You don't need me to tell you that the federal government was originally designed to be much smaller
and much less powerful than it is today. (Well... maybe some of you do.) Certainly the
founding fathers intended it to be far less intrusive and costly. But today we have arrived
at a point where the federal government micro-manages numerous little details, including a law —
the Comprehensive Energy Policy Act of 1994 — requiring that new toilets use only
1.6 gallons per flush. (As long as swimming pools are legal and golf courses are irrigated
with drinking water, 1.6 gallon toilets should not be mandatory.) Very gradually, more and
more laws and regulatory agencies are being created, and
one day even the most gullible citizen will wake up and realize that he is ruled by tyrants.
Subtopics on this or other pages:
Abuse of Power by Ordinary Cops
USA Patriot Act
Obamacare opens the door to tyranny
The Invasion of the Food Police
The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act
Obama vs Gibson Guitar
Judge Orders Colo. Cake-Maker to Serve
Gay Couples. A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs
or face fines, a judge said Friday [12/6/2013].
Washington Times sues Homeland over
seizure of reporter's notes. The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday [11/21/2013] sued the Department of Homeland
Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper's reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated
case. In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return
all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson's home office during a raid in early August.
sued for refusing to take pictures at lesbian couple's ceremony goes to the Supreme Court. A photographer sued by a lesbian couple after
she refused to take pictures at their commitment ceremony is taking her fight for religious freedom to the Supreme Court. Elaine Huguenin, who
runs a photography business in Albuquerque, New Mexico, refused to take the snaps for the happy day of Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth in 2006.
The women then filed a discrimination lawsuit again Ms Huguenin. New Mexico law prohibits businesses from discriminating against people based
on their sexuality.
Harry Reid's Nuclear Hypocrisy. On
Monday [11/18/2013], for the third time in less than a month, Senate Republicans filibustered an Obama nominee to the Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit. That's the court that's checked the president more than once, as when it said he couldn't make "recess appointments" when the Senate
wasn't in recess. So in a Tuesday closed-door lunch, Reid moved closer to ending the practice, [...]
52 Democrats Change
Two-Century-Old Senate Rule: Abolish Filibuster of Nominees. Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of
the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday [11/21/2013] and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments
made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.
Our Kids: Victims of the Rough Grasp of the
State. Wake up, Mom and Dad: your government has its paws all over your children during school hours — always figuratively,
and too often literally. If parents are taken out of the education equation completely, something will fill the vacuum. And that something
is bound to be the police state.
War on the Little Guy. Marty the
Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: "I was signing autographs
and taking pictures with children and their parents," he told me. "Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said,
'Let me see your license.'" [...] Marty's torment didn't end with a demand for his license. "She said, from now on, you cannot use your
rabbit until you fill out paperwork, pay the $40 license fee. We'll have to inspect your home." Ten times since, regulators
showed up unannounced at Marty's house.
Government is a Clear & Present Danger to our Liberty. Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has been a steadfast supporter and ally within
Congress of the Tea Party movement. Unlike many of his Republican counterparts who attempt to distance themselves from the Tea Party brand,
many who actually attack it, Huelskamp embraces it.
Will Government Be Able to Remotely
Control Your Car? In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published its "Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning
Automated Vehicles." It pointed to a "continuum" of automobile development that "runs from vehicles with no active control systems all the way to
full automation and self-driving." [...] But, if the driver does not control the vehicle, who does?
Wisconsin Political Speech Raid. Americans
learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something
similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle
over Governor Scott Walker's union reforms. In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative
groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders.
terrorism in Wisconsin: The American Police state begins. Cops are bursting into homes, seizing computers and other "evidence" while
groups are being hit with subpoenas that require them to turn over voluminous and sensitive information — including the names of political
donors. [...] In Wisconsin, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz is going after conservative groups that were involved in the fight over the
recall of Governor Scott Walker and Walker's union reforms. Subpoenas are requesting "all records of income received, including fundraising
information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation." They are seeking lists of conservative donors.
descent from rule of law to jungle law via Obamacare. The Obamacare debacle and the president's attempts to fix it have created
yet another notable episode in our political history. This one will long live in infamy. The federal government has been directed
by President Obama to ignore the Constitution, to which the president and members of Congress have sworn an oath. Obama has
unilaterally delayed implementation of the provisions of Obamacare that have shattered his frequently repeated "If you like
your insurance, you can keep it" promise. The one-year delay is not really the issue here. The more fundamental issue is
that American Citizens have meekly and timidly accepted a blasphemy against our constitutional freedoms.
Americans' personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others
in security probe. U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out
untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.
Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people
how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people — along with many of their Social Security
numbers, addresses and professions — to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National
Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.
Politician Wants Unannounced Home Searches by Police to Enforce Gun Law. Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a
measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires
Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott],"
and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance.
The Editor says...
The 4th Amendment very clearly prohibits blanket searches of every house in town, looking for guns, drugs, cash, or whatever the cops can find.
If an idea like this were to be met with no resistance, those unannounced searches would become a daily routine, and the 4th Amendment would
be an archaic technicality. Even the mere proposal of such a law (by the state of Massachusetts) is what one would expect to see only
in Cuba, North Korea or East Germany.
School Bus Driver Fired for Praying With Students. A Minneapolis school bus driver was fired from his job after someone complained about his
practice of praying with students on his route. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that George Nathaniel, who is also a Minneapolis area
pastor, was in his second year of service with Durham School Services, the bus company under contract with the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district.
After receiving a previous complaint about Nathaniel's prayers with students, the company gave him a warning and assigned him a new route.
Seattle [is the]
Latest City to Install DHS Surveillance Equipment. Add Seattle to the list of local governments taking money from the Department of Homeland
Security to put their citizens under federal surveillance. [...] Perhaps wiring the city with high-tech, federally funded surveillance equipment is what
Seattle mayor meant when he described the city's budget as "a moral document. It puts resources behind our vision of the city we want to see."
Apparently, part of those resources are coming from the federal government and they are earmarked for use to putting the city under the vision of the
Department of Homeland Security.
Senior Navy civilians investigated in alleged scheme to defraud military for $1.6 million.
Federal authorities are investigating three senior Navy intelligence officials as part of a probe into an alleged contracting scheme that charged
the military $1.6 million for homemade firearm silencers that cost only $8,000 to manufacture, court records show. The three civilian
officials, who oversee highly classified programs, arranged for a hot-rod auto mechanic in California to build a specially ordered batch of unmarked
and untraceable rifle silencers and sell them to the Navy at more than 200 times what they cost to manufacture, according to court documents
filed by federal prosecutors. The purpose of the silencers remains a mystery.
The Editor says...
I can see why the Mafia might need such a product, but why is the Navy ordering "unmarked and untraceable rifle silencers"?
Lawsuit: Chaplains Banned From Saying
"Jesus". Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop
quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands they were subjected to ridicule and harassment
that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday [11/8/2013].
The Editor says...
Are there similar restrictions against Islamic, Hindu, Wiccan, or earth-worshiping eco-fruitcake prayers? What if one of the chaplains
prays directly to Barack H. Obama? Would there be a reprimand or a promotion?
The unspoken success of ObamaCare. Despite what you are being
told, the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is already proving to be a resounding success. [...] First, it is vital
to understand that the ACA is not now, nor never was, about providing affordable health care. It is merely disguised as such. Rather,
it is the vehicle that is being covertly used to conduct the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that this nation
has ever experienced. It is being done methodically and for a specific purpose. It is the vehicle that will ultimately disassemble and
destroy significant parts of the United States Constitution and further enslave United States citizens.
Now is the time to support Jana Winter.
[Scroll down] While Ms. Winter's report was a world class scoop, defense attorneys complained that her law enforcement sources had denied Holmes
a fair trial by violating the judge's gag order and leaking her potentially incriminating information. After 14 law enforcement officials denied
having been her source, the Colorado judge in the case ordered her to turn over her notes and testify about who gave her the information. The
court also demanded that New York enforce its certificate, then subpoena Ms. Winter and require her to return to Colorado on January 3, 2014 and
testify about her sources, which she has refused to do.
The tyranny of bureaucracy.
[Scroll down] Do not millions of people owe their allegiance to the government for the privilege of receiving food stamps, unemployment insurance, welfare, business or
individual tax credits, college loans, agricultural subsidies, and now even health insurance? Is there any branch or even twig of life through which the
sap of federal subsidies does not run? No wonder the Tea Party, with its insistence on turning off the federal spigot, is being painted by progressives
as a danger to the national well-being. The national well-being, after all, is a state of stuporific addiction to entitlements and congressionally
approved benefits spooned out by thousands of federal bureaus and agencies that prove their worth by keeping the populace in what de Tocqueville called
The Progressive Degradation of Freedom.
Socialized medicine teaches that you must not value your life above that of other men. Not only should no doctor care about your personal survival,
but you yourself should stop thinking your survival is any kind of priority. You should wait your turn in the only line in town, and be grateful
if you do eventually get what you need from central command. After all, what choice do you have?
The Drift toward Despotism.
[Scroll down] But one notes that the Supreme Court has dramatically circumscribed Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable
search and seizure when it occurs at America's border, and post-9/11 the "border" has been redefined to mean anywhere within 100 miles
of the actual frontier. Many European countries are not 100 miles wide in their entirety. A hundred-mile buffer zone
from Belgium's northern border, for example, would be well south of the southern border and deep into France.
Fox Reporter Faces Jail Time for Protecting Sources.
In July 2012, Fox reporter Jana Winter reported that James Holmes, the shooter in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre who murdered 12 people
during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, had sent a University of Colorado psychiatrist a notebook "full of details about how he was going
to kill people." The notebook had pictures of a stick-figure shooting other stick figures. She got the information, she reported, from
"law enforcement sources." Now, Winter may lose her journalistic freedom.
Our Cash For Obama's Clunkers. [Scroll down]
Seventy years in advance, [Henry] Hazlitt gave us the job descriptions of Health & Human Services head Katherine Sebelius, Obama's former Energy
Secretary Steven Chu, and his master of deception Jay Carney. If all that is not enough to upset your wallet, despite the dismal failures of
their efforts, keep in mind that no matter how bad the results, no one gets dismissed from the Obama administration. [...] That's right,
you can waste over $600 million on a website, spend more than Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn combined, have it fail and keep
your job. That's good enough for government work.
Dissent must be crushed -- just like in East Germany.
Threaten to Prosecute Merchant for Selling 'Department of Homeland Stupidity' Coffee Mugs. The Department of Justice, on behalf
of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has threatened to criminally prosecute a novelty store owner
for selling mugs and t-shirts that say, among other things, "Department of Homeland Stupidity" and "The NSA: The only part of government that
actually listens." [...] The NSA and DHS sent "cease and desist" letters to Zazzle stating that the parody products violate statutes that
protect their official seals from misuse.
Commentary on the incident described above:
Troubling sign of incipient
national security tyranny. Now that we know the National Security Agency is collecting every telephone call and email we make, and that
the Department of Homeland Security is free to grope us and inspect our nude images when flying, we have every reason to fear abuse. Knowing
that the potential abusers will not be mocked is seriously scary.
FCC to police news media,
question reporters in wide-ranging content survey. The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech
across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns. The FCC's proposed "Multi-Market Study of Critical
Information Needs," which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably
wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and
out of the FCC's traditional purview. The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their
work and content.
Is Obama a Dupe or a Totalitarian, Megalomaniacal
Liar? [Scroll down] In the progressive era 100 years ago, that presidential attitude brought us the Federal Reserve, the federal
income tax, Prohibition, World War I, prosecutions for speech critical of the government and the beginnings of official modern government racial
segregation. That same attitude in our era has brought us the Patriot Act, which allows federal agents to write their own search warrants,
government borrowing that knows no end — including the $2 trillion Bush borrowed for the war in Iraq, a country which is now less stable
than before Bush invaded, and the $7 trillion Obama borrowed to redistribute — and an NSA that monitors all Americans all the time.
More hot water for Sebelius and the ObamaCare
crew. One of the reasons that allowing Sebelius to keep her job is ridiculous is that under ObamaCare, the HHS Secretary becomes the single
most powerful bureaucrat on the planet. The Affordable Care Act's huge stack of regulations include hundreds of matters left to the discretion of
the Secretary. Another example is the hangman's noose of regulations that have been strangling so many insurance plans over the past few weeks.
Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on
reporter's home raises questions. Audrey Hudson's husband had just left for work on August 6 when suddenly, her dog began barking.
The nationally-known journalist walked over to the curtains and peeked outside to discover her Chesapeake Bay home was surrounded by law enforcement officers
wearing full body armor. The phone rang. It was her husband. "I'm in the driveway," he said. "The police are here. Open the
door." And so began Hudson's nightmare — held captive by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of
Homeland Security as they staged a pre-dawn raid in search of unregistered firearms and a "potato gun."
Exclusive: Feds confiscate
investigative reporter's confidential files during raid. A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland
Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources
inside the federal government have now been exposed.
Silencing dissent by SWATing messengers of truth. [Scroll down] Ms.
Hudson is now speaking out because of what the agents of this Gestapo-like tactic took from her home. While the search warrant was limited to any
alleged guns on the premises — again — stemming from a quarter-century old incident reportedly involving her husband, their reach
well exceeded their authority. What was taken from the home of Audrey Hudson was more valuable than any gun. What was taken from Audrey Hudson,
in addition to her freedoms as an American citizen and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her journalistic prowess, were her pages of notes and names of sources
inside and outside of government who had confidentially provided her information over the years.
Armed agents seize records of reporter,
Washington Times prepares legal action. Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation
to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland
Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland's Coast Guard
service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family
home on Aug. 6.
'Clearly Intimidation': Feds
Seize Reporter's Files During Pre-Dawn Raid. A conservative reporter alleges that in a pre-dawn raid, the Feds took her files while searching
her home for a toy potato gun. Audrey Hudson, Washington correspondent for the Colorado Observer, thinks the government may have an ulterior motive for
conducting the search. In her first television interview, Hudson told Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story that the raid stems from her husband purchasing
a potato launcher online five years ago. The search warrant presented said they came to recover the gun. However, she said, "Once they were in the
house, the first thing that the Homeland Security officer asked me was 'Are you the same Audrey Hudson who wrote all of the Federal Air Marshal stories for
The Washington Times?'"
Ten Thousand Commandments 2013: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State. Total costs for Americans
to comply with federal regulations reached $1.806 trillion in 2012. For the first time, this amounts to more than half of total federal spending.
It is more than the GDPs of Canada or Mexico. This is the 20th anniversary of Ten Thousand Commandments. In the 20 years of publication,
81,883 final rules have been issued. That's more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day.
When Frogs Jump. [Scroll down] How far would today's American
ruling elite go to stamp out real and concerted resistance to their brazen violations of individual liberty? What steps would they not take to force
submission to, and compliance with, their socialized medicine, their compulsory schooling, their EPA violations of private property, and so on?
In short, is there a point of coercive incivility beyond which you are certain they would never step to enforce their anti-constitutional, anti-natural rights,
Mission Creep: EPA Agents Enter Drug
War. A large-scale narcotics investigation and sentencing in Montana has revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
entered the enforcement of U.S. war on drugs. The EPA has full federal law enforcement capabilities, and their charter allows them to participate in the
investigation and prosecution of "criminal conduct that threatens people's health," according to the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID).
The EPA's regulatory
authority, coming to a stream or estuary near you? You may recall the egregiously costly saga of the Sacketts, the Idaho couple personally
persecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency for developing their half-acre of lakeside private property that the EPA belatedly and arbitrarily deemed
a "protected wetland." The Sacketts fought the EPA's demand that they either stop development and "restore" the property (with non-native plants!) or
else face fines of up to $75,000 per day, but the EPA claimed that the Sacketts didn't even have the right to seek judicial review against the
EPA's administrative compliance order, because the compliance order wasn't their "final enforcement action" — which is basically made-up hogwash
that roughly translates as, "We're the EPA, we do what we want."
D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for
unregistered ammunition, brass casing. Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for
possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is
being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4. The police banged on the front door of Mr. Witaschek's Georgetown
home at 8:20 p.m. on July 7, 2012, to execute a search warrant for "firearms and ammunition ... gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and
Who Will Tell Obama He has no Clothes? Before this phony government
"shutdown," if you had asked whether I believed that American military and law enforcement personnel would follow an order from Barack Obama, or any
other president, to turn their guns on their own countrymen, I would have said no. However, after witnessing the behavior of armed National Park
Service officers unnecessarily closing our national monuments, parks, and even our military cemeteries in Europe, while simultaneously allowing a protest
demonstration by illegal aliens on the National Mall, I am no longer confident in that belief. It's as though Obama is using every weapon in his
arsenal to create civil division among the people. Why?
International Monetary Fund Lays The Groundwork For Global Wealth Confiscation. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) quietly dropped a bomb
in its October Fiscal Monitor Report. Titled "Taxing Times," the report paints a dire picture for advanced economies with high debts that fail to
aggressively "mobilize domestic revenue." It goes on to build a case for drastic measures and recommends a series of escalating income and
consumption tax increases culminating in the direct confiscation of assets.
ATF's prescription for leaking secrets:
A firing squad? After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds
itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets.
A photo in the online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century
firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests
from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward whistleblowers.
I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Spy on You. The big portals
showing the masses what the government is really up to all came last April, and until Obama's gone from the White House, civilian life will never be
the same. It was last April when a judge in Texas denied a request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for what he described as a warrant to
remotely "hack a computer suspected of criminal use", raising questions about the legal requirement for the government to use computer hacking techniques
in investigations. (Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2013). "By "surreptitiously installing software" — a technique typically
associated with computer hackers — investigators are able to infiltrate computers and gather extensive information, according to a document
in the case.
A Step Toward Facebook.gov? Get ready for the
government to determine what bullying online is (and therefore, what free speech isn't).
An obvious affront to the First Amendment:
TSA introduces loudspeaker
warnings threatening travelers with arrest for cracking a joke about airport security. Travelers who attempt to make a joke about strict
security procedures at airports have been warned they face arrest. A loudspeaker announcement made by the Transport Security Administration warns
the public: 'Any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest.' Concerned passenger Matt Miller recorded the
loudspeaker message while passing through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
Is Obama Creating a Martial-law-ready
Military? Let's start with a hypothetical. Let's say you were a hard-left-wing commander in chief who wanted the military firmly in
your corner. You'd certainly note that our armed forces have been a bastion of conservatism and Christian faith, and you'd know that its members
generally weren't very fond of you. So how would you go about changing this?
Slippery slope of Obama's constitutional contempt. From where we stand today, it is merely a matter of degree before we are ruled by decree.
· America's Bill of Rights is under assault.
· Federal authority bullies 50 States and over 300 million Americans into unconstitutional compliance.
· Common Core in schools indoctrinates communism and ignores America's founding values.
· Christian belief and speech in the military are unlawfully restricted; Islam and atheism are favored.
· The People's right to keep and bear arms is abrogated by Executive edict and UN treaty.
· SWAT teams swoop in on Americans accused of crimes not criminal, written by nameless bureaucrats.
· IRS is used to target and punish Americans who speak out against Obama and his cronies.
· NSA and a host of other agencies scoop up and log every tidbit of personal communication for review.
· NDAA allows arrest and indefinite detention without warrant, trial or writ of habeas corpus.
Yet this litany of abuses barely skims the surface of the foul stew Progressives have boiled up.
under The Clamor for Obama's Impeachment.
Faculty: Sexual Harassment Policy Approved by Feds 'Orwellian'.
Of special concern is a requirement that those professors who fail to complete training are being reported to the federal government. Faculty members questioned exactly what
information the university felt obliged to report to the DOJ and asked how the agency plans to use the information in a letter to University of Montana President Royce Engstrom,
the Missoulian reported last week.
The Face of Tyranny. It is beginning to dawn on a lot of people that Barack
Obama is the face of tryanny, a man for whom the Constitution, the democratic process and its need for compromise, exist only to be spurned. Any President
who is happy to preside over closing the White House to public tours, who authorizes placing barricades around Washington War Memorial that is normally open
24 hours a day as well as the Normandy, France D-Day cemetery where our soldiers are buried, is more than merely heartless, but represents a level of evil
intent never before seen in anyone who has held that office.
Are these the people you want running
your health care? [Scroll down] The federal government is using its police power to punish the public! Has this ever happened
before? Not to my knowledge. We all understand the police blocking a road when there has been an accident or a washout or some other event.
Ditto for closing public spaces for good reason, perhaps unsafe construction or a terrorist threat. But to close them simply to inconvenience the public
or damage it in some other way? Never! Think of that! Never before!
The Audacity of Bureaucrats. To wit, to be a
successful government bureaucrat this past week, you would have had to play your part in closing down parks, lakes, monuments and sporting events that are
frankly none of your [...] business. Whether your job was ordering Barry-Cades, procuring orange warning paint, police tape, or stapling notices to
fences, trees and so on, you had to choose between being a good bureaucrat or a good citizen. This is not an exaggeration. [...] On a positive note,
these turbo charged Barney Fifes are finding out that their Park Service badges and yellow tape garnered absolutely no respect.
ATF tries to block Fast and
Furious whistle-blower from publishing book. The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write
a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.
After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent
Brian Terry in December 2010.
ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent's
'Fast and Furious' book. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case
from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico "gun-walking" scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to
documents obtained by The Washington Times. ATF's dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring
together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson's protection as a whistleblower.
Two D.C. Attacks and a Series of Unfortunate "Coincidences".
No one would have ever believed beforehand that the President might conspire with his Department of Justice and other agencies to funnel weapons to
Mexican drug lords in order to precipitate a panic over America's rampant "gun culture" — but indeed, this occurred. Nor would
Americans have thought that the President would clandestinely provide arms to the same Muslim fanatics who attacked us in 2001, then order an
attack on the compound facilitating such action when it became a liability. No one would have believed that Obama would allow American
personnel to perish at that compound in order to preserve his power. [...] If that is not definitive of a tyrant — and one who would
employ any means necessary in order to attain his objectives — then what is?
I Will Not Comply. Like most members of the Congress that passed it
and, undoubtedly, the president of the United States who signed it, I have not read the entirety of the ill-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Yet there is one aspect concerning that legislation of which I am certain: I will not comply. I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the
United States, not a subject of its government.
Bullied by the IRS. I've always paid my taxes and
have never been arrested or charged with any crime in my life. I am a successful small-business man. But in January of this year, I woke up
to find that my business' entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized. [...] Adding insult to injury, federal
civil forfeiture law does not even grant me a hearing before or soon after they snatched my account. They've had my money for 10 months.
I've been forced to spend thousands of dollars on lawyers just to get a hearing before a judge. Even more bizarre, under civil forfeiture, the
government's case is not against me, but against my property. This is why the official case has the ridiculous name, United States of
America v. $35,651.11 in U.S. Currency. This is not just absurd; it's unconstitutional.
Connecticut judge declares 'No one should have guns'.
A Superior Court judge in Bristol "expressed his contempt for the right to keep and bear arms' in a closed door meeting in his chambers, the state gun rights
group Connecticut Carry reported last Thursday in a media advisory. Judge Robert C. Brunetti "exposed his bigotry for fundamental civil rights in
front of at least three defense attorneys," the group explained. "No one in this country should have guns," the judge reportedly stated, adding
"I never return guns."
'Elephant in the
Room' Ignored by Prosecutor After Conviction of 'Beat the Polygraph' Instructor. As someone who spent much of the past four years conducting an
exhaustive investigation of the U.S. Government's use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I didn't expect MacBride to mention the
proverbial "elephant in the room" — that is, the fact so many countermeasures exist to make it possible for any individual to "beat" or pass a
polygraph exam. And he didn't.
Indiana Man Sentenced to Prison
for Teaching People How to Beat Polygraph Exams. Eight months in prison. That was the sentence handed down to Chad Dixon today by a federal
court judge in Alexandria, Va. His crime? Teaching people — in particular, government job applicants — how to beat polygraph
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Sounds to me like a violation of the defendant's rights to free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of association.
He is apparently being silenced because the government does not want the general public (jury pool) to know that it is possible to
spoof a polygraph exam.
Another 250 Million Rounds Of Ammunition
For An Agency. In the middle of December 2012, the Customs and Border Protection Agency presented a pre-solicitation for 50,000,000 rounds of
.40 S&W caliber ammunition, ostensibly for training. The contract would provide a total of 250,000,000 rounds over the life of the 5 year contract.
The contract was to be issued on 20 January 2013. CPB, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has included the Immigrations
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency with this solicitation.
Now The Gov't Wants to
Regulate ... Dinner Parties? I suppose it was only a matter of time before the Bloombergians of the world decided to extend their
regulatory impulses to ... dinner parties. The local CBS affiliate in New York reports on the crackdown on "illegal" dinner parties.
Left With Nothing. On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the
day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years
hauled to the curb. [...] The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere
to go. All because he didn't pay a $134 property tax bill.
A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link.
A Dallas-based journalist obsessed with the government's ties to private security firms, [Barrett] Brown has been in jail for a year, facing charges that carry a combined penalty of
more than 100 years in prison. [...] By trying to criminalize linking, the federal authorities in the Northern District of Texas — Mr. Brown lives in Dallas —
are suggesting that to share information online is the same as possessing it or even stealing it.
The Editor says...
If you have confidential information that you'd like to keep to yourself, don't put it on the internet. If you put it on the internet, protect it with
a password. If your sensitive information is available just by clicking on a link, you are giving it away. Aside from copyright infringement or
or other intellectual property issues, you cannot accuse anyone of stealing your stuff if you leave it out in the open.
cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings. Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other
non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a
new book about the city's confusing gun laws. "Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess
unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama
Wants to Take Yours."
The Editor says...
How is an empty shell casing considered ammunition? It's useless as a weapon. It's just a piece of brass!
raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions. The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska
mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies — including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law
enforcement — have armed divisions. The agencies employ about 120,000 full-time officers authorized to carry guns and make arrests,
according to a June 2012 Justice Department report. Though most Americans know agents within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau
of Prisons carry guns, agencies such as the Library of Congress and Federal Reserve Board employing armed officers might come as a surprise.
E.P.A. is the New Gestapo.
Just recently, a task force including members of 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies descended on a gold mine in the
tiny town of Chicken[,] Alaska[,] with a population of 17 last month, in what locals described as a raid. "Imagine
coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say
"POLICE" emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms," gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch. [...] According to
the EPA The investigation was into possible violations of the Clean Water Act. The officers were part of the Alaska
Environmental Crimes Task Force and visited the outpost near the Canadian border during the third week of August to investigate
water discharges into rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. This is how the EPA handles an investigation, with rifles,
handguns and bullet proof vests?
Parnell orders investigation of mining raids.
Enforcement officers with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Land Management were armed and wore body armor, according to Parnell.
He said an investigator with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation joined the agents, who said they were looking for violations of the Clean
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I suspect this investigation could have been carried out by two little old ladies with a smart phone and a laptop. Instead they sent a SWAT team.
Where is the Rule of Law? Maybe the new Rule of Law is now the
plain clothes police everywhere, who no longer serve and protect since we don't know who they are to ask for help in an emergency, they just
ticket us to death for speeding, or the drones hovering over quiet residential neighborhoods, or the EPA police surprising a few law-abiding
miners in Alaska, or the fully geared and assault ready police in the metro, the TSA molesting and irradiating us at airports, or the IRS
making sure that we pay all of our taxes, including the Affordable Care Act tax?
Text a driver in New Jersey, and you could see your
day in court. [Scroll down] On Tuesday [8/27/2013], three appeals court judges agreed with it — in principle. They ruled
that if the sender of text messages knows that the recipient is driving and texting at the same time, a court may hold the sender responsible
for distraction and hold him or her liable for the accident. "We hold that the sender of a text message can potentially be liable if an
accident is caused by texting, but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving
and thus be distracted," the court said.
closes after LGBT threats, protests. A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian
couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists. Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its
Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Ore. retail store would be shut down after months of harassment from pro-gay marriage forces.
Every action requires a permit.
Police Stop Effort to Feed
the Homeless. In Raleigh, North Carolina the non-profit religious group, Love Wins Ministries, makes an effort to feed and help the
homeless every Saturday and Sunday. But this weekend was different. The group was attempting to hand out coffee and sausage biscuits
when the police officers arrived.
Airmen Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage.
A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had
expressed religious objections to homosexuality. "I was relieved of my position because I don't agree with my commander's position on gay marriage," Senior Master Sgt.
Phillip Monk told Fox News. "We've been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy."
New Mexico Takes a Stab at
Nullifying the Constitution. Given that a person exercises his religion by living his life in harmony with his beliefs, any
attempt by government to force people to commit sins is a clear and direct repudiation of the targeted individual's First Amendment rights.
Nonetheless, the New Mexico Supreme Court has found that a photographer who declined to photograph a gay "wedding" was at fault.
NM Supreme Court Finds
Refusing to Photograph Gay Wedding Illegal. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a
photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). The court found that Elane Photography's refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated
the act, which "prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person's sexual orientation," according to
New Mexico photographer loses gay marriage
case. A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico's anti-discrimination law by refusing to take
pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony, the state's highest court ruled unanimously Thursday [8/22/2013].
Reserving the right to refuse service.
In yet another topic sure to enrage, Sterling Beard — writing at The Corner — catches up with the latest news on a strange
case coming to us from New Mexico. It's now gone all the way to the state Supreme Court, and the story may be at an end. In case you
hadn't heard, wedding photographers can't refuse to take pictures at a gay wedding or they have violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act.
The Editor says...
Notice if you will that the homosexuals have "human rights" but the rest of us don't.
Tolerance, Health and Fascism.
Last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that an event photographer's refusal on religious grounds to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex
couple amounted to illegal discrimination. The photographer had never objected to photographing gays. She did not, however, wish to be part
of a ceremony to which she religiously objected. In America today, thanks to myriad laws and progressive justices, people can go to prison for
refusing to participate in an event to which they object. This is what happened to a florist in Washington state who had always sold flowers to
gay customers but refused to be the florist for a gay wedding: sued and fined.
Clerks must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. On Monday, Judge Alan Malott ruled it unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from
getting married in Bernalillo County. Malott ruled that the Bernalillo and Santa Fe county clerks must grant marriage licenses to gay
couples who apply for them.
TSA plans to procure nearly 3.5 million rounds of ammo. The exact
quantity of .357 SIG caliber training rounds sought in the RFP is 3,450,000, which means the TSA could fire off more than 9,400 rounds per day, every day
of the year, to consume that entire quantity annually. However, TSA insists that the manufacturer warrant that the "usable storage life" of the ammunition
without degradation is a minimum of three years.
Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?
A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLT's and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained.
[...] "No meats containing pork," read the memorandum. "Starting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list."
Kids could nosh on raw vegetables without dips or sauces, fresh fruit, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn — but no ribs or pork rinds.
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The ban was quickly lifted, but don't ever forget that they tried to impose Islamic (halal) restrictions on food that the kids were bringing from their
homes! Even the Food Police have never been so brazen, but the Muslims are, and I suspect that's who is at the root of this ill-conceived order.
"They Kidnapped our Child": Why CPS Needs Transparency Now.
In April 2013, police officers and a social worker from Sacramento County's Child Protective Services entered the home of Anna and Alex Nikolayev and took their baby,
Sammy, away from them. They had no warrant. "What they'd done was, basically, kidnapped our child with the help of police," says Alex Nikolayev.
The young, first-time parents were not notified of where Sammy was being taken and wouldn't find out for a full 24 hours.
Mark Levin's New Book
Could Help Americans Regain Their Liberty. Only those happily trampling on the last vestiges of freedom will deny that our federal government as a
constitutional republic has ceased to function. The president can no longer control (nor does this one want to control) the enormous and ever-expanding
bureaucracy functioning as a government by fiat. The legislative branch, so corrupted, so drunk by the allure of power, so disdainful of its constituents,
is unable to stop its bankrupting ways. The judiciary is perhaps worst. The Supreme Court is openly rejecting the authority of the Constitution itself.
Capsizing the Republic — Cloward and Piven on the
Southern Border. Glenn Beck pointed out last week that we, as a nation, are being ruled by 535 people in the Congress — 535 politicians
are forcing 350 million into accepting Amnesty and the majority don't want it. Why are we letting this happen? [...] It's an invasion that is being invited
in by treasonous individuals on both sides of the political aisle who stand to gain from the destruction of America, the plundering and redistribution of our resources, and the
subjugation of the freest society the world has ever known.
Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?
[Scroll down] With 80,000 pages of federal laws, rules, and regulations, there is an endless array of charges that can be brought against anyone.
Even frivolous charges, even with charges of prosecutorial misconduct being leveled for bringing a case in the first place, the defendants would be
forced to spend enormous amounts of money to defend themselves, plus having to know that part of their taxes are being used to prosecute them
in the first place.
Are we a modern-day Gomorrah?
In Florida, the building of a new nuclear-power plant has been canceled, but the residents of the county are still going to be forced to
pay the bill for the $250 million facility that will never be built. Most Americans are now too scared that voicing an opinion
will earn them an IRS audit or a visit from Homeland Security, the Secret Service or some other goon squad. We are buying our own
Treasury bonds with money being printed on worthless paper to give the illusion that the economy is doing well, when that is a lie
as well. We have the city of Detroit in bankruptcy, with others to follow.
President Obama is turning up the heat on the melting pot.
HUD Proposes Plan to Racially,
Economically Integrate Neighborhoods. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says
are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated
communities the agency had hoped for. The proposed federal rule, called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," is currently under a 60-day public comment
Does White House Want To Say Who
Lives Where In America? If any question remained about the Obama White House's appetite for running everyone's life from Washington, it
should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup.
Time For Third Party. [Scroll down] What in the world gives the bureaucrats at HUD the
unmitigated chutzpa to think that they have a right to determine who lives where? Or perhaps even worse, that they are the arbiters of neighborhood "balance?"
In keeping with the true nature of progressivism, this is nothing less than the attempt to regulate society irrespective of talent, ambition and, above all else, liberty.
Once again, it illuminates the left's lust for control and their pathetic misunderstanding of human nature.
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That alone is not a justification for a third party. The problem is that the second party isn't counteracting the first party. Unfortunately, everyone with an
inclination to get involved in politics is already active in one of those two parties. If a third party were to organize overnight, where would all if its candidates
Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to
commit 5,600 crimes. The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to
newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation's top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
Raise Issues on Liberty. Earlier this year, agents from the Department of Homeland Security, presenting themselves as national
"police," were deployed across the country to "monitor" Tea Party activists who were peacefully protesting the Obama administration regarding
the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. From California to Florida, armed DHS functionaries, according to protesters in attendance,
were turned out to intimidate and spy on them. These DHS agents arrived in large Homeland Security vehicles that were emblazoned with large
letters reading "police" and were dressed in "police" uniforms. Exactly who are these DHS "police?" They are part of the Federal
Protection Service (FPS), a division of the National Protection and Programs Directorate of the DHS.
We're living '1984' today. It appears that the police
now have a device that can read license plates and check if a car is unregistered, uninsured or stolen. We already know that the
National Security Agency can dip into your Facebook page and Google searches. And it seems that almost every store we go into these
days wants your home phone number and ZIP code as part of any transaction. So when Edward Snowden — now cooling his heels
in Russia — revealed the extent to which the NSA is spying on Americans, collecting data on phone calls we make, it's not as if
we should have been surprised.
A "Nudge" To Tyranny.
In a bid to make Americans do "what's good for them," Obama administration social engineers have come up with a "Nudge" program to manipulate public choices.
This won't end well. [...] First, the government hasn't a clue as to what's good for the public. To take one example, take a look at the food pyramid still
promoted by the Agriculture Department — a high-carbohydrate recipe that claims to offer a healthy diet. Studies show that carbs cause obesity,
but the government still pushes its old message — which is a guaranteed way to gain weight. Second, it's doubtful this plan will remain just
about heathy diet choices.
Turning public schools into forts.
As surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero-tolerance policies, lockdowns, drug-sniffing dogs and strip searches become the norm
in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation, America is on a fast track to raising up an Orwellian generation — one populated
by compliant citizens accustomed to living in a police state and who march in lockstep to the dictates of the government.
San Antonio proposal could set the
stage for barring Christians from city council. The San Antonio City Council is proposing an updated non-discrimination policy that
effectively bans any city council member from being elected if he or she has ever "demonstrated a bias." "No person shall be appointed to a
position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by
word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, veteran status, age, or disability," the ordinance reads.
Dallas suburb cannot bar housing to
illegal immigrants, court rules. A federal appeals court on Monday [7/22/2013] rejected a Dallas suburb's controversial law that
would have prevented illegal immigrants from renting housing.
HUD's New 'Fair
Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.. To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live
in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than
the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for
"improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation."
HUD Launches Scheme To Racially
Diversify Suburbs. Now even ZIP codes are racist, and according to this race-obsessed administration, you're racist for living in a
suburban area with little public housing. And it plans to change that.
Team Obama Steps Up Racial
Standards for Neighborhoods. The federal government is getting serious about pushing racial and ethnic diversity into America's
neighborhoods — and is using big data and big money to achieve its aims. A new interactive database will help regulators,
local housing officials and individuals take action on a newly proposed regulation that would require agencies to "affirmatively further"
the inclusion of minority residents in white neighborhoods.
Should 3rd Amendment prevent government
spying? If the government places a surveillance device in your home, is that sufficiently like quartering troops there to trigger
Third Amendment scrutiny? What if it installs spyware on your computer or your cable modem? What if it requires "smart meters" that
allow moment-to-moment monitoring of your thermostat settings or toilet flushes?
American Principles Is Now a Revolutionary Act. Progressives want to limit the freedom of the press to only those designated media
outlets they know will back the status quo, calling their censorship "campaign finance reform." The government, defending the McCain-Feingold
Act, once even told the Supreme Court that it was perfectly constitutional to charge an American citizen with a crime for writing a book critical
of a politician. Think about that. Our government actually argued that it was A-OK for the feds to stick you in jail for writing a
book. Fortunately, the conservatives on the High Court rejected that insanity.
In a police state, everything is either mandated, prohibited or tightly regulated.
him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat. Marty Hahne, 54, does magic shows for kids in southern Missouri.
For his big finale, he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Or out of a picnic basket. Or out of a tiny library, if he's doing his routine about
reading being magical. To do that, Hahne has an official U.S. government license. Not for the magic. For the rabbit.
The Agriculture Department requires it, citing a decades-old law that was intended to regulate zoos and circuses.
Homes, Businesses to Pay 'Rain
Fees' In Nine Maryland Counties. Despite a Republican filibuster attempt in the Senate, the Maryland General Assembly has passed
legislation that would implement a stormwater pollution fee to raise revenue to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Approved by the Senate and
House of Delegates minutes before the end of the legislative session, HB 987 requires nine counties and Baltimore City to establish a watershed
protection and restoration program. Senate Republican Leader E. J. Pipkin proposed 12 amendments, none of which were adopted.
Pipkin said the bill was essentially an attempt to tax rain water.
Court Mandates EPA Crack Down on New Emissions.
Should the federal government regulate emissions produced by dead trees? A federal appeals court said yes, striking down the Environmental
Protection Agency's attempt to delay regulation of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from non-fossil fuel sources on Friday [7/12/2013].
The court affirmed the need for such emissions to be regulated under the Clean Air Act, negating the exemption made by the EPA for "biogenic
The Editor says...
When citizens are taxed for activities over which they have no control, that is tyranny.
Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans. For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's
mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the
implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded
radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.
Leaking Distrust. We understand that the FISC has to operate in
secret. But we know, from various sources, that the court almost never denies the government's applications for orders or even limits them.
Perhaps this is the result of the fact that the court operates unique among American courts in non-adversarial proceedings. Only the government's
side of the case is heard. There is no "defense" side in any case.
Army apologizes for buzzing helicopters
above city in Washington state. An Army official apologized Friday for conducting an unannounced training mission around the small
city of Port Angeles, Wash., using special operations helicopters that the mayor said "terrorized" his city. Dozens of alarmed residents
called police to ask what was going on and said the noise and light from the mystery helicopters buzzing around the city panicked horses and
other livestock, The Peninsula Daily News reported. The Army said the helicopters involved included both twin-engine Chinooks and Blackhawk
The Editor says...
The Army has plenty of other places to conduct operations like this; for example, Fort Hood. There is no reason to carry out a drill of this sort
in a city, unless (1) they're softening up the populace for some future operation, or (2) they're just trying to see what they can get away with.
Is FISA Out of Line? The American
surveillance apparatus has come under more scrutiny than ever before in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. On Saturday [7/6/2013],
the New York Times expanded on this theme with a new piece arguing that the FISA courts, which review the constitutionality of the
government's data collection programs, have effectively become a "parallel Supreme Court" with little oversight from the public or the rest
of the legal system.
EPA Wants Gov't To
Control How Cold Your Beer Can Be. In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced
June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an "optional" requirement for a "smart-grid" connection for customers to
electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider. The feature lets the utility provider regulate the
appliances' power consumption, "including curtailing operations during more expensive peak-demand times." So far, manufacturers
are not required to include the feature, only "encouraged," and consumers must still give permission to turn it on.
More about the
so-called smart grid.
Who is a Journalist?
Sen. Dick Durbin thinks it's time for Congress to decide who's a real reporter. In The Chicago Sun-Times last week, he wrote:
"Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom
of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive."
How do you decide who is a journalist?
Sen. Dick Durbin Wants Government to Decide Who Qualifies as a Real Journalist. What qualifies as "legitimate journalism" or a "news
website" in Durbin's mind? Anyone can tweet something that constitutes news and the broadcast of which can be deemed journalism. Tweets of
ordinary citizens molested by the TSA have become news stories. As we've seen repeatedly over the past several decades, so-called journalists
can bury stories harmful to powerful politicians or pet causes.
Memo To Dick Durbin:
All Americans Are Journalists. Congress, when controlled by Democrats, already has the mainstream media under its thumb.
So it's not ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post that Durbin is worried about. It's the bloggers, tweeters and Facebook
users that he wants to control. [...] With the mainstream press in their pockets, what Durbin and others truly fear are citizen journalists and the
free and open dissemination of ideas that threaten the political class' agenda.
A tip of the hat to Armed and Safe.
Carolyn McCarthy, barrel shrouds and 'assault slings'.
McCarthy, though, apparently thought a ten year prison sentence for a strap would be appropriate — that it would be both desirable and Constitutionally
permissible to mandate that rifles be more difficult to carry and to shoot accurately, on pain of a decade in prison. The intent here is not to claim that gun
slings are in danger of being banned, but to illustrate the mindset of fanatics like McCarthy, who has nevertheless managed to be elected to Congress nine times.
McCarthy and her noxious ilk don't care about the specifics of how they attack gun rights — in their twisted minds, any infringement on that which
shall not be infringed is a step in the right direction.
Transformation of a Nation He Despises. [Scroll down] From the flow per second of your morning shower to the temperature
at which you set your thermometer at night, from the car you drive to what you eat, from where and how your children are educated to how you
fund your retirement, Obama wants government to control every moment of your existence. Long ago, in a glorious revolution, Americans
rejected this sort of tyranny when it was imposed on them by the British Crown.
Free Justin Carter Now.
In the state of Texas, a 19-year-old man named Justin Carter sits in prison, ruthlessly stripped of his freedom for making an offensive joke.
[...] For this he was arrested by Austin police, charged with making a "terroristic threat," and thrown into prison. He may languish there
until the start of the next decade. [...] He's been incarcerated since March without trial.
stifles legitimate disagreement. So now the wrong has been declared right, not by a consensus of Americans, but rather by government
fiat, the way they do it in nations where people live under the thumbs of tyrants, having no voice in their own affairs. We once pitied them.
Now we're beginning to resemble them. What happened yesterday was an abomination, not only in the way the Supreme Court trashed the institution of
marriage, but also in the way its liberal branch slapped a muzzle onto the populace, in effect ruling the will of the people is of no consequence in an
issue that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we believe.
Reining in religious freedom.
Think now about the world of big government. Dallas has an ordinance requiring people who feed the homeless to register and be
certified. Dallas would like to keep Big Heart Ministries from feeding people on the streets. The city of Alhambra, Calif.,
has accused the First Baptist Church of violating its zoning and fire codes by hosting homeless families. [...] The state of Montana
recently ordered the Hutterite Big Sky Colony to purchase workers' compensation insurance over their religious objection. The
Hutterites take a vow of poverty, hold their possessions in common and self-insure.
Worse Than It Sounds, and
It Cannot Be Cabined. These decisions, handed down by the Court today, [...] lay down the predicates for litigation that will
clearly unfold now, and with short steps sure to come, virtually all of the barriers to same-sex marriage in this country can be swept away.
Even constitutional amendments, passed by so many of the states, can be overridden now.
Homeland Security: Stop Complaining or Face
Arrest. [Scroll down] That's when the trouble began. A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned the
group that "unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an 'act of terrorism.' We take water quality very seriously. Very, very
seriously." Attendees stared dumbfounded as the speaker continued, "You need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis,
because federally, if there's no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism." After a brief moment of
stunned silence, one audience member asked if the speaker could "say that again, please."
The microwave tax. The Energy Department is once more
deciding what kind of appliances are good for you. Like the "standards" the federal government imposed on light bulbs, toilets, washing machines
and other essentials, the rules are all about taking choices from consumers and requiring them to buy machines that don't work or don't work as well as
they once did. On Monday, the Obama administration published new rules that will make microwave ovens less efficient and more expensive.
It's in the service of the global-warming scam.
No right to silence. Monday's decision scales
back the Miranda decision. Not only can your words be used against you, but the Supreme Court says your silence can be, as well. Genovevo
Salinas found this out after he was questioned by Houston police regarding the 1992 murder of two brothers.
Big Brother is Listening:
Granting DHS Domestic Spying Capabilities Will Open Citizens to Arrest. [F]ar from apologizing for the betrayals of the public's trust, the Obama
Administration has thrown another log onto the fire of public outrage. According to a Reuters report, the Obama Administration is considering granting the
Department of Homeland Security the same kind of powers the NSA has used to monitor the phone usage of millions of Americans who have done nothing more to arouse
suspicion than use a cell phone.
public education, and stupidity. [Scroll down] But wait, there's more. In Calvert County Maryland, the son of Bruce
Henkelman, of Huntingtown (an appropriate name) was suspended for talking about guns on a school bus. "He said, I wish I had a gun to
protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That's the context of what he said," Henkelman said. "He wanted to be
the hero." The bus driver took the 11-year-old back to school, where the principal and a sheriff's deputy questioned him. It gets
worse. The deputy wanted to search the Henkelman residence for firearms without a warrant.
5th Amendment? Supremes rule silence can be used in court. In a 5-4 decision regarding Salinas v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled that a potential defendant's silence can be used against them during police interviews prior to arrest and reading of Miranda
rights. In 1992, Genovevo Salinas voluntarily entered a Houston police station to discuss the murder of two brothers, Juan and Hector
Garza. He complied with officer's questions, but when asked whether shotgun casings would match his firearm, he fell silent.
Texas prosecutors convinced jurors that his silence was an admission of guilt.
Big Sister: Homeland Security hopes to get
same cyber-spying powers as NSA. Domestic spying capabilities used by the National Security Agency to collect massive amounts
of data on American citizens could soon be available to the Department of Homeland Security — a bureaucracy with the power to
arrest citizens that is not subject to limitations imposed on the NSA. Unlike the DHS, the NSA is an intelligence agency, not a
domestic law enforcement agency. It cannot arrest those suspected of wrongdoing. That power of the federal government lies
with agencies under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department, the Treasury, Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies.
The False Excuse of National Security.
Does the Obama Administration actually want to fight terrorism all that much? Or are they primarily interested in gathering vast
amounts of information about American citizens? Do their actions tell us where their attention is focused? The proof, they say,
is in the notorious pudding. The government is being highly successful in invading the privacy of Americans and increasing control
and surveillance. The government is not doing so well fighting terrorism. The actual behavior of the government points to
development of a 'Big Brother" surveillance state and exposes national security as a phony excuse.
Our Enemy, the Bureaucrat.
The emerging grassroots movement for smaller government presents an existential peril to bureaucrats — of which they
are sharply aware. Public sector unions have been Democrat bastions for years, of course. What the Obama presidency
has done is embolden federal worker bees to coordinate directly or indirectly with a president who wants hypergovernment.
Barack Obama is a pro-growth president — for Uncle Sam's bureaucrats. Through the IRS scandal and the NSA phone
records sweeps, federal bureaucrats are revealing themselves as enemies of the people [...]
Spying on Americans:
the Legal Status of Emails. This topic has several main issues. At the top of the list is President Obama's
outrageous statement that Americans may need to give up some freedom for security from terrorism. The president has no right
to decide what degree of freedom Americans can have. The freedom Americans have is defined not by any one elected official
but by the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution has very precise language that directly applies to the
NSA's seizure of personal information.
When government can't be trusted.
What has led to this distrust? The Benghazi cover-up, the IRS fiasco, the Justice Department's monitoring of reporters, the
commandeering of phone records of private citizens in the name of national security, "data mining," the so-called "kill list," drones
with the power to spy and kill, the proliferation of surveillance cameras, DNA swabs after arrests, ObamaCare, unrestrained spending and
unending debt. This is the federal government encroaching on our civil liberties. The federal government long ago
exceeded its constitutional boundaries.
Mark Levin: The Constitution's Churchill.
Suddenly, awash in headlines about the abuses of the IRS, the Justice Department seizing the phone records of the Associated Press,
monitoring the calls and emails of Fox correspondent James Rosen and now the "metadata" gathering activities of the National Security
Agency — Levin's constant warnings of the dangers in ignoring the Constitution are gaining considerable traction with Americans
well beyond his already huge radio audience.
How much more will Americans take? The "fundamental
transformation" of America proceeds apace. The erosion of our freedoms and traditions, once incremental and barely
perceptible, accelerates daily. Armies of bureaucrats commanded by political ideologues remarkable mainly for their
galactic incompetence intrude on ever more aspects of our lives — aspects both large and small. They
tell us what light bulbs we're allowed to use and how much water we may flush. They stick swabs in our mouths to
collect our DNA and order us to buy health insurance we don't want. They can seize our land if they think they know
how to use it better, or stop us from using our land because a favored amphibian might live there too.
A Little Wisdom from Benjamin Franklin.
