LA Women Must Pay Taxes For Getting Shot Up By Cops

Recent headlines following up on some of the events tied to ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner’s revenge-murder rampage last month demonstrate the particularly disturbing willingness of the state to trample innocent citizens whenever it feels it is threatened.

While Los Angeles police officers were on their trigger-happy hunt for Dorner, it seems everyone in the City of Angels started looking a bit like a 6-foot, 270-pound black man.

The city became a particularly dangerous place for anyone unfortunate enough to own a pickup that looked anything like Dorner’s 2005 Nissan Titan. Two women delivering newspapers found that out the hard way when, early Feb. 7, LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets. The officers managed to shoot 71-year-old Emma Hernandez in the back and injure 47-year-old Margie Carranza with shrapnel and bits of flying glass.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck categorized the shooting as “a tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension” hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers.

Of course, Carranza and Hernandez were not the only innocents attacked by LAPD officers during the manhunt. The same morning the women were shot, David Perdue, a white man, was on his way to go surfing in a pickup similar to the fugitive’s when a squad car slammed into his vehicle and an officer opened fire. Perdue was not hit.

LA blogger Davey D offered a good assessment of the situation:

TV news stations in LA are warning people not to drive pick up trucks in LA and to obey all traffic laws or rick being shot by police who are all stressed out and tense.. This is happening right now.. Its no exaggeration… I don’t care whats going on, we pay officers to be have professionally under the most stressful situations.. No excuse for this bullshyt

Beck promised the mother and daughter whom his officers shot up that their truck would be replaced regardless of whether they decide to sue the department. But it seems the state wasn’t finished trampling on Hernandez and Carranza after officers of the law recklessly pumped the women’s vehicle and bodies full of lead.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Glenn Jones, an attorney representing the women, says they are still without a vehicle.

“After they shot my clients… this broken promise of a truck donation and the nonsense that followed is a slap in the face,” he said.

According to the attorney, LAPD first attempted to give the women a used truck; when that was refused, they were offered a Ford lacking four-wheel drive to replace their four-wheel-drive Toyota.

The LAPD’s ill-attempted benevolence also comes with stipulations. The women were told they would have to agree not to sell the truck for a period of one year and that the new truck must be considered a gift for tax purposes. That means, not only were the women shot and had property destroyed by one agency doing the bidding of the State but that they also must pay a tax collector for the privilege of being abused.

But, come to think of it, that’s really what we are all forced to do, isn’t it? We pay taxes to cover the salaries of government officials, militarize police departments and provide all of the tools necessary for those in positions of authority to abuse their power.

Perhaps if the women are going to continue having to traverse the streets of LA alongside officers notorious for using excessive and unwarranted force with near impunity, they should request that LAPD upgrade the Tacoma to something with armor and bulletproof glass.

Piers Wants A Nanny, Obamacare Trillion-Dollar Tax, Gay Tea Partier, Marijuana Exports And CPAC: Wednesday Morning News Roundup 3-13-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Piers Morgan says that when it comes to “smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day” Americans need a nanny state to keep them from being unhealthy.

 

  • The 21 tax increases included in Obamacare total $1.058 trillion — double the original estimate of the new tax burden.

 

  • Also, The Associated Press reports, “Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.”

 

 

  • Bruce Carroll, an openly gay Tea Party member in South Carolina, announced in a blog post that he is “seriously considering” a run against Republican incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham in the Republican Primary in the 2014 Senate race. Even being gay, there’s little chance Carroll is less conservative than Graham.

 

  • Marijuana could become an international export crop for Colorado and Washington, as officials in Copenhagen, Denmark, consider legalizing the drug and importing it from the States. Bet the Feds won’t like that.

 

  • The annual conservative gathering known as CPAC is coming up, stay tuned for live updates from Personal Liberty staff.

 

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Animal Rights With Uncle Ted

In case you never saw the A&E television show “American Hoggers,” Texas and many other States are overrun by feral hogs. The pigs, 1.5 million strong, are destroying environments and cause more than $500 million per year in damage to Texas alone.

