It would seem to be common sense that it is against the law to break the law. But when it comes to government’s enforcers (police, prosecutors and judges), laws do not apply. They can and do break laws with impunity and enforce them or don’t on a whim.
A case in point comes from Manassas City, Va., where police have taken photographs of a teen’s genitals in order to convict him of possession of and manufacturing child pornography. And police and Prince William County prosecutors are asking a judge for permission to force medicate the teen and take even more sexually explicit photos.
The 17-year-old boy is facing two felony charges that could leave him imprisoned until he’s 21 and listed as a sex offender for life. According to news reports, the teen’s defense attorney said the teen’s 15-year-old girlfriend sent photos of herself to the teen, and he responded by sending a video back to her.
The teen was arrested and taken to a juvenile facility where police took photos of the boy’s genitals without his permission — as if a child under the age of consent could grant such.
Prosecutors sought to coerce the youth into a guilty plea by telling him had two choices: plead guilty or be subjected to forced medication so police could “take pictures of his erect penis.” After the teen declined to plead guilty, prosecutors sought and obtained a search warrant to “take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”
Carlos Flores Laboy, who was appointed the teen’s guardian ad litem in the case, says he thought it should be illegal for police to create child pornography in order to investigate child pornography.
“They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” Flores Laboy said, “to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.” The guardian added, “As a parent myself, I was floored. It’s child abuse. We’re wasting thousands of dollars and resources and man hours on a sexting case. That’s what we’re doing.”
Detectives told the boy’s attorney that after obtaining photos of the teen’s erect penis, special software will be used to compare the photos with the video the teen is said to have sent.
The U.S. was founded on the premise that it was a Nation of laws. But when the law doesn’t apply to government, the Nation becomes one of tyranny.
There was a time when it could be said there was no more oppressive and reviled Federal agency than the Internal Revenue Service.
Americans feared contact with that agency like no other. It held in its hands the power to proclaim an American citizen guilty of the crime of keeping for himself too much of that which he earned, and required the American citizen to prove his innocence — a policy which stood American justice on its head.
But now there’s a new sheriff in town giving the IRS a run for its money in its ability to oppress the American people. It’s the laughingly misnamed Environment Protection Agency, and it is drawing unConstitutional powers to itself like a black hole draws in matter.
In a Federal Register notice issued July 2, the EPA stated that it now has assumed powers only the IRS had previously assumed: the power to garnish — without a court order — non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts “owed” the U.S.
The EPA suddenly believes it derives this power from the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. According to the Department of Treasury, under DCIA, collectable debts include unpaid loans, overpayments or duplicate payments made to Federal salary or benefit payment recipients, misused grant funds, and fines, penalties or fees assessed by Federal agencies.
The EPA regularly misapplies the Clean Water Act — along with regulatory mandates it creates out of whole cloth — to prohibit people and businesses from using their own property to their liking. It invokes fines of thousands of dollars per day without due process, and states that its policies cannot be challenged by the affected property owners.
In one such case, Andy Johnson of Wyoming built a pond on his property. Before building it, Johnson sought and gained the approval of local and State regulators. But he failed to get the approval from the Army Corps of Engineers. The EPA has since threatened him with fines of $75,000 per day for violations of the Clean Water Act if he doesn’t destroy the pond, even though the pond is unpolluted and draws myriad wildlife species.
Another case is that of Chantel and Michael Sackett of Idaho, who were threatened by the EPA with fines of $75,000 per day for trying to build a home on a small lot they owned between other lots that already contained homes. Although the EPA told the Sacketts its order could not be challenged, the Sacketts took it all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously in the Sacketts’ favor. In his opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “In a nation that values due process, not to mention private property, such treatment is unthinkable.”
His opinion went on to state, “[T]here is no reason to think that the Clean Water Act was uniquely designed to enable the strong-arming of regulated parties into ‘voluntary compliance’ without the opportunity for judicial review–even judicial review of the question whether the regulated party is within the EPA’s jurisdiction.”
But court challenges are costly, particularly against a government entity with an ever-full purse. There are few in the country who would be able to wage a court battle while having their wages garnished.
The EPA is a prime example of big government run amok and demonstrates the danger of allowing an imperial Presidency to rule by fiat. It’s an unConstitutional agency created by executive order by the statist Richard Nixon. And, sadly, it demonstrates again that a feckless Congress has ceded its Constitutional authority as the American lawmaking body.