[Scroll down] Just like those unpleasant chaps in Orwell's 1984, the fact that we are now and apparently ever shall be on a war
footing means that we are living in a state of perpetual emergency, which in turn means that he, the man in charge, can do pretty much
whatever he wants to whomever he wants, and so can his minions. [...] Few people, I think, would deny that extraordinary situations call
for extraordinary measures. [...] But what we have here is the fabrication of perpetual emergency in order to justify the unlimited and
permanent expansion of of government power. The other word for that process is tyranny. It doesn't happen all at once.
But it's happening pretty fast.
"Justice is supposed to be blind, not stupid."
US snooping is slippery
slope to abuse of civil liberties. A Top Israeli security official zeroed in on the American system of airline security:
"You worry about what people are carrying. In Israel we worry about who the people are." [...] The sweeping collection of data on
private behavior is every bit as indiscriminate and flawed as the airport-screening system. In both, everybody is guilty until
proven innocent. Because one terrorist hid a bomb in his shoe, we all must remove our shoes before flying. Because one
terrorist hid a bomb in his underwear, we all are subject to X-ray- like screenings.
times the government used its anti-terrorism powers to target Americans not engaged in terrorism. The revelations detailing
the extent of the National Security Agency's espionage capabilities raises the specter that their powers could be misused to target Americans
who have nothing to do with terrorism. In fact, allegations of such misconduct already exist. Here are two examples where
anti-terrorism powers granted to law enforcement were allegedly used to target American citizens not engaged in terrorism.
On NSA Tracking: "We Have The Elements Of A Police State Here". On Thursday's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto,"
conservative talk show host Mark Levin reacted to recent revelations that the National Security Agency had been collecting the phone records of millions of
Verizon customers. He said that the NSA news in addition to other openings for intrusion by the federal government are the makings of a "police state."
Good news: Government's recording your
conversations on the bus too. A timely video from Reason TV on the surveillance state's newest venture: Cameras and microphones on city buses,
just in case Al Qaeda decides to plan its next attack on municipal transportation within earshot of other passengers. Not every city does this, but the
practice is spreading — early adapters include San Francisco, Baltimore, and Hartford with funding from, you guessed it, DHS.
should be shocked at the American tapping scandal, and shocked that Obama doesn't seem to care. You know all those
bearded survivalist types holed up in places like Idaho with their paranoid anti-government conspiracy theories? Suddenly
they're looking rather less paranoid. The rest of us, by contrast, are rushing to adjust our world view. The revelation
that the U.S. Government systematically taps online communications challenges the way we think about freedom, the way we think about
privacy, the way we think about the Internet and, not least, the way we think about America.
What is the difference between a hunch and a profile?
of Homeland Security: Laptops, Phones Can Be Searched Based on Hunches. U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to
search a traveler's laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch,
according to an internal Homeland Security Department study.
Fascism In America. Ours has become a system of virtually limitless
central governmental power. Whatever one thinks of the IRS and Justice Department scandals — targeting conservatives and evangelical Christian
and orthodox Jewish organizations, spying on AP reporters, and labeling a Fox News journalist a felon — their common theme is that the federal
government can do anything it wishes.
From Verizon's 'Can you hear me now' to NSA's "Yes, every
eavesdropped word". When "Big Brother is Watching You" was the cold war mantra of the day, there were no cellphones,
no iPads, no satellite communications of any kind in the hands of the unwashed masses. Today Big Brother is not watching you,
he's stalking and harassing you — right in the place you call home. There's nowhere to hide; nowhere to run to
and no one to turn to in a world where a government that has learned how to slip being held accountable has all the tools
on its side.
applaud ruling on DNA swabbing. The Supreme Court has ruled that is now legal for law enforcement to take the
DNA of people arrested, even though they have not yet been convicted of a crime. The decision was a big victory to
police and victim rights groups in the fight over how and when your DNA can be used, with the justices being nearly split
down the middle.
Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees. A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday [6/3/2013] cleared the way for police
to take a DNA swab from anyone they arrest for a serious crime, endorsing a practice now followed by more than half the states as well as
the federal government.
Court's DNA Ruling
Brings U.S. a Step Closer to 'Gattaca'. The day that DNA cheek swabs officially became the new fingerprints deserves to be
marked and remembered — and not just because of the inevitable march of technology. No, the Supreme Court's 5-4 holding
today [6/3/2013] in Maryland v. King, that anyone arrested for a "serious crime" can have his or her DNA taken without any suspicion, is a landmark
because it represents a major step toward a "Gattaca" world. This means that evidence of a crime can be collected without any
particular suspicion, avoiding the pesky requirement of a warrant that the Founding Fathers thought would give us liberty and privacy.
"The Justice Department is trying to curtail free speech by promising increased
scrutiny of any Internet posts which mention Islam."
People Power Against the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and its allies, the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are on the defensive after
thousands of people turned out in Tennessee on Tuesday night [6/4/2013] to protest a scheme to censor criticism of Islam. The Council on American
Islamic Relations (CAIR), a key component of a network of Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S., called the turnout a "mob" and praised the
Obama/Holder Justice Department for standing up to local residents.
and Islamic Sensibilities. Apparently a United States attorney in Tennessee is seeking to use civil rights statutes to
criminalize criticism of Islam or inflammatory statements that offend Muslims. According to the Tullahoma News, Bill
Killian, the U.S. attorney for Eastern Tennessee, believes "Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal
jurisdiction." Though the newspaper makes clear that Killian's intent is to promote better community relations and to prevent
discrimination against Muslims that is based on the false notion that all are terrorists, his willingness to dump the First Amendment
rights of some in order to protect the sensibility of others ought to scare all Americans.
Another Obama Assault on Free
Speech. The Obama Administration's latest assault on the freedom of speech is so audacious that it leaves me
speechless — and that's the idea. According to Politico, Bill Killian, the Obama-appointed U.S. attorney
for the Eastern District of Tennessee, "is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive
and inflammatory speech about Islam." Said Killian: "We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil
rights, and as long as we're here, they're going to be protected."
US Attorney Bill Killian: Posting Something Mean About Muslims on Social Media Might Be a
Criminal Action Under Federal Civil Rights Laws. The First Amendment served us well for a time, but now it's outdated.
Remember reading that England had arrested a guy for anti-Muslim Twitter postings in the aftermath of the Woolrich slaughter? And
remember thinking, "Well, this is America, that can't happen here"? Oh yes it can. Obama's Attorney for the Eastern district
of Tennessee wants you to know that if you say something untoward about Muslims, the Federal government may imprison you.
what you say about Muslims on social media. How many civil-rights prosecutions are currently in progress against Muslims
who say inflammatory things on social media? [...] This is also the same government that flagrantly abused the power of the Internal
Revenue Service, and other agencies, to oppress political dissidents. There are a lot of Tea Party groups who wish the only thing
they had to fear from Democrat politicians is offensive Facebook chatter. No one in this government seems terribly concerned
about protecting their hurt feelings, or encouraging the rest of the American public to treat them with dignity and respect.
DoJ places a chill on criticism
of Islam. By "spreading information considered inflammatory against Muslims" — even if it's true — you
could violate the civil rights act and be subject to prosecution. We all know that this new ruling will target those considered to be
"blasphemers" against Islam. Muslims here and around the world have been after western governments to enforce their idea of
blasphemy and to punish those who speak out against Islam.
about President Obama's undeniable favoritism toward the Muslims.
Washington state and the
ACLU sue florist for refusing to sell flowers for gay wedding because of Christian beliefs. The American Civil Liberties
Union joined the state of Washington by filing its own lawsuit on Thursday [5/30/2013] against Arlene's Flowers and its proprietor,
Barronelle Stutzman, over the woman's refusal to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding.
DOJ Tells Employees to
Verbally Affirm Homosexuality. The Department of Justice has been accused of religious intolerance and viewpoint discrimination
after workers were sent an email directing them to verbally affirm homosexuality, according to a law firm specializing in religious liberty and now
representing a DOJ whistleblower. Liberty Counsel said DOJ employees were emailed a brochure called "LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective Managers." The brochure was created as a resource from DOJ Pride, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
employees of the DOJ.
Durbin wonders: Does [the]
First Amendment apply to bloggers, Twitter? Thanks to the Obama administration's attacks on the Associated Press and its representation
in federal court that Fox News' James Rosen is a spy for asking questions, one has to wonder whether the First Amendment applies to anyone in
the Age of Hope and Change.
The VanderSlooting of America. [Scroll down] But
what the massive abuse of the IRS illustrates is a tyranny of a different sort. A bloodless yet still quite decided tyranny. A tyranny of the
American Left designed not just to chill free speech — although that is a primary goal. What has evidenced itself in the Obama era is a tyranny
designed not just to silence dissent, but to deliberately, willfully damage if not ruin outright the reputations and businesses of Americans across
about the use of the IRS as a weapon.
America's cry for help lost in the White Noise.
Tyranny, the same kind that kept the people of the former Soviet Union and environs in the stranglehold of communism for 70 years,
is making its way — unhampered — through the USA. The Obama administration started off by identifying Tea
Partiers, returning war vets and Christians as terrorists — and got away with it. Now news reporters like James Rosen, a
Fox News correspondent has been openly branded a "possible criminal co-conspirator" for his alleged role in publishing sensitive
security information. The only difference between soft tyranny and hard tyrannies is that in the latter, those deemed enemies
of the state are jailed and killed. But a cursory read through history teaches that hard tyrannies usually got their start as
IRS asked pro-life group about 'the content of their prayers'. During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron
Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa. "Their question, specifically
asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: 'Please detail the content of the members of your organization's prayers,'" Schock
declared. "Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501 c3 applicant?" asked Schock. "The content of one's prayers?"
Abolish the IRS (and the Income Tax With It).
The Internal Revenue Service has been caught engaging in political profiling while processing applications for tax-exempt status. In this case it
was against organizations with "tea-party" or "patriot" in their names and other right-wing groups. Next time it could be libertarian or left-wing
antiwar and pro-civil-liberties groups. No dissenter can ever rest assured he is safe from the arbitrary power of the IRS.
bureaucrats use force to suffocate liberty. Remember Armand Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator
who resigned after regaling an audience of Big Green activists with a history lesson to illustrate his agency's approach to critics of the EPA's
harshest policies? When the Romans conquered a new province, he said, they would "... find the first five guys they saw and they'd
crucify them ..." to make the province "really easy to manage for the next few years." The EPA, he continued, also makes "examples
of people who are not complying with the law, you make examples out of them, use it as a deterrent method ... Find people who are not complying
with the law and you hit them as hard as you can and make examples of them."
Keene sues six parking meter 'Robin Hoods' who put
money in expired meters. The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of
Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters. Also known
as Robin Hooders, the six are associated with the Free Keene group.
The Editor says...
Note that the city is filing a civil suit, not a criminal complaint, because the "Robin Hood" people didn't do anything illegal.
The issue has nothing to do with orderly parking. It's all about money and control.
Business Struggles to Survive, All Because of Gun-Shaped Lighter. The owner of a small business in New York City is facing a $60,000 fine, thousands in legal fees, and the
potential loss of his business — all because he carried a dozen three-inch, gun-shaped lighters which caught the eye of a city inspector. "When you hear something
like this, you're going to have a couple of nightmares," Fred Shayes tells me, leaning across the counter of his midtown Manhattan shop, US Camera & Computer Inc. Nervous,
he won't let me photograph him or tape-record the interview.
New York City Shop Fined $60,000 For Selling
Gun-Shaped Lighters. Not sure what Mayor Bloomberg finds upsetting about a gun-shaped lighter. Does it have a bayonet
attachment making it an "assault" lighter? Does it ignite 10 times instead of 7?
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in
Immigration Reform. The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric
database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification
system. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named
"photo tool," a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security
numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID.
Gives DHS Sec. 'Virtually Unlimited Discretion to Waive Any Manner of Crimes,' ICE Council Warns Congress. [Scroll
down] The letter concludes that ICE officers would continue to be "powerless" to protect the public and do their jobs if the
bill becomes law: "If this legislation were enacted tomorrow, ICE officers would continue to be powerless to effectively
enforce our nation's laws and provide for public safety as S. 744 does nothing to end these dangerous agency- and department-level
DOJ Won't Require Warrants for Email, Chat
Seizures. In blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the Department
of Justice has apparently declared that they do not require warrants for grabbing Americans' emails and Facebook chats. The
ACLU has gotten hold of the documents from the FBI and DOJ that show that a subpoena, which comes from a prosecutor, is all that
is necessary to seize emails and chats.
A Federal Takeover of Elections?.
On March 28, President Obama issued Executive Order 13639, establishing a Presidential Commission on Election Administration "in order to
promote the efficient administration of Federal elections and to improve the experience of all voters." The ostensible premise
behind this effort is the idea that some voters were forced to wait too long in line to cast their ballots. Yet a growing number
of critics see something entirely different: they see this as an attempt to initiate a federal takeover of elections.
Leave your vuvuzula in the car.
banned from Obama's Ohio State speech despite past heat-related medical emergencies. President Barack Obama's speech at the Ohio
State University graduation ceremony Sunday will be on tight security lockdown, with graduating students subject to "airport-like security screening"
and a strict list of prohibited items for graduates and their relatives attending the event at Ohio Stadium (capacity: 102,329). Attendees
are prohibited from bringing liquids into the stadium, despite high temperatures.
Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who "Hate Government". That we actually have a County Sheriff, here in the great Sunshine State of Florida, a
man sworn to protect and defend ALL of the Constitution, against every enemy, foreign and domestic, plus each and every word, that would want to even initiate a
program like this shows that distrust for the Government is growing and that dissention has been noticed and it will not and cannot be allowed by the Progressive
enemies of the Constitution. This hot line for reporting on Patriots, Conservatives, Christians, Gun Owners, Tea Party members and yes, even probably
members of this Foundation, will go into place unless Governor Scott says no and puts a veto in place.
Baby: Are People Being Encouraged to Rat On 'Anti-Government' Neighbors? [Scroll down] The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour
hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed reports the Palm Beach Post. Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could
prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action. The program will also
include "public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors", reports the newspaper.
Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon
bombing suspect scarier than attack. Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon
bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack. [...] Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as a member of the Republican
Party, said the door-to-door searches police conducted in Watertown for the bombing suspects were particularly alarming. They reminded [him] of a "military
coup in a far off banana republic," he said, Politico reported. "Force lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets.
Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to
close. Transport shut down."
An Unbearable Aroma of Self-Righteousness in SWAT Nation.
[Scroll down] The so-called "voluntary lock-down" in Watertown — a more appropriate phrase might be "martial law" — offered a chilling
spectacle for anyone who cherishes his personal freedom. Remember the Fourth Amendment? That guaranteed that "The right of the people
to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." Yet in Watertown,
platoons of heavily armed police in combat gear went from house to house, guns drawn, banging down doors, screaming at people to come out of their own
houses with their hands on their head. There were "a lot of big guns pointed at us," said one Watertown resident. Several news outlets
used the word "surreal" to describe this concentrated display of the coercive power of the state. What worries me is not that it is "surreal" but
that it is, increasingly, all too real.
Inconvenient Truths of the Boston Bombings. It is understandable that a lot of
people were relieved when the government was quickly able to identify and locate the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings.
And it is also understandable why some people might want to treat the surviving attacker as an "enemy combatant," given his ostensible
beliefs in — and potential ties to — militant Islam. But that doesn't make any of it right or
just — or permissible under our Constitution.
Is this an excuse to get a sample of everyone's DNA?
Federal panel says everyone 15 to 65 should
have HIV test. Citing recent evidence that HIV infections are best managed when treated early, an influential panel of
medical experts has finalized its recommendation that all people ages 15 to 65 be screened for the virus that causes AIDS.
The recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks to address one of the key challenges in the fight against HIV/AIDS:
The window during which patients respond best to treatment is also the time when symptoms of the disease are least noticeable.
Surveillance's dark downside. Cameras follow us like
gum stuck to a shoe. But while official Washington is fixated on law enforcement efficiency in the wake of Boston, you might wonder about the precautions
taken by those protecting us. That's especially true given the rise of facial recognition, zoom technology, biometrics and the overall ability to track us
from one camera to another, right across town.
The Pressure is Building! [Scroll down] Two of the more dangerous issues,
aside from gun CONTROL, amnesty, EPA dictates, Fast & Furious, the Benghazi Massacre, NDAA, drones being used against U. S. citizens within our borders, Dodd-Frank,
the Sequester, etc., are U. N. Agenda 21 and Common Core. The low information voter is blissfully ignorant of these assaults, thanks to the media.
The media will not discuss these issues because if people/parents knew about these assaults, they would get involved. If people were to become involved, the
layers on the onions of lies, fraud and malfeasance may be unwound.
Why Does DHS Need More Bullets Per Officer Than
[the] Army? Homeland Security's procurement officer is grilled in Congress on why federal agents who rarely fire weapons need several times more
bullets annually than an Army officer. Who or what are they shooting at?
Mayor Bloomberg's Personal Reading Of
Constitution. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that in light of the Boston Marathon bombing, our interpretation of the Constitution will
"have to change." Americans should be appalled at such a statement.
Big Sis: Obama Admin Can Pick Which Laws to Enforce. During her testimony on
the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [4/23/2013], Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that she, President Barack Obama and other political officials at the top of this administration
have the authority to decide which laws to enforce, and which ones to ignore.
Obama Regime can decide which laws to enforce. In a startling and candid admission, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano argued
to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [4/23/2013] that regardless of oaths to uphold the law, the President and the executive branch can choose what laws are to be
enforced. Tensions rose as the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Napolitano over the enforcement, or lack thereof, of current U.S.
Big Government Mind-Readers.
Like Big Brother, Big Government cannot read minds. But he can read your emails (at least, the IRS can, and apparently without
a warrant) and your social media. He can obtain your Google history and data. He knows which candidates you voted for
and how much you contributed to political campaigns. Big Government can calculate how much you're worth, what you earn,
spend, and owe, whether you pay bills on time, and how much you dropped in the offering plate at church. He knows what kind
of car you drive, where you drive it, and how quickly it guzzles gas. If you use public transportation, he can see what you
packed for the trip and then pat you down.
Language In Senate Gun Bill Turns All Gun Owners Into Felons. While President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg talk about
"gun sales," the actual legislation moving through Congress aims to regulate far more than sales. It would turn almost every
gun owner into a felon. The trick is that the language under consideration applies not only to sales but also to "transfers,"
which are defined to include innocent activities such as letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours.
Why Are the Feds
Trying to Identify All Gun Owners in Missouri? They keep telling you they have noting but good intentions, that to worry about the feds
coming for your guns makes you part of "the black helicopter crowd." But then things like this happen: In Missouri, federal investigators
have demanded and obtained from the state government — apparently twice — the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders.
The IRS is reading your email, and doesn't care a court said they can't.
If you aren't encrypting your email, the IRS is probably reading it right now.
Take Long for Martial Law to be Imposed. This is how Obama will impose martial law, if he chooses. [...] It will be done by presidential order, as has been
the pattern of most of his illegality.
The Militarized DHS: 5 Shocking
Purchases. The Department of Homeland Security has alarmed people, including members of Congress like Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Kan.),
with the truly massive amounts of militaristic gear that it's buying. Why does the DHS need enough gear to equip an army on the move? Is there an ominous
reason behind it or is DHS merely stockpiling gear for training purposes? While we're waiting for Republicans in D.C. to fully investigate the matter, it's worth
taking a look at the sort of purchases that have caused so much concern.
Fight for the right to grow
raisins. Since the 1930s, the Agriculture Department has turned California raisin growers into pawns of its Raisin Administrative
Committee, which can commandeer up to half of the farmer's crop and then pay them little or nothing for the product. Marvin Horne, a
67-year-old raisin farmer in Fresno, Calif., was fined almost $700,000 for refusing to surrender control of much of his harvest to the government
committee in 2002. Horne, who has been growing raisins for more than 40 years, has battled the raisin committee for more than a decade
and describes its regime as "involuntary servitude."
"You don't know what freedom is, because you've never lost it."
testimony from a communism survivor. I am always amazed — amazed — when anyone has the gall to
dismiss, even laugh off, the suggestion that the right to keep and bear arms is a smart and necessary provision for a free society. Human
history (not to mention current events!) is too chock-full of examples of nefarious regimes violently abusing and controlling their people, and
the freedoms enjoyed by American citizens are the exception, not the rule.
Army lists Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, and "Islamophobia" as forms of "Religious Extremism". This is the politically
manipulative and ridiculous nonsense that has replaced truthful information about Islam and jihad. And the implications of it are quite
ominous. Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism and "Islamophobia" are forms of "Religion Extremism" on par with al-Qaeda and Hamas?
Then how long will it be before the Obama Administration goes to war against them, as it has repeatedly declared that it is at war with al-Qaeda?
The Editor says...
That's the handiest part of the "war on terror" — the list of designated enemies can be flexed and expanded at any time.
lists Christians, Catholics and Jews as Religious Extremists. How nice of them to include the Ku Klux Klan on the list of Religious
Extremism. Who knew political ideologies were a religion.
Don't Fire Until You See The
Whites of Their Cassocks. When I first saw the headline, I assumed it must all be a little less obviously bone-crushingly stupid or at
any rate more nuanced once you got into the story. But I invite you to look at the accompanying poster for the Equal Opportunity training brief
issued by the Army Reserve in Pennsylvania. It lists "extremist" groups, starting with "Evangelical Christianity" at Number One, "Al
Quaeda" (misspelled under any Roman rendering of Arabic) at Number Five, "Hamas" at Six, and "Catholicism" rounding out the Top Ten.
Has U.S. Army Declared War On
Christianity?. It has been said that there are no atheists in foxholes, but like so many things askew in our politically correct
modern-day universe, there are apparently some. An atheist U.S. soldier made a formal complaint about the steeple and crosses on a chapel
located at Forward Operation Base Orgun-E. "We can confirm that those items were removed from the chapel," said a spokesman for the ISAF Joint
Command. "These items were removed out of respect for the beliefs of other faiths."
The Editor says...
Obviously this is just another means of appeasing the Muslims, while diminishing all religious beliefs through homogenization. There
is nothing wrong with standing up for your faith, if it means a lot to you. The problem with expressing "respect for the beliefs
of other faiths" is that some other faiths do not have beliefs that are worthy of respect.
Militarization, Abuses of Power, and the Road to Impeachment. The Internet is abuzz with news that the Department
of Homeland Security is purchasing over 1.6 billion rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition, 2,700 Mine Resistant Armored Vehicles
(MRAP), and 7,000 fully-automatic "personal defense weapons." [...] Instead of asking why DHS needs 1.6 billion rounds of
ammo, the real question we should be asking is, "Why does DHS need 55,000 law enforcement officers?"
Of DHS Armored Trucks Are On The Move. Should You Be Freaking Out? At first glance, it does seem more than a bit
strange that the government is buying truly massive amounts of ammunition, body armor and military style vehicles. That's
why even members of Congress like Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Kan.) have become concerned enough to publicly request
that the DHS explain itself.
declaration of war against the American public? Retired U.S. Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow has written his
U.S. senator, Senator John Cornyn, Texas, stating that he believes the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for war against,
well, us. He advances in his letter the proposition that the Dept. of Homeland Security is without legal or constitutional
authority to have acquired the war powers it has.
No capitalization in original. (Must be a public school student.) Corrected
by The Editor.
Technologies of Surveillance. The NYPD is testing a new type
of security apparatus that uses terahertz radiation to detect guns under clothing from a distance. As Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
explained to the "Daily News" back in January, If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation — a weapon, for
example — the device will highlight that object. Ignore, for a moment, the glaring constitutional concerns, which make
the stop-and-frisk debate pale in comparison: virtual strip-searching, evasion of probable cause, potential racial profiling. [...] We're
scared of both terrorism and crime, even as the risks decrease; and when we're scared, we're willing to give up all sorts of freedoms to
assuage our fears. Often, the courts go along.
NYPD Commissioner says department will begin
testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weapons. The department just received a machine that reads
terahertz [sic] — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view
concealed weapons from a distance. "If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will
highlight that object," Kelly said. A video image aired at a Police Foundation breakfast Wednesday [1/23/2013] showed an officer,
clad in a New York Jets jersey and jeans, with the shape of a hidden gun clearly visible under his clothing when viewed through the
The Editor says...
No doubt the system is being fine-tuned to search for marijuana. Overlapping objects could easily appear to be a gun,
which could lead to an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Another 360,000 More Rounds of Hollow Point Ammunition. While you were sleeping — DHS bought another
360,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition.
Is it time to ask: What's Homeland
Security up to? Following the statement by presidential candidate Barack Obama about his Civilian National Security Force, Rep.
Paul Broun, in an Associated Press interview, said he feared that then President-elect Obama would establish a security force to impose a
Marxist dictatorship. He said, "It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this National Security
Force." [...] The lack of transparency and explanation about the need for such acquisitions certainly has contributed to conspiracy theories
similar to that expressed by the congressman. With all this ammunition, it is useless without a means to discharge it. The DHS has
also attempted concealment of the purchase of 7,000 assault weapons, and has again censored information about its $1.5 million no-bid
contract with Remington. Normally this would be required to be done in an open, full, and competitive bidding process. What is
the emergency that compels them to avoid this legal bidding process?
Answer Congress On Billion Bullet Purchase. As we have noted, DHS has been buying lots of ammo, enough by one calculation
to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraqi War. Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco,
Ga., told the Associated Press that the training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as
15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises. The massive purchases are said to be
spread out over five years and due simply to the best practice of saving money by buying in bulk what comes down to five rounds of
ammo for every man, woman and child on the U.S. That's a lot of practice and training.
DHS Has Declared War On the USA.
DHS is not your friend. They are not combating foreign terrorists. Their mission is not to protect you from Al Qaeda. Their
mission is to protect the global elite from you and your anticipated failure to submit to the tyranny being rolled out across the country in
the form of an administratively imposed martial law. I am not going to mix words in this report, DHS is an enemy of the state, the
legitimate state, not the state that has been hijacked by foreign bankers on behalf of the globalists. Janet Napolitano is a domestic
enemy of the state and she serves under a foreign enemy of the state, "President Obama."
The Great DHS Ammunition
Stockpile Myth. There are dozens of articles hyping government purchases of ammunition over the last nine months.
After spending weeks researching this topic, this is a collection of commonly held myths that are based more on panic than fact.
Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase. The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday [3/22/2013] to
questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion
rounds of ammunition over the next five years. DHS told Whispers it regularly fills all of its goods and services
requirements at one time because it's cheaper for the agency, and that the 1.6 billion number was misleading because
the language of DHS's purchase said it would need "up to" a certain amount.
The Editor says...
Still, the central question remains: Why does the "Homeland Security" department need that many bullets? All
1.6 billion rounds are intended for use on the "homeland." If DHS is expecting an invasion of the "homeland," isn't
that what the Army is for? The U.S. mainland has never been invaded because every foreign country knows we all have
our own guns, even if the entire Army is defeated — or told to stand down by a traitorous commander in chief.
buys 1.6 billion rounds "for practice"? But they're hollow-points. Are hollow points used for target practice? A
former Marine says no. A former Army Major says 'no.' Here's the thing, hollow points are safer for everyone but the bad guy
you're aiming at. A hollow point will not exit your target and hit the person behind him/her. Here's the other thing, hollow
points are twice as expensive as the full metal bullet. So why would they be used for target practice, especially when the taxpayer
is paying for it, and practicing with either ... aiming with either, doesn't impact for accuracy of the person 'practicing?'
Army Officer: DHS Must Surrender Their War Weapons to Dept. of Defense. On Saturday March 23, Terry M. Hestilow, a
retired Army officer with nearly 30 years of service under his belt, posted this letter he sent to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this
week. Hestilow wants DHS to hand over their war weapons to the Department of Defense.
First bullets, now assault
rifles bought by Feds. The federal government's grab for bullets is now being matched with a buy of assault-style rifles
that would be banned for civilians under President Obama's gun control law. The Drug Enforcement Agency has just issued a
solicitation for AR-15-styled rifles that include other elements that the president and his Democratic allies in the Senate would
ban: 30-bullet magazines and a pistol grip.
Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo. The nationwide shortage of ammunition has left many police departments scrambling to
get their hands on the necessary rounds — with some even bartering among each other. Meanwhile, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas)
says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple members of Congress asking why DHS bought more
than 1.6 billion rounds in the past year.
Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle. New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided
the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.
"Someone called family services about the photo," said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. "It led to an incredible,
heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take
his kids." Moore was not arrested or charged.
Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun
photo. The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding
a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday. The weapon in the photo, posted by his dad on Facebook,
resembles a military-style assault rifle but, his father says, is actually just a .22-caliber copy. And that, the family believes,
is why child welfare case workers and police officers visited the home in Carneys Point last Friday [3/15/2013] and asked to see his guns.
Drone Question: Is Obama Building A Federal Police Force? [Scroll down] Put it all together, and it sure looks like
Obama is building the backbone for that national police force he wanted the first time he ran for office. Worse yet, both Democrats
and Republicans are now openly discussing a plan to put all the drones flown in America's skies, including those owned and operated by
local police departments, under the ultimate supervision of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice,
consolidating the country's surveillance and law enforcement powers under one powerful federal police jurisdiction.
DHS deploying in Homeland with 'weapons of war'.
Compounded by the administration's now "on the radar" push to further restrict civilian firearm ownership, the recent controversy over the
potential use of drones over American soil to kill citizens without due process, and a longstanding and documented train of abuses tied to
the militarization of law enforcement activities, those who keep an eye on such things are noticeably distressed.
U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans'
finances. The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that
contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by
Approves Two $4.5 Million No Bid Contracts For More Weapons and Ammo. According to one estimate, since last year the
Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also
reportedly purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) to go with their bullet stockpile. ATK is one
company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition
in 2012. Now this...
Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article
entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice. It confirmed that the Department of
Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this
purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized
What does DHS need
with 2,700 armored vehicles? You see a story like this — and the one about a billion bullets bought by the
government — and you wonder why no one in Congress has bothered to look into it. I am totally unconvinced
there are any dark designs by DHS on American citizens or our democracy. But this seems a colossal waste of money —
if true — and isn't ferreting out waste like this what we are paying those jamokes on Capitol Hill for?
Isn't this what Fort Hood is for?
Special Forces axe their plan to infiltrate Utah and tame the indigenous population.
The U.S. Army chose a quiet community in central Utah as the training ground for Special Forces soldiers needing to develop Jason Bourne-like skills
and to learn how to build a resistance movement by infiltrating the town leadership. With the deeply religious culture present in Manti, Utah
and the desert landscape of the area, residents were deemed ideal candidates by the Defense Department to role play with soldiers in the 10th
Special Forces as part of a two week training exercise in July on unconventional warfare tactics.
DOJ: Children Do Not Need —
and Have No Right to — Mothers. The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that
children do not need mothers. The Justice Department's argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama
administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California
ballot initiative that amended California's Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.
Why Is Obama's
Growing DHS Army Buying Armored Vehicles? The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security,
busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several
thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles? And just who are they intended to be used against?
The Tyranny of ObamaCare Continues to Unfold . According to a lawyer for the
Obama Regime, the federal government has the authority to compel you to commit the most appalling crimes against your conscience —
even to murder children — regardless of how grievously this would betray your religious beliefs.
The Growing Tyranny of the
Political Elite. So much power has now been concentrated in the hands of a handful of appointees, most of them
reporting directly to the president, that it is now doubtful whether America can still be considered a democratic nation.
Government has become the enemy of the people, because it is now in the hands of left-wing elitists who are opposed to traditional
American values and who have only contempt for the democratic process.
DOJ to Federal Judge:
We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion. While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed
it could force the judge's own wife — a physician — to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her
medical practice. The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama
administration's regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo. I've lived in this country my entire life and never heard
of government agencies stockpiling millions of rounds of the hollow-point "training ammo" listed in its solicitations or shooting
blanks from military aircraft over our neighborhoods and cities. Not until now. None of this makes sense if things are as
peachy as the president claims, and I think these circumstances raise enough questions to warrant a congressional hearing.
Receive Letters From VA Prohibiting Ownership or Purchase of Firearms. This must be Barack Obama's way of thanking our
veterans for serving. US veterans are receiving letters from the government informing them that they are disabled and not allowed
to own, purchase or possess a firearm. If the veteran does decide to purchase a firearm he will by fined, imprisoned or both.
Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo. What's with the Black Hawk helicopters and urban warfare
drills? The Army took over an empty high school in southeast Houston without warning last month in a Department of Defense drill.
Terrified residents mistook blank fire for live rounds. At a City Council meeting the next day, Mayor Annise Parker decried "a
shocking lack of sensitivity to community concerns" that caught even some in the police department by surprise. About the
same time council members were meeting in Houston, "federal law enforcement" agents were rappelling down ropes from military
helicopters hovering over the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Proposed — for the Third Time — by WA Democrats. In this case, liberal Democrats in the
legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual inspections of the homes of people that already own
assault weapons to make sure that they are being safely stored. There is no need for a warrant; there is no probable cause
requirement; and the Seattle Times columnist writing about this clearly unconstitutional law observes that the sponsors
include "Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues." After a stream
of criticism, the author withdrew the warrantless search section of the bill, calling it a "mistake."
That Could NEVER Happen Here... On February 19th, 1942 FDR willfully
and intentionally violated The Constitution, an act for which he should have been impeached. I am speaking of the Japanese
internment — the rounding up of over 100,000 people who were frog-marched into Concentration Camps on American soil.
Far more than half were American Citizens with a full and complete set of alleged Constitutional Rights.
Feds Buy 2 Billion Rounds of Ammunition.
Something strange is going on. Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months. The Obama
Administration says that federal law enforcement agents need the ammunition for "mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions."
Levin: US preparing for societal collapse by buying up billions of rounds of ammo. On Friday's [2/15/2013] night broadcast of his radio show, Mark
Levin speculated that the federal government is stockpiling ammunition to ensure the rule of law in the event of a total societal and economic collapse.
On Feb. 8, Investor's Business Daily editorial writer Andrew Malcolm penned a piece about the Department of Homeland Security amassing what he
called "sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times — including illegal immigrants," or more than 1.6 billion bullets.
Homeland Security Now Armed With
Enough Ammo for 24 Year-Long Iraq War. The government reportedly repositioned several of their Homeland Security ammunition containers
recently. [...] Mark Levin told his audience the government is buying the vast amounts of ammo to prepare for the collapse of our financial system
and our society.
ominous warning from Canada. Sun News Network news anchor Brian Lilley warns Americans that if we allow our government to
create a national firearms registry, it WILL lead to gun confiscation. He explains how registration led to confiscation in Canada
and how a man who recently defended himself with a gun is now being prosecuted by the government.
Would New Gun Laws Spark Widespread Civil Disobedience? In his State of the Union
address, President Obama doubled down on his gun-control proposals, again demanding that Congress ban so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity
magazines." This is not a surprise. What has been a surprise are the increasingly open calls for defiance from gun owners, state legislatures,
and local law enforcement. If the president's proposals become law, he may move the country into turbulent waters we haven't seen in many years.
Resident Forced to Forfeit Gun Used to Stop Home Invasion. In late January, 64-year old Clare Niederhauser was arrested
for shooting at burglars fleeing from his property. At a plea deal hearing, he apologized for firing the shots, agreed to pay
a $700 fine, take a weapons class, and forfeit the weapon he used. Fellow residents of Layton, UT are coming to the aid of the
elderly man, who was arrested after firing a shot at a burglar's vehicle and a fleeing accomplice after they attempted to break in to his
property with a crowbar.
Obama's license to snoop.
Uncle Sam is downloading the contents of laptops, cellphones and digital cameras belonging to international travelers. The
widespread snooping may help agents discover whether someone illegally downloaded music before boarding a long flight, but it also
has chilling implications for personal privacy. A report released Jan. 29 by the Department of Homeland Security's internal
civil liberties watchdog saw nothing wrong with the searches.
A Property Rights Revolution for 2013. Martha Boneta
had a business license for her tiny farm store in scenic Paris, Virginia, yet she was threatened with fines of up to $5,000 per violation per day for selling organic
tea and wool products crafted from her rescued animals, and for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls. Officials from Fauquier County using zoning
ordinances to bully Mrs. Boneta never obtained a warrant nor set foot on her property to gather actual evidence. Instead a county bureaucrat relied on unscrupulous,
unlawful methods to make these charges against Mrs. Boneta. Her store remains closed out of fear of further uncertain charges carrying even criminal penalties.
Yes, he is a
tyrant, just like the Founders warned us against. [Scroll down] PDWs of the kind desired by DHS are very fascinating
short-range firearms, with a very specific mission profile. The question is, what sort of mission profile would benefit from
extremely short rifles for DHS? There are only two that I can easily think of. One is for the security details of high-value
individuals, which isn't a publicly-known mission of DHS, and would appear to beyond the scope of their mandate. The other use for
such weapon in the DHS's hands is "door-kicking;" close quarters combat inside structures. Why does the Department of Homeland
Security need to outfit so many agents for close quarters combat within the United States?
Mold? Leaky Roof? Clutter? Obama
Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing'. Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans
what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer. This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health
and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."
The Editor says...
The maintenance of my house is my business, not the government's — especially if I'm the one paying for repairs and upkeep.
DHS Ammo Purchases: Gun Control by Another Name?
According to reports, the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled over 1.6 billion rounds of ammo for its various agencies, and one of the worst side
effects of this appears to be a shortage of ammo for private gun owners. The question is — what if the shortage is intentional?
are the feds loading up on so much ammo?. In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying
and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an
additional 21.6 million rounds. Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of
bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but
dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents' required quarterly weapons
qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.
Is DHS Ammo For
Obama's "National Security Force"? As Andrew Malcolm has noted on these pages, the Department of Homeland Security has
been buying lots of ammo, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraqi War. Some have speculated about
a link between the stockpiling between candidate Obama's off-prompter campaign remarks about a national security force and the
stockpiling by DHS of more than 1.6 billion (with a 'b') bullets. DHS has been buying more than bullets.
As [IBD] noted in a recent editorial, DHS is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" (PDW) —
also known as "assault weapons" when owned by civilians.
Why is the
Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets? Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are
true, sort of. The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next
four or five years. It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United
States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Levin: Obama Administration is Preparing for Economic and Social Collapse. This topic has been right-wing blog-fodder for many months,
but when the well respected Andrew Malcolm of Investor's Business Daily finally asked, Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo? on Feb 8,
syndicated radio talk show host, Mark Levin took notice. [...] When the welfare checks stop coming, when those EBT cards stop working, when the
ObamaPhones turn off — what are those people going to do? They are going to do what they always do. Loot and riot in the streets.
We Have 'Database That Has 'Everything On Everyone'. "The President has put in place an organization with the kind of
database that no one has ever seen before in life," Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. "That's going to be
very, very powerful," Waters said. "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's
never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. [..."]
This Dog Can Send You to Jail.
[Scroll down] He said that he was going to write me a warning, and I said, 'OK, that's fine.' He asked me if I had any
drugs in the car. I said, 'No, sir, I don't do drugs, and I don't associate with people who do.' He asked me would I mind
if he searched my vehicle, and I said, 'Well, yes, I would mind if you searched my vehicle.'" But thanks to the U.S. Supreme
Court, the deputy did not have to take no for an answer. In the 2005 case Illinois v. Caballes, the Court declared that
"the use of a well-trained narcotics-detection dog... during a lawful traffic stop generally does not implicate legitimate privacy interests."
The Canary in the Culture. It may seem that
asking Catholics and others who believe that abortion-inducing chemicals are tools of murder and as such something they cannot directly pay for is
not that big of a deal. That's precisely why the HHS mandate is the canary. It's true that the HHS mandate is not on the same level as
China's forced abortion policy. But the core philosophical assumption that powers the HHS mandate, even in its latest revision, would allow
the government to institute a forced abortion policy or reinstitute slavery.
Court Silences Man Who Painted Protest Sign on His
House. William Bowden painted "Screwed by the Town of Cary" on his house after a road-widening project (allegedly) directed runoff
onto his property, damaging his North Carolina home. Within hours, zoning officials paid him a visit, ordering him to remove the sign or
pay fines of up to $500 for each day of noncompliance. When Bowden sued, the town argued the sign was a safety hazard for passing motorists.
Officials presented no evidence for this assertion — no studies or experts. An estimated 15,000 drivers passed the sign every day
for months and, according to court testimony, had precisely zero accidents.
The Tyranny Before Us. Adolph Hitler was not always a
tyrant. As he rose to political power his vision for a better Germany lifted his nation from the depths of a severe depression and
the humiliation of defeat. But more importantly, he gave his countrymen hope for better future while he returned to them their
pride in their homeland, the pride they so passionately desired. Tyrants are not uniformly evil. They are capable of great
good and small kindnesses. They smile, they laugh and they love their children. But eventually they embrace the evil which
defines their tyranny, and then those who gave them their power begin to pay a terrible price. First a tyrant tells you he cares
for you, then he presumes to think for you, then he simply tells you what to do. This is the essence of tyranny.
Cuomo: Gun Control Would Have Never Happened If Public Was Allowed to Review It.
In order to pass the New York SAFE Act, which substantially erodes a citizens Constitutionally granted Second Amendment right to bear
arms, Governor Cuomo had to circumvent his own state Constitution. That document has an amendment requiring a three-day public
review of all laws. By issuing a "Message of Necessity", Cuomo was able to pass the law without public scrutiny, with the Senate
actually voting on the bill a mere 30 minutes after receiving it. The process led to State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin to
say that, "Moscow would be proud of our state Legislature and Executive Chamber, but every New Yorker should be outraged."
Trusting Your Own Government (or Not).
Many in the media and academia who largely reject American Exceptionalism want us to believe instead that our government is
exceptional in light of the history of governments. In how easily they dismiss the Second Amendment as being obsolete,
they are telling us that there are no circumstances whatsoever in which some future American government would ever turn feral.
They are willing to stake the lives of their children and grandchildren on that assertion.
Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith. The Department of Health and Human Services
on Friday [2/1/2013] set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians
who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate
health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs.
environmental rules threatens Gulf Coast businesses with jail, steep fines. According to a new report by the Texas Public Policy
Foundation, thousands of people are being prosecuted for environmental crimes every day they didn't know were even on the books. They've
been threatened, fined and thrown in jail. The trend is especially prominent along the Gulf Coast, but is becoming a national issue.
Army drill scares residents on Houston's south side.
The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon [1/28/2013] in one Houston neighborhood. [...] The
U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men
in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds.
Control Bill to Exempt Government Officials. Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control
bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt. "Mrs. Feinstein's measure
would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and
weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports.
Emphasis in original.
New York Gun Owners [Defy] "Assault Weapons"
Registration Law. New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police
will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state's
firearms owners to attend his party. The new law requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as "assault weapons" to register
their property (amidst assurances that, oh no, the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but gun rights activists are
actively urging gun owners to defy the new mandate.
Empty gun stores shelves, empty words
and memories of ObamaCare. There is a run on firearms and ammunition and its scope is beyond what the world has ever
witnessed. In the last two months, American citizens have purchased enough guns to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies,
combined. Membership in the NRA grew by a quarter million in one month.
Gun stores running low on popular ammunition.
People who have managed to buy a gun despite the high demand and empty shelves at many area gun stores may now be facing a new problem. Gun
stores around Nashville are running out of ammunition.
Gun Owners Must Contact Schools In
Proposed Legislation. Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wants parents to notify schools if they own a gun.
Anyone enrolling in a private or charter school will need to notify the school district or governing body if they own a firearm.
The state senator also wants to make failing to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands a class A misdemeanor. If someone
kills or injures another person with the weapon then it would be a class D felony. That means spending 2-7 years in
prison if someone is injured or killed with your gun if it is stolen or unsecured.
Litmus Test for Top Officers: Willingness to Fire on Americans? [Jim] Garrow
is a respected activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work rescuing baby girls from one-child China. His
source is "one of America's foremost military heroes." This certainly gives the urgent drive to disarm law-abiding citizens some
perspective. It could also help us make sense of massive ammunition purchases by the increasingly frightening Department of
NJ town proposes flag ban. The Hudson
County town of West New York is considering a widespread sign regulation that could include banning American flags from being flown.
The Board of Commissioners have a draft ordinance for "General Sign Regulations". Among the prohibited signs under the proposal
would be "Flags, banners and pennants."
Gov't: Food allergies may be disability under
law. The Justice Department said in a recent settlement with a Massachusetts college that severe food allergies can be
considered a disability under the law.
No Guns, No Freedom, No Country.
Will the gun rights issue be the tipping point for the American public, (over half of which voted for the alien traitor in the
White House)? One major issue after another, robbing Americans of Constitutional rights, has passed before the treacherous
Congress of the United States, and no successful effort has been made. Will the gun control laws be the straw that breaks
the camel's back?
Guns and the Government. The Supreme Court
has ruled consistently and countless times that the "police power," that is, the power to regulate for health, safety, welfare and
morality, continues to be reposed in the states, and that there is no federal police power.
Environmental regulations turning outdoorsmen into eco-felons. Five Gulf Coast states have over 1,000 laws that allow
prosecutors to target people with criminal sanctions over rather minor infractions related to the environment and outdoor living, a
new study shows, even in cases where the accused did not cause any harm or knowingly break the law.
Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for
Life. Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is
sentenced on February 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to
patients who were allowed to use it under state law. Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally
faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life.
This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit.
[Scroll down] Yet it wasn't until the workmen we hired had ripped apart most of the first floor that the phrase "building permit" first
wafted past us. Turns out we needed one. "What, to repair our own house we need a building permit?" Of course.
Before you could get a building permit, however, you had to be approved by the Zoning Authority. And Zoning — citing FEMA
regulations — would force you to bring the house "up to code," which in many cases meant elevating the house by several feet.
Now, elevating your house is very expensive and time consuming — not because of the actual raising, which takes just a day or two,
but because of the required permits.
Obama's Panicked Gun
Control Won't Solve Gun Violence. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an interview last week, very tellingly said regarding
new gun-control laws, "the safety of our country cannot go as slow as the slowest ship in the House of Representatives or even the United States
Senate." Translation: Democrats are determined to bypass the normal, orderly process of congressional hearings and votes by the
elected representatives of the American people. And how coincidental that the House of Representatives has a Republican majority.
Biden: Obama May Use 'Executive
Orders' to Crack Down on Guns. Earlier today [1/9/2013], Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing discussion and debate surrounding
gun control. Rather than relying strictly upon the legislative process, he said that Obama "is going to act" — and potentially
without Congress' blessing. Before meeting with gun safety and victims' groups, the vice president told reporters that "executive orders" may
be an avenue that the administration will use to take swift action on firearms.
When the government tells you how to pray, or what to exclude from
your prayers, you live in tyranny.
Correct Checklist for Those Praying at Inauguration? Once again, liberal activists have demanded a theological litmus test
for the pastor who will pray at President Obama's Inauguration ceremony. Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta
has been forced to withdraw his acceptance to pray at the inauguration because activists found a sermon from the mid-1990s where he
preached the Biblical doctrine defining marriage as one man and one woman. Because Giglio applied that doctrine to homosexual
behavior, activists howled that he must not pray at the inauguration.
Obama Power Grabs on the Horizon.
Almost a dozen new gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the new congressional session. Joe Biden's task force continues its
frenzied pace of activity, even as it broadens its scope far beyond the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,
moving into such arenas as universal background checks for gun buyers, a national database tracking the movement and sale of weapons and measures
that Obama could enact by executive order. Yet such an imperious manner of governance will not be limited to gun control.
Biden: Obama Will Bypass
Congress for Gun Control. Vice President Joe Biden, who has been charged by President Obama with running the task force to
prevent situations like the Sandy Hook massacre, announced that he wouldn't be raising legislative solutions at all. Instead, he
said that President Obama might simply declare his preferred gun policy the law of the nation.
'Unconstitutional' gun confiscation 'would cause insurrection in the country'. On Wednesday's "Special Report," Washington Post
columnist Charles Krauthammer acknowledged a link between gun ownership and gun violence, but said Americans would revolt if Congress implemented
sweeping, unprecedented gun control legislation. "I think we are going to end up exactly where we started," Krauthammer said.
Let it begin here. Word has come down in recent days that the
President of the United States may attempt to gut the Second Amendment via an executive order, reclassifying popular self-loading firearms as
Title II weapons the same as hand grenades, rocket launchers, and crew-served machine guns. In doing so, he would force you to
register your firearms with the Federal government, pay a draconian tax for merely keeping what you already own, and shred your right to privacy,
allowing the federal government into your home unannounced to "check up" on or confiscate your guns at any moment they see fit.
What To Expect On Gun Control In The Coming
Months. If new gun control measures pass to the President's desk (in which case he will surely sign the measures into law), it
means more than just new background checks. All semi-automatic firearms will be taxed, required to be submitted to the ATF for approval,
controlled from crossing state lines, and prohibited from being bequeathed to your children or grandchildren in your wills. Violation of
any of these rules will turn you into an instant felon. Of course, this would mean a resistance for which America isn't prepared.
Politicized, Militarized Homeland
Security Department Unveils New Panzer Division. To the list of recent unsettling developments at DHS and other federal
agencies — such as FEMA camp expansions, massive DHS ammo buys, a creepy new biometric surveillance system just being rolled-out
by the FBI, and drones buzzing our backyards with cameras — we can now add the appearance across the country of not just heavily-armored
military grade Humvees, but 'GLS' armored personnel carriers (APC's) such as in the picture [here] — 2500 of them to be exact.
Nobody needs an assault weapon!
We are told that it is a small thing to give up semi-automatic rifles, which the political and cooperating media elites will dutifully call "assault
weapons," even though nobody can quite define the term. In any case, we are told, nobody needs an "assault weapon" with a thirty-round
magazine. Well, actually, almost nobody needs them. Apparently, Mr. Security Agent and his comrades need them, lots of them.
Tens of thousands of new "assault weapons," enough to shoot all of the billions (with a "b") of .223 and .40 caliber hollow-point bullets
recently purchased by our federal law enforcement agencies in unprecedented new acquisitions. Are we suddenly expecting a foreign invasion I
missed reading about? Wouldn't that be the job of the military? Why do our federal law enforcement agencies suddenly need tens of
thousands of "assault weapons" and billions of new hollow-point (not training) bullets, many times more than in previous years?
Who (or What) Are They Looking For?
TSA is omnipresent. Trains, planes and automobiles. Now railroads and buses. Next it will be dog walkers and model
airplanes. Homeland Security peers through every remote camera and surveillance platform. The federal decision to see and
record everything is approaching total coverage. You're even recorded and surveilled in many national parks. Who, or what,
are they looking for?
