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Must Reads For The Week 12/9/17

December 10, 2017

THE BREAKDOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

Arizona Cop Acquitted For Killing Man Crawling Down Hotel Hallway While Begging For His Life, by Scott Shackford, at reason.com. Usually headlines are cleverly written to spin a story in a particular direction. But this headline is 100% accurate. Watch the video. It is disgusting. Put yourself in the shoes of the man who gets killed. Is the cops tone, when he is giving commands, way over the top compared to how this man and his girl friend are responding? Would you be scared for your life with a cop acting like this? It’s as if the cop is trying to purposefully confuse these two people. Put yourself in the shoes of the cop. Would you feel threatened by this man at any moment before the cop pulled the trigger even if you were told he had a gun? Since you haven’t been “trained” to deal with these kinds of situations, like the cops have, the answer is; “no, I wouldn’t feel threatened”. But you still have common sense because you haven’t been “trained”.

Speaking of common sense. How could the jury acquit the Cop? The cop has to bear some legal responsibility for the death of this man. Is “fearing for your life” a get out of jail free card for all law enforcement officers? Did the man kneeling on the floor “fear for his life”? Unfortunately he wasn’t alive to play that card.

Police Officer Is Murdered For Her Uniform In The Bronx, at Here is the flip side of the coin. A guy walked up to this female officer and shot her. Situations like this are why police don’t trust anyone they come in contact with. And situations like the previous article are why citizens don’t trust cops. Even though over 99% of citizen cop encounters don’t end in death, the perception is these situations happen all the time. This perception will continue to break down the respect citizens have for law enforcement and law enforcement has for citizens. This lack of respect for each other will increase the tension in every police citizen encounter.

How can the lack of respect for each other be repaired? It will take a conscious effort on both sides over an extended period of time. But it starts with the people who have the power of the state behind them. Police have to treat citizens with  respect before it can be reciprocated. Read this article about how Cincinnati Police Department repaired their damaged relationship with their community in this article, Cincinnati’s Problem-Oriented Police Reform at theatlantic.com.

TRUMP vs. INSIDERS

Insiders don’t want their power taken away. Insiders in politics, Federal bureaucracies and the media will use any means necessary to maintain the status quo. The FBI has lost credibility because the senior level is “colluding” to produce criminal activity that didn’t happen while covering up criminal activity that actually happened. This is another example of the breakdown of the rule of law as well as the loss of trust in politicians, bureaucrats and the media. Here are some articles that show the corruption of the insiders.

Insider Corruption

Why The Deep State Is At War With Trump, by David Stockman, at mises.org. This article explains the battle between the Deep State {entrenched bureaucrats} and outsiders who try to upset the status quo.

Deep State Drained: Top DOJ Official “Demoted” After Working With Fusion GPS To Push Trump Disinformation-Dossier, at zerohedge.com. When you politicize  the legal system corruption follows.

Collusion Conspiracy Continues To Collapse – Rep. Nunes Cleared In Russian Leak Probe, at zerohedge.com. Everything is politicized.

Insiders Protect Their Own

What We Know About The Russian-Clinton Uranium Deal So Far Is Crazy, by James Hyde, at thefederalist.com. This is about political favors paid for with money laundered through the Clinton Foundation.

Dismissed FBI Agent Is One Who Changed Hillary Email Scandal Language From “Grossly Negligent” To “Extremely Careless”, at zerohedge.com. The legal standard for the law related to Hillary’s email scandal is “gross negligence”. Her intent didn’t matter from a legal aspect. Being and insider protected Hillary from prosecution. There is no rule of law when everything is political.

FBI Deputy Director McCabe Told Agents To Lie About Benghazi Investigation, Says GOP Lawmaker, at zerohedge.com. A deputy director of the FBI knowing what truth was lied for the Obama administration.

 Mainstream Media Insiders

Brian Ross Suspended By ABC After Erroneous Trump Flynn Report, at washingtonost.com. The information from his source confirmed what he wanted to be true. So he went with it. Ross doesn’t care if he got suspended as long as he advanced his agenda.

CNN Botches “Bombshell” Report “Proving” Collusion Between Trump Jr and Wikileaks, at zerohedge.com. Another example of confirmation bias by the mainstream media.

