Utah passes law encouraging use of gold or silver coins as cash – based on weight of precious metals

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/30/2011 @ 10:21 am

“… Utah has passed a law intended to encourage residents to use gold or silver coins made by the Mint as cash, but with their value based on the weight of the precious metals in them, not the face value — if, that is, they can find a merchant willing to accept the coins on that basis.

…The law is the first of its kind in the United States. Several other states, including Minnesota, Idaho and Georgia, have considered similar laws.

… one day soon Utah might mint its own coins, that retailers could have scales for weighing precious metals and that a state defense force could be formed to guard warehouses where the new money would be made and stored.

“This is an incremental step in the right direction,” said Lowell Nelson, the interim coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty in Utah, a libertarian group rooted in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. “If the federal government isn’t going to do it, then we here in Utah ought to be able to establish a monetary system that would survive a crash if and when that happens.”


USDA fines family $90,000 – for selling rabbits to pet store

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 9:28 am

“Nothing illustrates the out-of-control government bureaucracy than a Tuesday news item in the Daily Caller… a family being fined over $90,000 for selling a few rabbits. It started out as a hobby, a way to teach their son financial responsibility. It’s interesting to note that selling the rabbits for meat consumption was NOT what put them in hot water with the USDA, however.

It was because they sold them to a local pet store. Seems you can’t sell over $500 worth of rabbits per year to a pet store without buying a USDA permit. The first inspector that arrived to correct this gross malfeasance of the law told the family that their cages were “a quarter inch too small” and would have to be replaced.

Even though the Dollarhites immediately quit selling rabbits and actually got out of the business (hobby is more the word), the USDA sees fit two years later to generously submit a bill for $90,000 to make the whole thing just go away.

You know, I wonder how the American republic was ever founded. I mean, if you think about it, we’re obviously too stupid to be able to manage our own lives and make decisions, especially if you look at the actions of the federal government. First our gardens, then raw milk, and now baby rabbits. Is there nothing out of the reach of government oversight and reach?”

Sen. Paul on USA PATRIOT Act: We need to fight terrorists without trampling on the Constitution

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/27/2011 @ 8:49 am

What Happened To The Fourth Amendment?

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by Q Ball on 5/26/2011 @ 12:07 am

From Reason.com:

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court said the “exigent circumstances” that exist when someone might be flushing drugs down a toilet allow police to enter a home without a warrant, even if their own actions create those circumstances.

As stated in the lone dissenting opinion by Justice Ginsberg: ” The Court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases. In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, nevermind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant. I dissent from the Court’s reduction of the Fourth Amendment’s force.”
What are the people to do when the Supreme Court won’t uphold the Constitution?

EU: your vote will be ignored for your own good – Ireland has been conned. Pat Condell

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/20/2011 @ 5:26 pm

Big win for the First Amendment: Principals wrong in ‘Candy Cane’ case

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:51 am

The “Candy Cane” case, as it has come to be known, began in 2001. It involves several students in the Plano Independent School District outside Dallas and includes a student who, as a third grader, was barred from giving candy cane pens with a religious message to his classmates at the class “winter” party. It also deals with a class that was prohibited from writing “Merry Christmas” on the holiday cards it was sending to American troops overseas.

But now, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the two principals can be held liable for engaging in religious speech discrimination.

Kelly Shackelford”This is just a big win for the First Amendment and for millions of students nationwide,” comments Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute, the firm representing a number of students and their parents in the case.”


7th grader questioned by Secret Service for “threat”

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/18/2011 @ 11:07 pm


"I don’t see how the Secret Service can get away with interviewing a minor without a parent present. There seem to be an awful lot of stories going around about law enforcement agencies overstepping their boundaries these last few weeks."

Geert Wilders speaks in Tennessee about the First Amendment

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 8:33 pm

Many have slandered Wilders, they have believed the accusations piled on him without actually listening to what the man has to say. Try to keep an open mind and actually listen to what he has to say:

“Dear friends from Tennessee. I am very happy to be in your midst today. I am happy and proud to be in this impressive church.

