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Showing posts with label police. Show all posts

June 25, 2020


What the data do and don't say about policing and race

fromVolokhConspiracy: Harvard's Roland Fryer argues both Left and Right misunderstand or misrepresent the empirical evidence.
Police State America

The triumph of the country mouse

fromNationalReview: A column by the very excellent Victor Davis Hanson. Cities lose their charms when they’re engulfed in chaos, crime, and mobs — and run by virtue-signaling appeasers.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Andrew Napolitano: The afterlife of America's original sin

fromCreators: You can escape reality. But you cannot escape the consequences of escaping reality. Those consequences will be the inevitable repetition of a past we should never forget.
Indoctrination and Censorship

VIDEO: Black Wisdom Matters - The Promise of Black Politicians

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Thomas Sowell, Jason Riley, Bob Woodson, Walter E Williams and Shelby Steele look at the promises and delivery of politicians representing the ethnic grievance industry.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Was the search warrant for the drug raid that killed Breonna Taylor illegal?

fromReason: The information in the no-knock warrant application was based purely on guilt by association.
Police State America

College to remove word “freedom” from ID cards after petition says it’s offensive to some minorities

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: The students passing around the petition believe “freedom” is offensive to black students who may have had relatives who were slaves 160 years ago. When freedom is vilified, only the state wins.
Indoctrination and Censorship

June 20, 2020


Op-Ed: Those who exercise free speech should also defend it — even when it’s offensive

fromLATimes: As we rise up to remake America, free speech must be not only something we rely upon, but also part of what we fight for.
Indoctrination and Censorship

How Federal courts gave us qualified immunity and forced it on all 50 states

fromActivistPost: A legal doctrine first created out of thin air by judicial fiat went unchallenged – and the court did what it does so well, it eventually forced that same doctrine on all 50 states.
Police State America

Police violence, COVID-19 lies, and the end of legitimate authority

fromReason: Our leaders and institutions are failing us spectacularly. It's up to us to reboot society.
The Government is Not Us

San Francisco police were ordered to turn off body cameras in raid on journalist's home

fromReason: Their illegal search was not recorded. If police were actually public servants, and not merely state agents, this would not happen.
Police State America

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter tied to deadliest wildfire In California history

fromZeroHedge: An investigation eventually found that PG&E inadvertently started the fire when a transmission line broke from a nearly-100-year-old Pacific Gas & Electric Tower after years of neglect.
Regulation Nation                      The Government is Not Us

Business licensing makes it too easy for politicians to punish people they don't like

fromReason: Making a living is a right, not a privilege, and should be respected as such.
Regulation Nation

June 17, 2020


Engineering a race war: Will this be the American police state’s Reichstag fire?

fromRutherfordInstitute: The Deep State, the powers-that-be, want us to turn this into a race war, but this is about so much more than systemic racism. This is the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand.
The Government is Not Us                  Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Democrats clarify that black lives will only matter until November

fromBabylonBee: History indicates that the Democrats only interest in blacks has been to keep them dependent on government and rise to power on their backs.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Why economists are so often accused of being indifferent to social problems

fromMises: "The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups."
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Walter E Williams: Now what?

fromCreators: "Poor people are more dependent on law and order than anyone else. In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community. Their only protection is an orderly society."
The Government is Not Us

Vermont principal put on leave for not agreeing with Black Lives Matter

fromJonathanTurley: We have never had any organization treated as so inviolate that it cannot be challenged by anyone in their private or personal discourse.
Indoctrination and Censorship

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - How to Cure Marxism

fromRutherfordInstitute: From Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, Thomas Sowell tells how he was enticed by Marxism as a youth and how the real world cured that notion.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

June 13, 2020


The year gun control died

fromReason: Gun opponents would leave predatory cops armed and their victims helpless. So much for that idea.
2nd Amendment Assaults

It turns out you can spot a bad apple. You just can’t remove one.

fromJonathanTurley: Around the country, the percentage of civilian complaints that result in disciplinary action is astonishingly low. And the rate at which offending officers are severely disciplined is effectively zero.
Police State America