INSIDERS ARE LOSING POWER

Trump is disrupting the status quo and they are fighting back. Here are some of the reasons Trump has a target on his chest.

Trump, In Utah, Takes Unprecedented Step To Reduce 2 National Monuments, at nbcwashington.com. Trump is undoing Federal land grabs of State owned land by the Obama administration. All the usual suspects are up in arms about this.

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Democrats Accuse President Of Playing Politics, at nationalreview.com. The three previous Presidents promised the same thing that Trump promised during the campaign. He made good his promise, the other three did not. Insiders don’t want Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital and are not happy.

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Laws Don’t Constrain Our Ruling Aristocracy

July 12, 2016

What is meant by “the rule of law”? For the answer I’ll refer to the book “The Quest For Cosmic Justice” by Thomas Sowell. In the last chapter titled “The Quiet Repeal of the American Revolution”, Dr. Sowell says:

“All societies proclaim duties and prohibitions which they are prepared to enforce, but not all societies have the rule of law. Neither the individual tyranny of a despot nor the collective tyranny of a totalitarian political party under communism of fascism represents the rule of law, even though there may be many individual laws under both forms of government. The rule of law -“a government of laws and not of men” – implies rules known in advance, applied generally, and constraining the rulers as well as the ruled. Freedom implies exemptions from the power of the rulers and a corresponding limitation on the scope of all laws, even those of democratically elected governments.  ….Democracy implies majority sanction as the basis for laws, but democracy by itself implies nothing about either freedom or the rule of law.”

Volumes have been written about the subject Dr. Sowell sums up in this short paragraph. His ability to explain complex concepts with clarity and conciseness, allow us to spend less time and mental effort to gain understanding. We are going to focus on the part about the rules “constraining the rulers as well as the ruled” as we look at Hillary Clinton’s e-mail transgressions.

DOES IT MATTER IF POLITICIANS BREAK THE LAW?

I’ve talked to many true believing Democrats who are not interested in looking at the facts of the case. They say it’s just a Republican witch hunt (right-wing conspiracy). When I tell them that the FBI and the Justice Department are being run by their Democratic President, they don’t even pause to “think” about that fact. At that point I have some fun by saying I agree with the “witch” part in their assessment.

Although the facts we present will fall on many deaf ears, these aren’t the people we are trying to reach. We are trying to talk to people who are willing to listen to the facts and then decide what to think. We call them ‘the people on the margin’.

If you look at the Hillary email scandal through the lens of the R and D political paradigm, the facts don’t matter. If you look at Hillary’s email scandal through the lens of the rule of law, there is no doubt that the case should have been taken up for prosecution. Would a jury have convicted her? That would be a roll of the dice since it would be tried politically. Lets take a look at some facts.

LET’S LOOK AT THE FACTS

Lets start here:  U.S. Code Title 18-793-Part I- Chapter 37 -Section – Gathering, Transmitting, or Losing Defense Information. Here is what the law states:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with of having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, codebook, signal book, sketch, photo, graph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information relating to the national defense, (1) THROUGH GROSS NEGLIGENCE  permits the same to be removed from its property place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction  to his superior officer Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

The highlighted area – GROSS NEGLIGENCE – is the standard that has to be met. Section (f) says nothing about intent. The definition of Gross Negligence is – extreme carelessness that shows wilful or reckless disregard for the consequences to the safety or property of another. Section (f) says nothing about intent. The definition of Intent is – the will or purpose which one does an act. Now lets look at what the FBI director said.

STATEMENT BY FBI DIRECTOR COMEY

On July 5th FBI Director James Comey made his statement on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s use of a private e-mail system (read the full text here).

He started by stating the purpose of the investigation:

Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.”

He said that it is a felony to, either ‘intentionallyOR in a “grossly negligent” way, mishandle classified information on a personal system.

He then went on to lay out the evidence they found which showed the mishandling of classified information on her personal system. You can read it by clicking on the link to Comey’s statement above.

Then he uses verbal sleight of hand to try to change the law to mean the standard for prosecution is intent and not gross negligence. Here is what he said:

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information”.

