Border Wars

I am currently writing a master’s thesis concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in domestic law enforcement.  The American public is accustomed to hearing of the successful use of UAVs in the war on terror that is currently being waged in Afghanistan, but unlike the crowded environment of U.S. cities, there is little problem with crowded airspace in Afghanistan.  UAVs are currently enjoying a modicum of success patrolling a narrow space along the border between Mexico and the U.S. in order to help stop the flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S.  (To view a video showing the UAV tracking of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. please go to the following link:

As a result of the various successes of UAVs on the border, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are clamoring to obtain funding to purchase UAVs for tracking criminals and assisting ground law enforcement personnel in their capture. 

My paper deals with the feasibility of using UAVs in the crowded environment of U.S. cities, the human factors issues and the education required for ground control pilots. Current information reveals that the accident rate is significantly higher with UAVs than with manned aircraft such as helicopters.  The higher accident rate is largely due to human factors such as mistakes by the ground control pilots.  UAVs require a ground support crew of approximately 20 personnel including the pilot so there is significant cost involved.

I will be publishing a draft of the introduction to the paper to this forum soon.  I would appreciate any comments, suggestions, or whatever.  That is, assuming anyone ever reads this blog (LOL).

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Religious Freedom

Lately, I have been seeing public service announcements about religious freedom featuring Hollywood celebrities (it is always Hollywood celebrities).  We are being told to forget the past and not to argue about the future, that we are all here, now, and we should make every effort to respect the religious freedom of others. 

I do respect the religious freedom of others and all I ask is that they respect mine.  In other words, do not attempt to impose Islam or sharia law on me and I will not try to impose Christianity  and the moral imperative on them.


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Election 2008 –


A longtime friend of mine has implied that I am a racist because I refuse to vote for Barack Obama, especially since I am [was] a lifelong Democrat.  I guess maybe I am a racist because I have noticed a significant number of Blacks appearing in TV commercials since Obama became a household word and was crowned the king of the United States by the media.  Is TV trying to brainwash me?  Are they trying to subliminally sell me on some idea or scenario in which the U.S. will be "run" by a Black person so I should "Get over it" ?  Am I racist because I don’t believe there should be a "Miss Black America," or "Black Entertainment Television," or the "Black Political Caucus," or "Black Teachers Association," and on and on, ad nauseam?  If that makes me racist, then so be it. 


I’m sorry, but I just can’t drink that Cool-Aid (sic).  I can’t jump on that bandwagon or join the raised fists in a salute to a man that has had and still has close ties to people that bombed the Pentagon and is now a professor in a major university, (I can only imagine what would have happened if that had been said about Bill Clinton when he was running for president?) to a violently racist pastor who asks God to damn America, or to a Chicago mobster-type who dispenses favors and money to politicians including Senator Obama.  Nor can I vote for a man who for 130 times voted "present" instead of taking a position for or against when it came his turn to vote on legislation in the Illinois State Senate until, that is, it came time to vote on legislation that would provide life-saving procedures for any babies that might be born alive despite the fact that they may have been born out of a "botched" abortion.  Senator Obama proudly stood tall and voted against that legislation.  (See  That fact, probably more than any other, is why I am no longer a Democrat.  I have always felt I had to self-justify being a Democrat since I am a pro-life Catholic.  I convinced myself that there was more than one issue involved in the election, more than “just” the abortion issue.  I was WRONG!  The life of an innocent child, a life which I believe begins at conception, is the only issue.  It is the issue of life from which all other issues flow.





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