Sen. Rand Paul: Slapping someone could get you 10 years in prison under federal 'anti-lynching' bill

fromInformationLiberation: Senator Paul is "single-handedly" holding this atrocious bill up as the GOP-controlled senate is too cowardly to stand against it, lest they be perceived as "pro-lynching." 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Seattle "Autonomous Zone" now has a "heavily-armed" warlord as crime spikes 300%

fromZeroHedge: "Anarchists just took over Seattle and the Liberal Democrat Governor just said he knows “nothing about that”. -- Donald Trump
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

The extraordinary hypocrisy of public health experts

fromSpiked: They support BLM marchers but wanted to deny medical care to lockdown protesters.
Regulation Nation

Devouring its own: How many on the left fostered the violent movement now rioting across the country

fromJonathanTurley: Despite its violent history, some Democratic leaders have been enablers or outright supporters of the Antifa movement, insisting that such groups cannot be compared to extreme right wing groups.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

June 6, 2020


From 9/11 to COVID-19, it’s been a perpetual state of emergency

fromTheRutherfordInstitute: "Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support.” —√Čtienne De La Bo√©tie, The Politics Of Obedience
Police State America

Joe Biden basically admits libertarians were right all along: cops shouldn't have military gear

fromReason: Biden voted for the 1997 bill that created the Pentagon's 1033 program, which allows surplus military gear to be passed along to local cops. It took 23 years, but he finally changed his opinion.
Police State America           Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Policing for profit: How civil asset forfeiture has perverted American law enforcement

fromAmmo: Asset forfeiture is having devastating consequences: In 2014 alone, law enforcement took more stuff from American citizens than burglars did.
Police State America

The state’s priority is protecting itself, not you

fromLibertarianInstitute: The state is far more punitive against those that threaten the comfort and authority of government institutions and workers than they are against crimes against citizens.
Police State America

The lockdowns are now a scandal

fromNationalReview: Last week, the media, politicians, and many experts decided that every argument they made for destroying the lives of millions of people in America could be deferred to advance a preferred political cause.
The Government is Not Us

Lockdown supporters embraced wildly wrong COVID-19 projections that fit their preconceptions

fromReason: The episode illustrates the perils of confirmation bias on both sides of the debate about disease control measures.
Police State America           Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

June 1, 2020


The Supreme Court has a chance to end qualified immunity and prevent cases like George Floyd's

fromReason: The Supreme Court could announce as early as Monday that it's revisiting qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields rotten cops from civil rights lawsuits. 
Police State America

The officers who killed George Floyd have done this before — many times

fromRefinery29: The Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd had a history of misconduct. In 2006, he had been placed on leave after using lethal force, but prosecutor Amy Klobuchar refused to press charges.
Police State America

Why did it take so long to arrest Derek Chauvin?

fromNationalReview: The claim that the prosecutor had to wait to authorize an arrest until the investigators nailed down all the evidence is nonsense.
Police State America

Cops kill because we gave them the legal framework to do it

fromAmericanConservative: Rather than burning and looting, protesters should turn their ire on lawmakers and judges who facilitate police immunity.
Police State America

For whom the COVID-19 bell tolls

fromReason: What big-government, fascist, left-wing indoctrinationists never thought would happen: homeschooling, the end of doctoring, reliance on self-care and vitamin pills in place of vaccines.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Police act like laws don't apply to them because of 'qualified immunity.' They're right.

fromUSAToday: There's a legal obstacle that's nearly impossible to overcome when police officers and government officials violate our constitutional and civil rights. 
Police State America

May 29, 2020


Why Joe Biden can do no wrong

fromJonathanTurley: One columnist declared that former Vice President Joe Biden could boil babies and she would still vote for him. Feminist leaders have said they believe Biden raped a Senate staffer but they still endorse him. 
Media Bias on Parade

Three ways lockdowns are costing human lives

fromMises: It is easier to see the deaths caused by COVID-19 than to see the deaths caused by lockdowns.
Regulation Nation