By starting with the word although, “Although we did not find clear evidence that …. intended to violate laws….”, he makes you think that intent is the standard that has to be met. He then finishes off the although by saying “there is evidence that they were extremely careless in ….”. By using the phrase “extremely careless” he erases “gross negligence” (the standard for this law) from your mind. This is the verbal equivalent of making a coin disappear in front of your eyes. Politicians and bureaucrats make a living performing this kind of verbal magic. But by definition extremely careless is gross negligence (look at the definition above). That’s all you need to know.

This next statement tells you all you need to know about our ruling aristocracy being more equal than the serfs.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now

Why did they go through this exercise if they were not deciding whether there should be consequences for illegal actions? He is essentially saying that even though Hillary got away with illegal activity, don’t you try doing the same thing because you will face the legal consequences that she escaped.

COMEY ANSWERS QUESTIONS

Congressman Trey Gowdy asked Comey questions about the FBI investigation. Here is the short video. It is very good. It sums up what we talked about. Even Director Comey agrees with Gowdy.

 

THE RULE OF LAW

Does it matter to you that the laws don’t apply to the ruling aristocracy? If “your guy” breaks the law can you rationalize it because he is on your team?  What are the results of continual law breaking by our government betters?

When we see government officials at every level getting away with breaking the law, they can’t help but think the legal system is set up for the politically connected and it pisses us off. As I have said before, there will be a push back by the benighted masses.

What we are witnessing in our country right now is the break down of the rule of law, or the erosion of a civil society. This didn’t start last week. What happened last week with Hillary, the cops shooting citizens in Minnesota & Louisiana, and the cops getting shot in Dallas was built on a foundation of decades of onerous rules imposed by our ruling elite and law breaking by the ruling elite with no consequences.

Most of us want to be left alone. We don’t need all this government intervention in our lives. Our ruling elite shouldn’t make many rules that go beyond dealing with a person physically harming another or stealing their property. I think we can all agree that our government bureaucrats have driven far past that exit. There are so many rules and regulations on the books I bet you have probably broken a law today without even knowing it. You will get dinged for breaking laws you didn’t even know existed, while Hillary was let off for breaking laws that she absolutely did know existed.

The next time you get pulled over for a traffic violation try saying this and let me know how it turns out: “Officer, Hillary Clinton didn’t intend to break the law and neither did I. There is no clear evidence that I intended to violate the law, and although I was extremely careless, no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case to court.”

If I was the cop I would say, sir you’re right. Here’s your license, have a good day.

 

Related Article – If you want to see Hillary’s pattern of covering up and law breaking read, Hillary And Benghazi: Call In The Cleaners, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleWhy Do We Give Politiclal Power To The Economically Ignorant, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 1/30/16

January 30, 2016

THE BREAK DOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

The rule of law defined as, 1) general rules, that are 2) known in advance, 3) which apply to the rulers as well as the ruled.

Before you read the next three articles think about this definition, and remember these examples of this breakdown. 1) Nothing happened to the IRS (Lois Lerner) when agents used their power against liberty groups. 2) Hillary promised to bring the person who made the Youtube video to justice. Although blaming the video was an out right lie, the government did put ‘this person’ in jail, but not for the making the video. They put him in jail for a probation violation. 3) Hillary Clinton broke the law by conducting government business on her private e-mail server. The fact that some of the e-mails were classified or top secret only adds more illegality to the original illegal activity. Do you think she will spend any time in jail? Not a snow balls chance…! She is probably trying to find someone who will take the fall for her.

There are so many laws on the books, we can’t possibly know all of them. Each of us can be found to have broken a law if we’ve run afoul of a motivated government agent or agency. Our betters never have to follow the laws that we, the benighted masses, have to follow. This breakdown has been happening for decades, and the push back is about to boil over. The rise of anti establishment candidates in both parties is proof of this.

Grand Jury Indicts Planned Parenthood Video Filmmaker For Organ Trafficking, Issues No Charges Against Planned Parenthood, by thefederalist.com. Pro-Life activist David Daleiden, who made the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees trafficking in baby parts, was indicted on trafficking in baby parts. I like the statement from Daleiden, “We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well.” Who might that seller be? Unfortunately for Mr Daleiden he is on the wrong side of political correctness when it comes to the lefts sacrament of abortion. Read more in this article, Now We Indict Whistle Blowers, Not Oppressors, at the federalist.com.

Deny “Climate Change”? Don’t Live In California! by Russ Helper, at thefederalistpapers.org. The California Attorney General has joined the Attorney General of New York in trying to prosecute Exxon Mobil for supposedly lying to its shareholders and the public about global warming. If people aren’t allowed to talk about a scientific ‘theory’, we’ve lost our right to free speech. Exxon Mobil is on the wrong side of political correctness when it comes to the lefts sacred scripture about global warming.

Jury-Nullification Activist charged With Felony By Mecosta County Prosecutor, by Bob Unruh, at wnd.com. Keith Wood passed out pamphlets about jury nullification to members of a jury pool. Although jury nullification is legal, the judge didn’t like it and ordered that he be arrested. Mr. Wood was on the wrong side of people who were in positions to bring the full force of government down on him.

MORE GOVERNMENT MISCHIEF

How Government Poisoned The People Of Flint, by John Counts, at mlive.com. The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014. In spite of residence complaints about the waters smell, they were told to keep drinking it. Nothing will happen to the people who brought about this disaster. Just like the EPA poisoning the Animus River in Colorado.

The Supreme Court Backs Electricity Fascism, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The Supreme Court is allowing Government intervention into the pricing system for energy via the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, (have you ever heard of this commission?). Even the Court wants the government to circumvent the decision-making by individuals in free markets.

Common Core To Cost CA. Nearly $10 Billion, And The Nation $80 Billion, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. You will pay through the nose so the elite can brainwash the next generation into thinking that everything flows from “benevolent” government.

THE WORLD ECONOMY

Dallas Fed Survey Crashes To 6-Year Low As D Word Is Uttered, at zerohedge.com. Economic forces are in the process of correcting what all the money printing brought about.

Bubble Watch: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (OK Just Planes And Ships), by Paul-Martin Foss, at mises.org. There is an over-supply of planes and ships compared to the demand for them. More monetary mischief.

Central Banker Warns Of Coming Financial Collapse, by Joseph T. Salerno, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article; “Debts have continued to build over the last eight years and have become a potent cause for mischief. It will become obvious in the next recession that many…. will never be serviced or repaid, and this will be uncomfortable for a lot of people who think they own assets that are worth something.

Want To Know What The S&P 500 Does Next? Just Look At The Fed’s Balance Sheet, at zerohedge.com. Amazing how the S&P 500 tracks right along with the electronically printed money the Fed has injected into the financial markets through the process of purchasing mortgage-backed securities and government debt. Is this causation or correlation?

Brazil’s Easy-Money Problem, by Lucas Vaz, at mises.org. Brazil’s economic problems were brought about by central planning monetary intervention in the form of bank credit expansion. Aka money printing.

Norway’s Largest Bank Proposes A Raid On Cash, Joseph T. Salerno, at mises.org. Say hello to fees on cash holdings, negative interest rates, and bail-ins.

This Is Why “Everyone Was Shocked” By The Bank Of Japan Announcement, at zerohedge.com. The BOJ followed the ECB and the central banks of Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland in adopting negative interest rates. This is an attempt to incentivize people to spend cash to stimulate the economy,instead of holding it as savings. When will they ever learn that injecting money into the economy is a short term benefit that creates a long term problem.

MISCELLANEOUS

Allowing Transgender Olympians Is Unfair To Women, by Brandon Morse, at thefederalist.com. Ladies; how does it feel to be ahead of men but behind gay, bisexual, and transgender people on the value scale of the politically correct elite? Don’t complain about it or you will be labeled a transgenderphobe, bisexualphobe, and a homophobe. Remember when the elite used to pit men against women, and we were the ones who were called sexists? Oh the good old days!

Guerrilla Artist “Sabo” Crashes Bernie Sanders’ Art Expo, at tammybruce.com. Bernie Sanders put out a call to artists. He wanted them to use their talents in the art of political revolution. Unfortunately, or fortunately for us, Sabo created this.

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