Showing posts with label government. Show all posts
Showing posts with label government. Show all posts

January 15, 2019


Atlanta police make monumental move, disband entire drug unit to focus on actual crime

fromFreeThoughtProject: “Violent crime and gang activity must be the Department’s primary focus and where we will have a greater impact on the crimes affecting those most often victimized in our communities.”
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle                   The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

John Stossel: Occupational licensing hurts the little guy

fromReason: People who want to work should be allowed to work.
Regulation Nation

Elderly, wheelchair-bound woman alleges TSA agents groped her body in full view of other travelers

fromFreeThoughtProject: TSA employees reportedly ordered a 95-year-old leukemia patient in a wheelchair to remove her adult diaper so that agents could search her.
Police State America          Government is Watching Every Move You Make

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - Entitlements Cannot Be Rights

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: A brilliant explanation of rights and entitlements and the inherent difference in the two.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle 

Walter E Williams: Unappreciated crime costs

fromCreators: Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others.
The Government is Not Us

Nullify government tyranny: In 2020, harness the power of your discontent

fromDailyBell: Twenty years into the 21st century, and what do we have to show for it? Government corruption, tyranny and abuse have propelled us at warp speed towards a full-blown police state.
Police State America                      The Government is Not Us

November 21, 2019


10 reasons why this impeachment ‘inquiry’ is really a coup

fromNYPost: Analysis from the incomparable Victor Davis Hanson.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Colorado's growing Second Amendment sanctuary movement

fromReason: What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?
2nd Amendment Assaults

Walter E Williams: Young people ignorant of history

fromCreators: Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from that of past tyrants. But ...
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Pending ban on flavored e-cigarettes in Massachusetts authorizes forfeiture of vapers' cars

fromReason: The bill, which the state House passed yesterday, says police may seize vehicles in which they suspect untaxed vaping products. It was never about safety. It was always about property.
Regulation Nation          Police State America

Biden vows to keep marijuana illegal - right after Pew reveals 80% of liberals want legalized

fromZeroHedge: "The truth of the matter is, there's not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," he said.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption           The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

One bad apple? Over 1,000 cops caught illegally accessing police database to stalk citizens

fromActivistPost: ust as in other even more serious crimes involving law enforcement personnel, often records request violations resulted in very little punishment if any towards cops.

November 13, 2019


While you slept, government created internal passports, real ID

fromAIER: The Real ID also represents the “last mile” in the ability of the state to track individuals in real time.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

How the deep state ‘justifies’ itself in America

fromStrategicCulture: "...the Deep State, in America, are not perpetrators of corrupt government, but, as The NYTimes explains, are instead courageous enemies of corrupt government..."
The Government is Not Us

Seattle taxes property owners to fund neighbors' political contributions

fromWND: Politicians see no need to shroud corruption anymore. To hell with citizens that don't want to sponsor viewpoints they oppose.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

What to do when compliance is not enough?

fromRutherfordInstitute:  Police defend use of taser, chokehold & excessive force against man who complied during arrest. Any aggression toward citizens can be rationalized by the state.
Police State America

My socialist hell: living in post-electricity Venezuela

fromAIER: Where socialism is more rampant than even California.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

UN envoy’s grim warning over Assange’s life

fromAIER: Corrupt governments everywhere want him dead. Make no mistake, Assange is a hero to mankind. Support for the imprisonment of Assange is an American disgrace. America is not an icon of liberty anymore.

October 21, 2019


FISA court ruled that FBI improperly used NSA surveillance data to snoop on Americans

fromNola.com:  In 2017 alone, the FBI conducted over 3.1 million searches of surveillance data
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

A New Orleans man faced a felony marijuana charge; too many potential jurors wouldn't consider it

fromNola.com: Jury nullification. Learn it, love it, live it.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

The late great state of California

fromMisesInstitute: Are people leaving California? More people are out-migrating to other states than those coming in, but much of that was offset by international migrants resulting in a net population loss of only 38,000 (2018).
The Government is Not Us

Tulsi Gabbard: Canary in the Democratic coal mine

fromAmericanSpectator: The imminent demise of her presidential campaign portends disaster for her party.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Walter E Williams - Intolerance in academia

fromCreators: There's nothing better than the sounds of pocketbooks snapping shut to bring a bit of sanity to college administrators.