If the EPA is allowed the power of “debt” collection by garnishment, it will essentially become its own judge, jury and executioner with the unchecked power to levy fines, determine they are unchallengable, and collect the fees in one fell swoop.
A highbrow piece of leftist schlock published and distributed free to 20,000 residents in the West Village of Manhattan and seeking relevancy — or something — is creating a stir with an opinion piece in its latest edition, titled “The Nigger In the White House.”
The article in WestView News is a pro-Barack Obama screed attempting to be passed off as intellectual political commentary on the Virginia House of Representatives primary that saw Republican voters send Eric Cantor packing off to a seven-figure per year K-Street career over his support for big government spending and amnesty for illegals. In the article we learn that Cantor lost not because he was an aloof, progressive elitist politician who disdained conservative causes, but because Republicans hate Obama because he’s black. What the piece lacks in logic — and evidence to back its claims — it apparently seeks to make up in shock value.
The commentary writer is James Lincoln Collier, whose claim to fame is a 1975 award for a children’s book he wrote and another children’s book that is regularly banned from libraries over the gratuitous use of the word “nigger” by its characters.
The publisher of WestView News defended the use of “nigger” in the headline by pointing out that Collier had submitted other articles in which he wanted to use the word, but they had been rejected because the newspaper’s staff had objected. And it still does, publisher George Capsis claimed, writing: “In this article however [sic] Jim reminded me that the [sic] New York Times avoids using the word which convinced me that WestView should.” Some logic, that.
In the article, Collier makes the point that Presidents “have been subjected to stinging attacks before” by noting that “Franklin Roosevelt was royally hated by conservatives for his advocacy of social programs and support for unions.” But those “stinging attacks” were not racially motivated, I suppose, because no other President (save Bill Clinton) was black. I would here remind that it wasn’t Roosevelt himself who was “hated,” but his policies of the New Deal, profligate spending, wealth redistribution and special dispensations to the unions — all of which made the depression into the Great Depression, which lasted longer and went deeper than any other… until Obama began his reign.
But, according to Collier, “stinging attacks” against Obama for his policies are obviously racist. He writes, “It is possible to draw only one conclusion: these [sic] far right voters hate Obama because he’s black.” Of course, Collier offers no evidence that conservative disdain for Obama policies is any different than conservative disdain for Roosevelt policies — except that blacks are different. This is something that Collier apparently recognizes more than anyone as he points it out more than once.
That conservatives hate Obama’s blackness is an old and tired canard. What they “hate” are his Marxism, his fascism and his ongoing efforts to turn the U.S. into a Third World backwater.
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“The more power the government has, the greater the risk to the people and the more dangerous the abuse.”–Edmund Burke, 1771.
Big government is organized crime in all but name, and the man in the street is numb to the universal risk in today’s world.
Politicians and bureaucrats are spending the world into oblivion while secretly hoping and expecting to escape debt with depreciated dollars: yours. The public is unaware.
Note that your “elected” politicians never talk about the ongoing depreciation (inflation) of paper money (U.S. dollars). They don’t want you to think about this. They would rather you think about Donald Sterling and his frivolous racial comments.
But you should be on high alert. Liquidity is not only negative; it is at its most negative level in history. Are we facing the second Great Depression or worse?
For the third time in 14 years, U.S. stocks are in a bubble and far more leveraged than ever before. There are now more corporate bonds outstanding in the U.S. than there are mortgage-backed securities. This is significant, and the heart of the next crisis and the debt bubble will be non-financial corporate debt.
Investors beware! Stockholders beware!
Thanks to the Fed, it now seems that we have a bubble in all asset classes much larger than 2007. The Fed and other central banks with their expansionary monetary policies, all designed to boost asset prices, are similar to a juggler who is trying to keep all his balls in the air. The Big One is coming and there will be no place to hide except in very depressed gold stocks.
For the past four years, we have seen hard financial times and deteriorating business; but let me remind you of history. We don’t get the classic ice age depression until the New York stock market tanks. I expect this in 2014, this year. Its setup is now! No matter the fundamentals, every stock market that is booming seems to paralyze the mass mind.
Keep your gold stocks, your silver and gold and, yes, your stash of cash close to your heart.
These things will be scarce!
The coming second Great Depression will be very high-risk to your assets and to you personally. Get a good dog and bond with him and keep him in your home at night along with your loaded gun. Don’t be scared; just be ready.
The more ready you are, the safer you will be. This will all make sense to you in time.