State Rep's anti-Free Stater post draws local,
national criticism. A Democratic state lawmaker's recent web post critical of the libertarian-leaning Free State
Project has gone virtually viral in the past few days and, as one might expect, has drawn criticism.
Hampshire Legislator: We Need to 'Restrict Freedoms' of Conservatives. A New Hampshire legislator wants her constituents
to know that she feels conservatives are the "single biggest threat" her state faces today, and she wants to use her powers to legislate
to "pass measures that will restrict" the freedoms of Granite State conservatives.
Posts 61 New Federal Regulations, Including 500-Page Rule to Protect 'Critical Habitat' of Flycatcher. The federal
government posted 61 new regulations in the Federal Register on Friday [1/4/2013], including the Department of Interior's 500-page
document outlining a new rule to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher's "critical habitat" in six states. [...] "The effect of this
regulation is to conserve the flycatcher's habitat under the Endangered Species Act," the summary of the regulation states.
Something funny happened on the way to tyranny.
[Scroll down] There were no less than six clerks working feverishly with the dozen or so customers, so I simply stepped to the side and walked the
aisles. The cases of ammunition that typically lined the far wall were picked to pieces. [...] Every weapon of military utility designed
within the past 100+ years was gone. This isn't a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This
is a society preparing for war.
What you'll see in the rebellion. Let me explain,
gun grabbers, how your confiscatory fantasy plays out. Let us imagine for a moment that a sweeping gun control bill similar to the one currently
suggested is passed by the House and Senate, and signed into law by a contemptuous President. Perhaps 50-100 million firearms currently
owned by law-abiding citizens will become contraband with the stroke of a pen. Citizens will either register their firearms, or turn them in
to agents of the federal government, or risk becoming criminals themselves. Faced with this choice, millions will indeed register their arms.
[...] Tens of millions of Americans will refuse to comply with an order that is clearly a violation of the explicit intent of the Second Amendment.
More Power, More Money to ATF to Register All Guns. As the day on which Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) "assault
weapon" ban will be introduced draws closer, another troubling aspect of it has come to light — namely, that it will
give new funding and expanded powers to the ATF for the purpose of registering all guns and gun owners in the country.
In other words, in addition to banning "assault weapons" and handguns like Glocks, Sig Sauers, Smith & Wesson M&Ps, and H&Ks, the
legislation will also empower the ATF to be sure every gun is placed on a government registry.
Rand Paul Condemns Indefinite
Detention. Referring to indefinite detention as "an abomination," Senator Paul urged his colleagues to vote against
the FY 2013 NDAA Conference Report.
Gun Control and the Long Night of Tyranny: a Cuban
Exile Speaks. One of the first steps historically taken by would-be totalitarians is to disarm the population to be ruled: the
Bolsheviks did this in Russia, the Nazis in Germany and the occupied countries, the Maoists in China, the Castroites in Cuba, and on and on.
In some cases, as in Cuba, weapons of limited military value, like single- or double-barrelled shotguns, are allowed — as a privilege
and under permit — to be possessed by the well-behaved ... though permitted ammunition is generally limited to birdshot.
Oliver Stone to RT: 'US has become an Orwellian state'.
"He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them," Stone told RT. "It is an
Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up
in the database somewhere." According to [historian Peter] Kuznick, American citizens live in a fish tank where their government
intercepts more than 1.7 billion messages a day. "That is email, telephone calls, other forms of communication."
Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness.
[Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar] seems to think that turning a tiny portion of the lovely coastline of California's Marin County (part of
the National Seashore) into the first marine wilderness in the continental United States also requires destroying a family-run oyster operation
that has conducted business in the same spot for eight decades. So Mr. Salazar recently ordered the business to close within
90 days — a decision that will spell ruin for the Lunny family, owners of Drake's Bay Oyster Farm, which supplies 40% of
Stone: Obama-era America is 'Orwellian'. In an interview with the English language Russian news website RT on
Friday [12/28/2012], the oft-controversial filmmaker said the Obama administration was as guilty of violating the Constitution
and the rule of law as the previous Bush administration. "He has taken all the Bush changes. He basically put them
into the establishment. He has codified them," Mr. Stone said.
Too Much Bipartisanship.
The 112th Congress has not been a bright one for our civil liberties. While new champions have emerged like Rand Paul and
Mike Lee in the Senate and House freshmen like Justin Amash, in national security state matters, the majority of both parties are
in agreement. First, there was the so-called "Patriot" Act reauthorization. After a drawn out fight over 2011, the
statists extended three controversial provisions until 2015. Then came the FY 2012 NDAA and Section 1021 authorizing
indefinite detention of American citizens, effectively turning America into a "battlefield" where anyone captured may be considered
an enemy combatant.
Feinstein unveils sweeping gun-control
agenda. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce sweeping gun-control legislation at the beginning of the congressional
session in January. [...] The senator describes the proposal as a version of the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004. Feinstein's
legislation ban scores of firearms, including military-style "assault" weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. It also calls
for the creation of a federal register that would require millions of gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed.
The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012.
Most of these rules increase the cost of living, others hinder job creation, and many erode freedom. Not all regulations are unwarranted, of
course, but increasingly, the rules imposed by the government have less to do with health and safety and more to do with whether government or
individuals get to make basic pocketbook and lifestyle decisions that affect them. And it is not just the regulators who are to blame.
Congress writes laws that give unelected bureaucrats the broad powers they wield.
The latest from "DHS Insider".
As Fred states here and I have to agree with his thoughts, make of this what you will. There are too many incidents, reports, things that just
do not 'add up' and when one looks at massive ammo purchases by numerous government agencies, the 'facts' about Newton NOT adding up as reported by
the LSM, one had better be thinking about the coming collapse and worse.
The Day The War Began. If you were a farmer without a radio
during Pearl Harbor, you would not have known that the world had just gone to war and it would not end without the deaths of millions and millions.
If you don't know that the American Civil War Deux just started, I pity you for you have no radio. [...] You do not see what is coming your way.
You are going to be drafted into a war you have not even heard of, yet. You have experienced Pearl Harbor without knowing it.
Presumed Guilty in the Name
of Fighting Terrorism. [Scroll down] The change in the standards by which the NCTC now is able to troll data means every action a
person takes that is logged into a government database, is subject to scrutiny for criminal behavior. Probable cause or reasonable
suspicion — constitutional standards for invading a person's privacy by government snooping — are irrelevant in such a scenario.
We are all presumed guilty of engaging in potential terrorist acts.
Hey Senator Feinstein, You Say You Want A
Revolution? Senator Feinstein and her statist friends want to make America safer by taking guns away from honest people who don't
commit gun crimes. Such is liberal logic. Feinstein, who knows as much about guns as she does fiscal responsibility, is going to
introduce a bill that will "stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition
feeding devices." Her bill will also affect handguns and require registration of firearms with photos, fingerprints, makes and models, and
serial numbers. I know you'll all be lining up to comply!
Gun Control Bill Will Trigger The Next American Revolution. Over the past two years alone, multiple draconian policies have been
enacted through executive order by the Obama Administration which build upon the civil liberty crushing actions of George W. Bush and press
far beyond. The Patriot Acts, the FISA domestic spy bill, the bailouts of corrupt international banks, attempts at CISPA and SOPA, actions
like the NDAA authorizing the treatment of U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants" without rights to due process; all paint a picture so clear only a
one-celled amoeba (or your average suburban yuppie) would not see it.
Feinstein: All Gun Owners Should Be
Registered, Fingerprinted. Even as news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) "Assault Weapon" ban is really a ban on some of the most
popular civilian-owned handguns in the U.S., details of her promised legislation also show that it will require gun owners to register their guns with
the government. [...] This will require not simply the registration of the specific gun's serial number but also a photograph and fingerprints of the
owner as well. This would necessarily take away the ability of people to sell guns in private sales to friends or family members too.
Democrats Seek the Holy Grail of Gun
Control. Dianne Feinstein has announced that she will introduce sweeping gun control legislation in the Senate. Under her bill,
countless standard handguns apparently would now be banned, and for the first time a federal register that may include many millions of gun owners,
fingerprinted and photographed, would be created.
December 27, 2012: The Day Freedom Died in America. Just two days
after Christmas, the American Senate is coming for your guns, in a move that will toss the Founding Fathers' cherished Second Amendment into the dustbin
Softening up the public for the end of the Second Amendment:
Arne Duncan: 'We Have
Common Values That Go Far Beyond the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms'. Americans value their children, their safety, and the right to
pursue their dreams without fear — and those "common values" trump the rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution, Education Secretary Arne
Duncan said last Friday [12/21/2012] in a speech at a Washington, D.C., elementary school.
Freeze! EPA Says Burning Wood Is Bad, but so Is Natural Gas, Coal, Oil. So, you're living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and it's 45 degrees
below zero, Fahrenheit. The high today will be -39 degrees below zero. The weather services all project lots more double-digit minus
numbers in the coming days and weeks, with dips into the minus 50s and 60s. Heating oil prices are killing your family budget, so you crank up
the wood stove and start burning some of the firewood you collected last summer. Uh-oh! Now you're in trouble!
What about bubble-gum cigars?
candy store threatened with fine for selling sugar cigarettes. Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, have been warned
to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes. City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine if Lynden's soda
fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again.
The coming drone attack on America.
Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be weaponised.
Beware! Regulations Incoming! The problem, of course, is not simply the
number and cost of new regulations. The larger concern is about the way these regulations are actually being made and enforced. The process is often
unconstitutional and empowers bureaucrats instead of American citizens.
The government already controls too
much. Last week, a lengthy article in the Wall Street Journal detailed how the federal government's "little-known National Counterterrorism Center" can
now, under new authority, examine "the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them." It "can
copy entire government databases — flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others,"
keeping "data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years ... to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior."
Mandatory Voting: Is This The
Obama Administration's Goal? [Scroll down] Remember this as the Obama administration mounts a drive to federalize voter registration, a step toward
making voting mandatory. Attorney General Eric Holder considers it self-evidently alarming that 60 million adult citizens were not registered in 2008.
He wants Washington to register everyone automatically.
threatens to shut down the small businesses that prepare tax returns. Small business owners who prepare tax returns for a living every year must
either seek additional training or close their doors due to a new Internal Revenue Service regulation set to take effect at the end of this year.
Marxist EPA Wants to Regulate Water As a
Pollutant in Virginia. Ken Cuccinelli likes to call the EPA the "Employment Prevention Agency." In addition to preventing job creation, the EPA
wants other peoples' private property and their money for non-existant or minor problems.
More information — none of it favorable — about
U.S. Can't Afford
Obama's No-Debt-Limit Credit Card. The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes
to raising the country's legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself.
Man sits in jail while
unable to pay alimony that exceeds his income. For nearly seven weeks, John Waldorf has been in the county jail on a
"non-support" charge for allegedly failing to pay alimony. He claims he is a victim of New Jersey's "antiquated" alimony
system and many people agree with him. In late October a small protest was held outside the courthouse.
Regulators R Us: Feds Crank Up
Regulations — on Everything. Get set for the Obama administration's post-election tsunami of business-killing, job-killing, economy-killing
federal regulations. It's already begun. Take a look at www.regulations.gov, the administration's regulatory website. The home page informs us that
in the last 90 days, the administration has posted 5,934 new regulations. [...] A cost analysis by the Small Business Administration in 2008 found that the cost
to our national economy of compliance with federal regulations was an astronomical $1.75 trillion!
New federal law may make replacing your
furnace much costlier. Replacing an aging furnace could cost homeowners thousands of dollars more after May 1, when new federal energy efficiency
standards take effect for northern states, including New Jersey. The new energy-efficient natural gas furnaces aren't that much more expensive themselves, but
they must be vented directly to an outside wall rather than through the chimney, which can increase installation costs dramatically, home heating contractors say.
Your Future in Obama World. Right now, you can
wander the USA all day without running into a person in military uniform or a government office more threatening than the Post Office. That
may change. Recently, the federal government has been issuing regulations at the rate of 68 per day, controlling healthcare, food,
energy, education, law enforcement, travel and transportation, commerce, communications, the environment et cetera. Don't expect its
attention to detail to stop anytime soon. ObamaCare calls for creation of 159 new agencies or programs.
State Dept. Official to
Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning 'Defamation of Islam'. After the disaster of trying to blame an obscure YouTube video for the attack on the
CIA operation in Benghazi and Obama's prophecy at the UN that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," Hillary Clinton's State
Department appears to be taking another run at the First Amendment free speech rights of American citizens.
The $4,000 Trash Can. [Martha] Boneta, a Fauquier County
farmer, hosted a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls -- an occasion for which she lacked the proper "events permit." For this, the
county slammed her with a $5,000 fine. She also got in hot water for selling items, such as yarn and birdhouses, that she had not made herself.
California vs. Texas. Certainly, many government workers are
working in legitimate government functions: police, courts, and prisons. But what are the others doing? They are creating regulations, checking
paperwork, inspecting businesses, and generally putting obstacles in the path of citizens living their lives and operating their businesses.
California has substantially more people erecting these arbitrary barriers than Texas. In short, California has more people snooping and prying
into the lives of its citizens than Texas does.
6,125 Proposed Regulations
and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days — Average 68 per Day. It's Friday morning, and so far today, the Obama administration
has posted 165 new regulations and notifications on its reguations.gov website. In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations
and notices — an average of 68 a day.
Obama Administration Makes A Mockery Of The
Rule Of Law. Arbitrary ObamaCare waivers are bad enough by themselves. They are truly ominous as part of a more general practice of
this administration to create arbitrary powers that permit them to walk roughshod over the basic rights of the American people. The checks and
balances of the Constitution have been evaded time and time again by the Obama administration, undermining the fundamental right of the people to
determine the laws that govern them, through their elected representatives. You do not have a self-governing people when huge laws are passed
too fast for the public to even know what is in them.
Judge OKs Installation of Surveillance Cameras Without a Warrant. On October 29, a federal district court judge ruled that police can
enter onto privately owned property and install secret surveillance cameras without a warrant. The judge did set forth a few guidelines that
must be followed before such activity would be permissible, but the fact that such a scenario is accepted as constitutional by a federal judge is a
serious setback for privacy and for the Fourth Amendment.
A National Security Hybrid.
B.H. Obama has issued 139 executive orders since becoming president. Some are fairly benign; many are deeply troubling,
specifically as to the wholesale consolidation of emergency powers into the office of the presidency. The newest executive
order is a breathtaking assault on entire sections of Constitution and the rights, freedoms, and liberties of all Americans,
carefully hidden within the stultifying and banal language of bureaucratic doublespeak.
Video: Truck Driver Stands Up To Unconstitutional
Checkpoint. A truck driver who passed through an unconstitutional checkpoint 30 miles from the Mexican border stood up for his 4th Amendment
rights by refusing to answer questions in another example of how Americans are re-asserting their liberties. [...] This is just the latest in a series of confrontations
caught on video showing Americans standing up to 4th Amendment-violating checkpoints that are creeping further and further inside America, in some
cases as much as 100 miles from the border.
The food police inhibit freedom of speech:
Bad Rules. Steve Cooksey started a blog
about low-carb nutrition, which included "Dear Abby"-style advice. The state told him that giving such advice without a license
is illegal! Cooksey stopped, but enlisted help from the Institute for Justice, the libertarian public-interest law group.
Together they sued the state for the free-speech violation. Unfortunately, a federal court dismissed the suit, saying that since
the state took no formal action, Cooksey was not harmed. IJ will appeal.
news: Interior Department creating their very own climate-change committee. I'd bet big money that this is not going to
be a dispassionate, balanced committee looking for ways to keep bureaucrats noses out of Americans' private property and businesses;
rather, it's going to 'inform' the Interior Department's already-made-up collective mind with contrived reasons to further regulate,
control, and acquire land.
Interior Dept. creates climate
change committee. The Obama administration is creating an advisory committee on climate change to advise the federal
government on future operations. The Interior Department announced the new bureaucracy in a recent federal registry notice along
with a call for nominations by Nov. 19 to seat the 25-member board. The notice specifically states membership will be
comprised of state and local government employees, non-governmental organizations, Native American tribes, academia, individual
landowners and business interests.
The Mayor of East St. Louis is the New Baby
Sitter. A new restriction passed by Mayor Alvin Parks of East St. Louis has enacted a new curfew and dress code
for the city's youth. Anyone under 18 that is caught out of class during school hours, outside after 10pm or out of the
house or school anytime without a parent or guardian, they will be arrested. Additionally, the mayor decided that youth
should also be prohibited from wearing any blue or red.
Sebelius Campaigns So Hard for Her Boss — and Why He Won't Fire Her. In fact, if the president makes no appointments, or the Senate
rejects the president's appointees, then all of IPAB's considerable powers fall to one person: the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The HHS
secretary would effectively become an economic dictator, with more power over the health care sector than any chamber of Congress. If Obama
wins in November, he would have zero incentive to appoint any IPAB members.
Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans' Bank Accounts. The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House
October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a "sanctioned person" may own or try
to perform — all in the name of "Iran Sanctions." [...] And if the individual so "sanctioned" decides that the ruling is unfair, he isn't
allowed to sue. In two words, the individual has successfully been robbed blind. But it's all very legal. The EO says the president has
his "vested authority" to issue it, and then references endless previous EOs, including one dating back to 1995 which declared a "state of
emergency" (which hasn't been lifted): Executive Order 12957.
Read This While You Can. Read this column by
Diana West while you can — while we still have journalists brave enough to write the truth, and before the truth is censored. West, a
syndicated columnist and author, noted an astonishing statement within Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly, and dissected and explored its meaning
and terrifying implications.
'Overcriminalization' Making Us a Nation of
Felons? Capitol Hill is probably the best place to start if you want more information on overcriminalization — the United
States Code — Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure. There are about a thousand different pages that cover material considered
to be a federal crime. The problem is not all of the estimated 4,500 federal crimes are listed in the code. There are about 50 volumes
that cover all the different federal agencies that have the jurisdiction to enforce and interpret rules and regulations. When you add all of that
up you're somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 400,000 rules that could be considered a federal offense.
The TSA is flexing its muscles, just to see how much the public will tolerate.
TSA Lies About Bizarre "Freeze" Drill. The footage shows
travelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona being caught up in what the TSA calls "Code Bravo," a suddenly announced drill whereby
passengers who have already passed through security are required to "freeze" on command. The You Tube user who uploaded the video commented, "I
suddenly found myself in a bunch of travelers who were being sharply told to "STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! DON'T MOVE!". A TSA employee was
pointing his blue-gloved hand at anyone who moved a muscle (including airport workers) and barking these orders. [...] TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee
admitted to the New York Times that travelers are not mandated to obey the order to "freeze".
Euthanasia for Obama-care.
[Scroll down] For example, Obama-care is making it illegal for anyone in America (with the narrow exception of houses of worship) to freely
sell or buy an insurance plan that fails to offer free birth control and sterilization. But this ban is nowhere to be found in the 2,700 pages
of the law itself. Rather, it came as a decree from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, exercising her newfound power. If Obama-care isn't
repealed, examples of such rule by fiat will proliferate.
Day: 225 Years in Passage of Time; Light Years in Loss of Liberty. In increasingly sophisticated and insidious ways,
today's national government weaves a web of monitoring that allows the national intelligence apparatus to keep most citizens under
some form of surveillance nearly 24 hours a day. Add to that the passage by Congress and the signing by the president of
the National Defense Authorization Act — legislation that grants the president the unprecedented and unconstitutional
power to deploy members of the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone he suspects of posing a threat to national
security. Finally, with the Supreme Court's decision to deem ObamaCare a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing power,
all three branches of the federal government established in the document drafted in Philadelphia 225 years ago have colluded
in the creation of a government whose power is nearly immeasurable.
So much for freedom of expression.
New Jersey tells
drivers: You can't smile too much in license photos. With its infamous long lines, going to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get
your license is usually nothing to smile about. These days, it's a mandatory no-big-smiles policy in New Jersey, one of a growing list of states
that tell drivers drivers to keep a poker face in their license photos.
Shame. The people who booed the God of love, now rush
to the defense of a hateful Allah. The people who p***ed on the Christ of redemption, now bewail the hurt feelings of a
damnable Islam. The people who denounced the death of civil liberties under the Patriot Act, now make rationalizations as
brown-shirted cops drag a man from his home at midnight for the crime of posting a video on YouTube.
Push to call blasphemy a crime. Muslim leaders
have vowed to discuss the offensive video from their UN platforms, sowing concern among free-speech activists of a fresh push toward an international law
that would criminalise blasphemy. Human rights groups and Western democracies resisted such a law for years and thought they had finally quashed the
matter after convincing enough nations that repressive regimes used blasphemy laws to imprison or execute dissidents.
DOJ Can't Say Criticizing Religion Will Remain Legal. [A recent exchange], between Representative Trent Franks and
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, occurred in late July, but is particularly relevant today. Representatvie Franks
tries to extract an assurance from Perez that the Obama administration will not push a proposal to criminalize speech "against any
religion." He has a tough time doing so.
DoJ Civil Rights Division
chief can't commit to protecting free speech. Via Eliana Johnson and Michael Totten, the question that Rep. Trent Franks asked Assistant
Attorney General Thomas Perez in July shouldn't be very difficult to answer — especially for the man who heads up the Civil Rights Division of the
Department of Justice, and who swore to uphold the Constitution when taking that job. [...] If you read the First Amendment, the answer is simple.
Perez, however, does a two-minute dodge while Franks asks it four times.
ATF's latest gun grab. The
Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process.
[...] That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any
crime. It's a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized
property — not a person — is put on trial. This allows prosecutors to dispense with pesky
constitutional rights, which conveniently don't apply to inanimate objects. In this looking-glass world, the owner
is effectively guilty until proved innocent and has the burden of proving otherwise. Anyone falsely accused will never
see his property again unless he succeeds in an expensive uphill legal battle.
Expands ATF's Right to Seize Guns Without Due Process. Obama has expanded civil-forfeiture rules making it
permissible for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to seize weapons from citizens without the
hassle of due process. This effectively gives Attorney General Eric Holder, of Fast and Furious fame, extended power
over guns and gun-related property. The rules were broadened under the guise of giving the ATF authority "to seize and
administatively forfeit property involved in controlled substance abuses." And if that doesn't strike you as extreme on
first glance, consider the fact that this expansion of civil-forfeiture allows the ATF to forego almost all "due process" in
making their seizures — in effect, placing the burden of proof on the citizen instead of federal agents.
The FBI's Nationwide Facial
Recognition System Ends Anonymity As We Know It. The FBI has begun installing state-of-the-art facial recognition
technology across the country as part of an update to the national fingerprint database, Sara Reardon of the New Scientist
reports. The agency's $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) program will also include iris scans, DNA
analysis and voice identification by 2014. RT reports that as of July 18, 2012, the FBI said the NGI program "is on
scope, on schedule, on cost, and 60 percent deployed."
FBI to roll out $1 billion
public facial recognition system in 2014. They're watching you — or at least will be in a couple of years.
That's when the FBI is gearing up for a nationwide launch of a $1 billion project designed to identify people of interest, according
to the New Scientist. Dubbed the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, the high-tech endeavor uses biometric data
such as DNA analysis, iris scans and voice identification to track down folks with a criminal history.
The Editor says...
That sounds harmless enough, but with a large enough database, the government could track anybody's movements -- not just criminals.
Activist Forced to Show Papers to
DHS or be Detained for 72 Hrs. Alex talks with Derrick Broze, a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers.
Broze has covered TSA agents working in the Metro rail is Houston. [Video clip].
Update on NDAA and drones flying over the US. Let me challenge
readers, the next time you go to church, ask your pastor what he is doing or what he would do to prevent military personnel from taking you off
to a military prison without an arrest warrant, without issuing Miranda, without telling you why you are being seized, without allowing you
access to an attorney, without recognizing that you have any constitutional rights, without any requirement to release you, or even without any
requirement to keep you in the United States of America for a trial or judicial proceeding. I challenge you: ask him!
A blogger was dragged off to a mental ward because of his Facebook posts.
Exactly what you'd expect in North Korea, China, or Cuba.
'Outraged' judge frees veteran Raub from Virginia
psych ward. [Scroll down] His saga began Aug. 16. That's when [Brandon] Raub was taken into custody at his
Richmond home by FBI and Secret Service agents and Chesterfield County Police. He was not charged with a crime, yet he was handcuffed
and placed in the back of a police vehicle. From there, Mr. Raub was taken to a police station and then to the John Randolph Medical
Facility in Hopewell, Va., for a psychiatric evaluation. He was never formally arrested or charged with a crime, Mr. Whitehead said.
"He was in his underwear, in his living room, he sees a group of police, FBI agents walking up, he talks with them, he's asked about some
Facebook postings, they handcuff him," Mr. Whitehead said.
Brandon Raub: Persecuted for
Telling the Truth About the Federal Reserve . Corporate media news reports state that former Marine Brandon Raub was arrested
by the FBI and the Secret Service and detained in a psychiatric hospital for anti-government posts on Facebook. A large part of Raub's
post, however, was not directed at the government. It was directed at the Federal Reserve. The Fed is not the government.
It is a privately owned financial institution run by a cartel of banksters.
Thought police victim Brandon Raub ordered
released from psychiatric prison. The thought police are hard at work in America, crushing anyone who expresses ideas of liberty
and freedom. The latest case involves U.S. veteran Brandon Raub, who posted text on Facebook saying, among other things, that 9/11 was an
inside job, that the country is being run by an evil cabal of insiders, and that the global elite are pedophiles who rape children.
Pointing to these opinion statements, the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement authorities in Virginia raided his home, kidnapped
the 26-year-old, and stuffed him into a psychiatric hospital where he was to be detained for any number of weeks, months or even years.
Raub was not charged with a crime, was never read any Miranda rights, and was never given a hearing in front of a judge. No judge, no
jury, no rights, no nothing. He was simply targeted, kidnapped, stuffed and cuffed because of his free speech posted on Facebook.
of Former Marine: Psychiatrist Threatened to 'Brainwash' My Client With Meds. Earlier today [8/23/2012], 26-year-old former U.S.
Marine Brandon Raub was released from a psychiatric facility via a judge's order, who ruled that the government had no legal grounds to hold
him. Tonight on Glenn Beck's show on GBTV, soon-to-become TheBlazeTV, John Whitehead, Raub's lead attorney and president of the
Rutherford Institute, gave his first interview following his client's release to discuss the case.
Says 20,000 'Civil Commitments' in Virginia Each Year Part of Bigger Problem. Brandon Raub was scooped up in Richmond, Va. by
federal and local law enforcement officials on Aug. 16 for making anti-government Facebook posts referring to "revolution" and statements
that questioned the official story behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said John Whitehead, Raub's lead attorney and president of the Rutherford
Institute. He was then sentenced to up to 30 days in a psychiatric facility on Aug. 20 — no trial, no arrest warrant, no
charges filed. He was finally released on Thursday [8/23/2012].
Brandon Raub is hauled in for a mental health examination because he's not too keen on the
while Joshua Scott Albert gets a pass for his unabashed hatred of Romney and cops.
Clamp Down on Free Speech: Marine vs. Occupier. In mid-August, government and law enforcement officials went
to former Marine Brandon Raub's door with no warrant. They questioned Raub about what they considered ominous Facebook
postings, handcuffed him, and forced him to undergo a psych evaluation at a local hospital. The 26-year-old North
Chesterfield, Virginia man was taken into custody by FBI and Secret Service agents as well as Chesterfield police for
posting anti-government messages on his private Facebook page. Raub was released on August 23, but not before he was
transferred to a veterans' hospital psychiatric unit 188 miles away from his home.
"If you do not have the right to speak freely about food,
what do you have a right to speak freely about?"
From Licensing to Censorship.
Every day, millions of Americans dispense advice to friends, relatives, and complete strangers through blogs, websites, and a
variety of online publications. And each time they do so, many of these Americans could be risking substantial fines
and perhaps even imprisonment. [...] Across the nation, more than eight hundred different professions require a state license.
Among those professions are: manure spreaders in Iowa, upholsterers in Utah, and florists in Louisiana.
I'll bet they wouldn't have stopped a Muslim from doing the same thing.
City tells woman she can't pass out free water
in 112-degree heat. The city of Phoenix is facing a possible lawsuit after a woman claimed a city worker told her she could not pass out free
water in the Arizona heat without a permit. Dana Crow-Smith tells ABC 15 she was passing out water bottles in the 112-degree heat along with
others in an attempt to share their Christian beliefs with people attending a festival downtown last month, when a city worker ordered them to stop.
She said the worker told the group they would be cited if they continued passing out the water because they did not have a permit.
Presidential race boils down to one issue.
There's really only one issue in the 2012 presidential race; all the rest is trivia. That one issue is: Do you want to be in control of your
life, or do you want government to control your life? If you want to keep control over your life, then do not re-elect Barack Obama to a second term
in the White House. Hold tight to your liberty. If, however, you want your life defined, channeled and limited by Obama's "we can't wait"
executive orders and the bureaucratic rules of government agencies, then Obama is your guy.
Why does Homeland
Security need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition? The Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.4 billion rounds of
ammunition — that is not a typo — during the last six months. This includes 450 million rounds of .40 hollow point,
200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, and 176,000 rounds of .308 168-grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) that is used almost
exclusively as ammo for sniper rifles. [...] We must never forget that tyrants throughout modern history (Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin and Mao) always
disarmed their opponents before rounding them up and sending them to the killing fields.
Social Security Administration Explains
Plan to Buy 174,000 Hollow-Point Bullets. The Social Security Administration posted a blog on Thursday [8/16/2012] to explain why it was planning to
purchase 174,000 hollow point bullets. SSA posted a "Request for Quote for Ammunition" on the FedBizOps.gov website on Aug. 7. The request listed
the commodity that SSA desired as ".357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition." The quantity listed was "174 TH."
Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirms that it is purchasing 174 thousand rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered to
41 locations in major cities across the U.S. No one has yet said what the purpose of these purchases is, though we are led to
believe that they will be used only in an emergency to counteract and control civil unrest. Those against whom the hollow point bullets are
to be used — those causing the civil unrest — must be American citizens; since the SSA has never been used overseas to help
foreign countries maintain control of their citizens. [...] If this were only a one time order of ammunition, it could easily be dismissed.
But there is a pattern here. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has ordered 46,000 rounds of hollow point
US Homeland Security
officials get the okay to amass a vast ammo cache. According to a report on infowars.com: 'Back in March, Homeland Security purchased
450 million rounds of .40-calibre hollow point bullets that are designed to expand upon entry and cause maximum organ damage, prompting questions
as to why the DHS needed such a large amount of powerful bullets merely for training purposes.' This phenomenal cache of ammunition must be intended
for use against Americans, because I understand that hollow point bullets have been illegal in international warfare since 1899.
Agencies tamp down speculation
over hollow-point ammo purchases. Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of conspiracy theories this week after they put out orders
for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets. But the agencies, most recently the Social Security Administration, are trying to put a damper
on the speculation — noting the ammunition is "standard issue" and simply used for mandatory federal training sessions.
Obama Government On
Ammunition Purchases — Move Along Now, Nothing To See Here... Hundreds of thousands of rounds of hollow-point ammunition is
being ordered up by various Obama government agencies, including the National Weather Service, leading for a growing number to question why? The
answer to that question from the Obama administration appears to simply "don't worry about it."
Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order — Issues "Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition". In a date-redacted
document, DHS claimed "Unusual and Compelling Urgency" NOT to inform the public of quantities of ammo purchased with tax money ($4.6 Million)
for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Protective Service (FPS).
Why are Gun Ownership Numbers in U.S.
Highest since 1993? Why does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration need to purchase ammunition? NOAA is
devoted to studying the weather and providing notice of events such as hurricanes. Why would meteorologists need to be armed?
Why does the Social Security Administration need to purchase ammunition? A spokesman for the SSA compared its investigators to state
or local police officers who are armed while on "official duty." Why would the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically
purchase 750 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition in March and follow up with an additional 750 million?
The Ammo Controversy. Several facets of the
government have recently purchased a variety of ammunition in large quantities. In total, more than 1.2 billion rounds of
ammunition was ordered between April and August of 2012. This ammunition primarily consisted of .223 ammunition, which is used in
military style weapons such as AR-15s or M16s. The largest purchase of ammunition was placed by the Department of Homeland
Security. However, the amounts of ammunition were redacted in a later version of the purchase order. Additional
purchases were made by the Social Security Administration and the National Weather Service.
Bullets, False Flags and Biological Warfare:
What Is the US Government Planning? The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service has solicited ammunition that is supposedly needed for target
practice. In this instance, the amounts of hollow point bullets, 12 gauge rifle slugs, and other accessories are smaller than the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) has requested through other federal agencies. DHS previously ordered more than 63,000,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point bullets
(JHP). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a solicitation for 16,000 rounds of .40 S&W JHP. The Social Security
Office has also made a solicitation for 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow point bullets. Earlier this month, DHS requested 700 pounds of high density
ammonium nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX explosives. These ingredients are known to be very high powered explosives.
Christianity & gun owners in the crosshairs: Chilling tactic exposed.
If you are an outspoken Christian in America, you need to be concerned. If you are an outspoken Christian in America who happens to be a gun owner,
you need to be very concerned. And if you are a Christian gun owner who disagrees with the Progressive anti-Christian agenda in America and have
a platform to inform others, you better believe that you are under intense scrutiny. [...] It appears the war against freedom of opinion, freedom of speech,
openly professing one's belief in God and the right to bear arms is now sufficient to earn you a medical diagnosis of "psychosis."
Man Sentenced to
30 Days for Catching Rain Water on Own Property Enters Jail. Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting
rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning [8/8/2012] to begin serving his 30-day jail sentence in
Medford, Ore. "I'm sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty," Harrington told a
small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Oregon) Jail. Several people held signs that showed support for
Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.
Warrantless searches without probable cause:
Local Government Stupidity Contest. [Scroll
down] Contestant Number Two is the Metro Police in Washington, DC, which has decided to harass random travelers by searching their bags before they board
the subway. This is akin to the TSA's mindless bureaucracy — but even worse. [...] Good intelligence by the CIA and FBI is the way to stop
these crackpots, not empty security theater that makes life more difficult for law-abiding people.
At-Home Bible Study Lands Man in Jail. Gang-member-turned-pastor
Michael Salman found himself behind bars after holding a Bible study at his home, reports Fox News. Authorities say Salman violated zoning laws, and
thus his probation, when he gathered some 80 people at his four-acre home, but the Phoenix man and his family are crying foul, saying his constitutional
rights have been violated. "Christians deserve the right to gather at their homes privately just like every other American has the right to gather for
their reasons," says his wife.
EPA Moving to Control All Water in the United
States. There is a story in Net Right Daily about landowner, Dexter Lutter of Noble County, who thought he was cleaning up the water supply and
creating a healthier environment for years to come. Instead, he is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from the EPA, whose main goal is
complete control over all land, air and water.
Landowner engages in clean water act; receives EPA fine.
Dexter Lutter was expecting an award; instead he got a $20,000 fine. He made environmental improvements on his land — his farm — by
taking steps to clean up the water supply and better preserve the soil, but the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fined him for
his efforts. "That's how out of touch I am," Lutter says. "I feel like we should have won a medal for what we did, but the EPA tells us we
DOJ Official Won't
Say Whether Justice Department Would 'Criminalize Speech against Any Religion'. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
Thomas Perez refused to say Thursday whether the Justice Department would ever "entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any
religion." During a House subcommittee hearing examining fairness in voting rights enforcement, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), chairman of the
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, referenced an article detailing a meeting between top Justice Department officials and Islamist advocates,
where the advocates reportedly lobbied officials for "a legal declaration that U.S. citizens' criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination."
Oregon Man Sentenced to
30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Oregon, says he plans to
appeal his conviction in Jackson County Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers
called "three illegal reservoirs" on his property — and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.
Federal court rules Wisconsin
schools' graduations in church were unconstitutional. A federal appeals court ruled Monday [7/23/2012] that two Wisconsin high schools
violated the U.S. Constitution by holding graduations in a church — among the most recent decisions in a long-running debate about the
separation of church and state. A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September the schools did nothing wrong
by hold graduation in Elmbrook Church, in the southeastern part of the state.
Choose your Poison, Communism or Other Dictatorship? I
thought we had choices in a free country but I was wrong. We moved as far away from the metro area as possible to escape [Home Owner
Associations]. We could have bought a parcel of land in the woods somewhere, but I am sure, EPA regulations would have made it impossible
since everything is close to marshland. In Maryland, you can no longer build in an area without an established sewer system. Governor
O'Malley, through executive order, has forbidden septic tanks. Houses can only be built along an approved corridor, thanks to
UN Agenda 21's Smart Growth, which requires that a very large portion of our lands be given back to the wilderness. We must move
into high rises, five minutes' walk or bike from work, school, and play. We no longer live in a free country; we just have an illusion
The Drone Zone. It took a few seconds to
figure out exactly what we were looking at. A white S.U.V. traveling along a highway adjacent to the base came into the cross hairs
in the center of the screen and was tracked as it headed south along the desert road. When the S.U.V. drove out of the picture,
the drone began following another car. "Wait, you guys practice tracking enemies by using civilian cars?" a reporter asked.
One Air Force officer responded that this was only a training mission, and then the group was quickly hustled out of the room.
Liberty-Lovers as Potential Terrorists. By the Department of Homeland Security's standards, anyone who just celebrated
the Fourth of July can be capable of terrorism. A new study by the DHS states that "those who are reverent of individual liberty"
may promote terrorism. [...] But while the report identifies seemingly average Americans as potential terrorists, it completely ignores
any references to Islamic terrorism. In fact, its table displaying the "hot spots" for religious terrorism indicates that there was
no such terrorism in New York City in the 1990s — totally disregarding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in that city.
Man Facing Jail For
Hosting Home Bible Study. A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after he refused to stop hosting
Bible studies in the privacy of his home — in violation of the city's building code laws. However, the Phoenix city prosecutor's
office said the violations have nothing to do with religious freedom — and everything to do with public safety.
The Editor says...
I'll bet they don't check for overcrowding at the neighborhood mosques.
Homeowner Jailed for
Hosting Bible Study. A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his
home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes. Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix
Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180
fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon [7/9/2012].
Government's total control. How much power does
the federal government have to control the lives of Americans and dictate our individual behaviors in any and all ways it chooses? The answer,
according to the Court, is that the federal government has complete and total control over all of us — it has the power to regulate
everything we do and everything we choose not to do — provided Congress taxes the income of anyone who fails to comply with the
Gulf Coast States Chafe at
Feds' Fishing Seasons. Louisiana and Florida are considering joining Texas in allowing longer fishing seasons in state waters
than federal wildlife officials allow in federally controlled waters further offshore. Federal wildlife officials completely banned
red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010 and 2011, and they are allowing red snapper fishing for only 40 days in 2012.
Scientists and state wildlife officials say the federal restrictions are too stringent and that longer fishing seasons are warranted in
states where red snappers are abundant.
4 Foods the Government Should Ban. New York
Mayor Bloomberg has decided that New Yorkers can't be trusted to have access to soda served in anything larger than a 16 ounce cup. It's
clear that New Yorkers can't be trusted in general, so this ban on soda is not so surprising. The New York City Council is now eyeing popcorn and
coffee drinks for a possible ban, because if you can ban one thing you can ban everything.
Pastors plan to defy
IRS ban on political speech. Setting the stage for a collision of religion and politics,
Christian ministers from California and 21 other states will use their pulpits Sunday to deliver political
sermons or endorse presidential candidates — defying a federal ban on campaigning by nonprofit
groups. The pastors' advocacy could violate the Internal Revenue Service's rules against political
speech with the purpose of triggering IRS investigations.
Human Rights: A Governmental Power Grab. [Scroll
down] This brings us to a dangerous scenario associated with human rights. Namely, the way governments can use them as a justification for
reaching deeper and deeper into the daily lives of their citizens. A great example of this can be seen in the way President Obama and his
surrogates couched many of their arguments for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, in the language of human rights. According to them,
health care is a human right which, in turn, justifies putting a system into place whereby every American has health care coverage.
Some laws are on the books just in case the cops can't think of anything else you've done wrong.
Use a Computer, Go to Jail. If you are reading this column
online at work, you may be committing a federal crime. Or so says the Justice Department, which reads the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)
broadly enough to encompass personal use of company computers as well as violations of website rules that people routinely ignore. In April the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rightly rejected this view of the CFAA, which Chief Judge Alex Kozinski noted could conceivably make a
criminal out of "everyone who uses a computer."
This sounds like an idea you'd expect to hear in a communist dictatorship.
Surrogate Calls to Make Voting Mandatory. Peter Orszag, former head of the Obama Office of Management and Budget, is desperate.
With even Roll Call recognizing that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle for re-election, Orszag is floating a trial balloon:
Voter Apathy Isn't a Crime. It's a sure sign someone is
losing when he demands that the rules be changed. That might explain the renewed interest in forcing people to vote against their will. Peter Orszag, President
Obama's former budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently wrote a column for Bloomberg View arguing for making voting mandatory.
McConnell: 'Radical, Dangerous'
Obama Admin Seeks to 'Shut Up' Opponents. [Scroll down] McConnell is incensed over the administration's
use of government and nongovernmental resources to target its political enemies. "They've used the IRS,
the FEC, the FCC, the SEC, their allies in the Obama campaign to go after people who disagree with them. The
Obama campaign has rifled through the divorce records of a major donor to an opposing super PAC. The government
itself is intimidating donors. Appointees at the IRS and other agencies are pursuing similar efforts to ferret out
who is contributing to outside groups critical of the administration so that they can scare them off the playing field and
shut them up."
Judge Reaffirms Her Order Blocking Indefinite Detention by Obama Administration. Lest there was any lingering doubt, the
federal judge who enjoined enforcement of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) told the
Obama Administration that it may not legally detain an American indefinitely based on a suspicion of support of terrorism unless the
government can demonstrate a connection to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Island House Defends Constitution, Passes Anti-NDAA Resolution. After overcoming an attempted sandbagging by members of the
Republican leadership, at about nine o'clock Tuesday night [6/12/2012], the House of Representatives of Rhode Island overwhelmingly passed a resolution
calling for the repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. [...] The text of
the resolution pulls no punches in its recrimination of the Congress and President for their role in pushing our Republic closer to the
precipice of tyranny.
Meet John Brennan, Obama's Assassination Czar.
A relatively unnoticed article by Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier two weeks ago outlined new Obama administration policy changes
which consolidated power for authorizing drone attacks and assassinations under political appointees within the White House. The
article identifies White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan as the official assuming the role of Obama's de facto
assassination czar, raising concerns even within the Obama administration that the White House is increasingly turning into "a
pseudo-military headquarters" under the direction of just a few senior Obama administration officials. Adding to these
concerns are serious questions about Brennan's qualifications for this role.
"Never in the history of the CWA has federal regulation defined ditches and
other upland features as 'waters of the United States.'"
EPA power grab to regulate
ditches, gullies on private property. Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection
Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part
of navigable waterways. These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property
owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say.
Pastor Gets Two-Year Sentence for Preaching Spanking. Black Earth, Wisconsin, pastor Philip Caminiti, 55, has been
sentenced to two years in prison for preaching a message that was not well-received by some members of the community. The
message that landed Caminiti in prison is that parents should be spanking their children when they misbehave, even those as
young as two months old, with wooden spoons and rods.
This Memorial Day, Freedom Is Dying
Before Our Very Eyes. What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more freedom? What if freedom is
dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present?
What if the federal government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, no matter what the Constitution
buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines. Judging from the alarming number of summonses issued so far for failing
to buckle up in the back seat, motorists don't seem overly concerned about the current Click It or Ticket crackdown. After all, most
unrestrained drivers and passengers can afford a measly $46 fine. But if you drive with an unrestrained pet, don't expect a slap
on the wrist. Penalties range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
The Editor says...
Just imagine if they catch you with a box of kittens in the back of your truck!
43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate.
This is a critical moment for religious freedom in the US. If the federal government can define religious expression, then it can control or even outlaw it.
Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban. The new law would give
sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. "It removes the protection for
Americans," says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. "It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are
no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false." According to this official, "senior public
affairs" officers within the Department of Defense want to "get rid" of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to
prop up unpopular policies — like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
21 Unanswered Questions That They
Don't Want You To Look Into. [#1] Why is the TSA being allowed to conduct warrantless searches at bus stations and train stations
all over America? According to an article in the Guardian, the following motto is displayed at the TSA's air marshal training center:
"Dominate. Intimidate. Control." Why is there no outrage over this? [#2] Why does the TSA believe that it is necessary to pat-down a
7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy? Does touching the private areas of disabled little girls really improve our national security?
Kentucky Supreme Court
Rules Highway Checkpoints Illegal. Kentucky's Supreme Court has ruled that highway checkpoints of drivers who refused to display a
$10 city sticker in their window are in fact unconstitutional and therefore, illegal. The city of Liberty required all 1,850 residents and
anyone working within the city limits to purchase and display the sticker, but teachers at a local school had failed to do so, prompting local police
to take action. Those individuals who refused to purchase a $10 sticker and place it in their vehicle windows were targeted by city officials, who
mandated that police set up roadblocks.
The Editor says...
This won't be the last case of its kind, as long as there are local politicians willing to implement such a scheme (for as long as they can
get away with it), and as long as the local police do whatever they're told, without ever questioning the legality of their orders.
Unfortunately, I think several areas of the U.S. have those ingredients in place.
is Keeping Tombstone, Arizona from Accessing Drinking Water. Tombstone, Arizona, once dubbed "The Town Too Tough To Die," may finally have met its match
in the Obama Administration. According to a lawsuit filed against the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and the
USDA Forest Service by the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, the Forest Service is endangering the town's supply of safe drinking water and ability to fight fires by
cutting off the famous city's access to the mountain springs that has provided the desert town with water since the 1880s.
Y2Kyoto: Rise Of The Green Reich. Not
a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating "environmental justice" units
that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country. The
framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA,
the Secret Service and FEMA.
Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets. The Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an "indefinite delivery"
of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK. U.S. agents will
receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal. The
high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for
The Editor says...
If the Immigration and Customs people need that many bullets, I'd say it's time to put the U.S. Army on the Mexican border.
21 Unanswered Questions That They
Don't Want You To Look Into. [#19] Why are federal government agencies stockpiling massive amounts of food and ammunition?
Do they know something that we don't?
Why Does The
Department Of Homeland Security Need 450 Million Hollow Point Bullets? Somebody out there has decided that the Department of Homeland
Security needs a whole lot of ammunition. Recently it was announced that ATK was awarded a contract to provide up to 450 million hollow
point bullets to the Department of Homeland Security over the next five years. Is it just me, or does that sound incredibly excessive?
What in the world is the DHS going to do with 450 million rounds? What possible event would ever require that much ammunition?
If the United States was ever invaded, it would be the job of the U.S. military to defend the country, so that can't be it. So what are all of
those bullets for?
Homeland Security seeking assault and sniper rifles.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a bid for 36 Colt LE901 rifle systems, which will accept and function any military specification
(Mil-Spec) .223 caliber upper receiver, and is thus backwards compatible with all CBP/U.S. Border Patrol M4 upper receivers.
Not surprisingly in this matter is the recent award by DHS, but no solicitation can be found for, .223 caliber Remington Enhanced
CISPA Assumes Too Much
Trust in Government. In a surprise move the White House issued a statement on Wednesday [4/25/2012] threatening
to veto CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) because of privacy concerns. [...] This is the first time in recent
memory that the White House has expressed any such concerns. When signing into law the controversial National Defense
Authorization Act [NDAA] the White House blithely ignored its trampling of those same civil liberties through its "indefinite
parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores. A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent
children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it's
attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule
that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on
their own families' land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work "in the storing, marketing and
transporting of farm product raw materials."
there a drone in your neighbourhood? There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal
following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes — some of which may have been designed to kill terror
suspects — are being launched from locations in 20 states.
Krauthammer On Drones
Flying In US: "Stop It Here, Stop It Now". "I'm going to go hard left on you here, I'm going ACLU," syndicated columnist Charles
Krauthammer said in opposition to the use of drones on the U.S. homeland. "I don't want regulations, I don't want restrictions, I want a
ban on this. Drones are instruments of war. The Founders had a great aversion to any instruments of war, the use of the military
inside even the United States. It didn't like standing armies, it has all kinds of statutes of using the army in the country." "A
drone is a high-tech version of an old army and a musket. It ought to be used in Somalia to hunt bad guys but not in America. I don't
want to see it hovering over anybody's home. [...]"
Democrats And Republicans Together
Assault Our Liberty. Both Romney and Obama are enthusiastic advocates of America's bipartisan statist consensus. More government, all
the time and in most every way. The United States government was created as an institution of limited, enumerated powers with a duty to preserve
individual liberty. Those who wrote the Constitution and the citizens who ratified that document vigorously debated what authority was to be
placed into whose hands. However, the Leviathan which now exercises its power around the globe has far outstripped its intended role.
Where Are the Rolling Heads from NOAA?
NOAA law enforcement collected close to $100,000,000 in fines and seized goods from fishermen over the past several years. The Department of
Commerce IG investigated and found that only about $60M could be accounted for, while some $40M is just plain gone. This is not taxpayer money,
but money taken in huge chunks from fishermen for infractions, some very minor. Claims by the fishermen of coercion and extortion were
validated by the IG.
Is Big Brother's black box coming to your car?
MAP-21 clearly bears the fingerprints of our nanny-in-chief, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, but it passed the Senate last month by a strong bipartisan
vote, 74 to 22. The massive bill federalizes everything within sight of the feds' roving eye. [...] Perhaps
most troubling, at least for anyone who harbors even the remotest interest in privacy, MAP-21 mandates that within three
years every single passenger vehicle in the country must be outfitted with a "vehicle event data recorder" — the
proverbial "black box."
Big Brother's Next Target: Your Car.
Many are quite concerned about Senate Bill 1813, a massive piece of legislation supposedly devoted to transportation issues. Besides
including a provision allowing the IRS the power to revoke passports belonging to those who are delinquent with tax debt in excess of $50,000, it
appears that the potential law may be used to measure the size of your carbon footprint each time you get behind the wheel.