That’s why Motor City Madman Ted Nugent hopped in a helicopter recently with a machine gun and killed nearly 500 of the tusked beasts.

“I took my machine gun in the helicopter — in the Texas hill country — me and my buddy ‘Pigman.’ His name is ‘Pigman’; I’m the swine czar. I killed 455 hogs with my machine gun. I did it for Bill Maher and all those other animal rights freaks out there,” he told the Sirius show RumorFix. “My haters will hate me more for that.”

And Nugent was right, many people on the left and animal rights activists freaked out at the thought of Nugent making pulled pork at 750 rounds a minute. But many of those folks also failed to catch what Nugent said next as they wept for the poor little piggies that never made it to market.

“We distributed tons of the most delicious pork to the soup kitchens and homeless shelters of this state. Everything we did was perfect — win, win, win,” he added. “I had to adjust my halo as I was machine-gunning hogs.”

The moral of the story: Liberals can’t save the environment from invasive species while simultaneously feeding the homeless and having a hell of a time shooting a machine gun from a helicopter. So obviously Nugent is an unhinged madman.

Of course, it could just be another media attack on an outspoken conservative.

‘Who The Hell Do These Muslims Think They Are?’ And Could American Conservatives Accidently Enable Them?

Professor Richard Dawkins, English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken critic of religious belief, probably isn’t the kind of guy most conservative Americans would call an ally. After all, he has spent much of his career working to further the cause of secularism, often by harshly criticizing the beliefs and traditions of Muslims, Jews, Christians and other major and minor world religions.

But with his latest tirade against religion taking a bigger role in society, Dawkins may have a point even America’s traditionally religious conservatives can agree with.

Early this week, the professor took to Twitter to express his disgust of the attempt of a Muslim activist organization to force gender-segregated seating so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities during a University College London debate entitled “Islam or Atheism: What Makes More Sense?”.

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According to the accounts of some debate attendees, single women were directed to sit in the back of the auditorium, while their male and married counterparts were told to sit in front. Put off by the not-so-subtle Sharianess of the whole situation, Professor Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who would speak that night, encouraged event organizers to scrap the sexually segregated seating plan. When he did, madness ensued. Three young male attendees were accosted by security guards in the debate hall after moving to the women’s only seating section.

Here’s how one woman in the debate hall described the scene:

After having been told the event would NOT be gender segregated, we arrived and were told that women were to sit in the back of the auditorium, while men and couples could file into the front. After watching three people be kicked out of the auditorium for not following this seating plan, Dr Krauss bravely defended his beliefs of gender equality and informed event staff that he would not participate unless they removed the segregated seating. Needless to say, the staff got their shit together pretty quickly and the event (thankfully) continued.

Zayd Tutton of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, who organized the debate, disputed these accounts and alleged the men sat near Muslim women who choose to adhere to orthodox Islamic beliefs and had segregated themselves. Of course, given the Islamic track record with relation to women’s rights, Tutton’s assertion could be deemed questionable.

Using the same logic, one might also suggest that the 15 Saudi schoolgirls who burned to death in a 2002 school fire — after “mutaween” (Saudi culture police) physically barred them from escaping because they were wearing improper Islamic dress — did so at the commission of Allah himself.

In a later statement about the event, Dawkins pointed out the height to which liberal hypocrisy reaches where political correctness and religious tolerance (or often, in the United States, the lack thereof for Christians) intersect: “Isn’t it really about time we decent, nice, liberal people stopped being so pusillanimously terrified of being thought ‘Islamophobic’ and stood up for decent, nice, liberal values?”

Dawkins’ statements should be considered an opportunity for American conservatives to reflect on their place in the cultural divide that keeps religious tolerance and government from colliding in a way similar to what has created disaster for nations since the beginning of time and perpetuates a barbaric norm in the Mideast.

Criticism could be levied rightfully against American conservatives who crusade to legislate morality on a national scale, rather than focusing on their moral agenda locally — where both their power to protect their values without forcing them upon others and their base of community support is likely stronger. That said, if homosexuality disgusts you to the point that seeing people make sexual choices out of step with the natural order makes you physically ill and you live in San Francisco (where a priest removed a picture of the Pope from a Catholic church rectory to avoid offending gays) or Miami’s South Beach, you would probably feel much better if you began researching real estate nearer the Bible Belt.

If a national vehicle exists for the hair-splitting legislative agenda of one group of faithful to ease separation of church and state, there is nothing in the Constitution barring another from using the same track to encourage an agenda that goes against everything America was intended to represent. And today, there is no shortage of potential quislings for religious fanaticism ranging from Sharia proponents to Green movement lunatics. That is why, like the 2nd, the 1st Amendment to the Nation’s Constitution reads with unbridled lucidity.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Another benefit conservatives could reap by putting aside the national moral crusade mainstreamed in the GOP in the early 1990s by Pat Buchanan — and fomented by the likes of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and such “cultural warriors” as Rush Limbaugh, former Secretary of Education William Bennett, and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson — is the rebirth of a Party capable of winning important elections. A moral agenda for national Republican candidates runs counter to everything small government conservatives claim to stand for, explicitly the idea that Federal government serves only the purposes outlined in the Preamble to the Constitution: Unite the States, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide common defense, promote general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty.

It’s time to scrap the Todd Akinses and the Richard Murdocks of the national Republican Party and opt for a more libertarian, less moral-centric version of the GOP to represent the Nation in Congress. But this doesn’t mean throwing aside all of the moral and evangelical values that many among the conservative electorate cherish; it is simply time to focus those values more heavily on State legislative and local elections.

With that strategy, Republicans — and more importantly, conservatism as a whole — can create the perfect storm. The GOP politicians then in the national spotlight would be better able to get elected and garner more support from religiously averse independents and libertarians. But once in office, they would not assault States’ rights with legislative initiatives. Meanwhile, with States’ rights safe as long as a Congress dedicated to protecting the Constitution is in place, State legislators with moral agendas would be better able to make legislative decisions based on the values of their respective constituencies.

There was a reason the Founders set up the Nation the way they did; they knew that top-down policy governing everything from the secular to the religious wouldn’t work. It’s time to start using the tools they gave us if fiscal conservatism and small government are ever again going to be tenants of national policy.

Don’t Drink Bathtub Gin, France Ponders John Galt, Hot Lead Ban In Cali, Fat Lesbians Cost Taxpayers $1.5 Million And Rand Paul For President: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 3-12-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Liberty-Infinity: Prohibition-0. At least 51 people in Tripoli, Libya, are dead after drinking black market bathtub gin because alcohol is illegal in the country.

 

  • Who Is John Galt? People in France who make money are still leaving in droves due to the country’s socialist stealing.

 

  • Environmentalists in California are pushing legislation to ban lead ammunition to prevent toxins from poisoning scavengers that eat animal remains left by hunters. Meanwhile, birds in the State continue to meet their maker in the name of wind energy.

 

  • You probably have never even thought about it, but for the Feds it’s a question worth $1.5 million. The National Institutes of Health will spend that amount to find out why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not. NIH says it is an issue of “high public-health significance.”

 

  • The White House is closed to the public, supposedly because of sequester. Meanwhile, dozens of Administration staffers are raking in six-figure salaries. For example, the combined salaries of energy “assistants” President Barack Obama keeps on staff total $370,000.

 

  • Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading an online poll being conducted by Contract From America as the most viable conservative pick for President in 2016.

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Poll Indicates Public Is Becoming More Perceptive Of Obama Deception

A new poll conducted by The Hill finds that Americans feel the Nation’s economic condition is destined to worsen and that mainstream media is overly sympathetic to President Barack Obama.

According to the poll, 46 percent of respondents felt that American news media is “excessively sympathetic to the President.” Only 28 percent believed that the President is unjustly ridiculed by the press, and a paltry 17 percent still believe in unbiased media coverage of the Presidential Administration.

It has been noted in recent weeks, as a string of White House press pool members surfaced with reports of the Administration’s efforts to work the press, that top Obama officials are masters of manipulating media coverage. According to some of the pool members, the Administration encourages coverage of certain topics more than others and retaliates when reporters fall out of lockstep with the Obama-approved message.

Though the White House has drastically lessened the amount of doomsday rhetoric that it is using to describe the sequestration cuts, 48 percent of respondents to the poll recognized exaggeration on the part of the President and his Administration. Thirty-one percent said the cuts were as bad as the President warned.

The majority view that the President overhyped sequestration is backed up by recent reports indicating that the Administration could have made less-public efforts to reduce spending than ending White House tours and by tips from heads of some Federal programs indicating the Administration wants Americans to “feel the pain” of the cuts.

Looking at the poll results along party lines, 67 percent of Republicans feel like the economy is getting worse, compared to just 26 percent of Democrats. Fifty-five percent of the time, independents said that the economy was worsening. That may be a good sign for Republican candidates preaching a message of fiscal conservatism in upcoming elections.

Federal Education Or No Money

“Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don’t think people didn’t know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites. Emerson once said something about how we’re educating them to keep them from our throats. If you don’t educate them, what we call ‘education,’ they’re going to take control — ‘they’ being what Alexander Hamilton called the ‘great beast,’ namely the people. The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.” — Noam Chomsky in Class Warfare, 1995

In 2009, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers announced an effort that would create a national curriculum for American K-12 students; the standards apply mostly in math and English classes. Quickly, all but four States — Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia — signed on to these Common Core standards, which will be implemented by 2014. Some States, however, are re-thinking the decision.

The decision of State lawmakers throughout the Nation was based largely on President Barack Obama’s policy of tying Federal grant money heavily to “college and career ready standards.” Common Core is not a Federal program; but because it requires every State to adopt similar education standards, it essentially creates a national educational mandate. Furthermore, Obama all but made Common Core mandatory by requiring that States adopt the program in order to receive Federal waivers from No Child Left Behind, the cumbersome 2002 George W. Bush mandate.

While Common Core supporters believe national standards will ensure that each student graduates with the skills he needs to be more competitive in the college or workforce environment, its opponents recognize the program as a masterfully disguised move toward further Federal control over education.

A group of education experts write in a column for The Hill in 2011:

But today the Obama Administration is funding the development of national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national teaching materials and national tests, using the Common Core national academic-content standards as the basis for these efforts. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the Department’s grants to the testing groups on September 2, 2010, he pointed enthusiastically to one group “developing curriculum frameworks and ways to share great lesson plans” and the other group developing “instructional modules.”

These efforts to gather the reins of America’s K-12 course of study at the Federal level are likely to harm America’s public schools, our teachers and our children. Officials inside the Beltway cannot design a curriculum that is suitable and effective in every classroom across our large country. When mistakes and misjudgments are made in Washington, D.C., as is inevitable, they will affect the entire system and be hard to fix in the classroom.

Top Administration officials have decried any criticism of Core Curriculum as paranoia, but opponents point out the power of the program to dictate every aspect of educational requirements through grants even more so than the Federal government currently does. Currently, the Core Curriculum governance structure is provided through leadership from Governors, chief State school officers and other State policymakers, but opponents also believe this could change and lead to a Federal takeover.

A growing number of States, led by Alabama, are considering legislation to repeal Core standards to ensure that the Federal government does not intrude on State education rights.

A Senate bill currently being considered in that State, according to Al.com, would:

  • Require legislative approval for “any statewide school standard” passed by the Alabama State Board of Education,
  • Overturn the board’s 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards,
  • Forbid the establishment of a statewide data system to track student and teacher information “beyond what is necessary for basic administrative needs” or to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations,
  • And bar state agencies from sharing individual student and teacher data with entities outside the state.

In Alabama, the biggest point of contention over the Core standards is the Federal government’s threat to withhold education grant money to States that have not yet adopted and begun implementing the standards.

“The standards were written essentially by private interest in Washington, D.C., behind closed doors and without transparency,” Jane Robbins, an attorney with the American Principles Project, said during a rally.

“Common core is about having centralized, top-down control, and it’s not something that I think people in Alabama want.”

Others worry about the impact a national set of education standards could have on individuality and regional diversity.

*Truth in American Education has produced a Common Core opt-out form for parents who do not wish to subject their children to the nationalized education scheme. You can exercise your parental right to express your concern to your child’s school by filling out the form below and sending it to your local school officials.

Unidentified Source Claims Government Wants Public To “Feel The Pain” Of Sequester

Not only did the White House shut down public tours in order to create an extremely public example of the sequestration pain President Barack Obama spent the past several weeks warning about, but it is now revealed that top officials of Federal agencies could be doing their part as well.

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With sequestration looming, U.S. Park Services employees began putting together a plan to make cuts while having the smallest negative impact on public services possible, an unnamed U.S. park ranger told Fox News.   But, those plans were overruled by agency supervisors who instead told park staff to cut “interpretation services” such as special events and educational talks and tours provided by park rangers.

According to Fox, the incident was isolated to one region of the U.S. and a Park Service spokesman said he “never heard of guidance given like that.”

The projected cut to the Park Service under sequester is 5 percent over seven months.

“It’s obvious that they want the public to feel the pain in order to push this agenda that Washington wants,” the unidentified ranger told Fox. “A lot of these parks can absorb these cuts without the public’s visit being affected.”

Bloomberg: Government Probably Shouldn’t Force Exercise- UPDATE Judge Strikes Down Nanny Mayor’s Soda Ban

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not been shy about using the force of government to promote his public health initiatives when it comes to banning sodas that he feels are too big, smoking, fatty foods, bottle feeding infants, guns and Styrofoam. But asked whether government should also force people to exercise, even the mayor with totalitarian tendencies says it’s a bad idea.

“Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” Bloomberg said during a radio appearance. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really just a suggestion. So, if you want to buy 32 ounces, you just have to carry it back to your seat in two cups. And maybe that would convince you to only take one, but if you want two you can do it. I think government’s job… is to give you advice, not to force you do things.”

Not surprisingly, Bloomberg did go on to note that he does support government force being applied to encourage certain behaviors.

“Although there are some things we try and force you to do,” he continued. “If there’s asbestos in the classroom or your office building, we force you out. If you want to drink and drive, we try and stop you — although sometimes not as successfully as you’d like.

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me of these other things — calorie counts we’ve done in chain restaurants so you can see what you’re eating — [are OK]. But when it comes to forcing you, the only thing the government can do practically — and I think should do — is education. Exercise is great for you, but how do you convince people to do it? And should you force them to do it? Probably not.”

UPDATE

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A New York State judge slapped down nanny Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks on Monday.

The court declared that the city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations” because the rule is “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences” and

are too difficult to enforce “even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.”

To that point, coffee giant Starbucks announced recently that it would not got out of its way to enforce the large cup ban.

“Because customers can make so many choices in their beverages, we feel that most of the beverages fall outside of the ban,” said Starbucks spokeswoman Linda Mills.

Bloomberg, who had health inspectors armed with portion measuring cups to check for compliance at the ready, has vowed to appeal the judge’s decision.

Food Stamp Nation, Trump Tours, Manufactured Sequester Pain And No More Drone Stats: Monday Morning News Roundup 3-11-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The food stamp program is the biggest it’s ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. In the month of December 2012, 47,791,996 people were on the program.
  • The Air Force quietly reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from drones and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website.
  • Donald Trump said during a recent interview that he might consider paying to keep the White House open to the public: “It’s always been that simple, and it’s always been open, and it’s certainly not a lot of money… we have $17 trillion in debt. Closing the White House tours is not exactly the biggest thing on the agenda.”
  • Frustrated Americans tried to do mainstream media’s job via Twitter when first lady Michelle Obama announced via her Twitter feed that she’d be taking questions at #AskFLOTUS.
  • A U.S. park ranger is the latest Federal employee to come forward saying that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. “Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.

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