The Two-Party System
The American people keep losing because they keep believing that there are two political parties. This belief that there are two political parties is a great deception that covers over systemic rot.
The first road out of serfdom is to begin to see that the so-called two-party system is a one-party system, a government-party system. It is perfectly amazing how we hold to the two-party illusion. Most people just can’t shake the deception. It borders on dementia. The politicians love it!
I realized many years ago that no matter who got elected, things always kept going in the same direction. There were obvious political and economic solutions, but the one party with two names made certain that the established order did not change. The people love deception, and they cling to it.
The unofficial U.S. monetary policy is currency devaluation. This has been true since the changing of the monetary system into the private Federal Reserve System in 1913. It was all in the plan to slowly take trillions of dollars away from the American people without general public awareness.
The act of currency devaluation can be understood simply as printing new currency. This is not an innocent game, but is theft from every person in the world who holds or uses dollars.
Each time new money is added, either as paper money or computer entries, all money already in the system — whether in circulation or under the mattress — is worth less. It is an unannounced and insidious process that covers theft on a grand scale.
This is, in fact, a scheme of the ongoing theft and transfer of the savings and assets of Americans to the banker elite. No Representative or Senator ever warned of this massive silent transfer of wealth.
As currency is diluted and gets weaker, it buys less and prices go up at the grocery store. The result is that people confuse cause and effect. They naively think that rising prices is simple price inflation, but it is actually the result of currency devaluation, meaning the banking system stole your purchasing power by and through new money printing.
What do the banking elite call money printing? They use words and terms that disguise their money printing so the general public doesn’t understand. Their buzzword is “quantitative easing.” This stealth money printing has a very serious effect, namely the ultimate and total debasement of the currency and the general destruction of savings and impoverishment of the people.
There are numerous instances in history where the population was made poor and hungry because greedy monetary authorities printed paper money into worthlessness. It is now happening in America.
American dollars have been loosed on the world as pure fiat currency since President Richard Nixon closed all gold transfers to foreign countries in 1971. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. We are at the end of our system of debt. And of course the crowd is oblivious to their slow impoverishment.
An impoverished people is easy to control. Especially one that has no guns — hence the ongoing effort to disarm us.
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In Congress, July 4, 1776.
By the representatives of the
United States Of America,
In general Congress assembled.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the July 1996 issue. In it, I commented upon the acquittal of Jack Kevorkian in one of his trails for performing “assisted suicides,” which is another way of phrasing “euthanasia.” The death panels in Obamacare are a continuation of policies the Federal government instigated 50 years ago to promote a culture of death and push Americans into accepting the idea that that the aged and infirmed were net drags on the American system and, for altruistic reasons, should be “eliminated” in order to serve the “greater good.”
Abortion, murder and infanticide is public policy in America. When anything becomes public policy, it is actually government sponsored. Public policy is a high-sounding term which implies that the people agree and desire certain action.
Change agents invented the concept “public policy” to disguise authoritarianism by making it seem palatable.
But before something becomes official and “public policy,” it begins as unofficial public policy. In the beginning or unofficial stage, the government and its politicians appear to be silent or neutral on an issue. All appears to be spontaneous, coming from grass roots idealism. For example, infant murder began under the altruistic sounding words “planned parenthood.” As always in such chicanery, these words are totally misleading. But they have worked their charm on lukewarm church-going Americans. Not one in ten thousand, when they hear the words “planned parenthood,” thinks of child murder.
In the beginning stages of creating the public mind to accept the formulation of public policy, it all has an aura of free expression and “free choice.” This is the stage that abortion (unofficial child murder) and euthanasia are in at this time. Of course, abortion is far more advanced than euthanasia (“assisted suicide”).
While some people are mildly alarmed, few would ever suspect the progression pattern and how these altruistic social expressions finally evolve into law. This means in plain language that at some point, the government decides “by law” who is to die “in the public interest.” They will decide which children will die and which aged and infirm will die. And eventually, they will come after you with no pretense.
By the time murder laws are enacted, the people will have been prepared to accept them as desirable and “for the good of the country” and the community. We reach the stage of the animal farm, as in Orwell’s book 1984.
We predicted the acquittal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian because we said that he is an agent provocateur to initiate public policy on euthanasia, termed “assisted suicide.”
There is a very solid economic reason why unofficial “public policy” wants you to expire when you retire. Too many aging people and too much medical consumption is a real and present crisis for the government.