My friends, I am here to speak words of truth and freedom.

Do you know why America is in a better state than Europe? Because you enjoy more freedom than Europeans.

And do you know why Americans enjoy more freedom than Europeans? Because you are still allowed to tell the truth.

In Europe and Canada people are dragged to court for telling the truth about islam.

I, too, have been dragged to court. I am an elected member of the house of representatives in the Netherlands. I am currently standing in court like a common criminal for saying that islam is a dangerous totalitarian ideology rather than a religion.

The court case is still pending, but I risk a jail sentence of 16 months.

Last week, my friend Lars Hedegaard, a journalist from Denmark, was fined because in a private conversation, which was recorded without his knowing, he had criticised the way women are treated in islamic societies.

Recently, another friend, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a human rights activist from Austria, was fined because she had criticised islam’s founder Muhammad. She had said that Muhammad was a pedophile because he had married a 6-year old girl and raped her when she was 9.

Unfortunately, there are many similar cases.

I am especially happy to be in your midst because here I can say what I want to say without having to fear that I will be dragged to court upon leaving this church.

My dear American friends, you cannot imagine how we envy your First Amendment. The day when America follows the example of Europe and Canada and introduces so-called “hate speech crimes” which is only used to punish people who are critical of islam, that day America will have lost its freedom.


Amish Farmer Busted For Selling Raw Milk FDA ‘Undercover’ Operation

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/17/2011 @ 4:04 pm

“The Food and Drug Administration has proven its budget is too large and its priorities are out of whack. The agency just wrapped up a year-long investigation which included agents using aliases, surprise inspections, and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. The result? One farmer arrested and a raw milk operation shut down.

Think about that.

Your government just spent untold thousands of taxpayer dollars to have federal agents create false identities and conduct a “sting” operation on an Amish farm because the farmer was selling unpasteurized milk to customers who knew that they were getting raw milk — and wanted it that way.

So far, the only victim to be presented in this case is the family running Rainbow Acres Farm in Pennsylvania. None of the farm’s customers have complained, no one has gotten sick or died from the milk, and everyone involved was fully informed of the product being traded. So what was the beef?

Oh, right. It’s against the law to sell unpasteurized milk.

Damn those evil Amish farmers and their flaunting of the law!

The FDA claims that unpasteurized milk can contain things like salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Similar to the industrially farmed spinach that hit grocery shelves and got thousands sick, if you’ll remember. Except the difference here is that the milk being sold wasn’t under FDA oversight and the spinach was. Woops!

Just another case of the government deciding what’s best for us and then committing a 5am raid on a peaceful Amish farm to enforce that.
The rest of us? We have no say because we’re just wards of the state anyway.”

– wranglerstar


Milton Friedman: Path to Socialism Part 1

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 5/16/2011 @ 1:11 pm

Texas close to banning TSA searches

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/15/2011 @ 10:37 pm

by: Michael Boldin

“While states across the country are considering and passing bills to reject or nullify what many see as federal overreach in areas like health care, gun rights, medical marijuana, and more, the Texas State House struck a resounding blow tonight by becoming the nation’s first legislative body to pass a TSA nullification bill.

House Bill 1937, introduced by Representative David Simpson, seeks to ban searches by TSA (and other) agents “without probable cause” as the 4th amendment requires.

Update – the bill passed a 2nd reading on May 12th. The third and final vote, on may 13th had the bill passing by a vote of 138-0. It now moves on to the Senate.”


Amazingly Stupid idea: Clinton says the UN should run a “truth on the internet” agency

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 2:41 pm

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fires?

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/14/2011 @ 11:42 am

by Howard Nemerov

“It’s not bad enough that Texas has seen 2.5 million acres burn during this record drought.

Reuters reports that the ATF was helping local bomb squads in Motley County to destroy some explosives. The wind kicked up, but the explosives were ruled too dangerous to move. A burning fragment escaped into the surrounding grass, setting off a 150 acre fire.

Said county attorney Tom Edwards: “You can quote me on it: That bunch has a real corner on stupid.”

