Posted tagged ‘Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws’

Must Reads For The Week 4/8/17

April 8, 2017

Some On The Left Now Criticize The Students They Created, by Dennis Prager, at townhall.com. Here is an except from the article: “It is the left that created the moral monsters known as left-wing students who do not believe in free speech, let alone tolerance. It is the left that taught generations of Americans that everyone on the right is sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, racist and bigoted. It is the left that is anti-intellectual, teaching students to substitute feelings for reason.

Snowflakes Demand University President’s Resignation After Refusal To Support Safe Spaces, at zerohedge.com. Here is a recent example of what the article above talks about.

New York Fed’s Dudley Admits Fed-Inspired Student Debt Bubble Is Headwind for Economy, at zerohedge.com. College Graduates are becoming debt serfs. This is similar to the housing bubble. When will this bubble burst.

South Korean School Teachers Who Earn Over A Million Dollars, at economicpolicyjournal.com. With the price of college sky rocketing, lower cost market alternatives to our current education monopoly will be viable.

IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture, at reason.com. Innocent people are getting their bank accounts seized without being charged with a crime. This is not supposed to happen in America. This is an example of the break down of the rule of law.

Audit The Pentagon, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Every government agency should be able to cut their budget by 15%. Shouldn’t they?

The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here. 12 Signs That The U.S. Auto Industry’s Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived, at zerohedge.com. Loaning money to people who can’t pay it back is a bad idea. We didn’t learn anything from the housing bubble. Did we?

3 Lessons Learned From Wisconsin’s War On Foreign Butter, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. People are fighting back against Government regulations on Butter. First they are going across state lines to purchase the butter they want. Some consumers are banding together to file a suit against the law which bans this foreign butter.

Creative Destruction: Thousands Of Traditional Retailers Close As Consumers Switch To Online Retailers Like Amazon, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Sears started as a mail order warehouse business. Now they are losing to Amazon which is warehouse delivery business. Everything old is new again.

Homeowner’s son Kills Three Would-Be Burglars With AR-15, at nypost.com. Who says AR-15’s aren’t good home defense weapons?

The Breakdown Of The Rule Of Law

June 22, 2016

The breakdown of the rule of law leads to a breakdown of a civil society.

We define the rule of law as general rules, known in advance, and pertaining to the rulers as well as the ruled. Unfortunately the rule of law does not deter our politicians and government betters. They make micro managing laws that are so numerous we can’t possibly know them in advance. They act as a ruling aristocracy who are above the laws they make.

When we the masses don’t know the rules of the game, on the one hand, and see our rulers getting away with breaking them, on the other, we start to push back. At first we use our 1st amendment rights to free speech and peaceably to assemble, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The problem starts to escalate when this doesn’t produce a desired result. We then start to resist slowly at first. This leads to an escalation on the side of Government which than leads to a reciprocal escalation by us. We are now in an upward spiral of resistance – response – resistance.

Americans don’t like to be told what to do. Each person has a different level of tolerance toward Government coercion. More and more people are reaching their limit and we are witnessing the push back.

Although government has been usurping power for a century, it has really increased under the last three Presidents. President Obama has expanded the power of government more than Bush did and Bush expanded it more than Clinton did. The number of laws on the federal registry has grown so large, a motivated government lawyer can dig deep enough in the federal registry and find a law that you have broken. Where will this lead? I hope it can be resolved peacefully.

SOME EXAMPLES

Oklahoma Cops Find A New Way To Take People’s Money, at huffingtonpost.com. As bad as civil asset forfeiture laws are, this escalates it exponentially. The ability to seize assets by scanning a persons debit and bank cards at the spot of the arrest is against the fourth and fifth amendments of the Constitution.

4thThe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath of affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5thNo person shall……. be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law;…..

People will not stand for this.

Ex Missouri Cop Gets 4 Years For Tasering Teen and Dropping Him On His Face, at kansascity.com. Watch this video. This teens heart stopped because the cop held the taser on him for more than 20 seconds. This was far longer than what his training taught him. He than cuffed and dragged the teen to the curb where he dropped him face first on the concrete. The teen was put into an induced coma to relieve brain damage. Read the details in the article and watch the video.

In war some of the rules of engagement tell our military guys they are not allowed to fire until fired upon. This is in a war zone. What are the rules of engagement for police? Shouldn’t it be at least what our military guys have to fight under? Police aren’t in a war zone even though we are constantly told they are. My friend retired early from law enforcement because he couldn’t believe that the new officers were being taught that everyone was a criminal. When he got in law enforcement he was taught that he was there to serve the public.

The cop in this video escalated this situation right from the start. He tried to intimidate this teen and look what happened. I know this sounds like Monday morning quarterbacking but he went all tough guy right away and there is no turning back once he decided to travel down that road. If you start out in a non threatening way, you can always escalate to another level.

At some point either the cops or we have to stop this upward spiral of resist – response – resist.

Watch the video below. The child was treated better by the gorilla than teen was treated by the cop.

 

What The IRS Just Revealed Should Start A Wave Of OUTRAGE, at allenwest.com. The IRS used its power to keep people from exercising their rights to “peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances“. Everyone is afraid of the IRS, ergo they can intimidate people easily. Even though working for the IRS isn’t a political position, there is an incentive for the IRS to protect big Government from anyone who wants to shrink it. Because if it wasn’t for big Government there would be no need for the IRS. Lois Lerner should be in jail, not enjoying her 6 figure “retirement” on the tax payers dime.