It may not be official or stated, but you can be sure that population control to limit consumption is a serious government policy and program. As more and more consumption flows to an aging and sick population, the transfer of real resources reverses to these population segments. The tail begins to wag the dog. The economic system was designed to transfer real resources to the government. There is an economic agenda behind the “medical crisis.”
The term “medical crisis” is a code word for excessive public consumption. The unofficial and unstated long range “public policy” is assisted suicide and “free choice” (child murder).
Up until the mid-1980s, Alabama was a one-party State, and that party was the Democratic Party. While there were a few Republican legislators, no Republicans held State office, nor did any have a chance of holding State office. That all changed in 1986.
That year, the race for Governor was down to two men to succeed the retiring George Wallace. The Democratic primary pitted Lieutenant Governor Bill Baxley — whose support came primarily from blacks, labor unions and State employees (i.e., the establishment) — against Attorney General Charles Graddick — a former Republican whose support came primarily from white conservatives. The winner of the primary would have a cakewalk to the Governor’s mansion against only token Republican opposition. (For comparison, 970,000 votes were cast in the Democratic primary election for Governor. Only 30,000 voted in the Republican primary.)
During the run-up to the runoff election, Graddick courted Republican voters, encouraging them to “cross over” and vote for him. Voters did; and by a narrow margin, Graddick won.
That didn’t sit well with Baxley or the State Democratic machine. Baxley sued. The Democratic Party went through the voter rolls and determined that thousands of people who had voted in the Republican primary had crossed over and voted in the Democratic runoff. Those votes were thrown out and Baxley was handed the nomination.
State and Federal courts exploded with lawsuits over the matter. When the dust cleared, the courts sided with Baxley. But the brouhaha destroyed the Democratic Party. Baxley ran on the Democratic ticket. Graddick entered as a write-in. Neither would win.
Instead, Republican Guy Hunt — an egg farmer, Amway distributor, Baptist minister and former rural probate judge with just a high school education — won the election. And he did so with little help from what State Republican apparatus there was. Republicans thought Hunt such a long shot they devoted their energies and money to — unsuccessfully — helping Senator Jeremiah Denton’s re-election campaign.
An Oct. 25, 1986 article in The New York Times reflected the mood of Alabama voters:
“I voted Democratic in the June primary, but after all the mud-slinging by the Democrats I’m with Mr. Hunt now,” said Charlotte Walker of nearby Tuscaloosa, who, with her husband, Johnny, shook Mr. Hunt’s hand and promised to do what they could for him before the election Nov. 4.
“What the Democrats have done has been horrible — an embarrassment to Alabama,” Mrs. Walker said.
Since then, only one Democrat — Don Siegelman — has been elected Governor, and he was defeated in his bid for a second term in a Democratic primary election that occurred while he was on trial for bribery and mail fraud.
Now, not a single Democrat holds State office in Alabama. And in 2010, both Houses of the Alabama legislature fell into Republican hands for the first time.
Now to Mississippi. In order to secure his re-election and help him stave off Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel, Republican Senator Thad Cochran and the GOP establishment solicited Democrat crossover votes. The ploy worked… at least in the short term.
McDaniel may challenge the results. His supporters hint there are thousands of examples of “voting irregularities.” But whether he does or not, the fight has already divided Mississippi Republicans. McDaniel supporters are likely to be loath to vote for Cochran, especially given that a Cochran radio ad accused McDaniel supporters of racism and of trying to stop blacks from voting.
If McDaniel voters stay home (and who could blame them?), can Cochran hold off Democrat Travis Childers? And it appears some McDaniel voters won’t just stay home: They may cross over themselves and vote for Childers, according to The Times:
Some of the national Tea Party groups that poured money into Mr. McDaniel’s campaign were so angry that they were considering drastic options to keep their candidate afloat politically.
According to one person involved in the discussions among the leaders of these groups, the possibilities include trying to build support for a third-party run by Mr. McDaniel — a move that would almost certainly draw Republican votes away from Mr. Cochran and help his Democratic challenger, Travis Childers.
In addition, some Tea Party leaders were discussing throwing their weight behind Mr. Childers. Though he is a Democrat, some of his views — he is anti-abortion and opposes the Affordable Care Act — are attractive to conservatives. “The Tea Party is so burned they may do something radical,” a conservative leader involved in the planning said, asking not to be named in order to discuss internal deliberations.
Some Tea Party supporters were pushing for Mr. McDaniel to wage a write-in campaign in the general election.