Mentions of government as top U.S. problem near record high

fromGallup: "Government," which includes negative comments about leadership and politicians, has been the top problem in 31 of Gallup's 34 readings since January 2017.

June 10, 2019


U.S. government’s moves against Julian Assange are a blueprint for making journalists into felons

fromTheStar: Empowering prosecutors to decide who does or doesn’t deserve press protections would restrict “freedom of the press” to a small, cloistered priesthood of privileged citizens designated by the government as “journalists.” The First Amendment was written to avoid precisely that danger.  
The Government is Not Us        Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: Homelessness - California's Ugly Growth Industry

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: California has an epidemic of homelessness that is hard to believe. A look at what is going on in Golden State’s richest cities. Karen Hix, Tucker Carlson.  
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market      The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency

Hacking dirty government secrets is not a crime

fromCounterpunch: "Corporate media’s instant reversal on Assange—from rapist scum to First Amendment hero—elevates self-serving hypocrisy to high art. But that’s OK. Whatever gets Assange closer to freedom is welcome."  
The Government is Not Us        Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones

fromNBCNews: “The world should know that what they’re doing out here is crazy,” said a man who refused to share his passcode with police.  
Police State America

You’re under arrest: How the police state muzzles our right to speak truth to power

fromRutherfordInstitute: "What the architects of the police state want are submissive, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority and don’t speak out against government misconduct."  
Police State America

Oakland, California decriminalizes magic mushrooms and peyote

fromUSAToday: The city council’s vote directed law enforcement to cease investigating and prosecuting individuals for using or possessing drugs sourced from plants, cacti and – most commonly – mushrooms.  

May 22, 2019


College students believe that hate speech is not free speech

fromNewser:   They are obviously not taught that the First Amendment expressly exists to protect unpopular speech, since popular speech needs no protection.
Indoctrination and Censorship

You’ve been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is ‘imminent reality’, says tech privacy report

fromRT:   Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

US prosecutors to 'help themselves' to Julian Assange's possessions

fromTheGuardian:   Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.
The Government is Not Us       Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Walter E Williams: Socialist promises

fromCreators:   Socialism promises a utopia that sounds good, but those promises are never realized. It most often results in massive human suffering.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

His house Is worth $125K. The fine over his lawn Is $30k

fromNewser:   His lawn was higher than ten inches for two months. This is one way local governments are financing their deficit spending.
The Government is Not Us       Regulation Nation

Three reasons flawed capitalism is still better than perfect socialism

fromTheDailyBell:   With the example of suffering Venezuelans right before their eyes, it seems incredible that so many Americans are still buying into the promises of socialism.

May 11, 2019


Mexico wants to legalize all drugs and negotiate with the U.S. to do the same

fromNewsweek:   “Prohibition policies have caused more harm to people and communities than the drugs they were intended to eliminate, and they haven’t come anywhere close to eliminating the supply or the demand.” 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Gun crackdowns have already led to too many federal abuses

fromTheHill:  Gun control advocates have called for prohibiting possession of AR-15 rifles — a ban that could create five million new felons overnight.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Trump plans to redefine poverty, cutting Americans from welfare

fromZeroHedge:  “Because of this, changes to the poverty thresholds, including how they are updated for inflation over time, may affect eligibility for programs that use the poverty guidelines.” 
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency

On free trade, even Karl Marx is smarter than Donald Trump

fromReason:  Marx “was a champion of free trade, and no friend of tariff barriers.” 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

California's rent control advocates are about to get what they want, good and hard

fromReason:  Everywhere rent control is tried, the same things happen. Landlords exit the market. Developers stop building apartments. Supply drops significantly. 
Regulation Nation

Want to make money? Work for the government

fromCNSNews:  The median earnings of state and local government workers were higher than the median earnings in any of the four categories of private-industry and self-employed workers. Federal workers were even higher.