Washington health officials: Gunshot victims counted as COVID-19 deaths

fromFreedomFoundation: Today, officials at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the state is counting in its COVID-19 death total, persons who tested positive for the virus but died from other causes.
Indoctrination and Censorship

The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading

fromPolitico: "We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country," says a top former economic adviser to Obama.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Why conservatives and liberals are responding to COVID-19 in vastly different ways

fromFreeThoughtProject: The disagreement is over whether efforts to protect individuals from COVID-19 should be balanced against other considerations—including constitutional and economic ones—at all.
Regulation Nation

Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, then failed to protect property owners from riots

fromReason: Police departments exist to protect people's persons and property. The Minneapolis Police Department has failed to do either.
Police State America

May 25, 2020


This sucker's going down: The destruction of demand

fromCharlesHughSmith: Scapegoating savings is the last desperate propaganda ploy of an exploitive system that was never sustainable.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The CDC's new 'best estimate' implies a COVID-19 infection fatality rate below 0.3%

fromReason: That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic. 
Indoctrination and Censorship

Washington State loses "hundreds of millions" to Nigerian unemployment claims fraud scheme

fromZeroHedge: The disclosure came as the state was already struggling to process an unprecedented wave of legitimate jobless claims amid one of the worst economic crises in U.S. history. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The drones were ready for this moment

fromDNYUZ: New Yorkers glanced up to see an unsettling sight: a mysterious drone claiming to represent something called the “Anti-Covid-19 Volunteer Drone Task Force” barking orders to pedestrians below.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Why did Arizona Democrats kill a bill protecting citizens from police overreach?

fromReason: It’s all about the revenue. Civil forfeiture brings in money, and lawmakers are more worried about their budgets than residents’ due process and property rights. 
Police State America              The Government is Not Us

Lindsey Graham seeks broad authority to subpoena former Obama officials

fromPolitico: Those who could be targeted include Loretta Lynch, James Clapper and John Brennan, among others. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

May 21, 2020


The US is dramatically overcounting coronavirus deaths

fromTownhall: "New York is classifying cases as Coronavirus deaths even when postmortem tests have been negative." 
Indoctrination and Censorship

Nothing changes as long as you obey

fromFreeMan'sPerspective: There is a very simple reason why complaining has no real effect: Because the complainers keep right on obeying. 
The Government is Not Us

VIDEO: Remy - Surfin' USA (Beach Boys lockdown parody)

fromReason/YouTube: Remy hangs ten but could be out in five with good behavior. 
Police State America

Bobo the clown revenge. How the media is helping to elect Donald Trump

fromJonathanTurley: Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Walter E Williams: Let's not waste a crisis

fromCreators: Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Cops accused of stealing over $225,000 can't be sued, thanks to qualified immunity

fromReason: A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
Police State America

May 20, 2020


Why American life went on as normal during the killer pandemic of 1969

fromNYPost: “That generation approached viruses with calm, rationality and intelligence,” he said. “We left disease mitigation to medical professionals, individuals and families, rather than politics, politicians and government.”
The Government is Not Us

Will SCOTUS revoke its license for police abuse?

fromCreators: This week the Justices are considering 13 petitions involving the pernicious doctrine of qualified immunity.
Police State America

YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown

fromNYPost: Wittkowski believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population. 
Indoctrination and Censorship

The Breonna Taylor shooting shows how reckless drug war tactics lead to senseless deaths

fromReason: At this point, police can hardly be surprised when they are mistaken for armed criminals.
Police State America

Bill Barr, champion of justice

fromCreators: A lot of people hate Trump. And he does little to try to change their minds. But law enforcement shouldn't be a popularity contest, with prosecutors hounding individuals who haven't broken the law.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

10 ways a roadside police stop can go wrong

fromReason: What could happen—and what to do about it—if you get pulled over by the cops 
Police State America

May 15, 2020


The Obama operatives who unmasked General Mike Flynn revealed… 

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Who is the Deep State you ask? Brennan, Biden, Clapper and Samantha Power! The swamp creatures are identified.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