So the question becomes: In order to keep an establishment Republican — a senile old coot who admits to having done questionable things to farm animals — in office and thwart a conservative challenge, has the establishment of the GOP pooped in their nest as the Alabama Democrats did 28 years ago?
Although it may be embarrassing to discuss the unpleasant condition of hemorrhoids with your healthcare provider, it could be important for your digestive and excretory health.
Hemorrhoids occur when the veins located in your rectum and anus become inflamed, swollen and twisted. They can be very painful and are most often caused by constipation or pressure during bowel movements. For women, they can develop during pregnancy and childbirth.
The symptoms include blood in your stool, itching and rectal pain. If you are over the age of 50 and see an increase in the amount of blood in your stool on a regular basis, it’s best to see a physician regarding your condition. The blood may be a sign of abnormal cell growth in your rectum or colon.
Check out these at-home solutions to relieve your hemorrhoids:
- Help solve your constipation woes with more fiber and whole foods, plus add probiotics for digestion and drink plenty of water. Some studies recommend you drink at least half your body weight in ounces (i.e., a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water).
- Dab a cotton ball with witch hazel or apple cider vinegar and apply to the hemorrhoid. It should begin to shrink in about 15 minutes. Wipes and ointments are also available with witch hazel and other natural ingredients.
- Use a sitz bath to soothe inflammation. This process involves sitting in shallow bath of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes to help relieve the pain.
If you continue to experience hemorrhoids, your physician may recommend several surgical procedures to reduce the inflammation.
For a mere $2,500, the Walton County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department purchased a military surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle — that cost more than $500,000 to build — to help with its law enforcement activities. This is the same vehicle that the U.S. military deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq to use against insurgents.
The Florida county is just one in a long line of communities using Federal programs designed to militarize local law enforcement by providing them with military equipment and military training. Studies estimate as many as 500 communities have acquired MRAPs. The result has helped to turn local police and sheriff’s departments — originally tasked to protect and serve their public — into violent, shoot-first quasi-military organizations terrorizing and abusing the public. This is not hyperbole, as we show regularly in our Power Of The State section.
Walton County is so idyllic and peaceful that residents feel no need to lock their doors, and its peaceful nature is so over-the-top unusual that one of its communities was chosen as the location for filming “The Truman Show.” Yet Sheriff Mike Adkinson said the MRAP was needed as an “insurance policy” to keep deputies safe in dangerous situations.
The problem with police departments acquiring new military “toys” comes in the fact that, when toys are acquired, they are wont to be used. And therein lies the rub. Police use flimsy evidence to suggest “threats” exist, and the military tactics escalate encounters and create more violence.
The American Civil Liberties Union recently completed a study of 800 deployments by heavily armed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from 20 law enforcement agencies over the period 2011-2012. It found that more than three-fourths of the deployments were executed — often using MRAPs — to search a person’s home, and more than 60 percent of the time the searches were for drugs. But in at least 36 percent of the SWAT raids studied, no drugs were found. And because police reports were often incomplete, the ACLU notes that the actual figure could be as high as 65 percent.
SWAT teams were originally created to respond to hostage, barricade or active shooter scenarios. But only 7 percent of deployments in the ACLU study were employed for SWAT teams’ original intent.
Records provided the ACLU by 63 responding law enforcement agencies showed they received “a total of 15,054 items of battle uniforms or personal protective equipment” in 2011-2012.
In addition to battle uniforms and gear, officers are increasingly trained in military tactics and they increasingly come from the ranks of military units previously deployed in war zones. Their training “encourages them to adopt a ‘warrior’ mentality and think of people they are supposed to serve as enemies.” And the equipment they use includes battering rams, flashbang grenades and the aforementioned MRAPS or other armored personnel carriers.
It’s not unusual for the raids to be carried out late at night to increase the confusion among the occupants who are startled from sleep. But it also increases the likelihood innocents are in the house, which increases the danger to them.
To put into perspective just how twisted local law enforcement agencies have become, consider this quote from Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department. Regarding his agency’s acquisition of an MRAP, he said: “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.”
This straw man argument is increasingly being promoted by the Federal government in propaganda pieces distributed by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, as I’ve reported before. But to hear it come from a member of a local law enforcement agency, the ranks of which contain many “people who are coming out of the military,” is mind-boggling. Plus, I have yet to see an instance reported of a U.S. veteran employing IEDs against local police.
In fact, attacks on police are down. Firearm-related deaths of police officers reached a 126-year low in 2013, according to a report by the national Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. It’s the second year in a row for a decline, and the number of firearm-related police fatalities has dropped each decade since the 1970s.