Feb 25, 2019


The case for legalizing blackmail

fromMises:  Don't confuse blackmail with extortion. Extortion is about applying pressure under threat of bodily harm. Blackmail is about applying pressure under threat of simply revealing the truth.

Phony Houston drug warrant prompts FBI investigation and review of 1,400 cases

fromReason:  Lying to justify a search that killed two people could be a capital crime.

NYC fast-food workers stunned some are being fired after $15 minimum wage hike

fromFEE:  Serving as ground zero for the $15 minimum wage battle, New York City saw its fast-food workers also serve as the subjects in an experiment that completely ignored the laws of economics.

The top four reasons California Is unsustainable

fromForbes:   California is moving ever farther left and wants the nation to pay for it. Economically, it is on a high-speed rail to unsustainability.

VIDEO: Away with Pretenses - Unabashed Media Bias

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  From Tucker Carlson Tonight, commentary from Lara Logan and Brit Hume on how the pretense of objectivity no longer exists in modern journalism.

To reduce money in politics, slash the size of government

fromReason:  Reformers always have a new scheme to take “the money out of politics," but it usually just makes the government larger and campaign spending increase.

Feb 20, 2019


Record high name government as most important problem

fromGallup:  Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government, poor leadership or politicians as the greatest problem facing the U.S. This is the highest percentage Gallup has recorded for this concern.
The Government is Not Us

After innocent couple murdered over cop’s lies, Houston police vow no more no-knock raids

fromFreeThoughtProject:  After a no-knock raid, based on lies, led to the murder of an innocent couple, Houston police chief Art Acevedo vows to no longer use them.
Police State America

Victor Davis Hanson pronounces the coup against Trump dead, then performs an autopsy

fromRedState:  FBI officials, like Andrew McCabe, found that the media was more than willing to oblige. Correspondents would happily publish any “leaks” officials were willing to provide.
Media Bias on Parade         Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

‘Free expression/free speech’ for students being muzzled

fromInsideSources:  Years of Supreme Court decisions have left student expression rights at a crossroads, even as justices have expanded safeguards for nearly every other area of free expression.
Indoctrination and Censorship

How the Feds are using civil asset forfeiture to threaten free speech

fromReason:  Sex, publishing, and quasi-legal theft collide in the Backpage prosecution.
Police State America       

A look into the legal distinction between sex trafficking and prostitution

from1011Now:  Prostitution is a consensual, but illegal, voluntary exchange. Human trafficking, is modern day slavery. Big difference.

Feb 18, 2019


VIDEO: Off the Rails - California's High Speed Boondoggle

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  A tribute to the ability of politicians to rip off taxpayer money and grab citizen land with no accountability. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market         Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Feds collect record individual income taxes in calendar 2018--as debt climbs

fromCNSNews:  The federal government collected a record $1,665,484,000,000 in individual income taxes in calendar year 2018, according to the Monthly Treasury Statements for the year.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market       Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

These are dangerous times, and the government is to blame

fromRutherfordInstitute:  Mind you, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or because of terrorism, which is statistically rare. The real danger comes from the U.S. government its powers to has granted to its standing army to steal, cheat, harass, detain, brutalize, terrorize, torture and kill.
The Government is Not Us         Police State America

You can't say that on Twitter

fromCreators:  She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. The truth qualifies as "hate speech" for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ.
Indoctrination and Censorship          Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

The ‘war on drugs’ is causing great damage

fromTheGuardian:  Readers discuss the best way to combat the violence fueled by the drugs trade.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Majority of California residents want to leave: poll

fromBreitbart:  Sixty-two percent of respondents realize the Golden State's best days are in the past.

