Just got banned from the Oath Keepers forum for judiciously and respectfully exercising my free speech. I really don’t see any difference between the way Oath Keepers stomps free speech in their forum (they are showing their control freak cop mentality that seems to predominate at Oath Keepers.) the same way Antifa does when they attend a protest.
Oath Keepers has supported, (by their silence) and looked the other way as to the evil that cops and the troops commit. That is bad enough, but they go even further and take punitive actions against anyone that questions their world view or their gods.. Doing so gets an Antifa like response (name calling i.e. a troll) from them with no discussion or response allowed. Like Antifa they don’t seem to be intelligent enough to discuss the topic. Yelling “troll” and banning free speech is so much more convenient, than actually responding and discussing an issue. – Just the cop like “I am in control and you are not behavior”. “How dare one of the serfs question either of our gods: Cops and Soldiers! Asking questions and thinking makes you a troll and we don’t talk to trolls.”
Oath Keepers looks a lot like the infantile thuggish Antifa to me in this case.
I have long thought that Stewart Rhodes was a pretender, and fake, along with most of Oath Keepers ‘s members. They would not know lady liberty if she hit them up side the head. If she did they would call her a troll, and promptly shoot her.
I just (tried) to pay the tax on a vehicle here in MO.
This is wrong, and evil on so many levels…….
First of all if you pay taxes yearly on something that you “own”, then by any honest analysis you don’t really own that item. You just rent it from the state. This is the American version of the first plank of the communist manifesto in case you don’t recognize it.
You know you are dealing with a criminal organization when you are forced to pay a $7 “handling charge” for a $51 tax bill. That is 13%, and from the looks of it, it is going to a private sub-contracted company. (probably run by a friend or family member of one of the psychopaths in Jeff City that hoisted this tax upon us) No one else in the semi-free market does anything approaching this level of screwing over the customer with excessive charges. (because they don’t have a government provided monopoly like the DMV) But government has a monopoly on the use of force, and knows that all laws ( and regulations) always end in a silent, “or we will kill you if you don’t comply”. If they were not a group of violent thugs that always threaten, and use violence (the very definition of terrorism) do they seriously think anyone would put up with their $7 extortion fee, in the free market?
The entire DMV in MO originated as a means of political cronyism where friends of politicans would be granted the monopolistic ownership of a state motor vehicle location. (You can read about that history in this book.)They are as dirty as mud, illegitimate, incompetent, and corrupt as hell IMHO.
MO DMV fulfills a government function, but at the same time they do not want to be bound by government responsibilities such as not trampling the first amendment. Fact of the matter is quite the opposite, they post signs on the wall that they can eject anyone for any reason, including you exercising your free speech. I know about this because I was ejected by the the incompetent boobs at the Marshfield DMV. I was ejected, and threatened with police involvement because I was exercising my first amendment rights by verbally objecting to them stealing over $250 for a bogus “late fee” on a small utility trailer worth about$300. They took that money, and then kicked me out before they would sell me plates. It took 2 months, and hours of my time but I did get my plates, and a full refund on the theft.
One would think that the parasitic criminal class would be happy with stealing over 50% of what each, and every one of us make. (They are in the process of killing the golden goose by greed IMHO) The founders went to war with their government, and were willing to kill them for tax’s of less than 5%.
Jefferson predicted that the blood of patriots, and tyrants would flow every 20 years to keep the tyrants in check. What happened? We are literal slaves to a criminal government, that “allow” us to keep less than half of what we make, and yearly strive to increase that percentage. Yet we do little other than complain…. “I am fed up, mad as hell and am not going to take it any more.” How about you?
FWIW the rape was not done at this point. Not only do they steal most of what we make, that is not good enough for the psychopaths. They then proceeded to steal more time from you (in addition to the time needed to pay their taxes) they want you to have property tax receipts, current insurance card, and safety inspection. This could easily take half of my day to locate all of this. We are treated by the DMV like a bunch of serfs that they own, and can make us jump through an infinite number of hoops, in order to exercise a God given right! (right to travel)…. It looks like I am going to be further stolen from in having to drive to 2 different counties, and spend another good part of a day to pay this extortion to the DMV. It seems as if they are not happy to only extort money from you, they have to make you grovel, and jump through hoops like we were a pack of trained monkeys that exist only as walking wallets for their financial wants. This from “our government employees”.
I for one find the current state of affairs disgusting and intolerable.
Ironically, during the same week that we mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
While there has been much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been very little to celebrate. Indeed, we have gone from being a nation that took great pride in serving as a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.
What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the 9/11 attacks has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.
Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time, but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.
All the while, the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage, however, has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.
Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by Congress, the White House, the courts and the like—a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.
We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.
Here is what it means to live under the Constitution today.
The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind, assemble and protest nonviolently without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. To the founders, all of America was a free speech zone.
While many in the United States firmly believe that the government just isn’t working, it is. But it’s only working for the powerful and rich elites in the government and the media who have a desire to cling to their oppressive control of others and the money many are willing to allow them to steal.
This is shocking and most Americans, do not yet have a clue as to how close we are to losing what few rights we have remaining. Education is the key, to mitigating bloodshed and violence. Please help spread these articles.
“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation
Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.
Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are now guilty until proven innocent.
Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, property is being seized on the slightest hint of suspicious activity, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.
Consider, for example, what happened to Utah nurse Alex Wubbels after a police detective demanded to take blood from a badly injured, unconscious patient without a warrant…. Read More
Most don’t realize that your Google Maps app spies on you even when it is closed, and not running. I was appalled and pissed off when I just opened Google maps, and found out that it tracks and identifies the names of places that I go, even though I have not opened the app in 3 months!
You can bet that the 4 letter agencies are putting this criminally collected, and shared data in places like their Net Fusion Center in KC Missouri.
“The SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] is probably the most dangerous hate group in America,” says Dr. Michael Brown–and he’s probably right.
“Which is more insidious, the enemy that you recognize or the enemy that appears to be your friend? Which is more dangerous, a rag-tag bunch of poorly-funded White Supremacists or a well-organized, massively-funded, ‘civil rights’ organization which demonizes Christian conservatives? And which lie is more likely to spread, one that is false from beginning to end or one that mixes with falsehood with truth?
“Based on the obvious answers to these questions, it is the Southern Poverty Law Center, the SPLC, that is most insidious and dangerous, and it is the lies of the SPLC that are more likely to spread. The SPLC even has blood on its hands, and by its own definition, should be listed is [sic] a hate group.”
Brown then illustrates his assessment by referring to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune that regurgitates the SPLC claim that there were eight “hate groups” in San Diego’s backyard. Two of the eight are conservative Christian organizations, including a pro-family Catholic organization. These two organizations make the SPLC “hate” list because they are “anti-LGBT.”……. Read More
From time to time, I see lists on the internet that propose to solve the problems of intergenerational poverty in America.
Unfortunately, most of the time, these lists recommend massive transfers of wealth from rich people to poorer people, or suggest the creation of new “poverty-fighting” government bureaucracies, in spite of the fact that neither of these approaches is likely to solve the underlying problems.
The Decline and Flatline of Poverty
The fact is that in the 25 years before Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” began, the poverty rate in America was on the decline.
But now, decades after we’ve created numerous Federal bureaucracies formally dedicated to eradicating the problem for good and over $22 trillion spent, our poverty rates have flat-lined instead. Worse, many of the programs designed to benefit the poorest members of our society have actually created dependency traps that make it nearly impossible for people who grow up in impoverished conditions to escape.
And as for the idea that the problem of poverty could be solved if only rich people were forced to give their wealth to poorer people? That sounds plausible enough until you realize that it wouldn’t make a significant difference to poverty anyway.
For example, if you combine the entire net worth of Forbes’ list of the world’s 400 richest people, you’d come out with about $2.4 trillion. Yes, it’s an enormous number, but it’s not exactly what you might think.
This is not money all piled up in a grain silo somewhere, waiting for some rich guy to dive in and roll around. Instead, it’s the estimated monetary value of all the assets they own. That means all the office buildings, furniture, computers, telephone lines and other capital infrastructure of their various businesses; the value of their employee salaries, payroll, and pensions; and the on-paper economic value of the businesses themselves.
For example, Amazon reportedly holds $83.4 billion in assets. That includes all their warehouses, trucks, servers, and the actual stuff they keep in stock for people to purchase. And that money is what’s rolled into Jeff Bezos’ supposed $89 billion net worth. Bezos can’t just cash out to the tune of tens of billions of dollars without liquidating the inventory his company holds, selling all of his buildings, and divesting himself from Amazon entirely – and he could only do that in a world where there are other rich guys ready to buy.
So, that $2.4 trillion isn’t a real number in any sense that can be converted into a transfer of income.
Poverty is the natural state of the world and the big mystery of human history is not how people become poor, but how people get rich.
But let’s imagine that it was, even if we could just magically grab $2.4 trillion in cash from the world’s billionaires, when divided amongst the rest of us 99%ers in the United States (about 319,000,000 people), we’d all walk away with a one-time-payment of just $7,500.
Even if we just limited the transfer from the richest 1% to the bottom 20%; each person would get $37,151.70 – or basically a one-time payment of considerably less than the median salary in the US.
Not that we wouldn’t all like the extra cash, but let’s be honest… After that money is gone and we’ve sent a clear signal to the most successful businessmen & women in the world that the reward for building a company like Google or Apple is to have all your assets taken from you and your business destroyed, then what?
Neither long-term government dependency or wrecking the economy for a short-term payout is the answer.
So what should we do instead?
First, we should understand that poverty is the natural state of the world and the big mystery of human history is not how people become poor (that’s easy, do nothing), but how people get rich. Once we recognize that fact, we have to shift our way of thinking about poverty and start seeing growing wealth as a consequence of people’s ability to create and exchange goods and services with each other.
In the end, wealth is not just dollars in a bank account. It’s our very standard of living and quality of life. The money is just a measurement tool.
So what we need is to create a world where it’s incredibly easy for people from every conceivable starting point to enter the market and create their own success. To that end, I’d like to offer 10 actually effective ways to reduce poverty and inequality in America and around the world.
Here we go:
Eliminate most occupational licensing restrictions and lower barriers to entry to getting jobs and starting businesses.
It’s an issue that people often know little about, but roughly 1 in 3 occupations in the United States require a government-granted license before people can even begin to earn a living. And while it’s common to believe that these licenses are protecting the public from bad doctors, dentists, and lawyers, the truth is that most of these licenses are for barbers & hairdressers, florists, landscapers, and gym class instructors. The Institute for Justice maintains an annual report on the state of occupational licensing in America.
According to IJ:
“The report documents the license requirements for 102 low- and moderate-income occupations—such as barber, massage therapist and preschool teacher—across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It finds that occupational licensing is not only widespread, but also overly burdensome and frequently irrational.
On average, these licenses force aspiring workers to spend nine months in education or training, pass one exam and pay more than $200 in fees. One-third of the licenses take more than a year to earn. At least one exam is required for 79 of the occupations.”
These licenses are often insurmountable barriers to entry for low-income people not only to finding employment but also to starting their own businesses. In 2014, I made a documentary chronicling the story of one such entrepreneur, Melony Armstrong, and her battle against occupational licensing in Mississippi:
“Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle — a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism. It is the aim of the Bill of Rights, if it has any remaining aim at all, to curb such prehensile gentry. Its function is to set a limitation upon their power to harry and oppress us to their own private profit.”— H.L. Mencken
Let’s not mince words.
Jeff Sessions, the nation’s top law enforcement official, would not recognize the Constitution if he ran right smack into it.
Whether the head of the Trump Administration’s Justice Department enjoys being the architect of a police state or is just painfully, criminally clueless, Sessions has done a great job thus far of sidestepping the Constitution at every turn…… Read More
How much longer we can sustain the fiction that we live in a constitutional republic, I cannot say, but anarchy is being loosed upon the nation.
We are witnessing the unraveling of the American dream one injustice at a time.
Day after day, the government’s crimes against the citizenry grow more egregious, more treacherous and more tragic. And day after day, the American people wake up a little more to the grim realization that they have become captives in a prison of their own making. No longer a free people, we are now pushed and prodded and watched over by twitchy, hyper-sensitive, easily-spooked armed guards who care little for the rights, humanity or well-being of those in their care.
The death toll is mounting. The carnage is heartbreaking. The public’s faith in the government to do its job—which is to protect ourfreedoms—is deteriorating…….. Read More