VIDEO: Corruption@FBI: The Draining of the Swamp Begins

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: The worm turns. The truth exonerates Michael Flynn while turning the bony finger back on a the “dirty, filthy cops” that ran the Obama administration FBI.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Trump furious after NBC 'apologizes' for Chuck Todd's propaganda edit of Barr interview

fromZeroHedge: Insight on how fake news is produced with deceptive editing, courtesy of the pros at NBC.
Media Bias on Parade

Seattle cop prepares to be fired for reminding officers not to obey 'tyrannical orders'

fromZeroHedge: A Port of Seattle Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave after refusing to delete a viral video reminding police officers that they don't have unlimited powers.
Police State America

John Stossel: When government programs do more harm than good

fromReason: Shame on the U.S. government for making unemployment pay better than work.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Oregon campaigns to legalize psilocybin mushrooms and decriminalize drugs team up to qualify for ballot

fromMarijuanaMoment: Activists behind an effort to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic use and another to decriminalize all currently illicit drugs are partnering to ensure mutual success.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

April 27, 2020


VIDEO: Stay-At-Home Orders: By What Authority?

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: By what authority can government overrule the Bill of Rights?
Police State America

Let’s legalize prostitution

fromTheDailyBell: Remember, we are discussing an entirely voluntary interaction between consenting adults; underage prostitution constitutes child abuse, a crime in all civilized societies.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Why are the mainstream media ignoring Tara Reade's sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden?

fromReason: So far, it's been silence from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and others.
Media Bias on Parade

The Fed has gone nuts. And It can get worse

fromMises: The common thread of all these proposals is to triple down on the money printing and gamble covering of 2008—spreading unlimited dollars to, especially, big business and governments.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Miami has recorded no homicides in 6 weeks despite deliberate decline in police enforcement

fromReason: Miami’s police chief orders officers to reduce ticketing and public interactions. Mayhem doesn’t ensue.
Police State America

Trump Asks Why American taxpayers should bail out "poorly run, Democrat" states

fromZeroHedge: Trump: "Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help?"
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

April 7, 2020


In what sense do you think we are free?

fromAmericanThinker: "But arguments about the suspension of such civil liberties aside, does a citizen’s life or death even matter, in the context of our Constitution?"
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Court hears final arguments in censorship suit against Google, Facebook, Twitter

fromReclaimTheNet: Laura Loomer and Freedom Watch argued that social media companies should be held liable for First Amendment violations.
Indoctrination and Censorship           Media Bias on Parade

For a glimpse into your dystopian police state future, just visit your local Walmart

fromEndOfTheAmericanDream: Hopefully once this pandemic is behind us we will see these ridiculous restrictions at Walmart locations go away.
The Government is Not Us             Police State America

Why the government Is no good at fighting Coronavirus

fromReason: The problems with the federal response to COVID-19 go far beyond Donald Trump and deep into bureaucratic inertia.
Regulation Nation

Ted Cruz: ‘We don't live in a police state’

fromAMC: "Resist authoritarianism and don’t abuse power."
The Government is Not Us              Police State America     

Deputies issue citations to 22 people watching sunset at beach in Encinitas

fromTimesofSanDiego: Government never misses an opportunity to shear the sheep, even in times of crisis. "The violations carry fines of up to $1,000 or six months in jail or both, the department said."
The Government is Not Us

April 5, 2020


People's skepticism about Covid-19 is the fault of the lying mass media

fromThe Medium: If outlets like WaPo had done a better job oof consolidating their reputation as a reliable news source, people would believe them.
Media Bias on Parade

Court finds bump stock ban may constitute a taking, because the federal government lacks a police power

fromTheVolokhConspiracy: The Court will allow the federal government to try and explain which enumerated power justifies a taking without compensation.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle               2nd Amendment Assaults

Dump the FDA for a healthier America

fromReason: The agency has hampered widespread Covid-19 testing and the production of both protective gear and hand sanitizer.
Regulation Nation

How 'price gouging' helps consumers during the Coronavirus pandemic

fromReason: Q&A with Duke's Michael C. Munger, who also believes that big cities will see rationing and that higher education will never be the same.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus the Free Market

