Execuctive Order 13575 “RURAL COUNCILS” – increasing Government control over rural areas

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/30/2011 @ 5:19 pm

This is communism. Everyone who has lived in or come from Eastern Europe can see it clearly. Most Americans are too ignorant or too distracted to even be aware of the growing threat.

Further discussion:

It’s not who signed this that scares me, it’s the words, “Executive Order”.

Smart Meters = Personal unwarranted surveillance of your home

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/29/2011 @ 4:36 pm

A way to respond, if your power company is trying to install a smart meter on your home:

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Allen West: First Principles for National Security

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/28/2011 @ 6:30 pm

Reporters Arrested For Recording Public Meeting

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by Q Ball on 6/24/2011 @ 3:40 pm

The Effects of 40 years of Drug Prohibition

Filed under:General — posted by Winston on @ 10:20 am
The Effects of 40 years of Drug Prohibition

From: CATO

San Francisco considering a ban on the sale of goldfish – really.

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/22/2011 @ 6:44 pm

“San Francisco is considering a ban on the sale of goldfish. Basically, the government is afraid that people are getting fish as impulse buys and not treating them properly, so they don’t want to allow anyone to buy them at all. They’re also considering a ban on parents having their babies circumcised.

They’ve already banned Happy Meals, as they think they’re too enticing to children and parents can’t be expected to control what their own kids eat. Also increasingly regulating the daily behavior of its citizens is New York City under Mayor Bloomberg, who has banned trans-fats city-wide and smoking in most of the city and has considered a ban on salt.

The leaders of these cities have taken it upon themselves to place their own opinions of what people should or should not be doing above basic liberty. They’ve made it the government’s role to be a nanny and have ruled individual choice as unimportant.”

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-real-story-of-americas-founding/

Study Says Games to Blame for Decrease in U.S. Crime

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 5:30 pm

“[The] … BBC, is reporting video games might actually be a reason for a decline in U.S. crime.

The story is based on a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research and, according to those smart-sounding British folks; games ain’t so bad after all.

… According to the study, U.S. crime has been on the decline for the past two decades. This trend has continued, it would seem, despite the recent economic crumble. According to FBI figures, crime has actually been on a steeper decline these past couple of years.

Video games are another factor, according to the study, because they kept “young people off the streets and therefore away from crime.” According to Texan researchers working on the study, this “incapacitation effect” has “more than offset any direct impact the content of the games may have had in encouraging violent behavior.”

In other words: Why would kids want to risk committing actual crimes when they can commit them consequence-free from the comfort of their bedrooms?

http://www.joystickdivision.com/2011/06/study_says_games_to_blame_for.php

Microsoft Tries to Quash Innovation in Battle Over Xbox Memory Cards

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Gaming,General,Technology — posted by Winston on 6/20/2011 @ 4:44 pm

EFF urged a federal court to block Microsoft Corporation’s attempt to misuse copyright law to thwart a competitor offering memory cards for the Xbox gaming system. Microsoft claims that Xbox users violate U.S. federal law — the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — if they use third-party cards memory cards, such as those produced by Datel Holdings. If Microsoft were to prevail on this point, it could give the software giant the ability to use the DMCA to prevent competitors from selling Xbox-compatible accessories, like memory cards, controllers, and headsets. Such a ruling would have wide-ranging ramifications for hundreds of other consumer products.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/18/2011 @ 2:04 pm

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

– Winston Churchill.

Political Rhetoric is no Substitute for Competence

Filed under:Culture War,General,Our Money — posted by Winston on 6/13/2011 @ 3:58 pm

“In the course of any given year, Congress votes on taxes, medical care, military spending, foreign aid, agriculture, labor, international trade, airlines, housing, insurance, courts, natural resources, and much more. There are professionals who have spent their entire adult lives specializing in just one of these fields. The idea that Congress can be competent in all these areas simultaneously is staggering. Yet, far from pulling back — as banks or other private enterprises must, if they don’t want to be ruined financially by operating beyond the range of their competence — Congress is constantly expanding further into more fields. Having spent years ruining the housing markets with their interference, leading to a housing meltdown that has taken the whole economy down with it, politicians have now moved on into micro-managing automobile companies and medical care. They are not going to stop unless they get stopped. And that is not going to happen until the voters recognize the fact that political rhetoric is no substitute for competence.” –economist Thomas Sowell

City Government demands all keys to properties belonging to Cedar Falls residents.

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/12/2011 @ 9:35 pm

Ordinance #2740( An unfunded city-wide mandate) was passed with a resounding 6 to 1 vote, and it allows for the citizens of Cedar Falls to forcefully give the government keys to their comercial properties through universal ‘lock boxes’.

The intent of the program is to provide increased safety and protection to personal, private property which include businesses, apartments and some rental houses– which by the way– comes at the expense of furthering wayward erosion of fundamental constitutional right

Share Netflix? Share a jail cell

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 9:38 am

“… if you, a consumer, should share (that’s the “any other means” part), say, your Netflix password with someone else, whether that someone else is related to you or not, that person could be prosecuted.

The penalty for infringement? “Stealing $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Theft with a higher price tag would be a felony, with heavier penalties.”

While it is true that the intent of the bill was to address the blatant illegal sharing of entertainment content by the likes of those legions of scofflaws called “pirates” or “students,” the potentially ridiculously wide net it casts is ripe for abuse by Big Media.”

http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2011/060911-backspin.html

Pakistani Intelligence Announces Its Full Cooperation With U.S. Forces During Upcoming Top Secret June 12 Drone Strike On Al-Qaeda At 5:23 A.M. Near Small Town Of Razmani In North Waziristan

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on @ 9:30 am

A Pakistani official shows exactly where the 5:23 a.m. sharp—no later—strike will occur.

From the Onion:

“At a hastily convened press conference, ISI chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha called Pakistan’s long- standing partnership with the United States “stronger than ever,” explaining that both countries share an interest in rooting out al-Qaeda before its leaders have time to gather their secret cache of hidden weapons and move to a new location, possibly a tribal area in northwest Pakistan where Pasha said U.S. intelligence is limited in both its sophistication and reach.

Pasha emphasized the ISI’s extensive integration with U.S. forces in planning the attack, saying that the specific time was agreed upon to ensure the terrorists wouldn’t try to escape across the porous Afghan border, which he noted is often poorly guarded—especially near the town of Shirhani—at that hour of the morning.

As of press time, the U.S. has given Pakistan more than $20 billion in aid since Sept. 11, 2001

http://www.theonion.com/articles/pakistani-intelligence-announces-its-full-cooperat,20681/?utm_source=recentnews

Supreme Court: Fleeing police in car is a violent offense

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 6/11/2011 @ 8:29 pm

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says fleeing police custody in a vehicle can be considered a violent felony.

The high court made its ruling on Thursday in the case of Marcus Sykes.

Sykes argued his fleeing conviction shouldn’t be considered violent and two federal appeals courts, the 7th Circuit in Chicago and the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, have ruled in opposite ways.

The high court said in a 6-3 judgment that Sykes’ flight from police can be considered a violent felony.”

http://www.policeone.com/legal/articles/3801875-Supreme-Court-Fleeing-police-in-car-is-a-violent-offense/

Taxes and the Threat of Force

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 6/8/2011 @ 2:17 pm



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