The creation of the DHS after 9/11 has contributed to the militarization of local police departments by dispersing grant money and eliciting their assistance in so-called anti-terrorism enforcement. These grants have enabled local departments to stockpile specialized equipment in order to facilitate “readiness” for a terror event. It also increased the contact between a quasi-military agency — the DHS — and local departments.
Violent SWAT raids have resulted in death and injury of innocents — including women and children — often in homes targeted by mistake. Even pets aren’t safe around SWAT teams and patrol officers.
A 2012 report by the CATO Institute found that “40,000 [SWAT raids] per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.”
The DHS long ago jumped the shark in regard to considering all Americans as potential terrorists, and this mindset has increasingly filtered into local police departments through their ongoing contacts and training with DHS. But as we’ve told you before, most, if not all, U.S. terror plots are actually instigated and planned by the FBI.
The militarized mindset is not just reserved to SWAT officers, but has trickled down into all reaches of law enforcement, as evidenced by the increased prevalence of violent encounters between police and peaceful citizens.
Cops have come to think of themselves as gods above the law whose commands are to be obeyed immediately and without question. Any hesitation often leads to the “suspect” being left bleeding and broken or quivering from electricity introduced by a Taser. It doesn’t matter if the person was unable to understand the command because of a language barrier or if the person was unable to comply due to disability or defect. Officers expect immediate and complete compliance with no questions asked.
They are increasingly shooting dogs for barking, shocking with Tasers (see here and here) and pepper spraying children in schools, and shooting wheelchair-bound men in the streets. They apparently feel they operate above the law.
And their militarized appearance, backed by their militarized vehicles and overbearingly intimidating demeanor and the increasingly violent interactions they are having with the public, is creating a sense of fear. And that fear is justified, given that public safety is no longer the number one goal of local police.
How do I know that? By the actions and words of police departments acquiring the weaponry and using the tactics.
“I know that if somebody was in harm’s way, I wouldn’t let public opinion decide the safety of my deputy,” Adkinson said. “Safety is my number one priority.”
“At the end of the day, it gives the guys the ability to go home safely,” said Downing, “So, no matter what the price tag is on it, as long as they get to go home, that’s all that really matters.”
Note that it’s the safety of law enforcement that is the “number one priority” and “that’s all that really matters.”
I am not a psychiatrist, but it is evident that a certain psychosis is prevalent in the minds of progressives/statists — or those who are sycophants of the regime or the state or its “leaders,” however you choose to describe it.
We make no bones about the fact that Personal Liberty Digest™ is a site that promotes and espouses the true conservative ideals of small government as prescribed by the Constitution, liberty, personal responsibility, laissez-faire capitalism and non-aggression. These are subjects I have been writing about since 1969 in my printed newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter™ (www.boblivingstonletter.com, subscription required), and here at Personal Liberty since 2008.
These things — small, Constitutional government; liberty; personal responsibility; laissez-faire capitalism; and non-aggression — are apparently anathema to progressives who worship the state and the regime. Yet we have a large number of them commenting on articles each day (though by the nature of many of their comments, it is unclear whether they bothered to read the articles beforehand). Their comments, when they are anything more than a string of invectives or expletives, are generally contumelious and seem to focus on how irrelevant, kooky, out of the main or downright ignorant they think are conservative ideas and Constitutionalism. From there they typically degenerate to simply trying to shout down or shut up either the author or another commenter.
When queried on why they frequent a site that holds views they find so distasteful and populated by commenters they believe are so “moronic” (their words, see below) the response is usually that 1) they are trying to “educate” conservatives or 2) they find the views and comments “entertaining.”
Doubtless, some of them may be serious about their desire to “educate” conservatives. But as conservatism is a philosophy based on logic and reason and progressivism/statism/collectivism is a philosophy based on emotion and control, the likelihood of a conservative to progressive conversion taking place is less than slim.
Besides, for purposes of educating the readers, progressive commenters offer mind-bending and enlightening commentary like:
What a moron
Talking about yourself "simpleton"?
No, you’re the idiot.
What does this have to do with liberty??
Just sounds like right winged garbage.
As I said , YOU are a complete moron. Get a life
These are just a small sampling of many similar comments from this commenter and are not repeats. And should anyone believe that one commenter has been taken out of context and I have made a mountain from a molehill, there’s this:
- Bob Blanstonoff
- Bob Blanstonoff
If we wanted any crap out of you we’d pull off your head and dip it out of your neck!