Jan 19, 2019


Congressman slams civil forfeiture as 'a series of government shakedowns'

fromForbes: Under federal law, property owners facing civil forfeiture are essentially guilty until proven innocent and must bear the burden of proof, unlike criminal cases.
Police State America     Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

VIDEO: John Stossel: Government shutdown shows private Is better

fromReason: Shutdown teaches us that much of government is NOT essential.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market       The Government is Not Us

How long can Congress keep pretending marijuana legalization isn’t the norm?

fromCourant: As more states vote to legalize adult recreational use, they are creating a powerful coalition against the federal government, which continues to classify marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 drug on par with heroin.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

How U.S. surveillance technology is propping up authoritarian regimes

fromWashingtonPost: The sale of technologies such as spyware and facial-recognition systems to human rights abusers enables insidious social control and encroachment on basic civil liberties.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

VIDEO: Why they keep coming - The migrant caravans

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: A look at the incentives that attract migrants and have politicians blocking attempts to secure the border. Also, a look at the political dynamics driving the government shutdown.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Norway readies 'Big Brother' GPS-based taxation per mile-driven

fromZeroHedge: Coming to a tyranny near you. The idea is to transform the public to electric cars, then make up lost fuel tax revenue with a scheme like this.

Jan 17, 2019


The networks trashed Trump with 90% negative spin in 2018, but did it matter?

fromNewsbusters: The establishment media’s obvious hostility shows no signs of relenting, but polls show this negative coverage has had no discernible impact on the public’s attitudes toward the President.
Media Bias on Parade

Cop gets just 90 days in jail for horrific child porn as man selling weed gets 5 years

fromFreeThoughtProject: A community is outraged after a child predator cop received just 90 days for exploiting children. Meanwhile, countless people rot in jail for a plant.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation

fromFoxNews: Only 32 percent of Millennials can define socialism. The frequently-wrong but never-in-doubt freshman Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, may indeed be the voice of her ignorant generation.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption     Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Judge orders Trump administration to remove 2020 census citizenship question

fromNPR: Judge fears disenfranchisement of illegal voters.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Quit assaulting kids, TSA told

fromRutherfordInstitute: “No American should be subjected to a virtual strip search, excessive groping of the body, or have their underage children touched intimately by strangers as a matter of course in boarding an airplane". 
The Government is Not Us

Federal judge advocates jury nullification after being shocked by overzealous prosecution

fromReason: It just makes sense to let jurors know about their already established power to exercise discretion over bad laws and ill-considered prosecutions.

Jan 9, 2019


When it comes to surveillance, who will watch the watchman?

fromMoneyControl: Without proper checks and balances such powers could be misused.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

"The criminals who run the Deep State will be exposed": Kim Dotcom teases "next round of leaks"

fromZeroHedge: Hacker and serial entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is out with a new prediction for 2019.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

2018 brought a bumper crop of bad gun laws to disobey

fromReason: Control freaks have turned to dishonest rulemaking and outright censorship in doomed but still dangerous efforts to take people's weapons away.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Kiss what is left of your medical data privacy goodbye

fromNakedCapitalism: Zuboff warns the state won’t do much to stop this trend, because it is often a beneficiary and co-conspirator. So it falls to us to throw sand in the gears when we can.

Jan 7, 2019


The ever-shifting definition of "assault weapons"

fromVolokhConspiracy: The phrase has been used to promote bans on almost every type of gun.
2nd Amendment  Assaults

New York City greets the new year with a host of new nanny-state rules

fromReason: Styrofoam bans, cigarette restrictions, and Uber taxes are just some of the regulations New Yorkers will have to contend with in 2019.
Regulation Nation

Reporter quits NBC citing network’s support for endless war

fromCaitlinJohnstone: William Arkin makes clear that NBC is in no way the sole mass media offender in its refusal to question or criticize the normalization of endless warfare.
Defense Versus The War Machine       Media Bias on Parade

In 2019, say no to the government’s cruelty, brutality and abuse

fromRutherfordInstitute: Let’s make 2019 the year we refuse to allow the government’s abusive behavior to be our new normal. There is nothing normal about egregious surveillance, roadside strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, police brutality, profit-driven prisons, or pay-to-play politicians.
Police State America      The Government is Not Us

The FBI is trying Amazon’s facial-recognition software

fromNextGov: The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

2018 saw a global revolt against climate change policies

fromWaatsUpWithThat: Despite increasingly apocalyptic warnings from U.N. officials, 2018 has seen a number of high-profile defeats for policies aimed at fighting global warming.