Was he referring to the ATF’s inability to arrest those who violate federal firearms laws? Or perhaps it was a veiled reference to ATF’s penchant for helping firearms walk across the border after observing illegal straw purchases made by drug cartel agents?

We may never know.”


Indiana: Police State

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by Q Ball on 5/13/2011 @ 2:21 pm

The police in Indiana now have the ability to enter a person’s home for any reason, or no reason. Writing for the majority in this case Justice David said:

“We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,” David said. “We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”

Full Article

The key word in the above quote is “modern”. The justices are of the mindset that even though the words in the Constitution haven’t changed, their meaning has changed as the world has changed.

The justices in this case have blatantly created a police state in Indiana. They have come to the conclusion that the people of Indiana must submit to any and all violations of the law by police and then use the legal system to rectify the injustice.

Donald Trump’s speech in Nashua, New Hampshire

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/11/2011 @ 9:41 pm


Newsmax’s exclusive broadcast of Donald Trump’s speech in Nashua, New Hampshire on Wed., May 11, 2011 revealing his plans for 2012 and why he opposes Barack Obama.



Google – Why you can’t trust them

Filed under:General — posted by Winston on @ 6:49 am
From: The Washington Times


…It all comes back to Google’s uber-ambitious mission “to organize the world’s information.” That may sound like a good thing, but do we really want one unethical, unaccountable entity organizing all of the world’s information? Google’s unprecedented centralization of power over the world’s information is corrupting the Internet. It is leading us to a future in which there is little competition, privacy and incentive for creativity and innovation. Allowing one company to organize the world’s information is a terrible idea that can only lead to a soft totalitarianism.


Should the state be able to take your kids, or does it have too much power?

Filed under:General — posted by Winston on 5/10/2011 @ 3:41 pm

From: WXYZ and Parental Rights.org

A few days ago, WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan, ran this video about the power of Michigan to take kids away from their parents without any claim of danger to the child. Michigan is one of only two states that allow state workers to take children into custody without charging the parents with any crime, and without even a claim – let alone a showing – of imminent danger to the child.

The lead story in the article is from a couple of years ago, when Christopher Ratte bought his son a lemonade at a Detroit Tigers baseball game. Ratte had no idea the drink was actually alcoholic – a “hard lemonade” – and no one at the stadium warned him, either. But near the end of the game, stadium security called in a Detroit police officer, who handed the child over to the Department of Human Services (DHS). A test performed at the hospital shortly later showed no alcohol in the boy’s blood, but he was already taken from his parents, and subsequently placed into foster care.

Fortunately for the Ratte family, their 7-year-old was returned after only three days. But doesn’t the state have too much power if they can whisk a child away from his parents over an honest mistake, when he was not negatively affected and there was no evidence that he would be in danger if he stayed with his parents?

Not according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), an international treaty that would essentially apply Michigan’s standard to the other 49 states and not the other way around.

That’s because, if the CRC is ratified, the government will become responsible for every parenting decision you make, and the state – not the parents – will be ultimately responsible for the provision and protection of every child. One vote by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate is all that is needed to make the CRC supreme over the contrary laws of any state in America, turning the police-state nightmare faced by the Ratte family into the reality for every one of us.

What’s more, America’s standard is already drifting that way on its own. (more…)

We had no right to kill Bin Laden?

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/8/2011 @ 11:20 am

Lee Doren: The ever-changing Bin Laden story, Free speech, Herman Cain / Fair Tax

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 5/7/2011 @ 7:52 pm

The whacky world of price index for core personal consumption expenditures

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 12:32 pm

“Removing fuel and food costs from the index purely for the sake of statistical balance seems a bit like saying, “All told, four million people died in World War II. Well, unless you include the people who died in concentration camps. And, oh yeah, the 20 million Russians.”

It’s a bit like saying, “On average, a major league baseball team will win 3.2 World Series each century. Obviously, not the Cubs. And we’ve thrown out the New York Yankees and their 27 world championships because it doesn’t provide a true snapshot of the game at any given moment.”


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