Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

The force of the government

A sadly foretelling event happened in California. I have used the term "Universal criminalization" to imply that at any moment, you are likely breaking a law some how. This UC bit the author of Fahrenheit 451.
South Pasadena, California 10/20/2007 - A California “undercover investigator” identifying himself to this reporter as "Agent Egan" entered the Fremont Center Theatre at 8:00 PM curtain time tonight and halted the performance of Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of Arts author Ray Bradbury’s play Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was in attendance awaiting the start of the performance with a theatre full of celebrity guests including The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner.

The play, one of Bradbury’s most autobiographical works, includes performances by several young actors, and when the announcement was made from the stage about the cancellation 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, reference was made to an obscure California law requiring a State of California licensed teacher to be present at all performances with young actors. The company spokesman said, however, that they had never before been advised about such a requirement, and certainly not at show time
Now what might have been the REAL reason?
The play’s director, Alan Neal Hubbs, later suggested to this reporter that the play’s cancellation might have more to do with Mr. Egan’s finding an excuse to shut down the performance due to his previously having been denied free tickets to the play.
A flash of the badge and a threat about one of the multitude of laws you break daily, and the government hits you with the threat of force.
Now I find it humorous that he is so intent on enforcing the law, but not wanting you to know who he is.
When this reporter approached the official for a photo-interview to explain why he had shut down the performance, he threatened to confiscate this reporter’s camera on the claim that he worked as an undercover police officer; however, when asked by this reporter to produce a badge or other official identification, “Egan” refused.
The system wins again.

Bastards!

video

From youtube with description



A Snapping Turtle Climbs A Fence to break INTO the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, SD!
Excuse the poor quality: I used my cell phone to shoot this one
I am impressed.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Nanny state

A good interview and a book that sounds interesting.
FP: What is your book's main argument?

Harsanyi: Small things will lead to big ones. When we hear about tag being banned in Colorado Springs, or we hear about dog house zoning laws in San Francisco, or "health zone" initiatives in Los Angeles, we may just laugh and shake our heads. But when you bundle together of all these various piddling intrusions, it manifests into a growing movement that endangers liberty on a larger scale. I argue that both political parties – on every level of government – is guilty.


FP: What kind of people support an intrusive government? What is their mentality?


Harsanyi: Diversity, sadly is the key. On a micro level, we have too many citizens – even small-government conservatives -- with caveats when it comes to personal freedom. On one issue or another, citizens believe government is needed to protect the individual from him/herself. All these individuals form rather large constituencies, however. And then when we add up all these constituencies what we're left with is a growing and wide-ranging paternalistic state that many people aren't even aware is here.

There are also those, take Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who are driven by tragic personal events. There are those who surrender to convenience – state dependency can be seductive. Then there are the professional meddling parents who want to stick their noses in everyone's business. There are "progressives" who believe freedom and fairness are the same thing, advocating for expansion government dependency. (And isn't it sad that once we have "revolutionaries" and now we have legions of prigs on the left.) There are health care officials or safety watchdog groups that believe a particular issue is the most the momentous threat to republic since saccharine and are willing to invade individual freedom to "fix" the problem.

This is the "For the Children" crowd.

Most of these folks are under the mistaken impression that government can create a superior or healthier or more moral person. Almost always they are motivated by good intentions and Utopian idealism. But as C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." When safety and salubriousness become more important than freedom we're in trouble.
The section that says so much has the word "Caveat" used. Most people, and I probably also suffer this, have caveats that I "feel" are justified, but are as dumb as the brady groups caveat.

some speech is a felony

Not speech as in "I think the government is BS", but the right to petition the government is limited in Oklahoma.
Paul Jacob and two others were indicted this month on felony charges in Oklahoma and could serve more than ten years in prison. Their crime? Simply exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government, contends the Sam Adams Alliance.
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On paper, the charges are “conspiracy to defraud the state” because of a baseless claim that they—the “Oklahoma Three”—violated an Oklahoma statute requiring petition circulators to be residents while they were working on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights petition during the summer of 2006. (Carpenter was also charged with filing a false, fraudulent, felonious, and fictitious initiative petition.)
The "government is BS" comment is true in my view.

Dear 911 truthers

I attempted to find a specific video to show my wife something. I had to spend about 5 minutes adding things like "-911 -truthers -WTC -building -7" etc. to find the video.