Jan 4, 2019


The establishment will never say no to a war

fromNYMag: The question before us is a relatively simple one: What would be the criteria for removing our remaining troops from the Iraqi, Syrian, and more general Middle Eastern conflicts?
Defense Versus The War Machine

Defending a court’s discretion to allow arguments for conscientious acquittal

fromCATOInstitute: Throughout the entire Anglo-American legal tradition, the independence of citizen juries has been understood to be an indispensable structural check on executive and legislative power. Jury nullification!
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

78-Year-Old man in wheelchair evicted to freezing streets for treating pain with legal medical pot

fromFreeThoughtProject: He had to steer his electric wheelchair half a mile in subfreezing temperatures to get to a homeless shelter.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Top 12 debunked climate scares of 2018

fromWaatsUpWithThat: From hurricanes to polar bears, a review of debunked climate change deceptions.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

fromTheGuardian: We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Feds spend $1,788,748 on virtual reality game for young gay men

fromFreeBeacon: Your tax dollars at work. The study, which began during the Obama administration in 2014, recruited young men over Craigslist and Grindr to practice different ways of disclosing they have HIV. 

Dec 26, 2018


Gun owners don't seem eager to comply with New Jersey's new magazine ban

fromReason: Police officers, who can now charge people who own 15-round magazines with a felony, were outraged when it looked like they might receive equal treatment.
2nd Amendment Assaults

VIDEO: Police State America - The Persecution of Michael Flynn

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: rom Tucker Carlson Tonight, a look into the FBI's dealings with General Michael Flynn. Is Michael Flynn guilty of colluding with Russia?  Was he guilty of perjury? Or was he framed?
Police State America     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

House Democrats line up behind what could be the largest expansion of government in decades

fromDailyCaller: Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a “Green New Deal,” which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Blame government regulations for America's uninsured problem

fromForbes: Consider how the Affordable Care Act has destroyed America's individual insurance market. The guaranteed issue mandate forces insurers to sell coverage to all customers, regardless of their age and health status.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Walter E Williams: Disparities galore

fromCreators: We differ significantly over a host of socio-economic characteristics by race, sex, ethnicity and nationality. The differences have little or nothing to do with any sort of social injustice or unfair treatment. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

NY Times Suggests Eradication of All Humans Not a Bad Thing—Because “Climate Change”

fromNYTimes: Would our planet be better if all humans were wiped off the face of the Earth? NY Times ponders how that is not such a bad idea.

Dec 24, 2018


Chinese-style social credits system a harbinger of US's future?

fromTownhall: With the nation’s increasing embrace of socialism and the rise of the PC snowflake culture, government intrusion into the minutest details of our lives is a commonplace today, it is not implausible.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Name one government agency that doesn’t do the exact opposite of its purpose

fromDailyBell: Case in point: The EPA and their continuing love affair with Monsanto (one of the worst environmental offenders, besides the government itself), producer of the alleged bee killer, Roundup.
Regulation Nation

Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Card Holders Can't Buy Firearms

fromFortune: In review: State agents (cops) are allowed to carry lethal weapons while under the influence of opiates such as hydrocodone but a citizen is stripped of their Constitutional RIGHTS to protect themselves.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     2nd Amendment Assaults     The Government is Not Us

Voters have high tolerance for politicians who lie, even those caught doing it

fromArcaMax: Even in the face of immediate and authoritative corrections, we humans don't budge easily, or for long, from established opinions about politics, politicians and the coverage they receive.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

'Smart' uniforms track Chinese students in truancy fight

fromFrance24: China today, America tomorrow.

Cops force doctors to sodomize man to look for non-existent drugs, injure him, then make him pay for it

fromFreeThought Project: Cops pulled a man over for failing to signal a turn fast enough and the stop turned into a nightmare in which this man was forced to undergo medical procedures to look for non-existent drugs.