Hello to all and any, and a very Happy New Year to you!
As some of you know, I am greatly concerned with the tide of Conservatism suppressing women, gays and minorities in our country, blended with the militarization of our Homeland police and security forces occurring in the United States these days. We're setting ourselves up for a fascist state, and if you don't believe me remember the "papers please" law in Arizona, or the police attacks on Occupy Oakland and the horrific pepper spray attacks at Davis.
I received a little "security shock" of my own the other day. We amateur writers love to check our statistics with apps like "Statcounter" or "Sitemeter" -- these 'visitor counters' give us an idea of who is reading us -- if anybody!! I have been pleasantly surprised to find that in my year off far more people than I could have imagined found me.
Among them, and quite recently, was the AT&T Security Team from Washington D.C. These big boys spent about five minutes at my site. At another time they came checking in again.
I got a chill in my blood. Is this how it starts -- the tamping down of civil rights, the disintegration of the freedoms of ALL our people, despite our belief systems and our Constitutional right to free speech?
AT&T Security from Washington DC is keeping its eyes on me. This does not make me feel safe or secure, particularly since Dictatorships like China are locking up their liberal bloggers. We are a long way from that, I believe, but I'm starting to feel a tad bit uneasy.