Bill Would Mandate Black Boxes in Cars, Plus More. [Scroll down] Approximately 85 percent
of vehicles already come equipped with black boxes, notes the NHTSA, whose own guidelines for vehicles include the
devices, even though they are not currently mandatory. According to those guidelines, the boxes must measure
such things as speed, position of the gas pedal, whether or not the brakes were pressed, seat belt usage, and the
amount of time it took for airbags to deploy. In fact, it was a black box that landed Massachusetts Lt. Governor
Timothy Murray with a hefty fine following the 2011 accident that totaled his vehicle, because the device recorded
that he was speeding and was not wearing a seat belt prior to the accident. However, critics contend that the
data box is part of the slippery slope to total surveillance of the transportation habits and whereabouts of Americans.
The Editor says...
The current generation of "black boxes" may only record what happened right before a crash, but there is no way to
predict (the limits of) what future software "upgrades" might include. The black box might be used to show that a vehicle
spends a lot of time idling, or that the driver has a habit of excessive acceleration. The box might also keep track of
your movements and whereabouts. One thing is fairly certain: The evidence in the "black box" will only be available
to the government. You would have a hard time extracting the data if you needed it for a legal defense.
'Your' Car Won't Be After 2015.
First, the EDRs [Event Data Recorders] could be — and almost certainly will be — tied into your
vehicle's GPS. (Most new and late model cars, conveniently, already have this, too.) Then data about your driving
can be transmitted — as well as recorded. To whom? Your insurance company, of course.
Progressive Insurance already has such a system in place — voluntary, for the moment. When EDRs are mandated,
you will no longer have a choice. We'll be told it's all for the sake of (groan) "safety" — just like the old
55 MPH highway speed limit and every radar trap in the country. Of course, it's really for the sake of revenue —
the government's and the insurance company's.
agency OFR stirs 'Orwellian' fears. Starting in July, the OFR [Office of Financial Research] Fiscal
Year 2013 budget, estimated at $158 million, will be funded entirely through assessments — also known
as taxes — on bank-holding firms with consolidated assets worth at least $50 billion. But as
became clear at Thursday's [4/19/2012] hearing by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations, a close reading of the law the president signed provides no limit on the growth of OFR's budget,
nor on the taxes the agency can impose on big banks to fund it.
Government of Waste. The same Congress that professes outrage over the GSA and the Secret
Service escapades does whatever it can get away with every day. It writes whatever laws it wants;
it regulates whatever behavior it chooses; it taxes whatever events it thinks will keep it in power.
And it does so with utter disregard to whether its work is permitted by the Constitution. The
president bombs whatever countries he wants and spies on whatever Americans he chooses and kills whatever
persons he fears and lends tax dollars to whatever friends he wishes, as if the Constitution didn't exist.
And the courts look the other way.
TSA harassing and searching a
9 year old. The only bad thing on our trip was TSA was at the Savannah train station.
There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and coralling everyone in a roped area
AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN! This made no sense!
Jackson Lee partners with DHS, brings TSA to Houston Metro. Originally only at the airports, the
TSA has since began to expand across America in the form of Visible Intermodal Preparedness and Response or VIPR
Teams. Most recently cropping up in Amtrack stations in Florida and other cities, and setting up illegal
checkpoints on state highways in Tennessee. Now, Houston will be taking part in a national pilot program
known as Bus Safe involving the DHS, TSA, Metro Police, Harris County Constables, and Congress woman
Sheila Jackson Lee.
expands power, VIPR Squads Roam Florida Train Stations. Squads of TSA agents conducted random
searches and patrols at a train station in West Palm Beach, Florida yesterday [4/21/2011] in yet another
example of the expansion of TSA Tyranny beyond the nation's airports.
A Government of
Waste. The same Congress that professes outrage over the GSA and the Secret Service escapades does
whatever it can get away with every day. It writes whatever laws it wants; it regulates whatever behavior
it chooses; it taxes whatever events it thinks will keep it in power. And it does so with utter disregard
to whether its work is permitted by the Constitution. The president bombs whatever countries he wants and
spies on whatever Americans he chooses and kills whatever persons he fears and lends tax dollars to whatever
friends he wishes, as if the Constitution didn't exist. And the courts look the other way.
Shredding the Constitution.
The Obama administration has expanded its executive branch powers under a comprehensive czar system and myriad executive
orders. Meanwhile, Congress quietly passes questionable legislation with the potential to limit personal
freedoms — and U.S. agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of
Justice (DOJ), engage in activities that raise serious concerns about constitutional violations. Even local
law enforcement officials have become increasingly intrusive and hostile to civil liberties.
Michigan government unleashes armed raids on small pig farmers.
NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two
armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving
six vehicles and ten armed men, DNA conducted unconstitutional, illegal and arguably criminal armed raids on these two farms with the intent
of shooting all the farmers' pigs under a bizarre new "Invasive Species Order" (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be
an invasive species.
Why America is Devolving Towards Absolute Government Control.
The relentless encroachment of socialism upon America's economic, cultural and governmental landscape is like a bad dream to most red-blooded
Americans. When society changes it can seem like the ineluctable drift of evolution or chance. But in the case of America's ongoing
continued expansion of government powers, spiking taxes, and shrinking military, it's all part of a planned elitist push into socialism.
And one need not believe in secret conspiracies when contemplating this shift.
Zoning the ocean. President Barack Obama has an
ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans — and with it control over much of the
nation's energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the
seas. The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles
upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic
AG Beau Biden,
Mandates That Sheriffs No Longer Have Arrest Powers. Sheriff Jeff Christopher of Sussex County, Delaware, when he was
elected to the office in 2010, thought he was handpicked by the people to represent them as the highest-ranking law officer in the
county. Instead, he has found himself in the middle of a fight for the future of American law enforcement as a result of a
nationwide effort to abolish the sheriff's office altogether.
The Editor says...
Any time there is a power struggle like this, it's not good -- for us.
may be given the authority to restrict travel. Imagine someday in the not too distant future having to apply
for a government permit to sell your home and move somewhere else. Imagine that you apply for and are denied a permit
to visit your grandchildren in another state. ... Americans best sit up and take note of this new encroachment on our rights.
Obama to restrict travel. Kurt Nimmo of Info Wars reported, "Senator
Barbara Boxer's MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) is headed to the House after clearing the Senate last month.
Boxer's bill allows the federal government to revoke the passports of citizens the IRS claims owe taxes." Revoke. On a whim.
Without trial. All the IRS has to do is accuse you of not paying your taxes.
5 New Ways the IRS
Is [Harshly and Unfairly Treating] America. [#2] The United States Senate on March 14th passed a
transportation funding bill that contained a slipped-in section authorizing the "denial, revocation, or limitation of a
passport" for anyone with "a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000." The "revocation" bit is
especially heinous: Even the outrageous and barely-known State Department provision denying passports to those who owe
$2,500 in back child support only deals with issuances and renewals. Now the feds are apparently willing to actively
hunt you down and take away your getaway card.
Freedom Is a Smoky Burnout.
How long before it becomes a crime to drive a pre-computer vehicle?
Ways that Barack Obama has Decimated the American Economy. American businesses were vastly over-regulated before Obama
got into office, but he has kicked things into high gear. Hundreds of new regulations are being added each month. There are
different ways to estimate the staggering compliance cost for all of these regulations, but the numbers go as high as 84 billion
dollars. That's 84 billion dollars A YEAR that could be used to expand businesses, buy new equipment, and hire workers
to increase production instead of doing paperwork for the federal government.
Supreme Court Ruling Allows
Strip-Searches for Any Offense. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search
people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the
presence of contraband. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, joined by the court's conservative wing, wrote that courts are in no
position to second-guess the judgments of correctional officials who must consider not only the possibility of smuggled weapons and
drugs but also public health and information about gang affiliations.
Obama's power grab. In
short, the order gives Mr. Obama the ability to impose martial law. He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator.
The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law. It is blatantly
unconstitutional. The executive branch is arrogating responsibilities precluded by the Constitution without even
asking the permission of Congress. The order gives Mr. Obama a blank check to erect a centralized authoritarian state.
This is a law one would expect to find in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela or Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Law Executive Order: History Should Cause Concern, Not Comfort. This executive order is but the latest document in
President Obama's ever-expanding dossier of dictatorship. The National Defense Authorization Act permits the President to
deploy the military to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge and without due process. The Federal
Restricted Buildings and Ground Improvement Act revokes the rights of speech and assembly protected by the First Amendment. ... Readers
are encouraged to study the history of tyranny. Demagogues are always crowned by the people with autocratic authority in
response to the need for safety, particularly when faced with the exigencies of national emergencies. Although its mention
is nearly cliché, consider the example of Germany in the 1930s.
The Fear of Martial Law.
The President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, has generated so much fear that the most
common theme of posted comments and private communications is that he will refuse to relinquish power if defeated
in November or that, under some pretext, he will declare a state of martial law. Many, myself included,
did not like the Patriot Act that was enacted following 9/11 but there is little evidence that this law has been
abused to deprive Americans of their fundamental rights and freedom, though surely some suspected of being terrorists
were detained. An Executive Order posted on the White House website on Friday, March 16, 2012, has
generated a wave of fear.
The states recognize a threat on the horizon.
Anti-NDAA Bill Set to Become Law; Ariz. Joins the Fight. After agreeing to changes suggested by
Governor Bob McDonnell, both houses of the state legislature of Virginia passed HB 1160, the bill sponsored
(and shepherded) by Delegate Bob Marshall (left) that prohibits state officers and agents from participating in
the unconstitutional detention of citizens of the Old Dominion.
Is the CIA in your kitchen? The war on drugs
has regrettably weakened the intended protections of the Fourth Amendment, and the Patriot Act — which permits federal
agents to write their own search warrants — has dealt it a serious blow. That act, which has not yet been ruled
upon by the Supreme Court, fortunately has not yet animated the Supreme Court's privacy jurisprudence. Last year, the court
invalidated the police use of warrantless heat-seeking devices aimed at the home, and it will probably soon invalidate the
warrantless use of GPS devices secretly planted by cops in cars. ... Relying on the Patriot Act, federal agents have written their
own search warrants just like the British soldiers did [in the 18th century]. They have done this more
than 250,000 times since 2001.
If our government
can do this, what can they not do? It's always fascinating when people on either side of a partisan
divide give each other gifts. Case in point: President Obama's approval of a rule ordering Catholic
institutions to offer insurance policies covering birth control, sterilization procedures and the morning after
pill — all contrary to church teachings. No one has fully explained why Obama took this step.
CIA wants to spy on you through your TV. When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or
turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are.
Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home — the rise of 'connected' gadgets controlled by apps will mean
that people 'bug' their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus. The CIA claims it will be able to 'read'
these devices via the internet — and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.
CIA Chief: We'll Spy on You Through Your
Dishwasher. More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your
television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot
wait to spy on you through them. Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an
"Internet of Things" — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture
capital firm. "'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to
these technologies," Petraeus enthused, "particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft."
US Secret Service Says No Anti-Obama Rallies Allowed!
When the US Secret Service discovered that the enterprising group of our Southeast New Mexico Patriots had, also, switched
their plans and would drive to Roswell to engage in peaceful and Constitutionally allowed dissent against the Obama policies
of the destruction of the United States of America, the SS began to put their respective feet down. First, the SS made
a strong request that the anti-Obama rally not occur... at all. When the TEA Party members advised them that they
still planned to do so, it was announced that the main road (Earl Cummings Loop) into and out of the Roswell airport would be
closed. In other words, ONLY the planned Obama sycophants, adherents and Adoration Groups will be allowed in... all
others no longer have any free speech.
Tyranny — No Regulation Without Representation. By 1760, our forefathers had
popularized the slogan "no taxation without representation." That was shorthand for their biggest
complaint, that the government of Britain was imposing taxes on the colonists even though the colonists
had no voice in the British Parliament. They described it as a tyranny and our nation was born in
the war fought over it. Today, with Obama openly ruling through regulatory bureaucracies and without
regard to Congress, justifying his acts by stating that "we can't wait" for Congress to act, our nation
faces essentially the same problem of our 1750 colonialist forebearers — a tyranny.
Fifth Amendment Protects Suspects from Having to
Decrypt Hard Drives. Over time, whether one chooses to like it or not, governments may be forced
to accept the reality that increasing amounts of data will remain beyond their abilities to successfully demand,
regardless of sanctions and pressures applied to defendants or other interested parties.
the Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up? When the Framers of the Constitution wrote the First Amendment, they
lived in a society in which anyone could walk up to George Washington or John Adams or Thomas Jefferson on a public street
and say directly to them whatever one wished. They never dreamed of a regal-like force of armed agents keeping
public officials away from the public, as we have today. And they never imagined that it could be a felony for
anyone to congregate in public within earshot or eyesight of certain government officials. And yet, today in
America, it is.
Another Brick Removed. HR 347 was
recently signed into law by President Obama. This statute had wide support amongst both parties of Congress.
In essence, it criminalizes disruptive behavior upon government grounds, at specially designated national events (Super Bowl,
nominating conventions, etc.) and anywhere that Secret Service is protecting "any" person. Obviously, the goal of this
law is to enhance the ability of the Secret Service to protect those persons it is charged to do so; but in extending this
power, this law eviscerates the citizens' rights to assemble and petition under the First Amendment.
Owner Threatened with Jail Time for Flying American Flag. A Georgia man was slapped with a
ticket and threatened with jail time after he refused to remove an American flag that's been flying outside
his business for more than thirty years. An Albany code enforcement officer alleged that Tom Gieryic's
flag was in violation of the city's sign ordinance. The standard size American flag was posted on a pole
outside Gieryic's automotive repair shop.
Department to Force Public Pools to Install Elevators. A new regulation from the Justice Department will
require "public-access swimming pools across the country to install handicapped-accessible ramps and lifts or face a
fine of up to $100,000," the Hill reports. This regulation could cost "hotels and other organizations ...to spend
up to $9,000 to stay in compliance with the rule."
Poolmageddon. Today [3/14/2012] is
"Poolmageddon" — the day when sweeping new regulations governing the provision of handicapped lifts for
public swimming pools go into effect. The rule, which Eric Holder's Justice Department somehow found time to
promulgate in between gun-running excursions to Mexico, says that "all public access swimming pools must provide a
lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water," according to the Washington
"Poolmageddon" postponed 60 days by our merciful Justice
Department. CNN brings us the joyous news that our wise and compassionate masters have realized their
latest hyper-regulations might be just a wee bit difficult to comply with — by which I mean, "physically
impossible" — and have generously allowed us an extra 60 whole days to get with the program.
Thanks again, Obama voters.
Subjects Nearly Every Phone and Computer to Government Control. On July 19, 2011, the Obama
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
on Mobile Medical Applications[, i.e.,] our smartphone, tablet and computer apps.
The Obama Administration — the most unilateral-power-grab Presidency in our nation's history —
is asserting that these mobile medical apps may pose "risks." And thusly should be regulated as medical devices.
Those 'Rogue' Prosecutors.
North Carolina has no Speedy Trial law; a suspect may literally be jailed for years before trial. Grand juries keep
no transcripts, and a defendant indicted by a grand jury has no right to a probable cause hearing where he may contest the
jury's conclusions. In practice, a district attorney may accuse anyone before a grand jury, falsify evidence to get
an indictment, and then hold his targeted suspect for years before releasing him. This gives a prosecutor almost
unlimited power to pressure defendants into accepting plea deals and inculcates in them a sense of invincibility.
Passes Bill Severely Curtailing First Amendment Liberties. A bill has just passed the House and the Senate that criminalizes
protests anywhere near the presence of a designated government official. On Monday [2/27/2012], the U.S. House of
Representatives voted nearly unanimously (388-3) in favor of H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds
Improvement Act of 2011. As part of this legislation, Congress expressly forbids trespass onto the grounds of the White
House. Many likely believe that such a law already existed and they are right. The controversial aspect of this bill's
restatement of that statute is that it expands the scope of the federal government's authority to bring charges against those deemed
trespassers at any location placed provisionally under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service. The present state of the law
prosecutes White House trespassers under a local Washington, D.C. ordinance. Prior to this latest federal action, violation
of this ordinance was a misdemeanor.
Protests Near Secret Service Protected Folk
Effectively Outlawed. In case you question the value of having a Justin Amash or a Ron Paul in the House of Representatives,
they were two of only three votes against H.R. 347, the "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011." ... Although
[Secret Service] protection isn't extended to just everybody, making it a federal offense to even accidently disrupt an event attended by a
person with such status essentially crushes whatever currently remains of the right to assemble and peacefully protest.
Obama is judge, jury and executioner. In a speech
to students at the Northwestern School of Law, Holder asserted that Barack Obama had the lawful power to order "the killing
of American citizens overseas" if the president believes, based on secret information, that the American citizen is an
"operational leader of al-Qaeda." Holder went on to state that the presidential power to declare an American citizen
an enemy of the state based on secret information and order the death of that person was sufficient "due process."
He declared that the "Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process" overturning 200 years of settled
case law in one sentence.
Surveillance without proper authority is
illegal. On June 2, 2009, a janitor in an office building in New Brunswick, N.J., noticed what he thought was terrorist-related
literature and sophisticated surveillance equipment in an office he had been assigned to clean. He told his boss, who called the local
police, who notified the FBI. Later in the day, the FBI and the New Brunswick police broke into the office and discovered five men busily
operating the equipment. Four of the men were officers from the New York City Police Department, and the fifth was a CIA agent.
The conundrum faced by all of these public servants soon became apparent. Who should arrest whom?
Cash for that Latte? It May Land You on FBI's Terrorist List. Really? Yes, crazy as it sounds,
in our post-9/11 snitch/spy/surveillance society, if you "always pay cash," you may be marked as a potential
terrorist. That's according to an FBI flyer that appears to be aimed at proprietors and employees of
Ordered to Stop Giving Away Free Water. A Louisiana church was ordered to stop giving away free water
along Mardi Gras parade routes because they did not have the proper permits. "We were given a cease and desist
order," said Matt Tipton, pastor of Hope Church in Metairie, LA. "We had no idea we were breaking the law."
of a nation. It was bad enough when the Congress told all citizens of this country that we did not
control our own health destiny — that we either accepted the dictates of the government or would be fined
accordingly. But now, to be told that the state controls not only our medical choices but also our moral
choices — that is really too much to bear.
The Rising Fever of Despotism.
Nowhere in the Constitution do we find that Executive branch appointees, such as those comfortably ensconced at
HHS, EPA, or Treasury may write laws that the people are expected to obey. Congress and her law-writing committees
were once responsible for actually writing all the Federal laws and regulations, down to the smallest detail. Now
Congress passes two thousand pages of overview legislation that specifically permits the unelected, unappointed, and
unconfirmed bureaucrats to add cauldrons full of the devil brew to the details of new legislation. The Founders
of this country would be aghast at the powers so easily forfeited by Congress and hoarded by the Executive branch.
Impeach Them All.
The government has now grown to Leviathan proportions. It is into everything from light bulbs to
toilets and every other aspect of our lives. No business is immune from inane and arbitrary bureaucratic
regulations, most of which make no economic, environmental or occupational sense. Faceless bureaucrats
now run your life and your business, believing they are more knowledgeable and trustworthy than you.
Via force they have slowly crippled the productivity of American workers and companies. In doing so,
they raise the cost of living for all citizens.
New Frisbee Law Just Latest Attempt to Raise Cash. This week, Los Angeles County okayed a new regulation
banning the throwing of Frisbees or footballs on the beaches — which, of course, destroys the purpose of
living in Southern California in the first place. The first offense will earn you a hefty $100 fine; the
second, $200; the third and beyond, $500. You can, of course, apply for a permit. For parents with
industrious children, holes deeper than 18 inches are also banned — so get your kids the
cheap plastic shovels or pay a fine.
County OKs $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbee On Beaches. When you head down to the beach
for a little fun this summer, county officials want you to know about some updated rules. The Board of
Supervisors this week agreed to lift an all-out ban on playing with footballs, other balls and Frisbees on the
beach, according to a media statement released by the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
Los Angeles County Bans Frisbees on Beaches. The moonbat
micromanagers ruling La-La Land must finally be running out of things to ban. Now they're suppressing fun on the beach.
10 years in prison for Sudafed? Amazingly,
many of the supporters of a throw-'em-in-prison-for-possession-of-Sudafed law are the very same people who complain that
we have too many people in prison because of our nation's drug laws.
Levin: We're Living In A Post-Constitutional America. We are not a representative republic really in
the true sense anymore. We have this massive administrative state with, you know, hundreds of thousands if not
several million bureaucrats who are making laws and issuing them every day, 80,000 pages last year. So that's
not a representative republic.
Church, the Military, and the Descent into Tyranny. If a chaplain can be commanded to change his archbishop's
letter calling a government policy unjust; if he can be called seditious for reading the letter; if he can be commanded to
change or expurgate the words of his spiritual superior, the archbishop; if the archbishop himself can be commanded to
censor statements about Church doctrines and practices, then religious freedom and free speech in this country are
dead, and no American is safe from attack by his own government.
You're All 'Militia Extremists' Now. A recently published "lexicon" distributed to thousands of federal,
state, and local law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets citizens concerned
about their Second Amendment rights and the steady encroachment of the federal government, categorizing such as
"militia extremists." ... So what drives militia extremism according to DHS now is "belief that the government
deliberately is stripping Americans of their freedoms." It is demonstrated by opposing "many federal and
state authorities' laws and regulations, (particularly those related to firearms ownership)." Would
writing about those topics (as I am now) fall under "facilitation"?
Military Is Now Telling Catholic Chaplains What They Can And Can't Say About The Obama Administration.
All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church "cannot — and
will not — comply with this unjust law." Even Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic
military chaplains sent out the same letter. But after he did, the Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains
sent out another communication forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to
encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief.
states are restricting political speech. Dina Galassini does not seem to pose a threat to
Arizona's civic integrity. But the government of this desert community believes that you cannot be too
careful. And state law empowers local governments to be vigilant against the lurking danger that political
speech might occur before the speakers notify the government and comply with all the speech rules.
Obey the feds or else.
We have a socialist President and an aggressive Administration where disobedience to its new rules will be severly
punished. And, shockingly, such disobedience is already being punished in a park near you. A single
event can beautifully illuminate the darkness ahead.
Dept. Targets the Family Farm. Yes, sometimes the work is dangerous and accidents do happen.
They can be serious, even fatal. But the rewards of the culture of the family farm have long been believed
to far outweigh the risks, and government historically left parenting and farm family life alone. That's
about to change. The Obama Administration is proposing to use the force of federal law to usurp the
judgment of farm parents and replace it with government regulations. Led by big labor, union advocate
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, the Administration is proposing a sweeping set of new rules ... Solis believes
that some farm work is "too hazardous for children to be engaged in." How she knows this is anyone's
guess since she apparently has never lived or worked on a farm, nor do we find any evidence that she has
children of her own.
Neither liberty nor safety. Obama's FBI has
obtained a court order against an American woman accused of mortgage fraud to force her to decrypt her PGP-scrambled
hard drive so that the FBI can fish around without a warrant in her personal computer for incriminating evidence.
The judge said the Fifth Amendment did not apply. For Obama, the Constitution (that "list of negative rights") does
not apply whenever it acts to restrain his objectives.
Neither liberty nor safety. "No Child Left
Behind" has been expanded to collect not only student test scores and grades, but the government now keeps permanent
records on students' disciplinary actions, economic status, and even pregnancies. Worse, the feds discourage the
states from allowing parents to access these "permanent records." What police state has ever done without such
intolerance, California-style. The Obama administration proved Friday that California laws continue
to have national influence. But this time, the pattern has wrought a serious violation of the First Amendment
protection for religious liberty.
Do President Obama and his fellow
Democrats seriously believe that "government should not intrude on private family matters?" Let us
count the ways!
Government vs. Your Family: [Scroll down] The idea that liberal Democrats like Barack
Obama regard anything as a "private family matter" is ludicrous. As far as they are concerned, every
single thing that you and your family do is a proper subject for government regulation. The doctrine of
"choice" ends once your child is born. If you think that there is some other aspect of your life, or your
family's that is so personal and so private that the Democrats couldn't possibly want to regulate and control
it — well, then, you are a fool.
Why is it necessary to conduct military exercises in a big city?
LA Military Exercises. The
training, which a department official said would involve helicopters, has been coordinated with local authorities
and owners of the training sites, police said. Police said safety precautions have been taken to prevent
risk to the general public and military personnel involved. The exercises are closed to the public,
Obama and his Syndicate. [Scroll
down] Now the extremely bad news for US citizens. First, on 19 January 2012, multiple videos were
made of a shipment — via rail — of hundreds of Bradley armored vehicles and related equipment
moving from Northern California Southward. ... The US military, Department of Homeland Security and LOCAL Police
are conducting "urban warfare exercises" in recent and unprecedented "showings of force" under the now undeniable
(by any intelligent beings) Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama. These military forces are inhabiting
the streets and air of and over Los Angeles, Boston, Little Rock, Miami and Colorado amongst others.
The Case Against Driver's
Licenses: Even a person merely walking down the street, having committed no crime, can be compelled to
produce his ID. And if that person lacks an ID, that person will very likely be arrested on the spot and held
until his identity is ascertained. This is the reality of Homeland America. You must have permission
to move. You do not move freely. Even if you are walking.
Moisturizing the EPA.
The Sacketts had purchased a small lot in Priest Lake, Idaho, to build their home. The lot was in a
residential area and they obtained all the necessary permits, graded the lot, and dumped gravel for the
foundation. Then the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suddenly declared their lot a federally
protected wetland under the Clean Water Act, and told the Sacketts they must restore it to pristine condition or
face a fine of $37,500 per day. They were told they could not appeal until they had exhausted
all administrative remedies.
FEMA lives at your house.
FEMA is stocking barbed wire camps with food and water as if they are expecting lots of company. The
government does not need to round up people via FEMA. They already have the ability to control you in
your own home. Government now knows through Smart Meters when you're home or away; how much power you
use and effectively curtails your ability to choose certain products, like Mr. Edison's incandescent light
bulb. The Big Government noose around the neck of its citizens has been tightening all along. The
government made a FEMA prison camp out of your home a long time ago.
Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn't Exist. When the companies that supply motor fuel close the
books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a
special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had.
Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
EPA Fines Companies Because They Didn't Use A Fuel
That Doesn't Exist. The Orwellian nightmare of running a business in the shadow of the Obama
Administration is nicely captured in this story from the New York Times, which explains why motor fuel
companies are about to be fined $6.8 million for failure to use a biofuel that does not exist.
about the EPA.
America in 10 Easy Steps. [#4] Set up an internal surveillance system. Obama has set
up and is setting up a heavy internet surveillance. DHS has special spy technology capable of seeing
through walls and has vans cruising city streets, spying on Americans indiscriminately. And don't forget
Obama's "Truth Squad" in Missouri, where elected Democrats were cruising the internet looking for examples of
"misrepresentations" and threatening to use legal means to suppress opponent's "Lies."
Feds Want Judge to Force
Suspect to Give Up Laptop Password. Federal prosecutors want a judge to order a Colorado woman
to provide the password to decrypt her laptop, which the government seized with a search warrant. With
backup from digital rights groups, the woman is fighting the feds, arguing that being forced to provide her
password violates the Fifth Amendment's protection against forced self-incrimination.
Judge Orders Defendant to
Decrypt Laptop. A judge on Monday [1/23/2012] ordered a Colorado woman to decrypt her laptop
computer so prosecutors can use the files against her in a criminal case. The defendant, accused of bank
fraud, had unsuccessfully argued that being forced to do so violates the Fifth Amendment's protection against
compelled self-incrimination. "I conclude that the Fifth Amendment is not implicated by requiring production
of the unencrypted contents of the Toshiba Satellite M305 laptop computer," Colorado U.S. District Judge
Robert Blackburn ruled Monday [1/23/2012].
'Disappearing' dissenters in Obama's new
Amerika. Patriots, who long clung to the hope that in the end the US military would be on the
side of the people, will now live in the real fear of being nabbed off their streets by the military and
packed off to Gitmo. The effects of this bill on American society are truly monstrous and were birthed
by someone with a never-ending evil hatred of America and its people.
Connecting the dots on the National Defense Authorization
Act. While much of the bill deals with the mundane, sections 1031 and 1032 are raising the concerns
of many, including some unlikely allies. In plain speak, those sections of the bill broadly classifies
certain U.S. citizens as terrorists, and allow for military intervention against such citizens on U.S. soil.
The language of the bill is cumbersome and difficult to assess, thus creating some plausible deniability for
those who support this piece of draconian legislation. Representative Justin Amash (D-MI) apparently
agrees. According to Rep. Amash, the language of the bill is "carefully crafted to mislead the public."
NDAA and Suspension of Habeas Corpus: Not Just for "Enemy Combatants" Anymore. Remember all
those neocons and Republicans who cheered George W. Bush's "indefinite detainment" of "enemy combatants"?
Many of them — though, amazingly, not all — have lost their enthusiasm for trampling the
Constitution now that Obama's administration has suspended habeas corpus for American citizens, too, with the
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA).
Obama on Guns: [Scroll down]
In fact, there is an undercurrent of Americans who are sick and tired of politicians turning their backs on the
Constitution in their attempts to manage our lives and money, and are calling, no screaming, for a return of
Constitutional principles of governing. Now if those same politicians who turn a blind eye to the constraints
placed upon them in the Constitution are successful in taking our guns away, we will find an America vulnerable to
tyrannical government; a situation that will mark the beginning of the end of our Republic.
the word 'drill' could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies. The Department
of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks
for 'sensitive' words — and tracking people who use them. Simply using a word or phrase from
the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and
attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group.
The Editor says...
In many other countries, you might be in big trouble if you merely mentioned a word like "dynamite" in your e-mail or telephone
conversations. We in the United States should have the freedom to communicate with almost any combination of words
and phrases, especially if those words and sentences are not used in a manner which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing,
or defamatory, and as long as these words and sentences do not encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense.
Of course, if you're writing to a soldier overseas during a war, naturally your mail will be opened and read before it gets to its
destination. Just in the last 20 years or so, some governments around the world have begun to sift through
every email and phone call, especially the ones travelling across international borders. In the United States,
there are fairly well-known systems in place to do this
24 hours a days and report suspicious words and phrases if any are detected.
Obama's Freeloader Economy.
Whether it is bullying people to buy mercury-filled light bulbs, or bullying Boeing to sign up for more union
labor, or bullying people into government health care, or forcing the American people to pay good money to crony
solar and wind capitalists, or jacking up the price of energy to save the planet, or bullying millionaires and
billionaires into coughing up more taxes, it's the new dance at the predator's ball.
Cometh. When the first citizen was felled by President Obama's new citizen assassination program,
the act was lauded by members of both parties as a tough and needed measure to successfully prosecute the war
on terror. I counseled that this new and self-declared power would quickly morph into something dangerous
to both democratic dialogue and the expression of ideas, potentially putting anyone with the temerity to criticize
the President at risk. Since no one has seen the names of the persons supposedly on the classified "hit
list," there is no accountability in the way the new program is leveraged or organized.
Resident Fined Thousands For Not Recycling Cat Litter. Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says
she has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in her trash. The fines total $2,000.
White says she shreds old newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she is helping the
environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat litter you will find in stores. After being fined several
times, White says she called the Department of Public Works inspector who issued the tickets. According to
White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations.
Obama's Standing Army of
Regulators among Us. The Third Amendment, prohibiting the quartering of government troops in peacetime
in private homes, seems irrelevant in modern times. Yet how is the intrusion of government regulators into every
corner of our lives substantively different from quartering troops in our homes without our consent? While
Americans have clashed in sharp debate over taxation from the very beginning, government regulation has, oddly enough,
escaped scrutiny. Yet regulators' destruction of a vibrant economy by strangling industry and commerce while
depriving owners of their private property rights is as toxic and pervasive as taxation.
doesn't need to regulate rain. If the Supreme Court declines to review it, a recent ruling from
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will put federal courts into the business of managing
every acre of privately owned timberland in America. Farmers beware. You could be next. In
May, the 9th Circuit determined that rainwater draining from forest roads into local streams, rivers and lakes
is "point source pollution." As such, it must be regulated in the same way effluent from sewage-treatment
plants is regulated. To make a long story short, rainwater that accumulates alongside logging roads has
become a new target of environmental litigators. Several lawsuits were filed within days of the 9th Circuit's
Detention and American Citizens. I, like most Americans, want to ensure that we punish and prevent terrorism.
However, we must do so in a way that protects the rights of American citizens. In his recent column, Andrew C.
McCarthy simply has his facts wrong when he claims that last week's Senate debate on the 2012 defense-authorization bill
was not about American citizens. It was.
Top 10 Most Needed Government Reforms.
[#5] Reduce regulations: America is drowning in red tape, which is choking the entrepreneurial spirit
of small businesses and hampering job creation. The best way to get the economy moving again is to relieve the
regulatory burden dumped on the private sector by overbearing federal bureaucrats.
Dept. Targets Freedom of Information Act. With the U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General
Eric Holder continually under fire these days, it was something of a surprise, even to Capitol Hill insiders,
that the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is now in the crosshairs, and that new rules are being advanced
not only to deny the public access to documents, but to lie outright, telling requesters that either the documents
never existed or don't exist now.
Bill To Be Voted On Today Would Allow The Military To Sweep Up US Citizens At Home Or Abroad. Either
Monday or Tuesday [November 28/29, 2011] the Senate will vote on a bill that allows the US military to imprison
civilians with no formal charges and hold them with no trial. The ACLU reports even US citizens wouldn't
be immune as the legislation aims to declare national territory part of the "battlefield" in the War on Terror.
Declaration of Independence Defines Our Principles. Is it not sad that the most fundamental aspects
of our ability to live as a free people boil down these days to how nine Supreme Court justices choose to read
and interpret a word or phrase? Is it not sad that most basic violations of individual liberty are not
intuitively obvious to so many citizens and members of Congress? Or perhaps even sadder, that liberty
may no longer be the objective?
retain control over their government, throwing the bums out from time to time. But do we? 80,000 pages
of regulations were published last year at the Federal level, alone. That's just over 220 pages per day.
An unknown number of these federal regulations specify penalties for non-compliance, up to and including jail time.
Do any of them affect you? Are you sure? In reality, it is very likely you've already committed a
federal crime or punishable infraction, and the day is young.
Lying on Match.com needs to be a crime. The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer
hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating
profile at a site like Match.com.
Members of Congress get away with activities that would send you or me to prison.
Wonk Who Slays Washington. [Peter] Schweizer had been struck by the fact that members of
Congress are free to buy and sell stocks in companies whose fate can be profoundly influenced, or even
determined, by Washington policy, and he wondered, do these ultimate insiders act on what they know?
Yes, Schweizer found, they certainly seem to. Schweizer's research revealed that some of Congress's
most prominent members are in a position to routinely engage in what amounts to a legal form of insider trading,
profiting from investment activity that, he says, "would send the rest of us to prison."
Breyer warns of Orwellian government. A Supreme Court justice on Tuesday [11/8/2011] expressed major concerns
that the government would engage in round-the-clock surveillance reminiscent of the totalitarian world of the
George Orwell novel 1984 if the court ruled in the government's favor. The court heard oral arguments
in the Jones case, in which the outcome will determine whether warrantless GPS tracking by law enforcement is an
invasion of Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
Why the Supreme Court GPS
Decision Won't Stop Warrantless Digital Surveillance: On January 23 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously
that law enforcement authorities do not generally have a right to affix a GPS tracking device to a suspect's car without
first obtaining a valid warrant. Of the many things that can be said about the case, which has been called the most
important Fourth Amendment test in a decade, perhaps the most sobering in the long run will be this: the decision is
based on technology assumptions that are rapidly becoming irrelevant.
U.S. Has Become A 'Post-Constitutional Gov't' Heading For 'Utopian Tyranny'. Speaking at the
Americans For Prosperity (AFP) event at the DC Convention Center on Nov. 5, [Mark] Levin said the U.S. has
become "a Post-Constitutional government transitioning into an increasingly Utopian tyranny."
Court justice: Warrantless GPS tracking 'sounds like 1984'. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments
today in United States v. Jones, a case that will determine whether the government has the right to use GPS devices
to track the locations of criminal suspects without a warrant. Several justices reportedly expressed concern
over the government's argument, but Justice Stephen Breyer seemed particularly unnerved, bringing George Orwell
into the legal debate.
Did It Become Legal to Spy on Americans? It just got easier for the federal government to collect
information about innocent Americans — and those Americans have had surprisingly little say in the
matter. On October 15, the FBI reportedly implemented new rules that relax restrictions on, and
oversight of, the FBI's intelligence collection activities. Although they are not available to the public,
reports indicate the changes permit FBI agents to search an individual's trash with the goal of finding material
that might pressure him into becoming a government informant, grant agents the authority to search commercial or
law enforcement databases without first opening an investigation, and reduce the type of investigations subjected
to heightened oversight because of their relationship to protected First Amendment expression, association, or
Knows No Limitation: New DOJ Rules Allow More Intrusive Searches. Shouldn't law-abiding citizens
be able to live their lives free from the fear that our own government would underhandedly manipulate our rights
in their pursuit of an investigation? After all, the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution enumerates a
limitation on the federal government, one that prevents "unreasonable search and seizure." Today, this
enumerated protection is being ignored by — of all institutions — the U.S. Justice
Department, under the darkened shadow of Attorney General Eric Holder.
TSA's power grope.
As part of a "statewide safety operation," TSA employees fondled travelers at bus terminals in Nashville and
Knoxville, hunting for "security threats." Truckers were harassed at four Volunteer State highway
locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — prime time for terrorism,
apparently. Brian Gamble, a Florida firefighter, caught one of these intrusive VIPR operations on
video after he got off a train in Savannah, Ga., earlier this year. "They had the scanners and
everything there," Mr. Gamble told The Washington Times. "They had them pull up their shirts,
patted them down, wanded them. There were a couple ladies in our group getting searched. ... It's
kinda ridiculous when you're coming off a train — it doesn't make any sense."
The FBI's latest assault
on our privacy. The FBI wants to track us using its new facial recognition system.
No, really. The bureau is set to roll it out as early as January. It's part of the FBI's "Next
Generation Identification" program. And according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), FBI
officials explained at a biometric conference last year that one of the agency's goals is "for the program to
be able to track people as they move from one location to another." The FBI's fingerprint database now
includes records on nearly one-third of Americans. But it's now being expanded to include all sorts of
biometric information, such as palm prints, iris scans, even voice information.
Approved To Create Massive Surveillance Database Of Internet Users. Legislation that will force
Internet providers to store information on all their customers and share it with the federal government and
law enforcement agencies was significantly beefed at the last minute yesterday and approved by a U.S. House
of Representatives committee. Under the guise of protecting children from internet pornographers, the
House Judiciary committee voted 19-10 to approve a bill that will require Internet Service Providers to store
temporarily assigned IP addresses for future government use.
OSHA is another Obama agency gone rogue. [Scroll down] OSHA has issued this directive
under the assumption that a vague clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act gives OSHA the power to cite employers for something as specific and unpredictable as
workplace violence. Known as the "General Duty Clause," this provision requires employers to keep their workplaces "free from recognized hazards that are causing
or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm" to employees. Congress intended for this clause to be used only as a temporary measure, until OSHA could draft
rules regarding specific hazards that had the agency had not yet addressed. It was not intended to be used as a means for OSHA to issue citations for anything under
Why not $100?
prisons charge visitors $25 to see inmates. Visitors to Arizona prison are being charged $25 to
see inmates in a move believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., it has emerged. Relatives and
friends of prisoners arriving at the jail have to pay the one-off 'background check fee' on their first visit.
Judge OKs warrantless
tracking of suspect's cellphone. Investigators seeking the location history of an armed robbery
suspect's cellphone aren't required to obtain a search warrant before compelling the carrier to turn over the
information, a federal judge has ruled. The decision, issued by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of
the District of Columbia, said the Stored Communications Act doesn't require investigators to get a warrant
based on probable cause to access the suspect's location history pulled from cellphone towers.
about the police using your cell phone to collect evidence against you.
Cops Raid Blogger Critical of Police. In what should send a frightening chill down the spine of every
blogger, writer, journalist and First Amendment advocate in the United States, Phoenix police raided the home of a
blogger who has been highly critical of the department. Jeff Pataky, who runs Bad Phoenix Cops, said the
officers confiscated three computers, routers, modems, hard drives, memory cards and everything necessary to
continue blogging. The 41-year-old software engineer said they also confiscated numerous personal files
and documents relating to a pending lawsuit he has against the department alleging harassment — which
he says makes it obvious the raid was an act of retaliation.
Jr: Obama should 'declare a national emergency,' add jobs with 'extra-constitutional' action.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to
the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate "states in rebellion." Jackson called for full government
employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should "declare a national emergency" and take
"extra-constitutional" action "administratively" — without the approval of Congress — to
tackle unemployment. "I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means,
based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past," Jackson said.
from both sides slam Jackson's call to bypass the Constitution. Political firebrands hit Rep.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. from both his left and his right Thursday afternoon [10/13/2011], reacting to the Illinois
congressman's call for the president to bypass the Constitution to deal with the jobs crisis. During a
Wednesday interview with The Daily Caller, Jackson said President Obama should "declare a national emergency"
and use "extra-constitutional" measures to create jobs.
cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish future. Imagine that you couldn't
drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car — one that could film either
the occupants or the vehicle's surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection.
You don't have to read George Orwell to conjure up such an ominous surveillance state. You just have to
skim through filings at the U.S. Patent Office. It's hard to imagine Americans would tolerate such a
direct, Big-Brotherish intrusion. But they might not notice if the all-seeing cameras were tucked inside
another kind of government tracking technology that millions of Americans have already invited into their cars.
Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be. In yet another stunning attack on
freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week
to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case
involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her
couple ordered by city not to hold home Bible study. Snooping around garage sales, regulating kids'
lemonade stands — anything the government wants to do, can do, it will do. Who's going to
V. Church At High Court. When government can make the rules for communities of faith, there's
little else that stands in its way. One such threat comes from an Obama administration that is trying
to limit the hiring and firing powers of religious institutions. It has taken up the cause of a teacher,
Cheryl Perich, who was fired by a church-run Lutheran school in Michigan after filing a suit under federal
House Won't Comment on Reuters Story About Secret 'Kill List' Panel. Reuters' Mark Hosenball
today [10/6/2011] reported that: "American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture
list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions,
according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is
a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said.
Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate."
Dems strip Republicans of power. Senate Republicans tried to embarrass Democrats who don't
support President Obama's job bill by forcing a vote on the measure Thursday [10/6/2011], but Democrats
responded by stripping Republicans of legislative power. The GOP tried to force Democrats to vote on
Obama's $447 billion jobs-creation bill to prove that even the president's own party doesn't support
triggers 'nuclear option' to change Senate rules, end repeat filibusters. In a shocking development
Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally
called the "nuclear option" to change the Senate rules. Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to
change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after
the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill. Reid's coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.
Banks Don't Have 'Inherent Right' to 'Certain Amount of Profit'. President Obama suggested on
Monday [10/3/2011] that the nation's banks should "take a little bit less of a profit" rather than raise fees
on customers. In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Obama was asked if the government can
stop banks from imposing a new debit card fee on their customers.
This quote is being posted from multiple sources just so nobody can deny its authenticity.
suggests suspending Congressional elections for two years — was she serious? Speaking
to a Cary Rotary Club today [9/27/2011], N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections
for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election. "I think we
ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against
them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that
someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."
Governor Bev Perdue of NC Wasn't Joking. We have the audio of Bev Perdue suggesting the elections
be canceled and she's not joking, as you will hear, and it's quite interesting. The Democrats, the more
they get in trouble, and the more that things unravel, the more they show us who they really are. She's
not the first one suggesting we cancel the elections. Peter Orszag, the former budget director of the
White House, suggested pretty much the same thing in the New Republic last week.
Emerge From Closet, Oppose Democracy. How many Democrats are National Socialists at heart?
Quite a few, I suspect, and every now and then the Democrats' totalitarian urges break through to the surface.
Thus, we have the Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, suggesting that we "ought to suspend, perhaps, elections
for Congress for two years." The press assures us that she was just kidding. I would modestly submit
that suspending elections is not something an elected executive should kid about.
Governor suggests suspending elections. During the Civil War elections were not suspended.
During the worst of the "Long Depression" (the Panic of 1873 until 1879) no elections were suspended.
And during the Great Depression, (1929 to 1939) no elections were suspended. Why now? What
event has occurred that even warrants such obscene speculation? ObamaCare. The far left cannot have
a new, and hopefully more conservative, Congress (House and Senate) repeal ObamaCare, as it is their not-so
stealthy vehicle on which the far-left bases its hopes of destroying our Constitutional Republic.
Peter Orszag, formerly Obama's budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently penned a column
in the New Republic titled: "Too Much of a Good Thing: Why We Need Less Democracy." No joke,
folks. "To counter gridlock," he wrote, we may need to make our political institutions "a little less
democratic." "A little less democratic"? As in you no longer have the right to object to what the
government does? Seems Hitler, Stalin and Mao tried that, but it didn't work out. That's bad
enough. But North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue stuck her foot in it too, suggesting "we ought to
suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years" so it can run up trillions more debt.
was Bev Perdue thinking? On Tuesday [9/27/2011], during a Q & A at a rotary club
meeting, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) made a very odd suggestion. Asked what she could do to turn
around the economy, Perdue gave a rambling, two-minute answer that included this tidbit: "I think we
ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against
them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that
someone can agree with me on that. You want people who don't worry about the next election."
Warning: The threat of suspended elections is
real. It is crucial to not let this day go down without remembering what Perdue said. Don't
let the state-controlled mainstream media lure you back to sleep by saying if there is no election, then why is
Obama so diligently campaigning. Obama is not campaigning. He is preparing for Stage Two of the
Total Transformation of America, using taxpayer money to prepare his Internet-identified "troops" for the
coming Marxist Revolution. He must not be allowed to get away with it.
Democrat Strategies Right Out
Of V.I. Lenin Playbook. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the socialist revolution in Russia, published
multiple tutorials for like-minded revolutionaries around the world. Someone in the Obama administration
must be familiar with his writings. ... The theme of "broken government" is popular among liberals — so
much so that the governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, recently said: "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps,
elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make,
to just let them help this country recover." Peter Orszag, former director of President Obama's Office of
Management & Budget, wrote an article titled "Too Much of a Good Thing — Why We Need Less
Democracy." Top mainstream Democrats such as Purdue and Orszag are in alignment with Lenin's teachings.
As Federal Crime
List Grows, Threshold of Guilt Declines. For centuries, a bedrock principle of criminal law has
held that people must know they are doing something wrong before they can be found guilty. The concept
is known as mens rea, Latin for a "guilty mind." This legal protection is now being eroded
as the U.S. federal criminal code dramatically swells. In recent decades, Congress has repeatedly
crafted laws that weaken or disregard the notion of criminal intent. Today not only are there thousands
more criminal laws than before, but it is easier to fall afoul of them.
Obamacare prevails, then what's to prevent Obamajobs?. Liberals assure us that we
need not fear the Obamacare individual mandate. It's simply a way to ensure that individuals
behave responsibly, they say. Fine, if it's such a great idea, then let's mandate that every
individual be responsible and get a job. Unemployment problem solved.
Serfs in Warrenville. Elizabeth
Warren is unsurprisingly a lawyer, even less surprisingly, a Harvard Law professor, still less surprisingly,
she had a string of government appointments on influential committees. Her resume is representative of
how unrepresentative Harvard lawyers with government connections are to the people on whose behalf they claim
to have abolished private property.
sue NLRB over union poster rule. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has
sued the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to stop a new regulation by the board that would
require employers to post notices informing their workers of their right to organize a union.
The Animal Enterprise
Terrorism Act Sets an Unusual Standard. In response to attacks on researchers by animal-rights
activists, Congress in 2006 passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The bill made a critical change
to the legislation it replaced: Demonstrators could now earn a sentence in federal prison if the target
of their attention felt threatened, regardless of the protesters' actual intention.
Worry Over Crop of New Rules. Farmers are concerned that some new, tighter federal
regulations on agriculture are stunting the growth of their businesses and say regulatory uncertainty
makes it difficult for them to plan for the future.
about the EPA.
It Strikes Me As Odd.
How did the federal government come to control the national economy? The Constitution has only one provision
giving Congress some influence over economic matters, the "interstate commerce" clause. And yet, clinging
to this weak reed, Washington manages to wield near-total power over the entire economy on the thinnest,
purely legalistic, and often patently risible grounds.
Fundamental Transformation through Regulation. What happens when the information
our government's "specialists" provide becomes driven by agenda rather than fact? ... The EPA,
finding organized resistance to its regulating machine, has turned to offering "guidance," which
it then enforces as if said "guidance" were the product of regulatory channels. The big
difference, of course, is that "guidance" is not subject to the same rigors of accountability and
oversight that regulations must meet. These crone-tended kettles at the EPA are really just
an end-run around the law.
Obama is using every federal agency
to choke the life out of the country.
farm tractors. One of the rites of passage in rural life comes when parents decide a
child is old enough to help out by driving the tractor. If the Obama administration has its
way that will be a thing of the past. The Federal government now proposes to require that
motorized farm equipment carry DOT ID numbers and that all users have a commercial drivers license.
Most of these vehicle never travel on public roads unless it is a short trip to another field
or a neighbor's farm.
Fertilizer Control: Another liberty lost.
DHS Creates 'Ammonium Nitrate
Security Program'. The Homeland Security Department on Tuesday [8/2/2011] announced the creation of an
Ammonium Nitrate Security Program, which is intended to prevent terror attacks like the ones perpetrated
by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City in 1995; and more recently, by a Norwegian man in Oslo.
The Editor says...
First of all, the actions of a single psycho in Norway should not affect U.S. laws or diminish our
freedom. Secondly, there is considerable doubt that a fertilizer bomb in a truck could have done the
damage inflicted in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders' Workplaces.
The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding
positions in the U.S., including employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds. These new special procedures
issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign
workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities.
What is Liberty, That We May Defend It?
Is American Liberty under attack? Perhaps more so than any time since the Revolution. ... The Constitution
is displayed as an elaborate, ancient joke. Politicians present themselves as gods, above error, who
dismiss dissent as if it were the babble of infants. Between irrational new laws, and the government's
refusal to enforce common sense rules, Americans feel trapped and betrayed by increasingly tyrannical leaders.
can force you to decrypt that laptop. The Colorado prosecution of a woman accused of a mortgage
scam will test whether the government can punish you for refusing to disclose your encryption passphrase.