It seems the 911 truthers have successfully flooded the net with videos that "PROOVE!" that it was all a conspiracy. "See that little black speck. It's a SAM 7 missile" and other such nonsensical lines place you well into the "illuminati/skull and bones/bohemian grove/masonic/jewish cabel" nut group and any chance you may have had of exposing anything went to hell with easily provable claims you dash out in a masturbatory style with your MS Movie maker.

Let us try this. Prove one thing in a court and I'll listen. Right now I'm going to talk to my 4000 jewish friends on how to keep the truth hidden.

Please take your pills and quit flooding the net with your insane BS.

Atlas shrugged......for a smoke

In once great britain a person of note has shrugged and walked away from the nanny state.
Tubular Bells composer Mike Oldfield has quit Britain because the smoking ban and health-and-safety culture have made life "intolerable".

The multi-millionaire is selling his £3.5million Gloucestershire mansion and has moved to Spain, where he says people have more freedom.

He said Britain had become too strict, with its "ludicrous" emphasis on health-and-safety rules and the increased use of CCTV and speed cameras.
Our paternal state recently passed its own smoking ban....nanny state bastards.

Discussion over?

This article head may redefine how to put something into perspective.
How can you predict global warming if you can't predict rain?
Well?

Either laugh, or piss off.

When I first saw this I laughed out loud, and knew that I had to post this. Then I honestly got worried for a second that I could get in trouble. Hell! What type of country is this that humor.. a damn joke, could cause a person to worry about their wellbeing? Well screw it. This video is a humor skit, and if you don't get it, or are a representative of the US oligarchy government, then piss off.



If for some reason it will not play in the embedded player, then here is some link goodness.

Damn government fuck'tards!

Note the tags of humor, and government abuse, and free speech. Either they see free speech as a joke, and I'm not laughing at that idea, or the idea of free speech has become a joke and we are all fucked.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

2.0

Not web 2.0, but weed 2.o. Seems it's the biggest thing since sliced bread.
Heard the latest from the Feds regarding their multi-billion dollar war on weed? According to warnings posted on the DEA's new website JustThinkTwice.com, today's cannabis is nearly twice as strong as the pot available in the 1970s and 80s. Sounds like its time for the Drug Enforcement Administration to don some new duds. How about t-shirts saying: "I've arrested millions, and all I got was stronger pot?"
Naturally, law enforcement and federal bureaucrats have little sense of humor when it comes to these matters. "We're no longer talking about the drug of the 1960s and 1970s," Drug Czar John Walters told Reuters News Wire. (The Czar failed to explain why if previous decades' pot was innocuous police still arrested you for it.) "This is Pot 2.0."
Are you saying all of that stuff I smoked in the 80's was lame? Hell. I lost the summer of 86, so this new stuff must be great.

I feel some glaucoma coming on.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I'm not dead.

I've just been busy...and sore.

I have been writing on another blog titled This is Smyrna, TN. for almost two years, and earlier this year took administrative control of it. The last three weeks plus I have busy in local politics, and in pushing the website.

I started with a long series on the blog involving certain law based problems I felt the city had.

Part 1 2 3 4 5 Draft Alert vote

I was able to get a partial victory when the town government placed the proposed draft online, and one change was modified, but there is still a lot of the nanny mentality that has to be stopped in my town.

I have sort of declared war on what I call the pretty'fication of my town by legislation.

I also had a booth at the last town festival with bumper stickers and flyers of "This is Smyrna, TN." to get more traffic. 1 2 3. I handed out about 80 flyers, and 10 bumper stickers, and also met a lot of people who read my column in the local newspaper.

Setting up a booth, going to local events and other work has left me either busy doing stuff, or home in a slight narcotic haze as I lay there with a heating pad on my back, and a rum and coke on the table next to me.

I have decided to take TIS,T. from a blog read by mainly other bloggers, to a local website that local people can go to if they want to know what's going on, news, rumors, and politics. A central point for our growing town. Hell. A form of alternative press.

To do this requires time. Time to go to events, arrange new writers, money to make stickers, bumper stickers, and flyers. Also money to plan a newspaper advertising. I now have a registered link for the site that is not a blogspot address. While it simply redirects you to the blogspot web page, the fact that ThisisSmyrnaTN.com is easier to remember then the longer blogspot address.

This is Smyrna, TN. may stay small, but I plan on attempting to make it a local force for people who want to know what the local papers don't print. If I get labelled with the title Muckraker, then I will be mostly happy.

That is the reason I have been off line for the last couple of weeks. Not dead, just busy.

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Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins. — Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony convicted John Gotti.

Monday, October 08, 2007

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I have been getting more politically active in my community, and have started to address openly certain botersome issues openly.

I was talking about regulations with my wife and while we agree that there are certain regulations and laws that we think may be needed, she made a comment that I have to put under quotes.
"Rules are so people don't have to think"
I love my wife.

They keep saying it

I'm not sure why this set of words bother me so, outside of the fact that sheep wait for the guard dog.
Police said that despite the heroism of the employees, they do not recommend that store clerks wrestle shotguns away from anyone committing a robbery. “This could have very easily been another homicide had the gun been loaded and gone off,” said Lt. Charles Broe, Sr.
Grrrrrr.

Friday, October 05, 2007

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. — THOMAS PAINE

Protect the zoning

I originally posted this on "This is Smyrna, Tn.". A community blog that I write for. I thought I would share it here also.


The first layer of government a person deals with in their daily life is the police. They are seen driving their patrol cars around any municipality and represent the government.

The second layer of government a person deals with is normally at the town/city level. Be it a mayor, a council, or a codes official. There is a variety of reasons that a person could be dealing with the city, but the first and foremost seems to be zoning issues.

Zoning is a form of regulating the land for the good of the city. Many feel that zoning is required, and a necessary evil for the most part. I would agree on the evil, but not the necessary. A fine example is Houston Texas. This small blurb from wikipedia mat sound like a footnote, but it echoes to a larger problem.
Houston, the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations, has expanded without land use planning. Voters rejected efforts to have separate residential and commercial land-use districts in 1948, 1962, and 1993.
Now I channel Bill Murray.
"Without zoning it will be chaos. Dogs and cats living together".
But it isn't like that. While things do not always run smoothly is that metropolis, the way things are controlled are done individually. This is from an article by the Foundation of Economic Education.
Even without zoning, home buyers wanting control over the development of land in their neighborhood have a choice called “deed restrictions.” Usually, these deed restrictions are initiated by an original developer to cover all property purchased in a subdivision for 25 or 30 years. Restrictions are often renewable after that period, and most homes in Houston built since World War II have such renewable restrictions. Enforceable by civic associations with help from the city, the document can prevent businesses or apartments from entering the neighborhood. It can even require residents to keep their lawns manicured or their homes painted only certain colors. However detailed, deed restrictions contain rules voluntarily accepted by home buyers, unlike the edicts issued to property owners by a zoning commission.
Houston shows that a city can work and successful in being a place people would want to live in. It also says a lot that something that so many people claim is required and vital to the success of a cities future, has been voted down three times by the citizens of Houston.

I write this because last night in Clarksville Tennessee a horrible incident occurred that had a lot to do with zoning.
A business owner shot and killed himself during a City Council meeting Thursday night after members voted against his request to rezone his property, witnesses said.

Ronald "Bo" Ward, owner of Bo's Barber Shop, had told the council his business would go under if he couldn't get his home rezoned as commercial. After the 5-7 vote Thursday night, Ward stood and walked toward the council.

"Ya'll have put me under ... I'm out of here," he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.
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Ward had said the rezoning would increase his property value, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his shop.
I would sound extremely biased if I said the zoning issue was what drove him to this futile act. There surely is much more to this story, more depression and stress in his life that built up inside of him.

What it does show is how much what seemed to the council as a vote of zoning, can mean so much to one person. That last plank he was holding onto to keep his head above the water. When it was removed it was over for him, and he took his life.

I have seen in the past several people come to our own town government asking for changes to allow them to do things. A young women who wanted to have a few more children at her house as she runs a small day care center there. Sadly her yard was to small and as rules must be followed, she was turned down. I viewed her several times during the summer online and the final time in front of the council as she was voted against time after time. I saw a representative of a business who wanted to split their property to make it more easy to sell. The board voted against it because of entrances and distances between building, even after the representative said that without the property split the possibility of selling it is low.

I've seen the council vote against several rezonings as they viewed it as "spot zoning" where one section wants to be commercial, while the rest are residential. What they view as "spot zoning", is a persons land.

Last night the Clarksville town council voted 4-7 against this man, and his last hope was gone.
Many in the room immediately screamed — audience and council members alike — but few moved as Ward's wife Mildred threw herself on her husband.
And people wonder why I'm a small government advocate.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated. — Charlton Heston

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...