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Constitution? WHAT Constitution?

“They: The makers of the Constitution: conferred,
as against the government, the right to be let alone
the most comprehensive of rights and
the right most valued by civilized men.”

-  Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

What the Hell ever happened to this concept?

For the past seventy years (or more) there has been an eating away at the substance that used to be American Culture.  Not just political correctness, multiculturalism and unreasonable inclusion, but who we are as individuals.

The right of the people to be secure in their 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.[1]

Except:

The USA Patriot Act, NDAA, FISA, no-knock warrants, cameras on every corner, warrants unnecessary for GPS attachment, sobriety checkpoints, citizenship checkpoints, TSA rifling through personal belongings and groping etc., etc.  And this from an NSA whistleblower:


Perhaps the degree to which you’re being watched is surprising: this former NSA agent says “Everyone in the U.S. is under virtual surveillance.”

They’ve apparently turned it up to 12, and it’s accelerating, he says. Scary stuff.

More from the whistleblower:

“The problem is if they think they are not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it’s not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren’t doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target.

(emphasis in original post)

We’ve devolved from Norman Rockwell to George Lincoln Rockwell.  Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it?

h/t Rev. Paul

TANSTAAFL

I just finished a conversation with my Roomie today with regard to this Robert A. Heinlein (PBUH) concept.  There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

Someone always pays.

Perhaps if capitalists who ran businesses were painted as helping their employees by providing jobs and benefits (or not), instead of evil rich robber barons praying on the poor, this concept would be more widely accepted.

I recognize in today’s United States, some folks have little choice on where to work or for what wage.  And relocating may not be a viable option.  There are company towns.  This is why unions developed.

But now, unions cost the workers (much as the robber barons did) and cost their employees jobs, or even careers (witness Hostess), while the companies go bankrupt and the union bosses get richer.

And card check deprives the union member of a secret vote, allowing undue influence and/or coercion to influence union votes.

It’s funny how the Internet weaves it’s news so some folks blame management for a business’ demise (by not knuckling-under to union demands), other folks blame the unions (the rank-and-file.  translation:  class warfare).  And some folks blame the union bosses.

And now it’s reported a Mexican baking concern may take over this confection bakery business.  Think of it – no HFCS, no GMO, no unions, cheap labor, jobs for the poor.  And free market/free trade in action.  And El Twinkies return!

Of course, fewer jobs here…

Even Twinkies Can’t Survive this Economy

Wealth Wire reports the following:

(November 15, 2012)  After four days of striking by employees at Hostess, the company has returned with an ultimatum: if enough workers do not resume their positions by 5:00pm EST today, CEO Gregory Rayburn will be forced to liquidate the entire company, leaving the nearly 18,000 employees jobless.

The strike began on Nov. 9, after the company won the right to impose an 8% pay cut on employees in bankruptcy court. Now, the company says, if the strike doesn’t end by the end of the day, they will seek permission from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain to shut down all operations and sell assets.

In other words, even Twinkies can’t survive this economy!

Twinkies, born during the ‘Great’ Depression!  Seriously?

What will the OWS street people live on now?  Doritos?

If you’re a prepper, you might want to stock up on chemically-produced, long shelf life treats now.  Bob H. (of Ezell’s) kept a Twinkie in his desk for eleven years, with the end wrap open to the elements.  No mold = no food value + preservatives.

He eventually disposed of it; didn’t eat it, though.

h/t Allison Crawford

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

or rather, “Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow.” – in an essay by D. Everett in The Columbian Orator, 1797.

Remember ACORN?  That ubiquitous band of political rabble-rousers linked to protests, vote stealing, promoting felonies and theft of public monies a couple years back?

They’re BA-ACK!

From Bayou Renaissance Man:

~Be that as it may, the organization as such was effectively shut down in 2010.  However, like the manifold heads of the mythical Hydra, it seems that its members have simply continued their operations under different names.  The poison they represent in the American body politic is still doing its damage.  Cause of Action has uncovered the names of no less than 174 organizations that are offshoots of ACORN or are otherwise continuing its work.

174, that’s all?

It’s worth your while to click over there and go through the list for yourself.  If you find one or more of these organizations at work in your area during the current election campaign, expect problems.

I’ve not taken the time to look into the cesspool, but let me guess.  NONE of these organizations are named The Center for Election Stealing (or some such) and I’ll just bet many are paid for through our tax dollars.  AGAIN!

Go to the link and look for yourself.

Okay, I had to look; a smattering of the names:

Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ), Public Services for the Public Good, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, MHANY 1999 Housing Development Fund Corporation, Arizona Center for Empowerment…

Do any buzzwords jump out at you?  I’m going to go get ill, now.  It’s like discovering the cancer has returned.

h/t Peter

Look For The Union Label…

When I worked for many major corporations, I was pro-union.  The idea that the bosses could pretty much do as they pleased, and fire you at their pleasure, all the while playing with the labor laws really pi**ed me off.  (AZ is a right-to-work State).    When I worked for M*******, the electronics giant, many of us spoke of unionizing, in spite of not-so-veiled threats from management not to do that, and when I worked for TMCCC, some of us spoke sotto voce about the need for the financial industry to unionize.  We weren’t talking about abusing the system and having 25 hour work weeks @ $155/hour + 7 weeks paid vacation, we just wanted to be treated fair and square.

Now that the current administration keeps waving the union flag, AFL/CIO socialist types visit the White House almost weekly, and SEIU thugs terrorize and threaten honest citizens, I’ve had to reconsider my stance regarding unions.  Certainly, unions were necessary due to the tactics of the robber barons of yore, but now they seem to have developed a life of their own, and political clout.  And they are as abusive to their members as the employers are, if not more so!  How would you like your union dues to go to a candidate your union supports, when you don’t?

Many folks proselytizing the corporations bad/unions good class warfare meme play on the idea that corporations donate to the politicians, making then all evil.  Especially, those evil Koch brothers.

Here are the facts:

Now, I’m no fan of bought influence, regardless of the source.  But, the numbers speak for themselves.

h/t Free North Carolina, A Trainwreck in Maxwell

GEE – and you thought it was YOUR MONEY?

The Smallest Minority writes about all that pesky money hiding in 401(k) accounts.  You know, the money the government wished it had – instead of YOU?

He says:

There have been rumblings about the .gov salivating over the amount of money sitting in 401(k) plans nationwide, and the “nationalization” of those funds because they’re just too risky.  You know, you poor stupid peons just can’t be trusted to invest your own money, the government should do it for you.

This rumor gained some traction when the government of Argentina seized $24 billion in private pension assets in 2008.  Now CNN has given column space to one Yvonne Walker, “president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000, which represents 95,000 California state employees.”  It seems Ms. Walker doesn’t think the employees should control their own money, either:  (emphasis Guffaw)
401(k)s are too risky for retirement

Good ol’ SEIU.  Pals with ACORN (or whatever they call themselves this week).  Looking out for your interests!  Because you’re too stupid.

Go to the link and read his whole report.  Sickening.

h/t Kevin Baker

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