The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to order the defendant, Ramona Fricosu, to decrypt an
encrypted laptop that police found in her bedroom during a raid of her home. Because Fricosu has opposed
the proposal, this could turn into a precedent-setting case.
than any czar, Warren building independent fiefdom at CFPB. She hasn't been confirmed as
chairman of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, but that hasn't stopped Elizabeth Warren from creating
her own bureaucratic kingdom to rule.
Dude, Where's My Freedom?
Obama administration officials recently let slip that they are working on new gun control measures "under the
radar." Gun control is the classic example of foolishly exchanging an essential liberty for an illusion
of security. The U.S. states that respect the honest citizen's right to carry firearms in self-defense
have consistently lower rates of violent crimes than states with strict gun control laws.
Associations Becoming Unavoidable and Quasi-Governmental. Homeowners' Associations ("HOAs")
are losing money due to the high numbers of foreclosures and are scrambling to make up for it by assessing
additional fees on the remaining homeowners. ... To compensate, HOAs are acting like private investigators,
even peering into homeowners' yards daily until one weed pops its head up, then nailing homeowners with
These incremental changes only move in one direction.
F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy
Bounds. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly
14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use
surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.
New Rules to Give Agents More Leeway on Surveillance. The changes are expected to be outlined in
a new edition of the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, a lengthy 2008 document detailing how far
agents can go in tracking suspects. They will expand the use of techniques ranging from dispatching
surveillance teams to digging through trash cans.
High court urged to rethink
ruling on resisting police. A group of 71 state lawmakers is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to
reconsider a ruling that says people don't have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally.
for American Progress Finally Comes Out in Favor of Tyranny. Buried deep within the Obamacare
bill is the Democrats' plan for lowering Medicare costs -- something called the Independent Payment Advisory
Board (IPAB). ... The Center for American Progress is more or less in favor handing off the whole of America's
budget issues to a likely unconstitutional panel of democratically unaccountable bureaucrats with no meaningful
oversight. Or to put it more bluntly, this is basically a recipe for tyranny.
One law for us,
another for you. The California state Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday [6/1/2011] to exempt itself
from the pointless gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the populace. Legislators apparently
think they alone are worthy to pack heat on the streets for personal protection, and the masses ought to
wait until the police arrive.
Bill Could Protect Cross-Dressing in the Work Force. A California bill working its way through
the state legislature providing more protection for transgender individuals in the workplace could allow for
cross-dressing employees to wear whatever they want to work, despite workplace dress codes.
The Editor says...
Apparently the government's position is that employers do not have the freedom to associate -- or
refrain from associating -- with whomever they choose.
Security system knows when you're even thinking about committing a crime. The Future Attribute
Screening Technology (FAST) security programme is designed to spot people who are planning to commit a
terrorist act. The U.S. government system can 'sense' when you are planning and measures
physiological factors such as heart rates and eye movements.
The Editor says...
You might exhibit the same symptoms if you're just looking for the nearest restroom.
Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning. The church was fined $100 per
branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.
Grand theft education.
Two cases of what might be called "grand theft education" raise serious questions for many states, especially
California. Tonya McDowell, a single mother from Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested and charged with
first-degree larceny for "stealing education" by using the address of a baby sitter to register her
6-year-old son in a Norwalk school district where she didn't live. Ms. McDowell, 33, could face
repayment of more than $15,000 and 20 years in prison.
A Federal No-Fly Zone Over
Texas? Proving that the extortionist tendencies of the Obama administration aren't limited to
the NLRB's suit against Boeing, the Department of Justice threatened the state of Texas with a complete
suspension of air travel in and out of that state if its Senate approved HB 1937, a bill which would
have banned "intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation." The
penalty for doing so would have been a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
Threatens To Cancel All Flights Out Of Texas If 'Groping Bill' Passed. Upset about invasive
screening techniques at the airport, the Lone Star State was considering a bill that would make a TSA patdown
that involves touching "the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person including through the
clothing" a misdemeanor, allowing Texas law enforcement to arrest TSA officials and charge them with sexual
harassment. It would have meant that TSA officials could be fined $4,000 and spend up to a year in
jail for doing their jobs of feeling up prospective fliers.
manager's autocratic power puts Benton Harbor in national spotlight. For more than a generation,
this city on the shores of southern Lake Michigan has been the state's poster child for poverty, racial
division and dysfunctional government. Now, it's starring on a national stage.
The Indiana Supreme Court
Guts the Fourth Amendment. A ruling by the state of Indiana's Supreme Court last Thursday [5/12/2011] in
Barnes vs. Indiana has seemingly vacated the Constitution's Fourth Amendment provision against unreasonable search
and seizure. The case involved a domestic dispute and the Court ruled 3-2 that police can force their way into a
person's home without a warrant if they deem such entry is necessary.
No right to resist illegal cop entry into home. Overturning a common law dating back to the
English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday [5/12/2011] that Hoosiers have no
right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David
writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a
homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.
gives police a new entryway into homes. The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision in a Kentucky case,
says police officers who loudly knock on a door in search of illegal drugs and then hear sounds suggesting
evidence is being destroyed may break down the door and enter without a search warrant.
of Pre-Crime. Moral of this story: If you hear the cops at the door, quietly get off the
john, and whatever you do, don't flush. Read the whole account of the case, which ought to get your
Sheriff: If We Need to Conduct Random House to House Searches We Will. According to Newton
County Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., random house to house searches are now possible and could be helpful
following the Barnes v. State of Indiana Supreme Court ruling issued on May 12th, 2011.
When asked three separate times due to the astounding callousness as it relates to trampling the inherent
natural rights of Americans, he emphatically indicated that he would use random house to house checks,
adding he felt people will welcome random searches if it means capturing a criminal.
too much license to cops. A series of recent court rulings, including one this week from the
US Supreme Court, appear to erode one of our bedrock defenses against the arbitrary, abusive power of the
state. At risk: the Fourth Amendment guarantee to all American citizens of the right to be "secure
in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures."
Home Insecurity. While the U.S.
Supreme Court said police may force their way into a home to prevent the destruction of evidence, the Indiana
Supreme Court, in a less noticed decision issued the week before, said police may force their way into a home
for any reason or no reason at all. Although the victim of an illegal search can challenge it in court
after the fact, three of the five justices agreed, "there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by
police officers." They thereby nullified a principle of common law that is centuries old, arguably
dating back to the Magna Carta.
US Police State Begins Exponential Expansion.
The recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling against the US Constitution, rendering the Fourth Amendment null and
void in that State by patently leftist activist judges, is only the latest unconscionable step in a series of
actions designed to unravel each and every portion of the Bill of Rights. It is also one of the latest
actions designed to compliment and enhance the already jack-booted Obama police State march into our States,
our cities and homes.
held in protest of 'unlawful police entry' ruling by Indiana Supreme Court. Protesters showed up
on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday [5/25/2011], to rally against a controversial ruling by
the Indiana Supreme Court. The ruling, which allows police to enter your home without a warrant,
sparked threatening emails and phone calls from those angry with the court's decision.
Puddle Power Grab.
Barack Obama's EPA means to implement the major provisions of failed legislation by regulatory means, a massive
power grab with frightening implications. But with the American media preoccupied with a royal wedding
and the assassination of Osama bin Laden, almost nobody seems to have noticed when late last month an important
announcement was made by the Environmental Protection Agency. ... The administration would have us believe it
to be concerned about water quality, but the real issues are land, power and control. If implemented,
EPA guidelines will allow the agency to decide the extent of their jurisdiction over every body of water of
any size and eventually result in binding regulations that will affect us all.
your broccoli': Moms demand it. Can government? About 20 minutes into Tuesday's [5/10/2011]
hearings, Appeals Court Judge Diana Gribbon Motz told Liberty University lawyer Mathew Staver that she was
surprised a certain topic had yet to come up: "the broccoli question." "There is a lot of talk
in the papers about if Congress can do this, it can require people to buy broccoli," Motz said.
Schumer: Create 'Do Not Ride' list for railways. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a "Do Not
Ride" list for Amtrak following reports that terrorist Osama bin Laden was plotting attacks on U.S. railways
before his death. The list would be similar to the "Do Not Fly" registry that is checked before passengers
board flights at airports. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that it's a lot easier for would-be terrorists to get on
trains that it has been for them to board airplanes.
The Editor says...
I'm sure Osama bin Laden wanted to do all kinds of things. But we should not constrict our society
to protect ourselves from suicide bombers on trains, because if they're not on the train, they could be on a
bus, or in a supermarket or taxi.
The Education plantation.
We are now approaching the end game with respect to sanity and the public school system. A homeless woman
who registered her 6-year-old son at a Norwalk, Conn. elementary school has been charged with first-degree
larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny for ostensibly "stealing" over $15,000 worth of
education. Tonya McDowell, 33, was released after posting a $25,000 bond. She faces a fine of up to
$15,000 and as many as 20 years in jail.
The Best-ever Symbol of
Government Incompetence? America's largest coal mine fire is the marquee for government
ineffectiveness and environmental activism's false pretense. Centralia, PA is home to America's
largest coal mine fire — still burning today since May of 1962. Forty-nine years of government
folly, environmentalist demonization, and media sensationalism have managed to fan the flames under
Centralia, escalating the costs to end this ecological disaster from under $100,000 in the early sixties to
over $600 million today.
Sam is slow. As Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is not a solution to our problem,
government is the problem." Government fails miserably at virtually everything it does, year after year,
day after day, hour after hour. Government is brutal. Government violates our rights.
Government steals your money and property. Government steals your liberty. Government tries its
best to control your thinking and your life. Government wastes billions every day, trillions over time.
But most of all, government loves to use sleight of hand to distract you. It manages to do one thing right
and then tries to use it to make us forget all the incompetence and the misery it has inflicted on us.
unaccountable president. Rejection of dictatorships and corrupt governments by citizens across
the globe is the signature news story of the year. People are rising up, roaring to demand their rights,
defying decades of iron-fisted leadership in Libya, Syria, Egypt and beyond. By sad contrast, here in
the United States — "land of the free" — a huge segment of citizens go about their daily
business oblivious to, or apathetic about, the assault on our Constitutional freedoms by the Obama
Administration and its congressional supporters. Unless more Americans wake up, our steady slide will
continue into a soft tyranny of unconstitutional, intrusive laws such has Obamacare health reform.
Who is running Boeing?
Imagine you own a company and a five unelected appointees of a government board, among them two unconfirmed
appointees, tell you where must open your new manufacturing plant. Would you ever consider opening
another manufacturing facility in the United States? Is this the tyranny that Thomas Jefferson
warned us of?
Really Fight The US Government?. When Boeing announced that it would be moving part of its
787 manufacturing capability from Washington State to South Carolina, it was only a matter of time before
the Obama Administration would retaliate. It wasn't a long wait. The National Labor Relations
Board last week filed a complaint against Boeing, saying that its decision to build a manufacturing facility
in South Carolina amounted to unfair bargaining with its labor unions. Everyone denied that politics were
involved, an assertion believed by exactly no one.
Board Chairman: Union-Backed Case Against Boeing 'Unprecedented'. The former chairman of the
National Labor Relations Board told FoxNews.com that a board attorney's bid to stop Boeing from opening a
production line at a non-union site in South Carolina is "unprecedented" and could have serious
implications for companies looking to expand.
Labor Law Out of Thin Air. Last week, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel —
acting at the behest of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union —
filed a complaint against Boeing. According to the complaint, the company decided to locate a new production
line for the Dreamliner 787 airplane in South Carolina (a right-to-work state) instead of Washington (a state
in which unions are powerful and strikes have cost Boeing billions of dollars) out of anti-union bias.
Should the general counsel convince the board that Boeing violated the law, the company could be forced to
operate the line in Washington.
Justice Dept. to Congress:
Don't Saddle 4th Amendment on Us. The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt
legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans' e-mail stored in the cloud.
As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than
180 days, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act adopted in 1986.
What Do Light Bulbs
Have to do with the Commerce Clause? We don't consume power from an interstate enterprise.
We buy power from a local utility. And how about the homeowner who relies on a propane generator, solar
panels, or a wind generator? What's interstate about that? Thus the feds cannot regulate
residential appliances at least as far as electricity usage is concerned.
to Avoid Regulations? The Department of Energy is Not Amused. Last month, the Department of
Energy issued a "Showerhead Enforcement Guidance" related to flow standards through consumer showerheads.
You see, it turns out that "efficiency standards" tend to upset people, as it usually leads to products being
outlawed that people really like. What happened was that certain showerhead manufacturers were taking a
bit of creative license in interpreting the definition of a "showerhead," and selling showerheads that (by the
DOE's standards) exceeded the maximum allowable 2.5 gallons per minute.
Tales of the red tape.
For years, there have been rules that restrict the flow of water to a shower head. That was bad enough but now
those rules have been tweaked. The flow restriction no longer applies to each individual shower head, but to the
whole shower. The Energy Policy Conservation Act of 1992 set the restriction for each shower head at only
2.5 gallons per minute (half what Americans could have before then). Now, if you install a shower fixture
with two nozzles, it's down to 1.25 gallons per minute per shower head — and so on, for those who
want to have more than two.
worst homeland-security menace. How much of your freedom are you willing to give up in
the name of your personal safety? That question is prompted by the latest news about the Transportation
Security Administration, which has reportedly been contemplating expanding its controversial X-ray
body-scanning program from airports to public events, mass transit and possibly even the streets
where you live. According to documents obtained by the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information
Center, the TSA in 2006 began planning pilot programs that, if ever fully implemented, would expand
its reach into the everyday lives of American citizens.
No need to vote on this — the mayor
knows what's best for you.
Bans Sugary Drink Sales On Boston City Property. Mayor Tom Menino issued an executive order to
ban the sale of sugary drinks on Boston city property on Thursday. "I want to make this a healthier
choice, the easier choice in people's daily lives, whether it's the schools, the work sites or other places
in the community," Menino said.
expands sugary drink ban. Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday [4/7/2011] that he is
expanding his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks in schools to include all city properties and functions, a
sweeping restriction that means that calorie-laden soft drinks, juices with added sugar, and sports drinks
like Gatorade will no longer be offered in vending machines, concession stands, and city-run meetings,
programs and events.
Fed Judge: Now
the Commerce Clause covers 'mental activity'. According to federal Judge Gladys Kessler of the
DC US District Court, the powers granted to the federal government on the Commerce Clause extend to regulating
"mental activity." Ruling on an ObamaCare challenge brought by two individuals, the good Judge made the
leap from "physical activity" to "mental activity" in extending the reach of the federal government. This
is not a joke.
Federal Judge Rules Congress
Can Regulate "Mental Activity" Under Commerce Clause. In something right out of Harrison
Bergeron, [U.S. District Court Judge Gladys] Kessler notes that Washington has the authority to regulate
"mental activity": ["]As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed
to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within
Hands off My
Mental Activity. In the sense that so irked [Warren] Harding, Judge Gladys Kessler is a great
good friend of Obamacare. The U.S. district-court judge in Washington, D.C., delivered a more telling
blow against the law in the course of ruling it constitutional than critics have in assailing it as a travesty.
illegal to recite the Gettysburg Address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It is illegal to
deliver the Gettysburg Address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial without permission from the U.S. National
Park Service. On President's Day — standing where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his
"I Have a Dream Speech" — Phillip Howell, 25, recited Lincoln's famous address and was quickly
stopped by a Park Police officer. He told Howell that he could not give speeches on the steps of the
memorial without a permit.
Must Derail President Obama's Backdoor EPA Power Grab. In last year's budget, President Obama
called for Congress to enact cap-and-trade legislation, using a slush fund to disguise the cost of the program.
But cap-and-trade was decisively rejected in the 2010 election, so this year President Obama's budget simply
funds the EPA to move forward with regulating greenhouse gases on its own — against the clear
wishes of voters and without any legitimate legislative basis. Congress must take responsibility,
step in, and stop this power grab.
In the opinion of The Editor,
the EPA is one of the greatest threats to freedom in America today.
Florida Bar vs. Free Press.
According to Mark A. Adams, writing for The Daily Censored, a news blog affiliated with Project Censored,
"The Florida Bar has proposed a new rule to eliminate coverage of court proceedings by citizen journalists."
Outstanding investigative journalism by Adams has uncovered this proposed rule which would allow only an employee
of a "traditional media outlet" or an official court reporter to bring audio or video recording equipment into
a court room. Not even a laptop computer would escape this infringement of free speech.
Despite the old saying, "Don't cry over spilled milk," the Environmental Protection Agency is doing just
that. ... The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has expanded its definition of "discrimination" to
include things that no one thought was discrimination when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. The
Federal Communications Commission is trying to expand its jurisdiction to cover things that were never
included in its jurisdiction, and that have no relationship to the reason why the FCC was created in the
GOP All Set To Wimp Out On EPA?
Since the new Congress will not rubber-stamp Obama's socialist legislative agenda, the President will seek to
socialize us via regulation — regardless of legality. The EPA's climate regulation plan is
unconstitutional on its face (only Congress, not federal agencies, can change laws). Another example of
the coming socialization-by-regulation is the Federal Communications Commission's recent party-line vote to
implement net neutrality rules despite the a federal appellate court ruling that it lacks the statutory
authority to do so.
Boulder City. Public officials cannot simply throw dissenters into a gulag and govern by
decree. But the city governors in Boulder City, Nevada, have found the next best thing.
Sue the people. Regularly and repeatedly. As a method of effectuating an oligarchy, what
could be more American?
Your Papers, Please!
I recently received an e-mail from the St. Louis Association of Realtors detailing a new policy being implemented
by the Missouri Real Estate Commission (the official governmental board regulating real estate practices).
In the next licensing period anyone licensed to sell or rent real estate will have to be fingerprinted and their
fingerprints — along with a tougher background check — kept on file with both the state
police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Of course, I will have to pony up $52.20 for this singular
honor. Granted, other states have had this provision, but why implement it in Missouri now?
Fingerprint Registry in
Housing Bill. Fingerprints are considered to be among the most personal of information, and
fingerprint databases created and proposed in the name of national security have generated much debate.
Recently, "Server in the Sky" — a proposed international database of the fingerprints of suspected criminals
and terrorists to be shared among the U.S., U.K. and Canada — has ignited a firestorm of controversy. As
have cavalier comments by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that fingerprints aren't "personal data."
Borrowers Next? [Scroll down] I have still not been able to find any debate or justification
for it, but it seems now that fingerprint requirements are a simplistic way for polticians to argue that they
are getting tough about a particular problem, even if it's questionable how much fingerprinting will contibute
to solving the problem. Some commenters were right to note that this is an issue concerning federalism as
well as privacy. Through the CNET story, comments on the blog, and e-mails I have received, I learned about
other state fingerprint registries of questionable justification for various professions.
about the proposed National ID Card.
Labor Dept: If You Let Girl Scouts Sell Cookies,
You Have to Let Unions Come in Too. Obama's NLRB is trying to push a new rule that would force
any business that allows Girl Scouts or any other local groups like baseball or football teams, school bands,
charity groups etc. to sell their fundraiser items or solicit donations in front of or inside of their
businesses to also allow unions into their businesses to cajole employees to organize. Even when
the purpose of many union actions are meant to drive customers away from the business in order to force the
employer to accede to union demands, this rule would prevent a business owner from turning disruptive union
activists away from their businesses.
Perils of a Siege Mentality. What bothers me endlessly about the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is that they operate on the policy that defeat by our enemies
is implicitly conceded. ... What bothers me just as much is also the willingness of Americans to tolerate and
endure the airport terminal as a police state. ... Obey, or suffer the consequences. So, let us suggest
here that, for example, the omnipotent IRS, as one controlling agency, has conditioned Americans to that kind
of treatment, to sanction the hostage-taking of their values and to concede that they are but the wards of a
The government usurps the role of churches and private charities:
City puts a stop to homeless
outreach. Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people
in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully
without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut
down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely
will not be able to obtain one. ... Anyone serving food for public consumption, whether for the homeless or
for sale, must have a permit, said Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Department.
When cops knock, can they
barge in? Police came to Maria Huff's Burbank home in 2007 after hearing that her son had
written a letter threatening to shoot up his high school. They asked Huff if they could come in and
she said no, not without a warrant. When they asked if there were any guns in the house, Huff said
she would get her husband, then headed inside, followed by her son, who was also at the doorway, and four
officers. After remaining for five to 10 minutes and finding no evidence of a crime, the officers
left. In short order they were hit with a civil suit by Huff, her husband and son — who had
written no such threatening letter — for entering the home without any legal justification.
Jersey may soon require teens and adults to register bikes. New Jersey residents older
than 15 may soon be required to register their bicycles — and attach license plates to prove
compliance — if a recently proposed law passes the state assembly. On Jan. 6, assemblywoman
Cleopatra Tucker of Newark introduced Bill A3657, requiring registration of all bicycles ridden on public
school police ticketing students as young as six. School police officers in Texas are doling out more
tickets to children as young as 6, who under past disciplinary practices would have been sent to the principal's office
instead, according to a report by a Texas nonprofit.
Chafee to Issue
Talk Radio Ban. State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airways,
provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host. A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the
Providence Journal that talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming," and "we don't think
it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources" to have state employees use work time to "support for-profit,
New Food Safety Legislation
Gives Gov't Power to Order Recalls, Increase Inspections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
will have the authority to order recalls of food products, increase inspections, and boost paperwork for food
packaging companies under a bill President Barack Obama quietly signed into law on Tuesday [1/4/2011].
Outsourcing Democracy: The past
century or so has witnessed Congress outsource these and other powers to the Federal Reserve, the regulatory
bureaucracy, the executive branch, and the courts. This is bad news for the American people, whose
direct role in electing congressmen stands in contrast to their indirect role in electing presidents and
approving judges — let alone their impotence to hold anonymous bureaucrats accountable. We
have become more a government of, by, and for people unknown to the people.
Manmade famine in
America. It seems inconceivable, but people in America are going hungry en masse due to a
famine caused by political authorities. Fresno, California is not yet a sister city of Kiev, Ukraine,
but the two cities, capitals of rich agricultural regions, share a history of mass hunger caused by central
governments indifferent to the suffering of their people, in the pursuit of ideological goals.
OKs searches of cell phones without warrant. The California Supreme Court allowed police Monday [1/3/2011]
to search arrestees' cell phones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items
they're carrying when taken into custody. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedents, "this loss of privacy
allows police not only to seize anything of importance they find on the arrestee's body ... but also to open
and examine what they find," the state court said in a 5-2 ruling.
PC Airport Safety is an Oxymoron.
Freedom doesn't die all at once. It gets chipped away, piece by piece, until what we once had becomes
unrecognizable. On December 22nd in Austin, Texas, 56-year-old Claire Hirschkind suffered the kind
of indignity that is only possible in a society that is morally confused and, as a result, Constitutionally
uninformed. When she refused to have her breasts groped by a TSA agent at Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport, she was arrested.
Rights' Gone Wild. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has no time to pursue
voter-intimidation cases against black defendants. But it has plenty of time to pursue local school
boards that make common-sense decisions about student dress codes and accommodations for teachers' religious
Brother Police Collecting Data on Those Who Report Crimes. Millions of innocent people have
had their details recorded and stored on police databases after reporting a crime, it has emerged.
Forces across England and Wales have amassed data about people who dial 999 or non-emergency numbers to
report their concerns or pass on information. Details such as age and ethnicity are being kept in
databases without the callers' knowledge.
Totalitarianism -- The Conspiracy to Abolish Cash. For many years figures on the political
fringe, especially on the right, have claimed that the government and its corporate owners want to transform
us into a cashless society. Their warnings about the conspiracy against paper money fell on deaf ears,
primarily because the digitalization of financial transactions seemed more like the result of organic
business trends than the manifestation of some sinister conspiracy. Now, however, those who want to do
away with liquid currency are stepping out of the shadows.
Is reading wife's e-mail a crime?
Rochester Hills man faces trial. A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in
prison — for reading his wife's e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan
statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged
Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara
EPA: For 'When Congress Resists
Action'. Surely you remember this dynamic from civics class, or even some more advanced inquiry
into our system: Congress only decides major domestic policy issues until unelected bureaucrats and
political appointees decide they can no longer wait for our elected representatives. Like (as the article
also notes) the Department of Interior is for locking up land when Congress resists doing so, the FCC is for
when Congress resists action on the Progressives' view of the internet, and so on through the alphabet soup of
unbridled bullying power must end. Authority to enforce the law is inherent in police powers.
Enforcement means investigations into violations of law. Given Obamacare's "unbridled" police powers, it would
be a historic, massive expansion of government authority to investigate or audit businesses and households. The
power to investigate is the power to bully and deprive people of rights, which is why government investigations are
subject to the Fourth Amendment. Protections under the Fourth Amendment, however, have eroded as Congress expanded
use of its powers to regulate interstate commerce.
TSA, under the direction of Napolitano, consent
of Obama, collecting names, personal information, labeling them as potential "domestic extremists."
Taking names, Napolitano style. [Scroll
down] As I stated in my original report, the new DHS procedures have everything to do with control and conditioning
and nothing to do with actual security. The TSA enhancements and the DHS databases are noticeably on the uptick,
taking aim at law abiding American citizens who threaten the globalist agenda or the allegedly non-existent, once
conspiratorial "New World Order" under global governance doctrine.
Al Sharpton Helping FCC Design
Rush Limbaugh 'Free Speech' Show Trials. [Scroll down] This particular portion of the FCC trend
towards the totalitarian may be explained thusly — they have in their employ as their inaugural Chief
Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd. Who in 2007 co-wrote a Center for American Progress-Free Press "report" —
entitled The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio — that calls on the government to "equalize"
Conservative talk radio. Who wrote a follow-up essay that directed "community organizations" (run one would think
by community organizers) to threaten the FCC broadcast licenses of stations with whom they do not agree politically.
Secret BLM Meetings Cause Uproar in
Wyoming. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) is leading a bipartisan challenge against the
secretive nature of bureaucratic planning regarding federal lands in the state. The U.S. Interior
Department's Bureau of Land Management, which controls how federal lands are used, refuses to open its
decision-making process to the public, and Wyoming residents are outraged about it.
The Editor says...
There's only one reason for this secrecy, and that is deception.
the broccoli: Liberalism's war on liberty. What this country needs is a crop of healthy, hunger-free
kids — and now, thanks to the hectoring of Michelle Obama and the terrible swift presidential pen of
her husband, it has one: the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. ... ObamaCare and the Healthy, Hunger-Free
Kids Act of 2010 are the things that expose modern liberalism for the iron fist in the velvet glove. Can't
feed yourself? Dinner's on us. Out of work? We'll pay you to stay unemployed. After all,
you're too stupid to make your own best decisions in what used to be personal matters. All we ask in
exchange for your freedom is your vote.
Napolitano Says DHS
to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue. At an all-day White House
conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her
department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security
operations. Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano
discussed the initial findings of the department's recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task
The Editor says...
This maneuver by Ms. Napolitano is risible as well as ominous. When ordinary weather
is used as an excuse for the creation of a "task force" pertaining to "domestic security
operations", it is obvious that the so-called Homeland Security people are hungry for
additional power. There has been no extraordinary climate change, but the
threat of change is being used as a justification for expanded government power.
No Such Thing as Carbon
Neutral. If you can't stop yourself from driving your car, cooking in your kitchen, heating and
cooling your home, exhaling CO2, then 'They' will charge you fees you can't afford. 'They' have set up
unelected local authorities through the EPA who have no accountability to voters and who will decide who uses
what resources to 'their' ends. To insure your submission and compliance with 'their' vision of utopia,
'they' will place Smart meters on your home, GPS devices in your car, tax you for your non-compliant
appliances, take away your incandescent light bulbs, tax your airline flight, tax your tickets to
entertainment venues, tax and cut your water usage, tax your hair-dresser, tax your nail salon, tax your local
deli, tax your (exhale CO2) dry cleaner, anything that does or doesn't move. 'Their' will be done on
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Feds Force Oklahoma Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse.
A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won't let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.
Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations.
The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day,
crosses on the teller's counter and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us." were inappropriate.
The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down.
Orders Private Bank to Remove Crosses and Bible Verse. While the Injustice Department is suing
an Illinois school district on behalf of a Muslim teacher and a federal judge has issued an injunction against
an Oklahoma measure prohibiting the use of Sharia law in court decisions, a private business in the Sooner
State no longer seems to have First Amendment rights. Outrageously, the Federal Reserve has ordered the
small Payne County Bank in Perkins, OK to remove religious symbols and sentiments in deference to an
rip the Fed after examiner tells Oklahoma bank to hide religious items. The Federal Reserve
quickly withdrew an order to an Oklahoma bank to remove religious items from public view on Friday [12/17/2010]
after two Republicans blasted the action as an "assault on faith." Sen. James Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas
of Oklahoma sent a pointed letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday asking him whether he stood by a
Federal Reserve examiner who told Payne County Bank officials to remove the religious references from
their business. The Fed examiner told the bank the religious items could discourage a person
from seeking an application.
about the War on Christmas.
economics borrowed from Marx. The Democrats lack a winning platform on estate taxes —
work hard, save, invest and after death, Uncle Sam gets half. Why would anyone in their right mind put
any effort into work or take any chances on starting a new business if they knew half was going to the
government? It shows hard work and risk-taking isn't all it's cracked up to be. Democrats
don't realize that unlike the Joe Kennedys of this world, children might not keep accumulating wealth.
Berwick answer to no one? Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's recess-appointed administrator
of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, may be the least accountable federal agency head.
Confiscation Con. If you've spent enough time in the gold community, you might be under the
impression that the most imminent threat to the average American isn't terrorism or unemployment, but rather
gold confiscation. Starting with the fact that FDR confiscated gold during the last Great Depression, and
continuing to the quite accurate forecast that we are headed into an even Greater Depression, unscrupulous
coin dealers have been pushing investors to buy expensive "numismatic" or "collectible" coins that they claim
would be protected from government seizure. ... If the situation really gets this bad, you aren't going to
trust some government agent with the intelligence of your average TSA officer to judge whether your coins
are "numismatic" enough to be exempt from confiscation.
"Public Value Test": An Essential Step To Dictatorship. And so it begins. Michael Copps,
of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has suggested a "public value test" to determine who should,
and should not, hold licenses for television and radio. ... Which segment of the "public" is to decide the
nature of the "value" being tested? It doesn't matter. A few officials at the FCC will take care
of that for you. If this doesn't sound like Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany or any other totalitarian state,
I don't know what does.
Victory for Islamic Jihad Courtesy of the TSA. Reading several articles about how the Transportation
Security Administration's (TSA's) full-body scans and pat-down "enhanced" security procedures violate the Fourth
Amendment, I was struck by the utter irrelevancy of the argument. Citing that Amendment against unreasonable
searches and seizures would indeed present an unarguable efficacy if we lived in a political environment in which
the rule of law otherwise prevailed. No court could contradict the argument and still retain any credibility.
But we do not live in such an environment. We are living in a political era of fiat law.
Malice Aforethought: [Scroll down] Even a "temporary" or "emergency" lock-up of this kind
of speech is intolerable. Under a statist regime, "temporary" means permanently. The regime also
decrees what is an "emergency." Nazi Germany existed in a state of permanent emergency, from the day
Hitler came to power in 1933 to its collapse in 1945. Obama and his allies in government are pining
for a Nazi-style "Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda" that would filter, interpret, suppress,
and outlaw news and information they deem harmful to and critical of the government's policies, powers, and
actions. The Obama administration, at first defensive of its powers, policies and actions, has conducted
an offensive against any and all who question the motive and wisdom of that administration.
Enemies List. The TSA's policy is simply to ignore and overrule the Fourth Amendment, and to
resort to brute force. This is what it regularly tells travelers who question the policy. It and
the DHS will sooner or later decide to ignore and overrule the First Amendment, or freedom of speech.
It can claim that my writing — or anyone else's writing, no matter how calmly or emotionally
composed — has caused others to oppose or "disrupt" the TSA's policies. Whether the actions
of those so inspired or so persuaded are criminal in nature, or lawful actions taken under the mantle of the
Fourth Amendment, is irrelevant. The threat implied in that directive is there are certain individuals
and organizations that must sooner or later be silenced.
TSA's "Protection" Racket. There is a scene in Schindler's List in which all the inmates
of the concentration camp are forced to strip naked en masse and run through a gauntlet of outdoor medical
checks. ... Too eerily a parallel with the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) new "enhanced"
security policies at American airports, which include full-body scans that show every detail of one's person
beneath clothing and/or intimate "pat-downs" by manqués wearing blue surgeon's gloves, who are
authorized to probe and grope infants, school children, adults, nuns, businessmen, well, everyone for
combustibles or explosive materials. Passengers are allowed to "opt out" for the pat-down, should they
object to being seen naked, or if they're susceptible to involuntary radiation treatments. Some choice.
No pressure at all, your choice — unless you choose to stop flying the unfriendly skies.
Obama Must Veto Omnibus Spending
Bill. The omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2011, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
dropped on his colleagues yesterday, is more than 1,900 pages long, costs more than $1 trillion, and
consists of some 6,600 earmarks. The entire GOP leadership has come out strongly against the omnibus
bill — on substance (it's terribly wasteful and profligate) and process (a lame-duck session of Congress
should not be passing legislation of this dimension, which is clearly at odds with what most Americans voted
for during the 2010 midterm election).
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the
laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
Would Your Government Do These Things?
The individual has very little if any protections against a powerful, tyrannical government that has
flagrantly and openly severed the bonds on its limits. Strict adherence to the constitution by the
government and the people is the only thing that stands between freedom and slavery. It is only by
banding together en masse, does a society have any hope of gaining control over that government
and returning to one that respects and protects individual freedom.
Tyrant's Thinking. A member of the Federal Communications Commission appears to want Washington
in control of broadcast news. What a shame that people with such ideas are placed in positions of power.
FCC Commissioner Wants to
Control the Content of Broadcast Media. The First Amendment forbids Congress from infringing on
Americans' right to free speech. But the Federal Communications Commission is not Congress. And
Michael Copps, one of four FCC commissioners reporting to Chairman Julius Genachowski, seems intent on ignoring
that pesky part of the First Amendment about "abridging the freedom of speech" when that speech is sent out
over the airwaves.
Leasing Your Life From The State.
The right to own property is actually one of the most intellectually challenging aspects of our Constitutional
system, as evidenced by how easily people are willing to abandon the defense of that right for others.
There is towering public outrage at the merest suggestion of compromised First Amendment rights for millionaire
actors or musicians, but nary a peep at the idea those same millionaires don't have the right to pass their
full estates — built with already-taxed earnings — along to their children. You
don't "own" anything that can be taken away from you when you're no longer alive to defend it.
Show Me Your Papers!!
With the introduction of the new body scanners that show what is essentially a nude image of the person being scanned,
the American public is getting a taste of what it is like to live in a police state.
Feds Target School Bake Sales.
On December 3, the lame-duck House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, previously approved by the Senate.
President Obama, doubtless preoccupied with such trivia as taxes, unemployment, Korea, and China, has yet to
sign it into law. A mere two hundred and twenty pages long, it has lots of provisions for allocation of
funds, demonstration projects, and the like. Many may be worthwhile. However, included in the
legislation is a provision authorizing the secretary of Agriculture to regulate school fundraising bake sales to
ensure that they are infrequent and that the goodies sold are nutritionally acceptable. Far from innocuous,
that is yet another distasteful and unnecessary intrusion of the federal government into our daily lives.
Jekyll and Hyde
Government. Government is hopelessly out of touch and is trending authoritarian. It is
corrupt and inept. Ordinary people see a ruling class thriving while they suffer. Large corporations
get preferred treatment while the little guy is supposed to play by the rules and bail out mistakes he did not
make. Politicians ask everyone but themselves and their cronies to "sacrifice." Government is no
longer trusted or believed. No government can survive when it loses the confidence of the people.
We have nearly reached this dangerous point.
Will The Light Bulb
Ban Inspire a Conversion? Why is the incandescent light bulb ban such a lightning rod for Tea
Party-inspired remorse from big government Republicans? Simple: it's a liberty-stealing assault
on our privacy and common sense, outrageously expensive, and doesn't solve any of the problems it's intended
to fix. That's only for starters. The most egregious feature is that the ban makes fools of the
American people who willingly succumb to such nonsense from Washington, D.C.
The mask has slipped. We've seen
our national treasury looted, with the unaccounted for cash handed out to already fabulously wealthy financial
houses. We've seen core industries taken over and control given to thug unions who caused most of the
financial woes the industries suffered from in the first place. We've seen regulations heaped ever deeper
on independent agriculture, making us further dependent on the Third World and large multinational corporations
for our food. Despite the wailing about dependency on foreign oil, Obama and his unindicted Democrat/RINO
co-conspirators have — quite illegally — thrown up roadblock after roadblock to domestic oil production.
Bad as all this has been, with the stentorian efforts of the "mainstream" media, the fascists have managed to
keep up the pretense that this is all for our own good.
Government By Executive
Order. Because President Obama will now have a tough time getting his liberal agenda through a more
Republican Congress, many Democrats are urging him to ram it through using the executive branch's unilateral power.
John Podesta, head of the Center for American Progress, even issued a list of executive orders and rule-makings last
month that Mr. Obama can use to "push the country to a better place." If the Department of Labor is representative,
his advice is in sync with moves already under way.
The Soft Dictatorship.
[Scroll down] The final piece to the puzzle of the soft dictatorship is the completely unconstitutional
creation of executive orders. Not only is there no basis in the Constitution for executive orders, but
executive orders are often used to outright violate the Constitution. Franklin D. Roosevelt used
executive orders to demand the seizure of all gold owned by Americans and imprison all Americans of Japanese
ancestry. ... George W. Bush signed executive orders that, among other things, established an alternative
government in the case of a presidentially declared emergency. Barack Obama has continued the tradition
of unconstitutional executive orders by granting wide powers to Interpol in America and sealing his own records
from inspection, and he is now looking for means to impose gun control through executive orders.
Set to Control Your Light Switch. Smart Grid sounds harmless and modern, but it will be incredibly
intrusive. Appliances in the future will have microchips installed; when you plug them in, they will
handshake with the grid, and a central authority will determine whether that appliance deserves to get power
or not. If a bureaucrat in Washington decides that it's not hot enough for you to put on the air conditioner,
your air conditioner will not work. If the Fed decides that Margaritas lead to too much trouble on Cinco
de Mayo, all blenders can be disabled for the day. They can also turn off radios, televisions and
computers. In the era of electronic information, restricting the freedom of the press is as easy as
turning off the light. The idea is to conserve power, but a Smart Government will be able to use the
technology to retain power as well.
America: Closed Due to
Terrorism. [Scroll down] I asked a friendly Capitol Police officer where I was allowed to go
and if I could take pictures. The fact that I felt it necessary to ask speaks volumes to the extent that the
Muslim terrorists have driven America into adopting extreme security measures to combat fear. I was told I
could take pictures, but could only enter the Capitol through an underground visitor's center after being subjected
to security measures similar to an airport. America's government buildings are closed off from the populace in
an effort to combat terrorism, resulting in America's government officials being increasingly closed off from ordinary
First Health Care,
Next the Food Supply. Just because the duck is lame doesn't mean it can't still do terrible
damage to American freedom. Our new Congress, especially the new House, isn't yet seated, and this
current Congress can still wreak terrible havoc on our rights if not stopped. Case in point:
Senate Bill 510, believed to be coming to the floor Wednesday, November 17. This is the
food safety version of ObamaCare.
are a front to implement biometric chips. You might of heard that the TSA scanners at US airports
are a front because the guy that owns part of the company also makes the rules. If you dont know who this
is then dont worry, that is not the story. The same guy also claims that the TSA scanners are just a front
to implement them in schools and make people used to the idea, they would rather choose the machines than being
molested by TSA agents. Their plan is to see a machine in every school, shopping mall and public building.
Just about everywhere.
about the TSA's abusive and invasive searches.
Obama's Torrent of New Regulation. The
burden of regulation on Americans increased at an alarming rate in fiscal year 2010. Based on data from the
Government Accountability Office, an unprecedented 43 major new regulations were imposed by Washington.
And based on reports from government regulators themselves, the total cost of these rules topped $26.5 billion,
far more than any other year for which records are available. These costs will affect Americans in many ways,
raising the price of the cars they buy and the food they eat, while destroying an untold number of jobs.
Why Air Security is the
Issue. One of the great freedoms provided by those resources is the ability to move about. Those who
attack one attack the other. Citizens who are self-sufficient and on the go are much harder to control than those
who are not. It is no coincidence that liberalism flourishes in the big cities, where people live in close quarters
in a high-rise urban lifestyle. A nation of Seinfelds is easier to keep tabs on than a nation of Palins. As
such, the Seinfelds don't even feel the morphing grip of bureaucrats because they rarely do anything or go anywhere that
threatens the bureaucratic state's ability to control. The Palins of the country instinctively feel this grip
and abhor it.
TSA Searches: Are Trains
and Subways Next? "I understand people's frustrations," said president Obama from Lisbon over
the weekend. Obama said at present naked body scanners and pat down searches bordering on sexual
molestation are the best way to prevent Muslims in caves from attacking the American people. Secretary
of State Clinton told Meet the Press on Sunday [11/21/2010] that "everyone, including our security experts,
are looking for ways to diminish the impact on the traveling public" and that "striking the right balance is
what this is about." For now, that "balance" means a near minimum wage TSA worker will fondle your
testicles and there is nothing you can do about it. Protesting will only slow down traffic and prevent
people from visiting their family and friends.
The Frogs Finally Notice the Water is Boiling.
Maybe it really did need to come to this. Maybe Americans had to literally have their privates groped by a
government bureaucrat to finally realize that they have been the proverbial frogs sitting in a pot of water,
unaware that they are being incrementally boiled to death. For those of you who still don't get it, let
me make it clear: The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.
about the TSA's abusive and invasive searches.
Conservatives Should Not Be
Celebrating the Election Results. [Scroll down] If Congress doesn't know what is in its legislation with its
army of lawyers, how likely is it that the average citizen will know what is in it? We have a situation where
there are thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of pages of laws that every citizen is subject to every day.
Do you know them all? Remember, ignorance is no defense for breaking the law. After you figure out all the
laws that apply, now go work on the regulations. Regulations passed by the EPA, DHS, HHS, SEC, and so on
still have the full force of law, and you can still go to jail for violating them.
Are We Free? We are required
to have a social security number as individuals or a taxpayer identification number as a business. We
need a license to operate a business, get married, drive a car, hold a rally in a park, etc. We ask
permission from the building and zoning department to build a house or change the house we have. We get
fined if we do not wear a seatbelt. We pay taxes for just about everything we do. The government
controls the airwaves, the waterways, the sky and highways. They tell us where we are allowed to go in
the national forests and parks. We are charged fees to use public lands. We are prohibited from
using our own land if some rare insect is found there. Our churches ask the IRS for permission to operate
with tax favors. Our leaders tell us what we can and cannot say. The first two of the Bill of Rights
have been trampled at every opportunity. This list could go on and on, but you get the message.
We are controlled from cradle to grave.
A Crossroads Election. Runaway
"stimulus" spending, high unemployment and ObamaCare are all legitimate and important issues. It is
just that freedom and survival are more important. For all its sweeping and scary provisions, ObamaCare
is not nearly as important as the way it was passed. If legislation can become laws passed without
either the public or the Congress knowing what is in those laws, then the fundamental principle of a free,
self-governing people is completely undermined.
Woman Prosecuted for Christian Roommate Ad. A Michigan woman who posted an ad seeking a Christian
roommate on her church bulletin board has been charged with violating the law. The Fair Housing Center of
West Michigan filed the complaint against the 31-year-old unnamed woman. The complaint states the ad
"expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths."
Promiscuous Heathen Female Roommate. Harold Core, director of public affairs with the Michigan
Department of Civil Rights, recently told the Grand Rapids Press that the Fair Housing Act prevents people
from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion with respect to the sale or rental of a
dwelling. And he made no distinction between an owner-placed ad and one placed by a prospective occupant.
Joel Oster, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is representing the Christian woman free of charge.
He says this case is simply "outrageous."
government drops case against Grand Rapids woman seeking Christian roommate. On the surface, an
ad posted in a church by a 31-year-old nursing student seeking a Christian roommate does violate fair housing
law, but other issues prompted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to drop its case against her.
barbering? Raids at Orange County shops lead to arrests. As many as 14 armed Orange County
deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in
August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend. ... In "sweeps" on
Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the
majority charged with "barbering without a license," a misdemeanor that state records show only three
other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.
Unlicensed Yacht Dealing a "Serious Threat"? The fear that rich yacht-buyers are getting ripped
off by scofflaw boat salesmen seems pretty implausible.
target your private retirement savings. Will the government outlaw your 401(k) plan? It
seems like an absurd possibility, yet earlier this month two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a hearing on Capitol Hill exploring the possibility of doing exactly that.
starts confiscating private pension funds. Obviously, this is a cautionary tale for America.
If fiscal austerity becomes a real issue in the U.S. the way that it's been reaching critical mass in Europe —
don't think that U.S. lawmakers regard your either your personal wealth or money they might owe you as sacrosanct.
Government has a habit of looking out for itself.
nations begin seizing private pensions. People's retirement savings are a convenient source of
revenue for governments that don't want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension
schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to
the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their
How Safe are
Americans' Private Retirement Savings? In Europe, the cost of socialism is apparently reaching
critical mass. According to the Christian Science Monitor, five countries — Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland,
Ireland and France — are in various stages of confiscating or attempting to confiscate citizens' pension savings
as a means of offsetting government revenue shortfalls. Since most pensions plans in Europe are state-generated,
such seizures are relatively easy to accomplish. Yet while two of the attempts are being made to get back
savings invested in national funds, the other three are grabs for "private personal savings."
Pensions. Europe is trying to dig out of its budget hole by seizing private pensions. It's a
last-ditch effort to preserve socialism at the expense of the very assets that would sustain its future growth.
Is Your IRA Going To
Be Raided? The notion of government raiding personal retirement accounts for funds may seem
extreme. Perhaps it shouldn't. Other governments have done it. Argentina did in 2008.
Ireland has indicated it might. The worsening financial crisis may eventually move other countries in
that direction. Surely the US would never do so. Actually, there is little basis for
assuming they would not and factual evidence they would. Here are three good reasons to believe they
46 Percent Say
Federal Gov't 'Poses Immediate Threat'. The percentage of Americans who think the federal
government poses "an immediate threat" to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens has increased
significantly over the last seven years, rising from 30 percent to 46 percent, according to a
Gallup poll conducted Sept. 13-16 and released today [10/13/2010]. Only 51 percent of
Americans now say they do not think the federal government poses "an immediate threat" to the rights and
freedoms of ordinary citizens.
student loans? Feds make an offer you can't refuse. Worried about how to pay off that
student debt? Head on over to the closest government agency, and you too can score loan forgiveness
after ten years of "public service." Does that sound too good to be true? Well, Paul Winfree tells
us that politicians voted to make these dreams (or nightmares) a reality.
new threat is coming, and it's called Famlink. [Scroll down] Also with how corrupt CPS has
been getting it is very easy for the Federal Government to forge documents and records in order to criminalize
dissidents and take their children away. One of these examples of John Irish and his wife losing their
child over simply belonging to a Oath Keepers discussion board. Although the Irish family managed to
get their baby back after the court admitted defeat they aren't the only family to be persecuted by CPS.
Now What is FamLink? Well through searching through many bits and pieces the U.S. Government forgot to
cover-up (Save the documents while you can!) I was able to start putting together the pieces of what FamLink is.
The Hubris of NOAA.
Fisherman face declining fishing allocations, stormy weather, and fluctuating prices as routine dangers of
their profession. But federal regulators from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
are becoming even scarier. This essay gives my assessment of the NOAA Fisheries Service Summary Report,
which covers a series of meetings between the NOAA bureaucracy and the northeast commercial fishermen.
Beware the Cyberscare.
The same people who brought you the global warming and Y2K scares have dreamed up a scheme to assert greater
federal control over the Internet in the name of cybersecurity. According to Reuters news agency, Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, intends to pass legislation on the subject authored by Sen. Joe
Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat.
The forthcoming effort will trade the freedom of an important communications medium for the illusion of safety.
The Fifty Years' War.
This war has been fought over what defines American freedom. Are Americans freer when they can pursue
their dreams without government interference? Or are they freer when the government ensures that all
their needs are provided for?
The Bank of Central
Planning. The prospect of another big-government program is disheartening to all those who
believe the federal government has grown far beyond its originally intended scope of authority. Fear
that the massive growth of the federal government will stifle technological innovation, harm the economy,
and limit individual freedom is well-founded. Every society that has relied on central planning has
suffered with a stagnant economy, limited mobility, and a low standard of living.
You Are Not a Leftist, Why Are You Voting Democrat? The Democratic president and Democratic
Party have expanded the American government to an unprecedented extent. Moreover, they have done so in
unprecedented ways: Never before has such extensive society-changing legislation been passed without a
single vote of the other political party; and unprecedentedly vast powers have been given to "czars" and their
new federal agencies — with no congressional oversight.
Keen Graphs of the Obvious.
Government has grown by obscene amounts since William McKinley was president. In 1900, federal, state, and local
governments combined spent under 5% of Gross Domestic Product. Today they spend 40% of GDP or more and
account for half of all health care spending. The federal government alone spends more than 20% of GDP,
owns 29% of all land, and controls virtually all ocean activity, including oil drilling, for miles offshore.
This puts us square into the mix of European welfare states in terms of government spending and debt.
agents seek the right to tap texts, emails and websites. US intelligence services would be
allowed to tap text messages, emails and networking websites under new powers being considered by Barack
Green Agenda. In keeping with President Obama's promise to slow the rise of the oceans and heal
the planet, the Energy Department has set new efficiency standards for 26 appliances and household products.
The list ranges from microwaves, to washing machines and dryers, to residential water heaters and dishwashers.
The department reportedly claims the new standards will save consumers from $250 billion to $300 billion
on their energy costs through 2030. But that's what Democrats always say about their green schemes:
"We're doing this to clean up the Earth, and we're going to save you money while we do it." Don't
Your Insane U.S. Energy Department.
In mid-September, Cathy Zoi, an Assistant Secretary of Energy, said that the U.S. Department of Energy has a
"mandate" to issue regulations about what household appliances should be available to Americans in the
future. ... The DOE intends to "set efficiency standards for energy-consuming products." These will
include commercial clothes washers, small electric motors, water heaters, direct heating equipment and pool
heaters, among the countless products consumers use on a daily basis.
The American federal government increasingly resembles a redistribution racket that is run by operatives who
call themselves public servants. Many of us have been blind to this because we have been brainwashed by
the decades of government propaganda dispensed through the public school system, universities, and the media.
But the behavior of the political class has recently become so brazen and outrageous that scales are falling
from people's eyes everywhere.
the ruled. We are not being governed. We are not being led. We are being ruled.
Ruled like subjects in a medieval kingdom. Oh, we have more freedom than our medieval ancestors; we can
usually say whatever we want, whenever we want to. But that's where our influence seems to end.
Just consider a series of recent issues that have arisen and how our "leaders" have told us, in effect, to
take our opinions elsewhere.
Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State. Commuters who ride PATCO trains between southern New
Jersey and Philadelphia should expect random searches of their clothing, pockets, bags and vehicles on their
morning trip to work. Twelve Transportation Security Administration screeners, armed with an explosive-sniffing
K-9, checked 663 commuter bags randomly selected from the morning rush at the Lindenwold station Tuesday
[9/7/2010]. ... "We can conduct any kind of search we want," said [Delaware River Port Authority Police Chief
percent of Americans know they've been conned. [Scroll down] The 70 percent is appalled
by the placebo economics practiced by the president and the Congress over the past two years, shocked by
its profligacy with the wealth of the republic, and sickened by the looting of the next generation's
opportunities. The 70 percent did not want Obamacare, but it has been thrust upon them.
The 70 percent did not want federal judges to declare "game over" in the complex discussion of what
marriage is and means.
Too Far. Philadelphia is charging bloggers $300 for a "privilege" license. In the city
where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Constitution signed, a right has become a privilege.
The scheme went virtually unreported until the Philadelphia City Paper ran a story last week noting that the
city requires privilege licenses for any business engaged in what local tax attorney Michael Mandale terms
"activity for profit."
Next Year's Congress:
Deem and Don't Pass Go? The very process the Democrats used to pass legislation could be denied
Republicans to amend that same legislation next year, even if Republicans regain the House and Senate
by any other name ... still stinks. Imagine you come home from work one day to a notice on your
front door that you have 45 days to demolish your house, or the city will do it for you. Oh, and
you're paying for it. This is happening right now in Montgomery, Ala., and here is how it works:
The city decides it doesn't like your property for one reason or another, so it declares it a "public
Destroying Jobs at 2.5
Gallons per Minute. In 1992, the Department of Energy managed to promulgate a regulation requiring
that showerheads use no more than 2.5 gallons per minute as an effort to save... water. This is a
substance that's in such short supply that 75% of the planet is covered with it. ... For eighteen years, this
regulation was interpreted one way — the limitation was per nozzle, so people desiring a more vigorous
shower could simply install a couple more showerheads, or a multi-nozzle shower system. A specialty
arose in the marketplace: the creative design of elegant and invigorating shower systems.
Gun Control. The U.S. Supreme Court says Americans have an individual right to keep and bear
arms. The EPA says the bullets for those guns may be banned as an environmental hazard.
about gun control and
strikes down mall talk rules. A California appeals court struck down a mall's rules banning
strangers from talking about subjects other than the mall while inside the facility. ... The mall's rules,
which were previously upheld by Placer Superior Court Judge Larry Gaddis, allow for conversations
between two strangers on non-mall related topics only if an application is submitted 4 days in advance
and approved by officials.
The Tyranny of Google.
In an astonishing interview with The Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has outlined what
he believes will be the future of web searches. His vision is nothing less than the etiolation of free will
by, and the surrender of individual autonomy to, the all-knowing, all-seeing priestly class at Google.
Grasp on Self-Governance. A disregard for the law and the people's will is not confined to
the judiciary. From the bank and auto bailouts, to the stimulus bill and health care overhaul, the
elected branches of the federal government have sneeringly answered petitions for fiscal sense with one of
the most unreasonable bevies of laws ever passed. The court decisions in Arizona and California and
irresponsible federal legislation are more than maddening news stories. These events lend stark
perspective to America's slipping grasp on the right to self-governance.
Department's Civil Rights Division is out of control. [Scroll down] It isn't just the South
Carolina prisons in the crosshairs of the Civil Rights Division. It is mortgage lenders and insurance
companies. It is movie theaters and flat-broke counties that don't print ballots in foreign languages.
It's also Amazon.com, which tried to sell a talking Kindle reader, but Justice said it couldn't because the button
to make the Kindle talk didn't have Braille. Never mind that books neither talk nor have Braille buttons
telling them to talk. The business community would be wise to wake up and recognize the immense power
the Civil Rights Division exerts over the private sector.
Happened to Erik Scott? An accomplished young man is killed by police outside a Vegas Costco,
and bystander accounts starkly contrast with official reports.
The Prophet of the Ruling
Class. So now the EPA has been petitioned to ban the use of lead in bullets and fishing weights.
For hundreds of years, human beings have used lead for those purposes, and life on earth has not exactly come to
an end. Now we are told that the lead used in hunting and fishing is harming animals and fish, and it
must stop. The scary thing is that one individual, EPA Director Lisa Jackson, has the power to impose
such a ban.
Has the Time Come to Replace the Federal
Government? After Clinton appointed Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that — for
all intents and purposes — Arizona does not have the right to protect itself or its citizens
from invading drug cartels and the illegal foreign hordes that are bleeding it dry of its resources, it
should have become apparent to even the dimmest that We-the-People no longer exist. We are now living
under a tyranny developed, directed, implemented and enforced by the Marxists in power.
Rep. Pete Stark doesn't believe there are constitutional limits on
federal government. What is Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., thinking? Following the publication
of a video in which the congressman derides his own constituents for their concerns over border security (suggesting
that they probably "kill people"), Stark spoke at a town hall in which he noted that there are few
limitations on the federal government.
Raving. The federal government, according to Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, can do anything it
wants. If there are indeed no checks on the state's power, as the congressman claims, then the state is a tyrant.
We the Serfs. The
Constitution of the United States of America under President Barak Obama is being transformed from a nation
of "We the People" to "We the Serfs." ... Under this administration, we have seen government takeover of
large companies, the implementation of a pay czar to determine compensation in private companies, a health
care insurance mandate where you will be forced to purchase insurance or have the IRS withholding your
refund or garnishing your wages, cap-and-trade legislation, and the EPA regulation of carbon, which will
determine where we can set our thermostats in our own homes.
Convicted: Woman 'disobeyed' illegal
order. An appeal is challenging a Christian activist's conviction for failing to obey a police
officer's order to shut down her camera while she was filming fellow Christian missionaries at last year's
Dearborn Arab Festival because the command apparently wasn't legal. According to the Thomas More Law
Center, whose attorneys have filed the appeal with the Circuit Court for Wayne County, Mich., the city
ordinances in Dearborn require that if a police officer wants his orders followed he or she has to be acting
"in the lawful performance of his duty."
Growing Number of
Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police. That Anthony Graber broke the law in early March
is indisputable. He raced his Honda motorcycle down Interstate 95 in Maryland at 80 mph,
popping a wheelie, roaring past cars and swerving across traffic lanes. But it wasn't his daredevil
stunt that has the 25-year-old staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard facing the possibility of
16 years in prison. For that, he was issued a speeding ticket. It was the video that Graber
posted on YouTube one week later — taken with his helmet camera — of a plainclothes
state trooper cutting him off and drawing a gun during the traffic stop near Baltimore.
wins taping case against state police. A Harford County Circuit Court judge ruled this afternoon
[9/28/2010] that a motorcyclist who was arrested for videotaping his traffic stop by a Maryland State Trooper
was within his rights to record the confrontation. Judge Emory A Plitt Jr. tossed all the
charges filed against Anthony Graber, leaving only speeding and other traffic violations, and most likely
sparing him a trial that had been scheduled for Oct. 12.
The War on Cameras. As
citizens increase their scrutiny of law enforcement officials through technologies such as cell phones,
miniature cameras, and devices that wirelessly connect to video-sharing sites such as YouTube and LiveLeak,
the cops are increasingly fighting back with force and even jail time — and not just in Illinois.
Police across the country are using decades-old wiretapping statutes that did not anticipate iPhones or
Droids, combined with broadly written laws against obstructing or interfering with law enforcement, to arrest
people who point microphones or video cameras at them.
Ohio Officials Charge Blogger With Campaign Violations. Well, folks, this is bound to happen
more and more as time rolls onward in this New Media world of ours. A blogger is in trouble with local
Ohio officials who are trying to shut him down using a badly applied campaign finance law all because he has
been critical of county officials on his blog. That's right, a county board is trying to silence the
free political speech of a local Ohio blogger because he is critical of them.
language police. Every middle-schooler knows that rolling your eyes at the wrong person can get you
grounded. In Elmhurst, it can get you thrown out of a public meeting. Deprived of the opportunity
to speak to a City Council committee about its plan to hire a $30,000 state lobbyist, Darlene Heslop apparently
could not contain herself. She sighed and rolled her eyes — and was promptly ejected from
the June 14 meeting.
This is another step toward 24-hour ownership of your children:
secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school year. If Education Secretary Arne Duncan
has his way, kids would be spending a lot more time at school — and a three-month summer would be a
thing of the past. Duncan joked with attendees at a luncheon at the National Press Club Tuesday [7/27/2010]
in Washington that he would like schools to stay open 13 months out of the year. Then he told the
audience of over 100 that he seriously supports longer school hours.
The most important story in American
history, you'll never hear on network TV. On April 7th of this year Obama authored the
Presidential Assassination Program. It allows for American citizens to be targeted for killing
far away from any battlefield. So be clear, we are not talking about enemy combatants like the
so called American Taliban. No, what we are talking about here is targeting Americans off the
battlefield, who in the opinion of the President alone, that is an unchecked accusation by the Executive
branch can call for the assassination of an American citizen that the President deems to be a
if you make an FOIA request of Homeland Security. Over the past year, the Department
[of Homeland Security] has tried to protect itself from annoying and unwanted requests for information that
they were legally required to provide through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to a report
by AP. ... Most disturbingly, the requesters themselves became targets of government investigation.
I'm from the Government,
and I'm Here for Your BMI. While the Stimulus Bill requires that the government have access to
your Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2014, it only vaguely defines what the government will do with this
information. Herein lies the danger. Vaguely defined power in new laws always leads to broad
interpretation of power by the government.
Constitutionality. A federal judge ruled that only a state gets to define what "marriage"
is in that state, and the federal government can't overrule it. ... At least two things about that line
of reasoning are very bothersome, regardless of your opinion of gay marriage. First, it was not
quite the "state" of Massachusetts that redefined marriage in this instance; four justices on its supreme
court did. The state legislature did not redefine marriage. There was no popular vote to redefine
it. The governor never signed legislation to redefine it. Four justices on the state supreme
court did this. And now we have a federal judge ruling that the federal government must honor that
decision of state judges. At this point, we have a total of five people redefining marriage
as a legal institution for the remaining 310 million of us.
Bill Approved by House Gives Feds Power to Subpoena Any
Record from Any Financial Institution. The final version of President Barack Obama's financial
regulatory bill, hammered out in negotations between House and Senate Democrats, contains a provision that
grants the federal government the power to subpoena any financial information it wants from any financial
institution without showing probable cause that a crime has been committed.
Eric Holder and
Federalist 45. [Scroll down] Why are the attorney general and the president pursuing this suit?
To show the world that Big Government is even bigger than you may have supposed. In their view, Washington
runs your life. Washington tells you whether you can enforce the law. Washington tells you what
sort of health care you can have. Washington tells you how much money you can make. Washington
is the machine: you are but a cog. According to Washington, that is. What would
James Madison have thought?
Future of the News.
It's a frightening thought: government takeover of the media. But having tightened their grip on
health care, financial services, and energy, it's only logical that the Democrats should turn their attention
to the media. Discussions underway at the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications
Commission point toward a dangerous new effort to regulate what Americans read and hear. The takeover
under discussion would apply across the board to print media, radio and television, and the internet.
The result of proposed regulations would be nothing less than an end to free speech in America.
The government goes after the victim rather than the perpetrators.
Elderly man facing
serious charges for shooting at thieves. Legal analyst Dan Recht said he believes the Jefferson
County District Attorney is "seriously overcharging" a Wheat Ridge homeowner, accused of attempted first
degree murder for shooting at two thieves. 82-year-old Robert Wallace said he fired two shots at
two men when they tried to run him over while stealing his flatbed trailer. Wallace now faces
twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder, for what he described
as an act of defending his property and his life.
Stolen Trailers. Say you're
82 years old. Say that you see two people a third of your age with criminal records stealing your
trailer. Say that you run out to stop them and they almost run you over. You fire two shots.
The thieves are let go, and you find yourself facing life in prison. It's not a hypothetical scenario.
Gender Quotas in the Financial Bill? [Scroll down] I was searching the bill for a provision
about derivatives. What did I find [was] Section 342, which declares that race and gender
employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with
the government. In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America's
Another Marylander Arrested
for Recording the Police. The city of Annapolis, Maryland recently received a Homeland Security
grant for 20 new surveillance cameras in the downtown area. The city of Baltimore already has nearly
500. According to the watchdog site PhotoEnforced, the state of Maryland has at least 375 red light
cameras and 80 speed cameras. Your government is watching you, Marylanders. But don't think
for a second that it's going to tolerate you watching back.
Road to Serfdom. Thanks to the attention from Glenn Beck, a recent top seller on Amazon.com is
Austria's Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. The book was written in 1944 to fight the drift
from individual freedom and free-market competition to a growing dependence on economies controlled by central
planning authorities. ... Hayek's book remains a wakeup call to apathetic citizens who take for granted that
the improvements achieved through democracy, individual freedom and capitalism have been "acquired once and
for all." Hayek knew what history confirms; freedom must be earned and reearned in every generation.
Straws And Our Tired Back. Some of the more naïve who voted for Obama were taken back by
his sudden rush to take over insurance companies, banks, student loans, and the auto industry. ... But then
soon, others wondered how a truther and racial demagogue like Van Jones or a Mao aficionado like Anita Dunn
ever got into the White House.
the Voice of the Liar is Heard in our Land. The [Obamacare] bill will break states. It will
break companies. It will put a boot down on the head of the American economy. Which is exactly its
goal. The Obama Administration is not interested in economic prosperity, it is interested in a government
takeover. People who can make their own way and pay their own bills, are poor candidates for a nanny
state. No, the people have to be robbed, browbeaten, left helpless, and only then will they agree to
have the chains put around their necks. Or least stop fighting against them as hard.
Assaults on Liberty Proceed Unabated. The socialized medicine nightmare is already
beginning. Many of us warned that Obamacare would serve as an all-purpose justification for
government intervention in every aspect of our lives. Have we become so far removed from our
founding principles that we don't grasp the perniciousness of such government encroachments into our
private lives and personal liberties? You must read the executive
order*. Then you'll understand that the council and
"Advisory Group" it establishes will not be merely advisory. The provisions of this "order" underscore
the disturbing extent to which Obama and his band of authoritarians intend to control our lives.
get 6 votes each in suburban NY election. [Arthur] Furano cast multiple votes on the
instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted
to help boost Hispanic representation.
The Editor says...
Why stop at six votes? Why not give a dozen votes to everyone who is not (for example) a white
male? How about allowing ten votes per Democrat, and one vote per Republican? All in
the interest of fairness, of course.
Goodbye to One Man, One
Vote. If you thought that "one man, one vote" reflected the full flowering of representative
democracy, think again. In the village of Port Chester, N.Y., just a few towns north of my locality
in Westchester County, there is a new system. It's "one (minority) man, six votes" — brought
to us courtesy of the U.S. Department of Injustice and a lunkhead of a federal judge named Stephen Robinson.
Is Rigging Elections Fair to Immigrants? A Nebraska town wants renters to prove they are in the
country legally, and Port Chester, N.Y., was forced to swallow a goofy voting scheme that makes sense only if
the aim is to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Under the plan, imposed by a
federal judge in response to a 2006 Justice Department civil-rights suit, each voter in the board of trustees
election got six votes. A voter could give all six votes to one candidate, or divide them among several.
that elected NY Hispanic could expand. The court-ordered election that allowed residents of one
New York town to flip the lever six times for one candidate — and produced a Hispanic winner —
could expand to other towns where minorities complain their voices aren't being heard.
about judicial activism.
America's House of
Cards: The Cloward-Piven strategy, the bible for liberal progressives, teaches that to undermine
the system one need only do one thing: Overwhelm the system. The radicals who occupy the White House,
students of Alinsky, are all-too-familiar with the methods that will bring this country to its knees and allow
for a remake or "transformation" to an ideal society that will finally be acceptable to their brethren.
Using each and every "crisis" to add another control disguised as government benevolence, the Obama administration
is packing regulation upon regulation on the American people.
The Senate just claimed the title of the world's most delusional body by refusing to strip unelected EPA
bureaucrats of the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. This was the day freedom died.
Photos erased from phone. The attorney representing businessman James Adkins yesterday said an
off-island expert has determined all photographs on Adkins' camera phone were completely erased, either through
damage or by a master reset of the device. Adkins has sued the police department for $3 million in
federal court, alleging his civil rights were violated after Guam police arrested him for taking photos of an
accident from inside his car on a public road. They detained him and confiscated his phone.
workers can enter your apartment in your absence. Thousands of census workers, including
many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. ... What
many Americans don't realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the
Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are
empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or
room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for "the collection of statistics."
Spike that broke the people's back. Governments, Thomas Jefferson wrote so eloquently in our
Declaration of Independence, derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed." This founding
idea serves as the most fundamental precept of American governance. Yet, today it is regularly exiled
from our politics. The latest case is now playing out in North Platte, Nebraska, where city officials
seek to scuttle a citizen initiative that residents petitioned onto next Tuesday's ballot.
A Lincoln County district judge offers a powerful assist by ordering that the votes on the measure cannot even be
counted or reported.
Beware — They're Coming After You!. Just when you thought it was safe to start
expressing your right to free speech, Democrats in Congress are gearing up for a vote on a new piece of
legislation to blatantly undermine the First Amendment. Known as the DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175), this
bill — written by the head of the Democrats' congressional campaign committee — is
their response to the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
won't let mom pick up daughter. The mother scheduled a Wednesday morning doctor's appointment for
her daughter. Come Wednesday morning [5/19/2010], the fourth-grader was taking a Standards of Learning
exam. The mother came to pick up her daughter. The principal said no.
Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American
Children. A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in
the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are. States receiving federal grants
provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2
Legislative Trojan Horse. The basis of the EPA's regulatory efforts is the agency's
finding that carbon dioxide is a "pollutant" that supposedly "endangers" us by causing global warming.
Once the EPA made this unprecedented and unsupported endangerment finding under the Clean Air Act, it put the
enormous regulatory machinery of the federal government in gear to generate rules regulating CO2, rules that
will damage every aspect of the U.S. economy. Thankfully, substantive legal challenges to the
endangerment finding and the rules the EPA is generating have been filed.
about the EPA.
And incidentally, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
The next 2,000-page bill.
Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping
plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Bank Bill: Worse Than ObamaCare. There are many bad things contained in Chris Dodd's
Restoring American Financial Stability Act," ... But the most destructive portions of the bill —
the one that would in my judgment go beyond even Obamacare in making the American free enterprise system
unrecognizable — has been little discussed even by critics of this bill. To put it bluntly
but absolutely accurately, this bill sets up a mechanism for the Treasury Secretary, the Federal Reserve, and
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to nationalize virtually any business they deem to be a threat to
American "financial stability."
Feds Tell Old Folks They Can't Pray Before
Meals. Big Brother says elderly visitors to federally funded meals at a Georgia senior citizen's
center aren't allowed to pray to that absurd, dangerous Christian God of theirs. Obama's Big Brother
government contends that since it has paid for their meals the government has the right to slam its iron boot
heel down on the necks of those seasoned citizens that dare to engage in such an apostasy toward the state.
Prayers Answered: Seniors Can Pray
Before Meals at Georgia Center. The Georgia senior center that barred its elderly citizens from
praying before meals has changed its policy after inquiries from Fox News and other news organizations.
no matter the intent. In May of 2004, federal agents in a black sport utility vehicle ran
Krister Evertson off the road, piled out of their vehicle in full SWAT gear, trained an automatic weapon
at his head, and arrested him. Evertson's crime? He failed to put a federally mandated sticker
on a UPS package. A jury acquitted Evertson of the charges, but the feds later charged Evertson for
"abandoning" hazardous material. Evertson is an award-winning scientist working on fuel-cell
technology, and the chemicals were both properly stored and necessary for his work. Nonetheless,
he spent 21 months in federal prison.
Does new bill propose 'federal
takeover of water?'. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and the Congressional Western Caucus have
joined in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) that seeks to provide
the federal government with jurisdictional authority over all water across the entire United States.
And Just A Closing Thought.
You may not realize it, but our country, the United States, is rapidly becoming nothing less than a giant
economic support system for government. We are so very close to the point where Americans will no longer
exist to pursue and fulfill their own potentials. We will exist for one purpose ... to support
government and those who depend on government.
Preparations for Reparations.
When the government decides what kind of light bulbs one can buy, what size toilet tank one can install, or
how much salt can be added to one's food, then there is no limit to the depth and detail of government
intrusion into one's life. When every aspect of existence is decided or dictated by another, that is not
freedom. That is slavery.
loves 'financial reform'. The next time you make a withdrawal from an automated teller machine,
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner might be watching over your shoulder. Boosted by the
sweeping, 1,400-page financial regulatory proposal currently making its way through the Senate, Mr. Geithner
would have unprecedented, real-time access to a wealth of personal and corporate financial data —
all in the name of protecting the public.
Reid: 'Someone' Should Offer Amendment to
Financial Reform Bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he wishes "someone"
would offer an amendment to the financial regulatory bill to prevent the federal government from probing
Americans' private financial records. A provision in the bill would allow a new Treasury Department
agency to demand "any data or information" from any financial firm and use a subpoena to get that
information if necessary.
recycling bins with tracking chips coming to Alexandria. Alexandria residents soon will have to
pay for larger home recycling bins featuring built-in monitoring devices. The City Council added a
mandatory $9 charge to its residents' annual waste collection fee. That cash — roughly
$180,000 collected from 19,000 residents — will pay for new larger recycling carts equipped with
computer microchips, which will allow the city to keep tabs on its bins and track resident participation in
the city's recycling program.
Do they have to
put RFID chips in everything?
'Sedition' Is Constitutional.
For the past year, the Obama administration, unable to win arguments based on facts and merit, has been moving
to criminalize the political opposition in an effort to artificially control the debate. First, the DHS
published reports classifying conservative viewpoints as terroristic. Then hate crimes legislation was
introduced to squash religious speech regarding sexual deviancy. And finally, Regulatory Czar Cass
Sunstein claimed the power to ban "falsehoods," an infraction Sunstein in his infinite nonpartisan wisdom
would define and determine. And now, the ultimate political A-bomb has been introduced into the public
discourse: the charge of sedition.
who do they think they own? I have for some time been looking for a model to describe the relationship
that currently exists between the people and the federal government. At different times, I have labeled it as
feudalism, serfdom or slavery. None of them is quite right, and yet they all hint at the problem — the
American people, who ostensibly still pride themselves on freedom have long since been co-opted as nothing more
than a labor force by their masters in Washington.
Troubled Waters. Rep.
James Oberstar wants to rewrite the Clean Water Act. If the Minnesota Democrat gets his way, the federal
government will have even greater authority to take private property. This isn't Oberstar's first attempt.
In 2007 he also tried to rewrite the water bill. He and others weren't happy with Supreme Court rulings that
defined the limits Washington has over bodies of water that have no nexus to navigable waters. They want
full federal control over all waters.
Government Crushes Christians. Massive spending means massive government — a system
that reaches into virtually every corner of our lives. From house loans to student loans to light bulbs
to toilets and even to the cars we buy and drive, we feel the government's direct hand. Corporate
executives worry about "pay czars," doctors worry about government-set prices for their services, and we all
wonder if the Internal Revenue Service will be monitoring our health insurance choices. Massive
government means government control, the strings attached to money, to participation and even to expression as
the government goes beyond the original purpose of its multitude of programs and attempts to alter social
outcomes, favor certain viewpoints and — most ominously — suppress others.
Madison's "Overbearing Majority". The purpose of this bill is — as Pelosi
put it — to "kick through this door" to prepare the way for even further "reform." But
what does this metaphor even suggest? Who kicks through doors, anyway? It is ordinarily
the police — or even the secret police. Not a constitutional legislative body of the
United States of America. Pelosi's phrase was profoundly aggressive, although perhaps she
used it without complete consciousness of what she might be conveying. But it was no
accident. This is an extraordinary way for a speaker of the House to talk, congruent
with the Democratic Party's newly combative attitude towards the wishes of the American people.
DOE's Search and Seizure.
The feds are coming to inspect your home if you want to sell it, according to regulations buried in cap-and-trade
legislation and standards decreed by the Secretary of Energy. But there are numerous legal difficulties
inherent in DOE "inspections." Here are a few: First, the regulations purportedly require homeowners
to submit to a warrantless search of their property.
Federal judge rules
Day of Prayer unconstitutional. A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer
unconstitutional Thursday [4/15/2010], saying the day amounts to a call for religious action.
Obama's new tax on... Rainwater!?
Would President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency really force Americans to pay a tax on "rainwater
runoff" from homes and small businesses? You bet they would. In fact, the EPA, under radical
environmentalist Lisa Jackson, is proposing regulations to do just that.
Obama will now have his private army.
Of course, SEC. 430, Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps, lists in detail the commissioned Regular Corps and
Ready Reserve Corps that will be trained up, fired up, lined up and controlled by Obama himself. Naturally
the purpose for this army is to stand by in case they are needed at short notice for a national health emergency
or emergency response missions. ... In the history of our country, have we ever had such a massive, national health
emergency that we needed a militia/military reserve ready to pepper the country and control things?
Using the FBI against the tea party:
COINTELPRO on the tea party? How comfortable are you with the idea of agents posing as activists
to elicit anti-government tirades? How comfortable would you be if the Bush administration had done the
same thing with Code Pink in an effort to get a anti-war activist to threaten a Senator who voted in favor of
continue campaign against individual liberty. It's an absurdity that the federal government has
the right to make Americans buy health insurance, but what's worse is the ha, ha, ha of the left that free
people making their own decisions about the way they live is selfishness or shibboleth. Heed that shrug
of the shoulders — especially in the context of nanny-state interventions quietly disposing of all
kinds of small freedoms all about us — and you have a taste of what's to come if the Democratic
darlings of the left stay in power in the elections this year and in 2012.
Your Lords and Masters. There was a time in this country when the government of the United States
followed the Constitution and had greatly limited powers. Today, the Constitution is largely ignored and
our Congress can do almost anything it wants — and it does just that. Your Congress now
essentially controls large parts of the automaking industry, banking industry, and it has put itself in
charge of student loans. It has taken over health care. It takes tax dollars from your state and
then tells you under what conditions it will allow your state to have its money back. It's in charge of
your retirement. It even picks the lightbulbs you're allowed to have in your house.
Gun Nuts at 30,000 Feet? [Scroll down]
After the flight landed, the marshals nailed another terrorist suspect — Robert "Bob" Rajcoomar.
He was handcuffed and taken into custody because, as TSA spokesman David Steigman later explained, Rajcoomar, "to
the best of our knowledge, had been observing too closely." ... When the plane landed, Rajcoomar recalled, "One
of these marshals came down to me and said, 'Head down, hands over your head!' They pushed my head down,
told me to bend down." Rajcoomar said one of the marshals told him, "We didn't like the way you looked" and
"We didn't like the way you looked at us." Some air marshals apparently think of themselves as minor-league
deities whom no mortal should be permitted to directly observe.
Be a Law. Bleary-eyed, I crawl out of bed, shuffle into the bathroom, and flip on the lights,
but the bulb is out. I remind myself to get to Home Depot and stockpile a few cases of good, old-fashioned
incandescent bulbs while I still can. After my morning business, I flush an extra time, since 1.6 gallons
just doesn't seem to do the trick. But at least we're saving water, huh? Hop in the shower, where
the water trickles out at an EPA-limited 2.5 gallons per minute. I think I'll stay in here for an
extra ten minutes or so.
Election Theft Underway
in Wisconsin. The far left has taken over the Democratic Party, and is aggressive changing the
rules so as to entrench itself in power, regardless of the will of the people. The same Alinskyite mentality
that rammed through ObamaCare. Rules are what you make the other guy live up to. Now, with
the same anti-transparency approach used on ObamaCare, Wisconsin Democrats plan to close down scrutiny while
they tailor election practices to benefit themselves. Chicago rules ruthlessness coupled to a far left
Love, Fear, and Tyranny.
We the people must remove the tyrants and preserve the Constitution. But we must take care. We find
ourselves taunted by holier-than-thou Democrats and soulless media puppets. "Violent right-wing extremism"
would be the perfect excuse for banning the voice of liberty from the airwaves with an emergency "fairness
doctrine." So what can freedom-loving, traditional Americans do?
Without the Consent of the Governed.
Now that Obama & Co. have found the legislative mechanisms to subvert the Law of the Land on the federal health
care grab, they intend to rush forward with the passage of "financial reform" — "energy reform" — and
"Immigration reform" — none of which are any type of "reform." ... They plan to advance their anti-American
agenda no matter how many stand opposed, and in such a manner that it can never be reversed.
chill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered a most disturbing promise to
PBS's Jim Lehrer on Wednesday [3/24/2010], proudly announcing that the methods employed and nearly
employed to force ObamaCare on the American people (formerly the most free people on the planet) would,
from this day forward, serve as her "model for future reforms." Chilling words, indeed.
and the incredible shrinking Constitution. The House of Representatives [voted] on the SENATE
health-care bill, which is illegal. The Constitution mandates that "all Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other
Bills." What happened in this case is that the Senate took an unrelated bill that originated in the
House, amended it by completely removing the previous provisions and then substituting 2,400 pages of
bureaucracy-creating, money-stealing, rights-restricting health-care reform. This is a blatant
end run around the Constitution, and means that Congress can do anything it wants.
Is a Chavez-Style Media Crackdown Coming to America? "Many of [Hugo] Chavez's most
ardent supporters here in the U.S. come out of the 'media reform' movement, which believes that
our corporate media has been thoroughly co-opted by capitalists bent on destroying the benevolent
leadership of the likes of Chavez. They think that our capitalist-plagued media world is in dire
need of reform." So ominously wrote Steve Forbes Wednesday [3/24/2010] in an article guaranteed
to make right-thinking Americans from coast to coast wonder what's next in the Left's plans to control
Obama Considers 'Zoning the Oceans'.
In requiring industries to disclose financial risks related to global warming and assessing national security concerns
from rising sea levels, the administration has made an end run around Congress to ensure climate change is part of
the national agenda. One of the more insidious endeavors to implement climate change regulations without
congressional action has been the administration's recent effort to regulate the oceans. With very little
fanfare, President Barack Obama quietly issued a memorandum last summer establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy
Task Force charged with developing recommendations for a national policy for oceans and coasts and the Great Lakes.
The coming of an American Reichstag?
While published reports confirm that Capitol Police have been contacted and are addressing security concerns
of lawmakers and the incidents of vandalism, the involvement of federal agencies has not been publicly disclosed,
nor will it likely be on any official level. The reason, according to this source, is that high-level
discussions between top lawmakers and agency heads are "exploring the application of the Patriot Act against
any right-wing individual or group that poses a danger to government operations."
No Limits on Federal Power?
Every power the federal government has through the commerce clause is one the state has never had. If
everything that affects interstate commerce (which, by today's standards, is every imaginable activity) can
be federally regulated, then the states never had any power. If the states have no exclusive regulatory
power, then they are simply temporary custodians of federal power until the federal government chooses to
retake that power. That states have no exclusive power is an absurd conclusion. But it is not easy
to see now because the federal government "discovers" one power at a time. But if all activities affect
interstate commerce, then what other conclusion is there?
'Commerce Clause' Totalitarians.
Make no mistake: Congress is telling Americans that we are required to engage in commerce,
whether we like or not — simply because we exist. And the fundamental question Americans
should be pondering as a result, is this: if Congress can force you to engage in a particular activity
against your will, if they can literally eliminate the freedom to choose not to engage in commerce, what is it
they can't regulate? Answer: absolutely nothing — and that is the essence of
kicking in our doors, Madame Speaker. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used an unexpected analogy Monday
[3/15/2010] during a conference call with liberal bloggers to discuss Obamacare, saying "once we kick through
this door, there'll be more legislation to follow." At least four things need to be said about Pelosi's
Their Real Agenda:
Today's Democrats aren't interested in constitutional or traditional limitations on government. They want
to remake American life based on their notions of what's ideal, and they are more than willing to force leftward
change on an ostensibly free people. While this has been clear for some time, it still rocks us a bit
when they acknowledge such plans out loud. The loudest came Monday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told
a group of bloggers that turning the Democratic Party leaders' health care overhaul into law would embolden
them to drive America away from its roots of liberty and independence. "Kick open that door, and there
will be other legislation to follow," she said. "We'll take the country in a new direction."
Another Government Takeover: Student Loan Edition. [Scroll down] Since 1965, the
Federal Family Education Loan Program has helped tens of millions of students and parents by providing
low-cost, federally guaranteed loans. ... Yet right now, the Majority in Congress and the President want to
make it more difficult to pay for college by putting the government between you and the money you need to pay
for higher education. The Administration wants to end FFELP in favor of a 100 percent Direct Loan
program. Under this approach, the federal government will become the sole originator and collector of
student loans, forcing the roughly 4,000 schools who have chosen FFELP to the government-run alternative.
ObamaCare is Tyranny,
Not Legislation. What we're seeing in Washington, D.C. is not "politics as usual" with the arm
twisting and "horse trading" that is typical in getting a bill passed; instead, it is ideological warfare.
What Obama, Reid and Pelosi are doing is not legislating; it is an act of tyranny — overturning all
the rules and principles of government in a representative democracy. ... Apparently Obama, Reid and Pelosi aren't
worried about losing control of Congress in 2010 or even the presidency in 2012, because their higher goal is
to irrevocably institutionalize their ideology.
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid Won't Quit Pushing Health Care Reform: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are
decidedly pale reds, or as was said in an earlier generation, "pinkos." But all three have grand
ambitions, make no mistake, to achieve through imposition the social — or should it be said,
socialist — democracy that lies with deadening weight across the width and breadth of Western
Europe. These three Democratic leaders are working within our system of government to fundamentally
alter government's relationship to the people. If these three succeed, the American experiment in
liberty will effectively end.
Healthcare Bill Would Be Obama's 'Enabling Act'. Why are Barack Obama and other Democrat leaders
so intent on passing a government takeover of healthcare now…Now…NOW? They must know that
costs will rise and the quality of care will fall, right? They must know that Obamacare would destroy
the economy, right? Of course they do. But, they also know that the federal government would
tighten its grip on the nation.
It's been a pattern of this administration that if the American people are adamantly opposed to it, ram it
through anyway. So it's been with the health care overhaul, offshore drilling restrictions and now the
Environmental Protection Agency threatening to become the uber-regulator of the air we breathe. The New
York Times says in a Saturday [3/13/2010] editorial regarding that last item that if Congress fails to enact
cap-and-trade legislation such as Waxman-Markey or Kerry-Boxer, the EPA should jam it down our throats.
Serfs They Want Us To Be And Serfs We Will
Become! That's right. It's over. Their guns are bigger. They control all the
money. They control the energy. They control the land. They control the food and they
control the water. Soon they will control our health care, down to the last detail on our electronic
health care records being stored in a giant computer in Washington DC, from which they can determine if we
are worthy of receiving health care. The older we get, the less worthy we become.
It Be Illegal to Be a Jew in Massachusetts? New legislation now being proposed in the Massachusetts
state legislature to ban circumcision of any male children, including Jewish children, comes very close to saying,
"Yes, it should be a crime." Circumcision of infant males has been a requirement of Jewish faith and identity
since the time of Abraham. Meanwhile, just a year ago this week, two very powerful state legislators in
Connecticut proposed a bill that would have had the government take over the finances of the Catholic Church.
(It took a rally drawing thousands of folks to the state capitol to persuade them to withdraw the measure.)
of the governed — and the lack thereof. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, only 21 percent
of American voters believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed. On the other hand,
Rasmussen notes, a full 63 percent of the "political class" believe that the government enjoys the consent of
the governed. ... The remainder, presumably, are comfortable being tyrants. These numbers should raise deep
worries about the future of our republic.
What's so smart about 'smart
meters?' Maybe it's just me, but there is something unsettling about having a smart meter tracking
my power consumption. Will there come a day when excessive power usage will be treated as a crime? Who
will determine what is excessive?
The Editor says...
The so-called "smart power grid" is one of several "great ideas"
that may not be so great after all.
Obama and the Government
Employees: [Scroll down] Meanwhile, Big Brother, like many big brothers, has become a bully.
The Internal Revenue Service is on a hiring binge to crack down on taxpayers; fees on candy, plastic bags, iPod
downloads, sugar, and many other things that make life fun are going up and up; our tax rates are inflating; and
studies show that there has even been an explosion in parking tickets and fines for every picayune sort of
"violation" that the bureaucrats can dream up in all their spare time — phantom taxes, they have
been called. The leviathan must be fed.
The Nanny State
Nightmare with Judicial Teeth. A bill before Congress would grant extraordinary power to
activist judges to implement an agenda that usurps the power of parents.
The Content of Obama's
Character. [Scroll down slowly] Another disquieting note is the overarching theme of Obama's
first year of governance: the determination to govern against the preamble of the Declaration of
Independence, which states that government gains its just powers from the consent of the governed. The
American people do not consent to the $787-billion stimulus. They do not consent to the cap-and-trade
bill. They do not consent to the federalization of health care.
to California 'Water, Its Not a Right its a Privilege'. On the list of insane public policy
moves we have come to expect from the current administration, Cap and Tax, Obamacare and Union Card Check, a
fourth has garnered relatively little attention, although the implications for all Americans may be among the
most far-reaching. The recurring theme is centralized control.
Privacy. In a hearing at
the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in an effort to overturn a lower court ruling, the Administration argued
that a cell phone user has no expectation of privacy therefore the government can subpoena any and all cell
phone records at any time for virtually any reason without the need for search warrant issued by a judge. ... Is
the real motive to spy on US citizens? On the surface it certainly appears so.
EPA's plan to set water-quality standards in
Florida, a national first. In a move cheered by environmental groups, the federal government on Friday
[1/15/2010] proposed stringent limits on "nutrient" pollution allowed to foul Florida's waterways. The
ruling — which will cost industries and governments more than a billion dollars to comply — marks
the first time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has intervened to set a state's water-quality standards.
More information (none of it favorable)
about the EPA.
The Taser's Edge. The
late Sam Francis once wrote about something he called "anarcho-tyranny." Simply put, it's the growing
tendency of the government to harshly treat ordinary citizens over even the most minor infractions while at
the same time treating violent predators — real criminals — with disinterest and
often minimal punishment relative to their deeds. The growing use of "shock
therapy" — tasers — on motorists who've committed minor traffic infractions such as
failing to wear a seat belt or who grumble under their breath while being issued speeding
tickets is Exhibit A.
Housing as Busing.
With a Westchester decision, the feds decree that neighborhoods must seek minority residents.
Ray Stevens: Music Icon Takes On Obamacare.
Ray has been working steadily since 1958 and has won every music award you can imagine. But he's not
concerned about his status; he's worried about the future of his country. "It's not about health care
it's not about cap and trade... it's about control. These people are socialists and Marxist and they
want control and they want to be the elite ruling class and that's not what America is and America needs to
wake up, and I think we are, finally, and kick the bums out," he told me.
impudent tyranny of Harry Reid. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is proving once
again the maxim that darkness hates the light. Buried in his massive amendment to the Senate version of
Obamacare is Reid's anti-democratic poison pill designed to prevent any future Congress from repealing the
central feature of this monstrous legislation.
criminals out of all Americans. There are now more than 4,000 federal crimes, spread out
through some 27,000 pages of the U.S. Code. Some years ago, analysts at the Congressional Research
Service tried to count the number of separate offenses on the books, and gave up, lacking the resources
to get the job done. If teams of legal researchers can't make sense of the federal criminal code,
obviously, ordinary citizens don't stand a chance.
Arrest. Universal jurisdiction originated centuries ago to deal with hostes humani generis
("the enemies of all mankind") such as pirates or slavers, who were not under any state's control but legitimately
concerned them all. It has grown explosively in recent years, as self-styled human-rights advocates have
pushed to criminalize national actions that they find offensive.
The airport is a police state.
Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle
Airport. [Scroll down slowly] Yon described the TSA officials as noticeably frustrated
by his refusal to answer their questions: "I always assume everything is being recorded. I was
trying to be professional." Yon continued, "They said I wasn't under arrest, but I'm handcuffed. In
any other country, that qualifies as an arrest." ... "TSA people are out of control," he said. "They
are not doing their jobs, they are harassing people, creating animosity. They ask you 'what time is
your connective flight?' and they bully you until you miss the flight."
Interpol, In Your Midst. None
of us can object to a police force, or an army, because humankind is too adept at being stupid and wicked.
But, when a police force or army are used against the people they are meant to protect, they become agents of
the wicked who wish to control us.
Interpol Need Immunity from American Law? You just can't make up how brazen this crowd is.
One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force
immune from the restraints of American law. ... That is, Interpol's property and assets are no longer subject
to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police
force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S.
Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American
interests outside the United States.
Executive Order Amended Immunizing
INTERPOL In America — Is The ICC Next? [Scroll down] For an added and
disturbing wrinkle, INTERPOL's central operations office in the United States is within our own Justice
Department offices. They are American law enforcement officers working under the aegis of INTERPOL within
our own Justice Department. That they now operate with full diplomatic immunity and with "inviolable
archives" from within our own buildings should send red flags soaring into the clouds. ... American
sovereignty hangs in the balance if these actions are not prevented through public outcry and political
Interpol — From the Inside.
Well, Interpol has certainly started a tidal wave! My inbox has been crammed with comments, from hostile
to accepting, from ignorant to a pretence of knowledge. I had one, indirectly, from someone who worked in
Interpol Europe. Also, many gun-owners tell me they would shoot it out with anyone who wants to arrest
them for having guns. I can only warn against a Waco conclusion if that happened.
Ron Paul's Hour of
Power. The decades-long campaign of Ron Paul to have the Government Accountability Office do a
full audit of the Federal Reserve now has 313 sponsors in the House. Sometimes perseverance does
pay off. ... What opponents of Paul's audit are thus saying is that elected legislators must be kept out of
the temple where the great decisions about the economy are made, that these decisions must rest with bankers
and economists answerable, as is the Supreme Court, to themselves and no one else.
High Court Considers Whether Feds Can Make Everyone a Criminal.
The problem with government is that it tends to expand, including expanding its ability to throw people in
jail. Fortunately, the Constitution provides a check on this power. Often these days, "due
process" is used as a catchall to advance any number of legal theories, most of them liberal. But
one correct doctrine from the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment is that
a statute can be "void for vagueness."
The ObamaCare Leviathan.
As the Democrats inexorably slog toward the finish line, lugging and wrenching their malformed health care bill, the most
passionate debate has been on contentious issues like abortion, the public option, and Medicare cuts. Yet the
overriding danger of the Senate bill and its House counterpart is the massive government bureaucracies that will
emerge as the legislation takes effect.
Bludgeon. Buried in the House financial reform is a provision that would muscle up the FTC and
radically expand its mission. Pushed by liberal barons Henry Waxman and Barney Frank, the language would
empower the FTC to impose civil penalties on companies that are first-time offenders and make it easier for
the agency to concoct new rules. ... Imaginative lawmakers will have all sorts of ideas for how to use
the new powers.
Warming as a Political Tool. As part of the enduring statist desire to penetrate ever deeper
into every nook and cranny of our lives, Greens have wanted to find a way for the government to regulate
CO2, a natural byproduct of fire and breathing, for decades. Now they can. That is why the
White House will use [Lisa] Jackson as a Medusa's head, to petrify cap-and-trade opponents with the
prospect of something even worse: the effective seizing of the means of production.
about the Environmental Protection Agency.
When government slippery slope goes
vertical. Libertarians often warn about the slippery slope of government intervention:
Let the government run the schools, and it may end up teaching your children values that offend you.
Let the government have new powers to fight terrorism, and it may use those extraordinary powers in the
pursuit of ordinary crimes. Let the federal government give the states money for highways, and it
may eventually use its money to impose its own rules on the states.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold
is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
U.S. House of Presumptuous Meddlers. As an American, I am embarrassed that the U.S. House of
Representatives has 220 members who actually believe the government can successfully centrally plan the
medical and insurance industries. I'm embarrassed that my representatives think that government can
subsidize the consumption of medical care without increasing the budget deficit or interfering with free
Justice Dept. Asked
For News Site's Visitor Lists. In a case that raises questions about online journalism and
privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering
it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day. The grand jury subpoena also required the
Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site "not to disclose the existence of this request" unless authorized by
the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.
Ministry of Truth,
Obama-style. President Obama has been agitating for the authority to criminalize political
opponents since he took office. First there was the raft of DHS reports profiling conservatives as
terrorists. Then came the push for a new fairness doctrine, subsequently refined to be achieved in
diversity regulations to be imposed on local radio stations. Following these attacks on free speech
was the much debated hate crimes legislation, considered by many to be a back-door path to silencing critics
of the administration. But, while dangerous to free speech, none of these draconian policies could
do as much damage as new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein's shocking proposal to ban "falsehoods" — a
term left up to the Obama administration to define. If Sunstein succeeds, free speech will be truly
dead in America.
Obama and Congress Order You to Buy Broccoli? Can President Barack Obama and Congress enact
legislation that orders Americans to buy broccoli? If so, where did they get that authority? What
provision in the Constitution empowers the federal government to order an individual to buy a product he does
not want? This is not a question about nutrition. It is not a question about whether broccoli is
good for you or about the relative merits of broccoli versus other foods. It is a question about the
constitutional limits on the power of the federal government. It is a question about freedom.
Where does the Constitution Authorize Congress to Order Americans to
Buy Health Insurance? [Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick] Leahy, whose committee is responsible for vetting
Supreme Court nominees, was asked by CNSNews.com where in the Constitution Congress is specifically granted the authority
to require that every American purchase health insurance. Leahy answered by saying that "nobody questions" Congress'
authority for such an action.
Pelosi: 'Are You Serious?' When Asked About Constitutional
Authority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not explain where Congress gets the authority to force
Americans to buy health insurance, when asked by CNSNews.com, and dismissed the query with the response, "Are you serious?
Are you serious?"
of health overhaul questioned. On top of all the other obstacles facing President Obama in his
quest to pass health reform is this one: Does the U.S. Constitution allow the government to require
uninsured Americans to buy medical insurance or impose a tax penalty if they refuse?
Show Me the Bill!
you think Congress should vote on bills without reading them? How about voting on bills that don't even exist yet,
except in fragments? The Senate Finance Committee [voted] on a massive health care reform bill on Tuesday [10/13/2009]
allegedly authored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). A glaring, outrageous, unreported fact is that the bill's actual
text has been kept secret. No one actually knows what's in it — not even the senators who [were] told
to vote for it.
California Assembly Expunges Santa
Barbara Drilling Vote. The California State Assembly is refusing to provide the names of
assemblymen who voted to ban oil recovery off the coast of Santa Barbara. Twenty-eight members
supported the ban, but their votes cannot be found in the official state database. Assembly leaders
expunged the votes in order to spare lawmakers running for re-election an official record of their
The Editor says...
How can we have a representative government if the legislators conduct secret ballots?
Tribe's secrecy should
concern community. [Scroll down] Tribal officers are fully empowered to make felony arrests of
anyone in the county, to lodge those suspects in the Isabella County Jail, and to pursue criminal charges under
Michigan law. And, as it now stands, they have the ability to do so in secrecy.
The Editor says...
Secret police and tyranny go hand in hand.
Wabash Valley woman didn't realize
second cold medicine purchase violated drug laws. When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine
for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs.
Now, Harpold is trying to clear her name of criminal charges, and she is speaking out in hopes that a law
will change so others won't endure the same embarrassment she still is facing.
Buy too much
cold medicine, go to jail. [Sally] Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box
of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her husband at a Rockville pharmacy. Less than seven days later, she
bought a box of Mucinex-D cold medicine for her adult daughter at a Clinton pharmacy, thereby purchasing
3.6 grams total of pseudoephedrine in a week's time.
Every Drop of Water in America. Some in the
federal government want to exert control over ... every drop of water in America. It is an attack on private
property and it is emblematic of the real agenda of environmentalists. It is Communism. The American Land
Rights Association recently issued a notice. "Having been slapped down by the U.S. Supreme Court's two recent
decisions that the words 'navigable waters' in the Clean Water Act limited federal agencies to regulation of navigable
waters only, Democrats and liberal Republicans in Congress are striking back."
State of 'emergency'? We're
living in it. Wednesday [9/23/2009], the Legislature approved Ted Kennedy's deathbed wish to repeal
his 2004 nondeathbed wish to take away a (Republican) governor's power to appoint an interim senator. See,
now that the governor is a Democrat, the law is an "abomination." The vote to change Teddy's law for Teddy
was 24-16 in the Senate, 95-57 in the House. That's not two-thirds. But pay no attention to that pesky
Constitution. We'll just have the governor decide it's an "emergency."
Orders We Will Not Obey. Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving
military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who swore an oath to
support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic ... and meant it.
A Destructive Toy
Story Made in Washington. Last Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee finally held a
hearing on the highly controversial Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the children's-product-safety law
that took effect on Feb. 10. Chairman Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) allowed a single witness: Inez
Tenenbaum, the newly installed chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who, like himself, is a
strong advocate of the law. Not one of the thousands of craftspeople, retailers and small manufacturers
the law has sent reeling was permitted to testify.
New Government Policy Imposes Strict Standards on Garage
Sales Nationwide. Americans who slap $1 pricetags on their used possessions at garage sales or bazaar events
risk being slapped with fines of up to $15 million, thanks to a new government campaign. The "Resale Round-up,"
launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, enforces new limits on lead in children's products and makes it illegal
to sell any items that don't meet those limits or have been recalled for any other reason.
Not Going Down
Without a Fight. [Scroll down] Well, then, came along another government obstacle.
A law passed in 2008, called CPSIA, takes away my right to hand-create many things for children without
third-party laboratory testing. ... I have purchased crafting items all my life. I know who these
people are. Their cloth, their beads, their talent is American. Toys, dresses, books, and such
items are not meant for eating, and that is how these poisons are transferred. We all want our children
to be safe, but why punish those that have played by the rules and have their lives and blood invested in this?
today, it is illegal not to recycle plastic bottles. Starting today [10/1/2009], that old soda
bottle and empty milk jug are no longer just garbage. They must be recycled. A new state law is
taking effect that prohibits all plastic bottles from being disposed of in landfills. Supporters of
the law say it will boost North Carolina's burgeoning recycling industry, which has an unmet demand for
old bottles that can be converted into new goods.
organizer sees need to sound an alarm. A vociferous group of Americans is warning that the country is not
just headed in the wrong direction — but over a cliff. They are mainstream media commentators, like
Fox News' Glenn Beck. They are religious leaders, like "Bible Answer Man" Hank Hanegraaff, who told radio listeners
last month that "socialism and fascism" were "slipping quietly through the back door." And they are everyday people
like Rand Cardwell.
Sweet And Sour. Government
can't be allowed to use its taxation powers for an illegitimate purpose like directing the behavior of the
populace. ... We've already let the government criminalize tobacco, fossil fuels and trans fat. Will we now
let Washington add sugar to its index of forbidden substances?
ordered to attend public school. A New Hampshire court ordered a home-schooled Christian girl to
attend a public school this week after a judge criticized the "rigidity" of her mother's religious views and
said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures. Ever since the judge's ruling
came out in July, the case has aroused the interest of home-schooling groups nationwide, who have asked why a
court has the power to decide whether someone's religious views are too extreme.
The Editor says...
This is an issue far greater than home schooling. No judge has the authority to rule on
the merits of any person's religious values or beliefs.
Pay Czar Collects Firms'
Proposals. For years, the question of what constitutes fair and appropriate compensation for top business
executives has been debated by legislators, corporate directors and activist shareholders. Now, for the first
time, a government voice will have a real say in what that pay should be.
Health Care Reform Is About
Control, Not Health. Liberals have always been fixated on controlling people. In America, they accomplish
this through taxation, regulation, and unrelenting appeals to our leftist-dominated court system. And when these
avenues prove unsuccessful, liberals don't give up, they simply look for a covert means to reach their original goal.
ObamaCare is just such a covert means.
The Pay Czar's
Power Grab: Pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's official government title is "Special Master for Compensation." ... Asked
by Reuters whether his powers include reaching back and revoking bonuses awarded to financial industry executives before his
office was created earlier this year, Feinberg asserted broad and binding authorities — including the ability
to "claw back" money already paid out. ... House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank has yapped
all year long about extending pay curbs to all financial institutions and perhaps to all U.S. companies.
someone mention Obama's so-called czars?
charges stir protests. Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case
involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and
up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer.
This Can't Be the Same Country I Grew Up In.
[Scroll down] I mean, we've got czars now. Czars like John Holdren, who has proposed forcing abortions
and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population. The latest is the nominee for regulatory
czar, a Harvard Law professor named Cass Sunstein, who is a friend of Obama's and embraces the ever-so-popular
"senior death discount" that calculates the lives of younger people as having a greater value than those of the
elderly. And he also believes in giving legal rights for livestock, wildlife and pets so they can file
lawsuits. Human rights for livestock? This is not the America I grew up in.
Why the Founding Fathers Were "Birthers":
[Scroll down slowly] There are TWO reasons why the "birther" movement is EXPLODING instead of going away, despite
daily attacks and name calling from the lamestream press. The Constitution, including Article II Section I
either stands or it doesn't. The people are watching the utter hourly destruction of their nation in Washington DC
and they need a peaceful way to end that destruction legally, before things become violent. The flaw in the left's
plan to change the Unites States into a secular socialist One World Order is they have foolishly underestimated the desire
for freedom and liberty in the hearts and minds of most Americans.
Health bill proposal for 'home visitation' sparks Big Brother
fears. A proposal for a government program that would send nurses into the homes of low-income
women to counsel them about their pregnancies and parenting skills failed to gain support in Congress this
year, but has been revived in the health care legislation. The language, buried deep in the
1,000-plus-page House health care reform bill, has bipartisan support, though it never had enough
backing to pass the House or Senate on its own.
Obama DOJ Threatened Oklahoma Over
English-Only Vote. The Obama administration believes that an inability to speak English is a civil right.
It is even more distressing that the administration, legally speaking, may be right. In April President Obama's
Department of Justice threatened to cut off federal funding to Oklahoma if that state's voters approve a state
constitutional amendment making English Oklahoma's official language, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) revealed.
The Editor says...
The State of Oklahoma has a choice: Take a handout from the federal government, or live in freedom. Where did
the federal government get the money it threatens to withhold? The federal government has no money of its
own — it is entirely parasitic. Does anyone really believe that the U.S. government will cut off the State of
Oklahoma from all federal funds while withholding taxes from Oklahomans' paychecks? I say, call their bluff!
Would Fine People More Than $1,000 for Refusing Health Care Coverage. Americans who refuse to
buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill
unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Obama's top domestic priority.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years.
U.S. Government Is After Your
Pocket Knives, Second Amendment Group Warns. Second Amendment supporters are warning Americans
about what they call an "unwarranted knife grab by Customs agents." On May 21, the Customs and
Border Protection Agency proposed revoking earlier rulings that said "assisted opening knives" —
including pocket knives — are not switchblades. The proposed new rule would expand the definition
of "switchblade" to include knives that are opened with one hand as well as old-fashioned slip-joint knives, even
the type of folding knives that Boy Scouts typically carry.
to expand knife ban doesn't cut it with critics. Hunters, whittlers and Boy Scouts, beware —
your knives may soon be on the government's chopping block. The Obama administration wants to expand the
50-year-old ban on importing "switchblades" to include folding knives that can be opened with one hand,
stirring fears the government may on the path to outlawing most pocket knives.
Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine
Teams to Conduct 'Interventions' in Private Homes. There is a knock at the front door. Peeking
through the window, a mother sees a man and a woman, both in uniform. They are agents of health-care reform.
"Excuse me, ma'am," says the man. "Our records show that your eleven-year-old daughter has not been immunized for
genital warts." "And your four-year-old still needs the chicken-pox vaccine," says the woman.
No HAPI Ending. The respect the
federal government has for the American electorate, at least the amount it shows, has reached a new low. The
Healthy Americans Private Insurance plan, which incidentally goes by the acronym "HAPI," is the new plan the federal
government has devised to force us to pay more in taxes and take a handout whether we want it or not. ... To put it
bluntly, the federal government is saying we must enroll our family members and ourselves in a health insurance
plan... or else.
Government vs. America. There is still time to stop the legislative monstrosity known as the Waxman-Markey
cap-and-trade bill before the Senate approves it. But for that to happen, Americans must learn how bad it is. ... The
American Issues Project has exposed Section 204 of the bill, called the "Building Energy Performance Labeling Program,"
which gives the federal government unprecedented authority over your home. AIP says the section mandates that new
homes be 30 percent more energy-efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed. The
requirement increases to 50 percent by 2014 and continues to increase until 2030.
bill gives huge powers to government. In less than a year, we have witnessed a government takeover
of banks and lending institutions, a presidential firing of an executive at a major corporation — General
Motors — and the toppling of established U.S. bankruptcy laws to the benefit of the president's political
allies. But this breathtaking claim of power may pale in comparison to the impact Americans will feel
from enactment of the so-called American Clean Energy and Security Law, which has been passed by the
Waxman-Markey contains unpleasant surprises for Americans, including a provision which could prevent homeowners from
selling their homes if they aren't retrofitted to meet federal "green" guidelines. But the House passed the
1,400-page bill before its members had an opportunity to read it, much less ponder its implications. Let's pray
the Senate is more responsible.
Rep. Hastings' Amendment a
"Disturbing Piece of Legislation"? Approximately two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed an
amendment, introduced by Congressman Alcee Hastings, that would prohibit people affiliated with hate groups from joining
the military. The amendment is one of dozens tacked on to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 — the
bill that OKs money to be spent on the armed forces. The full bill passed the House and the companion bill was
read aloud today [7/7/2009] in the Senate.
Alcee Hastings Paves the Way for Concentration Camps. In
the near future, voicing opposition to the radical left agenda being rammed down our country's throat could land you in a
concentration camp. Now's a good time to start resisting what liberals are doing to this country, because it won't
be getting any easier.
opposition is not a hate crime. Legislation quietly making its way through Congress would give
the White House power to categorize political opponents as hate groups and even send Americans to detention
centers on abandoned military bases. ... Section 2(b)4 allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to use
the camps "to meet other appropriate needs" — none of which are specified. This is the kind of
blank check that Congress should never, ever sign. ... It's not paranoid to be extremely wary of legislation
that would give two unelected government officials power to legally declare someone a "domestic terrorist" and
send them to a government-run camp. After all, the federal government has done exactly this sort of thing
233 Years Later, a New Independence Push.
President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have an ambitious agenda that, if implemented, would make Americans more dependent
on their government than ever before — certainly more than our Founding Fathers would have
envisioned. From socialized medicine, ownership of car companies and large monetary infusions into
failing private sector entities to federal control of our nation's energy and education sectors, the
U.S. government is rapidly become increasingly powerful and increasingly intrusive.
Say NO to a Constitutional
Convention. What if Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi had the opportunity to re-write
the United States Constitution? What if the hordes of big-government liberals had the opportunity to
write the Supreme Law of Land? What would this document include? I can guarantee that it will
include provisions that make America look like Socialized Europe on a fast track to collectivism and
statism. If Conservatives join in the fight for a Constitutional Convention, we will be handing
over the keys to the kingdom.
We the People Need a Tyranny Czar.
America's system of checks and balances, designed to safeguard against tyranny, is in shambles. Thus, our
tyrannical president, committed to replacing free and private enterprise with government run socialism, is able
to do so, virtually at will. That same tyrannical president is able to downgrade national defense, drive
the nation to the cusp of financial ruin, and trash the best health care system in the world in favor of a
government run HMO, again virtually unchallenged.
The regulation of
essential elements of life. The EPA is now considering designating CO2 a dangerous pollutant.
The regulation of essential elements of life by our government scares me. It should scare us all.
I am devastated by the notion that our own government founded on freedom would regulate and control the most
fundamental aspects of life on earth. ... We generally have too much water where we don't need it and too
little where we do. Are you planning to regulate water also? ... Carbon dioxide is just as essential
to life as water and oxygen. Carbon dioxide is no more a pollutant than oxygen or water.
heard this Washington song before. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday [6/17/2009]
by barring Republicans from offering any amendments to spending legislation. This has never been done
before in the entire history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Many Of Today's Americans Love Government
path we're embarked upon, in the name of good, is a familiar one. The unspeakable horrors of Nazism, Stalinism
and Maoism did not begin in the '30s and '40s with the men usually associated with those names. Those horrors were
simply the end result of a long evolution of ideas leading to consolidation of power in central government in the name
of "social justice." In Germany, it led to the Enabling Act of 1933: Law to Remedy the Distress of the People
and the Nation and, after all, who could be against a remedy to relieve distress? Decent but misguided Germans, who
would have cringed at the thought of what Nazi Germany would become, succumbed to Hitler's charisma. Today's
Americans, enticed, perhaps enchanted, by charismatic speeches, are ceding so much power to Washington, and like
yesteryear's Germans are building the Trojan Horse for a future tyrant.
Man, 81, charged for
clearing pothole for repair. An Ohio man said he chipped away loose material to prepare a
pothole for repair and thought he was helping the city, not breaking the law. An undercover police officer
spotted 81-year-old James Stacy in the street near Stacy's home with a pickax and a broom last week.
Video Shows Philly Officer Bullying
Woman. When Agnes Lawless and three friends were inside a Lukoil convenience store in the Northeast
at 3 a.m. last August, they'd all but forgotten the fender-bender in which they'd been involved moments
earlier. There was little damage, and the other driver had left the scene, near Northeast Philadelphia
Airport. What they didn't know was that they'd been rear-ended by the son of a police officer who was on
duty, and dad was about to get involved.
Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies.
A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with
escalating fines they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported.
Land Grab, Air Grab, Water
Grab — S 787. The CWA (Clean Water Act) regulates point source pollution discharges into
"waters of the United States." The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the phrase "waters of
the United States" to exclude isolated waters, such as ponds, intermittent streams, and wetlands which do not
have a "significant nexus" to a navigable waterway. These bodies of water are not regulated by the
CWA. S 787 would change the CWA to significantly broaden the scope of the bill.
Isn't the Issue. The growing dispute between conservatives and liberals over the Supreme Court
nomination of Sonia Sotomayor obscures a more troubling point of agreement: The government should almost
always win. Many conservatives who think of themselves as proponents of limited government would be
surprised to discover that conservative judges begin their constitutional analyses in almost every context
by placing a thumb firmly on the government side of the scale.
my pay, Mr. Czar? The financial community clearly needed to revise compensation systems to shift incentives
for executives, managers, traders and others from one-year to longer term. And just as clearly, it needed to curtail
salaries and golden parachutes that bore no realistic connection to executive value-added. But that's not government's
role. Entertainers and athletes make too much, too. But that's not the government's business, either.
Them Up In Cairo. At one point, Obama fretted over the rise of new power that, to the horror of civilized
people, exudes an obsessed and twisted view of "sexuality" and "mindless violence." Islamo-fascism? No, the
Internet. The guy is confronting one of the most evil and relentless mindsets in the history of man and he finds
room in his big address to whine about the Internet — by far a greater tool for freedom than anything else.
Ordinance Makes Negligence of 'Green' Audit Criminal. The government is continuing to encroach on freedoms
more and more in the name of climate change. Case in point: An ordinance that went into effect June 1
stating if you sell your home in Austin, Texas and you fail to get a clean energy "green" audit, you will likely face
criminal charges. According to an ordinance passed by the Austin City Council in November 2008, any home 10 years
or older will require an "Energy Conservation Audit.
The state despotic. Would
it even be possible to hold the American revolution today? The Boston Tea Party? Imagine if George III
had been able to sit in his palace across the ocean, look at the security-camera footage, press a button, and freeze the
bank accounts of everyone there. Oh, well, we won't be needing another revolt, will we? But the consequence
of funding the metastasization of government through the confiscation of the fruits of the citizen's labor is the
remorseless shriveling of liberty.
Pelosi appeals for
China's help on climate change. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday [5/25/2009] to cooperate on
climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right. ... "We have so much room for improvement," she said.
"Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory ... of how we are taking responsibility."
Don't call it 'socialism'!
The government effectively owns General Motors and controls Chrysler, and the president is deciding what kind
of cars they can make. Uncle Sam owns majority stakes in American International Group, Fannie Mae, Freddie
Mac and controls large chunks of the banking industry. Also, President Obama wants government to take over
the business of student loans. And he's pushing for nationalized health care. Meanwhile, his Environmental
Protection Agency has ruled that it reserves the right to regulate any economic activity that has a "carbon
footprint." Just last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said climate change requires that "every aspect
of our lives must be subjected to an inventory." Rep. Barney Frank, chair of the Financial Services
Committee, has his eye on regulating executive pay.
Love Diversity — Or Else. Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global
marketplace and, not least, an interesting life. So we are told in a batch of new "fair housing" radio ads that
are the sort of treacly propaganda that cause sober drivers to run off the road. Presented as a celebration of
the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the ads were produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance, a private,
nonprofit group whose stated purpose is to make sure the act is properly implemented. The act bans housing
discrimination and imposes stiff penalties for those who get caught.
Democracy and Majority
Rule. Democracy and majority rule give an aura of legitimacy to acts that would otherwise be deemed tyranny.
Think about it. How many decisions in our day-to-day lives would we like to be made through majority rule or the
democratic process? ... What about whether you drive a Chevrolet or a Ford, or whether your Easter dinner is turkey or
ham? Were such decisions made in the political arena, most of us would deem it tyranny. Why isn't it also
tyranny for the democratic process to mandate what type of light bulbs we use, how many gallons of water to flush toilets
or whether money should be taken out of our paycheck for retirement?
Step Away From the Vehicle. In August 1999 police
saw Rodney Gant pull into the driveway of his Tucson home and arrested him for driving with a suspended license.
After handcuffing Gant and locking him in a cruiser, Officer Todd Griffith searched his car, finding a bag of cocaine in
the pocket of a jacket on the backseat. When he was asked at an evidentiary hearing why he searched the car,
Griffith replied, "Because the law says we can do it." Not anymore.
Speeders Could Get Fingerprinted. Motorists stopped for traffic violations in Tennessee could
be fingerprinted if state lawmakers approve a bill pending in the legislature. Currently, when drivers
are cited during traffic stops, police officers ask for the driver's signature on the ticket, but the proposed
bill would allow police departments to eliminate signatures and collect fingerprints.
FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm
Experts. You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door
opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at
any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. That's the upshot of the rules the agency has followed
for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters.
And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.
Brown calls 1996
anti-affirmative action law unconstitutional. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has told the California Supreme
Court that Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action measure passed by voters in 1996, violates the U.S.
Constitution. The state attorney general's stance marks the second time in six months that he has determined
that ballot measures approved by California voters were unconstitutional.
Iowa, A Great Place To Be From. The
state in which I was born and raised has become the latest judicial laboratory for deviant social policy. In a
unanimous vote last week, the Iowa Supreme Court created the "right" to same-sex marriage. As is always the case,
the voters had no direct say in the matter. Their state senators and representatives had acted responsibly on the
matter several years ago by defining marriage as what it is — a union of one man and one woman. But that no
longer matters in America, where we now live not in a representative republic but rather under a left-wing judicial
Anything that isn't mandatory is now prohibited.
Hundreds of laws kick
in Monday. In California, driving with people in the trunk will be illegal. In Alabama,
landlords will have to provide livable conditions for tenants. Illinois agencies will have to provide
people to answer phones, not just automated messages. These are among the hundreds of laws that will
take effect Monday [1/1/2007]. Each New Year's Day, a flurry of legal experiments begin that shape
Americans' lives. The U.S. government spends twice as much money as state and local governments combined,
but state government has the greatest effect on Americans' everyday lives — how they drive, how they
get married and divorced, how they hunt and fish, and how they buy cigarettes and beer.
attached. Last month, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly called "the
stimulus plan." It gives billions of dollars to the states, but the gift has strings attached. One of its
unique provisions changes state constitutions! That provision is unconstitutional, and its defect raises problems
about the whole enterprise. The aphorism, he who pays the piper calls the tune, is one that Congress understands
quite well. If the state accepts funds, it also accepts a host of restrictions.
Hayward begins ticketing for smoking
in public. Lighted cigarettes meant lightened purses and wallets for smokers who were caught puffing
in public this week, as the city began enforcement of a smoking ban that technically went into effect last
summer. The law, passed by the City Council last May, mandates a $50 fine for smoking on sidewalks,
streets and other public places, including a 20-foot no smoking zone around outdoor patio areas of restaurants
and bars, as well as parks, sports fields, playgrounds and municipal parking lots. That zone also applies
to windows, doors and ventilation ducts.
Out West, Catching Raindrops Can Make
You an Outlaw. Every raincloud that passes over her eastern Colorado ranch tempts state Rep.
Marsha Looper to break the law. A long, hard drought has settled across the land, and on those rare
occasions when the sky opens, Ms. Looper longs to set out some rain barrels to collect the bounty for future
use. She'd like to use the rain to grow hothouse tomatoes. But she refrains. "I don't want
to get thrown in jail," she explains.
Taking a bite out of crime...
Pennsylvania Pie Fight: State Cracks Down on
Baked Goods. On the first Friday of Lent, an elderly female parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church
began unwrapping pies at the church. That's when the trouble started. A state inspector, there for an annual
checkup on the church's kitchen, spied the desserts. After it was determined that the pies were home-baked, the
inspector decreed they couldn't be sold.
Thomas Jefferson advised, "Whensoever the General (federal) Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts
are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." That bit of Jeffersonian advice is dangerous. While
Congress does not have constitutional authority for most of what it does, it does have police and military
power to inflict great pain and punishment for disobedience.
How To Peacefully Subdue a Monster! It
took 232 years for the American government to turn into a monster, but a monster it is. It is a vicious,
mostly mindless monster with a thousand tentacles that reach into every portion of our lives and the tentacles grow
back if you cut one off. It is a monster that once was controlled by rules, but it has grown so powerful, it now
re-writes the rules to serve itself. It is a monster with a ferocious appetite, an appetite for your money.
Every American Is Now a Criminal! You think
you are a law abiding citizen, don't you? Think again! You have been, you are now, and you will continue to
break the law for the rest of your life, because there are too many laws, with millions more laws to follow. Many
of these laws are totally unconstitutional but have never been challenged in the courts. Sometimes you break the
law without any knowledge of it, even though ignorance of the law is not an excuse, if you are caught. But worse,
millions are breaking the law because they are convinced the laws are illegal, or just plain stupid. With more
people intentionally breaking the law, eventually the rule of law breaks down, as does our Republic. The examples
of stupid laws would fill volumes. Examples of conflicting laws would fill even more volumes.
How Free Are We Really?
There is neither such thing as a people with complete freedom nor one completely bereft of it; it's a matter of
degree. While many realize this, few understand that there is a barometer with which liberty can be
measured: The number of laws in existence. By definition, a law is the removal of a freedom, as
it dictates that there is something you cannot or must do. ... Every year our nation enacts more and
more laws but hardly ever rescinds any, which means every year we become progressively less free. I call
this "creeping totalitarianism."
Ignorance reigns supreme. With
limited thinking abilities and knowledge of our heritage, we Americans set ourselves up as easy prey for charlatans,
hustlers and quacks. If we don't know the constitutional limits placed on Congress and the White House,
politicians can do just about anything they wish to control our lives, from deciding what kind of light bulbs we can
use to whether the government can take over our health care system or bailout failing businesses. We just
think Congress can do anything upon which they can get a majority vote.
Farmers beware: Big
Brother may be watching. Eastern Shore soybean farmer Steve VanKesteren learned that the hard way when
he was charged with taking two red-tailed hawks, a violation of the federal Migratory Bird Act. The evidence
against him was a video recording showing him dispatching the birds with an ax. Game wardens had put a hidden
camera in a tree, pointed at VanKesteren's soybean fields, after receiving a complaint about protected birds
getting caught in predator traps.
The Editor asks...
Where are all those people who were so upset
about domestic surveillance a
few years ago?
Act: Last week saw the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. In Washington, Law Enforcement
Against Prohibition (LEAP) — a group of former cops and drug-war veterans who have soured on America's war
on drugs — gathered to celebrate the anniversary, and to argue for an end to America's current prohibition
on marijuana and more serious drugs. Essentially, they believe that the war on drugs creates criminals.
This War is Not the
Answer. I believe it is long past time to end the War on Drugs. That's not because I approve of
drug use or have any desire to encourage it. But this particular war has already gone on longer than the ones
in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, put together, with no end in sight and far less to show for it.
would require DNA sampling at arrest. Suspects arrested in cases as minor as shoplifting
would have to give a DNA sample before they are even charged with a crime if a controversial proposal
is approved by the Legislature. State criminal defense groups and the American Civil Liberties Union
say the House bill is unconstitutional. It would mandate that police or jail staff collect DNA from all
adults and juveniles arrested on suspicion of a felony or gross misdemeanor.
Toy-gun sales ban advances to House. A
bill aimed at reducing the risk of children getting shot by police cleared a state House of Representatives
committee Thursday [3/26/2009] but some questioned whether it would do anything. House Bill 2160 by
Rep. Fred Allen, D-Little Rock, would ban the sale of certain toy guns.
Where have you gone,
Sheriff Taylor? [Scroll down] Not long ago I reported on an even more absurd case, in Shreveport,
Louisiana. There, the police chief cooked up this hare-brained idea of holding gas station employees and owners
criminally liable in cases where drivers drive away without paying. I can almost hear your incredulity. ... Well,
you see, the chief got the town council to require station attendants to make their customers pre-pay. If they don't,
and the driver drives off without paying, then the attendant is also a criminal! This sort of regulation of
everyday life is all too common. The basic idea is to scribble out a criminal code to make it easy for
In Australia, don't take pictures of the police.
Mobile phone seizure an 'abuse of police
powers'. A man detained and threatened with arrest under the Terrorism Act for filming police on his mobile
phone says police abused their powers. Nick Holmes a Court ... said police forcibly took his BlackBerry phone and
threatened him with arrest both under the Australian Anti-Terrorism Act and for allegedly disobeying a police directive.
Legislative Preoccupation with
Licensing Needs Repair. While many Texas families rightfully fear violent criminals and child
predators, no police alert has yet gone out for an interior decorator on the loose. Yet, as the Legislature
continues to produce solutions in search of problems, a pending bill would criminalize thousands of interior
decorators. This legislation is part of a raft of bills that would license new occupations ranging from
interior designers to auto mechanics, forcing those who do not qualify to choose between committing a crime
and earning a living.
Do You Have a License to Move that Chair? In
22 states, including Arkansas, it is illegal to call yourself an interior designer without going through an
arduous and expensive certification process. In Nevada, it's illegal to do interior design without a
license. That's right, advising someone about drapes could land you in the hoosegow. Like many states,
Arkansas has an Interior Design Board. The sole purpose of this board is to register interior designers.
Exposing the Connecticut and
Oklahoma Interior Design Cartels. The attempted cartelization of the interior design industry by industry
insiders represents one of the most flagrant affronts to economic liberty IJ [the Institute for Justice] has ever
encountered, and we are making the most of it.
Red tape snarls
interior designers. Susan Roberts can design you a gorgeous living room or a charming kitchen, but don't
call her an "interior designer" — she could be fined $500 and spend a year in jail.
Horse Teeth Floaters'
Constitutional Lawsuit Will Proceed. Unlike human teeth, horses' teeth grow throughout their lives.
This causes sharp points to develop along their molars that must be filed down (or "floated") periodically, which levels
the teeth and helps ensure that the horse can eat properly. Historically, this practice has been provided by
non-veterinarian specialists called "floaters," just as horses' hooves are taken care of by non-veterinarian
way lost. Liberty is the result of much sacrifice, suffering, and labor. It often has to
be defended with bloodshed. It is that precious. Yet we quietly sit by and let government
continually encroach upon our liberties without so much as a whimper. Higher taxes strangle our
personal freedom. The Fairness Doctrine threatens to replace viable media content with a
government-mandated mix of information. Local city councils condemn private property "for the public
good" while all they really want is to increase the tax revenue they receive off said property.
Bloomberg. When Mayor Bloomberg deployed his vast personal and political power to overturn
the term limits law, he began to demystify the public relations image he had purchased at considerable
expense. It was only then that New Yorkers began to recognize the danger of making Gotham's wealthiest
man its chief executive. That recognition is the reason his approval rating slipped by nine points
in the latest Marist poll. The public chose a mayor; they didn't expect an elected monarch.
Next Up for
Nationalization: the Internet. Following the nationalization of investment banks, Fannie
and Freddie, consumer banks, and private insurance companies, taxpayers are likely asking: What's left
for the federal government to nationalize? How about the Internet? Network neutrality, or net
neutrality, is the beneficent-sounding name for sweeping new government regulatory power that would prohibit
Internet service providers from innovating in their own networks.
The Emerging Surveillance State:
The new FISA bill allows the federal government to compel many more types of companies and individuals to
grant the government access to our communications without a warrant. The provisions in the legislation
designed to protect Americans from warrantless surveillance are full of loopholes and ambiguities. There
is no blanket prohibition against listening in on all American citizens without a warrant. We have been
told that this power to listen in on communications is legal and only targets terrorists. But if what
these companies are being compelled to do is legal, why is it necessary to grant them immunity? If what
they did in the past was legal and proper, why is it necessary to grant them retroactive immunity?
Tyranny In the Name of Progress:
court bans religious objections to same-sex pregnancies. Once again, judges in California have
taken sides in the culture wars. On Monday [8/18/2008], in North Coast Women's Care v. Benitez, the Golden State's
highest court ruled that doctors may not rely on their religious principles to refuse in-vitro fertilization
for same-sex couples. The decision runs roughshod over the First Amendment's free-exercise clause,
seeking to supplant Judeo-Christian principles with the state-imposed religion of secularism. This is a
false choice under the federal Constitution, which makes room for both.
Servile Nation. The janitor who cleans up a
shopping mall in exchange for a paycheck is to be disdained as someone seeking his own economic benefit, while an
AmeriCorps "volunteer" who cleans up a public park in exchange for money extorted from taxpayers at gunpoint is to
be celebrated as the embodiment of the Common Good. Yes, they both perform the same function, but only the
labor of the latter has been consecrated through the exercise of government coercion.
in Thought Pursuit. Denuded of euphemisms and code words, the Act aims to identify and stigmatize
persons and groups who hold thoughts the government decrees correlate with homegrown terrorism, for example,
opposition to the Patriot Act or the suspension of the Great Writ of habeas corpus. The Act will
inexorably culminate in a government listing of homegrown terrorists or terrorist organizations without due
process; a complementary listing of books, videos, or ideas that ostensibly further "violent radicalization;"
and a blacklisting of persons who have intersected with either list. Political discourse will be chilled
and needed challenges to conventional wisdom will flag. There are no better examples of sinister
Suddenly, Denver is 'like a police state'.
They're calling it "Gitmo on the Platte." With riot police on every downtown corner, security helicopters
whomping overhead, news that police had secretly converted a northeast Denver warehouse into a detention centre
enraged protesters and civil libertarians here yesterday who hoped for a different message with Barack Obama's
Democrats in town.
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver
Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors. Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as
he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP
donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown's Palace Hotel. Police on the scene refused to tell ABC
lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.
ABC Reporter's Attorneys Want
All Charges Dropped. Lawyers for an ABC reporter and civil rights groups are demanding that
Denver police drop all charges against a reporter who was arrested yesterday [8/27/2008] while trying to
shoot video on a public sidewalk outside the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.
A D.C. police state.
There is a neighborhood adjacent to Capitol Hill in Washington that is under siege. But the police can't
turn things around on their own. On any given day, residents and visitors to the Trinidad area of Northeast
are forced to traverse unfamiliar streets because D.C. police have barricaded the neighborhood as an anti-crime
tactic — and when law enforcers accomplish that they are intent and in effect creating a police state
in the nation's capital.
Nation's Capital Implements Measures Violating
Rights & Property. In order to curb the crime in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast, Washington,
DC, police established "Neighborhood Safety Zones" where checkpoints were set up blocking access. It's bad
enough if law enforcement just about literally points a gun at the head of everyone coming into the neighborhood
compelling motorists to permit officers to ransack through vehicles regardless of whether or not anything suspicious
is going on. However, things have gone beyond the limits of conscience when American citizens that have
neither been convicted nor accused of a crime are then forbidden from proceeding down a free public street.
rejects DC police checkpoints. A federal appeals court said Friday [7/10/2009] that police checkpoints
in a crime-plagued Washington neighborhood are unconstitutional and ordered a lower court to reconsider its refusal to
block the program.
The Court defers
to plain language. Adrian Fenty, the mayor of Washington, said he would direct the D.C. cops
to figure out a way around the [Supreme Court's] decision [upholding the Second Amendment].
And why shouldn't he be cheerful about the actual effect
of the decision? Once the cops have a computerized list of gun owners, they can draw up a map showing
where each of those owners lives. Bureaucrats like maps with a lot of little colored pins. This
makes Big Brother's oversight easier.
I Was a Boy, America Was a Better Place. When I was a boy, America was a freer society than it is
today. If Americans had been told the extent and number of laws that would govern their speech and
behavior within one generation, they would have been certain that they were being told about some
dictatorship, not the Land of the Free.
45 days in jail for selling bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
"Bacon is a potentially hazardous food," says Terrence Powell of the LA County Health Department. Continue
selling bacon dogs without county-approved equipment and you risk fines and jail time. Palacios knows all
about that. She spent 45 days in the slammer for selling bacon dogs, and with the lost time from
work, fines, and attorney's fees, she fears she might lose the house that bacon dogs helped buy.
Abuse of Power in Texas: The Texas
Department of Family and Protective Services, a misnamed bureaucracy if ever there was one, has demanded the
children seized by the state and placed in foster care be immunized immediately against the wishes of their
mothers, who fear negative effects. Ahh, but those mothers are no longer mothers, explains Patrick
Crimmins, spokesman for the department. "We're the legal parents of the children, and we would like for
them to be immunized," he said.
police jump the gun with "Safe Homes". The police department in that Massachusetts city has just
launched an initiative that exhibits a cynical disregard for the rights of the citizenry, even as it cleverly
cloaks the program in language pretending to protect the people toward whom it is directed. I refer to
the "Safe Homes Initiative," with its slick brochures and smooth rhetoric.
FBI compiling big database of
physical traits. The FBI has embarked on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest
computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented
abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad. Digital images of faces,
fingerprints and palm patterns already are flowing into FBI systems
Who Will Control Your
Thermostat? In California, we have 236 pages of state-mandated standards for building energy
efficiency, known as Title 24.
What should be controversial in the proposed revisions to Title 24
is the requirement for what is called a "programmable communicating thermostat" or PCT. Every new home and
every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a
PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a
"non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning
temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price
events" those changes are limited to ±4°F. and you would be able to manually override the changes.
During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be
able to alter them. In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control.
The Editor says...
I can think of a couple of ways to defeat that FM receiver without touching it. And I'm sure it will
only be a matter of time before some hacker figures out how to shut off (or turn on) every air conditioner
California Seeks Thermostat
Control. Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to
control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will
be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.
The Editor continues...
Scroll down to the end of the article to see a quote from Nicole Tam, a spokeswoman for PG&E,
who claims that the thermostat control signals are hacker-proof because they "are encrypted and
encoded". What a relief! We all know that no encryption scheme has ever been cracked
Proposes Taking Control of Thermostats. The California Energy Commission has proposed requiring
thermostats that allow the government to control the temperature of homes and businesses in case of high energy
prices or shortages, a measure that some critics are calling "draconian."
Public Outrage Throttles
California Plan to Control Home Thermostats. Powered by a wave of public outrage
that transcended party lines, California citizens have forced regulators at the California
Energy Commission to abandon plans to control thermostat settings in private homes. The
Energy Commission had attempted to slip the thermostat provision into Title 24, a
236-page set of rules covering energy efficiency mandates on building construction.
for economic ruin: [Scroll down] This supposed deficiency of governmental intervention gets no
support from a glance at the Federal Register, which includes tens of thousands of pages of new, old and
proposed rules. Nor does it help the thesis to note the cost of implementation, $1.1 trillion
annually, according to the Small Business Administration. All of this may seem as nothing to Clinton,
but some fret that these endless, frequently obnoxious and sometimes pointless rules impose thousands of
dollars on an average family each year, steal liberty from individuals and inflict mayhem as they goosestep
their way across the business landscape.
The Taxpayer Frog In the
IRS Pot: There were few enough federal regulations in 1900 that the government did not do anything
special to keep track of them. That changed in the middle of the New Deal. The Federal Register, the
master list of federal regulations, came into existence in 1936. In that year it had 2,620 pages of
regulations. The next year it had 3,450. In the year 2000, it had 83,294 pages.
New Texas Law Limits Computer Repair To Licensed Private Investigators Under the new law enacted in 2007,
Texas has put computer repair shops on notice that they had better watch their backs any time they work on a
computer. If a computer repair technician without a government-issued private investigator's license
takes any actions that the government deems to be an "investigation," he may be subject to criminal penalties
of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, as well as civil penalties of up to $10,000. The definition
of "investigation" is very broad and encompasses many common computer repair tasks.
Stores reward hybrid drivers with
choice parking spaces. Wheelchair users and others with limited mobility have long had access to
prime parking spaces. Then expectant mothers got their own special spots. Now some stores are
setting aside coveted parking close to the door for fuel-efficient hybrids.
The Editor says...
How about "black only" parking spots? That would be cheaper
than reparations. No, I'm not kidding.
Big Brother keeps making subtle changes in order to assist the needy or reward certain types of
behavior. Reserved parking places for certain disadvantaged minorities — and now hybrid
car owners — is just an example. The tax code is full of these little incentives.
But by putting these restrictions in place, in many cases the government is engaging in exactly the
sort of discrimination it pretends to oppose.
surveillance program begins today. Starting today [9/27/2007], state Department of Revenue
agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states,
then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars. Critics say the new "cigarette
surveillance program" amounts to the use of "police state" tactics and wrongfully interferes with interstate
Have Gun, Won't Travel. The Gun-Free
School Zones Act … made it a federal crime punishable by five years in prison to possess a gun within 1,000
feet of a school. … According to an analysis by gun control scholar Alan Korwin, the gun-free zones created
by the statute cover so much of Phoenix and Cleveland that they are impossible for people traveling in those
cities to avoid. The upshot, he says, is that "virtually all public travel with firearms is now a
violation of law."
The Editor says...
Don't tell me that effect was just an "unintended consequence" of the law. And don't
tell me the 1000-foot radius will never be increased.
Pro-Gun Liberals? The entire government
machine is based on force or the threat of violence. If I don't pay my property taxes, the government
sends out a bunch of guys with guns to kick me out of my house. If I don't claim all of my income on my
"voluntary" federal income tax return, then you send out the guys with guns to put me in jail for tax evasion.
Behavior Worth Medicating? Twelve adults
gathered in a small, closed courtroom to decide how many powerful, anti-psychotic drugs that the child, who is
currently in the custody of the state, would be required to take.
The verdict: the little guy would
be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs Risperdal, Concerta, and Seroquel, plus the stimulant Clonidine and the
anti-anxiety drug Klonopin. This outcome begs the question of whether a six-year-old child, let alone
children as young as three, can be diagnosed as psychotic. And, whether children should be drugged by
potions so powerful that most of them are not approved by the FDA for use in children.
FDA Takes Tyranny to the
Heartland. In this age of almighty government, nearly every blade of grass is regulated,
oftentimes heavy-handedly, as Michigan farmer Richard Hebron found out when the Michigan Department of
Agriculture (MDA), on Oct. 13, 2006, carried out a highly orchestrated sting operation against him for
transporting unpasteurized, unprocessed milk of the highest quality to enthusiastic consumers. That
day, his wife also was served a warrant in the dragnet.
When Your Only Tool
is Coercion, Every Problem Looks Like Too Much Freedom. There is a famous saying that when the
only tool you have is a hammer every problem look like a nail. For politicians, bureaucrats, and many
activists when the only tool they have is coercion the cause of every problem looks like too much freedom.
And make no mistake; if you are committed to accomplishing your social goals by using government power, then,
by definition, your only tool is the hammer of coercion. As George Washington pointed out in his second
inaugural address: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force." And when people
choose to use government to accomplish their goals they are choosing to use force, not reason and certainly
from Divided Government. The [Federal Elections Commission] from its very formation was a blatant
grab at power by those who detest individual liberty and fundamental freedoms. Taken to its logical
extensions, the FEC is an outright repeal of the First Amendment's right to free speech. When all
political communication is regulated by politically appointed hacks, when only favored entities are allowed to
engage in political action, when some people are severely limited in what they can say or do while others are
given a free hand to do as they please, freedom ceases to exist.
The census has
grown beyond its bounds. While the Patriot Act and National Security Agency wiretapping have
received enormous attention and criticism from the mainstream media, another federal agency has been quietly
gathering far more personal information about U.S. residents than those laws ever can. And this
unreported project affects thousands more people. Our inquisitive federal government has been
demanding that selected U.S. residents answer 73 nosy questions. They are threatened with a fine
of $5,000 for failure to respond.
Data Disseminated by Federal Agencies Can't
Be Challenged, Court Rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on March 6
ruled the Salt Institute, a nonprofit association of salt producers that provides public information on
behalf of its members, lacked standing to bring a lawsuit challenging government-disseminated misinformation
about alleged health risks of salt. Because it is difficult to imagine a plaintiff who would suffer
greater harm from erroneous data about the adverse health effects of salt than the Salt Institute itself,
the decision raises grave questions about the public accountability of government agencies.
Chicken farmers protest
homeland security rules over propane tanks. Are chicken coops the next battleground in the war
on terror? Poultry growers are protesting proposed regulations from the Department of Homeland Security
that would label propane gas a "chemical of interest" and require anybody with 7,500 pounds or more of the
fuel to register with the agency. At that amount, poultry farmers who use propane to heat chicken
houses would have to fill out the forms.
UK Police Can Now Demand Encryption Keys. Under
a new law that went into effect this month, it is now a crime to refuse to turn a decryption key over to the
"The Home Office has steadfastly proclaimed that the law is aimed at catching terrorists, pedophiles, and
hardened criminals — all parties which the UK government contents are rather adept at using encryption to cover up their
activities." We heard the same thing from FBI Director Louis Freeh in 1993. I called them "The Four Horsemen
of the Information Apocalypse" — terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers — and they
have been used to justify all sorts of new police powers.
Late? Big Brother Won't Let the Engine Start. Rashida Redd punched in a six-digit code
in her Pontiac Grand Prix and got a new lease on life. … The device, the size of a cigarette pack and
mounted under the dashboard, flashes green if she has made a car payment on time. If she misses
her $94 weekly payment, it won't let her car start.
[Obviously, if a loan company can do that today, it won't be long before such a device is standard equipment. This would enable the
state to put the brakes, so to speak, on people with unpaid traffic tickets or tollway charges.]
sticks its camel nose under the Catholic cafeteria's door. Big Brother dishes up mealtime
regulations for students — but how did "sexual orientation" get on the menu? A poster in a Catholic
School cafeteria states that discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited. Literally
U.S. Supreme Court destroys the
right to private property. The U.S. Supreme Court [has] ruled in Kelo v. City of
New London that local governments can seize private property for private development even when
that property is not "put into use for the general public."
Property Rights Devastated by Supreme
Court Ruling. Any government 'purpose' means homes get bulldozed.
More opinions about this terrible Supreme Court decision can be found
"Robed Masters" Usurping
Control of U.S. Government, Says Bauer. Phyllis Hamilton is a federal district
court judge in San Francisco — but Gary Bauer says she must believe herself to be
a "higher authority" than the elected officials in Congress and the president himself. How
else, he wonders, could the Clinton appointee justify striking down a ban on partial-birth
abortion that was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Bush?
Study: Distraction Behind Most Car
Crashes. Those sleep-deprived, multitasking drivers — clutching cell phones, fiddling
with their radios or applying lipstick — apparently are involved in an awful lot of crashes.
Distracted drivers were involved in nearly eight out of 10 collisions or near-crashes, says a study released
Thursday [4/20/2006] by the government.
The Editor says...
Obviously this "study" was published to generate popular demand for a new law against driving while
distracted. It won't fix the problem, but it will give the cops another excuse to search your
car for drugs and weapons. When an objectionable commercial comes on the radio, am I supposed
to pull over and stop before changing the station?
This brings up another point: Have you seen the inside of a police car lately? Besides the
lights and sirens and multi-channel two-way radios, they have computer terminals through which they receive
almost all their instructions from the dispatcher. (Not to mention car-to-car text messages
about where they're going to eat lunch.) Some have GPS maps that show the location of other police cars
as well as their own. The cops are in no position to judge others as distracted drivers.
Statistics disprove the "study" cited above.
Cellphones and Distracted Drivers:
Cellphones have gone from a rare luxury to ubiquitous in the last ten years. Yet over the same time
period, automobile accidents have declined steadily: from 1994 to 2004 the fatality rate per
100 million miles has gone from 1.73 to 1.44, and the injury rate from 139 to 94. For
cars (which are the most common vehicles) the numbers for fatal crashes went from 2.07 to 1.57, injury
crashes from 191 to 123, and property-only crashes from 351 to 260 over the same period.
Consent Decrees: The
Other Judicial Activism. This loss of self-rule has come in the form of
mandates passed by Congress over the last three decades which drastically impact our
state and local governments. ... From 1970 to 1999 Congress passed 67 such mandates,
the majority of them unfunded. These mandates created a profusion of new rights
in our country covering everything from rights for prison inmates to accessibility rights
for people with disabilities to the right of everyone to breathe clean air.
Obama Won't Tell: This episode
proves the impossibility of talking sense on
the subject of illicit drugs during a political campaign. That course of action would mean
admitting the inadmissible: that the prohibition of cannabis has been cruel, wasteful and
fraudulent. Cruel because it leads to the arrest of nearly 700,000 people a year for mere
possession of a substance that is comparatively benign. Wasteful because it expends
billions of dollars in police, court and correctional resources that could be deployed against
dangerous predators. Fraudulent because it hasn't solved anything: According to the
federal government, nearly 100 million Americans have tried the stuff.
City may ban little baggies.
Tiny plastic bags used to sell small quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs would be banned
in Chicago, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday by a City Council committee. Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd)
persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of "self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height
or width," after picking up 15 of the bags on a recent Sunday afternoon stroll through a West Side park.
The Editor says...
Why not also ban larger baggies, paper envelopes, shoeboxes, glove compartments, and any other
storage device that might possibly hold drugs? It is obvious (to me) that the war on drugs
isn't really about the drugs -- it is about control.
Bradley Amendment. When our supposedly compassionate federal government pokes its nose into
areas that, under our principle of federalism, should be none of its business, the result is often
unintended consequences, gross injustices, and of course massive costs.
Moore, the Imperial Congress, and the Rule of Law. Only such a person as Roy Moore could be
expected to possess the courage and steadfastness sufficient to tackle the difficult issues threatening to
cripple America and eradicate its future. Win or lose, he is showing the nation what needs to be done
if it is to have any hope of restoration.
obtained by EPIC under the
Freedom of Information Act from the Department of Homeland Security show that US-VISIT has resulted
in many cases of mistaken identity. Commercial aircrew members, vacationers, and businesspersons
have all been delayed by the gaffes. The problems caused unnecessary delays in the visitors'
travels and resulted in the improper flagging of crewmembers by government watch lists.
EPIC's US-VISIT page: US-VISIT
includes the interfacing and integration of over twenty existing systems. Among the systems
used by US-VISIT are: the Arrival Departure Information System, Advance Passenger Information
System, Computer Linked Application Information Management System 3, Interagency Border
Inspection System, Automated Biometric Identification System, Student Exchange Visitor Information
System, and Consular Consolidated Database. Some of these data systems contain more personal
information than US-VISIT needs to operate. Some of them also contain information about
United States citizens and lawful permanent residents, not just foreign nationals subject to
the US-VISIT program.
Citizens 0. With all the whining and carping about the balance of power between this
branch of government and that, why is there nary a peep about the most fundamental of constitutional
balances, that between the government and the people?
highest security in inauguration history. Sharpshooters will be
deployed on roofs, while bomb-sniffing dogs will work the streets. Electronic
sensors will be used to detect chemical or biological weapons. Anti-abortion
protesters have been warned to leave their crosses at home. Parade performers
will have security escorts to the bathroom, and they've been ordered not to look
directly at President Bush or make any sudden movements while passing the
Apochryphal, yet believable:
Will Your Safe Deposit Box
Be Seized During The Next Emergency? What you can do now to protect your valuables.
Forget Spy vs. Spy — This is
Cops vs. Cops. The demonstrators arrived angry, departed furious. The police had
herded them into pens. Stopped them from handing out fliers. Threatened them with arrest
for standing on public sidewalks. Made notes on which politicians they cheered and which ones
they razzed. Meanwhile, officers from a special unit videotaped their faces, evoking for one
demonstrator the unblinking eye of George Orwell's "1984."
Orwell Today compares the world George Orwell described
in "1984" with the world we are living in today.
Are we having fun
yet?. I've lived under dictator Francisco Franco in Spain when the Guardia Civil routinely stood
on street corners with automatic weapons … But I've never experienced anything like American security in
the land of the free. It was chillingly ironic listening to President George W. Bush talk about
liberty, a word he used about 15 times in his inaugural address – and our mission to help
others liberate themselves – while we were being frisked, filmed and watched by snipers.
Man's Home is Uncle Sam's Castle. Possession may be nine-tenths of the law, but not when the law
wants your possessions. … This is why principle matters, folks. Not too many complained when the EEOC
sued business after business for alleged discrimination, or when the nanny state foisted mandate after mandate
upon them. But one thing leads to another. Compromise the principle of private property rights and
you've created a slippery slope, one of whose steeper drop-offs is called eminent domain, and at whose
terminus can be found the netherworld of tyranny.
Reno's Raid on the Rule of
Law. Janet Reno's illegal seizure of Elian Gonzalez – in essence, a hit-and-run raid
on the rule of law – threatens the liberty and safety of every American.
Odyssey. In the story of a small Cuban boy is reflected the ordeal of our
age – the struggle of truth and liberty versus lies and tyranny.
In Some States, Wine Shipment Is a
Felony. Interstate wine shipments using a common carrier, from a winery to an
adult consumer 21 years or older, are prohibited in 24 states.
Judge's jailing of 20 in cell phone
flap upheld. A Niagara Falls City Court judge who jailed 20 defendants after a cell phone or
wristwatch alarm went off in his court last year was acting within his judicial authority, a federal
district judge has ruled.
What's in the Secret VEIL Test Results? I
wrote last week about how the analog hole bill would mandate use of the secret VEIL technology. Because
the law would require compliance with the VEIL specification, that spec would effectively be part of the
law. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there's something wrong when Congress is considering a secret
bill that would impose a secret law. We're talking about television here, not national security.
The War on Pot: As the
nation's "drug czar," John Walters is supposed to be saving us from the ravages of hard drugs like heroin and
cocaine. At least that was the original sales pitch for the "war on drugs" in the 1980s. But the
war has evolved into largely a fight against marijuana, which no one has ever claimed is a hard drug.
Walters is nonetheless committed, Ahab-like, to arresting every marijuana smoker in the country whom law
enforcement can lay its hands on.
vision: Santa Monica, California, has decreed a fine of $2,500 a day for not
cutting your hedges! Has someone discovered some terrible health hazard or other danger from hedges that are
too high? Not at all. The politicians who run Santa Monica have simply decided that people
should not be able to build a high wall of hedges around themselves.
Misdemeanor Mistakes and Felony Forgetfulness.
It was a cool, clear October day in Washington, D.C., when the closing bell rang and twelve-year-old Ansche
Hedgepeth ran out the door of Alice Deal Junior High School. She stopped at a fast-food restaurant for
an order of hot French fries and then headed for home. Ansche took the escalator down into the
Tenleytown/American University Metrorail station to catch her train. In the station, she ate a single
French fry. Moments later, the junior high student was in handcuffs and headed for jail.
Court Dismisses Case of
Girl Arrested for Eating French Fries in DC Metro. While chastising metro officials for creating
such a "foolish" operating procedure as the one mandating arrest for juveniles found eating, drinking or smoking
in a metro station, District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the case of a 12-year-old girl who was arrested
for eating a French fry on the Washington, D.C. Metro. Judge Sullivan stated that once probable cause of a
violation had been established by Metro police, Hedgepeth had "no fundamental right to freedom from physical
restraint." Rutherford Institute attorneys intend to appeal the district court's ruling to the District of
Columbia Court of Appeals.
License Plate "Guns"
and Privacy: New Haven police have a new law enforcement tool: a license-plate
scanner. Similar to a radar gun, it reads the license plates of moving or parked cars and links
with remote police databases, immediately providing information about the car and owner. Right
now the police check if there are any taxes owed on the car, if the car or license plate is
stolen, and if the car is unregistered or uninsured. A car that comes up positive is towed.
Overthrowing the Constitution and Subverting
Representative Democracy. Too many judges can no longer be counted on to reach rational and
reasonable decisions based on the law. Instead, too many judges now regularly issue decisions based on
the absurd and the fanciful. To make matters worse, these same judges impose their political views on the
rest of us through anti-democratic and politically unaccountable means and then they tell us the Constitution
made them do it.
The open secret — who runs
the show? The legislative staffs at the federal level as well as in the states have far more power
than it is polite to talk about. Usually, politicians fear bringing the subject up. They don't want
us to realize how much they rely upon their professional staffs to keep cranking out their never-ending batches
of half-baked legislation. They only bring it up when they have to: when a goofy provision just
seems too goofy even for Congress. Or when their careers are threatened with term limits.
Dissent: The FBI's Project Megiddo, which warns against millennial terrorism, paints
constitutionalists, devout Christians, hate groups, and militias with the same broad strokes.
The Lady in Red Tape: Judy Hooper
loves doughnuts. That's one of the reasons she opened a bakery in Evanston, Illinois. It's a small
shop, bringing in about $50,000 in profits annually. That's not enough to make her rich, but the challenge
of running a small business and her talent for baking keep this 35-year-old Chicago native busy. Ask Hooper
about OSHA, however, and her face glazes over with disdain. A 1994 inspection of her 30-person bakery by OSHA
officials left Hooper with $13,000 in frivolous fines. Her infractions included a failure to warn employees of
the hazards of household dishwashing liquid. To recoup the cost of the fines, she would have to sell 260,000
doughnuts, or 10,400 cakes, or 1,040,000 cookies.
Federal Regulations Back to Near-Record Levels.
Federal government regulators issued 4,148 new rules in the 71,269-page Federal Register in 2003, 19 fewer than they
did in 2002. The cost of those rules appears nowhere in the federal budget. According to the Federal Register,
the five most active rule-producing agencies — the Departments of Treasury, Transportation, Homeland Security,
and Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency — account for 46 percent of the rules under consideration.
Ten Thousand Commandments 2011.
Thanks to the bailouts and other amplified spending, CBO projects a FY 2011 deficit of a previously
unthinkable $1.48 trillion, greater than FY 2010's actual deficit of $1.294 trillion.
With the unveiling of the 2012 budget, President Obama projects an even larger FY 2011 deficit than CBO
does: $1.645 trillion. This figure will be the largest deficit since World War II,
at 11 percent of the entire U.S. economy.
Time to stop the
flood of federal regulation. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's just-updated annual snapshot
of federal regulations — "Ten Thousand Commandments" — the federal government spent $49.1 billion
to enforce regulations in 2008, costing businesses $1.17 trillion to comply. In other words,
businesses are being forced to allocate vast sums of money and time to comply with the federal government's
bewilderingly complex rules and mandates.
Commandments (2010 edition). Precise regulatory costs can never be fully known, because, unlike
taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. But scattered government and private data exist on scores
of regulations and on the agencies that issue them, as well as on regulatory costs and benefits. Some of
that information can be compiled to make the regulatory state somewhat more comprehensible.
Earlier issues of "10,000 Commandments":
"If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be
governed by the ten thousand commandments."
— G.K. Chesterton
The Universal National Service Act of
2003: New draft legislation will take your daughters as well as your sons.
Automatic registration for the
draft: The Texas DPS is going to automatically register 18 to 26 year old males with the US
Selective Service (military draft) when they apply for or renew a Texas driver's license.
The Editor says...
This raises some important questions. How many state agencies use their leverage to gather information for
federal agencies? And what other agencies will begin using this technique?
Draft Registration for
15-year-olds? "There may be no 'plans' for a national military draft, but that hasn't kept Louisiana
from registering teenagers too young to serve in case conditions change," reported the Town Talk of Alexandria, Louisiana,
on November 13. Local resident Larry Chevalier "was alarmed when his 16-year-old son Nathan had to
register with the Selective Service System in order to get a driver's license."
The Action is in the
Reaction. The terrorist leaders and their sponsors are providing the pretext for the U.S.
government to institute police-state measures.
What Can Be Done: The
answer to terrorism lies not in granting Gestapo-like police powers to the federal government but in restoring legitimate
internal security measures.
Supreme Court Urged to Rule Against Sentencing
Guidelines. The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court
urging it to affirm a pair of lower court rulings that held that the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines are unconstitutional
under the Sixth Amendment's guarantee to a right to trial. If the Court agrees with WLF, as many legal observers
believe it will, Congress will likely revamp the controversial guidelines which have mandated draconian sentences
even for minor regulatory offenses.
Corpus: The Bush administration claims the power to detain "enemy combatants" indefinitely without
trial, a suspension of the Habeas Corpus guarantee on which our justice system is founded.
The Gangster State:
In a free society, the police protect citizens, but in a police state, they protect government from its citizens.
This police state mindset is now more deeply entrenched under Bush than Clinton.
Victims of Over-Zealous Police Officers:
No one disputes the fact that seat belts save lives. Most states, therefore, have buckle-up laws that make it a
misdemeanor to drive with being properly belted. However, in Texas, the Transportation Code not only permits a
police officer to stop a driver for the non-use of seat belts, it also permits the officer to arrest the driver for
violating that law. Gail Atwater was one of those unfortunate Texans.
Running From the Police — Is It Sufficient
For A Stop? In a 5-4 decision decided in January, the United States Supreme Court effectively dished up more
power onto the plates of law enforcement officers, giving them the authority to detain a person who flees at the mere sight
of a policeman.
Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition.
Jeffrey A. Miron, Professor of Economics at Boston University contends that the war on drugs has been more effective in
fostering corruption among public officials than in reducing drug consumption.
business: If you create enough laws, everyone will be a criminal.
part II. A recent column in the San Francisco Chronicle vividly illustrates the anti-business mindset of
many Californians. It dealt with the fact that Wal-Mart lost a referendum to allow the retailer to put a store in
Inglewood, California. According to the Chronicle columnist, Wal-Mart was "trying to bully its way into another
targeted community." Putting an issue to a vote is called "bullying" when business does it, and the community
where it wants to locate is called a "target."
Ruled by scoundrels: The more
federal control over education, the worse it becomes. The Endangered Species Act has attacked and trivialized private
property rights. CAFE standards, by forcing auto companies to produce lighter, and hence less safe cars, have cost
thousands of highway fatalities, and it goes on and on.
Parting company is an
option: Every single bit of evidence shows that states have a right to secede. There's absolutely
nothing in the Constitution that prohibits secession. What stops secession is the brute force of a mighty federal
government, as witnessed by the costly War of 1861.
Flower power: Free the
florists! Last year Sandy Meadows, who supervises the floral department at an Albertson's
supermarket in Baton Rouge, was filling in at another Albertson's store that had lost its florist when she was
visited by an inspector from the Louisiana Horticulture Commission. He told her she'd have to throw out
the seven arrangements she had produced that morning if she wanted to avoid a $250 citation for practicing
floristry without a license.
The Right to Work: The
people of Louisiana must sleep soundly knowing that their state protects them from ... unlicensed florists.
That's right. In Louisiana, you can't sell flower arrangements unless you have permission from the
government. How do you get permission? You must pass a test that is graded by a board of florists
who already have licenses.
Moore, Chief Justice No More. Many side issues have divided the Christian community on this case,
so we must remember that the true enemy here is the judicial tyranny that is forcing a secular religion on our
public life and discourse. That is the battle we need to focus on.
Bill would allow FBI to
collect DNA from anyone arrested. The law, if enacted, would be the greatest single expansion of
the federal government's power to collect and use DNA since the FBI's national database was created in 1992.
danger of DNA: It isn't foolproof forensics. Although best known for clearing the wrongfully
convicted, DNA evidence has linked innocent people to crimes. In the lab, it can be contaminated or
mislabeled; samples can be switched. In the courtroom, its significance has been overstated by lawyers
or misunderstood by jurors.
Liberate Drug Dogs and end modern
prohibition. The Matheson case points out the lack of credibility of drug dogs and their employers.
Drug dogs are often used as ruses to violate the constitutional rights of humans. Drug dogs are like humans in that they
must be taught to approach peaceful people and search them, so that they can be arrested, handcuffed and imprisoned for
decades under modern prohibition. That is not an easy trick to teach a dog. It's easier to teach humans.
Godfather government, meet yer maker. Making new
homes "affordable" by putting a gun to home builders' heads is criminal.
Shattered Dreams: 100 Stories of
Government Abuse. This publication highlights how regulations that are poorly written and/or
inflexibly enforced can overwhelm, intimidate, bankrupt or otherwise harm average Americans. It features
situations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, building codes, INS, IRS, the Endangered Species Act,
OSHA, Indian Affairs, zoning, property rights issues, etc.
Shattered Dreams: 100 Stories of
Government Abuse. Download the entire book in PDF format. (518 k-bytes and well worth it.)
The People Versus LaLa Wang: Wang is
the founder of MLX.com, an interactive portal site that allows customers to access a real-time database of real
estate listings. In her years as a real estate broker, Wang never faced a single consumer complaint.
But her perfect record and satisfied customer base did nothing to dissuade the New York Department of State
from trying to shut down her business.
Taxing Times in California: The Depths to which his
California has Fallen. Stories of taxpayer abuse at the hands of the IRS were once so common as
to be cliché, but Gil Hyatt recently discovered that California's state taxing authorities can be
Arrested for catching a
mouse? A California law requires a trapping license in order to kill mice. The Animal
Protection Institute of Sacramento pushed the bill, which mandates anyone who takes furbearing mammals or
non-game animals must purchase a trapping license by passing a complex test and paying a fee of $78.50, the
San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Four Myths About Muslims:
Day after day the "war on terror" brings more misinformation, disinformation and propaganda. Most security
measures are either window dressings for public consumption or usurpations of civil liberties by power-hungry elements
within the bowels of bureaucracy.
Upload a File, Go to Prison.
Two congressmen introduce a bill to criminalize the uploading of copyright works to peer-to-peer networks.
The penalty: five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Critics say the law goes
abuse: The original purpose of the Commerce Clause was primarily a means to eliminate trade
barriers among the states. They didn't intend for the Commerce Clause to govern so much of our lives.
Dependent on D.C.: The Supreme Court's 1942 decision in Wickard vs. Filburn gave Congress the power to regulate
anything. In that case, the Court remarkably held that the interstate commerce clause could be used to regulate an individual farmer's wheat production for his family's
A Grand Façade: How the Grand Jury Was
Captured by Government. Some over-reaching prosecutors have been able to pervert the grand jury,
whose original purpose was to check prosecutorial power, into an inquisitorial bulldozer that enhances the
power of government and now runs roughshod over the constitutional rights of citizens.
Why they no
longer treat us with respect: Once the kind of folks who think of themselves as "the government"
have had a couple of generations to get used to their monopoly on armed force and coercion, they quickly tire
of pretending to act as our "servants."
How a mantra ate
justice: The Wenatchee witch hunt gained its opportunity from a liberal mantra that three out of
four children are subjected to sex abuse by a parent, close relative or child-care provider. This mantra
spawned federal legislation, Child Protective Services (an unaccountable agency with broad powers), an industry
of child advocates and therapists with financial incentives to find sex abuse in Johnny's football bruises, and
special prosecutorial units that need cases. These mechanisms for the miscarriage of justice are in place
in every city and town in the United States.
The Expanding Federal Police
Power: Nothing in the Constitution gives the federal government authority over ordinary
crimes. In America, crime fighting is the responsibility of state and local government. But despite
the lack of constitutional authorization, federal policymakers continually try to involve themselves in crime
Are Not Your Father's Wiretaps. Privacy advocates fear that the FBI's need to monitor Internet Age
technologies, such as voice over IP, will give it far too sweeping powers.
Vanishing Liberties: Where's the
Press? On March 18 , the Associated Press reported that at John Carroll University, in a
Cleveland suburb, Justice Antonin Scalia said that "most of the rights you enjoy go way beyond what the
Constitution requires" because "the Constitution just sets minimums." Accordingly, in wartime, Scalia
emphasized, "the protections will be ratcheted down to the constitutional minimum."
Watergate "Plumber" Attacks Government Regulations: At one time, people could rake the leaves and
burn them in a barrel, ride a bicycle without a helmet, drive a car without a seatbelt and walk down the street
holding a shotgun.
Due Process Vanishes in Thin
Air. The aviation list, intended to catch terrorists before they board planes, has persistently
and widely snagged innocent American travelers, according to government documents obtained by the Electronic
Privacy Information Center through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Another crackdown on
homeschoolers? California legislation sparked concerns parents could face child-abuse charges.
Investigations: The Removal of Children From The Home. Parents in the United States are
subject to increasing government involvement in their lives as they seek to properly raise their children.
Administrative agencies of the government, which are created by statute to carry out broad directives such as
maintaining the health and welfare of minor children, are given more and more discretion in performing those
Pull CNN's Plug. It's
fundamentally wrong for our public airport authorities to force a trapped general audience to watch and hear a
constant stream of lies and propaganda.
Why the Pentagon Wants to Spy on
Your Shopping: Did you realize the Pentagon will soon know about every gun, book, magazine,
Twinkie, condom and everything else you buy? The reason for the massive database: to seek "patterns
indicative of terrorist activity," defense officials said [recently].
The FEMA Subsection:
FEMA appears to be up to something. Their mission is evidently more
important than just mopping up after a hurricane.
Just try to get close to one of the FEMA regional headquarters buildings and you'll
see what I mean. People who have seen it have told me that the FEMA office in
Denton, Texas, has security measures in place that you would expect to see only at
Fort Knox. Shortwave antennas are all around it, there are several no-nonsense
guards on duty, and almost all of the facility is deep underground.
What could possibly be the motive, other than chest-thumping territorialism?
FEMA threatens to arrest volunteer
drone operators during Colorado flood relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) threatened to arrest anyone flying drones over the
Colorado flood damage over the weekend, even those volunteering with the relief effort. On Saturday [9/14/2013], FEMA grounded Colorado company Falcon
UAV — a drone manufacturer that had been helping local authorities map the disaster area in near-real time — and threatened to arrest
anyone flying a drone over the disaster area, IEEE Spectrum reports.
FEMA drags feet, leaves
schools hit by Hurricane Sandy without materials or cash. Nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy, federal disaster workers
have only visited 25 of 50 city schools that were badly damaged. Some of them are still trying to replace everything from
computers to instruments as they await money from FEMA and the city covers some of the costs.
The Revolt Against FEMA. Some New Jersey hurricane victims
are complaining that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing more harm than Superstorm Sandy did when it hit over four
months ago and washed away their homes and businesses. "FEMA has caused more damage to the shore than Sandy did," said George
Kasimos, a flood victim from Toms River, N.J.
Feds' Sandy fiasco. The feds weren't ready to
handle even the most basic needs of their own workers as Hurricane Sandy walloped the region last fall, records obtained by The [New York] Post reveal.
Government officials requested emergency-communication equipment as the storm bore down — but never got it, the records show. They were
left to talk to one another and Washington, DC, over personal cellphones after their government-issued equipment — satellite phones and
all — failed.
Trouble With Being Dependent on the Government Is That The Government Isn't Dependable. In the aftermath of the Sandy storm
surge, dozens of residents are still living after a month, without heat, hot water, or electricity in condemned structures flooded by both
sea water and sewer water in the Gerritsen Beach community of Brooklyn. Their request to FEMA for temporary housing after Hurricane
Sandy was denied. Jameson Wells, executive assistant to the director of GB Cares Sandy Relief, a volunteer relief
organization, said "We need structures and housing. It is truly desperate." FEMA has said they did not have appropriate
trailers. "They told us they were unavailable because they are unheated and not insulated."
Sandy, Katrina and the Phonies. Despite the
obvious contrast between Katrina and Sandy, one thing remains curiously similar: the slow and painful response from authorities who
have a responsibility for the welfare of their constituents. The responsibility doesn't run deep for the overarching goal is to make
an impression. Leave an imprint on the public mind for the next election.
FEMA buys disaster trailers from
firm despite chronic flaws. Federal officials have bought thousands of temporary housing trailers in recent years despite repeated
warnings from government and private industry inspectors that hundreds of the units were shoddily built, The Washington Examiner has learned.
Flailing FEMA. Dozens of residents are still living without heat, hot water, or
electricity in condemned structures flooded by both sea and sewer water in the Gerritsen Beach community of Brooklyn after a request to FEMA for
temporary housing after Hurricane Sandy was denied. "We need structures and housing. It is truly desperate," said Jameson Wells,
executive assistant to the director of GB Cares Sandy Relief, a volunteer relief organization. FEMA has said they did not have appropriate
trailers. "They told us they were unavailable because they are unheated and not insulated," Wells said.
FEMA rental assistance checks come as surprise to some
Shore residents hit by Sandy. Many Jersey Shore residents who applied for federal disaster assistance were surprised when they recently
received a check for $2,820 with little explanation, according to a report on APP.com.
Angry New Yorkers
say Obama pledge to cut red tape ignored by FEMA. Storm-ravaged New Yorkers say President Obama's promise to cut red tape and get them
aid in the aftermath of Sandy has proven to be hot air. Angry citizens vented at FEMA officials at a town hall meeting held by the disaster
relief agency Thursday [11/29/2012], with tempers boiling over.
Why Kafka Would Like FEMA.
Yesterday I spoke to, let's see, eight, maybe nine different FEMA agents. Each one was there to help. Each was polite,
sympathetic. Oodles of sympathy. Almost all had a form for me to fill out, a web site to visit. Each of the long,
long line of people who came to see these agents went away with forms to fill out, web sites to visit.
New Yorkers hit hard by Hurricane Sandy
denied aid by FEMA bureaucracy. Washed out by Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of New Yorkers are finding themselves facing a second
challenge — the FEMA shuffle. More than 230,000 New York storm victims have applied for housing help from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, and the feds have approved $664 million. But untold numbers haven't been so lucky, rejected by FEMA for a host of
reasons that range from the ridiculous to the confounding.
How Obama's FEMA Criminally
Botched the Hurricane Recovery Effort. Obama's win came in part because the media and a Springsteen-loving governor portrayed him as
dedicated to relief for those hit by Hurricane Sandy. The reality however is that Obama made some routine photo op stops. FEMA, along with
the Red Cross, failed abysmally at Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and that story wasn't told before the election because the people in a position to
tell it had no power and the media wanted Obama to win. Afterward the story is slowly trickling out.
Life without FEMA? If there were no FEMA, would
people just sit around in the rubble for the rest of their lives? Or would they do something, learn from their experience, and take
precautions to minimize damage in the future? To think people would not or could not do these things unless enlightened politicians
were there to help them is to misconstrue the nature of government.
FEMA — Too Big to Succeed. Created
in 1979, FEMA was originally intended to help citizens in the event of a nuclear attack. In 1988, the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act clarified that federal emergency declarations — and the FEMA money accompanying such requests — should be
based on a finding that events are "of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local
governments." Since then, Congress has never given specific guidance for what qualifies as a federal emergency.
Bitter cold inside a disaster shelter.
[Scroll down] Welcome to the part of the disaster where people start falling through the cracks. No media is allowed inside the
fenced complex, which houses operations for JCP&L's army of workers from out of the area. The FEMA website indicated on Monday [11/5/2012]
that there had been a shelter for first responders, utility and construction workers to take a break, although the compound now contains a full-time
shelter operated by the state Department of Human Services.
Forgotten by FEMA: Volunteers step up in
storm-ravaged NYC borough. Victims of an unforgiving one-two punch from superstorm Sandy and a nor'easter that both hit New York's Staten
Island say FEMA has forgotten them. [...] "FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area," said MaryLou Wong, whose home in the Midland Beach
neighborhood was destroyed. "They haven't come back."
post-election warning to liberals and conservatives alike. To those liberals suffering in New York and New Jersey who voted for
President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, enjoy the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. We get the government we deserve and what we have now are
angry citizens whose cries for help are not being returned, regardless of what a pre-election President promised.
Staten Island FEMA
Disaster Center Shuts Doors 'Due to Weather'. FEMA disaster recovery centers in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged sections of the city that
were supposed to provide assistance to hurricane victims went MIA Wednesday morning [11/7/2012], posting signs saying that they were closed due
to the approaching Nor'easter.
Fakakta FEMA. "It's been the worst nightmare possible," said Vinny Accetta, a Staten
Island resident from the flooded Midland Beach area. He, his wife, Devon, and their toddler twins are staying with relatives seven miles from
their home. Eight days after Hurricane Sandy, Accetta is still waiting for FEMA to come and assess the damage to his home. After the
hurricane, he was given a case number by FEMA. Now he waits in the cold. "FEMA came to my block and a few neighbors were assessed," he
said. "I asked the worker if he could check my home and he replied, 'You're not on my list.'"
down Bastrop's burned trees with bureaucracy. Josh Van Buren of Taylor's Tree Service is listening
to two contractors explain the bureaucracy involved with felling a tree burned in September's wildfires.
The charred 70-foot pine in the public right of way has been designated a risk and must come down. But
Van Buren, with a chain saw in hand, can't just cut the tree down. Because the Federal Emergency
Management Agency requires it, there are photographs to take, GPS information to record and paperwork to
faces House heat for taking over flood insurance policies. Flood insurance policy providers now
face a new competitor: the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
took control of about 800,000 flood insurance policies State Farm decided to dump last year. Unlike
other Obama administration bailouts, FEMA did not legally have the choice to either take over those policies
or force State Farm to sell them to competitors, according to House Financial Services Committee spokesman
Region 5 Center, Denton, TX: An article from
May, 1961 about the hardened underground facility in Denton, one of several built around the country.
The building in Denton was originally part of a "continuity of government" plan in the event of an
all-out nuclear war.
Apparently there are many people who think that FEMA is a
sinister, secretive, very costly, and dangerously powerful agency.
Where's FEMA? The
actual name of FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is an agency within the Department
of Homeland Security the head of which is Secretary Janet Napolitano. If ever there was a Federal
Emergency in need of Management, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill sponsored by BP would be it, and you might
think that FEMA would be involved.
Perhaps you've already heard
about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Five Reasons Why FEMA Should
Stay at DHS. The FEMA Independence Act of 2009 is currently in the U.S. House of
Representatives. This bill would move the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and elevate the agency to cabinet-level status.
The Editor says...
Why make FEMA a cabinet-level agency? So FEMA could be under the direct control of the
executive branch, not the Congress. FEMA is dangerous enough already without the ability
to hide behind executive privilege.
says it can't show return on $29 billion in spending. Federal Emergency Management Agency
deputy administrator Timothy Manning told a congressional panel today [10/27/2009] that his organization
had spent $5 million during the last 18 months reviewing how it spent $29 billion since
2002, but still doesn't know what it got for the money.
is using the FOIA to dig itself into a deeper hole. If there were an award for the
least popular federal agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would probably be a
near-unanimous choice, thanks to the barrage of negative media it received during the
Hurricane Katrina debacle.
A Flood of
Federal Disasters. News flash: It often snows in Syracuse. And it rains. Even
floods, sometimes. Another news flash: these are not federal disasters. Or, at least, they
shouldn't be. But these days, far too many things are labeled as federal disasters — often
weeks or even months later.
Why Are Internment Camps Being Built? The
Internet is abuzz with news about the construction of internment camps all across America. ... For starters, all anyone
need do to begin a serious investigation of the subject of internment camps is Google the phrase "FEMA Camps."
There is more than enough evidence in that search engine alone to keep one busy with some in-depth private investigation
of the subject for quite a while.
FEMA camps: Not just for April fools anymore.
There have been a lot of stories over the years and even photos of detention facilities and special train cars for
transporting dissidents. We have generally avoided them because, even if true, they only revealed the
government's "endgame strategies" and we were not yet in the endgame. But things are different now.
The National Guard wants
Internment/Resettlement Specialists. The skills you'll learn as a Internment/Resettlement Specialist will
help prepare you for a future with federal, state, county or city law enforcement agencies. You might also be able
to pursue a career as a security guard with industrial firms, airports or other businesses and institutions.
FEMA camps fully staffed & ready
to go. The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens
crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA.
Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons. Operation Cable
Splicer and Garden Plot are the two sub programs which will be implemented once the Rex 84 program is
initiated for its proper purpose. Garden Plot is the program to control the population. Cable Splicer is
the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local governments by the federal government. FEMA
is the executive arm of the coming police state and thus will head up all operations.
The Editor says...
With all the discussion of "FEMA concentration camps" on the internet, nobody ever talks about the exact
locations of these alleged places. Before I get agitated about this issue, I want the latitude and longitude
of the places, so I can see them on "Google maps" — or at least see that the satellite pictures are
all suspiciously fuzzy at those places. After hearing about these camps for so long, from so many sources, I wouldn't
be surprised to learn that they truly exist — but I want to see pictures.
history. Jimmy Carter in 1979 tried to make sense of disaster relief by establishing FEMA via
executive order. He stated that the new structure would "permit more rational decisions of the relative
costs and benefits of alternative approaches to disasters." Carter was wrong: Presidents kept
reacting politically, and local and state officials kept passing the buck and asking for bucks.
The Secret National Cops. U.S.
Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, questions the use of "traditional tools" as they were wielded in her own
bailiwick. Chenoweth, whose congressional district includes Clearwater County, blasted the FEMA agents for
behaving "like a bull in a china shop." "I understand that FEMA has an important responsibility to
ensure that federal funds are handled consistent with law, but … FEMA has proceeded against a local
government and private citizens in a threatening manner," she wrote to Attorney General Janet Reno. "It
is exactly this type of unnecessary, heavy-handed show of force that feeds the distrust of the federal
FEMA's Plan for Mass Destruction
Attacks: Of Course It's True. Let me state for the record that FEMA is moving ahead with
plans to create temporary cities that could handle millions of Americans after mass destruction attacks on
U.S. cities. Though the agency has denied the program to some of our readers and has made misleading
claims about NewsMax's original story to members of the press, the basic facts of the story remain unchallenged.
FEMA raid at Orofino, Idaho. At 7 a.m. on July 18th, two employees at
the [Clearwater County, Idaho] flood control center were startled by a group of men
in dark attire and bullet-proof vests and sidearms. According to various accounts,
the frightened employees, thinking they were under assault by a gang of thugs, locked the
door and called the sheriff, Nick Albers. Nancy Butler, a reporter for the weekly
Clearwater Tribune, told Sarah Foster of the Internet newspaper World Net Daily that the
behavior of the FEMA agents was "totally uncalled for." "They didn't just come over
and knock on the door — they came running over the hill at the back of the
building and crawling through the sagebrush. The whole scenario just
Federal Emergency Management
Agency: Some people have referred to it as the "secret government" of the
United States. It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public
disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. This
government organization has more power than the President of the United States or the Congress,
it has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without
a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation
systems, and can suspend the Constitution. Not only is it the most powerful entity in the
United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by the Congress. It
was a product of a Presidential Executive Order. A Presidential Executive Order,
whether Constitutional or not, becomes law simply by its publication in the Federal Registry.
(Same article as above from an alternate source: FEMA - The
The Disaster Agency. Most Americans had never even heard of
this obscure government agency before syndicated columnist Jack Anderson reported in October 1984 that FEMA had
prepared bizarre "standby legislation" that would, in the event of a national crisis, "suspend the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights, effectively eliminate private property, abolish free enterprise, and generally clamp
Americans in a totalitarian vise." In any self-respecting banana republic, such a document might be
called a blueprint for a coup d'etat. FEMA called it "national security" planning.
COG stands for surprising
assault on democracy. An elite group of former Clinton advisers and former public officials from
both major political parties gathered recently at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., to
announce their proposal to convert the House of Representatives from an elected body to an appointed body in
the event of a national emergency.
FEMA Concentration and Internment Camps:
There over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners.
They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to
be operated by FEMA should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.
Lists of FEMA radio frequencies:
Mount Weather Underground
. Just 46 miles from Washington DC, a mysterious and secretive underground military base
exists, located deep inside a mountain near the rural town of Bluemont, Virginia. Here lies Mount Weather,
also known as the Western Virginia Office of Controlled Conflict Operations.
Mount Weather and Underground Bases. Mount
Weather is the self-sustaining underground command center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). The facility is the operational center — the hub — of approximately 100
other Federal Relocation Centers, most of which are concentrated in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia,
Maryland and North Carolina. Together this network of underground facilities constitutes the backbone
of America's "Continuity of Government" program.
Government Is at Work in Secret. Deployed civilians are not permitted to take their families,
and under penalty of prosecution they may not tell anyone where they are going or why. "They're on a
'business trip,' that's all," said one official involved in the effort. The two sites of the shadow
government make use of local geological features to render them highly secure. They are well stocked
with food, water, medicine and other consumable supplies, and are capable of generating their own power.
Site R is secure, but it's not
undisclosed. Site R, with its six-stories of underground offices, subterranean water reservoir,
and banks of mysterious antennas, dishes and massive, steel doors, has been a designated backup command
center since it was hewn out of the mountain in 1951.
aid boondoggle Hurricane Frances made landfall more than 100 miles north
of Miami-Dade County earlier this year. But that didn't stop thousands of residents
there from getting nearly $28 million in federal disaster aid. Top winds reached only
47 mph in Miami-Dade County during the Labor Day weekend storm, so damages were limited
to some fallen power lines and uprooted trees, according to FEMA and other
disaster-relief officials. Yet residents used their relief checks to buy more
than 5,000 televisions allegedly destroyed by Frances, as well as 1,440 air
conditioners, 1,360 twin beds, 1,311 washers and dryers, and 831 dining sets.
Not taking no for an answer, Houston mayor
seizes old warehouse. The owner declined Wednesday [9/7/2005] to lease or rent the building as
offices for FEMA, so Mayor Bill White commandeered the building.
The Editor says...
This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, since Houston is hundreds of miles away from the area damaged
by Hurricane Katrina.
Wal-Mart: Many people who think that government is the answer to our problems
do not bother to check out the evidence. But it can be eye-opening to compare how private
businesses responded to hurricane Katrina and how local, state and national governments responded.
FEMA Strikes Again!
Although the effort was trumpeted in the media as an example of grassroots ingenuity in the face of disaster,
local officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have nixed an attempt by Houston activists to set
up a low-power radio station at the Astrodome that would have broadcast Hurricane Katrina relief information
The Editor says...
FEMA's excuses for this action are numerous and each is transparently false. The micro-power broadcasting issue is all
about control. The government can't afford to allow even one watt of unlicensed broadcasting, because it would
open a door that could never be closed again. The FCC has been fighting this battle for decades.
of millions paid to people untouched by disasters. The federal government's
mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe is only the latest bungling in a national
disaster response system that for years has been fraught with waste and fraud. A South
Florida Sun-Sentinel investigation has found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency in
five years poured at least $330 million into communities that were spared the devastating
effects of fires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.
FEMA Should Be Shut Down. What if there was no
such thing as FEMA? I asked myself that question after reading about the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's bungled efforts to serve the poor and suffering in the area formerly known as New
Orleans. … FEMA's boorish behavior underscores it real purpose, which is always to
spend its budget and get good press doing it, because such activities will reflect well
on the public sector.
Katrina victims required to use Microsoft
Internet Explorer. It's clear to me that they've engineered a web system that is: (a)
Extraordinarily over-engineered to work under only one browser, and (b) Nonfunctional under that
browser. This, I conclude, is simply another example of FEMA incompetence.
The Secret National Cops: Who
are federal inspectors general, and why are they pointing guns at us? U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho,
questions the use of "traditional tools" as they were wielded in her own bailiwick. Chenoweth, whose
congressional district includes Clearwater County, blasted the FEMA agents for behaving "like a bull in a china
shop." "I understand that FEMA has an important responsibility to ensure that federal funds are handled
consistent with law, but … FEMA has proceeded against a local government and private citizens in a
threatening manner," she wrote to Attorney General Janet Reno. "It is exactly this type of unnecessary,
heavy-handed show of force that feeds the distrust of the federal government."
FEMA guilty of religious discrimination?
The Alliance Defense Fund is concerned about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) refusing to help churches
in the aftermath of disasters. Paragould, Arkansas, was recently declared a disaster area after being
hit by a severe ice storm. Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), says
a local church assisted FEMA officials in their relief efforts, but FEMA did not return the favor.
Two more dots connected!
FEMA Paid ACORN For Firefighting.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, figures in many paranoid fantasies about government control.
Popular fiction often depicts it as a shadowy agency whose sinister operatives are planning to manufacture a
crisis that will give them unlimited power and funding. ... In reality, FEMA occupies itself with harmless and
benevolent activities, such as funding ACORN.
grant denied because of 'insufficient damage'. Jefferson County resident Jonathan Stewart said
he laughed in shock after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claimed the house his family lost in
the deadly April 27 twister was 'not unsafe to live in'. The devastating reality is the
house is now a concrete slab surrounded by rubble.
FEMA Short On Money.
I am quite sorry that people in the path of Irene suffered damage, but they CHOSE to live where they knew a
hurricane (or tropical storm or a flood) could come. So I must ask, "Why is it the rest of the country's
responsibility to make them whole again?
finds $114 million. [Scroll down] Then, suddenly, FEMA told Senate Democrats that all of
their previous warnings were overblown. The agency was able to recover $40 billion from ongoing
long-term projects, and instead of being broke, they actually had $114 million in the bank, just enough
to get them into the next fiscal year. Which is convenient, because that allows them access to all of
next year's budgeted disaster relief spending. Since there is now no need for unbudgeted disaster relief
spending this year, there is now no need for spending offsets. DOE's green energy loan program lives
to see another day. How convenient.
is the deal with those FEMA/DHS AM backup transmitters? Back last February, it was reported that
FEMA/Department of Homeland Security was mysteriously constructing prepackaged AM transmitter buildings at various
PEP (Primary Entry Point) transmitter sites across the country as something call "Primary Entry Point Expansion."
These buildings contain a 5 KW Nautel AM transmitter, EAS gear, satellite equipment (the exact equipment list
is undisclosed) and a backup generator all in a shielded (Faraday Cage), prefabricated building placed inside of a
fenced in compound at the station's transmitter site. The buildings are being put in place, but not connected
to anything in the outside world.
Five Reasons Why FEMA Should
Stay at DHS. The FEMA Independence Act of 2009 is currently in the U.S. House of
Representatives. This bill would move the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and elevate the agency to cabinet-level status.
The Editor says...
Why make FEMA a cabinet-level agency? So FEMA could be under the direct control of the
executive branch, not the Congress. FEMA is dangerous enough already without the ability
to hide behind executive privilege.
FEMA — The Obama Youth Army!
Nationwide FEMA Camps Should Raise Eyebrows. In a nutshell, there seems to be a solicitation
of bids occurring for the staffing of FEMA camps within 72 hours of implementation by an order from either
Homeland Security or the president. This situation begs to be investigated, with special consideration
paid to the motives of the present administration. ... Perimeter fencing or barricades is required to be six
feet high, enclosing the camp, with all traffic in or out to be recorded on a daily log and with security
restricting all traffic and access. The contractor shall also provide fencing and barricades around
areas which are "off limits" to occupants.
Prepaing for martial law. As watchmen
begin to expose the people, companies and even lawmakers behind this money and power grab, they could be considered
dangers to the "security" of the United States, or engaging in "belligerent acts." So too could the people
who will protest in anger about the bank holidays, the overnight evaporation of their retirement accounts, and
even the fire sale of national assets to manage the unmanageable and unsustainable debt. Their anger must
be controlled in the name of national security. To be certain, their warnings will not be heard nor will
protests be allowed from a detention facility. You know, the facilities that don't exist?
Party lines are meaningless when the common objective is the revolutionary overtaking of America.
The planned re-election of Obama, revolutionary style. [Scroll
down] According to my source, there is talk among the highest levels of the uppermost echelon of the Department of Homeland Security, which
he describes as effectively under the control of Barack Hussein Obama. During this call, he said that the DHS is actively preparing for
massive social unrest inside the United States. He then corrected himself, stating that "a civil war" is the more appropriate term.
Certain elements of the government are not only expecting and preparing for it, they are actually facilitating it," stated my source.
"The DHS takes their marching orders from the Obama administration, from Obama himself, but mostly from his un-appointed czars. And
Jarrett, especially Valerie Jarrett. Don't think for a minute that the administration is doing anything to stabilize events in the
U.S. They are revolutionaries, and revolutionaries thrive on chaos," he added.
The latest from "DHS Insider".
And the preparations are these: DHS is prepositioning assets in strategic areas near urban centers all across the country. Storage depots.
Armories. And even detainment facilities, known as FEMA camps. FEMA does not even know that the facilities are earmarked for detainment by
executive orders, at least not in the traditional sense they were intended. By the way, people drive by some of these armories everyday without
even giving them a second look.
There is a lot more to be learned from FEMA's handling
of Hurricane Katrina.
Go on the Offense
: The privacy issue was discussed in terms of making certain
that any information the government can gather on law-abiding citizens in the name of national
security is information you would not mind falling into the hands of Hillary Clinton should
she someday become president or attorney general.
paranoid? You're not paying attention then. Experience tells us that
freedoms once lost are difficult to regain and that government policies once in place
take on lives of their own. If ever there were a time for a pre-emptive strike, this
is it. Best to say "Hell no" before it's no longer
permissible to protest.
An Ominous New Era: Regulation
by Litigation. Regulating industries is a slow and cumbersome process,
frustrating for officials because it often fails to achieve the results they want. So the
Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a new strategy, one that turns the
Constitution on its head and gives unelected regulators the power of the sovereign. It's
called regulation-by-litigation, and a lot of industries had better watch out.
Homeschoolers get a knock on the
door from police: A public school superintendent [in Illinois] has sent police in squad cars to
the houses of homeschooling families to deliver his demand that they appear for a "pre-trial hearing" to prove
they are in compliance with the law.
Children flee homeschool
cop: When the doorbell rings at the Channell residence in Spring Valley, Ill., 10-year-old Aaron
and 11-year-old Christopher run for cover. The homeschooled boys have been on edge, says their father
Roger, since a truant officer came to the family's front door Oct. 3 and warned, "I could have your
children taken away."
Be Careful What You
Write: On September 1, 2002, I wrote a column critical of the way screening is carried
out at U.S. airports ("A
U.S. Police State"). Since that time I have been on ten flights. On every one of
those ten flights I have been "selected" for "random" searches by the same airline screeners I
criticized. Surely this was a coincidence!
tyranny: No one has a moral obligation to obey unconstitutional laws. That's not to say
there isn't a compelling case for obedience to unconstitutional laws: the brutal force of the federal
government to coerce obedience.
Making Citizens the
Enemy: Seasoned travelers have concluded that the real purpose of U.S. airport "security" is to
establish a precedent for unreasonable and warrantless searches. By making citizens the enemy, the
suspension of civil liberties that is imposed on air travelers can be extended to pedestrians, motorists, and
people in their homes and hotel rooms. Terrorists can endanger some of us, but the war on terror
endangers us all. How much more can the Constitution be diminished before it is completely replaced by
arbitrary government power?
Threats to the Rule of Law in
America: Where there's rule of law, human initiative flourishes. Rule of law refers to
freedom of contract and enforcement of contracts, protection of private property, stability of laws, a
requirement that all persons, private individuals and government officials are subject to the same laws, and
most importantly, limitation of the authority of government.
Another example of boiled frogs: Viewcrime: [In
Great Britain,] TV dealers are required by law to collect the names and addresses of people who buy
televisions. This info then goes into a giant database. Let me be perfectly clear. This is
mandatory. This is about watching television.
FBI Spy Plane Circling Bloomington,
Indiana: The FBI said that the plane is being used in monitoring people who might have terrorist
connections. Earlier, when aviation officials disclosed that the aircraft was conducting surveillance, the FBI
had denied any link to the plane.
Does FDA Regulation Violate the
Constitution? From the orange juice we drink to begin our day, to the lunch we eat at a
restaurant, to the wine we consume in the evening, the federal Food and Drug Administration regulates what
nutritional and health information food and drug manufacturers can share with us. When Ocean Spray's Web
site recently provided information and links to health research regarding juice consumption, the FDA
threatened to seize the company's inventory, because the agency had not approved the "health claims."
States Refuse to Kowtow to
Sovereignty-Destroying Globalist Court: [Officials in] Oklahoma said Monday [2/10/2003] it
would proceed with plans to execute a Mexican national despite claims by the World Court that it cannot.
Texas has already said it would ignore the globalist court's death stays for Mexicans on its death row.
The World Court at The Hague last week "ordered" the states not to execute three Mexicans — two in
Texas, one in Oklahoma — until it resolved a suit filed by Mexico.
The Back Room Deal to Destroy America: A
group of U.S. Senators have conspired to destroy local zoning throughout the United States of America. The
"Community Character Act" authorizes the use of federal money so that un-elected environmentalists can advance their
extreme-left political agenda.
Virginia County Aims to Ban Lights on Private Property:
In Loudoun County, VA, the local government is considering a proposal to ban the use of outdoor lights at night. This is not
a joke. Soon, homeowners and small businesses in Loudoun County may have to turn off their lights, or face penalties. No
more Christmas lights. No more security lights to ward off would-be attackers and thieves. No more lights alerting
customers that an establishment is "open."
The Editor says...
There is obviously more to this story than they're saying, but it is still worth reading.
Bill would give governors absolute
power: Could state governors order the collection of all data and records on citizens, ban firearms, take
control of private property and quarantine entire cities? The answer is yes — if governors and
state legislatures adopted a new "model" bill currently under consideration.
Trust in government?
Americans need to understand that government is, has been and always will be the gravest threat to freedom we face.
American Contempt for the Rule
of Law: Most Americans have no inkling of what rule of law means. We think it means
obedience to whatever laws Congress enacts and the president signs. That's a tragedy.
Citizens Tethered to a
Democratic Leash Called Tyranny: Democracy gives an aura of legitimacy to acts that would
otherwise be deemed tyranny.
orders removal of poles flying American flag. The Forest Service has told California vacationers to remove
poles flying the U.S. flag from property the service has leased to them.
Feds Seek "Dictatorial Powers" on
Health Care: The federal government is pushing your state legislature to give your governor and
health officials sweeping powers that threaten your freedoms. The so-called Model Emergency Health Powers
Act would let the government do everything from seizing private property to forcing vaccinations.
Crackdown on Jaywalking Shows We Have Too
Many Laws. If they remember freer times, or if the state propaganda has been efficient enough,
people forget laws are not pious wishes. If the jaywalker does not stop when the cop accosts him, he will
be forced to. If he resists, he will be beaten down. If he is really threatening, he will be
shot. The same will happen to one who does not pay the fine and resists the bailiff. Legal coercion
is an advantage when applied to murder, rape and theft but becomes a mark of tyranny when it deals with peaceful
behaviour or minor incivilities.
Leftist Lawmakers Want Feds to
Oversee Local Development — and Your Life: While the nation's attention is focused on the
war on terrorism, S. 975, the Community Character Act, seeks to implement a Clinton executive order
that the leftist establishment could use to dictate what you can own, what you can drive, the kind of home in
which you can live — a mammoth intrusiveness into your life.
County Criminalizes Smoking at
Home: A suburb of Washington, D.C., has adopted one of the toughest smoking rules in the country,
bringing anti-tobacco laws into people's homes. Under the terms of an ordinance approved Tuesday [11/20/2001]
by the Montgomery County (Md.) Council, people smoking in their own homes could be fined as much as
$750, if cigarette smoke bothers their neighbors.
Put Tobacco Under FDA Control. In what appears to be the best chance since public health groups
started pushing for it in the 1970s, Congress is poised to regulate tobacco, a product linked to 1,200 deaths
each day but sold largely unfettered for centuries.
Hillary's Nuke Safety Scheme
Would Evacuate 20 Million: Clinton is pushing for an expansion of the evacuation zone from the
present 10 miles to 50 miles, putting New York City, 30 miles away, and its 8 million
residents within the zone. This would require the evacuation of all 20 million people in that zone
in the event of an emergency at Indian Point.
The Arrogance of Bureaucratic
Power: People who went through depression and war do not understand how bureaucrats could deny
their children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren the ability to live where they were born and to put
food on the table.
America's Criminal Class: The Congress of the
United States: A five-part series on the collection of rogues, scoundrels and crooks who occupy
the House and Senate.
Part five in the series: A
long tradition of corruption and ambivalence: "You have reached a special place in life and in
American history," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi told a recent class of freshmen Senators
and Congressman. "Treat it with respect." But too many members of both the House and Senate treat
their "special place in life and in American history" as a license to steal, living large at taxpayer expense,
ignoring laws that apply to ordinary Americans and betraying the trust of the public that put them there.
Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno
Justice Department by David Limbaugh
Rethinking Romans 13:
Pastor Greg A. Dixon chides Christians to combat corrupt government. In recent years, Christians have
interpreted Romans 13 as a command for unlimited submission to government by God. Many have allowed
government to become god without even knowing.
Federal Propaganda for Kids: The federal
government is cranking out propaganda and it has nothing to do with the war on terrorism. It has
everything to do with indoctrinating your kids. Federal agencies are using taxpayer-funded Web sites to
bypass parents and instill their tech-savvy children with heavy doses of big government activism.
CPS Harasses Family Whose House Burns
Down: The social worker refused to explain the allegations to the parents, and insisted that
she needed to interview the children separately with no other party present.
The Editor says...
The Home School Legal Defense Association runs into abuses of power all the
time. Here is a state-by-state roundup of their
D.C.: The Rise of Federal Control over the Lives of Ordinary Americans by Charlotte
Twight. Manipulation of the rules of a game can determine the outcome. It's true of sports and
it's true of government. In an important new contribution to the study of American government, economist
and historian Charlotte Twight applies this insight to document both the history of government's growth
and the techniques by which politicians and bureaucrats have manipulated the rules of the game to increase
their powers and make them more difficult to roll back. In the process, politicians make Americans
dependent on government, and more like passive supplicants than active citizens. Twight explains in clear
language how Americans have been robbed of their independence.
Documentary film: 911: The Road to
Tyranny: The government needed a crisis to convince the people to willingly give up their liberty
in exchange for safety. 911 the Road to Tyranny documents the ruthless history of
governments orchestrating terrorist attacks against their own people to scare them into total submission.
Review of A Nation of
Sheep: Dependent on D.C. Rule of law means there's governance by known general rules,
equality before the law, certainty of the law, a permanent legal framework and independent judicial review of
administrative decisions. These specifications of the rule of law have been emasculated.
No one can possibly know the thousands of pages of rules published by the IRS, not to mention the hundreds
of thousands of pages of laws applicable to health care, banking, education, pensions, agriculture,
"The shift from personal autonomy to dependence on government is perhaps the
defining characteristic of modern American politics. In the span of barely one
lifetime, a nation grounded in ideals of individual liberty has been transformed
into one in which federal decisions control even such personal matters as what
health care we buy -- a nation now so bound up in detailed laws and regulation
that no one can know what all the rules are, let alone comply with them."
– Charlotte Twight
The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act:
disaster awaits in "reform" bill. Anytime Congress passes a 2,300-page law that creates
more than 500 new regulations and sets up a new, complicated bureaucracy, we should be nervous. ... Its
Democratic supporters claim it was necessary to prevent another economic meltdown like the one we suffered
in 2008. But no one knows whether it will do any such thing.
Monstrosity. The 2,315 page Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that President Obama
will sign today [7/21/2010] should not be called "financial reform." Instead the bill, which passed
the Senate 60-39 last week when Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown joined Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and
Susan Collins to grant cloture, should be called what for what it is: pages and pages of
massively costly, counterproductive and possibly unconstitutional mandates on nearly every type of
business except for those government-sponsored enterprises at the root of the crisis.
Fight Over Consumer
Agency Looms as Overhaul Is Signed. President Barack Obama on Wednesday [7/21/2010] signed into
law the most sweeping financial overhaul since the Depression, putting the country on a course toward a more
muscular regulatory framework. But one provision that barely survived will have the most direct bearing
on millions of ordinary people's lives: a new agency meant to protect consumers from abusive financial
products, called the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
Presidency. I wouldn't wade through the 2600 pages of the financial reform bill at
gunpoint, but I don't have to. All I need to do is look at the title page featuring the
names of the chief sponsors, Dodd and Frank. The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act. This is
the equivalent of the Capone-O'Bannion crime-control bill. If any politicians are up to their
necks in the chicanery that led to the latest crash, it's that pair. Frank's most recent
paramour held a high position at Fannie Mae, while Dodd was snagging payoffs right and left.
In a just world they'd be in custody, not sponsoring bills.
Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure. So much for transparency.
Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange
Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public,
including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Precarious First Amendment.
The DISCLOSE Act — a nefarious attempt to do through the backdoor that which the Supreme Court barred by the
front door, namely government regulation of First Amendment?protected speech — is dead for now.
It is a lesson in how precarious is our attachment to basic constitutional values.
in Washington Is This Transparency. The Senate Democrats' "DISCLOSE" Act —
"DISCLOSE" stands for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections" —
represents perhaps the baldest, if failed, power grab attempted this year. But you wouldn't guess it
reading news stories on the bill. As The New York Times reported, "The Senate on Tuesday refused to
take up a bill that would require more disclosure of the role of corporations, unions and other special
interests in bankrolling political advertisements, after Democrats failed to persuade even one Republican
to support it."
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