Wake Up America, by Andrew Napolitano, lewrockwell.com. Excerpt from the article. “Now the FBI wants access to everyone’s internet browser history, as long as its agents are looking for spies or terrorists; and again, it proposes that rather than present probable cause to a judge and seek a warrant as the Fourth Amendment requires, one FBI agent can be authorized to issue a search warrant to another.” Our congress is about to give the FBI this power! I’m reminded of a quote by Joseph Sobran; “The Constitution is no threat to our current form of government.”

Ugly Bloody Scenes In San Jose As Protesters Attack Trump Supporters Outside Rally, at washington.com. These are not protests against Trump (which are protected by the 1st amendment). These are rioters who are physically assaulting individuals and damaging private property, which is against the law. The cops stood and watched. Americans normally don’t act like this. This is how third world countries settle disputes.

Is the rule of law breaking down? You be the judge.

 

Related ArticlePolitical Correctness, A Civil Society, And The Rule Of Law, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 10/11/14

October 10, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

How Michelle Obama’s Daughters Eat vs. The Rules She Has Set Down For Public School Kids, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The fact that the ruling elite don’t have to abide by the rules they impose on the benighted masses is one thing. The more important point is, a  Government that has the power to make this mandate has too much power, and is therefore tyrannical.

How The Real World Reacts When Minimum Wage Laws Raise The Cost Of Labor Above What It Produces, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Here is the money quote from the article,“If government could transform unskilled entry-level positions into middle-income jobs, the Soviet Union would be today’s dominant world economy. Spain and Greece would be thriving.”

Mayo Clinic To Bring A Medical Kiosk To An Employer Near You, by Jeff Hansel, at m.postbulliten.com. Health care “affordability” would have taken care of itself if politicians in the Democrat party would have passed legislation that moved healthcare toward a free market system instead of passing “The Affordable Care Act”. This article is an example of markets reducing costs and providing a better product for the consumer.

Obamacare Causes Wal-Mart To Cut Benefits For Some Part Time Workers, by John Lott, by johnrlott.blogspot.com. This is the opposite of what you read about in the above post regarding the Mayo Clinic. Government intervention in the free market produces outcomes that have higher costs and inferior products.

3D Printing Entire Homes And Neighborhoods May Be Just Around The Corner, by Michael Krieger, at libertyblitzkrieg.com. Technology is in the process of changing how we do things in ways we can’t even imagine. Technology is advancing  faster than Government can regulate it (the fracking revolution is another example). This gives me hope that at some point, our current experiment with big government will someday be a chapter in history that people will read about and say, “what made them think that would work”.

Common People Do Not Carry This Much Currency”. How Police Justify Theft via Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws, at zerohedge.com. Taking money without probable cause, is only going to escalate the tension between police and citizens. Watch the video in this post, it makes great points in a humorous way.

Hong Kong Ranks First In Economic Freedom, The US Is Twelfth, at freetheworld.com. We were ranked second in ‘2000’ , but a decade of regulation, Fed counterfeiting, loss of property rights, and growth of Government has us cheering, “we’re number 12, we’re number 12”! We are not moving toward more individual, economic, and political freedom.

How The US Ranks In Corporate Tax Rates (Not Pretty), at economicpolicyjournal.com. The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world! We’re number 1, We’re number 1!

Upcoming Anniversary: Oct. 1st Will Mark 18 Years Of No Global Warming, by Barbara Hollingsworth, at cnsnews.com. The evidence doesn’t match the chicken little rhetoric.

A Decade After Welcoming Wind, States Reconsider, by Sean Murphy, at eaglefordtexas.com. Here is a quote form the article, “Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly, even in red states like Oklahoma, where candidates regularly rail against government interference.” Politicians used Government subsidies and tax breaks to allow an industry to exist that would have probably had problems competing in a free market. Government picked the winner. Now they want to regulate an industry that wouldn’t have existed without the previous regulation. Here is my advice; repeal all regulations pertaining to wind, and allow the market to pick the winners and losers.

Reasons For Political Hope, by Bruce Thornton, at victorhanson.com. I know it’s hard to believe, but I am optimistic that freedom will win out over tyranny. It may not seem like it right now but there are signs that we are starting to wake up.

 

Must Reads For The Week 1/18/14

January 18, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

What You Were Never Told About Obamacare, by Joseph Salerno, at economicpolicyjournal.com. We, the tax payer, are going to subsidize Health Insurance Companies, who would go bankrupt because of the rules under Obamacare. This is going to be a defacto single payer system.

Seven Nobel Laureats Indorse Increase In Minimum Wage, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When someone says, “economists say……” , ask what economist? Just because they are an “economist” doesn’t mean they are smarter than you about economics.

X Marks The Spot Of The Death Of Monetary Policy, at zerohedge.com. The Fed can’t even print their way to a good GDP number.

Leno: “Now That Christie Is Denying Everything He Sounds Even More Presidential”, at economicpolicyjournal.com.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse Takes Away Right To Be Presumed Innocent, by Ken Braun, at mlive.com. Just another example of the erosion of individual liberty.

Beijing Citizens, Shrouded In Pollution, Flock To Giant  Screens To View Artificial Sunrise, at zerohedge.com. And the Government tells us we’re the biggest polluters on the planet. Capitalism creates enough wealth to clean up after ourselves, socialist countries don’t.

Who Has The Time And Motivation To Comprehend The Mess We’re In: Almost Nobody. by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. This is some heavy lifting but it makes you think. Here is an excerpt from the article, Very few people are willing to work hard enough to figure things out on their own. It’s so much easier to join Paul Krugman dancing around the fire of the Keynesian Cargo Cult, chanting “aggregate demand! Humba-Humba!” while waving dead chicken….”

I saw this cartoon on the burningplatform.com.

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