- Bob Blanstonoff
- Bob Blanstonoff
- Bob Blanstonoff
Please do everyone a favor and go get embalmed.
- Bob Blanstonoff
Please butt the hell out, Biotch!
- Ron r
Go play idiot.
- Ron r
Give specifics , not talking points. Hell I domes ignor my grown a– children. Does that make me a bad parent ?
- Ron r
- Ron r
Go rob a church
- Ron r
Did you have something of importance to add to the discussion ? If not stop jocking !
And then there’s this, from a “guy” who has claimed on multiple occasions to be more enlightened and more educated than anyone here:
- Paul Dorsey
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!!! Whatever HOSS!
- Paul Dorsey
Have you taken a close look at your ugly face-looks like you might have been doing some cocaine in between drag shows!
- Paul Dorsey
Sticks & Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me! Plus you look like the Court Jester!
- Paul Dorsey
And this is coming from a redneck who never served in the military and now wants to play judge, jury and executioner!!! And you lunatics are always defending the Constitution only when it serves your narrow agenda. You are a loser and a lunatic.
- Paul Dorsey
That might be so moron but the fact is that he is innocent until proven guilty- a military investigation will determine that! Unlike you I got a honorable discharge from the army in 1983. I was awarded 3 medals including 2 Army Commendations and an Army Achievement Medal as a intelligence analyst at Ft Bragg and 5th Corp G-2 in Franfurt, GE. I guess being a cook was to hard for you!!!
It seems to confirm most people’s suspicions that military intelligence is indeed an oxymoron.
But maybe he’s just… confused:
- Paul Dorsey
Don’t you think its time for you to put on another show? Your audience is waiting Mr. Drag Queen!!!
Funny that Paul Dorsey would consider “Mr. Drag Queen” an insult given that:
- Paul Dorsey
I came out of the closet back in 1990 and married my partner in Montreal, Quebec in 1994. I have lived in Berlin and had a partner years later while living there. It was wonderful being both a Socialist and a gay man in gay-friendly Berlin which happens to have an openly gay major and of course, is a stronghold of the Socialist Party in Deutschland. I look forward to the day when there will just as many freedoms here as there are in Europe for everybody!!! I will say it is amazing how many states have passed marriage equality laws and how accepting the American people are to gay rights including marriage equality-who would have thought? Compared to Europe, Canada, Australia & NZ, we still have a way to go…
Like other progressives, Paul Dorsey is not very tolerant of other opinions. For proof:
- Paul Dorsey
You are entitled to your opinions and yes you are a racist and a moron. Moving on…
- Paul Dorsey
Why don’t you shut your stupid mouth you lunatic Nazi? We don’t care to read what you have to say…
- Paul Dorsey
This is typical, extreme right-wing hate speech perpetrated here by a bunch of lazy racists that hate Obama because of his name and skin color. You people thank God represent such a tiny fringe in American society!!! You people are increasingly becoming ever more irrelevant because of your extremist and stupid views. I guess you still think Hitler was a great leader and are still disapointed that he didn’t get around to murdering the other 6 million Jews!!! You people disgust me!!!
But apparently he’s not disgusted enough to disappear himself from the site. However, he did remove a number of his own comments about southerners being “uneducated, white trailer trash.”
And then there’s this:
- Wayne Langley
I don’t think speechless is the word. Maybe full of sh*t.
- Wayne Langley
So I take you’re happy being a racist, and bigot.
- Wayne Langley
Good comeback, if you’re preschooler.
- Wayne Langley
You have to have a mental disability to even want to live in North Carolina.
- Wayne Langley
What an a** clown you must be. I see you have no apparent character from where I sit. It is people like you, and Alleged Comment that give white trash a bad name.
- Wayne Langley
You use dog turds for breath mints.
- Wayne Langley
Do you look lick their boots before, or after you shine them?
- Wayne Langley
You remind me of a doorbell.DING DONG! DING DONG! DING DONG!
- Wayne Langley
Tea Party intellectuals is an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp, you moron.
- Wayne Langley
Is that the best ya’ got? You probably peed yourself again you were so giddy when typing it.
And the ever popular,
- Wayne Langley
Why don’t you just STFU?
To be fair, there are some state-worshiping President Barack Obama sycophants who occasionally try to carry on a rational conversation. But eventually they simply resort to:
When I asked to see the source of your data, I was a bit worried that you would send us a picture of your butt. I see you decided to instead send us the end result of a lifetime of sitting on your brains.