Five reasons COVID-19 is the best thing to happen to public education

fromTheVolokhConspiracy: While it is disruptive to the economy, as well as public school children and parents, a whole lot of good will come out of school closings.
Indoctrination and Censorship

As gov’t continues seizing power, Covid-19 response goes from hand washing to house arrest

fromTheFreeThoughtProcess: Just because we’re fighting an unseen enemy in the form of a virus doesn’t mean we have to relinquish every shred of our humanity, our common sense, or our freedoms.
Regulation Nation          The Government is Not Us

February 20, 2020


The socialist delusions of Bernie Sanders

fromReason: Central planning kills economic growth.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market.          Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Financial feudalism

fromReason: The oligarchy uses debt offensively (to increase wealth and power), while the masses must use debt defensively (to survive)...
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

6yo girl taken from school by police without parents’ consent, held in facility for 48 hours for tantrum

fromFreeThoughtProject: After the body camera footage was released, the school responded by claiming that police were not present when Nadia was allegedly throwing her tantrum.

WaPo opinion piece calls for elites to have a 'bigger say in choosing president'

fromTownhall: “Democracy Dies in Darkness” may be The WaPos slogan, but many are wondering if it’s actually the paper’s mission statement.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption


This crackdown on a jury nullification activist violates the First Amendment

fromReason: Apparently, the majority of Democratic presidential contenders want to parade student debt sob stories around. These stories don't show the full picture.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Cashless agenda? China is scrubbing cash notes to stop virus spreading so its paper money won’t kill you

fromActivistPost: Beyond China, this crisis might also be used by governments in different parts of the world that want to transition to a “cashless society” to justify their actions.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

February 11, 2020


Red flag laws and the consequences of good intentions

fromSalon: The consequences of disarming the uncooperative.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Louisiana prosecutors say they can't be sued over the fake subpoenas they used to pressure witnesses

fromReason: In several cases, victims received higher bonds than criminal defendants and were forced to go to jail.
The Government is Not Us              Police State America

The death of federalism: Lincoln’s real legacy

fromTenthAmendmentCenter: Are you certain that Lincoln's birthday is a day you should celebrate?
The Government is Not Us

Philosophy on one foot

fromAtlasSociety: Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the basics of her philosophy, in short form, while standing on one foot. Here’s what she said: 
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

How Big Tech reshapes politics by censoring conservative ideas

fromWashingtonExaminer: The forces driving Big Tech’s online censorship are market pressures, de-platforming campaigns by liberal activists and journalists, and the fact that Silicon Valley is staggeringly one-sided politically.
Indoctrination and Censorship

Alabama bill would bar enforcement of any federal red-flag laws

fromTenthAmendmentCenter: The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to enforce almost all of its laws. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify most federal programs.
2nd Amendment Assaults

February 10, 2020


Background checks and bump stock bans: 2020 Democrats on gun control

fromNYTimes: Democratic presidential candidates have a variety of measures aimed at making self-protection more difficult for American citizens. Related article: Police have no duty to protect you, federal court affirms
2nd Amendment Assaults

A brief history of the traffic stop (or how the car created the police state)

fromObserver.: The story of the traffic stop shows the way the automobile fundamentally changed the relationship between the police and the citizenry.
Police State America

New York court says daily fantasy sports betting law Is unconstitutional

fromReason: Lawmakers legalized DFS betting. The state’s top justices say that’s not allowed. Such liberty is unconstitutional in New York state.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

A war over sex work is raging inside the nation’s biggest feminist group

fromTheDailyBeast: There’s a growing divide within the feminist movement on whether the sale and purchase of consensual, adult sex should be decriminalized.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Slapstick suicide

fromKunstler: With Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler cast as Laurel and Hardy, the Democratic Party entered the slapstick phase of its self-destruction.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Identity politics is really for rich (dumb) white people

fromSpiked: These women are paying up to $2,500 to attend dinner parties aimed at confronting their ‘racism’.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery           Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption