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Do you live alone, don’t talk with your neighbors much, keep the curtains closed, don’t have a bank card ?

If that describes you, then in England you’re a terrorism suspect.

No joke.

There’s even a radio advert campaign to prove it.

Seems as if some folks finally took offense at the radio spots and one of the adverts just got pulled back by the government via ASA (The Advertising Standards Association).

The brief message, billed as “brought to you by TalkSport and the anti-terrorist hotline”, urged the public to call if they spotted any apparent patterns of unusual behaviour. It gave seemingly everyday examples: “The man at the end of the street doesn’t talk to his neighbours much, because he likes to keep himself to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn’t have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route. This may mean nothing, but together it could all add up to you having suspicions.”

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So let me get this straight…….

I live alone.

I don’t talk to my neighbors much, mainly because I’m on a different schedule and don’t see many of them all that often (but it’s nice when I do).

My vertical blinds up front are drawn closed much of the time because of the Florida sunlight.  Plus, all my windows have non-reflective ‘privacy’ glazing – close to one-way viewing – mostly to keep out the heat. About fifty percent of the entire subdivision – hell, a measurable percentage of the entire Sunshine State – has some kind of ‘privacy’ window protection (other than curtains or shades).

I have a bank card, but use it only for certain things and only a few times per month, even though I don’t pay fees for it’s use.

That makes me a terrorism suspect ?

Oh wait…….

Here in what remains of America, I AM a terrorism suspect:

I’m a registered Republican, but actually a Conservative – registered as a Republican so I can vote in the primary elections, not just the generals.

I own a firearm – more than one but less than a houseful. I keep some ammo laying around all over the place too – but less than rooms full.

I believe that The Constitution and Bill Of Rights – as written – comprise the rule of law in our nation overall as to a representative republic which also happens to be a union of free states and that our fifty-seven….. er….. fifty states have their own inalienable rights to govern themselves.

I believe that the rights of the individual to free thought, free speech and self preservation not only are undeniable, but that those rights come from God, not from any other man and especially not from any government……. and I’ll be damned if I ever allow those rights to be taken from me – or you – as an American.

I have no problem at all paying taxes on a Federal level. Really. I have this odd quirk though that said taxes be fairly taken and used responsibly, in that the funds only go towards directives laid out in The Constitution: The defense of our nation (and those who have served, currently do and will serve her in the future). I also expect and desire that some of my tax dollars be afforded to those Americans who cannot care for themselves for reasons not of their own doing.

Yep, that (and more of my beliefs in freedom) makes me a terrorism suspect in the eyes of the current government of what remains of The United States Of America.

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Kenny Solomon
Political Analyst, T.A.S.G.
…..and an Eeeeevil Jooooooooooo too.

I carry a firearm because a police officer is too heavy.

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