I’m sorry you suffered brain damage in Iraq. It explains a lot.
But best of all are commenters like Dave, a stalker, who, despite being blacklisted for serial violations of the comment policy, continues to return like the stalker he is. And by the way, he has commented using numerous names in order to try and trick the moderator:
Just talking your language meathead…
Duh de duh duh duh… That all I hear from you now meathead.
Dummies like you do not understand nuance…So tell me all about how we were attacked by Iraq on 9/11 Meathead.
You confirm that all conservatives are not stupid, but all stupid people are conservative. That is you meathead
The only thing you own is a severe case of dementia.
Stalking is a form of mental illness.
Now, understand that it is not only mental illness and a desire to “educate” conservatives that brings progressives/statists to sites like this. Some few are indeed here to engage in rational discourse. But for others, the motives are simply sinister.
The Obama campaign arm, Organizing for America, has employed at least 3,500 “cyber assets” or “cyber warriors” to infiltrate conservative, Christian and Tea Party-linked websites. And Edward Snowden revealed that Western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse by infiltrating these sites as well.
You can often spot them by noting their consistent use of talking points and similar language, their latching on to and use of the memes of the day, and their intentional obtuseness and attempts to divert the conversation and frustrate you if you try to engage them in conversation.
Understanding who these people are and their motives will serve you well in online forums. The best advice is to not engage them at all, except for sport. Logical arguments will not sway someone whose philosophy is emotion-based, nor will they influence those who are here for more nefarious reasons.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Americans and the 4th Amendment yesterday in a unanimous decision that prevents police from snooping into people’s cellphones without a warrant.
“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.”
The justices equated the information contained in cellphones to millions of pages to documents and police searches of cellphones to ransacking a person’s home in an effort to uncover everything that might incriminate him.
Of course, Supreme Court decisions are often ignored by the police, who continue to harass, intimidate, assault and arrest people for taking video of police actions despite a Supreme Court ruling that the activity is lawful. So it’s best to keep your cellphone password-locked to prevent an unlawful search during a police encounter.
While this is certainly a victory for privacy rights, it does little more than give the National Security Agency a monopoly on snooping into the electronic data and communications of the people. Unless and until government snooping organizations — NSA, FBI, CIA, etc. — are hamstrung by court decisions, we should all assume our electronic communications are not private.
Note from the Editor: Under the Obama Administration, the NSA, the IRS, and the State and Justice departments are blatantly stepping on Americans’ privacy—and these are just the breaches we’re aware of. I’ve arranged for readers to get a free copy of The Ultimate Privacy Guide so you can be protected from any form of surveillance by anyone—government, corporate or criminal. Click here for your free copy.
In Colonial America it was common for British soldiers, tax collectors and other representatives of the Crown to obtain a writ of assistance giving them the authority to enter any home, business or ship at any time of the day or night in search of contraband goods or to interrogate the residents and owners over payment of taxes or for almost any other reason.
Writs of assistance were very vague search warrants, and it was a simple procedure to obtain them. They could be had for any reason or no reason from the Colonial governor or from judges — all of whom held their positions at the whim of the King of England.
In 1761 James Otis Jr., the Advocate General of Massachusetts — whose job it was to defend the issuance of the writs in court — resigned his position and took the side of 63 Boston merchants in a court battle against the writs. He represented the merchants for free; and though he lost the case in a court stacked against him, he earned the title of patriot.
It was his five-hour speech in court that served “as the spark in which originated the American Revolution,” according to John Adams, who was sitting in the courtroom at the time.
On Feb. 24, 1761, Otis told the Superior Court of Massachusetts that the writs were “the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in an English law-book… It is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.”
He went on to say: “Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court can inquire. Bare suspicion without oath is sufficient.”
Adams said, “The child of independence was then and there born, every man of an immense crowded audience appeared to me to go away as I did, ready to take arms against writs of assistance.”
Since it was such an important issue to the Founding Fathers, it’s not surprising that an amendment was included in the Constitution that forbids the government from arbitrarily searching people, homes and businesses.
It was the Colonists’ experience with unreasonable searches and seizures and Otis’ speech that planted the seeds that grew into the 4th Amendment, which reads:
The right of the people to be secure in the persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heeded Otis’ words and ruled correctly when it decided that police must first obtain a warrant before searching people’s cellphones. Allowing police unlimited access to such an important device would have been akin to placing “the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.”