, namely our Fourth and Fifth......

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May-06-13 2:04 AM

"Crisis is the rallying cry of tyrants" - Edmond Burke

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May-06-13 2:34 AM

Good letter Jim. Let's not forget the "Patriot" Act so ironically named it's hard to laugh at because if they called something more descriptive of what it is, it may not have passed. You know what they say, "Fascism will come to America draped in an American flag and clutching a Bible." Patriotism & religion are the two tenets that people are afraid to be seen going against the grain of and therefor, make terrific avenues with which to usher in more & more control over a group of people.

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May-06-13 8:45 AM

More NRA and less USA??????

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May-06-13 9:58 AM

Interesting, isn't it? We are so consumed with "our rights" when we feel under attack, but brush it off as "doing their job" when it's somebody else.

I'm pretty sure there is no clause in the constitution regarding whose rights are more important, yet people like those described in this letter seem to think theirs are.

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May-06-13 2:56 PM

A lot of rights were suspended during World War 2. A lot of them helped us win the war. Maybe some of you should stop crying all the time and look at the bigger picture in some of these instances. You may not like them but sometimes you need them. Take the immigration laws. Do we really need them? Should anybody be able to come to this country like they did in the early years of this country. Think about some of the laws on the books that take freedoms away all ready. (speed laws, drinking laws, smoking laws and etc.)

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May-06-13 9:21 PM

soundco, I don't like losing any rights but a lot of the same people that complain are all for taking away rights. What is your opinion on womens right to choose her right to birth control including abortion? Do you believe that should be taken away? How about my right to drink what I want without drinking laws and different levels of intoxication levels for different drivers? How about my right to smoke in a public place? How about my right to go 80 miles an hour down 169 when I want. soundco, I'll bet you would not allow me to get these rights back. And why can't I fire my gun in town? My rights are more important then everybodys else's.The Republicans are always trying to take people's rights away to. Both parties are guilty, but guys like King & Shaw are not the answer.They both want to take away different rights.

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May-07-13 12:34 AM

As usual, the paranoid people are out again complaining about their rights being taken away. I ask, what rights were taken away? The Governor of Massachusetts ASKED people in several communities to "shelter in place" and do not open your door to anyone but police with identification because a terrorist was loose. The two brothers had, in the last few hours, killed a policeman, threw bombs and grenades at police chasing them, shot at police and one escaped alive. The "shelter in place" request was for the protection of the public. Police searched homes to make sure the public was safe. How many people were arrested for being out in public? How many people were charged with something the police found during the search for the terrorists? Do you really think defense lawyers would not seize the opportunity for improper search? Paranoid: Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others. Tell me your not being paranoid!

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May-07-13 6:59 AM did not answer my questions. What rights were violated? The people of Watertown cheered the police for the job they did. You've listened to the NRA too much. A uniformed thug? lol! You really are paranoid! Your comparing a situation where a governor ASKED the people of a city to stay inside for THEIR protection to Hitler in Germay, China and Cambodia? Really? Give me a break! This whole situation lasted less than 24 hours. If this terrorist had killed more people while the police were looking for him you would have been the first one complaining they didn't do enough. You're a real piece of work, but we already knew that!

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May-07-13 8:55 AM

Myopic Mess letters to the editor more fun than Faux News and the GOP Loony Tunes Shaw and King...

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May-07-13 9:40 AM

"Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe." - Edmund Burke

"Crisis is also the rallying cry of fundraisers." - gssmms (paraphrased, of course, from Edmund Burke)

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May-07-13 9:53 AM

soundco, so you would take away a womans right to choose. I guess your right are only for you and not for women. A right is a right even if you think it is okay to take some away. Looks like your not as big on rights as your posts would indicate. How many other rights that have been or are trying to be taken away do you think was okay?

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May-07-13 10:15 AM

In reference to the title of the article, I will just say that my oath of enlistment has NO expiration date and I will still protect my country from ALL enemies both foreign AND domestic.

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May-07-13 10:20 AM

Oh, really? "I'm a libertarian unless I'm not" soundco says everybody is free to choose their own way of life, la ti da, unless it's women? Then they are subject to the opinion of someone else?

Well, using that logic, I want all guns banned. Hey, it's my opinion, so you all have to live by it!


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May-07-13 1:31 PM

Getting back to the Boston situation. I see nothing wrong with asking ppl to stay in. And during the house to house search I doubt very much that the searchers were pointing their guns at the residents of the home. Of course they would have their guns drawn during search in case they came upon the bomber. They got their man and all is well. Some of you are blowing this thing way out of perportion. I for one am glad they took swift action. The message to that kid was "there is nowhere you can hide".

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May-07-13 2:51 PM

When the FBI, CIA, ICE and other federal agencies - led by an ideologue shaped as a youth within in a very disfunctional family - have fallen down on the job, it's hard to fault state and local authorities for overstepping Constitutional bounds in efforts to protect the public. It is also a lot less threatening to our indvidual liberties than similar action by the federal authorities themselves.

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May-07-13 4:14 PM


What did you say?

"Scratching head"

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May-07-13 4:46 PM

soundco..."not allowed to be the aggressor?" do you prevent that knowing humanity's past? I think you need a review of human nature! Your libertarian "utopia" is fantasy! Might make a good comic book!

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May-07-13 6:54 PM

Another terror attack on US soil and you want legal niceties?

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May-07-13 8:36 PM

Colonel, If one of your loved ones were missing and presumed in a certian area, held by a nut job, would you want the police checking EVERY house or just asking questions to anyone that might be outside? And before you awnser, think about this, If the law catches the bad guy by entering a house uninvited and stops a murder, they are heros. If they do not because they did not have permission to enter, people would say the cops did not do their job.

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May-07-13 9:26 PM

When you viewed the videos etc of peoples' accounts of armed police invasion in this case, tell us what search words you used and which search engine, and the title of the article/video it yielded, so I can view the same thing for myself. I would like to see it, perhaps others would also.

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May-07-13 10:22 PM

soundco... there is no truth to your story. The Governor of Mass. ASKED that people "shelter in place" for their own protection. Name the website that has pictures of people being "rousted out of their homes" at gunpoint! Wow, now your comparing this "less than 24 hour" event to the Holocaust? You just are paranoid as h3ll! The old saying "never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience" certainly applies to you soundco. I'm done with you soundco, and if everyone else is smart they will ignore any of his posts!

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May-08-13 3:37 AM

An idea from a people who cherished freedom, written by a few, challenged by many - Still withstands the tests of men and time. Cry afoul as many do, yet there is no loss of meaning and function... . just the patience of a people who have become disconnected from a "we the people" understanding to ME THE PEOPLE posterity.

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May-08-13 9:34 AM

It's like everything today - its over the hill, its over reported over hyped, over secured, over kill, etc. 25,000 armed troopers,officers, etc. and take 6 million people down to find one person - who was hiding to start with in a backyard boat. wow we are getting so afraid anymore of ourselves it scary. THE only thing this country has to fear is fear itself. anderson I bet you love this kind of drama dont

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May-08-13 11:53 AM


Hmmm....that sounds vaguely familiar....oh ya, the capture of Saddam Hussein...another terrorist.

We knew at the Time what that boy was capable of, Are you saying it should have been business as usual?

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May-08-13 3:07 PM

Oh, and Brucee,

Ask the ppl who lost loved ones And those who were maimed in the bombing if too much was done to find this boy?

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